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Starr: $1.6 billion HE WILL GO ALL THE WAY needed for new school projects Devonte Williams of Potomac’s Bullis School ﬁnds an open lane on his way to a late ﬁrst-half touchdown in Saturday’s 24-0 defeat of Landon School in Bethesda. See high school football coverage, Page B-3.
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TO TEAMMATE Teen survives Sierra Leone’s civil war to ﬁnd a place in school community in Potomac
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In talking with Memuna Mansaray McShane, a junior at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac with a bright smile and a positive outlook on the world, no one would immediately guess what she’s been through. Though you might be able to tell by looking at her. On Sept. 18, standing in the front of an auditorium with her teachers and classmates listening carefully, she ﬁnally revealed the answers to so many questions about her life. Why was she adopted? Where is she from? And what happened to her arm? Memuna’s story began 17 years prior in Sierra Leone. In 1996, Memuna was born amid a civil war between the government and anti-government rebels had already been violently tearing the nation apart for ﬁve years. At age 2, she and her family were hiding in a mosque in Freetown, the nation’s capital, when members of a rebel militia came in with guns and the intent to kill. The militants fatally shot Memuna’s mother and grandmother while she was in her grandmother’s arms. Bullets also shattered Memuna’s right arm, which doctors were later forced to amputate. Little did Memuna know that this would be the turning point in her life. She was placed into a refugee camp, but not for long. Little Memuna ﬁt the description that the president of Sierra Leone was looking for — young, cute
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Will increase county supplement for poorer households BY
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County is restoring a tax break for low-income working families. The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bill requiring an increase in the county’s
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Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said he prioritized adding classroom space in his newly proposed $1.55 billion Capital Improvements Program for ﬁscal years 2015 to 2020. “We are bursting at the seams,” he said Monday at Highland Elementary School in Silver Spring, which is at maximum capacity. Starr said the school system needs $2.2 billion to cover all of its capital improvement needs for the six-year period. He is proposing a $1.55 billion program, he said, because the county is currently facing “ﬁscal restraints” and the school system is not getting the funding it deserves from the state. The proposed program is about $184 million higher than the current program, which cov-
ers ﬁscal years 2013 to 2018. Starr said the program addresses the school system’s ongoing, significant enrollment growth with a recommendation for 14 new classroom addition projects. The plan also maintains schedules for other, previously approved capacity projects, including ﬁve new schools. Since 2007, he said, the school system has grown by 14,000 students; another 11,000 are expected over the next six years. Even if the program were fully funded, Starr said, 13 school clusters are expected to be over capacity in ﬁscal 2020. Fifteen school clusters in the system are over capacity this ﬁscal year. Most of the school system’s growth has occurred in elementary schools, he said. Of the 14 classroom addition projects, 12 are proposed for elementary schools. Starr recommended ﬁve addition projects at elementary schools in the Downcounty
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First of four forums held Monday at Paint Branch High BY
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Memuna Mansaray McShane is a varsity athlete at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac.
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Working Families Income Supplement, which provides money to taxpayers working at or near the poverty level. The increase could help people make a car payment they otherwise might have missed, which could have jeopardized their ability to get to work and put their job at risk, said Councilman Hans Riemer (DAt Large) of Silver Spring, who sponsored the bill. Many community groups in the county strongly supported the bill, Riemer said.
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A county memorandum on the issue reported that representatives of Catholic Charities, the Justice and Advocacy Council of Montgomery County, Progressive Maryland and Maryland Hunger Solutions, among other groups, supported the bill at a July public hearing. Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) of Garrett Park said she’s always voted for a full match by the county, and
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More than 150 people attended the ﬁrst of four community forums about changes to school start and end times held Monday at Paint Branch High School in Silver Spring. Parents, students, and teachers were given the opportunity to share their opinions about Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s recommendations to move the start time for the school system’s high schools back 50 minutes, from 7:25 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.; move the middle school ﬁrst bell from 7:55 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., and keep elementary school start times the same, but extend the day by 30 minutes. “We can’t charge up and make changes without hearing people’s opinion and how it
impacts them,” said John Matthews, chairman of the 2013 Bell Times Work Group. The group, formed in December 2012, studied the bell times’ impact on students’ sleep habits. “First we want to ﬁnd out what they think. Then next, we want to ﬁnd out what is the impact on them,” Matthews said, adding that the goal is to ﬁnd out if the impacts are going to be signiﬁcant enough to “make us want to do something different or supportive enough to make us want to continue with a plan like this.” During the meeting, some of the challenges mentioned by the community were the impact on parents who rely on older children to take care of their siblings before they come home from work; loss of family quality time for very young children; parents of high school children who will have to stay home for an additional hour, and safety issues with more adolescents driving
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tinues to work with her Future Link mentor to stay on track. — SYLVIA CARIGNAN
County honors Glen Echo nonproﬁt Montgomery College graduate Aisha Kiggundu said she lacked guidance in her life when she came to the U.S. without her parents. Kiggundu immigrated to the U.S. when she was 17, leaving her parents behind in Uganda. She didn’t know what she wanted in a career, or who would help her search, until she heard about the Future Link program from a friend. “I didn’t know what I was doing in college, or what I was planning on actually studying,” she said. Future Link helps disadvantaged youth in Montgomery County avoid unemployment and homelessness through individual mentoring. Kiggundu said her mentor helped her discover occupational therapy. “I just felt like this was ... something perfect,” she said. Her Future Link mentor pushed her to get better grades and stay on track while she worked to transfer to Towson University. The Montgomery County Council presented the Glen Echo nonproﬁt with a proclamation this month that recognized its ﬁfth anniversary. According to Executive Director Mindi Jacobson, more than 200 young adults have graduated from its oneyear mentoring program. “My mentor is like family to me,” Kiggundu said. The program’s staff set up informational interviews for Kiggundu and took her on site visits to local hospitals to help her ﬁnd the right career. She lived in Germantown while she was enrolled at Montgomery College, but has since moved closer to Towson to continue her education there. She is now training as an occupational therapist. Jacobson said Kiggundu has “taken charge of her life” and con-
Bethesda man is church music director Matthew Robertson, who graduated in 2005 from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, is the new director of music ministries at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda. The church has nurtured the careers of several national and local musicians, including organist Donald Sutherland and soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson. Robertson comes to Bradley Hills from Grace Church in Haddonﬁeld, N.J., where he was director of music and artistic director for the Haddonﬁeld Center and School for the Performing Arts. Robertson holds a bachelor’s of music in organ performance from Oberlin (Ohio) College Conservatory. In 2012, he received a master’s of music in choral conducting from the Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Bradley Hills Church has a 650-member congregation and a nursery school. Robertson will direct the Bradley Hills Friends of Music Concert Series, which opens Saturday.
Kensington nonproﬁt hits spaying milestone Rock Creek Cats, a Kensington nonproﬁt dedicated to helping feral and stray cats, recently reached a milestone by spaying or neutering its 1,000th cat. Most of these surgeries have occurred during the past few years. Through a process known as trap-neuter-return, Rock Creek Cats humanely traps feral cats, has them spayed or neutered and vaccinated, and returns them to their outdoor environment, while ensuring they have food and shelter. The program reduces births, preventing the feral population from getting out of control and reducing the number of cats who end
EVENTS Ethnic Food Festival and Bazaar, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., St. Mark Orthodox Church, 7124 River Road, Bethesda, also 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 2 and noon-4 p.m. Nov. 3. Free admission. 301-2296300.
“An Ordinary Hero” Documentary Screening, 6:30 p.m., Bullis School,
10601 Falls Road, Potomac. Documentary about a Freedom Rider. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. All Souls Bilingual Vigil, 7-8:30 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Ascension,
CORRECTION An Oct. 23 story about Community Service Week had an incorrect Web address for the Montgomery County Volunteer Center’s website, which is www.montgomeryserves.org.
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205 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-948-0122.
Singer Songwriter Concert Series, 7:30-10 p.m., The Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. $25 per concert, admission for each concert and workshop combined is $45. 301258-6394. Guys and Dolls, 8-10:15 p.m., F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. $22; $20 for seniors and students. 240-314-8690.
SATURDAY, NOV. 2 15th Annual “Living With Breast Cancer” Symposium, 8:30 a.m.-noon,
Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Free, registration required. www.suburbanhospital. org/events. Senior Health Fair, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Brighton Gardens of Tuckerman Lane, 5550 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-897-8566. Big Book Sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free admission. 301-984-3187.
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Aisha Kiggundu, a recent Montgomery College graduate, was mentored through Future Link of Glen Echo. up in overloaded, so-called highkill shelters.
Scouts launch food drive this week It’s time for Scouting for Food. Starting Saturday, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts across the county will deliver empty plastic bags in their neighborhoods, along with a ﬂier explaining the Scouting for Food campaign. A week later, on Nov. 9, the Scouts will collect ﬁlled bags and deliver them to one of several collection points, where they will be loaded into trucks for Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg, the main Holiday Marketplace and Silent Auction, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Covenant
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p.m., Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda. $10, free for students. 301-493-8300, ext. 207. Come to the Cabaret, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. $20, $15 for seniors and students. 301365-2850. Pianist Finghin Collins, 8 p.m., Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda. Free. 301-320-2770.
SUNDAY, NOV. 3 Walking Tour, 2-3:30 p.m., Clara Barton Community Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John. A history walk to sites from the mid-1800s. $5, reservation required. 301-340-2825. 38th Rockville 10K/5K, 8:30 a.m., King Farm Village Center, 403 Redland Blvd., Rockville. $33 online through Oct. 31, $35 at packet pick-up Nov. 2, $40 day-of. 240-314-8620.
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DEATHS Angelo Mangano Angelo Mangano, 60, died Oct. 7, 2013. A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Aspen Hill. A celebration of life will follow from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Lincoln Park Community Center, 357 Frederick Ave., Rockville.
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Richard Darnell Young, 51, of Germantown, died Oct. 23, 2013. Snowden Funeral Home in Rockville handled the arrangements.
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At Potomac Presbyterian Church, it’s all about the people and has been for 50 years, since the congregation formed. “Usually, churches are planted by the presbytery, but in our case, the Presbyterians of Potomac went to the presbytery and asked for a church,” Pastor Sean Miller said. That was in 1963. The congregation is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with an anniversary dinner Friday and a special service Sunday. “The dinner is celebrating our past,” Miller said. “The worship service is about God leading us into the future.” The church held its ﬁrst service on Jan. 27, 1963, at Potomac Elementary School, next to the current church building at 10301 River Road, and met there until the spring of 1967, when the church was completed. Miller said he likes stories of
the early days of the church that show its beginning was “a little messy.” “They were determined to make the church a reality,” he said. The church was built on land donated by the Hyde family, he said, but was told it might be too wet to build on. Evidently, it was not; the church has stood ﬁrm since 1967, though Miller said it does sometimes have trouble with mold. “I’ve heard stories of brides walking in on planks of wood to keep their dresses [out of the mud],” Miller said. Alice Smith, 87, who now lives at Asbury
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she has been a member of the church longer than anyone else still there. She and her husband joined in 1966. She still attends regularly. “It’s home,” she said. “It’s where your friends are and where your children were raised.” She said she likes that the congregation is made up of people from different cultures, it’s a place for young people to
come together and all ages are welcome. “Even though I am a widow, I don’t feel left out,” she said. Over the church’s 50 years, Potomac Presbyterian, with 420 current members, has had ﬁve senior pastors, including Kerry Stoltzfus, a pastor emeritus who served from 1985 to 2009. “When the congregation ﬁrst started, all the energy was focused on the congregation and its people,” Stoltzfus said. “As the years go on, it looked more outside itself, [developing] ministries.” The church was a founding member of Community Ministries of Montgomery County, now Interfaith Works, he said, and hosted a group of homeless men and women for one week each year. They came each day for dinner, spent the night with the men in the church hall and the women in the education wing, and left the next day after breakfast. “The most amazing week,” he said, “was one week when we got one of the most amazing blizzards. Our guests couldn’t leave, nothing was moving, and the people who were preparing the food couldn’t get out either.
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Kendra Grams, associate pastor of Potomac Presbyterian Church, chats with Potomac residents and church members Philip and Sharon Shively and their son, Robert, 9, during a celebration Sunday of the church’s 50th anniversary. We used everyone’s four-wheel drive to pick up food and deliver it and we all played games and talked. It’s one of the events that’s still talked about. It was a great experience.” Stoltzfuss said three things he thinks keep the church vibrant and growing: it’s family
friendly, it offers a traditional worship service and there is an emphasis on mission outreach. He said he thinks those characteristics will keep the church vibrant in the future. “I don’t think the need will change. People look for that,” he said.
Unity Disposal workers also to return to work
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Linda Rieger (left), beautiﬁcation chairwoman of the River Falls Community Association and president of the Potomac Village Garden Club, educates Tiffany Rodney and her children Isabelle and Rainier Johnson about invasive plant species that threaten the native plants and trees in their River Falls community. About a dozen neighbors in the Potomac community spent the early morning hours Saturday cleaning the forest conservation area of their community and ﬁnding real treasure as they worked — silver dishes stolen in a nearby residential burglary.
Workers at Gaithersburg’s Potomac Disposal were set to return to work Oct. 30 after reaching an agreement with the company’s management to end a strike that lasted 10 days. Potomac owner Lee Levine said the company was “thrilled” to have the issue resolved. The strike was hard on the workers and the company, but both sides worked hard and were able to come to a mutual agreement, Levine said. Nicole Duarte, a spokeswoman for Laborers International Union of North America Mid-Atlantic Regional Organizing Coalition, called Tuesday’s agreement “a very fair compromise.” The company agreed to pay raises for workers, one paid holiday and sick and vacation days for workers, but weren’t able to agree on a plan to provide affordable health insurance, according to a release from the union. In the release, LiUNA Vice President and Regional Manager Dennis Martire said the agreement was a good example of what can happen when workers stand together to reach a fair compromise with an employer. But he said he was disappointed that Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett wouldn’t support a plan to offer the workers affordable health insurance. County spokesman Patrick Laceﬁeld said the county had
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been very supportive, holding meetings with Potomac and auditing the company to ensure it pays workers a living wage required by the county. “We have never been asked, by either side, to give more money,” Laceﬁeld said. If the county adds more money to the contract to provide for health care, it could face issues with companies who had bid for the contract, claiming the county had changed the rules in the middle of the game, Laceﬁeld said. He noted that the sevenyear contract had only been bid two years ago. The county has hundreds of contractors, many of whom would probably like money added to their contracts, Laceﬁeld said. “If you do for one, are you going to have to do for all?” he asked. Workers at Laurel’s Unity Disposal and Recycling, which also provided trash service for the county, also were scheduled to report to work Wednesday, after an 11-day strike when dozens were terminated after protesting the ﬁring of an employee who had helped advocate for a union, Duarte said. The majority of Unity workers have expressed an interest in being part of a union, but management hasn’t responded to their request, she said. The company has expressed a willingness to allow the workers back, and they have decided to return to work while continuing to work toward union representation, Duarte said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Liz Matory said she is not running against the incumbents, she is running for the position. The Silver Spring Democrat, 33, said she is deﬁnitely running for the Maryland House of Delegates from District 18 in Montgomery County, though she has not yet ﬁled as a candidate with the state Board of Elections. “I’m running to represent the whole district,” Matory said. “Our district is pretty diverse, with the afﬂuence of some and the aspirations of others.” She said she has already started knocking on doors, introducing herself and talking to neighbors. “I’m encouraged and inspired by everyone I’ve met,” she said. “People said it was hard to run against incumbents, but I use that to energize me. Voters pick incumbents. I need to get them to remember Elizabeth Matory.” District 18, which includes
Kensington, Chevy Chase, Garrett Park, Wheaton and parts of Silver Spring and Rockville, is represented in Annapolis by state Sen. Richard Madaleno (D) of Kensington and Dels. Alfred C. Carr of Kensington, Ana Sol Gutierrez (D) of Chevy Chase and Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher (D) of Kensington. So far, according to the Maryland State Matory Board of Elections website, only Carr has ﬁled as a candidate. The primary election is June 24, 2014, and the general election will be Nov. 4, 2014. A Washington native, Matory graduated from Sidwell Friends School in 1998, Columbia University in 2002 with a degree in history and Howard University SchoolofLawin2006.Sheiscurrently working on her MBA at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business which she expects to receive in May 2014. She has lived in Montgomery County for nine years. Matory’sworkexperienceincludes helping to found the Excel Academy in
Southeast Washington, the first all-girls charterschoolintheDistrict. “I did everything short of teaching,” she said. “Community outreach, making sure our grants were in and planning ﬁeld trips.” After one year at Excel Academy she returned to Howard Law as director of development, then worked, most recently, as marketing and business affairs executive for Altavoz, an entertainment distribution company in Rockville. She said the biggest issue with the people she has met so far is the Purple Line. “We [in District 18] are big environmentalists so we know the need for mass transportation, but we also enjoy nature,” she said. “This is a time for transition. [People] want to make sure we have the least environmental impact.” Other issues Matory sees facing the people of her district are enhancing education to meet the needs of a diverse population, assisting the growing numbers of elderly residents ﬁnd the resources they need and solving the energy problem of power outages. “Energy is always a hot topic,” she said. “I’d like to work with other
stakeholders to supplement the [power] grid. I’m thinking if we had micro grids, they could increase resilience to power loss.” Matory said she has always been interested in politics but became more aware of the importance of state ofﬁce while volunteering this past summer with Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s campaign for governor. She decided this would be a good time to run. “I’m single, have no children and I don’t need to wait for an opening,” she said. She said she hopes to run a grass roots campaign, keeping costs down by not hiring too much outside help. As for those costs, she said she has heard three different numbers. “I heard $150,000, which I think is crazy [high],” she said. “A delegate race should be $30,000, but I’ve also heard anywhere between 80 and $100,000.” She said she hopes to ﬁnance her campaign with fundraisers and through donations from family and friends. email@example.com
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InBrief Chevy Chase gets new early voting site The Montgomery County Board of Elections approved nine early voting sites for the 2014 primary and general elections. They include one in Chevy Chase, at the Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center, and one in Rockville, at the county’s Executive Ofﬁce Building. For information, call 240-777-8526.
Donate Halloween candy to the troops Bethesda nonproﬁt MoverMoms is planning its seventh annual Treats-4-Troops candy collection Friday through Nov. 10. This regionwide collection of Halloween candy gives kids a way to learn about sharing, gets excess Halloween candy out of people’s homes and ofﬁces, and provides a treat for U.S. troops abroad, as it is packed into Christmas stockings by Boatsie’s Boxes of West Virginia. All types of wrapped candy and snack foods are accepted. Here are the drop-off locations in the county: • Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, in driveway on East-West Highway, Bethesda, and Walt Whitman High School, Whittier Boulevard, Bethesda, both from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Friday through Nov. 10, candy can be dropped off at any time at the following locations: • Whole Foods Market, 5269 River Road, Bethesda. • 7101 Loch Lomond Drive, Bethesda. • 6423 79th St., Cabin John. • 10801 Larkmeade Lane, Potomac. • 7300 Brookstone Court, Potomac. • 5408 Huntington Parkway, Bethesda. • 8011 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda. • 4900 Fort Sumner Drive, Bethesda. For more information, call 301-367-4815.
Olympic panel honors Katie Ledecky The U.S. Olympic Committee has named Bethesda swimmer Katie Ledecky SportsWoman of the Year. A 2012 Olympic gold medalist, Ledecky also won four gold medals while setting two world records at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. She broke world records in the 1,500- and 800-meter freestyle events, and also won gold in the 400 freestyle and 800 freestyle relay. She also was awarded the Phillips 66 Performance of the Year Award for her world-record performance in the 1,500, where she eclipsed the previous mark by more than six seconds. The Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart senior also won gold with an American record in the 400 freestyle, becoming the ﬁrst U.S. woman to break the four-minute mark in the event. Ledecky is just the second woman, and ﬁrst American, to sweep the three freestyle races at a single world championships, earning the FINA Trophy as the highest-scoring female swimmer of the meet. Additionally, she won three national titles and became the ﬁrst American woman to qualify for the world championships in the 200-, 400-, 800- and 1,500-freestyle events.
