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A 10-year-old Rockville boy died Monday evening after being pulled out of a sediment pond in Gaithersburg’s new Crown Farm neighborhood. The boy, identified on Tuesday as D’Angelo Jayvon McMullen, of the 10100 block of Reprise Drive, died at about 7:46 p.m. Monday after being taken to a local hospital in critical condition, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Scott Graham. “They were kids, just playing,” Graham said of the three boys whom rescue personnel were called to save Monday at about 4:15 p.m. The pond was iced over, but not thick enough to support their weight. “The takeaway here is that TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE

Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice (left) of Germantown and Greg Ten Eyck of Safeway wheel donations collected for the families affected by last week’s Cider Mill Apartments fire in Montgomery Village to a waiting van Monday outside of the Goshen Oaks Safeway in Gaithersburg. Rice, radio station WPGC, Women Who Care Ministries, Safeway and other community volunteers coordinated the effort.

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One week after Lancelot Quarshie celebrated his fourth birthday, he was gone. Lancelot died in a two-alarm blaze in Montgomery Village on Jan. 8, leaving his family — and their community — in shock. The fire displaced 40 residents and sent four people to the hospital. According to his aunt, Francesca Jones, Lancelot’s parents are not sure how the fire started and are waiting for an official report from

county investigators. Lancelot’s death has been hard for his father, Samuel Quarshie, to handle, she said. Samuel was asleep in the apartment with Lancelot when the fire started, and he was unable to get his son out. “He is very devastated,” Jones said. “He is not in his full mind. I’m sure anyone in his position would feel the same way.” Jones remembers seeing smoke in the sky from her workplace on Interstate 270 before getting the news. Lancelot’s mother and Jones’ sister, Nana Sarpong, called her. “She was yelling and screaming,” she said. “I was in shock.” Lancelot’s parents have declined to talk to The Gazette.

On Monday afternoon at a Safeway store in Gaithersburg, volunteers from Montgomery Village and Germantown handed shoppers wish lists. Nonprofit organizations and radio station staff set up booths to help raise awareness about the fire and displaced residents’ needs. Judith Clark, executive director of Women Who Care Ministries, said that about $500 was collected in the first hour of fundraising in front of the grocery store. “We’re getting a really good community response,” she said. She said her organization collected more than $2,000 in food donations, about

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Montgomery County will pour hundreds of millions of dollars into the White Flint area in an effort to promote private growth and redevelopment around the Metro station there as part of the capital budget proposed by County Executive Isiah Leggett.

Almost $340 million of public money will be dedicated to generating private investment of even more money in White Flint, according to a draft copy of the proposed budget provided to the Gazette. The six-year capital improvement plan features plans to construct a new road and bike lane on the area’s Main/Market St., reconfiguring Executive Boulevard North and reconfiguring the intersection of Old Georgetown Road, Executive Boulevard and Hoya Street. The project includes $170 million in county funding for road projects on Mon-

trose Parkway East and Chapman Avenue Extended and relocating the White Flint Fire Station in efforts to promote redevelopment in the area. The Montrose Parkway East portion will build a new road to connect with the existing Montrose Parkway/Rockville Pike interchange to Viers Mill Road. There are also plans to build a new parking garage for a conference center in the area to combine with future retail space and areas for affordable housing.

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D’Angelo Jayvon McMullen died Monday evening after being pulled out of a sediment pond in Gaithersburg’s Crown Farm neighborhood. no ice in this region is going to withstand human weight,” Graham said, warning people not to go onto iced-over lakes or other bodies of water even if they appear frozen over. The two other boys also were taken to a local hospital after being rescued from the pond

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Two state senators — one very liberal and the other very conservative — have joined efforts in the Maryland General Assembly to protect citizens’ privacy from police unnecessarily using technology like drones to conduct searches. Sens. Jamie B. Raskin and Christopher B. Shank, with the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union, will introduce four bills to regulate police use of drones, automatic license plate readers, email surveillance and location tracking so as to not infringe on privacy rights. “It’s getting Orwellian out there,” Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park told reporters Tuesday morning. Shank (R-Dist. 2) of Hagerstown called the situation a “slippery slope.” “I am not content to sit here and allow this current diminution of our privacy rights to get to a point that one day my chil-

dren or grandchildren are going to wake up and government is constantly spying on them,” he said. Maryland last amended its privacy laws in 1988, he said. Yet technology has vastly outpaced the law. Raskin said the package of privacy bills aims to create a balance between law and technology. Specifically, absent an emergency, the bills would require search warrants before looking at citizens’ emails and online data as well as before tracking someone via their cell phone. It would impose limits and regulations on aerial surveillance by drones and prevent police from keeping, for longer than 90 days without cause, the license plate and location data collected by the automatic scanners. In the House, the bills are cosponsored by Dels. Jeff Waldstreicher (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington, Alfred C. Carr Jr. (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington, Michael D. Smigiel Sr. (R-Dist. 36) of Chesapeake City and Samuel I. “Sandy” Rosenberg (D-Dist. 41) of Baltimore. kalexander@gazette.net

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Brigitte Shoff of Silver Spring pins the Silver Star onto the blazer of her father, retired Army Warrant Officer George Carlton Bloodworth, during a ceremony last month at the Rockville office of U.S. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (third from left). seriously wounded, reached the pick up zone.” Shoff said her father dedicated himself to the military life. During the award ceremony, he spoke of many others who did much more than he did. “I wanted to do it for my father,” Shoff said of getting the medal. “He is always doing things for other people. He just did what a hero does.” — ALINE BARROS

Walter Reed wins trauma center designation Walter Reed National Military Medical Center has become Montgomery County’s second Level 2 Trauma Center, joining Suburban Hospital, after being verified by the American College of Surgeons. Both hospitals are in Bethesda. The college’s committee on trauma determined that Walter Reed exceeded its requirements for verification. Only 155 U.S. medical centers have met the college’s criteria.

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A nonprofit environmental advocacy group has notified the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission that it could sue the agency because it lacks a state permit for the Potomac Water Filtration Plant in Potomac. “It is also called a 60-day letter,” said Matthew Logan, president of Potomac Riverkeeper, which is dedicated to protecting the water quality of the river. “It says we are concerned about this and if there is not action we intend to file a lawsuit.” The plant filters about 120 million gallons of water per day, Logan said. In all, the Potomac supplies water to more than 4.8 million Washingtonarea residents. Logan said his organization is monitoring the commission’s work at the filtration plant, including the quality of the water returned to the river after filtration and sludge disposal. “Riverkeeper’s issue now with WSSC [is] since 2002 WSSC is operating without a permit [from the Maryland Department of Environment]. They keep getting an administrative extension,” Logan said. “They have a new sludge handling facility [at the plant] and the permit conditions have not been modified. They need a new permit that deals with the current discharges.” Jerry Irwin, public affairs manager for WSSC, said the plant is operating on a permit originally issued to expire May 31, 2002. “An application for the renewal of our permit with MDE is currently pending, and we look forward to continuing our dialogue with MDE about the terms and conditions of a renewed permit,” he wrote in an email. Logan and Diane Cameron, conservation program director for the Audubon Naturalist Society, gave a state of the local water supply talk at the January meeting of the West Montgomery County Citizens Association meeting Wednesday at the Potomac Community Recreation Center. WMCCA President Ginny Barnes said the Watts Branch

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Ginny Barnes stands at the Watts Branch Creek behind her home on Glen Road in Potomac. stream flows into the Potomac River just above the WSSC Potomac filtration plant’s current intake valve, and the commission is looking to move that valve farther out into the river in a search for a cleaner water source. “... Their proposal to seek a mid-river intake ...[is] because sediment pollution coming from development projects upstream in Watts Branch ... is too heavy to assure treatment,” Barnes wrote in the January newsletter of WMCCA. WSSC’s Potomac Water Filtration Plant withdraws untreated water that contains suspended solids — dirt and algae — from the Potomac River and filters and purifies this water to provide safe and clean drinking water. A large portion of these solids that are removed from the untreated river water plus coagulating agents added during the filtration process is hauled away from the plant on trucks, Irwin said in an email. “The remaining solids that we remove from the river water plus added coagulants we discharge back into the Potomac from which the solids originated. WSSC believes that these discharges during normal operations and high volume rain events comply with WSSC’s existing permit issued

by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE),” he wrote. Cameron gave the group an overview of the Ten Mile Creek watershed in Germantown and the fight now waging between conservationists and developers over the amount of development to be allowed next to the creek’s buffer zone. The watershed is unique in its geology, soils and biodiversity, Cameron said, all good reasons to preserve it, but it is also the cleanest source of drinking water going into Little Seneca Reservoir in Black Hill Regional Park in Boyds. The reservoir was created in the 1980s for use by the WSSC as an emergency water supply for the area in case of drought. “One day after a release the water reaches the Potomac River,” Cameron said. The most effective way to keep the river and drinking water pollutant free is with forested buffers around wetlands, streams and rivers, Barnes wrote in the citizens association’s January newsletter. Limiting the amount of impervious surfaces in watersheds also helps in that effort. “The chemicals on your lawn and the pesticides on your plants are eventually

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washed into the nearest steam and travel via gravity to the Potomac River and eventually the Chesapeake Bay,” Barnes wrote. Shawn Justement, past president of association, said he thought the meeting addressed important issues. “This was very good,” he said. “Both issues are huge as far as we’re concerned. We’ve seen the streams, ... Piney Branch, ... Watts Branch, degraded even though we have fought to protect them.” Ananda Vrindavan, attending her first meeting as a member of WMCCA, said she found the meeting very informative. “It’s good to know what is going on, the different types of pollutants and how important it is for us to protect our neighborhoods,” she said. “We are all in this together; it will affect us eventually.” Ginny Barnes, president of WMCCA, said she arranged for Logan and Cameron to speak at the meeting because water is so important and clean water is not to be taken for granted. “We don’t even stop to think [water] might be endangered,” she said. “You can’t take it for granted. If you want clean water you have to fight for it.” pmcewan@gazette.net

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and the city of Gaithersburg are at odds over a bicounty bill that, if passed, could lead to the replacement of two aging water mains underneath the new Crown Farm community. Westbrook Partners, one of the developers handling the Crown site at Fields Road and Sam Eig Highway, are concerned about two large water mains below Neighborhood 3, which is slated for future residential, transit and school development. Construction has not begun on that portion of Crown, but units in the other two-thirds of the Gaithersburg site have been built. The mains, 36 inches and 60 inches in diameter, were installed in the 1960s. According to Gary Gumm, a chief engineer at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, large mains can fail “catastrophically.” Large mains can break apart and cause an explosion that can throw debris over 200 feet, according to WSSC documents. Westbrook offered to pay $3 million for new water mains back in June, but only if the company was reimbursed through credits. At the time, WSSC spokesman Jerry Irvine said the Crown development did not qualify for those credits. As a result, members of the Prince George’s and Montgomery County delegations drafted a bill to help area developers work with WSSC’s aging infrastructure. Under current law, WSSC can allow a developer to design and construct any on-site or offsite facility, such as water mains, that are necessary for the developer’s project. In turn, once WSSC approves the newly constructed facility, it must accept the addition as part of its system and grant the developer a credit against the system development charge equal to the cost of con-

structing the facility. The bill, sponsored by Del. James W. Gilchrist (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville, would extend further to allow developers’ upgrades to existing facilities to qualify as projects that are eligible for system development charge credits. With the Crown development situation specifically ins mind, Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney A. Katz expressed the city’s support of the bill at a Dec. 4 hearing in Rockville. He explained how the Crown issue could benefit from the bill, which if passed, would help the developer proceed with the original offer to install new mains. “WSSC would own two new, safe water mains not funded through bonds or the ratepayer general fund ... instead of the existing 55-year-old and 45-year-old pipes,” he said. “The [Crown] project would proceed as originally planned and approved by the city, with the public safety factor mitigated and new ratepayers on board.” He also said that the new pipes, which go through Montgomery County’s Life Sciences Center, would be useful for future redevelopment plans at that location. WSSC spokesman Jim Neustadt said the utility company’s commissioners voted Nov. 20 to oppose the bill, arguing that changing the system development charge policy to help out with situations like the one at Crown would be a misuse of the system. “This is not what the system was set up for,” he said. “It is designed for increasing capacity and encouraging growth, not maintenance.” Westbrook Partners Executive Vice President Bobby Zeiller could not be reached for comment by press time Tuesday. The legislation is set to be discussed at a meeting before the Montgomery County delegation in Annapolis, but the date has not yet been scheduled, according to Gaithersburg’s Legislative Affairs Manager Monica C. Sanchez. jedavis@gazette.net

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Public Service Commission granted Gaithersburg’s petition to intervene BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER

Frustrated with Pepco’s latest request to charge ratepayers more, Gaithersburg officials filed a petition in December opposing the increase and received permission to intervene from the Maryland Public Service Commission Jan. 7. Pepco filed a case with the Public Service Commission on Dec. 4 for $43.3 million more in base distribution rates, a hike of $4.80 on the average customer bill. This is the company’s third rate increase request since 2011. Pepco is seeking

the increase to recover the cost of providing service and to give a fair rate of return on capital to its investors. City Attorney Lynn Board announced Pepco’s intentions to the City Council at a Dec. 16 meeting. She said the city is concerned about the increased power costs. Board noted specifically that the rate to power street lights, which is separate from residential unit charges, would increase by 12 percent under Pepco’s proposal, costing the city an additional $24,000 per year. “That would be a total of an 18 percent rate increase from August 2012, when we last negotiated the rates with Montgomery County, Rockville and Pepco,” she said. Councilwoman Cathy Drzyzgula said she agreed the city

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needed to take action. “I think we do have to take a stand,” she said. “If this is how Pepco’s going to act, then we have to respond.” The proposed rate increase would take effect July 4. The commission recently set a hearing schedule for the case, with a plan for hearings to be held on 10 days between April 22 and May 5. At that time, Board will go before the commission to present the city’s arguments. Public hearings in both Mont-

gomery and Prince George’s counties will also be scheduled so that Pepco customers can ask questions and share their opinions before a final decision is made. The public hearing dates and locations are yet to be announced. The utility’s request comes less than five months after the Public Service Commission raised the company’s base rates and broke with precedent to grant it the first upfront surcharge in the state. In that case, Pepco was granted $27.9 million of a $60.8 million request for higher rates as well as $24 million of a $192 million surcharge the company asked to levy on top of what customers already pay. In August, Gaithersburg decided to join Montgomery County in its appeal of that Pepco rate case, The Gazette previously reported.

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InBrief Health nonprofit names three board members Mobile Medical Care of Bethesda, a nonprofit health care provider to nearly 6,000 lowincome Montgomery County residents, named three new board members: Dr. Carlos Picone, Wendy Krasner and Barbara Wolf. Picone, who has volunteered at the nonprofit since 2007 and been on medical missions in Latin America, is certified in internal medicine, pulmonology and critical care medicine. He works at Chevy Chase Pulmonary Associates and Sibley Memorial Hospital. Krasner is vice president of regulatory affairs at the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association and has more than 30 years of experience in federal health care programs. Wolf, who retired in 2010 after a career in banking, serves on the donor relations committee of the Gettysburg (Pa.) Hospital Foundation and previously chaired the development committee of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. MobileMed was founded in 1968 by George Cohen and Arnold Meyersburg, both physicians. Its mission is to improve the health of low-income people who face barriers to care.

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Despite several delays during the remodeling process, restaurateur Matt Largent hopes to have his new Kentlands restaurant up and running by Feb. 1. The Germantown resident signed a 10-year lease in March on the building at 654 Center Point Way in Gaithersburg. His plan has been to completely renovate the space and create a neighborhood eatery called Largent’s Restaurant and Bar. The restaurant was originally scheduled to open last August, but a couple of unexpected delays pushed back the opening. “Mainly the delays have just been trying to remodel,” he said. “There were a lot of things that

were not up to current code. Now we’re just trying to get inspections completed.” While some residents believe the space is “cursed,” — the space has seen four tenants come and go in the past dozen years — Largent said he thinks the other establishments did not have the right business models for the Kentlands community. The restaurant will not be a sports bar, but it will welcome fans with plenty of televisions for big games, according to Largent. The first floor will be more family oriented, and the main bar will be relocated to the second floor. Largent specifically chose the Kentlands location because its small community feeling reminded him of his upbringing in Damascus. He wants the restaurant to be geared toward both children and adults. “The Kentlands is a very family oriented neighborhood and that’s where we want to be,” he said. “The atmosphere is going to be more of a neighborhood restaurant.”

One previous problem with the eatery’s structure was a lack of sufficient bathroom space. Largent said adding bathrooms was already part of his plan, but the city of Gaithersburg offered to help pay for them. “The city has long considered this design flaw to be both an inconvenience for patrons as well as a detriment for the space’s marketability,” Economic Development Director Tom Lonergan said in March. Since then, Largent applied for one of the city’s toolbox grants, which are designed to provide economic development incentives to businesses that exhibit growth potential, and provide stable, well-paying jobs. While the location of Largent’s eatery typically does not qualify for retail support, Lonergan said the city decided to award the $10,000 grant because of Largent’s substantial investment in the stucture and the space’s large size. A grand opening celebration will be planned once the restaurant officially opens, Largent said.

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A 31-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter after authorities said he killed his friend with a claw hammer during a dispute while climbing in the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park. David DiPaolo of Bristow, Va., was arrested Jan. 8 during a traffic stop near Glens Falls, N.Y. Police said the attack occurred Dec. 28 in the park near Carderock, in the

8800 block of Clara Barton Parkway in Bethesda. The victim, identified by U.S. Park Police as Geoffrey Farrar, 69, of Arlington, died at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda shortly after being airlifted there, according to the criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland. Documents filed in federal court describe the two men as friends for 20 years. Court documents say that DiPaolo and Farrar were hiking and climbing in the park with at least two other friends, who witnessed them arguing in the parking lot before setting off to climb a rock cliff along the edge of a Potomac River tributary. The court documents state that

the two friends went to the top of the rock face to secure climbing ropes, but when they looked over the edge, they didn’t see anyone. They walked to the bottom and saw DiPaolo running up the trail, wearing a green hooded sweatshirt, a white and black shoe and carrying an orange camouflage backpack, according to the court documents. Police said the two friends found Farrar lying on the trail and bleeding from the head. The court documents said an autopsy performed by the Maryland Medical Examiner’s Office found that the injuries were not consistent with a fall. The victim had injuries to his head and hands that police said matched

a silver-colored claw hammer that was found on the ground nearby. According to the court documents, DiPaolo told police that Farrar tried to choke him at the base of the cliff, and that the two fell to the ground and rolled over. Fearing he was about to lose consciousness, DiPaolo told police that he hit the victim in the head with the claw hammer, according to the criminal complaint. “DiPaolo insisted that the victim had his hands around DiPaolo’s neck the entire time,” police wrote in the court documents. The suspect told police: “I’m sorry this happened. I didn’t want it to happen. I didn’t know it was going to happen.

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Montgomery County will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday by collecting donated food and items for the homeless at four sites. Nonperishable food donations will go to Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg. The donation and distribution of sleeping bags, blankets and socks for the homeless are being organized by the Tri-Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Also, Montgomery County’s Volunteer Center will coordinate indoor family-friendly service projects from 1 to 3 p.m. at the county conference center at 5701 Marinelli Road in North Bethesda. Projects will include tying paracord bracelets for military members, preparing bagged lunches for county shelters and creating fleece blankets for Montgomery Hospice. Information and registration is at www. montgomeryserves.org. Food and other donations may be dropped off at the conference center and these other service day sites: Seneca Creek Community Church in Gaithersburg, from 9 to 11 a.m.; the Silver Spring Civic Building from 10 a.m. to noon, organized by the Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; and the International Cultural Center in Montgomery Village, from 3 to 5 p.m. A number of organizations are holding environmental cleanup projects this weekend. More information is at www.montgomeryserves.org and montgomeryparks.org/team/mlk_jr_day. shtm, or by contacting Henry Coppola at henry. coppola@montgomeryparks.org or 301-4952476. All activities are approved for student service learning hours. Information: servicedays@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-777-2600. The 20th anniversary tribute and musical celebration in King’s honor will be at 3 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and may be reserved at www.strathmore.org. For more information about the musical celebration, contact Yvonne Stephens at 240567-4203 or Yvonne.stephens@montgomerycollege.edu, or Julian Norment at 240-777-8413 or julian.norment@montgomerycountymd.gov.

