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Deepti Navile stands amid the nearly 500 dolls and other miniature pieces on display in her Potomac home in celebration of the Hindu festival Dussehra. Many of the dolls have been handed down for generations in her family.

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rated their houses,” she said. “That is one story.” She knows why she does it and will continue to, even though it entails hours of work. “I started doing this because my grandmother did it and I liked it as a child,” she said. “It’s very creative.” She wants her daughters, ages 10 and 16, who are being raised in this country, to share in this part of their Indian heritage. It’s a lesson not lost on her older daughter, Shreya Navile, a junior at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac. “I’ve grown up watching my mom do the dolls, helping her set them up and learning the stories. It’s part of me,” Shreya said. “It’s


Century-old wooden dolls, a miniature marketplace and a replica mariachi band combine old and new in a display in Deepti Navile’s basement. It isn’t a little girl’s playhouse, but rather a way to share the history and culture of Navile’s native India during the Hindu festival of Dussehra, which this year was celebrated Oct. 5 through Monday. The festival celebrates Lord Rama’s victory over the 10-headed demon King Ravena, a victory of good over evil, Navile said. She was not sure why many people set out displays of dolls during the festival. “In celebrating the victory, people deco-

A sample of the miniature figures on display in the Potomac home of Deepti Navile in celebration of the Hindu festival of Dussehra.

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Proposals to increase the minimum wage at the county or state levels have some Montgomery County businesses worried about the effect the bill would have on their bottom line, while others support a raise in the wage. County Councilman Mark Elrich (D-At


A CELEBRATION AND A CAMPAIGN The Equality for Eid campaign asked Muslim community members to skip school.


large) of Takoma Park has proposed a bill that would raise the county’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $11.50 an hour over three years. Similar bills have been proposed in Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C. A bill also is expected in the Maryland General Assembly during the 2014 session to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Many businesses in Montgomery that depend heavily on government workers and federal contracts are more focused on the immediate damage caused by the government

shutdown, said Georgette Godwin, president and CEO of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. Godwin said she respects the county bill’s sponsors for trying to help people, but the uncertainty caused by the shutdown makes it a bad time to look at a county measure. “I know their intentions are good, their timing is terrible,” Godwin said. She said she believes the issue would be better addressed at the state or federal level.



Bullis running back has the right moves on the field, but not so much on the dance floor.


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Gov. Martin O’Malley is expected to announce Wednesday his appointment of David Fraser-Hidalgo as the next delegate from District 15, which includes parts of Potomac. Montgomery County’s Democratic Central Committee nominated Fraser-Hidalgo of Boyds last week after considering eight candidates for the job. While O’Malley (D) was expected to accept the party’s nominee, he has in the past rejected party picks for filling vacant legislative seats. Last year, O’Malley rejected the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee’s initial choice of businessman Greg Hall to fill a the seat of former Del. Tiffany Alston (D-Dist. 24) of Mitchellville, asking the party to choose another person after Hall’s criminal record surfaced. In January, O’Malley appointed former Del. Darren M. Swain to represent District 24. According to the governor’s office, O’Malley will announce Fraser-Hidalgo as his appointment Wednesday. Fraser-Hidalgo will serve the remaining year of former Del. Brian J. Feldman’s term. Feldman (D-Dist. 15) of Potomac was appointed the senator for District 15 by O’Malley after former Sen. RobertGaragiola(D-Dist.15)ofGermantownresigned. At the central committee meeting on Oct. 8, Fraser-Hidalgo said he was excited to join the legisla-

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Delaney says he will donate portion of his salary to clinic n Contribution will be made to Mercy Health Clinic in Gaithersburg after federal government shutdown ends BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER

Rep. John Delaney (D-Dist. 6) of Potomac is donating a cut of his congressional salary earned during the government shutdown to a clinic in Gaithersburg. The congressman, who was reported by The Gazette last July to be worth at least $51 million, will give a portion of his $174,000 annual congressional salary to Mercy Health Clinic, according to spokesman Will McDonald. “He [Delaney] felt it was the right thing to do, just given the overall dysfunction of Congress right now and the fact that the government is shut down,” McDonald said. “John and his wife were looking for a good, charitable group in the district that really helps people who are less fortunate.”

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On Saturday, Virginia Johnson (pictured), former prima ballerina and current artistic director for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, offered three master classes for CityDance students at the CityDance School and Conservatory at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Seven Montgomery County students from the school will perform with the company in Robert Garland’s “Gloria” at 8 p.m. Thursday and at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C. For more information on Dance Theatre of Harlem’s full performance schedule, visit

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Potomac Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Potomac Place, Falls and River roads, Potomac. Pumpkin decorating, scarecrow making, face painting and live music. Free. 301-718-2526.



Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Cabin John Shopping Center and Mall, 11325 Seven Locks Road, Potomac. Hay maze, scarecrow-making, glitter tattoos, a balloon sculptor and trick-or-treating. 240-453-3000.

MORE INTERACTIVE CALENDAR ITEMS AT WWW.GAZETTE.NET THURSDAY, OCT. 17 Young in Heart Clutter Sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Rockville Senior Center, Carnation Room, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville.

Women Business Owners of Montgomery County Networking Event, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.,

Timpano Italian Chop House, 12021 Rockville Pike, Rockville. $35 for members, $5 for nonmembers. 301-365-1755. Oktoberfest, 5-7:30 p.m., Fox Hill, 8300 Burdette Road, Bethesda. Bavarian beer, wine, food, music, dancing and singing. Free. 301968-1850.

FRIDAY, OCT. 18 Seniors in Action! Caring Hands Meeting,


9:30-11 a.m., Stedwich Community Center, 10401 Stedwick Road, Montgomery Village. $15 per resident, $30 per nonresident. 240-243-2367. Great Pumpkin Fun, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. Ongoing activities include taking a self-guided trail hunt, creating fun crafts to take home, playing games and seeing animals up close. $5. Register at

SATURDAY, OCT. 19 Heavenly Harvest Fall Festival, 9 a.m.-4

p.m., Faith United Methodist Church, 6810 Montrose Road, Rockville. Food, children’s activities, decorations, pumpkins and baked goods. Free. 301-881-1881. Homebuyer Seminar, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., HIP Gaithersburg Office, 620 E. Diamond Ave.,

Gaithersburg. Learn about affordable mortgage loans and down-payment and closing cost assistance programs. $50. 301-916-5893. Washington Grove Walking Tour, 10 a.m.noon, McCathran Hall, Chestnut Road and Center Street, Washington Grove. The walk will include stories about the origins of the community as a Methodist camp meeting in the 1870s. $5, registration required. 301-340-2825. Antique and Classic Car Show, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Rockville Civic Center, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. More than 500 antique and classic cars on display. Free. 240-314-8620. Open House, noon-4 p.m., Second Chance Wildlife Center, 7101 Barcellona Drive, Gaithersburg. Live music, animal mascots, cake walk, bake sale, raffles, food and drink. Free. 301-9269453. Harvest Festival, 1-5 p.m., North Bethesda United Methodist Church, 10100 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Games and prizes with face painting, pony rides and a petting zoo. 2013 Hospice Caring Gala, 6 p.m.-midnight, Bolger Center, 9600 Newbridge Drive, Potomac. Fundraising event to include dinner, dancing and auctions. $250. 301-990-8903. NIH Philharmonia Concert, 7:30-9:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 917 Montrose Road, Rockville. A program titled “Boys will be Boys.” Free.

SUNDAY, OCT. 20 All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast, 8 a.m.-noon, Laytonsville Fire Department, 21400 Laytonsville Road, Laytonsville. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, chipped beef, fruit, biscuits, orange juice and coffee. $8 for adults, $5 for children 5-11, free for kids younger than 5. 240-304-1332. “In The Fog” Screening, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. part of Cinema Art Bethesda, includes breakfast and post-film discussion. $15. Fall Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Bethesda Health and Rehab Center, 5721 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda. Trackless train rides, kiddie games, moon bounce, face painting, food, dancers and live music. Free. Fall Shopping Expo, noon-4 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 14975 Shady Grove Road, Rockville. More than 20 vendors; proceeds benefit several charities. Free admission. 240-678-5050. Fall Bridal Showcase, noon-4 p.m., Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. $5. 301-258-6425.

MONDAY, OCT. 21 Seniors in Action book discussion, 10-11 a.m., Stedwich Community Center, 10401 Stedwick Road, Montgomery Village, every third Monday of the month. Seniors gather around to discuss and analyze a book voted on by the group. Free for first-time guests. 240-243-2367.



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Potomac lawyer joins board of coalition for the homeless PEOPLE & PL ACES AGNES BLUM

During the week, Michael J. Lichtenstein can be found

working in the bankruptcy and creditors group at the Potomac law firm Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker. But every six weeks or so for the past four years, Lichtenstein rolls up his sleeves and gets to work prepping, cooking and serving dinner at the county’s men’s emergency shelter on Gude Drive in Rockville. Now he has found another way to serve the homeless population: He recently was appointed to the board of directors of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, whose mission is to eradicate homelessness in Montgomery County. The nonprofit provides emergency shelter, meals and permanent housing throughout the county. Lichtenstein, who lives in Bethesda, began volunteering with one of his four daughters several years ago when she was looking for a hands-on service project as part of her bat mitzvah. The experience of seeing people who have so little was eye-opening for his daughters, he said. “It’s a great experience,” Lichtenstein said, who originally hails from South Africa. There are more than 2,000 homeless people living in Montgomery County and more than 200 of them are children, according to county data.

Bethesda arts festival is this weekend The Bethesda Row Arts Festival will transform the four blocks of Bethesda Row into an outdoor art gallery of fine arts and crafts from across the nation from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. More than 190 artisans will display their wares, including ceramics, drawings, fabrics,

Washington, D.C. Hsu is the mother of Jaiwen Hsu, a freshman at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda and a bone cancer patient who underwent leg surgery this summer. She raised close to $10,000 as part of her family’s team, the Jai-Walkers. The family walked the 5K race with Jaiwen, who crossed the finish line to cheers from friends. The Race for Every Child 5K drew more than 3,900 runners and walkers and has raised more than $680,000 to date, with the goal of reaching $850,000 by Dec. 31. More about the Race for Every Child is at

glass, graphics, jewelry, metalwork, paintings, pastels, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood and mixed media. The festival will have food trucks and musicians, plus art activities for children. The festival is a benefit for the National Institutes of Health Children’s Charities. For more information, call 301-637-5684 or visit the website,

Registration open for Senior Spelling Bee Registration has opened for the semi-annual Senior Spelling Bee, hosted by the county’s Friends of the Library at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at Little Falls Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. The bee is open to Montgomery County residents 55 and older. The fee is $25 and participants may seek sponsors to cover the fee. Sponsors will be acknowledged in program materials and at the event. Participants must register by Oct. 25. Applications can be downloaded at, or by calling 240-777-0020 or emailing staff@

Future Link honored for helping youth The Montgomery County Council presented Future Link of Glen Echo with a proclamation in celebration of its fifth anniversary serving county youth. Future Link, which started in 2008, is dedicated to helping disadvantaged youth avoid chronic unemployment, lowwage jobs and homelessness and has worked with more than 225 young adults, providing academic and career support. Through the program, students receive education, skills, tools and resources to change the trajectory of their lives and succeed independently. The program includes a college-level seminar, career exploration, corporate site visits, informational interviews, internships, mentoring, continu-

Were you a Suburban baby 70 years ago? PHOTO FROM MICHAEL LICHTENSTEIN

Michael Lichtenstein of Bethesda, who has volunteered at homeless shelters for years, recently was named to the board of directors of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. ing education workshops, and ongoing academic and advising support. The recent County Council ceremony also was attended by three program alumni, two of whom spoke about how critical Future Link has been in their lives. Born in Brazil, Yanna De Castro was in Future Link’s program one year ago, when she learned about occupational therapy. De Castro now works at the Wellness Center at Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg in a paid internship. Carlos Perdomo, who graduated from the program in the fall of 2010, had a paid internship with the Montgomery County Recreation Department that led to full-time employment. Perdomo, who plans to earn his associate degree in construction management in May from Montgomery College, is the first in his family to attend college.

‘Hot’ husband lives in North Potomac North Potomac is home to one of America’s 25 hottest


Catherine Huang nominated her husband, Austin, for the title of “America’s Hottest Husband” and his chiseled abs and love of cooking family meals might win the couple a four-night stay in Curacao if Redbook magazine readers decide he’s the one. Huang, 34, a scientist and triathlete, is one of 25 finalists in the magazine’s 2014 America’s Hottest Husbands contest. The couple, married nine years, have two young children. The top 25 were gleaned from 1,500 submissions. Huang’s webpage is at hot-husband/americashottest-husbands-finalists2014#slide-10. The deadline to vote at the website is Oct. 28.

Cancer patient’s mother is top fundraiser Jeng Hsu of Bethesda crossed the finish line as the top individual fundraiser of the inaugural Race for Every Child, held Oct. 5 at Freedom Plaza in

Were you born at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda in 1943 or 1944? If so, the hospital wants to hear from you. To mark its 70th anniversary this December, Suburban Hospital is looking for people who were born there to share their stories as part of its celebration. Suburban Hospital opened its doors on Dec. 13, 1943, as a 130-bed hospital built to accommodate the expanding World War II military population in rural Montgomery County. Those born at the hospital from December 1943 to December 1944 and are willing to share their story may contact the hospital at or 301-896-3939. They should Include their name, address, email address, phone number and date of birth.

Seminar on managing pain is Oct. 23 Chevy Chase At Home will

treating chronic pain with an emphasis on back and hip pain. Topics will include how pain is diagnosed and evaluated; sources of pain; chronic pain conditions including arthritis, headaches, joint pain and lower back pain; and treatment options such as physical therapy, medications, alternative therapies, injections and surgical procedures. More information is at

‘Pumpkins With Purpose’ for sale in Kensington The St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch is open through Oct. 31 for the sale of “Pumpkins With Purpose.” All proceeds will support the church’s school-building mission to Nicaragua and its “20895-Hunger Free Zone” effort. St. Paul’s is attempting to make its ZIP code, 20895, the nation’s first “Hunger Free Zone” by expanding its monthly food distribution to include a grocery-delivery service. The new initiative aims to deliver food to Kensington-area families within 24 hours of requests. More than 1,000 pumpkins are available at the church, at 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington. The Pumpkin Patch is open from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. For more information call 301-948-1709 or email Send event information, photos and news items for People and Places to Agnes Blum at, or call 301280-3002.


host a talk on pain management from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Chevy Chase Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Ave. Chandoo J. Kalmat, a physician and pain specialist affiliated with the Pain Management Institute of Bethesda and Washington, will discuss options for

Sandra Gorvine Sachs Sandra Gorvine Sachs, 73, formerly of Bethesda, died Oct. 8, 2013. Services took place at 1 p.m. Oct. 13 at Kittamaqundi Community Church in Columbia.


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Priya Mehndiratta, 5, of Potomac smiles with her rainbow face art at last October’s annual Potomac Day community fair.

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When the Potomac Day parade travels down River Road on Saturday, four special people will be among the participants. They are the People of the Year honored by the Potomac Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the day and the parade, for their contributions to the community. Bob Sickels, who, with his wife Tammy, started Kids After Hours, Inc., an after-school program for elementary school students and Carnival Day, a company that provided moonbounce and other amusement rentals, is this year’s Business Person of the Year. “It’s nice to be recognized for all the things we try to do to help out the community,” Sickels said. “A part of our business is to make sure we are helping anytime we get a chance. Over the years, ever since my kids were there, we have donated equipment for the Potomac Elementary School Fair.” Just recently, he said, Carnival Day donated equipment for use at Bullis School for a fundraiser for UMTTR — pronounced You Matter — with proceeds going to support the formation of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Positive Coaching Alliance and to support research on teen depression and suicide prevention. Matthew Schick and Marissa Michaels share the Youth of the Year Award. Schick is a senior at Landon School in Bethesda, and Michaels is a senior at HoltonArms School in Bethesda. Both are editors of their school yearbook. In addition to being an awardwinning artist, Matthew has been in charge of Landon’s “Pennies for Patients” drive to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and spends time each Sunday teaching Hebrew School at B’nai Tzedek in Potomac. Marissa is co-president of Holton’s Peer Counseling organization that helps guide the school’s freshmen as they transition to high school and tutors underprivileged Latino youth in Washington, D.C. She also raised money and awareness for “To Write on Her Arms,” a nonprofit that raises awareness for psychological/emotional disorders among young people and raises funds to sponsor therapeutic programs. “These kids are phenomenal, they just do and do and do,” said Jennifer Matheson, director of operations for the Potomac Chamber of Commerce. Robert Hanson, 88, who grew up on a farm in what is

now North Potomac, is this year’s Citizen of the Year. Hanson could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Potomac Day started 31 years ago as a way to bring residents together for a time of fun and friendship. This weekend the event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a traditional parade of scouts, politicians, fire engines and other emergency equipment. Following the parade there will be community events in the parking lots of both shopping centers south of River Road: Potomac Promenade and Potomac Place. “We will have a number of activities in the parking lot,” Arlene Elling, event planner for the Potomac Place Shopping Center on the southeast corner, said. “There will be scarecrow making, pumpkin decorating for children of all ages, music, face painting, Squeals on Wheels petting zoo and sidewalk sales.” All of those events are free, Elling said, and the first 100 flu shots at the Rite Aid Pharmacy in the shopping center will be free Saturday too. Across the street, at Potomac Promenade Shopping Center, the fun will continue right after the parade, according to Matheson. “We have the children’s festival with games, rides and moonbounces and a business fair with almost 100 businesses and community organizations participating,” she said. Vision and hearing checks will be available too, she said. Both Matheson and Elling have worked on Potomac Day for more than ten years and both say the event has grown with more activities and more people attending. “From our perspective it’s paying back all the customers for the years they have shopped with us and getting new customers to know about our stores,” Elling said. Both women said the biggest problem will be parking, especially with the parking lots of the intersection’s largest shopping centers being used for the activities. Parking is available at Potomac Elementary School, 10311 River Road, in surrounding neighborhoods or in the lot at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 10033 River Road. Potomac Day will be held, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Matheson said. The intersection of River and Falls roads will be closed from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or noon, she said, “depending on the length of the parade.” Early risers can participate in a Sergeants Program family fun fitness program at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Semmes building, 10220 River Road.

Members of the West Montgomery County Citizens Association ended their Oct. 9 meeting with a sigh of relief. The provisions of the Potomac Subregion Master Plan would not be changed or greatly affected by proposed changes to the Montgomery County zoning code. “This was good — it sounds like they are sticking to the master plan,” Susanne Lee of Rockville said at the end of the meeting. “We were worried.” Planning Coordinator Pamela Dunn and planning Supervisor Joshua Sloan with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission presented an overview of changes to the code and answered questions specific to the Potomac community. “We tried to stay true to the original code,” Dunn said. “We [mostly] consolidated it to make it easier to use.” According to its website, the citizens association represents the area following the Potomac River from the Capital Beltway to Pennyfield Lock and spreads out to

include “the one-acre and two-acre zoned areas (RE-2 and RE-1) between the Muddy Branch on the west and the Bucks Branch and Cabin John Creek on the east, along with the quarter-acre zoned areas (R-200) encompassed by those streams.” The area was designated in 1964 a Green Wedge, a conservation area protecting the agricultural reserve and the region’s water supply, most of which comes from the Potomac River. Ginny Barnes, the association president, said most of the citizens working on the zoning rewrite were from denser communities and it was important to learn how the new code would affect the association’s community. “I feel better,” Barnes said after the meeting. Still, she would like to have a “second opinion,” a wrap-up of the changes from someone not with the park and planning commission. “I’d like to hear a discussion [that] involves people who have followed it more closely,” she said. The zoning code, which controls most aspects of property development in the county, has not been comprehensively rewritten in more than 30 years, according to the Montgomery County website. The Revised Preliminary Planning, Housing, and Economic Development Committee draft of the zoning code text and map were

posted online Friday at Dunn said the rewrite was undertaken to modernize the code by consolidating uses and zones, simplifying the document — which over the years has expanded and made more difficult to understand by the addition of footnotes to the original — and clarifying it to make the review process easier to understand. According to the website, the changes are to “accommodate the most ideal future development.” “As our road, forest conservation, and stormwater rules have evolved, our zoning ordinance has not kept up,” the Montgomery planning website says. “In basic sustainability terms, our zoning ordinance has rules that not only encourage sprawl into our greenfields and residential neighborhoods, but foster it by not allowing mixeduse, compact development in targeted locations.” New regulations are designed to help prevent sprawl and encourage a greener county, according to the county. On Nov. 12 and 14, the County Council will hold public hearings on the draft. The hearings will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the council’s office building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Citizens wishing to testify should call 240-777-7803 by 5 p.m. Nov. 11. “As the county grows, changes have to be made,” Dunn said.

