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Bigger budget would mean five middle and high schools stay on schedule BY

LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER

Montgomery County students and staff in five middle and high schools may not face delays to construction projects after all. The Montgomery County Board of Education decided Monday not to delay revitalization and expansion projects at two high schools and three middle schools. The board voted Monday to approve a $1.74 bil-

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Accused mall stabber held without bail Prosecutor: Potomac man’s road rage sparked incident at Bethesda complex

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The 24-year-old Potomac man who prosecutors say stabbed a man and woman Thursday afternoon in a fit of road rage in the Westfield Montgomery Mall parking lot in Bethesda was denied bail Friday. In his bail review, David B. Goldberg listened from jail via a closed-circuit video-recording system, his head bowed and hands folded in front of him, as Montgomery County District Court Judge Gary G. Everngam listed the charges against him. Prosecutors have charged Goldberg, of Milbern Drive in Potomac, with two counts each of

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In 1978, ballistics expert Larry Sturdivan holds a bullet believed to have struck President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas.

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n the early-morning hours of Nov. 23, 1963, Dr. James J. Humes washed his hands after overseeing what is arguably the most controversial autopsy in modern U.S. history at Bethesda Naval Hospital, now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The director of laboratories of the National Medical School in Bethesda took his notes of the proceedings to his Bethesda home and burned them after meticulously copying the records because, Humes later testified, they were stained with John F. Kennedy’s blood

and “inappropriate to be turned over to anyone.” “Having transcribed those notes … I destroyed those pieces of paper,” Humes, who died in 1999, testified in 1977 before a medical panel convened by the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations, one of several political bodies that investigated the killing. “I felt they would fall into the hands of some sensation seeker.” That admission is one of many facets of the case that have fueled speculation of a cover-up and conspiracy over Kennedy’s death for the past 50 years. As the half-century anniversary approaches Friday, the autopsy in Bethesda continues to be one of the more controversial elements. “Dr. Humes may have had his reasons for

burning the original autopsy notes,” Philip Shenon, a former New York Times journalist and author of a new book, “A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination,” said in an interview. “But it was still jaw-dropping to discover what he did.” Jim Lesar, president of the Assassination Archives and Research Center, a private organization in Silver Spring that preserves documents and other records on political assassinations, added, “It was an extraordinarily controversial autopsy that has been denounced by many authorities in the field.” Of the roughly 30 agents, military officers, medical personnel and others that the House

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ALINE BARROS STAFF WRITER

The North Potomac Citizens Association — the eyes, ears and voice of the community for more than 25 years — could be nearing dissolution. The three current board members announced their retirement at the end of 2013. No one has come forward to carry on the work of the organization. “The whole board is stepping down either because they are moving on to other things or retir-

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Bladder cancer survivors advocate on the Hill Bob Lipman of Bethesda was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2003 and after two years of having tumors removed and receiving intensive treatment, he had his first clear biopsy in 2005. On Nov. 13, Lipman joined advocates from other states and staff members of the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network on Capitol Hill to talk to their representatives about naming May Bladder Cancer Awareness Month and doing more to educate the public about the disease. “When I was initially diagnosed, my urologist was drawing on the outside of a folder because there weren’t really any [resources] to show me what was happening,” Lipman said. Diane Zipursky Quale, president and co-founder of the advocacy group, encountered the same issues when her husband was

diagnosed in 2000. To provide much-needed resources to people affected by bladder cancer and to promote research, the group was formed in Bethesda in 2005. “We were tired of hearing about all the other advancements in other cancers and thought, ‘Why isn’t there anything out there for bladder cancer?’” Quale said. This year, there have been an estimated 72,570 new cases and 15,210 deaths from bladder cancer in the U.S., according to the National Cancer Institute. Both Lipman and Quale said they thought their day on the Hill meeting with legislative aides, and in some cases even senators and representatives, went very well, especially because all the volunteers are motivated and dedicated to the cause. “Not having ever done this before, it was thrilling,” Lipman said. He briefly spoke with one official whose close relative had died of bladder cancer and Lipman thinks that sometimes it takes that personal connection to an issue to

EVENTS THURSDAY, NOV. 21 Lunchtime Yoga at CSAUMC in Bethesda, 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Bring

your own mat, towel and water bottle. Alison Becker, acbyoga@hotmail.com. Concord-St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 5910 Goldsboro Road, Bethesda. 12 classes for $70. “Miss Saigon,” (also Nov. 22 and 23) 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Boulevard, Bethesda. Proceeds will be donated to Team River Runners. Caroline Duffy, 301-320-6569, whitmandrama@gmail. com. $10 for students, $15 for adults, $20 for reserved seating. whitmandrama.ticketleap.com.

FRIDAY, NOV. 22 Mixed Winter Container, 10 a.m.-

12 p.m., and 1-3 p.m. Cost covers all materials, including 14-inch container (or bring your own). Register at www. parkpass.org. Brookside Gardens, 301-962-1451, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton. $75; Friends of Brookside Gardens $70.

Temple Emanuel’s African Dinner Fundraiser, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Fundraiser

to help finance micro-financing projects in Kenya. Buffet catered by Swahili Village. $20; $10 per child (younger than 12), maximum of $50 per family. Nicole D’Isa, 301-942-2000, rsvp@templeemanuelmd.org. Temple Emanuel, 10101 Connecticut Ave., Kensington.

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make it a priority. “We’re trying to get a resolution passed, we’re trying to get the attention on the Hill and we’re very optimistic,” Quale said. — SAMANTHA SCHMIEDER

Bethesda doctor to head pediatric center Leila T. Hall of Bethesda has

been named chairwoman of pediatrics and medical director of the Shaw Family Pediatric Emergency Center at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. Hall has worked part-time in the center as a pediatric emergency physician and hospitalist since 2010 and also has operated her own private practice, Next Generation Pediatrics, in Bethesda since 2011. After graduating from Princeton University and the University of Colorado’s School of Medicine in Denver, Hall completed her residency at Children’s Hospital

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Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660, boxoffice@ imaginationstage.org. $12 and up. Rampace 5K and Family Fun Run, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Proceeds support journalism students at Rockville High School. Jessica Nassau, jessica_k_nassau@mcpsmd.org. Rockville High School, 2100 Baltimore Road, Rockville. $20 students, $30 adults. First Candle, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Organization fights stillbirth, sudden infant death syndrome and other causes of sudden unexpected infant death. Diana Del Grosso, 301-530-1094, delgrossa@yahoo.com. Kensington Arts Center, 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington. Suggested donation of $10/person. Eagle Scout Bike Drive, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for Bikes for the World. $10 donation requested to cover shipping costs. Patrick Franz, 301-414-7446, patricknfranz@yahoo.com. All American Bicycle Center, Weis Shopping Center, 26039 Ridge Road, Damascus. Free Anti-Bullying Seminar, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For ages 8 to 12. Preregistration required. Frank Pugarita, 240-552-0632, pugaritasensei@gmail. com. Pugarita Karate, 8945 N. Westland Drive, Suite 101, Gaithersburg. Edgemoor Art and Fine Craft Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Alice Joseph, 301-3793718, awjoseph66@gmail.com. 7415 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. Free. Finnish Christmas Bazaar, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Adele Hagen, 757-8703973, hagen451home@gmail.com. River Road Unitarian Church, 6301 River Road (at Whittier Boulevard), Bethesda. Free. Computer Repair, 10 a.m. Bring

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4:15 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register at www.parkpass.org. Scilla Taylor, 301-962-1480, priscilla.taylor@MontgomeryParks. org. Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 p at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. She succeeds David Reitman, who will become medical director of the Student Health Center at American University. Reitman plans to remain a part-time pediatric hospitalist at Suburban Hospital.

In the service Air Force Airmen Victor M. Bercian and Hyeuk Ju Kwon both

recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The men completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force. Bercian, the son of Edith Granados and Victor Bercian of Silver Spring, is a 2013 graduate of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington. Kwon, the son of Mi Kyoung Lee of Silver Spring, is a 2012 graduate of Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. $12 and up. March for Hunger, 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Three-quarter-mile hike up Georgia Avenue. Larry White, 301-929-8675. midcountyunitedministries@gmail. com, Atonement Presbyterian, 10613 Georgia Ave, Wheaton. Free.

MONDAY, NOV. 25 Thanksgiving Table Flowers, 3:30-8 p.m. Register at parkpass.org. Brookside Gardens 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301 962-1451. $54; or Friends of Brookside Gardens $49.

MORE INTERACTIVE CALENDAR ITEMS AT WWW.GAZETTE.NET your own damaged computer or laptop to learn how to repair it. Space is limited; registration required starting two weeks in advance. www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library. Offered on the fourth Saturday of most months, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Amy Alapati, 240-773-9444, askalibrarian@montgomerycountymd.gov. Damascus Library, 9701 Main Street. Free. Chinese Choruses, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. The 100-member Jin-Hau Children’s Chorus and the 65-member Columbia Sheng-Hua Adult Chorus. 301-5870144, wcvisitorscenter@gmail.com. Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington. Free.

SUNDAY, NOV. 24 “Rendezvous with Shankar Tucker,” 4:30-7 p.m. Shyamala Gopa-

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Damascus High volleyball players cheer as they are named class 3A state champs at the University of Maryland’s Ritchie Coliseum. Go to clicked.Gazette.net. SPORTS Check online this weekend for high school football playoff coverage.

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Scouts of Montgomery County gathered food donations from their families, friends and neighbors in the annual Scouting for Food program Nov. 9. Hundreds of Scouts as well as their parents and Scout leaders met at the collection point at the Bolger Training Center in Potomac, where they loaded more than 12 tons of food items for delivery to Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg. Scouts — including the coed Venturing Crews, Boy Scouts from 11 to 18 years old and Cub Scouts 5 to 10 years old — took their donations to 10 collection centers around the county, delivering a total of 74,564 pounds of food according to Mark Foraker, director of development at Manna Food Center. “Scouting for Food is the largest oneday food collection event for Manna Food Center,” Foraker wrote in an email to The Gazette.“On average, this event counts for roughly 18 percent of our food drive total for the year.”

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Gaithersburg’s award-winning microbrewery is working with Montgomery County farmers to bring local tastes to the table. Now approaching its third year, Growlers is turning out dozens of new brews annually, with names like “Rawktoberfest Oktoberfest,” “Your Mom’s Apple Pie Ale” and “Broken Shovel Stout.” Growlers’ brewmaster, Eric Gleason, said Growlers has released more than 75 different beers that have brewed on-site over the past year, and average one or two new releases per week across its 12 draft lines. Scheduling the production and releases of the beers has been a “daunting

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Isla Berger, 3, of Bethesda helps sort and bag food with her mother, Rosmery Berger, at the Scouting for Food collection location at the Bolger Center in Potomac on Nov. 9. Cameron Wilcox from Troop 706 in Potomac is behind them. Scouts from Montgomery County collected more than 12 tons of food for Manna Food Center. Scouting leaders present Nov. 9 noted that the “champions” among the youth this year were Kyra Green and her Venturing Crew, which is part of Troop 52, based at All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase. Kyra said her goal for the campaign was to exceed the record-breaking totals put up by her brother Wills Green during

Scouting for Food last year. She met that target when her group gathered more than 2,040 pounds of food donations. Pete Minderman, chairman of the Boy Scouts Potomac District, said most of the nearly 100 units in the area participated in the campaign this year.