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

Armed robbery • On Dec. 21 at 10:10 p.m. in the 7500 block of Spring Lake Drive, Bethesda. The subjects threatened the victims with a weapon and took property. • On Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. in the 7100 block of Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. The subject threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. • On Dec. 30 at 6:15 p.m. in the 6700 block of Kenwood Forest Lane, Bethesda. The subject threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. Auto theft • On Dec. 17 at 1:45 a.m. in the 11900 block of Hunters Lane, Rockville. Bank robbery • On Dec. 16 at 4:30 p.m. at M&T Bank, 7920 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda. • On Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. at Wells Fargo, 10305 Westlake Drive, Bethesda. The subjects threatened the victims with a weapon and took property.

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LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER

About seven months after parents raised concerns, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr has developed a plan that could pay more than 100 students who participated in Rock Terrace School’s workstudy programs. The Rockville school serves developmentally disabled students, and the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office is investigating the staff’s handling of work-study payments. Starr will present his plan to the county school board Tuesday along with other information about the school’s work-study programs. He previously said the school system would wait for the conclusion of the state’s attorney’s investigation, but in his letter Starr said he thinks waiting for the investigation before acting would “delay resolution of this matter indefinitely.” In early December, the school board requested a plan from Starr. Under his plan, the total payout by the school system would be about $30,000 to $35,000 to students who participated in the program as far back as 2006, said Larry Bowers, chief operating officer for the school system. Bowers said Rock Terrace staff treated the money these students earned as school program funds — an interpretation school system officials does not agree with. Similar work-study programs exist in the county’s high schools where the money earned goes to the students, Bowers said. “It is my intent, my hope, and my belief that this plan will go a long way in restoring the parents’/guardians’ faith in the school system’s financial practices,” Starr said in a letter dated Jan. 14 to school board members. School board President Phil Kauffman said Thursday he agreed with Starr’s letter that the school system shouldn’t wait, and that it’s not certain the school system would have access to the data. “It’s not clear what we would be

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Administrators have proposed a plan to pay more than 100 work-study students at Rock Terrace School in Rockville. getting,” Kauffman said. “I think we have enough information to proceed at this time.” School board member Rebecca Smondrowski said Thursday she was pleased the school system is “trying to take as much action as possible.” Should the school board approve Starr’s plan, the school system would base payments on whether students worked inside or outside the school. Students who took part in the school’s Transition Services Unit work program — an off-campus program — would be paid an amount based on information from W-2 statements generated through the school system’s payroll system. Looking at W-2 forms that were available from 2006 onward, the school system identified about 30 students who participated in the transition program from 2006 to 2012 who would receive payments. Of the 30 students, the school system found records of 19 who had bank

accounts at the Education Systems Federal Credit Union. About 79 W-2 forms for these students — some of whom participated in a program multiple times — include payments ranging from about $11 to more than $600. For the last several years, students in the off-campus program have received $3.65 a day, according to Starr’s letter. The school system is unable to tell how much money was withdrawn from these students’ bank accounts, Bowers said. “Although some of these funds may have been withdrawn by the students and their families, I have decided to assume that all funds were withdrawn by staff and used for program purposes and that the students did not receive any of the monies,” Starr said in the letter. For students who took part in the school’s on-campus programs — for which financial records are poor or incomplete — the school system would

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provide a flat payment of $200 to each student, Bowers said. For a period between 2008 and 2010, on-campus participants’ earnings were grouped together rather than being deposited in individual bank accounts, according to Starr’s letter. The school’s recordkeeping also made it unclear who withdrew funds or how they were used. About 75 students who worked in these programs during that time frame would receive the flat payments, Bowers said. In these on-campus programs — which focused on culinary arts, office skills and woodworking — students have received a variety of small payments over the years, sometimes based on the student’s grade and sometimes a flat amount per class. Montgomery County Public Schools and the state’s attorney’s office began investigating the Rockville school after parents raised allegations that staff misappropriated funds their

children earned. Starr said in the letter he thinks that waiting for the county State’s Attorney’s Office to complete its investigation before acting would “delay resolution of this matter indefinitely.” “In addition, there is no guarantee that MCPS would be successful in a request that the court allow access to these records,” he said in the letter. During a November meeting of the school system’s Special Education Advisory Committee, Starr said the school system would hold off on any action until the county State’s Attorney’s Office finished its work. “If this were just an easy fix that had one right answer, whether it’s reimbursement or something else, I would have done it,” he said at the meeting. Since the November meeting, Bowers said, more assessment has taken place, including conversations with the State’s Attorney’s Office. In his letter, Starr said the school system consulted a tax attorney who determined the money paid to Rock Terrace students should not be considered taxable income or wages because the primary purpose of the students’ experience was to train. Chrisandra Richardson, associate superintendent for special education and student services, will put together a work group that will study the school system’s work-study programs and recommend whether students should continue to receive payments, according to Starr’s letter. Starr said he anticipates he will be able to make a decision with the help of the group’s recommendations before the next school year starts. The school system has suspended payments to students in all high school work-study programs, and Bowers said those payments will not be reinstituted this school year. Kauffman said Thursday he thinks the plan seems to outline “a reasonable approach” for paying the students but added he was looking forward to Tuesday’s meeting when the board would hear more from school system staff and have the opportunity to ask questions. “It’s time to come to closure on this and move on,” he said. “I think we owe it to the community.” lpowers@gazette.net


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At least four times a year, each public school in Montgomery County has practiced an emergency drill to help prepare staff and students for the worst, from a tornado to an armed shooter. While Montgomery County Public Schools has operated under its own mandate for at least 10 years, the school system will face a new state requirement next school year that calls for six drills each year, according to Bob Hellmuth, director of school safety and security for the

school system. Following the revision of emergency plan guidelines for Maryland schools in April 2013, the Maryland State Board of Education amended state regulations later in the year in part to add a requirement that schools must conduct drills for evacuation, “shelter in place,” reverse evacuation, lockdown, severe weather and “drop, cover, and hold.” The state expanded the types of drills local school districts and schools must perform to help them prepare for “a broader range of emergencies,” according to a May 21, 2013, letter from state Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery to members of the Maryland school board. The change for Montgomery County next year, Hellmuth

said, will have to do more with the number of drills rather than their content. “There’s not anything too new to us,” he said. County schools currently have the authority to pick from among three types of drills: shelter, lockdown and evacuation. These drills cover a variety of possible situations, including weather incidents, Hellmuth said. Hellmuth said he could not remember how the school system decided to require four drills rather than more or less, but added he thought the number has allowed for a good amount of drill practice in the school system and has not been “overbearing.” In a shelter drill, a school will practice locking the exterior

doors and monitoring the entrances while teachers continue to teach classes. Lockdown drills involve securing a school’s interior doors, covering the windows and making classrooms look unoccupied. To practice evacuating, students exit the building to meet at a designated place on the campus. For some drills, schools are handed a specific scenario they must react to, such as a bank robbery nearby involving a suspect last seen heading toward the school. Schools also must conduct 10 fire drills each year, a separate requirement, Hellmuth said. Some county principals said the extra two required emergency drills will be helpful. Scott Murphy, principal of Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg, said he thinks four drills is an “appropriate” number but that there’s always room for more practice. “Given the uncertainties in today’s world, you can never be prepared enough,” Murphy said. Following a drill, school staff will conduct a debriefing to evaluate their performance, he said. “Drills are always a learning experience,” he said. Cheryl Clark, principal of Lois P. Rockwell Elementary

in Damascus, said the school conducts multiple drills each year to prepare for emergencies, including weather-related incidents. Not long ago, Clark said, the school dealt with an actual tornado warning for the area. “I was glad that we had practiced,” she said. More practice, she said, will translate to students and staff being more apt to follow procedures. “Anytime that you do a drill for safety reasons, when you’re talking about large numbers of kids in a building and large numbers of staff, I think the practice for safety precautions is not a bad thing — it’s helpful,” she said. Clark added that the elementary school sees a new group of young students each year who could benefit from the practice. Clark said she thinks the state-mandated drills won’t mark a significant change for county schools. “It sounds like it is not that different from what we’re doing,” she said. Jimmy Sweeney, principal at Rosemont Elementary School in Gaithersburg, said he thinks six drills might be too much. “Four is plenty,” he said. “Six actually seems excessive to me.” Sweeney said he knows the intentions behind the state requirement are good, but thinks

that students and staff know what to do under the current drill requirement. Eric Wilson, principal of Sligo Middle School in Silver Spring, said that he thinks two more drills will help students and staff with mental and emotional preparedness, translating to less anxiety should an actual incident occur. Wilson said each drill currently takes only about 15 to 20 minutes — with much of the time devoted to monitoring that the proper protocols are in place — but more drills will mean “a few more challenges.” “It is going to be a challenge to try and fit them in and get them scheduled,” he said. Susan Burkinshaw — health and safety committee cochairwoman of the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations — said more drills will help students, especially younger ones, be more familiar with the procedures they should follow in an emergency. Some students might be absent when a school performs a drill, and another two drills each year could help prepare more people, she said. “When you’re stressed and in a situation where there is a real emergency, you fall back on your training,” she said. lpowers@gazette.net

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KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER

Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons is calling on his opponent in the District 17 state Senate election to keep the race clean. Simmons of Rockville is running against former Del. Cheryl Kagan for the Senate seat in the June 24 Democratic primary. The seat has been held the past four terms by Sen. Jennie M. Forehand (D) of Rockville, who is not running for re-election in 2014. Simmons issued Thursday a “No Mudslinging in Maryland Pledge” that asks candidates and their campaign teams to pledge to avoid personal and character attacks, defamation, false information, and distortions and misrepresentations of an opponents’ records. “The voters in District 17 deserve a campaign that is honest, fair and focuses on the issues. There is no place for the politics of personal destruction in this race,” Simmons said in a statement Thursday. “I urge my opponent, Cheryl Kagan to sign this pledge today.” Kagan, who ran against Forehand in 2010, would not say if she will sign. But she characterized Sim-

mons’ personal and legislative history as being “about mudslinging.” “It’s disappointing that Del. Simmons is focused on playing politics when he is being paid to focus on legislative business in Annapolis,” Kagan said. Kagan said she plans to run an issue-based campaign. After narrowly winning reelection in 2010, Forehand characterized the race as “nasty,” telling The Gazette “negative campaigning was something we’d never had in our district, and I thought it was inexcusable.” At the time Kagan defended her campaign saying it was more informative than negative. Simmons is not the first candidate to call for keeping things clean in 2014. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, who seeks the Democratic nomination for governor, asked his opponents to pledge to shun ads paid for by outside groups, requiring those who violated the pledge to pay a penalty to charity equal to half the cost of the advertisement. His pledge did not get support. Gansler’s opponent Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) countered with a “positive campaign pledge” that also went unsupported. kalexander@gazette.net

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With the recent cold snap still fresh in mind, the Montgomery County 100,000 Homes Campaign has been working to help the county’s homeless stay off the streets. The county’s campaign is part of a national movement of more than 200 communities that works to find permanent homes for chronic and medically vulnerable homeless people. Since the initiative began in November, four street outreach programs have been working to engage homeless

individuals and learn more about them, according to a news release. People Encouraging People Homeless Outreach, Bethesda Cares, Interfaith Works Community Vision and the city of Gaithersburg have staff who spend time talking with people living outside, with the focus of learning about their needs and directing them to safe housing. A slight uptick in the number of homeless people seeking out one shelter in Silver Spring during the Jan. 7 arctic blast is a small sign of success, according to Susanne Sinclair-Smith, executive director of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. The Home Builders Care Assessment Center for men, operated by the coalition at 600B E. Gude Drive, welcomed more people than the shelter

could hold. It has a capacity of 135 men, but 160 sought shelter there the night of Jan. 6, according to Sinclair-Smith. Twenty-five of the men were taken to East County Community Recreation Center in Silver Spring for shelter overnight, she said. “We certainly saw more men over this cold period,” she said. “But we do not turn anyone away. We encourage them to come.” Montgomery County police also has been periodically checking known homeless encampments, monitoring the welfare of those homeless individuals and encouraging them to go to shelters, the news release said. Looking to end homelessness, the County Council approved an appropriation Dec. 3 that gives $649,325 to the coun-

ty’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs to provide permanent housing with supportive services for 15 homeless people classified as medically vulnerable. Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said the campaign’s efforts are a step in the right direction. “This county has done many things over the years to help address our homeless population,” he said. “The 100,000 Homes Campaign targets a special segment of this population — a population that has been difficult to reach. Through this program, and the steps that are being put in place, we now have a better chance of letting them tell us their needs and then directly working to find housing for these most vulnerable people.”

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RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER

Saying it’s time for a new challenge, the chairwoman of Montgomery County’s planning board will not seek a second term when her appointment ends in June. Francoise Carrier said Monday there’s no overriding reason for her decision to leave the planning board. She just believed one term was enough, she said. While she called the job fascinating, Carrier said it was time to find something new. Montgomery presents a lot of planning challenges, with a mix of rural, suburban and urban communities in a county that’s constantly changing, she said. The county will need good

planning guidance as those changes continue, Carrier said. Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) of Garrett Park, chairwoman of the council’s Planning, Housing & Economic Development Committee, said Monday she thought Carrier had done a tremendous job chairing the planning board and helping guide it through several master plans and the ongoing rewrite of the county’s zoning ordinance. The rewrite has been an enormous job, complicated by the fact that the county switched planning directors in the middle of the process, Floreen said. Floreen said everyone would have to “see what happens” in terms of finding a successor to Carrier. The chairman of the fivemember board is appointed by the County Council and serves four-year terms, spokeswoman Bridget Schwiesow said. The job will be posted, and people will be able to apply for the opening, she said.

Carrier was appointed as chairwoman of the board by the County Council in 2010, succeeding two-term chairman Royce Hanson. Her term has included the approval of master plans in places such as Chevy Chase Lake, Takoma/Langley, Glenmont, Long Branch and the Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Plan. During her term, the board also adopted a new Park and Planning Master Plan, approved park master plans and capital programs and supervised the renewed development of the Montgomery Parks Foundation to develop financial support from county residents and businesses. Carrier graduated from Stanford Law School with a background in economics and land use law, and before joining the planning board worked as a director and hearing examiner for Montgomery County’s Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings.

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County officials encourage anyone in need of emergency shelter to call the crisis center at 240-777-4000. “Street cards,” provided by the county, list resources available for those experiencing homeless in the area. With some of the harshest weather this season now gone, the American Red Cross is asking all eligible blood and platelet donors to give blood to replenish the supply that went unfilled during cold weather spurts this month. The Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region, which serves Maryland, Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and York and Adams counties in Pennsylvania, was forced to cancel 10 blood drives since Jan. 2 because of the inclement weather. The cancellations resulted in about 258 fewer blood and platelet do-


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RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER

Montgomery County’s next budget will likely keep funding for services the same and could even add money to some programs if financial conditions warrant it, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) told residents at a meeting Monday night in Bethesda. The county is on firm financial footing, Leggett said, but that doesn’t mean the budget he’ll submit to the County

Council in March will rush increases in funding for programs that saw their budget allotments slashed during the recession. The message echoed the one Leggett expressed at a similar public forum on the upcoming budget in Germantown on Jan. 6: that an improving financial picture doesn’t mean the county can get ahead of itself in restoring funding. Leggett must submit his fiscal 2015 operating budget to the County Council by March 17, and the council must pass a budget by the end of May. The fiscal year begins July 1. The county’s fiscal 2014 operating budget was $4.8 billion, with more than $2 billion allocated to Montgomery County

Public Schools. This year’s budget discussions won’t feature the “doom and gloom” tone of previous years, when the county eliminated 10 percent of its work force, furloughed employees and took other steps to help battle the economic downturn, Leggett said. The county’s revenues are running ahead of projections, and its AAA bond rating puts it in a strong financial position, he said. But the higher revenue projections have brought out a lot of people who are anxious to see funding put back into their favorite programs. “I’m not the only one who sees and hears that good news,”

Leggett said, drawing a chuckle from the crowd of about 50 people who turned out for the forum at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center in Bethesda. One of those seeking more money was Bethesda attorney Charles Kauffman, a member of the county’s Commission on Aging’s Public Policy Committee. Kauffman asked Leggett to include in his budget $200,000 in funding for a Caregiver Coalition and Support Service and an increase in subsidies for adult day care; a $210,000 annual increase for three years for adult foster care in small group homes; $90,000 to restore a fulltime position to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program,

which provides advocates for about 8,100 county residents in assisted living facilities and nursing homes; increased budget support for the county Recreation Department’s plan to expand health and wellness programs together with various community groups; and restore funding to the Housing Opportunities Commission that had been eliminated as part of the federal budget sequester process. Ann Gibbons of Rockville asked Leggett to consider increasing the county’s contribution to care for people with autism. Gibbons said her 25-yearold son is autistic and is cared for by workers from the Commu-

nity Services for Autistic Adults and Children, an organization funded through a combination of state and county money. The workers currently make about $3 above the minimum wage, but Gibbons said she’s concerned that with the county’s minimum wage set to rise to $11.50 an hour by 2017, the quality of workers they attract will decrease unless the county adds money so the group can continue to pay above the minimum wage. Leggett said the county has had conversations with nonprofit groups to see how it can help soften the blow of the minimum wage increase. rmarshall@gazette.net

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ANDREW SCHOTZ STAFF WRITER

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett — one of the region’s highest-stature Democrats — is standing clear of his party’s gubernatorial primary, for now. In a race among Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (Dist. 20) of Takoma Park for this year’s Democratic nomination, Leggett said Friday that he hasn’t decided whom to support. The primary will be held June 24. The general election will be Nov. 4. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is finishing his second term, the maximum allowed in Maryland. Asked during a meeting with Gazette reporters and edi-

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tors if he had an allegiance in the race, Leggett said: “I have none at this point. I’ll tell you why. I hope and I anticipate that I may endorse at some point in the future, but I’m not sure. “I’m very close to Heather, very close to Doug, who I’ve worked with on a number of projects. They’re local Montgomery County residents. I know Anthony very well. I support a great deal of what he’s done. “We are fortunate to have several good candidates. I have not found a justification as to how to make a distinction between one or the other at this point in time. I talk to them a great deal and it’s my intent, and I hope to at some point, to make an endorsement, but at this point, not yet.” Brown was the first to release a list of elected officials in Maryland who back his campaign, including both U.S. senators and four U.S. representatives. Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch, Senate President Thomas

V. Mike Miller Jr., and several Montgomery County officials at the state and local levels are on the list, too. Gansler’s endorsement list includes about half of Montgomery County’s delegation and county officials such as State’s Attorney John J. McCarthy and Sheriff Darren M. Popkin. Mizeur’s support includes current and past Takoma Park leaders. So far, Leggett said, he sees nothing major that separates the three candidates from each other. “For all the things that you look at, there’s no major distinction in terms of qualification,” he said. “There’s no major distinction in terms of issues or political philosophy. They’re all fairly well similar in that regard. So, there’s nothing that I see that would be a showstopper. ... “They all support basically the same kinds of ideas that I think that move the state for-

ward. There’s no major distinction. The only distinction would be, you know, maybe, leadership style or temperament.” Asked when he expects to make up his mind for an endorsement, Leggett joked, “Maybe around June the 25th.” Leggett has no plans to take any stances in state House or Senate primaries, either. But he does have a choice in the attorney general’s race. He has endorsed state Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Dist. 16) of Chevy Chase, who has three Democratic competitors so far — Del. C. William Frick (D-Dist. 16) of Bethesda, Del. Aisha N. Braveboy (D-Dist. 25) of Mitchellville, and Del. Jon S. Cardin (D-Dist. 11) of Owings Mills. “I think that he is one of the most outstanding public servants that you can find — a very honorable, hard-working guy, who has great values about public service,” Leggett said of Frosh. aschotz@gazette.net

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Speakers took to the podium Thursday night to tell the Montgomery County Board of Education about the need for counselors, services for nonEnglish speaking students, technology, and support for Curriculum 2.0 implementation in the fiscal 2015 operating budget. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr released his recommended $2.28 billion operating budget in December, which includes new positions aimed at helping lowincome, English for Speakers of Other Languages and special education students. Speakers testified about the urgent need for more staff in schools. Janette Gilman — president of the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations — said the council endorsed the budget “in large measure” but was concerned about funds directed toward central office positions. Gilman said the school board should consider whether the money would be put to better use in school-based positions. Ann Coletti, a Springbrook cluster coordinator, said schools in her area need expanded ESOL services. “Our ESOL teachers are overwhelmed and understaffed,” she said. Some schools, Coletti said, need more professional development for teachers to help them better implement Curriculum 2.0. Large class sizes are putting “incredible strains on teachers and students alike,” she said. One speaker — who identified herself as a counselor at Little Bennett Elementary in Clarksburg — said counselors at her school are facing “enormous demands” as rising enrollment has increased the number of students each counselor works with. “I counsel 985 students along with a part-time counselor,” she said. “Students in need of counseling are often waiting outside my office or sent back to class.” School board member Michael Durso said it seems there are disparities from school to school when it comes to student-to-counselor ratios. Kevin David — area vice president for the Clarksburg, Northwest, Quince Orchard and

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Federal Capital Partners of Chevy Chase announced that it bought a Rockville office building in the Preserve at Tower Oaks development for $61.25 million. One Preserve Parkway, a seven-story, 183,667-squarefoot property developed in 2008, is 92 percent leased to eight tenants. Government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton occupies the most space, 117,674 square feet through 2019. The seller, Boston Properties, developed the building as part of an 84-acre, luxury master-planned mixed-use development that has the capacity for 1 million square feet. The complex also includes Boston Properties’ 2600 Tower Oaks Blvd., a 179,369-square-foot office building completed in 2001. One Preserve Parkway is across the street from Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge and adjacent to Woodmont Country Club. Federal Capital said it is is actively seeking more high-

quality, income-producing investments with limited nearterm lease rollover. Bill Collins and James Cassidy of Cassidy Turley represented the seller in the deal.