A celebration amid a campaign Some students, others stay home for festivities




Around the same time they might have headed home after a day at school, some kids talked and played in a large Damascus basement amid a happy confusion of pizza, music and party dresses. Hebatallah Elradi, 15, a Clarksburg High School student, was among the younger participants at the large home celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. “It’s just a good atmosphere,” Hebatallah said amid the buzz of the revelry. “I look forward to these holidays a lot.” Tuesday marked one of two holidays at the center of the Equality for Eid Coalition’s ongoing mission. The coalition is leading a call for Montgomery County Public Schools to close when classes overlap with Muslim holidays. The coalition urged school system staff and students to stay home from school Tuesday and instead celebrate the holiday. Eid al-Adha marks the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. The other holiday, Eid al-Fitr, celebrates the end of Ramadan, according to the coalition’s website. Students who miss school on the holidays currently receive an excused absense, but coalition leaders and other local Muslims wants students and staff to get the day off. The issue was discussed by the county Board of Education in November, when it opted not to close school on Muslim holidays after parents and community leaders requested it. School system staff reported at the time there was not a high absentee rate on the holiday in the past three years. School officials said that, based on case law, the school system needs a secular reason to close schools. Hebatallah said she attended a prayer service at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds in the morning and spent part of the afternoon celebrating with friends and family at the Damascus home. She encouraged her Muslim friends to stay home for the holiday. “I told them you could make up the work, but you can’t make up the prayer,” she said. Some friends, she said, decided not to skip, so they wouldn’t miss a test. Hebatallah said she doesn’t think it’s fair to hold classes on the Eid holidays. She can catch up on work she missed,


Faryaal Sultan (left), a student at Col. Zadok Magruder High School in Rockville, and Heba Elradi, a Clarksburg High student, eat traditional food as Muslims gathered Tuesday to celebrate Eid al-Adha. she said, but teachers don’t repeat the lessons. “I feel like I’m losing valuable education,” she said. The Damascus party was at the home of Galila Ibrahim, 9, who attends Damascus Elementary School. Galila said she stayed up late Monday night helping her mom prepare for the festivities. Skipping school on an Eid holiday is the normal practice for Galila. But she said she missed a school official’s visit on Tuesday with other members of her math program; she had wanted to attend. Her tone changing from shy to excited, Galila said she enjoys the Eid holiday because “all of our families and friends come here in this big house and celebrate!” Heidi Wahba of Clarksburg attended the party with her four children, who are homeschooled. Wahba said she thinks more people were at a prayer service she attended Tuesday than last year. “We went to prayer in the morning and there were a ton of kids there,” she said.

The celebration at the Damacus home brought people from around the area, she said, including those from Frederick and Howard counties and from Virginia. Saqib Ali — one of the coalition’s cochairs and a state delegate candidate — said he attended a prayer service along with about 5,000 others at the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring. With the large number of people present every year, Ali said, it was hard to tell whether attendance was up from last year. Ali has described the holiday closures as “a civil rights issue.” Samira Hussein — a family service worker for the county school system and a coalition leader — said she was among an estimated 7,000 people at the service at the SoccerPlex. She said it was hard to tell if attended was up from last year, but she saw many families who attended with all of their children. “If they had to go to school, it just takes the joy out of the festivities,” she said.


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Montgomery County will reopen Glen Echo Park itself on Friday if the county can’t reach a deal with the National Park Service to operate the facility that is currently closed because of the federal government shutdown. The county may perpetrate an “act of civil disobedience” and begin operating the park on Friday if an agreement can’t be reached with the park service by Thursday night, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) told The Gazette on Tuesday. Although it sits on National Park Service land, Glen Echo is run by the county and the nonprofit Glen Echo Partnership for Arts and Culture. “They operate it,” Leggett said. “The park service does not operate this.” On Monday, Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Gaithersburg sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell asking that the park be reopened. “A shutdown at the federal level should not result in the shutdown of a community asset that, in fact, receives no federal funding,” Berliner wrote. The Park Service picks up trash at the facility and provides some security in the park’s parking lots, Leggett said. The county would assume those responsibilities until the shutdown is over. The county has tried to resolve the issue with the Department of the Interior, which oversees the Park Service, but hasn’t been able to get their attention, Leggett said. The press office for the Department of the Interior is closed because of the shutdown, and an email to an address set up to deal with inquiries during the shutdown was not returned Tuesday. The park’s closure has left businesses at the site unable to get into their offices or even to check their mail, Leggett said. The arts partnership fully supports the move to open the park, which never should have been closed because of the shutdown to begin with, executive director Katey Boerner said. “I’m not looking for confrontation, but we need to be open,” she said.


In his letter to Jewell, Berliner said park officials estimated they lost $67,000 in one weekend of being closed. The park’s theater and puppetry facilities normally draw large groups of schoolchildren and others, and the Friday night dance usually brings in about 300 people, Boerner said. The park also offers pottery, photography, glassblowing and other classes that can’t be held while it’s closed. “We can’t survive another weekend of being closed,” Boerner said. Glen Echo Park, with its historic carousel and ballroom, is also a sought-after location for wedding celebrations and several have had to be canceled since the shutdown began Oct. 1. Bride-to-be Tina Poole was supposed to have had her wedding ceremony and reception at Glen Echo Park on Oct. 12. The Alexandria, Va., resident called the park a week after she got engaged in July 2012, and booked the last available Saturday slot in the fall of 2013. After more than a year of planning, Poole learned on Oct. 3 that the venue was unable to host her event. “I was pretty devastated because it [the park] has a lot of sentimental value to me and my fiance,” she said. Her new husband, Jackson Takach, proposed at the site’s bumper car pavilion. Glen Echo Park employees quickly jumped in to help make new arrangements, Poole said. They contacted other venues on behalf of the couple, and arranged for the money that already was paid to the park to be transferred to the new locations. After kicking the planning into high gear, Poole and Takach found new spaces and kept the same wedding date. They booked F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre for the ceremony and used its social hall for the reception, both of which are in Rockville. Kim Haug, the theater supervisor at the venue, confirmed Tuesday that the wedding did take place and ran smoothly. Keeping the same wedding date was important to the couple because they wanted to ensure that all 80 of their guests, many of whom were coming from out of town, could still attend, Poole said. “Luckily we managed to do online invitations and we were able to tell everyone really quickly,” Poole said.

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Friendship picnic celebrates diversity

Children pull open a piñata during Sunday’s Friendship Picnic in Wheaton Regional Park.


Montgomery County hosted a Friendship Picnic on Sunday at Wheaton Regional Park to help foster understanding between people of diverse cultures and faiths, as well as encourage cross-cultural friendship. The event was sponsored by the county’s Office of Human Rights, the county’s Committee on Hate/ Violence, the Human Rights Commission, the Office of Community Partnerships and the county executive’s Faith Community Working Group. Also involved were the county police department, the county Department of Parks and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. — AGNES BLUM


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Shutdown affects local businesses, large and small Marriott CEO considers shift in who gets political contributions




From large contractors to hotels, the continued federal government shutdown is having its effect locally. The shutdown, which started Oct. 1, is even causing CEOs of large companies to blog about it. “With the major attractions of the city and government offices closed, tourism and business travel [in the Washington, D.C., region] is declining,” Arne Sorenson, CEO of Bethesda hotel giant Marriott International, said in a post on his LinkedIn page. “Visitors applying for visas to come to the United States for business or pleasure will likely see delays. The e-verify system, which verifies the work eligibility of employees, has been pulled down, leaving employers without a key resource when trying to be sure that a job offer can be extended.” Across the country, hotels collectively are losing more than $8 million a day during the shutdown because of lost tour and travel business, according to the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Sorenson said he is considering not making political contributions to any party and Congress members who have “perfect or near perfect scores” from conservative or liberal groups. “Can we collectively shift the money that is in the political process to politicians who are practical and who are not above doing the work of politics to reach practical solutions, especially in the areas where political philosophies conflict?” he asked. The standoff continues as many congressional Republicans want to see deeper spending cuts and changes to the 2010 health care reform law, like the individual mandate being delayed. Likewise, many congressional Democrats and the Obama administration say there have been enough cuts and they do not want to change the law. Restaurants that rely on federal workers for lunch business and even auto dealers are seeing much fewer customers these days, U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D) of Baltimore said during an

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A Rockville charity attracted national attention last week for temporarily taking over support for families of fallen soldiers after the Pentagon was unable to make payments because of the government shutdown. Fisher House, which provides housing to families of injured military members while they are receiving

address Thursday on the Senate floor. “Small businesses are what help make America great,” she said. “This ripples through our economy.” The shutdown is particularly hurting agencies like the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Mikulski said. “It is having a terrible impact on the Maryland economy,” she said. “When you talk to small businesses where these agencies are located, it is just terrible.”

Lockheed starts furloughs Bethesda defense giant Lockheed Martin started furloughing about 2,400 employees companywide on Oct. 7 because of the political standoff. The number of sidelined employees was 600 fewer than what Lockheed officials thought on Oct. 4 they would be furloughing. After Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Oct. 5 that most of the roughly 400,000 civilian employees in that department had been deemed essential for national security, Lockheed officials decided to reduce the number of furloughs. Most of those affected work in civilian programs in the Washington region, said Gordon Johndroe, a Lockheed spokesman. The furloughs at Lockheed — which has about 5,000 employees in Mont-

treatment, made an agreement with the Department of Defense Oct. 9 to take over the payment of $100,000 death benefits to the families of soldiers killed in active duty. Those payments are normally made by the department, which was temporarily unable to make them because of the government shutdown. President Barack Obama signed a bill Thursday that will allow the Pentagon to make the payments instead. Because the bill was passed and signed by the president, Fisher House never actually made a payment, said Jody Fisher, a spokesman representing the charity. Jody Fisher is not related to the family who runs

the Fisher House. But Fisher House announced Friday that it would still pay $25,000 gifts to families of each of the 29 service members who were killed in action between the start of the shutdown on Oct. 1 and Thursday, when the bill was signed. When the issue of the Pentagon not being able to make the payments arose this week, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) contacted Fisher House CEO Ken Fisher and asked if the foundation would be able to help, Fisher House spokeswoman Cindy Campbell said Friday. The organization has helped family members be at their loved ones’ sides for decades,

and is fortunate to have the resources to have been able to help, she said. Since its start in 1990, Fisher House has opened 61 homes at veterans’ hospitals across the country, serving more than 180,000 families and providing more than 5 million days of free lodging, according to its website. News of the initial agreement, announced Oct. 9 in a statement from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, got the charity mentioned in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and CNN, among other media outlets.

“I’m disappointed that we must take these actions, and we continue to encourage our lawmakers to come together to pass a funding bill that will end this shutdown.” Marillyn A. Hewson, Lockheed Martin CEO gomery County — include employees who cannot work because a government facility where they work is closed. It also covers employees whose duties require a government inspection that cannot be completed or whose worksite has received a stop order. Lockheed is directing affected employees to use their vacation time to continue to receive pay and benefits. “I’m disappointed that we must take these actions, and we continue to encourage our lawmakers to come together to pass a funding bill that will end this shutdown,” Lockheed CEO Marillyn A. Hewson said in a statement. “We hope that Congress and the administration are able to resolve this situation as soon as possible.” In fiscal 2012, Lockheed was the federal government’s largest single contractor, with $37 billion in contract

money obligated to the company, according to federal figures. Lockheed received about 82 percent of its revenue of $47.2 billion last year from the U.S. government, including 61 percent from the Department of Defense, according to its 2013 annual report. Some 17 percent came from international customers and 1 percent from private and other clients.

Another Bethesda company could see impact Bethesda enriched uranium supplier USEC thought it might have to furlough some employees — or at least slow down the work — at an Ohio uranium enrichment project if the shutdown ran past Tuesday, USEC spokesman Paul Jacobson previously said. On Tuesday, however, Jacobson

said in an email that the project had sufficient funding and Department of Energy authorization to continue operating through the month of October. USEC is building the $350 million plant to produce low-enriched uranium to make nuclear fuel. The project is about 80 percent funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has provided $227 million for the project. USEC needs about $48 million more to complete the plant and is negotiating with Congress and the administration to obtain the rest of the funding by Dec. 31. The longer the shutdown continues, the more difficult it is to maintain operations, officials said. Staff Writer Elizabeth Waibel contributed to this story



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Del. John Cluster is having another go at passing a bill that would place a police officer in every Maryland public school that does not already have one. Cluster (R-Dist. 8) of Parkville filed a similar bill in the 2013 legislative session that was voted down in the state Ways and Means Committee. The new bill, Cluster said, addresses concerns about costs by using retired police officers rather than regular police officers to serve as school resource officers who would help protect schools from security threats. Hiring and equipping about 1,135 school resource officers would have cost about $104.7 million, according to an estimate on the 2013 bill from the state Department of Legislative Services. The officers would be paid and equipped through the state’s Education Trust Fund, which includes gaming proceeds. As of earlier this year, the fund was put entirely toward education programs and funding formulas, though it could be used for other authorized purposes, according to the same Legislative Services report. The bill would have expanded the authorized uses for the fund. “There’s a lot of money coming into the coffers for education,” Cluster said. Cluster, a former Baltimore County police officer, said that since the first bill failed, he spoke with county sheriffs and others who suggested hiring retired officers. The retired police officers, Cluster said, would either be recently retired or go through training to become a school resource officer and would be classified as special police. They would have the authority to make arrests at the school and carry a gun, he said. Having a resource officer at the school, Cluster said, trans-

lates to an immediate response should an incident occur. The retired officers would hold contracted, part-time positions, Cluster said, meaning the state would not pay the salaries or benefits that come with hiring regular police officers. The estimated average salary and benefits for a school resource officer would fall around $78,900, the Legislative Services report said. While he did not yet have an estimate for what the total cost would be under the new bill, Cluster said the switch to retired officers makes “a huge difference.” Cluster said he thought about 900 school resource officers would need to be hired so that every public school would have one. Del. C. William Frick (D-Dist. 16) — one of 18 Ways and Means Committee members who voted down the bill — said he didn’t think the cost associated with the bill was “the only concern or even the biggest concern.” “You can’t put a price on protecting our kids,” he said. The problem, Frick said, rather lies in how the bill would have restricted local school dis-

Obituary Clifford Edward Lanham

passed away on September 18th at the age of 75. He is survived by his son C. Alexander Lanham of Washington, DC, and his grandson Storm Xavier Lanham. With a long and recognized career with the Federal Laboratories and as a Technology Transfer Consultant, Cliff spent his life attempting to direct the discoveries of science towards improving the lives of people. Memorial contributions may be made in Cliff’s memory to the American Association for the Advancement of Science at Condolences may be sent to 1894899

POLICE BLOTTER 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.


Commercial burglary • On Sept. 26 between midnight and 1 a.m. at Little Caesars Pizza, 2092 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville. Unknown entry, took property. • Between 6 p.m. Sept. 29 and 7:15 a.m. Sept. 30 at The Greater Washington Dermatology Office, 2401 Research Blvd., Rockville. Forced entry, took property. • On Sept. 30 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville. No forced entry, took property.

Residential burglary • 14900 block of Piney Grove Court, North Potomac, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 23. No forced entry, took property. • 14900 block of Dufief Drive, North Potomac, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sept. 23. No further information provided. • 11800 block of Silent Valley Lane, North Potomac, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sept. 23. Forced entry, took property. • 11400 block of Twining Lane, Potomac, between 10:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sept. 24. No forced entry, took property. • 600 block of Goldsborough Drive, Rockville. At 2 a.m. Sept. 25. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. • 14400 block of Stonebridge View Drive, North Potomac. Forced entry, unknown what was taken. • 600 block of Goldsborough Drive, Rockville, at 11:24 a.m. Sept. 27. Attempted forced entry, took nothing.

tricts by reallocating funds toward one particular strategy. “The counties were looking for the ability to do school safety in a more comprehensive way,” he said. Frick said he thought that local school systems, who know their needs and concerns best, should be able to tell legislators what they think are the best approaches to school safety for them. In a March 6 testimony statement, the Maryland Association of Boards of Education opposed the old version of Cluster’s bill. The association said it appreciated the bill’s intent but disagreed with its proposed use of the Education Trust Fund, which it said was already designated for recipients the association supported. “MABE believes that these designated authorized recipients of Education Trust Fund dollars represent the major building blocks of Maryland’s public education system, and warrant the State’s continued and increased investments,” the written statement said.



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A new generation?