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Cousins Samary Morales (left), 10, and Abigail Bermudez, 10, both of Gaithersburg, gather pumpkins from the ﬁeld Friday afternoon during the 33rd annual Pumpkin Festival at Butler’s Orchard in Germantown. The seasonal celebration is held on weekends every October. Last weekend was the last of the season.
Carr ﬁrst District 18 incumbent to ﬁle for re-election Democrat wants better government oversight of utilities n
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Alfred C. Carr Jr. is the ﬁrst of District 18’s three incumbent delegates to ﬁle for re-election, but he expects the other incumbents to run again in 2014, too. “We work well together and are actually friends outside work,” he said, referring to Dels. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D) of Chevy Chase and Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher (D) of Kensington. Carr, who will be 48 on Saturday, has served as a state delegate since 2007. “I enjoy being able to make a difference, to change things for the
better,” he said. “I enjoy helping people with constituent services and I enjoy learning new things.” Carr, a Democrat, said he tends to focus on environmental and quality of life issues and has introduced a number of bills dealing with transportation, bicycle CARR safety, and the environment during his time as delegate. He has served on the House Environmental Matters Committee since his election. If re-elected, he said, he would continue working on “better oversight of utilities — Pepco, WSSC, and Washington Gas. I don’t think
the current [oversight] process has worked well. We’ve allowed Pepco’s infrastructure to deteriorate. I don’t think there is enough opportunity for the people to participate.” Carr also said he thinks there is more work to be done for balanced transportation policies, through improvingMetroandMARCtrainservice and building better bicycle routes. “The old ways of thinking for transportation aren’t working anymore,” he said. Carr said he spent a “little less than $100,000” on his last campaign and thinks this one will be about the same. “I’ve been fortunate that my campaign funding comes almost exclusively from local, small donors,” he said. “I expect I won’t have trouble raising enough to tell people who I am and what I’ve
done.” Carr lives in Kensington. His wife, Barrie Carr, teaches nursery school. They have three sons, ages 11, 7 and 3. He grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and has lived in Montgomery County for 20 years. He studied electrical engineering at the University of Rochester in New York and is now a full-time legislator. District 18 includes Kensington, Chevy Chase, Garrett Park, Wheaton and parts of Silver Spring and Rockville. Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D) of Kensington, who also represents District 18, ﬁled last week to run for re-election — six days after Carr ﬁled. The primary election will be June 24 and the general election Nov. 4, 2014.
Complete report at www.gazette.net The following is a summary of incidents in the Potomac area to which Montgomery County police responded recently. The words “arrested” and “charged” do not imply guilt. This information was provided by the county.
1ST DISTRICT Armed robbery • On Oct. 10 at 9:45 a.m. at Twinbrook Metro, 1600 Chapman Ave., Rockville. The subjects assaulted the victim and unsuccessfully attempted to take property. Auto theft • On Oct. 8 between 9 a.m. and noon in the 15000 block of Gretna Dreen Drive, Darnestown. No further information provided. • On Oct. 11 between 5 and 11:30 p.m. in the 5600 block of Fishers Lane, Rockville. No further information provided. Auto theft and commercial burglary • On Oct. 12 between 3:43 and 4:18 a.m. at a BP station, 1910 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Forced entry, took property and a vehicle. Drug and weapons offense • On Oct. 11 at 10:28 p.m. in the 12300 block of Triple Crown Road, North Potomac. Police arrested six men. Residential burglary • 400 block of Autumn Wind Way, Rockville, on Oct. 14 or Oct. 15. Took property from a garage. Vehicle larceny • 5900 block of Vandegrift Avenue, Rockville, between 12:05 and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 8. Took a backpack.
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In trying to save lives, mother honors daughter Draft board ready for Gwen Ward and Safe Kids Worldwide speaking out against distracted walking n
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There are no markers, no cross, ﬂowers or stuffed teddy bears along Md. 118 in Germantown where Christina MorrisWard, 15, died a year ago after being struck by a car. But part of her mother’s heart is there. Gwen Ward is working for pedestrian safety so no other parent will go through what she has. Ward has partnered with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation and with Safe Kids Worldwide in a campaign against distracted walking, which Christina was doing before she was hit. The campaign is called “Moment of Silence.” Students are urged to put down or turn off their electronic devices as they are about to cross a street. During school lunch breaks and after school, she has stood on the same corner where Christina died to remind students to take that moment of silence and be aware of their surroundings when they cross the street. She has passed out reflectors for them to clip onto their jackets or backpacks. “Its been difficult, but its been therapeutic,” Ward said. “[I’m involved] to help prevent this from happening again.” Ward said she was at work on the morning of Oct. 31 when her son called to say Christina had been in an accident and he
was going to the hospital. That was all she knew when she arrived at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. It was not long before she heard the bad news that she had died. “Our kids are precious, and to lose someone that young is really devastating,” Ward said. “I never expected my daughter would not come home.” Ward said that after putting stories together from witnesses and the police, she learned that Christina was wearing dark clothes. It was early morning, not quite daylight, when she was walking to school. Christina was looking down at her cellphone and had earphones in. She was not in a crosswalk as she crossed the eight-lane road. Those conditions and actions increase the chance of pedestrian collisions, said Jeff Dunckel, pedestrian safety coordinator for the Montgomery County Department of Transportation. “Sadly, she paid the ultimate price,” he said. Dunckel said vigilance by drivers and pedestrians is “a two-way street.” “We are trying to get drivers to be aware that pedestrians may not be where they expect to see them,” he said. Kate Carr, president of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries to children. said she heard about Ward’s work with Montgomery County’s transportation department and asked if she was willing to help students nationwide by sharing her story. “She’s been really willing to
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Gwen Ward, pauses at the spot on Md. 118 in Germantown, where her daughter Christina Morris-Ward, 15, was struck by a car and killed last Halloween on her way to Seneca Valley High School. Ward is speaking out through Safe Kids Worldwide to encourage young people to pause before crossing a street and turn off electronic devices as part of the group’s “Moment of Silence” campaign against distracted walking. get involved. We developed our Moment of Silence campaign with her in honor of Christina,” said Gary Karton, the director of communications for Safe Kids Worldwide. The need is great, Carr said. Safe Kids conducted an observational study in 17 states during the 2012-13 school year involving 34,325 students walking to school. “One in five high schools students was distracted by an electronic device and one in eight middle schoolers,” she said. “There are a lot of campaigns against distracted driving. [We need one] for distracted walking.” In Montgomery County,
Dunckel said, information from 2010 to 2012 shows 172 pedestrian collisions within a halfmile of Montgomery County high schools, 30 of them involving high-school-aged kids. “This is the time of year that we have an increase in pedestrian collisions,” he said. “We think it’s because more people are out when it’s dark,” Pedestrians will stand out more near trafﬁc if they wear light-colored clothing or have on something reﬂective. That is why Ward stood on the corner giving out reﬂectors and talking to students. “I want them to be safe,” she said. “I just want to get this message out.”
Delaney infrastructure bill gains House support Congressman says bill is close to gaining bipartisan supporters in Senate
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
One of Rep. John Delaney’s ﬁrst major pieces of legislation, aimed at funding improvements to America’s infrastructure, continues to move along through the legislative process, gathering support from members of both parties in the House of Representatives and coming close to a similar achievement in the Senate. Delaney’s bill would create new infrastructure bonds and try to attract corporate investments by allowing companies to repatriate some overseas earnings without taxes if they buy bonds.
Delaney believes the bill would result in a way to fund infrastructure projects without any federal appropriations. The bill has attracted cosponsors in the House from both parties, Delaney said on Oct. 21. According to a Library of Congress database, the bill had gained 22 Democratic cosponsors and 24 Republican cosponsors. Delaney (D-Dist. 6) of Potomac said it was also close to getting bipartisan support in the Senate. It’s also gotten support from chambers of commerce, labor groups and more than 30 transportation groups, Delaney said. The bill was recently discussed at a forum Delaney attended that was sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute and Third Way, which pro-
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motes moderate policy ideas through “pragmatic solutions and principled compromise.” The bill has been assigned to the House’s Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
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William Hill of Germantown wanted a way to support the military, but as a civilian. He found it in September by joining the Montgomery County Draft Board. Although the draft has been inactive since the Vietnam War, Hill is one of about 11,000 volunteers who make up local, district and national boards in case Congress calls for a draft. Montgomery County board member Don Libes said the primary function of the draft board today is to visit post offices to ensure that they have proper materials and posters to help men fulﬁll their requirement of registering with the Selective Service System upon turning 18. “It’s part of our defense structure,” said Matthew Tittmann, public affairs specialist with the Selective Service System. “To maintain this complex system and ensure equity, we need to register men. You can’t start the system on day one and expect it to be operational shortly after that.” Hill saw an ad for the position and decided to apply. He has served as detachment commander for the Sons of the American Legion, and now is the organization’s National Sergeant-at-Arms. Many members of Hill’s family have served in the military, including his father in World War II. Recently, Hill said, he also was appointed to the board of directors of the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training, a Baltimore-based organization that helps homeless veterans and other veterans with training and services.
Men ages 18 through 25 who are U.S. citizens or immigrants living in the United States are required to register with Selective Service, according to the agency’s website. Maryland has 273,861 men whohaveregisteredforthedraft, according to the Selective Service System 2012 report to Congress. Nationwide, that number is nearly 15.7 million men. In the case of a draft, the board is charged with deciding who would be exempt. Part of the board’s work includes training sessions in which they practice various scenarios, Libes said. Exemptions from military service include men who are hospitalized, incarcerated or disabled; those who have a dependency status; and those who are conscientious objectors. Conscientious objectors must oppose all war, rather than have political opposition to particular military actions. To qualify, draft board volunteers must be U.S. citizens, registered with the Selective Service, if male; 18 years or older; not be employed with any law enforcement occupation; not be an active or retired member of the armed forces; and not have a criminal record. Current and former members of the military cannot serve on the boards, said Dick Flahavan, associate director for public and intergovernmental affairs with the Selective Service System. In World War I, the military was responsible for the draft. After the conﬂict, the government sought a third party to organize the draft because “they wanted an honest broker between the civilians and the military.” Margaret Stilke, a Selective Service program analyst, said that when recruiting new board volunteers, the Selective Service looks for “communityminded people, free of bias, with good leadership skills.”
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Gaithersburg to seek historic label for Summit Hall Agencies:
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n Maryland Historic Trust determined the sight to be eligible for designation in 1996 BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER
Summit Hall Farm could soon land on the National Register of Historic Places. Matt Bowling, Gaithersburg’s staff liaison to the city’s Historic District Commission, said the city is planning to submit an application to Maryland Historical Trust to have the Summit Hall Farm property in Bohrer Park be added to the National Register of Historic Places. The action came from the direction of the mayor and council at an Aug. 12 city worksession during which city staff and elected ofﬁcials toured the smokehouse on the site. A spot on the national register would be beneﬁcial for the property, helping to secure additional avenues for funding, according to Bowling. “If we’re ﬁlling out a grant application, sometimes one of the ﬁrst questions is ‘Is the property listed on the National Register of Historic Places?’” he said. “We’d love to be able to say ‘yes.’” With more money ﬂowing in, the city would be able to implement a treatment plan — whether it be stabilization, rehabilitation or restoration — for the site’s tenant house, smokehouse, barn and other structures, Bowling said. In 1996, the Maryland Historical Trust issued a recommendation for eligibility for Summit Hall Farm to be added to the national register. However, to complete the process of designation, the city has to give in an ofﬁcial application. Bowling said the city plans to do so by year’s end. The Determination of Eligibility form, or DOE document, explained that the 57-acre property qualiﬁed for
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Summit Hall Farm’s log smokehouse in Gaithersburg may be named to the National Register of Historic Places. the designation because it met two of the agency’s four criteria. According to the document, the farm was deemed to have made a signiﬁcant contribution to history in general and embodies the look of several historic periods with the characteristics of its exterior. “In its 230-year history, Summit Hall has been associated with signiﬁcant events in such diverse ﬁelds as pioneer settlement, Civil War history, experimental agronomy, astronomy and the area’s social and physical development,” the form states. “Architecturally Summit Hall combines
early 19th century hewn log construction, late Federal/Victorian era additions and a 1937 Classical Revival facade.” While the terms of the document state that the entire property and all of its structures are eligible, it was written before Bohrer Park’s activity center was built. Bowling said the future application would exclude the activity center from the eligibility boundaries. “We’re hoping that they [Maryland Historical Trust] will look at this in conjunction with the determination that was made in 1996,” Bowling said.
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If the Maryland Historical Trust approves the designation of the site, it would become the ﬁfth property in Gaithersburg to be added to the national register. Other properties include the Gaithersburg International Latitude Observatory, Gaithersburg MARC (formerly B&O) station, Thomas and Company Cannery and J.A. Belt Building, according to the National Register of Historic Places database. “It’s really an important ﬁxture in our landscape,” Bowling said.
The judgment of three Wall Street bond rating agencies will allow Montgomery County to retain the highest possible credit rating offered by the ﬁrms. The rating agencies Fitch, Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s each gave the county a AAA rating, the highest one possible, according to a county release. County Executive Isiah Leggett’s ofﬁce announced the ratings Monday. Fitch praised the county’s “multi-year ﬁscal plan that balances current resources against spending,” while Moody’s predicted that Montgomery’s “sizable and diverse tax base will continue to remain strong going forward,” according to the release. Standard and Poor’s was quoted as saying it viewed the county’s management position as strong, with “strong ﬁnancial policies and practices in place,” according to the release. The bond rating lets the county sell longterm bonds at the most favorable rates, and is also factored into other ﬁnancial transactions to allow the county to pay lower rates. Leggett (D) said the AAA rating afﬁrms his decisions to close gaps in the budget, change county health and retirement beneﬁts and boost ﬁnancial reserves, and would let the county make its government more effective and create economic opportunities in the future, according to the release. County Council President Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring said the rating demonstrated a proactive approach by the council and Leggett during hard economic times. email@example.com
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Republican candidate pursuing District 15 delegate seat BY
SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER
Boyds resident Flynn Ficker is drawing on his local experience for his campaign as the only Republican candidate for District 15 delegate. Ficker, 31, describes himself as a “full-time politician” with political expertise from working with his father at his law ofﬁce and in his District 15 campaigns. His father, Robin Ficker, is running for state senator in 2014. Robin and Flynn have formed a slate and are campaigning as Republicans for District 15. The district stretches along the western edge of the county, from Clarksburg to North Potomac. Del. Kathleen Dumais (D) of Rockville, Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo (D) of Boyds and Del. Aruna Miller (D) of Darnestown currently represent District 15. Robin represented District 15 in the House from 1978 to 1982. Flynn is making his ﬁrst run for elected ofﬁce. Flynn said he is watching the battle over Ten Mile Creek in Clarksburg, where environmental groups, developers and the county planning board are debating the number of residential units that should be built in the creek’s watershed. The creek ﬂows into Little Seneca Reservoir, a back-up drinking water supply for the Washington, D.C., region. “If there is development, I want it to be smart development, not something that would damage the environment,” Flynn said. Flynn said he is also concerned about possible delays to school improvements, as proposed by schools Superintendent Joshua Starr on Monday. He agrees with Starr that expansion is needed, but he is con-
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Flynn Ficker cerned that older schools like Poolesville High School, which is in District 15, will have to wait longer for their planned revitalization project. Flynn said he’s also concerned about taxes on small businesses, based on what he’s heard from constituents. He wants to create a tax-friendly environment for small businesses, especially those in the Interstate 270 corridor. “I wouldn’t vote for any tax increases,” he said. Flynn, who is not married, has been an assistant wrestling coach at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville and a camp counselor at Valley Mill Summer Camp in Germantown. He also has worked as a salesperson at the produce stand for his family’s farm and as a deliveryman for a local restaurant, he said. Flynn is currently accepting donations for his campaign, but said he has not planned any fundraiser events yet. He plans to ﬁle with the state to become a District 15 delegate candidate early next year. Dumais, Miller and former delegate Saqib Ali have ﬁled for the 2014 race. Fraser-Hidalgo is serving the remainder of former Del. Brian J. Feldman’s term. Feldman, a Potomac resident, left his delegate seat and became the district’s senator after former Sen. Robert Garagiola (D-Dist. 15) resigned. Primaries will be held in June and the general election will be in November 2014. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Silver Spring Haunted Garden
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Jordan Love, 7, of Silver Spring has his picture taken Friday evening with one of the creatures in the Haunted Garden in Silver Spring.
Dead or alive?
Halloween display back in court for ruling on whether it must shut down forever BY
ALINE BARROS STAFF WRITER
The nearly 2,000 people who squealed, jumped or gasped at the Haunted Garden in Silver Spring this year might be the last group to ever tour the Halloween display if a judge’s decision puts the nail in the display’s cofﬁn. An estimated 700 people visited the garden on Worth Avenue on Friday and 1,000 to 1,500 on Saturday, according to county ofﬁcials. On Oct. 15, Montgomery County District Court Judge Patricia Mitchell ruled that Silver Spring real estate agent Donna Kerr, the organizer of the Halloween extravaganza, could open her 9215 Worth Ave. backyard for visitors only on Oct. 25 and 26, from 6 to 10 p.m., instead of ﬁve days, as Kerr had planned. The ruling came after 19 of Kerr’s neighbors signed a petition asking the county to shut down the display because the narrow roads in their Seven Oaks Evanswood community couldn’t handle the thousands of visitors Kerr expected to visit her free display. On Nov. 5, Mitchell is scheduled to hear a request to close the display permanently. At issue is whether the home-based Halloween display on Worth Avenue was simply a fun way to celebrate the holiday or a real estate marketing effort in disguise. “I’m feeling good. It is a great night,” Kerr said Friday. Outside, two people controlled how many visitors could enter the garden at a time and two were in the back of the garden helping people leave the garden. More Haunted Garden staff were on the street directing trafﬁc. Volunteers also were spread around the backyard to help visitors during their tour. A police ofﬁcer, paid for by Kerr, was at the corner of Worth and Franklin avenues, helping pedestrians cross the street. “We have our guys out there. People are doing their jobs. It is organized,” said Rania Peet, the artist behind the garden’s creations. Julia Horton, 7, visited the display with friends and said her favorite part was “the guy in the electric chair” because “it was creepy and cool.” The garden had a kids’ corner with a haunted playground. A 12-year-old actress portraying a dead child welcomed little ones, asking if they wanted to play with her. Visitors also saw a werewolf coming from behind the trees, a witch looking for “extra special” children’s hair for her magic potion, and a man just out of an electric chair. At the end of the experience, guests could stop to have their picture taken. The Haunted Garden has been the subject of a battle between neighbors in recent weeks.
“Thanks to the county and judge’s ruling, and the county’s efforts including ﬁre [marshal] and police, there was a large county effort to make this a safe event,” Jean Cavanaugh, the president of the Seven OaksEvanswood Citizens’ Association, which is not involved in the court case, wrote in an email to The Gazette. Cavanaugh added that on Saturday, there was a line of 150 people, and she “witnessed a few children darting into the street from behind parked cars.” “Again, we have no quarrel with Halloween decorations or neighborhood parties,” Cavanaugh wrote. “The haunted garden is fun, people like it, kids like it. Public events of this magnitude and duration, however, do not belong in a residential neighborhood.” County officials had shut down the display with a temporary restraining order issued Oct. 4, saying the display violated the county’s residential zoning code and caused a public safety hazard.