Wyndham Garden hotel trades for $8.9 million Hunter Hotel Advisors announced the sale of the 203-room Wyndham Garden Hotel Gaithersburg, which state property records show traded for $8.9 million. Hunter of Atlanta represented the seller, Ruffin Hotel Corp., a private investment group in Wichita, Kan. The buyer, Baywood Hotels of Washington, D.C., plans a major renovation and rebranding of the hotel as part of a strategy to better serve the upscale market. “Our marketing strategies are producing accelerated closings such as this one, which closed in just 60 days,” David Perrin, a senior associate at Hunter, said in a news release. “The expanding economy and availability of financing con-

Most offices to be closed Monday for King Day Many Montgomery County operations will be shut down Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. County offices, libraries and liquor stores will be closed. County aquatics programs and facilities will be open, but all other classes and programs are canceled. Administrative offices, senior centers and community centers will be closed. Operating schedules for county parks are at montgomeryparks.org. Ride On buses will follow a special modified holiday schedule, available at rideonbus.com. Metrobus will follow a Saturday schedule with supplemental service; Metrorail follows its Saturday holiday schedule. The TRiPS commuter stores in Silver Spring and Friendship Heights will be closed. Trash and recycling pickups will be delayed one day during the week, with the last collection day Saturday. The transfer station will be closed. Parking in public garages and lots and at curbside meters is free. Schools and school administrative offices, along with state offices and courts, will be closed.

Rockville City Hall will be closed, as will the Croydon Creek Nature Center, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Glenview Mansion, civic center park offices and senior center. The Lincoln Park Community Center, Rockville Swim and Fitness Center, Thomas Farm Community Center and Twinbrook Community Recreation Center will be open regular hours. Parking will be free at cityowned meters. Regular trash and recycling pickup will be delayed one day during the week.

Gaithersburg All city offices, parks, and recreation and culture facilities are closed Monday. Police administrative offices will be open. Recycling pickups will follow normal schedules.

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tinue to drive sales.” The 198,198-square-foot property at 805 Russell Ave. was completed in 1987. It sold for $5.6 million in 1992.

NorthMarq arranges loan for Oakwood apartments NorthMarq’s Washington regional office arranged acquisition financing of $22.4 million for Oakwood Corporate Apartments, a 136-unit furnished property in Gaithersburg. The building, at 9890 Washingtonian Blvd., was acquired in March by Bernstein Management of Washington for $31.3 million. NorthMarq arranged the financing through one of its exclusive insurance company capital sources. Archstone traded the property as part of a nationwide selloff of residential projects that involved a 23,000-unit portfolio. The 11-story building is across the street from the Washingtonian Center in the I-270 Tech Corridor. The Class A property was completed in 1989.

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Despite unseasonably warm weather Monday, Noah Mallory Sorenson Bowen, 3, of Silver Spring gets in some quality rink time with his father, Mallory Bowen, at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring. Temperatures are forecast to return to more January-like levels later this week and this weekend.


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Prince George’s, Baltimore counties join in effort to pressure lawmakers BY

KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER

The three Maryland jurisdictions with the most population — Montgomery, Prince George’s and Baltimore counties — are calling on state lawmakers for money to build and renovate schools. Montgomery’s priority this session is establishing a steady, predictable stream of state money to leverage borrowing for school construction. County Executive Isiah Leggett (D)

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Continued from Page A-1 to be treated for hypothermia, he said. According to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel, the children — described as about 9 to 11 years old — were playing on ice on a sediment pond behind a new development in the Crown Farm neighborhood of Gaithersburg when the ice gave way. The pond is unmarked and partially bordered with black rubber silt fencing. Rescuers plucked two of the children from the pond minutes after their arrival. One of

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Continued from Page A-1 $400 in gift cards and almost $2,000 in cash. Cash donations will help the people displaced by the fire and with funeral expenses for Lancelot Quarshie. Women Who Care is reaching displaced residents, who are scattered among family, friends

said Montgomery’s enrollment grows annually by about 2,000 students, the equivalent of one high school. In 2013, Montgomery County Public Schools enrolled 151,289 students, up from 148,779 students in 2012. “We are seeing unprecedented growth that we alone cannot resolve,” Leggett said. “We cannot wait.” To build one high school costs Montgomery more than $100 million, he said. Its overall need is as high as $600 million to $700 million in a six-year period, he said. Leggett will release his six-year capital improvements program Wednesday. House Speaker Michael E. Busch said Gov. Martin O’Malley’s fiscal 2015

capital budget, which also comes out Wednesday, includes $627 million for education. Exactly how much the “big three” counties seek from the state remains to be seen, but Leggett said Montgomery will put up money of its own to match. “We commit an awful lot already on construction dollars, and we’re willing to commit even more, but our commitment can only be leveraged so far and to leverage that you need ongoing, sustainable support,” he said. Not responding to a growing need for more school construction dollars could threaten county growth. Leggett said Montgomery could face moratoriums on development in areas where schools have reached maximum capac-

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With the state staring at about a $500 million deficit that O’Malley (D) says he plans to close without raising taxes, finding additional dollars to commit in perpetuity will be a challenge, Sen. Roger Manno said. “It’s a tight budget,” he said. “But it’s my hope that we can find a solution that works for us.” For the rest of the session, Manno (D-Dist. 19) of Silver Spring — who sits on the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee — said securing this funding will be his No. 1 priority. If the big three counties broker a deal like Baltimore city secured for school construction last session, Manno said it will be the largest ongo-

ing capital construction project in the history of the state. Together the state, Baltimore city and its school system will contribute $60 million annually for rehabilitating schools. Leggett said while Montgomery, Prince George’s and Baltimore counties have stepped forward to ask for school construction funding this session, other communities have similar needs. “This is not something that is unique to just the three of us,” he said. If the state does another school construction funding program, like it did for Baltimore City, Busch (Dist. 30) of Annapolis said he would like to see it focus on need not county-by-county allocation.

delegation to the General Assembly to get about $20 million more from the state to combine with $40 million from the county for school construction.Thatwouldallowthe county to generate between $600 and $700 in money for school expansion and construction. “I’m optimistic, but cautiously optimistic,” Leggett said Friday about the possibility of additional state funds. “I think we have a strong case to make.” Leggett joined Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to announce they’ll work together to develop legislation that would provide additional funding for school modernization and construction. Leggett’s capital improvement program recommends a total of $1.117 billion for the county’s public schools, a 13.1 percent increase from the ap-

proved Fiscal Year 2013-18 CIP. Those expenditures are being balanced by a 14 percent decrease in funding for county government projects, totalling $308.3 million. If the proposal is fully funded, MCPS’s school construction request would be able to fund new additions to 18 elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools, according to the draft proposal. Those projects would create 455 new classrooms by fiscal 2020. Among other education projects, the proposal includes a $37 million increase for heating, air conditioning and ventilation work. The capital proposal also includes $348.1 million in funding for Montgomery College, with $89.6 million expected to come from state funding. The plan would include completing a renovation to a science building and construc-

tion of a parking garage on the Rockville campus in 2015; opening the Germantown campus’s Bioscience Education Center in fiscal 2015 and the beginning of design in fiscal 2018 for the Takoma Park campus’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Math and Science Center, with construction scheduled to begin in fiscal 2020. Leggett’s plan would provide funding for transportation projects, including several in the upcounty region. One project would extend Observation Drive between Germantown and Clarksburg to relieve traffic congestion, while a public-private partnership would connect an intersection of Brink Road and Little Seneca and Snowden Farm Parkways to support development and improve traffic flow. Another project would widen lanes and add sidewalks, bike paths and center medians

to Goshen Road South from Girard Street to Warfield Road near Montgomery Village. Leggett’s plan also proposes a $51.9 million initiative to replace fire apparatus that couldn’t be replaced during the recession. Over the six-year course of the plan, the money would be expected to replace nine aerial units, 64 ambulances, 21 engines, four all-wheel drive pumper trucks, four rescue squads and two tankers. The capital improvement plan would also change the way the county renovates its libraries. The county is in a transitional period with its libraries, re-evaluating how they’re built and used, Leggett said. Technology is changing how libraries operate, and the county will look at how the buildings are used, he said. Leggett’s proposal includes

money for the Silver Spring Library, which is scheduled to open later this year, as well as a combination of a library and recreation center in Wheaton. In the future, rather than closing down and renovating them, the county will likely perform “refreshments” that will provide electrical and furniture upgrades to more quickly provide upgraded facilities, Leggett said. The new method is expected to allow the county to update and renovate 17 libraries over the six-year course of the capital plan rather than two libraries under the old method. Leggett’s proposal also provides $363 million in investments in stormwater management by shifting the focus of the county’s programs from hard concrete structures to methods such as rain gardens, bioretention fields and other environmentally friendly techniques.

them was still on the ice, and the second boy’s foot had fallen through the ice, but rescuers still were able to pull the two to safety quickly, Graham said. The third boy, D’Angelo, had fallen all the way into the pond, in water that was about 5 feet deep, Graham said. Rescue crews used thermal imaging to search the pond. A Maryland State Police helicopter equipped with additional thermal imaging hovered over the pond and aided in the search. It took rescuers about 30 minutes, using poles and searching with their hands, to find the boy and pull him out of the icy water. Initially listed in critical con-

dition, he died Monday night. The pond is in Crown Farm, a large residential and commercial district under construction in Gaithersburg. The pond controls sediment and manages stormwater. Fencing is not required by Gaithersburg’s City Code, but city officials required contractors to install a 42-inch safety fence for the pond as a condition of the erosion and sediment control plan approval process in 2010, said the statement from John Schlichting, the city’s director of planning and code administration. “City inspectors confirmed installation of the safety fence around Pond #1 at the begin-

ning of construction [in 2010] and at subsequent inspections,” Schlichting wrote. “Removal of the fence has not been authorized by the City.” Silt fencing about 30 inches tall partially bordered the pond Tuesday morning. A wide swath of land leading down to the water’s edge from Diamondback Drive was not blocked by any fencing, and there did not appear to be any fencing that was 42 inches tall. At Rosemont Elementary School, Jimmy Sweeney, the school’s principal, said Tuesday that many of his students had arrived the day after D’Angelo’s death already knowing about the tragedy. The accident in-

volved two of his students — D’Angelo, and another unidentified fourth-grader, whom rescue workers saved. Sweeney said D’Angelo was a “good, energetic student” who liked science class. Despite it being D’Angelo’s first year at the school, Sweeney said the boy had made many friends at the school and left a strong impression on teachers. “We are all going to miss him terribly here,” he said. The school had extra pupilpersonnel workers and counselors to help students process D’Angelo’s death, he said. School officials also sent out information on ConnectED, a notification service for parents,

and sent a letter home with students explaining more details about the incident. D’Angelo’s brother, a sixthgrader at Forest Oak Middle School, also was involved in the accident, but was rescued unharmed. Sweeney said officials at Forest Oak were working with him as well. On Tuesday evening, D’Angelo’s family released a statement about their son’s death. “We would like to thank all of our family, friends, and the community for their support during this difficult time,” it said. “Please respect our privacy while our family grieves the loss of our very special child.”

and other locations, through their churches and community groups. Lancelot’s family is temporarily living in a Gaithersburg hotel, courtesy of the Red Cross. The volunteers’ wish list is topped with gift cards and monetary donations, followed by nonperishable food like rice, canned tuna, spaghetti and cereal. Several carts sitting in front of the store were filled with food donations. W. Gregory Wims, a Gaith-

ersburg resident and president of the Victims Rights Foundation, said his organization is collecting clothing and blankets for the displaced families. On Sunday, neighbors and members of World Ministry Church International, the church the Quarshie family belongs to, collected donations for them. Eunice Abasah attends church with the Quarshie family. She said she has known them

for six years, before Lancelot was born. On New Year’s Eve, she said, Lancelot’s parents took him and his siblings to church. “And then on the 8th, he was gone,” Abasah said. The church’s pastor, Dwumah Frimpong, said the congregants wanted to bring the family encouragement and “share ... the word of God” as they made their way through a difficult time. Frimpong said he

broke the news of the fire to the small congregation after a service that day. “Everybody is shocked,” he said. The congregation is made up of about 50 to 60 people, mostly Africans from several different countries. Most know each others’ families, he said. Lancelot’s parents asked Frimpong to lead a funeral service this coming Saturday be-

fore they bury their son. The Quarshie family has two other children, one of whom lives in Ghana, Frimpong said. The pastor said the community is welcome to attend the service. Lancelot Quarshie’s service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hosanna Methodist Church at 14 Brookes Ave. in Gaithersburg. He will be buried at All Souls Cemetary in Germantown.

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Diners can add The Cheesecake Factory to the list of places to eat at the Montgomery mall in Bethesda. The restaurant chain opened its newest location at the mall Dec. 19. It replaces the company’s former location at the White Flint Mall in North Bethesda. The Montgomery mall location is 10,680 square feet and can accommodate 320 diners, according to a release from the company. The eatery is open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.

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A key part of a refocusing program for Montgomery County’s innovation centers is taking shape, as officials plan to move tenants out of the county’s oldest center for early-stage businesses by this summer. The county plans to work with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the state of Maryland to renovate the William Hanna Center for Innovation at Shady Grove — which dates to 1999 as Montgomery’s first business “incubator” — as the home of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. “Somewhere in the country will be the hub for civil cybersecurity,” said Steven A. Silverman, director of the county’s Department of Economic Development. “And we think it should be in Montgomery County.” NIST, a Gaithersburg-based federal agency under the U.S. Department of Commerce, is in the process of obtaining a contractor to operate the facility as a federally funded research and development center. The public-private entity formally started almost two years ago to bring together experts from industry, government and academia to work on cybersecurity needs. The agency plans to award a contract to operate the center proposed for five years with a value up to $400 million, according to a NIST news release. NIST also is working with private hightech companies such as Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard, which are providing software and other resources to the center’s work.

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Maya Eid, a clinical lab scientist for NeoDiagnostix, analyses cervical epithelial cells at the William E. Hanna Center for Innovation at Shady Grove in Rockville. “It’s an opportunity to leverage millions of dollars in federal money that is going into cybersecurity and bring cybersecurity companies to the county,” Silverman said. “We want to get these private partners to open offices here.” That will result in some pain to the 34 companies in the innovation center, some of which have been in the Rockville-Shady Grove area for several years. Most of those are in the life sciences. There is space at the Germantown innovation center and in the private sector, Silverman said. Johns Hopkins University also has businesses with space within the Rockville campus. “We intend to work with each one individually to find a good solution for them,” Silverman said. Once the companies are moved, the renovation process

should take a few months, he said, though he was not sure about the timeline. In October, Silverman and others spoke before a County Council committee about a plan to reorganize the five innovation centers to better focus them and provide more intensive services that can make tenants grow faster. One proposal calls for focusing the 23,000-squarefoot downtown Rockville one on data analytics, while 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 sciences 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. That plan is on hold while the county moves forward with the program for the Shady Grove center, Silverman said. 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 idea is to move away from the county doing real estate management to get more investment and partnership management, Silverman said. The incubator program has graduated more than 100 companies into private space since forming in 1999. kshay@gazette.net

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The National 4-H Council of Chevy Chase is now led by its first female CEO and president: Jennifer Sirangelo, who started Jan. 1. Previously, Sirangelo, who joined the nonprofit in 2006, was its executive vice president and chief operating officer. She succeeds Donald T. Floyd Jr., who retired as CEO in December after 22 years with the council, including 13 as CEO. “Every day, I meet or learn about young people who are tackling issues that matter most and are engaged in 4-H programs focused on science, healthy living, food security and citizenship,” Sirangelo said in a news release. “My pledge is to work to bring the 4-H story to new partners, so that we can work together to grow 4-H and invest in young people — our world’s greatest resource.” In her seven years with the council, Sirangelo more than tripled its annual fundraising and led the development of its new strategic plan, according to the release. Before joining the council, Sirangelo was Northeast regional vice president for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and also worked for William Jewell College and the National Kidney Foundation.

Liss joins Foot and Ankle Specialists Dr. Andrew L. Liss recently joined the Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, with administrative offices in Kensington. Liss graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He has been practicing in Maryland for more than 25 years. He was chief of podiatry at Howard County General Hospital and director of the Montgomery County Podiatric Residency Program. He also was president of the Maryland Podiatric Medical Association for two years and continues to serve on its executive board.


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Joanie Prather n Age: 62 n Job title: Paraeducator, Maryvale Elementary School, Rockville n Hometown: Germantown n Education: Graduated from Gaithersburg High School n Family: Daughter, Crystal n Hobby: Cooking, watching mysteries on TV n Favorite vacation spot: Would love to go to Hawaii n Lesson to live by: It will be better tomorrow.

Joanie Prather is a paraeducator at Maryvale Elementary School, Rockville. She was interviewed at the school Jan. 9. Your assistant principal, Greg Mullenholz, wrote about you and said you have been at Maryvale for 40 years. That is a long time. Why have you stayed so long?

I love this school. I will retire from Maryvale, the teachers are caring, they are great. The people and the children [keep me here]. The children are willing to try, they come here in good spirits. All the people are friendly and nice. How did you get started?

I started as a sub at the old Maryvale, then Mr. Risk, I don’t know his first name he was always Mr. Risk to me, asked me if I’d like to come back and I’ve been here ever since. Tell me about the changes at Maryvale in the last 40 years.

We used to be in another building, but they tore that down and moved us here. This used to be a middle school, that’s why you see the lockers in the halls. French Immersion came 18 or 19 years ago. They said it was a temporary thing but they’re still here. The front door was always unlocked and parents could just come in. Not now. And

we used to have a crank copier machine, a mimeograph that got blue ink all over your hands, and there were typewriters. Have you learned French?

Oui. I don’t go into those classes, only on Tuesdays when we have [Individual Educational Plan meetings] and I need to cover a class. Mostly I go to the English classes where I know what they are doing. They do everything in French except specials: art, [physical education] and music and when they come to lunch. What is your favorite thing about the job?

I like to go into the classrooms or if they need a sub in P.E. I like working with the younger ones, kindergarten, first and second grades. I like them all but I like the little ones. I’ve done everything here. One day they called for a sub in the cafeteria and no one came. My friend, another paraeducator, and I did lunch, luckily it was pizza day. We got it in the oven and we got through lunch and cleaned up the cafeteria. It was fun. That was the first time I ever did that and I didn’t do it again. It was a good experience — something different. Do you have a favorite memory?