task” for Gleason and the staff, Growlers General Manager Chuck Blessing, Jr. said. The microbrewery uses a variety of local hops, and has already incorporated hops from Poolesville, Thurmont and Derwood in its beers. On Nov. 14, Growlers re-introduced an India pale ale of its own, called “Hop Blastard.” When it was first unveiled last fall, Gleason said it wasn’t brewed with local hops. Now, the ale incorporates hops from Poolesville’s The Owl Farm. Growlers’ award-winning Yorkshire Porter was released Monday , with an Imperial Pumpkin beer to come on Thursday. “Growlers Yorkshire Porter” was entered in the first-ever Maryland Comptroller’s Cup competition, and won “Best of Show - Best Overall Maryland Beer” at the Nov. 4 event. Growler’s Yorkshire Porter “rose to the occasion,” eliminating 15 other beers in the Porter/Brown category, then 12 more

beers in other categories, according to Brewers Association of Maryland Executive Director J.T. Smith. “Growlers can confidently and officially state they have brewed the best beer in Maryland in 2013 and the Comptroller’s Cup has officially found its home for the next 365 days,” Smith said in an email. Almost 200 varieties of the alcoholic beverage were entered in the comptroller’s statewide contest. “We’ve been working really hard to put out quality food and brew, and we’re getting recognition for that,” Blessing said. Growlers was up against stiff competition from local brewers Gordon Biersch in Rockville and Frederick’s Flying Dog, which took home awards of their own. In the spirit of collaboration, Gleason is working with the brewmaster at Rockville’s Gordon Biersch on an unnamed new beer to be released early next year. scarignan@gazette.net

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Del. Kathleen Dumais (D-Dist. 15) is moving forward with her family-focused initiatives and a unified tax policy in Annapolis as she seeks support for another term. Dumais, a Rockville resident, is working with Sen. Brian Feldman (D-Dist. 15) on unifying tax policies in Maryland. The District 15 legislators have presented a bill that would form the “Commission on Tax Policy, Reform and Fairness.” “We haven’t had an academic group look at our overall tax policy in over 20 years,” Dumais said. The “patchwork” quality of the state’s current policies becomes frustrating when spending needs to be adjusted. The commission would create a report on the state of Maryland’s taxes. “It would make sense to have a document that might take a year and a half to get to, but it has, at least, a long-term policy,” she said. It’s especially important for Montgomery County because a unified tax policy would be more welcoming to businesses that might consider moving into Northern Virginia instead, she said. Dumais, 55, said she plans to continue her work with the Maryland Judiciary Committee if she is elected for another term in 2014. The delegate is now serving as the committee’s vice chair. Dumais helped form the Commission on Child Custody Decision Making, which will advise legislators on a statute for custody in the state. The commission consists of family law experts, representatives from advocacy groups, educators and members of the House and Senate. Currently, an assortment of Maryland’s appellate court rulings lay out the law, Dumais said, making it difficult for those who represent themselves to defend their

case. The commission is holding public hearings in several Maryland counties to talk to people about the court system. Dumais said Montgomery County is not on the commission’s tour, but local residents have spoken up to request a visit. The Commission on Child Custody Decision Making is required to produce a report by the end of 2014. Dumais, who is single, serves as senior counsel at the Rockville law firm Ethridge, Quinn, Kemp, McAuliffe, Rowan and Hartinger. She was first sworn in to the District 15 delegate seat in 2002, and Dumais has served consecutive terms since then. District 15 covers much of western Montgomery County, from Clarksburg to North Potomac. Dumais, Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo (D) of Boyds and Del. Aruna Miller (D) of Darnestown currently represent the district. Fellow incumbent candidate Miller , of Darnestown, will seek a District 15 seat, along with Republican candidate Flynn Ficker, former Democratic Del. Saqib Ali, who served District 29, and Fraser-Hidalgo of Boyds, who is serving the rest of former District 15 Del. Brian Feldman’s term. Feldman was tapped to fill Sen. Robert Garagiola (D-Dist. 15) seat after he resigned earlier this year. Feldman, Miller and Dumais plan to run on a single slate. Dumais noted that running together helps candidates manage costs for fundraising events. She has already started fundraising for her campaign, but does not have a target amount. “I keep the costs down as much as I can,” she said. The general election will be in November 2014. scarignan@gazette.net

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Legal, regulated and taxed: That is how Democratic gubernatorial candidate Del. Heather Mizeur sees marijuana in Maryland’s future. And she is not alone. Mizeur (Dist. 20) of Takoma Park released her latest campaign policy Tuesday, a plan to decriminalize marijuana. Her plan would not just make pot legal — it would regulate it in a similar way to how the state regulates alcohol. Under her plan, those 21 or older could possess up to an ounce of pot or up to 5 grams of concentrated marijuana or marijuana-infused products with a THC total of 4.2 grams, all without violating state law. THC is the active ingredient in cannabis. However, regulations would prohibit pot from being consumed in public, both indoors and out, and would prohibit users from driving

under its influence. Employers would be prohibited from firing employees who use marijuana on their own time in their private life. But landlords could restrict tenants from using or growing it on their property. Mizeur said she has been working with the Marijuana Policy Project and other advisers active in pursuing the issue in other states. Among those she said she consulted was Del. Curtis S. Anderson (D-Dist. 43) of Baltimore, a leading voice on the issue in the House of Delegates. By taxing legalized pot, Mizeur’s plan estimates the state could gain as much as $157.5 million in annual revenue, money she would direct to substance-abuse programs and early childhood education. Her plan would impose an excise tax of $50 per ounce between growers and sellers and charge consumers 6 percent sales tax plus an extra 2 percent tax. It also assumes a sales price of $7 per gram. But legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana could become a reality before the primary in June. Sen. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma

Park said he is preparing to introduce legislation in the 2014 session that would legalize and regulate marijuana. Similar to Mizeur’s, his plan would restrict use to those 21 or older. “We would be a lot better off to do whatever we can to keep marijuana away from young people and allow those 21 and up to make their own decisions,” he said. “We know drug dealers don’t card.” Raskin, who supported a state bill that allowed medical marijuana, called the “war on drugs” a “dismal failure” that has ruined lives of the select few caught for doing what half of the American public admits to doing: smoking pot. Even if Maryland legalizes marijuana, it’s still a federal crime. But Raskin said that does not mean the states have to criminalize it. “I think that the states can begin a process of dealing with marijuana as a public health problem and restoring sanity to our laws,” he said. “I think the public is ready to confront the failures of the war on drugs and specifically the marijuana issue,” Raskin said. “The question is how can we best advance public health and avoid unnecessary criminalization and incarceration.”

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Imagination Stage celebration is Saturday Carol Trawick will unveil a sign Saturday naming the Bethesda arts center that owes its existence in no small part to her and her husband’s philanthropy. In 2010, Imagination Stage received its most significant gift in its history — $2.5 million from Jim and Carol Trawick — to retire the outstanding debt on the construction of the theater arts and education center. Imagination Stage staff, students and supporters, including Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and his wife, Catherine Leggett, will be on hand for the unveiling ceremony from 6 to 6:30 p.m. at the center at 4908 Auburn Ave. The program will include comments by Jane Fairweather, president of the Imagination Stage board, and a song by Imagination Stage student performers. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Rachel Garmon at 301-280-1626 or rgarmon@ imaginationstage.org.

Kidney foundation honors Bethesda physician The National Kidney Foundation has honored Griffin P. Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, for his commitment to bettering the lives of patients and raising awareness of chronic kidney disease. The Outstanding Achievement Award was presented Saturday to Rodgers, of Bethesda, at the 33rd annual National Kidney Foundation Kidney Ball at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. As institute director, Rodgers provides scientific leadership and manages a staff of more than 600 and a budget of $2 billion. He oversees the National Kidney Disease Education Program, which better informs patients, caretakers and professionals on the early detection and management of kidney disease and he has reached out to those most at risk with his “Healthy Moments” broadcast commentaries on Radio One that have focused on kidney disease and its associated risk factors.

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Runners warm up with some dancing before the Girls on the Run 5K at the Montgomery mall in Bethesda on Sunday morning. Thousands of girls and their friends and parents took part in the fun run.

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369 individuals throughout county were interviewed BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER

Poor health conditions and repeat emergency room visits are plaguing the homeless population throughout Montgomery County, according to results from the county’s 100,000 Homes Campaign survey. As part of its participation in the national campaign, the county just completed Registry Week, with volunteers surveying 369 homeless people living in places such as parking garages, outdoor stairwells, wooded encampments and shelters. The three-day count took place each day from 4 to 7 a.m. Nov. 4 through 6. The purpose of the count is to identify the most medically vulnerable homeless people and move them into permanent housing with supportive services. “Now we have a prioritized list of people according to their vulnerability,” said Susanne SinclairSmith, executive director of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. “We can use that priority list to place people into permanent housing.” Findings revealed that 40 per-

cent of people surveyed reported they had at least one serious health condition, such as kidney disease, asthma or diabetes, and 74 percent of that group were medically vulnerable, meaning that they have a higher likelihood of dying in a state of homelessness because of their health issues. The results also showed that the 369 individuals reported a total of 677 in-patient hospitalizations in the past year. Twenty-two percent of respondents said they received in-patient emergency room treatment at least three times last year. By moving these people into permanent housing with services such as case management and nurse care, high costs to the health system and the county can be reduced, and homeless individuals can increase their quality of health, according to Sinclair-Smith. “We will have those immediate health care services to help them with the medical conditions they have,” she said. “Case managers will continue to work with them in permanent housing and connect them with a primary doctor.” Montgomery County Councilman George Leventhal (D-At large), who serves on the executive committee of the Montgomery County 100,000 Homes campaign, said the results show that the county needs

to prioritize housing placement for the most vulnerable homeless people. Along with Council Vice President Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2), Leventhal said he will introduce a supplemental appropriation Tuesday for just under $700,000 to place 15 homeless individuals in housing by February 2014. The money would provide for housing with supportive services for a year and a half. While the county government is heavily involved with this issue, religious and philanthropic support is still needed, according to Leventhal. “We’re going to do a lot, but the county has to work with private, nonprofit and religious partners to solve the problem,” he said. County volunteers encountered 62 homeless individuals who declined to participate in the survey, but according to Sinclair-Smith, their lack of response still made an important statement about the homeless situation in the county. From her experiences talking with homeless people in Silver Spring during the count, she said, many of those who chose not to participate were so mentally ill, specifically dealing with paranoia, that they were unable to be engaged to complete the survey. “I feel very responsible toward that number because I think it rep-

resents the most vulnerable people living outside,” she said. This is the first time the county has conducted a homeless count on its own. At the beginning of each year, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments counts homeless individuals and households in and around Washington in its Point-In-Time homeless count. In January, the council reported 1,004 homeless people, including families, living in Montgomery County. The county’s own three-day count included only individuals, as homeless families typically have more access to county government services. Sinclair-Smith said the county’s count and survey were more thorough than the council’s because the volunteers reached the most vulnerable people during a three-day stint, as opposed to just one day. “This is the first step of the campaign,” Sinclair-Smith said. “I think the county government, nonprofits and members of the community have really rolled up their sleeves and worked together in an incredibly effective way. Going forward, we are really going to be able to work together to identify where gaps are and how to fill them.” jedavis@gazette.net

Visitors can browse and buy artwork at the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture’s annual Holiday Art Show and Sale from Nov. 29 through Jan. 5 in the Popcorn Gallery and the Stone Tower Gallery. The show features the park’s resident artists and instructors, plus invited artists, with works in glass, ceramics, photography, painting, jewelry, holiday ornaments and more. The Popcorn Gallery will be open extended hours throughout the holiday season, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 20. The gallery also will be open until 10 p.m. Dec. 15 for the partnership’s annual Winter’s Eve event. The gallery will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. More information is at www.glenechopark.org.

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

1ST DISTRICT Attempted burglary • Nov. 1 at 2:34 a.m., Rollins Care Pharmacy, 184 Rollins Ave., Rockville. Attempted forced entry; nothing taken. • Between 8:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31., 14100 block of Stonecutter Drive in North Potomac. Attempted forced entry; nothing taken. Vehicle break-ins • Nov. 3 at 6:40 a.m. Theft from vehicle in the 13200 block of Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville. No further details available. • Between Nov. 2 and Nov. 5. Theft from vehicle at Luck’s Catering, 12315 Carroll Ave., North Bethesda. No further details available. • Between Oct. 28 and Oct. 31. Four thefts from vehicles on Parrish Drive, Chapman Avenue and Gladstone Drive. Vehicles were unlocked, and a wallet and loose change were taken. • Nov. 2 at 6:12 a.m. Theft from vehicle in the 15900 block of Yukon Lane in Rockville. Nothing taken. Theft • Oct. 31 at 3:01 p.m., Maryland Offshore Performance, 235 Derwood Circle, Rockville. Arrested were two males: one, 55, from Germantown, and a second, 54, from Landover Hills.


