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CHIEF IDENTIFIES CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER WHO MAY HAVE HAD CONTACT WITH LYON SISTERS, MISSING SINCE 1975

Sheila (left) and Katherine Lyon of Kensington went missing in 1975 from Wheaton Plaza.

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When his owner calls, Rocco follows. The owner — Potomac resident Eric “Rick” Bernthal — beckoned his dog to join him in his sunlit sitting room early Friday morning and the chocolate-colored canine climbed into his lap without hesitation. A 3-year-old rescue dog from the Washington Humane Society, Rocco has had four leg surgeries in his short life and has only just begun to roam his home like a normal dog. Rocco is a pit bull, one of thousands in Maryland that could be separated from their owners if they were accused of biting, regardless of whether they had previously exhibited dangerous behavior.

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Rick Bernthal of Potomac, chairman of the Humane Society of the United States board, gets a kiss from his 3-year-old rescue pit bull, Rocco.

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At a news conference Tuesday in Rockville, Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger points to a police mug shot of Lloyd Lee Welch, who police think is involved in the disappearance of the Lyon sisters in 1975. At left is Steve Vogt, a special agent with the FBI.

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The few minutes between the end of warmups and the start of a swimming championship is usually a time when swimmers focus inward, get themselves in the right frame of mind for the upcoming competition. Katie Ledecky, a junior at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, spent those moments at Saturday’s Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving championships signing autographs for, and taking pictures with, young fans who approached her on the Germantown Indoor Swim center pool deck. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist didn’t even turn away admirers that hoarded around her on occasion in between her events — ultimately Stone Ridge coach Robert Walker escorted them away until after the meet — and when everything

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Montgomery County police are hoping to find out more about Lloyd Lee Welch, a convicted sex offender, and his possible connection to the disappearance of Sheila and Katherine Lyon almost 39 years ago from Wheaton Plaza. Police say they have confirmed he was at the mall the day the girls disappeared.

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Police shed new light on an almost 39-year-old missing person case Tuesday when they identified a convicted sex offender they believe may have had contact with two Kensington girls the day they disappeared. The girls, Sheila and Katherine Lyon, ages 12 and 10, walked to Wheaton Plaza, as it was known at the time, for lunch on March 25, 1975, and vanished. At a press conference Tuesday, Montgomery County police identified 57-year-old Lloyd Lee Welch, a convicted sex offender, and said they have confirmed he was at the mall the day the girls disappeared. Investigators have traveled to Delaware, where Welch is serving a prison sentence for raping young girls, to talk to him, Assistant Police Chief Russell Hamill said. Chief J. Thomas Manger declined to comment on how those interviews have gone and what police have learned in them. Welch has served jail time for

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The story of a disappearance almost 39 years ago has haunted Montgomery County, resurfacing periodically with remembrances or potential leads to a still unsolved crime. Two young girls walking a half-mile to Wheaton Plaza were never seen again. On March 25, 1975, the Lyon sisters went to the mall for pizza and window shopping. They vanished, shattering a sense

See SAFETY, Page A-10 multiple convictions of sexual offenses and raping young girls in Virginia, South Carolina and Delaware, Manger said. He has not been charged in connection with the Lyons’ case. “If we were able to charge

someone, we would have done it,” Manger said. According to police, witnesses from that day told investigators they saw Welch “paying

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4-H’ers tackle substance abuse at conference Fifteen youths from nine states, including Maryland, recently followed in President Barack Obama’s footsteps when they presented their own state of the union speeches, each focusing on how their communities are working to prevent the abuse of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs as part of National Drug Facts Week. The presentations took place during the Health Rocks! Youth Ambassador Summit, a collaboration between the National 4-H Council and the National Institute on Drug Abuse for National Drug Facts Week, which was observed Jan. 27 to Feb. 2. The conference was held Jan. 30 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase. In their home states, participants teach middle school students about substance abuse prevention. They use the Health Rocks! curriculum, which was designed by 4-H, a national youth development organization, to combat substance abuse issues locally. The event featured a keynote address by David Mineta, the deputy director of demand reduction for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Jeanine Goldsmith, the grant manager for the Health Rocks! program, said Mineta assured par-

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ticipants that by teaching the curriculum, they were supporting the president’s national drug control strategy. “Some youth do the program and they don’t understand how they fit in the national spectrum,” Goldsmith said. “It’s great to know they’re a part of the greater good of the White House initiative.” The Chevy Chase conference also included a discussion with two scientists from the National Institutes of Health, during which youth asked questions about the neurological impact of drug abuse and how to deal with the recent legalization of marijuana in Washington state. IQ Solutions, a public health communications company in Rockville, has been the communications contractor for the National Institute on Drug Abuse for 13 years and encouraged 4-H to partner with the institute for National Drug Facts Week. Linda Silverstein, a project manager and interactive communications manager for IQ Solutions, said the Health Rocks! conference was one of more than 1,000 events held with different organizations across the country for National Drug Facts Week.

EVENTS Open House, 10 a.m., Shaare Torah,

1409 Main St., Gaithersburg. Free. 301869-9842.

LinkedIn II Workshop for Intermediate Users, 1-2:30 p.m., Jewish Social

Service Agency, 200 Wood Hill Road, Rockville. Free. 301-610-8380.

Get the Facts Home Buyer Seminar, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Village Settle-

ments, 177 Kentlands Blvd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-731-5970. Lincoln Day Forum, 7-9 p.m., Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. Free. 301-762-9115.

THURSDAY, FEB. 13 Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association Meeting, 6:30-9 p.m., Stedwick Com-

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Aaron Young Jr. of the Richmond, Va., area checks out the app launched at the Health Rocks! Youth Ambassador Summit, held Jan. 30 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase. “The idea was to really give these Health Rocks! representatives enough information about what they say about drug abuse so they can be experts in their communities and further the mission of National Drug Facts Week,” Silverstein said. To continue the week’s focus, 4-H launched the Health Rocks! Carnival app during the conference. The game, available for iPads and online, challenges a player’s knowledge about drug facts through a series of colorful carnival games. Players earn health points for each correct answer with the goal of achieving “super hero” health.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 14 Forever Yours: A Valentine’s Day Workshop, 1-2:30 p.m., Montgomery

Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Rockville. Free. 301-921-4400.

Church of the Redeemer’s Sweet Heart Banquet, 7 p.m., Hilton Gaith-

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SATURDAY, FEB. 15 Dog-Eared Book Club Meeting,

10-11:30 a.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 6030 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda. Free. 301-983-5913.

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p.m., Universities at Shady Grove Conference Center, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, also 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 16. $5. www.midatlanticexpos.com.

MORE INTERACTIVE CALENDAR ITEMS AT WWW.GAZETTE.NET Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-9486218. Antique Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg, also 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 16. $6, good for both days. 301-649-1915. Succotash Tales, 11 a.m., Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free. 240-777-0922. Presidential Punishment Professional Wrestling, 7-9:15 p.m., Bohrer

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Campus congrats Lindsay S. Shaffer of North Bethesda was named to the fall

semester president’s list at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Shaffer graduated last semester with a bachelor’s in psychology.

Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and students. 301-365-2850. Play In A Day, 8 p.m., Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $15. 301-215-6660.

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2-4 p.m., Chevy Chase Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-657-3115.

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p.m., Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free. 301984-3187.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19 Lunch and Discover Retirement Living, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Ingleside at

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Potomac Community Village launching services for seniors Group meets monthly at community center

“friendly phone call,” a daily check-in. Later, after a March training session, volunteers also will be available to take seniors to doctor visits or the grocery store and offer help with simple home repairs. “One repair that comes up is changing [hard-to-reach] light bulbs,” Urbach said. “You can’t hire someone to change a light bulb.” About 100 residents have joined or signed up to be on the mailing list. The only requirement is to live in the 20854 ZIP code. Since the group’s first meeting, organizers — including Urbach, group co-founder and secretary Shirley Dominitz and others — have been getting the legal work in place for Potomac Community Village to be a registered nonprofit entity.

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After almost two years of planning, members of Potomac Community Village are ready to offer volunteer services to seniors who need help. The group organized in May 2012 to help residents of ZIP code 20874 remain in their homes as they get older and is ready for a “soft launch,” according to President and co-founder Nelly Urbach. Residents now can call the group and request free help with technology, such as computers, telephones and cellphones. They also can get basic information on Medicare or request a

she said. “People need to build trust.” Urbach agreed. “People, especially in Potomac, need to learn to know their neighbors,” she said. “This is neighbors helping neighbors.” The village movement began around 2000 in the Beacon Hill section of Boston, Mass. Neighbors who were older wanted to stay in their homes, but realized they would need help. They decided to pool their resources, Marks said. “Once they got their program up and running, they wrote a book that they sold for $300,” she said. “They set the tone.” Marks said there are several villages active in Montgomery County — all similar, yet different, as determined by the needs of their members.

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When Macafie Bobo of Potomac heard that November was National Novel Writing Month and students could participate, she was ready to hit the keyboard, taking on the challenge of completing a novel in just 30 days. She met her goal and now has a published novel, “Second Rate Gods,” as proof. Macafie’s story follows lesser gods, created in her imagination, in a fight to save civilization. The book abstract, which she and her father Jack Bobo wrote, reads: “When the greatest storm in the history of the world threatens to destroy all mankind, the gods of Olympus are nowhere to be found. Instead, the fate of humanity rests in the hands of a forgotten group of gods who were cast out of Olympus — the Rejected Gods. “Aphrobite, the vampire cousin of the more famous and more beautiful goddess of love, Aphrodite, hears a prophecy about the coming storm and a hero who just might save the day. This quest could be Aphrobite’s chance at everlasting fame and glory or it could mean her death.” Macafie, 11, said she has long been interested in Greek mythology. “I love mythology, so it was a great topic for me,” she said. “It was fun. I made up a bunch of new names for the characters.” Jack Bobo said the story is structured like a standard myth,

with heroes and a quest with several goals and barriers. Macafie said she has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her writing career may have started seriously in second grade. “When I was in second grade, in the French program at Maryvale [Elementary School in Rockville], they had a poetry writing contest,” she said. “I got first place.” She said she would like to be a neurosurgeon when she grows up. “I really like brains,” she said. She also would like to continue her writing. National Novel Writing Month is a nonprofit organization that “believes your story matters,” according to its website, nanowrimo.org. “[It is] a fun, seat-of-yourpants approach to creative writing,” the site says. Adult participants must complete a 50,000-word novel between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30 to be “winners.” Students, though, can determine their own word count goal, Macafie said. She settled on 10,000 words and wrote most days of the month. Students who complete their novels and meet their word goal receive five free copies of their book in published form, she said. “I actually ended up with 15,000 words,” Macafie said. “When I write, I like to write a lot. Sometimes it was hard for me to stop, to have an end. This time I had to restrain myself.” “Second Rate Gods” is available in both hard copy and as an ebook on Amazon.com. pmcewan@gazette.net

“There is a saying, ‘If you have seen one village, you’ve seen one village,’” she said. “Because each village is different.” Potomac Community Village is still defining itself, according to Urbach and Dominitz. The group holds monthly meetings featuring guest speakers from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Potomac Community Recreation Center at 11315 Falls Road. The next meeting, scheduled for Feb. 20, will feature Dr. R. Scott Turner, director of the Memory Disorders Program at Georgetown University Medical Center. For more information, visit potomaccommunityvillage.org or call 240-221-1370. pmcewan@gazette.net

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Macafie Bobo, 11, a sixth-grader at Herbert Hoover Middle School in Potomac, holds her first novel, “Second Rate Gods,” published in January. Macafie wrote the novel in November as part of a National Novel Writing Month challenge for young students.

A former vice president of Bechtel Corp. was charged Monday in federal court on moneylaundering and violating tax laws. According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland, Asem Elgawhary, 72, of Potomac was charged with defrauding his former employers, laundering the money he earned in the scheme, and violating federal tax laws. From 1996 to 2011, Bechtel assigned Elgawhary to work as the general manager at PGESCo, a joint venture between Bechtel and a state-owned and state-controlled electricity company, the indictment reads. According to a statement detailing the charges against him, Elgawhary used his position at PGESCo to give preferential treatment to three power companies that wanted to work with the electricity company in exchange for kickbacks from the power companies and consultants. All told, the power companies and their consultants paid more than $5 million in kickbacks that Elgawhary controlled, according to the statement. The companies received more than $2 billion in contracts, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Elgawhary used some of the money — some of which had been stored in Swiss bank accounts — to buy a $1.78 million home in Maryland for two close family members, according to the statement. The most serious penalty for the charges against Elgawhary is 20 years in prison. Danny C. Onorato, Elgawhary’s attorney, was not immediately available for comment Tuesday. sjbsmith@gazette.net

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“We are now able to accept contributions,” Urbach said. They also have held informational meetings, recruited members and surveyed the needs of the community. “Many people mention needing help raking leaves or shoveling snow,” Jane Blocher, publicity chairwoman for the group, said. A two-year lead time is not unusual for village groups, Leslie Marks, a volunteer who wrote “Village Blueprint: Building a Community for All Ages,” which is available free to county communities interested starting a village. “Villages are grassroots organizations and you need to start small, have small successes,” Marks said. She suggests that groups have social events. “Social things are good to start with,”

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A smoking ban on parkland in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties is being considered in Annapolis. The proposal, in a bill filed on Friday, would require action by the Maryland General Assembly. The ban would expand upon Montgomery’s current smoking prohibition, which applies to a variety of public places, such as government buildings, businesses and many restaurants. Last year, county property such as bus stops, parking garages and outdoor recreation areas was included, too. Under the new bill, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission would have to ban smoking of tobacco products on property under its jurisdiction, starting Oct. 1. The new bill is sponsored by both the Montgomery and Prince George’s county delegations.

Del. Benjamin F. Kramer (DDist. 19) of Derwood, who worked on the idea and got his colleagues’ support for it, said a ban in parks makes sense because of the health risks associated with secondhand smoke, even outside. There’s “no safe level of exposure,” he said, noting that secondhand smoke is a class A carcinogen, or cancer-causing agent. People might not realize that, even in open air, they need to stand at least 20 feet away to escape smoke, he said. He said two other important reasons also are driving the proposed ban. One is litter, which often is tobacco-related, such as cigarette butts, he said. The other is the environmental damage tobacco trash can cause by leaching into the soil and the aquifer, Kramer said. After visiting Ridge Road Dog Park in Germantown on Friday, Dr. Michael Raboy said he agreed with the proposed parkland ban, if the health dangers Kramer cited are true. Raboy, a dentist who lives in Germantown, said he was a heavy smoker for five years, but hasn’t had a cigarette in two years. Now, he uses an electronic cigarette, which

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Michael Raboy of Germantown, a dentist who used to practice in Montgomery Village, uses an electronic cigarette Friday in the Ridge Road Dog Park in Germantown.

delivers nicotine but releases water vapor instead of tobacco smoke. He doesn’t support one part of the bill that would directly affect him: The Park and Planning Commission, in its regulations, could prohibit an electronic cigarette or similar device, “whether or not the electronic device contains tobacco or nicotine,” the bill says. Raboy called that idea foolish and wondered why government officials wouldn’t encourage something that cuts down on cigarette smoke and use. On Jan. 30, Montgomery County’s planning board expressed support for the bill.

“It’s going to happen,” Mary Bradford, director of parks at Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, said of the ban. “It’s the wave of the future; how you get there is the issue.” One sticking point was that park employees would not have anywhere to smoke, a right protected under collective bargaining, Bradford said. To solve that, the bill was rewritten to let the county designate certain areas within parks for employee smoking. Amy Presley, a planning board commissioner, admitted she was trying to quit smoking. “It’s a horrible habit,” Presley said. But without designated areas, smokers like her would be forced out of parks. The bill also was changed so the county could exclude facilities rented out for events and certain venues, such as golf courses. “I would support this bill the way that it is written,” said Francoise Carrier, the board’s chairwoman. “It gives us parameters.” A hearing on the bill will be held in Annapolis on March 5. aschotz@gazette.net

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A former Montgomery County music teacher who prosecutors said faked his own death to keep a sexabuse victim from confronting him was held without bail Friday. The case against Lawrence W. Joynes, 55, is complicated and broad. He is charged with abusing 14 elementary school students during about 10 years teaching at New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring. Joynes taught for the county for 27 years, according to school officials. Prosecutors also said that Joynes engaged in an inappropriate and abusive relationship with a 15th victim — now an adult — when she was a student at Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring in the 1990s. According to his charging documents, Joynes molested her and

had sex with her over the course of three years. All told, he faces 15 counts of sex abuse, four counts of committing a sex offense, and one count of second-degree rape. Montgomery County District Judge Eugene Wolfe cited the nature of the charges against Joynes, formerly of Dundalk, as a reason not to set a bail amount and keep him incarcerated. Wolfe’s ruling came after Joynes pleaded guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court to one count of possessing child pornography. On Thursday, a judge there sentenced him to time served — about a year — and ordered him to register as a sex offender, according to online court records. The plea and sentencing in Baltimore allow prosecutors to pursue the charges against Joynes in Montgomery County. Montgomery law enforcement officials first learned about Joynes after he was snared in a child porn investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Baltimore County police.

