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Zakieya Avery, 28, and Monifa Sanford, 21, each face two counts of first-degree murder, accused of stabbing to death two of Avery’s children — 2-year-old Avery Sanford Zyana Harris and 1-year-old Norell N. Harris — in an attempted “exorcism.”

Shaun D. King, 36, of Bladensburg faces one count of first-degree murder, accused of fatally slashing and stabbing Abdul Ghaffar, 63, of Gaithersburg 75 times at the 7-Eleven store where Ghaffar worked. Prosecutors say they believe King suffers from schizophrenia and asked that King he be evaluated to determine if he is competent to stand trial.

Police say Christopher Stirkens, 25, stabbed to death his mother, Denise Stirkens, 53, at their Gaithersburg home. In an effort to save her, his father, James Stirkens, an off-duty Montgomery County police officer, shot and killed their son.







mid a spate of unusual and violent killings in Montgomery County last month, authorities are investigating what they say is a common thread: mental illness. • In Germantown, two women were accused of stabbing two young children to death in an attempted exorcism. • In Gaithersburg, police said, a man stabbed a 7-Eleven clerk to death less than a week later.

• Police said an off-duty sergeant shot his adult son to death as the son was stabbing his mother to death. The two women and the 7-Eleven defendant were transferred to a psychiatric hospital in Jessup for mental evaluation and treatment. The slayings prompted Montgomery County State’s Attorney John J. McCarthy to highlight local law enforcement’s role in dealing with and caring for the mentally ill. He talked about the lack of funding for treatment and the need for more resources and funding. “The larger issue for us in the community is: How do we deal with people who

Potomac’s Mr. Fritz is a top dog at big show German shepherd retiring with 100 wins in his group




Potomac’s latest accomplished resident is Mr. Fritz. Grand Champion Wolf Creek Galaxy of Merivern — his formal name — is a German shepherd dog owned by Edward Farrell of Potomac and Pat Walker of Springfield, Ill. The dog was named best in his breed at the Westmin-

ster Kennel Club Dog Show held Feb. 11 and 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In the judging for the breeds in the herding group, he came in third. With a name like Wolf Creek Galaxy of Merivern, it would take a while to call him in from a romp in the yard, so at home, he’s Mr. Fritz, Farrell said. “His breeder’s family had a favorite uncle named Fritz and they named the dog after him,” Farrell said. “We changed it a











Matthew Chen, 14, of Potomac and Dave Karska of Mount Airy put horses outside Sunday at the HorseNet Horse Rescue farm in Mount Airy. See story, A-4.

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have persistent mental health issues and intersect with the criminal justice system?” McCarthy said in a press conference last month. He said it’s an “open secret” that jails are one of the largest providers of mental health care and treatment nationwide. Statistics show a growing problem. According to data from the county prosecutor’s office, the number of “intakes” — people who were arrested — at the Montgomery County correctional facilities decreased from 9,256 in 2010 to 7,879 in 2013.

Suicides include attempts.

Two groups of Maryland legislators want to close a statutory loophole regarding which adults can and should be punished for engaging in sexual conduct with a student. One bill would apply to adults who work with children in either a school system or a

county recreation program. A second bill adds to that list volunteers at schools and employees and volunteers at private recreation facilities. Both bills agree that coaches should be written into the law. Maryland law criminalizes sexual contact between certain people in a position of authority and a minor in their care, but lawmakers say there is a huge loophole in the law. The law defines individuals in positions of authority to include principals, vice principals,



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about them that would be shown on the school’s closed-circuit TV every month or so. He also took a two-week filmmaking course at American University while in high school and wrote a mockumentary in which he played fraternal twins of different races who wanted to grow up normal. “We actually shot a gambling and crack cocaine scene in the parking lot of the Giant [Food store] in Potomac,” he said. After graduating from Whitman, Reisberg attended film school at New York University, graduating in 2009. “Big Significant Things” is an escapist movie, Reisberg said. “It grew out of the idea of ‘what if I just left,’” he said. “Throwing caution to the wind is a funny, sad notion.” Another local connection in the film is a former area disc jockey. “Not sure if you remember ‘After Hours,’ the nighttime radio program on WASH FM that featured Radio DJ Glenn Hollis,” Reisberg wrote in an email. “I grew up listening to him at night, and all the people from the Washington DCMetropolitan area that would call in with love dedications and professions. I actually got in touch with him when I was writing the script and asked if he would play the role of a Radio DJ featured throughout the film. So after we wrapped pro-


Walt Whitman grad has film in SXSW festival Bryan Reisberg, a 2006 graduate of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, is now a filmmaker in New York — and is climbing the cinema industry ladder. Reisberg’s first feature film, “Big Significant Things,” which he wrote and directed, has been selected for the 2014 SXSW — South by Southwest — Film Festival in Austin, Texas, March. The film is one of 21 to be screened in the festival’s Visions category, which organizers describe as “audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape that demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking.” Reisberg said he began learning his craft at Whitman in a group called Whitman Shorts. “It was a class you applied to — you learned how to use recording equipment, video cameras and how to edit,” he said. “It was pretty much where I got started.” Members of the class covered Whitman sports and basic news, he said, and made “funny” shorts


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“Big Significant Things,” by filmmaker Bryan Reisberg (right), formerly of Bethesda, was selected for the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. With him is cinematogapher Luca Del Puppo on the film’s last day of production in Mississippi. duction, I drove down to his house in Maryland and recorded with him at the studio he has in his house.” Reisberg said he has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for his stay in Austin for the weeklong festival. To contribute, visit kickstarter.com and search “Big Significant Things.”

Literary festival seeks youth entries Young writers are invited to enter this year’s Bethesda Literary Festival’s Youth Writing Contest. Students may enter essays of 100 to 500 words about the person they

admire most. Up to 15 winners will be selected, according to a news release from the Bethesda Urban Partnership, which is sponsoring the contest along with Washington Parent. Winning essays will be featured in Washington Parent magazine and on the partnership’s website. The winning students also will receive prizes and be honored at the Bethesda Literary Festival in April. Entries are due 5 p.m. Feb. 28. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade who live or attend school in Montgomery County may enter. For more information, visit bethesda.org or call 301-215-6660.

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Lack of exposure a hurdle for council challengers ‘You need to be very selective about how you spend your time’



Editor’s note: To celebrate Black History Month, The Gazette is sharing the stories of some African-American teachers in Montgomery County Public Schools. In her 65 years, Jackie Shropshire has played a role in the classroom and in history. Between her 32 years at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring and six years at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, Shropshire taught thousands of students before retiring in 2012. She was also active in the civil rights movement in her hometown of Williamston, N.C., and elsewhere. For Shropshire, Black History Month reminds younger generations of AfricanAmericans’ role in history — a history in which she played a part. At age 15, Shropshire participated in the 1963 March on Washington, where a photographer snapped a shot of her singing “We Shall Overcome.” The image is now on a billboard on 14th Street and Constitution Avenue for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. “That’s a powerful, powerful picture,” she said. “You can see the vein in my neck singing ‘We Shall Overcome’ to God.” She said students ask why she is yelling in the photo. She says it’s a sign that younger people aren’t familiar with the past and the civil rights movement. “They were clueless,” she said. “My generation has never asked. When they see the picture, they know I’m singing.” Shropshire said she has been jailed four times for pushing for blacks’ civil rights — once for trying to wash her clothes in part of a laundromat designated for white people. Her teaching career began in 1970 in North Carolina, when career choices were limited for African-Americans, she said. From 1974 to 2012, she taught accounting and computer classes at Blair and Einstein. Shropshire said she is passionate about teaching because her role models growing up were teachers, including her mother and her aunts. Students have changed over the years, Shropshire said. She thinks one problem among today’s students is a lack of motivation and passion about education. Another problem for students is poverty, she said. She said that when she moved from Blair to Einstein, she saw a stark change in the number of students affected by poverty. “At Blair, nobody ever approached me and asked me for my lunch,” she said.

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Jackie Shropshire taught at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring for more than 30 years. “They did at Einstein.” Shropshire said she kept active in the school system and become a substitute teacher because she still has lessons to teach. “I can’t divorce education when I retire,” she said. “I’m gradually weaning and I’m not going to stay away ’cause I’m not going to stop. There’s too much work to be done.”

‘For me, it’s just a love’ Leroy Hyson, a sixth-grade science teacher at Neelsville Middle School in Germantown, said he knew he had a gift when it came to working with children since he volunteered at a camp as a middle schooler. He started in the school system in 1985, working his way from professional assistant to a teaching post. Hyson taught in three elementary schools — South Lake in Gaithersburg, Flower Hill in Gaithersburg and Glen Haven in Silver Spring — before he moved about four years ago to Neelsville Middle School. The jump from elementary to middle school allowed him to focus on one sub-

Obituary Hartman, Robert Steven (Age 51) On Monday, February 10, 2014 of Derwood, MD. Beloved son of William and Maria Hartmam; devoted father of Joshua Hartman; loving brother of Bill, John, Ken and Garrett Hartman, Janet Maguire and Sharon Williams; uncle of 11. Friends were received at PUMPHREY’S COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Montgomery Ave. (Rt. 28, just off I-270,exit 6A), Rockville, MD on Sunday from 3 to 5 pm. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church, 9601 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD on Monday, February 17 at 11 AM. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, MD. If memorial contributions wish to be given, please inquire with one of Robert’s family members. Please view and sign the family guestbook at www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com 1905664


ject area, he said. Hyson, who teaches subjects such as physics and environmental education, said one of his goals is to make science more real for students. To help kids learn about the Chesapeake Bay, Hyson used grant funds to run a project that allows students to raise rainbow trout in their classroom. “A lot of my kids that might struggle with reading, learning all the concepts right away, they really have gravitated towards this project,” he said. Hyson doesn’t stick to just the classroom. He also can be found entertaining kids on a stage performing songs he wrote with his guitar named “George.” When it comes to his view on Black History Month, “I just live it,” Hyson said. “My premise is to students, ‘I don’t look at black, white, Spanish. I look at all my students the same,’” he said. What matters to Hyson is the opportunity to teach. “I’ve always enjoyed teaching basketball, reading or whatever,” he said. “For me, it’s just a love.” lpowers@gazette.net

If you’re hurrying into a Metro station to catch a morning train or driving by one of the county’s busier intersections in the months leading up to the June 24 primary election, you may see Shelly Skolnick. As a Republican running for an at-large seat on the Montgomery County Council, Skolnick, of Silver Spring, isn’t expecting a lot of opposition for his party’s nomination in a county where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a ratio of about 3-1. But as he tries to attract independent voters in the general election who may be registered as Democrats so they can vote in the primary, Skolnick said he plans to be as visible as possible. One of the biggest challenges for candidates seeking to knock off an incumbent can be getting their name and positions out to voters without having the bully pulpit of a council seat to propose legislation or highlight particular issues. Democratic at-large candidate Vivian Malloy makes sure to go to as many county events as possible, where she can hand out literature, meet voters and tell them about her positions. But in a county with about 1 million people, a candidate needs to have a strategic plan, said Malloy, of Olney. “You need to be very selective about how you spend your time,” she said. Malloy said she’s found that many voters aren’t aware of the June 24 primary or that early voting will be available June 12-19 at nine locations around the county. Much like Skolnick, Green Party at-large candidate Tim Willard of Kensington isn’t too concerned about a primary in his party. He’s more concerned with getting his message out to voters ahead of the general election. Smaller parties don’t get the attention that the Democrats and Republicans do, so that even getting invited to debates, forums and other events can be difficult, he said.

With Montgomery County so heavily Democratic, there’s a sense that whoever wins the Democratic primary will automatically win the election, Willard said. Many people will pay attention to debates and other events leading up to the primary, but tune out afterward, he said. Candidates have until 9 p.m. Tuesday to file their candidacy with the state Board of Elections. Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist.3) of Gaithersburg is seeking the Democratic nomination for county executive, while District 5 Councilwoman Cherri Branson (D) agreed not to seek re-election as part of her appointment to replace former Councilwoman Valerie Ervin in January. Two Democratic at-large incumbents, council Vice President George Leventhal of Takoma Park and Councilwoman Nancy Floreen of Garrett Park, have filed for re-election, while Councilman Hans Riemer of Takoma Park, also an at-large member, said he would be filing this week. . Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda, council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown and Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring have all filed. At-large challenger Beth Daly of Dickerson, a Democrat, has filed in addition to Malloy, Skolnick and Willard. In District 2, Gaithersburg Democrat Neda Bolourian has filed to challenge Rice, while in District 3, Rockville Councilman Tom Moore (D) has filed to succeed Andrews. Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz wrote in an email that he planned to file this week , while Gaithersburg Councilman Ryan Spiegel (D) has said he also plans to run for the seat. The race to succeed Branson in District 5 is likely to be the most hotly contested race in the county. Democrats Evan Glass and Jeffrey Thames, both of Silver Spring, have filed, while community activist Terrill North of Takoma Park kicked off his campaign Feb. 6 but had not filed as of Tuesday. But several other Democrats, including Del. Tom Hucker (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring and school board member Christopher S. Barclay, have been mentioned as possible candidates. rmarshall@gazette.net


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A Damascus man charged with murder for allegedly killing his 3-year-old son is being held without bail. Brian Patrick O’Callaghan, 36, of 25230 Conrad Court in Damascus, is charged with firstdegree murder and child abuse resulting in the death of Hyunsu O’Callaghan, his son he adopted from Korea. On Feb. 2, detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division were notified that Hyunsu was at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he was unresponsive and had multiple injuries. Investigators learned that the toddler’s inju-

ries, including trauma to the brain, indicated that the boy was recently beaten. Police said O’Callaghan could not provide a reason why the boy had the injuries. Hyunsu died of his injuries Feb 3. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Washington performed an autopsy and determined that the toddler’s death was caused by multiple blunt impact injuries. During the investigation, O’Callaghan told police he had complete care and custody of Hyunsu on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. On Sunday, O’Callaghan was arrested in connection with the boy’s death. According to charging documents, Hyunsu had been in the U.S. since October. O’Callaghan told police during an interview that the boy had bonded with his wife, Jennifer, but not with him. In January he said his wife went back to work and he stayed home to care

for the boy. According to charging documents detailing an interview with police, O’Callaghan said that on Jan. 31 his son had slipped in the bathtub, fell backward and hit his shoulder after taking a shower. He told police the toddler then went to bed. The next morning, O’Callaghan took Hyunsu and his 6-year-old biological son out for breakfast and then later to the Germantown Swim Center, where the older brother took a diving class and Hyunsu played in the park, according to charging documents. O’Callahan is then reported as saying he took the boy to lunch, then home for a snack of yogurt and for a nap. He said he changed the boy’s sheets and cleaned his nose when he notice a pinkish fluid on the sheets and mucus coming from his nose. At 4 p.m., O’Callahan said,

the toddler was unresponsive and vomiting despite O’Callahan attempting to wash him in the tub. It was then that O’Callahan took his son to the Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown. The child was then taken to Children’s National Medical Center, according to the police documents. Doctors told police the boy had multiple injuries including trauma to the brain. Steven J. McCool, a Washington lawyer representing O’Callaghan at the bail review, said O’Callaghan is a “decorated combat Marine veteran” who had served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. “This is a tragedy, and not a crime,” he said at the review. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-7735070.

Mount Airy rescue farm seeks homes for horses HorseNet closing New Windsor farm




The closing of a Carroll County horse farm is creating new opportunities for local horse lovers. HorseNet Horse Rescue, which is run by volunteers, announced Feb. 12 that it will close its New Windsor farm, moving its resources to its farm on Mattie Haines Road in Mount Airy in Frederick County. Melanie Biemiller, the organization’s assistant executive director, said financial hardship forced the closing. Biemiller said 16 horses will need to be adopted or moved to Mount Airy from the New Windsor farm. Most of the volunteers who help with the farm on a daily basis will have new roles at the Mount Airy farm. Four or five volunteers help at both farms on weekdays. Biemiller said the ideal place for one of the group’s horses to live may be local.

“Anywhere that the person has a safe place for that horse to be, and is willing to have an animal that they want to love,” she said. Many of the horses that now live at the two farms were seized from unsafe environments by their local humane societies or through animal control departments in nearby counties. Some horses also come to HorseNet when an owner dies or no longer can care for the animal. There may be some difficulties with placing the animals in new homes. “A lot of the horses that I need to place are non-rideable because of their age, past injuries, limitations, things like that,” Biemiller said. HorseNet is required to vacate its New Windsor farm by May 1. Biemiller said even if homes can’t be found for all of the horses, euthanizing them will not be an option. For more information about HorseNet Horse Rescue, call 301-922-7029 or visit horsenethorserescue.org. scarignan@gazette.net

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An academic boycott of Israel by a U.S. academic association has Maryland lawmakers questioning how the state’s colleges and universities spend public funds. The American Studies Association — a national organization devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history — voted in December to boycott Israeli academic institutions. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County remained a dues-paying member of the association even after the vote to boycott, so Del. Benjamin F. Kramer has introduced a bill that would restrict the ability of universities and its faculty to spend public money on participation in organizations that engage in such boycotts. Kramer’s bill has been crossfiled in the Senate by Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Dist. 43) of Baltimore, chairwoman of the Senate’s

InBrief Video game orchestra plans open rehearsal The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra, which draws its repertoire entirely from video game soundtracks, is inviting the public to play with its musicians for a second time. The open-house rehearsal will be held at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 27 in Rockville. The rehearsal is free and open to all instrumentalists and singers age 18 and older. Those interested should register by Thursday at bit.ly/1jszsCR for directions to the rehearsal site and access to sheet music. “The open rehearsal we held in December was great fun, for us and for our guests,” Nigel Horne, the ensemble’s music director, said in a statement. “Right away, we knew that we all wanted a reprise.” The 40-member orchestra, which began in August, is the first-ever community-level ensemble of its type, according to a statement from spokesman Robert Garner. By performing works from Mario and Sonic instead of Mozart and Schumann, it hopes to draw new audiences and musicians to video game music and orchestral concert halls in general. Popularized by professional touring concerts such as Video Games Live! and Nintendo’s Symphony of the Goddesses, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Best Video Game Music” album, orchestral performances of video game music have gained significant ground in recent years. About a dozen high school and college-level ensembles devoted to the emerging genre exist nationwide. For more information on the rehearsal, including directions and sheet music, contact Ayla Hurley at president@wmgso.org.

AT&T golf tourney seeks volunteers Volunteers can now register to help with the PGA’s annual AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda on June 23-29. Volunteers get access to the tournament, a guest pass, parking pass and discounts. Registration and other information is at web. tigerwoodsfoundation.org/events/attNational/ index.

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With the hoses frozen, Ethan Chen, 11, of Potomac fills water troughs with a bucket Sunday at the HorseNet Horse Rescue farm in Mount Airy.