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They came to identify the problem, discuss solutions and decide how to enact their plan. It was an ambitious agenda for the first community meeting of the members of One Montgomery, an organization formed this summer to look at the problem of declining test scores in schools of the Montgomery County Public Schools Northeast Consortium and see how the trend can be reversed. Ed Wetzlar was one of the founders of the group, along

with Fred Stichnoth and Adrian Lees, all Silver Spring residents living in the Northeast Consortium area. “I was concerned not only for the students, but also our property values,” said Wetzlar, who lives three blocks from Springbrook High School. “Schools are the foundation of your children’s future and, if you own property, schools determine the value of your property.” Although originally focused on the Northeast Consortium — which encompasses James Hubert Blake, Paint Branch and Springbrook high schools, along with five middle schools, 16 elementary schools and the Carl Sandburg Learning Center — One Montgomery would like to have a farther reach, Wetzlar

said, working for equity in education throughout the county. The organization’s reach is already growing, as several of the nearly three dozen people at the meeting Thursday at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Colesville live in the Downcounty Consortium area. Montgomery Blair, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Northwood and Wheaton high schools and their feeder schools make up that consortium. “We have schools highly impacted by the needs of the student population,” said Jill Ortman-Fouse, a Takoma Park resident with children at Blair and Takoma Park Middle School. “The differences in the learning levels in our classrooms is huge.” She said some of the reasons

for the different learning levels are the large number of English for Speakers of Other Languages students; more students who move and change schools frequently; and those with unidentified special needs, requiring teachers to spend more time getting them up to speed for state exams. Ortman-Fouse said she was at the meeting because “if we all partner together we can more easily get resources.” After a presentation contrasting east county schools with those in other parts of the county by Dan Reed, a 2005 graduate of Blake High School interested in community affairs, the group was randomly divided into four focus groups, each tasked with brainstorming ways to promote school equity.

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RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER

The sponsor of a bill that would raise Montgomery County’s minimum wage to $11.50 by 2017 is confident the bill will pass when it comes before the council for a vote next week. The bill, sponsored by Councilman Marc Elrich (D-At Large) of Takoma Park, would incrementally increase Montgomery’s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2017. Maryland’s current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. The bill is similar to legislation pending in Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C. The County Council’s Health and Human Services Committee is scheduled to discuss the bill at a meeting Thursday, and it’s scheduled to come before the full council for a vote on Nov. 26, Elrich said.

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County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) wrote in a letter to Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda that he would sign the bill if the council passes it. Leggett wrote that he supported a bill in the General Assembly last year that would have raised the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour, but the legislation didn’t get passed. “There is no guarantee that such an effort will succeed in the General Assembly this year or in the foreseeable future,” Leggett wrote. “Accordingly, I support Bill 27-13 to increase the minimum wage now.” Leggett told the Gazette on Nov. 12 that he would still prefer a statewide bill. In response to questions in Berliner’s letter, Leggett wrote that he believes Montgomery’s higher standard of living would justify the county having a higher wage than the rest of the state, although he’s willing to discuss what that wage should be and how long it takes to be phased in. Leggett also said he didn’t

think an increase would hurt the county economically, since it’s home to few minimum wage workers, but the increase for those workers would likely lead to them spending more money in the county. The Montgomery committee’s meeting comes as the bills in Prince George’s and the District are reaching their final stages. The Prince George’s County Council is scheduled to hold a hearing on the bill Tuesday, but it wasn’t clear Monday if a vote would be scheduled. Meanwhile, a bill in the District could be marked up before Thanksgiving, according to the Washington Post. Elrich, who worked with officials in the other jurisdictions to coordinate their respective legislation, said he’s confident the bill will get at least the five members needed to pass. “I think they can get there,” he said. Staff writer Jeffrey K. Lyles contributed to this report

“We’re doing this to raise awareness of the differences in the schools, both performance and perception,” Reed said. “Our schools do good things but they could do better.” The focus groups discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the county’s public schools, current opportunities and future threats to education, causes for the current state of the schools, and solutions. Dan Wilhelm, who does not have children in the schools, said he is concerned about the number of east county students who qualify for free or reducedprice meals. He sees better employment as one part of the solution. “We need more higher-paying jobs in the east county,” he said. “A better balancing of in-

come levels.” Bernice Mireku-North of Takoma Park, a 1999 graduate of Blair, said she and her husband have yet to have children but are concerned about the future of east county schools because they plan to send their children there when the time comes. “People come to this area for [job] opportunities and good schools,” Mireku-North said. “I’m interested in the solution [to improving the schools] and how to implement the solution.” Stichnoth said after the meeting that he thought it was a good start. “This is important stuff,” he said. “It is important to act as a community, figure out what our message is and do it.” pmcewan@gazette.net

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BY ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH STAFF WRITER

A study released Thursday by a courts watchdog group advocates for reforms to how Montgomery County Circuit judges deal with victims of domestic violence seeking protective orders. The report, released by Court Watch Montgomery, a local nonprofit, praised Montgomery County Circuit Court judges for being polite to those seeking orders, but noted that “many of the important national and state best practice standards ... are not common practice in our county’s higher court.” “There are a lot of things that happen at court that aren’t safe for domestic violence victims,” said Laurie Duker, one of the nonprofit’s co-founders, in an interview.

One of the main findings of the report regarded “staggered exits,” meaning that when hearings for protective orders conclude, judges should order the person seeking a protective order be allowed to leave 15 minutes before the person they are seeking the order against. In the last year, judges and sheriffs used staggered exits 65 percent of the time after the protective order hearings, but incorrectly or not at all in 35 percent of the orders, according to the report. “We will have to sit down and meet and come up with a plan in unison to make sure [staggered exits] occurs through direction of judges on a higher level,” Montgomery County Sheriff Darren M. Popkin said. The report also said that in 47 percent of the hearings the group monitored, judges failed to remind the subjects of protective orders that it is illegal to violate the orders. The report also states that 55 percent of the time, judges don’t tell the subjects of the

“There are a lot of things that happen at court that aren’t safe for domestic violence victims.” Laurie Duker, co-founder of Court Watch Montgomery orders that they must turn in guns, if they own one. Between July 2011 and June 2012, 12 people died in Montgomery County in domestic violence-related deaths, according to the report. In the past year, there has been one such homicide in the county, the recent death of Preeta Gabba, who police say was killed by her ex-husband and his new wife. Court Watch Montgomery’s report is the third such report the watchdog group has issued. Previously, Court Watch Montgomery analyzed and made recommedations on how the county’s District Court judges

handled protective orders. Judge John W. Debelius III, the Circuit Court’s administrative judge, said he hadn’t read the whole report yet, but called it “constructive criticism,” and acknowledged several of Court Watch Montgomery’s findings. “We’re happy to have their input,” he said, later adding, “We should probably make [our procedures] more uniform,” speaking of the report’s findings on staggered exits or when judges remind people being served protective orders that it is illegal to contact the people being served the order or that they must give up their guns. “I think it’s a good idea for a

judge to reiterate that,” he said. The report also found that about 13 percent of people who initially sought protective orders asked that the orders later be dropped. In 39 percent of those cases, judges failed to ask the petitioners if they had been coerced by their abuser or his or her friends. It also argued for more pro bono lawyers and victim advocates to help represent domestic violence victims or to answer their questions. The report also advocated for a video introduction before hearings that would explain the proceedings to both the victim and the subject of the order. Finally, the report advocated for having information in bathrooms that would display hotlines for domestic violence victims, since “that is one of the few places where many domestic violence victims are allowed to go alone, free from being observed by their abuser.” sjbsmith@gazette.net

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Washington Gas seeks surcharge to upgrade its pipes New state law allows gas companies to charge customers upfront n

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KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER

Washington Gas Light Co. has asked for permission to upgrade its gas pipes and charge customers upfront for the work. Maryland law passed this year allows gas companies to charge for infrastructure upgrades or improvements before those are complete and bypass the typical method of recouping the money later through a rate increase. On Nov. 7, Washington Gas Light filed a 22-year, $869 million plan with the Maryland Public Service Commission to repair or replace 633 miles of pipe main and 75,200 services. To pay for the upgrades, the utility would tack a 29-cent monthly fee on the average residential heating customer’s bill. The fee would fund the first five years and $200 million of the upgrades and also would pay for $5.2 million of improvements made in August and September. It could increase each year up to the maximum $2 per month allowed by the new law, according to the utility’s request. In its request, the utility said the new fee would take effect Dec. 7. But the PSC has put a temporary kibosh on the fee, suspending it for 150 days so the commission can mull it over. “The suspension period is necessary to provide the Commission with an opportunity to determine the justness and reasonableness of the proposal,” according to a Nov. 13 order issued by the PSC. Washington Gas is the third Maryland utility to apply to the PSC for a surcharge since the law passed in the spring. In its request, the utility said the project would create more than 250 jobs, eliminate gas leaks and reduce gas emissions. Del. Charles E. Barkley (D-Dist. 39) of Germantown, sponsor of the law, said it was intended to accelerate infrastructure repairs on miles of aging pipe. It also sought to save customers money and create jobs, he said. “Ratepayers are eventually going to pay for this stuff anyway,” Barkley said. “If utilities can get some money as they go along, it should save some interest down the road.” Washington Gas will be required to file a full rate case after the five years, but Barkley said it cannot double dip and ask for a rate increase to pay for what the surcharge covered. Del. Alfred C. Carr Jr. said Washington Gas lobbied for the law, which he opposed, and that it will actually increase company profits. “My understanding is that Washington Gas has the ability and resources to raise the money to make the needed upgrades to keep system safe and reliable using the traditional rate making process,” said Carr (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington. “They prefer to do this way because it is more profitable for them.” The law also opened the door for other utilities to seek similar surcharges, he said. “My expectation is that you’ll see electric utilities pushing for a similar law,” he said, noting that electric utilities already have begun to see the surcharges through other means. In July, the PSC granted Pepco $24 million of a $192 million surcharge, tacking about 6 cents per month upfront on customer bills. That decision is currently facing appeal in court. kalexander@gazette.net

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RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission faces a possible lawsuit by environmental groups alleging that a water filtration plant near Seneca is polluting the Potomac River in violation of the Clean Water Act. The Environmental Integrity Project, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Potomac Riverkeeper announced their intention to sue the WSSC after

a 60-day waiting period, unless WSSC agrees to work with them toward finding a solution. Potomac Riverkeeper is an organization dedicated to protecting the quality of water in the Potomac River watershed. The Potomac Water Filtration Plant, which provides water for much of Montgomery County and parts of Prince George’s County, has been discharging millions of pounds of sediments and aluminum into the Potomac rather than treating the water and disposing of what remains at an off-site facility, according to a release from the groups Wednesday. The plant, which discharges about 8 million gallons of wastewater into the Potomac every

day, has been operating without a permit from the Maryland Department of the Environment since its permit expired in 2002, according to the statement. The plant draws untreated water that contains sediments such as dirt and algae from the river and purifies it to provide clean drinking water to the public, WSSC said in an email Thursday. Many of the sediments plus coagulating agents are hauled away from the plant on trucks, and the rest are put back into the river, the statement said. “Notably, WSSC believes that these discharges during normal operations and high volume rain events comply with WSSC’s existing permit issued

by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE),” according to the statement. The notice of intent also alleges that malfunctioning equipment at the plant has allowed even more sediments to be released into the river than get taken in. An Army Corps of Engineers facility near MacArthur Road has expanded its sediment basins to prevent polluting the river, according to the statement. The law allows a permit to remain in effect as long as it is periodically extended administratively, said Mary Greene, an attorney with the Environmental Integrity Project. According to WSSC’s statement, “An application for the

renewal of our permit with MDE is currently pending, and we look forward to continuing our dialogue with MDE about the terms and conditions of a renewed permit.” On many days, the plant has been discharging “vast amounts” of sediments and aluminum back into the river, Greene said. The amount of sediment and aluminum released threaten fish and aquatic life and impair the quality and health of the Chesapeake Bay, Green said. A lawsuit would allege violations of the Clean Water Act, violations of the permit limits and discharging loads on days they’re not permitted to

discharge, said Christine Tramontana, an attorney for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The complaint, which originated in a check of public records by the Environmental Integrity Project, doesn’t provide the full story of communications between WSSC and the Department of the Environment, Tramontana said. One of the goals of the 60day period is to better understand the process from WSSC’s perspective, she said. Matt Logan, president of Potomac Riverkeeper, said he’s hopeful WSSC will share its concerns and come up with a solution quickly. rmarshall@gazette.net

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Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is considering asking the County Council to stand with Washington, D.C., lawmakers and pass a resolution urging the Washington Redskins to change their name. At a minimum, Leggett (D) said, he will drop “Redskins” from all of his office’s announcements and news releases. He disclosed his intentions Sunday in response to an email from Bethesda resident Joshua Silver, who urged him to join in the call for a different team name.