Some of the images were of victims who appeared to be Montgomery County students, according to charging documents. Federal and Baltimore County authorities contacted Montgomery County police, which got involved in the investigation. That led to new charges in two separate Montgomery County cases — one involving New Hampshire Estates Elementary School, the other involving Eastern Middle School. Montgomery County police said in his charging documents they found thousands of images of child pornography on one of his computers and on other digital devices he owned. According to the charging documents in the first Montgomery case against Joynes — which pertains to his time teaching at New Hampshire Estates Elementary School — prosecutors say Joynes abused 14 young girls. The school serves students in preschool through second grade, according to the school’s website. According to charging documents, Joynes trained a group of his favorite students, his “lunch bunch,”

to engage in sexually suggestive behavior — like sucking on his fingers or on candy — while he photographed and videotaped them. In Montgomery County District Court in Rockville, Assistant State’s Attorney Timothy Hagan argued that Joynes should be held without bail until his trial. “The risk of flight is high here,” Hagan told Wolfe. Hagan said that when the woman who had attended Eastern Middle School tried to contact Joynes and confront him about the abuse, Joynes malingered to avoid being found. “The defendant not only falsified a death certificate to fake his own death, but also at different times, impersonated different individuals in order to avoid prosecution and discovery,” Hagan said. Alan C. Drew, Joynes’ public defender, said Joynes deserved a reasonable bail. “Regardless of the nature of the allegations, they are just allegations,” Drew said. sjbsmith@gazette.net

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Someone at Watkins Mill School has been sick with tuberculosis, but there is only a small chance that others at the Gaithersburg school may have been infected, according to Montgomery County health officials. School officials would not identify the person or say if the victim is a student or a staff member. The person is being treated and students and staff are no longer exposed to the disease, according to a Feb. 6 letter to parents from county health officer Ulder J. Tillman and Principal Scott Murphy. Tuberculosis, a contagious bacterial disease, usually affects the lungs and also can affect the brain, kidneys and spine, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet sent to parents. Cindy Edwards, a senior nurse administrator at the county De-

partment of Health and Human Services, said she doesn’t anticipate the individual will have infected others at the school. Edwards said county officials will look at the individual’s schedule and determine who at the school might have been in close enough contact in late 2013 or early 2014 to warrant testing them for infection. County health officials will test the individual’s family members, she said. She said she didn’t have an estimate for how many people might need to be tested as the health department is still investigating. Watkins Mill has about 1,425 students and 175 staff members, according to county school system spokesman Dana Tofig. Students and staff would not catch tuberculosis just walking through the hall near the person, Edwards said. “It does require a pretty significant exposure,” she said. “It has to be repeated and it has to be close exposure.” The letter to parents said there is a “very small” chance that a student has been infected and that a

person would usually need to be in close contact in a small room for about eight hours with the affected individual to become infected. County officials are recommending that “all students and staff who were in any class or afterschool activity with this individual between October 2013 and January 2014” be tested, the letter said. Students and staff won’t be able to undergo tests to detect infection for about eight to 10 weeks — until late March — because tuberculosis has a long incubation period, Edwards said. “It’s hard to wait, but there’s science behind why there’s no need to go test this right now,” she said. In early March, the health department will contact those who should be tested, the letter said. Edwards said she doesn’t think a person would show symptoms of the disease before the eight- to 10week period is over. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of tuberculosis — such as coughing, night sweats or a fever — should contact a doctor, she said. “If we find kids or staff (that have tuberculosis) at eight to 10

weeks, it’s very treatable,” Edwards said. The county health department will conduct free blood tests at the school for students at staff, she said. Because the disease is spread through the air, she said, there’s not much the school can do. “There’s no particular cleaning that needs to be done,” she said. In 2012, the most recent year with available data, the entire county had 85 cases of tuberculosis, Edwards said. Susan Young — president of the school’s parent, teacher and staff association — said “it’s not a thrilling situation,” but she thinks the school has responded well with the help of the county health department. Young said she doesn’t know how much her son was around the affected individual and that he will get tested only if the health department indicates it is necessary. She said the school community has remained calm. “For the most part, I really don’t think there’s a sense of panic at all,” she said. lpowers@gazette.net

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InBrief Master Gardeners plan spring conference The Montgomery County Master Gardeners’ 14th annual Spring Gardening Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the University of Maryland Extension’s Montgomery County office in the Agricultural History Farm Park at 18410 Muncaster Road, Derwood. This year’s theme is “Rooting for the Future: new ideas + small changes = gardening success!” The conference will include workshops, morning snacks, a bag lunch, door prizes and answers to gardening questions. Topics include dealing with deer, four-season gardening, orchids, the mint family, root vegetables and beekeeping. Advance registration, at goo.gl/i4nalm, costs $55, or $100 for two. The registration deadline is Tuesday. Workshops will be filled on a firstcome, first-served basis. For more information, email MCMGConference@gmail.com.

Spring recreation signups underway The spring issue of the Montgomery County Guide for Recreation and Parks Programs is now available. Registration opened this week for spring programs, classes and swimming lessons. Classes and programs include aquatics, sports, therapeutic recreation services and active adult senior programming. Residents may register online, by mail, fax or in person at the recreation offices at 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring. Print copies of the guide are available at recreation centers, park facilities, aquatic and senior centers, and public libraries. Residents can pay $5 annually and receive the guide’s four yearly editions by mail. The guide and mail subscriptions are available online at montgomerycountymd.gov/rec. For more information, call 240-777-6840.

Online ‘blitz’ on county’s summer camps The county’s recreation department will host a “Chattin’ It Up Summer” online conversation from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 22. Staff will monitor the department’s Twitter and Facebook pages, and its customer service mailbox, fielding questions and comments about summer camp programs. The “virtual outreach blitz” is designed to help families select summer camp programs, understand the registration process, set up summer payment plans and answer other questions about the department’s hundreds of programs and activities, according to a news release. The morning also will feature social media contests. For information: phone 240-777-6800 or email Recreation.CustomerService@montgomerycountymd.gov. On social media: Twitter @MoCoRec; or facebook.com/montgomerycountyrecreation.

POLICE BLOTTER

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 Jan. 27 at 9 p.m. in the 7900 block of Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. The subject threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. • On Jan. 28 at 9:22 p.m. near the intersection of Randolph Road and Lauderdale Drive, North Bethesda. The subjects threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. Auto theft • Three incidents on Jan. 20 or 21 in the 2400 block of Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring. Two unsuccessful attempts. • Three incidents between Jan. 20 and 22 in the 2100 block of Washington Avenue, Silver Spring. Two unsuccessful attempts. • Three incidents on Jan. 27 or 28 in the 8500 block of 16th Street, Silver Spring. Sexual assault • On Jan. 27 in the 19900 block of Fisher Avenue, Poolesville. The subject is known to the victim. Commercial burglary • On Jan. 20 or 21 in the 4300 block of Montgomery Avenue, Bethesda. Forced entry, took nothing. • On Jan. 20 or 21 at Sachi Nail Salon in the 7600 block of Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda. Forced entry, took property. • On Jan. 23 or 24 at Sachi Nail Salon and Chinese Express in the 7600 block of Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda. Forced entry, took property. • On Jan. 24 at 1:15 a.m. at Glen Echo Pharmacy, 7311 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Attempted forced entry, took nothing.


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Life of adaptations helps new member acclimate to District 5 seat BY

RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER

Cherri Branson has moved around a lot in her life: from rural West Virginia to Southeast Washington, D.C., then New York for college, Indiana for law school and Atlanta. She came to Montgomery County for a career as a congressional legislative aide on Capitol Hill. Now, Branson (D) of Silver Spring has moved into a small office on the sixth floor of the Stella Werner Council Office Building in Rockville. It will be a 10-month stay as the Montgomery County Council representative from District 5, filling the spot left by the resignation of former Councilwoman Valerie Ervin. Branson, 54, took her seat on Jan. 28. She has agreed not to run for a full term in this year’s election. She said she knew she would face a rush of information as she got up to speed on a variety of issues, but the pace has been more hectic than she expected. After nearly a quartercentury on Capitol Hill — including her most recent job as Chief Counsel for Oversight to the House of Representatives’ Homeland Security Committee — Branson is used to absorbing a lot of information quickly. And, she said, after coming from Congress, where things have largely ground to a halt in recent years amid partisan gridlock, it’s nice to get back to a busy schedule. “The pace part of [the council] is not necessarily different,” she said. It’s largely the scope of what she’ll be working on that has changed. The County Council thinks about how to help the county’s school system, while Congress thinks about education policy generally, Branson said.

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Part of Branson’s transition will include figuring out her position on both the issues that affect her constituents in District 5 and those that affect county residents in general. Speaking in her office Wednesday, Branson said she would need to some time to think through some of the excellent testimony the council heard Tuesday night at a hearing on plans for development in the White Oak area. She’s also taking time to consider her position on development in Clarksburg and issues surrounding the Ten Mile Creek watershed. “I personally need more information,” Branson said. She’s also heard from her new constituents about the need to help resolve transportation issues in the district, which includes Silver Spring, Takoma Park and Burtonsville. Branson said she’s aware of the need to fix transportation in Montgomery, but warned that there’s no “magic bullet” to solve the problems. Branson’s transition will be aided by Chief of Staff Sonya Healy and several other staff members who stayed on after Ervin resigned Jan. 3 to become the chief executive of a New York-based nonprofit group. Healy said the switch was easier because the council was in recess for much of the time between Ervin’s resignation and Branson’s appointment. She said the break gave her and other staffers a chance to focus on maintaining communication with residents. Healy praised Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown for making sure Ervin’s staff was taken care of and for initiating an open and fair process to find her replacement. Branson was one of 18 candidates who applied to fill the remainder of the term. The council interviewed the finalists in public. Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring said she and other

council members are available to help Branson with anything she needs. Navarro understands what Branson is dealing with, having come to the council in a special election in 2009 before winning her first full term in 2010. She said serving more than four years on the county’s Board of Education helped her understand legislative process, but nothing prepares you for the onslaught of issues the council has to deal with. A new member has to rely heavily on staff and colleagues and be able to put in extra time to review the history of issues and other finer points of policy, Navarro said. Branson was born in Shepherdstown, W.Va., in 1959, but moved to Washington with her mother, Marie Branson, who got a job as a teacher. Although they lived in Southeast Washington, Branson got permission to attend elementary and junior high school in Georgetown. Going to school with the children of senators, diplomats and Washington’s elite helped her be comfortable in a variety of situations. “I had to learn quickly how to still be me wherever I was,” she said. She attended Washington’s Eastern High School for a year before transferring to the nowdefunct Immaculate Conception Academy in the District. Then it was off to New York’s Vassar College, where her time was spent in class and working with a group dedicated to bringing more racial and economic diversity to the school. She was also active in an anti-apartheid group on campus, once participating in the takeover of a campus administrative building to protest a structure of racial segregation under the regime in South Africa. “I kept busy,” Branson said. After college, she came back to Washington and worked for the district government, run-

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Cherri Branson laughs as Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice (far left) and other council members, including Roger Berliner (center), say a few words about her after she is sworn in as the new District 5 council member on Jan. 28. ning a summer youth employment program and working as a management analyst while she earned money for law school. She was inspired by the work of Thurgood Marshall and others who showed the ability

of the law to make substantive changes in people’s lives. “I wanted to be a lawyer all my life,” Branson said. She got a law degree from Indiana University’s law school in 1985, after which she taught

for two years at Howard University Law School. She got a degree in litigation from Atlanta’s Emory University School of Law in 1988. In Atlanta, she worked as both a prosecutor and a public defender, seeing the legal system from both sides of the courtroom. Then Branson came back to Washington, where she spent 23 years as a Capitol Hill staffer, along with about one year as a political appointee in Bill Clinton’s Labor Department. She settled in Silver Spring, where she lives with her husband, Donald, and son Avery, 16. Her mother is one of her new constituents. While she’s still getting caught up on many issues she’ll be asked to address during her term, working in a group such as the council is similar in many ways. whether at the federal or local level, she said. “A legislative branch is a legislative branch,” she said. rmarshall@gazette.net

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RYAN MARSHALL AND SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITERS

Montgomery County is vowing to protect its minimum wage hike, even as a newly released report by a pro-business group concluded that a statewide increase could be harmful. The Montgomery County Council is keeping a close eye on possible efforts in Annapolis to limit whether counties can increase minimum wages, as Montgomery and Prince George’s counties did in November, Council President Craig L. Rice said Monday. A report released Monday by the Maryland Foundation for Research and Economic Education said a minimum wage increase would hurt local economies. The report identifies four drawbacks to raising the minimum wage in Maryland: an increase in the price of consumer goods, a decline in employment and personal income, a decline in real estate values and increased competition for jobs with other states. But, the consequences of increasing the wage may not be immediately apparent. “Changes to the minimum wage rate in Maryland can have impacts over a longer period ... and may be difficult to measure before the passage of five or ten

years,” the report stated. If the legislature approves a statewide minimum wage of $10 an hour, the state would lose about 11,000 jobs, the report said. According to the Maryland Foundation for Research and Economic Education report, as of 2012, about 59,000 workers in Montgomery County make $10 or less per hour. The Montgomery council voted 8-1 in November to raise the county’s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2017. Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C., also have approved increases in their minimum wages to $11.50 an hour. The District’s bill would put the increase into effect by 2016. During debate over the Montgomery bill, Rice — council vice president at the time — urged his colleagues to wait until January to get a better idea of what statewide legislation would emerge during the General Assembly’s session. When that push for a delay failed, Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown joined with the majority in voting for the bill. Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg opposed the measure, saying that acting ahead of the state would leave the county “flying blind.” Throughout the debate over the minimum wage increase in the three Washington-area jurisdictions, rumors swirled that the General Assembly would act to revoke Montgomery and Prince

“For us, this is just going to be something that we’re going to have to watch and wait.” Council President Craig L. Rice George’s ability to independently raise their wage as part of a state-wide bill. In a statement following the passage of the bill in Montgomery, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. said he believes a uniform wage throughout the state would be most effective, but Montgomery was within its rights to pass its own increase. Blaine Young (R), the president of Frederick County’s Board of Commissioners and a small-business owner, said an increase would have unintended consequences. “The bigger concern is obviously, with a teetering economy, it’s an added pressure and burden on small businesses ... that many think they can’t afford,” he said. If the state raises the minimum wage, Young said, workers who earn a wage just above the minimum may not get their anticipated raises. Young said people commute into Maryland from

Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia, but multiple factors may push their businesses over the line. Young cited the gas tax and stormwater management fees, in addition to increased minimum wages, as reasons for a business or resident to move out of Maryland. Several bills have been filed in the General Assembly with different provisions to raise the state’s minimum wage. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has backed a bill supported by activist group Raise Maryland that would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016, index the wage to the rate of inflation and increase wages for tipped workers from 50 percent to 70 percent of the minimum wage. Rice, a former state delegate, said it’s too early to tell which measure will become the one that legislators vote on. Rice said during a briefing with reporters Monday that he believes the minimum wage debate will go down to the last days of the session in early April. “For us, this is just going to be something that we’re going to have to watch and wait,” Rice said. Rice said a difference of about $1 between the state’s and Montgomery’s wages is OK, but a bigger gap could put Montgomery businesses at a competitive disadvantage. scarignan@gazette.net rmarshall@gazette.net

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“Common Core brings back a little bit of common sense,” says Lillian M. Lowery, Maryland’s state superintendent of schools.

Lowery: Test data ‘part of a story’ for evaluating teachers State superintendent weighs in on new education standards

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State schools Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery said she thinks the “confusion and tension” in Maryland around the Common Core State Standards stems from how local school systems will use data from tests aligned with the standards. Maryland schools are transitioning to the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers assessment based on Common Core, a controversial set of education standards for English and math that Maryland, along with other states, chose to adopt. The test is scheduled for full implementation next school year. Data from the PARCC test eventually will play a role in teacher evaluations, which has drawn concern from some around the state. Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr previously said that, while he plans to follow the law, he will guard the integrity of the county school system’s current method for evaluating teachers. Lowery stressed that the state test data will account for only 20 percent of an evaluation. “It is part of a story,” she said. “It’s a data point.” The inclusion of test data in teacher evaluations creates a common factor that can be compared across schools and help districts identify best practices and know where to direct resources, she said. The data can help ensure that two teachers teaching the same subject in different schools are held to the same rigorous standards, she said. If a teacher doesn’t show growth in their students’ test data, he or she “would have to bomb” the other components to feel a negative effect, Lowery said. “Teachers will be evaluated every year,” she said. “It’s just how we use the state assessment to inform that work.” Concern also has arisen around the tests’ implementation.