Mitchell’s ruling allowed the event to continue, but with limited days and hours. James Savage, an assistant county attorney, said in court that Kerr sent ﬂiers to an estimated 12,000 households promoting the Haunted Garden. But Mitchell did not consider the event to be commercial. Diane Schwartz Jones, director of the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services, said she received complaints about trafﬁc, cars parked on lawns, and children darting out on the street this year. “It is a fun activity ... but it is not a good location for this activity,” said Schwartz Jones. She said she sent an inspector for each night, and they reported more than 250 vehicles crossing the intersection between 6:30 and 9 p.m., plus a lot of pedestrian traffic. “The fact that no one was hurt is a good thing but the right thing is to correctly apply the law,” Schwartz Jones said. email@example.com
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County plans new cameras on school buses in January To be installed on 25 buses to catch illegal passing
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County Police say new cameras on some county school buses will be installed and ready for action by early January to catch drivers who illegally pass the buses. The cameras will automatically record drivers who pass a stopped bus while its stop arm is extended with flashing red lights. Violators will have to pay a $125 ﬁne, according to an Oct. 22 memo from County Council staff. Cameras will be installed on 25 school buses that run routes with the highest number of passing incidents. Wiring for the cameras will be installed on another 75 buses so the cameras can be swapped among the buses. County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said the cameras will be active by Jan. 3. The county also has the ability to purchase up to 75 additional cameras during its contract, according to the memo. The County Council enacted a law in March 2012 that enabled police to install and operate cameras on school buses to catch drivers who pass the vehicles when they are stopped and operating their ﬂashing red lights. Speaking on Thursday at a joint meeting of the County Council’s education and public safety committees, Manger said a vendor contract was in the works and the police department had signed a memorandum of understanding with Montgomery County Public Schools. As of the Thursday meeting, the county attorney was still reviewing the police and school system’s agreement before ap-
proving it, said county spokesman Patrick Laceﬁeld. Manger attributed the delay in getting the program up and running to the police department’s unsuccessful attempt to bridge a contract with another jurisdiction. The department eventually turned to a request for proposal process. The police department also had a difﬁcult time ﬁnding similar programs in the country to analyze, he said. Manger said the issue was related to the police department’s efforts to analyze other bus camera programs. “Make no mistake, we were trying to look at what other jurisdictions were doing,” he said. “Much of the delay for this had nothing to do with the procurement process.” Manger said he thinks the cameras coupled with county police’s public education campaign scheduled to start in December will mean more drivers will be aware of the law. According to the Oct. 22 memo, revenue from the cameras will depend on variables including the “structure of the contract” and the violations that occur. Manger said the cameras are not about making money. “It’s about the fact it makes the roadways safer,” he said. County Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg said he thinks it’s important the cameras are publicized. “This is a crucial public safety measure the public needs to be aware of,” Andrews said. Andrews said police should cast “a large shadow” to help minimize violations around the county, while focusing the cameras on the routes where the most violations happen. County Council Vice President Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said his daughter was recently almost hit by a vehicle that illegally passed a bus and that he had chased down the driver. “I’ve seen it ﬁrsthand,” Rice
said, describing some drivers who “disregard” buses signalling for them to stop. County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring — who voiced her frustration at the program’s delay in August — said it was “astounding” to her how many drivers don’t know the rules. “I see it happening all the time,” she said. Todd Watkins, director of transportation for the school system, said in a previous interview that the new cameras will automatically detect a violation and send the evidence, which will be conﬁrmed by both a contractor and the police before a ticket is sent out. Of about 1,270 total buses in the school system, roughly 400 currently have cameras that run continuously, he said. If a bus driver believes they were illegally passed, the school system is able to go back and examine the footage and pass it on to police who can send out a warning notice. email@example.com
Gansler: ‘Maybe I should have’ AG says he didn’t check for teen drinking at party
SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said he should have investigated whether teens were drinking alcohol at a party his son attended in June. “I didn’t go over and stick my nose in [the cups] and see, but maybe I should have,” Gansler told about a dozen reporters at a Silver Spring press conference Thursday. Gansler, a Democrat who is running for governor in Maryland, called the press conference to address a Baltimore Sun story about the party. According to The Sun, Gansler’s son and other students from the Landon School in Bethesda attended a party in South Bethany, Del., on June 13 to celebrate their graduation. A few of the students’ parents paid for a weeklong vacation at a beach house where the party was held. In The Sun’s photo, Gansler is shown holding up his cellphone in the center of a large group of dancing teens. Gansler said he dropped by the party to tell his son when
they would leave Delaware to drive to Pennsylvania in the morning, but he did not pay attention what his son’s friends were drinking. The Sun reported that two party chaperones, parents of the students, were at the event to enforce the house rules: bedroom doors must stay open and teens may not drink hard liquor or drive. Gansler told The Sun that he was concerned about his own son, and not necessarily the contents of the teens’ red plastic cups. But at the press conference, he said that was a mistake. Gansler is aware there was beer at the party, but he said investigating underage drinking was not his priority that night. “I didn’t buy the beer,” he said. “I showed up, talked to my son and left.” At the press conference, Gansler also addressed questions about his use of his cell phone, which he appears to be holding at an arm’s length. He veriﬁed that he was in the photos, and said he was not taking pictures, but was walking through the party while trying to read a text message. The gubernatorial candidate said he did not see anyone in immediate danger, using
drugs or getting hurt, and his main concern was to talk to his son. Gansler noted he was not one of the chaperones, and did not take part in the lease for the beach house. “What I could have done is investigate whether there was drinking going on, and take action,” he said. “I probably should have done that.” Gansler said he has strong relationships with his son and his son’s friends, many of whom he has coached since they were children. “I’m a very, very involved parent,” he said. This is the second time this month Gansler has been forced to answer questions about his conduct after a news story. The Washington Post reported that police assigned to drive Gansler around have alleged that he directs them to drive aggressively and unnecessarily use lights and sirens. Gansler has disputed the allegation. Gansler is one three Democrats seeking the gubernatorial nomination next year. The others are Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Del. Heather R. Mizeur. Gansler was ﬁrst sworn in as Maryland’s attorney general in 2007. He was re-elected in 2010.
Obituary Hon. Marie A. Beary, 90, of Kensington, Maryland and and Highland Beach, Florida, former Assistant New York State Attorney General and pioneering woman lawyer, passed away on September 25. Daughter of Italian immigrants, she overcame discrimination against both her gender and ethnicity to rise to a top legal position in New York State. Mrs. Beary graduated cum laude from St. John’s University School of Law in 1944, into a profession that accepted women as legal secretaries but not attorneys. In the 1950s, her keen interest in politics led her to the local Democratic club. Denied full membership, she turned to the Republicans, the minority party in Queens, NY, where she then lived, establishing a lifelong party loyalty, which included several campaigns for elected office. After serving as president of the Queens County Women’s Bar Association, in 1960, she filed suit against the Queens County Bar Association, which had denied her membership, ending an 84-year ban against women members. She was the youngest woman of her time admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1964, Mrs. Beary was appointed Assistant New York State Attorney General, heading litigation in its bureau of mental hygiene. In 1976, Mrs. Beary received the first Woman of the Year award from St. John’s University School of Law and the University’s President’s medal in 1994. She also received commendation from the National Association of Women Lawyers for her advancement of women’s rights and was nominated to the Women’s Hall of Fame. Mrs. Beary is survived by her daughters Patricia, an attorney in Phoenix, and Roberta (Frank Stella) of Bethesda, MD, a haiku poet and attorney; and sons, Kevin, a professor of English at the University of Florence, and David (Diana), a retired New York City captain of detectives, currently serving with the Raleigh-Durham Airport police. She also leaves eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Her husband of 58 years, Patrick Beary, KM, died in 2005. A funeral mass was held at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, Highland Beach, Florida on October 4. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marie A. Beary Memorial Scholarship, St. John’s University School of Law, attention: Brian J. Woods, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439.
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Company lands $59.1M contract to expand Arlington cemetery BY SAMANTHA SCHMIEDER SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE
Rockville’s Forrester Construction Co. has been awarded $59.1 million from the Army Corps of Engineers to develop about 27 acres for the Millennium Project to increase burial space at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. This will be Forrester’s fourth project at Arlington National, the most recent being Columbarium Court No. 9,
which opened in May. “It’s such a pleasure and privilege to be able to work on that site,” said Frank Pinto, Forrester’s director of project development. Without the most recent addition, Arlington ofﬁcials believed the cemetery would have quickly run out of burial space for military veterans and their families. The plans for this project will add pre-set crypts for in-ground burial; columbarium structures, which are vaults
lined with recesses for urns; and in-ground cremains sites. In addition to the much-needed new burial spots, a great amount of landscaping will be needed as well as the construction of retaining walls, security walls, and vehicle and pedestrian roads and walkways. The company was picked for the project through competitive solicitation that started in the spring. The Army Corps of Engineers looked through proposals from different companies that
included their pricing and qualiﬁcations and decided Forrester was the best option. “The Corps requires nearperfect ﬁnishes and we have a track record of doing it in the past; our price was pretty compelling as well,” Pinto said. Though the contracting selection process involves sensitive information that cannot be publicized in too much detail, Patrick Bloodgood, the Army Corps of Engineers’ Norfolk District spokesman, said that previ-
ous work was one of the many criteria looked at when choosing the company. Although there has been some public protest about the construction as a whole because it would mean removing about 900 trees, some of which have been there since the cemetery was opened, the Corps is planning to protect select trees as well as plant more to balance out what had to be removed. “We’re doing a ratio of new trees greater than one-to-one,” Bloodgood said, adding that plans call for planting 800 trees and more than 1,000 each of tree seedlings and shrubs. “There’s going to be a num-
ber of environmental improvements,” Pinto said. He explained that Forrester will be shaping the landscape to protect and preserve the natural habitats of native species, plus ﬁll in a stream that runs through the property. While the project has no formal groundbreaking planned, Pinto said the company will be mobilizing on-site within the next two months and plans to work into 2016. He said Forrester will take the appropriate time to do the project right and achieve the best result possible. “We don’t want speed over quality,” Pinto said. firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate defends mailing out maps Simmons says politics behind ethics allegation; former opponent ﬁled complaint
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
State Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons believes politics is driving an ethics complaint about his sending state Department of Transportation maps to constituents. Simmons (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville said he obtained the maps from the state and paid for envelopes and postage to send them, something he’s done throughout his 12 years in the General Assembly. The state Department of Transportation prints the maps and makes them available to legislators who ask for them, according to Simmons. “This is apparently the beginning of the political season,” he said. Gaithersburg resident Dan Campos, who ran unsuccessfully as a Republican in the 2010 District 17 House of Delegates race, sent a complaint on Oct. 13 to a co-counsel for the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics. He said he’s since changed his party afﬁliation to Democrat, and has no plans to run again for any political ofﬁce. Campos complained that Simmons was sending residents maps with his name, title, district ofﬁce telephone number and House email address, using state government materials to promote his political career. Campos said he’s gotten a letter saying his complaint would be considered at a future ethics committee meeting,
which hasn’t been scheduled. Deadra Daly, an ethics counsel for the General Assembly, said Thursday that she wasn’t able to comment on whether a complaint had been received. Simmons said he could understand the complaint if he were directing the state to print the maps so he could use them, but he didn’t do that. He said he hands maps out when he goes canvassing doorto-door or at various events. “I see nothing wrong with it,” he said Thursday. Simmons said he often spends his own money on various constituent services, such as a separate phone line and a legal research database. He estimated he’s spent about $75,000 during his legislative career. In an email on Friday morning, Simmons wrote that he spent $603.95 in postage and $1,300 for special window envelopes — all of it his own money. Campos said the complaint wasn’t politically motivated, and candidates should be free to send out whatever information they like. “Just not courtesy of the taxpayers,” Campos said. Simmons said he’s considering a run for the state Senate, and is “inching toward” announcing whether he’ll run for the Senate or for re-election to his House seat. The District 17 Senate seat currently is held by Jennie M. Forehand (D), who said this month that she is “seriously thinking” of running again. As of Thursday, the only delegate candidate who had ﬁled in District 17 for the 2014 election was Gaithersburg Democrat Andrew Platt. email@example.com
EagleBank reports 28% hike in business loans County increasing funds for local banks to invest in small businesses
KEVIN JAMES SHAY STAFF WRITER
Eagle Bancorp of Bethesda ran off its 19th consecutive quarter of a year-over-year increase in net income, seeing a 22 percent rise in the third quarter to almost $12 million, bank ofﬁcials reported last week. But what is even more impressive to some in the business community is EagleBank’s 28 percent rise in business commercial and industrial loans and emphasis on U.S. Small Business Administration lending. SBA sales activity in the third quarter was stronger than the same period in 2012, said Ronald Paul, chairman and CEO of Eagle Bancorp, the second-largest bank based in Montgomery County after Sandy Spring Bancorp. “We believe SBA lending will continue to be a strong part of our business,” Paul said. Last week, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) announced that a program formed last year to pump more funds into local community banks to invest in small businesses would receive $25 million more than the $10 million it
got last year. The Small Business Plus program has succeeded in helping boost loans made to small businesses, so it made sense to increase the investment, Leggett said. Banks have to be headquartered in Montgomery County, have assets greater than $200 million and less than $5 billion, and meet certain ﬁnancial soundness standards. Besides EagleBank, banks in the program include Capital Bank, Congressional Bank and OBA Bank. Sandy Spring Bancorp, the Olney parent company of Sandy Spring Bank, increased commercial business loans by 3 percent in the third quarter from a year ago to $332.7 million. Sandy Spring, which has $1.8 billion in deposits in Montgomery County, about $200 million more than EagleBank, saw a 10 percent rise in net income to $12.1 million. The two main categories of commercial loans that saw growth in the quarter were investment real estate and owneroccupied real estate, Daniel J. Schrider, president and CEO of Sandy Spring Bancorp, said in a conference call. “As we look forward, we have a good solid pipeline leading into the fourth quarter,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Continued from Page A-1 and an amputee — to try to bring international attention to the violence of the war. She was quickly removed from the camp, and soon became the worldwide poster child for the peace movement—taking photos with then-U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former President Bill Clinton, being showcased at peace talks and protesting in the streets of New York City all around the age of 3. Then, Memuna made her way into the United States permanently when the New York Rotary Club brought her, along with seven other refugees, to the country for treatment. She spent the next two and a half years living in foster care before she finally found a place she could call home in 2002, when Kelly and Kevin McShane permanently adopted 6-year-old Memuna into their Washington, D.C., home, along with their two children Molly and Michael — a transition that Kevin McShane called “pretty seamless.” Memuna said she doesn’t remember much about her life before living with her adopted family. She doesn’t remember Sierra Leone or Madeleine Albright, and she certainly doesn’t remember being a monumental factor in ending the civil war that savaged her own home and family. In her mind, the war isn’t her story at all; so to Memuna, despite everything she’s been through, being adopted has had the largest impact on her life. “I don’t use the war to guide me through my life,” she said. “I don’t worry about the past, just the here and now and the future.” And for Memuna, the “here and now” is pretty typical of a high school teen: school, friends and sports, including soccer and basketball — arm or no arm. “[Her experiences have] made her a loving and caring person, but other than that she’s just a normal 17-year-old girl,” said Kristin Butler, a soccer teammate and close friend to Memuna. By the time Memuna tried out for the St. Andrew’s soccer team as a freshman, she had been playing the sport ever since she began living with the McShanes — and it certainly showed; she made the varsity team during her ﬁrst tryout. “She made an athletic and emotional impact from day one,” said head coach Glenn Whitman. “Beyond where she’s been and what she’s been
Continued from Page A-1 she hopes the county will be able to do more in the future in other areas. “I’m ﬁne with this solution, but I’m hopeful we can do better in the coming years depending on the resources available,” Floreen said. Council Vice President Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said he’d like to see the county take a more comprehensive approach. The income supplement itself won’t lift anyone out of poverty, and with many federal programs facing cuts, the county will have to do more, Rice said. Maryland residents can claim a credit for up to half of their federal earned income tax credit, and a refund of up to one quarter of the federal credit, according to a county release. In 2000, Montgomery started matching 100 percent of the Maryland refund to help residents afford the high costof-living in the county. But a bill passed in 2010 allowed the council to set the county income supplement at less than 100 percent of the state refundable credit by passing a resolution each year. In fiscal 2011, the county supplement was set at 72.5 percent, 68.9 percent in ﬁscal 2012 and 75.5 percent in ﬁscal 2013. In May, the council approved an increase in the supplement to 85 percent of the state refundable credit for ﬁscal 2014. The bill passed Tuesday requires the county supplement to increase to 90 percent in ﬁscal 2015, 95 percent in ﬁscal 2016 and 100 percent in ﬁscal 2017 and beyond. According to an analysis by the county’s Finance Ofﬁce, the funding increase in ﬁscal 2015 will cost the county an additional $1.016 million. In ﬁscal 2011, 33,840 Mont-
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Memuna Mansaray McShane (center) is congratulated for scoring a goal by her soccer teammates Katherine Bruchalski (left) and Jarena Harmon in a recent match at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. through, I’ve been truly amazed by what she can do on the ﬁeld.” But despite her conﬁdence and ability to adapt, Memuna still had to deal with the emotional stress that inevitably comes with only having one arm. When she began playing soccer at St. Andrew’s, Whitman almost immediately noticed that she constantly wore ﬂeece jackets during training to hide her arm, even in the summertime. But in time, the fear dissipated and Memuna finally became confident and comfortable enough to stop hiding. “One thing I’ve been proud of both Memuna and the team for is she no longer trains with a coat on,” Whitman said. “The girls have always treated her like a full person.” Memuna attributes her ability to be comfortable about the things that have happened to her throughout her life and to the welcoming nature of her teammates. “I had a hard past but the soccer team has made me feel welcomed and not like an outcast,” she said. “I would prob-
ably be completely different person if it wasn’t for them.” According to Kristin, 17, Memuna made it easy for the team to accept her into the group. “She thinks we were welcoming toward her, but she was welcoming toward everyone else. She’s part of the team family,” she said. And Kevin McShane, who is also the team’s assistant coach,
attributes Memuna’s success to the entire St. Andrew’s community, not just the team. “A big part of Memuna opening up about all this is being part of the community,” he said. “She feels very safe here to open up about her story, wear short sleeves, all of that stuff.” Although Memuna gives her friends, family and teammates
the credit for her perpetual smile, she isn’t the only one beneﬁtting from the experience. “We always say she’s given us so much more than we could ever give her,” Kevin McShane said. And according to Whitman, despite the team’s competi-
tive nature and constant strive to win, the lasting memory for them all probably won’t have much to do with soccer. “What we’ll remember most is what she taught us about adversity and never giving up,” he said.
gomery residents qualiﬁed for the supplement, receiving an average of $381.81, according to the county. Restoring the county match to 100 percent would provide an extra $124 per person. To qualify for the earned income tax credit for the tax year 2013, a resident with three or more qualifying children must make less than $46,227, or $51,567 if ﬁling jointly with a spouse. A taxpayer with no qualifying children must make less than $14,340 or $19,680 if ﬁling jointly. email@example.com
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CELEBRATIONS HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30 Prostate Cancer Survivorship Series, from 7-8:15 p.m. at
Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. After undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, men may experience a range of issues that affect their sexual health. Decreased libido, erectile dysfunction and anxiety can all impact quality of life. Stephen Greco, radiation oncologist, will talk about reducing the severity of these side effects, and what you can do to improve intimacy with your partner. Free. www.suburbanhospital. org.
THURSDAY, NOV. 7 Complete Childbirth Preparation at MedStar Montgomery, Nov. 7 to Dec. 19 at
Faris, Coles Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Faris of Gaithersburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Victoria Lee Faris, to Mr. Daniel Edward Coles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Coles of Burlington, N.C. The bride-to-be was born in Gaithersburg and is a 2003 graduate of Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2008 with a degree in special education. She is employed at the Kilmer Center in Fairfax County, Va. She is also currently enrolled in George Mason University for a master’s degree in special education. The prospective groom was born in Burlington, N.C., and is a 2006 graduate of the University of North Carolina with a degree in political science. He is currently an assistant vice president in the legal department of the Bank of America. His next focus will be an MBA. A March 2014 wedding is planned at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase.
