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Maryland amusement ride inspector Chad Georg (right) walks through the funhouse with ride supervisor Stephen Bergeron at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg on Thursday.

Montgomery College is offering a new English prep class with no price tag, no class-size limit and only one prerequisite: an Internet connection. Joining in a growing group of colleges offering such a course, and setting out as the first community college in Maryland to produce its own, Montgomery College has added its first massive open online course — an English prep class that

is, as the name would suggest, pretty big and completely open. “It’s free and available to anyone in the world who has Internet access,” said Emily Rosado, an associate professor at the college who will lead the online course involving video lectures, assigned readings and discussion boards. “MOOCs are kind of all the rage right now,” she said. Rosado said she has experience teaching several English classes, including freshmen English, introduction to literature and introduction to journalism — but this class represents a large

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efore thousands of fairgoers hop on the Ferris wheel or enter the funhouse at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, inspectors spend days combing over every midway ride to ensure each is in safe working order. Maryland’s Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation conducts about 6,000 ride inspections each year to ensure the safety of Marylanders who use amusement rides, said Rob Gavel, supervisor of the department’s Amusement Ride Safety Unit. State inspectors arrived at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fairgrounds on Aug. 5, when most rides were still in transport trailers.

“When they are like that, you get to see the rides ... parts of the rides you don’t get to see once they are fully assembled,” Gavel said. Gavel spoke Thursday as his team was finishing inspections in advance of Friday’s opening. Inspectors checked for proper assembly, that the foundation of each ride was secure, that the nuts and bolts holding rides together were properly torqued, that all pins were in place and that safety devices worked. Each ride also was turned on and run to ensure proper speeds and that fences were in the correct place, he said. “We have to see it run before we put a certificate on it,” Gavel said. Gavel said no major issues or concerns were found among the approxi-


Jamar Foster, 13, of Germantown collects images for the agricultural fair video journalism camp with the help of camp intern Monique Costa, 13, of North Potomac on Tuesday at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg.

Video camp turns teens into journalists

IChad Georg checks the funhouse. Amusement rides at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair will be inspected every day.

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Lumberjills bust their chops at county fair Women wield crosscut saws, hot saws and axes for performances n


The Lumberjills chopped, sawed and rolled their way into the 65th Montgomery County Agricultural Fair for the first time on Friday. The four women donned black and pink T-shirts that read “Chics With Axes” and


LENDING PAWS TO PUPS Forty-eight dogs rescued in Arkansas make their way to Gaithersburg to find a home.


competed in a series of events against each other during the 30-minute performance, including hot saws, crosscut saws, ax throwing, wood carving, the underhand chop and log rolling. The women are part of Timber Tina’s World Champion Lumberjills, which travels throughout North America competing and performing. The crew is the first all-women’s logging sport entertainers. The group was started about 18 years ago, and the women do their own set-up and tear-down for the show.



Patty Christinat of Connecticut served as an emcee for the performance. She first took an interest in logging sports when she joined her woodsman team in college in Maine. Christinat competed at a collegiate level for about two years before joining the professional circuit, which she has been in for the past seven years. She said she was drawn to the hobby because of how unique it is. Christinat said it is empowering to chop through a piece of wood. Her favorite event



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In a restaurant banquet room near the Montgomery County Agricultural Fairgrounds, teenagers gathered in a circle and fired questions at each other. The only real rule was that questions had to be original and weren’t allowed to follow up on the previous question. The teens also had to be ready to speak quickly, as their turn came around the circle in rapid-fire sequence.

The activity was a warmup exercise to help students in a video journalism camp by Montgomery Community Media at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. It was early Tuesday morning, the first full day of the camp. Instructors Mandi Wyndham and Mandy Dalton worked to pull some of the shyer campers out of their shells. Dalton exhorted them to keep their voices up, the better to be heard when they ask people questions on the crowded fairgrounds. After their introduction and some training, the eight campers would be turned loose on the fairgrounds

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SUNDAY, AUG. 18 Carl Henn Millennium Trail Bike Ride, 10 a.m.-noon, Lincoln Park Community Center, 357 Frederick Ave., Rockville. A 10.6-mile loop around Rockville for all ages. Free. Discover Dragonflies, 11 a.m., Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Drive, Gaithersburg. Join the naturalist for a brief hike to spot live dragonflies and damselflies around the park. Free. Crab Feast, 2-5 p.m., Rockville Moose Lodge 1540, 13755 Travilah Road, Rockville. $35 for all-you-can-eat crabs; $12 for fried chicken and side dishes, not including crabs. 301-424-2453.



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Two women help dodge diabetes, in an eco-friendly way PEOPLE & PL ACES AGNES BLUM

Back in 2005, Anna Tiedeman Irwin and Elizabeth Kramer Dugan of Bethesda, both of

whom have brothers with type 1 diabetes, were looking for ways to raise money to help fight the disease. It was shortly after the 2004 Ben Stiller comedy “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” had come out and the film sparked an idea. “We thought, ‘Who really plays dodgeball?’” Irwin said. It turns out a lot of people. Fast forward eight years. Dodging Diabetes, the nonprofit the two women founded, raised $25,000 in its Dodging Diabetes Charity Dodgeball Tournament in Rockville in March. Thirty teams and 500 people participated and all proceeds went to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Joslin Diabetes Center. “We wanted to come up with an activity that was really inclusive and required no athletic ability,” Irwin said. But the event did more than raise money: It achieved silver certification from the Council for Responsible Sport, a nonprofit dedicated to independently verifying the sustainability of events. Dodging Diabetes shows how a small, charity fundraiser can reduce its environmental footprint and increase its social impact, while involving other small, local groups in the process, said Keith Peters, the council’s executive director. Here are some of the ways Dodging Diabetes earned its certification: • More than 90 percent of the waste generated from the event was diverted from landfills, and composting stations were used. • The trophies were made from recycled trophies. • The food was supplied by Peter’s Carryout of Bethesda using local ingredients.

Finalists named in Trawick art contest The Bethesda Urban Partnership has announced the finalists for the Trawick Prize, a contemporary art contest that is held annually at Gallery B at 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. The eight finalists’ work will be displayed in the studio from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 4 to 28. The annual juried competi-

Economic Development Inc. The entrepreneurs are vying for more than $23,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. Winners are expected to be announced Aug. 29. The public may vote for its favorite business pitches at

tion awards $14,000 in prizes to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition. Winners will be announced Sept. 6. The prize is named in honor of Bethesda philanthropist Carol Trawick. The public opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 13 in conjunction with the monthly Bethesda Art Walk. The finalists are all artists from the Washington-Baltimore area, including one from Colesville and three from Washington.

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Croissants and watercress coming to Bethesda The gaping hole across from the Barnes & Noble store in downtown Bethesda, also known as Lot 31, is slated to host two new eateries: Paul Bakery and Chop’t Creative Salad Co. The shops will be among the retailers on the ground floor of the mixed-use development, which is scheduled to open in 2015. Paul is a family-owned French bakery chain that is popular throughout France and has seven locations in the U.S. Chop’t Creative Salad is a fast-food salad chain, similar to Fresh Greens, just up Bethesda Avenue. This will be the second Chop’t location in Bethesda, with the other in the Wildwood Shopping Center.

Motor vehicle office to be in Chevy Chase The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration’s mobile office will be at Friendship Heights Village from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. The mobile office, which will be at 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, provides all the services that are available at the agency’s express offices, such as driver’s license renewals, vehicle registrations, Maryland photo identifications, obtaining disability placards and returning tags. For more information, call 410-768-7000.

Councilman conducts night life survey Montgomery County Councilman Hans Riemer wants to know what county residents do at night — at least when they’re out and about in the county. On his blog, Riemer (DAt large) of Silver Spring has launched a survey to try to figure out what Montgomery County’s night-life needs are. He says it’s part of his effort, along with the county’s Night-


Players compete in the eighth annual Dodging Diabetes Charity Dodgeball Tournament in March in Rockville. time Economy Task Force, to establish attractive, fun and safe options for nightlife in the county. The task force comprises members of the business, public safety, arts and entertainment communities, plus local and state officials. For more information on the task force, visit montgomerycountymd. gov/nighttimeeconomy/who. html. The survey can be found at

fifth in the U.S.; others are in Boston, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and New York City, with more than 40 locations in Australia, Israel, the Philippines and Singapore.

Blasting for project starts Wednesday

Sovereign Bank of Boston is changing its name on Oct. 17 to Santander Bank, to take on the name of its parent company. The change applies to all the 721 Sovereign Bank branches in the U.S., including the ones at 7200 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; 481 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg; and 17920 Georgia Ave., Olney.

Weather permitting, blasting at 8300 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, will start Wednesday. Blasting will occur only during the mid-day. The property, near Battery Lane, was once home to a Clarion Hotel, but in 2006 Houston developer Patrinely Group unveiled plans for a three-building luxury condominium complex to be called Trillium. Funding fell through and the site was then sold to StonebridgeCarras in March 2011 for $29 million. Now the property is slated to be a mixed-use building with retail on the first floor and apartments above.

Chocolate bar opens in Bethesda Row

Celebrate library’s 120th by reading 120 books

Max Brenner Chocolate Bar opened this month on Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda Row, and Montgomery County’s chocolate fanciers lined up to experience the renowned chocolatier’s dark, milk and white confections. The shop aims to provide a place where chocolate lovers can smell, see, taste and touch chocolate, according to a news release. It offers treats such as hot chocolate, syringes filled with a dripping chocolate potion that can be squirted directly into the mouth and a Chocolate Chunks Pizza slathered in melting milk and white chocolate and toasted marshmallows. This shop will be Brenner’s

All readers and “read-tome’ers” are invited to join in honoring the 120th birthday of one of the Washington area’s oldest public libraries, the Noyes Children’s Library in Kensington, by joining the library’s 120th Birthday Reading Club. Children can pick up a reading booklet to list the books they have read during 2013 at the library, at 10237 Carroll Place; or at one of several Kensington businesses, including Catch Can, The Growing Years, Hardware City, JennyCakes Bakery, Johnson’s Florist and Garden Center, Old Town Market, sub*urban trading co and Two Coconuts.

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There will be an awards ceremony to celebrate the birthday and festivities Oct. 12 at the library and at Kensington Town Hall. Everyone is invited to participate. Readers may include any books read in 2013 in the reading log and, yes, it is fine to count books read multiple times. Siblings also may participate as a group, with each child adding books read to the family list. The birthday reading program is sponsored by the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 1991 to support the historic library, one of only a handful of public libraries just for children in the U.S. For more information or to download a 120th Birthday Reading Club log, visit www.

StartRight! competition semifinalists The top 10 semifinalists in this year’s StartRight! Women’s Business Plan competition include five Montgomery County entrepreneurs or teams: • Mona Hall McKenzie of Silver Spring, founder and CEO of Capital City Sweets and Treats. • Charyl Kollin of Bethesda, founder and CEO of Full Plate Ventures, dba Farm to Freezer. • Dana McFadden of Germantown, founder of Jai’s Dreams. • Kellee James of Silver Spring, founder and CEO of Mercaris. • Elizabeth Schwinn and Amy Byers of Bethesda, co-founders of ReaderRap. The women submitted business plans to the annual competition, which is run by the Maryland Women’s Business Center and Rockville

Montgomery County’s regional service centers and Department of Health and Human Services will hold a series of free community forums on the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Speakers will discuss the law’s impact on residents ages 18 to 64, including information about insurance coverage, preparing to enroll in the new insurance exchange starting Oct. 1 and potential financial assistance available through the Maryland Health Connection. All the forums will be 7-8:30 p.m. The schedule: • Monday, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Plaza. • Aug. 21, East County Regional Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring. • Aug. 22, Upcounty Regional Center, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown. • Sept. 3, Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring. • Sept. 5, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda Registration is not required.

New shop in Friendship Heights Nina McLemore Inc. has opened a store at the Shops at Wisconsin Place in Friendship Heights in Chevy Chase. McLemore, of Washington, D.C., designs clothing for professional women that are known for their bright colors and use of natural fabrics from Switzerland, Italy and England, according to a news release. This is the chain’s 12th store. Others in Maryland are in Easton and Chestertown. For more information, visit:

DEATHS Mary Christine Colbert Mary Christine Colbert, 73, of North Bethesda, died Aug. 8, 2013. Thornton Funeral Home, P.A. of Indian Head handled the arrangements.



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Aubrey Northrop, 17, a volunteer with the Humane Society of Calvert County, holds a puppy last week that the Humane Society of the United States animal rescue and response team rescued from an Arkansas property. Several of the dogs and puppies will make their way to area pet adoption agencies, including in Calvert County.

Rescued dogs looking for new homes in area

Now, 48 of the dogs are in the Washington area, where pet adoption agencies will try to find new homes for them. They stopped at the Humane Society’s office in




An uber-fluffy brown and gray puppy no bigger than a loaf of bread snuggled sleepily into Ashley Mauceri’s arms. She carried the pup from a large kennel trailer to volunteers from the Humane Society of Calvert County, who hope to find the dog a new home. The puppy was one of 95 animals seized from an apparent hoarding case in Arkansas in July. Mauceri, manager of cruelty response for The Humane Society of the United States, helped Arkansas State Police remove the dogs from a trailer and the surrounding yard where they lived, often without veterinary care. “The majority of them lived outside, without shelter,” Mauceri said.

Gaithersburg on Aug. 7 so the agencies could pick them up and take them to temporary homes in shelters or foster care. Some puppies snuggled deep into the arms of the people carrying them, looking weary from the long ride from Arkansas to Gaithersburg. Others wagged their tails and tilted their noses upward to bestow doggie kisses on their new friends. Humane Society employees and reporters snapped photos of the pups as they made their way to cars for the next leg of their journey. The Humane Society of the United States, a national organization separate from the Montgomery County Humane Society, helped find shelters and adoption agencies with room for the dogs. While soci-

ety employees typically try to find shelters close to where the animals were picked up to minimize travel time, Mauceri said, they sometimes have to look farther afield to find room for them all. “Some places are just inundated with animals,” Mauceri said. “... The partners here have a better chance of finding them their forever homes.” Matt Williams, chief communications officer for the Washington Animal Rescue League, said his organization has been fairly successful at finding homes for dogs, in part because the Washington area tends to be pet friendly. The league took about a dozen of the dogs brought in from Arkansas on Aug. 7. “The D.C. area is a great place to adopt out animals,” he said. The Humane Society of Calvert County took in 10 dogs. Kirstyn Northrop Cobb, an adoption counselor, said they seem to be doing well, although a few seem a bit ner-

vous. “We have every age range from about 8 weeks to ... about 10 years old,” she said. “We have every size, shape, color and hairstyle.” Cobb said the organization generally brings in dogs from municipal shelters in the area, although it has worked with the Humane Society before to take animals from farther away. Last week, she said, it took in a group of dogs from Texas, but that is unusual. “When situations like this arise, we are happy to help out,” she said. The other two rescue groups that received dogs are Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation in Arlington, Va., and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Anne Arundel County. According to the Humane Society, all of the dogs should be available for adoption in the coming days.

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Montgomery County Police are looking into two incidents at the Montrose Crossing Shopping Center in North Bethesda in which people were tricked into giving strangers large amounts of money. In the most recent case, on Aug. 6, a 77-year-old man handed over $10,000 to two men who persuaded him to withdraw the money from a SunTrust Bank in Bethesda, said Cpl. Rebecca Innocenti, a county police spokeswoman. Innocenti described a


scene “scripted” by the men. One said he didn’t trust banks, while the other — acting as a stranger — said he did trust banks and withdrew money to prove it. The victim was then asked if he trusted banks and to withdraw money to prove it, as well. The man then handed over his money after the strangers told him to prove he trusted them, Innocenti said. “It’s all been planned out before they approach you,” she said. On July 26, a man and a woman approached a 68-year-old woman and told her they would invest her money and make a profit for her. The woman withdrew $1,700 from the Bank

of America at 12099 Rockville Pike and gave it to them before they walked away. Innocenti said the cases are related, given that they both happened at the same shopping center. “We know that a lot of times these suspects work in groups of people,” she said. Innocenti said people who commit these frauds try to confuse their victims. “They don’t even know what happened,” she said. “It just happens so fast and they’re so convincing.” Police described one man in the Aug. 6 incident as roughly 5 feet 9 inches and 40 to 45 years old, wearing a brown jacket and a hat. The other was about 6 feet tall, with short hair

and wearing a white shirt. The man in the July 26 incident was described as 6 feet tall and 30 to 35 years old, wearing a white, button-down shirt and brown pants. The woman was described as short and wearing capri-style pants, according to police. Police have asked anyone who might have been a victim or has information regarding the people behind the fraud to call the Financial Crimes Section at 240-773-6330. Anonymous tips can be left for Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 866411-8477 or at https://www. aspx?AgencyID=758.

The Humane Society of the United States is considering building a new headquarters in Gaithersburg. Representatives from the animal protection organization will meet with Gaithersburg’s planning staff for a public hearing Aug. 19 to discuss two possible options for their current site near Watkins Mill Road. According to city documents, the first development option would allow the organization to build up to 342,000 square feet of commercial space for a corporate campus. The second option would allow 300,000 square feet of commercial use and up to 300 residential units. Development would only begin after construction has started on the Watkins Mill Interchange, according to city documents. The new interchange will link two unfinished portions of Watkins Mill Road over Interstate 270 in Gaithersburg, less than a mile northwest of the Md. 355-Montgomery Village Avenue intersection. At the new interchange, drivers would be able to enter and exit I-270 from Watkins Mill Road. State Highway Administration spokesman Charlie Gischlar said construction on the interchange is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2016. The development plan is in a “very preliminary phase,” said Humane Society Chief Financial Officer Thomas Waite. The organization is considering moving an undertermined number of employees into Gaithersburg to create its Washington, D.C.-area headquarters, or choosing an entirely separate, undetermined location. The majority of the Humane Society of the United States’ employees already work in Gaithersburg, Waite said. The current site near Watkins Mill Road serves as their operations center, but a Washington, D.C., office is maintained to foster connections on Capitol Hill and with other D.C., organizations. According to city documents, about 360 employees work in the Humane Society’s Washington and Gaithersburg locations. The State Highway Administration requires the Humane Society to dedicate a portion of their land to the construction of the Watkins Mill Interchange. The amount of land the interchange will require has not been finalized, but the road will pass through the southern corner of the property, next to I-270. The Humane Society must offer the land for free or risk having their sketch plan rejected, according to city documents. The Humane Society is seeking approval from the city on a sketch plan, a preliminary outline of the two options, on the mixed-use zoned land. The public hearing is scheduled to be held 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at Gaithersburg’s city hall. The Humane Society will present a wildlife management plan and a forest conservation plan after the sketch is approved.

Smoke gets in your eyes


Visitors to the Potomac Library on Aug. 7 were treated to the strange sight of bubbles floating about and carbon dioxide “smoke” wafting through the air. The unusual happenings were part of a performance by Alexis Tzap from Sciencetellers, an entertainment group that teaches science to children through interactive stories, experiments and tricks. Here, K.K. Sullivan, 4, of Severna Park feels the cloud of carbon dioxide blown over her by Tzap.


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There’s a calm in the air that comes through sewing. It’s 9 a.m. on Saturday and seven teams of three have nine hours to complete an outfit for Project G Street at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, a competition based on the “Project Runway” television show. Sewing machines hum steadily, stop, hum and stop again in the Heritage Hall Garden Room as the teams with names like Triple Thread and Team Seam adjust thread and fabric. Sometimes they use dental floss for its strength. One team member serves as the model — and the teams pin fabric to torsos and measure busts and waists. G Street Fabrics & Home Decorating Center, a fabric store in Rockville, sponsored the event and donated fabric. Team members brought materials like sewing machines and scissors to the building on Friday night. They also bought more fabric and patterns with a $25 gift card to the store. The prizes are $300 to G Street Fabrics for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third. Teams are required to base their design off Betsey Johnson, this year’s theme. Johnson is known for elaborate dresses with whimsical designs and lots of tulle. The American designer’s 71st birthday was the day of the competition. It’s the second year of the competition, and five teams from last year returned for the daylong challenge. Karen Witt, who organized the competition, announces the time every hour. Sometimes she channels “Project Runway”’s


“time to make it work.” Witt wanted to have a sewing competition at last year’s fair because the fair theme was “sew it, grow it, show it.” “We’re trying to do something to bring young people in,” she said. “This has a lot of young people excited.” A steady stream of visitors watch piles of fabric transform to outfits throughout the day. At 5:15 p.m., models put on makeup and do their hair. Once Witt announces 5:30 p.m., the sewing machines speed up and models run to the bathroom to finish getting ready. Some teams are still sewing part of their outfit. “Can we vote to have an extra half-hour?” asked Gaia Eirich of team Greater Columbia Fantasy Costume Guild. The team, Crazy Mamas from Aberdeen and Damascus, iron Emily Hogan into her cheetah print dress at 5:50 p.m. At 6 p.m., Witt tells the teams to put their scissors down. Led by 2012 Fair King and Queen, Michael Cropp and M-E Burton, 18 and 16, respectively, the teams parade to the Home Arts building for the runway. About 40 people watch the models walk the runway as three judges — Ellen White, who works at Hancock Fabrics, a local fabric store; Macine Williams, who helped create a judging school at Virginia Cooperative Extension; and Daphne Sadiki, a sewing instructor at G Street Fabrics, discuss seams and workmanship. “It doesn’t have to be couture but it has to be desirable,” Williams said. At 6:30 p.m., the judges announce The Sewists won first place, Team Seam won second and the Columbia team took third. The Sewists, from Silver Spring, created an asymmetrical dress, layering stripes in various directions. They used orange cheetah print fabric for ties. Team member Natalie McGill still wears the pants made in last year’s competition.