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The Washington Post reported Jan. 30 that 22 superintendents — out of 24 across Maryland — signed a statement expressing a need for more time to implement the new assessments along with other significant changes. Lowery said the state has “already built in three years to get this right.” The state won’t use the data until the 2016-17 school year for teacher evaluations, Lowery said. Next school year, the test results will provide baseline data, she said. After students take tests in the 2015-16 school year, she said, districts will have “a point A to point B” reference. She said her understanding was that the statement signed by the superintendents had been an internal document, but that its release will help generate “realistic” and “open” discussions. “We want to be fair, we want to be thoughtful, we want to be deliberative,” she said. Kentucky recently decided to leave the consortium of states that developed the new test. Lowery said the state always had one foot in and one foot out. “(Kentucky) stuck with what they knew,” she said. Soon to completely replace the Maryland School Assessment, the PARCC test will monitor students’ performance under Common Core, which Lowery described as more rigorous and evidence-based. The kids are “owning far more of their learning” and teachers are able to provide more individualized instruction under the new Common Corebased curriculum, she said. “We take the guesswork out of student learning,” she said. The new standards allow students the chance to exercise creativity to find the right answer, she said. “That’s higher-order thinking,” she said. “They own that.” Under the new standards, students also will get the prerequisites they need to better prepare them for college or a career, Lowery said. “Common Core brings back a little bit of common sense,” she said. lpowers@gazette.net

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Judicial Proceedings has been roadblock in the past BY

KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER

Prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity is considered the last major piece of the legislative puzzle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Marylanders, but a split state Senate committee threatens to stymie the effort. Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. has proposed the Fairness for All Marylanders Act, a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity when it comes to housing, employment, credit and public accommodations. He proposed the act last year, but it died in committee by one vote. Once again, the 11 members of the

Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee are about evenly divided as to whether the legislation should advance to the Senate floor for debate, said committee chairman Brian E. Frosh, a supporter of the bill. “It’s a 6-5 vote in my committee,” said Frosh (D-Dist. 16) of Chevy Chase. “I’m not sure if that is in favor or against. It depends on which way it turns, whose vote is picked up or lost.” It is too soon, he said, to talk about how the committee might try to amend the bill. With 25 co-sponsors in the Senate, the bill is likely to pass if it makes it to the floor. Montgomery County’s entire Senate delegation has co-sponsored the bill. Dana Beyer, executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, a civil rights organization lobbying in support of the bill, said there are three swing votes on

the committee and any one of them could make or break the effort. Beyer has announced she is challenging Madaleno for his Senate seat. Sens. Norman R. Stone (D-Dist. 6) of Dundalk, C. Anthony Muse (D-Dist. 26) of Fort Washington and James Brochin (D-Dist 42) of Towson could vote either way on the legislation, Beyer said. All three opposed Madaleno’s legislation last year. Once again, a sticking point for opponents is prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in public accommodations, such as restrooms. Gender identity is defined in the law as a gender-related identity, appearance, expression or behavior of an individual regardless of their assigned sex at birth. Proponents of the bill say transgender Marylanders deserve inclusion and the same protections under the law that

others enjoy. Opponents fear doing so would jeopardize the safety of women and children in public restrooms by allowing a loophole for unscrupulous predators to claim gender identity, enter a restroom and commit sexual crimes. Transwomen often are the targets of these fears about restrooms, Beyer said, adding that such fears are “silly” and steeped in ignorance. “Transwomen are amongst the most modest of women; they do not go out of their way to be obvious or in anyone’s face,” she said. “Everyone uses the bathroom and all transpeople are using the appropriate bathroom every day without any problem.” Sen. Jamie B. Raskin said similar protections for transgender citizens exist in 17 states as well as in Baltimore County, Baltimore city, Howard County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

“And there have been no problems with security in bathrooms,” said Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park, a member of the committee. “So we want to treat the concerns seriously, but I haven’t seen any incidents that show there is a real problem.” Montgomery County law prohibits discrimination against transgendered individuals in housing, employment, cable television service and public accommodations. Maryland Citizens for Responsible Government gathered signatures to take Montgomery County’s law to referendum, but the Court of Appeals said the question could not appear on the 2008 ballot. The court’s decision put the law into effect. Frosh expects his committee to vote in the coming weeks. kalexander@gazette.net

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Hearings on the surcharge wrapped up last week BY MARGIE HYSLOP SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

Washington Gas officials hope to persuade state regulators to approve their plan to charge customers an extra fee to pay for improvements to the utility’s old and leaking gas lines. Washington Gas’ proposal to the Maryland Public Service Commission calls for households to pay about 29 cents more per month in the first year of a five-year plan geared to generate about $200 million in revenue for the company to use for replacing obsolete and aging lines. Four days of hearings wrapped up Friday, to be followed by legal briefs, a preliminary order from the commission by March 21 and an order detailing the commission’s decision by May 6. In its application, Washington Gas proposes to spend $200 million in five years as part of a 22-year plan to spend $863 million on replacing 633 miles of main and 75,200 customer lines and connections. Washington Gas says it will target bare or unprotected steel as well as some copper, “pre-1975 plastic,” cast iron and obsolete mechanical couplings that are part of its infrastructure. Washington Gas provides service through about 449,000 active meters in Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles,

Calvert, St. Mary’s and Frederick counties and 656,000 more meters in Virginia and Washington, D.C., according to its application filed Nov. 7. A law enacted last year authorizes the commission to let gas utilities charge a special fee to accelerate reasonable improvements in its infrastructure that would increase safety and reliability. The law limits the surcharge to five years, and requires that any surcharge be assessed to residential and commercial customers in a ratio proportionate to each customer class’ use. The law requires the surcharge to be capped and sets the limit at $2 per month for households. Washington Gas’ proposal calls for the surcharge to increase, based on “actual capital expenditures” over the five-year period, until the $2 cap is reached, Company Vice President Douglas A. Staebler told the commission in testimony filed with the commission. “We were hoping to find a way to give them a little more money [to improve their infrastructure],” said Del. Charles E. Barkley (D-Dist. 39) of Germantown. Last month, the commission gave Baltimore Gas and Electric conditional approval to add a surcharge to its gas customers’ bills and turned down Columbia Gas of Maryland’s surcharge request, urging the company to amend it and refile. Barkley said he thinks Washington

“Why are they not required to fully maintain the system with their money?” Imani Kazana Gas’ response in repairing its aging delivery system has been sufficient so far, but that by authorizing the commission to allow a surcharge “we hoped to get ahead of the problem.” A Washington Gas spokesman declined to discuss why the company needs the surcharge and whether it expects its request to face challenges. “…We do not comment on pending cases,” company Vice President Eric C. Grant replied in an email. Imani Kazana said she has been asking Washington Gas to fix leaks in her Avonridge neighborhood between Hyattsville and Mount Rainier for 10 years. “My neighborhood sits at the center of a major intersection of regional gas lines and we have had leaks and gas smells on a regular basis” for more than 20 years, Kazana said. Washington Gas’ proposal gives the company too much flexibility on what it

will do and where it will do it, she said. Kazana said state officials have told her that the utility doesn’t plan to make improvements in her community during the five years it wants to bill the surcharge, even though engineers have said pipes and valves there are obsolete. Sen. Victor R. Ramirez (D-Dist. 47) of Cheverly said he thinks a meeting will be set soon for Washington Gas to talk with Kazana and other residents about their concerns. “Why are they not required to fully maintain the system with their money?” Kazana said. “I don’t think we customers should be charged additional for it.” The Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington also objects to Washington Gas’ surcharge plan. Bruce R. Oliver, an economist who specializes in utility rates and regulation, said in testimony filed with the service commission on behalf of the apartment and office building association wrote that Washington Gas’ surcharge application does not provide enough detail tying project work and timelines to cost recovery. Oliver also estimated that Washington Gas’ replacement plan would not keep pace with the infrastructure’s projected lifespan. The Washington Post reported last month that a team of university researchers found nearly 5,900 gas leaks when they conducted a survey along Washington, D.C., streets,

According to the report, researchers said they found concentrations in 12 manholes that could have set the stage for explosions. They said they notified Washington Gas, but found similar concentrations at eight of those locations four months later. Gas dispersed at other leaks and posed no direct threat, but such leaks trap heat and can contribute to climate warming, the report said. Under a commission order issued last week, BGE will be allowed to bill households a monthly surcharge of 32 cents in 2014, 97 cents in 2015, $1.70 in 2016 and $2 in 2017 and 2018, but will not be allowed to add the charge to bills until BGE files a detailed list of projects and the Public Service Commission approves the list. The commission also ordered BGE to undergo an annual performance and cost audit of the projects and to adjust the surcharge as needed to make sure it is only recovering costs. In rejecting Columbia Gas of Maryland’s proposal to add $1.92 monthly surcharge to pay for improvements to its gas infrastructure, the service commission said Columbia Gas’ plan would not accelerate improvements. The commission urged the utility to submit a plan within 60 days that would maintain or surpass the infrastructure improvement rate it has already set. Most Columbia Gas customers are clustered around Hagerstown and Cumberland.

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Food stamp recipients in Maryland will be spared from the cuts once proposed in the federal farm bill. President Barack Obama signed the Agriculture Act of 2014 into law on Friday. The controversial law, formerly known as the farm bill, sets U.S. agricultural and food policy for the next five years. “Marylanders won’t see additional cuts as a result of the passage of the farm bill,” Maryland Hunger Solutions spokeswoman Brooke A. McCauley said. About 34,800 households in Montgomery County receive monthly food stamp benefits. Those households are already dealing with smaller budgets due to a cut late last year. At the end of November, food stamp recipients across the country saw a 5 percent decrease in their budgets when a federal expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, expired. “There have been some families that have been affected significantly by that cut,” said JoAnn Barnes, deputy chief of the county’s Children, Youth and Family Services division. Just a few months ago, food stamp advocates worried that a draft of the Agriculture Act would deal a second blow and cut as much as $39 billion from SNAP for needy households nationwide, but the bill that became law last week does not make those changes. Households must meet certain income requirements to be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. A single household’s gross income must be 130 percent of the federal poverty level or lower. According to Brian Schleter, spokesman for the state Department of Human Resources, the rules for eligibility for SNAP in Maryland will not change, but state funding could. The department could see a $750,000 decrease in funding for outreach. “This could significantly reduce our ability to identify and enroll eligible families in needed services,” he said in an email. The Capital Area Food Bank, which serves Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Washington counties; D.C. and northern Virginia, receives funding from the Maryland Department of Human Resources. For the calendar year 2014, the organization received $18,000 in outreach funding for Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, which it matches. It is not yet clear if the state will reduce its funding for the food bank’s outreach next year.


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Board OKs $2.3B budget for schools, up $91 million Amendments include staff positions, special education review

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In adopting a $2.32 billion operating budget for fiscal 2015, Montgomery County’s school board on Tuesday approved additional money for staff positions, cultural competency training and a review of special education programs and services. The school board voted unanimously to pass the amended budget, which was about $34.7 million more than what Superintendent Joshua P. Starr proposed in December. The board is sending an operating budget to the Montgomery County Council and County Executive Isiah Leggett that asks for about $91 million more than the school system received this year. The budget also is about $51 million more than what the county is required to give under state law. In a Feb. 11 letter to school board members, Starr said the amended budget also reflects Gov. Martin O’Malley’s state budget proposal, which provided about $217,000 less than the school system’s requested amount. The amended budget will rely on the county to make up that shortfall. Under O’Malley’s budget, the school system would receive about $618.8 million from the state. Following developments in the school system’s negotiations with its employee associations, the adopted budget also includes about $35.8 million for employee compensation not included in Starr’s original proposed budget. When Starr proposed his initial budget, he said he aimed to address growing student enrollment, ongoing achievement gaps among student groups and changes brought on by the Common Core State Standards, among other issues. During Tuesday’s meeting, Starr and board members said the operating budget marked another step in a larger plan to add and restore positions and other budget items. School board President Phil Kauffman (At large) of Olney said the budget, which doesn’t include everything the board members wanted, is “very responsible.” “Sometimes that gets a little frustrating when we say, ‘Gee, can’t we do it all at once,’” he said. “But I think it’s reasonable to have the multi-year approach.” School board Vice President

Patricia O’Neill (District 3) of Bethesda said the budget is “a reflection of the past, the present and the future.” “It is a multi-year phase-in of some of the things we would like to see,” she said. The board passed amendments to the budget that included resources for two more prekindergarten classes, professional development to educate staff on how to work with students of different cultures, and three more pupil personnel workers and one more psychologist. There also will be money for an external review of special education programs and services and for student clubs related to science, technology, engineering and math. Speaking on the added pupil personnel workers and psychologist, Kauffman said the board heard a lot from the community about the need for increasing the number of such positions. “This is an area where I believe we have been underfunded in the past and we need to be expanding,” Kauffman said. School board member Shirley Brandman (At large) of Bethesda said she supported

PRESIDENTS DAY CLOSURES IN COUNTY n The closures include county government and school offices, libraries and liquor stores. The recreation department’s aquatics programs will meet as scheduled, and aquatic facilities and community centers will be open. But all other classes and programs will be canceled, and administrative offices and senior centers will be closed n Operating schedules for county parks, including Brookside Gardens, ice rinks, tennis centers, trains and carousels, are available at montgomeryparks.org. n Ride On buses will follow a modified holiday schedule, available at rideonbus.com. n Metrobus will follow its Saturday schedule with supplemental service; Metrorail follows its Saturday holiday schedule. The TRiPS Commuter Stores in Silver Spring and Friendship Heights will be closed. n The transfer station will be open, but trash and recycling pickup will be postponed by one day all week, with the last pickups on Saturday. n Parking at public garages, lots and curbside meters will be free. n Also, state offices and courts will be closed. 136360G

the added staff members, as well, marking an acceleration of a plan to gradually add the positions. “We’re trying, through the acceleration, to sort of note our committment,” she said. Board member Christopher S. Barclay voiced his support for the cultural compentency training, which he said could benefit staff members who don’t have previous experience working with certain student groups. “We need to know our differences, not from a negative perspective but from a positive perspective so we can figure out how to attain our goals,” he said. Barclay (District 4) of Takoma Park said the review of special education programs and services is not a look at “what’s wrong.” “It is a review based on how to get even better at what we do,” he said. Board member Judith Docca (District 1) of Montgomery Village said the external review will provide “a balanced view of what we might do that would be better.” lpowers@gazette.net

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Montgomery County’s congressional representatives were split over the much-debated farm bill, which Congress passed and sent to the president’s desk. The farm bill, officially known as the Agricultural Act of 2014, would set U.S. agricultural and food policy for the next five years. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D-Dist. 8) and three other Maryland congressmen voted no in the House on Jan. 29. Rep. John Delaney (DDist. 6), one of two Maryland representatives who voted for the bill, praised his colleagues’ work toward cooperation and bipartisanship in Congress. Two representatives did not vote. The measure passed the House, 251-166. Both of Maryland’s U.S. senators voted in favor of the bill on Tuesday, where it passed 68-32. President Barack Obama hasn’t said if he will sign it. Delaney said that without

a farm bill, many programs essential to agriculture in Maryland would be underfunded. Van Hollen said the bill contained too much pork-barrel spending. “My focus has been on helping small family farmers,” he said, “but this bill included huge taxpayer subsidies to large agribusinesses.” The farm bill continues a program that makes loans available to companies that grow sugar cane domestically and an income protection plan for cotton producers. Maryland consumers and taxpayers will be paying for those programs, Van Hollen said. “This unfortunately was a missed opportunity for some long-overdue reform,” he said. Part of the nearly 1,000page bill addresses the volatility of milk prices in the dairy industry. Currently, the federal government directly pays dairies when the price of milk falls below a fixed minimum. Under the new legislation, dairy farmers would have the option to buy an insurance policy that would pay out when high feed prices push profit margins below an established threshold. Van Hollen said that part

of the bill was “the best balance we could achieve” after heavy debates between interest groups and members of Congress. Delaney said he was surprised that so few Maryland representatives supported the bill, but the long process for this piece of legislation required a lot of compromise. “The farm bill went through a very exhaustive and confrontational life cycle to get to the point where we had a Senate-House conference,” he said. Van Hollen said members of Congress had little time — about 48 hours — to review the current version of the bill before a vote was held in the House; that compromised their ability to read and debate it. The bill couldn’t please everyone, both congressmen said. “Of course it could be better, but at some point, you have to get along,” Delaney said. Van Hollen’s district includes parts of Montgomery, Frederick and Carroll counties. Delaney’s district includes upper Montgomery County and western Frederick County, as well as Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties. scarignan@gazette.net


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Continued from Page A-1 attention” to the girls and he may have spoken to them. On Tuesday, police said they are looking for answers about an event that, still years later, remains a mystery. The case riveted the attention of the greater Washington area as police and volunteers spent weeks searching for the girls. Police combed the area with helicopters and dogs; citizensband radio enthusiasts combed the woods. There was an alleged sighting of two girls bound and gagged in a car in Manassas, but that tip went nowhere. Police said they are trying to find out more information about Welch, whom they say worked for many years as a carnival ride operator.

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Continued from Page A-1 of safety that made it common for kids to walk to the local mall unattended. “These things don’t happen, we thought, in Montgomery County,” said Hedda Denton, who had two young daughters at the time. She would listen to the girls’ father, John Lyon, on WMAL radio as she drove to different schools for her job as a speech therapist. Chris Core of WTOP radio worked with Lyon at WMAL when the girls went missing. He said listeners loved Lyon’s “smooth style, soft humor.” And he re-

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Continued from Page A-1 was said and done Saturday, after swimming four races in a twohour time span when most normal people probably wanted to go home and take a nap or spend some time celebrating with teammates, Ledecky more than willingly hung around the facility to chat with more fans, of all ages. “It’s great to get the support of this community and [Metros] really exemplifies that,” Ledecky

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Continued from Page A-1 “Imagine if someone told me I couldn’t own Rocco,” Bernthal said. “He’s a member of my family. It’s just wrong.” Bernthal, chairman of the board of directors for the Humane Society of the United States, is a staunch advocate for striking down a Maryland Court of Appeals opinion that makes the dog owner liable for any damages if he knew the biting dog was a pit bull. The opinion, also known as the Solesky decision, does not require plaintiffs to prove the dog was dangerous if it is known that the dog is a pit bull. The decision also makes landlords liable for damages if they knew a pit bull was on their property.

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According to police, his job allowed him to travel across the country, including Austin, Texas, and Sioux City, Iowa. Police said they have documented his travels from 1974 to his incarceration in 1997 through locations in Maryland, Florida, California, Iowa, South Carolina, Virginia, and Delaware, and possibly New York. Investigators are trying to figure out if Welch was involved in any criminal activity in those places. The girls’ disappearance “really rattled the community, I think the entire county. Everyone in Montgomery County was shocked by this,” said Harry Geehreng, a detective with the department’s Juvenile Aid Unit when the girls vanished. “We got more tips than we could handle,” he said in a phone interview after the press

conference. “So many tips, so many leads. It was difficult to follow them all, but we did.” He welcomed the news that police believed they might be closer to solving the girls’ disappearance. “If they could crack this case, I’d be so happy,” Geehreng said. “It’d be very welcome news to all of us and to the community ... if for no other reason than to know what happened to these girls,” he said. Welch bore a similarity to a sketch that police created, using information a witness provided of a man who may have been following the girls, Manger said. During the press conference, he gave more details about Welch, whom he said may have had a connection to the area around the Walter Reed Annex in Silver Spring.