Figert, Dudley Mr. and Mrs. Karl D. Figert of Silver Spring announce the engagement of their daughter, Lynmarie I. Figert, to Michael C. Dudley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dudley of Chevy Chase. The bride-to-be graduated from University of Maryland, College Park, in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in community health and from Howard Community College with a degree in nursing in 2010. She is currently employed as a registered nurse at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The prospective groom graduated from Salisbury University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and in 2007 with a Master of Business Administration degree. He is currently a development accountant for StonebridgeCarras in Bethesda. A June 2014 wedding is planned in Washington, D.C.
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Six-week complete childbirth preparation program prepares couples for a positive birthing experience. The program is designed to help expectant couples plan for labor, delivery and how to care for a newborn. $150. www.montgomerygeneral.org.
ONGOING New Mothers Postpartum Support Group, 10-11:30 a.m.
RELIGION CALENDAR UPCOMING Neelsville’s Alternative Gift Market, Nov. 3 in the church’s
Fellowship Hall, 20701 Frederick Road, Germantown. The church will also observe Orphan Sunday that day. All are welcome. Services are held at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday mornings. Sunday School for all ages at 9:40 a.m. www. Neelsville.org
A new and prospective member Shabbat, 9:30 a.m.
Nov. 16 at Torah Synagogue, 10 Ridge Road, Greenbelt. Shabbat will feature services, kiddush lunch and an opportunity to meet rabbi, education director and members. RSVP appreciated but not required to membership@MishkanTorah.org. Free. 301-474-4223.
ONGOING Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church
Fisher, Abbamonte Bill and Ginger Fisher of Silver Spring announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley E. Fisher, to Drew B. Abbamonte, son of Tom and Debi Abbamonte of Damascus. The bride-to-be graduated from Blake High School in 2004. She attended Coastal Carolina University and received a degree in nursing from Howard Community College. She currently is employed by Sheppard Pratt in Ellicott City. The prospective groom graduated from Damascus High School in 2003. He graduated from McDaniel College in 2006 and earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He currently is employed by the Montgomery County Police Department. They will be married in Spring of 2014.
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South, Massullo Gail and Steve South of Derwood announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle Vincenza South, to Matthew Thomas Massullo of Morgantown, W.Va. Danielle is currently working on her master’s degree in Spanish at West Virginia University and expects to receive her degree in May 2014. She is also provisionally certiﬁed as a sign language interpreter. Matthew holds his bachelor’s degree from WVU and is currently a specialist in the U.S. Army, getting ready to enter Special Forces training. A late 2014 wedding is planned. The couple plan to reside in North Carolina, or wherever the Army tells them to live.
Mondays at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Ever wonder if you are the only one feeling stressed and alone now that a baby has joined your family? Wasn’t it supposed to be easier? If you are ﬁnding yourself feeling sad, anxious, angry or irritable, group support can help. Group led by two therapists who specialize in the postpartum period. Babies are welcome. Free; registration required. 301-774-8881, www.montgomerygeneral.org. Senior Fit, meets from 9-9:45 a.m. once a week at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Free 45-minute exercise program designed for seniors age 55 and older. Senior Fit focuses on increasing strength, ﬂexibility, balance, coordination, and cardiovascular endurance. Exercise is an important factor in preventing falls, managing chronic illnesses and improving quality of life. Classes are ongoing and a physician’s consent form is required to participate. Free for people over the age of 55. 301-774-8881, www.montgomerygeneral.org. A Diabetes Support Group, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the ﬁrst Saturday of every month at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda.
St., Damascus, offers traditional Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 a.m., a youth contemporary worship service at 9:30 a.m. and a service of liturgy and the word at 11 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for all ages during the school year.
Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old
Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-421-9166. For a schedule of events, visit www. libertygrovechurch.org.
“MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kindergarten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the ﬁrst and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Drive, Frederick. 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 mops@ fcob.net. Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Road,
Germantown, has returned to its Fall worship schedule, with services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays. Sunday School for all ages at 9:40 a.m. www. Neelsville.org.
Providence United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown
Church Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with children’s Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and adult Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-253-1768. Visit www. kemptownumc.org. Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, conducts services every Sunday, with child care from 8 a.m. to noon and fellowship and a coffee hour following each service. 301-881-7275. For a schedule of events, visit www.TrinityELCA.org.
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SCHOOL LIFE For a half-century, sixth-graders have taken to the great outdoors School district celebrates program’s 50th anniversary n
PEGGY MCEWAN STAFF WRITER
Looking for a better way to reach some of his students, Joe Howard, then principal of Four Corners Elementary School in Silver Spring, launched a program that still touches the lives of thousands of students every year. That was 50 years ago. Howard is retired now and Four Corners Elementary no longer exists. But his idea, outdoor education, is still going strong. Montgomery County Public Schools celebrated the 50th anniversary of its outdoor education program Saturday with an open house at the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center in Rockville. “The motivation came when we were building an out-
door trail at [Four Corners] and found that the ‘problem’ kids were not problems when working outdoors,” Howard said. “So we tried to ﬁnd things in the curriculum that we could teach outdoors — things like studying the ecosystem, the forest community, ponds and streams and meadows.” Howard took the very ﬁrst class of outdoor education students, ﬁfth-graders from Four Corners, to Camp Greentop in Thurmont in 1962. About 20 of those students attended Saturday’s open house for a minireunion. A photo of them hangs in the meeting hall of the Smith Center. “It was just one class, a pilot program,” said Kathleen Cochran of Chevy Chase, who was part of the pilot program. “The next year Mr. Howard took about 90 kids, the very ﬁrst class to do outdoor ed.” Howard eventually became the school district’s ﬁrst supervisor of outdoor education programs, he said, serving in that position from the mid-1970s
until he retired in 1988. “To me it was a more effective way of teaching, learning by doing,” Howard said. “We didn’t just tell them what was going on in a pond, we showed them.” The school district opened the Smith Environmental Education Center on 10 acres in Rockville in 1974, built to accommodate all the district’s sixth-graders as they attended the ﬁve-day residential program. Smith, who lived from 1902 to 1971, was a Montgomery County Council president, board of education president, farmer and conservationist. “[He was the] driving force for the preservation of the Rock Creek valley to save it from mass development of residential communities,” Laurie Jenkins, current supervisor of the program, wrote in an email. Over the years, with budget cuts and population growth, Howard said, the residential program has been cut from ﬁve to three days. And the program needs to rent other facilities to handle all the sixth-graders, Jen-
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Chris Jansson, a physical education teacher at Cedar Grove Elementary School in Germantown, shows his son C.J., 4, a solar-powered plastic bug at an open house Saturday at the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center in Rockville. kins said. “We can get about 40 to 45 percent of our sixth-grade schools in but we also use two other sites, Summit Lake [Camp] in Emmitsburg and Skycroft
[Conference Center] in Middletown,” Jenkins said. According to the Smith Center website, the Outdoor Environmental Education Program “serves over 20,000 students
each year in two major programs: the Residential Program in which every Grade 6 student participates and the Day Program in which [pre-K]-12 students explore and investigate the natural environment. At all programs students participate in curriculum-based environmental investigations.” The staff also provides professional development in environmental education to more than 500 teachers annually. Outdoor education was celebrated Saturday by more than 300 people, Jenkins said. The day included a formal news conference, a birthday cake and hands-on activities at 24 learning stations. Brandon Hebert, 8, a thirdgrader at Lois P. Rockwell Elementary School in Damascus, said his favorite activity was the conﬁdence course. “It makes you stronger and you have to think before you use it,” Brandon said. email@example.com
EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Willing to weed: Students clean school courtyard About a dozen sixth-graders, 10 volunteers from Home Depot and a few staff and faculty members worked to clean up a courtyard at Montgomery Village Middle School on Oct. 22. “I think the outside should be pretty. When we are walking through the hall, we should be able to see ﬂowers and all,” said Tamyiah Starnes, 11. “And if there are bugs, they need a home.” The group pulled weeds, cut back overgrown shrubs and picked up trash, collecting 12 large bags of waste for the dump. Then, they planted new plants, spread mulch and swept the walkways. In less than two hours, the courtyard was transformed with plants that would last through the winter, including burning bush shrubs, named for their brilliant fall foliage, and variegated liriope, an ornamental grass showing green and white against the dark brown mulch. “I think it is really cool because this is helping the school, we get [student service learning] hours and it’s helping nature,” said Jade Pinkowitz, 11. Along the way, the students learned about planting, pruning, mulching and even how to use a push broom. “As we go along, we teach them how to plant and what’s a weed,” said John Roberts, man-
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Sixth-graders at Montgomery Village Middle School work with volunteers from Home Depot to clean up one of the school’s courtyards Oct. 22. ager of the Germantown Home Depot store. Roberts spearheaded the project, a repeat of a cleanup at the school two years ago. “The Home Depot Foundation is all about giving back to the community,” Roberts said. “We volunteer because it’s important to us.” Christian Bergman, 11, said he has helped with yard work at home and enjoys it because it keeps the environment clean. “It’s fun getting all the weeds out of the dirt,” he said. “It’s making it look nice.”
Richard Montgomery student wins green award Jessica Li, a senior at Richard Montgomery High School
in Rockville, won the inaugural
Next Generation Award, one of the 2013 Maryland Clean Energy Awards, at the Maryland Clean Energy Summit on Oct. 15 and 16. As president of the school’s Environmental Awareness Club, Li organized Friday afternoon energy shutdowns during which students go around the school turning off lights, printers, computers and monitors. She has organized presentations during ﬁrst-period classes on energy conservation and alternative energy, coordinated a T-shirt design contest, an energyfocused “Jeopardy!” game, a “Watt’s Up” poster contest and a “Why Use Alternative Energy” essay contest to boost awareness of energy issues. For the past two years, Li has given presentations at
Rockville Science Day on the beneﬁts of energy conservation at home. She also was invited to present her research on wood batteries at the 2012 USA Science and Engineering Fair and has worked with the county’s School Energy and Recycling Team program to advance effective, local strategies that schools can use to reduce energy consumption. The Clean Energy Awards recognize individuals, companies and organizations that have demonstrated leadership, partnership, advocacy and entrepreneurism in a distinct commitment to advancing clean energy, energy efﬁciency and job creation, Kathy Magruder, executive drector of the Maryland Clean Energy Center, said in a statement. “When I read the nomination for Jessica Li, I felt as though there is hope for the planet with remarkable young people like her coming up in the world,” Magruder wrote.
Takoma Park, Sadie Isakower of Bethesda and Ivan Reimers of Silver Spring. Each year, the program honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from more than 250,000 Latino juniors who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The students are from the U.S., including its territories, plus Americans attending schools abroad. “I feel honored to have received this award,” Isakower said in a statement. “Being part of the Blair Magnet has been an awesome experience, and I will never forget the wonderful teachers and friends I’ve met at Blair. The Magnet has totally changed how I think about real world problems, and I feel that because of this, my peers and I are at a deﬁnite advantage as we enter college.”
Blair High seniors honored by Hispanic program
Montgomery County’s inaugural school food forum, “Creating a Vision of Fresh, Real Food in Montgomery County Public Schools,” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. The forum will feature regional and national experts on nutrition and diet, food education, and sourcing fresh, local food for school systems.
Four seniors at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver
Spring were selected Sept. 25 to be honored in the 2014 National Hispanic Recognition Program, which recognizes academically outstanding Latino high school students. The seniors are Sabrina Bradford and Jared Collina of
School food forum is Saturday in Silver Spring
Keynote speaker Tony Geraci is a nationally known school
food reformer, former food director for Baltimore City Public Schools, current director of nutrition services in the Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tenn., and subject of the ﬁlm “Cafeteria Man.” Presenters include Marla Caplon, director of the Montgomery County Public Schools Division of Food and Nutrition Services; Lisa Y. Lefferts, senior scientist with the Center for Science in the Public Interest; endocrinologist Shivani Narasimhan of Annapolis; Kathy Lawrence, director of strategic development, School Food Focus; Jill Coutts, science resource and horticulture teacher, Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring; Karla Kratovil, PTA vice president and school garden coordinator at Flower Hill Elementary School in Gaithersburg; and county Councilman George L. Leventhal (D-At large) of Takoma Park. There will be a nutritious, locally sourced lunch, with a talk by Ype Von Hengst, COO and executive chef of Silver Diner. The forum is co-hosted by Real Food for Kids-Montgomery and Montgomery Victory Gardens. Registration, including lunch, is $25. For more information and to register, visit realfoodforkidsmontgomery. org.
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Gansler’s soul searching
One of the most telling quotes from Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, as his gubernatorial candidacy became mired in controversy last week, was: “I’m a big boy.” Gansler was declaring that he can admit when he’s wrong. But the line works equally well in summarizing his decision-making, as shown in two examples recently discovered by area newspapers. A few weeks ago, The Washington Post reported on complaints by Maryland State Police troopers assigned to drive him around. The troopers alleged that Gansler directed them to use lights and sirens so he could get places quickly. Sometimes, Gansler got antsy and ﬂipped on the lights and sirens himself — or he’d take the wheel, the Post reported. More recently, The Baltimore Sun published a story and photo showing Gansler standing among a roomful of teenagers at a party at a Delaware beach house. Instead of focusing on whether he’s qualiﬁed to govern Maryland, voters have been sucked into dissecting his inclinations for driving fast and permissive parenting. Gansler has denied the driving allegations, claiming a state police “henchman” is generating political fodder. (Wouldn’t that require a conspiracy among troopers ﬁling false statements?) But Gansler couldn’t refute a picture of what looked like a raucous party, possibly with alcohol. Never mind that Gansler, 50, sounds like a teen trying to talk himself out of a grounding by his parents. The questions that accompany these controversies are real and worth debate. Should the attorney general initiate and condone potentially illegal behavior? Gansler might dismiss the driving controversy as dirty politics, but he should pledge unequivocally to obeying the laws of the road and not interfering as troopers do the same as part of their jobs. As for the teen party, even outside of his jurisdiction, the attorney general should be a legal and moral model. It’s hard to fathom him knowingly participating in a plan to give teenagers free rein — likely with beer — at a rented house. This is questionable behavior as a parent, but unthinkable as the state’s top legal ofﬁcer. Gansler, commendably, has spoken out in the past against underage drinking, but he loses credibility with his regrettable permissiveness. We look forward to returning to the issues of the gubernatorial campaign, of which there are many. First, Gansler has soul-searching and explaining to do.
Rec center blues About 30 years ago, many radio stations adopted the “classic rock” format, a term that entered the public lexicon without much recognition that it’s an oxymoron. As a style of music, rock ’n’ roll is rooted in rebellion and rejecting the status quo. Would Jerry Lee Lewis want to be called “classic”? A debate in Wheaton could take oxymoronic musical genres to new heights with the creation of “historic rock.” A number of people think the Wheaton Recreation Center should receive a historic PRESERVING designation, in part, because WHEATON in 1969, before anyone knew SITE WOULD who they were, Led Zeppelin NOT HONOR played there. Maybe that’s true, or maybe that’s an urban legITS TIES TO end. Many people believe the ROCK assertion though there’s little evidence to support the band actually played there. But since when has rock ’n’ roll been about bricks and mortar? Elvis Presley shook his hips to outrage middle America. Long after hip-shaking became passé, rock found other ways to shock, including Led Zep’s everincreasing volume and sensuality on stage. If indeed the band played in Wheaton — and even if the assertion is false, who doesn’t want to believe it? — preserving the rec center is no way to honor that event. The building has a leaky roof and mold. A kitchen stove has only two burners that work. There’s a lump on the basketball court that deﬁes attempts at repair. Beyond the tenuous connection to popular culture, others want the building preserved because of its Asianinﬂuenced modern design architecture. Even so, there’s not much to preserve. To most people, the building would be a universally endorsed candidate for demolition. The community desperately needs the new rec center-library that’s planned to be constructed in its place. The Planning Board should approve the request to raze the building. And if there are people who want to honor one of the band’s ﬁrst performances, a music festival might be more appropriate. Or possibly a plaque on the new building: “Robert Plant might have slept here.”
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We can’t eliminate all vehicles
David Hauk’s Oct. 16 letter urges “a robust bus rapid transit network” because “the way to solve gridlock is to move people, not cars.” [“Bus plan looks to the future, not an auto-centric past”] I grew up in Cleveland when it had an exceptional streetcar/bus system. That was ﬁne to get to and from work. It was improbable to use when going shopping, going to a dress-up event, etc. Also, public transpor-
tation presents problems for people with physical impairments, despite special devices to help passengers getting on and off. The White Flint development planners allege area residents will be able to walk to all kinds of stores, ofﬁce buildings, entertainment venues, restaurants, etc. They fail to take into account the hordes of “outsiders” who will also want to take advantage of those stores, ofﬁce buildings, entertainment ven-
David H. Brown, North Bethesda
He who pays the piper The budget of the Montgomery County Public Schools for FY 2015 is in the early stages of formulation. This budget of over $2 billion is close to 50 percent of the tax-supported budget of Montgomery County. So who are the players who will inﬂuence this budget at this critical stage? It is the Budget Steering Committee. The members of this committee are the deputy superintendents, the employee union leaders representing the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals, the Montgomery County Education Association (teachers), the Service Employees International Union Local 500, and the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teachers Associations. These are all undoubtedly important players and represent important sectors of the Montgomery County Public Schools. Every member of this committee has a vested interest in increasing the budget for many and various reasons. Why is the school board not
represented? It is true that they will eventually get the budget for approval but they do not have the analytical capability at that late stage to ask the hard questions. Also a little known fact: The charter of the board allows only those questions to be asked of the school administration if all members have an interest. Individual questions from individual board members are not entertained — and this for a $2 billion budget. Now that the maintenance of effort law has stripped the County Council of its operating budget oversight role, virtually turning the council into a spectator with power of the purse only over capital spending, there is even greater need for outside representation. Matching MCPS resource requirements with other county priorities no longer takes place in public. In effect the formulation of the MCPS budget is left to folks with an inherent conﬂict of interest. Would the committee gain from the inclusion of other members such as those who might
question the long-range implications of Budget Steering Committee decisions, who might inquire about the effective and efﬁcient use of current dollars, who might ask about the crosswalk between strategies and funding and between funding and performance? Could the MCPS budget process be improved with more citizen-group participation? Could an independent study of the MCPS budget, as we proposed to the superintendent last Spring, be beneﬁcial? We suggest that the committee be expanded to include representatives from the County Council, the ofﬁce of the county executive and even, perhaps, from a civic group. Because what is missing from the equation are the interests of the Montgomery County taxpayer. It is telling that he who pays the MCPS piper does not call the tune.
Metro isn’t going to accept the county’s ﬁx unless we (Montgomery County taxpayers) agree to pay the costs for subsequent repairs in the years to come! The ﬁx oughta be: 1. Fire all the county engineers who placed their P.Eng stamp on the ﬂawed structural drawings. 2. Redesign the weak ramps and parking slabs. 3. Foulger-Pratt uses a different concrete placement company, and Facchina pays the costs for concrete replacement. The county needs to do this project right! The time it takes to rebuild the ﬂawed areas is not the issue.
Steve Cullen, Silver Spring
Robert J. Riker, Chevy Chase
Joan Fidler, Bethesda The writer is the president of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League.
