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Although she has run other marathons, Dana Ginsberg of Potomac said the New York City Marathon is special to her. This year she made it special for Friendship Circle of Montgomery County by using her run to raise funds for the organization. “Friendship Circle is for kids with special needs, giving them an ability to have social connections with kids who don’t have special needs,’ Ginsberg said. She and her running partner Rahel Schwartz and Rahel’s husband Jason Schwartz, also of Potomac, ran the marathon Sunday as members of


Losing $11 in monthly food stamp benefits represents “three days’ worth of food,” says Byron Kelly, who lost his job in February and cares for his mother in their apartment in the Aspen Hill area of Silver Spring.

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As federal stimulus money dries up, thousands of hungry Montgomery County residents are scrambling to make ends meet. An expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program meant to cover individuals and families during the recession expired Friday. In 2009, President Barack Obama’s stimulus package included a temporary increase in funding for food stamps. All households that receive federal food stamps will now see about a 5 percent cut this month.

The maximum amount of SNAP funding an individual could receive per month was $200. But as of Nov. 1, that maximum is $189. For a household of two people, the maximum funding level, $367, fell by $20. And for a family of eight, $65 is cut, leaving them with a maximum allowance of $1,137, according to Brian Schleter, spokesman for the state’s Department of Human Resources. Jenna Umbriac, a nutrition educator at Manna Food Center, said the cuts in SNAP funding mean participants will have to make difficult decisions about their food budget. Since protein is often the most expensive food item on a shopping list, meats like chicken and beef are going to be the first items a cash-strapped resident will cut out of their diet.

“It just means a bigger pot of rice and beans on the stove, or something else that lasts longer,” Umbriac said. Individuals and families tend to show up at Manna for food assistance toward the end of the month as their SNAP funding and other resources begin to run dry. About 70,500 people are participating in the SNAP program in Montgomery County as of September, Schleter said. In 2007, that number was less than 25,000. SNAP participants must meet income and deduction requirements to be eligible for the program. Across the state, 795,795 Maryland residents have enrolled in the food stamp program as of

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After talking with workers during recent strikes at two garbage-collection companies, Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro is preparing a bill requiring many county contractors to provide affordable health insur-


RECIPE FOR CHANGE Forum focuses on healthful food in Montgomery County Public Schools.


ance to their employees. Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring sent a memorandum to other council members on Oct. 30 asking them to consider signing on as co-sponsors. The bill would amend the county’s living wage law that requires companies that have contracts with the county to pay at least $13.95 an hour. The change would require county contractors to provide affordable health insurance for employees who work on county contracts for more than 30 hours

per week and who make less than twice the living wage. Navarro is also looking at possible legislation to grant preferences to companies bidding on a county contract if they already provide affordable benefits to their employees. Both bills would apply to new contracts, as well as existing contracts that are renewed, according to the letter. Workers at Potomac Disposal in Gaithersburg reached an agreement with the company on Oct. 28 after a 10-day strike.


THIS YEAR, IT’S ABOUT THE RUNNERS Saturday’s state crosscountry meet focuses on runners, not hills.



Jason Schwartz, Rahel Schwartz (center) and Dana Ginsburg of Potomac wait on Staten Island for the start of Sunday’s New York City Marathon. The three ran the race as a fundraiser for the Montgomery County chapter of Friendship Circle International.

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The agreement provides a pay increase, one holiday, and paid sick and vacation days for workers. The two sides weren’t able to agree on a plan for affordable health insurance. Workers at Unity Disposal, based in Laurel, also returned to work after an 11-day strike that began after about 70 workers were terminated. The employees had refused to go to work to protest the firing of a co-worker who criticized

When Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr announced his recommendations for a $1.55 billion, six-year plan to add hundreds of elementary school classrooms to ease school crowding, three Potomac schools learned that their expansion/renovation projects would be put on hold. Potomac, Wayside and Cold Spring elementary schools had planned projects postponed

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Bethesda church raises $1,840 to help homeless “Honk to Help the Homeless!” read the signs aimed at passing cars on MacArthur Boulevard on Oct. 27, and honk they did. One young walker, among the 20 or so members of the Church of the Redeemer in Bethesda, counted about 140 honks as the group walked from the church on Dunrobin Drive to the one-lane bridge that crosses into Glen Echo. Though the group, ranging in age from toddlers to senior citizens, was small, the enthusiasm was great on the crisp autumn day, and the walkers raised $1,840 to donate to Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington. “The response and enthusiasm for the walk has been so encouraging to our Samaritan Ministry family,” said Corey Whisman, spokeswoman for Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, a nonprofit that partners with 50 Episcopal churches in the region to help the homeless. “We are so grateful to everyone at Redeemer for walking with us to end homelessness in D.C.” The proceeds from the walk will go to the Next Step program, which helps those experiencing or at risk of homelessness locate housing, employment and other basic needs. The walk was one of 20 “Help the Homeless” events so far this campaign — not all of them walks. There was a Capitol Hill sweets bake-off, a chili cook-off, a Zumba class and more.


The walkers at Redeemer helped the campaign reach its goal of 1,000 “walkers,” Whisman said, and raised more than $31,000. Because the goal of 1,000 walkers was met, she said, the Fannie Mae Foundation is contributing $10,000.

Concert Sunday commemorates Kristallnacht The 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht will be commemorated with “Voices of the Holocaust,” a concert presented by the combined choirs of 22 local Jewish synagogues at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Strathmore Hall, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. The choirs will be joined by the Juniata College Concert Choir and an ensemble of local cantors and music directors from Reform and Conservative Jewish congregations. The musical accompaniment will be provided by members of the Columbia Orchestra. All musicians will conducted by Jason Love. The choral work highlights melodies from the ghettos and concentration camps of Europe and is a tribute to all who endured the Holocaust. The work, arranged by Sheridan Seyfried, comprises 22 songs structured as a dramatic cantata in five parts and is 80 minutes long. Sound clips are available at http://



Members of the Church of the Redeemer in Bethesda walked to the one-lane bridge in Glen Echo and back Oct. 27 to raise money to help the homeless. They raised $1,840. the_holocaust.htm There will be a discussion with Seyfried at 6:30 p.m., moderated by Tara D. Sonenshine, former under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs. Kristallnacht was the Nov. 9, 1938, attack against Germany’s Jewish population. On that “night of broken glass,” Nazi storm troopers and German citizens ransacked Jewish synagogues, homes and businesses. Tickets, from $36 to $54, can be purchased from the Strathmore box office and online at strathmore. org/eventstickets/calendar/view. asp?id=9788.

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DEATHS George Rust Canby George Rust “Rusty” Canby Jr., 87, died Oct. 24, 2013. A memorial service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 8 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Brookeville. Roy W. Barber Funeral Home in Laytonsville handled the arrangements.

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The potter’s wheel stopped spinning, the dancers marked time and the carousel stood still. But the 16-day government shutdown had more than just a temporary effect on Glen Echo Park, which hosts dozens of class workshops and performances each week. It cost the Partnership for Arts and Culture, the nonprofit that runs the park, about $200,000, said Katey Boerner, its executive director. The partnership is trying to make up for some of that lost revenue with its Shutdown Drive. So far they have raised about $17,000 — a good start but not nearly enough to compensate, Boerner said. People can donate online at A lot of people do not realize that the federal government owns Glen Echo Park, Boerner said, and are unaware of how much the park suffered under the government shutdown. “I think that this shutdown was really unprecedented. It is very hard to recover from,” said Boerner, adding she has been there 12 years through Snowmageddon, tropical storms and many power outages. “This was like one of those incidents amplified 10 times. It’s the equivalent of a really long Snowmageddon.” Glen Echo Park is an unusual national park. While the land is owned by the U.S. National Park Service, the park itself is managed by the Partnership for Arts and Culture, which was established by Montgomery County in 2002. The partnership is responsible for maintenance of all the historic buildings and the carousel. The partnership had about $1.74 million in expenses last year and brought in about $1.8 million through fees, special event income and rentals, according to its 2012 annual report. More than 450,000 visitors came to the park last year — 150,000 of them to attend children’s theater performances such as “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” which is now showing at the Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo Park. The park hosts 14 resident artists and arts organizations, a social dance program, an environmental education program for children, numerous art studios and galleries, and hundreds of classes in visual and performing arts — including ceramics, painting, photography, glass, music and dance. During the shutdown, many of these classes could be held at other locations, said Jenni Cloud, spokeswoman for the nonprofit. But while it’s easy to move an Irish tin-whistle class, she said, it’s another thing to try and move potter’s wheels and kilns. The shutdown affected the Puppet Co. well beyond the 16 days the playhouse was closed, said Christopher Piper, the co-founder, president and artistic director of the Puppet Co. Because it coincided with when many schools plan for field trips — and teachers could not be certain as to



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Just a day after two men tried to rob a Wells Fargo bank in Rockville at gunpoint, police say they may be behind another failed armed robbery in a CVS in Cabin John on Oct. 30. According to a statement released the morning of Oct. 30 by police, two men entered the CVS store on Tuckerman Lane and demanded money from a store employee at gunpoint. The would-be robbery occurred just before 4 a.m., but the men fled without obtaining any money, according to the release. As they fled, one of the robbers — the one wielding the handgun — fired the gun outside of the store, but no one was struck, police said. According to police, one of

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Last month’s partial shutdown of the federal government cost the Partnership for Arts and Culture, the nonprofit that runs Glen Echo Park, about $200,000, says Executive Director Katey Boerner. when shows would resume — many who regularly book shows looked elsewhere. The same applied to birthday party bookings — seven parties had to be canceled during the shutdown, and many more were not booked for fear the federal shutdown would extend to their chosen date, Piper said. “Sales for “Peter and the Wolf,” one of our most popular productions, are down 27 percent over last year, and our 25th anniversary production of “The Nutcracker,” which should have sold out by this time, is down 20 percent from 2012,” Piper said. “We estimate losses at over $36,000, a very substantial part of our annual budget.” Over the course of the shutdown, the nonprofit communicated with the public with email blasts and updates on the website about where classes would be held, Cloud said.

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Facing the reality of the financial impact the shutdown was having, the park hosted two happy hours on Oct. 15 and 16 at the Irish Inn at Glen Echo, raising several thousand dollars each time. After the Shutdown Drive ends on Friday, people can continue to donate online. The Montgomery County Executive Ball is also selling raffle tickets for $50, half of which will go to Glen Echo Park. The winner will get a new 2013 Toyota Prius C. For Boerner and the staff at Glen Echo, it’s tough being caught in the middle of partisan politics. They are bracing for the new year; government funding is set to expire on January 15, 2014. “There’s a layer of worry for everybody,” Boerner said. “What’s going to happen in January?”


A Potomac lawyer could spend up to four years in prison after pleading guilty to tax fraud last week. On Friday, George Nelson Smith, 52, pleaded guilty to tax fraud and failing to file a tax return. According to his plea agreement, Smith, who has practiced law for nearly 30 years, owned a law office, the Smith Law Firm, which he used to pay his personal expenses without actually paying himself a salary. In 2007, according to the plea agreement, Smith signed an income tax return claiming an income of about $19,000. He also used the firm’s money to pay personal expenses, such as more than $80,000 in mortgage payments and homeowner association fees.

In fact, he made more than $650,000 in 2007 alone, according to his plea agreement. Lisa Woodward Lunt, one of Smith’s federal public defenders, said Smith was a lawyer who had spent much of his career in mass tort litigation, representing victims in class-action lawsuits. In such lawsuits, she said, “You don’t get paid. Your pay consists of hoping to prevail at the end of the day and you win attorney’s fees from the company causing damage.” In 2007, Smith had been working on a case involving the makers of Oxycontin, she said. “He made mistakes here,” Lunt said, explaining that Smith had hoped to pay his obligations after a separate suit concluded. “He should have gone about it a different way,” she said. Smith will be sentenced in January, she said. He faces a sentence ranging from probation to four years in prison. Lunt said she would be “strongly” advocating for probation, citing his lack of a criminal background, the unlikelihood of him reoffending, and the people he had helped in his legal career.


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Police are trying to figure out who vandalized three speed cameras in Gaithersburg and one in Potomac on Oct. 29 and 30.

According to police, the three cameras in Gaithersburg are along Quince Orchard Road between Route 28 and Great Seneca Highway. Two of those cameras pertain to Montgomery County and the third is owned by Gaithersburg. According to Montgomery County Police spokeswoman Angela Cruz, vandals sprayed the lenses of the cameras in Gaithersburg with black paint and drew swastikas on the back of two of

them sometime on Oct. 30. Cruz said that the damage would not cost the county anything because they were leased from Xerox, which is responsible for maintaining them. The camera on River Road in Potomac was vandalized sometime on Oct. 29, Cruz said. As of Nov. 4, she had no new information, she said.

Food forum discusses recipe of change Participants say school cafeterias should be providing healthier meals




A forum focusing on healthy food in Montgomery County Public Schools drew a mixed group of participants to the table on Saturday. The issue is an ongoing one, said Lindsey Parsons, co-founder of Real Food for Kids-Montgomery, and the goal of the forum was to “move the conversation forward” and see why and how the food should be made healthier. Parents, advocates, and school and county officials, among others, gathered at the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew in Silver Spring for the forum hosted by Real Food for Kids-Montgomery and Montgomery Victory Gardens. Gordon Clark, project director of Montgomery Victory Gardens, said the event is a unique one in the county and that he thinks interest and passion in the community on the issue is coming together. “I think the overall goal is to start a conversation, a very public conversation a lot of people — parents and nonparents alike — want to have and that’s how do we make our school food better,” he said. The forum gained the support of “honorary hosts,” including Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), U.S. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D-Dist. 8) of Kensington and state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Dist. 20). Speakers covered topics from food-related health issues to school efforts to improve food options to the importance of nutrition in education. Marla Caplon, director of food and nutrition services for the school system, described several ways the school system is working to make its food healthier. Caplon said the school system is continually reformulating recipes to lower amounts of ingredients such as fat and sodium, has made the vast majority of cafeteria grains whole grain, and has been removing fryers and replacing them with ovens. The most important part of the school system’s menu development, she said, is “student acceptability.” “We have to make sure we’re providing food items these kids will eat,” Caplon said. Speakers from two schools shared their experiences working with students to grow food and other plants. Karla Kratovil — vice president of the parent teacher association and school garden coordinator at Flower Hill Elementary School in Gaithers-

Kelly: ‘I love this job’ BY AGNES BLUM STAFF WRITER

Ariana Kelly is ready to run again. In 2010, the Bethesda mother of two ran for a state delegate seat in District 16 and won. “I love this job,” said Kelly, 36, who has two children, ages 6 and 9. During her first term, she helped craft legislation that would let children with special needs receive ongoing therapies they need. The bill established a work group on access to services for daily living needs and skills. It also established a technical advisory group to clarify the appropriate services for children with autism. “I am, without a doubt, most proud of that piece of legislation,” Kelly said. “There’s nothing more rewarding than knowing you have

InBrief Heritage Montgomery doles out mini-grants The Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County, also known as Heritage Montgomery, awarded more than $18,000 in mini-grants this year to local organizations. Among the recipients: • The Glen Echo Partnership for Arts and Culture, $2,000 to produce two videos on the community’s Spanish ballroom and Dentzel Carousel. • The Montgomery County Historical Society in Rockville, $2,500 for an annual history conference. • The National Capital Trolley Museum in Colesville, $1,800 for signage and materials. • Preservation group Peerless Rockville, $2,500 to produce a brochure to find historic Rockville landmarks. Historic Montgomery’s grant award program has awarded more than $142,000 in the past 10 years. Programs supported by grant funding are designed to contribute to the interpretation, promotion, preservation or research of historical resources in the area.

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Marla Caplon, the school system’s food services director, and Tony Geraci, a chef and food service consultant, take part in a forum on school food. burg — said her school garden gave some of the students their first chance to “get into the dirt” and plant. “You’ve never seen kids so enthusiastically eating vegetables,” she said. Lisa Lefferts, senior scientist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, focused her talk on the adverse health effects of artificial food colorings and on caffeine. Lefferts said that, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, food dyes can exacerbate hyperactivity disorders in some children. Several food dyes, such as Red 3, are carcinogenic but still appear in food, she said. Lefferts also spoke on the growing number of products that contain caffeine, including chips, popcorn and waffles. “You could find caffeine in just about anything these days,” she said. Tony Geraci, a chef and food service consultant and the subject of the documentary “Cafeteria Man,” shared what he had learned in his experiences leading and changing school food programs. Nutrition is an important part of students’ ability to learn, he said, and it’s unrealistic to expect a student who is “jacked up on sugar” or hungry to absorb a lesson. Geraci said he bases his work on the principles that food “has to look good, has to taste

good, and has to be good.” County Councilman George Leventhal (DAt large) of Takoma Park, who also spoke at the event, said in an interview he doesn’t think food quality in the school system’s cafeterias has been a “front-of-mind priority” for the county school board or superintendent. The school system is making good efforts, he said, “but it’s not at the front of the pack nationally.” Aura Triana, the parent of an eighth-grader at Rosa Parks Middle School and a member of Real Food for Kids, said she is disappointed in the food quality found in the school system. The school system should not only provide healthier food, she said, but also educate its students on the importance of good eating. “I think we are sending a contradictory message to our students by not providing decent meals to them alongside the education that we are proud to consider so good,” she said. School board Vice President Phil Kauffman said it’s clear the community is concerned about food served to students and that the school system wants to hear what those concerns are. “We’re all about improvement, and to the extent that we can improve, we’d like to improve,” he said.

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done something to help a family with special needs.” Kelly got her first taste of politics as a student at Walter Johnson High School 1994, when she volunteered for the ClintonGore presidential campaign. She went on to Kelly earn a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. At PBS, she produced a weekly news analysis program called “To The Contrary.” Then, in 2005, she became the executive director of NARAL ProChoice Maryland, which lobbies the Maryland legislature to keep abortion legal and available. There, she directed legislative lobbying efforts for three years before becoming the national campaign director at, a nonprofit group

that advocates for families. A member of Tifereth Israel Congregation, Kelly said she wants to “make the system work better for children.” Being a legislator is actually a family-friendly job, Kelly said. She said this is her full-time job. “It has allowed me the flexibility to be the kind of parent I want to be,” she said, adding that when the legislature is in session, it can be stressful. She tries to share that message with other moms. “I would say outside of my legislative work, one of my favorite things to do is encourage women to run for office,” Kelly said, Although she hasn’t filed yet officially with the state — it’s on her to-do list — Kelly is definitely running again. “I’m working on another round of legislation to help children with special needs,” she said. She plans to revisit a bill that would require smaller businesses

to provide family medical leave. As of Oct 31, four other Bethesda Democrats had filed for the District 16 delegate race: Jordan Cooper and Hrant Jamgochian, both with backgrounds in health care policy; Marc Korman, a lawyer; and Kevin Walling, a gay-rights activist. No Republicans had entered the race. District 16 encompasses Bethesda, Cabin John, Glen Echo and parts of Chevy Chase, Potomac and Rockville, In addition to Kelly, District 16 is now represented by Dels. C. William Frick and Susan C. Lee and Sen. Brian E. Frosh. All three are Democrats. With Frosh and Frick fighting it out for attorney general, one delegate seat will open up. And because Lee is going for Frosh’s Senate seat, so will a second. The primary will be June 24, 2014, and the general election Nov. 4, 2014.