One day we were reading a story about

pioneers and I said, “I like rabbit.” To eat. These were fourth-graders and since we had been a middle school, we were still set up with a kitchen for home [economics], so I bought a rabbit and brought it in a cooked it with the children. They liked it. Another time, with second-graders, we were reading a story about potatoes and I asked them if they liked mashed potatoes and baked potatoes and many had never had a baked potato. So we cooked them and they liked them, too. Mr. Mullenholz also said you are a “pillar in the community,” can you tell me about that?

I know a lot of the children’s parents, I had some of them here and now their children are here. People stay in the community and a lot of their grandparents raise them. I know who rides which bus, who walks and who carpools. I can say, “where’s your brother.” A lot of parents will tell their children, go ask Ms. Prather then tell me what she says. “Voices in Education” is a twice-monthly feature that highlights the men and women who are involved with the education of Montgomery County’s children. To suggest someone you would like to see featured, email Peggy McEwan at pmcewan@gazette.net.

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Northwest High seniors share research projects Zoe Kaplan did not know there was a black market for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder stimulants until someone asked about buying some of hers at school one day. Since then she has researched the problem and said she is surprised at how much kids know about the use of the medications and how little parents and school administrators know about their misuse. Kaplan, who was diagnosed with ADHD in elementary school, studied the underground distribution of ADHD stimulants for her senior research project as part of the Ulysses Signature Program at Northwest High School in Germantown. She, along with 28 other seniors in the program, presented her research to classmates, faculty, family and friends Jan. 7 at the school. The seniors in the Ulysses program are required to share their research twice: once as a lecture before a class and, the second time, as an exhibit to share in at the school’s Ulysses Fair offered in the winter and spring each year. Students entering the school must apply to be a part of the Ulysses program, said Suzanne Borenzweig, the program coordinator. About 125 students from each grade participate, she said. Kaplan’s exhibit including a video of the television show “CSI” that dealt with the problem of students purchasing and using the prescription drugs. ADHD causes concentration issues, she said, and people who don’t usually need the medication like it to help them focus for tests, especially SATs. Many of the students did their research on topics connected to their future occupa-

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Robert Allsopp, a senior in the Ulysses Signature Program at Northwest High School in Germantown, discusses his senior research project with English teacher Dorothy Ellis on Jan. 7. Allsopp studied Alzheimer’s disease, examining its symptoms, causes and cures. tions — Kaplan would like to become a physician’s assistant — but others choose something they were just curious about. Sarah Lee, who often visits family in South Korea, wondered why cosmetic surgery was such big business there. “It’s so normal, so common in Korea,” she said. “It’s not seen as a negative. It’s like getting braces.” Through her research, “I came to the conclusion that the idea of beauty in the United States is that you are more than just your face, but in Korea it’s just about your face,” she said. Rachel Kim studied computer hacking for her exhibit, “Cybersecurity: The Real Deal.” Amdiel Clement took a cue from his own life to study “Academic Stress: Stressed to the Test” and Robert Allsopp created an exhibit on Alzheimer’s disease. He said the brain has always interested him. “In elementary school I did a research study on the lobes of the brain,” he said. Another group of Ulysses program studies will be pre-

sented at Northwest High on April 30 and May 1.

15 science students among nation’s tops Fifteen Montgomery County Public Schools students — out of 20 statewide — have been selected as semifinalists in the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search, a nationwide high school science competition. The students and their high schools: • Montgomery Blair in Silver Spring: Alexander N. Bour-

zutschky, Ishaun S. Datta, Neil S. Davey, Daniela I. Ganelin, Yi-Zhi He, Aanchal Johri, Jessica Shi, Hueyjong Shih and Gabriella R. Studt. • Winston Churchill in Potomac: Daniel D. Liu and Jessica G. Yau. • Richard Montgomery in Rockville: Emily Z. Ma and Suzanne L. Xu. • Poolesville: Vinay K. Sriram. • Walt Whitman in Bethesda: Lisa Deng.

The competition is administered by the Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. There were 300 semifinalists nationwide, who were chosen from a pool of nearly 1,800 entries. “I continue to be impressed by the high level of creativity, innovation, and commitment our students display in this rigorous competition,” county school Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said in a news release. The county students’ research projects covered a range of scientific topics, including cancer treatments, stem cell development and vaccinations. A list of all the semifinalists and their projects is at www.societyforscience.org. Each of the semifinalists will receive $1,000. Also, each school will receive $1,000 for each of its semifinalists, which is to be used to further excellence in science, math and engineering education. Forty finalists will be chosen Jan. 22 and will compete March 6-12 in Washington, D.C., for the top prize of $100,000.

Hispanic group honors Poolesville students Poolesville High School

seniors Andre Guzman of Gaithersburg and Carolina Zarate of Germantown were awarded scholarships for engineering and math talent at the Washington, D.C., regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards ceremony. As the gold medalist in the engineering and mathematics category, sponsored by ExxonMobil, Guzman won a $3,000 scholarship to help him pursue a degree in computer science and electrical engineering. Zarate, a silver award winner, received a $2,000 scholarship to pursue a degree in computer science.

The Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards program offers educational grants to Hispanic high school seniors chosen by regional selection committees based on their academic achievement, leadership, community service, category focus and an essay about the important role their heritage played in their success.

Open house at St. Patrick’s St. Patrick’s Catholic School

in Rockville will hold open houses for grades kindergarten through 8 on Jan. 23 and 28 and for its prekindergarten class Jan. 31. Both will be from 9 to 11 a.m. St. Patrick’s, at 4101 Norbeck Road, is an accredited Catholic school and is part of the Archdiocese of Washington. The school emphasizes excellence in academics, demonstrating faith through service and developing students skills to their fullest potential, according to a news release. For more information, call 301-929-9672, email office@ stpatrickadw.org, or visit www. stpatrickadw.org.

35 county teachers achieve certification Thirty-five Montgomery County Public Schools educators achieved certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2013. This brings the number of board-certified teachers in the school district to 672. The district surpasses all other districts in Maryland and ranks eighth among school districts nationwide in the number of new certified educators. The voluntary certification program involves a performance-based assessment that typically takes more

than a year to complete. It is designed to measure what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. The process requires teachers to demonstrate how their activities, both inside and outside the classroom, strengthen student performance and contribute to student achievement. Educators earn certification after completing a series of assessments that include teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and analyses of their classroom teaching and student learning. Candidates also complete a series of written exercises that probe the depth of their subject-matter knowledge and their understanding of how to teach those subjects to their students. Certified full-time, non-administrative Montgomery educators receive a $2,000 annual bonus. The state also provides a stipend to certified teachers who meet certain qualifications, pending annual funding.

Gaithersburg High offers summer job fair Students at Gaithersburg High School who are thinking

ahead to summer can explore job opportunities at the Summer Job Fair at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school cafeteria at 314 S. Frederick Ave. The fair is sponsored by the school and the Parent Teacher Student Association. Among the job providers who will be answering questions and taking applications at the fair will be Asbury Methodist Home in Gaithersburg; the Rockville Parks and Recreation Department; Gaithersburg’s aquatics, parks and recreation, miniature golf and water park facilities; and the Montgomery Village Foundation aquatics and parks and recreation departments. Information: carrieb@newsomseed.com.


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CELEBRATIONS HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15 A Mothers and Daughters Night out: “Let’s Talk about HPV,” from

6-7:30 p.m. at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. The best way to fight cervical cancer is to learn what can be done to prevent it. During Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, MedStar Montgomery is bringing together a group of experts who will help both mothers and daughters understand the importance of being proactive about cervical cancer screenings and vaccines. Learn about the human papillomavirus and Gardasil, the vaccine that has been proven effective in preventing HPV. www.medstarhealth.org.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 18 Girls on the Run: First Aid, 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 18 at Suburban Hospital (Lambert Building), 8710 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Receive instruction on first aid and learn the treatment of bleeding, burns, broken bones and more. This course is for GOTR coaches only. Class workbook can be purchased the day of the class for $14. Checks and cash accepted. $20. www.suburbanhospital.org.

Bruce and Dorothy Mills Kosian celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Jan. 11, 2014. They were wed on Jan. 11, 1954, at their minister’s home when Bruce was on leave from the Army. Bruce was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean War and Dorothy was a secretary in Rockville. They spent 47 years in the Derwood area until the their home was taken by eminent domain for the building of the ICC. They now reside in Gaithersburg. They have three children, Mark Kosian, Karen Kosian and Kathy Ruddle. They have four grandchildren, Keith Kosian, Heather Kosian, Stacey Ruddle Guedes and Wesley Ruddle, and one great-granddaughter, Stella Guedes. They have enjoyed their neighbors and friends all these years.

SUNDAY, JAN. 19 Childbirth Express at MedStar Montgomery, from 1-5 p.m. at

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. This condensed version will prepare couples for their labor and birth experience. Class is presented in lecture/video format. To enhance what you learn, hands-on instruction available by taking the Lamaze Techniques class. Hospital tour included. $75. www. medstarhealth.org.

TUESDAY, JAN. 21 Safe Sitter, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at

Suburban Hospital (Lambert Building), 8710 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Comprehensive training course teaches 11- to 13-year-olds the essentials of babysitting. Course includes tactics in handling emergencies basic first aid and child-care skills. Registration required. If you are interested in becoming a Safe Sitter instructor, please call 301896-2999 for more information. $95. www.suburbanhospital.org. Breastfeeding Basics at MedStar Montgomery, 7-9:30 p.m. at

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 1801 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Course is designed to offer advice and support for breastfeeding mothers. A lactation specialist will discuss topics on the healthrelated benefits of breastfeeding, practical techniques, and breastfeeding at work. $30. www.medstarhealth.org.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22 Healthy Choices, 7-8 p.m. at Suburban Hospital (Lambert Building), 8710 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Ten-week structured program to help you learn a nondiet lifestyle approach to weight management. A Suburban Hospital registered dietitian will help you get started on the best way to achieve a healthy body through nutrition, exercise and behavioral skills. $145. www.suburbanhospital.org.

SATURDAY, JAN. 25 CPR and AED at MedStar Montgomery, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

at Montgomery Medical Center, 1801 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. The Heartsaver class teaches basic CPR, rescue breathing, and relief of choking for adults, infants and children and Automated External Defibrillator use. After successful completion, the student will receive a Heartsaver AED card from the American Heart Association.

Class is for the lay community and is not adequate for individuals who have or will have patient-care responsibilities. This class is not designed for health care providers. If you are a health care provider, please register under BLS and CPR for Healthcare Professionals. $80. www.medstarhealth.org.

UPCOMING Qigong, 10:45-11:45 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 23 to Feb. 27 at Bethesda Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Second Floor, Bethesda. Focus on maintaining good health and preventing chronic ailments through the cultivation of life energy. Unlike Tai Chi, Qigong uses minimal movement, concentrates on proper alignment and meditation. Exercises can be practiced from a standing or sitting position. $70. www.suburbanhospital.org. Senior Shape: Stability Ball, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Thursdays to March 27 at the Gaithersburg Senior Center (Bohrer Park), 506 Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Taught by a certified instructor, program will tone and define core muscles and help build better balance. Dress comfortably. Bring an exercise ball, hand-held weights or speak with the instructor to determine the right kind of ball to use. $15. (Also 9-9:45 a.m. Mondays, to March 31 at the Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton, $30; 11-11:45 a.m. Tuesdays at the Margaret Schweinhaut Center, 1000 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, $30), www.suburbanhospital.org. Senior Shape: Advanced Weight Training, from 10-10:45

a.m. Fridays to March 28, at Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton. Taught by a certified instructor, this exercise program, participants perform a variety of weight-training exercises at a faster pace to increase muscu-

lar strength and endurance while getting the heart rate up. Form is emphasized to insure maximal results while keeping the joints safe. Dress comfortably. Bring a mat. $30. www.suburbanhospital.org. Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors, from 7-8:15 p.m. Mondays

to March 31, at Sibley Medical Building Conference Room 2, 5215 Loughboro Road, NW, Washington, D.C. Weekly meditative gentle and restorative yoga using mindful movement, balance and breathing techniques to help women with a history of cancer to reduce anxiety, improve quality of life and regain sense of self. $10 per class, $30 per month, scholarships available. Walk-ins welcome with cash/ check if space permits. 202-2432320. www.suburbanhospital.org.

Meditation and Mindfulness: Tools for Alleviating Stress Post Cancer Diagnosis, from 7-8 p.m.

Thursdays to March 27 at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Private Dining Room 3 (next to cafeteria), 5255 Loughboro Road, NW, Washington, D.C. Join facilitator Ashley Nunn and others with a history of cancer to learn about and practice a relaxation technique that uses focus on breathing. This practice has been shown to be effective in reducing stress, anxiety and loneliness; improving sleep; and boosting immune system. No prior experience required. Walk-ins welcome. Register at Sibley.org or call 202-243-2320. Free. www.suburbanhospital.org. Mommy & Me Club, from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, to Jan. 29, at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Program offers education and support for new mothers and their babies. Discuss with a registered nurse the practical changes that occur after a new baby arrives. Topics include breastfeeding/feeding issues, infant development, how to calm a fussy baby and get more sleep to name a few. $60. www.medstarhealth.org.

RELIGION CALENDAR ONGOING Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St., Damascus, offers traditional Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 a.m., a youth contemporary worship service at 9:30 a.m. and a service of liturgy and the word at 11 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for all ages during the school year. www.damascusumc.org. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, offers services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. each Sunday, with Sunday School for all ages scheduled at 10 a.m. Child care is offered from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A fellowship and coffee hour follows the 8:30 a.m. service. 301-365-5733, www.elcbethesda.org. 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.libertygrovechurch.org. “MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kindergar-

Rowe, Sankar Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Rowe of Damascus announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Wyatt Rowe, to Mr. Scott Edward Sankar, son of Dr. and Mrs. S. G. Sankar of Burlington, N.C. The bride-to-be graduated from Damascus High School in 2003, from Salisbury University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from the Massachusetts School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in Worcester, Mass., in 2010. Ms. Rowe is a pharmacist, employed with CVS Pharmacy, and resides in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. The prospective groom graduated from Walter Williams High School in Burlington, N.C., in 2004 and earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2008 from North Carolina State University. Mr. Sankar is the general manager of Ristorante Lidi on Daniel Island, S.C. A November 2014 wedding and reception is being planned at The Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, S.C.

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 www.TrinityELCA.org. Chancel choir auditions and rehearsals, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Liberty Grove Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Call 301-421-9166 or visit www.libertygrovechurch.org. “Healing for the Nations,” 7 p.m. every first and third Saturday of the month at South Lake Elementary School, 18201 Contour Road, Gaithersburg. Sponsored by King of the Nations Christian Fellowship, the outreach church service is open to all who are looking for hope in this uncertain world. Prayer for healing available. Translation into Spanish and French. Call 301-251-3719. Visit www.kncf.org. Geneva Presbyterian Church, potluck lunches at 11:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at 11931 Seven Locks Road, Potomac. There is no fee to attend. All are welcome to bring a dish to share; those not bringing dishes are also welcome. Call 301-4244346.

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ten, 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. Child care is provided. Ministry serves moms who have children from birth to kindergarten, encouraging moms during whatever stage of mothering they are in and provide support and fellowship with other moms in the same season of life. For more information call 301-662-1819. Email mops@fcob.net. 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.Neelsville.org. 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. kemptownumc.org. Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, conducts services

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If you thought the weather was awful last week, you should have read the cesspool of angry comments leveled at Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr on Twitter. Starr has made himself accessible on the social media site, sharing school-related news and the occasional personal thought. In return, parents, students and anyone else with electronic access can write back. On Jan. 6, amid a spell of severe cold weather, Montgomery and other school systems had to decide whether to cancel school the next day. Schools were closed in Fairfax County, Va., and opened two hours late in Prince George’s County. MontgomANYONE WHO ery County and Washington, D.C., were in the minority in CARES ABOUT CIVILITY SHOULD sticking to a normal school schedule. WORRY ABOUT reaction, predictably, THESE TIRADES VIA wasThe overwhelmingly — well, TWITTER annoyed or mad doesn’t capture it. Many people launched Twitter-length tirades that were as bitter as the outside air. Some attacked Starr’s judgment and competency. One insisted that he resign. Some of the harsher comments included raunchy insults. Then, there were the threats, such as: Starr should be hunted down and tied to a tree. Another said: Starr’s personal biography, which lists him having three children, might need be changed to having two kids if he doesn’t watch out. Get it? A few lonely voices chimed in to call for the vicious attacks to end. At least one apologized to Starr for the barrage. The wording of the tweets and the Twitter user profile photos point toward students being behind much of the vitriol, but there is no way to know without further investigation. When a similar wave of anger was directed toward Starr in December, he responded with an open letter. Referring to messages from students at the time, he wrote, “Some of these ‘tweets’ were clever, funny, and respectful, pleading for me to cancel school so they could sleep in or have more time to do their homework. Many of these tweets, however, were offensive and disturbing. Some were threatening to me and others. A few referenced my family. There was rampant use of racial epithets and curse words.” This should be a giant “whoa!” to any parent who cares about decency and civility. Just what have our kids learned? The school system superintendent, in a modern-world gesture toward access and connectedness, has invited comments from anyone, at any time. Maybe this is simply too much freedom for teens with unregulated access to electronic communication and no shame. Imagine the same exchange happening face to face: A teen addressing an adult — let alone the top school system official — by his first name, or a slang nickname, or a racial slur, and so on, down the scale of formality and respect. Some of the exchanges could rise to the level of criminal behavior — hinting about killing someone’s child? — yet Starr, magnanimously, hasn’t involved police, according to Gboyinde Onijala, a spokeswoman for the district. In his letter, Starr cited his legal responsibility to report the most violent-tinged messages to administrators and security staff. One media report quoted Starr saying principals “doled out consequences” to some students who sent the tweets, but Onijala told The Gazette that the central office left that discretion to the principals and doesn’t know if any of them took disciplinary action. Starr’s reference to “cyberbullying” in his public letter was misinterpreted by tweeters who ordered him to toughen up. Actually, the superintendent’s letter clearly and astutely raised the societal factors behind what is happening in these Twitter attacks. He wants to address how young people use social media and how it can go so wrong. Bullying, electronically and in person, is a primitive, destructive assault on a person’s pysche and well-being. It germinates in school systems, where youths sometimes crave adulation and acceptance, even at another person’s expense. Starr wrote that “the adolescent brain isn’t equipped to think long term and doesn’t calculate risk/reward ratios in the same way that adults do.” Parents need to do more than hand children a smartphone and send them on their way. Electronic devices, as these two episodes of online nastiness show, can amplify or replace inperson bullying, putting educators in a bind on how to police inappropriate behavior that doesn’t physically take place on school grounds. Onijala said the school system offers parents plenty of ideas and advice for talking to their children about the proper way to act online and offline. Now, the district might do more, through a work group examining “cybercivility.” Onijala said there are no specific plans or timetables yet for the group, which will include students. We commend Starr for thinking productively rather than punitively. May the effort toward detoxifying our daily discourse continue.

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Term limits might not solve the problem

MICHELLE GREEN

Officials for Montgomery Child Care Association Inc. say that over the winter holidays, one of their buses was vandalized with foam from a fire extinguisher.

Shocked, disgusted at vandalism Montgomery Child Care Association Inc. has provided child care and early education to the families of Montgomery County for over 40 years. MCCA takes an active role in supporting the communities that we serve and is dedicated to providing high quality and affordable child care. This December, on the Sunday before New Year’s, we discovered that a school bus at one of our programs located in the Beverly Farms neighborhood in Potomac had been vandalized. The vandals entered the bus, used the fire extinguisher to spray foam all over the interior of the bus, and then defecated on the driver’s seat. A scooter abandoned nearby suggested that neighborhood youth may

have been involved in this senseless act. We reported the incident to the Montgomery County Police, who attempted to recover fingerprints from the scene. We cleaned and sanitized the bus at great expense and bought a new fire extinguisher. The young children in our program missed two days of field trips while the bus was out of commission and the children had a hard time understanding why. After our initial shock and disgust passed, we were left to wonder what would motivate young people to engage in this type of behavior — anger, contempt, or possibly worse, a complete lack of empathy for the impact of their actions on others? We also wondered

whether the parents of these young vandals have any idea at all that their children are capable of such vile behavior against a longtime neighborhood nonprofit that provides an essential service to their community. As the new year begins, and our children return to school, let us resolve as parents, caregivers and educators to model self-control and compassion, and to develop responsible citizens with strong social and emotional foundations. We teach these values to our youngest children; we should expect more of our youth.