Latex-modiﬁed concrete isn’t the answer The remediation plan to use a latex-modiﬁed concrete (LMC) overlay being adopted by Montgomery County’s Building, Design, Construction & the Division of General Services and the “ad hoc working group,” according to Foulger-Pratt is “illadvised and ill-conceived.” Way back when, Ike Leggett secretly hired KCE Structural Engineers (Ike didn’t inform the County Council) to study and report back on Transit Center’s flawed construction. KCE reported serious issues with the Transit Center’s design, construction, concrete strength & testing, etc. And now, we have Earnest Lunsford Jr., the administrator
of the county’s building design and construction division, and David Dise, the director the county’s General Services Division (who were both involved with this project in its initial stages) suggesting that Byrant Foulger hire a contractor to do a Band-Aid ﬁx using the LMC method — instead of demolishing and replacing the ﬂawed concrete ramps and areas that are not on spec for this project. The gentlemen from the county are consulting with Wagman for using the LMC method, but there isn’t any proof that this latex-modiﬁed concrete will hold up over the long term that taxpayers will need to guarantee — because we all know that
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Purple Line will not get enough riders
Among the numbers MDOT most often uses to deﬁne the Purple Line are 70 trains per day and 51,200 passengers per day in the opening year, 2020. They say it will grow to 74,160 riders per day on the same 70 trains 20 years later. Thus the starting average load carried by each two-car train calculates to 731 passengers/train and grows to 1,059 in a couple of decades. Nearby property owners who dread the passing of 70 trains a day in each direction need not fear an increase in that ﬁgure. MDOT is fond of pointing out that trains will travel the length of the Purple line in barely over an hour. They emphasize that traveling between Bethesda and New Carrollton by bus today takes more than an hour and a half. (You have to travel into downtown Washington, D.C., and back out). Not too long ago, private bus companies sought routes which might attract a very proﬁtable 50 passengers per mile per day. If there were even 800 daily riders, a bus route would have been established long ago. The Purple Line is not replacing a Bethesda-New Carrollton bus route because bus operators never could ﬁnd sufﬁcient riders. How will MDOT support an exclusive right of way (designed to handle 200 trains per day) with a daily ridership that might be closer to 800 than 51,200?
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Intel from Gonzales
As Maryland’s state elections begin warming up we’re entering the phony opinion survey season when candidates release so-called “polls” they’ve commissioned showing “political momentum.” Such polls should be taken with large grains of salt. That’s why it’s helpful when a legitimate, independent polling service like Gonzales Research and Marketing gives us some reliable insight into the voters’ mood. Last week Gonzales released its poll taken during the first two weeks of October surveying a cross section of voters demographically weighted to reflect who shows up on MY MARYLAND Election Day. Here are the BLAIR LEE highlights: M o s t people are not yet paying attention to a primary election that’s still eight months away. When asked to judge the two Democratic frontrunners for governor, 56 percent of Democratic voters were either “neutral” or didn’t recognize Anthony Brown and 72 percent were the same about Doug Gansler. A third candidate, Heather Mizeur, was unknown to 79 percent of Maryland Democrats. Conversely, Maryland voters widely recognize Gov. Martin O’Malley and have no reluctance judging his job performance. Among all voters, O’Malley’s favorable is 47.7 percent, his unfavorable is 48.1 percent, his worst rating since January 2008 (49 percent), just after he engineered the biggest tax hike in state history. O’Malley’s rating is far behind President Obama, who gets a 58 percent favorable, 40 percent unfavorable in the same poll. Compared to a January 2013 Gonzales poll, O’Malley’s positives are down 6 points while his negatives are up 7 points among all voters. But the big story is the intensity of O’Malley’s negatives. Only 19 percent of Mary-
land voters “strongly approve” of O’Malley, while 34 percent “strongly disapprove” (compared to 25 percent strong approval and 24 percent strong disapproval in January 2013). The intensity shift is dramatic among independent voters: “strong approval” dropped from 25 percent to 15 percent while “strong disapproval” increased from 23 percent to 29 percent over the past eight months. And it’s even more pronounced among African-American voters, where, between January and October, “strong approval” dropped from 47 percent to 28 percent and “strong disapproval” hiked from 4 percent to 17 percent. So what’s driving O’Malley’s bad showing, and how does it impact this election, where O’Malley is not a candidate but where both the primary and general elections will likely be referendums on the O’Malley record? Patrick Gonzales thinks O’Malley’s problem is the same as back in 2008 — taxes. According to the poll, the 83 percent gas tax hike O’Malley pushed through the legislature remains vastly unpopular: 22 percent favorable, 76 percent unfavorable (with 59 percent “strongly opposed”). And you wonder why Gansler is running against the gas tax? Add to this the infamous “rain tax” and O’Malley’s 38 other taxes and fees, which amount to $3.1 billion a year in new taxes since O’Malley became governor. O’Malley’s quixotic White House bid appears unpopular as well. When Gonzales asked Maryland voters back in January if O’Malley should run for president, only 25 percent said “yes,” while 58 percent said “no.” O’Malley ignored them, and now, apparently, many jilted Marylanders believe O’Malley cares more about his career than about them. So, does this bode poorly for Brown, O’Malley’s lieutenant governor, who is running as O’Malley’s protege against Gansler, the O’Malley/Brown alternative? No, because only Democratic voters will decide the Brown vs. Gansler primary and, among Dems, O’Malley remains popular (favorable 67 percent, unfavorable 29 percent). True, among Demo-
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cratic voters O’Malley’s favorable is down 6 points and his unfavorable is up 9 points, but running against the O’Malley record in a Democratic primary is uphill for Gansler. Things might be different for Brown in the general election against an attractive Republican. But this is where Brown’s race — African American — becomes such a huge factor. In 2002, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend had everything going for her: ﬁrst woman governor, uncontested primary, overwhelming party and media support. But her campaign lapses and, more importantly, voter animosity against Parris Glendening, the incumbent governor, cost her the election. Like KKT, Brown is battling voter fatigue, his boss’s declining popularity and, in addition, a strong primary opponent. But running as Maryland’s ﬁrst African-American governor in a state that’s 30 percent African American is Brown’s ace in the hole. Or, put it this way; if Brown was white, his prospects would look a whole lot more like KKT’s. One possible game changer in this nascent governor’s race is Obamacare. O’Malley put Brown in charge of designing and masterminding Maryland’s Obamacare program. It’s Brown’s signature accomplishment as lieutenant governor, and if it implodes, so does Brown. The Gonzales poll, taken during the ﬁrst days of the Obamacare rollout, shows wide popularity: 57 percent favorable, 39 percent unfavorable. But will these numbers change if the “glitches caused by the website’s early popularity” prove systemic and if the entire program goes into a “death spiral”? As Maryland’s elections unfold we’ll depend on Gonzales to keep us up to date on who’s happy, who’s angry and why. Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in the Business Gazette. His past columns are available at www.gazette.net/blairlee. His email address is blairleeiv@gmail. com.
I am grateful for the endorsement of my candidacy for the Rockville City Council by The Gazette [“For Team Rockville,” editorial, Oct. 23]. The endorsement noted that there could be concerns regarding my effectiveness as a county government senior manager and a Rockville City elected ofﬁcial. There are very few occasions when my work with the county will overlap with the business of the city. In those rare instances when there could be a concern, I pledge to recuse myself from any vote that may be perceived as a source of conﬂict. It should be noted
that I am no longer with the county’s Ofﬁce of Management and Budget where resource allocation recommendations are made to the county executive. More importantly, it is precisely my long-standing professional relationships with county elected officials, county government appointed and merit leaders which will permit me to build bridges for improved dialog and decision-making to reach consensus ... while advocating for city interests. I believe that my 24 years of service with Montgomery County Government as well as my experience as a member of
Other letters on the Rockville City Council election appear on www.gazette.net/opinions the Rockville City Board of Supervisors of Elections, a graduate of Leadership Montgomery and Rockville University as well as my current chairmanship of Montgomery Hospice will be an excellent foundation for serving as a member of the Rockville City Council.
Beryl L. Feinberg, Rockville The writer is a candidate for the Rockville City Council.
Historic Pink Bank set to be demolished At the Oct. 14, mayor and council meeting, Rockville’s representatives voted 3-2 to allow the demolition of the historic “Pink Bank” at 255 N. Washington St. This vote was accomplished through the use of a ﬂaw in Rockville’s historic designation process, which allows the mayor and council to cut short the normal public hearing process, preventing public hearings before both the Planning Commission and the mayor and council. I urge the citizens of Rockville to review the meeting’s discussion and ultimate decision online as I believe the decision made that evening has implications for how the public’s voice will be heard in Rockville in the future. However, this is only a symptom of a larger issue: the misuse of historic preservation in Rockville. Several council members claim to be in favor of historic preservation, yet their actions indicate not an interest in preservation of history, but rather, preser-
vation of speciﬁc architectural styles that meet their own tastes. This is a devastating way to view historic preservation, as we should have learned during the gutting of our town center through urban renewal in the 1960s. By eliminating one of the last physical reminders of that era, we are also engaging in a whitewashing of our history, and as we all should know by now, to forget past mistakes is to be doomed to repeat them. Furthermore, the city will miss out on a key economic development opportunity. In 30 years, I expect we will be gutting our town center again, when the current architectural and planning trends fade. The Pink Bank represents something unique in our community that could set the city apart for years to come. In fact, the Maryland Economic Development Association’s fall conference this year focused on placemaking. According to MDBIZ News, a publication of
the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development that covered the conference, two takeaways from this gathering of the region’s top economic developers were that “a community’s uniqueness fuels growth because ‘the more your community looks like everyone else’s, the less people will want to go there’ (Ed McMahon, Urban Land Institute)” and “investing in historic preservation yields lasting long-term results in fostering place, but it needs to follow a long-term plan.” Rockville’s Historic Resources Management Plan states as its goal: identify and protect the Historic Resources as visual and physical reminders of the themes and periods in the city’s development. Therefore, I ask Rockville’s citizens to consider these important issues, and make their voices heard.
Jessica Reynolds, Rockville The writer is a Rockville Historic District Commissioner, and an economic development professional.
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Electricity forum to draw candidates, but not Pepco Powerupmontco, AARP to host event meant to educate candidates
KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER
Only candidates for elected ofﬁce and the media will be welcomed to attend a November forum on Montgomery’s electricity reliability woes. The county’s primary supplier of
Continued from Page A-1 Consortium, an area that he said has faced the county’s largest growth in the last six years. “While the growth is most dramatic in the DCC, we’re also seeing enormous elementary enrollment growth across the district,” he said. The downcounty elementary schools with planned addition projects include: Brookhaven, Glen Haven, Kemp Mill, Sargent Shriver and Highland. The other schools where addition projects are planned include Ashburton, Lucy V. Barnsley, Burtonsville, Diamond, Kensington-Parkwood, Christa McAuliffe and Judith Resnik elementary schools;
electricity, Pepco, is not invited. Abbe Milstein said her organization, Powerupmontco, is hosting the forum in North Bethesda on Nov. 6 to educate potential future lawmakers on Montgomery’s issues with the Maryland Public Service Commission and electric reliability. Candidates will be there to listen and ask questions, not to speak, she said. The forum, she said, is intended to educate the candidates, not the general public.
North Bethesda Middle School; and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. Other previously approved elementary- and secondaryschool capacity projects are scheduled to stay on target in the program. The projects include classroom additions; new elementary schools to serve the Clarksburg, Northwest and Richard Montgomery clusters; and new middle schools to serve the Clarksburg/Damascus and Bethesda-Chevy Chase clusters. About $725 million — or about 47 percent — is recommended for “revitalizations/expansions.” “The schools built in the ’60s and ’70s, the ones we’re replacing now, were not built to last,” Starr said. “We see that across the county and renovating them
Milstein formed Powerupmontco in response to the June 2012 derecho that left her and thousands of other residents without power for days. Through the organization, Milstein since has lobbied in Annapolis and intervened as a party in Pepco’s last rate case, in which it was awarded $27 million in higher rates and $24 million in new fees. Both Democratic and Republican incumbents and candidates for state ofﬁce (including the General Assembly) will be invited to the Nov. 6 forum,
is not cost efﬁcient.” Starr said the recommended plan includes more than two dozen such projects, adding about 118 classrooms throughout the system. The plan, however, pushes back the timeline of 20 of those projects. Elementary school projects would see a one-year delay. Middle and high school projects would see a two-year delay. “We know that so many of our school communities are impacted by the delay,” Starr said. “They’ve been waiting for many years for their aging schools to be replaced.” The plan proposes that six revitalization/expansion projects continue with their current completion dates. They include Bel Pre, Candlewood
which is sponsored by the AARP, she said. Milstein said she will be joined by Somerset Town Councilwoman Cathy Pickar and representatives of AARP in Maryland in addressing the candidates and ﬁelding their questions. Milstein said she received an email from Pepco’s regional vice president Jerry Pasternak detailing that a reporter — who was not identiﬁed — told him Pepco was invited to the forum. Pasternak wrote that he “plans on attending and looks forward to seeing you.”
and Rock Creed Forest elementary schools; Wheaton and Seneca Valley high schools; and the Thomas Edison High School of Technology. If the state provides more funding, Starr said, it may be possible for some projects to return to their original schedule. The recommended program also directs about $283 million toward systemic projects that include security upgrades and HVAC, roof and door replacements. Starr said it’s “starting to show” that the school system has not put budgeted enough in recent years for infrastructure needs. “We’ve been skimping on that because we’ve had to fund so many other things,” he said. Starr said he is asking for an
Milstein said Pepco is not welcome to attend and that she has told the Pepco the same. The forum also is not open to the general public, she noted. Rather than comment on the situation, Pepco authorized Pasternak to forward the Business Gazette his email response to Milstein. Pasternak expressed disappointment at Milstein’s decision to not welcome Pepco to the forum. email@example.com
increase of $28 million in both fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016 to put toward the school system’s backlog of HVAC replacement projects. He added that further investments will need to be made “down the road.” About $155 million was recommended for technology modernization projects such as new computers. The county school board is scheduled hold a work session on the plan Nov. 7 and two public hearings on Nov. 11 and 14 before it is expected to approve Starr’s request Nov. 18. The program request then moves to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and the County Council. School board President Christopher S. Barclay said the work session will mark a chance
for the board to start asking questions. “Capacity is the biggest issue that we have,” Barclay said. “We have got to ﬁgure out how to address this.” Highland Elementary Principal Scott Steffan said the addition planned for his school in the proposed program hopefully will enable the school to accommodate its students without needing to add portable classrooms. “I don’t have an open space anywhere. We’ve really felt the impact (of enrollment growth) this year,” he said. “For us to have the addition is tremendous.” Lynne Harris — vice president for legislation for the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations — said her son attends Highland View Elementary School in Silver Spring, which is scheduled to undergo an expansion project but at an undetermined time. While she is disappointed as a Highland View parent that her school will not see construction soon, she said, she sees that there are needs at every school and the school system’s capital budget requires “tough choices.” Harris said the school system needs state funds more proportionate to the number of students it serves. Montgomery County students are getting a good education, Harris said, but the school system has to ﬁgure out where to put the growing number of students. “What are we going to do?” she said. “Put them on the roof?”
Continued from Page A-1 later in the afternoon during rush hour. Suzanne Paholski, who has two kids in high school, said she is “not in favor of it.” “By pushing back the start time you push back everything in the day. Not just school, but after-school activities, family time, and bed time,” Paholski said, adding that her children go to sleep at 10:30 p.m. and get up at 6:30 a.m. “I don’t have problems getting them up in the morning,” she added. Gabriel Coxson, 14, who goes to Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, said that starting school later will not help students, especially high school students. “The only beneﬁt is going to be for people who actually go home, and actually get right to homework, and go to sleep...I am not one of those people.” But not everyone was completely against the proposal. Dorothy Gardner, a Montgomery County Public School ESOL teacher and parent, said she asked her students to speak with their parents about bell times and came representing them. “I did have one class where parents were really for the time change because it is dark [in the morning], and it is really early,” Gardner said. Gardner’s older high school class spoke about a completely different issue. “They have to pick up their brothers and sisters,” the teacher said, adding that she sees the beneﬁts on both sides. Schools ofﬁcials said a ﬁnal decision won’t be made until all the community input has been gathered on the recommendations, and full cost and operational impacts have been determined. “We don’t want ignore anybody,” said Matthews. The next community forum is scheduled to take place on Dec. 16 in Rockville at Richard Montgomery High School, located at 250 Richard Montgomery Drive. 129801G
TWELVE COUNTY FOOTBALL TEAMS STILL ELIGIBLE FOR PLAYOFF BERTHS, THREE HAVE CLINCHED, B-3
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There are times when 10thyear St. Andrew’s Episcopal School girls’ soccer coach Glenn Whitman said he thinks Lions striker Jarena Harmon might make an excellent contortionist. “If she doesn’t put the ball in the net with her foot, it’s any part of her body from ankle to head,” Whitman said of his leading scorer. “She has tremendous control of her body. And she doesn’t get rattled in front of the goal. As someone who gets pushed and prodded every game, she never loses her
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MC star came for books, leads nation in goals
DAN FELDMAN STAFF WRITER
Paint Branch High School football coach Mike Nesmith and senior receiver Javonn Curry said they have a similar exchange whenever they pass each other in the hallway. “Are you going to make any big plays at all this year?” Nesmith asks. “I got you, coach,” Curry says after laughing. “It’s going to come.” “I hope so,” Nesmith says. “The year’s almost over. Make a play.” Of course, Nesmith is just taking advantage of one of his favorite Curry attributes, his ability to take a joke. Curry has 41 catches for 600 yards and 11 touchdowns entering No. 6 Paint Branch’s game against No. 8 Sherwood on Friday. Really, Nesmith expected this type of production last season from Curry. But caught on a team with internal issues, Curry was limited. The year before, Curry led Paint PHOTOS BY GREG DOHLER/THE GAZETTE Branch to a championship in the Paint Branch High School wide Freaks in Cleats 7-on-7 tournament receiver Javonn Curry. at Towson when several top older players were out with injuries. Ever since, Nesmith was sky high on the player who’d already impressed him as a freshman on junior varsity. “We’ve seen those ﬂashes that, when he was on — in that passing league tournament, he was on — no one would stop him,” Nesmith said. “He’s got great size. You’re not going to have a lot of defensive
composure.” The junior, who transferred from National Cathedral School a year ago, may have caught a few opponents by surprise during a 31-goal 2012 campaign, but Harmon has been the main target for every team’s defense in 2013. Yet somehow the Division I recruit seems completely unfazed by the added pressure with 34 goals in 12 games this fall — the Lions face Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart this afternoon in the ﬁrst round of the season-ending Independent School League “A” Division girls’ soccer tournament. “People are going to defend her, teams come up with defensive packages against her,” the 10th-year coach said. “[We just
Paint Branch High School wide receiver Javonn Curry (right) catches a pass during team practice Thursday at the school in Burtonsville.
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Raptors open playoffs as No. 2 team in U.S. BY
KENT ZAKOUR STAFF WRITER
Three months ago, Gabriel Ndiaye was not in the United States. He was back home, in Gambia, a West African country, getting ready to move across the Atlantic Ocean for college. Now, he is the most proliﬁc goal-scorer in the country for the second-ranked National Junior College Athletic Association Division III men’s soccer team heading into postseason play. Ndiaye’s Montgomery College (19-1) squad earned a ﬁrst-round bye in the Region XX tournament (hosted by Prince George’s Community College) and is scheduled to play in the semiﬁnal round Thursday. The national tournament is scheduled for Nov. 14-17 at Herkimer County Community College in New York. “This is why we play
this game,” Raptors secondyear coach Pedro Braz said. “We play to go to the postseason and make a run. Last year was a surprise, but this year we have a target on us being the No. 2 team in the country. Opponents expect us to be good; we expect it and [Ndiaye] is one of the reasons why.” Ndiaye came to Montgomery College, admittedly, very raw on the soccer ﬁeld. He grew up playing unorganized soccer from a very young age. So, after enrolling at Montgomery College, he attended the Raptors’ open tryout sessions and immediately impressed the coaching staff. “The ﬁrst thing we noticed is he was a very talented natural goal scorer,” Braz said. “But he just didn’t have a lot of experience playing in an organized setting. He played a lot of street soccer back home and he struggled at the beginning and was a reserve, but now that he understands, he’s just doing what he is
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Scoring: Not a one-person deal anymore Twenty-plus goal scorers have become a rarity in county girls’ soccer n
BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County’s 25 public high school girls’ soccer teams have collectively scored an average of 27 goals apiece in 2013. Up until recently, that likely would’ve been the handy work of just one player. In the fall of 1998, a Watkins Mill
freshman by the name of Noelle Keselica scored an unprecedented 35 goals and averaged 25 a year over a four-year tenure. Walter Johnson’s all-time leading scorer, Caroline Miller, graduated in 2009 with a 22-per-year goal scoring average and Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s recent string of four consecutive state titles was propelled by go-to scorers such as Hannah Cooper (Class of 2009, four straight 18-plus goal seasons) and Vic Gersh (20 goals scored in 2009-10). Gone are the days, for the most part it seems, of such dominant scorers. But the trend is in no way a sign of trouble for the county’s soccer teams. In fact,
coaches agree it’s symptomatic of increased talent county-wide. As more and more elite level clubs have popped up all over the region and attracted younger and younger athletes, experienced players are ﬁlling out teams’ depth charts in all areas of the county, not just the traditionally strong Bethesda and Potomac areas, Walt Whitman coach Greg Herbert said. Case in point, Gaithersburg’s recent ascent into the county’s upper echelon. Thirteen different players have scored for both Winston Churchill and Whitman in 2013 but none have exceeded eight
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Eliza Doll (left) of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School loks to shoot the ball near the goal of host Walt Whitman during a game this fall.