Andrew Platt (D), 24

D’Juan Hopewell (D), 30

Will Smith (D), 31

Marice Morales (D), 26

David Moon (D), 34

Jordan Cooper (D), 28

Kevin Walling (D), 28

Justin W. Chappell (D), 34

Elizabeth F. Matory (D), 33

Flynn Ficker (R), 31

John Paul Evans (D), 23

Will Jawando (D), 30

George Zokle (D), 34

Hamza Khan (D), 25

Laurie-Anne Sayles (D), 32

Marc Korman (D), 32

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Among the growing pool of Montgomery County candidates seeking a seat in the House of Delegates, a large number are young. More than half of the 25 candidates — not counting incumbents — vying for a House seat in one of Montgomery’s eight legislative districts are in their 20s or early 30s. Sixteen candidates are younger than 35. Six are in their 20s. Youth is no stranger to the General Assembly. Some of Maryland’s top elected officials began their political careers young. U.S. House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Dist. 5) of Mechanicsville and U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D) were both in their 20s when first elected to the Maryland General Assembly. But for the latest crop of young political hopefuls, President Barack Obama is often credited as their inspiration. “What we’re seeing now is this is the Obama generation running for office,” said Del. Jeff Waldstreicher, 33. “This is a group of folks who got active in 2008, were re-energized in 2012 and now realize that it is their time.” Waldstreicher (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington was 26 when voters elected him for the first time in 2006. The minimum age to run for the House of Delegates is 21, and for the Maryland Senate, it’s 25. Marice Morales (D), 26, a candidate in District 19, said her generation of politicos is taking the country by storm. Members of the young generation often known as millennials were the first to embrace mar-

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riage equality in large numbers, and are driving efforts to end the War on Drugs, said David Moon (D), 34, a candidate in District 20. Lingering issues of education and fair wages weigh on the generation, said Will Smith (D), 31, who is running in District 20. For George Zokle (D), 34, also running in District 20, economic inequality for individuals and small businesses and inadequate mental health advocacy spurred him to run. And the economic crisis and its disproportionate effect on not just his generation, but retirees and older workers as well, got Jordan Cooper, 28, into the District 16 race, he said. Whether in politics, business or community leadership, today’s young adults were raised to believe that they could do anything they dreamed, since their parents and grandparents knocked many of the extreme barriers down, said Elizabeth F. Matory (D), 33, who is running for District 18. Yet, despite Obama’s success breaking barriers, courting younger voters and even spurring many young and diverse candidates to run for office, on the whole, millennials still are not an active voting demographic, said Melissa Deckman, professor and chair of political science at Washington College in Chestertown. A 2011 study of voter turnout by the Center for American Politics and Citizenship at the University of Maryland showed that Marylanders between the ages of 25 and 39 had a turnout rate of less than 30 percent in the 2010 midterm election. Those younger than age 25 had even lower turnout. Marylanders between ages 55 and 69 had a turnout rate of nearly 90 percent that year. Young candidates should not rely on young voters to get elected, Deckman said. Young voters, she said, are less inter-

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House of Delegates District 20

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ested and often do not know how politics relate to them. But if the Democratic Party wants to stay relevant, it has to find a way to bring in millennial voters and candidates, said Hamza Khan (D), 25. Khan said the party did not back him to fill a vacant delegate seat in District 15 because of his age. He is running for that seat in 2014. “It definitely does hurt,” he said of being young. Montgomery County has a median age of 38.5, according to 2010 data from the U.S. Census Bureau. To win in 2014, a candidate needs to convince voters of all ages that he or she has the judgment, experience and idea to serve in Annapolis, said Marc Korman, 32, a Democratic candidate in District 16. Korman is not be the youngest candidate running thus far in 2014 — John Paul Evans, 23, is running in District 14. But when Korman knocks on doors, he said, people comment on his age. “I’m young, but not new — young, but not inexperienced,” he said. Justin W. Chappell (D), 34, a candidate in District 20, also said experience matters. It is a theme of his campaign as he shares with voters his 15 years of experience. D’Juan Hopewell (D), 30, said he’s qualified to represent District 20 because he already is working for it. As Maryland advocacy manager of Share Our Strength, an anti-hunger campaign, Hopewell organized and built statewide coalitions to advocate for children. Marylanders are looking for the next generation of progressive leaders to build on recent victories advancing civil rights, economic development and environmental protections, said Kevin Walling (D), 28, a candidate in District 16 who helped in the fight for gay marriage rights. “The reality is that voters are

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House of Delegates District 15

looking for somebody who is going to do a good job for them,” Del. Eric Luedtke, 31, said. “That can be someone of any age.” Luedtke (D-Dist. 14) of Burtonsville was 29 when voters elected him in 2010. Annapolis rewards those who work hard and are successful, he said. For House candidates, the path to Annapolis involves calling everyone they have met, asking for money and knocking on doors, Luedtke said — also, speaking from the heart. Waldstreicher said he advises candidates to knock on as many doors as possible. Flynn Ficker, 31, a Republican running in District 15, said he and his father Robin Ficker (R), who is running for the Senate in District 15, have knocked on 20,000 doors. “I endeavor to continue learning about the special interests of District 15 voters, unlike the incumbents, who seek to

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serve outside special interests,” Flynn Ficker said. However, when it comes to raising money, younger candidates often have smaller pools to siphon for donations, and that can present a challenge that older, moreconnectedcandidatesmight not face, Luedtke said. Still, among the millennials seeking office in Montgomery, many were born and raised in the county and boast strong community ties. “My heart and soul is tied to the well-being of the people in District 17,” Andrew Platt (D), 24, said of his district. Also seeking a seat in District 17, Laurie-Anne Sayles (D), 32, said she is deeply involved in her community and organizations, including the Montgomery County Community Action Board, the Montgomery County Board of Elections, the Montgomery County Young Democrats and parent-teacher groups. “I hope my age inspires

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other young people and demonstrates that they have a role to play in shaping the future of our communities,” she said. Growing up in Montgomery County, Will Jawando (D), 30, a candidate for District 20, said he has seen his community grow, and with it the reality that not everyone has shared equality in the rapid growth and prosperity. “I spent my entire life here, and I want to make sure that, working together, we ensure everyone gets to share in the opportunities and prosperity here,” he said. Millennials remain underrepresented in Annapolis, Luedtke said. “The value that millennials bring — we think about the world in different ways,” he said. “We have this culture of entrepreneurship and outside-thebox thinking. That provides real value to elected bodies.”

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Montgomery County police say more action needed BY ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH STAFF WRITER


Civil rights activists say a federal court decision halting the use of administrative warrants to make immigration-related arrests is a major win. The ruling, issued by the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Aug. 7, stops law enforcement officials from detaining, searching, stopping, or arresting anyone based on a civil warrant from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Late last month, the American Civil Liberties Union’s Maryland affiliate and Casa of Maryland sent a letter to law enforcement agencies around Maryland, informing them of the Aug. 7 ruling and urging them to change their policies to comply with the ruling. The Court of Appeals ruling does not apply to warrants sought by ICE for criminal offenses. The letter from the ACLU also highlighted a memo issued by Montgomery County police instructing officers not to make stops or arrests based solely on an ICE warrant. “It’s such a cultural shift given that most Maryland police departments routinely arrest people ... that it was worth drawing people’s attention to this,” said Sirine Shebaya, an immigration rights lawyer at the ACLU in Maryland. Critics of the practice of detaining individuals with administrative warrants said local police and sheriff agencies should not be enforcing federal immigration policy because it erodes community trust of local law enforcement. “[The warrants] are administrative, issued by an agency, without review by a neutral magistrate, and the only thing they indicate is a civil immigration violation, which is not something local law enforcement has the authority to enforce absent authorization,” Shebaya said in an email. Some local law enforcement officials dispute that claim, citing recent data from the Center for Immigration Studies, an immigration-issues think tank, which says that enforcement of ICE warrants does not affect local policing. Officials from ICE did not return calls for comment; its


website is not being managed during the partial federal government shutdown. Shebaya, of the ACLU, said Montgomery was one county that quickly notified its officers of the change. In an Aug. 12 memo to Montgomery County Police, Chief J. Thomas Manger wrote that Montgomery “officers who receive a ‘hit’ for an ICE civil warrant via [the National Criminal Information Center] will not use that information to stop, detain, search, or arrest any individual solely on the basis of the ICE warrant.” The center is a federal database of criime information. The ruling would not significantly affect the number of arrests Montgomery officers make, Manger said. Enforcing civil warrants represents a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of “contacts” Montgomery County Police make with civilians in the course of a year, he said. Before the recent court ruling, when officers stopped or searched someone, officers would run the person’s name in the criminal center database as they would during any stop. If there was an administrative ICE warrant for the person in the system, police could detain the person for up to 48 hours for ICE agents to take custody of them, Manger said. However, the memo reflects a change in policy in how officers handled stops before the Court of Appeals’ decision, he said. After the 9/11 attacks, the federal government included warrants from the agencies that now make up ICE in the crime center database. The warrants differed from other warrants in that they were not issued by a neutral magistrate, and were for civil immigration violations, Shebaya said. The recent judicial ruling only applies to those warrants, not warrants that ICE might seek for criminal offenses. The ruling came from Santos v. Frederick County, in which Frederick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a woman on immigration charges. Civil rights activists and law enforcement officials have a wide range of opinions on the ruling and what actions should be taken. Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, for example, said he was appealing the decision, and hopes the U.S. Supreme Court will hear it. Sirine said the Supreme Court previously ruled that local law enforcement officials do not on their own have the authority to enforce federal civil immigration laws. “It would be very surprising if the Supreme Court were to even hear the case, let alone side with Frederick County,” she said. However, on the narrower point of how to deal with administrative ICE warrants, activists and law enforcement appear to agree. Now, when officers make a stop, they have one more element to deal with, Manger said. “Now, they have to check, is it civil or criminal?” he said, later adding, “The Fourth District decision makes it even more critical to take [the civil warrants] out of the system.” Jenkins agreed. “Why do they even put these warrants as arrest warrants into the [crime center database]? Why do they put the onus on local enforcement?” he asked. He said that, for now, his deputies wouldn’t change their routines much. “We’re going to police the way we always have,” he said. If deputies stop someone and there is a warrant for the person’s arrest, he said, they would take him into custody. “If it’s an ICE warrant, we’re going to check with ICE immediately,” he said. “We will detain them, and check their status, and make a decision on a case-by-case basis.”


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Councilmen urge counties association to host candidate forums Events would highlight county issues for voters




While working for Rock the Vote during the 2004 presidential election, Montgomery County Councilman Hans Riemer helped organize a forum of Democratic primary candidates, and saw how the event helped push youth issues to a more prominent place in the dialogue of the campaign. Now Riemer (D-At Large) of Silver Spring and Councilman Phil Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg would like

the Maryland Association of Counties to host a forum for Maryland’s 2014 gubernatorial candidates to discuss issues facing the state’s counties. State government has taken a number of actions in recent years that don’t show much respect for local governments or look at the county governments as partners, Riemer said on Oct. 9. “There is a bubble in Annapolis that we need to dissolve,” and establish a clearer idea of the responsibilities of each branch of government, he said. During a meeting on Oct. 8 with council members, Riemer and Andrews asked MACo President Richard Pollitt Jr.

and Executive Director Michael Sanderson if their group would be willing to hold a forum for all the candidates running for governor to get their ideas and positions on various issues facing counties and what they would do about them if they are elected. Campaigns can help people think about issues in new ways, Riemer said. A forum would also make sure that candidates get a briefing on county issues, he said. Representatives from the association meet regularly with leadership in the General Assembly to keep county concerns at the forefront, Pollitt said. But he said that while the

organization does try to build relationships with legislators, its effectiveness depends on being seen as nonpolitical. The association’s lobbying efforts on various issues mean it doesn’t have to be nonpolitical, just nonpartisan, Andrews said on Oct. 9. The forums should include all candidates to get their positions on issues that affect the counties, he said. “I think it’s a no-lose proposition. It can only help,” he said. Andrews said he’d like to see a forum before the June primary, but would also like to see one before the November 2014 general election as well. While forums likely would

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Victim, who is now in her 40s, described life-altering trauma BY ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH STAFF WRITER

When Albert Riek’s victim spoke about the abuse she suffered nearly 40 years ago as a 5-year-old, it was of a life shattered and trauma that has never faded. “The abuse I endured at his hands has impacted every facet of my life, every day of my life,” said the victim, who was related to Riek. Riek, 72, pleaded guilty to child sex abuse in June for sexually abusing his victim 35 to 38 years ago in Montgomery County. The abuse, according to his plea agreement, included fondling and oral sex. On Thursday, he was sentenced to five years in prison. In an emotional and lengthy account to Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Michael Mason, the victim, now in her 40s, spoke of the wide swath of damage the abuse had carved through her life. Breaking


down in tears at several points, she said she struggled in her relationships with men, with alcohol addiction, with her selfesteem, with her faith. It was only after she tried to commit suicide in the early 1990s that her family learned of the abuse. According to court documents, Riek admitted the abuse to the girl’s mother and sought treatment. The victim believed that as part of the treatment, he had also turned himself in to police. It was only this year, when she learned that he had not, that she approached Montgomery County detectives, she said. Police charged Riek after the victim helped them perform a “phone sting,” in which she confronted Riek about the abuse in a recorded phone call. In court, David Felsen, Riek’s attorney, played the call, in which Riek could be heard apologizing for the damage he had caused, but not agreeing with the victim about some of her allegations. “It was probably the weakest point in my life,” Riek said in the call, in which he also admitted to abusing alcohol.

“It’s hard for me to live with what I did,” he said, explaining later, “I was very unhappy. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry.” At the time, Riek lived in various parts of Montgomery County, including Gaithersburg and Montgomery Village. He has been living in North Carolina. Riek was charged under the laws in place in Montgomery County in the 1970s, meaning the maximum time he could have spent in prison would have been 15 years. However, his plea deal capped the time he could spend in prison to just five years. Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Dana Kaplan asked that Riek receive a sentence of 15 years, suspending all but five years, along with probation. The impact of Riek’s actions on his victim was like a murder, Kaplan said. “She never had the opportunity to grow into the person she would have been,” Kaplan said. Felsen asked Mason to evaluate the man Riek had become. “He stands here as a different person,” Felsen said, noting Riek had not had any other

problems with the law and had repeatedly expressed remorse. Riek told his second wife of the abuse before marrying her, Felsen said. Riek, who is retired, apologized again to the victim in court. “It was nothing you did. The fault lies with me,” he said, adding that he would feel the guilt of his crimes to his grave. Before sentencing Riek, Mason called the case “very difficult,” noting Riek’s remorse and the acceptance of his guilt. “There clearly was a change in conduct over the years,” he said. Mason decided not to sentence Riek to probation, or to make him register as a sex offender after his release from prison. However, he denied Felsen’s request for Riek to avoid jail time, sentencing Riek to the full five years. The sentence was a message to sex abusers that even longago crimes will be punished severely, Mason said. “Even unreported for many years, when it comes to light, the court is going to take it seriously,” he said.

be logistically possible only for candidates for governor, Andrews said he’d also like to see the association send out questionnaires for other candidates. The Maryland Municipal League, which serves as a voice for the state’s towns and cities, has had forums with gubernatorial candidates for years without any complaints about partisanship, Executive Director Scott Hancock said. “It’s all about equal time,” he said. The events create an opportunity for access between members and candidates, as well as a chance to exchange information, he said.

The league usually has a forum for primary candidates at its summer conference — planned for June 2014 — and then another at its fall conference before the election, he said. While no forum is planned before the general election, there will be some time made available for the candidates to speak to members, Hamilton said. He said that in his experience in 19 years with the municipal league, the forums have been a helpful resource. “We’ve done it and we’ve felt very good about it,” he said.

Obituary James Moorhead Akin,

86, of Gaithersburg, MD, died Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at home. He was born in Boston, MA on May 13, 1927. He was the son of the late Donald Andrew and Marion Moorhead Akin. After serving in the U.S. Army as a medic during World War II, he attended Allegheny College in Meadville PA and graduated in 1951. His career was in retail executive management having worked for Montgomery Ward, Joseph Horn’s, R.H. Stearns and the Outlet Company (Associated Dry Goods). He was a 29 year member of AA. As a longtime member of Grace United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, he served on the Board of Trustees and as Usher Captain. He was also instrumental in providing leadership for the refurbishment restoration of Susanna House at #3 Walker Ave. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Janet Skeel Akin of Tarpon Springs, FL and his brother, Donald S. Akin of Erie, PA. He is survived by: his wife of 33 years, Carolyn Akin; two daughters, Janet Manning of Palm Harbor, FL and Michelle Kruger of Trinity, FL; three sons, Donald Akin of Woodbridge, VA, James Akin and Gregg Akin of Palm Harbor, FL. He is also survived by three grandsons, three granddaughter and two great grandsons. A memorial /celebration of his life service will be held at Grace United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, MD on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 1 p.m. Memorial donations can be made to Grace United Methodist Church and Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA Hospice) in Rockville MD. Online condolences can be left at the Bast Stauffer Funeral Home website: www. baststaufferfuneralhome. com. 1894348


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Aruna Miller is taking a different tack for her second run as delegate by focusing on businesses in Maryland. Del. Miller (D-Dist. 15) of Darnestown, a transportation engineer at Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation, leveraged her transit expertise to win her delegate seat in 2010. But as she rallies support for a second term, she’s taking a look at the state’s business climate. The delegate is part of the House of Delegates’ business climate work group, as one of 11 legislators including Del. Kumar Barve (D-Dist. 17) of Gaithersburg. “We’re trying to have a concerted effort to try to make Maryland a friendlier place for businesses,” she said. The work group is considering initiatives that would help bring in new businesses and retain and create jobs. Miller plans to propose a task force in the upcoming session to discuss paid parental leave, which is not required by federal law but varies across states. “I’m not making any efforts to change it in the U.S., but I’d like to change it in the state of

Maryland,” she said. Some states require partial pay for employees on maternity leave, Miller said, but it isn’t the same as requiring businesses to offer new parents fully paid leave. “It’s not just a women’s issue, it’s a family issue,” she said. Miller is still advocating transportation projects for Montgomery County, such as the Corridor Cities Transitway, as she builds her re-election campaign. “Whatever we do, we need transportation,” she said. “It’s particularly important for businesses as well.” The Corridor Cities Transitway, a rapid transit bus line connecting Clarksburg to the Shady Grove Metro station, will receive $100 million in state funding, about a fifth of the project’s total cost. Miller said she will advocate for more funding for the planned transit system. Del. Kathleen Dumais (DDist. 15) of Rockville, also an incumbent, will seek a District 15 delegate seat along with Miller, former Del. Saqib Ali (D-Dist. 39), and David Fraser-Hidalgo of Boyds. Democratic leaders in Montgomery County have named Fraser-Hidalgo as their pick to fill the vacant Dist. 15 delegate seat for the rest of the current term. The general election will be held in November 2014.


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A volunteer’s discovery is shedding light on the history of Poolesville’s 150-year-old Presbyterian church. Church volunteer and Silver Spring resident Susan Hanna said she was sweeping the floor in the church’s manse, or minister’s residence, with other volunteers on a fall cleanup day on Oct. 5. In a small crack in a storage room’s wall, underneath a utility sink, she spotted dusty bottles. “None of them look like a bottle that you would expect to find in your recycling bin,” said David Williams, pastor of Poolesville Presbyterian Church. One was labeled “J.E. Pyle Drugs and Notions.” Another said “chloroform.” A few were “Guinness Foreign Extra Stout.” Hanna said the bottles might be from the early 1900s, based on research she and the church volunteers have done. They found 15 bottles, 10 of them bearing the Guinness label. The slightly irregular shape of the Guinness bottles suggests that they are hand blown, rather than factory made, Williams said. Almost all of the bottles are empty. One unlabeled bottle holds an unidentified, black, resin-like substance.

The bottles date to the church’s post-Civil War days, when the town’s Confederate sentiments started to die down and Poolesville grew into a successful agricultural community. But more than memories of the war remained. At the time the bottles were stored, Williams said the manse would have been privately owned, not part of the church. The manse’s occupants might have been rebuilding a section of the house that had been occupied by the household’s slaves. Hanna said she found the bottles “fascinating,” but wasn’t sure of their fate. The church’s pastor said they might be auctioned off. “We’re a tiny little church. We don’t have any extra money,” Hanna said. Money the church raises from the artifacts’ sale would go to restoring the manse, which was built in 1827. “A lot of buildings of that age in Poolesville have been torn down, or are falling down,” Williams said. The church has occupied the same building since 1847. In the pastor’s office, centuries-old pages with handwritten records of the church’s activities sit largely untouched. “It’s been a sleepy little church its whole existence,” Williams said. For now, the bottles will be held in the church office for safekeeping.