Mary Hogan and Emily Hogan put the finishing touches on their dress before the Project G Street fashion show at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. Their team, Crazy Mamas, is from Aberdeen and Damascus. Sarah Gingold, another member of The Sewists, is comfortable creating wearable art. She’s made her own clothes since high school and owns a wearable art sewing studio called Think Outside the Store in Silver Spring. “I try to teach kids you don’t have to make clothes look like they normally do,” Gingold said. Laura Lay, another member of the team and the arts education director at Create Arts Center in Silver Spring, is the current resident artist at the studio. Team Seam took the birthday theme very seriously and created a mismatched dress, complete with a cupcake headband and fabric present. “We hope our dress is delicious,” said Team Seam member Allison Fuentes. Team Seam came in first place last year. This year’s entry included spliced together plaid fabric and different colored tulle. The team wrapped an empty shoe box in pink fabric to create a present for their model to hold. The Columbia team went for a light blue dress with layered purple lace under the bust and a matching clutch purse.

The team is well-versed in sewing. It creates elaborate costumes for events like BaltiCon, a regional science fiction and fantasy convention. “When you’re doing costumes there’s no set pattern,” said Marianne Pease, a member of the team costume guild. “You’re always improvising.” Some of the youngest sewers in the room are not new to the skill. Christine and Emily Evans of Silver Spring, 14 and 16, respectively, of team Triple Thread, took a fashion production course last year at James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring. During last summer’s competition they didn’t know how to sew zippers so they had to use stretchy fabric. This year they delegated jobs to their mom, Kathy Evans. They cut out pink, yellow and purple flower petal patterns and had their mom sew them on a blue dress. Beyond Expectations is a team of teenagers. Faith Patino, 16, of Gaithersburg takes private sewing lessons from White, one of the judges. She said White encouraged her to enter the competition.

Caroline Shorb, 13, works on the dress that her sister Rebekah Shorb, 15, modeled for Project G Street at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair on Saturday. The girls are from Germantown. Patino, Angelica Patino, 14, and Shadee Perry, 18, cut out blue and pink tulle in feather shapes and sew it onto black fabric. The Shorb sisters from Germantown won second place in last year’s competition. Rebekah, 15, and Caroline, 13, learned the skill by participating in 4-H sewing competitions during the year. They made a blue maxi dress with long black stripes. The Crazy Mamas, from Aberdeen and Damascus, created a Marilyn Monroe-type outfit

using cheetah print fabric and black lace. Their model Emily Hogan, 21, competes in baton twirling. Her mother, Mary Hogan, makes her outfits. Mary has been involved in 4-H sewing since she was 6. “I’ve been making costumes forever,” Mary said. “Somebody likes to sit down and read. My favorite thing is sewing.” The outfits will be displayed in the Home Arts building through this week.


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School’s fundraising a concern Montessori school needs to raise $150,000 this year




As Community Montessori Charter School heads into its second school year, some county and school system officials are concerned about fundraising efforts to complement Montgomery County Public School funds in the school’s budget. As of July 26, Crossway Community — the nonprofit that operates the county’s only charter school — was continuing to raise the roughly $150,000 needed to complement about $66,000 the school system contributed to the 2012-13 budget, according to Kathleen Guinan, the nonprofit’s CEO. The nonprofit has no deadline to come up with the funds, said Larry Bowers, the school system’s chief operating officer. The organization will need to raise a similar amount of money for the 2013-14 budget, Bowers said. Guinan said at a July 22 meeting with the County Council’s Education Committee that the school has the support of “highly reliable sources” in the county to help it raise the funds it needs. “We have consulted with these sources and have every confidence we will be able to meet our financial obligations,”

Guinan said. So far, she said in July, the school’s sources had included parent contributions, grants and fundraisers. Guinan has not been reached for further comment since a July 26 interview. Yet Councilwoman Valerie Ervin said at the meeting she had heard from parents who are “feeling a lot of pressure” when it comes to fundraising. “I’m just getting a sense of the enormity of the burden that this puts on the families that have to then raise the money to keep you guys going — that’s my concern,” said Ervin (DDist. 5) of Takoma Park. Bowers said the school system knew when it approved the school’s application that securing the private funds would be a challenge but that the nonprofit had committed to getting the money. Asked by Ervin what happens when the school is unable to bridge the gap, Bowers answered, “the board of education has not had that conversation.” Bowers said later in an interview he is “concerned” about the school’s ability to raise the funds it needs to fill the gap the school system does not pay for. The Board of Education and Superintendent Joshua P. Starr will need to sit down and talk about the “sustainability of the model,” Bowers said. Ervin said in an interview that there were plans for her to sit down with Starr and school board members sometime in September to discuss issues

that came up during the meeting as well as others. The school’s ability to fill the funding gap is “clearly a problem,” she said. “For the conversation to take place after the charter has opened, leaves a lot of questions,” Ervin said. The school system does not cover all of the charter school’s expenses. The school does not receive any school system funds for its 3-year-old students and receives funds only for some of its 4-yearolds who are income eligible. During its first year, the school’s student body consisted of roughly 70 children ages 3 and 4, and about 104 students ages 3, 4 and 5 will attend the school this upcoming academic year. Guinan said during the meeting that the school is working to recruit more 4-year-olds who are income eligible and who the school system would pay for. Essie McGuire, a senior legislative analyst for the county, said limitations on public funding for the school’s younger students is a challenge of the model that will continue even as the school’s body grows to include more, older students. “The proportion will change, but that will be the gap going forward,” she said. Ervin remained optimistic. “I think what charters are good for is they’re like almost experiments for us,” she said. “They’re a good learning laboratory.”

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On the heels of emergency water restrictions imposed in Prince George’s County this July because of a failing water main, U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin met Tuesday with the bicounty Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission to talk options for fixing the aging infrastructure. WSSC serves 1.8 million residents in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. During a tour of the Patuxtent Water Filtration Plant on Tuesday morning, Cardin (D) of Pikesville was briefed by WSSC CEO and General Manager Jerry N. Johnson on the agency’s plans to upgrade its water and sewer infrastructure and on its alternative energy programs, according to a WSSC news release.

Cardin chairs the Senate’s Water and Wildlife subcommittee. More than one-fourth of WSSC’s 5,600 miles of water infrastructure is 50 years old or older, with most somewhere between 25 and 50 years old, spokesman Jim Neustadt said during a phone interview. This year, the agency will replace 51 miles of pipe, and will increase to eventually replace 55 miles each year, Neustadt said. WSSC also maintains 5,400 miles of sewer lines. Cardin said the aging infrastructure presents a clear and present danger to public health and security, according to a release from his office. While the federal government cannot meet the need alone, Cardin talked in detail about the Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act, scheduled for introduction in September, according to the release. The legislation would alleviate many of the problems facing Maryland and the nation.

The act provides matching grants to local communities for upgrading water infrastructure systems, the release said. Under the bill, communities across the country would be able to compete for federal matching dollars to help finance water infrastructure projects. Cardin’s office said the bill is meant to complement, not replace, the longstanding federal funding for water infrastructure: the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, which are long overdue for reauthorization. The programs provide funding to communities for water infrastructure maintenance and improvement. Neustadt said WSSC receives very little federal funding today. “As a rule, we do not get a lot,” he said. The only recent federal aid he recalled was a $500,000 federal grant to pilot anaerobic digestion, a project now in the agency’s capital plan.

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Akridge of Washington, D.C., sold the 122,191-squarefoot Fairmont Building in downtown Bethesda for $46 million, according to broker Cushman & Wakefield, which represented the seller.

The buyer is an affiliate of a trust operated by Stewart Bainum Sr., founder of Choice Hotels International of Rockville. The deal shows significant profit for Akridge, which bought the 12-story building at 7735 Old Georgetown Road for $26.5 million in 2009. The free-standing building was completed in 1965

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Washington Gas Light seeks state approval to enter Maryland’s natural gas fueling market Competitors fear it would give utility monopoly advantage





Washington Gas Light Co. wants to get into the business of providing compressed natural gas fueling to the general public, a move that has private industry and consumer advocates crying foul. The utility has asked Maryland’s Public Service Commission for permission to open two of its CNG fueling stations to the public and build custom compression facilities as part of a pending request to increase its rates and generate about $30 million more in revenue. Its case is still pending. At issue is a regulated utility moving into a market where service is already provided by third-party businesses, and asking ratepayers potentially to subsidize the move, Maryland People’s Counsel Paula Carmody said. Maryland’s Office of People’s Counsel opposes Washington Gas Light’s request, she said. “Why should a regulated gas distribution company with a monopoly go into a competitive business?” Carmody asked. “This is a competitive business. It is not part of providing gas service to customers and customers should not be paying for it.” Competitors in the CNG market fear that allowing Wash-

ington Gas Light into the game will give the regulated utility unfair advantage in an already competitive market. Brett Barry, policy and regulatory adviser from Clean Energy, said Washington Gas Light is asking to overstep its authority. Clean Energy is a natural gas fuel provider for transportation customers. “They’re able to utilize their monopoly powers to undercut the free market,” Barry said. “The utility is granted its monopoly status to fulfill gas distribution duties and not to start competing in nonregulated activities. It’s just inappropriate for them to be involved like this. It’s beyond the scope of their responsibility.” Those who favor allowing Washington Gas Light to provide public CNG fueling — including the staff of the PSC — say it will foster greater use of natural gas vehicles. Washington Gas Light did not return multiple requests for comment. Fueling station providers like Clean Energy receive the fuel they sell from utilities like Washington Gas Light, Barry said. Clean Energy has over 450 fueling stations in the nation. “Every time we have to put in a natural gas fueling station, we have to go to the utility and ask what the pressure and line is,” Barry said. “So we’re tipping them off to our potential customers and they can poach them from us.” Carmody said there is a national trend of regulated utilities seeking to penetrate the CNG market and the National

Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates has taken a stand against it. The National Association passed a resolution in June against allowing monopolies like Washington Gas Light to enter the market. Conventional ratepayers could end up subsidizing the stations that perform poorly and the stations could cause an overlapping of monopoly and competitive utility roles, the resolution said. “Natural gas refueling stations should be a competitive business. As such, retail ratepayers should not be required to subsidize, either directly or indirectly, any gas distribution utilities’ natural gas refueling stations,” the resolution stated. In Utah and Pennsylvania, where utilities have been allowed to compete, private investment has decreased, Barry said. “We really want to maintain a level playing field,” he said. “When you have a monopoly enter the market it discourages investment. It actually has a negative effect.” When monopolies enter the CNG market it can deter future companies from building in this area, according to Bryn Marley, a regional operations manager at Blu. LNG, a natural gas fuel provider. Many natural gas retailers have joined forces to combat these potential utility monopolies, Barry said. Clean Energy and Blu. are fighting the case in Maryland. They remain in contact and co-

ordinate efforts when a utility tries to get into the market. Two public hearings in Washington Gas Light Co.’s case were held last week. Barry, who testified to the commission on Aug. 7, said he will inform Clean Energy headquarters about the Washington Gas Light plans and figure out a next step. Marley will be submitting written comments. 1894784

State appellate court plans to hear Belward Farm case in September Johns Hopkins at odds with family over agreed-upon use of Gaithersburg property



A battle over a 138-acre farm in Gaithersburg is scheduled to come before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in Annapolis next month. According to a statement released by the descendants of Elizabeth Beall Banks, the woman who sold the land to Johns Hopkins University at a fraction of its market value decades ago, the Court of Special Appeals will hear their appeal on Sept. 3. In November 2011, Tim Newell, one of Banks’ relatives,

sued Johns Hopkins University. He claimed the university was violating a land-use agreement it made with Banks when she sold the land to the institution in 1989, believing it would be used for a low-density academic campus, according to the statement. Instead, the university plans to build a high-density commercial research office park on the land located off Muddy Branch Road and Md. 28. Newell and others family members said this violates the land-use agreement between Banks and the Baltimore university. In October, a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge ruled in Johns Hopkins’ favor; the family appealed that decision in November. In his statement, Newell called the circuit court judge’s decision “erroneous,” and said the Court of Special Appeals would overturn the ruling.

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


Aggravated assault • On July 27 at 10:37 a.m. at GW grocery store, 700 Hungerford Drive, Rockville. The subject assaulted the victim and was arrested.

Commercial burglary • Between 8 p.m. July 24 and 7 a.m. July 25 at Dry Clean Town, 15813 Frederick Road, Derwood. No forced entry, took property. • On July 29 or 30 at Pizza Palace, 14040 Travilah Road, North Potomac. Forced entry, took property.

Graffiti • Between 11:42 p.m. July 24 and 3 a.m. July 25 at Poolesville High School, 17501 W. Willard Ave., Poolesville. No further information provided.


Dennis O’Shea, a spokesman for Johns Hopkins, said, “This is the same issues, the same facts, the same applicable law. We believe the judge at the Circuit Court level made the right call, and we hope the Court of Special Appeals will see it the same way.” According to O’Shea, the contract between the school and Banks says that the university may develop the land “for agricultural, academic, research and development, delivery of health and medical care and services, or related purposes only.” “The contract and deed do not restrict the height or density of development on the property, and do not limit the university’s right to lease to non-university tenants,” O’Shea told The Gazette in an email.




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Six cents for Pepco

What amounts to only 6 cents on a monthly Pepco bill is anything but a penny ante change in Maryland policy. The addition will pay for “grid resiliency” projects — projects meant to strengthen the utility’s electrical grid to withstand unusual weather events. It’s a first for the state. Florida put such a “tracker” in place, and other states are considering similar surcharges. Before, Pepco — and by definition, its shareholders — would have been expected to fortify its power lines to protect against big winter and summer storms. Now, some projects will be forward-funded with those pennies, transferring the responsibility to ratepayers. The 6-cent surcharge will increase to 19 cents in 2015 and 27 cents in 2016, raising $24 million for the company. This is on top of a general rate increase that will add $2.41 a SURCHARGE month to the average Pepco SHOULD BE customer’s bill. ELECTION ISSUE Power companies have been asking for similar charges for some time, and the Public Service Commission — the state agency that approves utility rates — has turned them down previously. In Pepco’s 2012 rate case, the PSC said it opposed the surcharge, in part, because it would reduce incentives for innovation and efficiency. The flip-flop follows a September 2012 report from a state task force that looked at how utilities can improve reliability in the face of ravaging storms that favored such charges. Curiously, less than a year before, the PSC fined Pepco after a series of stunning power failures. After hundreds of thousands lost power after the June 29, 2012, storm, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) promised, famously, that he would keep his boot up the company’s backside until power was restored. Montgomery County and other interested parties have filed appeals to the PSC’s rate decision, in part because of the grid surcharge, meaning the policy change is likely to face judicial review. (Pepco also is unhappy with the results of its rate request and has filed its own appeal.) It should be a policy change also reviewed by voters. Utility regulation arcana is rarely grist for the campaign trail, but the surcharge looks and smells like a tax and voters should think of it like one. When gubernatorial and General Assembly candidates ask for your vote, you should ask them — a penny for their thoughts — what they think of the surcharge and why.

Be skeptical and aware; stay safe

A spate of despicable crimes in recent weeks in which senior citizens were victims should make you boiling mad. According to Montgomery County Police: • At Montrose Crossing Shopping Center in North Bethesda, two strangers conned a 77-year-old man into withdrawing $10,000 from his bank account and giving it to them. The swindlers — both men — used a peculiar scripted dialogue about “trust” and the man fell for it. • On another day, a 68-year-old woman encountered a man and a woman at the shopping center and was sweettalked out of $1,700. The con couple claimed they’d invest her money and make her a large profit. • The Washington Post reported that last week, two men at a Home Depot parking lot in Fairfax County, Va., asked a 68-year-old man for help and directions, then got him to withdraw a large sum of money and give it to them. There also is no end to mail, email and phone scams. A recent one in Montgomery County is based on a “Medical Alert” device. The caller tries to ferret out credit card information from the person who answers. Police urge people to always ask questions, which often drive scammers away. Morton A. Davis, the program coordinator of Keeping Seniors Safe, a Montgomery County police program, adds: • Don’t leave keys in the car at a gas station. At the mall, have your keys in your hand, not buried in your purse, when you head toward your car. • If you get tricked, tell police right away; don’t worry what your children or grandchildren will say later. Davis has heard about numerous scams, like the jury coordinator calling to get your Social Security number or the free trip you’ll get after sending taxes on the prize to a post office box. Davis talks to groups (at least 15 people) on ways to think more astutely about keeping safe. Call him at 240773-5625 or 240-242-3742. If only the community could appeal to the morals and conscience of cold-hearted people behind sleazy attacks, but the plea is unlikely to find its mark. Instead, it’s best to emphasize common sense and, unfortunately, skepticism. Too many unsolicited alluring offers and sad tales turn out to be false.

The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher


Let’s not hatch problems with chickens The cartoon “Chicken Zoning” [Aug. 7] makes light of the proposed relaxation of Montgomery County agricultural zoning restrictions for keeping chickens. The County Council also has made light of the matter, but there are very valid concerns that warrant serious consideration. NBC News recently reported that “Hundreds of chickens, sometimes dozens at a time, are being abandoned each year at the nation’s shelters” due to the backyard chicken fad. For the past few years, I have helped local shelters and sanctuaries try to accommodate neglected and abandoned chickens.

Frequently, we have to resort to transporting them hours away in order to find suitable placement — if that is available. Just this past week one local shelter was inundated with 54 chicks in poor health. Providing appropriate care for these animals is laborious, expensive and time consuming. There is a dearth of area veterinarians with expertise and experience to treat them. Roosters are not to be allowed, but what will become of those who inadvertently are sent from mail-order hatcheries, as commonly occurs? Unless there is a ban on slaughter, unskilled amateurs will cause animals to suffer gruesome and horrific

Parents who allow underage drinking courting risk Regarding your July 17 article, “Bethesda parent fined for furnishing alcohol to underage teens in March party”: Well-intentioned parents who allow teens to consume alcohol in their home are sidestepping the medical risks of underage drinking, such as potentially fatal or permanently brain-damaging alcohol poisoning, impairing adolescent brain development, and rape or other risky behaviors that can lead to serious or permanent injuries, not to mention the legal risks and the mixed messages teens

get when adults violate adult host laws. Parents who enable underage drinking can rationalize, “I drank in high school and I turned out OK” or “I won’t let them drive” or “It’s a rite of passage” or other hollow points — or they can realize their children deserve better than an example of breaking a law in place for their welfare and putting them at risk for preventable, life-altering tragedies. To these parents I say, don’t underestimate the influence you have when your

children, their friends, and their friends’ parents think, “Hey, if those ‘cool’ parents are finding safe, healthy and responsible ways for their teen to be popular, maybe we should do the same.”

own, did not have anything better to do. I remember back then that many in our community were complaining. There were calls for a teen curfew and even for the movie theater to be shut down. But what has emerged just a few short years later has been a remarkable turnaround. Through a strong publicprivate partnership between the county and Peterson Cos., the atmosphere along Ellsworth has undergone an amazing transition. The vision of a family-friendly area has been realized. No longer do my wife and I drive to Bethesda or Columbia for dinner or a movie. Now we seek out opportunities to walk to down-

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Support for outlets at Cabin Branch

town Silver Spring, grab dinner, listen to all the great music (my wife is a true fan of the Tuesday night Zumba dance), and of course let our now two kids run around in the fountain. As a community we are often very quick to rise up and complain, but often too slow to show our appreciation and compliment people for a job well done. In this case, I applaud the County and Peterson Cos. for forging a strong partnership and for all their hard work and effort they have put into turning around the atmosphere in downtown Silver Spring and making it family friendly.

Bruce Altevogt, Silver Spring

Sarah Long, Clarksburg

Patty Winters, Derwood The writer is the coordinator of the Brave and Bold Coalition, which formed in the wake of a May 2011 crash that killed three teenagers. The 20-year-old behind the wheel, driving drunk, was convicted of vehicular manslaughter.

Kudos for the Silver Spring turnaround Just four years ago, right before our first child was born, my wife and I met up with some friends in downtown Silver Spring. It was a nice summer evening and we wanted to relax and enjoy one of our last nights out before our son arrived, so we all walked to Ellsworth Drive and sat outside and had dinner and drinks. Like many of our previous experiences we left that evening shaking our heads and wondering what was going on in our neighborhood. In a matter of 1.5 hours police had to break up two fights and there was the usual harassment that you would have to deal with from high school kids, who, through no fault of their

Mary Finelli, Silver Spring

I have lived in Clarksburg for 11 years. Like so many of my Clarksburg neighbors, I have been waiting a long time for something that will stimulate retail and business in our community. That time has finally come. The County Planning Board gave its unanimous support to Clarksburg Premium Outlets at Cabin Branch, a proposal that will bring upscale shopping and familyfriendly dining to Clarksburg. This project is ready to go now. Utility infrastructure, traffic evaluation and environmental impacts on the site already have been vetted, while zoning and subdivision approvals have been granted. Water and sewer construction and road improvements are underway. Unfortunately, there is a risk that the County Council could hold up the Cabin Branch application for an indefinite period of time, until a competing proposal in Ten Mile Creek comes before them. The approval process for that proposal will take years and there are no guarantees that the plan will ever be approved. It is fraught with uncertainty and ultimately will need to overcome major environmental, zoning and master plan hurdles. Its location at Md. 355 and Stringtown Road presents tremendous traffic issues in our neighborhoods, not to mention potential damage to our precious Ten Mile Creek watershed. Given that, I urge the County Council to move the Cabin Branch proposal forward. The Clarksburg community has waited long enough.