Continued from Page B-1 goals. B-CC has 19 players with at least one goal and no one with more than six. Damascus senior midﬁelder Steph Cox is currently the county’s leading scorer with 18 goals but the Swarmin’ Hornets have outscored their opponents 64-5 and still have 15 players with at least one goal. Even defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion Our Lady of Good Counsel lacks one particular scorer with 12 contributors and none with more than 12 goals — in 2011 two Falcons scored 22plus goals. “The trend [of more balanced scoring] is deﬁnitely there,” said Churchill coach Haroot Hakopian, who has been coaching in the county for two decades. In those times you had solid players and one outstanding player take it upon themselves to score. Now
you have several teams across the county with girls with six to 10 scorers. That means when they get the opportunity to ﬁnish, they’re ﬁnishing.” The county is in no shortage of star power capable of peppering the stat sheet. If Whitman midﬁelder Aliza Wolfe played in the front ﬁeld and put more emphasis just on scoring, Herbert and Hakopian agreed, her numbers could sky rocket. Though more comfortable in the set-up role, Hakopian said B-CC senior and Colgate University recruit Eliza Doll has the ability to take over games in a similar manner. The recent trend has also been boosted by the type of player being developed at a young age, Hakopian said, and the brand of soccer it enables high school teams to employ. Players are more versatilethesedaysthantheywere 10 to 15 years ago, Hakopian said, and can play various roles on the ﬁeld depending on where they’re
needed. Teams are generally able to efﬁciently execute a prettier, more possession style of soccer that lends itself to more balance among scoring options, coaches agreed. Kurtz joked after the Barons’ 2-1 win over Whitman earlier this month that he would pay to have the high-scoring numbers he was accustomed to in the mid-2000s — one-goal decisions can be stressful — but the recent lack of dominant scoring signiﬁes a new level of competition in Montgomery County girls’ soccer. “You don’t see those players anymore who are ripping home 25 goals,” Kurtz said. “Hannah Cooper scored 18 goals for us four years in a row, I’d be paying her if she did that for us now. But the good thing is we’re getting it from a lot of different players.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued from Page B-1 doing, which is score.” Ndiaye, who appeared softspoken and thoughtful during Monday’s practice, deﬂected the praise to his teammates. He’s made 15 starts and appeared in 19 games this fall. “I owe it all to them and coach because they make sure I’m in the right place and their skills are amazing. I mean, Nick Castro has assisted on half of my goals,” Ndiaye said. “The atmosphere is just amazing here and we have a lot of diverse cultures, but we all hang out, call each other and stay together as a team.” The 20-year-old freshman, who lives in Silver Spring, has been enjoying his time immersing himself in American culture. His favorite thing is all of the fast food establishments. “The food is the best here,” Ndiaye said. “McDonalds, Chipotle, Burger King — I try everything.” Ndiaye, who is studying business and economics, moved to the United States primarily for education, but said he couldn’t give up his favorite sport. “It was a little tough to move, but the education system is so much better here than back
Continued from Page B-1 played a team] who boxed her in. They put four girls with a box around her, almost like a boxand-one in basketball. It was effective for a while but she’s going to get through.” Looking at Harmon’s statistics the past two years it would be easy to make two quick assumptions, that she either racks up a ton of goals against weaker teams or is averse to involving her teammates. But it’s quite the contrary, Whitman said. Harmon just happens to have a knack for scoring that is a rarity among high school athletes these days and joined a St. Andrew’s program in need of a go-to scorer. It was obvious on Harmon’s ﬁrst touch of the ball at 2012 tryouts that she was going to be a special player for the Lions, Whitman said. In addition to superior technical ability, Whitman said, she possesses speed with and
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Our Lady of Good Council High School’s ﬁeld hockey team raises the championship trophy after beating Holy Cross. 2-1 in overtime, to win the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship Thursday at the University of Maryland, College Park.
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Our Lady of Good Counsel ﬁeld hockey coach Theda Bagdon had a simple message for her players prior to Thursday night’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game, the ﬁfth straight year the Falcons matched up with Academy of the Holy Cross in the season ﬁnale.
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Gabriel Ndiaye (right) practices with the Montgomery College men’s soccer team Monday at the campus in Rockville. home,” he said. “I’ve loved playing soccer since I was little — you ask for soccer balls for Christmas every year back home — but the education is my ﬁrst goal. Montgomery College is averaging 6.2 goals per game with a .729 shot percentage while allowing just 0.9 goals per game. The Raptors, who don’t feature much height, are extremely technical, focused on ball control and make quick passes and swift movements.
“We don’t like the ball in the air a lot,” Braz said with a laugh and smile. Sophomore center back and Sherwood graduate Sergio Navarrete agreed. “It’s a lot of team play. The line between starters and the reserves is becoming more and more blurred,” he said. “The level of play is great.”
without the ball like no one he has worked with in 20 years of coaching. And she is a remarkably consistent performer. Harmon has scored at least once in 11 of 12 games played this season, including eight hat tricks (three goals or more). Though Whitman said he believes in honoring individually talented players’ skill level and ability to take on the opposition — soccer is a game of freedom and creativity — Harmon has never lost sight of the fact that she is not one versus 11, he said. Becoming part of Harmon’s scoring has become a source of pride among the Lions, Whitman said, and the Lions’ leader — only the third junior team captain during Whitman’s tenure — strives to involve those around her. Kristin Butler (nine assists) and second-leading scorer Memuna McShane (three goals, eight assists) are two of the Lions’ biggest playmakers. The thing to remember, Whitman said, is Harmon doesn’t need
high school soccer as she plays year-round at an extremely high level with the nationally-ranked McLean Youth Soccer 96 Force Elite Clubs National League. But Harmon said she relishes the opportunity to represent St. Andrew’s on the pitch, an attitude Whitman said he admires. Harmon carries a much heavier load at St. Andrew’s than with McLean but that has helped her grow as an overall soccer player, she and Whitman agreed. But she’s always had the composure in the offensive third to be a top scorer, Whitman said. “Last year she was a very traditional striker,” Whitman said. “Now she has learned to pull herself away from trafﬁc, away from tight marking, she can score from 30 yards out, she can withdraw back to the midﬁeld when necessary. With her soccer IQ she makes those adjustments without direction. ... Sometimes I feel like she is a contortionist with how she puts the ball into the net.”
“Everybody has to try just a little bit harder, do just a little bit better, think just a little deeper, work just a little longer,” she said. It’s former gymnast Mary Lou Retton’s quote, and from thelooksofhowthegameturned out, with Good Counsel shedding the runner-up moniker that has haunted it for the past half decade, it did just the trick. When the Tartans tied it up 1-1 in the second half, they dug just a little deeper, holding on to extend the game to overtime. When Holy Cross fired in 12 shots on goalie Caroline Campbell, the keeper tried just a little bit harder. And when Elaine McCabe deked Holy Cross goalie Kathleen Mauck with 2 minutes, 58 seconds remaining in overtime, Good Counsel rose just one notch higher. “I told them, I said, ‘Every single time you feel one ounce of pulling back, think I have to work a little harder, I have to think a little deeper,’” Bagdon said. “The chemistry and the heart of this team, and the undying support for each other, there’s no girl — it’s awesome. There’s no division.” The victory has been a long time coming for Good Counsel. Bagdon watched her team relinquish a 2-0 second-half lead last year to lose 3-2 in overtime, and a player was sent off during the extra period, making it seven on six. The 2009 championship went to extra minutes as well, and that one ended in a 1-0 overtime victory in Holy Cross’s favor. Two years later, the title was decided by another one-goal margin, a 2-1 Tartans victory. “I am so happy right now,” Campbell said. “We have been
to so many championships and we have worked so hard in the off-season and regular season and this team is so close and we wanted it so badly. We put it all on the ﬁeld and we’re so happy.” Just down the road at James H. Blake there was another postseason tilt providing some free ﬁeld hockey. The Bengals, hosting Springbrook, went to overtime before knocking in the game-winner. They advanced to top-seeded Sherwood on Monday night (results came in after deadline). In the round previous, in which Col. Zadok Magruder and Gaithersburg were the lone game in the 4A West, the Trojans took two additional frames to ﬁnally top the Colonels. No. 1 seeded Quince Orchard proceeded to knock them out in the ensuing round, 5-0. While Stone Ridge’s 2-1 victory over St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes onThursdaywasn’tquitethewatershed win being had by Good Counsel, it was similar in nature. The Saints are the owners of 10 of the past 11 Independent School League titles, and though it was only a regular season matchup, the win certainly raised an eyebrowortwo,especiallywithplayoffs just a week away.
Cross country A pair of Good Counsel runners had a banner day Saturday in the WCAC cross country championships at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, Va. Sophomore Megan Crilly took home the girls’ individual championship by running the course in a time of 20:55.06, while senior Collin Crilly won the boys’ race with a time of 16:27.57. Overall, Good Counsel’s girls finished second at the meet with 47 points, seven behind Bishop O’Connell as Cosette Riley (21:13) ﬁnished fourth and Cassidy Burke (21:15) placed ﬁfth, The Falcons boys won the team title by two points over Gonzaga, as they had ﬁve runners ﬁnish in the top 12 (Crilly, Jack Wavering, Tyler Richards, Matt Lopez, Kevin McGivern). Even the two runners who didn’t score performed remarkably well as Miguel Alonso and Jeff Moxley ﬁnished 16th and 17th, respectively.
Tennis Holton-Arms School junior No. 1 singles player Lilly Lynham might not have physically won her match against Bullis’ Ines Vias in Thursday’s seasonending Independent School League “AA” Division tournament ﬁnal but her just being on the court at Madeira (Virginia) was vital to Holton’s ninth title in 10 years. Lynham was rather sick Thursday but this year’s ISL tournament took on a new structure — dual matches rather than separate brackets per position. If Lynham sat out Thursday’s ﬁnal, everyone down the Panthers’ ladder would have to move up a spot. Holton, which defeated St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (6-1) and National Cathedral School (4-3) in the ﬁrst and second rounds won the ﬁnal, 5-2 Thursday. “I was very tempted not to play [Lynham] because she was in pain but she asked me to play in the last match so she played at her request, not mine,” Holton coach Yann Auzoux said. “In this particular format, that makes a big difference. Last year it wouldn’t have made a big difference because we probably would’ve been in good position in every other position.” Bullis won the top two singles courts — last year’s ISL No. 1 singles champion Vias avenged a regular-season loss to Lynham with a win Thursday — but Holton won third and fourth singles and swept the doubles. Maya Das’ win at No. 3 singles Thursday capped an undefeated 2013. Jillian Lawler won at No. 4. Holton’s No. 1 doubles team consisted of Karsyn Lawler and Elise Lovett and Susan Darvishi and Sophie Gary won on the second doubles court. The team’s only two seniors, Lauren Di Franco and Lauren Ahn won the third doubles match. Auzoux credits Holton’s dominance of the league the past decade with the programs that have been implemented for younger athletes at the school, helping prepare them to feed into the varsity squad. “I think what we’ve managed to do is establish a good system for the girls to go through,” Auzoux said.
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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. 8. 10.
8-0 6-4 7-1 7-1 7-1 7-1 5-3 6-2 5-3 5-3
Quince Orchard Cougars Good Counsel Falcons Bullis Bulldogs Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets Gaithersburg Trojans Paint Branch Panthers Clarksburg Coyotes Sherwood Warriors Northwest Jaguars Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles
60 54 48 42 36 28 22 17 17 5
Also receiving votes: Whitman 1.
LEADERS Top rushers Khalil Wilson, Einstein Dage Davis, Geo. Prep Zac Morton, Whitman Charles Lyles, Poolesville Isaac Boyd, Avalon Devonte Williams, Bullis Chris Dawson, G. Counsel E. Spottswood, Sherwood Kevin Joppy, Q. Orchard D. Sims, Wheaton
Carries 140 159 186 171 110 147 157 112 94 116
Yards 1412 1285 1224 1145 1126 1122 978 803 671 649
Cmp-Att. Chuck Reese, Rockville 216-343 Sam Ellis, Wootton 159-304 G. Cooper, P. Branch 128-217 Renzo Farfan, R. Mont. 118-217 Mike Murtaugh, QO 73-118 Marvin Galdamez, Ken. 82-137 C. Reighard, Seneca 81-146 Nick DeCarlo, G’burg 59-104 Evan Smith, Whitman 63-127 Raymond Burtnick, Blair 53-115
Top receivers Jibri Woods, Wootton Trevon Diggs, Wootton Joey Cornwell, Rockville Ryan Stango, P. Branch Louison Biama, Rockville Javonn Curry, P. Branch Michael Scott, Kennedy Anthony Albert, Rockville Steven Kelly, B-CC Phil Osborn, R. Mont.
Catches 55 62 53 39 33 41 41 46 21 39
Avg. 10.1 8.1 6.6 6.7 10.2 7.6 6.2 7.2 7.1 5.6
Yards 2465 2221 1751 1324 1275 1027 1015 977 819 770 Yards 791 762 655 625 623 600 581 524 486 465
Int. 11 12 5 6 4 5 5 5 9 5
TDs 13 17 11 9 22 17 12 11 13 6 TDs 33 18 24 14 15 5 11 7 7 7
Avg. TDs 14.4 5 12.3 9 12.4 7 16.0 8 18.9 6 14.6 11 14.2 1 11.4 8 23.1 5 11.9 8
12 county teams still have playoff hopes n
Three schools have clinched berths
Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association determines the four teams that advance to the postseason in football through a points
FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK BY DAN FELDMAN system that rewards schools for defeating good teams. Here’s a look at the race for playoff berths with two regular-season games to be played:
4A West Quince Orchard High School has clinched a playoff berth and controls its own destiny for the No. 1 seed. It’s possible Quince Orchard clinches the No. 1 seed this weekend. Gaithersburg has also clinched a playoff berth and controls its destiny. Northwest controls its destiny for a top-three seed and would clinch a playoff berth by winning either of its last two games (Quince Orchard or Springbrook).
Clarksburg controls its destiny for making the playoffs. Whitman must win at least one of its remaining two games (Churchill and Blair) to have a chance of qualifying. If Wootton loses to Rockville and Clarksburg beats Magruder this week, Wootton would be eliminated. If Wootton beats Rockville, Wootton will enter Week 10 with a chance to make the playoffs, but even a ﬁnal-week victory over Quince Orchard wouldn’t guarantee a postseason berth. Blair can possibly remain in contention with a loss to Blake this week. But Blair cannot overcome a loss to Whitman the following week.
4A North Paint Branch controls its own destiny for receiving a top-two seed. Paint Branch would clinch a playoff berth with any one of the following outcomes in the next two weeks: Paint Branch over Sherwood, Paint Branch over Gaithersburg, Woodlawn over Kenwood, Parkville over Kenwood, Bethesda-Chevy Chase over Richard Montgomery, Churchill over Whitman,
The Gazette sports staff picks the winners for this week’s games involving Montgomery football teams. Here are this week’s selections:
Continued from Page B-1 backs that can cover a 6-[foot]-3 wide receiver in high school that’s got very good speed and is going up to catch balls with his hands. We knew that, if he played to his potential, that he could be what he’s become.” Curry never played organized football before high school, though he said he was pretty good in pick-up games with his friends. As he learned to wear
Montgomery County record All games
Northwood at Watkins Mill Einstein at Seneca Valley Wootton at Rockville Wheaton at Damascus Churchill at Whitman Gaithersburg at Walter Johnson Bethesda-Chevy Chase at R. Montgomery Northwest at Quince Orchard Magruder at Clarksburg Kennedy at Springbrook Sherwood at Paint Branch Blake at Blair Boonesboro at Poolesville Georgetown Prep at Landon Bullis at Episcopal
Wootton* Whitman R. Montgomery B-Chevy Chase Churchill Walter Johnson*
4-4 5-3 2-6 2-6 1-7 1-7
4-1 3-1 2-2 1-2 1-3 1-3
207 139 169 135 178 196 106 235 46 247 43 227
Montgomery 4A East Division Team
Paint Branch Sherwood Springbrook* Blair Kennedy Blake
7-1 6-2 4-4 4-4 3-5 1-7
4-0 3-0 2-2 1-3 1-2 0-4
324 79 199 140 159 91 149 133 133 129 36 222
Montgomery 4A West Division Team
Quince Orchard Gaithersburg Northwest Clarksburg* Magruder
8-0 7-1 6-2 5-3 1-7
3-0 3-1 1-2 1-2 0-3
324 26 182 84 274 113 139 104 89 337
Montgomery 3A Division
Poolesville, currently ranked third, controls its own destiny for making the playoffs. If Poolesville beats Boonsboro and one or both of the two teams directly behind Poolesvile (Catoctin and Oakdale) lose this weekend, that alone would not guarantee Poolesville a playoff berth. With wins in both its final games, Poolesville could ﬁnish with the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 or No. 4 seed.
Watkins Mill Seneca Valley Wootton Damascus Whitman Gaithersburg R. Mont. Q. Orchard Clarksburg Springbrook Paint Branch Blair Boonesboro Geo. Prep Bullis
Watkins Mill Seneca Valley Wootton Damascus Whitman Gaithersburg B-CC Q. Orchard Clarksburg Springbrook Paint Branch Blair Poolesville Geo. Prep Bullis
Watkins Mill Seneca Valley Wootton Damascus Whitman Gaithersburg R. Mont. Q. Orchard Clarksburg Springbrook Paint Branch Blair Boonesboro Geo. Prep Bullis
Watkins Mill Seneca Valley Wootton Damascus Whitman Gaithersburg R. Mont. Q. Orchard Clarksburg Springbrook Paint Branch Blair Boonesboro Geo. Prep Bullis
Watkins Mill Seneca Valley Wootton Damascus Whitman Gaithersburg B-CC Q. Orchard Clarksburg Springbrook Sherwood Blair Boonesboro Geo. Prep Bullis
Rockville QB tosses for state-best 480 yards, 8 touchdowns vs. Magruder
One month after being named 2013 USA Swimming Athlete of the Year, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart junior Katie Ledecky was honored as United States Olympic Committee SportsWoman of the Year at an awards ceremony in New York Tuesday that was part of the 100 Days Out Celebration, counting down to this winter’s Olympic Games in Sochi. A year after winning her ﬁrst Olympic gold medal in the
Damascus has clinched a playoff berth. If it wins its ﬁnal two games, Damascus could ﬁnish with the No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 seed. The loser of Friday’s Seneca Valley-Einstein game will be eliminated. Both teams will be eliminated if South Hagerstown wins a game. Rockville must win its ﬁnal two games (Wootton and Poolesville) and South Hagerstown must lose its final two games (Williamsport and North Hagerstown).