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Continued from Page A-1 Lori Rodman, an owner of Century Distributors in Rockville, which delivers cigarettes, candy and other products to gas stations and convenience stores, said the county proposal could drive her company out of the county. “It would totally devastate our business,” she said. All of the company’s approximately 180 employees make significantly above the current minimum wage. If the minimum wage rose, the company would want to maintain that differential, so pay for current employeees would go up proportionately, she said. The move might mean the company wouldn’t contribute as much to profit-sharing arrangements or employee health insurance, or could cause a move to more part-time employees, Rodman said. Century competes for business with companies in other parts of the state, as well as in


Continued from Page A-1 so great I get to have this deep in me and also just be an American teenager.” When she was a young girl, Navile said, her grandmother, now 87, displayed dolls representing important historical and religious figures on seven wooden steps she set up in her home. Decorating with dolls is part of the tradition in the celebration of Dussehra in Bangalore in southern India, where she grew up. It has to be an odd number of steps, depending on the number of dolls on display. Odd numbers are considered auspicious in Hindu tradition, said Ananda Bloch, community president of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness of D.C. in Potomac. The most important dolls — such as Pattadha and Gombe, representing an early Indian king and queen, and important Hindu gods, like Lord Rama —


Continued from Page A-1 Mercy Health Clinic, located at 7 Metropolitan Court, Suite 1, is “ecstatic” to receive the contribution, said Executive Director John P. Kleiderer. The clinic is a nonprofit community health clinic that serves uninsured, low-income residents of Montgomery County. “This is an example of a public servant who is giving back to the community and giving directly to those going through a

in 2014. He ran unsuccessfully in 2010 for the House. While Fraser-Hidalgo will be an incumbent when he runs in 2014, his colleagues in District 15 Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio and North Carolina. Rodman said a higher minimum wage would let her competitors provide products more cheaply. “This would definitely put us at a competitive disadvantage,” she said. She said most people in Montgomery already make much more than the minimum wage. “You can’t even get a babysitter for $7.25 an hour,” Rodman said. But Meaghan Murphy, an owner of Capital City Cheesecake in Takoma Park, said it’s her responsibility as a boss to make sure employees can afford at least the basics needed to survive in the county. Murphy said she supports the measure to increase the wage to the state level of $10.10 an hour, but isn’t sure she could afford $11.50. Ultimately, the county will have to figure out what a fair wage is, but it clearly needs to be raised from its current level, Murphy said. “It doesn’t intimidate us,” she said.

go on the topmost steps. Musicians, dancers and other dolls fill the lower steps. Some dolls in Navile’s display are more than 100 years old, given to her by her grandmother, who received them from her own grandmother. Those are her favorite, she said. They are carved of wood and have painted faces and cloth clothing. “They are close to my heart. The faces are so perfect, the way they are done,” she said. “The modern [dolls] are not as well done.” Navile said it takes about two weeks to set up her display each year. She displays them between two windows in her Potomac basement. The steps are draped with fabric and have white holiday lights and votive candles. On the floor in front of the steps are bowls of fresh fruit and flowers, which she changes daily. “Those are traditional offerings to the gods,” she said. Novile also created six scenes on small tables flanking the steps, although they are not

have confirmed they will form an incumbent slate without him. It should be up to the voters who fills the seat for the next full term, and it is clear that several

people plan to run, said Del. Kathleen Dumais (D-Dist. 15) of Rockville. So far, challenging FraserHidalgo, Dumais and Del.

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Deleia Pena checks bins of goods against orders Tuesday at Century Distributors in Rockville.


The business owners she interacts with already pay more than the minimum wage, she said. Capital City Cheesecake em-

ploys eight to 12 employees at a given time, Murphy said. They start at $8.25 an hour, but some employees make up to $14 an hour.

Del. Anne Kaiser (D-Dist. 14) of Burtonsville said she senses momentum around the state for an increase in the minimum wage; it’s a main issue that law-

traditional. That artistic license opened up a new direction for Navile’s creativity. Now, wherever the family travels, she brings back figures and accessories to add to her display. “Every year, I try to do something different,” she said. “This year, I added a fairyland scene.” She also has a floating market scene from Thailand full of miniature vegetables, fruits, books and even tiny incense

burners. It replicates a market that uses boats instead of stores, with boat keepers pulling up to docks to display their wares. Navile used colored glass and stones for the water, but has bigger plans for the future. “Next year, I want to have real water flowing,” she said. Another scene shows figures and food from a traditional Indian wedding. One depicts a temple ceremony. There also are flamenco

dancers from Spain next to a mariachi band Navile bought in Brazil and an Indian snake charmer and his cobra. “I wanted all kinds of people in my display,” she said. “I [also] want people to know our history and traditions.” The dolls, as Navile calls her figurines, range from tiny glass figures an inch or two high to a large doll about three feet tall with jointed limbs. The large doll is dressed as Saraswathi,

tomac. Flynn Ficker of Boyds is also running for delegate as a Republican. makers seem to be talking about during the break between sessions. Kaiser said raising the minimum wage would be better as a statewide issue to avoid causing any competitive disadvantage for Montgomery businesses. However, she pointed out that Elrich is working with officials in Washington, D.C., and Prince George’s on their proposals for a regional market with similar pay. Kaiser said there’s an argument that some businesses would leave Montgomery if the minimum wage is increased, but she thinks most businesses are established in the county and would stay. Rodman said a possible move has already come up at Century, mentioning an area that in recent years has gone out of its way to make itself attractive to companies disenchanted with Montgomery’s business environment. “Frederick [County] is only 13 miles north,” she said.

goddess of learning, and is holding a veena, an ancient Indian stringed instrument. Navile said she invites neighbors and friends over to learn about the festival and enjoy tea and sweets. Shreya said she invites friends over, too. “They think it’s so cool, the amount of work my family puts into it,” she said.

difficult time,” he said. Kleiderer said the money will go toward the clinic’s ongoing health services and education programs. “His contribution is directly going to impact the lives of hundreds of families,” he said. Even though the donation date and amount are still unknown, McDonald said the money will be given to the clinic “promptly” following the end of the government shutdown.



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Amy Shapiro

n Age: 58

n Job title: Reading specialist

n Job title: Realtor

n Hometown: Washington, D.C.

n Hometown: Washington Grove

n Education: University of Maryland, George Washington University

n Education: Attended the University of Maryland n Family: Wife, Susan Van Nostrand, children, Grace, 24, and Myles, 18 n Hobbies: Cooking, reading n Favorite vacation spots: London and Rome

n Family: A husband and two college-age sons n Favorite vacation spot: Tuscany n Lesson to live by: I try to embrace the diversity among my students by taking the time to get to know them as people and learners. Once I understand who they are and what they know, I’m able to match my teaching to their learning.


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Kevin Ambrose volunteered in the first-grade classroom of Amy Shapiro at Somerset Elementary School in Chevy Chase for 12 years. The two currently work together at the after-school Homework Club at Travilah Elementary School in North Potomac. Ambrose was given a Distinguished Service to Public Education Award from Montgomery County Public Schools in May. Shapiro and Ambrose were interviewed together in Bethesda on Monday. Can you tell me how this relationship started? Ambrose: My son Miles was in Mrs.

Shapiro’s first grade in September 2001 and she asked for volunteers to help with Writers Workshop, a program where students write, edit, rewrite and present their work. I started going in two or three times a week for two and a half hours. How could you do that? Ambrose: I was, and am, Mr. Mom. My

wife and I are both Realtors, but she is better than I am, so I work for her. Shapiro: With Writers Workshop, parents would help with three or four kids each. They were editors as the students went though the process: brainstorming, rough draft, editing, publishing and presentation. Why did you stay with Mrs. Shapiro’s class after your son moved on? Ambrose: The reason I went back

was because one kid didn’t do anything for seven months, then he had a breakthrough. He [wrote] a joke. He was really excited and his mother still loves me [for helping him]. I wasn’t working with kids who were the best students, I really enjoyed it. All the kids got my jokes, Mrs.


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Shapiro got my jokes. Shapiro: It was a great class. The students clicked. The parents clicked. It was just a happy place to be. [Since then,] we have helped so many kids. We did it for 12 years together. Ambrose: I take directions well and check my ego at the door. Why did it end? Ambrose: She moved [from classroom

teacher to reading specialist]. I still go three times a week, working with a second-grade class, and I help Mrs. Shapiro with the Homework Club at Travilah Elementary School two times a week. Shapiro: The Homework Club is an after-school support program. The teachers are all volunteer and the kids are invited to come — mostly those who are not getting their homework done. It meets two days a week from 3:30 to 4:30 [p.m.]. I think the kids like it because they get their homework done. [To Ambrose] Did you ever consider becoming a teacher? Ambrose: No. I’m good for two-and-

a-half hours. It takes a special person to spend six-and-a-half to seven hours a day with a class of kids. You are on your feet all day and talking all day. What is the most interesting part of all of your years of volunteering? Ambrose: It’s been better for me than

for the kids. It’s kept my blood pressure level. This is what I was great at: while Mrs. Shapiro was working with a [specific] reading group, I was able to help the others do their seat work [reading and completing assigned tasks]. I also went on field trips and this is what I learned on my first field trip: each

kid had a piece of fruit in his lunch and no one ate it! [To Shapiro] How about from your standpoint. How was it to have such a consistent volunteer? Shapiro: It requires some planning.

It’s important if you are going to have a volunteer program that you have children for them to work with and they are doing work they want to do. I’ve always thought the more hands I can have in my classroom, the better for my students. That goes for the high learners and those who need the extra help. I really value parents as partners in teaching and learning. When you have the two-way communication between the parents in the community, you can tap into it and do so much more for your students. Mr. Ambrose came as a parent and stayed as a community volunteer. He was willing to help me. It was more than I could do with my two hands. I can’t help think how fortunate my students and I were, over the years, to have benefited from Kevin’s generosity of time and effort. His presence truly helped many of [the] students break through the obstacles that might have stood in the way of their learning. I was just lucky to have met him and just smart enough to have known how to use his service to enhance my instructional program. He truly was an amazing volunteer. “Voices in Education” is a twicemonthly feature that highlights the men and women who are involved with the education of Montgomery County’s children. To suggest someone you would like to see featured, email Peggy McEwan at

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Superintendent plans meetings with students

County students celebrate International Walk to School Day Students across Montgomery County bypassed their school buses and carpools and walked to school one day last week in celebration of International Walk to School Day. They were joined by County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and other political leaders at Kens-

ington Parkwood Elementary School to highlight a new pro-

gram at the school: School Pool. The program matches parents and students who would like to share the responsibility of walking students to school using a “walking school bus” or a bike train. “I was very pleased with the turnout, and the event in general,” Principal Barbara Liess wrote in an email. “I don’t have an exact percentage, but almost every child participated. At least 90 percent because we had the buses drop our students off at the starting point of the walk. “We are just starting the School Pool, today was our kick-off to introduce the program,” Liess wrote. “Parents were sent the application last night along with information regarding the program. We are hopeful that our families will participate by creating walking or biking ‘school buses’ and limit the number of cars at arrival and dismissal.” Walk to School Day, orga-


Kensington Parkwood Elementary School students parade through the Parkwood neighborhood of Kensington on Oct. 9 as part of International Walk to School Day. nized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, began in the U.S. in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities, according to the website Other reasons to encourage walking to school, according to the website, are to encourage more healthful habits and promote clean air. In 2000, the event became international when the U.K. and Canada joined the U.S. for the first International Walk to School Day. Growing interest in the program led the International Walk to School Committee to shift its promotion to International Walk to School Month, celebrated in October. More than 40 schools across Montgomery County registered

their Walk to School Day activities on Oct. 9 on the website. All are county public elementary schools. The Kensington Parkwood program included a program for students in kindergarten through second grade about safe walking and a video for the older students about safe biking, Assistant Principal Alayna Lynam said. The success of Walk to School Day, as well as continued interest in bicycling to school, created a desire for a national event focused on bicycling to school, according to the website. The first National Bike to School Day took place May 9, 2012, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month.

County school Superintendent Joshua Starr will hold six student meetings this school year, with three in high schools and three in middle schools. The first meeting will be held from 10:38 to 11:16 a.m. Thursday for students at Poolesville High School. The meetings are an opportunity for students to tell Starr about issues that are important to them. These events will be hosted by Justin Kim, the student member of the Montgomery County Board of Education. They will be archived on the school district’s website and shown on MCPS TV. Dates and locations of the remaining meetings: Nov. 25: A. Mario Loiederman Middle School, Silver Spring. Jan. 28: Northwood High School, Silver Spring. Feb. 27: Rosa Parks Middle School, Olney. March 18: Watkins Mill High School, Gaithersburg. April 24: Herbert Hoover Middle School, Potomac For more information visit www.mcpsstudenttownhall. org.

Homework hot line returns Homework Hotline Live! is back for its 68th season, offering students in grades K-12

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For more information please contact: Bekah Atkinson at 301-244-3600


free homework assistance from county public school teachers. Students may send text messages or email questions to the hot line from 4 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; students also may call in questions from 4 to 6 p.m. Students can ask questions by any of these methods: • Calling 301-279-3234. • Using the hot line website, • Sending a text message to 724-427-5445. • Emailing question@ • Posting a message to Facebook at • Using Twitter, @askHHL. Homework Hotline Live! can be seen on MCPS-TV, on Comcast channel 34, Verizon FIOS channel 36 or RCN channel 89, and on the Web at www. departments/itv/hhl.

Historically black schools focus of college fair Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Rockville will hold its third annual college fair from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The focus is on historically black colleges and universities and more than 50 schools were invited to participate. Seminars, open to middle and high school students, include “The ABCs of Financial Aid and Scholarships,” “Writing

the Perfect Essay” and “Choosing a College Major.” There will be onsite admission for select colleges, financial aid consideration and a raffle for a laptop or computer tablet for the first 50 students to arrive. The church is at 608 N. Horners Lane. More information is at or by email

Wootton students to present ‘Little Women’ Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville will present

the Broadway musical version of “Little Women,” with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the school auditorium at 2100 Wootton Parkway. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s story of four sisters and their mother during the Civil War, the show chronicles the sisters’ search for love and life’s meaning amidst uncertainty and death in a turbulent time in U.S. history. “The musical is a lovely treatment of a classic story,” director Carla Ingram said in a statement. “It is full of great music, with songs of hope that all will enjoy and embrace.” Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. They may be purchased online at by selecting “Drama: Little Women” at the top of the page. For more information email

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HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, OCT. 16 Mindfulness Meditation, from 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays to Oct. 30 at Suburban Hospital, Lambert Building (first floor), 8710 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, A Mindfulness Center instructor will guide participants to discover the basics of mindfulness meditation by focusing on posture, breathing and energy work. $45. www.


Riley, Macker

Stockton, Doyle

Douglas J. Swift of West Friendship and Debra A. Riley of Seattle, Wash., announce the engagement of their daughter, Bethany Ann Riley, to Sean Macker, son of John and Nancy Macker of Mount Airy. An April wedding is planned at Bethany Beach, Del.

David Wayne Stockton and Debra Lee Langston of Gemantown announce the blissful proclamation of the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Nicole Marie Stockton, to Robert Emmett Doyle IX, eldest son of Robert Emmett Doyle VIII and Deborah Lynn Hagelin of Montgomery Village. The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of the late David Francis and Lucille Marie Stockton, and the late Arthur Lee Langston and Jean Doyle Measell. She is a 2008 graduate of Seneca Valley High School, and currently is employed as a manager at a pool management company. The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Robert Emmett Doyle VII and Helen Lynne Ravenburg, and Bertha Mae Stalling and the late Edward Hoover Hagelin Sr. He is a 1997 graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School and is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. A ceremony and reception have been set for July 2014.

CPR, First Aid and Safety, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. The Heartsaver First Aid course teaches how to manage illness and injuries in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. This program is ideal for community members and meets the requirements for Childcare Providers certification. After successful completion, the student will receive a Heartsaver First Aid card from the American Heart Association. $55; Registration and payment required. 301-774-8881, www.

FRIDAY, OCT. 18 Safe Sitter, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Jane E. Lawton Community Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase. A comprehensive training course

teaching 11- to 13-year-olds the essentials of babysitting. Course includes tactics in handling emergencies basic first aid and child-care skills. $95. Registration required. 301-896-2999,

SATURDAY, OCT. 19 CPR, AED and First Aid, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. This is a combination course of the American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR, AED and First Aid classes. $115; Registration required. 301-774-8881,

MONDAY, OCT. 21 Skin Cancer Screening, from 6-7:45 p.m. at Johns Hopkins Health Care and Surgery Center, 6420 Rockledge Drive Suite 1200, Bethesda. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that adults with significant past sun exposure or a family history of skin cancer should have an annual skin examination. Join board-certified dermatologists for one of these free screenings. Open to community members who have not had a skin screening in the past year. Co-sponsored by the Sidney J. Malawer Memorial Foundation. Registration required online. 301-896-3939, www.

RELIGION CALENDAR ONGOING Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church

McNamara, Zangueneh Mr. and Mrs. William H. McNamara of Germantown announce the first anniversary of their daughter’s wedding Oct. 13, 2012. Mrs. Zangueneh, the former Miss Bridget Ann McNamara, married Mr. David S. Zangueneh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Farhad A. Zangueneh of Germantown, in a nuptial mass at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Mount Pleasant. A reception followed at the Sequoia at Washington Harbour in Georgetown. Ms. AnnaRain Menzies-Tobin, friend of the bride, was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Sabrina Foley, Krista Eschelman and Sherry Zangueneh, sister of the groom. Mr. Paul Withrow, friend of the groom, was the best man. Groomsmen were Martin Leibold, AJ Aquino and Conor McNamara, brother of the bride. Ushers were Neil Bridge, Eric Peluso, Sam DeGuzman and Tyler Teira. The bride graduated from Northwest High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She is a grants writer at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. The groom, also a graduate of Northwest, received his degree from Frostburg State University. He is sales coordinator at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in Washington, D.C. The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia and now resides in Washington, D.C.


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.


Bob and Rita Wysong were married Nov. 24, 1944, at St. Patrick’s in Washington, D.C., while both were serving in the military. Their daughter, Susan Herron of Montgomery Village, again is hosting the annual family Thanksgiving dinner in honor of her parents’ 69th anniversary. The Wysongs, a Foreign Service couple for 20 years, raised their five children, Linda, Susan, Mary, Bobby and John, in countries including Mexico, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the Sudan. Upon their return to the U.S., Bob and Rita held government jobs. This was followed by Rita’s writing a weekly column for The Gazette for seven years and later penning and publishing a book about the family’s life overseas. In July, numerous family members including daughter Linda from Alaska and Mary from New York, with spouses, celebrated the couple’s 90th birthdays at many gala events. Bob and Rita have lived in their home in Montgomery Village for 12 years. They have 14 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old

Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-421-9166. For a schedule of events, visit www. “MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kindergarten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview

Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Road,

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

Providence United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown

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

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Drive, Frederick. Childcare is provided. This year’s theme, “A Beautiful Mess: Embracing Your Story,” focuses on remembering that beauty can come out of chaos and that your past, present and future can be used for good with God’s love. For more information call 301-662-1819. Email




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Legal notices

Maryland newspapers and the leadership of some communities disagree on an issue that goes to the heart of what it means to be a well-informed citizen: How should you find out the actions of your government? The Gazette and other newspapers have reporters who are paid to watchdog the actions of county boards and city councils. Our mission, which we view as sacred, is to ferret out all the news and information you need to stay on top of what your elected officials and municipal employees are doing. State law requires local governments to publish certain information on their own. Tucked in our legal adONLINE vertising section are notices ITEMS about potential annexations, REACH TOO government contract opporFEW PEOPLE tunities and public hearing notices. Lots of times, this information makes our news pages, but sometimes, this could be your only chance to find out about a zoning amendment for your neighborhood. What might seem minor to some folks could be major news at some dinner tables. Some elected officials, including Del. Jeff Waldstreicher, think the cost of publishing these notices puts an unfair burden on strained city and town budgets. He says his goal is “to save my municipalities money.” He suggests communities be given flexibility to use a host of free or low-cost electronic means to reach their citizens. He put forth a bill in the 2013 General Assembly session that loosens the restrictions on public notices, allowing cities and towns to publish them on their own websites. The measure failed to pass but it was put off to “summer study,” meaning a revised version could appear in 2014. The bill might save local governments a few dollars, but it will come at the cost of community engagement. First, going online is still a hurdle for many people. Most of us have Internet links at work and at home, but inexpensive wireless connections still aren’t ubiquitous, as they need to be. The least expensive way for an individual to receive dozens of stories and pictures that can be read virtually anywhere remains printing a newspaper. Until cheap and easy wireless is everywhere, and can be accessed by inexpensive devices, that’s not likely to change. Second, The Gazette asked Montgomery County municipalities about their websites and their web traffic. What we found was that local governments are finding innovative ways of reaching their constituents to provide services. What we didn’t find were traffic reports that showed widespread popularity. Gaithersburg, for example, averaged about 166,000 page views a month over the past year, or about two or three page views per city resident per month. You’d hope that elected officials would see such traffic reports and recognize that their constituents are not getting their news from municipal websites. The result of shifting this information to an online publication could mean fewer people will find out about vital community information. Waldstreicher’s desire to cut government spending has merit, but cutting the cost of legal notices will have unintended consequences.