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Maryland’s environmental austerity Every generation has its doomsThe green lobby’s great dream day scenario. The invention of is converting us from fossil (carbon) gunpowder was supposed to end fuels to renewables (wind, solar, civilization. In 1798, the Rev. Thomas hydro, biomass, etc.). In 2004 Gov. Malthus convinced the world that Robert Ehrlich Jr. and the legislature overpopulation was outstripping forced Maryland’s electric power food production leading to apoca- companies (Pepco, BG&E, Potomac lyptic famines. Edison, Delmarva, etc) to get 7.5 perWhen I was a kid people built cent of their energy from renewables underground bomb shelters and by 2019. schoolchildren practiced “duck and Not to be outdone, in 2008 Gov. cover” against the coming nuclear O’Malley increased the mandate to holocaust. Later it was pesticides and 20 percent from renewable by 2022 food chemicals that were supposed with an additional requirement that to wipe us out (I remember spending solar be 10 percent of the renewthree months on a brown ables. These targets won rice diet). wild applause from the Now it’s global warmenvironmentalists and ing, renamed climate looked good in O’Malley’s change because, maybe, re-election brochures, but the planet isn’t warming were utterly fanciful. after all. This July was the Today, (2012 data) first since 2009 without a Maryland’s electric 100-degree day. power comes from coal Apparently the ice (42.7 percent), nuclear caps are melting and sea (35.9 percent), natural levels are rising. (Curigas (13.1 percent) and ously, the Chesapeake MY MARYLAND renewables (7.9 percent). shoreline is sinking faster Not only are renewables BLAIR LEE than the bay is rising. Is trending down from their that climate change, too?) 9.3 percent share in 2011, What no one really but only a tiny fraction knows is whether climate change are so-called “good renewables” is man-made or simply part of na- (wind and solar). ture’s eternal flux. Nor do we know Two thirds of Maryland’s rewhether mankind, by itself, can re- newable energy is hydro (dams and verse climate change. water) with most of the rest comBut the folks who run Maryland ing from burning wood, trash and aren’t waiting to find out. They’ve chicken litter. Bottom line, slightly committed our state to an envi- more than 1 percent of Maryland’s ronmental austerity program that, energy is coming from wind and sofrankly, doesn’t make any sense. lar. Repeat, 1 percent. For instance, thanks to the Clean energy’s real superstar O’Malley administration’s “war on isn’t wind/solar, it’s natural gas, sprawl,” the single-family detached which increased from 3.6 percent home will soon be a luxury afford- of Maryland’s energy (2006) to 13.1 able only to the rich. Maryland’s new percent (2012). Thanks to deep-well septic tank ban, stormwater con- hydraulic shale drilling (fracking), trols, nutrient controls and refusal to natural gas is abundant and cheap provide infrastructure (schools and (prices are down 50 percent), underroads) outside public water/sewer cutting coal and nuclear prices. districts are designed to “redirect” Natural gas fracking is replacing growth back to the cities. coal-burning power plants, restoring In other words, our grandchil- American manufacturing and busidren will live in condos and apart- ness by cutting energy costs, lowerments clustered around Metro stops ing trade deficits by serving as an in the “sustainable, walkable com- attractive export, boosting the econmunities” the social engineers have omies of North Dakota and Western designed for them. Pennsylvania and promises to make Even worse, last month Gov. America energy independent from Martin O’Malley committed us to foreign oil. renewable energy goals that are as But, although Western Maryland likely as the O’s playing the Nats in sits on top of the rich Marcellus Shale the World Series. deposit, Maryland government pro-


hibits fracking pending environmental regulations which, just released, appear to be the nation’s harshest. Instead of fracking, Maryland is turning to offshore windmill farms which need carbon fuel back-ups, lack transmission lines and, according to a new report, operate at half their projected capacity. But, most importantly, wind and solar are much more expensive than natural gas. Nevertheless, last month O’Malley once again increased Maryland’s renewable mandate to 25 percent of the power companies’ energy supply by 2020. He also wants us to reduce our electric power consumption by turning off lights, using efficient appliances and turning down the A/C (during global warming?). According to O’Malley and the greenies, Maryland is going to teach the world a lesson by single-handedly adopting harsh energy restrictions that cripple our industries and punish our citizens without making any impact, whatsoever, on climate change. Maryland is 1.8 percent of the U.S. population and the U.S. population is 4.4 percent of the world population. While the rest of the world’s economies belch out smoke and pollutants Maryland is going to “lead by example,” says O’Malley. And this guy wants to be president? But here’s what really gets me: it’s the oceans of red ink, not sea water, that most threaten our grandchildren. The global warming alarmists don’t care a fig about the global debt crisis, which is totally man-made. If O’Malley and Maryland really want to “lead by example” against a coming apocalypse that we can actually do something about, they should get the state’s fiscal house in order. Real leadership would be convincing an unwilling public that without fiscal austerity, we really are doomed. Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in the Business Gazette. His past columns are available at His email address is blairleeiv@gmail. com.

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Van Hollen, Edwards have opportunity on immigration

As the House of Representatives works on immigration reform legislation, I believe that Chris Van Hollen, Donna Edwards and others who represent districts with such wonderful diversity have a unique opportunity to assist their fellow legislators to examine the issue through prisms other than “documented vs. undocumented.” We, in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, have witnessed the economic development and job creation that our immigrant neighbors have brought to our communities. Many of us live here because we delight in the rich tapestry of national cuisines, clothing, music, architecture and languages, which we enjoy on a daily basis. Many of us are troubled, however, by the actions of our government, which deports fathers, mothers, longtime friends, neighbors and co-workers. These actions literally tear families apart, depriving children of their parents and parents of their children. Van Hollen and Edwards should not

simply vote “the right way.” That is not enough to adequately represent their constituents. This current immigration debate will define who we are as a nation and people. We expect our representatives to take a vocal lead in shaping the debate and publicly challenging the antiAmerican proposals and immoral posturing of their colleagues, all the while proudly highlighting the positive impact diverse communities make right here on Washington’s doorstep. Montgomery and Prince George’s counties’ faith communities and local service organizations have traditionally assisted immigrants to learn English and adapt to a new country. If we provide a smooth, non-punitive path to citizenship for our immigrant neighbors, these faith communities and organizations will leap to assist the government in the citizenship and acculturation process that will only further improve our economies, strengthen families and create stronger, safer communities.

Peter M. Persell, Silver Spring

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Details from fire still smoldering I am upset by the last article [“For Darnestown man, effects of 2011 fire still smolder,” July 17] that does not state that two eyewitnesses and an “Official Incident Report” clearly state the equipment at Pepco’s substation exploded and started the brush fire at the exact time of the reported power outage. Chief Bowers told the Darnestown Civic Association that the fire was likely caused by bikers or illegal landscape dumping, never acknowledging the longstanding power reliability problems or

that morning’s power outage, which can be proven to be tied to this fire. Why is Montgomery County Fire and Rescue withholding the truth (evidence) and protecting Pepco by not stating the evidence they have shown to some of us? If they do not have anything to hide and stand on their past honesty (reputation), they should open up the files to the public for review as the Maryland Public Information Act requires or how can we trust the Fire Department in the future?

Don Buck, Darnestown


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Continued from Page A-1 jump for her in terms of class size. “It’s a little scary,” she said. As of Monday, about 215 students were enrolled, including people living in England, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates. The college also plans to reach out to high school students in Montgomery County Public Schools, Rosado said. While she said it is exciting to have international students,

Rosado said the college wants especially to offer Montgomery County and other Maryland students a class that can help students avoid remedial classes and ensure they finish their degree. The class is aimed toward preparing a student for a college-level English course, whether it’s a person who has been out of school for a while, someone in the military testing out an online course or a high school student looking for some extra preparation before heading to college, she said.


Continued from Page A-1 mately 48 rides at this year’s fair. “This company is excellent,” he said. Powers Great American Midways has provided the rides for the last seven or eight years, owner Corky Powers said. His rides travel to fairs and carnivals from New York to North Carolina and


Continued from Page A-1 is the underhanded chop where she stands on top of a secured log and chops between her legs. Christinat competed against Jen Michaud of Maine in the event. Michaud also tried her hand in the ax-throwing competition against Sarah Perry, and


Continued from Page A-1 Tuesday and Wednesday with small, hand-held cameras to create video packages of scenes from the fair. The camp would focus on so-called “man on the street” interviewing, said Wyndham, training and volunteer services coordinator for Montgomery Community Media. On Tuesday afternoon, the campers were sent on a scavenger hunt to get footage of various items around the fairgrounds and help them get familiar with the equipment. On Wednesday, they were scheduled to interview fairgoers, with Thursday set aside for editing their work. Tuesday morning, Dalton and Wyndham talked about tips for interviewing, such as asking open-ended questions to avoid simple “yes” or “no” answers. Dalton warned them not to worry if some people stumbled a bit as they formulated their answers. “That’s what editing is for,” she said. Windham advised them to find high-traffic areas where there would be plenty of people to interview, such as the midway or the food booths. She and Dalton also went over how to approach interview subjects. Body language is important in getting people to talk to


Students at the college who take a developmental, or remedial, course often don’t graduate, she said. Bernard Sadusky, executive director of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, said Montgomery College is the first community college in the state to produce its own MOOC. About 10 other Maryland community colleges are currently using MOOCs in some fashion, he said, while one is in the process of developing its own. “This is not widespread, but

are inspected at each stop, Powers. That can be as many as about 40 times in one season. While Maryland conducts its own inspections, states such as Pennsylvania require Powers to employ inspectors. In addition to ride operators and supervisors who oversee the rides each day, welders and other mechanics are there to repair any problem. Powers said he has seven inspectors on staff. “It’s about safety first,” Powers said.

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they’re testing the water,” Sadusky said. Some colleges use a MOOC as a class requirement that is also combined with classroom instruction, he said. Montomery College’s course, he said, has a “different slant” in that the college is aiming to help students avoid remedial classes. A meeting in September for community college presidents will include a presention from Montgomery College on its new course, he said. Rosado said the class will fo-

With seven grandchildren who enjoy the rides, Powers said his standard of safety is high. If a ride is not up to snuff, he will not even set it up, he said. Advances in technology have allowed for built-in safety features on many rides. Powers said he has rides that won’t start until all safety harnesses are in place or until weight is properly balanced. Should something happen, most rides have safety features that slow them to a halt, he said. For all of the features and inspec-

cus mainly on writing skills. “By the end, they should be able to write an academic essay,” she said. With at least a couple hundred students to teach, Rosado said she plans to be as interactive as possible but the size of the class will require the students be more independent and learn from interaction among themselves. In addition to watching Rosado’s pre-recorded videos, the students will be assigned readings and participate in discussion boards.

tions, human error remains a significant variable. Powers encouraged everyone to obey the signs for height and weight restrictions and follow all rules. Gavel said of the 1,690 attractions the state inspected last fiscal year — many attractions receive multiple inspections a year — there were only six accidents involving serious injury and 10 incidents, such as slips, trips or falls. Gavel — an inspector with Maryland for more than five years — said

“They are going to do lots of peer assessments,” she said, adding grading will be based on the completion of an assignment. The English prep course is a pilot, Rosado said, but there other faculty members at Montgomery College who have expressed interested in creating other similar online courses. “We’re all about access at Montgomery College,” Rosado said. “There’s no better access than a free course.”

mechanical failures on rides are rare. Powers estimated that the vast majority of incidents on rides are human error — a patron tripping on the way to a ride or twisting an ankle while jumping off. Every one of Powers’ rides was inspected by the state before the fair opened Friday and operators and supervisors will inspect them daily, he said.

each had their own approach to throwing the ax. Both women gripped low on the handle with both hands, and tossed the ax nearly effortlessly from over their heads, hitting the stump target, ringed for five points, four points, three points, two points and one point from the inside out. Perry and her daughter, Kate Perry of Nova Scotia, competed against one another in the log-

rolling event, in which the two stood atop a red cedar log that was 12 inches in diameter in a large, square pool and attempted to knock the other off without touching. The event required tremendous balance and quick reflexes as the two ran forward and backward atop the log, occasionally dipping their sneaker into the pool to splash the other and throw them off the log.

Sarah Perry said she started logging at 9 years old when she joined the log-rolling team instead of soccer. She stuck with it throughout the years and has taken part in more competitions than she can remember, including the Lumberjack World Championship. She has been log rolling for about 30 years, and all six of her kids have competed.

“I can’t imagine going into a gym and getting on a treadmill when I can just jump on this,” Sarah Perry said pointing to the log, chuckling. “It takes everything. Every part of your body is working. When you are competing, there is a lot of mental strategy, as well.” The women have been on the road all summer, and just finished a show in New Hamp-

shire before arriving at the Montgomery County fair on Thursday. They have traveled to Kentucky, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Kansas. Upon wrapping up their performances at the fair on Monday, the women were to travel to Connecticut and will be on the road through October, Christinat said.

you, and it is easier to approach people if you’re smiling and friendly, Wyndham said. “A smile is the universal hello,” she said. Jamar Foster, 13, of Germantown said the class is a great opportunity to broaden his exposure to the world of broadcast journalism. He’s served as an anchor on the morning news report at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Germantown, a rundown of what’s happening at the school and in the community. Foster said he likes watching the news on TV to know what’s going on in the world and be able to discuss it. Monique Costa, 13, of North Potomac is an intern with Montgomery Community Media and is one of the students helping out with the camp. She said she got her internship after taking a citizen journalism class in school. Monique said her work has helped her make friends and be more sociable. When she started, she was reluctant to go up to people and just start talking to them, she said. Along with the social benefits, Costa said she found a passion for the way film editing turns different images into a story. Students in the camp are issued Bloggies, small handheld cameras that shoot still pictures and video. Students also could use their personal smartphones or tablets, if they preferred.

The explosion in phone and camera technology the past few years has helped make a class like this possible, Wyndham said.

She probably could have taught the class five years ago with hand-held Flip cameras, but definitely not 10 years ago,

she said. Today’s phones even have apps to help students shoot and edit video.

“Smartphones are awesome,” she said.




A look at what brings a bitterness to your favorite beers.

The Gazette’s Guide to

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At left, Gordana Gerskovic is shown outside of “The Story of the Creative” exhibit hosted by the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts in New York City the last week of July. Below, one of Gordana’s fine art photography pieces, “Natura.”


A collage called “Playtime 2” by Rockville artist Josette Gestin, will be on view at VisArts in Rockville through Sept. 8. During her two-month Fleur and Charles Bresler Residency at VisArts, Gestin explored the connections between play, creativity and a meaningful life.

Past, present


Four new exhibits reflect a range of ideas and materials




Three large, colorful paintings by artist Josette Gestin of Rockville show children playing jump rope, hopscotch and other games outdoors, activities that are becoming extinct in today’s society because of TV and the Internet. “These games are disappearing, because there’s no one there to teach them,” said Gestin about her exhibit at VisArts in Rockville. Her work and the work of three other artists will be on view through Sept. 8 at the arts center. Their twoand three-dimensional pieces reflect thoughts and feelings about technology, environment, memory and connections to other people. A native of Brittany, Gestin has exhibited her paintings in France, Italy,


A mixed-media piece called “Argus 127” by California artist Ching Ching Cheng is on view at VisArts in Rockville through Sept. 8. Her interest in the relationship between memory, pictures and facts manifests itself in sculptures made from bits of books.

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hen Gordana Gerskovic moved to the United States in 1997, she was 23 and spoke no English. Against the strong urging of her parents, she had dropped out of university in her native Croatia where she had been studying theology. Last month, Gerskovic was invited to showcase her photographs as a part of “The Story of the Creative” exhibit at Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts in New York City. Fifteen of her photographs will be on display as a part of an exhibit at the Bohrer Activity Center in Gaithersburg through Sept. 22. “Sometimes you need to relax and

let life lead you,” Gerskovic said. “And mine led me to the U.S.” Growing up, Gerskovic shared a one-bedroom, fifth-floor apartment with her parents and brother. She said the family was “very conservative and also very poor.” “We didn’t have money to buy a camera. To buy a simple toy would be a big deal,” Gerskovic said. So instead, Gerskovic resorted to collecting her own toys in the form of whatever she could find on the streets around her apartment building. “What I would usually do ... I would

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A year after the release of his first book, “Mighty Mac,” Bethesda author and Kingsview Middle School English teacher Marc Waldman released a sequel, “Mac is Back,” the first week of July. “The second book is a better book because of the mistakes I made on the first one,” Waldman said. “I learned what works and what doesn’t work.” “Mac is Back,” reunites readers with the story’s hero, McKinley Arthur Coolidge — aka Mac. After foiling a potential terrorist attack on Washington, D.C., in “Mighty Mac,” this time around, Mac is protecting local children from a new

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“Mac is Back,” the second book from Bethesda author and teacher Marc Waldman, went on sale the first week of July.


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One singular act, many sensations The Silver Spring Stage’s 2013 OneAct Festival continues this weekend with

a showcase of local playwrights, including comedies“The Quiltbag” by Charlotte Raskovich and “Your Traffic Report Hurts My Feelings” by Kevin Kostic and dramas “Those Are Your Only Options” by Erica Smith and “The Navigator” by Brian Doyle. The festival, PHOTO BY HARVEY LEVINE which runs to Aug. 25, features an exciting collection of all new works, with each weekOne Act Festival entry “The Widow of Tom’s Hill” stars end showcasing different one-acts. PerforJoseph Coracle as The Sailor and Hazel Lazano as Aideen. mances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Woodmoor Shopping Center theater, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. For more information, visit


Lil’ Rev will perform with other visiting ukulele players at a free outdoor concert on Wednesday at the gazebo at the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda. The concert caps a four-day uke and guitar camp hosted by musicians Marcy Marxer and Cathy Fink of Kensington.

Dennis Crayon’s “Cowboys.”

Me, uke and everybody we know


The National Players present “The Odyssey,” Aug. 16-17, a the Olney Theatre Center.

Incredible journey

An annual four-day Uke and Guitar Summit culminates tonight at Strathmore with the free summer outdoor concert, UkeFest 2013, at 7 p.m. at the Mansion in North Bethesda. The summertime tradition that launched a thousand musicians once again hopes to bring the community together in song, as orchestrators Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer join musicians Gerald Ross, Lil’ Rev, Stuart Fuchs and The Hula Honeys for an evening of tunes. Strathmore will endeavor to announce any weather-related changes by 4 p.m. Wednesday, but encourages participants to follow up-to-the-minute announcements. Guests also encouraged to bring blankets or low beach chairs. No pets, please. For more information, visit www.

The National Players, America’s longest-running touring company, will bring Homer’s epic tale “The Odyssey” to the Historic Stage of the Olney Theatre Center this weekend. Adapted by Olney’s associate artistic director and director of education Jason King Jones, who also directs, “The Odyssey” shows at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16-17 at the theater, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children. The show, which details Odysseus’ 10-year voyage home following his victorious departure of Troy, is recommended for ages 10 and older. For more information, visit




Currently on view at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn are works by painters Dennis Crayon and Mary Exline and sculptor Kenneth Gwira. The exhibit of oil and acrylic paintings and woodwork continues to Sept. 29 at the gallery, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday. Crayon, as a contemporary realist painter, uses modern composition aesthetics but paints using classical technique. Exline enjoys the interplay of abstracted forms with natural elements, such as trees and blades of grass. Gwira, a Ghanaian sculptor, was self-taught, and is influenced by elements of Ghanaian culture and modern art. Most artwork is for sale. For more information, visit





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To catch a thief: Authors chronicle life and crimes of notorious criminal Ex-cop pens true crime tale




Jim King wanted his children to know their father’s career consisted of more than eating donuts. The retired Montgomery County police detective ensured that legacy by writing a book about his most compelling case.