Montgomery 4A South Division
Damascus Seneca Valley Einstein Rockville Watkins Mill Wheaton Northwood
7-1 5-3 4-3 5-3 2-6 1-7 1-7
5-0 4-1 3-1 3-3 1-3 0-4 0-4
Montgomery 2A Independent Team
6-2 181 122
Private schools Team
240 82 233 85 178 205 296 246 84 238 104 271 60 313
Bullis 7-1 255 88 Good Counsel 6-4 226 121 Avalon 5-4 252 158 Georgetown Prep 4-4 232 190 Landon 2-5 142 154 * Includes forfeit result
Last week’s scores
USOC honors Katie Ledecky
KEEPING IT BRIEF
Rockville High School quarterback Chuck Reese threw for 480 yards and eight touchdowns — marks that best Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association single-game records — in Rockville’s 64-41 win Friday against Col. Zadok Magruder. Rockville fell behind 35-8 in the ﬁrst quarter as Magruder read Rockville’s signals. After changing signals during halftime, Reese found immediate success to begin the third quarter. “Then, his conﬁdence was through the roof,” Rockville offensive coordinator Jason Lomax said. “After that, they couldn’t even slow him down.”
Einstein over Seneca Valley, Franklin over Dundalk, Patapsco over Landsowne, Bethesda Chevy-Chase over Walter Johnson, Blair over Whitman, Blake over Seneca Valley, Churchill over Damascus, Einstein over Watkins Mill, Kennedy over Sherwood, Springbrook over Northwest, Franklin over Catonsville, Towson over Dulaney, Perry Hall over Dundalk or Milford Mill over Woodlawn. Sherwood would guarantee a playoff berth by winning either of its ﬁnal two games (Paint Branch or Kennedy). Springbrook must win its ﬁnal two games (Kennedy and Northwest) to have a chance of reaching the playoffs. If Springbrook beats Kennedy, either of two sets of outcomes would eliminate Springbrook this week: First, Howard over River Hill and Sherwood over Paint Branch; second, Howard over River Hill, Whitman over Churchill, Northwood over Watkins Mill, Quince Orchard over Northwest, Magruder over Clarksburg, Richard Montgomery over Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Seneca Valley over Einstein and Springbrook over Kennedy.
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Rockville High School quarterback Chuck Reese throws against Watkins Mill during a football game earlier this season. Reese threw for 480 yards and eight touchdowns last week against Col. Zadok Magruder. 800-meter freestyle in London, Ledecky claimed four gold medals — 1,500-meter freestyle, 800-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, 800-meter freestyle relay — at this summer’s 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Ledecky’s time of 15 minutes, 36.53 seconds crushed the previous 1,500-meter freestyle world record by more than six seconds; she set another world mark in the 800-meter freestyle and an American record in the 400-meter
freestyle. With her time of 3:59.82, Ledecky became the ﬁrst American woman to eclipse the 4-minute mark in the event and ﬁrst U.S. woman, second overall, to sweep the three individual distance freestyle events at a single World Championships. Ledecky, who follows in the footsteps of such athletes as Janet Evans and Natalie Coughlin, became the ﬁrst women’s swimmer to be named USOC SportsWoman of the Year since 2008.
pads and run plays, he was still at least somewhat unsure of himself for his ﬁrst couple seasons. He wasn’t unconﬁdent. He just wasn’t conﬁdent. “I didn’t really have any,” Curry said of expectations when he joined Paint Branch’s football program. “I knew I could catch, and I was pretty fast. I was just going out and trying to see if I actually could be good.” He is. Still, Curry has no scholarship offers, though Towson has shown interest ever since that 7-on-7 tournament in the
summer of 2011. Since, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Robert Morris and Stony Brook have expressed interest. Discussing Curry’s prospects of landing a scholarship offer, Nesmith uses the knowledge he feigns lacking in the Paint Branch hallways. “It’s going to pick up for him,” Nesmith said. “I really think, as the year goes on and if we’re able to have success in the playoffs, once people start looking at his ﬁlm, they’re going to realize this kid is a pretty special talent.”
Poolesville 23, Wheaton 20 Blair 34, Einstein 18 Damascus 16, Seneca Valley 14 Wootton 24, R. Montgomery 20 Whitman 28, Walter Johnson 3 Springbrook 35, Churchill 7 P. Branch 54, B.-Chevy Chase 14 Clarksburg 14, Northwest 13 Rockville 64, Magruder 41 Q. Orchard 41, Gaithersburg 6 Sherwood 32, Blake 16 Spalding 28, Georgetown Prep 24 S. Hagerstown 42, Watkins Mill 0 Avalon 60, KIPP 14 Good Counsel 35, O’Connell 10 Kennedy 49, Northwood 13 Bullis 24, Landon 0
BEST BET Sherwood at Paint Branch,
6:30 p.m. Friday. Both teams will likely make the playoffs in the 4A North Region, but only the winner is guaranteed a berth. Sherwood has won eight the past nine games in the rivalry, including a 35-0 victory last season. Quarterback Gaston Cooper leads the Paint Branch offense.
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Year of unpredicatable results continues in boys’ soccer
If it seemed like the Thomas S. Wootton High School girls’ soccer team didn’t know what it was doing, or what kind of team it wanted to be, early this season, it didn’t. During a 2-6 start ﬁrst-year Pa-
SOCCER NOTEBOOK BY NICK CAMMAROTA AND JENNIFER BEEKMAN triots coach Andrew Ratti, a 1989 Wootton graduate, said it’s possible the team implemented a different formation in every game. “The ﬁrst part of the season, they were ﬁguring me out, I was ﬁguring out our personnel,” Ratti said. “We played almost every formation trying to ﬁgure out what works best for us.”
The Patriots found it in an offensiveminded 3-4-3 rooted in a possession style soccer and have turned a corner in the last month, just in time to position themselves as a dangerous ﬂoater in the Class 4A West Region tournament that started a week ago. Wootton is undefeated in its last seven games, including a 3-2, ﬁrst-round win over Col. Zadok Magruder. The Patriots faced the region’s bottom section’s second seed, Gaithersburg, Tuesday night but the game ended too late to be included in this edition of The Gazette. Whatever the result, Ratti said, the positive strides taken this fall will only continue to beneﬁt the program next year as the 1998 state champion Wootton tries to regain its spot in the county’s elite. “One of the things, I look back at what Dave Greene did with the program, we were a powerhouse when I played and after I left and I want to try and get
the girls back to where we’re not losing in the ﬁrst or second round of playoffs and a better record than what we’ve had [recently],” Ratti said. “It’s not a one-year process. We’re on our way.”
Boys’ soccer In what likely was a surprise to nobody, there were upsets in the opening round of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association boys’ soccer tournament across all classiﬁcations. One result, however, was particularly surprising, even when one takes into account how unpredictable this season has been. On Saturday afternoon, Richard Montgomery beat Winston Churchill in a 4A West ﬁrst-round match, 3-2. Now, the context. Churchill, which featured one of the deeper rosters in the county, is bolstered by dynamic
goal-scorers in J.J. Van Der Merwe and Nathan Ferdowski and ﬁnished ﬁrst in the 4A South Division during the regular season. The Bulldogs went 10-3-1 (4-1-0 in division) and scored 32 goals while allowing 12. The Rockets, on the other hand, were last in the 4A South. Plagued by an inability to score all season, Richard Montgomery only found the back of the net nine times and allowed 22 goals. They went 3-10-1 (1-4-0 in division) and lost to Churchill, 2-0, on October 17. Oddly enough, that was the score at halftime of Saturday’s match. But somehow, as if county coaches needed a reminder as to the volatile parity in the league this year, the Rockets rallied to score three goals — one third of their previous total on the season — to upend the Bulldogs. “I’ve been at RM 10 years now and this has been the most parity I’ve ever seen,” said Rockets coach Chamy Wi-
jeratne. “We’ve had some bad luck this year and we haven’t scored as many goals as we needed to, but the guys kept believing and none of the players gave up.” Of the Montgomery County games that were played in the 4A bracket in the ﬁrst round, four went into overtime. One such game was between Walter Johnson and Bethesda-Chevy Chase where Nicholas Montes scored the winner in the ﬁrst overtime. “I cannot recall a season where it was so open,” Wildcats coach Hector Morales said. “I feel like the ﬁrst playoff game is like the ﬁrst game of the regular season, you’ve just got to get that ﬁrst one under you.” The other matches that took extra time to decide: Walt Whitman edged Kennedy in penalty kicks, Sherwood beat Springbrook also in PKs and Wootton downed Northwest in overtime.
Poolesville’s libero helps make Falcons a state contender BY
TRAVIS MEWHIRTER STAFF WRITER
During a match against Damascus High School earlier this year, Sarah Kenneweg hit the ﬂoor to save a Madison Wyatt kill attempt. Later, the Poolesville senior stuck an arm out to turn an Annika Schwartz spike into a deftly placed pass for teammate and setter Allyson Convers to divvy out to her own hitters. Kenneweg is everywhere — her libero-distinguished jersey allows her to be — thinking ahead of hitters, getting to spots that looked open just seconds ago are now taken up by a diving, sliding or perfectly-positioned Kenneweg, frustrating the county’s best and most powerful hitters over and over again. “That is the worst feeling,” Schwartz said. “That’s a feeling I always feel when we play Poolesville. I’ve played club with her and she’s always there and I hate her for it. That’s the feeling and she obviously loves it and it’s so frustrating.” There isn’t much glory about being a libero, aside from the in-
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Poolesville High School’s Sarah Kenneweg goes on to the court against Springbrook on Oct. 23. trinsic satisfaction of trumping an outside hitters’ best shot. Being a hitter is glamorous, crowd-
fense and will pick up everything and has a fantastic attitude on and off the court.” It’s no accident Kenneweg has garnered such rave reviews from around the county. Her big sister, Megan, who is now an assistant coach, was slotted at hitter for Poolesville, but Sarah has forever been a defensive specialist. Falcons coach Fran DuVall ﬁrst saw the future Seton Hall University recruit when Sarah was just eight years old, small for her age even then, and the bright-eyed girl approached the coach with a request: “‘Hey coach Fran, show me what to do with a volleyball,’” she said. From then on, DuVall recalled, “every time she came up to me, she had always asked me for something to do and the amazing thing was, every time I’d see her, she was doing the thing I showed her last time I saw her.” When Kenneweg didn’t have a partner to pepper with, she always had a wall that would return it every time. And then something happened: she fell in love with passing a volleyball, not hitting it as many youths would. It didn’t take long for her to be a digging machine. But the best part for DuVall is that Kenneweg doesn’t just get a hand on a hit, she deadens it into an easily settable pass for Convers, who can turn around
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and set up Rosie Barry or Emily Agate for a hit of their own. “For whatever reason, we’ve never really had size at Poolesville,” DuVall said. “So ball control is huge, it’s absolutely huge. And she frustrates hitters. When you’re used to getting the ball down — when she’s back there, you’re not going to get one swing and be done. I just think she frustrates people. She covers a lot of the court.” Now in her senior season, Kenneweg is the core to an undefeatedPoolesvilleteam,onewhich has dropped a set only to Damascus, a group that recently snapped Sherwood’s 68-match winning streak. As far as their record goes, there’s no improving that. But there’s still one demon remaining that Kenneweg is determined to exorcise before she graduates: matching her sister with a state title of her own. The Falcons last won in 2008 and reached the semiﬁnals when Kenneweg was a freshman, but that’s the closest they’ve been in the libero’s fouryear starting career. “[Megan] would always tease me about not winning my freshman year because I’ve made it to semis,” she said. “But it would be awesome, for both of us to have won a state title.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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pleasing and fun. Being a libero is arduous and stressful, a test of any forearm’s durability to with-
stand hit after hit. Naturally, the position wasn’t Kenneweg’s ﬁrst choice — it was her only one. She’s small enough where, when asked for her height, she argued for quarters of an inch — “I’m like 5-[foot]-and a half, maybe 5-and-three quarters, 5-foot-1 with shoes on!” she said. This, along with a tremendous knack for passing a volleyball, adds up to one perfectly packaged libero. “I was kind of put into this position because of my height,” she said. “I didn’t really have a choice.” Had she been presented an option, there’s no telling what position she would have chosen. But she’s made the most out of what she’s been given. She may be the one libero in the county who has found a way to catch the eye of every single coach who has played Poolesville this season, more-so than the vast majority of the hitters. Col. Zadok Magruder coach Scott Zanni said in an email: “There shouldn’t be any debate — she is the best libero in the county. Only libero who is going to play D1 vball next year (Seton Hall) and is far and away the best skilled of all the liberos.” Damascus coach Becky Ronquillo: “Not sure of stats — but one heck of a player! So fast in de-
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HEAVEN ON EARTH British rock band prefers life on the road
British hard rock band Heaven’s Basement will play the Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday as a part of their eight-week-long North American tour. The band is opening for American rockers The Pretty Reckless. Heaven’s Basement — made up of vocalist Aaron
CARA HEDGEPETH STAFF WRITER
Buchanan, guitarist Sid Glover, bass player Rob Ellershaw and drummer Chris Rivers — recently wrapped a headlining tour of the U.K. Once their U.S. run ends in December, Heaven’s Basement will
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Irish pianist performs in Bethesda on Saturday
head right back out on the road in 2014 with stops in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. “That’s the best way for bands to do it,” Rivers said. “Touring.” But while many bands tour, Heaven’s Basement has
VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER
Classical pianist Finghin Collins from Dublin will perform works by Mozart, Debussy, Brahms and Schubert on Saturday at the Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church in Bethesda. He will teach a masterclass on Sunday in Glen Echo.
See HEAVEN, Page B-8
British Rock band Heaven’s Basement will perform at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday. JAMES MINCHIN III.
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L HEAVEN’S BASEMENT QUOTIDIAN THEATRE
n When: 7 p.m. Sunday
n Where: Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring
n Tickets: $24.50
n For information: 301-960-9999, ﬁllmoresilverspring.com
Through rose-colored glasses
L Mozart, Irish pianist Finghin ColLike llins started playing the piano at the age a of 3. And, like Mozart, he has an older o sister who also plays. Unlike Mozart, Collins did not have musical parents. They grew up h in rural Ireland, met at the university in Cork and became scientists — his father, an agricultural scientist, and his mother, a chemist. Nor were there musicians in the family, making the sudden emergence of musical talent surprising. However, Collins’ eldest sister, 10 years his senior, started piano lessons at age 7 and loved it. She passed along her enthusiasm to her siblings including Collins, the youngest of four children. “We all took to it like ﬁsh to water,” said Collins. “It just seems to have sprung from nowhere,” he said. “They love what we do, but they never had a lesson, never played a note.” Now in his 30s, Collins travels the world playing the works of Mozart and other classical composers as part of a solo career that also includes directing two music festivals in Ireland. Collins will be performing pieces by Mozart, Debussy, Brahms and Schubert on Saturday at the Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church in Bethesda. He will also be holding a masterclass open to the public on Sunday for three students with the Washington Conservatory of Music in Glen Echo Park.
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PIANIST FINGHIN COLLINS n Concert and Master Class CHRISTINE ALEXANDER
(From left) Frank Vince, Christian Sullivan, Steve LaRocque, Ted Schneider, Genevieve James, Carolyn Kashner, Frank Britton, Tiffany Garﬁnkle, Manolo Santalla, Ken Lechter and Steve Beall rehearse for “The Iceman Cometh.”
Latest from Quotidian examines perspective, pipe dreams BY
CARA HEDGEPETH STAFF WRITER
Through November, audiences will
have a rare opportunity to see the scarcely performed “The Iceman Cometh,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill presented by Quotidian Theatre in Bethesda. “It’s considered a masterpiece of theater but is very rarely performed,” said “Iceman” director Michael Avolio.
With a reputation for staging the understated, “Iceman” falls in line with Quotidian’s repertoire. “I enjoy the fact that they do realistic pieces,” said actress Carolyn Kashner. “They really engage you emotionally.”
See QUOTIDIAN, Page B-8
n Concert: 8 p.m. Saturday n Master class: 3 p.m. Sunday. Open to the public. n Where: Concert at Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda; Masterclass at Washington Conservatory at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo n Tickets: Free, donations accepted. n For information: 301-320-2770, washingtonconservatory.org
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‘wonders’never cease JACK ROSENBERG
Jack Rosenberg’s “Angry Sea.”
Awe inspiring “Inspired by Nature,” featuring turned wood bowls by Phil Brown of Silver Spring, ceramics by Bethesda artist Rebecca Ravenal, photographs by Jack Rosenberg of Potomac, watercolors by Silver Spring artist Madeline Wikler and collages by Patricia Zannie of Silver Spring, opens with a reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Gallery Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, Potomac. Although each participating artist has a personal artistic vision, each is inspired by nature. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www. harshalom.org.
The juried exhibit “small wonders” opens Friday at the Capitol Arts Network Gallery in Rockville, showcasing works measuring 12 inches by 12 inches or smaller from regional artists. As part of the exhibit, “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” will spotlight 21 miniature assemblage sculptures by Roanoke, Va., artist Page Turner, utilizing women’s dress forms and garments hand-sewn from antique sugar, ﬂour and salt sacks, personal objects, and domestic tools housed under bell jars and glass domes. Growing up in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia in a devout Mormon household, Turner was taught domestic traditions and skills from women in the family and community. Each of her sculptures is a totem of a speciﬁc woman who helped to forge Turner’s identity. An opening reception is set for 6-9 p.m. Friday. The exhibition runs to Nov. 25. Also opening Friday will be the Washington School of Photography’s “Ethiopia From the Heart,” featuring guest photographer Andarge Asfaw of Washington, D.C., and “I Will Win — The War,” a presentation of a painting about love and peace by internationally renown Dutch artist Erik Van Loon. The painting is Loon’s ninth in his “I Will Win” series for the New York City Marathon. For more information, visit www.capitolartsnetwork.com.
‘Superstar’ The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center will celebrate
the 40th anniversary of Norman Jewison’s hit ﬁlm, “Jesus Christ Superstar,”
with an exclusive Washington, D.C.area screening of the rock opera at 2:15 p.m. Saturday at the Silver Spring theater. Jewison’s 1973 adaptation of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway smash tells the story of Christ’s ﬁnal weeks told entirely in a series of dazzling songs, images and music. Star Ted Neeley will be present to participate in a Q&A before the ﬁlm, and will sign merchandise in the lobby following the screening. For more information, visit www.neeleytour. com. Visit www.aﬁ. com/silver.
Country music icon Travis Tritt is set to play at the Music Center at Strathmore at 8 p.m. on Friday.
Nashville star Country music legend Travis Tritt is set to perform at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Famous for songs such as “Here’s A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares),” “Help Me Hold On,” and “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” Tritt will perform many of his platinum-selling hits. Lyndsey Highlander is slated to open for the country crooner. For more information, visit www.strathmore.org.
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“Jesus Christ Superstar” will screen Saturday at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring. Lead actor Ted Neely will be present to help celebrate the ﬁlm’s 40th anniversary.
Artist Page Turner’s “Headmistress Harpie.” PAGE TURNER
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Award-winning play brings up many questions n
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In 2003, “The Pillowman” by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh was staged in London for the first time. Within 10 years, the show would premiere in eight other countries and win a slew of awards, including the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and multiple Tony Awards. Silver Spring Stage will stage its production of “The Pillowman” with opening night slated for Friday. “This show is unlike anything that I’ve ever seen on a stage,” said Chad Fornwalt, who plays Katurian in the show. “It’s just a really interesting combination of topics … it takes you on an emotional roller coaster. Just when you think you’re go-
n When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 1-23
ing to understand where we’re going with the story, it takes another little turn and sends you in a completely different direction.” The play revolves around the killings of children. Katurian is arrested by the police because his stories closely resemble the atrocities committed against the children. What follows is a series of questions and stories. Lars Klores, who plays detective Tupolski, said this isn’t a show for everybody. “There’s lots of heavy language and some disturbing images there,” Klores said. “People who ask me what the show’s about, I have a little line for them that I think pretty much sums it up — It’s like a nightmarish Kafka-esque episode of ‘Law & Order’ written by the Brothers Grimm and directed by Quentin Tarantino. That pretty much has everything in it.” Although the subject matter is fairly dark, neither Fornwalt
n Where: Silver Spring Stage, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $18-$20 n For information: 301-5936036; ssstage.org
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Chad Fornwalt plays writer Katurian in the upcoming Silver Spring Stage production of “The Pillowman.” nor Klores said they were uncomfortable doing the show. “What I’ve felt uncomfortable about is me trying to put myself in other people’s shoes,” Fornwalt said. “… I deﬁnitely do think about what other people might think. I really hope that when people come in, that they come in with a completely open mind and to not look at things the way maybe they always have.