Welch was once arrested in the mid-1970s in connection with a burglary just blocks away from Wheaton Plaza, which is now called the Westfield Wheaton Mall. The outcome of that case couldn’t be determined on Tuesday. Welch had a reputation as a drifter who frequently hitchhiked and walked along the railroad tracksbetweenKensingtonandSilver Spring. He sometimes worked as a landscaper, Manger said. In many of those travels, his girlfriend, Helen Craver, accompanied him, Manger said. She also worked for the carnival company. She died in 2009. “That’s what our cold case detectives have been able to establish,” he said, before asking for help from the public. “We know we’re asking people to remember things they may not want to think about,”

said Steve Vogt, the FBI’s special agent in charge in Baltimore, stressing the importance of the public providing any information they had. “The family deserves closure, just as you do. ... Please contact us if you have anything to share,” he said. Investigators are trying to find out more information about Craver, as well as a security guard working at the mall the day the girls disappeared, Manger said. The security guard — whom police are trying to identify — may have had contact with Welch, he said. “All of these folks, we believe ... could help us fill in some of the blanks and assist us and determine more information about Mr. Welch ...,” Manger said. Through police, the Lyon

family released a statement Tuesday about the disappearance of their daughters. “Throughout these years our hope for a resolution of this mystery have been sustained by the support and efforts of countless members of law enforcement, the news media and the community. The fact that so many people still care about this case means a great deal to us. ... We are grateful for any information the public can provide to help bring this story to its conclusion, and ask that the family’s privacy be respected during this time,” the family said. Anyone who may have encountered Welch has been asked to call investigators at 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.

called Lyon’s courage in coming back to work several weeks later. “When you’re on the radio, it’s a very intimate medium,” especially with the personality-driven radio of the time, Core said. “It’s like the story can never go away,” he said. “It’s something that’s stuck with the Washington community in such an incredible way, partly because everything about it was so innocent.” People still ask Core about the case. “I can remember years later when my daughter was that age and wanted to go to the mall, and I was just sick to my stomach,” Core said. Montgomery County Police said Tuesday that they believe

a convicted sex offender, who is now incarcerated, may have had contact with the girls at the mall the day they disappeared. Police are asking for the public’s help in filling in details about the man, his former girlfriend and a mall security guard. Jamie Freedman of Gaithersburg was just 3 when her parents took her to the Wheaton mall that day to see her first movie, “Escape from Witch Mountain.” When they exited the theater, “the place was swarming with police,” Freedman’s parents told her. Growing up in Potomac, she remembers the case coming up often throughout elementary school in safety talks.

Jane Harding saw police sweeping the woods behind her house on McComas Avenue, just south of the mall, after the girls went missing. They wouldn’t tell her what happened at first. Her daughter was a few years older than the Lyon sisters. “It was such a tragedy,” she said. “Everybody was so frightened. ... [Our kids] couldn’t go anywhere or do anything because we were so traumatized by it,” said Toni Ward, another neighbor. Her son, Dan Parker, was in Sheila’s seventh-grade class. Ward said Parker often walked to the mall and local swim club with his high school-aged siblings.

Parker saw the sisters walking down Drumm Avenue around the time of their disappearance, though he wasn’t sure if it was the evening before or the day the girls went missing. He rode the bus to school with the Lyon sisters and said Sheila was “a quiet, nice person.” “We used to cut through the woods and go up to the plaza,” Parker said. But “everything kind of did change. Everyone was on this heightened alert, and it was scary as a kid.” Ward told her kids to stop taking the cut-through path in the woods. John Hanrahan, who was working at a clothing shop at Wheaton Plaza the day the girls

disappeared, said it had been a busy day. He thought he saw the girls stop by. It was one of the last places they were reportedly seen. The police came in during their investigation shortly after the sisters went missing, and posted Sheila’s and Katherine’s pictures around the mall, he said. Hanrahan’s father, an amateur radio enthusiast, was one of hundreds of people who combed the woods for weeks and walked along the Beltway looking for them, he recalled. “It was a different world back then. People were a little more community-oriented back then,” he said. “It felt like you had lost part of your innocence when it happened.”

said. “I was in [those fans’] place 10 years ago, some of the little kids, getting autographs from Olympians, so I know what it means to them and I definitely want to give them my autograph if they want it. It’s fun to see them so excited about the sport, I’m really happy to see that.” Ledecky won three of four events she contested Saturday — she also anchored the second-place 400-yard freestyle relay — setting a Metros and national high school record in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute,

42.38 seconds). Stone Ridge in turn repeated last year’s first top 5 performance in a decade. The biggest headline, however, came in Friday’s 500-yard freestyle preliminaries, when Ledecky added yet another record to her already-impressive resume by breaking a six-year American record to become the first woman to break the 4 minute, 30 second barrier (4:28.71). “On Friday I was fresh and I was ready to go and I just laid it all in the water,” Ledecky said. “It’s been a goal of mine to break

4:30, I’ve had my eye on that for a while and it feels really good to get that done,” In addition to Friday’s new mark Ledecky now holds American records in the 400- and 800-meter and 1,650-yard freestyle and world records in the 800and 1,500-meter freestyle. Her career has put her in the spotlight worldwide, something Ledecky said she is becoming more and more comfortable with. “I mean, it’s inspiring to a lot of little kids, but you see her race her 500 before you swim and

you’re like, ‘OK, I’m going to race my race like that,’ and realistic or not, it just inspires you to go fast,” Churchill senior Alicia Tiberino said after Saturday’s meet. “Watching her swim any event, even warming down people are like, ‘Oh my God, I touched her foot!’ Being in close proximity to her made a lot of people really happy. It’s like, ‘Oh my God, I get to race an Olympian.’” Ledecky has risen to stardom in an age where social media enables fans to connect to their role models. The four-time

world champion, whose Twitter account has grown to more than 18,000 followers across the world. Still she remains grounded, seemingly unfazed by her fame, and truly appreciative of the support and admiration that’s coming from every which way. “I’m more comfortable [being a role model], I’ve progressed through the years and gotten used to all this,” Ledecky said. “It’s been a fun ride, I just remember being in their place.”

“The problem is irresponsible ownership, not the dog,” Bernthal said. “Breed-specific legislation has the impact of denying to people ownership of dogs that they would love to have as pets, but it also has this profound impact on particular dogs. “It’s a death warrant for them because these dogs end up in shelters, people don’t adopt them, and they’re put down.” Bernthal did not grow up with pit bulls, but dogs have always been a part of his family, he said. From age 4 to 60 he raised boxers but he adopted his first pit bull after his son, “Mob City” actor Jon Bernthal, introduced him to the breed. “I began to learn, even before I was on the board, how much prejudice there is and how desperately they need

homes,” Bernthal said. “These pit bulls are animals which have a terrible reputation, and it’s completely undeserved.” Bernthal, a retired corporate lawyer, first got involved with the Humane Society of the United States, the country’s largest animal protection organization, after accepting a pro bono case about horse soring, the illegal practice of intentionally inflicting pain on a horse’s hooves to encourage an exaggerated gait called the “Big Lick.” He said he had always been interested in animal rights but did not have time to take on advocacy work. Bernthal brought a 57-count indictment against a prominent trainer practicing horse soring, a successful case that seriously damaged the industry, he said. In 2007, Wayne Pacelle, the president and CEO of HSUS, en-

couraged him to join the board of directors, a body that oversees the nonprofit and its staff. He accepted the invitation and in 2012, Pacelle asked him to become the board’s chairman. With 26 years of experience at the law firm Latham & Watkins, 12 of them spent as a managing partner for the Washington, D.C., office, Bernthal said it would have been tough to convince him to leave it all if it weren’t for an organization like HSUS. “I love practicing law, loved the firm, building the firm, and it would have taken something really special to make me give it up and that’s what happened,” Bernthal said. The Solesky decision was announced only days after Bernthal was named as chairman. After the Maryland Court of

Appeals announced its opinion in April 2012, the HSUS looked for an opportunity to challenge the ruling, finding it in a special session of the Maryland General Assembly held to discuss casino gambling. Although bills eliminating the breed-specific language passed both houses, the Senate and House versions used different language, and the chambers could not reconcile the differences. HSUS tried again during the 2013 session of the Maryland General Assembly. Legislators successfully passed bills in both chambers but the conference report, which was a compromise between the bills, was not brought up for a vote in the House of Delegates. For the current session, state Sen. Brian E. Frosh and Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons have each introduced breed-neutral dog-bite bills. “We think it’s vital that the legislation pass because this

problem is still out there and it still causes people to be unable to keep pit bull dogs,” Bernthal said. Still, Bernthal said, this legislation is not the ideal solution toward the ultimate goal of preventing dog bites. “Any legislation that speaks to breed is wrong, but we would have preferred legislation that encouraged people to train their dogs and be responsible pet owners,” he said. Bernthal is modest about his accomplishments, Pacelle said, but his leadership has been a “great boon” to HSUS. “It’s very personal for Rick. He has rescued a number of pit bull-type dogs and he knows that they can make great companions,” Pacelle said. “To cast all of the animals as dangerous is wrong on the fact and is a threat to the well-being of the dogs and a real problem for the owners of these animals.”

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Montgomery County’s biotechnology businesses are concerned about the effect of a county plan to move companies out of a Gaithersburg center for beginning businesses. The county plans to renovate the William Hanna Center for Innovation at Shady Grove to make it the home for the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, forcing biotech and other companies at the facility to find new space. The biotech industry is a community, whose members rely on each other for information and customer referrals, said Dietmar Wolf, executive vice president of AnalytiCon Discovery, which is at the Hanna Center. Wolf spoke Thursday at a gathering of biotech companies for a meeting with Douglas M. Duncan, a Democratic candidate for Montgomery County executive. Duncan, a former county executive, is running against incumbent Isiah Leggett and Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg. Duncan criticized the decision to

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Douglas M. Duncan, a candidate for Montgomery County executive, meets with current and former tenants of the William Hanna Innovation Center at GeneDX in Gaithersburg on Thursday to discuss the county’s plan to close the biotech incubator. move the cybersecurity center into the Gaithersburg facility and relocate many biotech companies to the Germantown area. “This is a very significant issue for the future of this county,” Duncan said. He said he plans to send a letter to the County Council asking it to reconsider the issue. Surely, there’s another location in the county for the cybersecurity facility, he said. “Why does it have to be at this facility? Why can’t the county do both?” Duncan asked.

Montgomery started nurturing the biotechnology and life sciences industry in the early 1980s, he said. Duncan said if the county follows through with the plan, it would send a message to the world that Montgomery is losing interest in life sciences. The county believes it can remain one of the nation’s top life sciences region while also establishing itself as a center of the cybersecurity industry, said Kristina Ellis, a spokeswoman for the county’s Department of Economic Development. “We’re just unique in thinking we

can be a leader in both,” she said. Life sciences in the county seems to be moving toward the Germantown region anyway, she said. Meanwhile, the Hanna Center’s proximity to the National Institute of Standards and Technology makes it a good spot for the cybersecurity facility, she said. Ellis said the county would work with the companies now at the Hanna Center to help as many as possible to move to Germantown. David Beylin, CEO of Brain Biosciences Inc., said his company moved into the Gaithersburg incubator in May and he appreciates the business “ecosystem” in the facility. The county’s plan to move the biotech companies out “is not a friendly message” that these types of companies are welcome in Montgomery, he said. Beylin said he’s not opposed to a cybersecurity center, but thinks the county should find another place for it. Jonathan Cohen, president and CEO of 20/20 GeneSystems, said business incubators around the country and the world are trying to attract biotech companies. “We should be growing the Shady Grove innovation center, not destroying it,” Cohen said. rmarshall@gazette.net

Retailers, restaurant opening at Bethesda mall Lilly Pulitzer, True Religion and Talbots are new shops

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Three stores and a restaurant are expected to open to shoppers and diners at the Montgomery mall in Bethesda this spring. Opening its second Maryland location, Lilly Pulitzer designs and distributes apparel and accessories for women, children and men. The new store will be on the lower level, near Center Court, according to a press release from the mall.

Founded in 2002, True Religion, a men’s and women’s store selling denim, T-shirts, western shirts and loungewear with a vintage feel is opening a new store on the lower level of the mall, along the Nordstrom wing. This is True Religion’s third store in Maryland, according to the press release. Talbots sells women’s classic apparel, shoes and accessories and will soon move from the White Flint mall in North Bethesda to the Montgomery mall. The company was established in 1947 and has more than 500 stores in the U.S. and Canada, according to the mall’s press release. The new store will be on the lower level in the Sears wing. Naples 45 Ristorante e Pizzeria is an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria and Italian restaurant originat-

ing in New York City. It is owned by Patina Restaurant Group, which has more than 60 restaurants, including Brasserie, Lincoln Ristorante, Patina and The Sea Grill. The new Naples 45 location will be the company’s second outside New York City and its first mall location. Naples 45 offers regional southern Italian specialties with gourmet brick-oven slices. The restaurant will be adjacent to the center’s new Dining Terrace and ArcLight Cinemas and will open later this year. Other new restaurants that came to the mall in 2013 include Bobby’s Burger Palace, The Cheesecake Factory, Wicked Waffle and Kraze Burgers. kbrick@gazette.net

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Mostly Monograms, but other gifts, too Jill McNamara has launched Mostly Monograms, which offers personalized monogram services and a variety of gifts. “I love to sew and create items that are fun, bright colors and different,” McNamara wrote in an email. The Bethesda business “personalizes gifts for the whole family, and we try to monogram while you wait!” Mostly Monograms also sells baby gifts, women’s and men’s accessories, Scout items, monogrammed sandals, candles, linens and hats. The store, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, is at 5110 Ridgefield Road, No. 207. Its phone number is 301-919-6321 and its website is mostlymonograms.com.

Schuler joins investment firm Stephen Schuler, a veteran investment adviser and former president of Maryland Capital Management, has joined Bridgewater Wealth & Financial Management of Bethesda as principal and chief investment officer. Schuler brings to Bridgewater about $200 million in client assets, increasing its total assets under management to $500 million. The company’s website is bridgewaterwealth.com.

Psychologist launches tutoring service John Leddo, an educational psychologist, has opened a new online tutoring service to help students prepare for SATs and do homework, with individual feedback provided via artificial intelligence engines. Leddo uses “his knowledge of psychology and artificial intelligence to create an affordable, interactive, software-based learning tool,” according to a statement. Education Online is at 10408 Insley St., Silver Spring, and is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Its phone number is 800-7639133 and its website is eollearning.com.

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SCHOOL LIFE Reading is Terrific is helping first-graders learn to love reading E.A. Stonesifer of Rockville and Frank Ieardi of Laytonsville are founders of Reading is Terrific, a nonprofit organization that provides books and readers to first-graders in eight Montgomery County Title I public schools. They were interviewed Saturday and Sunday.

VOICES IN EDUCATION burg] — it was one school and one classroom. We now go to eight schools and read to over 800 students. Can you explain the program?

Frank, I know you make and distribute wooden toys to organizations who work with children in need. Is Reading is Terrific an outgrowth of that?

The wood toys started as a retirement activity; I worked for IBM as a computer programmer. When I retired I went to the Montgomery County volunteer office and they hooked me up with Wood to Wonderful, a group making toys for needy kids. Woodworking was always my hobby. When the organizers of that retired and moved to Pennsylvania, I continued the work, starting a nonprofit, Woodworkers for Children Charity, in 1997. The book program began in 2004. E.A. suggested it. She too knew Doug and Louise Brown, the toymaking couple who moved to Pennsylvania. They started a reading program there and suggested she start one in Montgomery County and get in touch with me to help her. Can you tell me about that, E.A.?

books. Our budget is between $20,000 and $25,000 this year. United Way has provided significant funding through its Community Impact Grants but unfortunately we do not qualify under their new rules. They are not funding organizations with budgets less than $50,000. We have developed other sources including grants from the Phase Foundation and IBM and we have generous individual donors.

We started nine years ago at Rosemont Elementary School [Gaithers-

Stonesifer: We have readers who go into the schools once a month to read to first-graders. All of the schools are Title I schools and each child gets a copy of the book each month, so by the end of the year they each own nine books. The program gives the students reading skills, like learning new vocabulary and predicting [outcomes]. Frank and I are really careful to choose books with good storylines and we also want excellent illustrations — they are first-graders.

What does this program mean to you?

Putting books into the hands of kids. Many parents can’t afford them, they are struggling to put food on the table. I read in the newspaper that it is important for kids to have books in their homes. This is an attempt to help that situation.

Are you a reader?

Stonesifer: I am, and there is no doubt that the best part of my job is being with the children. I taught secondary school in MCPS [Montgomery County Public Schools] for 31 years. Working with little ones is a real joy and to see the growth from the beginning of the year to the end. My job is to coordinate readers and the schools. We go into 47 classrooms. This year we opened a new area, Aspen Hill, Wheaton. So we added another coordinator, Kay McGuire, a retired MCPS

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E.A. Stonesifer and Frank Ieardi are the founders of Reading is Terrific. Their organization provides books and readers to first-graders in eight Montgomery County Public Schools. counselor. Most of our readers are from MCPS, because that’s who I know. Frank and I do the book selection, we go to a book warehouse to purchase books two to three times a year. This year we are giving out over 800 books a month. I wish I knew how many we have given since the beginning, It’s thousands and thousands.

How about you, Frank, are you a reader?

I have done it once or twice as a substitute but my job is to deliver the books to the classrooms. Each book has a bookplate where the kids can put their name. I put those in, with help. I also do the fundraising, writing grants to get the money for the

More information about the Reading is Terrific program can be found online at www.woodentoy.org. Those interested in becoming readers with the program can email wonderfulnice@ aol.com. “Voices in Education” is a twicemonthly feature that highlights the men and women who are involved with the education of Montgomery County’s children. To suggest someone you would like to see featured, email Peggy McEwan at pmcewan@gazette.net.

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Budding grand masters enjoy competitive success

of original paintings by Herman Maril, an American modernist who was born in Baltimore and was a professor at the University of Maryland for more than 30 years.

More than 20 students from the chess club at Wood Acres Elementary School in Bethesda participated Feb. 1 in the 2014 Greater Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Chess Tournament in Baltimore, bringing home both individual and team trophies. Fourth-grader Miles Stewart took first place in the Varsity K-5 Division and his team, which also included Aksel Bell,

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“The chess program is a big activity at Wood Acres,” said parent coordinator Andrew Stewart. “We competed in four divisions in Baltimore.” Every Wednesday, before and after school, club members meet to learn new moves and play against each other, testing their new skills. There are 70 members of the club, which meets under the tutelage of coach Victor Sherman. “Mr. Sherman has been teaching chess for over 30 years,” Stewart wrote in an email. “He was [formerly] the head coach for the City of Leningrad.” Interest in the chess club, which includes both boys and girls from kindergarten through fifth grade, ranges from those who want to learn to play socially to those interested in competition. “As chess has gained popu-

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Members of the chess club at Wood Acres Elementary School in Bethesda, some of whom are pictured here, competed Feb. 1 in the 2014 Greater MidAtlantic Scholastic Chess Tournament in Baltimore. larity in the Wood Acres community, Wood Acres students have been achieving outstanding success in major scholastic tournaments,” Stewart wrote. The students are now preparing for the Maryland Elementary School Chess Championships on March 8 at Dumbarton Middle School in Towson.