“Personally, I agree with you,” Leggett told Silver, who is vice president for research and policy at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, a nonprofit that advocates for fair lending and banking practices. “As for action by the County, I am asking our Office of Human Rights to review the matter and make a formal recommendation to me before I forward an official recommendation to the County Council,” he said. It’s not exactly clear what the human rights office’s role will be. Director James Stowe did not return phone or email messages Monday. Team owner Daniel Snyder of Potomac has vowed that the team name will never change. But he has been under intense pressure to reverse his position, with even President Barack Obama saying that he’d be considering a name change if he

owned the team. Leggett spokesman Patrick Lacefield said there’s no expectation that Montgomery’s gestures will be anything other than symbolic. “Obviously, anything we do has no control over the owner of the Redskins and what he calls his team,” Lacefield said. The D.C. Council voted overwhelmingly Nov. 5 to call on the team to change its name, condemning it as “racist and derogatory.” Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) has dropped “Redskins” from his public statements, but has stopped short of denouncing the name as racist or offensive. Silver, who said he was speaking only for himself, not his nonprofit, in approaching Leggett, was pleased with the response. “I’ve hated to have to root for a team whose name I’m

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us that moral suasion matters also.” Leventhal said Silver had his history wrong, but that he would take the matter up informally with his colleagues nevertheless. “Your comparison to the civil rights struggle is, I think, inapt,” Leventhal wrote back Nov. 8. “Those who were in a position to change the law and enact civil rights protections had the moral obligation to do so. The Montgomery County Council has no authority over the names of NFL teams. If we were to pass a resolution like the one that passed the D.C. Council earlier this week, its effect would be only hortatory and would be perceived by many as grandstanding. “Having said that, I am happy to discuss with my colleagues whether there is a majority sentiment to take up this matter. I appreciate that you feel very strongly about this issue and I understand that you are not alone in this sentiment.” bill.turque@washpost.com


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from 26 investors, toward a goal of $226,274. The campaign has about 30 days remaining. Blessed Coffee will receive all of the money pledge through the site even if the company does not reach its goal. Part of the reason Blessed Coffee’s owners turned to crowdfunding, Assefa said, is their focus on community. They want neighbors and customers to take part in the company to show how a community can pool resources for change. They also plan to use small business loans, community development grants, and investments and loans from community members to reach their fundraising goal. The company turned down an offer of $3 million from an investor several months ago, Assefa said, because the point

is not expanding the business in the traditional sense. The point is showing Takoma Park how many resources it has and the power of social connections. “This thing was conceived and fostered” in Takoma Park, Assefa said. “It was possible because of the sense of community we have.” Blessed Coffee is the nation’s second Benefit Corporation, under a law enacted in Maryland in 2010, Assefa said. The designation, now available in 20 states, gives social entrepreneurs who are pursuing public benefit along with profit added protection from lawsuits by shareholders. It also gives an official recognition of companies’ socially conscious efforts. For Assefa and Mussie, coffee is a means for empowering farmers in Ethiopia and

strengthening community in Takoma Park. Profits serve to further those goals. Once Blessed Coffee becomes large enough to buy directly from farmers, Assefa and Mussie want to let farmers invest in and own a piece of the company. They’ve set a goal of expanding the company to 15 major cities. In other industries, particularly in Africa, some of the world’s poorest people supply markets from resource-rich environments, Assefa said. Applying the virtuous exchange model could make a difference for cocoa producers in Ghana and gold miners in the Congo, to name two.

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Perched on a stool in a white gauze dress with gold, green and red embroidery, Sara Mussie burned frankincense as she roasted green coffee beans over a flame in her Takoma Park home. As the scent of the roasted beans wafted from the pot, her husband, Tebabu Assefa, asked everyone to make a wish. Mussie and Assefa see coffee — which they sell — as a medium to tell stories and business as a medium for change. In 2011, they founded a company, Blessed Coffee, to change what they see as a deeply unfair form of international trade. Their next goal is to open a cafe and small roasting facility in Takoma Park, and they’re using crowdfunding to do it. With crowdfunding, small companies or individuals raise money for a project through websites like Indiegogo or Kickstarter. People pledge to invest, and depending on the site, fundraisers may receive any amount of money pledged by the end of their campaign, or may only get money if they reach their fundraising goal. If the funding goal is met, investors often receive a benefit, like the new product they helped fund. In this case, investors might receive free coffee, art, or a dinner, depending on their investment level. Mussie performed a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony as the couple explained their work. Assefa said neighbors in Ethiopia gather daily after lunch in each other’s homes for coffee. They discuss community concerns and bless one another. This legacy guides Blessed Coffee’s efforts as much as the tangible goals of creating more equal markets for coffee producers and high-quality coffee to customers. Assefa and

Mussie call this concept of promoting positive social change through business the “virtuous exchange” model. The pair became involved in efforts to empower farmers in the global coffee market after meeting Ethiopian activist Tadessa Meskela in 2002. They learned that farmers might make 50 cents for a pound of coffee beans that sells on the retail market for more than $10. These farmers often can’t afford to send their children to school, or eat three meals a day, Assefa explained as Mussie brewed coffee over the fire in a long-necked ceramic kettle. Initially, Assefa and Mussie wanted to make a documentary about the farmers’ struggle. Instead, they decided to spread their message and help more directly by starting a company to pay farmers living wages for their product. “We’re using the business to come up with the solution,” Assefa said, “It’s not only a business — it’s also a movement; it’s a way of life.” Blessed Coffee buys from Meskela’s Oromia Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union through a wholesaler in New York, as the local company is not big enough to buy directly from the co-op. The co-op is made up of 240,000 Ethiopian farmers and is built on the same values of fairness and quality from the producers to the consumers. Blessed Coffee sells shadegrown coffee from the co-op to local restaurants and shops and at farmers markets. Shadegrown coffee is widely considered more environmentally friendly and, many argue, has better flavor. The virtuous exchange model goes beyond the fair trade model by offering producers higher profits and investment opportunities, and focusing on the relationship between producers and consumers, Assefa and Mussie said. As of Tuesday, Blessed Coffee’s Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign had raised $5,235

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Obituary WILLIAM H. RYLAND, 78, of Cooperstown died Saturday, November 9, 2013 at his Elm Street home. Born December 10, 1934 in Baltimore, MD, Bill was the son of William S. and Katherine (Harmon) Ryland. He was raised in Baltimore, graduated from Gilman School and thereafter from Yale University, Class of 1957. At Yale he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and played center and linebacker on the varsity football team. After college Bill enlisted in the US Navy and was stationed in San Francisco where, as a Lieutenant, he served in the Pacific on a Radar Picket Ship. While in San Francisco, Bill was introduced to his college roommate’s sister, George-Ann Doty. They were married July 2nd 1960. After his discharge from military service Bill was hired by the Union Trust Bank in Baltimore as a commercial loan officer. He was subsequently employed by American Security Bank in Washington, DC, and ultimately joined the management of Riggs bank where he was dispatched to the United Kingdom to open and head the London branch of the bank. Having spent most of their summers in Cooperstown visiting GeorgeAnn’s family (descendants of William Truslow Hyde of the Glimmerglen Estates), they moved to Cooperstown permanently following Bill’s retirement. Once here he became a regular volunteer at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, George-Ann, his daughter Ann Ryland Beightol (David) of Chevy Chase, MD, his son, John Ryland (Karen) of Cooperstown, his son, David Ryland (Lori) of Battle Creek, MI and eight grandchildren who called him “Bear” - a nickname from his time as a football player, and by his sister Katherine Ryland Williams (Lee) of Irvington, VA. He is further survived by the fond memories of the many friends he leaves behind, who will continue to cherish his caring friendship, his enduring sense of humor and his indelible mark on the life of his community. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday November 16, 2013 at Christ Episcopal Church in Cooperstown at 1:00 pm with the Rev. Paul Hunter, Curate officiating. There will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers the family suggests for those who so desire, contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA), 4841 State Route 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326

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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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Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler asked his Democratic rivals Nov. 12 to pledge to keep outside spending out of the race for governor, but his opponents are in no hurry to give him an answer. Gansler asked Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Del. Heather Mizeur (Dist. 20) of Takoma Park to pledge to keep spending by unions, special interests and other groups out of the race for the Democratic nomination. The pledge is not merely a gesture. It requires candidates, about whom an outside advertisement runs, to pay half the cost of the ad to the charity of their opponent’s choosing. Mizeur said Nov. 13 that her campaign has been so focused on its efforts, including naming her running mate, the Rev. Delman Coates, that she did not have time to consider Gansler’s request. On Tuesday, her campaign manager, Joanna Belanger, said Mizeur and her campaign staff “appreciate the Gansler campaign’s initiative and are taking his proposal under advisement.” Brown and his staff were also giving it consideration, but not too much. “We are reviewing the pledge, but frankly our campaign is focused on organizing a grass-roots effort to deliver our message to voters about our vision for Maryland’s future,” said campaign manager Justin Schall on Nov. 12. “The law in Maryland clearly prohibits our campaign, or any other campaign, from working or coordinating with an independent expenditure committee. We will absolutely abide by the law and run a clean and transparent campaign.” On Tuesday, Schall said the campaign is still reviewing the legality of Gansler’s request. Election law limits the amount of collaboration a campaign and a third party group

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can have. It also restricts charitable donations, which is the penalty of agreeing to Gansler’s pledge and violating it. Election law requires campaign funds be used for the purpose of supporting or opposing a candidate, question or political committee, according to the Board of Election’s website. Generally, campaign funds may not be used solely for charitable purposes. Gansler’s communications director, Bob Wheelock, said his camp had hoped for a more prompt response from the competition. “We don’t see this as a difficult decision from a financial standpoint or moral

standpoint,” Wheelock said. “All it takes is a yes. Not ‘we’re studying it.’ Not an empty promise. Not rhetoric about reform. No ducking. No dodging. Yes or no. Sign it or not.” As of Monday, Wheelock said no candidates had responded to the request. Wheelock said Gansler’s motives are altruistic. “I know Doug truly thinks that the voters should have the say and have as little outside influence and negative ads on them as possible,” he said. However, among the Democratic field, Gansler has received few endorsements, so it makes sense that he would want to balance the spending scales without the outside money Brown’s

laundry list of endorsers could drop in the election, said Todd Eberly, political science professor at St. Mary’s College. Gansler and Brown claim to have similar campaign caches. At last count — the official January 2013 filing for Gansler, and a campaign announcement in October for Brown and running mate Howard County Executive Kenneth S. Ulman — each said they had about $5 million in the bank. When asked if Gansler’s campaign had an updated amount to share, Wheelock did not respond. Wheelock said Gansler has received endorsements, but he has chosen not to announce them yet. In the meantime, Brown’s list of endorsements grows al-

most weekly and he is a particular favorite of unions. Eberly noted that organized labor is typically a big spender in Democratic races. “In a primary situation, one candidate could completely wash over another one, so strategically [for Gansler] it makes sense,” Eberly said of the pledge. “Strategically, it would be crazy for Brown to agree to it.” If Brown agrees to Gansler’s pledge, it threatens to deter his endorsers from spending anyway, because any outside money spent on Brown’s behalf would harm the campaign, Eberly said. But Eberly said the pledge could win favor with good-government voters who want clean campaigns.