BOOKS King, who lives in Clarksburg, and his writing partner, Minneapolis-based photojournalist Jack Burch, tell the story of Bernard C. Welch Jr., “master thief, ruthless con man and cold-blooded killer,” in “Ghost Burglar,” released in November by Savage Press, a small niche publisher in Wisconsin. Welch, wrote Burch in the book’s preface, “managed to flummox police departments and federal agencies across half of the United States for more than 25 years, stealing tens of millions of dollars, robbing countless individuals, and living in the open by posing as a wealthy antique dealer and investor.” King described Welch as “a sociopath, with no normal human feelings, no conscience or morality. He was also a serial rapist.” A high school dropout, imprisoned for burglary in his youth, Welch used “prison as a college of criminal knowledge, [where he studied] the art of burglary as a business.” King said Welch knew the “tells” of a vacant house — like lights out in the kitchen, usually located at the rear of the house — and which antiques were valuable. Welch’s break-ins were consistent: solo operations sufficiently far away from his Great Falls, Va. home; entry via a back door between 5 and 9 p.m., standard time; several houses a night, Monday through Saturday. His Mercedes and his clothing blended in with the high-income areas where he worked. Although law enforcement and the media dubbed Welch the Standard Time Silver Burglar

at the time, the co-authors chose a catchier name for their book title. It was co-opted from King’s statement to the Washington Post comparing the search for Welch to “chasing a ghost.” King was a primary investigator on the unofficial task force of officers from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., that worked the case between 1975 and 1980. A year before Welsh’s arrest, the veteran cop figured out Welch’s identity as well as his method of unloading the stolen property. “I sent wanted posters with his picture to antique auction houses up and down the East Coast,” said King, acknowledging he did not suspect that Welch sold his stolen wares in Duluth, Minn., the site of his second home. “In those [preInternet] years, communication among jurisdictions was limited.” A robbery gone wrong led to Welch’s apprehension. Welch shot Dr. Michael Halberstam when he came home unexpectedly, and the near-dead heart surgeon managed to hit Welch with his car. After the emergency room released Welch, he was taken to the District of Columbia Police Department headquarters, where he refused to talk. King, notified of what had transpired and worried that Welch might be released, rushed to D.C. to make the identification. Although through the years, King had considered writing about the case, it was Burch who initiated the process some six years ago. As a staffer in a Minneapolis TV news department, Burch had followed Welch’s crime spree and noted the local connection. Welch would drive to Duluth annually to sell what he had stolen in the Washington area to auction houses, jewelers and coin dealers. Burch initially contacted King to interview him as a source, but quickly realized the advantages of co-authorship, including King’s hands-on experience and his talent as a wordsmith, King said. “Jack and I wrote independently, trading chapters back and forth online,” said King, and they also visited each other’s homes. Burch presented publisher Michael Savage with “a bunch of stand-alone chapters.” King recalled Savage’s promise: “When

I get done ironing out these dents, it will look like the body of a Ferrari.” Savage cut the manuscript from 500 to 260 pages. King, an alumnus of Northwood High School in Silver Spring, enlisted in the U.S. Navy after a failed attempt as a University of Maryland student. Military service completed, he returned to Maryland to finish his degree in sociology and psychology, with a specialization in criminology. He supported himself by driving a taxi as well as an “eye-opening” stint as a caseworker at the Lorton Reformatory. Lorton, he said, made him recognize “that by the time most men get to prison, it is too late for them to change.” While still pursuing a degree, King joined the Montgomery County Police Department. “The degree was a gilt-edged invitation to join the police,” he said, noting that the county was recruiting college-educated officers at the time. At first, he admits, “It was a job … $7,005 a year!” He spent two decades on the force, his first five years in a patrol car, then a promotion to Detective Corporal.


“Ghost Burglar” co-author Jim King.

King retired from the police department on disability at age 45, subsequently becoming a security specialist for Montgomery County Public Schools. Prior to this book, King had published articles about art and antique theft and security in trade magazines such as Ameri-

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can School and University, and International Archive of Art and Antique Theft. “Ghost Burglar” won an IPPY [Independent Publisher Book Award] bronze medal on May 29 in New York City. And

there has been talk of a treatment by a well-known film producer. Since retiring from MCPS in 2012, King has been busy being bookish. Online, he blogs on www. and maintains a “Ghost Burglar” Facebook page; he does readings to promote the book. For the Maryland Writers Association, Montgomery County Chapter, he serves as publicity chairman and mentors a 28-year-old author. Twice a week, he volunteers at Novel Places, an independent bookstore in Clarksburg. And sitting beneath a tree on his property, he composes his own stories in his favoredgenre:sciencefiction. So, yes, King kids, there’s no question that your father continues to do way more than eat donuts. “Ghost Burglar” is available for $13.97 at or 218-391-3070.


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Straight-faced: Legendary comic Tim Conway visits region Comedy veteran aims to clown around in our backyard




It may sound self-defeating, but it’s hard to tell whether or

not to take Tim Conway seriously. When his wife of 29 years, Charlene — who graciously had set up an interview — calls to inform that the comedy legend is on the line, Conway’s voice subsequently takes over with a deadpan, “We just hired that girl.”

“She’s actually my wife,” he clarifies after an uncertain pause. “I know it sounded like a full office.” In point of fact, and as disclosed in an earlier email from Charlene, immediately following the interview Conway and Company will be en route to another office entirely — the

Obituary Julianne Kathleen Haggart (Juli) December 5, 1982 - July 22, 2013

My beloved daughter Juli died peacefully on July 22, 2013. Juli aspired to be a child therapist, and enjoyed writing short stories and poetry, and was working on a novel. She believed in the goodness of people, and was always trying to help others. She believed in the healing power of her many stones, and often gave them as gifts. She loved her beat-up, 14-year old green Chevy Cavalier. Juli was funny, tenacious, compassionate, smart, giving; and loved children, her four cats and numerous fish. She was very close to members of her extended family and we miss you so much Juli --- but your insightfulness, your love for us all, and your spontaneous silliness gave us 30 years of wonderful memories to help fill our hearts. We love and miss you so much -- your mother, Michelle Haggart; grandparents Richard and Joan Dexter, and your grandmother Aeirl Haggart. The Haggarts: Anna, Alisha, Ron, Bill, Jeff, Cornelia, Will, Andrew, Caitlyn, and Owen; the Dexters: Mike, Lori, Chad, Amy, Jason, Eric, Maegan, Olivia and Nora; Maureen, Matthew, Michael Senterfeit, Rachel and Nicholas. You will always have a special place in the hearts of Micki, Darcie, Luisa, Geneva, Cara, Gary, Denise and the many other family members and friends who have loved you. Every sunray will bring us reminders of the joy you brought us all. A Celebration of Juli’s Life was held Sunday, August 11 at a local park for friends and family. 1894316


dentist’s. There, the comic who had colleague, friend and longsuffering straight man Harvey Korman in stitches throughout 11 years of “The Carol Burnett Show,” would be “holding his terrified wife’s hand.” It begs the question: Does Conway, himself, have any phobias? “No I don’t think so,” he said. “Maybe that’s my phobia.” It’s certainly not stage fright, though before ever setting foot on a Hollywood back lot or cracking a joke, the funny man had his mind set on a completely different track. A horse owner and thoroughbred enthusiast, Conway, 79, actually had dreamed of racing himself. “I started out wanting to be a jockey,” he said. “But it got to the point where even the horses were asking me to get off.” Chances are good that audiences at “The Tim Conway Show with Louise DuArt,” on Thursday, Aug. 22, at Frederick’s Weinberg Center for the Arts, will not feel the same way. The variety program, billed as a “rare live performance” in press materials, has been a laugh riot 12 years in the offing — eight of which the late Korman joined in the fun. “People would come up and say, ‘Could you do a show?’ And I went and did a show, and I continue to do it. It’s nothing I had planned,” Conway said. “When you have a TV show and things of that nature, people pick up on it.” Somewhat underselling things, “a TV show,” or even

Comedy legend Tim Conway. “things of that nature” could refer to any number of projects to which the Willoughby, Ohio, native lent his considerable talents. A staff job at a Cleveland television station at the dawn of the 1960s paired him with lifelong pal and larger-thanlife television personality Ernie Anderson (perhaps best known as the late-night horror host Ghoulardi). That job gave way to a move to New York City and a reoccurring bit on “The Steve Allen Show,” which, in turn, paved the way for Conway’s first taste of true fame as Ensign Charles Parker on the smallscreen adaptation of “McHale’s Navy.” Not incidentally, that gig yielded yet another good friendship with the show’s star, Ernest Borgnine. Conway would go on to enjoy two self-titled television programs, the 1970 CBS sitcom “The Tim Conway Show,” and — a decade later — a variety program on the same network under the same banner. On the silver screen, he often was partnered with the equally erudite Don Knotts for a series of family films, among them “The Apple Dumpling Gang” and “The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again.” But arguably Conway’s most indelible work arrived when comedienne extraordinaire Carol Burnett came calling in 1975 with that unmistakable Tarzan yell, and The Old Man, Mr. Tudball and “The Family’s” Mickey Hart were born. Conway’s work on that show garnered the actor six Emmy Awards, and too many oncamera crack-ups to count — a high-water mark in a career that has spanned more than four decades. On stage today, the latest iteration of “The Tim Conway Show” features a gaggle of its namesake’s guffaw-inducing characters — often improvised — combined with DuArt’s uncanny talents as an impressionist (her roster includes Joan Rivers, Judge Judy and Barbaras Walters and Streisand, to name only a few). The perfect storm of silliness continues to sell out casinos and theaters throughout the country a few months out of every year. “I was looking for someone to travel with me,” Conway said of the collaboration’s genesis. “Her tape was on top of the pile. I didn’t even look at the rest. She was perfect.” What lies in store for audiences accustomed solely to Conway’s brand of comedy from the big and small screen? “Well, they can expect very little,” he joked. “And we don’t promise anything — so it works out nicely.” If experience truly is the best teacher, then Conway’s career among luminaries from Knotts to Burnett to Korman has been a master class in comedy. And the greatest lesson? “I would say communication with an audience. We all start out in this business wondering how we’re going to get the audience [on our side]. But once you get them [hooked,] it’s actually very easy.” “That’s why I’ve never really


THE TIM CONWAY SHOW WITH LOUISE DUART n When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 n Where: Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 West Patrick St., Frederick n Tickets: $57.50-$67.50 n For information: 301-6002828,

understood people who throw up before going out on stage,” he continued. “I usually throw up during the show. It’s a nice surprise.” It’s nice to get out in front of an audience, Conway said, and while material may require constant reinvigoration, laughter never grows stale. “I think that’s the bottom line for performers,” he said. “I think that’s why most entertainers do it.” Like Burnett, herself, whom Conway said he had seen just weeks before. “She does these sorts of tours, as well. … It’s a way of giving back to the people who put us here.” And continue to do so. Conway’s home-video phenom, the diminutive everyman “DORF,” reached platinum status years ago and regularly garners new viewers from his website, www. Unbeknownst to them, children across the globe, too, are encountering the star in some form every day. Throughout the years, he has provided voice work for a dazzling array of animated projects, from “Scooby Doo” to “SpongeBob Square Pants,” where he notably portrayed Barnacle Boy (old chum Borgnine voiced his counterpart, Mermaid Man). But beyond the dentist’s office, the future for Tim Conway looms tall. “Well, I’ve got to mow the lawn — and soon,” he said. “It gets to where I can’t see out the window.” But seriously: “I’m writing a book, which will be out in October,” he said. “It involves a lot of things we’ve been talking about — how to approach an audience and things like that. I was just working on that when you called, as a matter of fact. Or when I called. Someone called.” It certainly wasn’t Mrs. AhWiggins. And the title? “So far, it’s called ‘What’s So Funny,’ which may be a kind of dangerous title, because readers will say, ‘Well, certainly not this book.’” Luckily, there’s still time to win over that crowd, starting with the Weinberg performance next Thursday. “I’m anxious to meet people and do the show,” he said. “I generally stay [in town] for a few days afterward. And come over to people’s houses. And eat whatever they have.” He’s joking. We think.


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‘Medieval Story Land’ lacks magical punch Story falls short in unsuccessful parody


Parodies, when done correctly, can be highly entertaining. One needs only to look at “Monty Python and The Holy Grail” or even John Landis’ 1977 cult

THEATER REVIEW BY WILL C. FRANKLIN classic “Kentucky Fried Movie” for great examples of the form. Creating a successful parody is a lot harder than one might imagine. Every detail, from the writing to the acting to even sound and lights, has to be spot on. Everything has to click. If something is missing — well, it brings everything else down. This brings us to the story, presented by the Washington, D.C.-based Red Knight Productions, of how the one true Todd was able to save all of Medieval Story Land from the Dark Black Darkness. I’ll give you a second to let that one sink in. “Medieval Story Land,” written by Red Knight’s artist director Scott Courlander, first played to audiences at the


Continued from Page A-13 see a rock and I would just bring it home,” Gerskovic said. When her collection started to overwhelm the family’s already cramped apartment, Gerskovic said her parents told her to stop bringing things home; there wasn’t enough room. So Gerskovic started cutting photos from newspapers and magazines. “I didn’t know I wanted to be a photographer, I just knew I liked doing these things,” Gerskovic said. Just one year shy of completing her degree, Gerskovic decided she belonged in the U.S. “Both of my parents were very sad ...” Gerskovic said. “My mom was very disappointed and sad and that was difficult.” But Gerskovic took a risk and


Continued from Page A-13 Austria, Oklahoma and most recently in Philadelphia. When she and her husband, a medical researcher, moved to Rockville three years ago, she decided one way to connect with the community was to apply for a two-month residency at VisArts. Her three Playtime paintings all show the familiar block pattern for hopscotch, which she said is played around the world. “It’s played with the same [design], but with different rules,” she said at an artists’ reception Friday. Gestin said she wants her paintings to connect to people’s lives and not be something that just hangs on a wall. “It’s important to find meaning in the world that we’re living in,” she said. Gestin has organized a public hopscotch event during VisArt’s open house on Sept. 8, which will take place at VisArts and in Rockville Town Square. Children will have a chance to learn and play international variations of games such as hopscotch, cat’s cradle, and cootie catcher. Gestin also has written and illustrated a children’s tale, “The Story of Lulu,” which is posted on her web page.


Continued from Page A-13 unsuspecting villain — Santa Claus. “The book takes place during the holiday season and I always like the idea of nothing appears as it seems,” Waldman said about why he chose Santa Claus. “ ... Santa is kidnapping presents and Mac is hot on his trail.” There may be a new villain, but Waldman said in book two, Mac is still struggling with some of the same eighth-grade woes that plagued him in “Mighty Mac.” “The bully in book one hasn’t taken the hint and is still bothering him,” Waldman said. It was shortly after “Mighty Mac” went on sale last June that Waldman said he started to feel pressure to write a second book. “WhenIwrotethefirstbookand I actually got a deal [with Comfort Publishing], after I got through the excitement, I’m sitting around one day and I panicked,” Waldman said. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I have to

2012 Capital Fringe Festival. It is currently being remounted at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn, featuring an all-new cast led by director Jason Schlafstein. The story revolves around Todd the Elf from Elf City. We learn over and over again that although Todd is quite strong, he has “elf rocks for brains.” Todd’s father hates him because Todd’s mother died giving birth to him. We’ll discuss this more in a minute. Todd is greeted by a mysterious wizard — The Millennium Wizard — who tells him he is the one true Todd who must take this sword called Phoenix Falcor and save all of Medieval Story Land from the Dark Black Darkness. On his quest, Todd meets the Red Knight, who harbors a cowardly secret, and Whisker-Toe, the extremely feminine bearded dwarf. Later in the play there would be some discussion as to whether it’s “dwarf” or “dorf” for some reason, but much like the play, I digress. Todd continues to meet random people, even making a bridge troll his “slave” after besting him in a challenge of wits. “Medieval Story Land” is not without its merits. The lighting used at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg is well done. Actors are used as set pieces for a majority of the show and that is done rather masterfully.

relocated to Gaithersburg where she started taking English classes at Montgomery College. She eventually earned an associate’s degree in graphic design. In the U.S., Gerskovic found herself collecting things on her walks, much like she had as a child in Croatia. “I started doing the same thing, bringing things back,” she said. But even as she began to photograph the objects she found, Gerskovic said she was hesitant to share her work. “I was very secret about it,” she said. “I didn’t want people to laugh, like, ‘What does she know?’ People started questioning me ... does she have a boyfriend? A secret job?” Gerskovic said it was a local radio program that eventually convinced her to pursue her dreams of becoming a professional photographer.

MEDIEVAL STORY LAND n When: To Aug. 25, call for specific dates and times n Where: The Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg n Tickets: $16, $14 for Gaithersburg residents, $9 for students through 12th grade n For information: 301-258-6394,

Teddy C. Nagel, who played the one true Todd out of many Todds in the show, isn’t bad. In fact, he has a Fran Kranz vibe going, but unfortunately without the sharp Joss Whedon dialogue. Sadly, the writing is what inevitably kills this show. When the biggest laugh of the night comes when percussionist Vaughn Irving — who does a wonderful job, by the way — provides a quick “meow” for the stuffed cat, you might have lost your way a little bit. “Medieval Story Land” is billed as being “Forrest Gump meets Lord of The Rings.” I’m sorry to say it is neither. Other than Todd being dumb, there is no connection to “Forrest Gump.” Other than the group going on a quest,

“One day, I was in my car and listening to [National Public Radio],” Gerskovic said. “Diane Rehm was talking about how in this country, you can be whatever you want to be ... if you believe, if you work really hard ... you can do it. I just started crying and crying. And that’s how it happened. I was a photographer.” After taking some photography courses at Montgomery College, Gerskovic realized not only did she love the art form, but she had an eye for it. “Everybody is taking photographs,” Gerskovic said. “There are a million photographers who are taking photographs, who are taking portraits and landscapes and still life. My love for photography is taking photographs of surfaces and the shapes and the different things around me.” And just like when she was a child, Gerskovic is able to see the

Also on view at VisArts are paintings, prints, sculptures and other works by the late Neena Birch of Potomac, who died in August 2012 after a battle with cancer. An artist for more than 40 years, she was a member of the Washington Printmakers Gallery in Silver Spring and exhibited around the country. Her husband, Ronald Birch, an attorney, said she began painting when they married and moved to Fairbanks, Alaska. They lived there for 14 years. “I think it was the majesty and scale of Alaska that started her,” said Birch, who attended the reception Friday with friends and family. Birch later earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from George Washington University and a certificate of Botanical Art and Illustration from the College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. Always creating, she left more than 900 works of art, which she kept track of in notebooks. Going through her works after she died brought back memories of family life for her husband and children. “We are a very close family, and there were no surprises,” said Ronald Birch, who delighted in some of her more humorous works, including “Grassland Dreams,” a little bed textured with a grassy surface where animals

and humans live. “It was more like we rediscovered her,” said her daughter, Sonnie Birch, who found works she hadn’t seen in years. Artist Ching Ching Cheng from Los Angeles expresses in her mixed-media works her interest in the photographic and video technology that produces personal memories. In one installation she creates a vine-like structure with petals made from videotape, film negatives and blueprints. She also glued together pages from old books to form blocks that she carved and shaped to look like box cameras, with print still visible, evoking the idea of stories through pictures. Also featured are two installations by Baltimore artist Martin Weishaar, who works with card-

write a second.’” But this time around, with some experience under his belt and armed with feedback from readers young and old, Waldman said he felt more prepared. “There is a formula,” Waldman said. “Writing the second book was easier.” Just like he had with “Mighty Mac,” Waldman said he outlined all of his ideas for “Mac is Back.” “The outlines were a little more detailed, a little more focused,” he said. Waldman said improvements in the outlines led to improvements in the story. “In ‘Mac is Back,’ the storylines are a lot tighter,” Waldman said. “‘Mac is Back’ is a lot tighter and flows a lot better than ‘Mighty Mac.’” As he wrote the second book, Waldman also took into account the critique he received from readers. “Kids and grown-ups were telling me they liked the pacing,” Waldman said. “They liked that Mac is a guy you can root for and

that there is a lot of action.” The author said readers can expect much of the same in the second book. They can also expect a similar message. After the release of “Mighty Mac,” Waldman said he hoped young readers would feel like “anything is possible” after they read Mac’s story. “Dream big and go big, that’s what I want people to take away from it,” he said last year. Waldman said the message in “Mac is Back” is more or less the same. “There’s nothing you can’t do,” Waldman said. “I think Mac embodies that.” Entering his 12th year of teaching at Kingsview, Waldman said this message is one he, too, tries to live by. “I dream big,” he said. “The neat thing about writing a book is that if you can write it down, it can happen. There are some things in [the book] that Santa Claus can do that can never happen, but you can write about it, so why not? Mac is a superhero, we’re not going to be able to fly but hopefully

VISARTS EXHIBITS n When: Though Sept. 8 n Where: VisArts, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville n Tickets: Free n For information: 301-3158200; www.visartsatrockville. org, www.josettesimongestin. com, www.chingchingcheng. com,


2012 Capital Fringe Festival participant “Medieval Story Land,” a parody of the fantasy genre, is being remounted at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn through Aug. 25. there is no parallel to “Lord of The Rings.” In fact, it more closely resembles “The Wizard of Oz” than anything else. Some of these things, however, could be forgiven if not for Todd’s alcoholic and verbally abusive father and Todd’s dreams from his dead mother. Watching the waning minutes of this show felt like someone had crammed all the jokes they could think of into an hourlong event (it actually ran an hour and 20 minutes) but forgot they wanted

beauty in everyday objects. “It can be something small: a leaf, a part of a building ... things around us that we don’t see because we sit in the car and go from point A to point B,” she said. “I walk around and I see all of these things and I think everyone else sees them, but apparently not ... I found out that I have some special way of seeing things.” Thanks to the support of her husband, who she said told her: “ ... It’s a crazy idea, but I’m in,” Gerskovic is now pursuing photography fulltimeandwillbecomethenewest member of the Artist Foundry Gallery in Dupont Circle on Aug. 1. Gerskovic said she feels she is living proof that the American dream is a very real possibility. “It doesn’t really matter where you’re coming from,” she said. “ ... If you work, it’s going to happen.” board. Originally from upstate New York, he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting at American University in Washington, D.C. His installation shows two cardboard mountains with gaping holes and tunnels that bring to mind coal mining and the practice of taking the tops off mountains. On the mountain sides are wooden frame-like structures and pipes that evoke fracking, a method of shooting chemicals and water into layers of rocks to tap pockets of natural gas. Weishaar said the work can be seen as something whimsical, but also something more serious. Encircling one mountain are letters — evoking the “Hollywood” sign in the hills above Los Angeles — that ask, “What side are you on?” The words are from the lyrics of a song written by the wife of a coal miner in Harlan County, Ky., during the Depression, when coal miners were struggling to unionize. Weishaar said his goal is not to take sides but to stimulate discussion. “I’m not necessarily trying to preach, but it is something that’s happening,” he said. people will think about challenging themselves.” As for Waldman, a father of two — Jake, 4 and Sarah, 2 — he said his next challenge will be a fourth “Mac” book. The third one is already done. “I started writing the [third] book in November or December,” Waldman said. “The third book is finished; it’s called ‘Mac and Cheese.’” The third book in the series is about Edgar Allan Poet, a bad guy writing cheesy poems and planting them in the Washington Post as clues for Mac. With the first three books already behind him, there seems to be no stopping Waldman. “I’m starting to think about book four,” he said. “I kind of know where I want to go with it.” “Mac is Back,” Comfort Publishing, starting at $8.99, is available online at and

to shoehorn in a point to all this at the last second. It doesn’t work and it insults your audience. Overall, this isn’t a completely terrible experience. For children and youth who enjoy Renaissance fair-type things, this is probably something they would enjoy. For adults, however, $16 is probably a little too much to spend on such Dark Black Darkness.