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Education, Health and Environmental Matters Committee. “In this case we have a single institution in Maryland that is using public dollars to participate as a member in this organization,” said Kramer (D-Dist. 19) of Derwood. “I don’t think we should be using public dollars to fund membership or participation in the activities of this organization because it completely undermines state policy and its relationship, through a Declaration of Cooperation, with Israel.” The declaration means Maryland and Israel will work to cooperate in trade, agriculture, academics and economic development, Kramer said. Broadly, Kramer’s bill addresses the appropriate use of public funds by state colleges and universities. Specifically, it restricts higher education institutions from spending public funds to support — through membership fees or travel expenses — academic boycotts of countries that have ratified Declarations of Cooperation with the state. Colleges or universities that violate the legislation face losing 3

percent of their funding the following fiscal year as a penalty. Nothing in the proposed legislation prevents faculty members from paying their own way. Lisa Akchin, associate vice president and assistant to the president at UMBC, said the school’s membership in the association was a decision of the university’s American studies department. The membership consists of a $170 annual fee paid by the department, she said. University President Freeman Hrabowski and Provost Philip Rous oppose the boycott. “We oppose academic boycotts because they are inconsistent with the tenets of academic freedom and open scholarly inquiry,” they said in a Dec. 23 statement. Through its boycott, the association is refusing to collaborate officially with Israeli academic institutions or with scholars serving as institutional representatives or ambassadors, or on behalf of the Israeli government “until Israel ceases to violate human rights and international law,” according to a statement by the association’s Na-

tional Council. Just as UMBC opposed the boycott, it vigorously opposes Kramer’s bill, Akchin said. “In every aspect of these issues, freedom has been our guiding principle,” Akchin said. “The freedom to have open connections between the U.S. scholarly community and Israeli institutions, the freedom of our own faculty in the American studies department to make their own determination about their research and scholarly association, and the freedom of our faculty to continue their scholarly work without interference by the General Assembly.” Del. Adelaide C. Eckardt, a cosponsor of the bill, said lawmakers have a responsibility to address a questionable issue when it comes to their attention. “To put in a bill, bring the conversation up and have the discussion, to bring awareness to the issues is significant,” said Eckardt (R-Dist. 37B) of Cambridge. “For the body to make a conscious decision on it, weigh the pros and cons, is an important debate and discussion to have.”

At last month’s annual Women’s Legislative Briefing, the Montgomery County Commission for Women inducted former Councilwoman Valerie Ervin and state Sen. Jennie M. Forehand (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville into the county Women’s History Archives. The archives was created in 2002 to recognize the contributions of women of historical significance to the county. Ervin was elected to the county school board in 2004 and chaired its Research and Evaluation Committee. She was NAACP Parents’ Council representative and a founding member of Blacks United for Excellence in Education. In 2006, she became the first black woman elected to the County Council. Five years later, she was elected council president. Forehand was a state delegate from 1979 to 1995, when she became a senator. She plans to retire in January. She has been an “ardent” supporter of women and of legislation that supports women and families, according to a county news release. Early in her legislative career, she took the lead on such issues as domestic violence, day care access, family leave, child support, reproductive freedom and greater representation of women in the judiciary.

Ride On buses change youth system Montgomery County Ride On bus system is going plastic for young riders: Starting March 1, the Youth Cruiser SmarTrip card will replace the paper Youth Cruiser passes. The Youth Monthly Pass, which costs $11, provides unlimited rides to those age 18 or younger for an entire month. The Youth Summer Pass provides unlimited rides from June 1 through Aug. 31, for $18. Both passes provide significant savings over regular fares. Additional value can be added to the Youth Cruiser card, the same as a regular SmarTrip card, for use on Metrorail, Metrobus and other participating transit agencies. The new cards must be purchased in person, for $2. Proof of age and county residence is required. The cards are available weekdays at the TRiPS Commuter Stores in Silver Spring and Friendship Heights, and the county treasury division in Rockville. A full list of participating retail outlets is available online. Riders age 18 and younger also can continue to use Ride On’s Kids Ride Free program from 2 to 7 p.m. weekdays. More information is at montgomerycountymd. gov/dot-transit/ or by calling 311 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 301-251-4850 TTY; or 240-777-0311 from outside Montgomery County. Meanwhile, Ride On continues to offer free rides to passengers 65 or older who have a Senior SmartTrip card or Medicare card with photo ID. The free rides are offered 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.



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Bethesda company Senate panel approves controversial PSC nominee to be purchased in $369 million deal Hoskins drew opposition because of her work for New Jersey utility



Chindex, which provides medical services in China, would become private





A controversial appointee to the Maryland Public Service commission has received support from a committee of Maryland lawmakers, despite some constituent opposition. The Senate Executive Nominations Committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend to the Senate the appointment of Anne E. Hoskins to the PSC. The full Senate must now vote on the nomination. Among those in favor were Sen. Jennie M. Forehand (DDist. 17) of Rockville and Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Dist. 16) of Chevy Chase. Gov. Martin J. O'Malley (D) nominated Hoskins, a Harvardeducated lawyer, in August to fill a vacancy on the commission. O'Malley created the vacancy in January 2013 when he appointed then-PSC Chairman Douglas R.M. Nazarian to the Court of Special Appeals. Coming to the PSC from an


Public Service Commission months after project completion for reimbursement. "We have a disconnect between what the people need, what the utilities want and what it means to serve the public," Milstein said. "I am asking you not to support Ms. Hoskins' nomination on the committee today because she has been a long-standing person of utility background." "We would very much like you to consider the possibility of looking into a person who is interested in the public, interested in reliability, interested in dealing with our utilities in a very conservative way and not giving them rate increases," Milstein said. While appreciative of public participation, Hoskins said the picture painted of her is not the full picture of who she is, and was "surreal." While working for the utility, Hoskins said she also served with numerous outside organizations to better understand their concerns. She said she also worked for a number of years to advance legislation to strengthen clean air rules, to allow for cap and trade and for renewable portfolios. And the nuclear contamination

happened before she worked there. Hoskins said she learned a lot about utilities while working for one. "Really, what I think I will be able to contribute, probably more valuably than anything else, is that I do know the questions to ask these utilities," she said. "You can be assured if you confirm me, I will give this my all." Frosh said he knows both Milstein and Hoskins, as Milstein is a constituent and Hoskins once lived in Bethesda. "I share Abbe's perspective about many things the PSC has done," he said, adding that he also supports Hoskins' appointment. "I believe that Anne will be fair and unbiased and she certainly is knowledgeable," he said. PSC Commissioner Harold D. Williams and Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Dist. 43) of Baltimore spoke in favor of Hoskins' appointment. Sen. Delores G. Kelley (DDist. 10) of Randallstown said the committee recommendation will go to the Senate floor, likely for a vote on Friday. kalexander@gazette.net

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Chindex International of Bethesda agreed to be acquired by a group including an affiliate of a Texas private equity firm and CEO Roberta Lipson for $369 million, company executives said Monday. The deal will result in Chindex, which Lipson and executive vice president Elyse Beth Silverberg co-founded in 1981, becoming a private company again. Chindex, which runs hospitals and clinics in China, has been publicly traded since 1994. Chindex has built its United Family Healthcare network into a “premium” brand, but “new partners and committed financing are needed to achieve the next phases of these plans, including new facilities in our current service locations as well as significant geographic expansion,” Lipson said in a statement. She could not be reached for comment on Monday. The company had 1,749 employees about a year ago, with all but 17 located in China, according to its most recent annual report. Chindex has not seen its stock, which trades on the Nasdaq market, rise above $20 a share in the past five years, though it has increased more than 50 percent in the past year. The price was at $19.41 on Tuesday, up 2.3 percent on the day. Affiliates of Fort Worth, Texas-based TPG Capital and China-based Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Co. — part of a joint venture that has operated Chindex’s medical supply segment since 2010 — are also in the buyers’ group. Company leaders can still consider alternative proposals through mid-April. Completion is not expected until the second half of 2014. Lipson plans to remain

as CEO. The reasons a company chooses to go from public to private typically include reduced regulations and fewer financial reporting requirements. That can free up time and money to focus more on running the business. Chindex’s hospitals and clinics in China are staffed by a mix of Western and Chinese physicians. The company has long engaged in distributing medical equipment in China, and that segment was restructured in 2010 as the joint venture involving Shanghai Fosun. The Chinese government’s announcements to open up more private health services was encouraging, Lipson said in a recent conference call. “The government pledges to relax market access restriction for private capital, increase land supply for the health service industry and offer other incentives to private medical institutions,” she said. “The government’s efforts can improve our efficiency of operations and expansion effort.” During the first nine months of 2013, revenue from healthcare services increased 20 percent over the same period in 2012 to $130.6 million. Chindex showed a net loss of $4.0 million in the first nine months of 2013 compared with net income of $615,000 in the same period of 2012.

executive role at a New Jersey utility, Hoskins' appointment raised eyebrows among utility watchdog groups that questioned her ability to be a fair regulator, and that feared she would round out a pro-utility majority voting block on the Public Service Commission. Initially told they could not speak at the hearing and told they could not even enter the hearing room Monday, citizens opposed to the appointment were given a chance to select a representative to voice their concerns to the committee. Speaking for those concerned by the appointment, Montgomery County reliable power advocate Abbe Milstein said Hoskins comes from a utility company with reputation of nuclear contamination. And in her five months on the PSC, Hoskins has established a pro-utility record, voting to authorize a tracker for Baltimore Gas and Electric, said Milstein, a lawyer and founder of Powerupmontco, an online organization for reliable power. Trackers are a surcharge that allow utilities to charge customers for projects as it does the work, rather than petitioning the



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BY DREW RAUSO CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE David Perry has run through 10,000 volts of electricity in extreme Tough Mudder races and completed basic training for the Army. That’s just a warmup for his latest challenge: tackling one of the world’s hardest obstacle courses on the television game show “American Ninja Warrior.” “I’m excited for the chaos of it all and being on television,” said Perry, 28, of Manassas, Va. “It will be like nothing I’ve ever done before.” “American Ninja Warrior,” with roots in Japan, is billed as the ultimate test of strength and stamina. Contestants must cross freely spinning suspended logs, climb up a small

space in between two walls using no ropes, leap off concave walls and use swinging ropes to pass over gaps of water, among other incredible feats. The Japanese version of the show has aired for 17 years in Japan, where it is called “Sasuke,” which loosely translates to “tough fighter.” The course is so tough that only three people have ever successfully completed it, standing atop the manmade “Mount Midoriyama.” The Japanese version developed a cult following when it U.S. cable television starting showing it more than a decade ago as “Ninja Warrior.” It became the highest-rated program on the G4 cable network, leading to the birth of the American version in 2009. In the early seasons of “American Ninja Warrior,” contestants competed on a U.S.-based obstacle course. Ten contestants earned the right to to travel to Japan and compete in the final stage of “Sasuke,” on Mount Midoriyama. The “mountain” is actually a mass

of steel bars, hanging ropes and spinning platforms, placed in front of a screaming audience. In the final stage, contestants must climb more than 30 feet straight up a hanging rope in less than a minute. Since 2012, U.S. contestants no longer fly to Japan to compete on the obstacle course. Instead 100 finalists compete for $500,000 on a replica of Mount Midoriyama in Las Vegas. No contestant on the U.S. show has successfully completed the obstacle course. Perry, who submitted his application video for the show in January, hopes to get his chance and tackle Mount Midoriyama. In preparation, Perry trains at Urban Evolution in Manassas, Va., an “alternative fitness” gym that recreates obstacles seen on the show. The gyms host “ninja warrior” events Sundays, on a course modeled after the show’s. Between the Urban Evolution gym in Manassas and loca-

tions in Baltimore and Alexandria, Va., about 50 people are training for either “American Ninja Warrior” or extreme races such as the Tough Mudder, owner Salil Maniktahla said. The gyms also have hosted official tryouts for the TV show. In 2012, 13 people who train at Urban Evolution gyms were accepted by the show, Maniktahla said. Perry began working out at Urban Evolution in 2011, after basic training in the Army, as a way to train for Tough Mudders and other extreme races. “I actually lost a lot of my shoulder and control muscles during military training,” he said. At Urban Evolution, Perry befriended several people who appeared on the show and decided to try out. For Alex Anschuetz, an engineering major at the University of Maryland, the chance to appear on television is not why he’s trying out for “American Ninja Warrior.”

The show will allow him to test himself on perhaps the world’s toughest obstacle course, he said. “I’m not really worried about winning money or being on television,” Anschuetz said. “For me, it is more about pushing my limits to see how far I can will myself.” Anschuetz has been rock climbing since high school and trains at Earth Treks, a rock-climbing gym in Rockville. Grip strength, a key component of rock climbing, is critical to several obstacles throughout the show’s course. To train, he practices with gymnastics rings, tackles rock walls and does pull-up variations. “I like the idea that I got stronger without the use of weights, and I’m excited to see how well I can handle the course,” he said. Capital News Service reporter Alexander Glass contributed to this report.

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The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is facing a lawsuit brought by environmental groups who say the utility is destroying the health of the Potomac River. Attorneys from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Environmental Integrity Project, which represents the Potomac Riverkeeper, filed a lawsuit against the commission on Feb. 12. The attorneys said a WSSC water filtration plant near Seneca, south of Poolesville, is discharging millions of pounds of sediment and aluminum into the Potomac River instead of treating it and transporting it to a facility for disposal. The Potomac Water Filtration Plant

provides water for much of Montgomery County and parts of Prince George’s County. WSSC released a statement in response to the lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. “The commission believes the discharges cited by the Riverkeeper during normal operations and high volume rain events comply with WSSC’s existing permit issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment,” the utility’s spokeswoman, Lyn Riggins, said in an email. Matthew Logan is president of Potomac Riverkeeper, an organization dedicated to protecting the quality of water in the Potomac River watershed. Logan said his organization reviews discharge permits in the Potomac River watershed routinely. This issue came to their attention about a year ago. “When you see something like this that’s so egregious ... and for so long, it certainly cap-

tures our attention,” he said. According to documents filed by their attorneys, the discharges have affected the Potomac River for at least the last four years. The plant’s solids treatment facility, which would process the sediment in question, came online in 2002 but is ineffective, according to attorneys for the environmental groups. The lawsuit seeks penalties for illegal discharges and asks the court to require WSSC to address issues with the solids treatment unit. They also ask the state Department of the Environment to issue WSSC a more strict permit to replace their currrent one, which has expired. WSSC has filed an application to renew its permit with the state Department of the Environment, Riggins said, but the commission said it would not comment on pending litigation. scarignan@gazette.net BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE

Helena Moges, 18, of Silver Spring walks through the snow Friday along Pershing Drive in Silver Spring.

County looks at aftermath of storm Since snowfall, nearly 200 complaints have been received about unshoveled sidewalks




Since Mother Nature dumped more than a foot of snow on Montgomery County last week, the county has received nearly 200 complaints



about residents or shops that have not removed snow from the sidewalk in front of their homes or businesses. County law requires people to remove snow and ice from any sidewalk, walkway or parking area on or adjacent to property they own, lease or manage within 24 hours after the snow stops falling. The county has received 192 requests about snow shoveling since Thursday, county spokeswoman Esther Bowring said

Tuesday. The county law requiring property owners to clear pathways wide enough for use by pedestrians or people in wheelchairs does not apply to unpaved walkways, and walkways or parking areas on the property of a single-family home. People who live in apartments or other multiple-family homes aren’t responsible for removing snow or ice from sidewalks or parking lots. If ice or packed-down snow is “impossible or unreasonably difficult to remove,” a property owner is responsible for putting down sand, salt or some other material so that the area is safe for people to walk on, according to the law. Last week’s storm featured multiple times when snow fell, causing the 24-hour timetable to reset several times, Bowring said. The county is in the process of sending out letters to property owners who didn’t clear their sidewalks, she said. A violation results in a $50 fine for residential properties and a $50-per-day violation for multifamily and commercial properties. On Thursday, Damascus reported 19 inches of snow, the most in Montgomery or Frederick counties, according to the National Weather Service. The only area not to report more than a foot of snow was Takoma Park at 9.2 inches. It was the worst winter storm to hit Maryland since the “Snowmageddon” of 2010. The county’s policy is that 12 inches of snow should take about 60 hours to be cleaned up, county spokesman Patrick Lacefield said Tuesday. Plow crews focused on clearing primary and arterial roads first but were able to complete first runs through county neighborhoods by around 7 p.m. Friday, he said. The county used about 680 pieces of equipment in dealing with the storm, Lacefield said. rmarshall@gazette.net


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Officials in the town of Chevy Chase delayed a decision on whether to hire a legal and lobbying firm to represent the town’s interests in Purple Line planning. The Town Council had been scheduled to vote on whether to hire Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, a D.C. law firm, at its Feb. 12 meeting, but after a closed session, Mayor Pat Burda said the council members were not prepared to make a decision. “We have decided that we are not able to make a decision tonight,” she said. The council had hired the law firm to oppose some aspects of the Purple Line on a month-to-month basis, but is considering giving it an 18-month, $360,000 contract. Al Lang, secretary, said for the past four or five years, he has wanted the town to work on Purple Line issues with a legal and lobbying firm. “We really needed to get more oomph [and] experience,” he said. Kathy Strom, vice mayor, said she realizes not everyone will agree with the council’s eventual decision, but said the council members are trying to listen and move forward in good faith. “We’re working on it. We are definitely taking into account all the opinions and comments that we’ve gotten,” she said. David Lublin, treasurer, said his goals are to get the state to provide answers on things like ridership and provide real mitigation to address some residents’ concerns. “There’s a whole kaleidoscope of views in the town,” Lublin said. Burda said the council had continued to receive public

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comments until the record closed Feb. 12. The Town Council had come under attack recently from the Action Committee for Transit, or ACT, which supports the Purple Line. The group announced Feb. 4 that it had filed a public information request for the contract, invoices and correspondence between the town and the law firm. It also called on the town to hold another public hearing before deciding on a longer contract for the firm and said it had filed an Open Meetings Act complaint related to the town’s hiring of the firm. The group zeroed in on a quote from Burda in a January Washington Post article saying that the town is not lobbying Congress. ACT pointed to a congressional lobbying disclosure report filed by the law firm listing the town as a client and said it wanted to pin down whether the firm is lobbying Congress on behalf of the town. Burda read a statement during the Feb. 12 meeting to clarify that the town is speaking to members of Congress to raise issues about the Purple Line. Burda said the quote printed in The Washington Post referred specifically to an inquiry about lobbying the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Burda said the town has been working for four years to get commitments on noise walls, a safe crossing for students and mitigation of environmental concerns. “Our goal is to convey to decision makers the significant concerns held by the majority of town residents regarding the Purple Line as proposed,” she said. “... The Purple Line project is just not ready for prime time.” A special meeting for the Town Council to vote on hiring a law firm is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at 4301 Willow Lane.