Since campaign reform started in the early 2000s, more third-party money has been seeping into races, Eberly said. Studies, he said, also suggest that ads run by outside groups are disproportionately negative. But while people say they are sick and tired of negative ads, there is some that negative ads may stick with voters more than positive ones, Eberly said. Limiting outside money can be seen as a step to regain voter confidence and trust. Such a limit proved successful in the 2012 Massachusetts election for the U.S. Senate between Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren and the GOP incumbent, Scott Brown. Eberly said it has not been tried in a primary.

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Continued from Page A-1 lion Capital Improvements Program budget for fiscal years 2015 through 2020 — compared with Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s proposed $1.55 billion budget, which was based on holding off on some projects. The board added a total of about $192.6 million to Starr’s proposed figure. The board’s capital improvements program budget is about $376.5 million more than the current program, which covers fiscal years 2013 to 2018. The budget now moves to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and the County Council for their approval. The decision to keep the five schools’ projects on track added about $172 million to the budget. The board kept Starr’s recommendation to delay 15 elementary school revitalization and projects by one year. The two high schools with projects back on their previous schedules are Wootton in Rockville and Poolesville. The middle schools back on track are Farquhar in Olney, Tilden in North Bethesda and Eastern in Silver Spring. At two public hearings held

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before the board last week, advocates lobbied for the needs of their school buildings, which they they described as aging, deteriorating, overcrowded and unsafe. School board Vice President Phil Kauffman offered the amendment to Starr’s proposal that the five secondary schools remain on their previously approved schedules. The board approved the amendment unanimously. Kauffman said he looked at several recent capital improvements cycles and noted the public hearing testimony from the school communities. “These projects have been delayed time and time and time again,” he said. The school system has recently seen the majority of its growth in its elementary schools; that “surge” of students soon will move to the middle and high school levels, Kauffman said. School board member Patricia O’Neill (Dist. 3) of Bethesda said it’s difficult to get more state funding, but it’s more important for the school system to plan ahead. “We’re in a unique situation here in the county and I think we have to do everything we can to keep the secondary rev/ex (revitalization and expansion) proj-

ects on track,” she said. Starr said his proposed budget is “a reasonable stretch for the county” and that by reversing the delays, the board would add money the school system will need to request from the county and the state. “This pushes them a little further,” he said. Starr has said the school system needs $2.2 billion to cover all of its capital improvement needs for the six-year period. He proposed a $1.55 billion program, he said, because the county is currently facing “fiscal restraints” and the school system is not getting the funding it deserves from the state. County legislators recently said they are planning to seek more school funding from the state. Starr previously said he prioritized adding classroom capacity in his proposed budget. Farquhar Middle School Principal Diane Morris said Tuesday that a new building for the school is “super exciting.” Without the delay, the building is slated to be finished in 2016. “This is awesome news,” Morris said of the board’s decision. The school community, however, had been prepared to support the board’s decision even with the delay, she said.

“It’s the people that make the school, not the building,” she said. Poolesville High School Principal Deena Levine said the school community is pleased with the board’s decision, but is prepared to continue advocating for funding with the County Council and in Annapolis. “They know it’s a step in the process,” Levine said. The board made other changes to Starr’s budget proposal. Barclay offered an amendment — which also passed unanimously — to add about $16.6 million to the budget for a revitalization project for the Blair G. Ewing Center in Rockville, which houses alternative programs in the school system. Barclay said he thinks the board should look at the center as a priority. “These are young peoples who have become very disengaged in education in many cases and the facility will hopefully help that process for the young students in the program,” he said. The school board also approved a service area for a new Clarksburg elementary school with an amendment that slightly changed which areas are assigned to each of the area’s elementary schools. The

new elementary school will join Cedar Grove and Little Bennett elementary schools in the area. The board also approved two elementary school capacity studies. One is for the lower portion of the Downcounty Consortium, to which it added six schools that are paired with another school. The second is for the Gaithersburg cluster. Another approved study will look into whether the school system should assign students living in the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to Bethesda Elementary School. New Hampshire Estates and Oak View elementary schools in Silver Spring will remain paired, though some in the schools’ community had expressed interest in creating two, full elementary schools. The board agreed with Starr’s recommendation to keep students in prekindergarten through second grade at New Hampshire Estates and third through fifth grades at Oak View. The capital improvements budget also includes 14 new classroom additions, which Starr said he included in his proposal to address the school system’s ongoing, significant enrollment growth. The plan maintains schedules for other, previously approved capacity projects, in-

cluding various addition projects and five new schools. About $283 million in the program is directed toward systemic projects that include security upgrades and HVAC, roof and door replacements. Both public hearings before the school board drew large numbers of speakers from around the county who spoke passionately about overcrowded classrooms and aging buildings with leaking roofs, broken HVAC systems, mold and cockroaches. Melissa McKenna, president of Maryvale Elementary School’s parent teacher association, said at the second public hearing that her school had not been modernized since it was built in 1969. It was built with larger, middle school kids in mind rather than its current, smaller occupants, McKenna said. Maryvale is among the 15 elementary schools where revitalization and expansion projects are delayed a year under the school board’s program budget. McKenna, who was joined by others who testified on Maryvale’s needs, brought a pair of boxing gloves up with her to the podium. “This is a fight and we are here to give it our all,” she said.

sir, I did.” Police arrested Goldberg on Thursday, shortly after the incident. According to Robert Hill, an assistant state’s attorney, Goldberg, who was driving a gray Mitsubishi Lancer with his young daughter in the back seat, drove through a stop sign on a mall access road and cut in front of a car containing four people — a couple from Potomac, a young child and an older woman — that was on Motor City Drive.

The couple — a man, 31, and a woman, 28 — thought he was driving recklessly and the driver honked his horn at Goldberg, who then swore at them, according to his charging documents. They followed Goldberg and the couple got out of their car to approach him, but Goldberg sped away. The couple then parked near Sears and got out of their car to enter the mall, Hill said. “For them, this unfortunate

event was over,” Hill said. But moments later, Goldberg “revved his engine at a high rate of speed and took off, and drove directly at these people,” Hill said. Goldberg then either lost control of his car or intentionally drove his car over a curb and into another car, he said. Goldberg, Hill said, then got out of his car and drew a knife. He began fighting with the man from the other car, stabbed him in the back and cut him on his

right arm and left cheek. The woman from the other car tried to intervene, and at some point in the fight, Goldberg stabbed her in the abdomen, which Hill said caused “life-threatening injuries,” requiring immediate surgery. Dennis Hines of Bethesda, the owner of the other car that Goldberg allegedly plowed into, told The Gazette he came out of the mall to find “two bloody people” and his car “smashed from the back and pushed out of its parking space.” Police soon found Goldberg outside of a California Pizza Kitchen on the upper level of the mall parking garage, along with his daughter, 2. The knife he allegedly used in the attack was still in his car, according to his charging documents. “This was a very serious case of road rage ... he’s demonstrated he’s a danger to the public,” Hill said. The woman is in a local hospital and unlikely to be released for at least four to five days, he said. Hill also said Goldberg had been the subject of a peace order in 2010 and owned swords and other weapons in his house, a statement that caused Gold-

berg to begin emphatically shaking his head. Goldberg, who lives with his mother in Potomac, said little during the hearing. A half-dozen relatives appeared in court but declined to speak to reporters after the bail review. Goldberg’s attorney, Paul Chung, had asked for reasonable bail, saying Goldberg was not a flight risk or danger to anyone else and didn’t have a criminal history. “As tragic as it appears ... based on statement of probable cause prepared by the Montgomery County Police Department, it’s clear that Goldberg drove away on two prior occasions,” Chung said, adding that he believed a different version of events would come to light as the case progressed. Chung said Goldberg worked two jobs and earned his GED diploma in 2007. He also said that while in jail, Goldberg had been unable to take his presciption medications. “There appears to be no motivation for what occurred here,” Everngam said, denying bail. Goldberg has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 5.

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throughout Muddy Branch to build a “sense of community.” “We don’t have a town center or rural village that can bring people together ... [so] we conduct activities to build community spirit,” Drazan said. The organization also worked with Johns Hopkins University on its plans for Belward Farm. It advocated to cut development and move the proposed new Johns Hopkins University Science City research and laboratory space construction away from homes in North Potomac, Westleigh, Mission Hills and Washingtonian Woods. The association secured funding for the construction of the North Potomac Community Recreation Center. The $37 million construction project is a 33,000-square-foot recreation center that will include an exercise room, a social hall, a kitchen, a community lounge and conference rooms. But according to Montgomery County’s Capital Improvement Program for fiscal years 2013-2018, the project’s design is completed, but construction has been delayed due to fiscal constraints. Construction is scheduled to start in the fall or winter of 2013. “There is such a value in having a group of people that are monitoring issues in the community,” said Sandy Vogelgesang, public relations officer at the Montgomery County Civic Federation, a countywide group that promotes cooperation between neighborhood associations. Vogelgesang said a civic association speaks up for the community and looks out for changes in the area. “There is no substitution to have such representation,” Vogelgesang said.

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ing,” said Dan Drazan, the association’s current president. Drazan said it was an honor to serve the community, but it is time to move on to other projects. The other two board members are Rick Terselic, the vice president, and Julie Krieger, the secretary. Both have said they want to spend more time with family and on other priorities, according to Drazan. Drazan has led the organization for six years and has volunteered with the organization for almost a decade. Normally, new officers would be chosen when, at a board meeting, someone volunteered to serve, but no one has stepped forward. Without new leaders, Drazan said, the only option would be to “officially close” the association’s door on Dec. 31, 2013, dissolving the corporate charter, terminating the website and cancelling insurance and all other activities. “The board has done all they can for the community and for the organization ... and we were pretty successful on building a sense of community,” Drazan said. The organization was formed in 1987 and has a few hundred members, he said. The membership fee is $25 per year. The association has been an advocate on many projects in the community, such as the building of the Quince Orchard Library, widening and repaving roads, constructing walking and biking paths, and building Travilah Fire Station 32, which is due to open in January 2014. Drazan said the organization held North Potomac appreciation day and hosted hikes

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Restaurant health inspection reports are the latest part of a dispute between Rockville restaurant chain Silver Diner and a union that wants to organize some of its workers. Unite Here — a New York labor union representing workers in industries that include food service, hotels and manufacturing — recently sent news releases to media outlets highlighting inspection reports of Silver Diner. The union said inspectors found 260 total food safety violations, including 78 “critical” violations, since Jan. 1, 2012, at Silver Diner’s 15 restaurants in Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey. Silver Diner has corrected all critical violations and is in good standing with county health regulations in all three states, said Vicki Bendure, a Silver Diner spokeswoman. “All 15 Silver Diner restaurants are in compliance with local health and food safety regulations,” Bendure said. “If they were not in good standing, they would be closed. Silver Diner’s record in Montgomery County is particularly good.” Unite Here is unfairly targeting the chain because of a months-long union dispute, she said. “They have picketed res-

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taurants and handed out flyers,” Bendure said. “They have no other reason to have an interest in Silver Diner other than an attempt to organize Silver Diner employees.” The union is in the midst of an organizing campaign at Silver Diner’s Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport location, said Meghan Cohorst, a Unite Here spokeswoman. The case has involved the National Labor Relations Board, which in June issued a complaint against Silver Diner, alleging intimidation of workers involved in union activity. That complaint was settled when Silver Diner agreed to read a notice to workers with a NLRB representative present and not to interfere with union activity. But that was not the driving factor behind the union sending out news releases on the inspection reports, Cohorst said. “Some of what we do is to look at and analyze restaurants’ inspection reports and other public reports associated with businesses in our industries,” Cohorst said. “In the course of reviewing Silver Diner, we came upon these inspection reports and thought that they would be something that would interest the public.” Unite Here has analyzed inspections and other reports of businesses besides Silver Diner, she added. That type of tactic is pretty typical, Bendure said, citing a website that she said detailed excesses by the union. Silver

Diner has never been involved with unions in the past, she said. “There was some changeover in management at BWI Airport, and I believe that’s what triggered this,” Bendure said. “Unite Here saw an opportunity.” Silver Diner has a strong family and community culture, with many managers working their way up from servers and remaining with the company for a long time, Bendure said. The company also is heavily involved in the community and has raised about $450,000 for area schools through a customer card program called “Eat Well, Do Well” and school fundraisers, she said.