IN THE ARTS DANCES Hollywood Ballroom, Aug. 14, free International Tango Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom dance at 8:15 p.m. ($15), Aug. 15, 29, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); Aug. 23, Drop in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); Aug. 24, Latin Night with Mr. Mambo, workshops from 8-10 p.m., dancing from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ($18 for workshop and dance; $15 for dance only after 10 p.m.); Aug. 25, free East Coast Swing lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); Aug. 28, free International Tango Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, www. Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues:

Thursdays, 8:15 beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, www. Contra, Aug. 16, Ron Buchanan calls to Love Mongrels; Aug. 23, Janine Smith with In Wildness; Aug. 30, Louie Cromartie with Honeysuckle Rose, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, Contra & Square, Aug. 18, Ann Fallon and the Narrowminded Naysayers; Aug. 25, Delaura Padovan with a Graham DeZarn Joint, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, English Country, Aug. 14, Caller: Michael Barraclough, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240-505-0339. Swing, TBA, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, Waltz, Aug. 18, Waverly Station, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10, www.

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Griff Kaz, 7:30

p.m. Aug. 14 ($10); Temika Moore, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 ($20); Grafitti: Dennis Chambers, Gary Grainger, 8 p.m. Aug. 16 ($25); Jazz Funk Soul with Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp & Chuck Loeb, 8 p.m. Aug. 17 ($40); I & I Riddim, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 ($10); Matt Ulery’s Loom/CD release event, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 ($10), 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, 301-634-2222,

The Fillmore Silver Spring, The All Stars Tour with Every Time I Die, Chelsea Grin & More, 2:50 p.m. Aug. 14; Technicians of Distortion Tour featuring Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, 8 p.m. Aug. 18; The Cult - Electric 13, 8 p.m. Aug. 20, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301-960-9999,, Strathmore, Free Summer

Outdoor Concert: UkeFest 2013, 7 p.m. Aug. 14, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-5815100,

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat,” to Sept. 2, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, www. Do or Die Mysteries, “Art of Murder,” Saturdays, to Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m. buffet, 7:30 p.m. show, $47.50 buffet and show, Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle, 4844 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 443-422-3810, Imagination Stage, “Lulu and the Brontosaurus,” Sept. 25 to Oct. 27, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Olney Theatre Center, “A Chorus Line,” to Sept. 1, call for prices, times, 2001 OlneySandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, The Puppet Co., “Circus!” to Sept. 1; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-6345380, Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” Aug. 21 to Sept. 15; 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, TBA; 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-644-1100, Silver Spring Stage, OneAct Festival, to Aug. 25, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. The Writer’s Center, Poets Bateman, Riegel, and Sukrungruang, 2-4 p.m. Aug. 18, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301654-8664,

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, Randall Lear and Ellyn Weiss, to Oct. 6, vernissage on Sept. 21, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, www. Glenview Mansion, Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Greater Washington, to Sept. 30, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Marin-Price Galleries, “Abstraction,” to Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-718-0622. VisArts, Nancy Bullough: Neena Birch: Retrospective Response and Reception, to Sept. 8, Kaplan Gallery; Marty Weishaar, to Sept. 8, Common Ground Gallery; “Ching Ching Cheng,” to Sept. 8, Gibbs Street Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200,

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In a matter of just a few tumultuous months last year, Aquille Carr was a member of four different schools ranging from New Jersey to Jacksonville to Baltimore to Prince George’s County. At the end of this year, Quince Orchard’s Adam McLean will have attended his third high school, as will Wheaton’s Michael Patterson, DuVal’s Michael Cunningham, and dozens more. Still others will be at their second, some even their fourth. Transferring at the high school level, what was formerly a last-resort practice, has ostensibly become the new norm, rampant to the point that, as ESPN high school basketball writer Dave Telep put it, “it’s almost abnormal if kids are not transferring, which is really sad. We’re in this cycle where guys are looking for the next best opportunity.” But why now? “Times are changing,” he elaborated. “Things are going downhill and there’s no stopping it. With private schools and prep schools and charter schools, it really is the wild wild West.”


Thomas S. Wootton High School offensive lineman Logan Portes performs drills with teammates on Aug. 7

two faces

In 2010, for a full 75 minutes, a 25-year-old LeBron James sat in front of a platoon of ESPN cameras broadcasting to 13.1 million viewers to announce one

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Wootton’s offensive lineman




homas S. Wootton High School offensive lineman Logan Portes lined up at tight end last season when an official told him his No. 74 jersey made him ineligible for the position. Portes ran to the sideline, where he quickly changed into a spare No. 99 jersey, and headed back to the field in time for the play. “The proverbial Superman goes in the booth and changes his outfit,” Wootton coach Tyree Spinner said. Portes, a senior, has been Su-



perman for Wootton’s offensive line the past couple of years. But if Portes is being compared to a comic book character, Batman villain Bane might be more apt. First of all, Portes does an incredible Bane impression, whether it’s mimicking lines from “The Dark Knight Rises” or using a Bane voice/persona to describe his own life. Plus, he pushes around defenders like the oversized villain. “He’s a nasty, aggressive offensive lineman, which I love completely,” Spinner said. “He’s not going to make a lot of noise coming there, but when he gets

there, you’re definitely going to know that he’s there. “He reminds me of Bane on the field.” Off the field, Portes tries to play the good guy Clark Kent role. Portes has more than 20 stuffed animals — a big dog named “Spot,” a bunny named “Grace” and many teddy bears whose names he could probably summon if pressed to do so. He says he loves playing football with a young neighbor. And as often as he can, he works with Wootton’s team in the Rockville Football League’s Middle School League. Last year, juggling his own

practice schedule, Portes said he attended middle school practices about every other day. Usually, he offers pointers to the offensive linemen, holds the bag for drills or does whatever else is needed. Once, Portes lost his voice while yelling from atop the press box, where he was filming a game, because he was constantly shouting encouragement to the younger players. He’s gotten so close to the team, Portes said he offered to room with an incoming freshman during a varsity team camp this summer in order to make the young player feel more comfortable. Most of all, Portes said he tries to instill sportsmanship with the

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Montgomery County’s soccer tradition seemingly grows by the month. Whether it’s professional players such as D.C. United’s Ethan White and Collin Martin (both Bethesda-Chevy Chase graduates) or former Our Lady of Good Counsel standout Kevin Alston (who plays for the New England Revolution) all the way to Gedion Zelalem — the former Walter Johnson midfielder plucked and placed into Arsenal’s youth academy program who is making quite an impression on the Gunners’ preseason tour. All of those players, and many more, have developed out of one of the best soccer counties in Maryland and two more local standouts



just wrapped up a five-day national combine at Nike’s World Headquarters in Portland, Ore. The event is part of U.S. Soccer’s expanded Training Center program and invited 64 of the country’s more talented 15- to-17-year-old players to train under U.S. Soccer Director of Scouting Tony Lepore. Seniors Jeremy Ebobisse and Chase Gasper, both of Bethesda-Olney Academy, were


Seneca Valley High School’s Kevin Joppy (left) tackles Winston Churchill quarterback Jonathan Lee in a game last season. Joppy transferred to Quince Orchard this summer for his senior year.

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invited to participate. “At first, the sight of seeing the list of names from the nations’ best academies, and even residency, was quite overwhelming and made me quite anxious,” said Ebobisse via email. “Although everyone is ultimately competing for a spot on the [United States Under 18] National Team, the sessions remain at high level and team oriented, with players pushing each other to play better and quicker.” Ebobisse, who played three seasons at Walter Johnson, recently committed to play soccer at Duke University, but will forgo his senior season with the Wildcats. Via a rule instituted last season, a player is not allowed to play for both their high school team and for an academy. “The state title remains as one of two trophies that has eluded me throughout my youth career, so deciding not to help my team

In 2007, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy as a way of producing the next wave of National Team players. In February 2012, U.S. Soccer announced that the academy season would move from seven months to 10 months and players within the system were not allowed to participate in high school sports. Vegas Kastberg was a sophomore at Walt Whitman High School at the time. The Vikings’ then two-year starting central midfielder was intent on earning an NCAA Division I scholarship, so, when he was faced with that difficult decision, he chose the academy system. Players are told that is the best way to get noticed by college recruiters. Whitman striker Emmanuel Kennah did the same. Both will be back in Vikings colors this fall. “Playing for your school is something you can’t really replace. The kids on the team are my best friends in school. I couldn’t see half the games [because of academy practice], but [when I was there] it was painful to sit on the bench because I just wanted to jump in,” Kastberg said. The Development Academy is similar to systems in

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sentence: where he would be “taking is talents” the next season. The Decision, as it has come to be known, has had obvious effects, most notably the consecutive NBA Championships James has lead the Miami Heat in winning. But there has been a quiet one begat down at the grassroots level: the “LeBron effect,” as one Montgomery County football coach labeled it. “Everybody wants to take their talents elsewhere.” “I think a lot of it has to do with what they see in the media,” Seneca Valley football coach Fred Kim said. “Look at the NBA, it’s the cool thing to do. LeBron James with The Decision. Back in the ’70s and ’80s, you saw guys stay with a team for their entire careers.” Kim argues that James created a ‘Look at me generation’ of athletes who go not where their loyalties lie, but where the best incentives — recruiting options, exposure, championships — are offered. “Sometimes they’re seeking a better academic situation, sometimes it’s where they are athletically,” said former Princeton Day Academy basketball coach, Van Whitfield. “Some are looking for a higher level of competition and some are looking for a better match for their skill set.” Whitfield should know. He took in six transfers just last season alone. This, in turn, has led to public school coaches resorting to a strange practice: recruiting their own kids. “We’re just trying to keep our kids in our school,” Henry A. Wise football coach DaLawn Parrish said. “I don’t think when you get into coaching a public school your mind is set on recruiting kids. If you wanted to do that you would go to a private school or a college.” But with cluster systems, the rise of private schools, consortiums, magnet programs, shared housing and various other loopholes, transferring has become a far less arduous process, and a far more common one. “They’re no longer loopholes if everybody’s doing it,” Telep said. “It’s a way of life.”

mates at WJ push for another has become, and will continue to be, a source of discontent as I watch them from the stands this season,” Ebobisse said. “… Although I will be missing out on the chance to bring honor to my school, I am looking forward to a competitive season of academy soccer as my team prepares to make a run to finals week in our first year.” Ebobisse said he’s hopeful Walter Johnson will be able to win a state championship this season. Meanwhile, the central striker will continue to hone his game in hopes of being selected for the under-18 national team where he played as part of a 4-23-1 formation at the combine. Gasper, who attends Gonzaga College High School, is committed to play soccer at the University of Virginia next season. Both Ebobisse and Gasper are coached by Matt Pilkington at Bethesda-Olney. “My biggest take-away from the camp so far has been the hunger you need to go to the next level,” said Gasper, a left back, via email. “Playing with

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‘There’s a loss of community’ When Seneca Valley running back Kevin Joppy made his move to Quince Orchard for his senior season, there were certain inevitable drawbacks. But for the most part, “everybody still hangs out with Joppy,” Kim said. “We still love him, the kids still talk to him every day.” If that were to happen when Kim was suiting up in a Seneca uniform, “it was ‘Oh my God,’” he said. “He’d have the scarlet letter on him and he’d get his butt kicked. When I was at Seneca, the only time there was a transfer was when someone came in from out of town. Seneca Valley was the only team I ever wanted to play for. If you wanted to play for Gaithersburg, that was sacrilegious.” What saddens Telep is that “you used to hear ‘I want to win a state championship,’” he said. “Now you hear ‘I want to maximize exposure.’” If that sense of community, or even family, pride has not vanished altogether, it has certainly dwindled. Ten years ago, when Parrish was coaching DuVal, there


Continued from Page B-1 soccer-rich nations, Whitman coach Dave Greene said. But athletics and scholastics are tied closely together in the United States; Greene said it might be more beneficial to work around the fact that this country is an education-first nation. Aside from wanting to spend his senior year on the field with his best friends, Kastberg’s decision not to pursue Division I soccer played a major role in his decision


all these high quality players shows you how competitive the game is, and how hard you need to work in order to differentiate yourself from everyone else.” According to Ebobisse, a typical day of training at the Nike camp included a 15-minute dynamic warm up followed by passing patterns in three separate groups. The sessions culminated in a small-sided game or full-field scrimmage. After that, the players have a pool session, lunch at headquarters and then return to the hotel for more team activities. All of it is geared toward producing the next great talent for the men’s national team. Both Ebobisse and Gasper said that playing an American style of soccer has been heavily emphasized, as well as having the players test and respond to using a wide variety of Nike products. “The main thing I can take out of the experience is learning to adapt to a new environment in order to succeed,” Ebobisse said. “With 64 players coming from different regions, everyone quickly dropped the style they developed in their clubs, and quickly adapted to the U.S. way.”


Poolesville High School’s Cody Zinnser catches a pass and scores during a game last season. Coaches say Poolesville and Damascus high schools are community schools, where there is rarely any local kids who transfer to another school. was a member of a family on his team while his brother competed for Eleanor Roosevelt. “I said ‘That’s crazy,’” Parrish recalled, laughing. “Back in the ’80s, everybody wanted to play where their uncle played or their father played. You didn’t think about moving around. Now there’s so much moving around where I don’t know how much loyalty to a school there is, which is unfortunate. It’s rare you see a community school anymore.” Kim could only point to two in Montgomery County that he would count as traditional, community schools: Damascus and Poolesville. “You don’t ever hear a Middletown kid going to DeMatha or Bullis,” Kim said. “You’d get your [butt] run out of town.” Middletown, Kim said, “is an anomaly.”

Economy down, movement up This past season, former Sherwood basketball coach Dondrell Whitmore took on more transfers than he ever had in his seven years at the Warriors’ helm — three, two of which came by way of private school. “A lot of these guys came from privates and times are hard, man,” said Whitmore, who has since stepped down. “I noticed [the transfers] along with the recession. I see it happening more this year.” Many of the transfers, says Whitmore, are opting for the cheaper public schools in

to leave the academy system. He said he hopes to play at New York University in 2014-15. Sharpening of skills, exposure to college recruiters and prestige are the Development Academy’s biggest draws. But in general, many Montgomery County coaches said U.S. Soccer underestimated players’ desire to represent their schools and play with and for their peers. While the soccer-rich county did lose a bit of top-level talent, the league was overall relatively unfazed by the ruling. Winston Churchill coach Arnold Tarzy

lieu of the more expensive private schools such as DeMatha. Kim reported a similar theory, pointing to the recessed economy as a major factor in the increasing movement among high school athletes. “People are moving,” he said. “People are looking for more affordable places to live, using shared housing. The economy is down, and that’s had an effect. With the economy so tough, people aren’t buying houses. When you bought a house, you’d be rooted, you couldn’t just pick up and go, whereas if you get an apartment with a one-year lease as opposed to a mortgage, you can move again.” And when that lease is up, and the parents are raising a budding football player, what’s to stop them from moving into state finalist Quince Orchard’s district? Say it’s a basketball player, why not traditionally powerful Springbrook? “I think a lot of times it is and often appears to be that student athletes want to be in line with programs receiving scholarships,” Whitfield said. Maybe it’s in the name of that coveted scholarship to help offset the cost of college. Maybe it’s a generational thing or parents wanting what’s best for the kids. Maybe it’s a desperate exposure grab or a loss of pride in the local system. But “sometimes,” says Parrish, “the grass is not always greener on the other side.”

said the academy will take one of his players this fall, but that he is expecting 90 student-athletes to show up to today’s first day of tryouts, the largest number in recent history. The county also probably hasn’t felt the brunt of the ruling yet. A common fear among high school coaches is what might happen three years down the road when players who are in sixth and seventh grade now and never experienced high school soccer have nothing to compare the academy system to. “One hundred percent we

will start feeling the effects more in three or four years. They realized they lost some players who wanted to play at high school, that’s why the [Development] Academy is starting younger and younger, now they have pre-academy for U-13, U-14,” said former Clarksburg coach Jeremiah Spoales, who stepped down following the 2012 season. Clarksburg was a program hit hardest by the ruling last fall. The Coyotes lost three elite-level players. Such losses take more of a toll at schools where soccer doesn’t draw as many athletes as


Walter Johnson High School’s Jeremy Ebobisse celebrates a goal against Montgomery Blair. Ebobisse plans to skip the high school season this year to focus on his academy team.


Continued from Page B-1 eighth graders. “I can’t stand people who aren’t good sports,” Portes said. Portes said he doesn’t trash talk during games. More often, he strikes up a conversation with the opposing defensive lineman. “What’s the point of making a guy upset and wanting to beat you more?” Portes said. “That’s just how I am.” Yet, Portes has played passionately enough to garner interest from Wagner College and Towson University. Neither has offered a scholarship, but Portes

it does in areas such as Bethesda and Potomac, Spoales said. Greene said U.S. Soccer’s decision is understandable as it was virtually impossible for high school athletes to give 100 percent to both academy and high school teams simultaneously. But the truth is, Greene added, few of this area’s players will go on to play Major League Soccer. There are plenty of opportunities to play high level club soccer, coaches agreed. In fact, some athletes who aren’t starters in the Development Academy might get more exposure elsewhere.





said they’ve indicated the start to his season will be crucial, especially considering he’s moving from left tackle to guard and center — the positions the 6-foot-2, 275 pounder projects to play in college. “I need to have the best three-game streak I’ve ever had,” Portes said. No matter what Portes does following his senior year, he knows how he’ll spend some of his free time. “I’m sure I’ll come back to Wootton when I graduate and see football games,” Portes said. “And eighth grade games.”

Numbers will likely never be an issue for Montgomery County high school soccer and one year out from the ruling there has been little change. “I do think the impact will show. You’re potentially taking the best players from each team, obviously the level of the league is going to drop. Not to where it’s a nothing league, it will still be competitive. But regardless, you would still have [a high school] jersey on and the intensity is still there,” Kastberg said.


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Enjoy it now, high school sports go by way too fast The 2013 fall season will go by quickly, student-athletes shouldn’t leave any regrets




Growing up, my parents always told me to enjoy my childhood because it would go by quickly. So, naturally, I ignored them thinking that I had all the time in the world. But they were so right (Don’t tell them). While some days have seemed to take forever throughout my 27 years of life — I am beginning to lose some of my hair, but my boss tells me I am

still young — the weeks, months and years have gone by quickly. Today marks the first official day of public high school fall sports practice throughout the KENT ZAKOUR state of MaryASSISTANT SPORTS land. Exactly ten EDITOR years ago, I was a senior at Col. Zadok Magruder High School, preparing for my final season of competitive football under the late Eddie Ashwell. I was eager with anticipation, but dreaded the lengthy two-a-day prac-

tices and hot days. I couldn’t wait for practice to be over, but lived for my brothers and best friends on the field and eagerly anticipated Friday nights. Before I knew what happened, the season — all 10 weeks of it — was over along with my football career. After the season was over, I had the opportunity to play at a NCAA Division II or Division III school, but I opted to forgo all the offseason work and practices for the college life at a big school at Penn State. It was the biggest mistake of my life. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t regret not playing college football. So, in Happy Valley, I did the next best thing: Become a sports writer. I’m

blessed that I received the opportunity to come back and work for my hometown paper — the same one that wrote about me as a lineman and wrestler — for the past five years. It’s been interesting — for better and worse — covering student-athletes that have experienced many of same things I did in high school. While changes to the newspaper landscape have undoubtedly been felt at The Gazette over the past decade, we still strive to provide the best high school sports coverage in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Jennifer Beekman (girls’ soccer, tennis), Nick Cammarota (boys’ soccer, cross country), Dan Feldman (football) and Travis Mewhirter (vol-

leyball, field hockey, golf) will provide you with day-to-day coverage of your favorite high school teams. Sports editor Ken Sain and I will pinch hit when needed, and I will also be keeping tabs on the local colleges. Over the next three weeks we will be highlighting all of the high school sports and teams in the area. In the Aug. 28/29 papers our football preview will run with the other sports either the week before or the week after.