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Stanton Gildenhorn remembers the first time he met John F. Kennedy. It was 1958, and Gildenhorn had stopped at Kennedy’s Senate office on Capitol Hill to pick up a gift from his friend Evelyn Lincoln, the Massachusetts senator’s secretary. As Gildenhorn and Lincoln stood in the outer office, the door opened and out walked the future 35th president. Lincoln introduced Gildenhorn, and Kennedy greeted him warmly before apologizing that he didn’t have more time to talk and hurrying off to the next appointment on his schedule. The brief meeting left a mark on Gildenhorn, who would later work inside Kennedy’s White House. “He was my hero then, and to get to meet him was one of the greatest moments of my life,” said Gildenhorn, 71, a longtime Montgomery County Democratic activist who lives in North Bethesda. After Kennedy beat Richard Nixon in the 1960 election, Gildenhorn went to work for Larry O’Brien, one of Kennedy’s “Irish Mafia,” in a job for the Democratic National Committee. Gildenhorn conducted political clearance, briefing O’Brien on any objections from Democratic state and local officials or members of Congress to potential political appointees. O’Brien was an “extraordinary man,” Gildenhorn said. Gildenhorn’s job brought him into contact with many of the other prominent figures of the administration that would come to be dubbed “Camelot” after Kennedy’s death. Kennedy had a certain aura about him, Gildenhorn said. When he walked into a room, all eyes turned to him. Inalifetimespentaroundpolitics,hesaid,he’snevermetanyone else with that type of charisma. The president was down-to-



Getting to meet President Kennedy was “one of the greatest moments of my life,” says Stanton Gildenhorn of North Bethesda. earth, with a good sense of humor, Gildenhorn said. He was a voracious reader, devouring reports and memos. Gildenhorn said he was aware at the time what a great opportunity he had, but looking back now he realizes how extraordinary it was. While it was a heady life, it also came with unique challenges. One of his occasional jobs while working for the Kennedy campaign was to escort several of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy’s notoriously highspirited brood of children on outings in downtown Washington, D.C., an assignment that left Gildenhorn exhausted. “They were climbing up on trees. They were climbing on mailboxes. They were walking into stores,” he recalled. Gildenhorn’s time in the Kennedy administration ended as abruptly as his first meeting with the young senator had occurred just a few years before. On Nov. 22, 1963, Gilden-

horn was on the campus of George Washington University, where he was taking classes, and was scheduled to report to the White House in the afternoon. When he walked out onto

G Street, people were standing around car radios, five and six deep, listening to reports out of Dallas of the president’s assassination. By the time he made it the few blocks to the executive mansion, the gates had been locked. “It was the worst day of my life and continues to be the worst day of my life,” he said. The White House was in mourning “for months and months and months,” even as Lyndon Johnson rapidly moved most of Kennedy’s staff out and his own people in, Gildenhorn said. Gildenhorn was among the staffers who were quickly replaced, although he kept in touch with O’Brien, Lincoln and a number of other members of Kennedy’s staff. He was offered a position as the chief guide at the U.S. pavilion at the World’s Fair in New York, overseeing about 120 guides in 1964 and 1965. He became an attorney and has worked with a number of groups, including the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee. He carries fond memories of his small piece of an era that captured the country’s imagination. “These were different kinds of people, and people felt it,” he said. rmarshall@gazette.net



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Lawmakers want data to solve crimes, ‘not extend the reach of Big Brother’

Starr hopes it will raise awareness of issue in schools



ANNAPOLIS — Each day across Maryland, hundreds of thousands of motorists’ license plates are recorded, stamped with location and time, and disseminated to various local, state and federal law enforcement agencies — sometimes to be retained indefinitely. While local police departments have decided how long to keep this data, state and federal data “fusion centers” are collecting the same information and keeping it for much longer, raising privacy concerns. Last month, Maryland legislators introduced a bipartisan proposal calling for limitations on state law enforcement’s ability to track citizens through these systems of license plate surveillance. “We want to make sure that the [plate-recognition technology] is used to solve crimes, but not to extend the reach of Big Brother,” said Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park. Sen. Christopher Shank (RDist. 2) of Hagerstown is working with Raskin on that bill and three others aimed at protecting civilian privacy on email, cellphones and drone surveillance. “We need to know how long is too long to keep that data,” Shank said, citing the potential to use the data for “nefarious purposes.” If passed, license-plate records unrelated to ongoing police investigations would be terminated after 90 days in both




A license-plate reader camera mounted on the trunk of a police cruiser on the Intercounty Connector photographs and instantly reads the license plate of passing cars. Lawmakers in Annapolis are considering limitations in how long police can keep the data. local and state run agencies. License-plate information is recorded throughout the state by 411 license-plate scanners equipped with automated recognition technology. Of those scanners, 307 are mobile — mounted on police cruisers — and 104 are fixed cameras, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Harvey Eisenberg, coordinator of Maryland’s AntiTerrorism Advisory Council. This marks an increase from 2011, when Maryland law enforcement had 295 license plate readers — 242 mobile, 53 fixed. Of the 411 cameras, about three-quarters are networked through the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center, also referred to as the “fusion center.” The Maryland Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council established the fusion center in 2003 “to provide analytical support

for all federal, state, and local agencies.” Sixty-eight Maryland police agencies use automated license plate readers, and 55 feed data into the fusion center. In December 2011, thirtytwo agencies were linked to the fusion center, suggesting the network’s outreach is growing. As agencies delete data, records often live on in even larger databases. For example, the Greenbelt Police Department stores license plate data unrelated to criminal investigations for a maximum of 30 days. However, the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center will keep that data for up to a year. The National Capital License Plate Recognition Project — which compiles data from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. — keeps data for an unknown length of time, according to the ACLU.

Eisenberg, the coordinator of Maryland’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council which oversees the fusion center, said data is secure. “This data is hosted on a standalone server. ... No one can dive into it. ... There is no data-mining, and [the data] can only be accessed by a legitimate law enforcement officer for a legitimate reason,” he said. Eisenberg noted that the fusion center’s one-year retention limit was decided on after consultation with various other government agencies. Currently, a subpoena is not required for law enforcement officers to access license plate records. “[W]e’ve already seen abuse with police spying,” said Sarah Love, a spokeswoman for ACLU Maryland. “We need to make sure these policies have quantified, strict regulations.”






About two months ago, students took to Twitter with barbed virtual tongues when Montgomery County Public Schools decided not to close after area temperatures dipped to unusual lows. Some students tweeted directly at Superintendent Joshua P. Starr and included angry, sarcastic and even threatening messages that prompted Starr to release an open letter sharing his concern over their behavior. Now Montgomery County Public Schools has formed a task force focused on “cybercivility” and is seeking applications from parents, students, staff members and community members to fill its ranks. Task force members will be charged with developing ways to raise awareness of the need for more polite online communication as well as guides for students, parents and others to talk about the issue. The group will meet once a month from March to August and those interested have until 5 p.m. Monday to submit an application at montgomeryschoolsmd.org/cybercivility/ application.aspx. Starr said in a Feb. 10 school system release that he hopes the task force’s work will fuel conversations about how students and others can use social media “in positive and productive ways.” Starr said in a Dec. 13 letter to the school system community that students contacted him on Twitter with “offensive and disturbing” messages related to

the decision on whether to close schools due to the cold weather. “We not only have to teach our kids how to handle new technologies appropriately, but we also have to model that behavior in our own communications on social media and email,” he said in the letter. County school board Vice President Patricia O’Neill (Dist. 3) of Bethesda said in her 15 years as a school board member, she has seen that both adults and children have lost a sense of civility. There’s a difference, she said, between the current virtual modes of communication and a handwritten letter that involves a delay and opportunities for revision, or a phone call that carries a more “human tone.” O’Neill said there are “no easy answers” but hopes the task force can help put civility back in society. “There is a fine line, we are a free speech society,” she said. “But I really believe that even if you disagree with me, or disagree with the board, there is a civil approach to discourse.” School board member Michael Durso (Dist. 5) of Silver Spring said the issue transcends the school system and online civility is “probably more of a local and a parental issue.” “It’s not new that sometimes our young people, you know, say things a little more graphically or a little more candidly than we like,” he said. The changes in communication are “a sign of the times,” Durso said, citing language seen on television and in publications that would not have been said or written in the past but have “kind of creeped into acceptance now.” He said he also think it’s behavior that is difficult to police. “I hope we’re not just spinning our wheels,” he said. Therese Gibson — president of the parent, teacher and student association at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring — said she doesn’t think the county school system needs a task force to address the issue. “I think there’s a lot of excellent teaching materials out there already,” she said. Gibson said she is on a listserv with other county PTA leaders where members exchange recommendations for programs and materials related to cybercivility. “We’re pretty active on this,” she said. “I would just encourage Dr. Starr to keep focusing in on academic achievement.” Robyn Posner Solomon — president of the parent, teacher and student association at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac — said she doesn’t think cybercivility has been a problem at Churchill and that the issue goes beyond schools and includes adults. “I just think it’s parents’ responsibility to talk to their children,” she said. Solomon said she has talked to her children “ad nauseam” about being careful in how they behave on social media sites including Facebook. “This whole generation needs to be careful in how they say things,” she said. Silvia Vargas, a professor who teaches cybersecurity at Montgomery College, said she thinks the task force is a great way for the school system to develop resources to raise awareness. “I believe that awareness is definitely needed and from that we can have policies and procedures to be able to drive a better civil communication over the Internet,” she said. Vargas said she thinks there are a lot of parents who might not know what their kids are doing online. Materials addressing cybercivility exist online, she said, but some parents might not be able to access them and would benefit from other forms of outreach such as fliers or meetings. Cyberbullying seems to be more prevalent nowadays, she said, and children are surrounded by technology. “If you think about it, there are many children, even in elementary school, who already have an iPad or a [Kindle] Fire or an [iPod Touch],” she said. “They’re just fully connected.” lpowers@gazette.net


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Continued from Page A-1 little and call him Mr. Fritz.” Mr. Fritz is almost 5 years old, born April 26, 2009, in Illinois. He has had 100 group wins — including one since the Westminster show — and 15 best-in-show awards at dog competitions. In December, he won the herding group at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Florida. Now, he will retire. But it won’t be a retirement of sleeping in the sun, treats and twice-daily walks. Farrell said he would like to get a herding certification for Mr. Fritz. “That is a judged event on how well he herds,” Farrell said. Farrell said he needs a place


Continued from Page A-1 teachers and school counselors. However, the law applies only to individuals who are fulltime, permanent employees. It does not apply to part-time employees and coaches, substitute teachers or volunteers. Lawmakers in both chambers point to the 2012 case of a Montgomery County middle school teacher, Scott D. Spear, as a reason to change the law. At age 47, Spear was accused of having sex with a 16-year-old former student. The student was, at the time of the alleged offense, on the Richard Montgomery High School track team that Spear coached part-time, according to police. Spear was charged with two counts of fourth-degree sex offense because prosecutors said that, as a former teacher and the victim’s coach, he was in a position of authority. Charges against Spear were dropped due to a legal technicality that prevented prosecutors from moving forward because Spear was not employed full-time. Sens. Jamie B. Raskin, Jennie M. Forehand (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville and Nancy J. King (DDist. 39) of Montgomery Village have proposed a Senate bill to close this loophole. Dels. Luiz R.S. Simmons and Sam Arora have proposed a House bill with a similar mission, but different provisions.

with sheep, so Mr. Fritz can learn to properly herd them. German shepherds are part of the herding group, which comprises all dogs bred to herd sheep, cattle or other livestock. The class includes about two dozen breeds, ranging from the Australian cattle dog to the Swedish vallhund. It includes the short little Cardigan Welsh corgi and the puli, which were first and second, respectively, ahead of Mr. Fritz in the group at Westminster. According to its website, westminsterkennelclub.org, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, established in 1877, is “the second longest continuously held sporting event in the country. Only the Kentucky Derby has been staged longer — but by just one year.” It got its name from the Westminster Hotel in Manhat-

tan, which no longer exists. That is where, according to the website, dog owners first met to form the club. To progress to the final ring, best in show, dogs participate in preliminary competitions. “It’s like a pyramid,” Farrell said. To be eligible for entry to the show, all dogs must have won best in show in a previous competition. At Westminster, they must win in their breed and then their group, before competing for best in show. Mr. Fritz came in third out of 318 herding breed entries, according to the club’s website. Michelle Yue, secretary of the German Shepherd Club of Washington, D.C., said judges usually look at dogs’ appearance, size and proportion. The breed is versatile, she said, and will do just about any-

Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park said lawmakers have tried for nearly a decade to close the loophole. The House and Senate bills differ in several ways. Simmons (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville said he and Arora (DDist. 19) of Silver Spring want to broaden the list of people in authority positions who could be held accountable under the law by including part-time school employees, coaches, independent contractors and employees of county recreation departments. The two delegates fused their respective bills on this issue last year, Simmons said. Their consolidated bill passed the House, but not the Senate. Arora said this year’s bill is nearly the same. One amendment — still being drafted — would add employees of boards of education, he said. Simmons said his Senate colleagues are taking “a different approach.” Arora said the House bill aims at “fixing the problem,” while the Senate bill involves “larger reform.” The Senate bill also broadens the list of people in authority, but goes further by including volunteers, Raskin said. “Most volunteers have the best intentions in the world and want to help, but some predators will sneak in as volunteers in order to find their prey,” he said. Arora said it’s “not unthinkable” that volunteers would make the list, but that could

raise challenging questions “because of the difficulties of coming up with a durable and discernable definition.” The bills also differ on whether the law should apply to people who work at private recreation facilities, as well as county facilities. Raskin said the House version is limited to those who work for county recreation facilities. His bill would go further and also include those who work or volunteer at private facilities, such as private sports clubs. The House and Senate bills also don’t agree on other aspects. One is how much jail time a convicted fourth-degree sexual offender should serve. The House bill would impose one year in jail, while the Senate

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Grand Champion Wolf Creek Galaxy of Merivern, also known as Mr. Fritz, receives his ribbon, bowl and check for placing first in the herding group class at the American Kennel Club/Eukanuba show in Orlando, Fla., in December. From left are Carmen Battaglia, presenting the trophy on behalf of the AKC; Robert Slay, the herding group judge; Scott Yergin, Mr. Fritz’s handler; and representatives of Eukanuba, the show’s sponsor. thing asked of them. “They are agile and obedi-

ent, and were bred to be herding dogs,” Yue said. “They are used

bill imposes a five-year punishment, Raskin said. Another is related to relationships between students old enough to consent — at age 16 in Maryland — and people in authority. Raskin said he favors the law applying to any people in authority, regardless of how close in age they might be to the student. However, some lawmakers think prosecuting a 20-year-old coach in a relationship with a 17-year-old student, for example, is too harsh, Raskin said. “A 20-year-old assistant track coach in a relationship with a 17-year-old student could still be grounds for firing or making sure that person never works in a school again,” Raskin said. “The question is when we should send that person to jail.”

His bill would prohibit sexual contact between a person of authority and a minor who is at least seven years younger. Before the 2013 bill fell apart, Raskin said, lawmakers reached a compromised on an age gap of about eight years. Simmons said the problem of students being victimized usually involves a larger age gap, a point Raskin also made. Most cases involve adults in at least their 30s, Raskin said. Simmons said the evidence points to problems involving part-time employees, independent contractors and coaches. Lawmakers say they are open to compromise. Arora said he wants to see the loophole closed as soon as possible. “We have so much more in

as police dogs, service dogs and for search and rescue.” They also make good family pets, she said, but should have early training and socialization. Farrell said Mr. Fritz is an “adorable” dog. “At the Garden, it’s pandemonium. He probably had 1,000 people pet him,” Farrell said. He attributes Mr. Fritz’s success as a show dog to a combinationofbreeding,temperamentand theworkoftheownerandhandler. His handler is Scott Yergin of Atlanta. The dog spends a good amount of time with him, training and going to shows. Dogs do not win much money in shows, so it’s an expensive hobby. “It’s a sport. It’s fun, “ Farrell said. “You do it because you like it and you like the breed.” pmcewan@gazette.net common than separates us on this issue,” he said. Raskin agreed, but said he will hold fast to having part-time teachers and coaches, substitutes and volunteers included. John Woolums, director of governmental relations for the Maryland Association of Boards of Education, said the association supports both bills. “I think those bills are well intended and address our primary concern, which is to no longer limit to full-time permanent employees,” he said. On Feb. 11, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted unanimously to support both bills, as long as they apply to school system employees. kalexander@gazette.net lpowers@gazette.net


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Continued from Page A-1 But the number of people who needed mental health screenings increased from 2,161 in 2010 to 2,222 in 2013. The 2,222 are 28 percent of the jail’s population. Of those, 926 had to be taken to the jail’s 34-bed crisis intervention housing unit, where the detention center houses the most seriously mentally ill. Law enforcement officials said they can’t explain the rise. Of the 2,161 inmates in 2010 who had mental health screenings, 653 needed to be transported to a critical intervention housing unit, according to the state’s attorney’s office. “Of all the issues faced by adult corrections, mental illness is by far the most challenging and difficult,” said Arthur Wallenstein, chief of the county’s Department of Correction and Rehabilitation. On Tuesday at the county jail’s critical intervention unit in Boyds, therapist Laurie Mombay said that as many as 10 to 12 of the 34 inmates at the unit at any one time were chronic offenders. They might cycle through the jail multiple times a year on low-risk offenses, like trespassing or disorderly conduct charges. “It’s difficult to intervene in a way that helps people get better,” she said, citing the demands of the system, the number of inmates the unit treats, and how critically ill they often are when they arrive. Historically, in the U.S., those with debilitating mental illness were held in institutions, including psychiatric hospitals. Decades ago, for example, Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., held thousands of patients. Today, it holds just a few hundred. According to Dr. Alan Newman, a psychiatrist with Georgetown University, in the past, institutionalization was “too easy.” Now, people can only be hospitalized against their will if they are “an immediate danger” to themselves or others, he said. “The flip side means that many people who are severely mentally ill, untreated and homeless, cannot be forced to get treatment because they do not meet this narrow definition of dangerous,” he said. “Some of those patients will eventually commit an offense that they wouldn’t have if they had gotten treatment,” he said. Conversely, those who committed violent acts when untreated often are not a threat to the community once they’ve received the care they need, he said. Advocates for those with mental illness say that when Congress passed legislation emphasizing de-institutionalization in 1963, the goal was community-based treatment centers. That goal never substantially materialized, Wallenstein said. “Unfortunately we only hear

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A cell in the crisis intervention unit for men at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Boyds.

Lawmakers consider mental health bills National Alliance for Mental Illness leader says proposals create new options




Four bills under consideration in the 2014 Maryland General Assembly could help those who have severe mental illness. “We think some of these laws will give some families the ability to treat people and give them back their lives and health,” said Stephanie Rosen, executive director of the Montgomery County chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness. Rosen provided a rundown of four important bills this session:

SB67/HB606: DANGEROUSNESS STANDARD This bill would clarify Maryland’s law on emergency psychiatric and inpatient commitment by changing standards for involuntary hospitalizations and emergency evaluations. According to Rosen, current law allows physicians or health workers to “involuntarily commit” someone only if the person presents a danger to the life or safety to [the patient] or to others. “Curabout mental illness when there’s an egregious act of violence,” said Dr. Raymond Crowel, the county’s Chief of Behavioral Health and Crisis Services. “We shouldn’t be waiting until someone breaks the law before they begin to get treatment,” he said. “There’s a conflict in the way the system is structured.” The county spends about $34 million — including federal and state dollars — on mental health services, he said.

rently, there is no definition of that requirement,” she said. The new bill would have a definition and would make it easier to involuntarily hospitalize people if there’s a reasonable expectation that they would hurt themselves or others if not hospitalized. A similar change would affect standards on how health officials give emergency evaluations to people with mental disorders.

SB262/HB273: MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SAFETY NET ACT This bill would provide help moderate- to high-risk offenders with a history of mental illness and substance abuse, before and after release. It would require that a plan for incorporating behavioral health services in all public schools be delivered to the legislature by Oct. 1. It also would provide health services — including behavioral health services for Baltimore city and Caroline County — and early intervention services statewide for substance abuse and mental health. Rosen said the bill would head off potential crises earlier.