More than 60 closure notices to other food service facilities A check of Montgomery County health department inspection reports of restaurants and other food-service establishments in the past two years showed 64 closure notices were handed out, but none of those went to Silver Diner. The chain’s restaurants in Gaithersburg and Rockville have had seven inspections since Jan. 1, 2012. Both received two critical violations for not storing food at the proper temperature, according to records from the county Health and Human Services’ Licensure and Regulatory Services. Those were noted as being corrected at the time of inspection.

That Unite Here has not gone after any of the food establishments in Montgomery that received closure notices gives Silver Diner executives more reason to believe they are being unfairly targeted, Bendure said. In the past two years, county inspectors have handed out about 4,000 critical violations, with more than 98 percent of those corrected before they receive a closure notice, according to county records. Almost 10,000 food-service sites passed without receiving any critical violations. The overwhelming majority of closure notices are temporary, with most establishments correcting the problems “fairly quickly,” said Kenneth Welch, environmental health manager in the county’s licensure and regulatory services unit. “The time period is dependent on the closure violation,” he said. “Cold and hot holding violations can be corrected on site. Others, such as vermin control, may take a few days until they are able to clean, bring in a pest control business and properly treat.” Establishment owners who receive closure notices usually meet with county officials to review what is needed to regain compliance. A re-inspection fee of $100 during business hours is charged after closures. The county can issue steeper fines and seek judge’s orders if the facility refuses to comply. kshay@gazette.net

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HoneyBaked Ham reopens in Gaithersburg Franchisees Jeff and Barbara Wahlbrink were looking for a new location for their HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Cafe when their previous lease expired in May and they hoped to open in a new spot this summer. They just reopened in the Walnut Hill Shopping Center, 16529 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Family-owned and -operated, HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Cafe offers “premium products that bring families and friends together to celebrate, plus a taste of that same quality in affordable, healthy lunches,” according to the Wahlbrinks. The restaurant offers dine-in, carry-out, catering and delivery services. Its hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. More information is at myhoneybakedstore.com/gaithersburg/2205 or 301-527-8777. It’s also at facebook.com/HBHGaithersburg.

Italian tile store opens in Rockville Italo Ceramica, a ceramic tile retailer with 36 stores in Europe, has opened its first U.S. showroom at 725 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Besides the 8,500-square-foot showroom, the Italian residential tile supplier and designer has an adjoining 20,000-square-foot warehouse, according to a news release. “We are excited to apply our overseas experience to the American market,” said Paul Abbott, the company’s general manager. The showroom’s hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 301637-0026 or go to www.italoceramica.com.

Bakery opens in Poolesville Zaglio’s Bakery Cafe is now open in Poolesville. The independently owned cake and dessert shop first welcomed customers on Nov. 18. The menu offers cakes, cupcakes, pies, pastries, shortbread and a variety of caffeinated beverages. Owner Amanda Bochain also takes orders for custom cakes. The bakery is at 19639 Fisher Ave. and is open on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The bakery opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. To contact Zaglio’s Bakery Cafe, call 240-489-3175 or email customerservice@ zaglios.com. For more information, visit zaglios.com.

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SCHOOL LIFE VOICES IN EDUCATION n Age: 64.

Robert Thomas

n Job title: Freelance science writer and team leader, AAAS/SSE STEM Volunteer Program, Montgomery County. n Hometown: Bridgend, Glamorganshire, South Wales, U.K. n Education: Undergraduate degree in pure and applied chemistry and graduate degree in analytical chemistry, both at Gwent College, University of Wales, U.K. n Family: Wife, Donna Marie; two daughters in college: Deryn, 21 at Boston College, and Glenna, 18, at Colgate University. n Hobby/Favorite vacation spot: Making beer and wine/Swiss Alps. n Lesson to live by: Based on our knowledge, expertise and professional experience, we all have a duty to give something back to our local communities. This is the driving force behind my desire to give students a greater appreciation of science, by connecting it to the real world.

Robert Thomas is a science writer and team leader for the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Senior Scientists and Engineers STEM Volunteer Program in Montgomery County. He was interviewed Thursday. Please tell me about your organization and what you do in Montgomery County schools.

We are a group of retired scientists who wanted to give back [to the community]. We work with science teachers. We have a lot of experience and can bring a valuable world perspective on what science means. We support the teachers, we do not teach on our own. We rely on the teacher to dictate the tone of the class, what’s being taught. We are there to help and lend expertise, to bring activity to make science exciting for the students. What are your responsibilities?

There is no one typical volunteer because we are in high schools, middle school and a few elementary schools. The partnership is worked out between the volunteer and the teacher. It’s basically what the teacher needs and what the volunteer is comfortable with. How do you get teachers interested

ers. This is my fifth year. I am an analytic chemist. Since I’m in high school I give a lot of talks and make real-life applications, though a lot of our teachers do hands-on experiments, especially in the middle schools. I go one day each week and, this year, work with five classes, with three different teachers. With about 30 students per class, that is about 150 students. Over all, [in Montgomery County], we impact between 7,000 and 7,500 students per week. I just love working with the kids. I’m hoping to get the kids to know science can be fun. I have a whole pack of props that I demonstrate to them. I tend not to worry about the curriculum, I leave that to the teacher.

in your program and volunteers to work with them?

Every summer we get about 20 minutes to present [our program] before science teachers, mostly middle and high school, because most elementary schools don’t have dedicated science teachers. We make a pitch for our program and we get between 15 and 20 schools that sign up. In early September we have a new volunteer orientation meeting. Our program in the Washington, D.C., region has been going since 2005. I’ve been involved since 2008. There are about 120 volunteers total in the region. In Montgomery County there are about 50, a small group of whom are still working. This year we have doubled our recruitment efforts. I got invited to an elementary principals’ meeting in early October, there were about 600 people there. I had a table with information and we got 27 principals who signed up and asked for a volunteer. Now we have to place volunteers in the elementary schools who want our program and we don’t have the volunteers. That’s my dilemma.

How would an interested scientist or engineer get in touch with you about the program?

Visit our website: www.seniorscientist.org.

“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 e-mail Peggy McEwan at pmcewan@gazette.net.

What is your personal experience with the program?

I work at Sherwood High School, [Sandy Spring], with the chemistry teach-

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Kennedy students cook up food and friendships

but also must submit a resume and complete a job interview and other activities that relate to SkillsUSA. Earning the statesman award were Eduardo Adum,

Chopping, mixing, stirring and pouring, students from the

John F. Kennedy High School

International Baccalaureate Program Cultures and Cuisine Club were busy one day last week creating an American Indian meal to celebrate Native American Heritage Month and Thanksgiving. “We meet one time a month and each month select a different country to learn about and make foods from,” said Stacy Wahrman, an International Baccalaureate resource teacher and club sponsor at the Silver Spring school. “I think a lot of the value is about helping [the students] understand cultural differences.” Wahrman said they discuss each country and talk about how food is connected to geography and history. “It’s a great way for kids to share their heritage,” she said. “Parents sometimes come in to talk about their culture.” On the Nov. 13 menu were buffalo-meat chili with fry bread, baked acorn squash with hazelnuts and honey, bean and corn salad, cranberry-apple juice and maple candy — which didn’t harden as it was supposed to, so some of the students poured it on their fry bread. Konrad Olson, a junior, said that made it taste like a funnel cake. “I really think this is an amazing opportunity. [International Baccalaureate] is all about raising our cultural consciousness and there is no better way than by cooking,” said senior Eseme Koge. It was also a time for having fun and getting to know the International Baccalaureate students from other grades. The 16 students at the gathering were working seriously but also having fun.

Adonis Corvoisier, Angelo DiPasquale and Joshua Thompson, network operations; Benjamin Connors and Pornpim Phorntavewat, restaurant management; Amanda Gamage, Zachary Hough and Vivi Lethanh, graphics; Michael Prebble and Jayvon Sneed, electricity; Alison Coyne, interior design; and Dari Diaz, cosmetology 3. PEGGY MCEWAN/THE GAZETTE

Students in the International Baccalaureate Program Cultures and Cuisine Club at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring cut acorn squash as they prepare a meal of American Indian foods Nov. 13. At left is International Baccalaureate resource teacher Stacy Wahrman, who coordinates the club. As the cooking progressed, several students quoted lines from Shakespeare, testing each other’s knowledge. Another group started singing winter holiday songs such as “Winter Wonderland” and another responded with their rendition of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” “Every day they amaze me,” Wahrman said. While the chili simmered, students fried the bread dough and mixed the salad. Others washed the knives, bowls and cutting boards. Everyone seemed more than willing to pitch in and help. “I like it,” said senior Caitlin Deyto. “We get to learn about cultures but at the same time it brings us together, especially because we are all in one program and in high school people are wondering where they belong.” Finally it was time to sit down and enjoy the meal together. The singing and banter stopped. All was quiet. Was it good? “Yes, yes,” they nodded, not wanting to stop eating to talk. Next month: a cooking tour of Germany for holiday treats

to include potato latkes and a traditional holiday cake from Konrad’s family.

Tech students compete in state conference Fourteen students from

Thomas Edison High School of Technology in Silver Spring

participated in the Maryland SkillsUSA Fall Leadership Conference Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Ocean City. Thirteen of them earned statesman awards and one, Sara Pugh of the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, earned the advanced statesman award. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Its mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible citizens. For the statesman award, students must answer 25 questions orally about SkillsUSA, including questions related to the group’s pledge and shield. The advanced statesman candidate has questions to answer

The students also participated in a scarecrow-decorating competition. The Edison scarecrow, named Tom Eddy, represented the school’s programs. For example, the head was a light bulb; the eyes and mouth were car parts; the arms were metal tubes from heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; the hands were made from wood with fake fingernails; the shirt was designed by the graphics students last year; the feet were bricks cut to look like shoes; and the scarecrow was holding a tray with a blue print on it and fake fruit. Tom Eddy won first place. More than 400 students from around Maryland attended the conference.

Edison tech students donate computer lab The Montgomery County Students Information Technology Foundation’s network operations class at Thomas Edison High School in Silver Spring will hold its annual computer lab gifting ceremony at 9 a.m. Thursday at the school. This year’s recipient of the computer lab will be Rehabilitation Opportunities of Germantown. The nonprofit provides individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to do meaningful work and acquire the technical skills required by

many employers. It will use the lab to expand its clients’ skills and access to job opportunities. The Edison students reconditioned six computers with operating systems, monitors, keyboards, mice and a printer for the donation. The project provides an opportunity for the students to put into practice their computer skills, earn student service learning hours and develop a deeper appreciation for charity and community involvement. The nonprofit foundation was established cooperatively by the Montgomery County business community and school district. It provides hands-on training for high school students to earn computer certifications that will prepare them for higher education opportunities or entry into the information technology job market. More information about the foundation is at itfcareers.org and foundationsfb.org.