Michelle Martineau Green The writer is the executive director of the Montgomery Child Care Association Inc. in Rockville.

Support for Kleine for District 5 I am writing in strong support of Andrew Kleine for the “caretaker” seat on the Montgomery County Council. I served with Andrew on the Central Committee and he served as the president of our Citizens Association. Andrew would bring a skill set to the council that would be of incalculable help in these tight budget times. His experience in public finance and management would give our county help way beyond the pay scale of the position. We are privileged to be offered his assistance on a temporary basis and should take full advantage of that offer by allowing him to serve us.

Beth Siniawsky, Silver Spring

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Paul and JoAnn Schimke raise very valid concerns regarding last November’s “No Selection Election” [“Term limits needed in Gaithersburg,” letters, Jan 8]. However, it is unclear that their proposed remedy, term limits for the mayor and council members, would be in the city’s long-term best interest. The fact that no one stepped forward to challenge the three incumbents may reflect a public consensus that the city is wellmanaged. It may also reflect the fact that currently there are no burning issues that serve to polarize the electorate. These factors could change. Both the mayor and one council member have announced plans to seek higher office. Vacancies in city government will occur through attrition. A few years hence, many neighborhoods will be convulsed for years by construction of the Corridor Cities Transitway. Issues will arise that will test Gaithersburg’s governance and encourage electoral challenges. For the moment, however, one is reminded of Joni Mitchell’s memorable lyrics: “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” No need to force the issue.

Bill Fallon, Gaithersburg

E-ZPass puts limits on ICC While part of the problem with the use of the ICC (Md. 200) maybe the high cost of the tolls, the real problem may be the fact that one has to have E-ZPass. If one doesn’t have an E-ZPass, then there is a $3 surcharge adding to the toll cost ($6 roundtrip extra regardless of the toll). Maryland charges $18 a year to have their E-ZPass, plus keeping at least $25 in the account. The commuter with limited funds or the infrequent user may not want to pay that much for so little.

Dr. Alan S. Kaplan, Rockville

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It’s election year. Every aspect decision that pit bulls are “inherof the 2014 Maryland General As- ently dangerous.” Common law sembly session, which convened says owners and landlords aren’t Wednesday, hinges on that all- liable unless an animal has shown important fact. The chief aim (the prior viciousness (the “one bite” sole aim?) of every state lawmaker rule). The court’s decision creis to either get re-elected or to get ates liability chaos. Also, pit bulls elected to the next-highest office. are not a distinct breed. And how Only the lame ducks aren’t laser- about crossbreeds? A legislafocused on career entive correction is in the hancement. works. Adding to the Another court deanxiety is this year’s cision, that criminal early primary elecdefendants must have tion date, June 24, counsel (public defendjust 10 weeks after ers) at bail hearings bethe session adjourns. fore a commissioner, Whose idea was it could cost the state to put an election more than $30 million so close to income a year. Legislative leadtax-filing day? Iners have decided to kick MY MARYLAND that can down the road cumbents worry that there’s not enough until next year. BLAIR LEE time for voters to forStatehouse incumgive or forget. bents also must apply And the $300 million budget cosmetic surgery to a couple of surplus that incumbents built state scandals that are embarrassinto last year’s budget so there’d ing their gubernatorial favorite, be plenty of election-year loot Anthony Brown. to spread around is gone. InFirst, there’s the Black Guerstead, this year’s state spend- rilla Family federal bust at the ing, as usual, exceeds projected state-run Baltimore city jail, revenues, a $500 million deficit where corrupt guards were helpdowner. ing an inmate gang run the joint, But Gov. O’Malley and the including conjugal visits with the Dems have a solution — put it female guards. After O’Malley on the credit card. Just borrow an pronounced the scandal “a posiadditional $75 million annually tive development,” a legislative for the next five years and let the task force decided who’s to blame next governor worry about Mary- ... the building! That’s right, the land’s skyrocketing debt service, solution is a new $533 million jail. the largest increase of all budget Seriously. categories, climbing from $233 The task force also recommillion in 2015 to $557 million in mended new disciplinary rules 2019. Call it Detroit financing. for the guards, but if you believe Another solution to the lack state lawmakers are going to of state money is to spend some- stand up to the public employee body else’s money. That’s why unions in an election year, I’ve state lawmakers are falling over got some Lehman Brothers themselves to raise the state’s stock I’d like to sell you. Heck, $7.25-per-hour minimum wage. O’Malley and the Dems enacted The state won’t have to pay the the 2010 “Corrections Officers new increases; employers will. Bill of Rights,” which, as the feds Incumbents have taken a lot of observed, results in “no effective heat for passing the infamous “rain punishment” for corrupt guards. tax,” one of the dumbest laws ever So, instead of placing blame, we’ll enacted. But after all the posturing build a new jail. is over, the powerful environmenSpeaking of placing blame, tal lobby will prevent its repeal. At who takes the fall for Maryland’s most, it might be delayed until after $150 million Obamacare website the election, but, more likely, it will fiasco? Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown be softened for nonprofits and reli- was in charge but, when the webgious properties. site crashed in October, the party Some unfinished business in- line was, “We’re focused on fixing cludes resolving a mindless court it, we’ll place blame later.” Well,

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“later” is here. But you’re about to see one of the greatest magic acts in state history. Somehow, the blame will fall on the bureaucrats, on the contractors or on anyone else except Brown, who’s been endorsed by the legislature’s leadership, by O’Malley and by most Democratic incumbents. Finally, here’s my nominee for this session’s wild card sleeper issue, legalizing marijuana, which could get legs for these reasons: One, most incumbents are Dems whose re-election depends on winning their Dem primary in their Dem districts, where pot is popular. A 2012 Gonzales poll on medical marijuana showed 63 percent of Maryland’s likely voters in favor, but 70 percent of Dems. Two, for blacks and liberals it’s a civil rights issue; legalization would end so-called racial bias in pot convictions. Three, Senate President Mike Miller is in favor because he wants the pot tax revenue, the same reason why he backed slots and casinos. Four, Del. Heather Mizeur’s only chance for winning the governor’s race is her legalizing pot pledge, so she’ll be pot’s Joan of Arc in this year’s session. Five, House Speaker Mike Busch and O’Malley are opposed but Busch is famous for caving in (i.e., slots and casinos), and O’Malley’s veto might act as a perverse incentive for lawmakers who want to vote for legalization without it actually happening. Likewise, lame-duck lawmakers, immune from re-election pressure, may cast surprising votes. To make it more palatable, recreational pot may be recast as decriminalization or as unrestricted medical marijuana (like California). But, whatever they call it, 2014 may be the year when the Free State becomes the Weed State.

We don’t need hunts to manage deer Every public park near our home in Montgomery County displays yellow signs warning the public of its impending closure during January and February 2014, when “trained sharpshooters” will roam the forests from dusk to dawn in a futile attempt to cull the deer population. Research has shown that in areas where such “management” occurs, the deer population actually increases. It makes sense — surviving deer have less competition over scarce food sources and nature fights back with an increase in multiple births the following season. There are much better and more humane ways to keep the deer population under control such as fencing, birth control, and using trained dogs to herd the deer. Rapid City, S.D., has been killing deer since 1996 with unclear effect and at a cost of over $350,000. In Lewis Morris Park, N.J., an annual deer cull since 1996 produced the following effect: 63.2 deer per square mile in 1996, 65 deer per square mile in 2009. After 17 years of deer culling, the city of Stevens Point, Wis., concluded that the deer population’s rate has remained unchanged. Is it possible that these “management” practices actually are causing a larger problem and giving hunters an excuse to invade our parks? Deer have a relevant role in our ecosystem only we have not adequately explored this angle. A recent article in the Journal of Wildlife Management states that high deer populations enrich the soil with their droppings creating hospitable environment useful for its forest creatures. Deer grazing on tree saplings have also shown to enhance the moisture of the soil.

There is no scientific evidence to support that deer are preventing our forests from regenerating. In New York near Binghamton University researchers clearly showed why deer culling not only had no positive effects but also long-term negative affects on our ecosystem. They found that the presence of deer is actually helpful to other animal species, and that programs to reduce their populations may be detrimental to a region’s biodiversity. “Culling deer may cascade into affecting plants, salamanders and other creatures in ways we can’t even imagine,” said Ohio State University researcher Katherine Greenwald. “Officials need to know more about the forest ecosystem before making decisions about wildlife management.” Another study showed that some forest understory-dwelling birds benefit from deer grazing, and that the presence of deer decreased populations of rodents that preyed on ground birds’ nests. Culling practices have also shown little if no impact on the tick population. Deer are much less likely than other hosts (such as mice) to transmit a bacterial infection to feeding ticks. Deer then actually may play an important role in reducing the incidence of Lyme disease. We neglect to take into account our role in destroying the deer’s habitat and their predators. The least we can do is leave the parks as our sanctuary and theirs — for our families and future generations. Let’s find cheaper and better ways of creating safe sanctuaries for all of us — people and deer alike.

Avi Goldscheider, Potomac

Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in the Business Gazette. His past columns are available at www. gazette.net/blairlee. His email address is blairleeiv@gmail.com.

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HOW THEY RANK BOYS The 10 best boys’ basketball teams in Montgomery County as ranked by The Gazette’s sports staff:

Rank 1.

School

Record Pts

Bullis

12-3 60

2.

Montrose Christian 7-5 52

3.

St. Andrew’s

11-1 48

4.

Springbrook

9-1 44

5.

Gaithersburg

10-1 35

6.

Rockville

8-2 29

6.

Montgomery Blair 9-2 26

8.

Clarksburg

8-3 15

9.

Walt Whitman

9-3 11

10.

Poolesville

8-2 10

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Others receiving votes:

None.

BEST BET

Springbrook at Clarksburg, 5:15 p.m. Friday: Four versatile

scorers — Springbrook’s Robinson twins, Clarksburg’s Josh Hardy and Xavier Sewell — square off.

TOP SCORERS

Name, school A. Trier, Montrose Christian J. Friedman, Sandy Spring W. English, McLean I. Kallon, Wheaton M. Adkison, St. Andrew’s N. Segura, The Heights J. Bradshaw, Einstein I. Grigsby, The Heights K. Williams, Kennedy T. Stottlemyer, Poolesville

PPG 26.9 26.2 23.3 21.4 20.8 20.2 19.0 18.9 18.3 18.1

GIRLS The 10 best girls’ basketball teams in Montgomery County as ranked by The Gazette’s sports staff:

Rank 1.

School

2.

Record Pts

Damascus

11-2 60

Paint Branch

10-1 54

3.

John F. Kennedy

7-1 45

4.

Walt Whitman

10-2 44

4.

Good Counsel

8-5 36

6.

Poolesville

9-1 31

7.

Seneca Valley

8-3 24

8.

Holy Child

11-3 15

9.

Montgomery Blair 9-2 14

10.

Thomas S. Wootton 7-4 5

Others receiving votes:

James H. Blake, 2.

BEST BET

Wootton at Gaithersburg, 7 p.m. Friday: The Patriots (7-4, 4-0)

take a five-game winning streak into Gaithersburg (6-4, 3-1).

TOP SCORERS

Name, school K. Prange, Damascus B. Beckwith, Quince Orchard S. Addison, Wootton D. Harris, Paint Branch W. Carmack, Poolesville J. Karim-Duvall, Churchill K. Meredith, Northwest K. Colston, Paint Branch D. Lerner, Jewish Day D. Walker, Watkins Mill

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Northwood High School’s Christian Reyes (front) played last fall with a torn ACL and suffered compartment syndrome following surgery.

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It started with pop. In September’s season-opener, Northwood High School football player Christian Reyes sacked Poolesville’s quarterback and took a cleat to his right knee. The second-team All-Gazette kicker and talented defensive lineman said he heard “a huge pop” in his right leg and suspected the injury was serious, but carried on throughout the fall. Despite the injured knee, Reyes, who is right-footed, averaged 40.6 yards

If there is one thing swimmers do well, it’s push themselves to extraordinary heights. Therefore, as one of the Washington, D.C. area’s fastest sprinters, it goes completely against Winston Churchill High School senior Alicia Tiberino’s nature to hold back. It was the inherent internal drive of a swimmer that kept her competitive during two years of shoulder issues that started in 2011, but her body’s limitations that prevented her from going all out the way every fiber in her being wanted to. “I’m a sprinter, I have to move my arms fast but it hurt,” Tiberino said. “I was always thinking, ‘Don’t push too hard, don’t push too hard,’ and everyone was passing me. It was terrible.” No one could have blamed Tiberino for walking away from the sport; she said her parents even asked her on occasion why she put herself through so much pain. It was for the hope of swimming best times again, for helping Churchill compete for another Metros title, and for milestones like signing her letter of intent in the fall to compete at the Division I level next year at Saint Francis (Pa.) University. Tiberino waited out the storm and these days is pain-free for the first time in a long time, she said, which

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per punt and was perfect as a field goal kicker. The junior converted all 13 extra point attempts, both of his field goals and had two punts for more than 60 yards, according to Northwood coach Dennis Harris. “I always felt a tingle and a little spasm attack every time I punted, but I’ve been to so many punting camps that I developed the instinct,” Reyes said. Reyes was also a force on the defensive line, recording 39 tackles, four sacks and nine tackles for loss. “It didn’t appear to slow him down

at all,” senior teammate Lucas Kane said. “I honestly forgot that his knee was even bothering him.” After Northwood’s 2-8 season ended, Reyes had the knee checked out and was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and a strained posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). He had surgery on Dec. 23, but that’s when the worst of it came. Complications followed the ACL surgery and Reyes, 16, was diagnosed with compartment syndrome: a poten

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Winston Churchill High School swimmer Alicia Tiberino warms up before her team’s meet against Walter Johnson on Saturday.

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PPG 19.7 18.7 18.4 17.6 17.4 17.4 17.0 16.9 16.8 16.7

Two years of shoulder issues doesn’t slow Tiberino

ERIC GOLDWEIN STAFF WRITER

Some basketball players struggle using their off hands, but not Damascus High School’s Lauren Green. The senior shooting guard turned hers into an useful option. Making plays with her left and right, Green is having her best high school season and has developed into one of Montgomery County’s top scoring threats. She is averaging 15.5 points

per game, using her versatile skill-set to help the Swarmin’ Hornets off to an 11-2 start. “Because she uses both hands so well, she can get to the basket and score at any angle,” Damascus coach Steve Pisarski said. Green said she has been working to improve her left hand since she started playing basketball about 10 years ago. “When I was younger, my dad (Bob Green) really pushed to work my off-hand as well as my strong hand. ... Every drill that we did, we did it on the right side and the left side,” Green said.

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Damascus High School’s Lauren Green has taken on an increased role this winter.


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went about her business, scoring points for Churchill and embracing her role as an important team leader and role model for younger athletes. Brendan Roddy said he had no idea how much pain Tiberino was in, and how would he? It was not reflected in her results. As a freshman, she helped Churchill win its second Metros title in three years with 35 points, second only to then junior Natalya Ares, who is currently in her sophomore season at Division I University of Richmond. As a sophomore, Tiberino racked up 36 points off two top 6 individual results and last winter, finished fifth in the 100-yard freestyle. Though Tiberino might not be Churchill’s highest scorer, her consistency is invaluable, Roddy said. Every single point matters at a championship meet — Churchill won the

Continued from Page B-1 can only mean good things for the undefeated Bulldogs as they look to reclaim the Metros title from defending champion Thomas S. Wootton. “I knew I didn’t want to quit,” Tiberino said. “I love how I feel in the water when you’re just going fast. That’s not something I wanted to let go of. ... At the beginning of this year it didn’t hurt anymore and I felt like a new person.” Tiberino is used to defying odds. At 5-foot-4 on a good day, she is typically smaller than most of her competitors and often reminded of the challenges that presents. But she refused to be defined by the recent shoulder injury, she said. Tiberino kept the pain and frustration to herself and

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2012 title by two points and finished second by six points in 2013 — and she has been among the Bulldogs’ top contributors since her freshman year. Her ability to understand how meets work and the team effort that goes into creating a championship team have also been integral to the program, Roddy said. Those qualities, along with Tiberino’s sheer racing abilities, make her vital in the lead-off position in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays. The Bulldogs won the 400-yard freestyle relay at last year’s Metros in an automatic All-American time of 2 minutes, 28.01 seconds and finished second in the 200yard freestyle relay to a Katie Ledecky-led Stone Ridge squad. “[Tiberino] understands the dynamics of a team and

Green, 5-foot-8, is scoring from all over the court, Pisarski said. “She’s got a great basketball mind, she’s got that basketball mentality,” Pisarski said. “She thinks the game very well.” Green’s right-handed shot

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Winston Churchill High School swimmer Alicia Tiberino swims the 100 meter freestyle at a meet against Walter Johnson at Montgomery College in Takoma Park on Saturday afternoon.

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Continued from Page B-1 tially life-threatening condition occurring when excessive pressure builds up in an enclosed body space. The condition can sometimes result in paralysis. Reyes said he had “a huge blood clot” in his calf and his swollen leg was “about as big as a basketball and as hard as a rock.” On Christmas, the kicker underwent surgery at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He remained there for more than two weeks, undergoing several procedures on his leg. Reyes said he was transferred to Georgetown Hospital on Monday. “It was really tough for me,” Reyes said. “And it’s still tough for me right now to accept the fact that I’m really hurt and I can’t do anything about it.” The timing could not have been worse for Reyes, who is trying to earn a football scholarship. “I just don’t want my parents to pay a dime for college,” he said. But he remains optimistic that he can return and said he feels fortunate that the symptoms weren’t worse. He estimated that he would be 70 percent healthy next season, adding that it could take two years to fully recover. There are risks; Reyes said that playing football could increase the chance of symptoms returning in the future. “That’s definitely a tough situation and like I told him, it’s about him being healthy,” Harris said. “Don’t worry about trying to rush back and play football. You have your entire life to live and you don’t want do something to jeopardize that.” Reyes said he was unsure when he would be released from the hospital and would return to school in a wheelchair on Jan. 27 at the earliest. “I still believe that after every surgery, I’m going to come back stronger. I know that for sure,” Reyes said. egoldwein@gazette.net


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History wasn’t doing the Damascus High School boys’ basketball team any favors when it visited undefeated Gaithersburg Friday night. The Swarmin’ Hornets were always competitive, having five of their eight losses decided by 11 points or less, including a two-point loss to Central Valley, a six-point loss to Clarksburg, another two-point heartbreaker to Watkins Mill and another sixpoint loss to Bethesda-Chevy Chase. The problem? Free

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BY TRAVIS MEWHIRTER throw shooting. Combined between the losses to the Coyotes, Wolverines and Barons, Damascus went 39-for-71 from the line, a ghastly 55 percent. So forgive coach Butch Marshall if he wasn’t brimming with confidence when the Trojans began fouling to stop the clock on Friday night. But then something strange happened: the Hornets made 8-of-9 in the final four minutes to seal a 61-56 upset of the thenNo. 3 Trojans, ruining Gaithersburg’s shot at perfection. Stephon Jacob went 4-for-5 in scoring 21 points, Matthew Torrence 4-for-4, and Joseph Daniels 2-for-2. “It should give us a lot more confidence, especially when we step up to the line,” Marshall said. “It gave our guys the confidence that you can go into any environment and win. We’ve had that a couple times where we have the opportunities and miss the free throws. It was a big plus because when we have a lead and they’re fouling, when you knock those down it makes a big, big difference.” Marshall made sure to note that Gaithersburg was without leading scorer Anthony Tarke (17.8 ppg), who rolled his ankle in a 52-48 win over Quince Orchard two nights before, and

Betsy Knox (right) of Walt Whitman High School looks to shoot against Maggie McClain of host Montgomery Blair on Friday.