SB831/HB767: ASSISTED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT This bill would let courts order outpatient treatment for people with serious or

“We don’t have all the resources for someone coming out of jail with mental illness,” he said. “We have to be able to recognize [symptoms] and treat them earlier. ... If someone comes in for a second time, we have to be able to catch that and intervene before things become violent,” he said. Programs such as pre-jail diversion, which the county already uses, and longer hospital stays could help, he said. Gov-

disabling mental illness and who struggle to adhere to voluntary mental health treatment, Rosen said. Maryland is one of five states whose courts can’t order outpatient treatment for people with severe and disabling mental illnesses who can’t follow voluntary prescribed treatment, she said. The bill is specifically for people who don’t recognize their mental illness and wouldn’t seek treatment, she said. “We do not want to force people to be treated, but for this small subset, lack of treatment is resulting in hospitalizations and imprisonment and great cost to community,” she said.

SB620/HB592: MEDICATION-OVER-OBJECTION This bill would help people with mental illness move toward recovery by allowing the forced administration of medication in certain conditions. Currently, someone considered dangerous enough to be admitted to a hospital must be actively dangerous in a hospital to receive forced medication. “We don’t want it to be easy [to force someone to receive medication]. There should be a panel, host of requirements ... but when necessary, I think there should be an option for treatment,” Rosen said.

ernment agencies also should look at stabilizing a person’s life through resources for education, housing and vocation, he said. Mental health courts — in which treatment teams, prosecutors, public defenders work together to keep people out of jail — also could help, he said. People who previously might have been in the more paternalistic health care institutions of generations past are out on their own, without the protection of a safety net.

“If they are refusing treatment and not considered an ‘imminent danger,’ they are allowed to sort of rot away with their rights on,” Newman said. That has put some living with mental illness in a precarious position, advocates say. Many people who come into contact with police wouldn’t be in the criminal justice system if they had the help they needed sooner. “Mental illness includes a lot of different disorders,” said Stephanie Rosen, executive

director for the Montgomery County chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness. Mental illness encompasses everything from mood disorders to phobias, or panic disorders, along with conditions like eating disorders, or schizophrenia, she said. The vast majority of people with mental illness are nonviolent, living successful lives, she said. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 25 percent of the adult U.S. population will experience symptoms of mental illness in a one-year period. Mental health advocates say that sometimes the only way a person can get the care they need is by being arrested and taken to a correctional facility. Law enforcement and mental health professionals also find themselves in a bind, Rosen said, when a person with mental illness may be arrested, but can’t be sent to the hospital, because the person doesn’t think he or she is sick. One case Rosen was familiar with was a man suffering from schizophrenia who routinely visits a 7-Eleven even after being told not to. “He constantly comes back to the same 7-Eleven,” she said. “The same officer is constantly having to pick up the same individual — there are zero laws, and no other options than arresting him.” Police say they have seen a jump in calls for service dealing with individuals who may be mentally ill. McCarthy said mental health has become a significant factor in how criminal cases are handled. That includes services for defendants while their cases are investigated and prosecuted, putting new pressures on jails and police officers. “The biggest challenge we face in this county is dealing with people with delusional disorders,” said Officer Scott Davis, Montgomery County Police’s Crisis Intervention Team coordinator. “They’re not ill enough to involuntarily petition, but if we let [the situation] lay the way they are, it causes non-stop calls for service.” He and his fellow officers have had to respond to calls at one house in Bethesda 50 times over the last few months, because of constant calls by the person living there, who Davis said has a mental disorder. According to Davis, county police responded to 5,256 calls for service related to mental illness in 2013 — up from 4,449 in 2009. That number from 2013 accounts for about 20 percent of the 235,000 calls police made that year. Local law enforcement officials say the influx has strained their resources. “Corrections never asked to be a mental health provider and now we find more seriously and persistently mentally ill persons in our custody than ever before,” Wallenstein said, calling the issue a “crisis.” sjbsmith@gazette.net

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BUSINESS Adventist aims to improve health care delivery 29,059 Marylanders enrolled as of Feb. 1 through state’s health care exchange




The federal health care reform law — known as the Affordable Care Act — is sparking a vast array of changes across Maryland and the nation. More providers are joining together to better compete with larger hospital networks and cut costs, while more people are at least trying to obtain coverage through exchange networks that have gotten off to a rocky start since rolling out in October. Last month, Gaithersburg-based Adventist HealthCare started operating the Mid-Atlantic Primary Care Accountable Care Organization, an entity designed to improve the coordination of medical services and reduce costs. It is one of more than 100 nationally approved by the federal agency Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services to participate in a shared-savings program. Adventist has long been working on ways to reduce medical costs and serve patients better, said Patrick Garrett, chief administrator of the ACO and senior vice president for physician integration and population-based care with Adventist. In that regard, the federal law is not a driver in developing the organization. “Many trends in medicine preceded the [Affordable Care Act],” Garrett said. “For many years, we have been taking on more responsibility to obtain better outcomes.” The physician-led partnership includes more than 1,000 providers, ranging from individual physicians to larger physician groups such as MedPeds in Laurel and Comprehensive Women’s Health in Silver Spring. Adventist’s facilities include Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown and Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park. There are more than 100 primary care physicians and 14,000 patients



Juliet Rodman (left), chief wellness officer and co-founder of Wellness Corporate Solutions of Bethesda, and Fiona Gathright, president, CEO and co-founder of Wellness Corporate Solutions, led Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D) of Pikesville on a company tour. in the region within Adventist’s ACO, mostly in Maryland. While providers in the organization do not share facilities and resources, they can reduce costs through, for example, avoiding duplication of lab tests and services, Garrett said. “It helps us create more efficient and coordinated care,” he said. “It does take a lot of coordination. … But we think this is a big part of the future of health care, working with our community physicians.” Another way Adventist is working to improve care is by establishing more preventive care clinics. Along with Community Clinic Inc., the company recently opened a new clinic at its Takoma Park hospital that focuses on uninsured and underinsured patients. Federal researchers project that spending by Medicare will slow in the coming decade, breaking a trend in past decades of that spending being significantly higher than the rate of growth of the economy.

State: Many glitches in exchange fixed Maryland’s health care exchange, through which some peo-

ple have obtained insurance, is still plagued with inefficiencies to the point that U.S. Rep. John Delaney (D-Dist. 6) of Potomac and others continue to ask that the state switch to the federal health insurance exchange while Maryland’s system is being fixed. State health officials said in a report last week that many of the technical glitches “most frustrating to consumers have been fixed, and we continue to work to address others that continue to cause difficulties for some Maryland consumers.” The state system had signed up 29,059 Maryland residents in private health plans, as of Feb. 1. More than 140,000 residents had been enrolled in Medicaid, either automatically or through the site. Maryland is one of 16 states, along with Washington, D.C., operating their own exchanges. Others like Virginia have residents use the federal government’s system. U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D) of Pikesville, who recently toured the Bethesda headquarters of Wellness Corporate Solutions, which provides corporate wellness programs for public and private clients, said he was not happy with the start of Maryland’s exchange system. But

he was told that moving to the federal system even temporarily would cause transitional issues such as problems with people in the middle of their application process. “The state has considered multiple changes, including moving to the federal exchange on a temporary basis,” Cardin said. “They are interested in getting health care coverage to as many people as possible. But they say that moving right now to the federal exchange would be counterproductive.” Wellness Corporate Solutions provides a good model to help employers bring down medical costs by working on the prevention side in helping employees stay healthy through exercise and better nutrition, Cardin said. He has promoted wellness programs within the federal government and also serves on the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. “It’s a very impressive company,” Cardin said. “Everyone seems happy and wants to get to work. And it’s growing fast.” Wellness Corporate Solutions moved to its Bethesda location last fall from a smaller space in Cabin John. The company has more than 80 employees and last year made Inc. magazine’s annual list of the 500 fastest-growing private businesses nationally. The business ranked 355th with a revenue growth rate of 1,237 percent between 2009 and 2012, to $9.3 million. While employers investing in wellness programs reap financial benefits over time, it’s sometimes a struggle to demonstrate a clear return on investment, said Fiona Gathright, president and CEO of Wellness Corporate Solutions. It takes several years to collect the necessary data and foster a true culture of health in a workplace that promotes lasting results, she said. “But we’ve found that even at the outset, employers reap a number of benefits from wellness programs,” Gathright said. “Employee morale improves markedly, and as employees become healthier, absenteeism rates decline and levels of productivity increase.” kshay@gazette.net

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Stephenson joins Capital Digestive Care Capital Digestive Care, a local group of physicians specializing in digestive health, recently added its 60th physician, Ann Marie Stephenson. Board-certified in both gastroenterology and internal medicine, Stephenson will focus on general gastrointestinal health with a special interest in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel diseases. Stephenson works in the practice’s Associates in Gastroenterology office in Rockville. More information is at capitaldigestivecare. com/AG.

Moving company coming to Gaithersburg A new Two Men and a Truck moving franchise is opening in Gaithersburg. Joey Hale, 40, an Air Force veteran, has worked with the company since 1998 and owns and operates the Chattanooga, Tenn., franchise. He is now expanding, and plans to open a new location at 7540 Rickenbacker Drive, Gaithersburg, in March. Company information is at twomenbethesdawashingtondc.com/home.

Two local poets release books Two area poets recently released books. Molly Hamilton of Potomac released her first children’s book, “Animals on Parade.” The book, sold through Ingram Publishing and available in soft cover on amazon. com and autographed hard cover versions at postcardexplorer.com, profiles more than two dozen animals through whimsical poems. “Animals on Parade” also is Hamilton’s first painting effort, according to an email from her. More information is at MollyBHamilton.com. Terry Harris of Bethesda also recently published a book of poetry and photography, “Breathe with Thee.” The poems are a collection of work stemming from Harris’ life and experiences. Harris taught elementary school and preschool for 15 years in Montgomery County and Fairfax County, Va., according to a news release from Harris. “Breathe with Thee” is available from publisher WestBow Press and retailers.


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Teen Angel Project spreads smiles and tears in institutional settings BY


When a senior citizen smiles and wants to get up and dance, Teen Angel Project members know their time and effort has been worthwhile. When a military veteran get tears in his eyes listening to patriotic songs or a young cancer patient joins in, the young performers feel the success. The Teen Angel Project, based in Montgomery County, is a group of middle and high school students with training in music and dance and experience in performance. They put on shows for “people who need joy,” according to founder Francesca Winch of Silver Spring. “I literally had a dream,” Winch said. “[It was] of these kids performing in a hospital. Somebody announced them as Teen Angels.” Winch said her daughter, Fiona, 18, was taking music and dance lessons for years and performing with other young

people in local theater. Winch had a ready-made community on which to draw to make her dream come true. She shared the idea with other parents in the summer of 2012. That fall, the Teen Angel Project held its first auditions, attracting about 40 members. This year, the group’s second season, there are 45 members — 29 are in grades 9 to 12; the other 16 are in grades 6 to 9. “There is some overlap [in the ninth-graders] because some kids need more work than others, with their singing and dancing,” said Theresa Mezebish of Brookeville, a member of the Teen Angel Project board. Mezebish has two daughters in the group — Sophie, 16, and Anna, 14. Both started dance lessons at a young age and love performing. “I started dance classes when I was 2 or 3 years old,” Sophie said, “and started performing in third grade at summer camp. I like getting my energy out.” Sophie said the group lets her combine two of her favorite things. “It gives us a way to do the things we love: be together with our friends and help the community,” she said. The group has performed at lo-


Members of the Teen Angel Project rehearse at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville for an upcoming performance. The group sings and dances to bring joy to others. cal assisted living homes, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health, and for the Make a Wish Foundation and Autism Speaks. “They were great,” said Taylor Watson, assistant house manager at The Children’s Inn. “It gave the kids an opportunity to take a break from what they are going through. Some of the kids got up from their seats and danced

with the group.” Members come from across the metropolitan area and rehearse every Saturday for three hours at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville. They perform a variety of music, including musical theater and popular tunes. They also do a patriotic revue, said artistic director Jason Strunk. Teen Angel Project members are rehearsing for performances at the Heart

Songs Luncheon on Feb. 26. Heart Songs in an outreach of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation in support of the critical care units at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The group also is preparing for a performance at Homecrest House senior living facility March 19, a showcase fundraiser for Best Buddies on April 5 and their own gala fundraiser May 10. Open auditions for next year’s season with be held on May 17. During the patriotic revue at Walter Reed, Tara Shepherd, 17, of Olney realized how much the group’s performance meant to the audience. “A guy took off his cap and was crying,” she said. “It meant a lot that we were touching someone’s life and you could see that on his face.” Kayla Chernof, 17, of Potomac knew she was doing a good thing for the community when she talked to a resident of Grace House, a senior living community in Silver Spring. “After the performance, she smiled and said she wanted to get up with us,” Chernof said. “She didn’t, but it made her feel good.” pmcewan@gazette.net

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Students have virtual visit with NASA astronaut Students at Cloverly Elementary School in Silver Spring were ready for

a treat during their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Career Day on Jan. 24, when they were scheduled to have a Skype interview with NASA astronaut Megan McArthur. But a terrestrial phenomenon — an ice storm in Houston that day — forced NASA to reschedule the chat for Feb. 10. All students — kindergartners through fifth-graders — were invited to submit questions for McArthur, said Rachel Safri, Cloverly’s assistant principal. Two students from each grade were selected to speak with McArthur during the nearly hourlong interview. McArthur appeared on the large screen in the school’s all-purpose room where everyone had gathered and the students who were preselected and had rehearsed asked her questions about her job and, mostly, life in space. Fourth-grader Michael Krich-Early asked what zero gravity felt like. He said he has always wanted to feel zero gravity. “She said it was fun. It took a day to get used to,” he said. Amber Johnson, a first-grader, asked what the sun looked like from space. McArthur explained that orbiting astronauts are not really that much closer to the sun than when they’re on Earth, so it did not look much different. As McArthur answered questions, she held up photos taken during her mission to illustrate her answers. She spent almost 13 days in space in 2009 aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis, whose mission was to repair and refurbish the Hubble Space Telescope. When someone asked what was the best part of her job, McArthur said, “Getting to do the job I trained for and doing it successfully.” The career day brought the students together with 20 science, math, engineering and other professionals,



NASA astronaut Megan McArthur shows students at Cloverly Elementary School in Silver Spring a pouch of dehydrated food similar to those used by astronauts in space during a virtual visit on Feb. 10.

mostly from the school community, who shared information on their careers, including the required education and the most interesting parts. “The more opportunities students are exposed to, the more they will know what’s out there,” Safri said. She and parent Natalia Chalmers, a pediatric dentist, organized the day to encourage students to consider careers in such fields, Chalmers said.

Churchill High to present annual mix tape show Winston Churchill High School’s annual production of “Blast From the Past Blast 25: Mixtape” marks the 25th year of the musical revue. More than 130 student singers, dancers, musicians and technicians will perform and produce this year’s show. The new “Blast” director is Churchill choral teacher Matthew Albright. “It is a great honor for me to take the reins of this incredible production and carry on the tradition that is so widely regarded in this community,” Albright said in a statement. The production will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Feb.

28 and March 1, plus 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the school’s Bish Auditorium, 11300 Gainsborough Road, Potomac. “The impetus for the name ‘Mixtape’ stems from my childhood in the 80’s and 90’s,” Albright wrote. “In my generation, people would create a mixtape for a loved one or to commemorate a treasured time in our lives just like today’s students listen to Pandora or put together playlists on iTunes. I hope the title, and the show itself, will hit home with an older generation while also translating well to our younger performers and audience members.” The show will feature songs from many of the revue’s previous years, plus current hits. Tickets are $20, and $15 for the balcony and all seats Sunday. The box office will open one hour before each performance. For group sales, email Matthew_D_ Albright@mcpsmd.org.

High schools plan fundraisers Both Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville and Clarksburg High School are planning fundraisers,

each for a different cause. There will be a Zumbathon for Wootton’s senior class from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the school, 2100 Wootton Parkway. The senior planning committee will host the Zumbathon to raise money for graduation and other senior activities. It will be led by senior Catalina Mejia, recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world’s youngest licensed Zumba instructor. The class is open to anyone; no dance or fitness experience is needed. Tickets, at $7, are available at the door. • Clarksburg High School’s CHStage will hold Flower Power to raise money for the festival team, a group of students who travel to theater competitions. The students are judged by professionals, and also take classes with them, audition for scholarships and sometimes are scouted by schools. Last season CHStage earned 28 awards from three festivals. So far this year,

the group has a total of 30 awards, with one more festival to go. Supporters may order flowers and bulbs online and have them delivered. Half of the sales total benefits CHStage. To order visit flowerpowerfundraising. com.

Chevy Chase students send peace cranes to Sochi Working with the idea from a Japanese legend that says if you make a thousand paper cranes with one wish in mind it will come true, students at Chevy Chase Elementary School made and sent more than 2,000 paper cranes to Sochi, Russia, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The students’ wish? That there be peace for all Olympic athletes. The idea grew out of an all-school meeting where a student wanted to know about terrorism at the Olympics, said Principal Jody Smith. “That’s a frightening thought for the students,” she said. Somehow the discussion of what could be done came around to the idea of the students making the paper cranes, an idea embraced by students in every grade, Smith said. Each crane — the students ended up making 2,009 — was inscribed with the wish for peace, the five Olympic rings and the maker’s name. “They made them all in two days, during indoor recess,” Smith said. The first two batches of cranes went to Sochi with friends of one of the student’s parents; the rest were shipped from the school to the U.S. Olympic Committee in Sochi to be distributed to the athletes. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D-Dist. 8) of Kensington helped the school get in touch with the Olympic committee and visited the school to make one of the cranes. “It was an honor to join the students in making and sending these cranes to our athletes in Sochi,” Van Hollen said in a statement. “Their message of peace and safety is one that we

send out to all the men and women participating in this year’s Olympics.”

Students to sell refurbished cars, computers to public Students in the Montgomery County Students Automotive Trades and Information Technology foundations recondition vehicles and computers as part of their studies and will offer them for sale from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Gaithersburg High School, 101 Education Blvd. Three times a year, students in the programs hold public sales where refurbished vehicles and computers are offered at competitive prices. These sales provide the students with the opportunity to practice their sales skills, earn student service learning hours and develop an appreciation for community involvement, according to a news release from the program. More information is at atfcareers. org and itfcareers.org.

Youth leadership program taking award applications Youth Leadership Montgomery will present five Community Leadership Awards to high schools students who demonstrate leadership through community service efforts. Five $1,000 scholarships are available to seniors in a public or private county school who have completed at least 260 hours of community service learning activities by the end of their junior year. The awards are sponsored and funded by the Potomac law firm Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy and Ecker. The application deadline is March 14. For more information, visit leadershipmontgomerymd.org or email carol.ippolito@leadermont.org. Students interested in joining the county youth program can attend an information session from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 13 at VisArts, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. Register at the above email address.


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Cindy and Bruce Matter of North Potomac announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Ann Hower, to Michael Francis Peluso, son of Ann and Jack Peluso of Rockville Centre, N.Y. The bride-to-be graduated from Quince Orchard High School in 2006. She is a 2010 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Towson University with a bachelor’s degree in integrated elementary education and special education. She is currently a special education teacher. The prospective groom graduated from South Side High School in New York in 2005. He is a 2009 graduate of Towson University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in history. He is currently employed by the United States government. The wedding is scheduled for September 2014 in Annapolis.