Rockville school plans open house St. Patrick’s School in Rock-

ville will hold an open house from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the school, 4101 Norbeck Road. St. Patrick’s is an accredited, pre-kindergarten through grade eight Catholic school and is part of the Archdiocese of Washington. For more information call 301-929-9672, email office@ stpatrickadw.org or visit www. stpatrickadw.org.

High school musicals on stage this week County high schools will present several musicals this month. • Clarksburg High School: “A Year with Frog and Toad,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 22500 Wims Road. Tickets: $7, $5 for students. The 90-minute

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show is appropriate for all ages. To purchase tickets visit montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/ clarksburghs. • Walt Whitman High School: “Miss Saigon,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7100 Whittier Blvd. Bethesda. Tickets: $10 for students, $15 for adults and $20 for reserved seating. They can be purchased online at whitmandrama. ticketleap.com or whitmandramatickets@gmail.com. Tickets are also for sale on show nights beginning at 5:30 p.m. Cash and checks only at box office, credit cards only accepted online. This show may not be suitable for children under 13. Proceeds will be donated to Team River Runners, a national, volunteer-supported adaptive and therapeutic adventurepaddling program that serves wounded and disabled veterans, and their families. Information: teamriverrunner.org. Information about the play: whitmandrama.com or Caroline Duffy at whitmandrama@ gmail.com.

Christian school students in spelling bee Students from Living Grace Christian School in Montgom-

ery Village participated in the Association of Christian Schools International District Spelling Bee on Nov. 5. Eighth-graders Vanessa Chavez and Kimberly Ruiz; seventh-graders Andrew Bolton and Dannette Vendeuvre; sixthgraders Eugenio Escalante and Liliana Gomez; and fifth-graders Aileen Navarrete and Emily Parr represented Living Grace. Liliana won third place for her grade and Vanessa won fourth place in hers. In the final spell-off with the winners from all grades, Vanessa won fourth place. She now advances to the regional bee in February in Lancaster County, Pa.


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The Rev. Delman Coates, the running mate of gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur, speaks in Silver Spring on Nov. 13. Behind him are Debra Mizeur (left) and her wife, Heather Mizeur, along with Coates’ wife, Yolanda Coates, and son Joshua, 7.

Mizeur touts charisma, passion of Coates, her running mate All three Democratic tickets have ties to Prince George’s County n

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KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER

In her bid to be Maryland’s next governor, Del. Heather Mizeur introduced her running mate, the Rev. Delman Coates — a Prince George’s County pastor and political newcomer — to supporters in Silver Spring on Wednesday. From afar, it might seem like an unlikely pairing — a black Baptist minister and a white lesbian — but Mizeur said her and Coates’ progressive values and vision for Maryland align perfectly. Coates, 40, brings charisma, passion and loyalty to the campaign, as well as a talent for community engagement, said Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park, who also is 40. A Mizeur-Coates ticket rounds out the Democratic field and shifts focus to Prince George’s County as a battleground in the June 2014 primary, as each Democratic ticket includes a candidate from that county.

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler’s running mate, Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Dist. 47), lives in Cheverly. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown is a Mitchellville resident. His lieutenant governor candidate is Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. As of October 2012, Prince George’s had 443,643 enrolled Democrats, the most of any jurisdiction in Maryland and about 22 percent of the state’s total. The next highest was Montgomery, with 345,449 Democrats. Having never held or run for office, Coates is admittedly new to politics — but not new to public service, he said. “There is a saying that we say in some faith circles. It says a shepherd ought to smell like sheep,” he said. As a pastor, Coates said, he has devoted his ministry to serving people not moving in establishment circles. “It’s that connection and contact with the people that qualifies me for this opportunity,” he said. Among African-American clergy leaders, there is precendent of moving from pastoral service into political service, he said.

“Nothing says that you have to be an elected official for 10, 20, 30 years in order to qualify for elected office,” he said. “I have a discernible record of leadership.” A local example of the dual role of pastor and legislator is C. Anthony Muse, a state senator from Prince George’s and bishop at Ark of Safety Christian Church in Upper Marlboro. Voters might recognize Coates, a Fort Washington resident, from the 2012 campaign for same-sex marriage, when he appeared in ads supporting a ballot question to uphold the legislature’s newly passed law. Nationally, Coates is known for his work on social justice and combating inequalities, according to Mizeur’s campaign. Others might recognize him as the senior pastor at Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton. Since 2004 he has led the church, growing its membership to 8,000. He said will continue to preach and lead the church it even while on the campaign trail. Coates and his wife, Yolanda, have two sons, ages 10 and 7, and 4-year-old twin girls.

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Keeping outside money out

On its face, Douglas F. Gansler’s push to limit thirdparty advertising in the Maryland gubernatorial race looks like a reasonable step toward campaign purity. Gansler has challenged his rivals in the 2014 Democratic to make a promise: If an outside group buys an ad in a candidate’s favor, that candidate — as a self-imposed penalty — will donate half of the cost of that ad to a charity. In theory, this could dissuade outside groups from buying air time, if it would squeeze the coffers of the group’s preferred candidate. There’s no question that the free flow of money can alter political races through attack ads intended to win over the uniformed and the easily influenced. “It is easy to talk about reform, the test is — are you willing to do something to keep outside money out of Maryland,” Gansler said in a campaign news release. “The Candidates Pledge is a chance to do just that. It is a chance not to talk, but to act.” In Massachusetts, U.S. Senate candidates Scott Brown (R) and Elizabeth Warren (D) signed the same pledge in 2012. It’s worth noting that that was a general election, in which partisan attacks are more likely to dominate a race. This is a party primary; third-party groups aren’t as likely to lob damaging attack ads that could benefit Republican candidates in November. Strategically, Gansler’s proposal could be seen as protecting an advantage his ticket had in campaign cash as of January 2013 (new totals won’t be known until a January 2014 filing). Or it might be perceived as a muffling of outside voices, as the Brown-Ulman ticket racks up scores of endorsements. Suppressing outside spending is also attractive for a candidate whose campaign started with two controversies that can easily be skewered in 30-second TV segments. We could get behind a movement that helps keeps the focus on the issues and handcuffs the mudslingers. But we don’t see this pledge as a guarantee that dirt and sleaze won’t permeate the race; candidates and their operatives are plenty good at doing that on their own. Pledge or not, nothing stops the candidates from calling off attack dogs, even if they are officially unaffiliated with their campaigns. We suggest a simpler, stronger pledge that candidates can control: No distortions in campaign speeches, ads and mailings. When your facts and allegations are challenged, provide proof. Win on your merits, not at all costs.

A useless test

Karen Acton, President/Publisher

Silver Spring needs a park

When Montgomery County’s downtown plan for Bethesda was being implemented during the 1980s and ’90s, the one significant oversight made was the faddish addiction to hard-surface urban plazas to the exclusion of any sizable green park in the city center. No city a century ago would have committed such an error. Downtown Silver Spring is much larger than downtown Bethesda, it has been successfully redeveloping per our 1993 and2000downtownsectorplans, and yet, like Bethesda, it has no green park anywhere in the city

center (the few parks at its distant edges do not, and cannot, serve the growing downtown population, whose many residents and workers will only increase in the coming years). Yet there happens to exist today a sizable, publicly owned green space at the city’s center — it adjoins the Transit Center. A corner of that space is currently planned to be just one more small, urban plaza. Let’s not repeat the same mistake. Let’s elevate our vision. Let’s make the city of Silver Spring even grander in the future. I propose that that sizable

green tract be re-imagined and then planned and developed into a true public park, complete with grass and trees, and lounging people. A lovely, peaceful oasis in the middle of a bustling town. A short generation from now people will be grateful that we had the foresight to create such a public green area in the heart of the downtown. This is our one shot at it. We should do this. We should start now.

Gus Bauman, Silver Spring

The writer was the chairman of the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission.

Talking about underage drinking

Students weren’t created to take tests. Tests were created to assess students. Accordingly, Tiferet Ani, a social studies teacher in the Quince Orchard cluster, has a great idea. The state is phasing out the Maryland School Assessments in favor of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers test, which won’t arrive until next year. Students are scheduled to take the MSAs — a grueling process that can eat up as much as an entire week of a student’s schooling — in the spring even though the data won’t mean much. Ani has started a petition on MoveOn.org calling on the state school superintendent, Lillian Lowery, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr, state lawmakers and Gov. Martin O’Malley to refuse to administer the test. “It is an outdated test, the scores will not be looked at, and it is a waste of taxpayer money and instructional time for students,” her petition reads. More than 700 people have signed the petition. Ani, a seventh-year teacher, offers her students — and the adults charged with overseeing their education — a great lesson in common sense. Why force children to take a useless test? That question might seem rhetorical, but it has a direct answer. The students must take the test because federal law says they must; at least, that’s the reasoning from the Maryland State Department of Education. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a major piece of legislation from LBJ’s “War on Poverty,” requires that certain students be tested each year on reading and math with a state-approved assessment, state education department spokesman William Reinhard told Gazette reporter Lindsay A. Powers. Reinhard insists the MSA is not a useless test. “It’s imperfect, but it’s important to continue testing students,” he said. Starr has been a vocal critic of placing too much value on standardized tests. We urge Starr, bolstered by Ani’s lesson in common sense, to convince federal education regulators that Maryland kids deserve a break from the tests.

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Recent media coverage of a beach week party gives parents and under-21s alike multiple opportunities to apply critical-thinking skills to the beach-week tradition, parent and youth responsibilities regarding underage drinking, and upholding personal integrity by admitting a mistake without ambiguous, defensive language. ... [“Gansler’s soul searching,” editorial, Oct. 30] To define their own moral compass, parents first need to decide whether they would want another adult, whom they might not even know, to intervene if that adult observed their child in a risky or illegal situation and contact them, for the sake of their child’s safety and well-being. If a parent does

want this action taken, he/she should be prepared to do the same for other children. Underage drinking is not a rite of passage. ... Parents can set limits on beach week — or any teen gathering — from saying “no” to requiring law-abiding adults actively supervise the event, and the parents of any youth who breaks any law will be called to pick up their child. Let us give our children the message that when you make a mistake, take full responsibility with clear language that you were wrong, what you learned, and how you will make amends if possible, or at least how you will be more responsible in the future. Under 21s, you know right from wrong and the legal drink-

ing age, and you are still a few years out from a mature frontal lobe. Talk with your parents about how to define safe vs. dangerous risks (those that do irreversible harm to self and/or others), and whether a dangerous risk is worth putting your future on the line. You are smart enough to do the right thing, if you just give yourself the chance! Whatever mistakes parents or under 21s make, regardless of how many times or their rationale, both groups have an opportunity to grow and improve, and nothing is forcing them to repeat any mistake.

Patty Winters, Derwood The writer is the coordinator of the Brave and Bold Coalition.

The Gazette publishes on the front page happy photos and articles featuring Christmas, Easter, Jewish holidays, Halloween and the return of the spring blossoms. Until you realize that Norooz, Eid and Diwali are being equally joyfully celebrated by an increasing number of people and report on them on the front page (as opposed to a back page), neither the government nor the people in general will see the slighting of the holidays by the county public schools as a problem. Norooz is one of the most important Persian holidays, regardless of the religion of the immigrants. However, it routinely falls during the county’s MSA spring testing schedule and both students have staff have to make the hard decision of whether to celebrate the holiday and miss work school at a time they are told no absences are allowed. I am happy to have my (Jewish) holidays recognized, though sometimes misunderstood. Until The Gazette does a better job of informing the public at large of the other annual cultural celebrations, there will not be a big shift in the government, nor in the support of the constituency. So, get with it, Gazette!