Three students honored with art awards Maryland Comptroller

Peter V.R. Franchot presented

his Maryland Masters Awards to three Montgomery County students at a ceremony Jan. 27 at Newport Mill Middle School in Kensington. The awards, started by Franchot to celebrate the achievements and talents of Maryland public school students, recognizes young, talented artists who have displayed extraordinary

artistic skills, reflecting the vision of Maryland’s future, according to a news release from Franchot’s office. The honored students: • Nicholas Tucker, a fifthgrader at Piney Branch Elementary School in Takoma Park who created an undersea scene with a stingray, fish and sea plants. • Pauline Turla, an eighthgrader at Newport Mill Middle School who used software to form small fractals for a landscape of trees and mountains. • Adam Anderson, a senior at Winston Churchill High School’s Academy of the Creative and Performing Arts in Potomac, who digitally photographed a decommissioned railroad engine at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. The students’ art will be on exhibit for two months at Franchot’s office in Annapolis. Their work will join a collection

Peace groups sponsor writing contest Maryland seventh- and eighth-graders are invited to enter the Fred B. Benjamin Peace Writing Contest, a competition focusing on the themes of peace and social justice. To enter, students must submit an entry of up to 1,200 words on the following topic: “You learn that a friend at school has received repeated cruel and intimidating text messages from other classmates. Some of these communications have even suggested that your friend deserves to be hurt in some way. Your friend also has been contacted in this manner by text messages and email and

Starr to host book club discussion on hope County schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr will host his first book club discussion of the school year at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in the auditorium of the Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville. The book is “Making Hope Happen” by Shane Lopez, a senior scientist with the Gallup organization. He is the chief architect of the Gallup Student Poll — taken by more than 1 million public school students, including Montgomery County’s — which measures hope, academic success and overall well-being on the path to determining what drives achievement. Lopez offers examples of people with high hopes who changed their lives. Starr will be joined by Lopez, who will discuss the book and take questions and comments from the audience. Those watching online or on MCPS TV (Comcast Channel 34) can participate in the conversation by sending questions via Twitter, using the hashtag #mcpsbookclub, or by sending an email to ask@mcpsbookclub.org. “Hope is a powerful factor in ensuring our students are prepared to succeed in their future,” Starr said in a statement. “Shane Lopez is one of the nation’s foremost experts on hope and I look forward to engaging with him and our community about how we can instill hope in our children.” Anyone who wants to attend the free event is asked to email pio@mcpsmd.org.

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Round House Theatre is offering summer programs for anyone kindergarten age and older. The theater offers one- and two-week classes where students can express their imaginations, create plays and learn theater from both sides of the spotlights, according to a news release. The programs run June 16 through Aug. 22 in Silver Spring and Bethesda. For more information, call 301-585-1225, visit roundhousetheatre.org, or email education@roundhousetheatre.org.

through social media such as Facebook, MySpace, Tumblr and Formspring. You realize that these actions are not a joke and need to be stopped. You decide to work with other students to develop a strategy for ending the cyber bullying. Explain what you will do.” The contest is sponsored by Anne Arundel Peace Action, the Maryland Peace Action Education Fund, the Benjamin Peace Foundation of Garrett Park, and the Peace and Justice Center of Annapolis Friends Meeting. It is open to seventh- and eighthgraders in public or private schools and home-schoolers. Four cash prizes will be awarded: $350 for first place, $250 for second place, $150 for third place and $100 for fourth place. The winners also will be honored at a ceremony, although attendance is not required to receive an award. Entries must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet including the student’s name, address and phone number or email address; school’s name, address and phone number; and the name of the teacher sponsor, if applicable. Entries and accompanying materials must be postmarked by April 30 and mailed to Fred B. Benjamin Peace Writing Contest, 310 Riverview Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403-3328. Anne Arundel Peace Action and the Maryland Peace Action Education Fund are affiliated with Peace Action, a grassroots peace and disarmament organization with about 100,000 members nationwide. For more information, call 410-263-7409 or email mjkeller@att.net.

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CELEBRATIONS HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12 Diagnosing Heart Disease, from 1-2 p.m. at Friendship Heights Community Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Dr. Eva Hausner, cardiologist, will lead a discussion on echocardiography and other non-invasive tests that can be used to determine if you’ve had a heart attack. She will also review the signs and symptoms of heart problems and preventive strategies such as diet and exercise. Free. www.suburbanhospital.org.

THURSDAY, FEB. 13

Carlson, Wechtaluk Susan Carlson and Fred Maymir-Ducharme of Potomac and Jeffrey and Mary Ann Carlson of Richmond, Va., announce the engagement of their daughter, Caitlin Marie Carlson, to Ethan Parrott Wechtaluk, son of Kathleen Parrott and David Wechtaluk of Blacksburg, Va. The bride-to-be graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac in 2006. Both the future bride and groom graduated from Virginia Tech in 2010 with bachelor’s degrees. The prospective groom will receive his MBA from Penn State this August. Caitlin is employed by US Wellness in Germantown as an assistant manager. Ethan is employed by Booz Allen Hamilton in Rockville as a consultant. A July 2014 wedding is planned.

Mangum, Hamilton Lindsay Mangum of Olney announces the engagement of her sister Heather Mangum to Michael Hamilton. The wedding is set for Sept. 6, 2014. Michael asked Heather to marry him on Feb. 1, 2013, while on their trip to New Orleans for Super Bowl weekend. They will wed at her father’s estate in Kent Island at Love Point with a beautiful Bay and sunset view. Gary Mangum and Maureen Campbell are the parents of the bride-to-be, and Rita and Richard Wayne Hamilton are the parents of the prospective groom.

Better Breathers Club, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, CR 1/2 (second floor), 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Be part of a patient-centered and community-based club that supports persons with chronic lung disease including COPD, asthma, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. Families, friends and support persons are welcomed. Registration required. Free. www.suburbanhospital.org.

SUNDAY, FEB. 16 Childbirth Express at MedStar Montgomery, from 1-5

p.m. at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Condensed version will prepare couples for their labor and birth experi-

ence. 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, FEB. 25 AARP Driver Safety Class at MedStar Montgomery, 10

a.m. to 3 p.m. at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. The nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older has helped millions of drivers remain safe on today’s roads. Course is designed to help tune-up driving skills, explain safe driving strategies, and update knowledge of the rules of the road. Learn about normal age-related physical changes, and how to adjust driving to allow for these changes. Reduce traffic violations, the likelihood of crashes and chances for injuries. Some insurance companies operating in Maryland consider drivers who take the course qualified for an auto insurance premium reduction or discount. $15 for AARP members; $20 for nonmembers. Checks should be made payable to AARP to secure your registration. Mail to: MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, Planning & Marketing, 18101 Prince Philip Dr. Olney, MD 20832. www.medstarhealth.org.

RELIGION CALENDAR ONGOING Agape African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7700 Brink

Road, Gaithersburg, conducts Sunday morning worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Communion celebration on first Sundays, men leading worship on second Sundays, youth leading worship on third Sundays. “You’ll Get Through This” Bible Study from 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays. 301-924-8640; www.agapeamec.org.

Watkins, Sprankle McCallum, Calderwood Mr. and Mrs. Rick McCallum of Venice, Fla. (formerly of Clarksburg), announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Joy McCallum, to Mr. Thomas Calderwood, of Tasmania, Australia. The prospective groom is a platoon commander for the 12th/40th Royal Tasmanian Regiment, Australia, and an outdoor education/physical education teacher and head of house at Guilford Young College. The bride-to-be has been a child care teacher in Hobart, Tasmania. The couple is planning an April wedding in Clarksburg and will reside in Australia.

The families of Jason Sprankle and Heather Watkins announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Jim and Debbie Mahoney of Oswego, N.Y., and John and Tara Watkins of Olney. She is a 2008 graduate of Damascus High School and attended Towson University. She is employed as a nanny, working in Potomac. The prospective groom is the son of Ken and Reina Sprankle of Damascus. He is a 2005 graduate of Damascus High School and received his bachelor’s degree in math from Salisbury University in 2009. He is pursuing his master’s degree in education and is currently employed by Montgomery County Public Schools, working in Chevy Chase. A June wedding is planned in Ellicott City.

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 Bou-

levard, 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 of-

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 kindergarten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Drive, Frederick. Child care is provided. 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.

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

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Clarksburg’s bargain

Shoppers, rejoice! A recent decision from the Montgomery County Council has cleared the way for Premium Outlets to come to the Cabin Branch site in Clarksburg by late 2015, according to the outlet developers. A vote taken Feb. 4 amended an approved development plan that increases the retail space on the property from 120,000 to 484,000 square feet — just the sort of space developers need for the center. The good news — Coach handbags and J.Crew clothing will be marked down. Good thing, because the land was supposed to bring high-paying medical and technical jobs to the area as opposed to the retail jobs. Because Adventist Healthcare did not win state approval WILL A SECOND to put a hospital on the land, the organization is selling the OUTLET property to recoup some of its PLAN BE LEFT costs in infrastructure and land BEHIND? purchase. Adventist Healthcare says that cash flow will help the organization create health care jobs and services elsewhere in the county — which is also good news. Clarksburg folks are left to wonder — not a new sentiment for residents who were promised a build-out of their community more than a decade ago — whether a second project, Tanger Outlets proposed for the Miles-Coppola site east of Interstate 270, is essentially dead. At least some council members say they back a cap on impervious surfaces on three large developments, including the MilesCoppola site, to protect the Ten Mile Creek watershed. But, even without the environmental concerns, could there really be two outlet centers less than five miles apart? Premium and Tanger boast of many of the same major retailers on their websites, such as Gap, Ann Taylor and Banana Republic, though Premium has yet to announce specific tenants here. It’s a draw that will cut the drive time for bargain hunters who now head to Hagerstown or Leesburg, Va., outlet centers. Maybe that can count as an environmentally sound reason for two centers in Montgomery County. But, really how many flat-front khaki pants and noiron blouses can one shop for?

Tracking bins

Trust is a bedrock in our donations to charity. We support causes largely because of their reputations, as best as we know them. Few of us have the interest or time to do the legwork to bolster our instincts — such as looking up the percentage of monetary donations that pay overhead costs. There’s a separate trust issue emerging in Gaithersburg, where some officials are wondering about public donation bins that pop up like mushrooms. We see them so often, they’re a part of the landscape. Now, Gaithersburg is considering how to track and possibly regulate the boxes. One of the main concerns is about the organizations behind the boxes. Most people WE FAVOR A recognize Goodwill and its SYSTEMATIC But what of the other APPROACH TO work. groups? Are they charities or REGULATING businesses? DONATION A memo by Planning DiviBOXES sion Chief Lauren Pruss expressed other considerations: Are the bins maintained and the contents regularly collected? Do they become a dumping ground for unrelated trash? Do they attract pests? This is a common problem for unmanned dropoff spots. Some municipalities have had to remove public recycling bins because of the mounds of junk that were being left there. We could easily see charity bins attracting the same ignorant behavior, so Gaithersburg is right to take on this project. The city’s staff has recommended creating a record of all public bins, along with guidelines on where they could go, how big they could be and how they should be labeled (with clear information about the organization and how to contact it). This might sound like a lot of government for a relatively minor issue, but we favor a systematic approach to public bins. Goodwill has lobbied for similar regulations in other cities and states, aware that skepticism about questionable bin practices by other organizations hurts the charity’s cause. New regulations are especially appropriate if businesses, rather than charities, are using bins as part of their commerce, circumventing the regulations in place on brick-and-mortar offices, where their employees work. When Gaithersburg holds its public hearing on its proposed plan on March 3, local organizations should be there to explain their use of bins and how they maintain them. Hopefully, this will be less of a crackdown and more of a cooperative plan for improving one aspect of the community.

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Montgomery County Circuit Court test books in Rockville.

Beall-Dawson House ’s connection to county history goes back generations As a volunteer docent at the Beall-Dawson House in Rockville, I read with great interest your article, “Old school technology, circa 2014,” [Feb. 5] concerning the oath book kept by the clerk of the Montgomery County Circuit Court since 1777. In that year, the court clerk was Brooke Beall (pronounced Bell). His son Upton (1770-1827), built our mansion house sometime around 1815. The Bealls were wealthy landowners. They owned about 70 acres of land in Rockville, and at one time, Upton, who became the second clerk of the court, owned about 30 slaves. The clerkship was quite a lucrative position, because unlike today, the clerk person-

ally received a fee for the filing of all deeds, death certificates, marriage licenses, and birth certificates. After his first wife died, the 40-year-old Upton married, in 1810, the daughter of a local tavern owner, Jane Robb, who was 23 years his junior. They had three daughters, Matilda (1812-1870), Jane Elizabeth (1815-1863) and Margaret (1817-1901). When Upton died, Jane never remarried, allowing her to own the vast estate outright. When she died in 1849, Jane’s three daughters inherited the property. Although the Beall sisters, who never married, owned slaves, they were staunch Union supporters during the Civil War. Indeed, after staying

at the Beall house in September 1862, while on his way to the Battle of Antietam, Gen. George McClellan, then the commanding general of the Army of the Potomac, wrote to his wife about the sisters’ loyalty. When Margaret’s cousin, Amelia Somervell, who had come to live with her in 1870, married local farmer John Dawson, the mansion eventually passed to their daughters. As you can see, our house has quite a history. We welcome all to come visit it. We are open noon-4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. There is a nominal admission charge.

Allen H. Saperstein, Bethesda

Pepco’s neglect imperils pedestrians Winter storm Janus elicited joy for students across Montgomery County, leaving them with about 9 inches of snow, no school on Jan. 22, and a twohour delay on Jan. 23. That joy, however, quickly turned to despair as students who were unfortunate enough to live within a certain distance from school realized that they had to walk to school. The Montgomery County public school system does not provide bus service to high school students within 2 miles of the school, middle school students within 1½ miles, and elementary school students within 1 mile. I am one of the many students who does not receive bus service. Complaining about walking would do me no good, so I viewed it as an opportunity to exercise. I was bundled up in my warmest jacket, waterproof boots, two pairs of socks, a set of mittens and a hat shaped like Grover from Sesame Street and a scarf. All was well until it dawned on me that Pepco, the company notorious for power outages without just cause, had not shoveled the sidewalk that parallels their property on either

side of Gainsborough Road. It’s a mere 300 feet at the most, 0.06 of a mile. It doesn’t seem like much, but those 300 feet are located on a hill. The snow that had fallen on Jan. 21st had melted slightly and re-froze into a seemingly innocent sheet of ice over the course of the 48 hours that had lapsed since it stopped snowing. The sidewalk was ice, the grass was ice, the road was full of cars; there was no safe way to get to school. I began to walk on the ice-covered sidewalk, and it appeared to be somewhat safe. Halfway up I slipped, and landed on my backside. Luckily, no one saw me, and everyone knows you didn’t really fall unless someone else is there to witness your embarrassment. I didn’t mind, I just got up, brushed myself off, and continued on to school. At 2:15 that afternoon, I was walking in the same spot and fell again. The next morning, my friend fell while walking to school with me. This has continued for over a week and I have witnessed someone fall or have fallen myself every single

day on the walk to and from school. It is unsafe for students, or anyone really, to be walking on Pepco’s death trap made out of neglect and water. In case you are not familiar with Montgomery County’s code of law, under Sec. 49-17, the following three points are expressly stated: • “A person is responsible for removing snow and ice on any sidewalk, other walkway, or parking area on or adjacent to property that the person owns, leases, or manages, including any walkway in the public right-of-way, to provide a pathway wide enough for safe pedestrian and wheelchair use.” • “If ice or hardpacked snow is impossible or unreasonably difficult to remove, the person is responsible for applying sufficient sand, other abrasives, or salt to provide safe pedestrian use.” • “The person is responsible for removing snow and ice within 24 hours after the end of the precipitation that caused the condition.” This code of law holds Pepco accountable for removing snow and ice on any sidewalk adjacent to the property

Kelly Walsh, Potomac

We have met the deer’s enemy, and he is us In answer to the letter in The Gazette’s Forum on Jan. 22: “For deer, sharpshooters maybe only option.” The solution to the deer’s overpopulation is for humans to stop taking over their habitat: their forests; their waterways and every blade of grass.

We have, through the years and without mercy, overbuilt both in cities and suburbs thus creating a wildlife exodus and confusion. We have the impression that deer’s population has increased when in reality it’s the human population triggering problems for the wildlife.

We could make an effort and live in good co-existence with wildlife if we stopped depleting woods and forests to create more suburbs and shopping malls infested with pollution and crime.

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that they own or manage. If the ice is too difficult to remove, they are responsible for applying enough sand or salt to make it safe to walk on. They also have to do this within 24 hours of the end of the precipitation. It has been over seven days. The court case Poole v. Coakley, 423 Md. 91 (2011), ruled that “knowledge undoubtedly acquired from encountering visible snow and ice may be imputed as a matter of law.” Without all of the lawyer jargon, that means that if you see snow and ice and continue to walk on it anyway, you assume the risk of potentially slipping and falling. If someone fell there, Pepco would not be held responsible even though there is no other way to get past the ice without going in the road and potentially being hit by a car or trespassing on Pepco’s property. Pepco has had over a week to fix this problem, yet they have not done anything and will continue to do nothing. It is unsafe and unfair that people are forced to deal with Pepco’s ignorance.