Winestone, Jameson Jamie and Jerry Winestone of Bethesda announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachael Winestone, to Bobby Jameson, son of Robert Jameson and Kimberly Sprouse Jameson of Hughesville. Rachael Winestone and Bobby Jameson will be married on May 25, 2014, in Southern Maryland. The couple met in Arlington, Va., where Rachael is a preschool special education teacher at Hoffman-Boston Elementary School. She holds her master’s degree in early childhood and special education from NYU. Bobby recently completed his occupational therapy master’s degree and training at Towson University. Currently they are living in Arlington.

Gluckman Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gerard Gluckman of Olney are preparing to celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary. Gerda Katherina and Albert were married on Feb. 24, 1955, in Munich, Germany. Their daughter Carol Nancy is a librarian with the Department of Public Libraries of Montgomery County. Their son Brian Peter is vice-president of media in his NGO. In the 1970s, Mrs. Gluckman was a volunteer Red Cross worker in the Children’s Cancer Unit

at the National Institutes of Health. Mr. Gluckman, after military service, was employed with the federal government as a mathematician and analyst. From 1975 till 1977, he was President of Local 2049 of the American Federation of Government Employees union at the Naval Surface Weapons Center in White Oak. After retirement from federal service from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, he taught as an adjunct professor of mathematics. He is a Fellow Emeritus of the Washington Academy of Sciences.

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. 301924-8640; www.agapeamec.org.

Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St., Da-

mascus, offers traditional Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 a.m., a youth contemporary worship service at 9:30 a.m. and a service of liturgy and the word at 11 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for all ages during the school year. www.damascusumc.org. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, offers services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. each Sunday, with Sunday School for all ages scheduled at 10 a.m. Child care is offered from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A fellowship and coffee hour follows the 8:30 a.m. service. 301365-5733, www.elcbethesda.org. Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia

Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sun-

day 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 301662-1819. Email mops@fcob.net. Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Road,

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

Providence United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown Church

Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with children’s Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and adult Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-253-1768. Visit www. kemptownumc.org. Trinity Lutheran Church,

11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, conducts services every Sunday, with child care from 8 a.m. to noon and fellowship and a coffee hour following each service. 301-881-7275. For a schedule of events, visit www.TrinityELCA.org.

Chancel choir auditions and rehearsals, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays

at Liberty Grove Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Call 301-4219166 or visit www.libertygrovechurch.org. “Healing for the Nations,” 7 p.m. every first and third Saturday of the month at South Lake Elementary School, 18201 Contour Road, Gaithersburg. Sponsored by King of the Nations Christian Fellowship, the outreach church service is open to all who are looking for hope in this uncertain world. Prayer for healing available. Translation into Spanish and French. Call 301251-3719. Visit www.kncf.org. Geneva Presbyterian Church, potluck lunches at 11:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at 11931 Seven Locks Road, Potomac. There is no fee to attend. All are welcome to bring a dish to share; those not bringing dishes are also welcome. Call 301-4244346.

HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19 Simplify Your Life, from 7-9 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Learn techniques and skills for de-cluttering and de-stressing your everyday life. Discussion will include more than just cleaning out your cluttered closet. $20. www.suburbanhospital.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 Medi-

cal Center, Planning & Marketing, 18101 Prince Philip Dr. Olney, MD 20832. www.medstarhealth. org. Pilates for Seniors, from 11:15 a.m. to noon, Feb. 25 to April 1, at Bethesda Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, second floor, Bethesda. Pilates for Seniors will incorporate gentle movements to help strengthen the core, lengthen the spine, and build muscle tone while improving posture and increasing flexibility. Bring a mat and dress comfortably. Taught by a certified instructor. $60. www.suburbanhospital.org.

THURSDAY, FEB. 27 Healthy Cooking Series, from

6-8 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Healthy Start for a Healthy Heart: a way to help with your New Year’s Resolutions! Learn simple tips in preparing heart-healthy and delicious vegetarian dishes that will keep you on the right track for 2014. Club Med-iterranean — The Tastes of Greece and Cyprus: an exotic culinary journey of Greece and Cyprus as we demonstrate tasty, aromatic and nutritious dishes to enjoy at home. Dress Up Your Greens: get out of the traditional salad rut and discover delicious combinations of grains, greens, beans and fruit. $25/$70. www. suburbanhospital.org.

UPCOMING Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors, from 7-8:15 p.m.

Mondays to March 31, at Sibley Medical Building Conference Room 2, 5215 Loughboro Road, NW, Washington, D.C. Weekly meditative gentle and restorative yoga using mindful movement, balance and breathing techniques to help women with a history of cancer to reduce anxiety, improve quality of life and regain sense of self. $10 per class, $30 per month, scholarships available. Walk-ins welcome with cash/check if space permits. 202-243-2320. www.suburbanhospital.org.

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

Thursdays to March 27 at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Private Dining Room 3 (next to cafeteria), 5255 Loughboro Road, NW, Washington, D.C. Join facilitator Ashley Nunn and others with a history of cancer to learn about and practice a relaxation technique that uses focus on breathing. This practice has been shown to be effective in reducing stress, anxiety and loneliness; improving sleep; and boosting immune system. No prior experience required. Walk-ins welcome. Register at Sibley.org or call 202243-2320. Free. www.suburbanhospital.org.




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In Doug Duncan’s quest to reclaim the reins of Montgomery County political power, he has attacked Isiah Leggett’s decision to relocate some biotech businesses out of a Gaithersburg incubator. The move is to make room for the county’s effort to become a cybersecurity center for Maryland. On this, Duncan is wrong and Leggett is right. Duncan, who will face Leggett in the Democratic primary in June, believes the county should find a way to keep the biotech companies in place and find somewhere else for the cybersecurity businesses. Some might agree with Duncan’s logic that the move is a poor way for the county to show how important the biotechnology industry is to the county’s economy. Except Duncan seems to be ignoring the costs of what he’s suggesting and the realities of the commercial real estate market. A new location to house cybersecurity start-ups would cost $3 million, the county says. The cost inside the William Hanna Center for Innovation: $750,000. Where would Duncan find the difference? He doesn’t say. Finding new spaces for tenants in the William Hanna Center for Innovation might not be easy, but it will be less challenging than when Duncan opened the center himself, as county executive. Then, landlords could turn their back on start-up companies that needed only small spaces. Those landlords could favor bigger companies that leased large areas. With changes in the market, more commercial real estate companies are realizing they need the small start-ups, too, said Steven A. Silverman, the county’s director of economic development. He’s confident that all of the affected tenants will have new spaces. Plus, the county already does a lot for biotechs, with tax credits and the economic development fund. We appreciate Duncan’s desire to assist growing biotechs. Voters will remember all he did to turn the Interstate 270 corridor into a major hub for life sciences, as well as his quixotic effort to fight slot machines — he argued instead for government investments in high technology to grow the state’s economy. However, his recent actions cast him as a politician who has forgotten the financial difficulties of the last six years. Adding millions to the county’s bottom line looks like a 20th-century thing to do.

The proper netiquette In recent months, people in Montgomery County have shown the good and the bad of electronic expression. As we noted in January, critics launched a blizzard of ugly remarks at Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr when the district did not shut down one particularly cold day. The remarks we saw on Twitter were appalling, using blistering language and insults, including a few veiled threats. More recently, Montgomery County football program supporters showed more humanity when they reacted to Thomas S. Wootton High School coach Tyree SpinFOR ONLINE ner losing his job. Spinner’s fans were COMMUNICATION, outwardly upset, but CHOOSE CIVILITY showed that it’s possible OVER VENOM to be outspoken yet civil. The messages we saw on a Twitter feed created to fight for Spinner’s job never got mean or personal. Even a direct appeal to Starr stuck to the message, with no meanness. A new school system task force on “cybercivility,” or appropriate online behavior, should hold up the Spinner protest movement as a model. The task force will meet once a month from March to August. Parents, students, staff members and community members can apply to participate through Feb. 24 at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/cybercivility/application.aspx. When anonymity crowds out face-to-face contact, it kills accountability. Through social media, especially, people with screen names say things they’d never say if their identities were known. Others read it and join in, forming a vicious online mob. We support the school system and Starr, who have shown remarkable restraint and tolerance for behavior that’s far out of bounds. Of course, no one has to wait for a task force to set an exemplary social atmosphere. Students can gain respect for their opinions by earning it. Parents can instill decency, then set rewards and punishments to affirm it. As the Spinner episode unfolded, we learned that other school officials are doing their part — such as Dave Mencarini, Quince Orchard High School’s football coach until he recently left for a coaching job in Frederick County. Mencarini said he follows his players on Twitter and reads what they post. It’s not snooping; this is public conversation, which is exactly the point. We second the advice he gives players: “There’s two things in this world you can’t get back and that’s time and what you put on the Internet.”

The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher


Elementary school bell time proposal has no base in evidence Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr recently made recommendations to change the bell times for all public school students in the county. He bases these recommendations on a study that provides convincing evidence for changes to high school and middle school times, but lacks any evidence for changes in elementary times. These days we expect accountability and evidence-based decision-making from our leaders. This omission comes as a disappointment. Starr recommends that the elementary school day be extended another 30 minutes — ending at 3:35 or 4 p.m., depending on which school your kids attend. As the lead statistician in a federal agency, I’ve seen a growing push across government to base decisions on evidence — not intuition, beliefs or anecdotes. That means: support things that work, don’t support things that don’t work, and if you don’t know if it works, test it. There is no evidence that extending the school day for our youngest students impacts test scores, graduation rates, academic motivation or self-confidence. In fact, substantial research suggests the opposite. Students in school longer have no better performance on average, and as they become more fatigued, their memory and concentration decrease. A longer day can lead to teacher burnout, which has proven negative effects on kids. Combine tired kids with tired teachers and you can imagine the result. Finally, playtime has therapeutic effects on kids, so less playtime can have negative effects on social and emotional health. Add

The Montgomery County Public Schools’ website has a page devoted to the bell times issue. Visit it at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/info/belltimes. to these effects the budgetary cost, which will be paid for by higher taxes or cutting needed programs. Rather than cite evidence, Starr has based his recommendation on personal beliefs in a longer school day and false comparisons. Starr has pointed out that Montgomery County has the second shortest school day in Maryland. That’s another way of saying “everyone else is doing it, so why can’t we?” If you were to point out that students in other counties are smarter (they aren’t), more engaged (they’re not), or more self-confident (we don’t know), and you were to show that this is because they are in school longer, I would not argue. But the superintendent has done none of this. Rather than implement the change on 130 schools and thousands of kids, why not do a test study on a small number of schools that willfully participate? That would provide evidence that it works and the benefits outweigh the costs. The good news is that Starr and the Board of Education have not yet made their decisions, and are working hard to listen to our concerns and ideas. Parents have recently received a survey from their school on the topic. Parents and community members can also voice their own opinions by writing to belltimes@mcpsmd.org.

Robin Ghertner, Wheaton

All watersheds need robust regulations There has been a great deal of discussion regarding the Montgomery County Planning Board’s proposals for development in Clarksburg’s Ten Mile Creek and rightly so. The Ten Mile Creek watershed was characterized as “extremely sensitive and fragile” in a 2010 water quality report to the County Council. The areas now slated for development east of the creek as an “ecologically unique special protection area” including species that are rarely — if ever — found elsewhere in Montgomery County. It is on this land that developers propose to build hundreds of new residences bordering directly on the creek and an outlet mall, with all of the accompanying infrastructure development these would entail. Based on recommendations from the Planning Board as to just how much development the county’s last remaining pristine watershed can handle, the County Council has had to manage a tough balancing act between the health of Ten Mile and the rights of property owners. Even the constraints adopted to try and protect the creek — by preserving forest and staying away from erodible areas — still have the effect of channeling even more dense building into the two most sensitive parts of the watershed. The council’s vote Feb. 11 represented the best reachable compromise to

mitigate damage by choosing appropriate zoning and impervious surface limits. We shouldn’t have had to face this choice. We need to consider the framework of environmental stewardship throughout Maryland. The current proposals for Ten Mile Creek will be implemented in a regulatory environment that does not provide adequate protection to our watersheds. Current state regulations are designed to mitigate stormwater runoff and erosion, and there is no mechanism that would prevent these sorts of planning decisions, taken decades ago and now threatening the watershed, from being made again and again in other jurisdictions. We must ensure robust and enforceable regulations are created to support the health and preservation of all watersheds, not just Ten Mile Creek. We can do more to empower the agencies charged with protecting and repairing our waterways and wetlands, and we can help local government steer development in ways that protect the quality of our drinking water, and preserve our region’s beauty and environmental diversity.

Jonathan Shurberg, Silver Spring The writer is a Democratic candidate for the District 20 House of Delegates seat.

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Be alert about Silver Spring Transit Center Now that the election season is well underway we can expect to hear plenty of political talk about the Silver Spring Transit Center — about who is at fault, etc. Meanwhile the county is in private negotiations with the various contractors, WMATA and other parties regarding fixing that structure’s serious problems. Citizens need to be alert because in the next few months we might anticipate a deal being reached that could undercut future taxpayers. No person knows whether the planned fixes will work, meaning fixes that would enable the transit center to last for 50 years. The fixes that have been arrived at have not been technically justified to the public, and have not undergone independent engineering review, unlike the fixes to the San Francisco Bay Bridge problem. County politicians up for reelection know that the taxpayers will not want to pay for any future failures that may need fixing in the out-years. Those problems are not our fault. Politicians seeking re-election say that won’t happen. The county executive himself has publicly stated that he knows that he needs to have the contractor(s) put up some type of financial assurance to pay for any future problems due to poor construction. Issue No. 1: How much money is to be set aside in the form of some surety bond? No one knows how much but if citizens see that any bond is for less than $10 million they should be uneasy. Issue No. 2: How long should these contractors be on the hook? Of course the contractors want to minimize their exposure to a few years. But problems could arise even 10-15 years down the road. This is supposed to be a 50-year structure, after all. Citizens and the press should be upset if a settlement only is good for five or so years. Issue No. 3: What would trigger an event that would use set-aside funds to fund a downstream fix? Who would represent the county and WMATA? The same people who negotiated a deal? What standards would be used to access a set-aside fund? Will all this be done behind closed doors with a donedeal [to] be handed to the public or will the county lift the veil of secrecy to enable more transparent government?

Bernard Bloom, Silver Spring

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Marylanders we lost in 2013 Art Donovan. NFL all-pro lineman who played on 1950’s championship Colts teams. Earl Weaver. Hall of Fame Orioles manager who won 1970 World championship and four pennants. Tom Clancy. Maryland author whose best-selling novels became hit movies, owned minority share of Orioles. Richard Ben Cramer. Pulitzer prize-winning reporter who wrote Esquire’s seminal William Donald Schaefer profile. Jack Pardee. AllAmerican fullback at Texas A&M under MY MARYLAND Bear Bryant, All-Pro durBLAIR LEE ing 15 year NFL career, coached Redskins, Bears, Chargers and Oilers. Dick Hug. Leading Baltimore businessman, prolific GOP fundraiser, University of Maryland regent. Paul Blair. Eight-time Golden Glove center fielder who won World Series with both Orioles and Yankees. Steve Muller. Johns Hopkins University president led unprecedented growth effort during his 18-year tenure. Mary Corey. Beloved lifelong Sun employee who rose from college intern to top editor, broke glass ceiling. Lord Nickens. Founded Frederick NAACP in 1936, dodged murder attempts to lead civil rights fight long before it was popular. Elsbeth Bothe. Brilliant but eccentric Baltimore Circuit Court judge known for wit, fairness and decorating her chambers with skulls. Lou Panos. AP and Sun fixture covered Maryland politics, including 40 General Assembly sessions, and served 6 years as Gov. Harry Hughes’ press secretary. Larry Simns. Founded and led the Maryland Waterman’s Association, lobbied for commercial fishermen’s rights and for the Bay for 40 years.

Joe Alton. Anne Arundel County’s first county executive, architect of today’s charter government and a lifelong force in county politics. John Tydings. Long-time Washington Board of Trade director who successfully pushed business’s agenda in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. Mac McGarry. Household name to generations of TV viewers who, for 50 years, watched “It’s Academic” in Baltimore and D.C. areas. Lloyd Bunting Jr. Four-time All American lacrosse player whose Hopkins teams went 31-0 and won four national championships. Vernon Dobson. Baltimore religious leader who founded BUILD and the Baltimore Food Bank, marched at Selma and worked with Martin Luther King Jr. Ernie Crofoot. Son of a railroad worker, he became Maryland’s top labor leader, built AFSCME to 40,000 members. Gus Triandos. All-star Orioles catcher and slugger beloved by Baltimoreans who named a street after him. Ann Brobst. Baltimore County prosecutor who became tough but fair Circuit Court judge, widely respected. John Harvill. Maryland’s alltime winningest high school football coach (312-97) over 43 years, trained a generation of future coaches. Leonard Kerpelman. Gadfly civil rights lawyer who pushed his protests to the outer limits. Bob Turley. “Bullet Bob” pitched Orioles first game in 1954, traded to New York Yankees. Harold Carter. Baltimore pastor whose radio preaching and civil rights work made him a celebrity. Jack Germond. Baltimore Sun Washington bureau reporter for 20 years, became syndicated political columnist. Jerry Wolman. Rose from paint store clerk to real estate magnate and NFL Eagles owner but lost his fortune and ended in bankruptcy. Phyllis Brotman. Baltimore PR whiz founded Maryland Public Broadcasting and advised many politicians including Mayor Schaefer. Bobby Parker. P.G. County


blues guitarist who played with Bo Diddley, Sam Cooke and Fats Domino and whose style was copied by the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Santana. Bob Fustero. The Giant stock clerk who set off alarms in his quixotic 2002 Democratic gubernatorial bid by winning 20 percent of the vote against Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the rest is history. David Ross. Former P.G. County state delegate who served 15 years on the county Circuit Court. Hattie Harrison. The “godfather” of Baltimore’s east side politics, set record by serving in House of Delegates for 40 years. Ike Dixon. Four-term state lawmaker from Baltimore City. Bill McCaffrey. Affable P.G. County state delegate who later worked for state Transportation Department. Gerry Curran. Member of the Curran/O’Malley political family, served in state legislature. Don Mason. Sparrow’s Point steel worker who rose to Baltimore County Council representing Dundalk. Werner Fronos. Liberal Anne Arundel state lawmaker who ran for Congress. Jack LaPorte. Top national mutual fund manager, quiet and respected Baltimore philanthropist. Joe Blocher. Founding member of leading law firm, was the “workhorse” partner. Dave Cahoon. Montgomery County councilman appointed to the circuit court. Jack Kay. Built homes and apartments in suburban D.C. during the 50s and 60s boom, became a leading philanthropist. Everett Wilson. Son of a sharecropper who broke the color barrier at St. John’s College, longtime state government worker. Bill Brubaker. Founding member of the legendary Baltimore Colts marching band. Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in the Business Gazette. His past columns are available at www.gazette.net/ blairlee. His email address is blairleeiv@gmail.com.

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Kramer’s proposed bill suppresses academic freedom The Gazette’s report, “Kramer bill puts reins on college memberships,” has mentioned a legal precedent involving environmental law. Let’s look further back in history to a more compelling precedent, namely the anti-apartheid movement, which included academic boycotts targeting South African institutions. Let’s remember that moral issues are involved here, not merely political ones. In fact, one might ask why the state of Mary-

land has committed itself to a Declaration of Cooperation with a country that violates the Fourth Geneva Convention by building settlements, mocks Secretary Kerry, and maintains an oppressive occupation of Palestinian territories, displaying indifference toward human rights. If Israel would end this immoral occupation, the boycotts would end.