As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, New Endeavors by Women will present the Mary Popit Partner in Caring Award to Jerri Shaw, co-founder and co-CEO of JBS International of North Bethesda. Shaw is the third recipient of the award. Since she was introduced to the organization, she has helped spread the word about its programs and services, has introduced members to many new friends, and has been a sustaining partner in many events and activities, according to Executive Director Wanda Steptoe. Since 1988, New Endeavors, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that provides homes and resources for homeless people, has helped more than 3,000 women and children. The nonprofit “is an organization that has a profound effect on the lives of vulnerable women and their children, and to be recognized for the small part I have played in making that happen means a lot to me,” Shaw said in a news release. Shaw’s involvement with the group started in 1999, after the death of her mother, Mary Shaw. “My mother asked me to donate her wardrobe to an organization that helped women find jobs. Mary Mulholland introduced me to Mary Popit, who was NEW’s executive director at the time,” Shaw said. “I was very impressed with their programs, their mission and their outcomes. And over the years, I remain impressed by how NEW is able to leverage their limited resources to do so much good in our community.” Shaw is to be honored at New Endeavors’ benefit reception and silent auction from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Westin Georgetown in Washington. Tickets, at $75 to $150, are available at JBS, founded in 1985, provides management and information technology services to publicand private-sector clients.


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

1ST DISTRICT Armed robbery • On Oct. 19 at 8:35 p.m. in the 1700 block of E. Jefferson Street, Rockville. The subject threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. Strong-arm robbery • On Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. at Tuppence Court and Forest Landing Way, Rockville. The subject is known to the victim. Commercial burglary • Between 7 p.m. Oct. 16 and 5:45 a.m. Oct. 17 at Lee’s Tree Service, 16105 Morrow Road, Poolesville. Forced entry, took property. Residential burglary • 13300 block of River Road, Potomac, between 7:30 a.m. and 1:51 p.m. Oct. 16. No forced entry, took property. • 12700 block of Lincolnshire Drive, Rockville, between Oct. 17 and 19. Unknown entry, took property. • 11600 block of Swains Lock Terrace, Potomac, between 11 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. Oct. 18. Forced entry, took property. • 17800 block of Dr. Walling Road, Poolesville, at 3:55 p.m. Oct. 22. No further information provided. Vehicle larceny • 1200 block of Treasure Oak Court, Rockville, on Oct. 18 or 19. Forced entry, took property.


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Council questions expanding schools’ officer program Police to seek funds for growth n



Montgomery County Police are looking to expand a program that places its officers in schools, but some County Council members have concerns about the program’s cost and the necessity of its growth. County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said during a Oct. 24 joint meeting of the County Council’s Education and Public Safety committees that he aims to continue building up the county’s school resource officer program to its status before budget cuts in recent years. “My intention is to get the program back to where it was,” Manger said. “We’re well on our way doing that.” But County Councilman Marc Elrich said he is not sure the officer program is the best place to put the county’s limited resources. “I continue to have some heartburn over this program,” said Elrich (D-At large) of Takoma Park. “This is an extraordinary amount of money we’re talking about.”

Bruce R. Meier of the county’s office of management and budget said in March that the recent addition of six officers to the program cost about $952,900. County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin said the county has recently cut youth programs “substantially,” while directing more money to the officer program. “I don’t think this is a panacea,” Ervin said of the officer program. “I don’t think everything is going to come to the attention of the [officer].” The county could help kids through the youth programs that keep them “safe and engaged” and help address problems “where they start,” Elrich said. Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring also said she hasn’t seen many incidents reported at schools that would necessitate more officers. “Until we see data that backs up the need for [officers], I’m going to continue to be a pit bull on this thing,” she said. During the 2009-10 school year, the program included 33 budgeted resource officer positions, according to the program’s coordinator, Sgt. Suzanne Harrell. The program, however, was

“We have 25 high schools right now and only 20 [officers], so really, to reach that effectiveness, you want that one-on-one.” Police Sgt. Suzanne Harrell slashed in July 2010 to nine officers and later to six officers. It grew slightly when the council approved six new officer positions for fiscal 2014, resulting in the current total of 12 officer positions in the county police department. Another eight officers participate who are not in budgeted positions, including five assisting police officers, a Gaithersburg city police officer, a Rockville city police officer and a deputy sheriff. “We have 25 high schools right now and only 20 [officers], so really, to reach that effectiveness, you want that one-onone,” Harrell said. “We’re not quite there yet.” Some council members did express support for the program’s current work and for increasing the officers’ presence in middle schools. County Council Vice President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said he thinks the

officers help stave off violent incidents and are doing work that is difficult to quantify. Their work also often won’t be heard about, he said. “That’s the beauty of it,” Rice said. Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda said he was concerned that schools underreport incidents, but that he appreciated Ervin’s frustration. Berliner asked county school board member Michael Durso to take back to the board the idea of splitting the cost evenly with the county. Durso, a former principal, said he has seen firsthand the positive impact of the officers who were able to develop relationships with students. “I really can’t say enough of the importance of the growth of the [officer] program,” Durso said. Susan Burkinshaw — health and safety committee cochairwoman of the Montgom-

ery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations — said she sees the council “between a rock and a hard place” when it comes to deciding how to use limited funds for the officer program and youth programs. However, she said, she thinks school safety has to come first and that students are safer when the officers are present. “I believe that when there’s an officer in the building, incidents are diffused,” she said. The parent teacher associations council ultimately wants to see an officer in each high school and middle school, Burkinshaw said, but recognizes the county’s financial restraints. Doug Steel, supervisor of

school safety and security for the school system, said after the meeting that he agreed that the county’s youth programs are important places to commit resources. “The safety and security of kids is also critically important,” he said. “For the parents, this is the most precious commodity.” While placing an officer at every school is “an enormous budgetary issue,” Steel said, he thinks the officers would be beneficial for middle and elementary school students as well. Any growing number of officers would be helpful, he said. The key to the program’s success in a school is the officer’s ability to build relationships with the students, Steel said. “The kids are the ones that have information, or have issues that need to be dealt with and it’s on a daily basis,” he said.






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circulator each year, according to county documents. The county’s Office of Legislative Oversight conducted 18 interviews with county staff and community representatives who work with the partnership, and every interviewee reported satisfaction with the group’s work, according to its report. Among those interviewed were representatives from Bethesda Cares, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the homeless; the Montgomery County Police Department; and the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce. Run by an 11-member board comprising residents, business owners and developers appointed by the county executive, Bethesda Urban Partnership is funded primarily by revenue generated from Bethesda Parking Lot District fees, plus taxes and other fees.

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Vaeth seeks Republican nod for governor Running with no staff, candidate seeks government accountability n



In the race for the next Maryland governor, Brian Vaeth (R) is not likely to do as his competition does. Among candidates boasting campaign accounts in the millions and counting, Vaeth said his account is and will remain zero. “That way, we’re not bought off,” he said. When it comes to a platform, Vaeth said he is focused on government accountability. And as other gubernatorial candidates hire campaign staff, Vaeth, 46, and his running mate, Duane Gerald Davis Sr., constitute his entire campaign staff. Davis, of Baltimore, made headlines in 2011 when he placed a toilet, covered in newspaper clippings, on the grounds of the historic Baltimore County Courthouse. The toilet triggered a police reaction that included a bomb-sniffing dog and a small robot, according to The Baltimore Sun at the time. The Baltimore Sun later reported that Davis was acquitted of the charges against him for the toilet incident. Vaeth, a White Marsh resident originally from Baltimore, filed for the Republican nomination in May and will face Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Del. Ronald A. George (RDist. 30) of Arnold and Charles Lollar in the race for the Republican nomination. Describing his politics as “leaning to the left a bit, but mostly middle of the road,” Vaeth supports a higher minimum wage, and favors prison reform and strong education funding — “teachers should be making $100,000 a year and schools should look like cathedrals,” he said. While he believes Maryland

should seek alterative energy options, but not necessarily fracking, he wants the rain tax repealed, more jobs created and the state’s law books completely rewritten. “It’s not about Republican or Democrat with me,” he said. “Republican is just my designation. I’m reaching out to the voters and saying ‘this is what needs to be done.’” A businessman in the field of solar energy and former Baltimore City firefighter, Vaeth said he has spent years fighting against what he sees as corruption in govern-

ment, and that is why he is running for accountability. “We are using this platform to let people know what we’ve experienced, to find out what other people have experienced let know them there is a process in place for them do what they need to do to hold officials and politicians accountable,” he said. “We need them [government] to start working for us.” Those who faced hurdles to benefits and red tape in government, similar to what Vaeth experienced as he fought for a pension and health care bene-

fits for family members, is what prompted him to get involved and eventually run for office. Vaeth acknowledged that as a Republican candidate in a majority Democratic state, who vows not to take a dime of donations, there is a chance he will not win. He said his campaign is more about spreading awareness than winning. Still, do not assume he is not in it to win it. Starting in January, he will kick off a statewide campaign tour and plans to run a grassroots effort, knocking on doors

and talking to voters. Vaeth might run an unconventional campaign, but this is not his first. And it will not be his last, he said. In 2012, he ran against Dan Bongino (R) for the GOP nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D) for his seat in Congress. If Vaeth does not win the Republican nomination or a term in Annapolis as governor, he said, voters can expect to see his name again, running for another office.


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WOO-HOO! IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”Albert Einstein. This sentiment is the reason why Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union (MAFCU) is proud to sponsor The Gazette’s My Favorite Teacher Contest.

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Leggett opposes scaling back 5-cent bag tax County executive calls policy changes ‘premature,’ but council panel OKs bill n



County Executive Isiah Leggett believes scaling back the county’s bag tax would be “premature,” and believes the policy needs more time before its effectiveness in limiting litter in rivers and streams can be evaluated, a staff member told members of a Montgomery County Council committee Monday. Leggett (D) believes the policy that charges a 5-cent fee for

each plastic bag in retail establishments is proving effective in limiting the number of bags being used by customers in the county and should be given at least two years to allow for data to be collected before any changes are considered, county Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kathleen Boucher told the council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee. In January 2012, the county began charging a 5-cent tax on most carry-out bags, with a few exemptions such as paper “doggy bags” at restaurants. The new bill would exempt plastic “doggy bags” as well as paper ones.

The bill being considered would apply the tax only to businesses that make more than 2 percent of their gross sales from food. The county collected about $2.2 million from the tax in its first 12 months, double what was expected. The money pays for stormwater management projects through the Water Quality Protection Fund. Evidence shows that the tax is keeping more bags out of streams, but the ones that are found aren’t all grocery bags, county spokesman Patrick Lacefield said Monday. Robert G. Hoyt, director of the county’s Department of Environmental Protection, said

stations used by the county are collecting data. But he said there is strong anecdotal evidence that they’re seeing fewer bags in streams. Making changes now could undermine the environmental improvements the county has already seen, Lacefield said. The committee voted 2-1 to send the bill for consideration by the full council, with an amendment that would include categorizing alcohol sales as food for the purposes of determining the 2 percent threshold. Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda, who sponsored the bill, and Councilwoman Nancy M. Floreen (D-At large) of Garrett Park, a co-spon-

sor, voted in favor of sending the bill on. Councilman Hans Riemer (D-At large) of Takoma Park opposed it, saying he believed the bill should look at other ways to tighten the number of exemptions. Berliner said he supported the original bag tax proposal, but has since come to question its breadth and believes the county “overreached” when it passed the law. He said he believes a tax can change people’s behavior to the extent of bringing reusable bags to the grocery store, but he doesn’t think it’s reasonable to expect people to bring them to department stores or other retail sites. Berliner said he believes limiting the tax to stores that sell food would still go a long way toward cutting down on litter. “They are not Macy’s bags that we find in our streams, for the most part,” he said. Riemer said he thinks most people are OK with paying a fee that will reduce litter and help clean up streams, and he’s afraid any changes will “blow

the policy open” and damage the county’s efforts. Floreen said she believes customers’ reactions aren’t as negative as they were when the tax first went into effect, and people have gotten used to paying it. Berliner argued that even with the exemptions, the largest issuers of bags — such as Giant, Safeway, Target, Whole Foods and Harris Teeter — would still be covered by the tax. Councilman Craig Rice (DDist. 2) of Germantown, another co-sponsor of the bill, said he has seen a change in the number of people bringing reusable bags to grocery stores, but not in other retail settings. He said the county could do the most good for the environment by focusing on the areas where they truly can change people’s behavior. Hoyt said the county is trying to measure the change the tax has had in changing people’s behavior. “What we need is a little more time ... to survey people,” he said.

Manna, going strong at 30, distributes 4M pounds of food a year Executive director: ‘If we’re going to eliminate hunger we’ve got to have a lot of the community at the table’ n



The volunteers search the industrial shelves packed with canned foods, diapers, infant formulas, they reach into the immense cardboard box overflowing with cabbage heads and they count apples. It’s all part of the process of packing about 200 boxes with food a day — about 16,000 pounds of food total — that the Manna Food Center gives to Montgomery County residents each day. It’s a labor of love that has been going on for 30 years. On Monday, the Gaithersburg-based nonprofit celebrated its 30th birthday. What started as a small operation in Hungerford Park Elementary School has moved into a large warehouse on Gaither Road, supplemented by six other food distribution sites in Silver Spring, Germantown, Gaithersburg and Wheaton. In a county where the median household income is $92,000 it can be easy to forget that some people are going hungry, but Manna helps people remember, said Jackie De Carlo, executive director of the food center. “There’s a perception that we’re very affluent,” De Carlo



Manna Food Center staff member Norman Flood loads food items for clients at the nonprofit’s Gaithersburg warehouse.

said. “But the reality is that there are a lot of working families that need food support.” Manna distributes food to about 43,000 households each year, serving more than 194,000 county residents a year. The program could not run without the help of volunteers, DeCarlo said, who donate more than 64,000 hours a year. The nonprofit has a staff of 20 people. The increase in need spiked during the recession, said Mark Foraker, director of development at Manna, and has not receded. In 2008, about 24,000 households received food. In 2012, that number had jumped to almost 43,000. “It’s tied into the larger issue of poverty,” Foraker said. That’s why the nonprofit works so closely with the county government and other local groups, De Carlo said. Over the next few years, she would like to see Manna Food Center work with the community even more. “If we’re going to eliminate hunger we’ve got to have a lot of the community at the table,” she said. Back inside the warehouse, 10 volunteers and one staff member were busy sorting cans and packing up boxes of food. Trucks would be coming in with what they had picked up at local supermarkets, farms and farmer markets. Combined with the food donated by the community it adds up to about 4 million pounds of food a year. Then, they would turn around and deliver boxes of food in the afternoon. One of those volunteers was Keith Feeney, who is a healthcare recruitment consultant. Feeney, of Germantown, has been coming every Tuesday morning to help sort food for about four years. “We’re coming in to the busiest time of the year,” Feeney said. “I leave here around 12 o’clock every day and you see the families and people lined up — it puts a face to what we’re doing here. And those lines aren’t getting any shorter.”

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Montgomery County Public Schools’ four-year graduation rate rose slightly from the class of 2011 to the class of 2012, according to Maryland State Department of Education data released Wednesday. About 87.4 percent of students in the class of 2012 graduated after four years of high school, which is 3.8 percentage points higher than the 2012 state graduation rate. The school system saw a similar increase from the class of 2010 to the class of 2011. The school system’s fiveyear graduation rate increased 0.8 percentage points to 90.2 percent, while its dropout rate decreased slightly, from 7.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Four-year graduation rates rose to varying degrees across the school system’s major student groups. African-American students’ rate rose about 1 percentage point, to 82.3 percent, and Hispanic students’ rate rose about 1.4 percentage points. With white students’ graduation rate staying about the same, the gaps between AfricanAmerican students and white students and between Hispanic students and white students closed slightly. Over the past two years, the

gap between African-American and white students decreased by about 3.9 percentage points; the gap between Hispanic and white students decreased by about 2.1 percentage points. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said in a school system news release that more AfricanAfrican and Hispanic students are “graduating on time.” “While there are still significant gaps in performance, it is encouraging to see that those gaps have narrowed in the past couple of years,” Starr said in the release. “We must focus on meeting the individual needs of our students if we are going to continue to see this type of progress in the years to come.” Among the other changes: The graduation rate of students who receive free and reducedprice meals rose about 1.4 percentage points, to 76.7 percent. Limited English proficient students’ rate rose about 3.9 percentage points, to 53.1 percent. Special education students’ rate stayed about the same. Of the school system’s 25 high schools, 12 schools’ graduation rates increased from the class of 2011 to the class of 2012 and 17 schools’ rates increased from the class of 2010 to the class of 2012. The top five graduation rate increases from 2011 to 2012 were at Walter Johnson, Rockville, Col. Zadok Magruder, Seneca Valley and Wheaton high schools.

Bethesda teacher recognized for saving drowning man Fifth-grade teacher described as modest and courageous




Hiking on the Billy Goat Trail at Great Falls last summer, Alexandra Corbutt and her friend heard someone yelling “Help!” After realizing a man was drowning in the Potomac River, Corbutt suggested that she, and two men who had come along, form a human chain and drag the man to safety. Meanwhile, her friend called 911. Corbutt told her story in the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School library on Monday , which was packed with students awestruck and proud to learn their own fifth-grade teacher had saved a life.


“The adrenaline was going,” Corbutt said of the rescue, which took place just after noon on June 24. “I was thinking about all the students. I would have dove right in for any of you guys.” The students — in grades three through eight — burst into applause. “I’m not surprised,” said one of Corbutt’s students, Juliana Caprizzi. “She’s always been such a nice person.” Caprizzi may not have been surprised to learn her teacher was a hero, but Corbutt, 24, was shocked when she realized the school assembly she had walked into had been organized to celebrate her deed. Representatives of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services were on hand to present the Bethesda native with a plaque commemorating her. Corbutt displayed great courage, said Assistant Chief Scott Graham, adding that she “truly represents the best.” Graham reminded the students of how dangerous the Potomac River is, telling them that the same day their teacher helped rescue a man, another young man drowned in the river. Ngo Tekwe Forchick, 19, went swimming near the Billy Goat Trail with friends later that same day and was pulled along by strong currents. His body was found two days later. The Billy Goat Trail is a 4.7-mile hiking path between the C&O Canal and Potomac River. Graham encouraged the students to follow Corbutt’s example by reaching out to people in their lives. The students resounded to this with a standing ovation, joined by Corbutt’s parents Mary Beth and Greg Corbutt, her brother Tyler Corbutt and her aunt and grandparents. “She’s always been the fearless one in the family,” her brother said. “Her courage didn’t surprise me.” In addition to courage, Corbutt can add another virtue to her list — modesty. She told very few people about what happened. “She never told any of us,” said her principal, Patricia McGann, who has known Corbutt since she taught her at St. Jane de Chantal School in Bethesda. “It was her mother who called.”


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Leggett won’t sign bill for pay increases Raises will take effect without his signature, irking council members




In a move that caught members of the Montgomery County Council off-guard, County Executive Isiah Leggett won’t sign a bill the council passed that would provide pay increases for the next council and executive, but Leggett will allow the bill to become law without his signature. Leggett’s lack of action means the bill automatically become law on Monday and will go into effect in December 2014. The bill would increase the pay for council members by about $32,000 over the next four years, from the current salary of $104,291 a year to $136,258 on Dec. 4, 2017.