Remaking the economy Maryland edged Virginia on Saturday in a game that will be the two universities’ last matchup as ACC rivals. Just a few days before, the Old Dominion won a decisive victory over the Free State in a battle neither state wanted to win: which state is affected MONTGOMERY more by the federal NEEDS TO ACT government shutdown. According to the NOW TO SURVIVE folks at Wallet Hub, a NEXT CHALLENGE website that provides financial information, Virginia was at the top of the list. Maryland came in at No. 6. No matter what companies make up the mix of Maryland businesses, you’d expect the state to be ranked high on Wallet Hub’s list. A number of federal agencies are based here. Thousands of federal employees and retirees live here. There was no escaping Maryland feeling the brunt of the Democratvs.-Republican cage match. If our state leaders learn anything, they should take a longer view of our economic policies. According to the Baltimore Business Journal, four of the six gubernatorial candidates called for reductions in the corporate income tax rate at a forum on Oct. 4. That’s a good start, but not enough to reshape a state economy to survive future title fights in Washington.

The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher


Bus plan looks to future, not an auto-centric past The way to solve gridlock is to move people, not just cars. AAA’s approach of continuing to solve our traffic problems by building ever more and wider roads is fatally flawed. Solving our traffic challenges means focusing on moving people, not just cars, and that means using our existing infrastructure most efficiently. By making it attractive to walk, bicycle and take a high-quality bus rapid transit service, we can make the transportation system work better for everyone — especially those who still need to drive. Dedicating travel lanes to transit will provide a better chance for our road network to function more effectively — and will do so at

far less cost to our communities than the other major option: continuing to widen roads. Many jurisdictions around the country that have dedicated roadspace to transit have seen no impact or even an improvement in traffic. Even Los Angeles has dedicated lanes to buses on congested Wilshire Boulevard. The bus rapid transit proposal before the County Council right now is a great opportunity for Montgomery County to provide new transportation choices along major roads like Rockville Pike where new construction is bringing thousands of new residents. Ride On’s route 55 that connects Germantown to Rockville already carries over 7,500 passengers

daily, far more than Eugene, Ore.’s successful BRT line — just imagine how many more would ride if the service were faster and more reliable. To solve our transportation challenges, we must look to the future, not an auto-oriented past that AAA continues to champion. That’s why a diverse coalition of over 36 business, civic, environmental, and social justice organizations have come together to call for a future that includes a robust bus rapid transit network for Montgomery County.

David Hauck, Takoma Park The writer is a member of the Coalition for Smarter Growth.

Your chance to end someone’s homelessness More than 1,000 people are homeless, right here, in our very affluent Montgomery County. One-hundred and twenty-five live between Montrose Road and Friendship Heights alone, and 15 within one mile of Bethesda Row. They sleep on park benches. They eat out of garbage cans. They are right under our noses. Sometimes, we don’t even really see them. Do you avert our eyes when you walk past someone you think may be living on the streets? Many of us do. Why? We all have our own reasons. Because we are embarrassed for them, as they sit at our feet, disheveled? Because we know they are suffering, but we just walk by? Or because we don’t know how to help. We’re writing because the coming weeks offer you a concrete chance to make a difference, a chance to volunteer to be part of something big. For the first time ever, we as a community can make a real inroad into solving

homelessness at our front doors. As humanitarians, we need to house our citizens: We cannot leave anyone to sleep on the ground. As taxpayers, we need to house our citizens: Frankly, keeping someone housed costs less than supporting their lives on the street. We need 300 community volunteers to get this done. We need you. What is coming up? Right now, this month, a massive countywide effort is building to help chronic and medically vulnerable homeless people. Bethesda Cares and Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, along with County Council member George Leventhal, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, and many other government agencies and nonprofits are collaborating in the national 100,000 Homes Campaign (www.100khomes. org). 100,000 Homes aims to quickly, permanently house our

community’s most medically vulnerable members — those experiencing chronic homelessness — and providing supportive services to help them after they are housed. We are roaring toward a countywide registration week (Nov. 3-8), with volunteer opportunities starting Oct. 22, in which we will seek to identify every person without a home. Once we identify everyone, we will aim to house the most physically and mentally vulnerable among them the most swiftly. Take a look at www.mcch. net. We have lots of ways you can help during and before registry week. No experience necessary! Which one will it be? Email Herb at and sign up.

Many dog owners (myself included) have run into the problem of carrying our dog’s business for a mile or so before finding another can to dispose of it. Not only is this unpleasant, but it also may discourage pet owners from bothering to pick up after their pets. Lastly, situations such as these pose a threat to small children and pets alike in the park. Stepping on post-barbecue supplies can turn a nice day in the park into a trip to the emergency room.

On Friday, Sept. 27, our library had been 1,000 days into its construction, which demonstrates a disturbing lack of leadership, a breakdown in county project supervision and poor stewardship of a $13 million contract. Who at the county was watching over this project’s timelines when a civil engineer failed to get permits, resulting in a delay of about 15 months? What consequences were exacted from the general contractor, Milestone Construction Services, as a result of this delay? Why was the engineer so delinquent in the performance of his duty and what happened to that civil engineer? Was the delay a deliberate stall due to inadequate manpower and equipment at Milestone? Now that the general contractor is ceasing business operations throughout our region, why did no one at the county sound the alarm sooner? I am grateful that we have a surety bond protecting our interests and am hoping that the library will reopen this year. Also, I appreciate the interim library service at the Longwood Community Center, but that is only a well-intentioned BandAid and not a fix to the systemic problems necessitating an interim solution.

Victoria Benesch, Silver Spring

Jim Goldberg, Olney

Sue Kirk, Bethesda and Susie Sinclair-Smith, Rockville Kirk is the executive director of Bethesda Cares and SinclairSmith is the executive director of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless.

Parks need more cans

Silver Spring’s Sligo Creek Park is down the street from me, and I have enjoyed the facilities the park offers for 18 years. Having grown up here, I love seeing children playing in the park when the weather gets nice, birthday parties held there, and smelling the aromas of a weekend family barbecue. With so many events taking place at the park, trash accumulates. Earlier this summer on my usual morning walk to the park with my dog, I noticed that one of the picnic tables had trash spread all over it, including beer bottles

spilled onto the ground. I also noticed that the two trash cans in the park were filled to the brim, leaving no space for anything else to be disposed of. This wasn’t the first instance in which the shortage of trash cans has been brought to my attention, however. Often I’ve observed full trash bags left on the ground beside the overflowing cans. Many times forest animals have gone through the garbage, leaving an unsightly and unsanitary mess. This is a problem with a simple solution — add more cans to the park.

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Make the Purple Line a bus lane Fake houses built in an attempt to disguise noisy electrical substations in residential neighborhoods would not be necessary if decision makers would switch to the less expensive, invasive and intrusive Purple Line option — a dedicated bus lane instead of light rail. My understanding is that long ago, before the financial collapse of 2008 changed the economy, the much less problematic dedicated bus line was rejected because, “people don’t like buses.” If that was ever true, it’s changed, especially with the advent of the very comfortable, clean and inexpensive buses that go from the Washington, D.C., area to New York City. I used to be a train-only person, but like everyone I know I’ve changed.

The cost of constructing a dedicated bus line alongside current roads is significantly less than the light rail option, and the result is more flexible and less of a neighborhood blight. Those unpopular electrical stations wouldn’t be needed, and if there was an emergency, or local event, or community building recreational activity (like a bikeathon or marathon) the extra traffic lanes could temporarily be put to good use — not so with train tracks. A dedicated bus lane would also mean less longterm expense and inconvenience. Bus lanes do not require the costly, disruptive kinds of maintenance that train tracks do, so fares could be kept lower, tax revenue could be put to other uses, and passengers would not be inconvenienced while the work on the

tracks and trains is being done. The Metro trains have become expensive to ride and on weekends the system is inconvenient to the point of almost being useless because of maintenance work — all this weekend five Red Line stations are closed. People are increasingly riding the bus lines we already have instead of the Metro trains. Well-planned and smoothly functioning public transportation is a laudable goal. A dedicated bus lane would serve this purpose, but the Purple Line light rail option is too costly and disruptive in both the short and long term to be good for our neighborhoods.

Jennifer Bellis, Silver Spring

Organizations: Council must help those on brink of poverty Our faith-based, legal advocacy and nonprofit organizations located in or serving Montgomery County applaud the County Council for its recent resolution, “Affirming the Council’s Commitment to Anti-Poverty and Safety Net Programs,” which recently was unanimously adopted. Our mission statements call on us to work with poor, marginalized and vulnerable adults and children living in our communities. We serve them by providing food, clothing, household goods, job training, housing opportunities, medical care and legal advocacy. In addition to our charitable actions, we demand just and fair laws that reflect our moral teachings and result in a more equitable standard of living for our less-fortunate brothers and sisters. We are pleased that the council: • Supports an expansion of the economic safety net for residents who are unemployed and underemployed. • Supports increasing the state match to the federal EITC to 30 percent. • Urges the General Assembly to increase the state minimum wage to at least $10 an hour by 2015. • Affirms its commitment to supporting the work of county agencies that provide services for Montgomery


WRITE TO US The Gazette welcomes letters on subjects of local interest. Please limit them to 200 words. All articles are subject to editing. No anonymous letters are printed. Letters are printed as space permits and are limited to one per person per month. Include your name, address and daytime telephone number. Send submissions to: The Gazette, attention Commentary Editor, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877; fax to 301-670-7183; or email to County’s most economically vulnerable populations. • Reaffirms its support for positive youth development programs targeting youth from low-income families. • Reaffirms its support for health care programs targeting low-income children and families. • Reaffirms its support for maintaining full funding for existing early childhood services from birth through age five and expanding preschool for all children whose family income is at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level and communities with greatest need. • Reaffirms its support for the Working Parents Assistance Program to make quality child care more affordable by subsiding part of the cost of

child care of income-eligible families. • Reaffirms its commitment to progressive taxation and policies that mitigate the impact of regressive taxes. While the County Council supports a funding match of the state Earned Income Tax Credit through the county’s Working Families Income Supplement at the highest county match possible, our organizations support Councilman Hans Riemer’s bill 8-13, Working Families Income Supplement, which would restore the EITC to its previous level — 100 percent match of the state’s EITC for working families. Because of the high cost of living in Montgomery County, we believe the County Council has a responsibility to provide as much financial assis-


tance as feasible to those living on the brink of poverty. Reports have shown that the EITC is the best anti-poverty program in the country. This is one of the only anti-poverty programs that empowers its recipients to spend the money on what they need most at the time it is received — energy bills, education, child care and home repairs. Our organizations pledge to work with the Montgomery County Council to advance the health and well-being of all county residents. We look forward to working with the council to help eradicate poverty in our communities.

Gustavo Torres, executive director, Casa of Maryland; Walter Woods, chair, Community Action Board; Thomas E. Harr, CEO, Family Services Inc.; Mary Ellen Vanni, executive director, Fuel Fund of Maryland; James Mannarino, executive director, Interfaith Works; Lawrence Couch, chair,Justice and Advocacy Council of Montgomery County; Steven M. Galen, president and CEO, Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County; Kate Planco Waybright, executive director, Progressive Maryland Debra Gardner, legal director, Public Justice Center; Denise Fredericks, executive director, Stepping Stones Shelter; Gino Renne, president, UFCW Local 1994

Council already makes enough Ryan Marshall’s article about the unconscionable pay increases urged for our already-overpaid elected officials [“Pay hike urged for executive, council,” Sept. 25] highlighted the disconnect between the reality and perception among our so-called county government leaders. The words attributed to Councilwoman Valerie Ervin — the fact that public service is a high calling — and Council Vice President Craig Rice — one of the challenges of public service is sustaining a young family on a public official’s salary — speak to their perception that their positions should afford them a higher standard of living than the majority of residents they represent. I would correct Ervin that public service isn’t a “calling,” but rather a choice. You were not preordained nor anointed for this position. You decided to perform this job, and should not be overly rewarded for doing so. The same statement is made to Rice, with the additional caveat being that many in this county sustain their young families on much less than what you currently make, so it being a challenge for you brings into question your personal budgeting and fiscal skills as well as your ability to adequately handle the county finances that you are entrusted with. The reality is that both the residents and employees of this county have had to get by on less for several years and that should be no different for the members of the council. In fact, I feel that the executive and council’s salaries should be no more than the median income for either the residents or employees instead of increasing each year by the same percentage as the Consumer Price Index for the region. That way, the incentive to positively impact the earning ability of their constituents would be inherent, rather than presumed.

Chris Hester, Olney

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SPORTS POTOMAC | Wednesday, October 16, 2013 | Page B-1

Sideline view helps good player improve Churchill junior girls’ soccer player 100 percent healthy for first time since 2011




Longtime Winston Churchill High School girls’ soccer coach Haroot Hakopian did something during the Bulldogs’ 2-1 overtime loss to Walt Whitman on Oct. 7 that he hadn’t done in while. To help cover for some of his team’s injuries as well as stifle the defending Class 4A West Region finalist Vikings’ tremendous speed, Hakopian sent four defenders onto the pitch — the offensiveminded Bulldogs typically play a flat back three with three forwards up top. A year ago that would not have been an option, Hakopian said, because a year ago current junior forward Kate Reese, wasn’t herself. Back-to-back knee surgeries kept Reese out of soccer for nearly a year following a breakout 2011 freshman campaign — she scored the first goal in Churchill’s region quarterfinal win against Whitman that fall and the game winner in overtime against Walter Johnson in the semifinals. For the first time since, Reese, who played scarecly during the last few weeks of 2012, said she finally feels 100 percent this fall and it has provided Churchill’s offense with a major boost. In addition to her six goals and four assists, Reese

Bullis School’s Devonte Williams watches the Bulldogs’ first game this year from the sideline because of an injury. Bullis lost that game to St. John’s College. It hasn’t lost since.

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He can run, BUT CAN’T DANCE



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Devonte Williams’ family gets together for Sunday dinners, and sometimes, while everyone is cooking, someone turns on the music. When his relatives begin dancing, Williams said of course he joins them. “He can put his foot in the ground and go. ... He was so smooth.” Those assessments by Bullis School football coach Pat Cilento of the running back on the football field apparently don’t translate to the dance floor. Devonte’s father, Isaac Williams, is eager

to point out the divergence. “For some strange reason, I just couldn’t dance,” Devonte said. “And he always said I have two left feet. He’s always teasing me with that.” So, Devonte enrolled in a dance class at Bullis his freshman year. He got an A-minus, but his dad still gives him grief for his moves. It’s the type of family support Williams

says he cherishes, and he has an extended network to advise him during his football career. The junior counts two of Isaac Williams’s former Springbrook teammates, Shawn Springs (who played for the Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins and New England Patriots) and Omar Evans (who played in the Canadian Football League), as mentors. In fact, Devonte is so close to those two, he calls them uncles. But his dad stands out as a role model. After choosing Bullis over Our Lady of

See BULLIS, Page B-2

Six of Barons’ nine wins this season have been shutouts BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School girls’ soccer team has boasted some of Montgomery County and the state’s top scorers during the past decade. Still, the first thing 14th-year Barons coach Rob Kurtz says he sets his mind to when the team reconvenes each August is solidifying the backline. “Your backline, it’s the base, it’s the foundation of what you’re trying

to do,” Kurtz said. In recent years the Barons’ historically stingy defense has become increasingly vital to their success — B-CC has won five straight region titles and four state championships during that time — as they adjust to life without one particular top scorer. The Barons’ (9-1-1) 19 goals are in the middle to low end of the county’s scoring spectrum but with wins over traditional rivals Winston Churchill, Walt Whitman and Walter Johnson, they’re on pace to win the competitive Montgomery 4A South Division

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Winston Churchill High School’s Kate Reese (right) goes for the ball against Walt Whitman on Oct. 7.

Patriots field hockey player made trying out for the school team a priority BY



Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School’s Eliza Doll (left) looks to shoot the ball near the Walt Whitman goal during a girls’ soccer game last week in Bethesda.

The list of excuses for a sophomore in high school, still out to prove herself amongst potential varsity teammates, to miss the first day of tryouts is not a long one. Two falls ago, Alex Yokley had one such excuse yet vetoed the use of it. In fact, Thomas S. Wootton High School field hockey coach Kearney Blandamer may not have ever known about the sacrifice Yokley had made in order to come out to tryouts that day had Yokley’s father not mentioned it in passing. Yokley’s family has a beach house in Dewey, Del., which the now-senior midfielder labels as the “skimboarding capital of the world” (where the sports’ world championships were held). Yokley just so happens to be a world-class skimboarder who had the potential to claim her spot as the No. 1 skimboarder on the planet for her age group. She skipped it for field hockey tryouts.

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Rain wreaks havoc on girls’ soccer schedule Division races coming down to the wire; Gaithersburg stays hot


The 2013 season has been mostly unaffected by inclement weather, but a few drops of precipitation, or almost a week of torrential downpours, at the wrong time can certainly cause a stir. Schedules have morphed in the past decade, longtime Quince

SOCCER NOTEBOOK BY NICK CAMMAROTA AND JENNIFER BEEKMAN Orchard High School girls’ coach Peg Keiller said, and in recent years many division games have been pushed to the latter stages of the regualar season. In one regard, that’s good, as a teams hope to be in midseason form when competing for a division title but with some dicey weather over the past week, many teams have been forced to


Continued from Page B-1 “I was stunned,” Blandamer says now. “That just shows how dedicated she is. It blew me away. If there is ever an excuse to miss tryouts, that’s it.” “It was tough,” recalled Yokley, who had won first place in the East Coast regional the summer prior. “But I think it was worth it. I really wanted to be on the team and I think it worked out pretty well.” Wootton’s 9-0 record (as of Sunday) speaks volumes, as does the fact that no team has come within three goals of the Patriots, a nod to Yokley’s commanding presence in the midfield and the rest of her teammates’ command over everything on the field. A junior on last year’s undefeated regular season team — the first such in school history — and apparently a prodigious talent atop a skimboard, Yokley is no stranger to success. But this season’s edition of Patriots’ field hockey may

At the beginning of September, first-year Gaithersburg boys’ soccer coach Matt Bowling expressed extreme optimism regarding his team this season. A team that, until very recently, had to practice and play all of its matches away from its home stadium, which was under construction. “I don’t want people to take us lightly,” Bowling said before the season. “They’ll see that we’re a sleeping giant waiting to wake up from this nap. Once we get rolling, I think it’s going to be

have the potential to be her most triumphant endeavor yet. Last year’s perfect regular season came crashing down, 2-1, at the hands of an underdog Walter Johnson team in double-overtime of the Class 4A West Region finals. Wootton has not been held to fewer than three goals since. “We can finish,” said senior Allie Band, who leads the team with 14 goals (as of Sunday). “We know how to score goals. That’s what killed us last year — we couldn’t score.” Consider that problem resolutely solved. The Patriots have battered opposing teams with an average of more than six goals per game, eclipsing that total in three of them, while letting in a just three goals all season. Blandamer, a steadfast believer in the effect of team chemistry, attributes the resounding success of this year’s team to the natural cohesiveness her players have developed. Yokley and Band agreed. “Our team is just getting along really great,” said Yokley,

who has eight goals and eight assists on the year. “We’re best friends on the field, we’re best friends off the field.” “On the field we joke around, we have fun,” Band said. “And that’s what gets us so pumped for games. We just have so much fun every time.” That was actually one of the factors that lured Band to come out her freshman year. At the time, she was an ice hockey player first and a field hockey player second. But she heard about how much fun this Wootton field hockey team was having and decided to check it out. Within two years she dropped ice hockey to concentrate on its grassy sibling, though she did have some trouble adjusting to the fact that she couldn’t dribble with either side of the stick or flatten a player on the opposing team. “Allie has been a pistol,” Blandamer said. And Band is just one on a field full of versatile threats. Band’s partner up top, Julia Lee, “brings a whole lot of magic tricks,” Blandamer said.