Carole C. Burnett, Silver Spring

Fuming over air pollution In “Rising Stars,” [Opinion, Feb. 12] Blair Lee states that, “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.” Putting aside the accuracy of the 70 percent claim, if Lee had noted that nearly half of Maryland’s coal-fired power plants are among the worst emitters on the East Coast of sulfur dioxide, a toxic gas that causes respiratory disease and aggravates heart dis-

ease, or that a state-approved incinerator in south Baltimore is permitted to emit 1,000 pounds of highly toxic lead into the air, he might has chosen a word other than “punitive” to describe Maryland’s efforts to address air pollution. Maryland’s made progress, but more can be done here at home.

Tim Whitehouse, Poolesville The writer is director of Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility in Baltimore.

Councilwoman Branson’s District 5 priority The Gazette editorial staff in welcoming the new District 5 Council Member, Cherri Branson, [“Welcome to the council,” Feb. 5] appears unaware she is taking Valerie Ervin’s seat for the most groundbreaking council agenda item in decades impacting her own District 5 — namely, the White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan for which Ms. Ervin was a principal proponent. The WOSGMP, under development by the council and Planning Board for nearly four years and now supported by a County Executive Office public-private partnership, seeks to capture and fast track the previously unimaginable east county economic development potential presented by the consolidation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration headquarters and laboratory campus at White Oak. Testimony at the Feb. 4 council hearing emphasized the magnitude of east county

revitalization to be leveraged from within the worldwide biomedical industry by one of the largest construction projects in Montgomery Country history (the $1.3 billion Food and Drug Administration campus at White Oak), and the regulatory gateway for one of every four consumer dollars spent in the United States. Ms. Branson and the council must weigh opponents’ concerns over the negative and positive impacts on U.S. 29 commuter traffic against the unprecedented opportunity to elevate nearly one-third of the Montgomery County non-AgReserve land mass from economic stagnation.

Rob Richardson, Silver Spring The writer is a member of the Montgomery Planning Board appointed WOSGMP Citizens Advisory Committee.

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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:



Record Pts



21-3 60


Montrose Christian 14-5 54



18-2 47



16-2 40


St. Andrew’s

17-5 36



15-4 33


Montgomery Blair 16-3 23



14-4 16



14-5 7



13-7 6

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Girls’ basketball: Bulldogs led by versatile 5-foot-8 junior BY


The Winston Churchill High School girls’ basketball team went into the season with a revamped lineup — and that

was before three players were injured. But after a rocky start, the shorthanded Bulldogs (11-9 as of Monday) have emerged as a postseason threat. That’s in large part thanks to junior Japria Karim-Duvall, a 5-foot-8 guardforward. The third-year varsity player is having a breakout season, leading Churchill’s offense with a team-high 17.9 points per game and sparking a de-

fense that has allowed 48.3 points per game in 2014. “She’s our main offensive threat,” Churchill coach Kate McMahon said. “But she’s always been the type of player to help those around her. She’s very selfless but when we need a play at the end of the game she will step up. She’s become a really good floor leader this year.”

Churchill started the season out 3-6 and has since won eight of its last 11 games, notching impressive victories over Col. Zadok Magruder, No. 7 Poolesville and Montgomery Blair. “I think we clicked as a team,” Karim-Duvall said. “We turned into players that actually wanted to win.”


Others receiving votes:

Jewish Day 4; Walt Whitman 4.


IAC Championship, TBD Saturday: Bullis is trying to con-

clude a perfect conference regular season with the league title.


Name, school A. Trier, Montrose Christian J. Friedman, Sandy Spring J. McKay, McLean W. English, McLean J. Stern, Hebrew Academy I. Kallon, Wheaton N. Segura, The Heights K. Williams, Kennedy M. Adkison, St. Andrew’s A. Tarke, Gaithersburg

PPG 25.5 22.1 20.9 20.0 19.5 19.3 19.2 19.0 18.5 18.1

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



Record Pts



18-2 60


Walt Whitman

17-2 54


Paint Branch

18-2 48


John F. Kennedy 15-2 42


Holy Child

20-3 36


Seneca Valley

14-4 20


Thomas S. Wootton 14-6 18



14-4 19



12-5 8


Jewish Day

13-1 11

Others receiving votes: Winston Churchill 5; Good Counsel 1.


Kennedy at Whitman, 7 p.m. Friday: Cavs face their biggest test

since Paint Branch while Vikings look to add to their win streak.


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


PPG 19.5 18.3 18.3 17.9 17.9 17.6 16.6 16.1 15.9 15.8 15.6


Ellie and Cece Kobylski (left) are three-year varsity basketball starters for Thomas S. Wootton High School.

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Junior guards and sisters have come into own in third year starting


If there is one thing Montgomery County’s best high school girls’ basketball players have in common, it’s likely their competitiveness. That’s probably how they got to the top in the first place. And the thing about super competitive athletes is that they want to win, all the time, at everything. So, when Thomas S. Wootton High School

current junior guards and twin sisters Cece and Ellie Kobylski were assigned to pick teams for a practice game one day last season, coach Maggie Dyer assumed they’d choose from the top. “They were just sophomores and when they chose their teams, they started with the kids all the way down the line who don’t really get to play as much,” Dyer said. “I didn’t tell either of them to do that, it’s just a testament to who they are. It made those girls feel so good and as a coach it was such

a great demonstration of the type of people [Cece and Ellie] are and those are the type of people I want leading my team.” The Kobylskis are at the heart of what Wootton’s 11th-year coach said is the closest team she has had in a long time. The Patriots, which clinched their first division title since the 2008-09 season with a 24-point win against Montgomery

Metz among early All-State baseball A dozen players from Montgomery County earn preseason recognition n


One of the six Montgomery County players selected for the Maryland State Association of Baseball

Coaches 2014 Preseason All-State team, includes a senior rebounding from an injury. It was about a year ago that Poolesville High School senior Robbie Metz suffered a torn meniscus that cost him most of his junior season. After surgery and the arduous months of physical therapy and rehab that followed, the George Washington University recruit is eager to get his fi-

nal high school season underway. Being selected to the All-State preseason team for the second straight year was an ideal early boost of confidence. “It’s a great honor being selected for the All-State team,” Metz said. “It really means a lot to me knowing how much the baseball coaches think of what I can do on the field. After the

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See TWIN, Page B-2

PRESEASON ALL-STATE BASEBALL n The Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches announced its 2014 Preseason All-State Team last week. Six players from Montgomery County made the list. They are: Drew Aherne, Walt Whitman Matt Chanin, Sherwood Evan Colon, Gaithersburg Nick DeCarlo, Gaithersburg Joe Feldman, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Robbie Metz, Poolesville


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Richard Montgomery, Churchill win region swim titles


Continued from Page B-1 Churchill started the season out slow after it graduated five seniors from last year’s 17-7 team and lost three players to injury; Nina Hazra and Hannah Yasharoff sustained concussions while Ashlee Zhang suffered an Achilles’ injury, McMahon said. At one point, the team was practicing with only eight players, forcing McMahon and assistant Alis Freeman — who led the Bulldogs to two 4A state championships — to join the 5-on-5 practice scrimmages. The injuries made for a difficult transition, Karim-Duvall said. “We could just look over and see that certain people weren’t there,” Karim-Duvall said. But aided by Karim-Duvall’s consistent play, the team managed to stay afloat and eventually surpass .500. “It’s only natural that she’d kind of take over a little bit more,” said Freeman, KarimDuvall’s cousin. “When you’re down, you still have to compete. There’s still a game to play so somebody’s gotta step up. She just happened to take the role.” Yasharoff, a 6-foot-2 junior, missed the first five games but has returned to provide the Bulldogs with an inside presence. “I think we’ve been working a lot harder in practice,” Yasharoff said. “We’ve gotten to know each other a lot better during the season.” Karim-Duvall has scored in double figures in all but two

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Winston Churchill High School’s Japria Karim-Duvall (left) drives to the basket against Thomas S. Wootton’s Rebecca Sissman.

games this season after averaging 11.3 points on last year’s team. “She’s a player we can always count on to follow through. I think she’s an all around good player. She can rebound, she can handle the ball, she’s a good passer, good shooter,” Yasharoff said. “… I think she’s improved. I think we’ve all improved. But I guess as we’re getting older, we’re all becoming more leaders on the team.” Karim-Duvall said she is interested in playing basketball at the next level and is looking at schools in the Patriot League and the Colonial Athletic Association. For now, she said she is focused on finishing out the season strong. “Ultimately, my goal is to get to college basketball,” KarimDuvall said. “It’s something that I love and I hope it’s something that allows me to get a college education.”

Continued from Page B-1 4A West Division foe Gaithersburg Feb. 7, in turn have truly found their stride at a crucial juncture in the season. After a 2-4 start — granted leading scorer Sheri Addison was sidelined early with an ankle injury — Wootton (14-6) is 11-2 in 2014 with only two regular season games remaining on the schedule. “You can tell the girls really enjoy playing together, they’re really getting to know each other,” Dyer said. “Against Gaithersburg, that was some of the best basketball we’ve played all season, the girls are really feeling comfortable in their roles and I’m excited [for playoffs]. I feel really good about this year.” The Kobylskis have come into their own as leaders both on and off the court this year more than ever since being thrown into the proverbial fire known as varsity basketball two years ago as two of three freshmen starters — Addison was the third. Their dynamic on the court — despite sharing similar styles their slightly different strengths complement each other’s perfectly —

Continued from Page B-1 surgery, the rehab went well. I think my knee is stronger than it ever was before. Now I want to put it to the test.” Metz played basketball for the school as a freshman and sophomore before focusing his attention on baseball for his final two seasons. “Those other players on the list, public and private, are really great players,” Metz said. “It’s really an honor just to be on that list. So many of those





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The Richard Montgomery High School boys’ and Winston Churchill girls’ swimming and diving teams secured 4A/3A West Region Championships on Saturday at Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Swim Center in Silver Spring. The Bulldogs eked out a 350337 victory over defending state champion Thomas S. Wootton. Walter Johnson came in third with 249 points, while Richard Montgomery (225) and Northwest (212) rounded out the top five. “I think the team did really well today,” Churchill junior Elaina Gu said. “We really stepped it up and did amazing at this meet. I think we set ourselves up for a good performance at states too.” Gu was the standout performer for the Bulldogs, repeating as 200-meter freestyle champion, while also nabbing a first place finish in the 500-meter freestyle event. She also contributed to a pair of first-place relay finishes in the 200-meter and 400-meter freestyle events. “I really like being on relays because it’s more of a team thing

is one the Patriots can thrive on. For one, there’s what the Patriots refer to as “twin telepathy.” “Cece can be going down the court and throw a no-look pass and hit Ellie and we’ll be like, ‘That was the most beautiful twin play,’” Dyer said. “They do have similar tendencies but they always know where each other is on the court and I think every year they’ve gotten better.” Both sisters are guard oriented in general and can be relied on to sink a shot from just about anywhere on the court. Cece is currently the team’s second leading scorer with 13.8 points following a 27-point performance in Saturday’s 72-46 win against Springbrook; Ellie is third with 12.3 points per game — Dyer said they consistently average similar statistics. But while Ellie possesses more forward-type qualities than her sister, the two agreed Cece is the better ball handler and their ability to find each other leads to some productive combinations. “[Ellie] has always been a little bit taller than me so she’s always had that push to go into the post area,” Cece said. Added her sister: “When we’re play-

other players in Montgomery County that we face every year are really talented. They’re also really dedicated. I can’t wait to face Churchill, Sherwood and Gaithersburg this season. I really don’t have any personal goals. I just want to help lead the team to victories.” Gaithersburg baseball coach Jeff Rabberman has two players on the list —Evan Colon and Nick DeCarlo — and he was also quick to compliment the other Montgomery County players on the list, including Metz. Rabberman’s Trojans are the early favorites to claim the Montgom-


Walter Johnson High School’s Jean-Marc Nugent smiles after seeing his time for his first-place finish in heat four of the 50-yard freestyle during Saturday’s race. — swimming is usually individual, but with the relays you work with your teammates,” Gu said. “I just really have fun doing the relays. I really like it.” Hannah Lindsey also turned in a strong performance for Churchill, winning region titles in both the 200-meter individual medley as well as the 100-meter backstroke. Meanwhile, Richard Montgomery amassed 303 total points, followed by Wootton (268.5) and Walt Whitman (261.5). Twotime defending state champion Walter Johnson finished fourth (255.5), and Churchill (249) secured a fifth-place finish. The Vikings set the lone meet record of the day, shaving .44 seconds off of the 400-meter

freestyle relay mark set just last season by Walter Johnson. Whitman coach Geoff Schaefer was encouraged by the record, as well as the performance of individuals such as Mike Sullivan (first in both the 200 and 500 freestyle) and Johnny Mooers (second in both the 50 and 100 freestyle). “They all have the same focus — they want to do well for states, get geared up for a state record, and walk out as champions,” he said. “I think when they got on the block, they had that focus of ‘I want to win this thing. Not just kinda win, but dominate.’ That’s they way they are supposed to win.” Interestingly, the Rockets cliched the region title with win-

ing, I can be down low and kick it out or she can drive and I’ll be on the side. Everyone always asks who’s better and we always answer that we’re better at different things.” The raw talent has always been there for the Kobylskis, who grew up around Wootton basketball with an older sister who played for Dyer and graduated in 2009, Dyer said. These days, they’re combining sheer skill with a more mature perspective of the game it’s helped the Patriots re-establish themselves in the county’s upper echelon. “I don’t think many players come in as freshmen and start at high level programs,” Dyer said. “They’ve always been very strong at pushing the ball and popping 3-pointers but they’ve also learned to slow it down and execute on offense. They’re very gifted but they’re always working. They’re first to pick up a ball and last in the gym shooting. It’s not a chore to them, they’re passionate about the game. And it’s really cool to coach kids who are so humble. They don’t carry any ego. They’re exactly the kind of kids you want to coach.” jbeekman@gazette.net

ery 4A West Region crown and Maryland Class 4A state title, but he was hardpressed to overlook the quality players on the list he will face this spring. “Obviously, I can’t enough about my guys, Evan and Nick, who are both excellent ballplayers,” Rabberman said. “But I have always been really impressed with Robbie Metz. He’s a great player, a great kid and his parents are exceptional. I think Poolesville is going to be very good this year and having Robbie back at full strength is only going to make them that much tougher.” Poolesville second-year

ning just one event win — the 200-meter medley relay. The display of depth was business as usual for Richard Montgomery, which won a Division I title two weeks ago with just two event victories, and a third-place finish last week at Metros with no individual winners. “Their times were so-so today, but they got their places where they needed to,” Rockets coach Aryn Wheeler said. “They knew where they had to place. “They knew if they were in the third heat instead of the last heat, they knew they had to try to win that race to place in the next heat. That’s what they were really going for today, to get as high of a finish as they could and make it to states next week.” Gregory Song finished second in both the 200-meter individual medley and the 500-meter freestyle for Richard Montgomery, while Juan Barrera took second in the 100-meter butterfly as well as sixth in the 200-meter freestyle. The Rockets also finished second in the 200-meter freestyle relay. “We are rolling, we are on the right track,” Wheeler said. “This is something really big. Our school hasn’t won a state title in almost 20 years, so this is something really big for us. That’s what the boys want. Since day one, that’s what they’ve wanted to do. It’ll be exciting next weekend.”


Ellie and Cece Kobylski (left) practice with their girls’ basketball teammates last week at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville.

coach Steve Orsini said he is looking forward to having Metz healthy for an entire season this spring. Not only will Metz be an integral part of the rotation, but he will also anchor the defense at shortstop when he is not on the mound. “He’s the type of ballplayer that makes everyone on the team better,” said Orsini, who guided Poolesville to a 13-4 mark last season. “He usually gets to workouts an hour before everyone else and does a workout of his own. He just loves playing the game. He and our other three seniors, Chris Convers, Thayer Seely and

Hunter Pearre, really changed the whole culture of the program when they arrived. Robbie is the leader of the team and the other players naturally follow his examples.” Former Poolesville baseball coach Ted Gardiner, who went 48-43 during his five seasons at the helm, agreed with Orsini’s assessment that Metz represents the focal point of the program’s revival with the other three seniors also being vital. Metz, Convers (UMBC) and Pearre (Barton College) have already committed, while Seely, a left-hander pitcher, remains undecided.

“From the time that Robbie first stepped onto the field as a freshman, you knew he was going to be a starter on day one,” Gardiner said. “Whether it’s in practice or in a game, he plays every play like it’s for a championship. He was an obvious choice for preseason All-state. He just has that much desire and passion for the game. The two years that I coached him were really special and having Chris, Thayer and Hunter and the support of their parents, really changed the whole program.” tblack@gazette.net


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Poolesville’s Weaverling sets record in 3,200 at state meet Senior breaks Class 2A meet record in 3,200-meter run as Falcon boys, girls finish ninth



“He’s going to break 9 minutes, 30 seconds,” one spectator said with a certain tone of disbelief as Poolesville High School senior distance runner Chase Weaverling rounded the final turn of his 3,200-meter run in Monday’s Class 2A state indoor track and field championship meet held at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex. He sure did, winning in a Class 2A meet record time of 9:29.76. Not only was Weaverling 9.16 seconds ahead of the runner-up, but most of his competitors were just starting their final laps as he trailed off the side of the track to cool down. Perhaps no one should tell the rest of the field that Monday’s time was about six seconds off the personal best he ran at the Virginia Tech Invitational last month. Heading into last year’s indoor state

CLASS 4A/3A STATE INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD MEET n The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Class 4A/3A indoor track and field championships were held Tuesday night, too late to be included in this edition. Check online at www.gazette.net for coverage.

championship, Weaverling was without a single state title. Monday’s 3,200 win marked his second straight in that event and fifth overall across indoor, outdoor and cross country. “It’s something to be proud of, it definitely means a lot to be able to put my mark on the state meet,” Weaverling said. The anchor of Poolesville’s thirdplace 3,200-meter relay team, which also included William Stamm, Matthew Psaltakis and Elan Guzman, Weaverling said he was also proud of Poolesville’s effort as a unit, both the boys’ and girls’ squads. The Falcons finished ninth on both sides in a meet dominated largely by teams from neighboring Prince George’s and Frederick counties. Prince George’s Frederick Douglass won the boys’ competition with a fivepoint advantage over Carroll County’s Century in second place, 65-60. Fred-

erick’s Catoctin (55.50 points), Prince George’s Largo (50) and Frederick’s Oakdale (40) rounded out the top 5. Baltimore County’s Western Tech won the girls’ title by three points over Largo, 64-61. Carroll County’s Liberty (59) and Frederick’s Oakdale (44) and Middletown (43) finished third through fifth, respectively. “[The bad weather last week] threw off everyone’s schedule, nobody was able to practice,” Douglass coach Kori Green said. “[Teams] had to get creative [with ways of practicing].” AsidefromWeaverling,Poolesvillegot wins from Denise Larson, Claire Beautz, Chelsie Pennello and Theresa Nardone in the girls’ 3,200 relay. The Falcons were also propelled by a plethora of top 10 finishes across the board. jbeekman@gazette.net


Poolesville High School’s Chase Weaverling competes Monday in the 3,200-meter run during the Class 2A/1A state championship track and field meet at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex.