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Gaithersburg High School’s Aaron King (front) was not at full strength due to injury when the Trojans were upset by Damascus on Friday. that point guard Aaron King also wasn’t fully healthy, having hurt his back and operating at what Gaithersburg coach Tom Sheahin estimated to be “75 percent.” “We were banged up but Damascus had a great game plan, awesome game plan, and they spread us out,” Sheahin said. “It just seemed like they got every loose ball, even balls that were tipped out of bounds seemed to go their way.” Any bounces from the rim weren’t helping, either. The Trojans made just one field goal in a 3-point second quarter to head into the half down 23-18 and played from behind for the remainder of the game. Sheahin, while disappointed by the loss, wasn’t crushed by it. It was an out-ofconference game still early in the season with two of his best playmakers either out or nagged by an injury. Tarke had warmed up, testing out the ankle, before the coach ultimately decided to sit him.

“We start out with 10 of our first 13 games on the road,” Sheahin said. “If you would have told me we’d be 10-1 at this point in the season, I’d be very happy. Very rarely in sports does somebody go undefeated, it’s a hard thing to do.” The Trojans responded by attending a voluntary team practice the next morning at 8:30 — an hour and a half before the scheduled start time of 10 a.m. “The big thing was we handled it really well,” Sheahin said. “They handled it very well.” Unfortunately for Damascus, any momentum from the win will essentially stop there. The Hornets have an 11-day layoff for exams before getting a rematch with the Wolverines. “I wish we could play tonight, tomorrow night, last night,” Marshall joked. “Everything kind of aligned for us.” tmewhirter@gazette.net

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The Georgetown Prep swimming and diving team defeated three-time defending Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving champion and historical rival DeMatha in a tri-meet held Saturday in Bethesda. The Little Hoyas, who are undefeated to start the 2013-14

PREP NOTEBOOK BY GAZETTE STAFF season and poised to have a successful championship season, prevailed 101-85 over Gonzaga and 130-50 over DeMatha. Prep won 10 of 12 events Saturday and finished two in the top three of six races. The Little Hoyas’ tremendous junior class accounted for five of eight individual events. Grant Goddard and Carsten Vissering won two events apiece. Both have broken Prep pool records early this winter, Goddard in the 200-yard freestyle and Vissering in the 200yard individual medley. — JENNIFER BEEKMAN

Richard Montgomery’s Song to swim at Columbia There are no athletic scholarships offered in Ivy League sports but after giving his verbal commitment to swim at Columbia University, Richard Montgomery senior Gregory Song recently signed a document that for all intents and purposes acted as his national letter of intent to swim for the Lions in 2014-15. A top 10 indi-

vidual scorer at last year’s Metros, Song has been integral in the Rockets’ recent success. A third-place finisher at last winter’s state championship meet, Richard Montgomery is making quite the campaign for itself as a major postseason contender this championship season. With Saturday’s win over defending state runner-up Montgomery Blair, the Rockets remain the only undefeated boys’ team in the county’s top division with Saturday’s contest against a .500 Winston Churchill team closing out its division schedule. — JENNIFER BEEKMAN

Tilton continues to impress on QO’s mat Quince Orchard heavyweight wrestler Connor Tilton maintained his impressive start to the season by scoring a big win against Urbana’s Nick Keller in the championship match of the Hub Cup Tournament at North Hagerstown High School. A tournament that always features a stacked field of competition, Tilton added this win to his Mad Mats title from December and appears on track to potentially better his third-place finish in the state tournament from a season ago. — NICK CAMMAROTA

Clarksburg performs well at Montgomery Invite The Coyotes had a strong showing at Saturday’s Montgomery Invitational indoor track meet with Claudia Ababio, Alexus Pyles and Carlos Vanzego all placing at the event. Ababio, a senior shot putter, tookfirstplace(42feet,4.5inches). Pyles, a sophomore, placed sec-

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Carlos Vanzego of Clarksburg competes in the triple jump finals Saturday during the Montgomery County Invitational.

ond in the high jump (5-4) and third in the 55-meter hurdles (8.43 seconds). Vanzego, who started jumping last spring, recorded a personal best in the triple jump (45-09) and finished second. “He’s really, really progressed a lot. It’s exciting,” Clarksburg coach Scott Mathias said. Montgomery County had several second-place finishers, including John F. Kennedy’s Devon Hairston (55 hurdles), Col. Zadok Magruder’s Bethany White (55), Thomas S. Wootton’s Urgy Eado (800), Poolesville’s Chase Weaverling (3,200), Walt Whitman’s Clare Severe (mile) and Richard Montgomery’s boys 3,200 relay team. — ERIC GOLDWEIN

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The Walt Whitman High School girls’ basketball team doesn’t have one top scorer; it has about five. Sophomore Marie Hatch is leading the team with just 10.1 points per game, but the Vikings (10-2, 5-0) have several players capable of taking over on any given night. Lately, freshman guard Abby Meyers has carried the offense. She tallied a personal best 15 points in Friday’s 65-38 victory over Montgomery Blair and a team-high 12 points in a win over Richard Montgomery. “She fits right in, like you wouldn’t even know that she’s a freshman,” senior Avery Witt said. “She goes out on the court and plays so well. I love it.” Whitman has won nine

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loss to Bishop McNamara with a 65-50 victory over St. Mary’s Ryken (5-8) last week followed by a 62-57 win over Georgetown Visitation (10-2), and has now won three of its last four games. Senior Stacey Koutris stepped up in the last two wins, scoring a combined 35 points. Junior Nicole Enabosi is averaging a teamhigh 11.1 points and has hit double-figures in all but three games. The Falcons (8-5, 3-2) are competing for a top spot in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. Paul VI Catholic (11-3, 6-0) and Elizabeth Seton (12-3, 6-1) rank first and second in the WCAC, respectively.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK BY ERIC GOLDWEIN straight and is in first place in the Montgomery 4A South Division after ending Blair’s (9-2, 4-1) eight-game winning streak. The Vikings’ last loss came Dec. 14 against private school Bishop McNamara. Winston Churchill (6-6, 3-2) has won three straight and sits in third place in the division after defeating Walter Johnson, Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Richard Montgomery. The Bulldogs are undefeated since their Jan. 4 overtime loss to Blair.


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Before the season started, Montgomery Blair High School’s co-op ice hockey team had two factors that were arguably working against it. The first, and one that was resolved rather quickly, was that it appeared as though Blair would exceed the number of players from one school who were allowed to participate on a co-op team, forcing the Blazers to play as a single-school club. That turned out not to be the case, however, as Kevin McCabe’s team powered forward with the same makeup it’s had in past seasons. The second, and more intangible factor, was wondering how the team would respond given that the roster didn’t contain a single senior. Every player, from leading scorer Max Kronstadt (13 goals, 9 assists, 22 points) to freshman goalie Jake Zastrow, had no more than two years of varsity experience heading into the year. So, despite the fact that a significant amount of talent, especially on defense, was on Blair’s side, no one was quite sure how good the team would actually be. “Truth be told, we’re a hair better than I thought we were going to be,” said McCabe, now in his 15th season. “Somewhere along the line they got the hockey bug — playing in summer leagues, going to camps, making themselves upwardly mobile, striving to basically improve every aspect of their game — and it’s translated into more success for the team.” Through seven games, the Blazers boast a 5-1-1 record in the MSHL with their only loss coming against the team ahead of them in the standings, the D.C. Stars (6-1-0). Alongside Kronstadt, junior captain Sebastian Rubenstein has contributed a significant chunk of offensive support with 10 goals and 11 assists (21 points). But make no mistake, said McCabe, this is far from a team with one or two standout individuals who make things work. “This is probably the most balanced team I’ve had,” McCabe said. “I’ve had better hockey players in the past,

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Montgomery Blair ice hockey player Sebastian Rubinstein skates against Northwest on Friday. but they can’t be on the ice at all times. With this group, I can take one line off the ice, replace them with five more guys and we’re not missing a beat.” In addition to Kronstadt and Rubenstein, Kenny Johnson, Javy Lopez-Casertano, Ty Wilson, Eddie Ilgenfritz and Kristina Rexford all are part of the junior class that has been thrust into a leadership role one year early. “Our juniors are trying to be there for the freshman like the seniors have been there

for us in the past,” Rubenstein said. “It’s different not having any seniors, but it could work to our advantage.” After every game, Rubenstein is meticulous about having a lengthy team chat to break down what went well and what needs improvement. Whether it’s clearing the puck out of the defensive end or tightening positioning on the power play, the team always has plenty to discuss. “One of the things our team has learned is that we

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kind of feel like we haven’t played our best game yet this year,” Rubenstein said. “We’re trying to get better each and every week and hopefully we can keep it up.” McCabe said while the Blazers are strong defensively, they can also fly through the neutral zone and play fast when they need to. His biggest concern this preseason was goaltending, which has been addressed by the rapidly-improving Zastrow (4.71 GAA). “He’s not Dominik Hasek yet, but he’s athletic and playing well enough for us to win,” McCabe said. Johnson, another member of the talented junior class, said he also didn’t expect Blair to be quite this good at the start of the season, but also is aware of the opportunity ahead to create some special memories if all goes well. “In the big games when it’s close, we’re the people that coach looks for to get us out of those tough situations and to get some goals up on the board,” Johnson said. “I don’t think having no seniors holds us back at all. We’re out there to play as a team and if you go out there and play as a team, the goals will come.” Added McCabe: “It’s encouraging for me as a coach to see that kind of intensity and that kind of camaraderie because it doesn’t come along very often. If you play poker long enough, you get dealt a good hand. And as a coach, I’ve been dealt a good hand.” ncammarota@gazette.net

Bolted tightly a few feet above the basketball hoops at Walt Whitman High School are square, black Daktronics shot clocks. As for nearly every boys’ game, it remains blank, just a barely noticeable decoration above the hoop. And that portends some very good things for this year’s Vikings. The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association has not yet adopted a shot clock for boys’ basketball. Teams can drag out possessions for as long as they please, which has resulted in some textbook, fundamental and unselfish basketball for the 9-3 Vikings. During a critical 4A South Division matchup with Richard Montgomery on Jan. 8, the ninthranked Vikings drove and dished, swung the ball around the perimeter and, finally, when all that movement begat an open jumper or layup, the opponents defense thoroughly scrambled, the ball went up. Forty-nine percent of the time, the shot went in, and the result was a 49-24 victory over the then-No. 10 Rockets. “We did a really good job staying patient, getting the shots we wanted,” Vikings coach Chris Lun said. “That’s one of the things we stressed. We can’t let teams force us into doing what they want to do and [Jan. 8] we did a good job doing what we wanted to do. We were pretty patient tonight. We didn’t have many turnovers, didn’t force many bad shots.” There is a drill that Whitman runs in practice called the “Kansas drill.” It’s a game to 50. Each pass in the offense is worth one, a made basket is two, so quick shots are more severely punished than a real game situation where points only come when the ball goes through the hoop. The daily repetition of Kansas drills has produced an uber-efficient offense that hovers around 50 percent shooting while blowing teams out by an average of 19.8 through their first nine wins. “We’ve been really practicing on offense being patient,” said Riley Shaver, who scored a gamehigh 17 points against Richard Montgomery. “By doing that, we took them out of their rhythm and it took them out of their game. We just took the right shots.” There are two oft-cited clichés in sports: “defense wins championships,” and the flip side to that, “the best defense is a good offense.” Lun has found a way to combine the two, with a small

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Walt Whitman High School’s Riley Shaver is a part of the boys’ basketball team’s success.

tweak: the best defense can be a patient offense, which leads to wins. Lun has been coaching the Vikings for a decade now. He has seenwhathappenstohighschoolers when an opposing team runs through their offensive sets for a minute, 90 seconds, two minutes: they want the ball back so they can score. Defense isn’t glamorous, and being on that side of the ball is exhausting, arduous work. As the Vikings wore down the Rockets through pass after pass, layup after layup, Richard Montgomery became more prone to hoisting up quick, forced shots that rarely found the net (the Rockets shot just 9-of-44 from the field) when they had the ball in their hands. “That’s the goal,” Lun said. “We stress that because if teams make us work, we come down and we want to go get that quick shot because we’re tired of playing defense and then we’re playing defense again. We’re not stall ball but we’re being patient.” Sophomore shooting guard Kyle Depollar, a transfer from The Heights and the team’s leading scorer, recalled a time when the Vikings were a little more liable to take unadvisable shots. The first such occasion, the season-opener against Georgetown Prep, wasn’t entirely their fault because there was a shot clock that maxed their possessions at 35 seconds. The second, a 52-47 loss to Rockville, still stings a bit. The Vikings held an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter before taking the bait and running with the Rams, diving headlong into a fast-paced game that ultimately led to their demise. “We definitely learned from that,” Depollar said. “We learned that when we have a lead, we need to be a lot more patient and just win the game.” Nine wins succeeded that pair of opening losses, three by 30-point margins and another three by at least 15. During that run, only three teams broke into the 50s, and none scored more than 52. tmewhirter@gazette.net


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After graduating from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, choreographer Robert Priore spent a year dancing with Ohio’s renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company in Ohio. Now it’s the company’s time to journey east and visit him for the first time in North Bethesda, where he is resident choreographer for the CityDance Conservatory at Strathmore.

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The Dayton troupe will perform a piece it commissioned from Priore as part of “Emergence,” a program entirely choreographed by Priore, running Saturday and Sunday at the CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore. “It’s my first stab at creating a night all by myself,” said Priore. “It’s all my vocabulary and my vision.” Priore said he’s been working on the program since August and initially thought of dancing in it himself, but decided instead to step back and focus on the big picture. “I had wanted to dance, but I thought if I wanted to really convey [what I want to convey], I had better take myself out,” he said. The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company was founded in 1968 by dancer and future MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient Jeraldyne Blunden, who died in 1999. The company is presently run by her daughter (Debbie Blunden-Diggs), Priore said. Priore danced with DCDC’s second company for a year and also choreo-

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According to Laura Bollettino, executive director at the School of Rock of Silver Spring, the philosophy behind the unconventional music school is “if you tell [children] they can do something, then they think they can and they do it.” “You tell them, get on-stage at The Fillmore and they say, ‘Yeah, why wouldn’t I get on stage at The Fillmore?’” Bollettino said. “Any adult would be paralyzed with fear.” Students from the School of

Rock in Silver Spring will prove Bollettino right on Sunday when they take the stage at the venue. The afternoon concert will showcase musicians from the school’s School of Rock 101 program, Performance Program, Adult Program, Silver Spring School of Rock House Band and special guest performers, Philadelphia-based Swift Technique. There will be a second show at Comet Ping Pong in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 26. School of Rock was founded in 1998 by Paul Green. There are currently more than 15,000 students enrolled in 125 schools across seven countries.

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SCHOOL OF ROCK n When: 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 n Where: Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $15 n For information: 301-9609999, fillmoresilver spring.com

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graphed two pieces for the troupe, which encouraged him to keep at it. In “Emergence” there are four new works and six others that have been performed before, said Piore, who is presenting the show with a mix of Dayton dancers and current and former students of the Conservatory.

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The Capitol Arts Network continues to spotlight “Its Own” to Jan. 25 with its inaugural resident artists’ exhibition. Pictured: “Tiger wading” by Susan Shalowitz.

The Capitol Arts Network will continue to spotlight “Its Own,” to Jan. 25 as part of an inaugural resident artists’ exhibition at the gallery in Rockville’s Twinbrook district. The January show is designed to be the first in a series of periodic exhibits highlighting the work of its more than 50 resident artists. Thirty-seven painters, sculptors, photographers and additional artisans already working in Capitol Arts Network studios are slated to take part, as well as newcomers who will become residents of the organization’s new 16-studio annex in January. For more information, visit www.capitolartsnetwork.com.

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Appalachian singers Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle have revived the traditional art of “crankies,” and incorporated it into their show which combines fiddle and banjo music, ballads, harmony singing, storytelling and flatfoot dancing.

Audiences are invited to discover “Crankies” during an Appalachian music workshop and concert hosted by Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt on Saturday. The workshop is scheduled for 4-6 p.m., with the concert to follow at 8 p.m. at Seeker’s Church, 276 Carroll Street, NW, Washington, DC., across the street from the Takoma Station on Metro’s Red Line. Long before the advent of YouTube, “crankies” created the effect of an animate tapestry via hand-cranked illustrations on a roll of fabric. Roberts-Gevalt and LapRelle incorporate the lost art into their concert, combining fiddle and banjo music, ballads, harmonizing, storytelling and flatfoot dancing. Tickets to either the workshop or the concert are $15 for members, or $20 for general admission. Combination tickets are $25 for members, $30 for general admission. Visit www.fsgw.org.

Gabriela Martinez to perform at Strathmore Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez will perform Bach’s “Concerto No. 1” with the National Philharmonic, under the direction of associate conductor Victoria Gau, at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Also on the program are Mozart’s “Divertimento K. 136 in D Major” and Schubert’s “Mass No. 2 in G Major.” One of Bach’s most popular concertos, “Piano Concerto No. 1” was one of the first composed for the keyboard. Martinez — orchestral soloist, chamber musician, recitalist — has performed in venues ranging from the Tokyo International Music Festival to Carnegie Hall. A free pre-concert lecture will be offered at 6:45 p.m. in the Concert Hall. For more information, visit www.strathmore.org.

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Pianist Gabriela Martinez will perform Bach’s “Concerto No. 1” on Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore.

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Photoworks will exhibit “So Much Depends,” images from award-winning photographer Gurujeet Khalsa, to Feb. 17 at the Glen Echo gallery.

“So Much Depends,” images from award-winning photographer Gurujeet Khalsa, continues to Feb. 17 at the Photoworks Gallery at Glen Echo Park. Featuring photographs from locations as diverse as Belize and the Pacific Northwest, Khalsa captures an inner landscape that transcends place. Exhibit hours are 1-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-8 p.m. Sunday, or by appointment. For more information, visit www.glenechophotoworks.org.

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On Monday, the Montgomery County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee invites 2,000 area residents to honor the Civil Rights icon with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Tribute and Celebration. The 90-minute concert marks the 20th anniversary of the event and will be held at the Music Center at Strathmore. The afternoon will feature a diverse group of performers and will award honorees who serve their community. ABC 7 News anchor Leon Harris will serve as master of ceremonies. The event will feature local talent, including Washington, D.C., saxophonist Brian Lenair. Lenair, who performed at the tribute two years ago, is one of 11 acts scheduled for the celebration.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., BIRTHDAY AND TRIBUTE CELEBRATION n When: 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 n Where: The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: Sold out, but a stand-by line begins at 2 p.m. outside the Music Center n For information: strathmore.org

“We held a talent search back in October,” said Rachel Reed, program chair for the event. Reed added that the panel of three judges was in search of performers who they felt were in line with the tribute celebration’s theme: “celebrate, serve, remember.” “[We wanted] finalists that we felt ... had something that related to

Martin Luther King’s purpose about serving and giving and about being together.” The afternoon’s lineup alone is a realization of King’s dream. “It does a great job of honoring him because there are so many different races, so many different creeds coming together,” said Lenair. “It’s very diverse. It has all different types of singing groups.” Lenair, who released his smooth jazz CD, “Eye of the Storm,” two years ago, said he will most likely play some original music, a gospel song and a rendition of the Beatles’ “Come Together.” Other performances include a song from a group of hearing and deaf students at Cashell Elementary School who will sing and sign a song dedicated to King. Students from the Washington Dunhuang Guzheng Academy will perform on the guzheng, a traditional Chinese string instrument.