It would also provide an increase of about $10,000 for the next county executive, to a salary of $190,000 a year from $180,250, and ties the salaries of the sheriff and state’s attorney to a consumer price index. The bill won’t apply to the current council or executive, who are legally prohibited from giving themselves raises while in office. The fact that the bill passed the council by an 8-1 vote factored into Leggett’s decision not to veto the measure, county spokesman Patrick Lacefield said Thursday. Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg voted no. Six votes are needed for the council to negate an executive veto. “It’s pretty clear any veto would be overridden,” Lacefield said Thursday. The Washington Post reported on Oct. 29 that Leggett

might not sign the bill. That came as news to several council members. Council President Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring said Thursday that Leggett never conveyed any hesitations about the bill during the legislative process that led up to the council’s vote on Oct. 22. “It’s unfortunate that this is being raised all over again,” Navarro said Thursday. Council Vice President Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said he and Leggett discussed the issue on Oct. 30, but that was the first he’d heard of the executive’s misgivings. “I wish that we had known about it ahead of time,” Rice said. Councilman Marc Elrich (D-At Large) of Takoma Park said Thursday he speaks to Leggett regularly, and Leggett never told him about any concerns about the bill.

“People do things I don’t understand sometimes,” Elrich said. In July, Leggett told members of the committee in charge of making a recommendation to the council that he believed a cost of living adjustment would be enough, Lacefield said Thursday. “We hear the recession is over, but things are still tough for a lot of people,” he said. Leggett had assumed the committee would pass on his reservations, Lacefield said. Leggett should have shared his concerns with the council in a more timely manner, Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda. There was a time and place for the executive to weigh in on the compensation issue, and it shouldn’t have been after the fact, Berliner said.

Just tickled Tallilah Ortiz (right), 7, of Montgomery Village chases Parker Booth, 7, of North Potomac with her feather fan between events during the American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month Social Powwow on Saturday at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg. Tallilah’s family is from Oklahoma and also of Acoma Pueblo heritage, while Parker is from Alaska and is also called Sha Meek Ushk. Both were dressed for the social dancing.




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Montgomery County and its state representatives will mount a “very hard and vigorous fight” for money to increase school capacity for an influx of students, said County Executive Isiah Leggett. Between 2000 and 2012, Montgomery public school enrollment grew by 14,599 students — more than Anne Arundel, Howard, Frederick and Baltimore counties combined, according to the county. With nearly half of the county’s public schools projected to not have enough seats for students by the 2018-19 school year, Leggett, County Council members and state legislators highlighted the need for more school funds Thursday at Julius West Middle School in Rockville. To help fund expansion projects, the county plans to request up to $20 million from the state, to go along with $40 million from the county, similar to a bill passed last year to provide funding for Baltimore City Public Schools. The infusion of cash would let the county issue about $750 million in bonds to fund 56 construction projects at severely affected schools over the next five years, according to a county release. “We’re bursting at the seams,” said Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendant Joshua Starr. He said schools hold classes on auditorium stages and work with students in hallways. The county also uses 379 portable classrooms. The county’s public schools are part of the attraction for many new residents, said County Council President

Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring. But the schools can’t sustain their performance without additional resources, she said. Montgomery has been “a victim of our own success” in pursuing policies that supported growth and development the past several decades, said Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington. If there’s no additional money for school expansions this year, it will impede growth in Montgomery and beyond, he said. “Slowing Montgomery slows the growth of Maryland,” Madaleno said. Solving the capacity crisis will be the county’s top priority in Annapolis for the next General Assembly session, which begins in January. Del. Sheila Hixson (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, said getting the increase might not be easy, but she believes that, ultimately, many large jurisdictions in the state will support it. Madaleno, who serves on the Senate’s Budget and Taxation Committee and chairs the Education, Business and Administration Subcommittee, said it’s always a challenge to get something new and innovative approved. While the Baltimore bill might be a template, he thinks everyone is “keeping an open mind” on how the issue can be addressed. Everyone needs to stay focused on what the challenges to the school system could mean for the county, and the larger repercussions for the state if Montgomery’s economy starts to decline, he said. But getting approval might be a heavy lift, even for one of the most powerful county delegations in the state. “This will be a challenge, there’s no question,” Madaleno said.


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Continued from Page A-1 Team Friendship, raising about $3,000 for the organization. “We raise as much as we can,” she said. “It all goes directly to Friendship Circle in Maryland.” Rahel Schwartz said she and Jason had just connected with Friendship Circle this year, learning about the organization from Ginsberg. “It was my first [run] for a charity and it was really wonderful,” she said.


Continued from Page A-1 September, said Kate Sam, Maryland Food Bank spokeswoman. “This is going to be devastating for people on SNAP,” Umbriac said. For Silver Spring resident Byron Kelly, losing $11 in monthly food stamp benefits is more than a couple of meals. “It’s probably three days worth of food,” he said. Kelly, who cares for his mother at home, lost his job in February. His mother held a parttime job but suffered a stroke over the summer, leaving both of them unable to work. The only source of income for their household of two comes from his mother’s Social Security payments, Kelly said. “As soon as I get the [food stamp] benefits, I have to run to


Continued from Page A-1 when Starr announced his fiscal 2015-20 Capital Improvements Program recommendations on Oct. 28. County school enrollment has increased by about 14,000 during the past six years, and the majority of that growth, nearly 90 percent, has been in elementary schools, according to Starr’s news release. During the next six years, enrollment is expected to grow by an additional 11,000. Because of that growth, Starr said, he was setting a priority on increasing the number of classrooms to ease crowding caused by “years of dramatic enrollment growth.” The galloping growth in the number of elementary-age children in Montgomery County is more than that of any other county in Maryland, according to Starr’s statement. Linda Goldberg, principal


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She said being part of a team made it special although all the team members did not stay together for the whole 26.2-mile run. “I would never have put my name on the shirt, but [the team shirt had it] spectators would shout, ‘Go, Rahel, go Team Friendship,’ it was really a motivator,” she said. “It’s my favorite marathon, I’ve done it before, but it was really nice doing it for charity.” Friendship Circle of Montgomery County works with more than 100 families with children with special needs and has an

annual operating budget of $200,000, said Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, director of the organization. The group plans social, recreational and religious activities for friends to take part in together. “Our flagship program, Friend at Home, is basically about creating friendships,” he said. “One of the greatest challenges for kids with special needs is to make a friend. Living a lonely life is painful.” Friends at Home pairs teens for weekly visits at the homes of children with special needs. The program is also a way to bring Judaism to children who

are not typically included in Hebrew school programs, Kaplan said. “We provide a setting at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville where they can meet with their friends and learn about Judaism,” he said. Ginsberg said she is excited about the idea of marrying her interest in running with helping a charity, especially one that works close to home. “If I didn’t run, there wouldn’t be $3,000 for Friendship Circle,” she said.

the store because we’ve usually used up what we have,” he said. Kelly visits Manna Food once a month to supplement what they can get with food stamps, but he said he’s not sure how long their smaller food stamp benefit will last. Households of one or two people who receive the minimum SNAP benefit, which was $16 before Nov. 1, will now receive $15. Households may receive varying amounts of federal assistance based on their income and other factors. Damascus resident Lynne Bowser supported herself and her husband with the $16 SNAP benefits for three years, but recently decided not to continue with the program. “For the time, effort and gasoline, my $16 a month wasn’t worth it anymore,” she said. At $4 a week for a household of two, she still had to supplement her food with do-

nations from Manna. C. Marie Henderson, director of The Community Foundation for Montgomery County, said she and her staff took the “SNAP Challenge” last year when she headed Interfaith Works, a coalition of congregations that works to meet the needs of the county’s poor and homeless. For five weekdays, she and her staff members limited their food budget to a $25 allowance, similar to what an individual in the SNAP program would allocate for one week. Henderson’s diet mostly consisted of beans, chicken, grits and frozen vegetables. “I was hungry all week,” she said. “The staff was hungry.” Local soup kitchens, help organizations and food banks may initially be able to help SNAP participants make up the difference, Henderson noted, but the organizations themselves are already strained.

“They’re tapped, almost to the max, right now,” Henderson said. For now, local organizations are doing their part by educating SNAP participants and potential donors about the cuts to the program. The Maryland Food Bank, which serves the state of Maryland except Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, directs SNAP outreach workers to needy communities. If the cuts to SNAP benefits are permanent, Sam said, she’s concerned that more people will rely on food banks, creating an influx of new clients. “Neither source,” meaning SNAP benefits or food pantries, “is designed to meet all their needs,” she said.

of Potomac Elementary School, said her community was disappointed with the news. Potomac was scheduled for a complete demolition and rebuild, with the first completion date, scheduled for January 2018, now proposed to be delayed a year to January 2019. “Of course the community is disappointed because they are eager to have their new school,” Goldberg said. “But it was all elementary schools so it’s not like we’re sitting there thinking ‘what are they doing to us?’” Meanwhile, she said, the school is kept in good shape and she is grateful to the parentteacher association for the work it has done outside the school planting gardens. Donna Michela, principal of Wayside Elementary School, said her school got a two-story addition in 2007 and is scheduled to have the original building, which includes the school offices, cafeteria and library, along with classrooms, taken

down and rebuilt to mesh with the newer section. “We’re horribly disappointed,” she said. “We were really looking forward to it.” But, she added, Wayside has no students in portable [classrooms] and no heating, ventilation and air conditioning issues so the school will be all right. “Starr and the board made

care, Navarro said. Navarro said Thursday that the bill wasn’t finished. She and her staff still were working with the county’s Department of General Services to understand how the regulations would work. County spokesman Patrick Lacefield said Executive Isiah

Leggett (D) was still reviewing the proposal Tuesday, and wanted to see what the cost estimates attached to the bill would be. “Obviously, it’s a worthy goal,” Lacefield said. Ellen Valentino, state director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, hadn’t

Staff Writer Kate Alexander contributed to this report.

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As food stamp recipients adjust to recent cuts in their benefits, they face losing even more. The farm bill in Congress threatens to cut as much as $39 billion more from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, in the next 10 years. On Friday, recipients lost about 5 percent of their benefits when temporary funding from the 2009 stimulus expired. “It’s like a perfect storm,” Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin said of the cuts. About 70,000 county residents rely on the benefits from the $79 billion annual federal program. More cuts could mean even less money for food and that worries Ervin and others. “We are very concerned about this because, on average these SNAP benefits, which aren’t very big anyway, really supplement what you already have to buy food,” she said. The maximum benefit an individual can receive per month is $189. For a household of two, the maximum is $347, and for a family of eight it is $1,137, according to Brian Schleter, spokesman for the state’s Department of Human Resources. Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring was active in establishing the county’s new Food Recovery

Network, which provides excess food from restaurants and grocers to groups and families. The bill passed by House Republicans would cut $39 billion over 10 years. The bill passed by the Democratic-controlled Senate would cut a tenth as much, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. of Kensington, top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, is among House Democrats fightng the deeper cuts. “This vital food assistance program provides a safety-net for millions of Americans working hard at low wage jobs, children, seniors, and veterans, including over 780,000 Marylanders,” Van Hollen (D-Dist. 8) said in a statement provided to The Gazette. Van Hollen said the House bill would also eliminate benefits for 4 million Americans. The House version would increases funding for the Emergency Food Assistance Program, which supplements the diets of low-income people with emergency food assistance. The program purchases and ships food to the states, which is then distributed through organizations such as Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg. Jenna Umbriac, nutritional educator for Manna, said her group is able to buy most of its frozen meats because of money it receives through the Emergency Food Assistance Program.

recommendations built on a bigger picture,” she said. “While it’s disappointing to us, we’ll be OK.” Martin Barnett, principal of Cold Spring Elementary School, could not be reached for comment but Stacy Yu, president of the school’s PTA, responded in an email: “On behalf of the Cold Spring PTA, we understand that

with the rapidly growing student population, change in demographics, and limited funding in our county for school revitalizations, tough decisions have to be made. With a 41 year-old facility desperately in need of significant restructuring, we are very disappointed that the superintendent has proposed to delay the revitalization of our school. “We are very appreciative of the incremental facility repairs and safety improvements [the school district] has made to our facility over the past few years, however there is still a significant amount of work to be done. At this time, we are working with our [Montgomery County Council of PTAs] Cluster Representatives and leaders from our neighboring schools as we evaluate how this delay may impact our students,” Yu wrote. The PTA council weighs in every year on the capital improvements plan, Janette Gilman, county PTA president, wrote in an email. The council

will testify at a school board hearing on the recommended capital spending plan to be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville. A second hearing is scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 14, also at Carver. “... It also is discouraging that the proposal again resorts to delaying critical revitalization/ expansion projects to balance a shortfall,” Steve Augustino, co-chairman of the Capital Improvement Plan Committee for the county’s PTAs, wrote in an email. “These projects are the capacity relief to many areas, but they are being delayed for the second time in two years. It’s not a choice of whether to do standalone additions OR revitalizations/expansions — both are needed, and both address the capacity growth of our system,” Augustino wrote.

seen the bill, but said it likely would eliminate the ability of small businesses to compete for county contracts. That would create a more exclusive environment for bigger businesses, and less competition usually means higher contract costs, Valentino said.

“When you inhibit competition like that, generally, it drives up costs,” she said. Montgomery has been aggressive in trying to create a competitive environment for small businesses to get county contracts, but maintaining that competitiveness is a fine line, she said.

“It’s easy to lose businesses overnight,” she said. Navarro said she didn’t think the bill would hurt small businesses, since they would build the costs of health insurance into their bids.


The media center at Potomac’s Wayside Elementary School, one of the county’s schools that under a proposed capital spending plan won’t be getting upgrades anticipated for years.


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Top job creators can be hard to figure Accurate data for every company not available

DMI tops Inc. list in Maryland


Maryland’s top company on the Inc. jobs list was Bethesda-based Digital Management Inc., a provider of mobile enterprise and big data solutions and services that created 1,009 jobs in the 18-month period. About 200 of those jobs were formed in Maryland, with many in Montgomery County, said Jay Fiore, vice president of marketing at DMI. DMI, which also has made Inc.’s list of the fastest-growing businesses for revenue the past six years, now has more than 1,500 employees companywide, with about 200 at the 44,000-square-foot Bethesda headquarters. The company, founded by CEO Jay Sunny Bajaj in 2002, has offices in Washington, D.C., Reston, Va., Linthicum and other cities. Fiore attributed the big workforce jump to demand for the use of mobile devices in the workplace. The rise has occurred among both government and private commercial clients such as Ford, Honda and The Gap, he said. Chevy Chase-based WeddingWire, an online wedding planning resource serving both couples and wedding professionals, was rated second in Maryland on the Inc. list. Of the 143 jobs created in the 18-month period, 141 of those were at the Chevy Chase headquarters, said Kamari Guthrie, a company spokeswoman.



Inc. magazine recently released its second annual list of leading privately held job creators, in which six of the top 10 in Maryland reside in Montgomery County and one in Frederick County. But before anyone starts trumpeting Montgomery as the epicenter of job creation in Maryland, like most surveys, there are a few qualifications. The list is based on the companies that submitted verification and an application to Inc. swearing to how many jobs they have added in the 18-month period from Jan. 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. It’s also limited to privately held companies. So a public company like Wal-Mart or a private company that did not apply to Inc. could have created more jobs in the 18 months. So is there a way to figure out which companies are definitely creating the most jobs? County and state economic development officials say tracking that would be too wieldy given the fact that researchers would have to know how many jobs every single company or employer created. “The data we get on job creation are not available by individual establishment,” said Karen Glenn Hood, a spokeswoman with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.


Jay Sunny Bajaj is founder and CEO of the Bethesda digital management consulting firm DMI. DBED does publish a list of the largest employers researchers know of by the number of jobs they have in Maryland, updating the figures late each year through personal surveys. From late 2011 to late 2012, Fort Meade in central Maryland was the top jobs creator in the state among large employers at about 12,000, while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration added almost 3,000 jobs in that period. The state agency also compiles a report each month on new and expanding businesses that lists ones that have added jobs recently, as well as looks at federal labor reports. The Montgomery County Department of Economic Development lists on its website “leading employers” without getting into how many jobs they have in the county, taken from the latest federal labor reports. The Frederick County Business

Development and Retention Division lists major employers with job figures in a survey similar to that of the state. The latest state Labor Department job report that breaks down county employment shows Montgomery growing jobs by 0.5 percent between the first quarter of 2013 and first quarter of 2012. Frederick County has a job growth rate of 3.0 percent in the same period. The Montgomery DED also uses jobs data from private firm Economic Modeling Specialists International that show job creation to be a little more robust in the county, putting the county growth rate in the past year at 1.6 percent. “More counties are starting to use the EMSI data to supplement the [Department of Labor] data,” said Steven A. Silverman, director of Montgomery DED.

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Olney has The Look What woman isn’t looking for new clothes? The Look Boutique, owned and operated by Donna Johnson, is a new store in the Fair Hill shopping center in Olney selling moderate to upscale clothing and accessories for women. The 1,600-square-foot shop at 18119 Town Center Drive is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The venture is a new career for Johnson, who had a 25-year career in Montgomery and Howard counties’ public schools, where she taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels. “Our goal is to deliver a distinctive shopping experience for the professional woman seeking individual style, exceptional quality, value, convenience, and unparalleled customer service. We will provide a total fashion look for our customers,” Johnson said in a news release.

Give me a sign What’s your sign? Whatever it is, chances are Greg Utterback can make it. Utterback just opened a Signarama store at 19532 Amaranth Drive, Germantown. This is the second Signarama store for Utterback, who has been a franchisee since 1994. His other location is at 4200 Wis-

consin Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. “I hope to maximize the potential of this new service area while maintaining my existing client base in Washington, D.C.,” Utterback said in a news release. Signarama provides sign and graphic services to the business community. The Germantown location’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call Utterback at 202-244-9171.

Smashburger opens Germantown’s got a new burger joint. Smashburger opened at The Shops at Seneca Meadows in Germantown on Oct. 23. It’s the first location for this national chain to hit the Maryland market, following Dupont Circle last month and Fairfax, Va. last fall, according to a company press release. Smashburger Seneca Meadows has 64 seats inside the restaurant with an additional 16 on its outdoor patio. The name comes from the way the burgers are made, fresh Angus Beef smashed on a 400 degree flat grill to sear in the flavor, according to the release. Smashburger’s hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. To learn more, visit www.


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Mygenet Tesfaye Harris n Age: 39 n Job title: Art teacher, Visual Art Center, Albert Einstein High School, Kensington. n Hometown: Rockville.

Mygenet Harris is a teacher in the county’s Visual Art Center at Albert Einstein High School, Kensington. She was interviewed Friday at the school. Her colleague, Jane Walsh, who also teaches in the center, participated in the conversation. Tell me about the Visual Art Center.

It is a magnet art program. Students must submit a portfolio of their work to be considered for admission. I’m actually an alumni [sic] of the V.A.C. Tell me about that.

n Education Data: I did a dual program for five years with a bachelor’s of fine art in fibers/fine arts and a master’s in Art Education all from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. n Family: My parents were both educators for county schools. I was adopted at the age of 11 by my parents, Sandi and Ed Harris. I was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I have two beautiful blessings: my girls, Grace, 7, and Bethelehem, 10. n Hobby/Favorite vacation spot: I love reading a good book any time of the day… in addition [to] traveling, everything involving creativity is my hobby and way of life! My most peaceful vacation place was Kampen, Holland. My most spiritual vacation spot was Lalibela, Ethiopia. n Lesson to live by: Every day is a gift. Living in the moment is the only way to be.

I remember coming to the V.A.C. with my parents with a set of drawings and Mr. Barnes [Oroon E. Barnes] said I was accepted after reviewing my work. I was intimidated by him but really worked hard. He wanted only your best and there was not any room for nonsense. He really saw something in me and challenged me very hard. I kept going and going and he had me doing eight [8-foottall] paintings by the time I graduated. When I graduated high school in 1993 I was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and received a medal from President [Bill] Clinton for my paintings and drawings. I got a full scholarship to Maryland Institute College of Art because of the V.A.C. My path was paved by Mr. Barnes. My parents were just teachers and could have never afforded to send me to a school like MICA. Now I am teaching in the same program that made me.