The Gazette’s sports staff is on Twitter. Follow us @Mont_Sports and @PG_Sports. Use hashtag #mdpreps this fall to stay connected for scores from Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

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Walt Whitman High School graduate Ian Ross competes at the International Canoe Federation Junior & U-23 Sprint World Championships in Canada where he finished 8th overall in the U-23 C1 1000 meters.

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Typically, throwing up is a sign that something is wrong. But don’t be alarmed if you catch 2011 Walt Whitman High School graduate Ian Ross getting sick behind a tree before heading to the start gate for a major sprint canoe race. It usually means he’s ready to go. “There’s always a puke before the race. I get super nervous. Most people think that’s [weird]. But it’s nervous energy, kind of like butterflies, and once I get them out, I feel ready to go,” Ross said. Whatever Ross is doing, it’s working. The 6-foot-5 Bethesda native has positioned himself as a prime candidate to represent the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. On Friday, Ross, 20, followed up an eighth-place finish in the C-1 (one-person canoe) 1,000-meter race at the International Canoe Federation 2013 U-23 Sprint World Championships in Canada with a gold medal performance in the 5,000 meters at the U.S. Sprint National Championships in Oklahoma City. Ross was seeded to win the 1,000-meter race by a wide margin — he won the event at the U.S. National Team Trials in April

— but it was cancelled due to thunderstorms and flash flooding that cluttered the course with debris. Ross is next scheduled to compete against the world’s best, regardless of age, at the 2013 ICF Sprint World Championships from Aug. 27 through Sept. 1 in Germany. “When I was at Junior Worlds in Russia, I got killed. This time it was a much closer regatta. It was a really positive experience to take away, I can see I’m getting better, I see the results,” Ross said. Ross has reached an entirely new level of paddling since moving to Georgia two years ago to train under 2009 USA Canoe/ Kayak Sprint Coach of the Year Claudiu Ciur at the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club; he also attends college at the University of North Georgia. In 2011 Ross got third at U.S. Nationals in the C1 1,000 meters. A year under Ciur’s tutelage and he was the 2012 champion by 15 seconds. He dropped another 12 seconds this year. One major improvement has been Ross’ physicality, he and Ciur agreed. In addition to remarkable endurance, paddling requires a tremendous amount of core and leg strength — canoe athletes kneel in the center of the boat. Ross’ height, and subsequently his reach for productive strokes in the water, are an advantage and he is finally growing into his lengthy frame, Ciur said. Paddlers tend to enter their peak years in their late 20s, Ross

said, and much of that has to do with the time it takes to build the endurance and musculature necessary to compete at the highest level of paddling. “Those guys [at senior worlds] are just bigger. They have spent hours and hours in the weight room and it takes while to get to that point. You can’t just blow up in a year. It takes years and years of smart lifting to get really fast,” Ross said. The opportunity to get on the water year-round has also helped propel Ross forward. His strong catch — the beginning part of his stroke where the paddle enters the water — helps him build speed but he said he is working on his exit in order to improve his ability to maintain that speed and conserve more energy. In addition to achieving his own personal goal, Ross said competing at the Olympics is something he would like to do for his father, who once missed the cut by .08 seconds. Ross actually comes from a family of paddlers, both sprint and white water. His younger brother, Whitman senior Gavin, was a member of the 2013 Junior World Championship Team and the two have started to look at racing together in a C2 event in Rio as a real possibility, the elder Ross said. “[World’s] is another step for us, another test to see where we are and how to move forward to get ready for Olympic qualification,” Ciur said.

KEEPING IT BRIEF Rockville graduate misses cut for fourth straight time at PGA Championship After 18 holes of the PGA Championship, Danny Balin sat just two shots back from Tiger Woods. The Rockville High School graduate was just a few birdies away from being even with the world’s No. 1 golfer with 54 holes to play in a major champi-

onship. At the close of day one of the PGA, golf’s fourth and final major tournament — which Balin has qualified for four straight years — the assistant professional at Burning Tree Country Club was 3-over par, just below the cut line. But day two at Oak Hill Country Club would not be so kind as Balin shot 8-over par in his final 13 holes to card a 78, ballooning his score to 11-over and seven above the cut.

Of the 21 club pros in the tournament, none made the cut, and Balin finished sixth among them. Notables on the PGA Tour that Balin finished in front of were former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover; Shaun Micheel, who won the PGA at Oak Hill in 2003; and Masters and U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera (he withdrew after the first round). — TRAVIS MEWHIRTER

Errol Clarke spoke of nerves on Saturday. His, so he claimed, are battle-tested, tried and true from the spring golf season at DeMatha Catholic High School and a full schedule during the summer junior tour circuit. On Sunday during the final round of the Capital Cup, hosted by TPC Potomac at Avenel, there would be no golfer facing a greater test of nerves than Clarke. Standing over a 15-foot par putt on the 18th green after scrambling from shin-high rough with his Maryland squad up three matches to one over Virginia in the Ryder-Cup style event, the DeMatha senior had the opportunity to all but seal up the fifth straight tournament victory for the home state. With roughly 20 or so players, fans and officials watching, Clarke hit the ball down the hill, perfectly along the break and into the heart of the cup while his Virginia opponent, Yoo Jin Kim, three-putted for bogey to lose one down. “I still can’t breathe right now,” said Clarke, who provided three points in Maryland’s eventual 13-11 victory throughout the two-day, 54hole event. “I’m just enjoying this feeling right now. I was feeling really nervous. I was re-


Luke Schaap tees off Saturday afternoon during the Capital Cup Golf Tournament at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville. ally nervous over the putt. I just tried to put a good stroke on it.” Clarke’s victory was preceded by a dominant 2 and 1 win from Thomas S. Wootton’s Justin Feldman and a 3 and 1 victory from Winston Churchill’s Luke Schaap as well as a 3 and 2 win from teammate Peter Knade. Though at first it wouldn’t appear that Feldman, who made the turn four up, would need a similarly nerve-wracking putt to close out Virginia’s Ian Hildebrand, it would eventually be drawn out all the way out to the 17th, a 190-yard par-3 hole over water. Feldman, after missing left and chipping off a down-slope, faced a 6-foot sidewinder of a putt that would either seal the match or extend it to the 18th. Just as he did with his 10-foot birdie putt on the 16th, he ran it right in, follow-

ing it up with a subtle fist pump and a not so subtle deep inhale. “That was the biggest putt of my life right there,” he said as he walked off. Schaap, a sophomore who, like Clarke, would finish undefeated in the tournament, used the 17th as his closing grounds as well, though he needed no outlandish grinding par or a 6-foot save. “I just like playing with a team because golf is so individual,” Schaap said after Saturday’s play in which he and Clarke went 2-0. “It’s fun to play as a team.” The trio of local golfers went 7-1-1 in the tournament. “I really enjoyed this tournament,” Clarke said. “I really enjoyed this tournament. This is — and you can quote it — this is the hardest match I’ve ever had.”


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Swimming the mile — 1,500 meters — is incredibly taxing, both physically and mentally. Watching someone swim the event, which takes about 15 or 16 minutes at the highest level of high-school aged swimming, can also feel that way for the average spectator. Time constraints prevent the longer distances from being contested during high school competition, former longtime Our Lady of Good Counsel coach Dave Crocker of the Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club. Those are the events, the 1,500- and 800-meter freestyle races, in which Good Counsel senior Brady Welch, of Olney, excels the most. The closest distance to that in high school swimming, which is shortcourse yards to be-


Georgetown Prep junior Carsten Vissering swims the breaststroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay at the 2013 Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swim Dive League Championships. gin with, is the 500-yard freestyle. That event has been dominated by recent Good Counsel graduate and University of Texas recruit Jack Conger, who in 2013 snapped a 30-year national high school record.

Distance swimmers, because of the length of their races and time it takes to incorporate them Crocker said, don’t have many opportunities to showcase their talent. But Welch and a contingent of Montgomery County

long distance swimmers from both RMSC and Nation’s Capital Swim Club were able to do just that at the Speedo Junior National Championships held Aug. 5-9 in Irvine, Calif. The event features some of the best high school aged talent and is just under the highest level of national competition. Five of the top seven finishers in the 2013 Metros 500-yard freestyle were in Irvine, including Chevy Chase resident Gavin Springer, Georgetown Prep junior Joey Snodderly and Montgomery Blair junior Brian Tsau. Tsau (13th) and Welch (16th) led the way in the 1,500-meter race in California. Tsau and Springer earned top 20 finishes in the 800-meter freestyle. Georgetown Prep junior and two-time defending Metros 100-yard breaststroke champion Carsten Vissering also got to show his strength in longer distance races. He set meet and age group records en route to winning the 200-meter breaststroke and swam the breaststroke leg of NCAP’s winning 400-meter medley relay that also set a new

meet mark. Bethesda-Chevy Chase senior Graham Baird was also on that squad along with two Virginia-based swimmers, John Shebat and Andrew Seliskar. “[Speedo Junior Nationals] is definitely a step up from [a typical local meet]. It’s a much more competitive atmosphere. You get there and you see all these Speedo banners and advertisements, it’s a different atmosphere. [The meet] was definitely a stepping stone, positive results [there] help me move forward in my career,” Vissering said. The Washington metropolitan area’s swimming community is extremely tight knit, Crocker said. Vissering said it was nice to see his peers shine in the distance swimming events that are often overlooked. “A lot of people who specialize in the 800 and 1,500 don’t get to showcase their talent as much in the shorter distances in high school,” Vissering said. “It was nice to see them do well.” Distance swimming is something that is discovered as young swimmers move along in their

tenures, Crocker said. “When you’re 14-under, you’re not a distance swimmer, a butterflier, a breaststroker, you’re just a swimmer. We want those kids to experience as many things as they can and then it evolves, it’s a discovery process,” Crocker said. Welch was 12 years old the first time he swam the mile, and terrified. But something special was uncovered. “[For people who think distance swimming is boring] I would just stress the amount of strategy and the dynamics of each race. With distance swimming there are a lot of different factors, strategies and techniques involved. [The mile] is a difficult race, you don’t know if you’re going to have enough energy to finish that last 200 meters or if you’re going to completely die off. I think that struggle we all go through can be entertaining to watch,” Welch said.

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When Jennifer Palmiere moved to Montgomery County several years ago, she was shocked at the relatively low level of competition within Montgomery County’s youth, club and high school girls’ lacrosse programs. Growing up, she was an accomplished midfielder at Lenape High School in Southern New Jersey and eventually started for four years at James Madison University, where she earned All-Colonial Athletic Association first team honors. In college, several of her teammates, friends and potential Dukes’ recruits came from Northern Virginia or the Baltimore area. So, naturally, she assumed the entire Washington, D.C. region consistently pro-

duced high level lacrosse players. It wasn’t and has not been the case. Former Academy of the Holy Cross athletic director and lacrosse coach Jenna Ries, who resigned in April, but finished the school year, has also been attempting to help change that. With Palmiere’s daughters playing the sport and coming up through local recreational programs, she eventually became connected with Mary McCormick, the director of the Rockville Girls Lacrosse Club, and began coaching in the organization, which fields middle school-aged teams. As Palmiere’s daughters, Katie, a sophomore at Quince Orchard High School, and Ellen, a seventh grader at Lakelands Park Middle, grew, she also began to search for elite level high schoolaged club teams. “It got to the point where my daughters were getting older and we began looking, but there was nothing within the county that was really offered at the level we


Longtime area high school, club and youth girls’ lacrosse coach Jenna Ries gives instructions to players during a 2012 game when she coached at Academy of the Holy Cross.

and Champions of Tomorrow. The resignation was confirmed by Holy Cross President Katy Prebble. Former Holy Cross as-

sistant Corey Samperton, who also coaches with the Jackals and MC Elite, is the Tartans’ new coach. Quince Orchard coach and MC Elite goalie and 2015 team coach Jennifer Holliday-Mohr believes the growth of MC Elite and other local youth clubs and recreational teams will eventually allow the area’s high school teams to compete with the rest of the state on an annual basis. This spring, Sherwood became the first county representative to win a state semifinal game. “Getting girls to play club is very important,” said HollidayMohr, who played at Quince Orchard in the early 2000s. “It’s also important for the parents to see the benefit of having their kids start playing [at a young age] and [have quality instruction]. “Last year, I didn’t have many girls play club [at Quince Orchard]. The competition level is completely different. Sherwood, which has a lot of club players, we can contend with


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Marcus Whitfield, as he describes it, has a very comfortable life in College Park. The University of Maryland linebacker is a fifth-year senior and believes he understands the Terrapins’ defense well. Though it’s their third system since he joined the team and he’s also played defensive end, Whitfield said this scheme suits him. He is near his hometown of Germantown, where he played at Northwest High School. That means he sees his family, including his 3-year-old son, after every home game. And entering fall practice, Whitfield sits No. 1 on the depth chart at outside linebacker. Yes, there are plenty of reasons for Whitfield to be content. But his coaches don’t want him to stay that way. “I’ve got to see him improve on his tenacity and sense of urgency,” Maryland outside linebackers coach Lyndon Johnson said. “I think he has all the tools physically that can help us, that can be very effective at the Will

moment — Johnson said Whitfield opened fall camp atop the depth chart for a reason. For his part, Whitfield isn’t taking anything for granted. “We all push each other here,” Whitfield said. “So, we’re all going to get better at the same time.” Well, he is taking one thing for granted: his mother, father, sister, girlfriend and son showing up for every home game. They’ve consistently done that, even when Whitfield was injured.

Whitfield’s biggest competition might not be Twine, but Yannick Ngakoue. Ngakoue, who lived in Bowie while attending Friendship Collegiate Academy, is the top recruit in Maryland’s 2013 class, according to Rivals. As Maryland coach Randy Edsall customarily does with freshmen, Ngakoue begins practicing at the bottom of the depth chart, but that’s not necessarily a true indicator of his ability. Still — though he made clear the status could change at any


“It always puts a smile on your face,” Whitfield said. “Win or lose — you never want to lose a game, but that family support always helps.” Whatever role Whitfield plays on the field this season, he’s looking forward to helping Maryland’s young linebackers just as others helped him years ago. “It’s been fun,” Whitfield said. “Just kind of like my last ride. Go all out on this one.”


Northwest High School graduate Marcus Whitfield is starting his fifth year with the University of Maryland football team an No. 1 on the linebacking depth chart. [weak-side] position. He’s just got to take one more step from having maniacal attitude.” It’s no accident Johnson has thought so much about how to improve Whitfield. “I have extremely high expectations for Marcus,” Johnson said. “Mine is probably a little bit higher than his. “He’s got some natural passrushing skills. I think he’s got, mentally, a great football mind. He learns things very fast. He can translate from the board

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to the field. But once he learns how to just kick it into that next gear, I think he can be a heck of a player.” Johnson said Whitfield plays with an edge under the right conditions. The best trick, Johnson said, is telling Whitfield secondstring outside linebacker Alex Twine, a Quince Orchard High School graduate, is better. “With Marcus, I’ve just got to get that first nudge,” Johnson said, “and I think he’ll get running down the hill.”

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Michael Gilmore likely has spent as much, if not more, time on Sherwood High School’s primary athletic field than anyone else. The president of Growing Solutions, LLC in White Marsh and his company keep the field in spectacular condition, mainly

during the summer months, by cutting the Bermuda grass, aerating, fertilizing and edging. It’s a labor-intensive process that goes toward keeping Sherwood’s surface looking and feeling like one of the better fields in the county. “This time of year, our schedules are packed. By the end of the week, we’ll work on upwards of 40 golf courses and a dozen fields and by the time the games roll around, we’re looking to crawl into a shower and go home,” Gilmore said with a laugh. “And when you see the field start to get a little dinged

up, you start to take it personal. It’s like one of your kids getting picked on.” One such area where the parents and booster club greatly aided the look and feel of Sherwood’s field was in the end zones during last year’s playoff run by the football team. Frank Sherman, a parent, had a contact within the Baltimore Ravens field team and invited Ravens painting professionals to come in and paint the end zones blue with big white block letters that said “Warriors.” They also professionally lined the field and sidelines.

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The Montgomery County Police Department is reiterating the Safe Speed Camera Enforcement Program in conjunction with this year’s Back to School Safety Campaign. The goal of the Safe Speed Program is to encourage drivers to “Respect the Speed Limit” at known camera locations and while driving on Safe Speed Corridors. The Police Department is announcing all of the roads, corridors and locations that are being monitored by speed cameras in our program and hope that driver’s will be more aware of their speed.

Designated Speed Camera Corridors & Speed Camera Locations

16th STREET CORRIDOR -8500 Block @ Spring Street to -9200 Block @ Georgia Avenue Speed Monitoring Device Located: 8800 Block (North & Southbound) 8900 Block (Northbound) 9200 Block (Southbound)

GEORGIA AVENUE CORRIDOR -8800 Block @ Spring Street to -9200 Block @ 16th Street Speed Monitoring Device Located: 8900 Block (Southbound) 9000 Block (North & Southbound) 9100 Block (Southbound)

APPLE RIDGE ROAD CORRIDOR -9700 Block @ Montgomery Village Avenue to -10300 Block @ Watkins Mill Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 9800 Block (East & Westbound) 10100 Block (East & Westbound)

GLEN MILL ROAD CORRIDOR -13500 Block @ Pheasant Drive to -14200 Block @Wootton Pkwy. Speed Monitoring Device Located: 13800 Block (Southbound) 14000 Block (Southbound)

ARCOLA AVENUE CORRIDOR -1200 Block @ Lamberton Drive to -2500 Block @ Georgia Avenue Speed Monitoring Device Located: 1800 Block (Westbound) 1900 Block (Eastbound) 2000 Block (East & Westbound) ASPEN HILL ROAD CORRIDOR -4400 Block @ Parkland Drive to -5000 Block @ Veirs Mill Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 4600 Block (North & Southbound) BELLS MILL ROAD CORRIDOR -8000 Block @ Seven Locks Road to -9300 Block @ Falls Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 8600 Block (Westbound) 8700 Block (Eastbound)


John F. Kennedy High School point guard Robert Wilson passes the ball over a defender during a scrimmage at the school Friday in Silver Spring.

Peanut’s understudy ready to lead Kennedy’s boys’ basketball team With graduation of fouryear starter, Cavs turn to junior Robert Wilson




Robert Wilson doesn’t get out much. Unlike most 15- or 16-year olds about to become big, bad, high school upperclassmen, Wilson isn’t soaking at a pool or lazing around houses playing video games. No, there is one spot where you will find the John F. Kennedy High School point guard nearly every day this summer, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., and that’s in the gym or the weight room. Wilson is slated to become Kennedy’s first new starting point guard in five years. He replaces the graduated, Marcus ‘Peanut’ Murray, who left some Sasquatch-sized shoes for him. But Wilson, a junior, didn’t just begin his training this past summer. He has been Murray’s apprentice for the past two years, making sure to guard him every single practice, studying his every move during games, waiting for the opportunity to come. “It was a great learning experience, watching him and learning the things he does, how well he sets up teammates before he would set up himself,” Wilson said. When Wilson’s first chance did come, in a Christmas tournament hosted by Sherwood this past season, the pressure of filling in for the sick Murray, who was coach Diallo Nelson’s first four-year starter, didn’t consume him. The sophomore averaged eight assists per game, dropped in a few points here and there and led the Cavaliers to the tournament title despite Murray, the team’s leading scorer, not playing. “He ran the offense,” Nelson said. “He didn’t try anything, making plays he’s unaccustomed to making, and that’s what he does best on the basketball court. He’s not flashy, he’s not dunking or doing anything nice. He reminds me of the NBA back in the ’80s with John Stockton. He’d have like, 15 assists, and you were like ‘What?’” Nelson said he knew that Murray, now playing for Assumption College in Massachusetts, would have four seasons and then be gone. So the grooming process for Wilson began early, as a freshman pulled up to varsity at the end of the year.

“He had no better experience than playing basketball every day against one of the best point guards in the area.” — John F. Kennedy High School boys’ basketball coach Diallo Nelson on his new starting point guard, Robert Wilson “I look at Robert and I think ‘OK,’” Nelson said. “I’ve been coaching for 14 years. I knew I wasn’t going to have Marcus forever. [Robert] has always been playing against older guys. His skill level is good and now he’s starting to grow. He had no better experience than playing basketball every day against one of the best point guards in the area. … You won’t find anyone stronger, anyone quicker, anyone better than Marcus, and that’s going to make you better. That’s a fact.” What practicing daily against Murray could not help him in improving, however, was his height. Wilson stands just a hair taller than his former teammate. “Guards are going to try and body him up,” Murray said. “Whenever they tried to do that to me I was usually faster so I could just go around them.” Wilson conceded that Murray is quicker, but nobody seemed to doubt what the Cavs new starter can do as the fulltime point guard. “I think he’s going to be good,” Murray said. “He always wanted to play against me, he was always checking me at practice. He just wanted to get better. He’s got heart. It’s about decision-making, and he makes good decisions.” The most invaluable lesson taken from Murray, though, may be that Wilson understands the thankless position that point guard is. As Nelson puts it, “When you win, the point guard gets some of the credit. When you lose, the point guard gets ALL of the credit. It’s like a quarterback in football. Every year, I’ve had good point guards, and he’s next in line.”