Saxophonist Brian Lenair is just one of the performers who will appear at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Tribute Celebration on Monday. ROY COX STUDIOS

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IN THE ARTS DANCES Carpe Diem Contra Dance, Feb. 13, Caller: Ann Fallon, Music by Gary Wright and Leah Weiss with Ahren Buchheister, 7-7:30 p.m. contradance workshops, 7:30-10 p.m. Contras & Squares, second Thursdays, Great Hall, Silver Spring Civics Center, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, $10 for general admission, $8 for members, $5 for students and those without income, www.carpediemarts.com. Hollywood Ballroom, Jan. 15, Ballroom Bash from 8:30-10:30 p.m. ($16), Jan. 16, 23, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); Jan. 17, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); Jan. 18, Ballroom Bash, workshops from 6-9 p.m., dance from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ($25 for workshop and dance, $16 for dance only); Jan. 19, free Fox Trot

lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); Jan. 22, Ballroom Bash, 8:30-10:30 p.m. ($16), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, www. hollywoodballroomdc.com 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 halfprice throughout October), 10111 Darnestown Road, Rockville. 301424-0007, www.nowandthendancestudios.com. 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, www.capitalblues.org. Contra, Jan. 17, David Giusti and Waverly Station, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www.

fridaynightdance.org. Contra & Square, Jan. 19, Perry Shafran with Sibling Ribaldry; Jan. 26, Valerie Helbert with STEAM, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www. fsgw.org. English Country, Jan. 15, Caller: Tom Spilsbury; Jan. 22, Caller: Susan Taylor; Jan. 29, Caller: Stephanie Smith, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www.fsgw.org. Swing, Jan. 18, Naomi & Her Handsome Devils, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, www.flyingfeet.org. Waltz, Jan. 19, Hickman, Glickman & Devine, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, Glen Echo Park, $10, www.waltztimedances.org.

MUSIC & DANCE Arts Barn, Singer Songwriter Concert Series, Bonnie Whitmore

with Dede Wyland & Ira Gitlin, Jan. 23; Slaid Cleaves with Tony Denikos, Feb. 22, 3 p.m. workshops at the Arts Barn or Kentlands Mansion, 7:30 p.m. concerts at the Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394, www. gaithersburgmd.gov/artsbarn. Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Perry Conticchio

Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15; Tizer featuring Karen Briggs, 8 p.m. Jan. 16; Motown & More: Tribute to Legends of Motown & Soul, 8 p.m. Jan. 17; Popa Chubby, 8 p.m. Jan. 18; The Soul Serenaders, 8 p.m. Jan. 19; Gotta Swing Dance Night with Bad Influence, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22; Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion, 8 p.m. Jan. 24, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240330-4500, www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. BlackRock Center for the Arts, The 9 Songwriters Series, 8 p.m. Jan. 18; Charlotte Blake Alston, 1 p.m.

Jan. 25; Hot Club of San Francisco and Cinema Vivant, 8 p.m. Jan. 25; call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-5282260, www.blackrockcenter.org.

Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, Claire Lynch Band,

7:30 p.m. Feb. 3; Nuala Kennedy, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17; Carrie Newcomer, 7:30 p.m. March 8, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, www.imtfolk.org. Strathmore, Christie Dashiell, jazz vocalist, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15, 29; Duo Sonidos, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16; BSO: Beethoven and Mozart, 8 p.m. Jan. 16; Wired In: Web and Social Media, 10 a.m. Jan. 18; Children’s Talk and

Tour, 10:15 a.m. Jan. 18; Art Talk, 1 p.m. Jan. 18; National Philharmonic: Three Great Classics, 8 p.m. Jan. 18; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Tribute and Celebration, 3 p.m. Jan. 20; The 9 Songwriter Series Benefits: Ted Garber and Family, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20; Artist in Residence Education Workshop with Christie Dashiell: A Jazz Journey, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22; BSO: Marvin Hamlisch — One Singular Sensation, 8 p.m. Jan. 23; Jazz Vocal Intensive: Scat Singing 201, 10 a.m. Jan. 25, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at

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Local musicians are turning out in force to assist one of their own at a fundraising concert on Monday at the Mansion at Strathmore. Presented by The 9 Songwriters Series, the concert is for guitarist Ted Garber of Bethesda, a singer/ songwriter of blues, rock and Americana, whose wife, Rebecca, is recovering from cancer surgery. She is also undergoing chemotherapy after recently giving birth prematurely to their daughter, Sydney. “I think in music communities when a fellow co-worker gets sick, people do their benefits,” said coorganizer Justin Trawick of Arlington, Va. “It’s the way we know how to help.” Founder of The 9 Songwriters Series, guitarist Trawick is organizing the event with banjoist Cathy Fink of the Grammy-winning Cathy & Marcy [Marxer] duo from Kensington. Joining them will be Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Tom Paxton and blues rocker Patty Reese, along with Songwriter regulars Jason Ager and Tiffany Thompson, who are performing at Strathmore for the first time. Also part of the lineup are Christylez Bacon and Maureen Andary, former artists in residence at Strathmore, and Grammy-winner Jon Carroll, one of their mentors during their residencies. Carroll and Fink were also mentors to Garber, an artist in residence during the 2011-2012 season.

GARBER FAMILY BENEFIT n When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 n Where: Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda n Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the door n For information: strathmore. org, Giveforward.com (type in Garber)

Fink said she has performed twice for the Songwriter series, which changes its lineup for every show. During concerts, musicians each perform solo and also back each other up. “It’s like a very fun whirlwind,” said Fink. “You have an extremely short period of time to present your song and collaborate with other singers and writers.” Strathmore, the performers and the sound engineer are donating their space, time and efforts for the Garber concert, she said. There will also be a silent auction with items such as tickets to Strathmore events, music-related gear, a guitar track donated by a well-known musician and possibly some donated studio time, said Fink. Proceeds will help cover the costs of hospital and outpatient treatments, medical support and general living expenses that include long hotel stays near Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. “[Ted] is cutting back on his shows so he can be present with [his wife and daughter],” Fink said. vterhune@gazette.net

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Guitarist Jason Trawick (second from left) of Arlington, Va., founded The 9 Songwriters Series in 2008. The group of performers sing solo and also collaborate for concerts, with lineups that change for each show.

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VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER

PHOTO BY STEPHANIE POTTER

Local musicians associated with The 9 Songwriter Series are donating their time on Monday at the Mansion at Strathmore for a concert to benefit guitarist Ted Garber (pictured), whose wife, Rebecca, is battling cancer.

Nine different performers for the price of one. That’s what you get with a ticket to The 9 Songwriters Series concert at the BlackRock Center for the Arts on Saturday in Germantown. “As singer-songwriters, we’re always struggling to get out of that bar atmosphere and get into larger venues,” said Justin Trawick of Arlington, Va., who first developed the idea in 2008. “It’s tough, if you don’t have the drawing power alone,” he said. “But with a combination in a collective, you have the influence to pack the room.” Performing Saturday will be guitarist Trawick, Margot MacDonald, Ryan Walker,

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Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100, www.strathmore.org.

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “Miss Nelson is Missing,” Jan. 17 to March

Andy Zipf, Amanda Lee, Bradley Rhodes, Victoria Vox, Justin Jones and Don Kim. “We’reallveryprofessional in our own right,” said Trawick about the range of music offered to audiences — everything from folk and Americana to pop, R&B and jazz. The nature of the show depends on the lineup, which varies with every concert. “It’s always original, and it’s fun,” he said. Each performer sings several songs, with the sequence of singers randomly determined by picking names out of a hat. “When they’re on stage, they can do whatever they want,” Trawick said. Performers may also ask other singers to lend backup on instruments or vocals. “It’s very relaxed,” said Cathy Fink, of the Cathy & Marcy duo, which has performed twice with the series. “There’s a good vibe from [the performers] and the au-

9, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org. Arts Barn, “Blame it On Beckett,” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, to Jan. 26, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, 301-258-6394, www.gaithersburgmd.gov/artsbarn. Imagination Stage, “Rumpelstiltskin,” Feb. 5 to March 16, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage,

dience,” she said. There’s also a spontaneous feeling about the Songwriters shows, because the performers don’t have much time to rehearse with one another. “It’s sort of spur of the moment, and we fly by the seat of our pants,” Trawick said. The concerts offer the performers a sometimes rare chance to work with other musicians, he said. Focusing just on developing your own career can be “a lonely business,” Trawick said. “You can get very independent,” he said. “You enjoy the collaboration with other artists.” Trawick has duplicated his local success by tapping into his growing network of singer-songwriters to present The 9 concerts up and down the East Coast and in California. “I’ve got them in my

4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www. imaginationstage.org Olney Theatre Center, “How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying,” Jan. 29 to Feb. 23; call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, www.olneytheatre.org. The Puppet Co., “Tales of Beatrix Potter,” Jan. 17 to Feb. 9; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-634-5380, www. thepuppetco.org. Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “Seminar,” Feb. 5 to March 4, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www. roundhousetheatre.org. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “Impossible! A Happenstance Circus,” Jan. 31 to Feb. 9, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors,

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iPhone, and they’re organized by city,” he said. By performing in the series, musicians help themselves by gaining broader exposure in a larger venue while helping others to also develop their careers.” “It’s good for me, and good for a lot of people in the area,” he said. vterhune@gazette.net 244-644-1100, www.roundhousetheatre.org. Silver Spring Stage, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” To Feb. 1, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, www.ssstage.org. The Writer’s Center, Cynthia Atkins and Nathan Leslie, 2-4 p.m. Jan. 26, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664, www.writer.org.

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THEATER

‘Almost’ there Small town life, love come alive in ‘Almost, Maine’

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WILL C. FRANKLIN STAFF WRITER

Never underestimate the importance of living in a small town. Sure, the excitement from the everyday hustle and bustle isn’t quite as big, but that only leaves more time for people to interact, tell stories and fall in love. Such is the case in John Cariani’s play, “Almost, Maine,” which is being performed by the Upcounty Theatre at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. The play features nine vignettes all taking place in the enchanted little town of Almost, Maine. Each little story explores love — both gained and lost. Denise Smith, who plays Rhonda, said she originally had never heard of the play, but quickly fell in love with both the script and her character. “[Rhonda’s] best friend in the whole world is Dave and they’ve been really good friends for a long, long time,” Smith said. “Rhonda’s kind of a tomboy and I really felt when I read the script for the first time that you’re supposed to believe that maybe she’s a lesbian. But she loves Dave. … You find out she’s never kissed a guy, she doesn’t know how and she just likes guy things.” Director Matti Jane Dickenson had the idea to do “Almost, Maine,” and brought the suggestion to the Upcounty Theatre board. Dickenson, according to Smith, came prepared by offering the board different ways to do the show spending varying amounts of money. “The president, Jeff Smith, was pretty intrigued,” Smith said. “… Matti presented it so well. She had schematics and

ALMOST, MAINE

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everything planned out. … Matti is absolutely wonderful and young and fresh with a lot of experience from college and some post-grad work.” “Almost, Maine,” is the second show Dickenson has directed. Her first was a threewoman production with no set pieces and the actors remaining on stage throughout. Needless to say, with a cast of 15 and a full crew, “Almost, Maine,” is a bit different. “I think it’s such a perfect show for this company and the space and time that we have,” Dickenson said. “We just finished the holidays. We’re getting ready to go into Valentine’s Day and it’s a perfect time for it. We have this perfectly fine frigid air that helps set the mood!” Smith said she has really enjoyed working with the cast and playing Rhonda might have opened her eyes a little. “Playing Rhonda has helped me personally explore parts of me that I think needed some exploring and maybe nurturing,” Smith said. “Rhonda’s a [tough girl] and [I’m] exploring that part of [me] and I kind of want to see that just a little more.” For Dickenson, she hopes the audiences walks away knowing unexpected things can sometimes happen and they can be good. “You have to not take things too seriously,” Dickenson said. “You have to have fun with love.” wfranklin@gazette.net

UPCOUNTY THEATRE

Thomas Gower as Chad and Jacob Lucas as Randy rehearse a scene for “Almost, Maine.”

DANCERS

Continued from Page B-5 The Conservatory grads, now in college, will perform a piece about “what happens after a person [dies] and what happens with the people still there,” said Priore. Also scheduled is a solo about the feeling of freedom after a long struggle, and a duet about love. “It’s about finding a love who will be there no matter what, and how that can happen unexpectedly,” he said. The longest work in “Emergence” is a five-section piece called “Os Padroes,” a Portuguese word for patterns. It was inspired by the work of Dayton artist Willis “Bing” Davis, whom Priore got to know while performing in Ohio. “It came out of a collabora-

tion between myself and Bing,” Priore said. Looking at one of Davis’ paintings called “Ancestral Spirit Dance,” he began to hear the music of Brazil and the Caribbean in his head and choreographed the piece with that in mind. The dance is set to music by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain, and the Belgian/African vocal ensemble Zap Mama. “There are four dancers from Dayton, four alumni and three current students in it,” he said. Priore said he is very glad to be hosting a first-time visit by the Dayton dancers to CityDance. “It’s like a dream come true to have both [companies] working together,” he said. “It’s awesome.” vterhune@gazette.net

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CityDance will present “Emergence,” a program featuring original work by its resident choreographer Robert Priore, on Saturday and Sunday at the CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore in North Bethesda.

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AT THE MOVIES

‘Her’ makes a perfect love connection BY

MICHAEL PHILLIPS

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

A delicate, droll masterwork, writer-director Spike Jonze’s “Her” sticks its neck out, all the way out, asserting that what the world needs now and evermore is love, sweet love. Preferably between humans, but you can’t have everything all the time. It tells a love story about a forlorn writer, whose firm — BeautifulHandwrittenLetters. com — provides busy, digitally preoccupied customers with personalized correspondence crafted by professionals like Theodore Twombly, played by refreshingly rage-free and wholly inspired Joaquin Phoenix. Theodore is smarting from a marital breakup he’s not ready to process, legally or emotionally. He has a filmmaker friend, played by Amy Adams, living in his building in a Los Angeles of the very near future, perhaps 30 years from now. This is a city whose interiors are dominated by reds and pinks and salmon tones, as if the entire culture had taken an oath to view itself through rosecolored glasses. Theodore buys the latest new gadget, the iPhone of its day. It is an advanced “operating system” that is simply a voice. Not a face. Not a body. Not a person, but a carefully rendered collection of so much intelligence, so many programmed human traits and quirks and speech patterns and interests and desires that,

HER n 4 stars n R; 119 minutes n Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara n Directed by Spike Jonze

well, why not? Why not call her your girlfriend and take it from there? No grief; no apparent emotional neediness; no accusing glances, like the ones we see in beautifully rendered flashback, showing Theodore’s life and times with his wife, portrayed by Rooney Mara. I love this film, and I’m one of the most technophobic and least gadget-centric people on the planet. It’s unusually witty science fiction and it’s unfashionably sincere, as well as a work of such casual visual inspiration that a second viewing of “Her” feels more like a first. This is the fourth feature from Jonze, and the first in which he directs his own script. Jonze has learned well from his earlier work. He met his poetic screwball match in screenwriter Charlie Kaufman for “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation,” and his more recent and fiercely divisive “Where the Wild Things Are” sent half the audience into emotional shock and the other half into emotional shock followed by immense gratitude. “Her” is a more even-toned work, but not in a blanded-out way. The high-waisted beltless

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Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore in the romantic drama “Her,” directed by Spike Jonze. pants of the future alone make this film worth seeing. Jonze works with some creatively fabulous designers, among them production designer K.K. Barrett and cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema, creating a futuristic L.A. where everyone seems a little calmer but a little more isolated. The earbuds in so many ears may as well be space dividers. Theodore’s path to Samantha, the operating system with the voice of Scarlett Johansson, involves a blind date with a gorgeous but touchy and insecure woman (Olivia Wilde, mercurial and striking) and a lot of blissfully easygoing debriefing with Theodore’s platonic-ish soul mate, the Adams character, rendered with unusual emotional transparency and the lightest of touches. Phoenix is remarkable as Theodore; he never rolls over for an obvious laugh. Sitting alone in his

apartment, playing the latest immersive video game, he paws the air like a chipmunk as his gaming avatar burrows into tunnels. It’s a sad but truly funny image, and the film’s full of such double-sided gems. Where does the love story take Theodore and his new thrill? Better you find out for yourself. Jonze’s truisms sometimes have a somewhat predigested ring to them (“The heart expands in size the more you love”), but as Theodore and Samantha reach a relationship crossroads, the film becomes more and more amazing in its high-wire act. It is a small film made by enormous talents working in harmony. Jonze’s first solo script is topical in the right ways, and forward-thinking in the right ways. We’re living in this enticingly lonely world, more or less, already. But does Siri really understand your needs?

Berg, Wahlberg honor story of SEAL team tragedy BY

MICHAEL PHILLIPS CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Roughly half of “Lone Survivor” is a standard-issue Hollywood treatment of a recent, bloody and, in human terms, tragic 2005 Navy SEAL mission to eliminate an al-Qaida operative in the Afghanistan mountain region of Hindu Kush. But the other half — the hour or so of writer-director Peter Berg’s film dealing specifically with what happens when four men are cut off in Taliban country, scrambling under fire — is strong, gripping stuff, free of polemics, nerve-wracking in the extreme. This is a straight, hard, do-or-die scenario, vividly recreated by Berg. He adapts the best-seller “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10,” written by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson. Mark Wahlberg plays Luttrell. His fellow SEALs are por-

trayed by Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch, with Eric Bana as their commander back at Bagram Air Field, monitoring what becomes a terrible ambush. Berg’s movie gets through its introductions efficiently, though without much in the way of character detail. We know from the start who lives and who dies; Wahlberg’s Luttrell provides the voice-over at the outset, while we see him being saved by a rescue team. The heart of the film is pure crisis and response. Kitsch plays Mike Murphy, the special ops team leader; Foster, the communications specialist Matthew “Axe” Axelson. Hirsch’s Danny Dietz, gunner’s mate, completes the quartet, dispatched by helicopter to a remote mountainside perch near the village where their target has been spotted. And then it goes wrong. They’re ambushed, and for the better part of “Lone Survivor” we see them shot, thrown down

boulder-strewn inclines, fight back, attempt to regain a foothold. The actors know what’s required of them. You wouldn’t call an actor such as Foster an underplayer, but Berg manages to get all his actors in the same movie and keep conventional histrionics to a minimum. The situations that make up “Lone Survivor” are harrowing to begin with; they don’t need goosing. Berg shot the film in the mountains and sound stages of New Mexico, and the size of the picture feels right for the scope of this true-life story. The adaptation doesn’t make room for much beyond the kinetic horror of the ambush. When Luttrell meets a local villager (Ali Suliman) who harbors the American from the Taliban, the movie takes a couple of shortcuts back into Hollywood territory. Sometimes, things that really happened have a way of seeming slightly phony on screen. At its best, though, “Lone

LONE SURVIVOR n 3 stars n Rated R; 121 minutes n Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kisch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana, Ali Suliman n Directed by Peter Berg

Survivor” accomplishes its mission, which is to respect these men, dramatize what they went through and let the more troubling matters of moral consequence trickle in where, and how, they may. (In one tense sequence the men debate the fate of goat herders they encounter.) Wahlberg remains one of our most reliable and least actorly of movie stars, innately macho but vulnerable enough to seem like a human being caught in an inhuman situation. Berg’s film pays attention to every setback, every moment lost or won on that mountain.

ROCK

Continued from Page B-5 Bollettino and her husband Jeff opened two School of Rock locations in Virginia: one in Vienna in July 2006 and one in Ashburn in July 2007. The two took over the Silver Spring location in September 2007. “My husband and I were both involved in corporate America and as our kids were getting older, we realized we were missing out on a lot,” Bollettino said. “This was a unique concept … we really saw it made [students] really good, really fast.” School of Rock is a performance-based music school with an emphasis on fun. “We always joke around and say, ‘Don’t tell the kids we’re a serious music school,” Bollettino said. But School of Rock means business. Students are first enrolled in School of Rock 101, teaching basic skills through 45-minute private lessons and 90-minute group sessions. Students then move on to the Performance Program, which consists of 45-minute private lessons and a final show. The students rehearse for three hours, once a week in preparation for the end-of-season show at the end of the 12-13 week session. Teachers at the school come from a range of backgrounds. “We use a combination of teachers,” Bollettino said. “ … [some] are gigging musicians, some have degrees, some have just a lot of experience.” But the headmaster is studio manager Forrest Hainline IV. “I like to think of myself as the principal of School of Rock,” Hainline said. “I promote a culture that is fun and safe and comfortable and inspiring for students.” A Montgomery County native and a graduate of the Landon School in Bethesda, Hainline has been with School of Rock of Silver Spring for one and a half years.