Jane Walsh (left) and Mygenet Harris teach in the Visual Art Center at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington.

Did you always want to be an art teacher?

Even when I was little in Ethiopia I always played the role of a teacher with my friends. I was always told I was good with people and later with kids. The irony of it all is that when I graduated from V.A.C., Mr. Barnes gave me a copy of his curriculum and told me I might need it one day. I guess he knew it was in the cards for me. I chose MICA partly because they had a master’s of teaching program. I knew that it was my calling. My dad and mom, who have dedicated their life to teaching, always said to me that teaching is the most rewarding career of all. When I finished my master’s in teaching I had two opportunities to go to New York and work with European traveling artists as a sculptor with Socrates (Sculpture) Park. I also had an offer to work with a curator for Baltimore Museum of Art. I made a decision to teach first and knew that was my path. Deep inside I wished

for my destination to be the V.A.C. but knew that was a long hard path. Like a great dream I could not believe it when I received this position last year after 12 years with [county schools]. It was really like coming home and Mr. Barnes also knew somewhere inside of him that I would come back. I also know in the future I will begin the first artist residency between Ethiopia and U.S./ European artists in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. I am working on the plans and hope for it to happen in the next six years. How many students are in the program and how does it work? Walsh: There are 90 students,

from all four grade levels. About 85 percent are full time at Einstein, they can transfer [here] since they are in a magnet program. Fifteen percent come from five other schools. Harris: We are a small learning community. It’s not just the visual arts, we are teaching students to be problem solvers. Walsh: We’ve developed a fouryear curriculum that builds on [their] skills. We are a traditional drawing and painting program because we can’t predict the jobs of the future. Eighty percent of our students go to university art programs, only 20 percent go to art school because they are too expensive. Harris: A lot of our students are balanced, they are student scholars. We mentor them. It’s all about guiding them for the future. We are our own little career center.

Are most of your students planning on art as a career?

A lot will probably have art in their careers but the world is changing. I see that they will have at least three careers in their lifetimes.

Can you teach a person to be an artist?

The honest truth is the spark, the absolute talent, the energy can’t be taught. I could teach you to draw an object, there is a formula, but it would lack energy.

Can you tell me about the Rendering Project the students are working on?

Students at George Washington University who served in the military wrote essays about their experiences. We got 22 of the essays, called testimonials. The students read them and selected one to represent in a drawing. They are mostly pencil and charcoal. We guided them through the project but the work is theirs — that’s problem solving. They will be on display with the testimonials at GW and the students will meet the writers. That is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at 2013 H St. N.W., Washington, D.C. “Voices in Education” is a twicemonthly feature that highlights the men and women who are involved with the education of Montgomery County’s children. To suggest someone you would like to see featured, email Peggy McEwan at pmcewan@

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK A different kind of school photo When Peggy Salazar, principal of Oak View Elementary School in Silver Spring, was looking for a collaborative project the whole school could work on, she found the work of Daniel Dancer, a conceptual artist from Hood River, Ore. Dancer was at Oak View Oct. 29-30 to work with the students and staff to create a Peace Dragon photo, a picture that included all of the school’s 350 students and staff. Dancer’s canvas was the school playground and his medium was the staff and students, all dressed in black, who filled in the body of a dragon, the school’s mascot, that Dancer had outlined using black mulch and turf paint. The dragon embraced a peace symbol created by laying out 200 pairs of blue jeans collected by the students. With everyone in place, Dancer rode 80 feet into the air in the bucket of a Montgomery County fire truck and photographed the scene. For added effect, some students had red shirts under their black ones and, on cue, ran to the mouth of the dragon to simulate fire breathing. There was one other detail, Dancer said: The number 350 is one he tries to work into each of his aerial photos. “It’s the maximum parts of carbon we can have in the air and continue life as we know it,” Dancer said. “Its a big wakeup call to all the participants to change the way they view the world ... to see through the eyes of future generations.” During his three days at the school, Dancer met with all the students and staff, explaining his mission to get them to have a new perspective on life by looking up and thinking about the importance of combating

award presented by the county executive and The Gazette as part of the countywide King celebration Jan. 20 at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. For more information, contact James Stowe, director of the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, at 240-7778491 or email human-rights.


Staff and students at Oak View Elementary School in Silver Spring are part of a living work of art created by Daniel Dancer, an Oregon artist who spent three days at the school. Dancer took the photo from the platform of a Montgomery County Fire Department truck ladder high above the school’s playground air pollution. “He’s been a lot of fun to work with: watching the process and talking to him about what he does. There is a lot of math involved; he works it all out on a grid,” art teacher Sarah McCarron said. Carolyn Scalera, whose daughter Amelie is in fourth grade, was one of many parents who were at the school to see the final photos taken. “What is exciting about it is the art and the collaboration,” she said. “[It] is a metaphor for working together to save the planet.”

Martin Luther King contest underway Montgomery County’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee is seeking entries for its literary arts contest and visual arts show in observance of King’s life. The writing contest and visual arts show is open to all county elementary, middle and high schools students. Essay entries must be 150 words or

less, and must be in poetry or essay format. Entries will be judged on understanding and appreciation of King’s ideals; clarity and originality of expression; and adherence to the 2014 theme, “Honoring the Legacy: Celebrate, Serve, Remember.” Entries for the visual arts show may include prints, posters, collages, murals, photographs and all other twodimensional visual art forms. Entries also should portray the 2014 theme. There is no limit on the number of visual arts entries from each school. All visual arts submissions will be exhibited at the program, and at the Executive Office Building during Black History Month in February. The submission deadline is Dec. 6. Participating schools should submit a maximum of three essay entries per school to the MLK Essay Contest, c/o Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850. The top three winners from all entries will be invited to read their essays and receive an





Clarksburg students collect food for needy Students at Clarksburg Elementary School are hold-

ing a Thanksgiving food drive through Nov. 22. Nonperishable foods will be collected in each homeroom and community members are invited to send food with students or drop it off at the school, at 13530 Redgrave Place. Food will be donated to the Clarksburg Community Assistance Network, a free supplemental food pantry for residents of the 20871 ZIP code who need assistance. For more information, call 301-353-8060.

Einstein students to exhibit artwork Students from the Montgomery County Public Schools Visual Art Center at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington will have their work displayed this month at the Student Veterans Center at George Washington University. “The Rendering Project” takes stories of life in and out of the military uniform and puts a visual representation to them through the arts and minds of today’s youth. Visual Art Center students were given testimonials and asked to render the experiences with charcoal and pencil.

The project was a joint venture of the George Washington University Institute for Middle East Studies and Office of Military and Veteran Student Service in partnership with the Visual Arts Center. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at 2013 H St. N.W., Washington.

Careers seminar and college fair are Nov. 16 Xi Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Omicron Lambda Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity are co-sponsoring the seventh annual Traditional and Non-Traditional Careers Seminar and College Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Watkins Mill High School, 10301 Apple Ridge Road, Gaithersburg. All students in sixth through 12th grade are invited to attend this free seminar featuring panelists and exhibitors in more than 25 career fields to help students prepare for college. College admissions information also will be available. Reservations are due Nov. 15 by email to jacquelynallyce@ or by calling 202550-9376 In addition, the joint planning committee is seeking professionals to serve as panelists or exhibitors, and colleges and universities to participate. For more information, call 240-7784043 or 301-526-4377 or email or Established in 2006 as part of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Economic Security Initiative, the On Top of the Game Partnership Signature Program is a coalition of members of Xi Sigma Omega Chapter, Sisters in Success and the administration of Watkins Mill High School. It’s designed to help students recognize the value of


a college education while providing them with financial, entrepreneurial, and economical life skills. The seminar and college fair are held in conjunction with Xi Sigma Omega’s Emerging Young Leaders, Economic Security and Social Justice and Human Rights Initiatives, plus Xi Sigma Omega’s JacksonBudd Signature Program. Xi Sigma Omega, established in 1983, contributes yearly to scholarships and implements a variety of programs focused on issues relating to youth leadership, health, social justice, global poverty, economics, social justice and human rights. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, founded in 1908 at Howard University, is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by black college-trained women.

Clarksburg High sells ornaments to support music Clarksburg High School’s instrumental music department, in cooperation with the Organization of Musical Parents and Helpers, is selling 2013 commemorative White House holiday ornaments to help support instrumental music at the school. The ornament honors peace represented by an image of the American elm tree planted just before Christmas by President Woodrow Wilson on the north lawn of the White House in 1913. The snowy scene comprises elm leaves, a wreath of olives branches and holly leaves. Two white doves of peace perch on the olive branches and hold the 2013 banner. The ornaments cost $25 and come in a gift box with a descriptive booklet. To order, contact instrumental music director Charles Orifici at Charles_A_Orifici@


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On a recent evening, children clustered in the basement of the Park Montgomery Apartments in Silver Spring. Second-graders sat at one table, coloring with crayons and filling in connect-thedot drawings. Next to them a table of older kids worked on their homework. As each of them finished an assignment, they ran up to Asmara Sium to let her know and she assured them she would be right there to check it over. Sium is the executive director of the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation and one of several women who run the Homework Club, where children age 4 to 14 who live in the apartment building come after school to hang out, play games and get academic help. All these children are immigrants or children of immigrants from Africa. The foundation helps the children and their parents navigate and adjust to life in the U.S., focusing on academic support and reconciling the two cultures they’re growing up in. The foundation was started in 2000 by Wanjiru Kamau, a Kenyan immigrant and mental health professional who began working with Rwandese refugees. Everyone at the foundation calls her Mama Kamau. She created the Catching Up Program, now the foundation’s flagship program, which provides resources for adults such as health screenings and legal advice on renewing their visas, and provides kids with academic support and help adjusting to American culture. The foundation also works in Argyle Middle School, and Montgomery Blair and Springbrook high schools, where students are older and often more recent immigrants. Part of the Catching Up Program,

the Homework Club, meets in the apartment building Monday through Thursday afternoons. Sium, an Eritrean-American, grew up in Washington and spent her summers in Eritrea. She started volunteering with the organization while writing her dissertation and returned to run it two years ago when Kamau moved back to Kenya. Sium faced many of the same challenges that the children do. “The kids are trying to figure out how to be American,” she said.

Tanzanian or American? Children, who at Homework Club have spent little or no time in their parents’ country of origin, tend to assimilate quickly, finding themselves between the American culture at school and their African culture at home. “As a kid, first and foremost, you want to fit in. I also remember the dual existence,” said program coordinator Asteria Hyera. Hyera was born in the U.S. but moved to Tanzania at age 3 and back to the U.S. at 10 with her parents. “Their perception of their life here is different” from their parents’, Sium said. “We try to be the middle person.” Parents of middle schoolers and high schoolers are wary of things such as dating and hanging out at the mall after school — a big part of being an American teenager. Sium tries to mediate when she sees tension between parents and their children. Kids sometimes are embarrassed by their parents showing up to school events in traditional clothes or speaking a different language. Part of this disconnect, Sium said, is that children often don’t understand what their parents went through to get to the U.S. or the alternative life they might have had, and sometimes just having a conversation about that story helps. One manifestation of the divide is

names. “They get teased relentlessly for their names,” Sium said. Many kids find it easier to choose a nickname — Sium herself had many — and Sium tells them that’s OK, but she also wants them to be proud of where their name comes from. “Their names aren’t meaningless,” she said. Parents in most African cultures put a lot of thought into naming their children. “It took me some time to say, ‘No, I’m Asmara,’ and say it correctly,” she said, with a full roll through the “r.” Emigration from Africa to the U.S. has risen steadily over the past several decades. The number doubled from 42,456 in 1995 to 85,102 in 2005, the most recent available census data. African immigrants now make up 15 percent of Montgomery County’s foreign-born population: 58,000 in 2010. The foundation receives funding from a combination of government grants, individual contributions and support from other foundations, with most coming from Montgomery County. It is seeking support from a community development block grant from Takoma Park, where some of its beneficiaries live. It also has received funding from the city for its Youth ArtBeat Summer Camp. The foundation has been running the Homework Club at the Park Montgomery Apartments for two years and wants to soon expand to the Essex Apartments. Sium said she has seen transformations in many of the children and a big part of it is showing them the promise she sees in them. With some extra support, she said, “these kids excel beyond any, of even our, expectations.” Many have behavioral issues when they start out. “I think as people we fail to understand the story behind the behavior,” Sium said of dismissing them as bad children rather than understanding


Asmara Sium (left), executive director of the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation, helps children with their homework as part of the foundation’s Catching Up academic assistance program Oct. 28 at the Park Montgomery Apartments in Silver Spring. what they’re struggling with. As 13-year-old Simon Hailon said, it can all be summed up in three words: “Life is complicated.” Simon’s father left him, his mother and two younger siblings when Simon was 8, and Simon said he struggled with the feeling of abandonment growing up, with just feeling different and with being bullied at school. “I had a really bumpy road,” he said. Now, he doesn’t care what people think of him, because he understands that everything is a matter of how you look at it and every action and situation have complex layers. “It’s how you see it, how you perceive it that matters,” he said. That’s something he wants to express in the blog he’s working to start — that everyone has a story, success has many meanings, and failure is not absolute or straightforward, but layered. Simon has always loved reading — something he attributes to his mother. “Let’s just say, she was my start,” he said. Now he wants to be an author. Toward the end of the evening, the

older kids led cheers and dance routines — they were practicing for their Halloween performance. Steve Nikkema, 10, stood in front of a group of boys half his height — “Y-E-L-L, Everybody yell!” they shouted. He said he likes teaching the younger kids. So does Kiana Lassiter, 14, who’s lead volunteer teacher this year. When Kiana started in the program, Sium said, she was difficult and getting in trouble. Sium told Kiana she was going to love her into submission. Two years later, it worked, Sium said, and the teenager has stepped fully into her leadership role. She loves teaching the alphabet to the youngest ones. Sium asked the children, “How do you want to move through the world?” Giving them leadership opportunities is a great way for them to begin to answer that question for themselves. “We see in these kids so much more than I think they do at times and it’s our job to say, ‘Here are the tools,’” Sium said, “and they rise to the occasion.”

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An electric car is plugged into a charging station in a King Farm shopping center parking lot in Rockville.

1,700 residents have taken advantage of it so far, according to Eric Coffman, the senior energy specialist for the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. Since it was implemented, 545 county residents have taken the tax credit, which is more than

more popular in the commercial market. The higher the level, the faster it will charge a car. According to the Department of Energy, a light-duty electric vehicle, such as a Nissan Leaf or a Honda Fit EV, would typically get a range of 2 to 5 miles after a one-hour level 1 charge, and 10 to 20 miles after an hour on a level 2 charger. SemaConnect of Bowie, a charging station developer and vendor that deploys stations across the U.S., has sold more chargers to entities in Montgomery County than any other county in Maryland, according Joe Inglisa, a company spokesman for the mid-Atlantic region. Inglisa attributed this to the county’s “overall education level.” “Early adapters are highly educated and wealthier, so they’re the ones buying the electric vehicle,” he said. “In other parts of Maryland where the socio-economic level isn’t so high, we’re not doing so well.” Some places, including MOM’s Organic Market in

Rockville and the Potomac Place Shopping Center, offer charging stations to the public as a free amenity. But others will either charge customers the rate that it costs to cover the electricity or increase the price to make a profit. Companies that charge consumers to use their stations commonly charge per hour, as the Firstfield Shopping Center in Gaithersburg does, but they also have the option to charge for the actual amount of electricity that is used. Once a vendor sells the a charger to a company, it is up to that company to pay for the electricity. What, if anything, the consumer pays to use a charger is set by the station owner, Inglisa said. “We offer it free of charge because it doesn’t cost that much and we want to incentivize people and reward them for driving an electric car,” said Scott Nash, owner of MOM’s Organic Market in Rockville. The store initially installed the chargers to meet an increasing demand for them as well as ad-


Businesses across the county have been working to make it more convenient for the growing number of electric vehicle drivers to find a place to plug in and charge up, with about 15 percent of Maryland’s electric car charging stations now in Montgomery County. Only one electric vehicle was registered in Maryland in fiscal 2010, but that rose to 657 by fiscal 2012, according to the most recent data from the Motor Vehicle Administration. This dramatic increase was likely not mere coincidence. In October 2010, the state kicked off its campaign to promote electric vehicles by offering an excise tax credit for Maryland owners, currently ranging from $600 to $1,000, depending on the vehicle’s battery capacity. Nearly

any other county, Coffman said. And this prominent interest hasn’t gone unnoticed. Montgomery County has been a target for charging station vendors in recent years. Second only to Baltimore city, Montgomery County has one of the highest number of charging stations in the state, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. There are 38 electric charging stations, which are owned and operated by various organizations, in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Potomac, Rockville and Silver Spring. Of these, 29 offer the stations to the public, while the rest are company-owned for employees only. Some locations also feature more than one charger — or outlet — at each station; and among those in the county that are public, there are a total of 12 level 1 and 44 level 2 chargers available. A level 1 charger uses a 120volt plug and can be installed on a standard residential outlet. Level 2 chargers work with a 208to 240-volt plug, and tend to be

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vertise for electric car companies, and they have seen a continuous increase in users since the chargers were installed in May 2012, Nash said. “They’re an operating billboard or advertisement for the electric car industry,” he said. “It sort of reminds people every day that here are the chargers for an electric car that you might want to buy one day.” This growing demand for charging stations is set to continue in the near future. On Oct. 24, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), along with governors from seven other states, announced an initiative to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles — which includes battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles, and hydrogen fuel-cell-electric vehicles – on the road in their states within a dozen years. “This is a critical part of our efforts to achieve Maryland’s long-term 2050 goal to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions 90 percent from 2006 levels,” O’Malley said in a news release.



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Political football

Some boys in Olney are the big losers in a parentagainst-parent brouhaha over football. If you aren’t familiar with the story, the Mid-Maryland Youth Football and Cheer League divides teams in multiple divisions based on player ability. The lowerdivision team trounced its competitors and the upper division-team “wasn’t competitive at all,” according to a league board member. That led to the allegation that Olney was “stacking” better players in the lower division to beat the lesser players on other teams. BOYS BIG LOSERS Because of the allegaAS ADULTS tion, the league eliminated the Olney teams PUT WINNING from the postseason. AHEAD OF The Olney teams apSPORTSMANSHIP pealed the matter to the league’s board, where the decision was upheld after a 29-2 vote. Youths learn a lot playing team sports: sportsmanship, working toward a goal, personal responsibility, to name a few. What these boys have learned is that some parents have a warped view of what’s right and wrong. If you believe the charges, the Olney organizers did a disservice to the boys. By creating a team of ringers, the organizers allowed their desire for victory to overwhelm their sense of fair play. If you think the charges are trumped up, league officials relied on circumstantial evidence. As the playoffs proceed, the winning team will know it won only because one of the best teams in the league didn’t participate. We have far too many examples of youth sports ruined by overcompetitive adults. We all have tales of parents crossing the lines of good sense, shouting from the sidelines at coaches and officials. We all know kids who are missing out on childhood because they’re being pushed into athletics early, hoping they eventually score a college scholarship. Here, we have a youth football league in which either the local parents or the league officials are placing winning over the life lessons they owe these boys. Adults, somewhere, should be ashamed.