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• Mary Ellen Barbera. Appointed chief judge of the state’s top court. First woman to hold that post. • Laura Neuman. Anne Arundel County’s new county executive with a heroic life story and plenty of smarts. • Tom Perez. President Obama’s new secretary of labor (this guy is a perennial rising star). • Ben Carson. Hopkins superstar neurosurgeon celebrated by Hollywood and the media until he ventured into politics this year as a conservative, becoming a national political figure. MGM. • Won the new casino rights in P.G. County (shocker?); will MY MARYLAND make zillions. BLAIR LEE Stock • market. Stocks cap best year of century with 30 percent gains. • Mike Pantelides. The young Republican who won Annapolis mayor’s race by 59 votes. • Cyber security. Maryland’s hottest new growth industry with unlimited potential. • University of Maryland. Breaks into top 10 on Playboy’s best “party schools” list. • Bao Bao. The National Zoo’s new baby giant panda whose every move dominates the news. • Towson Tigers. Coach Rob Ambrose takes Towson U. football from 1-10 (2010) to the 2013 National Championship game. • “The Wire.” Baltimore-based HBO series named number one TV show of all time by EW magazine. • The 2000 Dodge Caravan. Maryland’s most stolen car, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Falling stars • Pro sports. Both the Orioles (.525) and the Nationals (.531) defy expectations, failing to make the playoffs. Meanwhile the NFL champion Ravens also miss the playoffs while the Redskins go 3-13 and fire coach Shanahan. • The Terps. Football team limped through its last ACC season before joining the Big Ten (thank God the College Park geniuses didn’t put us in the SEC).

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• Gold. The economic downturn drove up gold from $500 per ounce to $1,900 in 2011, but 2013 was the first year this century that gold finished lower than it began. • Coal. Cheap natural gas (fracking) and stiff new EPA regs helped close two Maryland coal-fired plants, ban new ones. • Public-financed hotels. Baltimore’s $300 million taxpayer-financed Hilton Hotel has lost $70 million since it opened in 2008. Meanwhile, the $120 million state-financed Cambridge Hyatt Hotel can’t pay its bills either. Both hotels are draining reserve funds. • Maryland business/retirement climate. Maryland’s business climate dropped from 40th to 41st nationally and the state tied with Vermont (44th) as “one of the worst places to retire,” according to national surveys.

Fiascos and scams of the year • Baltimore speed cameras. When Baltimore’s hopelessly flawed speed cameras issued 70,000 incorrect tickets (including a parked truck) the city agreed to a $2.2 million camera replacement plan but exited the contract by paying off the vendor $600,000. • Maryland’s Obamacare exchange. Maryland’s self-styled website crashed the first day and has never fully recovered. It makes the federal website look good, but state legislators don’t want to hold anyone accountable until after November’s elections. • Baltimore jail bust. The state took over the Baltimore jail in the early 1990s due to the city’s mismanagement. Yet, in April the feds busted the jail and indicted 44 inmates and guards who abetted the Black Guerrilla Family’s free run of the lockup. • The rain tax. Taxpayers in Maryland’s 10 largest counties received “rain tax” bills for stormwater runoff from their rooftops and driveways. • Baltimore’s school construction. As a reward for the city’s years of failing to close schools and for operating halfempty buildings, the state guaranteed $20 million a year for thirty years to fix the problem while leaving other counties to fight for year-to-year funding. • Robert Saylor. When this Down syndrome moviegoer tried to watch an extra show, three off-duty Frederick County deputies scuffled with him, leading to his death by asphyxiation.

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LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR • Silver Spring Transit Center. Due to faulty concrete work, this $120 million project is wildly over budget, overdue and a major embarrassment. • DHCD headquarters. In a political payoff to P.G. County (and punishment to Anne Arundel County) Gov. Martin O’Malley defied all logic and cost effectiveness by relocating the Department of Housing and Community Development HQ to New Carrollton. • Court delays. Once a case is heard by Maryland’s top court, how long before a ruling should be rendered? How about seven years? In 2006 the court heard Kevin Alston’s plea for parole eligibility. But, by the time the court decided (2013) in his favor, Alston had completed his five-year sentence. Numerous such delays are a judicial scandal. • School cheating. No, not the students, it’s the administrators. Why are Maryland’s schools top ranked? Because Maryland leads the nation in excluding low-scoring special ed and immigrant students from national testing. • More school cheating. Auditors found P.G. schools misspent $167,000 in federal stimulus funds (engraved watches, rental cars, teas) and $540,000 misspent by Baltimore schools (harbor cruises, catered mom/daughter “makeover days”). A Baltimore principal stole $10,000 from a student activity fund, a Baltimore school board member resigned for falsifying his education resume, and the University of Maryland disclosed that it secretly hired a PR firm to sway public opinion in favor of its move to the Big Ten. • Obamaphones. Free cellphones for low-income Maryland families grew from 5,821 (2008) to 509,000 (2012), an increase 40 times the national average because half the recipients were ineligible. • Air pollution. Despite Maryland’s punitive environmental efforts against state businesses, it turns out that 70 percent of Maryland’s air pollution comes from upwind states beyond Maryland’s control. 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.

Praise for Andrews’ bill Councilman Philip Andrews’ bill to provide public funding for county executive and County Council campaigns [“Andrews proposes campaign money plan,” Feb. 5], which has drawn unanimous praise from fellow council members as well as support from a number of organizations dedicated to good government, is an example of his integrity, leadership, and, in particular, concern

about the influence of special interests in politics — characteristics that make Andrews an attractive candidate for county executive in the June 24 Democratic primary. Andrews is the only candidate running in the primary who does not accept campaign funds from developers, unions and PACs.

Susanne Humphrey, Wheaton

Publicly financed candidates ensures government ‘by the people’ Phil Andrews’ new bill to set up a public finance system for Montgomery County elections [“Andrews proposes bill that would allow public funding for campaigns,” Feb. 5] will make our county more democratic. Democracy means “government by the people” — not “government by special interest groups.” Right now, special interests dictate how politics are run more than they should. Andrews’ public finance system offers a way to stop special interests from taking over elections. Politicians who chose to participate in the proposed public

financing system won’t be able to take big contributions from unions and developers. And, individual donations will be capped at $150. Public financing would encourage more people to run for county office who don’t have access to special interest money or don’t want to be dependent on it. This will make government more “by the people.” I hope the County Council approves Andrews’ legislation. Thank you, Andrews, for caring about democracy.

Laura Markstein, Silver Spring

WRITE TO US The Gazette welcomes letters on subjects of local interest. Please limit them to 200 words. All articles are subject to editing. No anonymous letters are printed. Letters are printed as space permits and are limited to one per person per month. Include your name, address and daytime telephone number. Send submissions to: The Gazette, attention Commentary Editor, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877; fax to 301-6707183; or email to opinions@gazette.net.


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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

School

Record Pts

1.

Bullis

19-3 60

2.

Montrose Christian 13-5 54

3.

Springbrook

16-2 46

4.

St. Andrew’s

17-4 38

5.

Gaithersburg

15-2 29

6.

Clarksburg

14-4 20

7.

Montgomery Blair 14-3 19

8.

Rockville

14-3 9

9.

Poolesville

13-4 7

10.

Walt Whitman

13-4 4

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Others receiving votes:

Wheaton 3; Jewish Day 1.

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

Rank

School

Record Pts

1.

Damascus

16-2 60

2.

Walt Whitman

15-2 54

3.

Paint Branch

16-2 48

4.

John F. Kennedy 13-2 42

5.

Holy Child

18-3 36

6.

Seneca Valley

14-3 20

7.

Poolesville

13-4 19

8.

Thomas S. Wootton 12-6 18

9.

Winston Churchill 10-8 11

10.

Gaithersburg

10-4 8

Others receiving votes: Good Counsel 3; Col. Zadok Magruder 1.

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Around 11 a.m. on an otherwise average Wednesday morning at Thomas S. Wootton High School (@ WoottonSports, 220 followers), Patriot football coach Tyree Spinner (@ TyreeSpinner, 243 followers) and his assistant coaches were dismissed. The cyberspace feuding began soon after.

Upon hearing the news, one student said he arrived home around 2:30 p.m. and the first thing he did was create a Twitter account, @getspinnerback (195 followers), which has since launched a sea of discussion in the Montgomery County Twitter-sphere. Social media has been used for all manner of things in myriad fields: public relations, news gathering and reporting, organizational efforts,

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Albert Einstein High School boys’ basketball senior Abraham Camara used to be a lanky 6-foot-5 center. A raw, talented big man, or as teammate Joe Bradshaw described him, “some skinny frail guy.” But that all changed last year, after he temporarily left the team and missed out on Einstein’s late-season run to focus on his academics. Thanks to the extended offseason, which allowed for extra time in the weight room, Camara has transformed into one of the most dominant big men in the county. “He became a dedicated high school athlete,” Einstein coach Rich Porac said. “That, beyond anything else I’ve seen, has been the biggest improvement.”

trash talk, and publishing whatever is on one’s mind — anything under the sun. It can be a tremendous resource or entirely worthless, both trouble-causing and problem-solving. The latter was the intent for the student behind the @getspinnerback account, who asked to remain anonymous in an interview.

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Albert Einstein High School’s Abe Camara shoots against Rockville on Friday.

While most of Montgomery County’s top swimmers specialize in one or two strokes, chances are they are also quite proficient across the board. Diving, however, is a different story. Coaches can’t manufacture divers; they can’t take freestyle swimmers and send them off the diving board just to mix up their lineups. For that reason, though it is only one event and often held separately of the swimming during championship season, the diving portion can have a major impact on the outcome of championship meets. No one team has benefitted more in the past decade from

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Continued from Page B-1 a diving contingent consistently head and shoulders above the rest of the county than the recently crowned 2014 Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving champion Winston Churchill girls. The undefeated Bulldogs won their second Metros title in three years Saturday at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center and third since 2009. After finishing all four divers — teams are allowed four entries per event at Metros — in the top six of Thursday’s diving competition, Churchill entered Saturday’s swim finals with a 67-point lead over runner-up Thomas S. Wootton. Bulldogs senior and North-

western University recruit Mashal Hashem’s first Metros win Thursday — her 477.40 performance broke former Col. Zadok Magruder star Brittany Powell’s 2009 Montgomery County Public Schools record — marked the third straight year and seventh time since 2002 that a Churchill diver sat atop the leaderboard. Junior Kali Becker, who won the 2012 and 2013 Metros, finished third Thursday and sophomores Elaina Faerber and Bridie Dunn finished fourth and sixth, respectively. All four Bulldogs improved their point total from a year ago, Hashem by nearly 80, Faerber by more than 50 and Dunn, who just this year made it in to the Montgomery Dive Club’s national training group, by 116.55 points. The four agreed they push each other and relish in each other’s

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Continued from Page B-1 Camara bulked up in the offseason and also played on the football team this fall. “You can see the difference,” Porac said. In just his third year playing organized basketball, the senior is averaging 18 points, 15.8 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game (as of Monday), dominating inside on both ends of the floor. “He’s way more aggressive. He feels like he has to prove a point in the county,” Bradshaw said. The Titans rarely call plays for Camara, who leads the team in scoring and shoots about 60 percent from the field. The center inflicts most of his damage in the paint, collecting errant field goal attempts and turning them into easy buckets. “Sometimes, our best play is a bad shot when Abraham is under the basket,” Porac said. Camara has been playing his best basketball as of late. He had 40 points and 18 rebounds in a 72-56 win over

success. Though Becker was disappointed in her final dive — she was docked points for hitting just the second time ever in competition — she said she was truly happy for and proud of her senior teammate Thursday. “It was such an amazing feeling [to win Metros again] and it was so exciting that after the diving finished and we calculated the point difference between us and Wootton, it made the swimmers go in with so much confidence, so that was assuring,” Becker said. “It’s also really exciting because clearly most of the people at Metros are swimmers, there are not as many divers as swimmers [in the county], so it’s cool to bring some attention to the sport.” Though some divers in the past have said they feel a bit isolated, Hashem, Becker, Faerber

Seneca Valley on Jan. 31. The week before, he recorded 37 points and 20 rebounds in a win over Walter Johnson. “The thing with him, he doesn’t need us to pass the ball,” Bradshaw said. “If the ball comes off the rim, that’s just his.” Camara began his sophomore year on the junior varsity team, but moved up to varsity after a rimbreaking two-handed dunk caught the attention of his coaches. Adjusting to the varsity level was a struggle, he said. “It was really difficult for me,” he said. “... There were obviously guys better than me, bigger than me. I needed time to learn the game of basketball.” Slowly but surely Camara has done exactly that, overcoming obstacles like the ones he faced his junior season. “I started taking my grades seriously, hitting the weight room, trying to get better,” Camara said. Even though he didn’t play at the end of last season, Camara attended all of Einstein’s games. After a 2-10

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Continued from Page B-1 “I think it can have a pretty big impact because The Gazette (@Mont_Sports, 1,413 followers) has already talked about us and more people followed,” he said. “And if someone else writes about us, then more people will notice us and the word will get out and maybe Dr. [and principal, Michael] Doran will think about it.” Wootton officials held a meeting at the school on Feb. 6 to respond to concerns in the community about the dismissal of Spinner and his staff. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and all other forms of social media give athletes, coaches, opponents, and students an unchecked, unfiltered voice behind the safety of a computer screen. “Faceless Internet weasels” is how Quince Orchard football coach Dave Mencarini (@ QOCoach, 1,452 followers) put it. Coaches and athletic directors can interact with the community at large, players with county peers, team accounts with other team accounts. The @getspinnerback account was created predominantly with positive intentions for the coach. That’s not to say, how-

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The announcement that Thomas S. Wootton football coach Tyree Spinner and his staff were dismissed caused one student to create a Twitter account. ever, that social media can’t backfire. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly rare when it

and Dunn said the Churchill team is one big family. Their perennial success likely helps. Since 2002 the Churchill girls have placed at least one diver in the top five of every Metros except in 2011, but still finished two in the top 10. In fact, the Bulldogs have finished at least two in the top 10 eight times since 2003. Hashem, Becker and Faerber agreed much of the program’s consistency — both girls’ and boys’ have a history of success — can be attributed to family ties and the friends they’ve drawn in. In the late 1990s and early 2000s it was the DeMonds, then it was the Stantons and most recently, the Faerbers. Elaina Faerber’s older brother Timothy is a sophomore on the University of Michigan dive team. Elaina Faerber and good friend Becker both credited the

start, the Titans won nine of their last 13 before falling to Urbana in the 3A West Region semifinal. “It really upset me,” Camara said. “Seeing the looks on my teammates’ faces when they lost to Urbana, I knew I had to step up.” Camara has added several elements to his game this season, including an improved left hand. He’s also become more versatile. In a game two weeks ago, he grabbed a rebound and took it coast-to-coast, as if he were a guard, Porac said. With only three years of serious basketball experience, there is plenty of room for growth. “I think there’s a little more time to add more stuff to my game,” Camara said. “I just need to put the work in.” Camara said he is undecided about school but that he wants to continue playing basketball. “If I get the opportunity and the grades are up to par, I think I can get to the next level,” Camara said.

TWEET

doesn’t. Colleges and high schools have suspended players for de-

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 p 2012 boys’ state dive champion with being an inspiration in starting the sport and a continued role model. The two, along with Hashem, said they hope to have similar impacts on younger divers both at Churchill and during the summer Montgomery County Dive League season. The league, Becker said, is a gateway for young aspiring divers and community pools in the Churchill cluster have certainly benefitted from some fantastic exposure to top talent. Though diving was added as a state sport in 2012 — Churchill has won three of the four titles — points from the diving competition are not included in the swimming championship. “Every year when we have the end of the year meeting I always push for diving to be part of everything,” coach Brendan

Roddy said. “The problem [I’m told] is where some schools don’t offer it but that’s just like pole vaulting in my book.” The exclusion of diving has put the Bulldogs at a disadvantage but for the first time in the three years since Montgomery County has competed at states they’re truly in contention for the title. Still, Roddy, Becker, Hashem, Faerber and Dunn agreed it would be nice to have an all-inclusive competition. Nevertheless regionals and states still provide the Bulldogs another opportunity to exhibit their supremacy on the springboards. “I didn’t chose what family or area I was born into but it’s been nice to be able to be a part of the Churchill diving legacy,” Elaina Faerber said. jbeekman@gazette.net

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Albert Einstein High School’s Abe Camara talks to his coach, Rich Porac, against Rockville on Friday.

rogatory tweets. Professional athletes have been fined. It’s become increasingly difficult for social-media users to straddle the line between First Amendment rights and when it simply goes too far to publish an item on a forum where one screen-shot can preserve it for eternity. “The big thing that you really got to do, especially for a young coach like Spinner, is to stay away from it,” MoCoFootball.com founder Mike Cornejo (@MikeCornejo, 1,624 followers) said. “It’s very tempting to post something on a message board like MoCo Football and fire back. In a broader sense, it’s the same thing [as Twitter], but … you’re not limited to 140 characters.” It’s not all negative, though. Students and athletic departments have found productive uses for social media as well, though it’s oftentimes the inflammatory comments that attract the most attention. Those with student section twitter accounts, such as Quince Orchard’s Red Army (@ RedArmy2013, 413 followers), use it to get out the message for a certain theme for that week’s game, what color to wear, etc. Athletic directors, principals, and higher-ups have discovered successful ways to organize fundraisers and events, or announce schedule changes or weather postponements.

James H. Blake Athletic Director Jared Fribush (@ BlakeAthletics, 807 followers) said he uses it mainly to promote games and provide live scoring updates and check scores from around the county. Seneca Valley Athletic Director Jesse Irvin (@SVHSathletics, 406 followers) has a policy that every single athletic event will have a score tweeted out within two hours of conclusion. “It is great to get out information to them quickly,” said Irvin, who set up the department’s Twitter and Facebook accounts when he took the job in 2011. “I have also used it to garner fan interest by holding Twitter contests, such as tweeting a picture of the student athlete at a game in school colors, showing their school pride.” Though he emphasizes caution, Fribush leaves any social media restrictions up to each individual coach, adding that it’s not necessarily their responsibility to monitor Twitter or Facebook. To his knowledge, he has yet to see an incident involving any Blake athletes. Seneca, meanwhile, has devised a specific social media policy where “inappropriate comments/pictures/descriptions regarding another person’s race, ethnic background, culture, religion, gender, or

sexual orientation” can result in suspension or dismissal from the team entirely. Mencarini views Twitter and the message boards as “an unbelievable resource,” though he recognized the wealth of drawbacks that go hand-in-hand. “It’s a great opportunity for me as a coach to promote all the good things we’re doing …. You find out more about what’s going on in the world in sports, news, whatever, on Twitter before you have to even get on the Internet.” As most any coach has at this point, Mencarini, who makes a point of following his players on Twitter, has had conversations with several of his players about using social media responsibly. A synopsis of his 30-minute speech he gives his players goes something like this: “There’s two things in this world you can’t get back and that’s time and what you put on the Internet,” he said. “All we really have at the end of the day is our last name, so how do you want to be received?” tmewhirter@gazette.net


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MONTGOMERY COUNTY NLI SIGNING DAY BY GAZETTE STAFF

Feb. 5 was the first day high school seniors can sign a National Letter of Intent to play sports in college. Below is a list of all the student-athletes from Montgomery County that The Gazette has been able to confirm who have (or expect to) signed their national letters of intent. Athletes who plan to play at non-scholarship schools are also included.