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Gabby Chuke, 12 and a student at the School of Rock, performs in downtown Silver Spring. “I really never thought of teaching,” said Hainline, who graduated from Augustana College in Illinois. “Even two years into it I never thought I was qualified, but people kept asking me to come back.” On top of teaching private lessons, Hainline also leads students in the Performance Program and has prepared all of the students performing in Saturday’s concert. “We give them song assignments …” Hainline said. “Students come in once a week for three hours and start chipping away.” According to Hainline, Saturday’s concert, which is divided into two parts, “What’s His Name Is?!” and “Who’s That Grrrl?!” is a celebration of songs about guys and girls. The lineup includes Simon & Garfunkel’s “Cecilia,” “Hey Jude,” by the Beatles and “Sheena is a Punk Rocker” by the Ramones. Though School of Rock’s emphasis is

obviously on the music, both Bollettino and Hainline said the program helps its students develop skills applicable to other areas of their lives as well. “Part of being an artist and being a gigging musician is you have to do promotion,” Bollettino said. “Selling tickets, making posters.” School of Rock students have vowed to sell 400 tickets on their own for Saturday’s performance. Bollettino added that School of Rock also builds self-assurance in its students. “One of the things I’ve seen over and over again, by getting on stage and pushing through your fears, you gain confidence,” Bollettino said. “The feeling of accomplishment and ‘I did it’ and ‘I learned this hard piece of music,’ that can translate to any obstacle they’ll face in the future.” chedgepeth@gazette.net


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SS: 3br/2ba SFH, fin

rec rm, hrwd flrs, DW, W&D, CAC $2000+ utils, Metro/shops. 202-210-5530

GAITHERSBURG:

Lrg Rm in SFH, Pool, full privlgs,Vegetarian, NS. $600 + 1/4 elec Call: 301-482-1425

CABIN JOHN- 1 bd

Lux 3lvl EU/TH, Gar condo close to DC & 2MBR, 2.5BA, LR DR, SS: SFH 3BR, 1.5BA, VA near C&O canal FR, FP,EIK, Deck hrd flrs, W&D, nr and bike path call 301$1800. 301-792-9538 shops, bus & 495, 299-8024 HOC ok. $1695/mo. GAITH/MV: 3 bed, 2 240-383-1000 1/2 ba TWH freshly GAITH: 2bd,2ba painted $1550 central renovated,patio, near heat/AC , all appliancostco,bus,mall,I270 ces, wood floors as$1300/mo + utils signed parking fenced CALL(301)678-9182 patio HOC ok call Nick ASPEN HILL: Comp 301-412-4522 Renovated 2Br/ 1Ba GAITH:FIRESIDE 1st flr,CAC w/d in unit. CONDOS 3Br, 2full GERMAN: HOC $1350 incl util, except ba, balc. $1775/mo util Welcome 3 lvl TH, 3br, elec. 240-398-1337 incl. HOC Welc. Avail 2.5ba nr 270/shops $1699/mo avail now GAIT H: Penthouse Jan 1st. 301-535-3017 Call: 301-906-0870 LRG CONDO 1bd/1ba GERM: 2Br, 2Ba new GE RMA NT OWN : wood floor, 24hr se- crpt/paint, h/d flr, W/D, curity, all util incl HOC Townhome: 3 bed/1.5 fitness center, near OK 240-383-1000 bath $1400+utilities, shops & restaurants deck, fenced yard, $1250 + SD Mike LAKESIDE APTS W/D, parking, Avail Remax Pro. Please GAITHERSBURG 2-1-14 Pls Contact Call: 301-674-2371 or Half Month Free 301 424-6759 240-426-6964 Large 1 or 2 BR Apts MV/GAITH: Huge 4lvl Short/long term leases 3Br 2.5Ba TH w/FP. Utilities Included Newly renov. 2100 sf, Great Prices NS, NP. $1750 + utils. 301-948-0087 301-990-9294 BETHESDA: Nice POTOMAC: SFH, POTOMAC: 1Br, + Studeo in SFH. Near 5Br, 3Ba, MBr suite, Den, 1Ba, W/D, mod- NIH, Bethesda Metro, $975 incl no bsmt, 3800 sq ft ernized LR & kit, priv Ride-On. $4k/mo owner shares entr, $1590 inc util, util. Free pkg. 301801-8087 util, 301-983-4783 Call: 240-793-2565

GAITH:M BRs $435+

440+475+555+ Maid Ns/Np, nr 270/370/Bus shops, quiet, conv.Sec Dep 301-983-3210

GAITH: rm everthing in-cluded for one person only $500 (301) 760-4900 G A I T H : Room

for rent for prof female, Cls to 270, Shady Grove Metro. $550 incl utils. Email: anportega @yahoo.com

GERM: 1 large room,

shared bath $500 util incl near transit, NS/NP call 301-7177696

GE RMA NT OWN :

Master bedroom with full bath in condo. $625 includes utiltities. Call 240-893-0745

GERM: Bsmt w/pvt

Entr, Ba, Br, nr schls, bus, util incl N/S N/P Avl Jan 1st Please Call 301-461-2636

GERM: Male 1Br in TH Share bath & kitchen $450 ut inc Nr MARC/Buses, Ref’s Req. 240-370-2301

kSmall Pets Welcome kBalcony Patio

(301) 460-1647 3004 Bel Pre Rd., Apt. 204, Silver Spring, MD 20906

GERM/MILESTONE Lg room w/ view & bath in condo; prkg, busline, shops $650 incl utils + dep w/Wifi 301-5154554.

ROCKVILLE: 2rms

G E R M : TH LG 1

apt w closet, prvt BA, shrd kit, NS/NP. Acr metro. $650 all utils incld 301-340-1257

room w/pvt BA $650/mo w/utils & int. Nr Walmart & 270/355 CALL: 240-744-2421

priv bth $1150; 2 rms 2nd flr, lrg mstbr $1250 bth w/TV cbl & int. 1 person each flr NS/NP 301-762-1058

ROCKVILLE: BR in

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MONT VILL: M B Lrg Single Fam Home Suite, priv Ba, female, Room for rent shared bath & kit all utils, $630 + util NS/NP cbl & int incl $510 $200 move-in bonus NS/NP Call: 240-401-3522 N.BETHESDA:

Rm for rent in Apt w/ priv bath nr NIH & metro priv parking $650 utils includ call Mr. T 240-899-2655

Available Now!

301-924-1818

SIL SPG: 2 MBr, 1 ($700) and 1 ($650) both priv Ba, all util inc, NS/NP, nr shops & metro 240-551-4591

OLNEY: 1 Rm in bsmt in SFH share SILVER SPRING: kitchen $500 utils in1Br bsmt apt, SFH, cluded, NS/NP Avail LR, kit, Ba, priv entr, Now. 301-257-5712 NS/NP, nr metro & ICC $950 inc util/ OLNEY: Bdrm + Den cable 301-774-6763 avail in TH for mature female only! $500/mon SILVER SPRING: 1 util inclu + security de- furnished BD in baseposit 301-774-60751 ment in SFH. Priv ent. $495 incl util. MALE P O O L E S V I L L E : ONLY. 240-676-0621 Room-Plus For Rent. Lrge rm in 4-BR+ SILVER SPRING: Westerly house. In- Room avail now $465 cludes Dish Premium shared kitchen, bath& DVR, wireless inter- room & util cable TV net. Garage, shed, W/D 301-404-2681 large yard, parking, Ride-On. Gotta like SILVER SPRING: dogs, horses a plus. Room for rent, prvt BA $600 + 1/3 elect. & & Den. $700/mo incl water. W: 202-654- utils. Non smoker. Call 6753 Arthur 301-587-6922 P O T O M A C : Furn Rm in SFH $650. shrd Ba w/one, FREE util, cable & int NP Call: 301-299-4444

SS:1rm bsmt apt pvt ent share kit/ba, $510 uti/cbl inc, Male. wlk to bus, nr White Flint Twinbrk 301-933-5668

kFamily Room kFull Size W/D in every unit kSwimming Pool

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Contact Ashby Rice (301) 670-2667 or pricing and ad deadlines.

kSpacious Floor Plans

SS: NEW 1BR Apt 1st

floor private ENT, KIT, BA, PARKING. $1100 quiet and Sunny! call 301-879-2868

TAKOMA

PARK:

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WHEATON: BR in

APT w/pvt BA. $650/ mo incl. utils, Cable/ WiFi. Nr Metro & Bus. Call 240-286-7142

WASHINGTON DC: Brentwood NE,

Lrg furn Br, priv Ba, shrd kit & W/D, 1 blk frm bus & 5 blks from Red/Metro $850/util inc 202-361-8087

WHEATON:

On Georgia Ave. 1 MBR w/prvt ba. $650 util incl Nr Metro & Shops. Npets 240-441-1638


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line bidding. Everything starts at $1. Come to preview at: 5320 29th Street, NW, Washington, DC on January 18th, 2-4pm. Call 202-350-9388 for more info. www.maxsold.com

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POTOMAC- LARGE LOW PRICE INDOOR MOVING SALE Jan 18 -19 10-3 Furn, TV’s, Picts, Aniques, Household items, Coats, Clothes & MORE !!

ADORABLE ANTIQUE HUTCH & BUFFET Perfect for an Apt dining room or larger kitchen. display your collectible in these "COLLECTABLES". Call ot text 240-876-0268 $250

AVON: $10 Starts Your AVON Business. Contact Cynthia Proctor, Avon Ind. Sls. Rep. at 301-218-2515.

2 burial site in good location at G. W Cemetery Adelphi, MD sold at discount 301384-6020

TO

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The A.R.T Institute of Washington Inc. has an immediate opening for an Andrologist in Bethesda, MD. College education or cert. in a biological or chemical science pref. US citizenship req. Previous andrology experience &/or background check for work in a DOD facility is beneficial. Will train a qualified applicant. Work schedule requires some weekends & holiday work. EOE The successful candidate must be detail-oriented & have superior communication and organizational skills. We seek a lab colleague who has the drive and enthusiasm for patient contact, quality control, regulatory compliance and who functions well independently.

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JJANUARY ANUARY IINVENTORY NVENTORY R E D U C T I O N SALE SALE REDUCTION 03NewBeetle #377605A, 1 Owner, $ $ GL Coupe, Cyber Green

5,500

07 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS #364333A, $$ 5 Speed Manual, 1

8,800

Owner, 44k Miles

04 Honda Element EX #362045B, 4 Speed $ $ Auto, 1-Owner, 4WD

5,800

10 Toyota Corolla LE #470348A, $$ 4 Speed Auto, 40k Miles

11,500

05 Bmw X3 $$ #363412A, Auto, 2.5i, 4WD

8,700

09HyundaiVeracruzLTD #364523A, 6 Speed $ $ Auto, 1-Owner, Sport

11,800

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2013 CLEARANCE SALE 2014 JETTA S

MSRP $17,810

11 Toyota Camry LE #472182A, $$ 6 Speed Auto,

11 Toyota Camry LE $$

13 Hyundai Velostar #467009A, $ 6 Speed Auto,1 Owner,$

4-DR, Silver Metallic

#P8864, 1 Owner, 6 Speed Auto, 38k Miles

12,800

14,800

4 Door

10k Miles, Coupe

12,800

17,800

12 Nissan Altima S #470192A, CVT $ $ Trans, 2.5. Low Miles

14,800

08 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 3.0L #457003B, 7 Speed Auto,, Mars Red

19,700

$$

2006 Toyota Camry LE........... $8,800 $8,800 2010 Toyota Prius II............ $16,800 $16,800 #462007A, 5 SpeedAuto, Indigo Ink Pearl #P8874, CVT Trans, 1 Owner, 25k Miles, Barcelona Red

$9,800 2007 Lexus IS 250.............. $18,800 $18,800 2006 Toyota Corolla S........... $9,800 #450075B, 4 SpeedAuto, 1 Owner, Indigo Ink Pearl #4377591A, 6 SpeedAuto, 1 Owner, Obsidian

13 Ne Beetles & Bewet Convertibles le 19 Available In Stock Units On ly

OURISMAN VW # 7373771, Power Windows, Power Locks, Keyless Entry

12 Ford Focus SEL #351136A, $ 6 Speed Auto, $

$5,000 OFF 20

14,999

2013 NEW BEETLE

#1679497, Power Windows/Locks, Sunroof, Auto, Loaded

MSRP $24,490 - $5,000 OFF BUY FOR

#3096306, Automatic, Power Windows/Power Locks, Keyless Entry, Heated Seats, Bluetooth, Cruise Control

2014 PASSAT S 2.5L

#9009449, Automatic, Power Windows/Power Locks, Keyless Entry, Cruise Control

MSRP $20,860

$

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2013 GOLF 2 DOOR

19,490

$

OR 0% for 60 MONTHS

2013 JETTA GLI

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16,999

$

OR 0% for 60 MONTHS

MSRP $22,765

18,999

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2013 JETTA TDI

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#4125692, Automatic, Power Windows/ Power Locks, Keyless Entry

MSRP $25,155

19,995 2014 TIGUAN S BUY FOR

$

MSRP $26,095 BUY FOR

21,938

$

OR 0% for 60 MONTHS

2014 PASSAT TDI SE

2011 Mazda Mazda3 Touring. . $14,800 $14,800 2013 Scion TC................... $19,800 $19,800 #472137A, 5 SpeedAuto, 19k Miles, 1-Owner, Graphite Mica #351079A, 1-Owner, Release Series 8.0,Absolutely Red

2010 Jeep Liberty Sport....... $15,500 $15,500 2011 Toyota Avalon............ $19,800 $19,800 #467042A, 4 WD, 4 SpeedAuto, 1 Owner, Silver Metallic #478001A, 6 SpeedAuto, 1 Owner, 4 Door 2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L. ... $15,800 $15,800 2009 Nissan Murano SL....... $20,800 $20,800 #460070A, 5 SpeedAuto, 1 Owner #P8851A, CVT Trans, 4WD, Sport Utility 2011 Honda Accord LX-P...... $16,800 $16,800 2014 Toyota Camry LE.......... $21,800 $21,800 #472112A, 1 Owner, 5 SpeedAuto, 39k Miles, Metal Metallic #378075A, 6 SpeedAuto, 1-Owner, 307 Miles, Clearwater Blue Metallic

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#13525611, Automatic, Power Windows, Power Locks, Keyless Entry

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23,399

$

#9060756, Automatic, Power Windows, Power Locks, Sunroof

MSRP $27,385 BUY FOR

23,399

$

OR 0.9% for 60 MONTHS

OURISMAN VW WORLD AUTO CERTIFIED PRE OWNED 23 Available...Rates Starting at 2.64% up to 72 months

1999 SAAB 9-5..............#V674887A, Green, 83,144 miles..............$5,991 2011 Jetta Sedan..........#V0019A, Silver, 47,603 miles.................$12,995 2010 Routan...................#VP0021,White, 53,686 miles.................$13,999 2012 Mazda 6................#VPR0023, Black, 44,340 miles...............$14,995 2011 Toyota Corolla......#VP0020, Black, 30,992 miles.................$15,491 2012 Nissan Altima......#VPR0024, Gray, 42,366 miles................$15,995 2012 Honda CR-Z..........#V448990A, Black, 24,198 miles.............$15,995 2012 Jetta SE................#VPR61113, Silver, 34,537 miles.............$16,495 2012 Beetle....................#V20016, Silver, 10,890 miles.................$16,495

2012 Passat S................#VPR0016, Gray, 37,800 miles................$16,995 2013 Jetta SE................#V693295A, Red, 3,179 miles..................$18,995 2013 Jetta SE................#VPR0012, Silver, 3,693 miles..................$18,999 2013 Jetta SE................#VPR0011, Silver, 4,491 miles..................$18,999 2011 CC..........................#VP0022, Black, 30,272 miles..................$18,999 2011 Honda CRV...........#V003776A, Gray, 37,086 miles...............$19,995 2011 Tiguan S................#VPR0017,White, 32,529 miles...............$20,995 2012 CC..........................#V502916A, Silver, 35,715 miles..............$21,995

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2011 Kia Forte SX

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2014 NISSAN PATHFINDER S AWD MSRP: $31,345

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#E0293, Auto, 1 Owner, 4 Door

17,995

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$ G558473

2006 Honda CR-V LX

#447501A, Black Leather, Low Miles, 5-Door, 1-0wner

Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:

Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:

2007 VW EOS 2.0T #448309A, Auto, 1 Owner, 2 Door

$14,995 -$500

2013MSRP: NISSAN ROGUE S$22,695 FWD

95

30 Days

$

With Bluetooth #12013 2 At This Price: VINS: 797244, 791798

24/7 at Gazette.net

39

11,977

$

2014 NISSAN VERSA SEDAN S M/T

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$

6,977

$

2012 Nissan Versa S #446067A, 4 Speed Auto, 1 Owner, 4 Door Compact

14,977

$

2013 Nissan Frontier S #347529A, Auto, 2WD, 1 Owner, Pick Up

#25014 2 At This Price: VINS: 607679, 602755

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

Prices include all rebates and incentives. NMAC Bonus Cash requires financing through NMAC with approved credit. Prices Pricestax, include rebates incentives. NMAC Bonusand Cash requires financing through NMAC with approved credit.with exclude tags, all freight (carsand $780, trucks $725-$995), $200 processing charge. *Lease payments are calculated Prices exclude tax,$200 tags,processing freight (cars $810,and trucks $200 processing charge. valid only onthrough listed tax, tags, freight, charge first$845-$995), payment dueand at signing, and are valid withPrices tier one approval VINS. See dealer for details. Offer expires 01/21/2014. NMAC. Prices valid only on listed VINS. See dealer for details. Offer expires 10/22/2012.

18,977

$

2010 Nissan Murano SL #P8816, AWD, 1 Owner, Sport Utility

17,977

$

2013 Nissan Juke SL #N0292, Auto, AWD, Navigation, Leather, Sunroof

20,977

$

www.DARCARSnissan.com DARCARS NISSAN of ROCKVILLE 15911 Indianola Drive • Rockville, MD (at Rt. 355 across from King Farm)

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2014 NEW COROLLA LE

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139/mo.**

4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO

NEW 2014 VENZA 4X2 2 AVAILABLE: #474506, 474502

24,590

$

15,790

4 DR., AUTO, 4 CYL., INCL.

NEW 2014 SCION XD 2 AVAILABLE: #453002, 453012

$

4 CYL., AUTO

AFTER $1,000 REBATE

$

169/mo.**

4 CYL., 4 DR., AUTO

NEW 2013 RAV4 LE 4X4 BASE 2 AVAILABLE: #364575, 364497

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16,890

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0% FOR

4 DR., AUTO, 4 CYL.,

AFTER $1,000 REBATE

4 CYL., AUTOMATIC

AFTER $500 REBATE

NEW 2013 PRIUS C II

$

21,790

60

DARCARS

MONTHS+

On 10 Toyota Models

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$

18,790

AUTO, 4 CYL., 4 DR

AFTER TOYOTA $1,750 REBATE

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1-888-831-9671

15625 Frederick Rd (Rte 355) • Rockville, MD n OPEN SUNDAY n VISIT US ON THE WEB AT www.355Toyota.com

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$

PRICES AND PAYMENTS INCLUDE ANY APPLICABLE MANUFACTURE’S REBATES AND EXCLUDE MILITARY ($500) AND COLLEGE GRAD ($500) REBATES, TAX, TAGS, DEALER PROCESSING CHARGE ($200) AND FREIGHT: CARS $795 OR $810, TRUCKS, SPORT UTILITY AND SIENNAS $810, $845 AND $995. *0.9% APR & 0% APR FINANCING UP TO 60 MONTHS TO QUALIFIED BUYERS THRU TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. TOTAL FINANCED CANNOT EXCEED MSRP PLUS OPTIONS, TAX, AND LICENSE FEES. 0% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $16.67 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. 0.9% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $17.05 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. APR OFFERS ARE NOT VALID WITH ANY OTHER CASH BACK OR LEASE OFFER. NOT ALL BUYERS WILL QUALIFY.**LEASE PAYMENTS BASED ON 36 MONTHS, 12,000 MILES PER YEAR WITH $995 DOWN PLUS $650 ACQUISITION FEE, NO SECURITY DEPOSIT REQUIRED. SEE DEALER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. OFFERS EXPIRES 01/31/2014.


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