Hazardous isolation

When Timothy Leary implored, “Turn on, tune in, drop out” a generation ago, he wasn’t talking about iPods, smartphones and ear buds. But here we are, in a time of increasing technologically driven isolation, and the mantra fits. People walk around in their normal time and space, but with their minds and attention elsewhere. When we lost the umbilical cord of the rotary phone, we became free to socialize and carry on business talks wherever we went — and thus grew the phenomenon of Constant Connection. But we can’t blame FOR SAFE Apple or AT&T or Nokia TRAVEL, DON’T for creating a distracted BE A PRISONER culture. Walk-around enOF YOUR OWN tertainment was well estabDEVICES lished before that. The Sony Walkman was born in 1979. A tragic tale of fatal distraction — the death of Gwendolyn Ward’s 15-year-old daughter, Christina Morris-Ward — made us stop and think. On Oct. 31, 2012, Tina, as she was known, was on her way to Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, where she was a sophomore. She was doing what many people do. As Tina walked that dark morning, she was wearing headphones and looking down at her cellphone. She wore dark clothes as she crossed eight-lane Md. 118. A few blocks from the school, a car traveling legally under a green light struck her. Sad but determined, Gwendolyn Ward is doing her utmost to prevent similar heart-wrenching, avoidable deaths. She’s working with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation and Safe Kids Worldwide. She also spoke recently before local officials from Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia as the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board kicked off a Street Smart campaign. It’s a series of common-sense tips: for driving (be alert when passing stopped vehicles), for walking (look left, right, left before crossing) and for biking (ride with traffic, at least a car door away from parked vehicles). But for safety, so much hinges on awareness of and connection to the human and mechanical forces around us. Motor vehicles are large, powerful, potentially destructive forces. Whether you’re operating them or co-existing with them, please use the full extent of your senses while you get around. Know your surroundings, like a police officer would. Turn off, look around, tune in.

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We need to expand our road network In response to “Bus plan looks to future, not an auto-centric past” [letters, Oct. 16], the reader needs only to look at one thing in David Houck’s letter to understand where he stands — he is from Takoma Park. For years, any time I’ve raised traffic issues with anyone living inside the Beltway, I’ve heard the same tired refrain: “We don’t need more roads, we need more transit.” Guess what? If you live where I’ve lived for the last 15-plus years, and where most of the development has been for far longer than that — outside the Beltway — this is a nonstarter (full disclosure: I grew up in very closein Bethesda). While the rest of the state has invested in road improvements, we’ve really only seen the addition of the Intercounty Connector (40 years late). In the meantime, the Beltway drops to two through-lanes on the Inner Loop at Old Georgetown Road and Interstate 270 drops to two unrestricted through-lanes northbound at Md. 118 in Germantown. And, despite a major expansion of several miles of the road, I-270 has not seen any added unrestricted lanes on the spurs in at least 30 years! These places create major bottlenecks for auto traffic every day and must be addressed. Anyone who argues that we have constructed enough new roads or adequately expanded what we have in Maryland (specifically Montgomery County) is simply wrong. Our population and employment levels have exploded, but the road network has been effectively left behind or only half-baked. Even in my neighborhood, we built the first part of the Montrose Pkwy (on the books for many years), but the other half (into Wheaton) remains unfunded and unplanned.

As “auto-centric” road networks have failed to grow with development, and the vast majority of folks outside the Beltway are suffering because of this, addition to and expansion of the road network absolutely must be a primary objective of any transportation plan. Most cities have at least one good “beltway” (well planned and multi-lane, which does not describe the section in Montgomery County), and many have two (outer and inner). Most have more than one bridge crossing a major river between jurisdictions. Most have multiple highways that connect the city center with these beltways. There is nothing inbound in Maryland from Interstate 295/U.S. 50 to the George Washington Parkway in Virginia that serves this purpose and really only one way to get from Montgomery County to Northern Virginia via highway. We are woefully underserved from a road network perspective, and well behind the growth curve from any transportation perspective. I fully support the need for public transportation networks, as most of us do, but that will never serve a huge segment of the county’s population. I’d love it if I could walk to work, the grocery store and the gym. But I don’t live in downtown Bethesda/Silver Spring/Takoma. I live in Rockville, where I need to drive. There is no future in a transit-only approach, and no future that does not address all of this in the very near future. Folks who live in their urban cocoons, like Mr. Hauck, need to open their eyes to the rest of the county and state when they argue for transit as a priority.

as Ms. Bellis suggests, a dedicated bus lane.) There would be no need to build multiple buildings, i.e. Metro stations. There would be no need to use the massive amounts of electricity that the stations and the train would use. The bus lane could be adjusted easily for the intensity of traffic and parts of it could even include a dedicated bicycle portion. The bus lane could also be used for other, recreational purposes, such as foot races and bicycle races. We need to ask: Why are our representatives so interested in pursuing a seemingly unnecessary, but huge, expense?

I have really liked the handsome and personable Doug Gansler ever since he stopped by our house during his campaign for attorney general as my kids held a yard sale to sell some of their old toys. He was friendly to my children, and he bought a few books for his own family. Every time he made the news, I would point out to my kids: Remember him? That is Doug Gansler, that nice guy who came to your yard sale. I was sorry to read about his recent faux pas concerning underage drinking. The incident has helped me determine how to choose a Democrat to support in the primary, but not for the reasons you might think. I honestly don’t care that Gansler allowed his son to drink beer at age 18. (After all, my generation did it. Drinking was legal for 18-year-olds in those days, and we felt more like adults than today’s 18-year-olds.) Sure, it was hypocritical and irresponsible of Gansler to look the other way, but we all live with our own hypocrisies. What the incident underlines to me, though, is this: He and other parents rented a house at Bethany Beach for their children — who were graduating from an expensive private school — to enjoy Beach Week! How can this guy possibly understand middle-class Marylanders? My kids both went to Beach Week when they graduated from Rockville High School. And each of them had saved money from their part-time jobs to pay for it. Mr. Gansler’s son had a house handed to him! What must it be like to grow up with that sense of entitlement? I am glad that Mr. Gansler is a Democrat, and I am sure that he has done a lot for those of us who live more modest lives. But can he really understand us? That is my question. And that is the lens through which I will now examine the candidacy of Anthony Brown.

John J. O’Neill Jr., Rockville

Linda Di Desidero, Rockville

David K. Ohlrich, Rockville

A bus lane makes more sense Jennifer Bellis pointed out that the Purple Line should be proposed as a bus lane [“Make the Purple Line a bus lane,” letter, Oct. 16]. I am in total agreement with her views for the following reasons: 1. The toll highway, Interounty Connector/Md. 200, was built as a highway designed to handle traffic between Prince George’s County and Montgomery County, as is the intent of the Purple Line. That highway, by my observation, is barely used and must be losing quite a bit of money. Its tolls are expensive and that is one factor of its non-use. This would be the same for the expense of using a subway connecting those two counties.

Supposedly it is designed for use by lower-income persons for access to jobs, but they could not afford to use it. 2. A portion of the Purple Line would eradicate or constrict the Capital Crescent Trail. That is one of the most used, if not the most used, parks in the state of Maryland in terms of daily numbers. In these days of constant promotion for a “green” ecology, the Purple Line seems to be an extreme oxymoron. 3. If such a transportation route between the counties is actually needed, a bus lane using cross-country streets already built, such as East-West Highway, would cost a fraction of the Purple Line. (Even with,

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The Gansler beat down

For gubernatorial candiate Doug Gansler, name recognition is no longer a problem. Last week his name and photo got widespread national attention including NBC’s “Today Show,” ABC’s “World News With Diane Sawyer,” MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” CNN, FOX, Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show,” every Maryland and D.C. television news broadcast, every Maryland and D.C. newspaper, multiple editorials and op-ed columns, endless radio talk shows and all the political blogs. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the wides p r e a d photo is of Gansler standing in the middle of a teenage beach party that looks like a Roman orgy. What followed was MY MARYLAND a public freeBLAIR LEE for-all over Gansler’s duty to stop the underage drinking made worse by Gansler’s lame attempt to talk his way out of it. “Beachpartygate” followed on the heels of “Ticketgate” (Gansler’s failure to pay a D.C. speed camera ticket) which followed on the heels of “Troopergate” (allegations that Gansler pressured his state trooper drivers to bypass traffic jams by going off-road with emergency lights), which followed on the heels of “Videogate” (a spy secretly recorded Gansler telling campaign supporters that his opponent, Anthony Brown, was counting on his race to get elected). The media is having a field day with Gansler’s misdeeds but you don’t need to be a Doug Gansler fan to wonder if there isn’t something just a little bit fishy about all this. First, there’s the timing. The “Troopergate” allegations date back to December 2011 but only become “newsworthy” on Oct. 13, this year. Why the 23-month delay? And how come it appeared on The Washington Post’s front page the day before Gansler’s big news conference announcing his running mate? Clearly


“Troopergate” was held back and rolled out to overshadow and ruin Gansler’s campaign event. Likewise, “Ticketgate” stems from a June 12, 2012, traffic ticket that didn’t get media attention until Oct. 23 of this year. Why the 16-month delay? Even “Beachpartygate” dates back to June, a fourmonth pause until the infamous Instagram made its way onto the front pages. My grandfather once told me that “politicians shouldn’t do anything they don’t want to read about in tomorrow’s newspapers.” He was right about the conduct part, but he was wrong about the “tomorrow’s newspaper” part. What he should have said was “politicians shouldn’t do anything they don’t want their political enemies saving up and feeding to the media during the next election.” Look, the news reporters aren’t digging up those damaging Gansler revelations. They’re being fed to the reporters by people who don’t want Gansler elected. You have to be criminally naive to believe otherwise. Second, there’s the overkill. As a result of “Beachpartygate,” The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza gave Gansler his “Worst Week in Washington” award. Wow, even worse than the Obamacare roll-out or NSA’s latest spy scandals? Chancellor Angela Merkel might disagree. A Frederick News-Post editorial demanded that Gansler quit the governor’s race and The Baltimore Sun ran a front page, over-the-top story comparing Gansler to criminally convicted Marvin Mandel, Marion Barry and Dale Anderson. Then there were the letters-to-the-editor blaming Gansler for everything short of the Kennedy assassination (“it was a Landon School student who murdered [Yeardley Love] and allegedly spent many days in a drunken state”). Welcome to the Doug Gansler beat down, anyone can play. I don’t blame the media for running with the juicy “tips” being dropped on them. But I blame them for not asking, who is dropping these dimes? Why? And are we complicit in a “dirty tricks” effort at voter manipulation? Ironically, Gansler, a Democrat, is getting the politics of personal destruction usually reserved for Re-

publicans and the tea party. Remember how the media dredged up Mitt Romney’s high school haircut hazing caper? Or George Bush’s ancient DUI? Or Virginia candidate Bob McDonnell’s 35-year-old college thesis? Or the great fun the media had speculating whether Sarah Palin’s grandchild was really her own child? It’s always open season on Republicans, and no blow is too low. Teenage drinking? That tragedy struck the O’Malley household, but I don’t recall any front-page stories or media smear campaigns. Likewise, Anthony Brown has had some personal problems that the media properly chose to ignore. Poor Doug Gansler isn’t used to brass knuckles politics because he’s a product of Montgomery County’s pillow-fight politics, where a “dirty trick” is putting-up your lawn signs a week early or starting a whisper campaign that your opponent is a global warming denier. Over the years, no one has been more critical of Doug Gansler than me. When he was state’s attorney, I went after him for grandstanding and improper conduct. I even wrote that he was a “hot dog” (that’s when he stopped talking to me). And I’ve criticized his attorney general’s opinions on free speech and gay marriage because I thought he was demagoguing. But just because I was born at night doesn’t mean I was born last night. I know a political smear campaign when I see one. In politics, “when you’re explaining, you’re losing,” and Gansler’s enemies want this election to become a referendum on Gansler’s conduct instead of a referendum on the real issues facing Maryland. That’s a huge diservice which the media should resist even if the beat down sells newspapers. Meanwhile, Gansler’s enemies have accomplished the impossible: they’ve actually made me feel sorry for Doug Gansler. 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

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Takoma Park officials ignored opponents to teen voting

Expanded democracy? Or hypocrisy? The Gazette story about teen voting in Takoma Park [“Takoma teens excited to vote,” Oct. 23] ignores that this change was very controversial. In the few weeks following the council action, 523 registered voters, more than 90 percent of those presented with the petition, requested that this proposal be put on the ballot for all the voters to decide. These voters believed that such a big

change should be discussed and decided by the whole community, not just six City Council members. But the City Council ignored this request. Apparently they believed they knew better than the electorate. Thus, this action, which the council claimed they took to increase voter participation, had the opposite effect — the council clearly told voters that their views do not matter.

Catherine Tunis, Takoma Park

Study doesn’t support Lee’s position My primary complaint about Blair Lee’s first column on why people move out of Maryland [“Taxpayers exiting Maryland,” Aug. 28] was that he blatantly misrepresented the Tax Foundation study when he said the study looked at why people moved. It did not, and the Tax Foundation states very clearly that their study should not be taken to imply that people move because of taxes. And now here comes Blair Lee with a follow-up column [“Why are they leaving?” Sept. 18] where he again refers to some data that actually do nothing to support his argument about why people move. To be clear, I have no quibble with the Tax Foundation study or the underlying IRS data upon which it is based. Nor do I doubt that some people move out of Maryland because of high taxes. But there is just no way of knowing how many of the 1.4 million Marylanders who left the state between 2000 and 2010 did so because of taxes, or even, necessarily, that taxes “are at the top of the list” as is asserted again in Mr. Lee’s latest column. It seems that Mr. Lee has fallen into the classic pitfall of assuming that correlation is causation. People move to states with lower taxes, but they also move to states with warmer weather. People leave Maryland, but people also move to Maryland (in search of higher taxes?). People move to Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware and West Virginia and I agree with Mr. Lee that such moves are probably not for the weather. While they could be related to taxes, they could also

be for jobs, less traffic, more open space, cheaper housing or a host of other reasons. In search of additional support in his latest column, Lee directs the reader to a story [“Fight or flight,” Aug. 30] that followed up on his original column. The article was rather interesting in that it refers to an actual study, this one by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, that found that “tax flight is a myth” and “a large body of scholarly evidence” shows that people move to a different state primarily for new jobs, cheaper housing or better weather. Yet these basic, common-sense, alternative explanations get only a passing mention in both of Mr. Lee’s columns. Instead we get a set of letters to lend anecdotal support for his tax theory, but two of the 10 letters included in the most recent column don’t even mention taxes as a reason for a move. In any case, a handful of letters is rather thin gruel to sustain any single assertion about the complex decision making of over one million people. I don’t begrudge any individual their decision to move out of the state, and if they believe they are, or would be, better off leaving then by all means they should do so. But let’s at least assume people who move out of state are something more than low-tax seeking automatons, and let’s not confuse opinion, assertion, and anecdote with relevant data that actually demonstrates causation.

Bill Nickerson, Silver Spring

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Winston Churchill High School senior Kaitlyn Hilliard

wasn’t literally born on a volleyball court, but it was close. Her mother, Cindy Hillard, was in Austin, Texas coaching a 16-and-under team in a tournament. At the time, Cindy was approached by a friend on the sidelines. “You got to go to the hospital,” Cindy recalled. “No. I have a tournament to coach.”

Eventually, she relented, skipping out and making the hour-long trip to the hospital. One hour after arrival, Kaitlyn was born. Kaitlyn was essentially raised on a volleyball court for her first few days of life and has become one of the top hitters in Montgomery County and with mom-coach Cindy on the sidelines, the two have led

the Bulldogs to their first top playoff seed in 27 years. Meanwhile, in Bethesda, there’s another parent-child/ coach-player dynamic between Walter Johnson’s Bill and Brigid Morris. Brigid wasn’t an infant when she first got a taste of what having a parent as a coach is like, but it didn’t take long for the senior hitter to make a habit of

tagging along to Walter Johnson practices and matches. In middle school, she took over managerial duties, keeping stats and the like while joining in on practices and assimilating with the older girls. When she was finally old enough to play for the team she had been practically on for the past two years, Bill was hesitant to pull her up.

The baggage of a father-coach promoting a freshman onto a strong varsity program probably wasn’t worth it, he remembered thinking. But his two captains that year, having seen Brigid develop into a varsity-level hitter, took the decision out of his hands. They wanted her.

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Poolesville High School’s Chase Weaverling runs at Hereford High School during the 2011 state championship meet. This year’s event will be held at McDaniel College.


Change of venue for the state championship meet means less talk about hills


it’s about the runners BY NICK CAMMAROTA STAFF WRITER


idely regarded as one of the more difficult cross country courses in the nation, the layout at Hereford High School serves as the ultimate test annually for athletes competing in Maryland’s state championship meets. Rolling backhills, the infamous “Dip,” and twists and turns through woods and cornfields always seem to dominate the day’s discussion as

runners from across the state push themselves to the limit in the final race of their high school season. This year, however, for only the third time since 1980, Hereford will not play host to the championship race because parts of the school are under construction. That honor belongs to McDaniel College in Westminster. “I’m a little bit happy about the change in course because now the story of the day will be less about the hills at Hereford and more about the athletes and the competition, to be honest,” said Bethesda-Chevy Chase coach Chad Young. “I’m excited about that.” Young and other county coaches have been

forced to speculate, however, on just how different the three-mile stretch, which winds through the golf course at McDaniel, is from Hereford. The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, as specified on its website, is not permitting any access the course prior to Saturday’s championships, so all walk-throughs will be done the day of the event. There is, however, a link to a course video posted on the MPSSAA website. “From what I hear, there are rolling hills, it’s somewhat hilly, but they don’t have the intense hills that Hereford has,” Young said of McDaniel, which was the site of the Carroll County cham

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Walt Whitman High School’s Kamilla Beisenova hits the ball against Thomas S. Wootton’s Miranda Deng Oct. 2.