Continued from Page B-1 Good Counsel and Mount St. Joseph High School, Devonte wanted to join varsity immediately, because his dad never played junior varsity. Cilento


Continued from Page B-1 title and earn the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A West Region tournament at the end of the month. The main reason? Defense, Kurtz said. Not to say B-CC isn’t propelled by some of the county’s best playmakers — Colgate University recruit Eliza Doll and Paula Germino-Watnick both scored from outside the 20-yard line in last Wednesday’s 2-1 win over previously undefeated Whitman. But the Barons do not have a true scorer, Kurtz said. They’re trying to create goals and a stingy defense means

early loss to still undefeated Damascus and is the favorite to beat its two remaining division opponents Richard Montgomery and Kennedy. One thing is for sure, everyone will be competition ready when the region tournaments begin next Thursday. The draws are set to be released on Monday.

play three division games in four days. “Most of us have two games a week throughout the season so if it rains and you have to reschedule, that’s three games in a week,” Keiller said. “I wouldn’t want three games a week for playoffs, that can wear on you. But there’s only so much you can do in the regular season with two games a week. And you have to play the division games.” On Monday no division titles were set in stone. By Friday, they all should be. Quince Orchard, on pace to win its fifth consecutive title, plays three Montgomery 4A West Division games this week. Bethesda-Chevy Chase all but clinched the Montgomery South with a brutal four-game stretch that featured Quince Orchard, Winston Churchill, Walter Johnson and Walt Whitman, in eight days. The Barons won all four games. B-CC has in fact won seven straight since a surprise

Gaithersburg gets hot

considered it, but he put Devonte on junior varsity as a freshman. Devonte remembers running for four or five touchdowns in his first game. Cilento recalls six touchdown runs of at least 60 yards. Either way, Devonte was on the sideline early in the second half and headed to varsity

one or two great scoring plays is good enough to secure a win. The Barons have surrendered just five goals to Montgomery County Public Schools opponents in nine league games. Damascus’ 2-1 win over B-CC on Sept. 16 marked the only time the Barons have given up two goals in a game. Five of their wins have been one-goal decisions and six of nine wins have been shutouts. With three-quarters of last year’s back four returning plus sophomore Naomi Gross, who in 2012 won a national title with the Montgomery Soccer Club Coyotes Green U-14 team, ready to step in for two-year starting goalkeeper Angela White,

something else.” Now, with one week remaining in the regular season and the draw for the MPSSAA state tournament scheduled to be held on Monday, the Trojans are 7-2-0 — good for second place behind Clarksburg in Montgomery County’s 4A West division. They’ve likely surprised everybody with their performance this year. Perhaps even themselves. “I love the fight that the guys have. There’s not an ounce of quit in any of them,” Bowling said. “We’ve played against a lot of quality teams, fortunately we’ve come out ahead a little bit here.” In a county where the results have been anything but predictable — every team in the ultracompetitive 4A South division has at least three wins and three losses — the Trojans have only two losses, one against Clarksburg and the other to Walt Whitman. As rain soaked the area’s fields and forced the postponement of multiple games through-


Continued from Page B-1 has been involved in 23 of the team’s 25 goals scored, Hakopian said. Driven by the time she’s missed, Reese’s hopes to be someone Churchill can rely on, has reached a new level this fall, an internal drive Hakopian said he admires. “Our attack doesn’t lose that much if we go to two forwards [if Reese is there] because of her ability to hold the ball, control the flow of the game,” Hakopian said. “One of the worst things you can do against the best teams in our division is lay back and play defensively. You have to make them defend you and that’s what Kate does.” In January 2012, Reese tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. She underwent surgery that March and got herself back strong enough for Churchill tryouts last August. Hakopian said he had envisioned building the 2012

the next week after challenging himself to get promoted as quickly as possible. “I love pressure,” Williams said. “Pressure is my favorite thing about the game. It’s funny, because I kind of go in the zone when I’m under pressure. It feels good.” This season, Devonte — who holds scholarship offers from Temple Univer-

Kurtz’s main focus this August was finding someone to fill the hole left by the graduation of defensive anchor Zoe Mesirow. On the first day of tryouts he received a gift, 5-foot-10 natural center back Maya Cherry, from Georgia. Right-footed Cherry immediately paired extremely well with returning left-footed central defender Maia Emden (5-9). In addition to having their dominant feet down the center of the field, both are extremely strong in the air, a rarity in high school girls’ soccer, and good communicators, Kurtz said. Height and strength in the air is something B-CC’s defense

out the week, Gaithersburg made other plans, practicing in a gym one night to ensure they were ready for a tough test Friday against Northwest. True to form — at least the form of the surprising run they’ve been on against top competition in the county — the Trojans topped the Jaguars, 3-2. “We haven’t reached our objectives yet,” Bowling said. “We have the potential to do some stuff that hasn’t been done in a long time at Gaithersburg High School.” Over in the 3A/2A West, the battle for the division championship likely will come down to the final days of the season. Both Watkins Mill and Wheaton are 3-0-1 in divisional play and 4-2-2 overall. The clubs played to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 26 and Damascus (3-1-0 in the division) is right on their heels. Meanwhile, the battle for the 4A North crown will come down to the rivalry between Montgomery Blair and James H.

squad around Reese because of her ball skills and ability to take on defenders and break the shape of opposing defenses. But during the first week of tryouts, Reese heard a pop during a non-contact finishing drill. She’d torn the meniscus that had just been repaired and was right back on the sideline for another six weeks. “It was completely unlucky,” Hakopian said. “I think everyone concentrates on the ACL injury itself and clearly she worked her butt off to come back from that. But to reinjure her meniscus her first or second day back, she could’ve easily given up. The most impressive part has been her mental toughness.” That level of mental toughness was perhaps the one thing missing from Reese’s game as a freshman. Reese and Hakopian agreed she is a better player, total-package player, for her time on the sideline. She works harder and is more fit. She reads the game better — she spent so

sity, Western Michigan and Buffalo and interest from Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Wake Forest — is earning high marks on the football field. Since missing Bullis’ first game, a 42-0 loss to St. John’s (D.C.), he’s helped his team win five straight games while averaging 37 points per game. “Having him really puts a lot of peo-

in general can rely on this fall. Whereas players in the midfield and offensive third are technical and crafty players, they’re rather small in stature. B-CC’s back four, which includes 6-foot Rachel Cady and Denali Minnick (5-8), at any given time stands at 5-8 or taller. That coupled with the players’ familiarity with each other after at least a season together and with their own individual roles, Cherry said, makes for quite a formidable opposition. While B-CC prides itself on an aesthetically pleasing style of possession-oriented soccer predicated on passing, Cherry comes from a more physi-

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Blake. The teams have combined for 17 wins and three losses as of Sunday night and play each other at 7 p.m. Thursday at Blake.; much time watching soccer — and she has a tougher scorer’s mentality. Those intangibles, coupled with the soccer skills that were there from the start have made her almost an entirely new player. Reese said she enjoys the creativity of soccer and she surely has become one of the county’s best playmakers. The biggest plus, Hakopian said, is that she is only a junior. Reese’s journey provides her with a big-picture perspective most high school athletes do not have, and it’s something the Bulldogs can learn from every day, Hakopian said. Reese and her mother have also uploaded a video documenting her recovery on Youtube in the hopes of providing some guidance for others presented with the same obstacles she faced. “We joke all the time, Kate was always a talented player but she didn’t have that edge,” Hakopian said. “I think the ACL injury gave her that edge. If there is a silver lining that came out of all of this, that’s it.” ates a lot of pressure on teams.” Though Kurtz said he never feels 100 percent confident in any one-goal games, the strength of B-CC’s backline is about as good as it gets this fall and if the Barons can win a sixth straight region title, the defense will certainly play a major role. “Especially because we haven’t been scoring a ton, the ability for us to keep people out of the box, shutouts are really important to everyone on the backline,” Minnick said. “It’s fulfilling to know that we haven’t had many goals scored but still come out with wins.”




ple at ease out there on the field and on the coaching staff,” Cilento said. Including the head coach? “Uh, yeah,” Cilento said. “Yeah. You can give him the ball at any time, and he can take it to the house.

cal, kick-and-run background. Though she adjusted extremely quickly to B-CC’s more technical play, Kurtz said, Minnick said Cherry’s physicality and speed in the back is something the Barons benefit from. Cherry’s arrival gives Kurtz the flexibility of playing Minnick in the midfield, which helps give the offense a boost. “Denali is our X Factor,” Kurtz said. “I don’t want to compare her to [former fouryear starter] Hannah Levin, who played everywhere for us, she used to cause as many problems at right back as she did at forward. But Denali has played a lot of positions for us. She cre-






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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HOW THEY RANK The 10 best football teams in Montgomery County this week as ranked by The Gazette’s sports staff.



1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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

Record Points

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

60 54 46 43 36 29 24 20 12 5

Also receiving votes: Springbrook, 1.

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

Carries Yards Avg. TDs 101 1019 10.1 15 128 990 7.7 8 77 919 11.9 8 88 859 9.8 17 110 829 7.5 6 98 723 7.3 9 97 703 7.2 11 115 703 6.1 9 101 599 5.9 6 76 595 7.8 11

Top passers

Cmp-Att. Chuck Reese, Rockville 173-268 Sam Ellis, Wootton 122-227 G. Cooper, P. Branch 86-155 Mike Murtaugh, Q. Orch. 62-96 Renzo Farfan, R. Mont. 92-163 Nick DeCarlo, G’burg 48-74 Evan Smith, Whitman 51-102 C. Hennessey, N’wood 56-115 S. Morningstar, Pooles. 47-90 Raymond Burtnick, Blair 37-78

Top receivers Joey Cornwell, Rockville Jibri Woods, Wootton Trevon Diggs, Wootton Javonn Curry, P. Branch Ryan Stango, P. Branch Anthony Albert, Rockville Louison Biama, Rockville M. Brown, Q. Orchard S. Brigman, Rockville Michael Scott, Kennedy

Catches 49 41 45 32 26 34 25 16 34 24

Yards 1892 1596 1213 1102 967 806 636 596 540 528 Yards 590 548 485 484 454 413 387 310 301 366

Int. 7 7 5 1 4 4 7 2 7 5

TDs 24 14 17 12 10 4 5 5 5 5

Avg. TDs 12.0 7 13.4 5 10.8 7 15.1 9 17.5 6 12.1 6 15.5 4 19.4 6 8.9 5 15.3 1

QO gets tough games before playoffs Coach says difficult matchups will help team prepare for postseason

Kelly catches


Senior receiver Steven Kelly doesn’t get many opportunities in Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s triple-option offense, but he makes the most of them. Kelly had five catches for 99 yards against Quince Orchard on Saturday, setting seasons highs. “We always knew he had the potential,” B-CC coach Josh Singer said. “I think, this year, he’s really starting to believe in his ability.” The 6-foot-4, 185pounder had a pass bounce GEORGE P. SMITH/FOR THE GAZETTE off his hands Saturday, but Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School wide receiver Steven Kelly pulls down he caught it as he fell to the this pass during Saturday’s game against Quince Orchard. turf. Singer said that was one of several excellent catches by the best, and that’s what we gomery County, you’ve got to Kelly this season, including want, and that’s what we’re beat all the great teams, and one against Montgomery Blair going to get. So, we’ve got there are great teams left on in double coverage that was eight weeks left of the season. “absolutely amazing.” And then state championship, our schedule. I love the big “I’m not surprised when games. I look forward to that. he does things like that,” that’s what it is.” Closing the regular season It’s a chance for our team to Singer said. “He’s proven that with four quality opponents show, hopefully, we’re as good he’s a great athlete when the pleases Mencarini. ball is in the air and he’s going “I wouldn’t want it any as we think we are.” to make a play to secure it.” Said McLean: “The season other way,” Mencarini said. “To be the best team in Mont- begins now.”

Quince Orchard High School football coach Dave Mencarini, after his team beat Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, talked to his players about how challenging the rest of the season will be.

FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK BY DAN FELDMAN Their final four opponents are No. 7 Sherwood, No. 4 Gaithersburg, No. 6 Northwest and formerly ranked Thomas S. Wootton. Yet, Mencarini spoke about the next eight, not four, weeks. Eight weeks would take Quince Orchard through the regular season and playoffs and through its third straight state championship game. “We like to be positive,” defensive lineman Adam McLean said. “We work too hard to accept anything but

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

Montgomery County record All games

Seneca Valley at Watkins Mill Walter Johnson at Northwood Rockville at Damascus Einstein vs. Wheaton Churchill at Richard Montgomery Sherwood at Quince Orchard Wootton at Northwest Gaithersburg at Magruder Bethesda-Chevy Chase at Clarksburg Whitman at Springbrook Blair at Paint Branch Kennedy at Blake Brunswick at Poolesville Archbishop Carroll at Good Counsel St. Albans at Bullis Georgetown Prep at Anacostia Landon at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes

Ken Sain

Dan Feldman

Nick Cammarota

Travis Mewhirter

Jennifer Beekman

Kent Zakour

89-20 175-41

88-21 175-41

87-22 171-43

83-26 172-44

86-23 170-46

84-25 165-51

Seneca Valley Northwood Damascus Einstein Churchill Q. Orchard Northwest Gaithersburg Clarksburg Whitman Paint Branch Kennedy Poolesville Good Counsel Bullis Geo. Prep Landon

Seneca Valley Northwood Damascus Einstein Churchill Q. Orchard Northwest Gaithersburg Clarksburg Whitman Paint Branch Kennedy Poolesville Good Counsel Bullis Geo. Prep Landon

Seneca Valley Northwood Damascus Einstein Churchill Q. Orchard Northwest Gaithersburg Clarksburg Springbrook Paint Branch Kennedy Poolesville Good Counsel Bullis Geo. Prep Landon

Return of Walter Johnson volleyball hitter makes sizeable impact

Last week, Walt Whitman High School golf coach Karl O’Donoghue said that the county was getting back to its old ways, perhaps not a far cry from its stretch from 2002-2008 in which a Montgomery team won a state title every year. “Overall, I think the county is coming back to as strong as it

PREP NOTEBOOK BY TRAVIS MEWHIRTER always is,” he said. “We’ve been slacking a bit over the past few years.” Well, not last year, when Thomas S. Wootton ended Urbana’s three-year string of state titles. But, from the scores turned in at the district tournament on Monday at Poolesville Golf Course, O’Donoghue appears prophetic. Five teams — Wootton, Walter Johnson, Winston Churchill, Whitman and Quince Orchard — had legitimate state title-contending scores and the county will be losing very little of a supremely talented core of players. The winner of the district tournament, Wootton’s Delaney Shah (68) is only a sophomore, as is second-place finisher Luke Schaap (70). Shah’s teammate, junior Justin Feldman, already has a state title, Capital Cup bragging rights, and a sub-30 stroke nine hole score under his belt before the start of this fall. The county’s regular season scoring champion, Whitman’s Graham Hutchinson, is just a freshman, while a host of others, namely Quince Orchard’s Colton Christensen, Wootton’s Graysen Bright, and essentially all of Churchill, will be back for


Thomas S. Wootton High School’s Delaney Shah of watches her shot off the fairway Monday during the Montgomery County District Golf Tournament. at least one more season as well. The future “is very bright,” Wootton coach Paul Williams said. “Even kids like Jordan [Weitz] who are just one or two holes away from being right there. ... I think the future is very bright. They’re going to get better, they’re going to play more competition over the summer, they’re going to get better and better and better as the next couple years go. Three years from now? I’m not sure what I’m looking at.” For now, he can settle on looking ahead two weeks, when his Patriots will begin their state title defense.

Volleyball Walter Johnson didn’t win a match for the first month of this season. It took them three matches just to pick up a set and another five to take a team to a fifth set, which it eventually lost to Bethesda-Chevy Chase. It was a strange start to one of the county’s traditionally strong programs in recent years. But what a difference the return of one of Montgomery County’s

Montgomery 4A South Division Team

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

All Div.

3-3 3-3 1-5 2-4 1-5 1-5

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


166 80 113 119 124 173 73 160 39 178 33 185

Montgomery 4A East Division Team

Paint Branch Sherwood Springbrook* Blair Blake Kennedy

All Div.

5-1 5-1 3-3 3-3 1-5 1-5

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


235 63 160 82 111 56 115 80 20 177 71 116

Montgomery 4A West Division Team

Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Northwest Clarksburg* Magruder

All Div.

6-0 6-0 5-1 3-3 1-5

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


136 37 241 13 202 80 104 72 42 233

Montgomery 3A Division Team

Damascus Seneca Valley Rockville Einstein Watkins Mill Wheaton Northwood

All Div.

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

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

Montgomery 2A Independent Team








4-2 124 96

Private schools Team


181 60 182 69 224 162 138 156 84 159 69 226 33 257

Bullis 5-1 184 88 Good Counsel 4-4 177 111 Georgetown Prep 3-3 166 154 Avalon 3-4 169 152 Landon 1-4 101 124 * Includes forfeit result

Last week’s scores

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most talented hitters can make. Senior Brigid Morris had been sidelined for the first eight matches of the season with a concussion she suffered in a preseason scrimmage with Col. Zadok Magruder. In that span, the Wildcats went 1-7 and won just seven sets combined. Enter Morris, and Walter Johnson is 2-0, beating Clarksburg and the previously 4-1 Watkins Mill. During Morris’ two matches (as of Sunday night), the 6-foot outside hitter has racked up 24 kills, 23 digs, and four blocks, adding a much needed complement to fellow hitter Victoria Ansarah, who is second on the team with 42 kills, and lightening the load of libero Emily Burk. Morris’ return could throw a wrench into a hierarchy that finally seemed to settle down a bit. Matchups with Paint Branch and Gaithersburg, both teams with winning records, will prove to be a nice barometer of how far Walter Johnson has come since adding Morris back in.

Seneca Valley Seneca Valley Seneca Valley Northwood W. Johnson W. Johnson Damascus Damascus Damascus Einstein Einstein Einstein Churchill R. Montgomery R. Montgomery Q. Orchard Q. Orchard Q. Orchard Northwest Northwest Northwest Gaithersburg Gaithersburg Gaithersburg Clarksburg Clarksburg Clarksburg Springbrook Springbrook Whitman Paint Branch Paint Branch Paint Branch Kennedy Kennedy Blake Poolesville Poolesville Poolesville Good Counsel Good Counsel Good Counsel Bullis Bullis Bullis Geo. Prep Geo. Prep Geo. Prep Landon Landon SS/SA

Woodberry Forest 45, Landon 17 Poolesville 20, R. Montgomery 14 Seneca Valley 51, Northwood 0 Rockville 36, Watkins Mill 0 Clarksburg 28, Wootton 3 Fort Hill 47, Walter Johnson 3 Gaithersburg 6, Churchill 3 Sherwood 62, Magruder 0 Northwest 31, P. Branch 28, OT Springbrook 19, Blake 0 Blair 28, Wheaton 7 Georgetown Prep 48, R. Lewis 6 St. John’s 31, Good Counsel 6 Bullis 50, St. Ste. & St. Agnes 3 Avalon 34, Perry Street 14 Q. Orchard 49, B.-Chevy Chase 0 Einstein 20, Kennedy 18 Damascus 21, Walt Whitman 6

BEST BET Wootton at Northwest, 6:30 p.m. Friday. Northwest is inside the playoff picture, and Wootton is outside. Wootton beating Northwest won’t flip that, but Northwest beating Wootton would go a long way toward solidifying it. Wootton’s high-powered offense looks to get back on track after scoring just three points last week.