Kennedy succeeds with chemistry Damascus clinches division; Holy Child extends streak




The John F. Kennedy High School girls’ basketball team (15-2 as of Monday) is having a



Keif Williams practices with the John F. Kennedy High School basketball team earlier this season in Silver Spring.

Wake up early for ‘senior night’ Weather reschedules annual ceremony to an unusually early tip-off




Marco Basso-Luca surveyed the scene before him on Saturday morning — a sparse gym, the only fans being parents and cheerleaders, both essentially

BOYS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK mandatory attendants — so he ditched the microphone. He would be heard just fine without it. Just outside the Wheaton High School gym where the coach stood, a woman yawned and voiced her desire for some coffee. It wasn’t exactly the scene that comes to mind when picturing a senior night — normally a raucous occasion with a packed gym and high emotions — if not because the ceremony was being held at 10 a.m., about

nine hours before one would typically take place. The snow had done its worst, rescheduling Wheaton’s Friday night matchup with John F. Kennedy to Saturday morning. “It was more like senior morning,” Wheaton shooting guard Mikey Patterson said. “I kind of wish we could have moved the game back to next week,” Basso-Luca said. “I think more parents could have showed up for the kids and come out for senior night. It is what it is so both teams had to deal with a 10 in the morning start.” The ceremony getting moved was inconvenient, sure, but what was a bit more of a concern was how the players would respond to playing a game a good nine hours earlier than normal, on a day generally reserved for light shoot-arounds and walk-throughs. “Most of these kids don’t even eat breakfast, man,” said former Wheaton coach Sharief Hashim, who walked out Patterson for the occasion. “They’ll just have some juice or a soda or

something.” Kennedy’s Keif Williams and Bruke Hawkins, who scored 22 and 14 points, respectively, in the 59-57 overtime win, weren’t too concerned, and neither was their coach, Diallo Nelson. “Obviously it’s unusual,” Nelson said. “The only time I can remember having a 10 o’clock start is in a tournament situation or, even back in the day, at the boys’ club. But I think for them it’s very unusual.” Fortunately for Kennedy, Nelson has his team awake and practicing at 8:30 every Saturday morning, and it showed as the Cavaliers leapt out to an 11-2 lead and never trailed for a single possession. “Playing AAU — well, the good teams, they play at 8:30 in the morning,” Williams said. “So I’m kind of used to it.” “Yeah, just playing AAU gets you ready,” Hawkins agreed. “Most of the guys play AAU over the summer and you have to wake up at eight and play an early game so I was used to it.” tmewhirter@gazette.net

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After upending Winston Churchill High School by identical 5-1 scores in each of their two previous meetings with the Bulldogs, Thomas S. Wootton’s ice hockey coaches and players realized the third meeting would likely be considerably tougher. Wootton (14-0) may not have been at its best throughout Monday’s game in the Montgomery Hockey Conference final, but the Patriots were not about to let the Bulldogs end their unbeaten season. Wootton got a late empty-net goal

from Luke Klecker to claim a 4-2 victory over the Bulldogs at the Wheaton Ice Arena, securing the Patriots’ berth in the Maryland Student Hockey League’s state quarterfinals on Monday at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel. “I have never been so happy to see an empty net goal,” said Wootton coach Dave Evans, who is in his 20th season. In fact, Wootton had won its 12 league contests by an average margin of seven goals per game and its two 5-1 wins over Churchill perhaps gave further indication of their overall superiority among the Montgomery squads. By the same token, the Patriots’ players knew the Bulldogs were not going to go away quietly in Monday’s final. “We saw that they played more of a trap and we made

some mistakes against it,” said Wootton senior captain Jordan Bretner, who had an assist on the Patriots first goal. “We tried to force some things through the trap and it cost us early. Once we settled down and played the puck around it, we were fine. But that last five minutes was tough. Until Luke scored that goal, it really was nerve-wracking.” With just over five minutes remaining in the game, Churchill narrowed the deficit in half when Philip Satin scored with the teams at even strength. With less than 90 seconds remaining the Bulldogs brought on the extra attacker when goaltender Marcus Hurd raced to the bench. But the advantage never materialized and Klecker sealed the verdict with an empty net goal with 1:08 remaining.

near-perfect season, improving on last year’s 15-9 record with its only losses coming against Paint Branch. The Cavaliers are handling opponents with ease, winning four straight since a 4945 loss to the Panthers. Kennedy coach Kevin Thompson attributed the team’s success to chemistry and continuity. “You have good chemistry when you have good kids and they like playing with each other,” he said. “They like each other off the court and on the court. The chemistry is huge.” The team returned most of its lineup and has benefitted from Daysha Adams’s breakout

season. The fifth-year senior is averaging a team-high 14.6 points after missing most of the last two years with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease affecting the thyroid. She has been one of the county’s premier shooters, leading the 4A East Division with 55 3-pointers. Adams has made life easier on the rest of the team, Thompson said, by drawing attention and freeing up space for her teammates. For example, Makeda Wright has improved as a distributor with Adams back in the lineup. Though her scoring has decreased by about two points (11.1), she has been more effective running the offense. “Last year I needed her to score ... This year since everyone around her got better, she’s finding her teammates,” Thompson said. “She’s adjusted to the girls getting better around her and she’s done it with a great attitude.”

Damascus clinches its division Damascus (18-2, 9-0 as of Monday) is a win away from achieving a perfect Montgomery 3A/2A Division record, with

its regular season finale against Rockville scheduled for Friday. The No. 1 Swarmin’ Hornets defeated Seneca Valley 54-31 on Feb. 11, completing the season sweep of their division foe. Senior Kelli Prange scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, connecting on 13 of 15 field goals. “Props to my teammates,” Prange said. “Our game plan every game is to get it inside. Since I have a huge height advantage, we take advantage of that every game, so props to my teammates for getting me the ball.”

Holy Child extends streak Connelly School of the Holy Child won its 16th straight game against Episcopal Jan. 11, defeating the Independent School League ‘A’ opponent 53-50. Holy Child (20-3, 11-1) has not lost since it was defeated by Episcopal 48-33 in December. The Tigers are led by Talley Britt, a 5-foot-3 senior averaging a team-high 12.5 points per game. Lilly Paro (10.4) and Mary Claire Byrne (10.1) round out Holy Child’s top scorers. egoldwein@gazette.net


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Seven Montgomery County private school wrestlers reached the finals of the Maryland Independent State Wrestling Tournament on Sunday evening at McDonogh School in Owings Mills and three won championships.

PREP NOTEBOOK BY GAZETTE STAFF Georgetown Prep freshman Eric Hong (120 pounds), Our Lady of Good Counsel sophomore Kevin Budock (132) and Georgetown Prep senior Michael Sprague (138) each won titles in their respective weight classes Sunday, while four other county wrestlers earned runnerup honors. McDonogh narrowly won the team title with 239.5 points, followed by Good Counsel with 237. Hong won his first two matches by pins, then defeated St. Paul’s sophomore Ryan Friedman, 1-0, before pinning St. Mary’s Ryken junior Steven

CLASS 4A/3A STATE WRESTLING DUALS n The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Class 4A/3A state wrestling dual meet tournament was held Tuesday night, too late to be included in this edition. Check online at www. gazette.net for coverage of Damascus’ performance.

Simpson in the second period of their title match. Budock won his first match by forfeit, his second via pin and then edged Tyshaun Williams, 3-1, in the semifinals before posting a 3-1 decision victory over St. Paul’s senior Jack Mutchnick in the finals. Prep’s Sprague won his first four matches in four different ways before beating Spalding’s Matt Pente, 8-0. Ironically, Sprague’s closest match was in the opener, when he won by a 4-0 decision. He then won his next match by pin, the third by technical fall and his semifinal round by an injury forfeit. Good Counsel wrestlers also had a quartet of runnerup finishes. The Falcons’ Adam Whitesell (113), Bailey Thomas (126), Nick Miller (182) and Kevin Snyder (195) all reached their respective weight class finals. Whitesell lost a 7-3 decision in the final, while Thomas suffered a 5-3 setback.

Good Counsel sophomore Garrett Neff (152) won his first three matches before losing to Loyola’s Walter Johnson in the semifinals and Landon junior Jarett Witzal (160) won his first two matches by pins before being pinned by eventual champion Logan Breitenbach (Spalding) in the semifinals. — TED BLACK

Sherwood girls, Blair boys win region swim titles The Sherwood girls’ and Montgomery Blair boys’ swim teams continued their dominance of the Class 4A/3A North Region since Montgomery County joined the state competition two winters ago with their third consecutive region titles Monday. Despite losing the majority of its scoring from last year, Sherwood followed up last week’s Montgomery County Division II title by winning


Montgomery Blair High School’s Brian Tsau wins Monday’s 200-yard freestyle in the Class 4A/3A North Region championships. 373-349 over Blair, which finished second. James H. Blake (250.5), Col. Zadok Magruder (210) and North Point (184) finished third through fifth. The Blazer boys, who were a preseason favorite to take the state title, recovered from a winless dual-meet season to win Monday’s region championship. They finished with a 385-263 advantage over Hun-

tingtown. Sherwood (260), Springbrook (225) and North Point (22) rounded out the top five. The state competition, which only allows two entries per team per event, feeds into Blair’s strengths. The Blazers have some of the fastest swimmers in the state but don’t boast the same depth as many of their Montgomery

County rivals. Blair won eight of 11 races Monday, including all three relays, which are worth double the points. Brian Tsa won both his individual events, the 200- and 500-yard freestyle, setting a meet record in the latter (4 minbutes, 39.46 seconds). Michael Thomas (100-yard butterfly, 53.56) and Ethan Amitay (100-yard breaststroke, 1:00.82) also broke individual meet records. The three then teamed with Kaden Sukachevin to win the 200 freestyle relay in meet record fashion (1:30.87). Sherwood’s girls, led by double winner Morgan Hill (50- and 100-yard freestyle) won six events, including the opening 200-yard medley relay and the meet-finale 400 freestyle relay. Hill set a new meet mark in the 50-yard freestyle (24.17). Blair freshman Madison Waechter certain announced her arrival on the state scene with wins in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle and led off the Blazers’ winning 200-yard freestyle relay. — JENNIFER BEEKMAN

Good Counsel grad helps start Furman lacrosse BY KENT ZAKOUR STAFF WRITER

After graduating from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in 2012, Graham Dabbs planned to attend the U.S. Naval Academy to play lacrosse. But after verbally committing to the Midshipmen and spending a season at the Salisbury School in Connecticut, Dabbs’ college plans changed. For reasons that Dabbs politely declined to disclose to The Gazette, the Damascus native was in search for a new place to play lacrosse.


Our Lady of Good Counsel High School graduate and college freshman Graham Dabbs is a key member of Furman University’s new lacrosse program. So he got in touch with a

who had recently been hired

longtime mentor, Richie Meade,

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five assists) on nine shots. “I didn’t expect to start,” said Dabbs, who added he is interested in majoring in accounting. “I expected to be competing for a spot. ... Coach Meade told me a lot of good players would be coming in.” Meade says Dabbs is wellrespected amongst his teammates, has a strong first step, distributes the ball well and is a “better shooter than we thought.” “He’s probably our best offensive player here,” Meade said. Dabbs says the team is building off every mistake and knows finding consistent success will be a growing process for the Paladins, who have a difficult non-conference schedule


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before beginning Atlantic Sun competition, Furman has lost to nationally-ranked Lehigh (13-6) and North Carolina (19-3) as well as Air Force (15-6). Dabbs is scheduled to return to the area on Saturday when Furman is expected to play Army at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. “From the first game to now we’ve definitely improved,” Dabbs said “... We don’t have room for individuals here.” At Good Counsel, Dabbs, who played club lacrosse for Madlax, earned All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference honorable mention honors twice. kzakour@gazette.net





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start up a men’s lacrosse program. Meade had developed a solid relationship with the family having coached Dabbs’ older brother, Bryce, from 2009-13 at Navy. So it proved to be a natural fit “Coach Meade had helped me out the entire recruiting process whether he was recruiting me or not,” Dabbs said. “... My parents love Coach Meade, I love Coach Meade.” While Furman (0-3) has experienced the expected growing pains of a young first-year varsity team, Dabbs, individually, has started fast as a freshman with significant responsibility on the field. In three games — all starts — the 5-foot-10, 160-pound attacker has recorded eight points (three goals,


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Caroline Thornington’s “Contemplating Betelgeuse” lithograph print is on view as part of a collective exhibit at BlackRock.

The Gazette’s Guide to

Arts & Entertainment

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A W A K E N I N G ’ :


Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play took an honest look at burgeoning sexuality

A fine fiddler

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The arts have been used throughout time as a way to entertain, to teach and to convey messages that are important to the artist. At times, it’s forgotten the arts can do something quite magical as, well, heal and comfort those in need. A prime example of the healing power of the arts comes from violinist Anthony Hyatt, who will be playing the Fair Folk Fiddler for Imagination Stage’s production of “Rumpelstiltskin,” running through March 16 in Bethesda. Hyatt offers his services through the organization Moving Beauty,

RUMPELSTILTSKIN n When: To March 16 (contact theater for show times) n Where: Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda n Tickets: $12-$25 n For information: 301-280-1660; imaginationstage.org

where he is the founder. Hyatt plays violin for pediatric and cancer patients at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and is co-director for the nonprofit Arts for the Aging program Quicksilver, a senior citizens improv dance company. A master trainer for the National Center for Creative

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Emily Zickler was 18 when she and a friend went to see the controversial musical “Spring Awakening” in New York. “The show just echoed so many of my own emotions,” said Zickler. “It really pinpointed being in between [adolescence and adulthood].” Now 25 with a degree in acting from Boston University, Zickler is directing and choreographing the musical for the Kensington Arts Theatre. “I felt understood,” she said about the show. “I feel it captured the spectrum of feelings in a teenager, when the hormones are pumping in your veins and everything seems like life or death.” “Spring Awakening” is running from Friday to March 15 at the Kensington Town Hall. The production is based on the 2006 musical “Spring Awakening,” with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music and orchestrations by singer and songwriter Duncan Sheik, who topped the charts in 1996 with his single, “Barely Breathing.” The Broadway production of “Spring Awakening” won eight Tony awards in 2007, including Best Musical, Director, Book, Score, Choreographer and Orchestrations. Instead of relying on her memories of the New York show, Zickler said she went back to the source of it all, the 1891 play of the same name by German play-


wright Frank Wedekind. Wedekind was in his mid-20s when he wrote “Spring Awakening.” It was his first major play. Set in a provincial German town in the 1890s, the story is about high school students struggling to manage their burgeoning sexual desires while living in a repressive society controlled by parents and teachers. Banned in Germany at the time, “Spring Awakening” pulled no punches with its frank depictions of and allusions to teenage masturbation, sex, physical and sexual abuse, homoeroticism, abortion and suicide. The Kensington show includes strong language and brief nudity and is not recommended for children younger than 13, Zickler said.

Magic in music The cast has 13 members, two of whom are age-appropriate actors in the adult roles, including parents, a doctor and school officials. Zickler said she asked the two actors to develop their characters as perceived by the teenagers, and they come across for the most part as repressive, unthinking and


Kensington Arts Theatre is presenting the Tonyaward winning musical, “Spring Awakening,” from Friday to March 15 in Kensington. Pictured: Joanna Frezzo as Ilse.

SPRING AWAKENING n When: 8:15 p.m. Feb. 21-22, Feb. 28 and March 1, 7-8, 14-15; 3 p.m. March 2, 9 (talk back following March 2 performance) n Where: Kensington Arts Theatre, Kensington Town Center, 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington n Tickets: $15-$23 n For information: 206-888-6642, katonline.org


From left, King (Jason Glass), Fiddler (Anthony Hyatt), Mess (Kathryn Kelley) and the Miller’s Daughter (Katherine Turner) star in Imagination Stage’s production of ‘Rumpelstiltskin.’

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Surreal production mixes comedy and tragedy BY

Forum Theatre presents



In Forum Theatre’s current play, “Pluto,” a mother named Elizabeth comes home from shopping one morning expecting to experience a routine day. But on the radio is news of a violent incident at the community college where her son, Bailey, attends classes. And in her kitchen is a three-headed dog named Cerberus sitting under a tree branch that has grown through the roof, while someone inside her refrigerator is trying to get out. “It’s not a play that goes from A to B — that’s why I think it’s so brilliant,” said director Michael Dove, artistic director for the Forum Theatre. “It’s a very funny play, [but] dealing with some very serious topics.” Written by California playwright Steve Yockey, “Pluto” runs Thursday to March 15 at the Round House Theatre in Silver Spring, where Forum is a resident company.

See PLUTO, Page B-8

n When: Feb. 20 to March 15 (playwright will attend Feb. 22 performance for post-play discussion. Discussions held after Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday evening performances. Contact theater for complete list of show times) n Where: Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring

n Tickets: $20 in advance. Pay what you want at the door.

n For information: 240-644-1390, forum-theatre.com/pluto


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Seeing red Nineteen-year-old wunderkind Andy Poxon and his band will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, with special


Singer-songwriter and guitarist Andy Poxon will perform with his band Thursday at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. Also performing will be the Dave Chappell Band.

guests the Dave Chappell Band. Poxon has toured the Washington, D.C., area steadily since 2009, entertaining audiences with a blend of blues, rockabilly, soul and jazz. Poxon released his first album, “Red Roots,” in 2011 at the age of 16. Last March, “Tomorrow,” a 14-song CD produced by Duke Robillard, showcased how far the young performer has come in such a short time. For ticketing information, visit bethesdabluesjazz.com.

Philharmonia and ‘Change’ The National Institute of Health Philharmonia, under


‘Your man’

The NIH Philharmonia, under the direction of Dr. Nancia D’Alimonte (pictured), will present “Change is in the Air” on Saturday at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Rockville.

Slaid sends off series


A rising country star and one of the youngest members of the sterling Grand Ole Opry, Josh Turner (“Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Your Man,”) will bring his Punching Bag Tour to the Music Center at Strathmore on Friday.

Multi-platinum country star Josh Turner will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Friday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. The concert is part of Turner’s Punching Bag Tour, and will feature hits such as “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Would You Go With Me,” and his latest, “Time is Love.” Ruthie and the Wranglers will open. For ticketing information, visit strathmore.org.


Singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves will perform in concert Saturday at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn.


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the direction of Dr. Nancia D’Alimonte, will present “Change is in the Air” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 917 Montrose Road, Rockville. Included on the program will be Debussy’s “Danse,” Mozart’s “Symphony No. 25” and Sibelius’ “Symphony No. 5.” Founded in 2005, the Philharmonia continues its mission of making classical music available to the entire community, by performing in settings less formal than concert halls. Admission is free. For more information, visit nihphil.org.

Slaid Cleaves will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn. His performance will close out this season’s Singer Songwriter Concert Series at the venue. Cleaves’ melodic, deep-felt tunes will also be present during a special workshop preceding the concert at 3 p.m. at the adjacent Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Road in Gaithersburg. For more information, visit gaithersburgmd.gov/artsbarn.