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As a standout basketball player at Clarksburg High School, Nicole Cunningham was moving toward her dream of playing the sport professionally in the WNBA. She was


a dominant player for the Coyotes and was being recruited by several NCAA Division I schools. But near the end of her high school tenure, the Germantown resident’s life drastically changed. On July 11, 2010, Cunningham had a daughter and her pursuit of a college basketball scholarship had to be put on hold. Later that year — around Christmas of Cunningham’s senior season — she transferred from Clarksburg to Seneca

Valley, where she graduated. Then, aboout 11 months after the birth of Harmony, Cunningham had a son, DeSean, on June 16, 2011. “It’s been pretty tough, but I’m managing everything,” said Cunningham, who added that she probably would have committed to Duke. “I was disappointed in myself because I was getting scouted and looked at by some pretty big D-I schools, but at the

Beisenova earns chance to become first Viking to win girls singles state title since 1984 BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN

same time it was life. ... Down the road, I knew I’d get back to the basketball court.” Now, with her life balanced, the 6-foot-2 forward/center, is reviving her basketball career as a freshman at Montgomery College. “Basketball keeps everything together,” said Cunningham, who brings her children to practice several times a week. “I love it and

Walt Whitman High School senior No. 1 singles player Kamilla Beisenova used to have a hard time finding someone willing to warm up with her, and it had nothing to do with the fact that she was the “new girl.” Beisenova was handed her first tennis racquet — a broken, triangle-shaped frame — when she was 3-years-old. By age 7, it was hard to separate her from what was probably a rac

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Georgetown Prep senior adjusts to lost season Following summer knee injury, senior eager to pursue college football




Georgetown Prep senior tight end Andrew Caskin, at the third of about 20 camps he planned to attend last summer in search of scholarship offer, beat linebacker after linebacker in a passing drill. Keith Willis, a former Virginia Tech tight end who is now Georgetown Prep’s tight ends coach and director of strength and conditioning, watched excitedly. Willis had accompanied Caskin on a bus tour of camps, and he believed Caskin was on the verge of reaching a new level. Finally, coaches at the Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus, Ohio, called for a linebacker committed to Notre Dame and another committed to Ohio State. Caskin beat both. “What you did today was special,” Willis told Caskin. A few days later, Caskin would be back in Ohio, dirty and

cooped in a hotel room. While competing at a West Virginia camp, Caskin felt his knee pop. He continued with the bus tour to another camp in Columbus, but he couldn’t even shower, let alone compete. Eventually, Caskin called his dad to pick him up. They drove eight hours home, and Caskin had an MRI revealing a torn anterior cruciate ligament. “I was physically sick to my stomach,” Willis said. “My heart felt for him. “I’ve never seen coaches cry before when a kid gets hurt. He meant so much to the program, coaches shed tears when this kid got hurt.” Said Caskin: “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through in my life. I’ve never really gone through an injury, and just to have this major of an injury [and] have so many expectations for my senior year go down the drain, it’s been really hard.” Caskin still hopes to play college football. He earned a scholarship offer from Bryant during a summer camp, and that’s still available. Yale, Brown and Vil-

lanova are also showing interest. Before his injury, Maryland and Virginia Tech expressed interest, and now, becoming a preferred walk-on at Maryland could become a possibility. Caskin, a team captain, is at least still making an impact at Georgetown Prep. Willis described him as an assistant tight ends coach and “my second set of eyes.” Perhaps, Caskin — the school’s student-body president (“President of the Yard”) — is most valuable now for his ability to connect with his teammates. At a recent walkthrough, Caskin was watching the scoutteam defense. “I said, ‘Andrew, our focus isn’t where it needs to be,’” Georgetown Prep coach Dan Paro said. “And at that point, Andrew stepped in, and he saw that the guys reacted. “I laugh at him sometimes. I say, ‘You thought I was only going to yell at you when you’re in equipment? That’s not the case. I’m going to yell at you when you’re out of equipment, too.’” Everyone believes Caskin, who’s just starting to run, will be

back in equipment soon enough Paro recalled Caskin’s sophomore year, when he was a 6-foot2, 185-pound scout-team middle linebacker challenging linemen Michael Boland (6-foot-7, 300 pounds) and Jerry Ugokwe (6foot-8, 330 pounds). “You knew you had someone special, because I’ll tell you, he wasn’t afraid of those guys,” Paro said. Caskin kept that mentality as he became a two-way starter. “He’ll go full go on a play. He’ll knock the tar out of someone. He’ll take 30 seconds to get up off the ground,” Paro said. “You’re like, ‘Oh my God, what happened to Andrew?’ And then, the very next play, he’s 100 percent. He goes non-stop.” Caskin has thought about that attitude since his injury, realizing how he approached football all along provides him exactly what he needs now. “You kind of have to have that chip on your shoulder and be pissed off and just kind of prove yourself, because once you get comfortable, you’re done,” Caskin said.

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KEEPING IT BRIEF GC, Prep fall short in soccer playoffs In the Interstate Athletic Conference boys’ soccer championship, the Georgetown Prep Hoyas saw their successful 2013 season come to an end in a 4-1 loss against St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes in Alexandria, Va. It was the Hoyas’ third loss to the Saints this season as Georgetown Prep finished the year with an 11-4-1 record. In the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoffs, Our Lady of Good Counsel’s boys’ soccer team reached the semifinals before bowing out to eventual WCAC champion DeMatha Catholic. The Falcons lost to the Stags, 2-0, after downing St. John College High School in the quarterfinals, 5-0. Under coach Dylan Dempsey, in his second year, Good Counsel finished with a 10-5-2 record.

Good Counsel defends WCAC title Good Counsel sophomore Nia Dorsey’s goal in the 25th minute of Saturday’s WCAC

final was all the Falcons needed in a 1-0 win over rival Bishop O’Connell for their second straight championship and third in four years. The meeting marked the 10th time Good Counsel and O’Connell played for the WCAC title. The win evened the headto-head at five games apiece but the Falcons have won the last two.

Holton-Arms wins ISL soccer The Holton-Arms School girls’ soccer team won the season-ending Independent School League “A” Division championship with a 2-1 win over crosstown rival Stone Ridge of School of the Sacred Heart Sunday. Panthers goals were scored by Megan Saunders and Katie Taylor. Saunders also assisted on Taylor’s goal.

Wootton QB throws for 541 yards in a game Thomas S. Wootton quarterback Sam Ellis threw for 541 yards — which would set a Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association single-game record if verified — in a 58-40 win over Rockville on Friday. Ellis completed 22-of-36 passes with six touchdowns and one interception. Rockville’s Chuck Reese threw for 480 yards in a win over Col. Zadok Magruder earlier this season, but that was also under review by the state.

Holy Cross wins second WCAC title Rhamat Alhassan has been playing volleyball for only three years, but when she graduates from the Academy of the Holy Cross this spring, she’ll have a pair of WCAC titles in tow. On Friday, a day after sweeping Good Counsel in the semifinals, Alhassan recorded a career-high 26 kills in leading the Tartans to a 3-1 win over Paul VI in a rematch of last year’s title match, which was Holy Cross’ first championship in program history. “I think I did pretty good,” said a laughing Alhassan, who finished her final high school season with 289 kills, 154 more than her next closest teammate. “I guess it was just me really wanting to win.”

Good Counsel tennis wins two medals Junior Stephanie Grodecki’s runner-up finish in the No. 1 singles slot and gold medal with freshman Megan Keller in the No. 1 doubles bracket helped the Good Counsel girls’ tennis team to a third-place finish at the season-ending WCAC championship Monday. It was a drastic improvement from last year’s seventhplace performance. Every point in such a tournament format counts, and coach Lee Ingham said in an email that she was extremely pleased with her charges’ record in the first round. The Falcons were victorious in six of nine opening round matches, the most in recent history. The Falcons should only be stronger next year with a good portion of its top six slated to return.

Wootton doubles players win region titles Wootton seniors Aishu Iyer and Katarina Sherman won the girls’ doubles region tennis title over Churchill’s Hayley Keats and Sriya Movva. After regular season and county final losses to Wootton’s Miranda Deng, Whitman senior No. 1 singles player Kamilla Beisenova defeated the freshman star in straight sets to win last Wednesday’s all-Montgomery County Region II girls’ singles title. Maryland public high school tennis is divided into eight regions. The top two finishers in each bracket — boys’ and girls’ singles, boys’ and girls’ doubles and mixed doubles — earn a spot in the state championship played each May at the University of Maryland, College Park. Last Wednesday’s region finals featured the girls’ singles and doubles; boys and mixed doubles regionals will be played following the boys’ spring season.



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


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


Record Points

6-4 8-1 8-1 8-1 7-2 8-1 8-1 6-3 6-3 6-3

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

59 54 48 40 35 31 27 15 13 8

Also receiving votes: None.

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

Top passers Sam Ellis, Wootton Chuck Reese, Rockville G. Cooper, P. Branch Mike Murtaugh, QO Renzo Farfan, R. Mont. C. Reighard, Seneca Marvin Galdamez, Ken. Nick DeCarlo, G’burg C. Hennessey, N’wood Dwayne Haskins, Bullis

Carries 142 161 200 216 159 167 157 155 132 110

Yards 1673 1473 1470 1383 1285 1279 978 903 870 766

Cmp-Att. 181-340 242-384 139-237 88-148 118-217 88-163 91-161 63-111 99-204 62-112

Top receivers

Avg. 11.8 9.1 7.4 6.4 8.1 7.7 6.2 5.8 6.6 7.0

Yards 2762 2688 1993 1476 1324 1153 1108 1101 1099 974

Catches Yards Trevon Diggs, Wootton 72 1055 Jibri Woods, Wootton 60 946 Javonn Curry, P. Branch 45 742 Joey Cornwell, Rockville 57 700 Louison Biama, Rockville 41 682 Ryan Stango, P. Branch 40 640 Phil Osborn, R. Mont. 50 638 Michael Scott, Kennedy 44 622 Steven Kelly, B-CC 26 594 Anthony Albert, Rockville 51 549

TDs 29 14 14 16 17 21 12 10 12 14

Int. 13 13 6 4 6 6 7 5 10 4

TDs 24 36 25 17 14 13 5 8 6 11

Avg. 14.7 15.8 16.5 12.3 16.6 16.0 12.8 14.1 22.8 10.8

TDs 11 7 12 7 6 8 11 1 6 9

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As high school football teams enter the final week of the regular season, 11 of the 25 public schools in Montgomery County are still battling for playoff berths. Five,

FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK BY DAN FELDMAN Quince Orchard, Gaithersburg, Northwest, Paint Branch and Damascus, have clinched postseason games. Here’s a breakdown on what the others have to do to keep playing:

4A West Region Quince Orchard, Gaithersburg and Northwest have clinched the top three seeds. If Clarksburg defeats Richard Montgomery, Clarksburg earns the No. 4 seed. If Blair defeats Whitman and Quince Orchard beats Wootton, Clarksburg

will be the No. 4 seed. If Whitman beats Blair and Richard Montgomery beats Clarksburg, Whitman would finish ahead of Clarksburg. However, Wootton would pass a winning Whitman if Wootton beats Quince Orchard and at least five of six games go as listed (if a game appears twice, it counts twice): Bethesda-Chevy Chase over Walter Johnson, Churchill over Damascus, Churchill over Damascus, Rockville over Poolesville, Seneca Valley over Blake, Northwest over Springbrook. If Richard Montgomery beats Clarksburg and Blair beats Whitman, Wootton would make the playoffs if it beats Quince Orchard and at least two of four games go as listed: Churchill over Damascus, Rockville over Poolesville, Seneca Valley over Blake, Randallstown over Magruder.

4A North Region Paint Branch is guaranteed a top-two seed. If Sherwood beats Kennedy, Sherwood will make the playoffs as either the No. 3 or

If Springbrook defeats Northwest and Parkville beats Kenwood, Springbrook would finish ahead of Kenwood.

3A West Region Damascus will receive the No. 2, No. 3 or No. 4 seed. The Linganore-Urbana winner will receive the No. 1 seed.

2A West Region Poolesville would claim the No. 3 seed by finishing ahead of Oakdale and Catoctin. Poolesville would claim the No. 4 seed by finishing ahead of only one of Oakdale or Catoctin. If Rockville beats Poolesville, Poolesville will miss the playoffs. If Poolesville beats Rockville and Brunswick beats Catoctin, Poolesville would finish ahead of Catoctin. Poolesville would finish ahead of Oakdale only if Poolesville beats Rockville and Middletown beats Oakdale. This story was cut for space. See full version online.

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

Montgomery County record All games

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

Ken Sain

Dan Feldman

Nick Cammarota

Jennifer Beekman

Travis Mewhirter

Kent Zakour

135-25 266-48

135-25 264-50

132-28 260-54

131-29 258-56

128-32 257-57

126-34 248-66

Poolesville Wheaton Einstein Q. Orchard B-CC Clarksburg Damascus Northwest Sherwood Seneca Valley Whitman Bullis Paint Branch Landon Randallstown DeMatha

Rockville Wheaton Einstein Q. Orchard B-CC Clarksburg Damascus Northwest Sherwood Seneca Valley Whitman Bullis Gaithersburg Landon Randallstown DeMatha

Poolesville Wheaton Einstein Q. Orchard B-CC Clarksburg Damascus Northwest Sherwood Seneca Valley Whitman Bullis Gaithersburg Landon Randallstown DeMatha

Poolesville Northwood Einstein Q. Orchard B-CC Clarksburg Damascus Northwest Sherwood Seneca Valley Whitman Bullis Paint Branch Landon Randallstown DeMatha

Rockville Wheaton Einstein Q. Orchard B-CC Clarksburg Damascus Northwest Sherwood Seneca Valley Whitman Bullis Paint Branch Landon Randallstown DeMatha

Poolesville Wheaton Einstein Q. Orchard B-CC Clarksburg Damascus Northwest Sherwood Seneca Valley Whitman Bullis Gaithersburg Landon Randallstown DeMatha

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Montgomery 4A South Division Team

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

All Div.

5-4 6-3 3-6 2-7 1-8 1-8

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


265 179 197 142 140 268 211 230 43 270 53 275

Montgomery 4A East Division Team

Paint Branch Sherwood Springbrook* Blair Kennedy Blake

All Div.

8-1 6-3 5-4 5-4 3-6 1-8

5-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-5


379 100 220 195 186 94 177 147 136 156 50 250

Montgomery 4A West Division Team

Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Northwest Clarksburg* Magruder

All Div.

8-1 8-1 7-2 6-3 1-8

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


225 84 345 61 309 134 174 104 89 372

Montgomery 3A Division Team

Damascus Seneca Valley Einstein Rockville Watkins Mill Wheaton Northwood

All Div.

8-1 6-3 4-4 5-4 3-6 1-8 1-8

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

Montgomery 2A Independent Team








6-3 215 162

Private schools Team


295 88 282 97 190 254 336 304 127 244 110 326 66 356

Bullis 8-1 309 110 Good Counsel 6-4 226 121 Avalon 5-5 272 212 Georgetown Prep 4-5 239 203 Landon 3-5 155 161 * Includes forfeit result

Last week’s scores


“That was definitely going through my mind because I had just been playing club in seventh and eighth grade and I saw the varsity games and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to be playing against these girls who are 17 and 18,’” Brigid said. “It was fun. I was excited to take on the challenge.” The Morris and Hillards have a unique challenge in the balancing act that has become their on-court and off-court personas. Kaitlyn has taken to calling Cindy ‘Coach’ on the court and ‘Mom’ off of it. No exceptions. Even when speaking of Cindy in an interview, she continually corrected herself when accidentally calling Cindy ‘Mom’ when speaking about an on-court topic. “It’s a really interesting relationship,” said Kaitlyn, who leads the Bulldogs with 189 kills. “We always have to keep our family relationship on one side and our volleyball one on another. It just seemed like a natural reaction.” An equally natural reaction for Cindy and Bill would be to take it a little easier on her daughters, viewing their mistakes through the eyes of a loving parent rather than a state championship seeking coach. The result has been, in fact, quite the opposite. “It wasn’t until about the third year I said anything nice about her,” Bill said. “Of course there’s always that. Whenever anything goes wrong I would always pick on Brigid. The other girls would go, ‘Oh, brother,’ but she took it well. She understood.” Brigid testified as such, and no matter how many botched passes or missed hits there are, the two leave any terseness on the court. Cindy and Kaitlyn have taken to practicing simi-

No. 4 seed. If Parkville beats Kenwood and Northwest beats Springbrook, Sherwood will make the playoffs as either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed. If Kennedy beats Sherwood and Kenwood defeats Parkville, Sherwood would finish ahead of Kenwood only if at least seven of eight games go as listed: Blair over Whitman, Magruder over Randallstown, Richard Montgomery over Clarksburg, Springbrook over Northwest, Franklin over Catonsville, Towson over Dulaney, Perry Hall over Dundalk, Milford Mill over Woodlawn To reach the playoffs, the No. 4 seed being the top possible outcome, Springbrook must finish ahead of Sherwood and Kenwood. For Springbrook to finish ahead of Sherwood, Springbrook must beat Northwest, Kennedy must beat Sherwood and at least four of five games must go as listed: Blake over Seneca Valley, Churchill over Damascus, Watkins Mill over Einstein, Randallstown over Magruder, Clarksburg over Richard Montgomery.



Winston Churchill High School’s Kaitlyn Hillard hits the ball over the net against Bethesda-Chevy Chase on Monday.

Walter Johnson High School outside hitter Brigid Morris hits the ball against Montgomery Blair on Oct. 31.

lar measures. “I’ve just kind of grown into having him as a coach,” said Brigid, who heads the Wildcats with 89 kills despite playing in just eight of the 19 matches. “He keeps all the volleyball stuff on the court. We’ll debrief and stuff after but it’s more like observing parent than a coach.” At the Hillard household, the rare tense moment between a parent and a child is actually more likely to come from Kaitlyn and her father than Kaitlyn and coach. Sticking with her native Texan roots, Kaitlyn was raised a Dallas Cowboys fan. Dad is a Washington Redskins’ fan.

Sundays can be risky business. “I’m not allowed to say, ‘Go Dallas’ in the house,” Kaitlyn said with a laugh. But “Go WJ” or “Go Churchill are perfectly allowed. Being best friends for six or seven years now has molded the rivalry between the two schools into something of a friendly one. Being the daughters of the coach has simply provided one more commonality. “Whenever I play WJ, I take it serious because it’s a game,” Kaitlyn said. “But I know I can always peek across the court and give her a little smile.”

Watkins Mill 43, Northwood 6 Seneca Valley 49, Einstein 12 Wootton 58, Rockville 40 Damascus 55, Wheaton 6 Whitman 28, Churchill 7 Gaithersburg 43, Walter Johnson 0 B-CC 34, R. Montgomery 33 Northwest 35, Quince Orchard 21 Clarksburg 35, Magruder 0 Springbrook 27, Kennedy 3 Paint Branch 55, Sherwood 21 Blair 28, Blake 14 Boonsboro 35, Poolesville 34 Perry Street Prep 50, Avalon 20 Landon 13, Georgetown Prep 7 Bullis 54, Episcopal 22

BEST BET Paint Branch vs. Gaithersburg, noon Saturday at WJ.

Both teams are in contention for the No. 1 seed in their regions. It’s a great matchup of Paint Branch’s passing offense against Gaithersburg’s secondary. Both teams will want to enter the playoffs with a victory against high-quality opponent, but may see each other again so may hold something back.


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Continued from Page B-1 pionships. “But we’re not going to stress too much about the course.” During the 4A West Region championship meet on Thursday at High Point Farm in Clarksburg, the Barons’ girls finished in second place as they were upended by Walter Johnson. “They’ve let it be known that they’re a serious contender for the state championship,” Young said of the Wildcats. B-CC’s standout junior, Nora McUmber, still won the region comfortably, however, while the Wildcats placed five runners in the top 20 (three in the top 10) to score the upset. On the boys’ side, Walt Whitman junior Evan


Continued from Page B-1 quet ball racquet. But Beisenova grew up in Kazakhstan, where tennis isn’t exactly the national sport. “Back there the coaching style is definitely different, here (the United States) they know a lot more about tennis,” Beisenova said. “When I was learning, I was taught to hit with huge swings, hit flat and I never put any spin on the ball. I thought that was the only way to play. “When I got here, the first time I went to a clinic and we [warmed up] short court, I would just hit it hard and flat

Woods paced the pack and helped the Vikings lock up a firstplace finish with WJ coming in second. “It’s all about momentum. We feel like we’re peaking at the right time. We’ve done all the work and now it’s time to have a great race and see what happens,” Whitman coach Steve Hays said. Hays, like many in the county, expressed mixed sentiments when discussing the course change. “We like the hills [at Hereford],” he said. “I just think it helps you become stronger. Everyone runs the same course. We’re just disappointed that we didn’t get the chance to go up there and look at it ahead of time.” In the 4A North Region

championship, Sherwood’s girls finished second to Dulaney and Paint Branch’s boys did the same.