BONIFANT ROAD CORRIDOR -10 Block @ New Hampshire Avenue to -1400 Block @ Alderton Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 300 Block (Westbound) 500 Block (Eastbound) 1300 Block (East & Westbound) 1400 Block (East & Westbound) BRADLEY BLVD CORRIDOR -5300 Block @ Goldsboro Road to -5900 Block @ Huntington Pkwy. Speed Monitoring Device Located: 5600 Block (North and Southbound) 5700 Block (Northbound) 5900 Block (Southbound) BRIGGS CHANEY ROAD CORRIDOR -700 Block @ New Hampshire Avenue to -2500 Block @ Fairdale Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 1000 Block (North & Southbound) CALVERTON BLVD CORRIDOR -2800 Block @ Cherry Hill Road to -3000 Block @ Galway Drive Speed Monitoring Device Located: 2900 Block (Eastbound) 3000 Block (East & Westbound) CASHELL ROAD CORRIDOR -16500 Block @ Emory Lane to -18200 Block @ Bowie Mill Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 16700 Block (Southbound) 17200 Block (Northbound) CEDAR LANE CORRIDOR -9200 Block @ Rockville Pike to -10100 Block @ Clearbrook Lane Speed Monitoring Device Located: 9100 Block (East & Westbound) 10000 (Block East & Westbound) CENTERWAY ROAD CORRIDOR -8700 Block @ Snouffer School Road to -9900 Block @ Montgomery Village Avenue Speed Monitoring Device Located: 9100 Block (Eastbound) 9600 Block (Westbound) 9700 Block (Eastbound) CINNAMON DRIVE CORRIDOR -12900 Block @ Clopper Road to -18500 Block @ Mateny Road to Speed Monitoring Device Located: 18400 Block (Southbound)

GLEN ROAD CORRIDOR -9300 Block @ Falls Road to -13300 Block @ Query Mill Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 9600 Block (East and Westbound) 10000 Block (Eastbound) GOLD MINE ROAD CORRIDOR -1500 Block @ James Creek Court to -2900 Block @Georgia Avenue Speed Monitoring Device Located: 1700 Block (Westbound) 2300 Block (East & Westbound) GOSHEN ROAD CORRIDOR -19100 Block @ Centerway Road to -21100 Block @ Brink Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 19400 Block (Northbound) 19500 Block (Southbound) 19600 Block (Southbound) GROSVENOR LANE CORRIDOR -5500 Block @ Thornbush Lane to -6100 Block @ Cheshire Drive Speed Monitoring Device Located: 5600 Block (East and Westbound) 5800 Block (East and Westbound) HEWITT AVENUE CORRIDOR -2700 Block @ Rippling Brook Drive to -4500 Block @ Georgia Avenue Speed Monitoring Device Located: 3000 (East & Westbound) HINES ROAD CORRIDOR -3600 Block @ Georgia Avenue to -4300 Block @ Cashell Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 4100 Block (East & Westbound) HOMECREST ROAD CORRIDOR -14400 Block @ Bel Pre Road to -15000 Block @ Longmead Crossing Drive Speed Monitoring Device Located: 14500 (North & Southbound) 14600 (North & Southbound) 15000 (Northbound) JONES BRIDGE ROAD CORRIDOR -3900 Block @ Connecticut Avenue to -4700 Block @ Rockville Pike Speed Monitoring Device Located: 4100 Block (East & Westbound) 4200 Block (Eastbound) 4300 Block (Westbound) 4400 Block (Westbound) 4500 Block (Eastbound) KEMP MILL ROAD CORRIDOR -11600 Block @Arcola Avenue to -12600 Block @ Randolph Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 11700 Block (Northbound) KINGSTEAD ROAD CORRIDOR -10800 Block @ Oak Drive to -11800 Block @ Burnt Hill Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 10900 Block (Westbound) 11400 Block (East and Westbound) 11700 Block (East and Westbound) LOCKWOOD ROAD CORRIDOR -10800 Block @ Columbia Pike (Route 29) to -11200 Block @ New Hampshire Avenue Speed Monitoring Device Located: 10800 Block (Southbound) 10900 Block (North and Southbound) 11000 Block (North and Southbound) 11100 Block (North and Southbound) 11200 Block (Southbound)

CONNECTICUT AVENUE CORRIDOR -9400 Block @ Culver Street to -9800 Block @ Saul Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 9400 Block (Northbound) 9700 Block (North and Southbound)

MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE CORRIDOR - 5100 Block @ Duvall Drive to - 6000 Block @ Sangamore Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 5600 Block (Westbound) 5700 Block (Eastbound)

CRABBS BRANCH WAY CORRIDOR -15900 Block @ Indianola Drive to -16100 Block @ Redland Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 16100 Block (North & Southbound)

MAIN STREET CORRIDOR (Route 108) -9200 Block of Route 108 to -9700 Block @Woodfield Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 9200 Block (East and Westbound) 9600 Block (East and Westbound)

DARNESTOWN ROAD CORRIDOR -13500 Block @ Haddonfield Lane to -14700 Block @ Germantown Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 13600 Block (Westbound) 13700 Block (Eastbound) 14200 Block (Eastbound) DEMOCRACY BLVD. CORRIDOR -6200 Block @ Old Georgetown Road to -6500 Block @ Rockledge Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 6400 Block (East & Westbound) DENNIS AVENUE CORRIDOR -700 Block @ University Blvd. to -2100 Block @ Georgia Avenue Speed Monitoring Device Located: 1400 Block (Westbound) 1700 Block (Eastbound) DICKERSON ROAD CORRIDOR -20800 Block @ Martinsburg Road to -22400 Block @ Mouth of Monocacy Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 22000 Block (Northbound) 22400 Block (Southbound) DUFIEF MILL ROAD CORRIDOR -13800 Block @ Travilah Road to -14900 Block @ Muddy Branch Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 14400 Block (North & Southbound) 14500 Block (Southbound) EAST VILLAGE AVENUE CORRIDOR -7800 Block @ Woodfield Road to -8900 Block @ Goshen Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 7800 (East & Westbound) EDNOR ROAD CORRIDOR -6 Block @ Norwood Road to -900 Block @ New Hampshire Avenue -900 Block @ New Hampshire Ave. to -1700 Block @ Rocky Gorge Court Speed Monitoring Device Located 100 Block (East and Westbound) 300 Block (East and Westbound) 400 Block (East and Westbound) 500 Block (East and Westbound) 1200 Block (East and Westbound) 1800 Block (East and Westbound) 1900 Block (East and Westbound) EMORY LANE CORRIDOR -15900 Block @ Muncaster Mill Road to -16600 Block @ Georgia Avenue Speed Monitoring Device Located 16200 Block (East and Westbound) FATHER HURLEY BLVD. CORRIDOR -13100 Block @ Middlebrook Road to -19100 Block @ Germantown Road - 19900 Block @ Wisteria Dr. to - 22000 Block @ Crystal Rock Drive Speed Monitoring Device Located: 18800 Block (Eastbound) 19200 Block (East & Westbound) 19300 Block (East & Westbound) 20100 Block (Westbound) 20300 Block (Eastbound) 20800 Block (East and Westbound) 21400 Block (Eastbound) 22000 Block (Westbound) FOREST GLEN ROAD CORRIDOR -900 Block @ Renfrew Road to -1700 Block @ Admiralty Drive Speed Monitoring Device Located: 1600 Block (Eastbound) GAINSBOROUGH ROAD CORRIDOR -10200 Block @ Democracy Blvd. to -11600 Block @ Seven Locks Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 10800 Block (Southbound) 11500 Block (North & Southbound) 1895315

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE AVENUE CORRIDOR - 18400 Block @ Midcounty Hwy. to - 19100 Block @ Stedwick Road -19400 Block @Club House Road to -20200 Block @ Wightman Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 18700 Block (North & Southbound) 19500 Block (North & Southbound) 19800 Block (North & Southbound) 19900 Block (Northbound) 20000 Block (Southbound) 20200 Block (Southbound) MUNCASTER ROAD CORRIDOR - 17700 Block @ Horizon Terrace to - 19800 Block @ Olney-Laytonsville Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 18600 Block (Northbound) 18800 Block (Southbound) OAKVIEW ROAD CORRIDOR -1200 Block @ Hedin Drive to -1600 Block @ New Hampshire Avenue Speed Monitoring Device Located 1200 Block (East and Westbound) 1300 Block (East and Westbound) 1400 Block (East and Westbound) 1500 Block (East and Westbound) 1600 Block (East and Westbound) OLNEY-LAYTONSVILLE ROAD CORRIDOR -3400 Block @ Georgia Ave. to -4200 Block @ Olney Mill Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 3400 Block (Westbound) 3500 Block (East and Westbound) 4200 Block (Eastbound) OLNEY-SANDY SPRING ROAD CORRIDOR -1000 Block @ Norwood Road to -1900 Block @ Dr. Bird Road -2700 Block @ Prince Philip Drive to -3000 Block @ Spartan Drive Speed Monitoring Device Located: 1300 Block (Westbound) 1500 Block (Eastbound) 2900 Block (East and Westbound) PARKLAND DRIVE CORRIDOR -12600 Block @ Veir’s Mill Road to -13500 Block @ Grenoble Drive Speed Monitoring Device Located: 13000 Block (South and Northbound) 13100 Block (South and Northbound) PLYERS MILL ROAD CORRIDOR -2200 Block @ Georgia Avenue to -3200 Drumm Avenue Speed Monitoring Device Located: 2300 Block (Westbound) 2400 Block (Eastbound) 2600 Block (East and Westbound) 2800 Block (Westbound) 2900 Block (East and Westbound) 3100 Block (Eastbound) QUINCE ORCHARD ROAD CORRIDOR -1000 Block @ Cheyenne Drive to -1000 Block @ McDonald Chapel Drive Speed Monitoring Device Located: 1000 Block (Southbound) RANDOLPH ROAD CORRIDOR -1800 Block @ Kemp Mill Road to -2000 Block @ Glenallan Avenue -2700 Block @ Livingston Street to -3600 Block @ Connecticut Avenue -3700 Block @ Connecticut Avenue to -5000 Block @Putnam Drive Speed Monitoring Device Located: 1800 Block (Westbound) 1900 Block (West and Eastbound) 3200 Block (Eastbound) 3300 Block (East and Westbound) 4600 Block (East and Westbound) REDLAND ROAD CORRIDOR -17100 Block @ Founders Mill Drive to -17400 Block @ Roslyn Avenue Speed Monitoring Device Located: 17100 Block (Southbound) 17300 Block (North and Southbound)

RICHTER FARM ROAD CORRIDOR -13300 Block @ Great Seneca Highway to -14400 Block @ Clopper Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 13500 Block (East and Westbound) 14400 Block (East and Westbound) RIDGE ROAD CORRIDOR -23400 Block @ Davis Mill Road to -24600 Block @ Sweepstakes Road -25500 Block @ Oak Drive to -26000 Block @ Bethesda Church Road -26500 Block @ High Corner Street to -27500 Block @ Bellison Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 24100 Block (South and Northbound) 25800 Block (South and Northbound) 27000 Block (South and Northbound) 27300 Block (South and Northbound) RIVER ROAD CORRIDOR -9800 Block @ Persimmon Tree Road to -11300 Block @ Piney Meetinghouse Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 9800 Block (Westbound) 10300 Block (West and Eastbound) 10400 Block (Eastbound) 10500 Block (Eastbound) 10600 Block (East and Westbound) 10700 Block (East and Westbound) RUSSETT ROAD CORRIDOR -4900 Block @ Arctic Avenue to -5300 Block @ Bauer Drive Speed Monitoring Device Located: 5100 Block (Westbound) 5200 Block (Eastbound) SANGAMORE ROAD CORRIDOR -4800 Block @ Sentinel Drive to -5400 Block @ Massachusetts Avenue Speed Monitoring Device Located: 5000 Block (Southbound) SCHAEFFER ROAD CORRIDOR -13700 Block @ Clopper Road to -14500 Block @ Central Park Circle Speed Monitoring Device Located: 14200 Block (East and Westbound) 14400 Block (Eastbound) 14500 Block (Westbound) SEMINARY ROAD CORRIDOR -2100 Block @ Burket Court to -2500 Block @ Forest Glen Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 2400 Block (East and Westbound) 2500 Block (East and Westbound) SEVEN LOCKS ROAD CORRIDOR -6500 Block @ MacArthur Blvd. to -8400 Block @ River Road -8400 Block @ River Road to -10900 Block @ Bells Mill Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 6700 Block (Northbound) 6900 Block (Southbound) 9800 Block (Southbound) 10900 Block (Northbound and Southbound) STONEBRIDGE VIEW DRIVE CORRIDOR -14300 Block @ Travilah Road to -15000 Block @ Muddy Branch Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 14500 Block (Westbound) 14600 Block (Eastbound) STRATHMORE AVE -4400 Block @ Knowles Avenue to -5200 Block @ Rockville Pike Speed Monitoring Device Located: 4900 Block (East and Westbound) TENBROOK DRIVE CORRIDOR -9900 Block @ Forest Glen Road to -10500 Block @ Whitehall Street Speed Monitoring Device Location 10400 Block (North and Southbound) TRAVILAH ROAD CORRIDOR -12500 Block @ River Road to -14300 Block @ Darnestown Road Speed Monitoring Device Location 12800 Block (Southbound) 13500 Block (Northbound) 13600 Block (Southbound) 14100 Block (North and Southbound) TUCKERMAN LANE CORRIDOR -8000 Block @ Seven Locks Road to -9000 Block @ Falls Road Speed Monitoring Device Location 8700 Block (Westbound) WAYNE AVENUE CORRIDOR -100 Block @ Sligo Creek Pkwy. to -700 Block @ Cedar Street Speed Monitoring Device Location 100 Block (Eastbound) 300 Block (Westbound) 600 Block (Eastbound) WILSON LANE CORRIDOR -5700 Block @ Bradley Blvd. to -6700 Block @ River Road -6800 Block @ River Road to -7100 Block @ MacArthur Blvd. Speed Monitoring Device Location 5800 Block (Westbound) 6100 Block (Westbound) 6400 Block (Eastbound) 7000 Block (North and Southbound) WISCONSIN AVENUE CORRIDOR -5700 Block @ Oliver Street to -6600 Block @ Bradley Lane Speed Monitoring Device Located: 6000 Block (Southbound) 6300 Block (Southbound) 6400 Block (Southbound) WISTERIA DRIVE CORRIDOR -12000 Block @ Waring Station Road to -12600 Block @ Great Seneca Hwy. Speed Monitoring Device Located: 12500 Block (Eastbound) WOODFIELD ROAD CORRIDOR -23600 Block @ Kimblehunt Drive to -24400 Block @ Low Meadow Drive -25700 Block @ Valley Park Drive to -25900 Block @ Bethesda Church Road Speed Monitoring Device Located: 23800 Block (Northbound) 24200 Block (North and Southbound) 25800 Block (North and Southbound) Speed Camera Locations (Outside of established speed camera corridors) -13500 Block of Arctic Ave (Northbound) -18500 Block of Barnesville Road (Eastbound) -3100 Block of Bel Pre Road (Westbound) -3200 Block of Bel Pre Road (Eastbound) -17100 Block of Bowie Mill Road (East and Westbound) -7700 Block of Brookville Road (North and Southbound) -9200 Block of Brookville Road (Northbound) -9300 Block of Brookville Road (Southbound) -11800 Block of Claridge Road (Northbound) -11900 Block of Claridge Road (Southbound) -9300 Block of Colesville Road (North and Southbound) -10100 Block of Connecticut Ave (North and Southbound) -11100 Block of Connecticut Ave (Northbound) -11200 Block of Connecticut Ave (Southbound) -1300 Block Dale Drive (East and Westbound) -14000 Block Dufief Mill Road (Southbound) -4300 East-West Highway (westbound) -19400 Block of Fisher Ave (Southbound) -19500 Block of Fisher Ave (Northbound) -20100 Block of Fisher Ave (Southbound) -3400 Block of Gateshead Manor Road (Northbound) -17700 Block of Georgia Ave (Northbound) -19600 Block of Georgia Ave (Northbound) -15500 Block of Germantown Road (Northbound) -15700 block of Germantown Road (Southbound) -5600 Block of Grosvenor Lane (Eastbound) -3700 Block of Jones Bridge Road (East and Westbound) -13400 Block of Layhill Road (Northbound) -13500 Block of Layhill Road (Southbound) -21400 Block of Laytonsville Road (North and Southbound) -23500 Block of Log House Road (North and Southbound) -18100 Block of Mateny Road (North and Southbound) -8000 Block of Mid-County Highway (Northbound) -8100 Block of Mid-County Highway (Southbound) -12200 Block of New Hampshire Ave (North and Southbound) -25400 Block of Oak Drive (East and Westbound) -10500 Oaklyn Drive (East and Westbound) -22300 Block of Old Hundred Road (Southbound) -1500 Block of Peach Orchard Road (Southbound) -7600 Block of Piney Branch Road (Northbound) -7900 block of Piney Branch Road (Southbound) -15100 Block of Quince Orchard (Southbound) -15300 Block of Quince Orchard (Northbound) -4900 Block of Strathmore Ave (East and Westbound) -12700 Block of West Old Baltimore Road (Westbound) -12800 Block of West Old Baltimore Road (Eastbound) -13400 Block of Wisteria Drive (East and Westbound) -20200 Block of Wynnfield Drive (East and Westbound) -13400 Wisteria Drive (East and Westbound) -24100 Block of Woodfield-Schoolhouse Road (East and Westbound)

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Barry, Alvey Thelma and Denis Barry of Camarillo, Calif., and Wendy and Stony Alvey of Rockville announce the engagement of Denise Frances Barry to Bryan David Alvey. The bride-to-be was born in Ireland and grew up in California. She attended St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, Calif., and graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. She works as a performance nutritionist for Athletes Performance in Los Angeles. Denise works with both individual athletes along with multiple major league teams, including LA Galaxy and LA Dodgers. The prospective groom was born in Northern Virginia and grew up in the Manor Woods area of Montgomery County, where he went to Rockville High School. He attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., graduating in 2002 with a degree in business administration. Bryan is a line production manager for reality TV shows, currently working in Los Angeles on the next season of Undercover Boss. The couple lives in Los Angeles with their dog, Addison Marie. An April 2014 wedding is planned.

AARP Driver Safety Course, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Learn defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and the rules of the road. Appropriate for drivers age 50 and older. $12 for members, $14 for nonmembers, due at class; checks are to be made out to AARP. Bring driver’s license and a ballpoint pen. 301-896-3939. Babysitting Plus CPR, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 17 and Aug. 24 at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Two-day course prepares youth with the training every parent wants, including safety, childcare, safe play, first aid and CPR certification. Twoday class for ages 12 to 15. Includes babysitting basics and two-year CPR certification. $65; Registration required. 301-774-8881,

Buongiorno, Shur Katie Buongiorno and Oren Shur were married on May 26, 2013, in Mission Viejo, Calif. The bride is the daughter of Kathy and Pete Buongiorno of Ladera Ranch, Calif. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego in 2006 and works as a political fundraiser and event planner, most recently for Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. The groom is the son of Sandy Eisen of Olney and Avi Shur of Silver Spring. He graduated from Sherwood High School in 1999 and earned a bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University in 2003. He was recently Gov. Nixon’s campaign manager and currently works for the Democratic Governors Association. The couple resides in Washington, D.C.

SUNDAY, AUG. 18 Carl Henn Millennium Trail Bike Ride, 10 a.m. to noon,

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

Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old

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

Langer, Zinsmeister

Beth Schrider and the late Peter Salas are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Dana Salas, to Drew Norris, son of Nancy and Raymond Norris. The wedding will be held at the Mount Airy Activities Grounds on Sept. 27, 2013. The couple resides in Mount Airy.

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Ormon of Scituate, Mass., announce the engagement of their daughter, Erika Langer, to Sean Louis Zinsmeister, son of Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Zinsmeister of Potomac. The brideto-be is also the daughter of Mr. Victor Langer of Mendocino, Calif. The couple are both graduates of Tufts University. Erika received her master’s degree in health services research from Boston University and is currently a doctoral candidate in the History of Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. The prospective groom graduated from the Landon School in Bethesda in 2002 and went on to receive his master’s degree from the Sawyer School of Business of Suffolk University in Boston in 2011. He is employed by the software company Nitro Inc. in San Francisco as the senior marketing manager. The wedding will take place on Oct. 12, 2013, at Nestledown in Los Gatos, Calif.

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’s Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-253-1768. Visit www. Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, conducts


Tuesday, September 10th Drop by anytime from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Prostate Cancer Support Group, from 7-8:30 p.m. at

Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Ongoing, monthly support group is open to all prostate cancer patients, their families and friends and provides an opportunity to gain new knowledge and share common concerns. Guest speakers alternate with informal discussions among participants. Drop-ins welcome; for information call Susan Jacobstein at 301-896-6837.

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

Thursdays at Liberty Grove Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Call 301-421-9166 or visit “Healing for the Nations,” 7 p.m. every first and third Saturday of the month at South Lake Elementary School, 18201 Contour Road, Gaithersburg. Sponsored by King of the Nations Christian Fellowship, the outreach church service is open to all who are looking for hope in this uncertain world. Prayer for healing available. Translation into Spanish and French. Call 301-251-3719. Visit

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.

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




RELIGION CALENDAR Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church

Salas, Norris

starts at Lincoln Park Community Center, 357 Frederick Ave., Rockville. Shared-use path is a 10.6-mile loop around Rockville. Rockville’s Bicycle Advisory Committee hosts guided bike ride for all ages. Rockville’s Millennium Trail is named in honor of the late Carl Henn, an environmental activist in Rockville who initiated RBAC to promote cycling in the Rockville community. Rain at start cancels the ride; wet pavement does not. Free., www.