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RoboCop reboot comes with a message Your move, moviegoers




n 3 stars


n PG-13; 116 minutes

Intriguingly ambiguous in its rooting interests, the “RoboCop” remake doesn’t really believe its own poster. The tagline “Crime has a new enemy” suggests little more than point and shoot — the same old cyborg song and dance. While nobody’d be dumb enough to reboot the original 1987 kill’em-up franchise by holding back on the scenes of slaughter in favor of sly political satire about arm-twisting Fox News jingoism or American business ethics, Brazilian-born director Jose Padilha manages to do all that and still deliver the product. That first, excitingly sadistic “RoboCop,” directed by Paul Verhoeven, paved the way for one of the ugliestspirited sequels ever, and a third, forgettable outing. Now, working from a script by Joshua Zetumer based on

n Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley n Directed by Jose Padilha

the Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner ur-text, we have a movie taking place in the ever-popular near future, 14 years hence. We’re back in Detroit. America’s the lone, squishy-liberal holdout among first-world nations in the crime-fighting revolution deploying deadly peacekeeping robots and robotics. The airwaves are ruled by a Bill O’Reilly-type show, “The Novak Element,” in which a paranoid visionary (Samuel L. Jackson in fantastic, “distinguished” anchorman hair) shills for the OmniCorp company, the money

behind the armed robots. The company president (Michael Keaton) realizes the American public won’t support robot police officers, unless they can package them as human-ish. Joel Kinnaman of the television series “The Killing” plays Alex Murphy, the Detroit police detective critically injured by a car bomb and reconfigured, by Gary Oldman’s kindly OmniCorp researcher, into the franchise title at hand. There’s a lot to enjoy here, though the brutality is very rough for a PG-13 rating. (The screening included an awful lot of clueless parents accompanied by an awful lot of preteens.) RoboCop becomes a pawn in the corporate game, as he was in the original film, but here the machinations and talk of focus groups and marketing strategies is more pronounced and pretty sharp. Most audiences will be content with the gamer-friendly set pieces, in which a fatality count snuggles itself into the upper-right corner of the screen. Jackie Earle Haley plays the robot trainer/programmer, and he’s one of

Gary Oldman in Columbia Pictures’ “RoboCop,” starring Joel Kinnaman. several ace supporting players lifting “RoboCop” above the routine. The female roles aren’t much, but they’re not insulting, and they’re handled with steely panache by Abbie Cornish (grieving, confused wife, since her husband’s not technically dead), Marianne JeanBaptiste (no-nonsense police chief) and the great Jennifer Ehle (icy business associate). The script includes some interesting ideas about the researchers struggling to get RoboCop’s medication doses at the right level, so he re-

tains enough of his human side to be relatable to the public. This is at heart a pretty sad movie. Verhoeven wouldn’t be caught dead making you care about anything in his “RoboCop”; Padilha is after something different. He shoots in a familiar shaky-cam style that might be called “early ‘NYPD Blue.’” That I can do without. But unlike the recent, empty-headed “Total Recall” remake, for example, this movie comes at you with an idea or two, as well as every available gun blazing.


Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339.

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

days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, www.capitalblues.org. Contra, Feb. 21, Dick Bearman and Devine Comedy, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www. fridaynightdance.org. Contra & Square, Feb. 23, Michael Hamilton with Froghammer; March 2, Ted Hodapp and Contratopia, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www.fsgw.org. English Country, Feb. 19, Caller:

Carol Marsh; Feb. 26, Caller: Dan Gillespie, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www.fsgw.org. Swing, March, TBD, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, www.flyingfeet.org. Waltz, March 2, Contratopia, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10, www.waltztimedances.org.

MUSIC & DANCE Arts Barn, Singer Songwriter

Concert Series, Slaid Cleaves with Tony Denikos, Feb. 22, 3 p.m. workshops at the Arts Barn or Kentlands Mansion, 7:30 p.m. concerts at the Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. 301258-6394, www.gaithersburgmd. gov/artsbarn.

Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Armand Netp, 7:30 p.m. Feb.

19; Andy Poxon Band and Dave Chappell Band, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20; Joe Louis Walker - Hornet’s Nest,

8 p.m. Feb. 21; The Soul Crackers with Tommy Lepson, 8 p.m. Feb. 22; David Sanchez, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23; Gotta Swing Dance with Josh & The Good Old Stuff, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26; Veronneau, 8 p.m. Feb. 27; The Texas Chainsaw Horns & Hot Mess Burlesque, 8 p.m. Feb. 28; Mojo & The Bayou Gypsies, 8 p.m. March 1, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Robin and Linda Williams, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20; Ballet Hispanico Latin Dance Party, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28; Cashore Marionettes, 1 p.m. March 1, call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, www.blackrockcenter.org.

Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, Carrie Newcomer,

7:30 p.m. March 8, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, www.imtfolk.org.

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Scott Fitzgerald Theater

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Victorian Lyric Opera Company Presents

Yeoman of the Guards

February 20 (Preview) February 21, 22 at 8pm February 23 at 2pm


Carpe Diem Contra Dance, March. 13, Steve Hickman, John Devine and the Major Minors, DeLaura Padovan, caller, 7-7:30 p.m. contradance workshops, 7:30-10 p.m. Contras & Squares, second Thursdays, Great Hall, Silver Spring Civics Center, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, $10 for general admission, $8 for members, $5 for students and those without income, www.carpediemarts.com. Hollywood Ballroom, Feb. 19, free Waltz lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Feb. 20, 27, March 6, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); Feb. 21, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); Feb. 22, Latin Night with Mr. Mambo, workshops from 8-10 p.m., dance from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ($18); Feb. 23, free Fox Trot lessons at 7 p.m., So-

cial Ballroom at 8 p.m. ($16); Feb. 26, free Rumba lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Feb. 28, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing at 9 p.m. ($15); March 1, Ballroom dance night, lessons from 6:30-9 p.m., dance from 9 p.m. to midnight ($15); March 2, free Cha Cha lessons at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); March 5, free Step of the Evening lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, www. hollywoodballroomdc.com Now and Then Dance Studio, Saturday ballroom dances, second and fourth Saturdays, beginner group lesson at 8 p.m., open dancing at 9 p.m., $10 cash at door (all men admitted at halfprice throughout October), 10111 Darnestown Road, Rockville. 301424-0007, www.nowandthendancestudios.com.







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Assemblage, test tubes and prints: Mixed media at BlackRock The Main Art Gallery in the BlackRock Center for the Arts is featuring a “Collective” exhibit of the work of three artists: Renée Lachman, Zofie Lang and Henrik Sundqvist. They are connected loosely in that the first two are both exhibiting assemblages, and the third three large paintings with attached elements. The Terrace Gallery on the second floor has a small but choice exhibit of lithographic prints by Caroline Thornington.

ON VIEW BY CLAUDIA ROUSSEAU Henrik Sundqvist, originally a native of Sweden, is concerned about the environment. His work, which is exquisitely crafted in various media, always carries an ironic and often latent message about social, political and especially environmental issues. Last year he exhibited a series of glass spray bottles, each carefully etched with highly detailed images of insects. Each had a ring around its neck bearing an elegant gray card with an historical cross and the name of the chemical used to poison them. “Spray,” the name of that work, is related to the current exhibit at BlackRock. On three large panels Sundqvist has painted three kinds of insects often targeted for “pest control” in careful rows across a painted surface: wasps, beetles and flies. Each of the panels bears a central image:

a garden gnome and fruits with the wasps, flamingoes with the beetles and a weeping angel with the flies. Attached to each of the panels with gleaming hardware are nine large test tubes that the artist has floridly etched with parts of the title: “At home; in my garden; there is heaven and hell.” Here are both beauty and death. The artist has written that the work was inspired by DuPont’s 1935 advertising slogan: “Better Things for Better Living … through Chemistry.” The irony implicit in that statement is made clear in these paintings which, for all the messaging, are visually attractive. The assemblages of Renée Lachman are by far the most numerous objects in the show, and their variety is nearly staggering. Lachman uses found objects which she combines in ways that create narratives through the juxtaposition of their shapes. A few of these combinations imply a kind of accidental figuration, as in “Sax” in which the various objects are arranged to resemble a figure playing an instrument, or “Volts” which looks like a face with a mustache though composed of an electric meter, a slender bone, a piece of toy train track, a grinding wheel, a level, a compass, and other bits and pieces. There is often a sense of humor in these works, such as in the large relief called “Two Shoes” after two wooden high-heeled shoes painted white in its center, with toy piano keys hanging below — the whole per-


Continued from Page B-5 Aging, Hyatt also is an instructor of a Dance for Parkinson’s class. For “Rumpelstiltskin,” Hyatt has double duty, as he has written the music he’ll play on stage during the show. “Originally, we had thought I would have a spoken part, but I was actually somewhat relieved when [director Janet Stanford] decided to let my voice be the violin,” Hyatt said. “That allowed me, while we were rehearsing the play, to concentrate on the music because I was working in real time improvising and trying to write down my ideas and


Henrik Sundqvist’s “At home in my backyard there is Heaven and Hell,” 2014. haps evoking a blues singer on a piano. But frequently the narrative is darker, more poetic and/ or referential. Like many of these pieces, “Sickle” has a base of old dark wood to which a pocked sickle is attached along with bits of other metal, doll hair, some handmade paper and a tiny leaf. The result is an invitation to the viewer to meditate on themes like time and place, history and memory. “Skinned” features a shed snakeskin and a zipper along with other elements that suggest coming out of one’s old

drawing on the various sources of music for the show.” The seed for Hyatt to perform at Imagination Stage was planted years ago by his friend Kate Bryer, who serves as associate artistic director for the theater. The two were neighbors in the Bannockburn neighborhood in Bethesda. Every year, Bannockburn has a Halloween parade where Hyatt dresses up and plays the fiddle. “She thought that it would be wonderful to have my music in a show at Imagination Stage and she talked with Janet about this idea,” Hyatt said. “It took a long time before they were able to come to a show in which it fit. ‘Rum-

The five-member cast of “Pluto” includes the mother Elizabeth (Jennifer Mendenhall); her son Bailey (Mark Halpern) and Bailey’s friend, Maxine (Brynn Tucker). It also includes Cerberus the dog (Kimberly Gilbert) and Death (David Zimmerman, who also plays the voice on the radio). “The real focus of the play for me is about this mother and the son and how they communicate,” said Dove. “It’s about what happens when you fail to communicate and be honest with one another, especially in a family.” In a Forum blog interview with the play’s dramaturg, Hannah Hessel Ratner, Yockey said the idea for the play and title germinated after the change in reclassification of Pluto from a planet to a dwarf planet in 2006. “We have difficulty allowing our idea of [people] to evolve even when the actual person changes, grows or becomes

Lang adds more photographic and graphic imagery to her pieces, relying less on found objects to create the work. Many of the pieces contain references to fairy tales, such as “Sleeping Beauty” with three hanging pocket watches, “Rumplestilskin” with a golden chain and a photo of a very frustrated woman, and “The Pied Piper” in a found sewing drawer, a photo of mice, surrounded by faux fur. My favorite, however, was “Three Wishes,” a complicated piece with little shelves and tubes full of strange substances. In the very bottom compartment are three symbols: a dollar bill, a caduceus and a heart. The three wishes are for money, health and love. Thornington’s prints in the Terrace Gallery are definitely worth going upstairs to see. They are both black and white and color lithographs, done with the old-school stone with which the artist can pull deep colors and very complex imagery.

gressed and I wanted to learn more.” Hyatt took a course – artists and hospital training – at Montgomery College. According to Hyatt, Judy Rollins, a registered nurse with a Ph.D. who taught the class, does a lot of work with arts and healthcare with the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, including a pediatric program called Studio G. “She invited me to join that program as one of their artists,” Hyatt said. “I started going in to the pediatric units and doing music for the patients and their families.” Over time, Hyatt became more involved, working with the hospital’s Lombardi Cancer Center where he

Among the color prints the best are “Star Dancers” and “Castor and Pollux get Sirius” from an older series of prints featuring the constellations personified by ordinary people. The latter features children in skateboard garb flying around in a purple outer space capturing a dog: Sirius is the “Dog Star” and Castor and Pollux are the Gemini. Among the newer prints the artist continues her fascination with stars and the magic of art. The best of them is “Contemplating Betelgeuse.” “Collective: a visual narrative of tale, time, and thought,” featuring the assemblage and mixed media works of Renee Lachman, Zofie Lang, and Henrik Sundvquist, to Feb. 28; “Between Two Portraits,” lithographs by Caroline Thorington, to Feb. 28, Black Rock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, 301-5282260, www.blackrockcenter.org.

would visit and perform for the patients, families and the staff. Hyatt’s work with older patients grew, as well. He became a master trainer for the National Center for Creative Aging. “Basically, I found this strange little niche that I could never have written a script for the way my career developed,” Hyatt said. “… I guess the best way to say it is I took a leap of faith. I quit the job that was paying my bills and kept the one that was my heart. “I never look back. I keep on doing it and the universe keeps giving me opportunities to do wonderful things.” wfranklin@gazette.net


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skin, while the somewhat chilling “Barometer” contains a nonworking barometer and parts of a broken dark-skinned doll. The artist has said that her aim is to “assemble forgotten pieces into a harmonious whole, to capture time within a frame…Each object persists in its own way; each has its own history.” This is much evidenced in the current almost too extensive exhibit of them. Also in this show are the assemblages of Zofie Lang which seem rather minimal and monochrome in contrast to Lachman’s.

pelstiltskin’ is the one that did.” For 15 years, Hyatt has worked with Arts for the Aging. After being invited by friend Nancy Havlik to join her, Hyatt became co-director for Quicksilver. Originally, Hyatt was coming on board as a musician, but the group quickly evolved to the point where Hyatt would co-direct with Havlik and the two would do performances and workshops at senior care facilities. Eventually, Arts for the Aging asked Hyatt to become a solo artist for them. “So I got involved doing this work initially as a volunteer and then being paid for something that I loved doing,” Hyatt said. “It grew as my life pro-


“This is the first time anyone has produced him in the Washington area,” said Dove. “We’re excited that people here can get to see his work.” A University of Georgia graduate, Yockey earned a Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2008. He has written more than a dozen plays that have been produced in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Dove said the audience will have a chance to meet him for a discussion after this Saturday’s performance. Forum also typically hosts discussions following every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday night show. In June, Yockey’s play “The Thrush & the Woodpecker” will be one of three full-length plays selected from 120 scripts running during the annual Source Festival of new works in Washington, D.C. “I think he’s going to really take off,”Dove said.


Renée Lachman’s “Two Shoes”, assemblage.

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The Forum Theatre will present the Washington, D.C.-area premiere of “Pluto,” a new play by Steve Yockey, running Thursday to March 15 in Silver Spring. The story unfolds in a single mother’s kitchen, where a three-headed dog, Cerberus, sits under a tree that has grown into the kitchen, and someone is trying to get out of the refrigerator. something different right in front of us,” he said in the interview. Dove said the play is humorous not only because of its surreal setting, but also because of the characters. “It’s the kind of comedy that comes from recognizing ourselves or people we know,” he said. But the darkness in the story is also broadly relevant in light of recent shootings in the United States, including the Jan. 25 shooting at The Mall in Columbia, when a teenager from College Park fatally shot two employees before killing himself. “I think this takes things a step further [than media reports],” Dove said. “The play is not about gun control or mental illness, it goes much deeper than that.” There’s something in how we treat one another,” he said. “How do people get to value themselves and others so little that something like this can happen?” “I hope it starts a real interesting discussion,” he said.

Network of the new Forum Theatre is presenting “Pluto” as an associate member of the National New Play Network’s “rolling premiere” program, which enables playwrights to open plays in different cities during one season.

In addition to Silver Spring, “Pluto” is also running in Atlanta, Cincinnati and Orlando. In this case, Yockey benefits from not only one, but four productions, as he continues to fine-tune the script. “The playwright has a chance to learn about the piece and develop things faster,” Dove said. “Pluto” is also Forum Theatre’s third production since instituting its new Forum for All ticketing policy this season designed to make plays as affordable as possible for audiences. People can reserve a seat for $20 or pay what they want at the door. “We decided to make all work accessible to everyone in the county, especially to lowincome people who can’t afford to take their families to a show,” Dove said. So far, the first two plays this season seem to have brought more people to the performances. “For ‘Agnes Under the Big Top,’ it was about the same, and now that the word is out, ‘Meena’s Dream’ had lines out the door for the final week,” he said. “We want to play with it a little bit,” Dove said, but the hope is to continue the policy. “We plan to make it permanent,” he said. vterhune@gazette.net

conformist. “It’s truer to Wedekind’s original intentions,” she said. “He was trying to highlight, and put in the face of society, what society was doing to the next generation.” Most of the actors playing the roles of teenagers are 26 and younger, and the story is told from their point of view. “I want the audience to think about how everyone can feel like every day is a war within themselves, with the world around them and with their peers,” Zickler said. As originally conceived by Sater, the contemporary pop and rock songs were intended to reflect the inner life of the teenagers. Some of the lyrics and harmonies are strong and direct, full of youthful energy and rebellion, while other lyrics are tentative and new, as the teenagers begin to explore each other’s feelings and bodies. There are also songs that are romantic, almost mystical, with allusions to lush colors, open fields, butterflies, summer winds, darkness and light, storms, angels, stars and heaven. “The imagery through the lyrics — it’s so delicious to say those words,” Zickler said. “You feel the emotion in the vowels, and the sense in the consonants, and then when you add the melody, magic happens.”

Exploring sex Among the characters is Melchior (Ryan Alan Jones), an intelligent, rebellious young man who challenges the conventional wisdom imposed on him by his establishmentminded teachers. In the song “All That’s Known,” he sings: “Thought is suspect/And money is their idol/And nothing is OK unless it’s scripted in their Bible.” He reads and knows more about sex than his friends, and he’s given unusual leeway by his liberal-minded mother.


Kensington Arts Theatre is presenting the Tony-award winning musical, “Spring Awakening,” from Friday to March 15 in Kensington. From left are Michael Van Maele as Georg, Ashley Zielinski as Thea, David Tuttle as Hänschen, Riley Lopez as Ernst and Joanna Frezzo as Ilse. “She trusts him and allows him to read Goethe’s ‘Faust,’” Zickler said. “She’s allowed him to be an adult before he really is.” Melchior’s best friend is Moritz (Harrison Smith), who is under pressure from his parents and society to succeed at school. “The 1890s was a really interesting time in Germany,” said Zickler. “The country was going through a second wave of industrialization, and education was more structured to train boys to be a useful cog in the wheel of society.” Flunking out of school was not an option for boys whose parents were intent on projecting a successful image of the family. “The play was shockingly accurate,” Zickler said. “Those who failed were forced into the military.” Moritz is embarrassed to talk about sex, even with Melchior, and asks him to write down an explanation with illustrations. In “The Bitch of Living,” Moritz and the boys sing about the turmoil and frustration caused by their desires. The girls also wrestle with their feelings in “My Junk.” Drawn to the boys, they are confused about what to do. Wendla (Em-

ily Dey), a naive girl interested in Melchior, asks her mother where babies come from, and her mother provides no answers. Also part of the crowd is Hänschen (David Tuttle), a pragmatic young man who acknowledges his feelings but doesn’t lose control of them. “You can rock the boat and fall off ... or you can take your time and let the system work for you,” Zickler said. “He’s the one who observes and let’s things sort themselves out.” Zickler said the songs and music in “Spring Awakening” are vocally demanding, especially for the male actors who need to sing at the top of their range. Although there are some solos, there is no big “11 o’clock” show-stopping number in the second act, she said. “It’s really an ensemble,” she said. “I just love this show,” said Zickler, who was reminded through directing it, what it felt like to be a teenager. “They’re like crocuses struggling through layers of frost to the sunlight,” she said. “They’re filled with a kind of momentum, pushing through to summer.” vterhune@gazette.net

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