Meanwhile, Albert Einstein (third girls, fourth boys) was the highest county finisher at the 3A West Re-

gion championship. Poolesville finished first (girls) and second (boys) in the 2A West with senior

and they were like, ‘Whoa, slow down.’ I feel like no one wanted to warm up with me, I was not a good partner.” Beisenova certainly has a lot more control over her shots these days and used it Oct. 30 to become the first girl from Whitman to win an all-Montgomery County Region II singles title in recent history. Just by making the final, Beisenova earned a spot in the girls’ singles draw at next spring’s state championship — she won the girls’ doubles title in 2012. A straight-sets win over Thomas S. Wootton’s Miranda Deng, who defeated Beisenova during the regular season and a few days before the region tournament in a three-set county final, will likely set Whitman’s No. 1 up with a top seed

next spring. The Vikings have not had a girls’ singles winner at states since Lee Shelburne in 1984. “I’m excited, it’s my senior year and I wanted to finish it off on a good note,” Beisenova said. “I feel like [the region final win] will be a confidence booster as well and will transfer into matches.” While Beisenova, whose game is also predicated on court speed and her ability to retrieve just about everything thrown at her, has certainly shortened her backswing and added a bit of topspin on her groundstrokes, she has not completely abandoned her once solely flat ground game. Upon the advice of her mother, Beisenova said, she’s learned to absorb

input from a variety of sources and utilize what she needs. She drives her forehand through the court nicely and can counter opponents’ more loopy, topspin shots, but has found a good medium; the addition of some margin for error allows her to hit with depth, consistently. She also has a reliable backhand, can mix in some slice off both wings and is an overall cerebral player. “I like Kamilla’s forehand because she does drive it,” Whitman coach Jasen Gohn said. “I think she probably has the biggest groundstrokes [in the county] other than Miranda.” Beisenova arrived in Bethesda too late to join the team as a freshman. In 2011, she won the No. 3 singles county title but missed last season

while she focused on improving her U.S. Tennis Association national ranking in preparation for the college search process. Beisenova, who said rejoining the team and representing Whitman on the courts was extremely important to her, is currently No. 336 of 1,841 in the USTA girls 18s national rankings. Her addition to the top of Whitman’s lineup this fall was integral in keeping the Vikings among the top three teams — they lost only to county champion Wootton and Winston Churchill (4-3). Gohn said Beisenova’s ability to connect with everyone, from freshmen to seniors, was invaluable to the team’s cohesion and younger players’ motivation, and will


Continued from Page B-1 it’s really helped me manage time with the kids, work and school. I just had to wait until the kids were a certain age.” Raptors coach Tarlouh Gasque agrees. “Nicole’s done something that I can really applaud her for,” Gasque said. “Not necessarily from the basketball standpoint. ... but she’s come back to school. Raising children, working, school and playing ball are not easy. But I do know she wants to do well for her kids.” Cunningham, who hopes to transfer to a four-year program and still play in the WNBA, will provide a much needed post presence on both ends of the court for the Raptors, which began their season Friday at the Roxbury (Mass.) Tour-


Poolesville High School’s Chase Weaverling won the Montgomery County Cross Country Championship boys’ race this fall at Bohrer Park.

nament, this winter. Gasque said her team, which has perennially advanced to the national tournament in recent years, has more talent and depth this season. The 16-woman roster features a good mix and deep rotation of players in the frontcourt and backcourt. “You can’t coach height and I’m really blessed this year,” she said. “If I can play everyone, I’m going to play everyone, but they are going to have to be disciplined and play my style of ball.” Gasque says the team will implement — as usual — a fast-paced style of play focused on pushing the ball up the court. She also believes the Raptors will be able to consistently score from all areas of the floor with legitimate threats from the post to accompany their usual shooters. Joining Cunningham in the starting lineup will likely be freshman point

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Montgomery College women’s basketball player Nicole Cunningham practices on Thursday.



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guard Jebria Smith (Washington Latin, 5-5), sophomore shooting guard Angelica Ceccone (Walt Whitman, 5-8) and freshman 6-foot forward Kierra McKellery (Arundel). Either sophomore guard/ forward Meghann Tilghman (Rockville) or freshman guard/forward Kiana Daley (O’Bryant School of Math and Science) are expected to round out the starters. Audrey Rankin (Quince Orchard), Trystan Sparks (Gaithersburg), Aimee Hart (John F. Kennedy), Jimica Mozie (Clarksburg) and Caprice Harvey (Shenandoah Valley) should all be key contributors off the bench. “Some of the press we’ve got has helped us because people are more aware of us,” Gasque said. “I think I have a pretty good team here.”



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Miller talks about his career, fans and his new album BY


Never underestimate the power of the Internet. Social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have helped artists all over the world share their talents. That’s important for hip-hop artist Jake Miller, who has turned Internet success into a full-fledged career. Miller, who released his debut full-length album, “Us Against Them” on Tuesday is out on a 43-date tour across the country to promote the CD. He will be making a stop on Friday at the Fillmore Silver Spring. “This is definitely my proudest project to date,” Miller said. “Eleven brand new songs — the production is just better, the lyrics are better, it sounds fuller … it’s just a really fun and different album from anything I’ve ever put out. I put EDM [electronic dance music], kind of house songs on there, I have acoustic songs, really happy songs and songs that let you know what I’m really stressing about.” These days, the soon-to-be 21 year old doesn’t have too much to

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Hip-hop artist Jake Miller will bring his “Us Against Them” tour to the Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday. EDGAR ESTEVEZ

Judy Kang was a member of Lady Gaga’s band during her Monsters Ball Tour in 2010 and 2011.

JAKE MILLER n When: 7 p.m. Friday

n Tickets: $25

n Where: Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring

n For information: 301-9609999;



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‘Lady at the O.K. Corral’ takes new look at American West BY


The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington will hold its 44th annual Lessans Family Book Festival starting Friday and running to Nov. 17. The festival features book signings, children’s programming and more than 20 author events. Author and media mogul Ann Kirschner will hold two talks on Nov. 14, one at the JCC in Rockville and the other at Leisure World in Silver Spring, about her book “The Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp.” Kirschner is the university dean of Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York. She earned a bachelor’s in English from the University of Buffalo, a master’s in English

from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. She’s also an entrepreneur in the media and technology world, having launched for the National Football League and Fathom, Columbia University’s online education company. In 2006, Kirschner published “Sala’s Gift,” the story of her mother, a Holocaust survivor, and her rescue of letters from Nazi labor camps. The book is available in multiple languages including Polish, German, French and Chinese. Kirschner has continued her

See WEST, Page B-9 Ann Kirschner, author of “Sala’s Gift” and “Lady at the O.K. Corral,” will speak at the Annual Book Festival at the JCC of Greater Washington on Nov. 14. She’ll hold a second talk the same day at Leisure World in Silver Spring. DAVID H. SNYDER.



Virtual connection leads to unprecedented masterclass for small studio

he story behind how a small Washington, D.C., violin studio landed a classical music star is truly one for the modern age. Horman Violin Studio founder Amy Beth Horman was checking her Twitter account one evening when she noticed she had a new follower. “I was kind of new to Twitter and I had a new follower, Judy Kang,” Horman remembered. “And my brain went, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s Judy Kang. Isn’t that Lady Gaga’s violinist?’” Now based in New York city, Kang is a Canadian violinist and the youngest person ever accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She was just 11 years old when she was accepted. Kang, who would not reveal her age, graduated at 17 with a bachelor’s degree in music and at 19 was granted the Lily Foldes Scholarship for the Juilliard School where she earned a master’s degree. She’s performed with major orchestras across six continents and from January 2010 to May 2011, she toured as a member of Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour. Pleasantly surprised and admittedly shocked with her newest follower, Horman decided to take a chance and send

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The Art League of Germantown will host an exhibit through Sunday at the Black Rock Center for the Arts. Pictured: Georgia MacDonald’s watercolor painting “Yesterday today” is a scene from Sheperdstown, W.Va. WASHINGTON DUNHUANG GUZHENG ACADEMY

The Washington Dunhuang Guzheng Academy and Washington Qinqiang Club will host a concert on Saturday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville.

The Washington Dunhuang Guzheng Academy and Washington Qinqiang Club will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kreeger Auditorium, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. The Guzheng, also simply called zheng, is a Chinese plucked zither with 18 or more strings and movable bridges. It is the ancestor of several Asian zither instruments, such as the Japanese koto and the Korean gayageum. Qinqiang is a Chinese folk music opera popular mainly in China’s Northwest, particularly Shaanxi and Gansu Provinces. One of the major Chinese operas, it is believed to be the ancestor of all other Chinese operas, including Peking opera. The performance will be subtitled in English. Admission is free. Donations are welcome. For more information, call 301-610-6592. Artist Cathy Abramson’s work will be on view at Gallery B through November as part of a joint exhibit with Nancy Abeles, Elaine Lozier and Jan Rowland — together known as The Figurative Four. The exhibit will be on view as part of the Bethesda Art Walk, which returns to the area Friday. BETHESDA ART WALK

Urban expressions The Bethesda Art Walk returns this Friday, showcasing the works from several

members of the downtown gallery community, with exhibits spanning painting, sculpture, photography, pottery and mixed media. Participating galleries and studios include Artworks, Consider It Done, Gallery B, Interiors of Washington, Upstairs Art Studios, the Waverly Street Gallery and the public art exhibition “Tunnel Vision” at the Bethesda Metro Station. The Bethesda Art Walk began in 2002 to welcome arts patrons, residents and visitors into the city’s art galleries, studio spaces and frame shops all featuring original artwork by local, regional and national artists. For more information, visit

A seat in the ‘League’ The Art League of Germantown will present the 31st Winterglow Art show and sale through Sunday at the Black Rock Center for the Arts. More than 50 artists will showcase their paintings, drawings, photography, ceramic and fiber arts and jewelry. An opening reception today will feature the presentation “Finding your Place in the Arts” by guest speaker and professional artist Judith HeartSong, executive director of the Capitol Arts Network. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Sunday, allowing the public to meet and greet participating artists. A quartet, composed of members of the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra, also will perform. For a complete schedule, visit Visit www.blackrockcenter. org.

Showcasing ‘Simple Needs’ Conceptual artist Ellen Sherfey will be the featured artist for November at the Montgomery Art Association MAA Gallery at the Westfield Wheaton Mall. Sherfey’s oil paintings and multimedia sculptures utilize expressionistic realism to convey discerning yet unassuming inner truths, like her image of white china plates on a rainy pavement, “The Complexities of Simple Needs.” That work was accepted into the collection of Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway. An opening reception is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the gallery. The exhibit runs to Dec. 1. For more information, visit


Ellen Sherfey’s “The Complexities of Simple Needs” will be on view to Dec. 1 at the Montgomery Art Association MAA Gallery at Westfield Wheaton Mall in Wheaton.

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Playing to save the world in ‘Ender’s Game’

DANCES Hollywood Ballroom, Nov. 8,

Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Contra, Nov. 8, Dave Colestock

with the fabulous Glen Echo Open Band; Nov. 15, Greg Frock calls to The Avant Gardeners; 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www. Contra & Square, Nov. 10, Valerie Helbert calls with Ari & Mia; Nov. 17, Ted Hodapp calls with Dance du Jour; 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, English Country, Nov. 6, Caller: Carol Marsh; Nov. 13; Caller: Tom Spilsbury; 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), Swing, Nov. 9, WWII Canteen Dance with the Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra; lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, Waltz, Nov. 17, Rhapsody, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10,

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Emmanuel 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, BlackRock Center for the Arts, District Comedy, 8 p.m. Nov. 8; call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, Fillmore Silver Spring, 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; Timeflies: The Warning Signs Tour, 8 p.m. Nov. 10; Tori Kelly, 8 p.m. Nov. 14; 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301-9609999,

Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, Alasdair Fraser & Nat-

alie Haas, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. Nov. 6, Nov. 9, Nov. 19-20; 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; Voices of the Holocaust: Kristallnacht Commemoration 2013, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10; State of the Schools: Building Our Future Together, 8:30 a.m. Nov. 11; Museum Shop Around, 10 a.m. Nov. 14-17; call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301




Sara Becker’s “Mysterious Landscape,” is one of many works on view as part of the 7Palettes Art Show Saturday and Sunday at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo Park. Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100,

ON STAGE Olney Theatre Center, “The King and I,” Nov. 14 to Dec. 29, call for prices, times, 2001 OlneySandy Spring Road, Olney, 301924-3400, Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “Cabaret Macabre IV,” to Nov. 10, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-644-1100, www. Silver Spring Stage, “The Pillowman,” to Nov. 23, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. The Writer’s Center, Celebrating The Delmarva Review. Vol. 6, 2 p.m. Nov. 10, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664, www.

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, Joan Belmar and Lori Anne Boocks, “Mathematics, Maps and Myths,” to Nov. 10, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, www.

In step with its sensitive, tactically brilliant 12-year-old hero, “Ender’s Game” is a bit of a tweener, neither triumph nor disaster, a war-games fantasy with a use-by date of Nov. 22, when the new “Hunger Games” movie comes out. Its central action scenes unfold in a vast zero-gravity battle-simulation arena, on a space station readying for an alien attack of enormous skittery bugs called Formics. The preteens and young teenagers being trained to save the world play dangerous rounds of laser tag and try to impress the authority figures played by Harrison Ford (a long way from Han Solo), Viola Davis and Sir Ben Kingsley. Asa Butterfield of “Hugo” is Ender Wiggins, the relentlessly bullied boy with the Hobbitty-sounding name who becomes “Earth’s ultimate military leader,” in the words of the film’s promotional materials. Hailee Steinfeld of “True Grit” is Petra, his sympathetic best friend and training mentor. They’re sweet together, these kids. Already, Butterfield and Steinfeld are learning the virtue of behaving on camera, as opposed to acting each tense encounter into the ground. When a best-seller such as Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” takes a generation or more to find its way to the screen, the result can acquire an unwanted aura of retronostalgia, whatever the story’s setting or the director’s ap-

(From left) Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield star in “Ender’s Game.”

ENDER’S GAME n 2 1/2 stars n PG-13; 114 minutes n Cast: Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley n Directed by Gavin Hood

proach. The look of this project, reflected by the film’s poster, settles for futuristic industrialism made generic. Still, while writer and director Gavin Hood may not be Mr. Style or a science-fiction visionary, he gets the story told, with appealing actors at the center. Across nearly three decades, many young readers

have devoured Card’s books (the original, the four sequels, plus two spinoff adventures) as expressions of rebellious outsiders with a cause. Ender is a freak by definition simply by being a “third,” the third-born child in a near-future world ruled by a strict two-child policy. The violence in Ender’s life is nearly always justified since he’s dealing with dead-eyed sociopaths his own age who wish to do him harm. Then comes the not-so-twisty twist near the climax of the story, which asks the audience to grieve and question a different scale of violence. (Spoiler issues here, so we’ll keep mum.) Hood’s adaptation streamlines the novel and its concerns,

Washington Printmakers Gallery, “A Life with Line,” Lila Oliver

Asher, to Dec. 1, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second floor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, www. Yellow Barn Studio, 7Palettes Art Show, Nov. 9-10, reception from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 9, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. www.yellowbarnstudio. com.

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only occasionally lapsing into trailer-speak, as when Ford’s commander speaks to his recruits in the language of movietrailer-ese (“and in the middle of the battle, a legendary hero emerged”). At heart, “Ender’s Game” relays a simple story of a little guy caught in a web not of his own making, learning to stand up for his beliefs. The target audience could do worse. The old folk, meantime, can focus on the film’s most intense stare-down contest: Though I don’t believe they ever share a scene, it’s astonishing nonetheless how Kingsley and the main Formic handle close-ups in exactly the same way, never, ever, ever, ever blinking. Ever.


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Burdens to bear: National Philharmonic to perform ‘Lost Childhood’ Legacies of Holocaust wear heavy for Jew and German in musical work




Two psychiatrists attending a conference in Manhattan in 1993 meet for a drink in a hotel bar and begin talking, forming the basis for an opera called “Lost Childhood.” Judah is a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust in Poland, and the younger Manfred, born after the war, is the German son of Nazi sympathizers. “This is probably the first opera to address post-Holocaust issues,” said Janice Hamer of Philadelphia, who composed the work with poet and librettist Mary Azrael of Baltimore. The opera is based on a memoir called “The Lost Childhood” by New York psychiatrist Yehuda Nir and talks with Gottfried Wagner, great-grandson of the composer Richard Wagner, who served as a consultant. The first fully orchestrated version of the two-act opera will be performed Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Performing will be 12 professional soloists along with the National Philharmonic and the National Philharmonic Chorale conducted by Maestro Piotr Gajewski of Rockville. Associate conductor Victoria Gau will give a pre-concert lecture that Hamer, Azrael and Wagner are expected to attend. A music historian, Wagner was disowned by his family for criticizing his great-grandfather’s anti-Semitic views and for criticizing his family’s later support of Hitler.

LOST CHILDHOOD n When: 8 p.m. Saturday; preconcert lecture at 6:45 p.m. Saturday n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $28-$84; free for children 17 and younger, but not recommended for ages 11 and younger. n For information: 301-5815100, nationalphilharmonic. org, operaprojects. org/lostchild.htm,, click on commissioned work

He has devoted much of his adult life to facilitating talks between Holocaust survivors and their families and post-war Germans like himself. On view in the Strathmore lobby will be monoprints by Silver Spring artist Miriam Morsel Nathan, whose parents survived the Holocaust but who lost other members of her family. Nathan said she used photographs of her relatives to evoke the sense of absence, memory and loss that Hamer was looking for in the prints to complement the performance. “They were made with the idea that they would accompany the opera,” Nathan said. “Lost Childhood” takes place on the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, an orchestrated attack on Jews and Jewish property on Nov. 9-10, 1938, in Germany and Austria. The night of violence killed at least 91 Jews and led to the arrest and jailing of 30,000 others as Hitler moved closer to World War II and his “final solution.”

Family in hiding As the discussion between the two psychiatrists unfolds in “Lost Childhood,” Manfred (baritone Chris Pedro) asks Judah (tenor Michael Hendrick) to talk about his experience in the war. Judah, who has not spoken about it for 50 years, is at first reluctant to reveal his childhood, especially to a German. But Manfred’s question unlocks his memories, and through a series of flashbacks on stage, he reveals that in 1941 when he was 11 and called Julek (Tyler Young), his father was arrested and murdered. Knowing that Julek and his mother (Rosa Lamoreaux) and older sister Lala (Danielle Talamantes) must hide or die, Lala’s boyfriend Ludwig (Matthew Loyal Smith) provides the family with forged papers and new identities as Polish Catholics. The granddaughter of rabbis, the mother is indignant, angry and also worried about assuming a Polish name and Catholic identity. “A stranger’s name, a stolen name; how can I carry it off?” she sings. But she does, going to work as a maid for a German family, where she is able to secretly see her children. Lala finds work in a Nazi dentist’s office and brings Julek to live with her and to work as an assistant in the office. Julek is nearly discovered several times, and in one scene, is found out to be Jewish, but he manages to bargain his way out of it, surviving with his family in Warsaw and later in a German work camp. During the conversation on stage, an angry Judah, enraged and grief-stricken, says he cannot ever forgive what happened

and scares off Manfred, who feels ashamed, guilty and unable to face the legacy of his forefathers. “Born into silence and blinding denials,” Manfred sings about seeing a documentary as a boy showing “mountains of dead and dying people” with Richard Wagner’s music playing in the background. “You must understand, I wasn’t born, I wasn’t there,” sings Manfred. “I’m not the enemy. I’m on your side. I have my nightmares, too.”