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3br, 2.5ba TH, fpl, fin bsmt, $1725 + utils, avail 8/15 No pets. 202-236-4197


3br $1500, 2br $1250 +util NS/NP, W/D New Carpet, Paint, Deck & Patio. 301-250-8385

GAITH: 3br, 2.5 newly rmd ba 3lvl th fin bsmt xtra bd, hrwd flrs, $1875 Hoc OK 240-372-0532

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GAITH: 5-6BR 4BA, 2 fin lvls. SG Metro. Shops. NS/NP. $2095 Cr chk 240-751-7154 8103 Shady Spring Dr. GAITH/AMBERFLD

Lux 3lvl EU/TH, Gar 2MBR, 2.5BA, LR DR, FR, FP,EIK, Deck $1900. 301-792-9538

Guest House for rent, 1BR, 1BA, $1200/ month incl utils 240505-8012


3BR, 1BA, large rear yard. $1600/mo. Close to travel, shopping and more. 703-450-0345

SILVER SPRING $1250 1BD, utils incl, washer & dryer,full kitchen call: 301-646-3493.


TH 3BR, 2.5BA, finish bsmt, comm pool, cl to Kentlands, $1950 + utils 301-222-7236


2.5BA TH with W/D, Avail Now. $1600/mo + utils 301-774-2496

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GAITH: spac 3lvl EU

TH w/ grg, 3br, 4ba, fin bsmt, deck, no pets, cl to 270 & mall $1700/mo + utils Call: 301-241-3263

GERM: SFH 4Br/2Ba fin bsmt, h/w floors, fenced yard, fireplace. Near 270. $2450. 301-442-5444

GERM: Upgraded

TH 3Br, 1.5Ba $1400 + utils No smk, No pet Cred Chk & SD, Nr Metro/Shops. Call 410-414-2559

M V : All new remod 3br, 2.5ba, 3 lvl TH, deck, pool NS, NP, $1,550 + utils. Avail Sept 1. 301-990-9294


1.5ba 2lvl end unit TH huge back yrd, Lg liv rm, dinrm, eat-in-kit, wood fpl, new carpet paint/Appl.Wootton HS $1,550 301-221-0697

POTOMAC: lrg 3 br, 2.5 ba, SFH, finished basement, living rm, dining rm, den w/fp, deck, carport, completely remodeled, close to 270, $3100/ month 240-372-8050

BOYDS/NR Rt # 118 bsmt Apt in SFH 2BR’s, foyer, bath, all appl, kitchen, pvt ent Male/Female. $1500 inc util 240-899-1694 GAITHERSBURG:

1 and 2 Bedroom apt avail at $950 and $1100 per month + elec. 240-793-9467


Bright. Newer, 1 BR. Walk tran. W/D. Parking. No Smok/Pets. Avail. Sept 1. $1395 Call Jan 301-5205179.


Apt. $1185 incl util, CATV, Free Parking Avail now. NS/NP CALL: 301-424-9205



1Bed, 1Bath condo. Pking space. NP/NS $1050 plus Electric. 301-445-1131Avail 9/1

GAITHERSBURG/ LILAC GARDEN 1 Bedroom, $999 + elec Available immed. 301-717-7425 - Joe



pvt entr, 1br, 1ba, kit, livrm, $850+ sec dep uti cable, parking, incl. Np/Ns 301-253-1370

Mature Male , 1 Furn BR. All utils included. Near 61 Bus Line. Maria 240-671-3783

GAITH: basment apt. Pvt entr, pvt kit & BA, $900/mo inclds util & FIOS. Storage. 301370-7508 Avail 8/1



SFH unfurn. $650 utils incl. Male NS/NP, 1 mile frm I-270. Avail Immed 240-372-1168

GAITH/MV: 2Br/2Ba Condo w/patio, W/D Comm Pool $1350/mo GAITHERSBURG: + utils, conv location 1Br, 1Ba, Shr Kit, Call: 240-477-0131 cable/int, N/S N/P, H Y A T T S V I L L E : $550/month includes 2br, 1ba, pvt balc, 2 utils 240-643-4122 wlk in closet, upgradGAITHERSBURG ed kit, prkng. $1415 utils incld 301-642- 1Br in an Apartment $600/ mo util included 3203 Michael Rhim Ns Np, Nr Metro, Bus HYATTSVILLE: High Shops. 240-603-3960 Rise Condo Aprt 2BR 1BA Lrg Balcony All GAITHERSBURG Utils Incld, Avail Now. 1 furn room $400 & 1 $1400/mnth 301-528- rm $500 util incl. nr Metro. Male. 240-3051011 240-447-5072 2776 or 240-602-3943 ROCK: 1Br, newly upgraded $1200/mo GAITHERSBURG: utils incl excpt electric, 2 furn. BD, w/shared nr metro & I-270. N/S BA. Close to 270/355. & N/P Avail Now $500 & $550 utils incl. Call: 301-461-0629 & inter access. Parking. Available now! 240-418-8785 GAITHERSBURG:

Male, 1Br $299, Near Metro & Shops. NS. Available Now. 301-219-1066

BETHESDA: 1BR in 2BR apt, nr Mont. Mall, $550. Female, N/S N/P 301-433-2780 or 240-507-2113 GAITH: M ale/Fem to BOWIE: Furnished share 1 BR in TH. Rm in beautiful SFH, Near bus line. N/s, NS/NP Avl Sept 1st, N/p. $450/m Util incl. 301-675-0538 $550/mo w/util inc Call: 301-509-3050 GAITH:M BRs $430+ S S /C L O V E R L Y : 440+475+555+ Maid Lrg MBr w/priv Ba, NP, Ns/Np, nr 270/370/Bus quiet nbhd $700/mo + shops, quiet, conv.Sec 1/3 util 240-644-9548 Dep 301-983-3210

kSmall Pets Welcome

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SS: 1 BR furn bsmt

suite w/ tv, pvt ent, kit, ba, w/d, NS/NP $1050/mo incl util. K. Ghana 301-438-2414

SS: New House 1br

Apt 1st floor pvt ent, kitch, Bath, parking $1300 utils incld, quiet 301-879-2868


kBalcony Patio kFamily Room kFull Size W/D in every unit


NS room for rent $550/month AC, carpeted, PVT ent, nr shop,bus/metro. Utils Incld. 301-448-2363



Beatifully landscaped Rambler, 3Br 2Ba, lull Ba in bsmt, Near Metro, By Appt Only, $329k, 240-277-3690 12906 Holdridge Road

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pref non-smoker, 1BR, shr BA, near metro, $525/mnth util incl +dep 301-933-6804

rm for rent in condo, nr bus/shops, utils, cable, incld $500 301-9724535 Available 9/1


Rm for rent in TH nr bus & shopping center $550/mo util include NP/NS 240-715-5147


nr metro/bus, MBR w/pvt BA $650, BR $525 shrd ba. Utils Incld. NP. 301-949-9381

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LAUREL: 1 BR basement in TH, prvt bath, share kit $700/month utils incl. Close to 95 202-903-6599


HH furn, (inside & outside). HH items, Please call: 301-9774123, leave message

ROCKVILLE: NS/NP, part furn nice 2 Br Bsmt Apt, with private entrance $850/mo + utils 301-424-4366



furn rm, pvt ba, pvt entr, micro & fridge, parking/cable/int $795/ mo 301-879-2868

Sat 8/17 10a-2p jewelry, diva clothes 14-22, big screen TV, furn, artwork, auto parts 15722 Ancient Oak Dr


S S : Rain or Shine!

1 BR furn $600. Access to Metro. Includes utilities. Call: 301-346-9518.

Sun Aug 18th, 10-3, Multi HH items, no children & checks 914 Annmore Drive



Br, shared kit & Ba, nr bus stop, shopping, NS, NP Avl Sept 1st Call: 240-277-8633



Room for $480/mo, shared kit Ba, W/D, CABTV & Util, Please CALL: 301-404-2681

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ts of women’s clothes (14/XL), jewelry, books, lamps, purses, home decor, ’70s LPs, tools, speakers, computer tables, ornaments, pottery, kitchen items, men’s sweaters/ suits (42/38/L). 20512 Alderleaf Terrace

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are giving away FREE filled backpacks school supplies on Saturday, August 24 @ 10am. FMI call (443)306-2096 or email Grace Life Center, 8730 Cherry Lane, Suite 5A, Laurel, MD 20707.

enclosed garden of meditation turf-toppedcrypt (2) for $5000 Call: 706-651-7723


Community Yard Sale Aug 17 8AM-2:00PM stop by 9509 Wire Avenue to pick up a map and list of Yard sale participants Mens, Womens Clothing, shoes, purses and costume jewelery Toys, games, household items and furniture All priced to sell Come and join us.


SALE: A i r Hockey Table Great condition. Includes 4 hockey pucks & pushers & electronic scoreboard. Buyer to haul. Email: $150


13900 Each

Guaranteed!! 7901 Queenair Dr., #101, Gaithersburg Open Mon - Sun


Washers & Dryers from

9am - 5:30pm


BROYHILL: Dining Room Set Table has 2 leaves extends to 104", comes with table pad, 2 arm chairs, 4 reg. chairs, China Cabinet, Breakfront, and Server. Approximately 10 yrs old but in exc condition. $700

FOR SALE: Stance Plasma 2 Chair & Taskmate adjustable desktop. Value: $2,720, will sell both for one price: $1,500, Call: 301-681-9489 FURN & MISC MUST GO! 2 couches, coffee end tables and other items. 301249-2626 after 5pm


currently in professional storage, used less than 1 yr. includes bed room furniture, bedding (pillows, mattress, mattress cover), linens (sheets, pillow cases, bedspread) towels, dinning room table & chairs set, couch, recliner, accessory tables & lamps, writing desk, book case unit, dishes, cooking utensils (pots & pans, etc), flatware and much more. Must purchase entire unit inventory . May be viewed at the Storage Company Loc. $3000



bedroom set dresser w/mirror; chest drawers w/book shelves; twin bed. $400 call 301-801-8102


oak pedestal table w/ 6 chairs, exc condition, $498 asking price Call: 703-969-7805

price $1200, selling for $399. Couch ends recline. Email: reallyseriously@hotma


na Aero Pilates Pro XP556 on stand. Includes rebounder & 3 DVD’s. 1 yr old, like new. $400 (orig $900) Call: 301-221-0083.

Montgomery County Public Schools seeks proposals from organizations to lease the following unoccupied school facilities: Grosvenor Center - 5701 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD Fairland Center - 13313 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD Tilden Center - 6300 Tilden Lane, Rockville, MD



- Sr move mgmt, estate sales and downsizing business w/exclusive territory in Prince George’s. Contact jtilghman@yahoo. com or (301)760 4024.


Medical Technicians Classes

20 Hour Classes to Begin Soon! Classes will be given by Delegating Nurse. Job Assistance after Training through Agency. Call 301-346-8859 or 301-540-8977

Barbecue / Cook-Out: Join us on Sat. August 17 @ 1pm for barbecue/cook-out as we launch a neighborhood bible study group. 4812 Silverbrook Way, Bowie, MD 20720. FMI Call (301) 219 7174.

Select BlueSox has e s tablished itself as one o f the premier travel b a s e ball organizationsin the State of Maryland, in just a few years. We offer travel/select, Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth baseball for ages 8U-14U. Our teams participate in the Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Tournament Trail, where in 2012 and 2013, PG Select finished with (3) 2nd p l a c e Finishes and (3) MD State Championships and represented Maryland in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals.We also participate in various travel leagues includi n g the"invite only" leaguesCRAB, MABA, CBA, and the Northern VA Travel League.Our very successful regul a r season, with several tournament and leag u e Championships, has been followed by great post-season finishes. www.pgselectbluesox. com PG SelectTRY OUT DATES: RISING 9U 8/16 6PM, 8/17 9:30AM, 8/18 5PM SASSCER FIELD RISING 10U 8/25 4PM 8 / 2 6 6:30PM SASSCER FIELD RISING 11U 8/17 & 8/18 4PM SASSCER FIELD RISING 12U 8/11 5PM PG SPORTS PARK, 8/18 5PM SASSCER F I E L D RISING 13U 8/10 11AM, 8/18 1PM S A S S CER FIELD RISING 14U 8/11, 8/18, 8/25 2PM 8/13, 8/15, 8/20 6:30 PG SPORTS PARK Questions: c o m or 202-4894660

Request for Proposal package is available from the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Department of Facilities Management website: departments/facilities/REM/pdf/rfpclsdschls.pdf.

Proposals will be received by the MCPS, Department of Facilities Management located at 45 West Gude Drive, Rockville, MD 20850. The deadline for submissions is August 28, 2013. General questions concerning the RFP process should be directed to (8-14-13)

LIVE IN NANNY/ PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN For HOUSKPR O’ most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel... household & children, references are required fruitful vine, splendor of heaven, blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, 240-242-5135 assist me in my necessity. O ’Star of the sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother. O’ Holy Mary, mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you ELENA’S FAMILY from the bottom of my heart to succor me in Daycare Welcomes Infantsthis necessity. There are none that can Up Pre-K program, withstand your power. O’ Mary, conceived Computer Lab, Potty without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Train. Lic# 15-133761 Call 301-972-1955 thee (3x). Holy Mother, I place this cause in your hands. (3x) (here state your request). The person must say this prayer for 3 consecutive days. After 3 days, the request will be granted. This prayer must be published It’s after the favor is granted. This prayer is never known to fail. LJG Buy It,

sr needs live in helper, must drive, fine salary Call once and leave msg 301-871-6565

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ROCKVILLE: lovely prvt apt in Pastors home exchange for few mid day errands + salary, must drive. Call once only & lv msg. 301-871-6565 ROCKVILLE: loving

PG SELECT BLUE Upon completion of the selection and approval process, the sucS O X cessful Offeror / Offerors will enter into a lease agreement with BASEBALL TRY- MCPS for use of the premises. PG OUTS!


U Used s e d & Re-Conditioned Re-Conditioned W Washers, a s h e r s , Dryers, D r y e r s , Refrigerators R e f r i g e r a t o r s & Stoves Stoves


Children’s Center of Damascus

Lic. #:31453



Olive Branch Daycare

Lic. #:160926



Nancy’s Daycare

Lic. #:25883



Bright Ways Family Daycare

Lic. #:138821



Miriam’s Loving Care

Lic. #:155622



Zhilla Daycare Center

Lic. #:150266



Steller Care

Lic. #:12783



Holly Bear Daycare

Lic. #:15123142



Blue Angel Family Home Daycare Lic. #:161004



Cheerful Family Daycare



Lic. #:159828

Deadline: August 30, 2013 Next Publication September 4, 2013 • Call 301-670-2538

Careers 301-670-2500 Automotive


FT/PT. Must be friendly, outgoing & able to multitask. Great benefits. Call Laurie at 301-840-9333. Rosenthal Acura



301-258-7300 Healthcare

Office Manager

Medical practice looking for full time office manager with experien ce. Fax resume to 301-424-8337

Central Station Monitor Datawatch Systems, Inc., a Bethesda based national access control company has immediate openings for FT monitors during the day shift (6:00am-2:00pm or 7:00am- 3:00pm). Need detailoriented individuals with strong customer service, call center, or data-entry experience. Candidates must have excellent verbal communication skills. Metro accessible. Exc pay and benefits. Visit us at Email; DCJS#11-2294. EOE/M/F/D/V

Graphic Designer

Seeking a dedicated part-time or full-time graphic designer – skilled in both print and web design. The designer will assist in marketing campaigns for our eleven annual festivals. For deails and to apply go to

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

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

Treatment Foster Parents Needed Work from home!

û Free training begins soon û Generous monthly tax-free stipend û 24/7 support

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Product Demonstrators

Espresso machines, in store, Sat & Sun (some Fri) 12-4pm, Sept-Dec. Must stand on feet for 4hrs at a time & work at least 3 Sat a/mo Nov & Dec. Sales exp, confident & professional speaker, $21/hr + sales incentive. Chevy Chase, McLean, Alexandria, Arlington email:


PT. Animal hospital in Silver Spring has immediate opening for Kennel Assistant. Holidays and weekends required. Work References ONLY. Call 301-598-7300 or Email


For a Commercial Lawn Maintenance and Landscape Company at our Rockville/Gaithersburg location. Pay based on experience. $9-14/hour Call: 866-898-1620

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Careers 301-670-2500 Pharmacy/ Phlebotomy Tech Trainees Needed Now Pharmacies/ hospitals now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-240-4524 CTO SCHEV

On Call Supervisor

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

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Sr. Enterprise Systems Eng. (HHMI - Chevy Chase, MD): Req. Bach’s deg. in C.S., I.T., E.E., Bus. Admin, or rel. field & 6 yrs’ IT exp. managing Solaris, Linux & storage & backup. (In lieu of Bach’s deg. & 6 yrs’ exp., will accept 3 yrs’ academic studies toward Bach’s deg., or 3-yr foreign baccalaureate, & 8 yrs’ exp. as stated.) Stated or other exp. must incl.: Solaris & Linux w/ emphasis on RHEL; backup SW & HW, such as Commvault, Avamar, RecoverPoint, Data Domain, & Actifio; storage & SAN w/ emphasis on EMC solutions & Brocade SAN; & translating technical concepts into non-technical terms for both senior level mgmt & frontline staff. Provide support for Linux physical & virtual systems & Solaris servers. Apply online at HHMI is an equal opportunity employer.

Customer Service Rep

Veterinary Technician Assistant

Hight tech Gaithersburg company seeks self starter for permanent position. Must have strong typing and computer skills including excel spread sheets, excellent communication skills and be able to multi task. Benefit package. Please fax 301-527-9203 or email

Now Hiring: Veterinary Technician Assistant, Veterinary Hospital Receptionist, Luxury Kennel Technician, Experienced Pet Groomer. Fax Resume to (301) 874-4963 Real Estate

Silver Spring

Work with the BEST!

Be trained individually by one of the area’s top offices & one of the area’s best salesman with over 34 years. New & experienced salespeople welcomed.

Must R.S.V.P.


Call Bill Hennessy

3 301-388-2626 01-388-2626 • Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. EOE


Program Assistant

For a busy, growing 7 physician pediatric office. Applicant must be reliable, efficent. Be willing to work occasional evenings and Saturday’s. MUST have hands on patient care exp and a working knowledge of Word Based Computer systems with EMR knowledge a plus. Please fax resume to Attn: Anne and Jennifer at 301)540-0865.

Bachelor’s degree required; experience in a professional office environment preferred. For detailed job description go to Submit their cover letter and resume to

Medical Receptionist

Restaurant Staff

FT, scheduling & registration of patients, payments, phone calls, etc. Mon-Fri, 9-5, possibly 6pm. Salary based upon experience. Fax resume: 410-761-5484 or apply through Required: Previous medical office exp, flexible with work load, personable & polite, with good typing & computers skills, High school diploma or equivalent.

Medical Research Associate Implement & conduct vascular & venous research for clinical trials & studies & ensure that research is conducted in compliance with federal, state, local, & regulatory bodies, while effectively coordinating a portfolio of trials & continue to successfully grow the program. Participate in development & implementation of patient screening, recruitment, study enrollment, & participant follow-up tools & plans. Prepare clinical study reports & submit for publication. Complete required measures & milestone activities appropriate to the clinical course & monitoring of study & program subjects as required per protocol. Require MD degree in Medicine & 2 yrs. work experience in clinical research of vascular disease. Travel to different clinic locations. CVR Management, LLC has 1 full-time position in Prince George’s & Montgomery counties, MD. Email resume to

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

Teachers & Child Care Staff Locations in Montgomery Co.

Teachers: Nursery, PS/PK and Infant/Toddlers. BS ECE or EE required. Child Care Teacher & Aides: Infant- School Age. Health, Vacation, Training, Retirement, Pd Holidays, Free Parking, FT/PT Send resume to: Fax 301 424-9477

Veterinary Technician

Responsibilities include client education, administering oral and injectable medications, placing IV catheters, radiology, animal restraint, as well as basic animal care. To apply and for detailed job description go to

Visit our Career Opportunities page at:

Current Opportunities Listed Below: Project Managers - Base Build & Interiors Superintendent - Base Build Project Engineer - Interiors Group (Job requirements & how to apply for each job are on the website) EOE: M/F/D/V


Provide non-medical care and companionship for seniors in their homes. Personal care, light housework, transportation, meal preparation. Must be 21+. Must have car and one year professional, volunteer, or personal experience Home Instead Senior Care To us it’s personal 301/588-9023 Call between 10am-4pm Mon-Fri

Private golf club has openings for Restaurant Grill Cooks, Golf Course Maintenance Staffers and Golf Shop Assistants. Positions will start off as seasonal /part time with the abiltity to move into permanent positions. Experience preferred. To apply and for detailed job description go to


3-18 hrs per week; $8-$18/hr. Some knowledge of gymnastics is required. Gaithersburg. Email:

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Medical Receptionist

Busy Ophthalmology office in Rockville, PT, answer phones, schedule & check in/out patients, data entry, etc. Must be have strong cust. service, verbal & written skills, be able to multi-task & work under pressure, Must be reliable, efficient, computer literate, selfmotivated & committed to exceptional care & service. Medical office exp. preferred. E-mail cover letter/resume to


Work From Home

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

Call 301-333-1900

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#13113 2 At This Price: VINS: 904882, 912542


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