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Walt Whitman High School’s Hannah Niles (left) dribbles past Walter Johson’s Kristin Scott on Friday.

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The Thomas S. Wotton High School girls’ basketball team (12-6, 8-2 as of Monday) clinched a share of the Montgomery 4A West Division title on Friday, defeating co-champion Gaithersburg 70-46 on Friday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK BY ERIC GOLDWEIN The Trojans (11-5, 8-2) took the first meeting and could have earned sole possession of the division title with a series sweep, but the Patriots jumped out to an early lead and held on for the win. Ellie Kobylski scored a game-high 22 points and hit five 3-pointers to lead the Patriots. The junior guard also helped limit Gaithersburg’s leading scorer, Janessa Fauntroy, who finished with 19 points. “She’s just strong and intense and a real competitor,” Wootton

coach Maggie Dyer said. Wootton’s press kept Gaithersburg’s offense in check; the Trojans managed only 26 points through three quarters. “I think defensively, we played a lot better. We played with a lot more intensity coming out,” Dyer said. Wootton had four different double-digit scorers, including Kobylski, her twin sister Cece Kobylski (12), Sheri Addison (20) and Kaitlin Klausing (12). “A lot of kids just stepped up and contributed to make it a team win,” Dyer said.

Whitman win streak continues Whitman (15-2, 7-0) has won 14 straight games after defeating Walter Johnson 65-30 on Friday and is peaking at just the right time. Senior Avery Witt scored 12 points and sophomore Hannah Niles scored 11 off the bench to lead Whitman’s balanced attack. Though Whitman doesn’t have a player averaging doubledigits in scoring, the offense has scored 50-plus points in six of its last seven games. “We pride ourselves on the

defense, but the offense seems to be catching up,” Whitman coach Pete Kenah said after the game. The Vikings returned two starters from last year’s 21-5 squad that won a region title and reached the state semifinals.

Jewish Day atop PVAC Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (11-1 as of Monday) is on a nine-game win streak and in position to win the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference. “As this season has gone on, they’re understanding better how each other play,” said firstyear coach Rebecca Silberman. “… I think I’ve done a good job of motivating them but I think they’ve done an even better job of motivating each other.” The Lions are led by sophomore Daphne Lerner, who is averaging a team-high 18.5 points and helping carry the team on both sides of the floor. Their last loss came in December against Washington Waldorf (37-34). egoldwein@gazette.net Harvey Valentine contributed.

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Robert Bean was quick to keep his optimism in check. His Winston Churchill High School basketball team had just followed up a four-point win against previously-ranked Walt Whitman by delivering a 20-point home thumping to

BOYS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK BY TRAVIS MEWHIRTER then-No. 5 Montgomery Blair. But he has seen these flashes of brilliance before. He was quick to contain his excitement within realistic bounds. “It’s a good sign for sure, but it’s a little bit too early to tell,” the first-year coach said. “We won three in a row earlier but then we lost three in a row. What I’m seeing right now is in practice, we seem a lot more focused and we’re playing in practice like we play in a game.” What he’s also seeing is a consistently full roster for one of the first times all season. Bean has had to deal with injuries and various other reasons for athletes being unable to play. With 6-foot-5 junior Bobby ArthurWilliams and 6-4 sophomore Sean Strittmatter, both of whom have battled injuries throughout the year, and several others as healthy as they’ve been all year, Churchill has essentially its entire lineup playing together, and playing on the same page. “We’ve had a couple big wins,” Bean said. “We needed them. Things are starting to come around. It’s tough to get a new coach and it’s tough to be a new coach.” Earlier in the week, Springbrook coach Tom Crowell had actually voiced his confusion over why Churchill was struggling so much. Prior to the Bulldogs’ resurgent week, they were 5-11 and had lost four of the past

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Winston Churchill High School’s Allen Njumbe is one of the Bulldogs’ key players this season. five games, though that win did come against a solid Col. Zadok Magruder team. “They’re so athletic, they have some really good players,” Crowell said, before specifically citing Jesse Locke and Allen Njumbe as the two that particularly stuck out to him. Well, guess who combined for 37 points in the Feb. 4 victory over Whitman? And then another 36 in the rout over Blair? Locke and Njumbe. “Our offense was clicking, our defense — I think we were doing a job getting hands in [Blair’s] face and getting on the boards,” Bean said. “And on offense, we were getting a lot of good shots, open shots.” Bean runs what he likes to call a “penetrate and kick” mo-

tion-style offense. The penetration draws the defense to leave a man, ideally Locke or Njumbe, open on the perimeter. The result was a devastating 13 made 3-pointers against Blair — topping the previous season-high of 12 on Magruder — nine of which came off the hands of Locke and Njumbe. Though Churchill is well out of the running for a bye in the playoffs, every team makes the tournament regardless of regular season success. With the playoff draw near, it’s not too bad a time to begin peaking. “We got to shore up a lot of things, to be honest,” Bean said. “We have a lot to work on. Right now, I’m cautiously optimistic.” tmewhirter@gazette.net

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Jesse Aniebonam, Good Counsel, Maryland Bruno Anyangwe, Clarksburg, Elon Daniel Appouh, Seneca Valley, Old Dominion Lamonte Armstrong, Quince Orchard, Naval Academy Jamal Averette, Good Counsel, Gannon Gus Basanes, Georgetown Prep, Cornell Malcolm Brown, Quince Orchard, Delaware Andrew Caskin, Georgetown Prep, William and Mary Tamsir (Malleh) Ceesay, Clarksburg, Arizona Western Junior College Joe Cho, Poolesville, Carleton Patrick Crowe, Georgetown Prep, Colgate Elliott Davis, Quince Orchard, N.C. State Leo Ekwoge, Good Counsel, Western Michigan Alex Evans, Springbrook, East Carolina Alonte Evans, Kennedy, Nassau Matt Ferguson, Kennedy, Stevenson Marvin Galdamez, Kennedy, Bowie State Rasheed Gillis, Northwest, Shepherd Josh Gills, Northwest, Duquesne Julian Granby, Springbrook, Bowie State Kyle Gregory, Quince Orchard, Monmouth Justin Herron, Bullis, Wake Forest Stephon Jacob, Damascus, Richmond Byron Johnson, Northwest, St. Francis Kenneth Johnson, Kennedy, Bowie State Tyamonee Johnson, Bullis, Wagner Steven Johnston, Georgetown Prep, Dartmouth Lucas Kane, Northwood, Davidson Sam Madaras, Good Counsel, U. of Albany Sam Mustipher, Good Counsel, Notre Dame Nick Newsham, Walt Whitman, Alderson Broaddus Tatah Ndeh Springbrook, Shepherd Doron Redparth, Kennedy, Lakawanna Keannu Richards, Kennedy, Bowie State Nino Scalia, Georgetown Prep, Rhodes College Michael Scott, Kennedy, Nassau Patrick Stewart, Georgetown Prep, Holy Cross Desharnte Thompson, Good Counsel, U. of Albany Michael Udeogu, Georgetown Prep, Butler Solomon Vault, Gaithersburg, Northwestern Kobe Walker, Good Counsel, Kentucky Ritchie Wenzel, Good Counsel, Cornell

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Caitlin Augerson, Damascus, Kenyon Paige Bonds, Damascus, Pfeiffer Andie deCelis, Clarksburg, Manhattan Nick Frankauski, Damascus, Manhattan Leigh Gatons, Damascus, Louisville Haley Giraldi, Good Counsel, Princeton Michelle Krenzke, Damascus, Messiah Alexis Rusnak, Watkins Mill, Robert Morris

Gymnastics n Danielle Hall, Clarksburg, Pittsburgh

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Our Lady of Good Counsel’s Brady Welch celebrates winning the boys’ 100 freestyle with a personal best time during Saturday’s Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming Championship in Germantown. goalies. Defending champion Churchill (9-2-1) finished second in the standings, outscoring its opponents, 81-22, despite the two 5-1 setbacks to Wootton. In the 10 games that were not head-to-head meetings, Wootton outscored its rivals, 89-14, while Churchill, which went 9-0-1 in those outings, owned a 79-12 advantage in goals. Three Churchill players, Junmno Kim (14 goals), Philip Satin (10) and Connor Liu (10) scored at least 10 goals, while six players, Ross Allen (16 assists), Satin (12), Liu (10), Charlie Ruter (10), Richard Ying (10) and Justin Vagonis (10) had at least 10 assists. Marcus Hurd (8-2-1, 2.66) is the primary netminder. — TED BLACK

Georgetown Prep, Churchill win Metros Eight total records were broken at Saturday’s 50th Washington Metropolitan In-

mark with her American record swim during Friday’s 500-yard freestyle preliminaries. With a time of 4 minutes, 28.71 seconds, Ledecky became the first woman to break the 4:30 barrier. She won the event by more than two pool lengths Saturday. Georgetown Prep accounted for three meet records. Juniors Carsten Vissering and Grant Goddard broke individual records in the 100-yard breaststroke (53.49) and 100yard butterfly (48.69), respectively. The two then joined classmates Adrian Lin and Brandon Goldstein to win the meet finale 400-yard freestlye in record fashion (3:04.83). Other meet records were set by Sidwell Friends’ Gavin Springer (200-yard freestyle, 1:38.29), Sherwood’s Morgan Hill (50-yard freestyle, 22.97), Our Lady of Good Counsel’s Brady Welch (100-yard freestyle, 45.00) and Wootton’s Kristina Li (100-yard backstroke, 54.12). — JENNIFER BEEKMAN

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terscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships won by Georgetown Prep and Winston Churchill. The Little Hoyas, who were the boys’ champion from 20042010, won their first Metros title in four years Saturday at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center with a 412-360 advantage over three-time defending champion Gonzaga. The Richard Montgomery boys finished third with 280.5 points and Thomas S. Wootton (263.5 points) and Walt Whitman (258) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Churchill, which led by 67 points following Thursday’s diving competition, won its third championship in three years by besting the defending champion Wootton girls, 426346. Resurgent Walter Johnson (246), Richard Montgomery (238) and Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (224) rounded out the top 5. Stone Ridge junior and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky set a new Metros

As soon as it happened, Kelsey Wolfe said she knew she was significantly hurt. On Feb. 17, 2013, Wolfe was leading a fast break for the University of Virginia women’s basketball team and in order to beat one last defender, she performed a routine move she had done many times before. Around the 3-point line, Wolfe was going to execute an “in-and-out or a crossover” dribble, but as soon as she came down on her right leg, she collapsed to the John Paul Jones Arena floor with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. “As soon as it happened, I really knew I messed it up,” said Wolfe, who had never seriously been hurt playing basketball prior to the first half against the University of Maryland last year. Now recovered, the 2010 Seneca Valley graduate is one of the Cavaliers top players in her senior season. “It was pretty hard watching from the sidelines, not helping my team,” the guard said. “... Rehab took a long time and took a lot of encouragement from [friends, family, teammates, coaches and trainers].” Wolfe’s self-diagnosis of her injury wasn’t jumping to the worst-possible scenario. As a kinesiology major, she had recently taken a biomechanics class and learned about the anatomy of the knee and the difference in stability of an intact and torn ACL. “It’s definitely been helpful,” said Wolfe, who hopes to attend graduate school for physical therapy after graduating in May. She may also pursue a basketball career overseas. “{Recovering] is just as mental as physical.” For the next nine months, Wolfe rehabilitated her knee and was able to get back on to the court after missing the first couple weeks of preseason

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practice. She returned to her starting role in Virginia’s (12-11 overall, 5-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) season-opening contest and has not looked back, averaging 10.8 points, 3.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game this winter. Wolfe estimates she is “99 percent” recovered and says she stopped playing with a protective knee brace during a tournament in December. But there are still a few specific movements that she thinks about. “I’m feeling more comfortable on the court,” she said. “Conference play was when I really started to be really confident and sure.” On Jan. 23, Wolfe scored 24 points and helped lead the host Cavaliers to an upset victory over then sixth-ranked Maryland, ending the Terrapins 14game win streak. It was the first time Virginia played Maryland in Charlottesville since Wolfe’s injury last year. “It was definitely in the back of my mind,” Wolfe said. But once the game got started, she said it was forgotten and she was focused on helping her team win. Wolfe, who recorded 1,809 points in high school and was named The Gazette’s 2010 Player of the Year after leading the Screaming Eagles to the 3A state championship with a perfect 27-0 record, came off the bench during her first two seasons in Charlottesville, averaging 9.1 and 12.4 minutes as a freshman and sophomore, respectively. But she worked her way into the starting lineup to begin the 2012-13 season, starting all 25 games and becoming the Cavaliers’ second-leading scorer (10.6) before her knee injury. Virginia coach Joanne Boyle, who replaced Debbie Ryan — the coach Wolfe was recruited by out of high school — in the spring of 2011, says she has been impressed with Wolfe’s improvement, particularly with her vocal leadership. “I didn’t think it was going to go by so fast,” Wolfe said. “I grew a lot as a person and developed a lot of relationships.”


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Marc (Caleb Bark) and Adayit (Megan Raye Manzi) share a moment in “The Exquisite Corpse Project.”

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As Valentine’s Day approaches, Gia Mora — actress, singer and raconteuse — sees parallels between the unfolding of romantic relationships and the history of the universe. “I see them as being similar, because they’re both momentous events,” said Mora, who mixes science, song and standup in her latest cabaret show, “Einstein’s Girl.” A former resident of the Washington area, Mora will return to the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club on Saturday, Feb. 15, with an updated version of her show about “the science of love, theoretically speaking.” “Music, physics and love go together,” said Mora, who sings and writes her own comedy material. “How to tell a story in as short a time as possible — I love that challenge,” she said. As a vocalist, she puts her own spin on romantic classics like “Stardust” and “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” but she also throws in her own musical and comedic take on love in the digital age mixed with the latest in cosmology.

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There’s not a ghost of a chance that Laine Crosby has many solitary moments. Since the Atlanta native and her family moved into a house on the site of an 18th-century plantation in Derwood almost a decade ago, the once self-described “completely ordinary” wife and mother has been walking and talking with spirits. In her recently released book, “Investigative Medium: The Awakening,” Crosby tells the story of discovering and accepting her psychic abilities. “I turned forty, ate chocolate Coca-Cola birthday cake, and woke up talking to dead people,” she wrote in the book’s preface. “Suddenly, I was

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n Where: Bethesda Blues & Jazz, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda

n Tickets: $25

n For information: 240-330-4500, Bethesdabluesjazz.com, EinsteinsGirl.com

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Laine Crosby, author of “Investigative Medium — The Awakening.”


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Local legend Count Gore De Vol (aka Dick Dyszel) returns from his crypt to host a Valentine’s Day weekend presentation of “The Bride of Frankenstein,” Saturday at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring.

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On the heels of heart-shaped chocolate boxes and hand-written sweet nothings, paramours throughout Montgomery County can put their heads together and celebrate a belated Valentine’s when the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center presents James Whale’s “The Bride of Frankenstein” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Hosted by District legend Count Gore De Vol (Dick Dyszel), the presentation promises to be a throwback to the good Count’s televised “Creature Features,” complete with interactive intermissions and “ghoulish” surprises. Unrated, the 1935 film stars Boris Karloff in the role that made him an icon, alongside Elsa Lanchester’s titular Bride, who would go on to become synonymous with “shocking” hairdos for generations to come. For more information, visit afi. com/silver. Visit spookyfest.com.

A night at the symphony The Washington Performing Arts Society will present the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in concert at 8 p.m. tonight at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. The program, featuring Rossini’s “Overture to the Barber of Seville,” Prokofiev’s “Violin Concerto No. 2” and Rachmaninoff’s “Symphony No. 2,” will be led by music director Yuri Temirkanov. Soloist Sayaka Shoji will perform on violin. For more information, visit strathmore.org.

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Folk-pop acoustic duo Buskin & Batteau will perform Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring.

Dynamic duo Folk duo Buskin & Batteau will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring. Known for their trademark blend of humor — as evidenced in songs like “Second Homeless” and “Jews Don’t Camp” — and acoustic excellence exacted via piano and violin, the duo will perform songs from the recently released CD, “Love Remembered, Love Forgot.” Tickets are $25 for general admission and $20 for church members. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, visit uucss.org.

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Play In a Day returns to Montgomery County this Saturday.

Now in its tenth year, the one-of-a-kind event, presented by the Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, will unleash six professional Washington, D.C.-area theater companies on to the Imagination Stage’s Lerner Theater in Bethesda, where they will produce original works based on similar themes in 24 hours. The fun begins Friday evening, when playwrights and directors assemble to receive assignments and props, and to then hammer out a fully formed play throughout the waning night hours. Rehearsals begin Saturday morning, with teams of directors and actors striving to meet an 8 p.m. deadline, when the curtain rises and the real drama begins. Participating theater companies include Adventure Theatre MTC, Flying V, Imagination Stage, Keegan Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, and Round House Theatre. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit bethesda.org.

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American craft beer exports on the rise As other countries discover the creative talents and brewing prowess of American craft beers, the industry has witnessed a stupendous growth in exports. In 2012, American craft beer exports increased by 72 percent to almost 190,000 barrels, the equivalent to the ninth largest craft brewery. Almost half the exports are to Canada followed surprisingly by Sweden and then Great Britain. Beer exports also are going throughout Europe, the Far East, South America, Australia and New Zealand.