Duets and arias Hamer and Azrael had collaborated on a choral work before, but neither had ever worked on an opera. Composing music to a libretto was definitely something new. “We had to learn a basic fact — it’s not a play, it has to be much shorter,” said Hamer, noting that singing a syllable in an opera takes a lot longer than speaking it. Hamer said most of the music is “very lyrical, very accessible,” touched with some modernist moments. There is a duet between Julek’s parents and two love duets between Lala and Ludwig, she said. She also includes subtle musical references in the score, including fragments of Gregorian chant, Maimonides’ “Thirteen Principles” of the Jewish faith, an opera composed in the Terezin concentration camp in what is now the Czech Republic, Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin” and a song that Eli Wiesel sang as a boy. Hamer and Azrael said one atypical scene in the opera had upset audiences during workshops. It takes place in a Nazi dentist’s office where Lala works. The SS dentist, Adolf Schmoll (Robert

FRUITFUL COLLABORATIONS Years ago, composer Janice Hamer and cousin-in-law, poet and librettist Mary Azrael collaborated on an award-winning choral work, “On Paper Bridges,” based on a Yiddish legend. Excited about their success, they started thinking about creating an opera, possibly about the Jews hiding during the Holocaust based on books Azrael had been reading, such as “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Hamer then happened to hear German music historian Gottfried Wagner on National Public Radio, and “Lost Childhood” began to take shape. Great-grandson of composer Richard Wagner, Gottfried had written a book called “Twilight of the Wagners: The Unveiling of a Family Legacy,” published in English in 1999. A native of Bayreuth who now lives in Milan, Wagner had been living for most of his life with the legacy of not only his great-grandfather’s anti-Semitism celebrated by the Third Reich but also with that of his immediate family, some of whom were friends of Hitler and supported him during World War II. Struck by his openness and a shared interest in conflict resolution, Hamer wrote to Wagner, and when he came to Princeton University to speak at a conference about the Holocaust, he invited her to attend. There they met psychiatrist Yehuda Nir, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, who had written about his boyhood during the war disguised as a Polish Catholic in his memoir, “The Lost Childhood.”

Baker) and his staff are joking and laughing about how they can smell a Jew. Schmool also deliberately terrifies the patient in the chair by pretending to suspect he’s Jewish. Hamer said she wove into the score a simultaneous mix of vocal cabaret-like singing, with the strings playing a polka and the brass section evoking the Nazi anthem, “Horst Wessel Lied.” Some said the scene was offensive, but librettist Azrael said she argued to keep it in. “This is one of the ways people get caught up in horrible behavior,” she said. “It made me nervous, but I felt I had to dig in, for better or worse.” There is also a scene in the dentist office in which an older dental assistant (Andrew McLaughlin) starts humming a Yiddish tune, “Oyfn Pripetchik,” which was widely sung in Eastern Europe before the Holocaust.



Nir and the younger Wagner became friends and began speaking at conferences about their own conversations and other efforts by Wagner to set up dialogues between Germans and Holocaust survivors and their families. Using Nir’s memoir and her conversations with Wagner, Azrael decided to structure the opera as a 1993 conversation between a Jewish survivor and a German born after the war that would share a stage with Nir’s flashbacks from Poland. Hamer and Azrael were able to develop the opera with support from American Opera Projects in New York. It was later performed as a piano and vocal work in workshops in New York and in Tel Aviv. Then came the time to find an orchestra to perform it. Hamer’s parents, Joe and Mickey Hamer, live at the Ingleside at King Farm retirement community in Rockville. They happened to be friends with fellow Ingleside resident Richard Gajewski, of Poland, father of Piotr Gajewski, who conducts the National Philharmonic based at Strathmore. “I emailed [Piotr] and asked him if he wanted to test drive my orchestration,” said Hamer. “He was very interested, we met at Ingleside for two hours, and I sent him the material.” Both Hamer and Azrael said they hope that an opera company will now take an interest in the work and perform it. “We’d love it to be fully staged,” said Azrael.

— VIRGINIA TERHUNE It is about a rabbi teaching young children the alphabet. Julek tentatively hums in response, and the two briefly and joyfully recognize each other as Jewish, but the moment quickly passesforfearofbeingdiscovered. Azrael said her biggest challenge was finding a way to channel all the information she had gathered from Nir’s memoir and talks with Wagner into the characters of Judah and Manfred, and the characters in Judah’s flashbacks. “I had to imagine their conversations ... and how to interweave the scenes from the memoir,” said Azrael. “There is no forgiveness, but they begin to understand each other,” she about Judah and Manfred. “To feel the other as a human being, that was a start.”


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Legal eagle: Alan Dershowitz at JCCGW book fair n

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ALAN DERSHOWITZ n When: Reception at 6:30 p.m., lecture at 7:30 p.m., Sunday


n Where: JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville


Like many celebrities, Alan Dershowitz has a split personality. How does the “real Alan” see his public persona — what his son refers to as “the Dersh character”? “He can be a bit obnoxious at times, too opinionated, sometimes rude, but never boring,” said the 75-year-old high-profile attorney, Harvard Law School professor (since age 28), prolific writer (30 books plus more than 1,000 magazine, newspaper and journal articles) and outspoken commentator (especially in defense of Israel). From humble beginnings, born into an Orthodox Jewish family in Brooklyn, Dershowitz went on to Yale Law School, graduating first in his class. As a criminal lawyer, he has defended clients including Patty Hearst, Harry Reems, Angela Davis, Leona Helmsley and O.J. Simpson. Dershowitz, whose most recent book, “Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law,” was released Oct. 15, is coming to Rockville on Sunday evening for a Patrons Reception and Book Talk at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington’s Annual Book Fair. In anticipation of the event, he took some time to answer some questions. A&E: What was your career aspiration as

a child?

Dershowitz: To finish high school without getting expelled. I was a terrible student. I didn’t think much about college. But everybody I knew told me I would have to be a lawyer because I had a big mouth and a small brain. A&E: Who were the most influential people in your decision to become a lawyer, a teacher, a writer, a commentator? Were these actual decisions or evolutionary? Dershowitz: Everything I did was happenstance. I was never strategic about my career. Once I started to do well in college and law school, I wanted to do everything. I have a terminal case of FOMS — fear of missing something — so I never wanted to choose. My role model for not having to choose was General Telford Taylor, who was my professor at law school. He was an eminent appellate lawyer, a great teacher, a wonderful writer and a public intellectual. I tried to model my career after his. Fortunately, I was able to work with him on freeing Soviet Jews for a decade towards the end of his life. It was one of the great privileges of my life. A&E: Why do you do so many things? Do they nurture each other or do they dilute

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Irwin Cotler, we used every tactic available to keep Natan alive and to free him both from the gulag and from the Soviet Union. It took too long, but when we first undertook the case, there was real doubt as to whether he would survive the sentence. He is now a proud grandfather and one of the most important and influential spokespersons for the Jewish people. A&E: What authors do you read for plea-


your attention or effectiveness? Dershowitz: I do only one thing, but I do it in different ways and for different audiences. I am a teacher. I teach and learn in the classroom. I teach and learn in the courtroom. I teach and learn from my writing and on television. My teaching makes me a better practitioner and my practice makes me a better teacher. I live an integrated professional life, and so far I’ve managed to miss very little. A&E: How long did it take you to write

this book? Did you have a routine of writing daily? Do you write in a particular place? Dershowitz: In one sense, this book took me my entire life to write. In a more direct sense, it took me a couple of years. I write every day and wherever I happen to be: on airplanes, on trains, in waiting rooms, on Martha’s Vineyard, in Florida. I have no particular routine. I am an opportunistic writer. I write everything in long hand, with a ballpoint pen on legal pads. I don’t know how to type or use a computer. Fortunately, I have a great assistant who can read my handwriting. A&E: Which of your books are your fa-


Dershowitz: Among my favorite books

are “Taking the Stand,” “The Genesis of Justice,” “Preemption,” “Just Revenge” and “Chutzpah.” The book I wish I didn’t have to write is “The Case for Israel,” but the outrageous charges leveled against Israel required a defense of the Jewish state. I hope I provided an adequate defense. A&E: Which of your cases are you proud-

est of?

Dershowitz: The case I am most proud of

is my defense of Natan Sharansky. Along with

Dershowitz: I have two categories. The first is classical literature: Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Costa. The second is contemporary fiction by authors such as Richard North Patterson and Linda Fairstein. There is a third category falling somewhere in between: Phillip Roth and Saul Bellow.

A&E: Is there something you regret not having accomplished? Dershowitz: If I did, I would try to still accomplish it. A&E: Are any of your children or grandchildren following in your footsteps? Dershowitz: The last thing I would ever want is for any child to follow in anyone’s footsteps. My three children and two grandchildren are incredibly individualistic, each following their own path. If I have had any influence on them, it is to encourage them to be individuals and not to follow into the footsteps of others. A&E: What do you do to relax? Dershowitz: For relaxation, I love sports.

At my age, it is now more watching them than participating in them. I spend a lot of time at Fenway Park and the Boston Garden. I also love long walks on the beach with my wife, Carolyn.

A&E: What do you see as your future? Do you have more books planned? Are you writing one now? Dershowitz: Yogi Berra once said that “prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” I have no idea what life holds in store for me. I plan to spend more time in Florida, also a bit more in New York and on Martha’s Vineyard. I am already working on my next book, which is tentatively entitled “Abraham: the world’s first (but certainly not last) Jewish lawyer.”


Continued from Page B-5 theme of the impact of Jewish women in history with her latest book, “The Lady at the O.K. Corral,” available now. “I realized that’s a theme that really intrigued me, so when I heard about Wyatt Earp being married to a Jewish woman and buried in a Jewish cemetery and [that] all the myths that I grew up with about the American West were basically turned on their head, I was enormously drawn to it,” Kirschner said. After receiving an email from a friend about Earp’s burial in a Jewish cemetery in California, Kirschner said she was immediately intrigued. “I had that sense of glorious obsession when you’re on fire to understand something,” she said. “I wanted to learn how she ended up in Tombstone and how she ended up with Wyatt for 50 years.” Earp was a deputy sheriff known for the infamous 30-second gunfight in Tombstone, Ariz., the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, in which he and his two brothers killed two outlaws. Earp was married twice before meeting Marcus Earp. The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral has become a cultural touchstone in American history, often used as a metaphor for standoffs in contemporary America, most recently in regards to the federal government shutdown earlier this month. “We would love things to be black and white; simple solutions to really thorny situations,” Kirschner said. “We’re going to end this once and for all. The heroes are going to kill the villains.” For Kirschner, who grew up in the 1950s watching shows about the American West, her favorite of which was “The Life and Legend of

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Kang a message to see if she would be interested in leading a masterclass for Horman’s students. And again, to her pleasant surprise, Kang agreed. “We had a number of 140-character conversations where I felt like I was 14 and I was having to abbreviate things,” Horman laughed. “On the fourth one I thought, ‘I’m really sounding like a fool here,’ and asked her to move it to email.” Kang will hold an improv masterclass Monday at The Mansion at Strathmore. The event is co-sponsored by Strathmore Education and the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra. Horman also received funding from the Walt Whitman High School Booster Club Fund. Four of Horman’s students along with two students from the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra will take part in the class which culminates when the students accompany Kang on a showpiece. “When I told them, they went berserk,” Horman said of her students’ reaction to the news of Kang’s visit. “I don’t think I’ve ever been cool until I made that announcement.” A Montgomery County native, Horman founded her studio in 1991. She began playing the violin at age 5 and is a graduate of the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris where she won the highly-coveted Premier Prix Solo Violin. Now an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America, Horman teaches violin to students of all ages out of her home in Washington, D.C. “I have one student who is 32 who has been here since he was 12,” Horman said. “I’ve watched them go from beginners to startling young soloists.” Horman has worked tirelessly over the last 20 years to help the studio gain recognition. She’s organized masterclasses with concertmasters including Ricardo Cyncynates of the National Symphony Orchestra and Jonathan Carney with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The Horman Violin Studio was also the only studio to team up with the National Symphony Orchestra for “NSO in Your Neighborhood” in D.C. in January. Horman credits the studio’s success with her willingness to ask for help, even in what is considered the “cutthroat” world of classical music. “People really want to help when it comes to the kids,” she said. “ ... That really warms my heart.” Working with violin students is something Kang said she’s made a priority

stress over. Born in Washington, D.C., Miller was raised in Florida and started putting videos of himself singing and rapping on YouTube when he was in high school. “I always just loved music, Miller said. “I always had music in my blood. My dad was in a band and my mom used to sing at tournaments and basketball games. I kind of grew up around music and, ever since I was little, I’ve enjoyed every kind of music – whether it was ’N Sync when I was really little and then John Mayer, Eminem, even the Beatles. I’m just a music lover in general. I don’t think it hit me that I wanted it to be my career path until probably ninth or 10th grade. I started like most kids just putting videos on YouTube just to see where it would get me and to see what kind of reaction I would get.” The reaction has been massive. Miller already has more than 221,000 YouTube subscribers with 25 million views, 319,000 Twitter followers and 220,000 likes on Facebook. What Miller described as starting out as a hobby quickly turned into the opportunity of a lifetime. “I don’t know where I’d be without [social media],” Miller said. “I always would talk to my parents about it and I honestly don’t know how people back in the day, like the Beatles ... blew up without social media. Obviously, nowadays social media is a very important tool. YouTube was the start of everything, so if I didn’t have an outlet to put my music, I’d probably be writing in my room still, singing to my family. Twitter and Facebook and Instagram are just another way to share to my fans and show them what I’m doing and what I’ve been up to. I literally live on social media. I owe a lot of my career to Twitter and Instagram and all that stuff because that’s where the fans discover me.” In 2011, in his first ever live performance, Miller opened for Snoop Dogg in Florida. Since then, he’s performed alongside R&B and hip-hop artists Flo Rida,

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Judy Kang will hold a masterclass Monday for students of the Horman Violin Studio and the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra.

JUDY KANG n When: 7 p.m. Monday n Where: The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda n Tickets: Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. n For information: To reserve a seat, email Betty Scott at bscott@stratmore. org

throughout the course of her career. “Since I started performing, I definitely incorporate the opportunity to visit schools ...” Kang said. “I wanted to have the opportunity to work with [Horman’s students] and also be a part of something together.” Ultimately, Kang said she hopes stu-

dents at the Monday masterclass walk away with confidence not just in the technical aspects of the instruments but in terms of their own musical identity as well. “I want each of them to take away this confidence and trust themselves to see what they want to improve on,” Kang said. “They’re each their own individual artist with unique personalities ...” Not surprisingly, embracing her own unique personality is something Kang said was greatly encouraged during the Lady Gaga tour. “She trusted us to do our own thing,” Kang said. “The thing I appreciated about Gaga ... was the openness to allow each individual in the band to really just kind of bring ourselves to the music.”



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Wyatt Earp,” Earp became the face of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. But it was his common law wife of 50 years who later fascinated Kirschner. “The Jewish dimension of this story of a frontier woman really grabbed me,” Kirschner said. “If you read the histories of the West, you would think that there were no women there ... if you leave women out of the picture, you’re not really understanding the true history of the time. My motivation was to put the women back in the picture.” Beyond Marcus Earp, Kirschner said she was also intrigued by the Jewish communities that settled in the American West. “I was fascinated by early Jewish communities in places like Tombstone and Nome, Alaska,” Kirschner said. “It struck me as fascinating; these untold stories of the settling of the U.S. Who knew they were celebrating the Jewish New Year in Tombstone?” Marcus Earp’s Jewish identity will be a major focus of Kirschner’s talks on Nov. 14. “[She] raises interesting questions about Jewish identity and when it’s easy to have a Jewish identity and when it’s difficult,” Kirschner said. “Some people think Josephine was a negative role model because she was so indifferent.” The author said she hopes readers and listeners will also consider their own identity in reading “The Lady at the O.K. Corral.” “We think about the Jewish community we grew up in and I’d be interested in having a conversation about when it’s difficult to be Jewish, how are you Jewish?” Kirschner said. “It’s a very important time to think about how we define being Jewish and ... how do we pass it on to the next generation.”

Sean Kingston, Mac Miller, Ne-Yo and Cee Lo Green. “We perform with huge celebrities and my musical heroes, to be honest,” Miller said. “Even to this day, I still get starstruck when I see them and I’m still blown away how I’m sharing the stage with the person I listened to growing up. It’s crazy.” Miller released an EP in 2012 called “The Road Less Traveled.” It debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Hip Hop Chart. The song “A Million Lives” off that EP cracked the top-10 on SiriusXM. The video for the song has more than 3.5 million views on YouTube. The song chronicles the lives of people going through hardships. “‘A Million Lives’ is a song I put out about a year ago that’s basically a song I wrote for my fans,” Miller said. “It’s kind of like a tribute to my fans because they always tell me how much I inspire them and how my music inspires them, but really they inspire me just as much. This song is just a story about fans who write me fan mail and they’re telling me how my music has gotten them through [a tough] situation, whether it’s being bullied or fighting cancer or losing someone that they know. Not only has it launched my career … more importantly it’s kind of opened my eyes to how important it is to put out music that has a positive message instead of music without any real lyrical depth. I’ve always said music with no message was just sound.” Miller said he hopes his music is enjoyed by everyone, no matter how old they are. “I hope people take away from my music that it’s just positive and it makes them feel good,” Miller said. “I want my music to be the music parents can listen to in the car with their kids. It’s on the line of edgy and cool, but it’s not too cool where families can’t listen to it together because I’m talking about bad stuff. I want it to be that perfect line where guys can listen to it, girls can listen to it, kids can listen to it, adults … everybody can just relate to it and feel good listening to it.”

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Careers 301-670-2500 CITY OF GAITHERSBURG

Assistant Property Manager Well established Metropolitan Washington Real Estate Services Company is seeking Assistant Property Manager (5+ yrs. Exp.) with hands-on leadership experience to manage its Residential MultiFamily portfolio. The Candidate must be experienced in all facets of property management, including, financial reporting, budgets and capital projects. In addition, the qualified Candidate will possess experience in day-to-day operations including overseeing maintenance staff and coordination with residential leasing department. Active CPM, ARM or RPA desired. Excellent interpersonal skills, full knowledge of Microsoft Office and Jenark preferred. The Company offers a competitive salary and benefit packages. Please send resumes to EOE Assisted Living

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Leasing Professional Residential Property Mgmt. Co. in Bethesda is seeking full-time leasing professional. Must be available to work weekends. Candidate must have residential leasing experience, marketing knowledge, resident retention, strong computer skills and working knowledge of Jenark. Please e-mail resumes to; EOE


Seeking Full-Time Psychologist - 40 - Hours per week, M- F. Possession of Maryland Licensure, 3years experience treating children and adolescents. Member of multidisciplinary team in community based adolescent day/residential treatment program in Montgomery County. Must be able to supervise trainees; perform clinical treatment for individuals, families and groups. Candidate must have excellent clinical skills and an understanding of developmental issues. Additional experience working with court ordered adolescents desirable. Generous paid leave and MD State Benefits. JCAHO accredited facility. Mail Resume and cover letter along with salary requirements to Personnel Dept., John L. Gildner RICA, 15000 Broschart Road, Rockville, MD 20850 or Fax to (301) 251-6815 or e-mail to EOE



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Part-Time/20-hrs p/Week - Overnight Shift - 10:45 p.m. - 7:15 a.m., Fridays & Saturdays & alternating Sundays to fill shift rotation. Part of multi-disciplinary team working w/ emotionally disturbed adolescents. Nurses work closely with other members of a treatment team (counselors, psychiatrists, therapists and educators.) Psychiatric experience w/adolescents required. Current Maryland Nursing License required. Generous paid leave & other MD State benefits. Salary negotiable pursuant to experience + shift differential. Send resume w/cover memo to: John L. Gildner RICA, HR, 15000 Broschart Road, Rockville, MD 20850 - Fax : 301-251-6815 Or e-mail to: EEO

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