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Every football team — at any level of competition — would probably love to have an experienced quarterback to lead it. Depending on a team’s circumstances and personnel, however, there are times when an athlete with minimal experience may have to rise up and take over the reins as the signal caller for what many consider the most important position on the field. Richard Montgomery High School junior Renzo Farfan didn’t grow up as a quarterback groomed in any type of little league football organization. Just one brief stint as an eighth grader served as an introduction to tackle football. And by his freshman year, Farfan found himself as the quarterback of the Rockets’ junior varsity squad. Fortunately, the JV level

served as a solid preparatory vehicle, as he now finds himself starting in his first year of varsity competition. And for a rookie varsity player, Farfan has put up some pretty impressive offensive numbers. After Friday’s 20-14 loss at Poolesville, the 5-foot-11 inch, 165-pound junior has completed 92-of163 passes for 967 yards, 10 touchdowns and just four interceptions. The Rockets, however, have just a 1-5 record this fall. “I think Renzo has seen himself as a basketball kid, but for the last couple of months, he has really developed lots of confidence [in football],” Richard Montgomery coach Josh Klotz said. “Our quarterbacks coach Bob Eagleson has really done a good job helping Renzo with the fundamentals and with his footwork. I think we see the results of their hard work on the field.” Said Farfan: “I think we just need to keep working hard in practice, We had a good week of practice this past week but obviously we need to keep working and focus more in practice to the little details so that we can finish games like [Friday].” Farfan’s insight into his team shows

a level of knowledge and leadership of a player who is accustomed to his chosen position. From the first time he hit the field for his junior varsity team through his latest game on the muddy turf in Poolesville, Farfan has thoroughly embraced his role — driving an offense that has had its fair share of ups and downs throughout the season. “Playing quarterback is lot of responsibility, but it’s been good,” Farfan said. “I like being a leader of the team and I like always having the ball in my hands and being able to make plays when I want to. “JV helped me physically because before high school, I didn’t really play football. I got used to being hit and it prepared me pretty well for this year.” The former junior varsity basketball shooting guard also credits his other sport for helping his overall athleticism. Farfan is light on his feet, has a quick throwing release, and shows toughness carrying the football, as he exhibited on a 1-yard touchdown plunge into the belly of Poolesville’s defense last week. He also earned the praises of Poolesville coach Will Gant.

“I think he’s a good quarterback. He throws a nice ball, he runs his system, he’s ready for the speed-up stuff,” Gant said. “He drew us off with some hard counts which you don’t see any high school kids doing that, let alone college guys and that’s a mature kid. You can tell he’s been well coached and Josh does a great job with him. ” Klotz is also impressed with his quarterback’s ability to lead as well as absorb extra-hard hits from defenders and continue to keep the Rockets in games. “We have a bunch of sophomores and junior starting on varsity for the first time, so Renzo has to take over the leadership role and he has done a really good job with that,” Klotz said. “He’s really gaining a lot of confidence and you can tell the kids really look up to him. He’s taken some big hits in the past few games, but it didn’t stop him from stepping into some throws and getting hit again. He’s been able to take the punishment, and for that he’s also gotten a lot of respect [from teammates].”


Richard Montgomery High School quarterback Renzo Farfan looks for his receiver against Poolesville on Friday.

Damascus receiver plays with maturity beyond his years DAN FELDMAN STAFF WRITER

Damascus High School junior receiver/defensive back Jalen Christian carries himself with a noticeable aura. His body language, the way he interacts with teammates and how he understands his responsibilities all contribute. Most of all, it shows during games. “He’s playing as a senior, for sure, if not college level of confidence where he knows he’s the best player on the field most times when he’s out there,” Damascus football coach Eric Wallich said.


Damascus High School’s Jalen Christian.

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Wallich said. “There are lots of kids with that same athletic ability — not lots, but there’s a handful. But what separates him is putting it all together with the intelligence that he has, too.” Christian has already assembled a lengthy list of scholarship offers: Clemson University, Connecticut, Duke, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Temple, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Or as he describes it, “just a lot mail.” For now, he’s focused on Damascus’ season, including this week’s game against Rockville. The Rams average 315 passing yards per game, but have not yet



That mindset dates back two years, when Christian joined the high school program after a standout youth career. Wallich, not wanting to put a freshman on varsity but also needing secondary depth, was conflicted about how to handle Christian. Christian was not. He wanted to play junior varsity with his friends. Varsity could wait a year as far as he considered. But Christian says he benefited from the spending two years prior to the current season on varsity, and Wallich agrees, seeing how much Christian has improved each year. “He’s very intelligent. He understand how to bait a receiver on defense, understands how to set people with routes,”



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Shanghai Ballet performs ‘La Sylphide’ at Montgomery College in Rockville on Oct. 17. Page B-7

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Four-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves recently returned from Japan where she was promoting her latest album, “Beautiful Life.” Friday night, American audiences will get their first taste of Reeves’ newest work in a concert at Strathmore. “Beautiful Life,” due out in the States in Febru-

ary, has already been released in Europe. It features 12 tracks, a combination of original songs and covers. “Most of my jazz records are a mixture of covers [and originals],” Reeves said. “That’s kind of the

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According to Dianne Reeves, “Beautiful Life” features both a Latin and soulful feel.

BlackRock to host Spooky Magic Show for a third year



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Magician Joe Romano returns to the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown this weekend.

Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay make up the folk band Friction Farm, which is set to play at the Sugarloaf Coffeehouse in Germantown on Oct. 19.




Band to perform selections from new album


FRICTION FARM n When: 8 p.m. Oct. 19 n Where: Sugarloaf Coffeehouse, 16913 Germantown Road, Germantown n Tickets: Suggested donation of $15 n For information: 240-644-4872; frictionfarm. com; coffeehouse


Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay aren’t your typical folk musicians. Stay is quick to point out she earned a degree in engineering, while Quinn has one in geology. So how did the two of them come together to form a band? “Aidan’s been a musician for most of his life,” Stay said. “His family is very musical. I never was. I came from a very quiet household. … I discovered it through him and fell in love with playing and writing. One day we said, ‘What are we waiting for?’ We left our jobs and started doing this.” “This” turned into the folk group Friction Farm, which

will be making a stop on Oct. 19 at the Sugarloaf Coffeehouse in Germantown. Stay said she calls the music the group performs “modern folk” because they draw from the folk tradition of storytelling, but it is modernized because of the types of stories they tell and the melodies they sing. Coming up with the name Friction Farm, however, is a story unto itself. “In that desperate moment of needing a name because we were going to play our first show, we were kicking around ideas,” Stay said. “People had commented on the fact that we’re extraordinarily happy people and

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Magician Joe Romano returns to the BlackRock Center for the Arts on Saturday for his third annual Spooky Magic Show. This year’s family-friendly act, which Romano said is suitable for children 5 and older, features some new tricks, including transforming an everyday handkerchief into a ghost and an unsuspecting audience member into a mummy. Halloween is a busy time of year for Romano who also performs the “Stage Fright” show as a part of Six Flags America’s Fright Fest in Upper Marlboro. “Houdini died on Halloween night so a lot of magicians dedicate the month [of October] to him,” Romano said. “Magic week is the last week in October as well.” It was Harry Houdini, the 1920s illusionist famous

for his escape acts, who first inspired Romano to explore magic as a profession. “Fourth grade is when I got a book on Houdini and when it got started for me,” Romano said. “ ... I got that book on Houdini and thought, ‘That would be a cool job.’” Even before his introduction to Houdini, Romano

remembers being fascinated by magic. Romano was 3 or 4 years old and living in Guam, where his father was stationed in the U.S. Navy, when he saw his first magic show. “I saw a magician at a dinner and that was kind of my first experience,” Romano said. “I remember it like it was yesterday.” Later, Romano watched magicians like David Copperfield perform unbelievable stunts and became even more entranced by the world of magic. “When you saw magic being presented in such a cool fashion, that was kind of [an] inspiration for me,” Romano said. Today, Romano, who

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The World of Montgomery Festival returns this year, highlighting the diverse ethnic populations in the area with hands-on programming for kids, families and adults. Pictured is the Chinese Cultural Center dragon.


The Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival comes to a close this weekend at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring.

Montgomery meets world

Screen, horror fest, screen

The World of Montgomery Festival returns from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Westfield Wheaton, Wheaton Plaza, 11160 Veirs Mill

Road. Organized by the KID (Kid International Discovery) Museum, this year’s theme, “Essentials of Life,” will explore the importance and use of water around the world; an expanded Global Kitchen, featuring hands-on cooking projects for children; a series of art projects reflecting family, culture and celebrations, and much more. Additionally, exhibits spotlighting four countries with some of the largest immigrant populations in Montgomery County — China, El Salvador, Ethiopia and India — will feature artifacts, photographs and demonstrations. The festival celebrates the diverse cultural heritages playing an active role in the lives of Montgomery County residents and showcases such diversity via food, music, dance, exhibits and activities. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.

The eighth annual Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival culminates this weekend at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring.


Organist Paul Jacobs.

Nationally acclaimed organist Paul Jacobs will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9100 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. The program will include Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532,” Schumann’s “Canon in A-flat Major, Op. 56, No. 4” and Mozart’s “Andante in F, K. 616,” among others. Tickets are free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call 301-588-4363.

A big honor

Casie Platt as Lulu in a scene from Imagination Stage’s “Lulu and the Brontosaurus.”

Local author Judith Viorst will be honored with the Imagination Award during Imagination Stage’s 2013 gala, “Stories Make the World Go ’Round,” on Saturday at the Bethesda theater. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with pre-show cocktails and a silent auction, followed by an original performance by the theater’s students and professional actors. Viorst is the author of “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” and “Lulu and the Brontosaurus.” Viorst also penned the musical adaptation of “Lulu” that recently kicked off the 2013-14 season at Imagination Stage. Individual tickets to the gala are $250. For more information, visit


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Showcasing the latest in horror cinema from around the globe, the program kicked off Oct. 10 with a screening of Bobcat Goldthwait’s found-footage bigfoot thriller “Willow Creek.” Twenty-two features and 29 shorts were spattered throughout the festival’s ten nights, which comes to a close this weekend with zombie horror flicks like “Halley” and “Buck Wild” on Friday, before putting a stake through the heart of the matter on Saturday with the 1970s classic “Scream, Blackula, Scream,” hosted by none other than local horror host Count Gore De Vol. For a complete schedule, visit

Author Judith Viorst will receive the Imagination Award during this weekend’s “Stories Make the World Go ’Round” at Imagination Stage. IMAGINATION STAGE


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Tiptoes and tutus Romantic ballet introduced en pointe dancing




The ballet “La Sylphide” caused quite a stir in 1832 when it was first performed in Paris. The reason was because the ballerina wore a reinforced shoe, enabling her to dance on her toes in a style that would become known as en pointe. She also wore a three-quarterlength white skirt, enabling the audience to see her ankles as she danced. “It was shocking, because it was a revolution in costumes,” said Xin Lili, artistic director of the Shanghai Ballet through translator Ye Lihong in an email. “It was the first time you could see the legs of the ballerinas.” The production, designed to evoke the light and spirit-like nature of sylphs, led to the development of the “white ballet,” which evolved with its boxed toes and white tutus into what is today called “classical ballet,” represented by works such as “Swan Lake.” The Shanghai Ballet will perform the two-act work on Thursday at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at the Montgomery College campus in Rockville. Formed in 1979, the awardwinning Shanghai Ballet performs classical Western ballets and original Chinese works. It became internationally known for its production of “White-Haired Girl,” an opera that became a film and a ballet about women during the Communist revolution in China. “The Shanghai Ballet is a company with 35 years of experience,” Xin said. “We perform classical ballets to keep the original tradition of ballet alive, but we are also devoted to doing new productions with Chinese themes.” The company has since toured throughout China and in countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, France, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Norway and Finland. “La Sylphide” is based on an 1822 novella by the French


The visiting Shanghai Ballet will perform “La Sylphide” on Thursday at Montgomery College in Rockville. The 1832 French ballet was the first example of “en pointe” dancing on the tips of the toes, a technique intended to convey an airy, spirit-like quality. author Charles Nodier called “Trilby, ou le lutin d’Argail.” It originally was choreographed by Filippo Taglioni and adapted four years later by August Bournonville. Nodier drew on Gothic and other fantastic tales, which inspired writers, musicians and artists during the Romantic period in Europe in the early 1800s. The ballet tells the story of the attraction of a young man named James to an ethereal woman, the Sylphide, living in a forest in Scotland on the eve of James’ wedding to Effie. James is asleep in a chair dreaming when Sylphide kisses him, setting in motion his pursuit of her. Xin said through Le that one of the highlights of the production is the Scottish folk dance in Act I and the group dance in

SHANGHAI BALLET n When: 8 p.m. Thursday

n Tickets: $40 regular, $38 senior, students; reserved seating

n Where: Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville

n For information: 240-5675301; montgomerycollege. edu/pac

Act II. “The Scottish dance is quite special. ... We hope you enjoy

our show,” Xin said.





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The writing’s on the wall


‘Captain Phillips,’ a solid tale of man versus pirates

Exhibits draw on the arts of letter design, calligraphy


The Communication Arts Technologies Gallery of Montgomery College-Rockville is hosting “Illuminations,” a beguiling exhibit of letter designs by five artists. The exhibit’s concept is


ON VIEW BY CLAUDIA ROUSSEAU based on illuminated letters, such as those intricately designed initial letters drawn and painted in medieval manuscripts, or those found later in printed works where the first letter of a chapter or poem was given a distinctive flourish. The latter practice was common in the late nineteenth century, especially in England, where the work of designers like William Morris, who wanted to revive medieval styles in a modern idiom, was widely influential. Echoes of this “Pre-Raphaelite” aesthetic are evident in some of the works in this exhibit, particularly in the letter “R” by Laurel Vaughan, in which a raven crosses behind the letter against a floral background, and the words of Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “Quoth the Raven, nevermore” appear in a font often used by book designers of the period. More daring and technically rich are the works of Patricia Johannsen, a graphic designer who teaches in the CAT department. Working with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Johannsen skillfully blends photography with abstract elements achieving strongly imaginative and densely layered images. Her letter “P” features a woman’s face surrounded by burgeoning flowers and jeweled brooches. You may have to squint a bit to see the letter, but it eventually emerges. Her “W” features a stunning face similarly surrounded by swirls, animals and birds that nearly hide the letter itself. Martha Vaughan’s work is more purely graphic; her letter “T” shows a tree flowering into heart-shaped leaves done entirely in Adobe Illustrator. With an illumination for each letter of the alphabet, the show is a delight to the eye that will please and amuse both younger and older viewers. Staying with the theme of letters and beautiful writing, the Mansion at Strathmore is showing “A Fine Line: Calligraphy, Language and Symbol.” Conceived and curated by Harriet Lesser, the exhibit seeks to show both the distinct cultural aspects of five different traditions of calligraphic expression, as well as the underlying relations among them in terms of the gesture of the human hand in writing. Dismayed at the news that many schools have now decided to stop teaching cursive writing, Lesser feels that this is a time to look at the story of writing as aesthetic evolution, and particularly to see that “the very fact that it is called handwriting infers a com-



“Sound of Mountain” is a large-scale work on paper by contemporary Chinese-American artist Liang Wei. Based on traditional painting styles, the image rises powerfully toward the poetic text above.

ILLUMINATIONS n Where: Communication Arts Technologies Gallery, Technical Center 106, Montgomery College, Rockville campus n Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Through Oct. 25. n For information: 240567-7521; http://www. montgomerycollege. edu/~mvaughan/technical_ center/index.html

A FINE LINE: CALLIGRAPHY, LANGUAGE AND SYMBOL n Where: Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda LAUREL VAUGHAN

“R” is for Raven in Laurel Vaughan’s illuminated letter design. Vaughan used Pentel and Photoshop here, but for others the artist used traditional media like pastels, pencils and acrylics. munication that is both intimate and important.” Writing is more than making merely conventionally meaningful marks. It is deeply personal, and can be highly individualized. To this end, the exhibit includes examples of traditional uses of the various forms of calligraphy, particularly in Chinese painting and texts, as well as in modern variations of these. Works with both character and cursive Chinese writing, as well as Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew and Latin alphabets, are also included here. Of note are the works of Liang Wei on the first floor. Trained in the ancient techniques of Chinese painting, and working with Chinese inks and colors, the artist brings these to life in a large-scale landscape titled “Sound of Mountain” accompanied at the top with a poetic text. Although I confess little knowledge of the rules of Chinese painting, the mountain and the writing above it in this piece

are so compelling I couldn’t get it out of my mind. In the same room I also was drawn to the abstract compositions of Carl Kurtz, whose graphite drawings are complex manipulations of letter forms. An artist aesthetically close to Escher, Kurtz makes patterns with these calligraphic forms that often conceal words or images, intriguing the viewer into extended contemplation. I particularly liked Kurtz’s “Perception,” which adds color to his drawing, and “Peculiar Light,” with its layered optical effect. Out in the main hall, “Dichotomous Dialog” is a concrete demonstration of how simple, natural movements of the hand will produce forms that resemble letters, especially cursive scripts of various cultures. Lisa Kivland took two brushes, one in each hand, and using sumi and walnut inks on paper, made marks in two columns. The results are truly fascinating, somehow prov-

n Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, ThursdaySaturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday; closed Mondays. Through Nov. 10. n For information: 301-5815100;

ing that this kind of gesture is in all of us and deserves expression. As a plea to keep cursive writing in schools, Lesser did her own experiment with children at the exhibit, asking them to write their names in the air. All of them made broad, curving strokes not unlike the ones in Kivland’s piece. The upstairs galleries are filled with surprises and variations on the theme, including an installation by Kit-Keung Kan that blends Chinese and Latin letters referring to the muchcontested claims of Gavin Menzies that the Chinese adventurer Zheng He reached America before Columbus. Very striking for their fine quality are the Arabic poetic and religious texts of Mohamed Zakariya. Growing up in California, the artist converted to Islam after a trip to Morocco and studied Arabic calligraphy. His understanding of the art, of which he is now a recognized master, is one of great patience, but also discovery. “Because calligraphy isn’t bound by the need to represent objective reality,” he said, “it’s free from the cultural and political constraints associated with the pictorial arts. … [It is] neither a representational art nor an abstract one but something entirely other — a living, evolving art of the word, of meaning itself.”