STEVEN FRANK AND ARNOLD MELTZER Exports, however, are not a major part of most U.S. brewery sales. In virtually all cases, the percent of total sales is less than 5 percent and usually under 2 percent. There are exceptions, most notably Brooklyn Brewery which expects to export 25 percent of its projected production of more than 200,000 barrels in 2013 to 20 countries. Brooklyn’s General Manager Eric Ottaway said that “selling beer in France isn’t much different than selling beer in Oklahoma.” The earliest craft beer exports came about by chance. In 1985, Jim Koch, founder of the Boston Beer Co., was called by a friend living in Munich who ventured that “Boston Lager is better than anything in Germany,” so Koch sent Boston Lager to Germany. Almost a decade later, Rogue Brewery became the second craft exporter when an American expatriate living in Sapporo, Japan, met with Rogue founder Jack Joyce and convinced him to sell beer there. Rogue now exports to 32 countries, probably more than any other American craft brewery. The reasons breweries export vary. Sierra Nevada started

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exporting their beers to England in order to “protect our trademark, quality and integrity” from bootleggers. Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery has a similar story that “we know a gray market exists for our beers overseas and these have not been handled up to our quality standards. We decided to take control of our exports.” Brooklyn Brewery began seriously exporting beer in 2005 after Carlsberg gave brewmaster Garrett Oliver an award, and this relationship evolved to Carlsberg becoming the Brooklyn importer. Deschutes started exporting to Canada after many Canadian visitors asked where their beers were available. Breweries have different experiences about which styles to export. “IPAs are hot in every country,” according to Deschutes. Rogue has similar experiences as do several other breweries. On the other hand, Brooklyn Lager accounts for about 80 percent of Brooklyn’s export sales, much higher than their domestic sales. Boston Lager also is Boston Beer’s most requested style. Among the more popular exports are: • Samuel Adams Boston Lager (4.9 percent alcohol by volume, ABV) is brewed by the Boston Beer Co. It has a an earthy,

bready and malty nose with a hint of noble hops. The slightly effervescent front has a light bready sweetness which continues in the middle. A mild floral hop is added in the finish which increases in the aftertaste of this crispy and refreshing brew. Ratings: 7.5/7.5. • Dead Guy Ale (6.6 percent ABV) is produced at the Rogue Ales brewery in Newport, Ore., and is Rogue’s best selling export. This Hellerbock style brew has a caramel, apricot and faint berry bouquet. The modest sweet caramel malt front melds into a middle where a trace of sweet berry is added. A touch of bitter hops emerges in the finish and grows to medium in the aftertaste where there is a lingering caramel malt. Ratings: 8/8. • Torpedo Extra IPA (7.2 percent ABV) is made by the Sierra Nevada Brewing in Chico, Calif. Torpedo, Sierra Nevada’s highest exported IPA and a well balanced and smooth brew, has a robust grapefruit hop aroma. The moderate malt front is joined by a muted citrus hop with notes of lemon and grapefruit in the middle. The hops elevate in the finish and again in the aftertaste to a balanced medium bitterness. Ratings: 7/7.5. • Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale (8 percent ABV) has a complex nose of apricot, lemon, pepper

and melon. Very smooth, the medium-bodied Tank 7 begins with a restrained lemon and melon sweet front. A pinch of pepper joins in the middle and a pleasant grapefruit combines in the finish. In the aftertaste the grapefruit increases to medium, with a delicate bitterness, a mild dryness, and a hint of alcoholic warmth. Ratings: 8.5/8

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‘The Monuments Men’: Great story, but result is no masterpiece BY

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A genial disappointment about the preciousness of art amid the destructive horrors of war, “The Monuments Men” is scored to a military march by composer Alexandre Desplat. You hear what he was going for: jaunty heroics. The throwback sound of it suggests the director, co-writer and star George Clooney sat down with Desplat, gave him a smile and said: “Gimme some of that Elmer Bernstein ‘Great Escape’ magic, Al.” It almost works. The whole film, with its unfashionable techniques (slow fades and dissolves by the dozen) and uberrelaxed, old-school vibe, almost works. Yet Clooney’s attempt to honor unsung real-life heroes while recapturing the ensemble pleasures of some well-remembered Hollywood war pictures, notably “The Great Escape” and “The Guns of Navarone,” comes off as a modestly accomplished forgery at best. You keep waiting for it to kick into gear, for the odd-couple banter between Bill Murray and Bob Balaban to start clicking. The actors, including Matt Damon, John Goodman, Jean

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Dujuardin, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett as a Parisian curator based on Rose Valland, are present and ready for duty. It’s “Ocean’s Eight,” this time with serious historical import. The script by Clooney and Grant Heslov offers the actors an outline and some functional scenes, mostly two-handers. But at some point during filming in Germany and England, Clooney must’ve realized behind the camera that his own script needed another rewrite or two to make dramatic and comic sense of its mission. “All hell’s broken loose here,” his character says at one point, traveling through another frontline scene of mass destruction. You see it, you don’t feel it, and while it’d be crazy to expect a movie such as “The

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(From left) Dimitri Leonidas, John Goodman, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bob Balaban in Columbia Pictures’ thriller “The Monuments Men.” Monuments Men” to dive into wartime miseries, its calculated breeziness veers perilously close to a State Department tour. It’s a wonderful subject, which makes the engagement level all the more frustrating. The curators, architects, art historians and artists of the FDRsanctioned Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives crew scrambled around Europe during the war, saving what they could, finding Nazi-looted and culturally priceless Rembrandts and

Picassos and frescoes, many of them crated deep within Hitler’s salt mines. Largely fictionalized, the film compresses events and cooks up dramatic death scenes, even as it asks the audience to chuckle through a scene of Damon’s character trapped atop an unexploded land mine. That scene is followed, abruptly, by the discovery of barrels of gold teeth extracted from Jewish concentration camp prisoners. The change-up is jarring, intention-

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Accompanying her on piano is her musical collaborator, pianist and producer Charlie Barnett, who underscores her monologues. “He improvises [while I’m] speaking. ... We have a symbiotic relationship,” Mora said. A Colorado native whose father plays jazz guitar, Mora stated singing and performing from age 3. She also started writing plays early, later earning an undergraduate degree in screenwriting and playwriting from the University of Colorado. “I’ve always loved writing, but good writing is extremely hard,” she said. “Singing comes more naturally to me.” She also became an actor and dancer, performing in the Washington, D.C. area for six years at the Round House Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, MetroStage and other venues before moving to Los Angeles two years ago. Over the years, Mora has written and performed several cabaret shows, mostly about the intersection of politics and romance, before taking on the origins of the universe. About year ago, she happened to hear an NPR “Science Friday” radio program featuring a dialogue between cosmologists and a novelist who incorporates science into his stories. Astrophysics and love have things in common, she said. “There’s the Big Bang Theory [about the origin of the universe] ... where everything collides and explodes,” she said. Cosmic dust coalesces into planets, and things start to settle down a little, much like falling in love and entering into a relationship over time. “I dived into it and thought, ‘This metaphor could really work,’” said Mora, who started reading up on everything from multiple universes to particle accelerators. Mora launched her “Einstein’s Girl” act in Los Angeles in February 2013, and it wasn’t long before it got the attention of Jennifer Ouellet, writer of the blog “Cocktail Party Physics: Physics with a Twist” for Scientific American. “[Mora] explores old-fashioned romance in the digital era, marked by snappy patter in between songs and lyrics peppered with allusions to ... cosmic inflation, singularities and of course, relativity and Albert Einstein, a.k.a.

the next person for them to write or draw something. At the end, the last person would open up the paper and read what was written or show what had been drawn. In the case of “The Exquisite Corpse Project,” the writers — Chioke Nassor, Joel Clark, Adam Conover, Dave Segal and Raphael Bob-Waksberg — would only pen their part of the script if Popik agreed to make the movie, no matter how bad it turned out. “My background is in sketch comedy,” Popik said. “That’s where we came up as a group. We started in [Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.] and then after college we moved to New York City to pursue comedy professionally.” Popik, along with the other writers, were part of the comedy group “Olde English,” which filmed sketches that became popular on YouTube and throughout the Internet. While in New York, the group performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, which is a jumping off point for many “Saturday Night Live” comedians. During one of the shows, the guys assigned each other rules by which to write sketches. As the writers learned of their rules, they were filmed and the video was shown to the audience that night. “One of the writers, one set of constraints I gave him was he had to combine his three most embarrassing memories into one sketch,” Popik said. “Rule No. 2 was that he had to write the sketch in five minutes and rule No. 3 was the five minutes starts right now. So the audience got to see me assign those rules to him … and then got to watch him scramble to write something in five minutes.

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Gia Mora will bring her cabaret show, “Einstein’s Girl,” to Bethesda Blues & Jazz on Saturday.

‘Albie,’” wrote Ouellette on Feb. 25, 2013. “Albie” plays a role in “E=mc2,” a song Mora co-wrote with Brad Brown, an English teacher at the Chelsea School in Hyattsville. In it, she asks Einstein, “What is love?” “He said, “Well, my girl, I know a lot about physics. “And I’ve studied me a little bit of chemistry, too. “But nothing in mathematics can explain love’s boogie woogie for two.” Mora also throws in songs about romance and social media, such as “Oh Internet,” “I Google You” and “The Facebook Song,” as well as a song she wrote called “Missing David B.-w4m-41” about missed connections on Craigslist. Mora also weaves in the latest developments in science and high-tech, such as China’s lunar rover and Google Glass. At Bethesda Blues & Jazz, she will also be singing a “quirky song” written by the composers of the musical “Orphie and the Book of Heroes,” premiering from Feb. 8-25 at the Kennedy Center. Mora sings the part of Persephone in the show. She is also working on new songs for her next cabaret show and album, and inspired by the likes of multi-faceted entertainers such as Hugh Laurie and Tracey Ullman, is working on some television pilots. In the meantime, she’s still focused on the connection between relationships and universes. “They’re explosive, momentous, life-altering events, and they take time to develop,” she said.

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Continued from Page B-5 a psychic medium, and I never wanted to be.” Although Crosby knew her maternal grandmother had psychic abilities, she mostly ignored her own childhood experiences, like seeing people — or ghosts — “out of the corner of my eyes,” and what is known as traveling clairvoyance, “being able to go back and forth in time,” she explained. Crosby’s skeptical mother credited her child with “a big imagination,” and she attributed her young adult daughter’s accurate predictions of when people would die to “women’s intuition,” dubbing her “the prophet of doom.” Still, prior to her awakening, the paranormal was rarely in evidence in Crosby’s adult life. After earning an undergraduate degree in economics from Agnes Scott College and an MBA from Georgia State University, she spent 20 years doing marketing and public relations for companies including The Weather Channel, Wachovia and CocaCola. Not long after the family moved to Montgomery County,

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Crosby said, their house began to “feel a little strange,” and unexplained sounds and occurrences filled her days and nights. On Sept. 21, 2004, she woke up from a nap to hear “the sweet, soft voice of a woman” speaking to her and “saw the image of a beautiful woman with dark skin and an almond-shaped face.” That was the beginning of her continuing relationship with Jannette, the ghost of a slave who lived on the plantation in the 1850s. In a series of

conversations, Jannette told Crosby about her own romantic history: a love triangle with her master and another slave. She also showed Crosby visions of the locale through time and introduced her to other spirits, many of them denizens of the property’s slave cemetery. “My first event where I knowingly talked to a ghost was when I heard and saw Jannette physically in the room with me,” Crosby said. “She was there and it was two-way communication.” A dramatic acknowledgement of Crosby’s abilities occurred in February 2005 when she heard a television news report about a missing 9-year-old, and had a vision that revealed Jessica Marie Lunsford’s location. Crosby and her husband opted not to relay the information to the police because they thought it would not be credible. Once the truth of Crosby’s “remote viewing” was confirmed, that decision weighed heavily on her conscience, and, she wrote, “My life has never since been the same.” “It was the first time all my abilities came together and I knew the outcome of a crime. I could see, hear, smell and

ally. The effect feels misjudged. Clooney plays a Harvard art historian based on George Stout, a World War I veteran returning to the fields and villages of battle with a different objective this time. He’s the ringleader, and once he enlists James Granger (Damon, playing a character loosely inspired by James Rorimer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art), it’s a matter of lining up the best character men for the job. Murray’s introduced atop a Chicago skyscraper, with the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower behind him. He plays an architect borrowing a bit of real-life architect Robert Posey’s story. One of the peculiarities of “The Monuments Men” is its generic texture; the men’s specific skills and interests are largely washed over. Clooney’s work as a director includes “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “The Ides of March,” good films all. He also directed the period football comedy “Leatherheads,” proving his fallibility. “The Monuments Men” deals in an entirely different genre, but there’s a similar tonal indecision at work here. Now and then the film goes for the jugular, emotionally speak-

“What he wrote was bad … but the interesting effect that we noticed is that because the audience knew the context of the assignment, because they knew the constraints and they knew essentially why the piece was bad, they thought it was hilarious, which was very interesting.” Just like that, the fundamental building blocks of “The Exquisite Corpse Project” were assembled. The writers wrote their part of the scripts, cursing the previous writer for what they were given to work with, and the movie was shot. All the while, Popik was filming interviews with the writers, which he would use in the movie as well. Although it was written and filmed in relatively short time, the editing process ended up taking almost two years. “The original plan was to leave the writers’ sections completely intact,” Popik said. “We would see 15 minutes of one person’s section, then maybe we’d have three or four minutes of documentary material and then we’d see the next person’s completed section, then see three or four minutes of documentary material. Once we shot the whole thing, that’s how we edited it.” Popik said the first time through the editing process just did not work because the audience doesn’t want to go in and watch these 15 minute scenes straight through. “They’re too bad, especially Joel’s section … it’s quite tedious,” Popik said. “When that didn’t work, there was the mandatory panic — basically, ‘Oh my God, did we just waste months of our lives on this garbage?’ Then we started to just play around with ‘What if we introduce the documentary footage this way and that way …’ Eventually, through the editing process, we found a really satisfying way to work back and forth with the footage.”

‘know’ what was going on,” Crosby said about the pivotal event that opens her book. “Up until this point, I had gradually been recognizing abilities as I met Jannette and the other slaves on the plantation.” Being a medium does not conflict with Crosby’s devout Christianity. In fact, she wrote, “Over the years… with prayer and God’s help, I have assisted a number of spirits in crossing over into Heaven. That is, moving on from our physical dimension, through the tunnel of white light, into the dimension that is of God.” Crosby, who sets aside time before sleep to talk to her guides or angels, said she sees herself as “an instrument to help the other side connect to this world …. A mouthpiece — a channel, a medium — not really much different from a telephone or radio. As I experience information, I do the best I can to make sense of it, define it, and pass it on.” Instead of doing readings and offering advice to individuals, as is the wont of many mediums — “That is not what I’m here to do,” Crosby said — she devotes her time to investigative weekends at historic locales like the battlefields at Gettysburg;

leading psychic training classes and workshops; lecturing at venues including colleges, plantations and historical societies; researching, writing and marketing her books; and, perhaps most important, working with missing persons networks and police — free of charge. Three new books are in the works. A sequel to “The Awakening,” titled “The Adventures of a Free Range Investigative Medium,” is half done and Crosby expects to complete it by July 2015. Among its ghosts is Annabelle, who, according to Crosby, is “5, almost 6.” Crosby learned that Annabelle drowned in the Patuxent River and located her grave. “The last year she [Annabelle] remembers is 1812. It could be her birth year, or her death year. I don’t know. She did drown, and she is with me all the time, mostly, but when she’s in my house, she plays with the dogs (one alive, two dead) and with her cousins and also my kids.” An ebook, “Conversations with the Ghosts of Gettysburg,” consisting of four stories, is due out this month, and Crosby hopes to release “Real Daughters,” conversations with the

ing, as when Murray’s architect tears up listening to his family’s homemade recording of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” That scene should kill, yet somehow it doesn’t. It’s not Murray’s fault: The scene needed a simpler, straighter attack, not all the fancy intercutting with field hospital trauma footage. Realism schmealism: This is a Hollywood movie. But that sort of scene takes you out of the movie you’re trying to invest in. The actors are quite marvelous, and a brief sequence featuring “Downton Abbey’s” Bonneville as dissolute art lover out for redemption, in which he asks a superior officer for permission to go into Bruges and save a Madonna, provides exactly what the rest of the movie lacks — namely, some snap. Clooney acts with more charm than urgency in “The Monuments Men.” He’s a far better actor than many realize; he makes everything look easy. But this time he really does just sort of George-Clooney his way through. See John Frankenheimer’s “The Train” again, the one with Burt Lancaster, for a wholly different and genuinely exciting perspective on the same historical outrage.

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Although the film highlights the movie created by the writers, the project itself feels like it’s a full documentary about the writers. “Well, it didn’t start out as a documentary about them,” Popik said. “When these guys all signed on, they signed on to ‘Hey, let’s play this silly game!’ and everybody was on board with that. By the end, we found the most interesting footage was in the documentary footage with their relationships and the way they dealt with each other.” In the end, Popik hopes audiences really get the feeling that the movie really was a labor of love and that everyone had more than one hand in helping to make it a reality. “I personally shot the movie,” Popik said. “We were all the editors. Everybody you see in the film, if they’re not on-screen, they’re off and holding a boom mic. It’s really a film we made ourselves and I hope the take-away for young people is that. I think a lot of ���lmmakers get intimidated by the budgets they see on the big screen … I think content is more important than polish in many cases. “I would really encourage people to go out there an experiment and make a lot of content and not get too hung up on making ‘Iron Man 4.’” wfranklin@gazette.net daughters of soldiers who fought for the Confederacy, in conjunction with Atlanta’s celebration of the Civil War’s 150th anniversary in the spring of 2015. Crosby’s books are selfpublished, she said, because not only does she have a background in digital publishing, but also she refused to work with publishers who wanted her to make her stories spookier to enhance their marketing value. Ample matter is available for additional books. “I save my findings and use them for future material for books, and I research when I can, so I have lots of ideas for books that are a bit unique,” she said. “My father wrote nine books, which are not in print now, and I would like to use his historical research to write historical fiction eventually — after I tackle what is already on my plate.” That’s a substantial meal, but no doubt, Crosby can enlist some help from the spirits that surround her. “Investigative Medium: The Awakening” is available on amazon.com and www. lainecrosby.com.


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