On face value, it would be easy to say ‘Oh, there’s something wrong with this show. It’s too violent, it’s too dark.’ But if they can just give us a chance and go with us, there’s a lot more to this story than what is on the cover.” Klores, meanwhile, said that while there really is no message for the audience to take away from the show, the play itself is about storytelling and the re-
sponsibility, or lack thereof, of the storyteller. “There’s no message, per se, or at least I don’t think it can be distilled into a single message, but I will say like all great pieces of art, I do think ‘The Pillowman,’ is a great piece of art,” Klores said. “It leaves you with a lot of questions and it leaves you with a lot of things about art and about life that aren’t immedi-
ately apparent, but become apparent in your head as you start thinking about the play and it balloons for you. What I want to make sure audiences know is that, despite there being violence and despite there being horror … this is a play that gives you a lot to think about and discuss.” Fornwalt believes that all of the characters in the show are relatable, no matter what someone has dealt with personally. Overall, he said, the play isn’t about the violence or the dark material. “There’s just so much more to it,” Fornwalt said. “I just want people to come into it with an open mind and really understand what this piece is about.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Write what you know: Author explores ﬁction based on career Architecture serves as basis for World War II suspense novel n
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Charles Belfoure believes more folks should “take a crack at ﬁction.” “Most books are written by literary types, people with MFAs. It’s intimidating,” the 59-year-old architectauthor acknowledged. “But even late in life, people who don’t necessarily have training in writing can apply their backgrounds to telling stories. If [it turns out] they have a knack for writing, it may open up a whole new avenue.” Belfoure speaks from experience. The Baltimore-bred son of an immigrant single mother said he had no literary inﬂuences while growing up. Even now, he rarely reads ﬁction; notable exceptions include Baltimore-based novelist Anne Tyler’s body of work, and a few legal thrillers by John Grisham, who provided the model for applying his profession to ﬁction. Despite his background, Belfoure’s debut novel, “The Paris Architect,” a World War II story about an architect hired to design spaces in which Jews
could hide from the Gestapo, was released Oct. 8. The author co-opted the idea of priest holes, hiding places built into manor houses so clerics could celebrate Mass during the 16th century when English law persecuted Catholics. Architecture was Belfoure’s second career choice. He started off studying illustration, but switched gears as a result of a visit to a modern architecture exhibit fortuitously titled “Transformations” at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. “I hadn’t given much thought to architecture before. I paid no attention to it [while growing up] in Baltimore, but at MOMA, I was struck by the wonderful forms,” he recalled. Belfoure pursued the new ﬁeld at Pratt Institute and Columbia University, while reveling in the craftsmanship and detailing of the city’s historic architecture. His master’s thesis also led him to recognize he enjoyed the research and writing process. During the ensuing years, Belfoure developed a practice focused on historic preservation, and now works as an architect as well as a historic preservation consultant with a specialty in historic tax credit consulting. The Westminster resident has several current projects in Baltimore.
Charles Belfoure, author of “The Paris Architect.”
Before taking on the novel, Belfoure wrote nonﬁction in his ﬁeld, coauthoring the books “The Baltimore Rowhouse” and “Niernsee & Neilson, Architects of Baltimore,” and going solo on “Edmund G. Lind: Anglo-American Architect of Baltimore and the South,” “Dying by Design” and “Monuments to Money: The Architecture of American Banks.” He also has contributed freelance pieces to The Baltimore Sun and The New York Times.
There is method to Belfoure’s ﬁction. He begins with a basic one- or two- sentence outline, deﬁnes the protagonist and starts with “a chapter to draw the reader in. … [Then] I write as I go, discovering different plotlines and characters while I write.” The ﬂedgling novelist has advice for the non-writers he encourages to follow in his footsteps. “If you haven’t done something before, you need to buy all the equipment and you need someone with experience to give you brutally honest advice,” he said. That person, he added, should be qualiﬁed to offer opinions on whether the book has potential as well as whether a chapter should be moved or a character more fully delineated. Belfoure hired a freelance editor for feedback on his ﬁrst go-round, because he felt the manuscript must be “as polished and professional as possible.” Still, he said, writing is not the biggest challenge for a new author. “The economics of selling and marketing are far more daunting,” Belfoure said. “There’s the hard reality of ﬁnding an agent, and a publisher who has to really like the book.” So far, it appears that Belfoure’s strategy is working. Publishers Weekly
called his characters “well-rounded and intricate,” and noted that “heart, reluctant heroism, and art blend together in this spine-chilling page-turner.” And Booklist praised his “unadorned, zippy style and broad-brush characters” and compared him to “an up-and-coming Ken Follett.” Belfoure said that the book has been sold in Italy, Israel and Brazil. Random House bought the audio rights and ﬁlm companies have initiated contact. He has written a rough draft of a second novel, a crime-thriller with an architect as protagonist. And because of delays in ﬁnancing on his architectural projects, he has ample time to adhere to a ﬁve-day-a-week schedule of writing ﬁve to six hours a day. As for the future, Belfoure said he has one or two other stories to tell. He took a crack, and it seems he has the knack. Charles Belfoure will read and sign books at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Alexandria Library, Beatley Branch|Alexandria, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va. Call 703-746-1702.
IN THE ARTS Hollywood Ballroom, Oct. 30,
free International Quickstep Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m., ($16); Tea Dance from 12:30–3:30 p.m. ($6); Nov. 8, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15 cover); Nov. 9, Latin Night with Mr. Mambo, workshops from 8-10 p.m., dancing from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ($18 for workshop and dance; $15 for dance only); Nov. 10, free Hustle lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); Nov. 13, free International Waltz Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Nov. 14, Tea Dance from 12:30–3:30 p.m. ($6), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, www. hollywoodballroomdc.com Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-
days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, www.capitalblues.org. Contra, Nov. 1, Anna Rain calls to Nor’easter; Nov. 8, Dave Colestock with the fabulous Glen Echo Open Band; Nov. 15, Greg Frock calls to The Avant Gardeners; Nov. 22, Eric Black with Gallimaufry; Nov. 29, Nils Fredland calls to Elixir, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www.fridaynightdance.org. Contra & Square, Nov. 3, April Blum calls with Cabaret Sauvignon; Nov. 10, Valerie Helbert calls with Ari & Mia; Nov. 17, Ted Hodapp calls with Dance du Jour; Nov. 24, Eric Black calls with Dead Sea Squirrels, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www.fsgw.org. English Country, Oct. 30, Caller: Marth Siegel; Nov. 6, Caller: Carol Marsh; Nov. 13; Caller: Tom Spilsbury; Nov. 20, Caller: Stephanie Smith; Nov. 27, Caller: Bob Farrall, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www.fsgw.org.
Now and Then Dance Studio, Saturday Ballroom dances,
second and fourth Saturdays, beginner group lesson at 8 p.m., open dancing at 9 p.m., $10 cash
at door (all men admitted at half price throughout October), 10111 Darnestown Road, Rockville. 301424-0007, www.nowandthendancestudios.com. 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, www.ﬂyingfeet.org. Waltz, Nov. 3, Cabaret Sauvignon; Nov. 17, Rhapsody, 2:453:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10, www.waltztimedances.org.
MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, First Annual Grand Mas-
querade with Doc Scantlin, 8 p.m. Oct. 31; Eddie Palmieri’s Latin Jazz Septet, 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1-2; Avon Lucas, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3; Emman-
uel Triﬁlio Tango Trio, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6; Familiar Faces, 8 p.m. Nov. 8, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Della Mae, 8 p.m. Nov. 2; Thomas Pandolﬁ, 3 p.m. Nov. 3; District Comedy, 8 p.m. Nov. 8; call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-5282260, www.blackrockcenter.org. Fillmore Silver Spring, Cristian Castro with special guests Lazaro, 8 p.m. Oct. 30; Jessie Ware — Fall Tour 2013 with special guest Mikky Ekko, 8 p.m. Oct. 31; House of Blues 20th Anniversary Presents Third Eye Blind, 8 p.m. Nov. 1; The Pretty Reckless, 7 p.m. Nov. 3; Reel Big Fish, Five Iron Frenzy, Beautiful Bodies, Beebs & Her Money Makers, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6; New Found Glory/Alkaline Trio with H20, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7; Jake Miller, 7 p.m. Nov. 8, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301-960-9999, FillmoreSilverSpring.com, www.
Institute of Musical Traditions — Takoma Park, A Civil War
Scrapbook: CD Release with Hesperus & Maggies Music, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13; Takoma Park Community Center, call for prices, times, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, 301-960-3655, www.imtfolk.org. Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, Rafe & Clelia
Stefanini CD Release, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4; Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, www.imtfolk.org. Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. Oct. 30, Nov. 5-6, Nov. 9, Nov. 19-20; Voice, 7 p.m. Oct. 30-31; Chris Thile, 8 p.m. Oct. 30; Voice; Bootsy Collins, 8 p.m. Oct. 31; Julia Nixon: Tribute to Carole King, 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Nov. 1; Travis Tritt with opener Lyndsey Highlander, 8 p.m. Nov. 1; Jazz Vocal Intensive: Scat Singing 101, 10 a.m. Nov. 2;
AIR Mentor: Cathy Fink with guests Brad Kolodner and Amadou Kouyate, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6; Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango, 8 p.m. Nov. 7; BSO: Off the Cuff — The Planets, 8:15 p.m. Nov. 8; National Philharmonic: Lost Childhood, A Concert Opera, 8 p.m. Nov. 9; Kids EuroFestival: Leiutajateküla Lotte — Lotte from Gadgetville Vanemuine Theatre, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. Nov. 10; call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301581-5100, www.strathmore.org.
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The musical “Parade” is based on an ugly anti-Semitic incident in American history, but the songs and the way they express emotion are anything but ugly. “For a very dark [story], it’s got beautiful music,” said Craig Pettinati, director of the show for the Kensington Arts Theatre (KAT). With a cast of 15 actors and a 10-piece orchestra, the musical is running to Nov. 16 at the Kensington Town Center. “Parade” is based on the true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish-American man with a degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell who married a Jewish woman from Atlanta whose family owned a pencil factory. In 1913, police accused Frank of murdering Mary Phagan, a 13-yearold employee of the factory. Frank was convicted and spent years appealing, eventually reaching the Supreme Court. Directed by Hal Prince, “Parade” debuted on Broadway in 1998. Librettist Alfred Uhry, who grew up in Atlanta and wrote “Driving Miss Daisy,” won a Tony award for Best Book of a Musical. Jason Robert Brown, who wrote the music and lyrics, won a Tony for Best Original Music Score. KAT has also performed two of Brown’s other shows, “The Last Five Years” and “Songs for a New World.” “I see it as a story about pride,” said Bobby Libby, who plays the part of Frank. “There’s the pride that the Southerners have, and he has his own
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sense of pride. They sense that and turn on him.” The musical opens with a young soldier heading off to ﬁght for the South during the Civil War, singing goodbye to the girl he loves. “It’s so beautiful, you can’t help but be moved,” Libby said. The scene then shifts ﬁve decades ahead to 1913, where the people of Atlanta continue to take great pride in their history and culture, participating in a parade to honor Confederate soldiers who died in the war. Frank, who doesn’t understand the event, is viewed as an outsider, and the animosity is mutual. “As a protagonist, he’s kind of unsympathetic,” said Libby. “He doesn’t like where he lives. He doesn’t like the people or the community.” Frank’s wife, Lucille (Emily Zickler), tries to help him ﬁt in, but “their relationship is strained,” said Libby, and Lucille wonders if she married the right man. Frank, meanwhile, can’t understand how his wife can be both Jewish and culturally a Southerner. “He’s been living in the South a few years, and he’s reacting badly to all of it,” Libby said. “He loses sight of how
A mob mentality begins to form in the musical “Parade” presented by the Kensington Arts Theatre to Nov. 16. The show is based on the true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish-American man who was accused of murdering a 13-year-old girl in Atlanta in 1913. Holding the Bible is Brad Carnes-Stine as journalist Tom Watson. much he loves this woman.” After Phagan is murdered, prosecutor Hugh Dorsey (Michael Nansel) is told by the Georgia governor to get to the bottom of the sensational case. Initial suspicion is cast on Newt Lee, the black night watchman (Ian Anthony Coleman), but Lee is released. Eager to get his name in the headlines, Dorsey decides to go after Frank, tapping into the community’s distrust of him. Dorsey makes a deal with the factory janitor, Jim Conley (also played by Coleman), who testiﬁes against Frank at the trial.
Mary’s boyfriend, Frankie Epps (Harrison Smith), also testiﬁes, claiming that Frank had an eye for the female workers. Three factory girls testify under coercion from the prosecutor, performing a seductive dance with Frank in a fantasy sequence. Also among the characters is Tom Watson (Brad Carnes-Stine), who writes for a right-wing newspaper, and Britt Craig (Patrick McMahan), a reporter who sees the trial as a way to make a name for himself and who promises to support Dorsey if Dorsey runs for governor. “You see in the show how Frank was
set up,” said Pettinati. “In the courtroom scene, you see the corruption and the ordeal that he went through.” The only thing that keeps the show from descending into the depths of despair is Lucille, said Libby. The deepening connection between she and Frank is the focus of the musical. “It’s his wife and her strength and the beauty of that relationship,” he said. “They ﬁnd a deep well of love, a love which they always had.” “It’s a very beautiful piece of theater,” Libby said. email@example.com
had the unique opportunity to cover multiple continents in the span of just a few months. “A lot of bands have focused on one area before focusing on another but we’re doing Europe, Canada and the U.S. at the same time,” Rivers said. From their inception in 2008, Heaven’s Basement, who is now signed with Red Bull Records, has always spent time out on the road. The band gained a reputation for playing underground venues and then working their way up to larger stages. But no matter the size of the crowd, Rivers said he and the other members of Heaven’s Basement have always loved performing live. “It was quite hard to get shows in big cities so we’d play smaller places in the southeast [of England] and eventually started heading over to places like Germany,” Rivers said. “Anywhere that would have us.” Rivers and Glover are the only original members of the band remaining. Rivers said other musicians have come and gone over the years but it was a matter of “meeting people with the same ambition.” That ambition was to play great music, at any cost. Other than a ﬂeeting desire to drive a tractor at age 3, Rivers said he’s never considered another career path. “It was about discovering what you’re into and sticking with it,” he said. “We never balanced the band with having other jobs and stuff. We just wanted to be a band right away.” And the one-track mindset has started to pay off. Heaven’s Basement’s single “Fire, Fire” from their debut album, “Filthy Empire,” released in February, has been climbing the U.S. Active Rock Chart, recently reaching No. 11. But it’s not the record sales that drive the members of Heaven’s Basement. It’s the need they feel to ﬁll a void on the music scene. “You have an indie scene and stuff like that and we’ve never ﬁt into any of that,” Rivers said. “We’ve just been doing our own thing and hope that it sparks something.” As for their own inﬂuences, Rivers said the members of the band aren’t too picky. “We’re fans of music and anyone who has stuff to say,” he said. “We’ll listen to anything from the heaviest music to the softest music. It ranges from old-school bands to new bands.”
The events are free but donations are welcome, said Kathy Judd, executive and artistic director of the conservatory. In 1999 as a teenager, Collins won ﬁrst prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland. He also studied with Irish pianist John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. O’Conor presently teaches at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. Judd is one of his friends, which is how she came to invite Collins to perform for the Washington Conservatory. Collins also studied at the Geneva Conservatory and served a three-year residency as the ﬁrst-ever associate artist of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin. During the residency with the orchestra, he performed all of Mozart’s 23 concertos live over the radio. In May, four of them were released on a double CD. For the past decade, Collins has been branching out in some new directions, doing more conducting and also serving as director of two
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Continued from Page B-5 Kashner returns to Quotidian after her debut with the company in last year’s production of James Joyce’s “The Dead.” “Iceman” is set in 1912 New York in the barroom of a hotel. Here, a group of drunks exchange stories as they await the arrival of charismatic salesman Hickey (Steve LaRocque), who typically provides much-needed levity with his dirty jokes and free drinks. However, when Hickey arrives, he brings with him a sad truth that makes his friends closely examine their own failings. “At face value I thought, ‘OK, this is about a bunch of alcoholics,’” said Kashner, who plays a “tart” named Margie. “But it’s about failed pipe dreams, being confronted with your
British Rock band Heaven’s Basement will perform at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday. However, Rivers does name some oldschool bands, including The Beatles, Metallica and Led Zeppelin, as favorites. For Heaven’s Basement fans waiting on the release of the band’s second album, Rivers said they could be waiting a while. “We’re touring all of next year as well, through 2015,” Rivers said. “It’s going to be
own morality.” Pipe dreams, Kashner said, are people’s “self-delusions.” “People have either had a glorious past or aspire to a glorious future,” she said. “They’re all in denial of their alcoholism and their feelings ... People might not want to reﬂect on that in real life.” While Quotidian audiences may not identify with the “Iceman” characters’ drinking habits, Avolio said they will be able to ﬁnd common ground. “[O’Neill] views them with such humanity that it’s easy to relate to them even though they’re so different from us,” Avolio said. “ ... He is unafraid of looking at the darker side of humanity and probing deeper into the human soul.” “The major events in your life, if you look back at them and when you try to explain them, you come up with
music festivals in Ireland, the New Ross Festival and Music for Galway. “I enjoy creating the season and choosing the artists,” he said. For the concert in Bethesda, Collins will be performing Mozart‘s “Sonata in D major K. 284” and Debussy’s “Estampes” with its three movements — “Pagodas,” “The Evening in Granada” and “Gardens in the Rain.” “It’s a little collection of three evocative pieces, very atmospheric,” said Collins. For the second half of the program, he will perform Brahms’ “Rhapsodies Op. 79,” which Brahms composed toward the end of his life, and Schubert‘s “Drei Klavierstücke D. 946.” “They’re two of the great composers for the piano,” said Collins. “[These pieces] go very well together.” Collins said he is also looking forward to the masterclass on Sunday in Glen Echo. “It’s nice to be meeting people and to maybe give them something different to think about,” said Collins. “I remember from my own youth, it was nice to play for someone different.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Classical pianist Finghin Collins from Dublin will perform works by Mozart, Debussy, Brahms and Schubert on Saturday at the Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church in Bethesda
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a while before we do the next album.” But that’s the way Rivers and his band members like things. “We’re always up for going places,” Rivers said. “There’s a whole world still to go and tour.”
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different stories,” added actor Steve Beall, who plays Larry Slade. “As they go through their lives, they look at it from a different perspective.” Like other O’Neill pieces, “Iceman” touches on some heavy subject matter. But Avolio and his cast insist the show is not all darkness and gloom. “To me, there is this beautiful balance of showing this makeshift community of kindness and civility of a certain kind and then what happens to it when this guy Hickey shows up,” Beall said. It’s a balance, Beall added, that’s been missing in other productions of “Iceman” he’s seen. “I had seen a couple performances of it and ... those productions all seemed to focus so much on the dark part of this play and it became imbalanced,” he said. Conversely, Beall said Avolio has
been able to extract the lighter moments and even some of the humor from the “Iceman” script. “Michael has this ability to see what’s funny and use it as a way to play up the humanity of the character,” Beall said. “They’re not just bums. They’re people with hopes and dreams and memories.” Avolio said it was actually his sense of humor that helped him approach some of the play’s darkest moments. “There’s a lot of raucous comedy in the play and I think that’s a way people have of dealing with situations when they’re down and out,” Avolio said. “There’s often a gallows humor you have about things.” While Kashner, who has appeared in two other O’Neill plays, acknowledges the playwright’s style is not for everyone, she said he had a unique ability to urge audiences to look intro-
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spectively. “I think Eugene O’Neill forces us to look at aspects of our lives that we don’t necessarily want to deal with,” Kashner said. “It’s something we all should be doing but I understand why we might not want to.” email@example.com
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