“Captain Phillips” is a Tom Hanks movie. It also is a Paul Greengrass movie, and the cinematic tumult director Greengrass adroitly captures and sustains in the service of a narrative has a way of keeping his stars unmoored — in a good way — while trumping conventional Hollywood notions of a star vehicle. Heroism exists in a Greengrass picture. But the Britishborn, documentary-trained director, best known for “United 93” and the second and third “Bourne” thrillers, is more interested in messy, lucky-to-be-alive, real-world heroism than in movie-world heroism. Greengrass sees the world as a complicated place; his preferred, jabbing editing rhythms and camera proximity ensure that audiences experience it the same way. Capt. Richard Phillips is all business, and so is Hanks’ portrayal. In 2009, the Massachusetts-born, Vermont-based U.S. Merchant Marine commander of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, overseeing three different sets of union crews and union crew regulations, encountered four pirates who made their way to the U.S.-registered ship in a small craft off the coast of Somalia in the Gulf of Aden. Phillips’ crew of 20 had been undergoing a safety drill; then the radar signified the approach of an unidentified intruder. Because the container cargo ship was sailing in notorious pirateinfested waters, Phillips knew how much potential trouble was afoot. Written by Billy Ray, inspired by Phillips’ own account of what happened next, the film tightens the screws for 134 minutes and relays how Phillips ended up in a lifeboat with his captors, on dwindling rations, waiting for Navy SEALs to resolve a highly pressurized situation. To honorably mixed results, Greengrass and Ray do their best to allow the Somali characters and the actors (new to professional acting) playing them some room to establish Phillips’ adversaries as human beings, albeit brutal and desperate ones. Barkhad Abdi, hired out of the Somali immigrant community of Minneapolis, plays the rifle-slinging leader, a fisherman by trade, forced into his second and treacherous line of work by economic and political crises (touched

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS n 3 stars n PG-13; 134 minutes n Cast: Tom Hanks n Director: Paul Greengrass

upon briefly in the early scenes, probably too briefly). The world’s instability is connected by human threads, as is made clear in a prologue conversation on the way to the airport between Phillips and his justifiably worried wife (Catherine Keener, reduced to a one-scene player in the final edit). The pair talk about the uncertain universe their children, about to enter a difficult global workforce, are inheriting. But as the rest of the movie makes plain, there are difficult economic straits and then there are poverty-stricken-Somalifishermen-turned-pirates economic straits. We get to know members of the cargo ship crew only in fits and starts (Chris Mulkey, a valuable character actor, plays one). It’s Hanks’ show, though some may be surprised to see how little of the usual emotional hooks and beats intrude on the procedural at hand. “Captain Phillips” is one of Greengrass’ good films, if not one of his three or four terrific ones. There are times, in the screaming close-ups of the Somali actors, when you wish Greengrass and his excellent regular cinematographer, Barry Ackroyd (who also shot “The Hurt Locker”) would back off a little. Going for clarity of line and context, the script stints on offhanded details of character. For better or worse, Greengrass’ preferred method of fact-based storytelling sees the forest first and the trees second. But at the risk of hyping its impact, when Hanks comes out the other side of his real-life character’s bloodspattered experience, there’s a scene as strong as any I’ve seen this year, and as strong as any either Greengrass or Hanks has managed in other sorts of movies. It’s not a long scene (though one wonders if we’re destined to sit through bits of it, over and over, come awards nomination season). It is, however, just about perfect in its wrenching emotion, expressed by an actor clearly up to the challenge of acting in a Paul Greengrass docudrama — which is to say, acting with as little capital-A Acting as possible.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater

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Tom Hanks stars in Columbia Pictures’ “Captain Phillips.”


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(From left) Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman and Mahat Ali appear in Columbia Pictures’ “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks.


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Hit a home run with a Dubbel



Continued from Page B-5 tradition of jazz; taking famous songs and giving them a jazz perspective.” Reeves was born in Detroit and grew up in Denver. She said in her family, “music was not just entertainment, but a way of life.” Both of Reeves’ parents were musicians and her uncle was a bass player in the Denver Symphony Orchestra. “My uncle was really at the center for a lot of the music for the young people in our family.” That included George Duke, Reeves’ cousin and a renowned jazz-funk keyboardist. Duke passed away in August at age 67. Though she sang with fam-


Continued from Page B-5 lives in Alexandria, Va., spends his days making magic cool for a whole new generation. Though Halloween is his busiest time of year, Romano works year-round performing in schools, at parties


Continued from Page B-5 think that maybe we don’t have all the pressures and stresses and disappointments in life. We do, of course, have all those things. We have the joy of writing songs about them instead of just internalizing them. From the friction that everyone has in

DANCES Hollywood Ballroom, Oct. 16, free International Quickstep Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Oct. 17, 24, Tea Dance from 12:30–3:30 p.m. ($6); Oct. 18, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); Oct. 20, free Tango lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); Oct. 23, free International Quickstep Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-3261181, www.hollywoodballroomdc. com

Dubbel is a Belgian-style brown ale originally brewed at Trappist monasteries but now produced by many other breweries in Belgium and the United States. For many people Dubbels are their first introduction to Belgian beers because of their soft and sweet flavors. These are modern re-creations of beers brewed in the Middle Ages at monasteries.

Modern Dubbels were first brewed by the Trappist Abbey of Westmalle in 1856 as a strong version of a brown beer. In 1926 the recipe was reformulated to, among other things, slightly increase its strength. This Dubbel Bruin beer was quickly copied and became widespread. The name Dubbel probably derives from an earlier time with widespread illiteracy, when Belgian Abbey brewers marked their casks with x, xx and xxx, denoting increasing levels of alcohol, but only relative strength was intended. The marks also indicated greater volumes of ingredients in the brewing mash. Eventually the Abbey brewers replaced the various x markings with single, dubbel and tripel. Dubbels and tripels were used for holidays and religious celebrations. Dubbels are brewed with dark candi sugar, a special cane or beet sugar that has been caramelized. Different from most brown beers, which derive their color from roasted malts that add chocolate and coffee flavors, the candi sugar adds the color and flavors of burnt sugar and raisins. Other flavors come from the use of special Belgian yeasts. Many of the best versions are bottle conditioned. They are dark amber to dark brown, usually with a reddish hue. Dubbels have a medium-full body and an aroma of malty sweetness, and may have notes of chocolate, caramel, dark fruits and occasionally apples or bananas. Flavors including dark fruits (plums, raisins, dried cherries) are common and clove-like spiciness is optional, with the flavors balanced toward malts. Dubbels have a full mouth feel, and a low hop presence (15-30 International Bittering Units), mostly from noble-type floral hops. The alcohol content ranges from 6.25 to 8.5 percent alcohol by volume. Dubbels are robust beers that, among the meats, pair well with barbecue, stews, rib roasts, lamb and duck. They also compliment seared scal-


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

days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, Contra, Oct. 18, Steve Gester calls to Triple Helix; Oct. 25, Will Mentor with Perpetual Emotion, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, Contra & Square, Oct. 20, Jean Gorrindo with Crab Apples; Oct. 27, Costume Dance with Perpetual e-Motion, Will Mentor calling, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www. English Country, Oct. 16, Caller: Stephanie Smith; Oct. 23, Special Guest Jacqueline Schwab on piano; Oct. 30, Caller: Marth Siegel, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs),

Now and Then Dance Studio, Saturday Ballroom dances,


Ommegang Abbey Ale hails from Cooperstown, N.Y. lops, washed rind and cheddar cheeses, and sweets such as dark chocolate, truffles and chocolate bread pudding. Westmalle Dubbel (6.5% ABV) is brewed by the Trappist Abbey of Westmalle in Westmalle, Belgium. This classic of the style has a wonderful medium sweet malt aroma with a touch of melon. Complex and sherry-like, the Westmalle Dubbel has a muted sweet malt front and a middle of currants, melon and a splash of alcohol. The currants, melon and malt flavors grow in the finish and last into the aftertaste before fading. Ratings: 9/9. Allagash Dubbel (7% ABV), produced by Allagash Brewing in Portland, Maine, has a light, dull raisin nose leading to a medium sweet malt front. The raisins burst into the middle,

reaching medium, and lasting into the finish and aftertaste. A touch of bitter hops joins in the aftertaste and lingers. Ratings: 6.5/6.5. Ommegang (8.5% ABV) is made by Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, N.Y. Its candi sugar, fruit and plum bouquet presages a light sugar front with hints of dark fruit. The effervescent middle displays a moderate dark cherry and with notes of dark plum that continue in the finish, merging with a light yeast. In the aftertaste, the fruity character lingers, joined by a touch of licorice and a slight alcoholic warmth. Ratings: 8.0/7.5. Peres Trappist Ale (7% ABV), popularly known as Chimay Red, is brewed at the Scourmont Abbey in Chimay, Belgium. Chimay Red has a re-

ily for years, Reeves said it wasn’t until junior high school that she realized just how much she loved performing in front of other people. “I was doing a project with our choir,” she remembered. “I had been singing at home but I never sang in front of audiences. And I loved the feeling that I got. It was empowering. I loved that the audience responded the way it did. It was an incredible experience and I thought, ‘I want to do this.’” Reeves pays tribute to some of the artists she grew up with on “Beautiful Life,” including a cover of “I Want You,” by Marvin Gaye. “[I grew up] listening to people like Marvin Gaye and loved ‘The Temptations,’” Reeves said. “Motown music was very much a part of our lives at that time.”

strained cherry nose. The medium candi sugar sweet front leads into a light sweet cherry middle that lasts into the finish, where a modest raisin is added. These flavors continue into the slightly dry aftertaste, where the cherry fades but the raisin and candi sweetness linger. Ratings: 7.5/7.5. Other dubbels include Flying Fish Abbey Dubbel (Somerdale, N.J., 7.2% ABV, 7.5/7.5); Brewers Art Resurrection (Pottstown, Pa., 7% ABV, 6.5/6.5); Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre

(Milton, Del., 8% ABV, 8.5/8.5;

Sierra Nevada Ovila Dubbel

(Chico, Calif., 7.5% ABV, 7/6.5); Legacy Dear Abbey Dubbel

(Reading, Pa., 7.5% ABV, 7.5/7);

New Belgium Abbey (Fort Col-

lins, Colo., 7% ABV, 8/7.5) and

Goose Island Pere Jacques (Chi-

cago, Ill., 8 percent ABV, 7.5/7).

But it was another, perhaps more surprising genre of music that has helped to shape Reeves’ sound over the course of her successful career. “When I first started performing in Los Angeles, I worked on a project with Caldera and with Eduardo de Barrio from Argentina,” Reeves said. Caldera was an American jazz-funk band with a heavy Latin influence. Reeves said she was immediately drawn to Latin music. “I just loved it,” she said. Reeves’ immersion into the Latin genre continued into the 1980s when Reeves caught the attention of Latin-jazz and salsa musician and composer Tito Puente and Brazilian musician Sérgio Mendes. The Latin influence has remained a constant staple

second and fourth Saturdays, beginner group lesson at 8 p.m., open dancing at 9 p.m., $10 cash at door (all men admitted at half price throughout October), 10111 Darnestown Road, Rockville. 301424-0007, Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339. Swing, Nov. 9, WWII Canteen Dance with the Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra; Dec. 14, Daryl Davis, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, Waltz, Oct. 6, Larry, Elke and Friends; Oct. 20, Gigmeisters, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10,

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Abbe Buck, 7:30 p.m. Oct.

16; Ingratitude: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18; The Fabulous Hubcabs, 8 p.m. Oct. 19; Deaf Dog and the Indictments & Feels So Good Band, 7 p.m. Oct. 20, call for tickets, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Buskin & Batteau, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17; Furever (film), 8 p.m. Oct. 18;

in Reeves’ career and a personal favorite even though she said she doesn’t always understand the lyrics. “Miriam Makeba, Celia Cruz, all of these people that I ended up listening to and hearing them in concert and stuff and not really knowing what they’re saying,” Reeves said. “There were records I would play over and over and over again and started to understand the power of music is beyond words.” Reeves honors the universal language of music in “Tango,” a track off of “Beautiful Life.” “‘Tango’ is a wordless song and it is inspired by all of the records I have in my collection of people’s music who I love ...” Reeves said. While the Latin feel of “Beauti-

The Spooky Magic of Joe Romano, 1 p.m. Oct. 19; Carolyn Malachi, 8 p.m. Oct. 19; Julie Fowlis, 8 p.m. Oct. 25-26, call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, Fillmore Silver Spring, Rusko — The Lift Off Tour with Special Guests Roni Size and Dynamite MC, 8 p.m. Oct. 18; Aaron Carter, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301-960-9999,, www.

Institute of Musical Traditions — Takoma Park, Celtic Voices:

Lisa Moscatiello, Barbara Tresidder Ryan & Loralyn Coles, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16; Takoma Park Community Center, call for prices, times, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, 301-960-3655, Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, Avril Smith,

Becky Warren & Friends, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. Oct. 16, 22-23, 29-30; Loren Westbrook-Fritts, rock cellist, with Primitivity, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16; Franz Ferdinand, 8 p.m. Oct. 17; Dianne Reeves, 8 p.m. Oct. 18; The D.C. Arts Scene and Beyond, 10 a.m. Oct. 19; BSO: Romantic Tchaikovsky, 8 p.m. Oct. 19; Kids EuroFestival: Have you Ever Been? Marco Bonisimo, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. Oct. 20; Beijing Symphony Orchestra, 7 p.m. Oct. 20; The Mancuso-Suzda Project, avant garde jazz duo, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23; BSO: Brahms’ Third Symphony, 8 p.m. Oct. 24; Maurice Steger Trio, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25; WPAS: Yuja Wang, piano, 8 p.m. Oct. 25; Mandolin Workshop: Crossover Techniques for Bach, Bluegrass and Beyond, 10 a.m. Oct. 26; Ikebana: Japanese Flower Power Workshop, noon, Oct. 26; National Philharmonic: Mostly Schumann - Zuill Bailey Cello Recital, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 26; National Philharmonic: Romantic Sentiments, 8 p.m. Oct. 26; National Philharmonic: Romantic Sentiments, 3 p.m. Oct. 27; Voice, 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Oct. 30-31; Chris Thile, 8 p.m. Oct. 30; Bootsy Collins, 8 p.m. Oct. 31, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301581-5100,

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “Goodnight Moon,” to Oct. 27, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, Imagination Stage, “Lulu and the Brontosaurus,” to Oct. 27, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www.imaginationstage. org Olney Theatre Center, Bedlam Theatre presents “Hamlet” and “Saint Joan,” to Oct. 20, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400,

ful Life” is nothing new for Reeves, the record’s soulful vibe is. “I wanted a record that had a fresh kind of framework around it,” Reeves said. “Be myself but do something that is new and current ... I had never done a soulful infused record ... it was something different.” Whether it’s her familiar Latin feel or the less familiar soulful sound audiences connect with Friday night, Reeves said she hopes people leave “uplifted.” “When I’m in front of them, I’m uplifted,” Reeves said. “Given the times we’re in ... hopefully it’s a place where they can feel really, really good and forget what’s going on for a minute and have some peace.”

DIANNE REEVES n When: 8 p.m. Friday n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $29-$70 n For information: 301-5815100, strathmore. org

and corporate events. When school is in session, Romano travels to elementary schools as far north as Long Island, N.Y., and as far south as Richmond, Va., for his program “Books: The Magic is Real!” Romano started the program in 1998 and teaches academic subjects such as reading and math

and character education and conflict resolution through illusions and magic tricks. “You have to find that balance,” Romano said. “When it comes to the entertainment portion, I’m really looking at the kids and for the educational aspect, I’m looking at the teachers.”

One of the leading school shows in the Northeast, Romano hopes to expand “The Magic is Real!” to schools in other states across the country. “We sold a license [for the show] to someone in Seattle. That’s the first step in franchising our show,” Romano said. “I think I’d like to expand our

brand more in other states.” Romano also has his eyes set on TV. “I wouldn’t mind giving ‘America’s Got Talent’ a shot,” he said. While “America’s Got Talent” reaches an older audience, Romano’s already managed to capture the attention of his

younger fans. “I think I know what kids kind of gravitate toward ...” he said. “To keep kids’ attention for 45 minutes is a challenge ... It’s a challenge to combine a message with magic and I like that. It’s a fun thing to do.”

their lives, we farm songs.” Stay and Quinn spent most of last year on the road, traveling from place to place performing. The two read a lot of different books during their travels. “There’s a lot of downtime when you’re on the road and we both like to read,” Stay said. “It’s a small van, so we only have a certain number of books. We were reading the same books

over the course of a week and we’d chat about them. I thought it would just be fun if we saw where those stories took us.” From those conversations came Friction Farm’s latest album, “I Read Your Book,” a collection of songs inspired by those books. The books ranged in theme from “The Voyage of the Beagle” to “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.”

“[We didn’t do it] with the intent of making a CD,” Stay said. “It was, ‘Let’s make some songs and see what it does for us musically and just put it aside.’ In the end, we came up with … songs based on the books. “It’s not necessarily a straight line from the book to the song.” For those who have never had the chance to see Friction

Farm perform, Stay said nothing can quite compare to a live show. “Obviously, we’re going to play music from this CD and the previous ones,” Stay said. “The reason I think people should come out to a live show, rather than just buy the CD, is that it’s a very different experience. We do a lot of chatting with the audience and talk about where the

songs come from and our life on the road. We sort of feed off their energy in terms of figuring out where the set list is going to go. It’s a very different experience than sitting on your own and listening. It’s more energetic, it’s more spontaneous. It’s very much a cooperative effort with the audience.”

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TELECOM PROJECT ENGINEER 3CLogic Inc. has Telecom Project Engineer positions available in Rockville, MD (8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday, 40 hrs/wk) Duties: Gather customer requirements, produce functional designs for product/cross-platform features, write architectural and engineering specifications, provide technical direction, and train/mentor engineers for 3CLogic’s enterprise product offerings development. Participate in Application Design sessions with business and technical teams. drive issue resolution, create test plans and perform system testing to ensure that the offered solution meets customer’s business needs. Interface with vendor/partners (carriers, service partners), as required, to test interoperability, troubleshoot, escalate and resolve problems and/or outages in service. Implement complex engineering prototypes, set up and configure changes of enterprise call center projects for new and existing customers. Design and configure the Interactive-Voice-Response for contact centers. Configure network devices for network interoperability and carrier provisioning between 3CLogic network and customer carrier networks. Perform design reviews on an ongoing basis to maximize performance, ensure business satisfaction, and alignment with IT strategy. Some domestic and international travel required. Job duties can be performed remotely from home. Position requires a Master’s degree or foreign equivalent degree in Electrical/Telecommunication Engineering, Computer Science or related. Knowledge of IP suite of protocols, Telecommunications Engineering and web technologies such as HTML gained through experience, training, or course work. Annual salary: $110,989.00/year. (Standard Benefits include: health benefits, sick leave, vacation) Submit resumes to: Recruitment & Employment Office, 3CLogic Inc., Attn: Job Ref#: CLO42118, P.O. Box 56625, Atlanta, GA 30343.


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Friends House Retirement Community located in Sandy Spring, MD is seeking a dynamic, outgoing and organized individual to join our team. The ideal candidate is one who is capable of meeting and connecting with people, has high energy, is resultoriented and is experience in a healthcare or senior living environment. Position requirements: Developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising program and marketing events. Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent 3-5 related experience in fundraising. Strong communication and organizational skills are required. We offer a comprehensive benefits package. Please email resume and salary requirements to: EOE

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Your neighborhood bakery-café, is currently seeking ALL POSITIONS for our new Bethesda location (on Wisconsin Ave next to Modell’s). We are looking for cashiers, sandwich/salad makers, prep associates, dishwashers and dining room crew as well as catering coordinators.

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

Ideal candidates will be experienced in dealing with the public in a customer service capacity, bring enthusiastic energy, and capable of multi-tasking. Flexible full and part-time positions available for shifts ranging from early mornings and mid-days to evenings and weekends. We offer a competitive hourly wage and other employee benefits.

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SOCIAL WORK/ SERVICE COORDINATOR Provides intake, assessments and referrals for senior citizens. Responsible for Manna Food, volunteer and educational programs. Exp. working with senior a plus. Bachelors Degree preferred. Flexible 15-18 hrs per week.

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Monday - Friday for two year old classroom in Potomac, Md. Experience and four year degree and plus! Great work environment! Contact Angela 301-335-1924 Part-Time

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