Angie Loomis, Chevy Chase

Historic vote ahead on drinking water County Council members will soon face a historic decision, one which will impact future residents for generations, and one for which they will certainly be remembered. The Ten Mile Creek watershed and the Little Seneca Reservoir are the finest water resources in the county. Ten Mile Creek is the county’s “reference” water source, meaning that its unsurpassed quality in the area is used to measure the quality of all other creeks. And the Little Seneca reservoir is the best source of backup drinking water in times of crisis and drought, not only for Montgomery County but for more than 4 million people in the Washington, D.C., metro area. These last, best drinking water resources are now at risk of being irrevocably degraded

by the county planning board’s recommendation to allow extensive development along the entire watershed. Apparently swayed by developers’ claims that they can “mitigate” damage with new “pollution management” practices, the planning board has recommended rampant building that will drain directly into this last-of-its-kind resource. This claim of “pollution management” is dubious to any reasonable observer, and the planning board heard testimony from experts that in fact there is there is no evidence that this type of “management” can maintain these pristine resources anywhere near their current condition. In fact, they heard evidence that it will almost certainly fail. In addition, Gazette readers know, from

long experience, the track record of developers in the county, particularly in the Clarksburg area. The current council members may intend to hold developers accountable, but they cannot ensure that future officials will be so vigilant. In fact, based on the past we can expect that they will not. Only acting at this key moment will prevent that predictable and irreversible outcome. I therefore call on council members to be stewards for the future: Make the historic decision to save these last-of-their-kind Montgomery County drinking water resources. Generations to come will be affected by their votes, and they will be remembered.

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Continued from Page A-1 assassinations committee determined were present in the Bethesda examination room 50 years ago, only a handful remain alive. Walter Reed does not have anyone still working there who can comment on the autopsy, but a historian at the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery was preparing an information packet Tuesday about the autopsy and Navy medicine, said Katie Mollet, a medical center spokeswoman. James Curtis Jenkins, one of the few present at the autopsy still alive, is scheduled to speak this weekend during a conference in Dallas on the assassination organized by JFK Lancer Productions and Publications. Jenkins, who then was a lab technician at the Bethesda hospital and could not be reached for comment, told William Law, who interviewed Jenkins and others for his book, “In the Eye of History: Bethesda Hospital Medical Evidence in the JFK Assassination,” that physicians were ordered to “follow a scenario” during autopsy proceedings. Jenkins said that any time doctors “stepped outside that scenario, they got slapped,” Law said in an interview. “That could be why Dr. Humes burned his notes.” In his 1977 testimony, Humes said he was “distressed” over allegations of being involved in a cover-up, which he called “totally ridiculous.” He reiterated his testimony before the Warren Commission, formed in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate the killing. Humes said he believed only two gunshots struck Kennedy and both came from behind. But when asked if he could say the shots came from above, Humes stopped short. Accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was thought by the Warren Commission to have shot at Kennedy from behind and above, from the sixth floor of the nearby Texas School Book Depository. “I think behind is probably the most one can say from the anatomical findings,” Humes testified in 1977. Humes expounded on the

case during testimony in 1996 before the Assassination Records Review Board, formed by Congress to review decisions related to records on the assassination. He acknowledged burning an original draft of the autopsy report that was not stained with Kennedy’s blood because he “didn’t want anything to remain that some squirrel would grab on and make whatever use that they might.” “That was my decision and mine alone,” Humes said. WALLY MCNAMEE/THE WASHINGTON POST

‘Hysterical’ scene The scene in that Bethesda examination room was “hysterical,” with a large contingent of officials and medical professionals in the room, Humes testified in 1977. Kennedy’s wife, Jacqueline, and brother Robert remained at the hospital, and a crowd gathered outside on the grounds. “How we kept our wits about us as well as we did is amazing to me,” Humes said. “There was no question but we were being urged to expedite this examination as quickly as possible. … We made every effort to put aside [such urgings] and approach this investigation in as scientific a manner as we could. But did it harass us and cause difficulty? Of course it did; how could it not?” Dr. J. Thornton Boswell, chief of pathology at the Bethesda hospital in 1963, who also signed the autopsy report, testified before the House committee in 1977 that Rear Adm. George Burkley, who was Kennedy’s personal physician and among those present at the autopsy, imposed only one “immaterial” constraint on them. They had “caught Oswald and that they needed the bullet to complete the case,” said Thornton, who died in 2010. “We were told initially that’s what we should do, is to find the bullet.” After the pathologists determined there was no bullet inside Kennedy but only fragments, Burkley, who died in 1991, agreed that “we should continue and do a complete autopsy,” Thornton said. Humes added that he understood Burkley’s position as he was concerned about the emotional state of the Kennedy

Her stockings and dress soiled, widowed first lady Jacqueline Kennedy reaches for the door of the ambulance carrying the body of her slain husband at Andrews Air Force Base in Camp Springs on Nov. 22, 1963.

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Dr. Michael Baden testifies in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 7, 1978, with X-rays and drawings, along with the coat and shirt President John F. Kennedy was wearing when he was assassinated. family. “He was in hopes that the examination could achieve its goal in as expedient a manner as possible,” Humes said. Shenon’s book describes how the morgue at the Bethesda hospital had been renovated with new equipment just a few weeks earlier. “It was spacious by the standards of military hospitals, about twenty-five by thirty feet, with a dissecting table fixed to the floor in the center,” Shenon wrote. “A closed-circuit television camera had been installed so audiences across the street at the National Institutes of Health … could observe at a distance.” But no one switched on that camera for the Kennedy autopsy, which Humes later said he wished had occurred to help end speculation about the proceedings. The House committee medical panel, headed by former

New York City chief medical examiner Michael Baden, concurred with the Warren Commission and Bethesda autopsy pathologists that two bullets had struck Kennedy from behind. But there was a key dissenter, former Allegheny County, Pa., coroner Cyril Wecht, who disagreed that a single bullet struck Kennedy and then caused all of the wounds to Texas Gov. John Connally, who was riding in the car with Kennedy. “Without the single-bullet theory, there cannot be one assassin, whether it is Oswald or anybody else,” Wecht testified in 1978. He also raised questions about the “remote” possibility of another shot fired from the right side or lower right rear that could have struck Kennedy at the same time a shot struck him in the back of the head. Another controversial ques-

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tion related to the autopsy concerned whether a neck wound was an entrance or exit wound. Doctors and nurses in Dallas who tried to save Kennedy’s life described the neck wound as an entry wound, but Baden testified in 1978 that emergency room personnel are not “trained in distinguishing some of the fine points of differences between entrance and exit gunshot wounds because this does not have much pertinence to treatment and therapy.” The neck wound had “some characteristics of an exit wound because of its smallness and roundness, which may have been, in part, due to the fact that it came out right beneath the collar and tie of the president where the skin was held fairly firm,” Baden said.

Conspiracy sentiment still strong A recent Gallup poll showed that 61 percent of Americans believe others besides Oswald were involved in Kennedy’s killing. That’s down from 75 percent a decade ago. Among those who professed questions in recent years was James W. Sibert, a former FBI agent who took notes in the Bethesda autopsy room for the federal agency. Sibert, who died in 2012, was quoted in numerous published reports as late as 2009 that he didn’t “buy the single-bullet theory.” Law interviewed Sibert numerous times for his book, in-

cluding at Sibert’s Florida home. “He thought the back wound was too low to be part of the single-bullet theory,” Law said. “He said he often wondered if the shooter used an exploding bullet.” Sibert also told Law that when Kennedy’s body reached Bethesda, his cranium appeared to be empty of a brain. The issue of what happened to Kennedy’s brain remains another mystery. Humes and Boswell told the assassinations review board that they placed the remains of the brain in a stainless-steel container during the autopsy and then examined it two or three days later. Humes said he gave the brain remains to Burkley and did not see them again. The remains reportedly were taken from the White House to the National Archives in 1965, according to the House assassinations committee, but they turned up missing in 1966. The House assassinations committee “was not able to determine precisely what happened to the missing materials,” the panel said in its report. The committee added that Robert F. Kennedy “most likely acquired possession of, or at least personal control over, these materials.” Many doubt such questions will ever be fully resolved. “A lot of key witnesses and people who knew important information have died and taken evidence with them,” Shenon said. “It will likely remain a mystery.” kshay@gazette.net


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Damascus High School’s Carly Marella jumps for joy with teammates following the defeat of La Plata on Saturday.

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There are high school football teams in Maryland that have 23-plus spare players on the sidelines who might not even get on the field for a single play all season. Then there’s the Poolesville High School football team, which made its second consecutive postseason appearance in Friday’s loss to two-time defending Maryland Class 2A state champion Middletown, with a 26-person roster, only 23 of whom were active the majority of the season. Middletown, a school in the same classification, had 51 players listed on its roster. The challenges facing a program of Poolesville’s (7-4) size are endless. Some days the Falcons didn’t have enough players at practice to do 11-on-11 drills and sometimes the fatigue factor sets in late in games since many players have to play just about every snap of every game — just to name a couple. “We do what we can with what we have and getting two consecutive [playoff appearances] is special for anyone,” junior quarterback Steven Morningstar said. “[The biggest challenge] is depth. We have a lot of guys who have to go both ways. Someone gets injured and the next kid has to step up big time because he’s probably the only kid left.

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As early-season practices were getting underway in August and coaches were trying to get a feel for their teams, Damascus High School coach Becky Ronquillo said she was sure of at least one thing. She had four “impact players.” Over the course of the season, those players — Madi Wyatt, Carly Marella, Annika Schwartz and Alex Nelligan — accrued a variety of much less formal names from their coach and fellow students. In a single press conference, Ronquillo, the

coach of the eventual 3A state championship winning team, called them everything from her “babies” to “little ducklings.” The quartet labeled themselves “quadruplets” and Schwartz even glanced down to Ronquillo’s half of the table and called the coach, “Mama.” The school paper hopped aboard the nickname bandwagon, using the headline “band of sisters” in a story on them. It’s the closest team Marella says she’s ever been a part of. “So many club teams, so many co-ed teams, and just the way that our team chemistry is this year was amazing,” the senior setter said. “We all really loved each other. Annika always says, ‘We’re a big happy family,’ and we really were. And that’s saying something with 18 players. Talent is one thing but when you have that passion and that heart coming

from your gut, you can do anything.” On Saturday, that “anything” Marella spoke of was a state championship, the first in school history. And it came unusually easy for a team that, as Ronquillo says, “loves to make things interesting.” “It wouldn’t be my team if we didn’t make me worry. I keep telling them I’m going to have a heart attack before I’m 30,” she said, to which Marella responded, “You’re welcome!” Even with the “quadruplets,” Damascus made a habit of extending matches to five sets. In just the fourth match of the year, Gaithersburg took the Swarmin’ Hornets to five. Two matches later, after going up two sets to none, Damascus relinquished its undefeated season to Poolesville in five. Sherwood and

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This season was the season Thomas S. Wootton High School girls’ volleyball team wanted and more. The Patriots won an unexpected division title and followed it up with

an even more unexpected region crown. They made it not one, not two, but three rounds further in the postseason than their modest goal of two. Their only three losses came to 3A state champion Damascus, and state finalists Poolesville and Severna Park. And the best part? Coach Mary Malinauskas should return five of six starters and 10 of 12 players on the varsity roster. This includes her top six hitters — Jessica Wang, Lauren Martin, Jenny Yang, Catherine Liu,

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Colleen McKenna and Heather Bolze — 213 of the team’s 247 aces, all 70 of the Patriots’ blocks and 523 of 561 assists. The only exception — and it is a “big except,” Malinauskas said — of all the bright spots Wootton can look forward to next year is the loss of libero Emily Meyer. “Everyone except the libero, that is a big except,” the coach said after Severna Park swept the Patriots 3-0 in Nov. 13’s state semifinal. “We’re going to miss Emily

and Cara [Chao],” said hitter Lauren Martin. Meyer played a pivotal role in Wootton’s deep postseason run and region championship win over Winston Churchill. She finished with 269 digs, more than double that of any of her teammates, and was a reliable passer when Wootton needed one most. But still, as key as a libero can be in a team’s success the return of essentially an entire team with state tournament experience under its belt is invaluable, especially when

that experience came more unanticipated than any other team in the tournament. “When we started out the year, none of us believed — I don’t think any of us even imagined really that we would come to Ritchie [Coliseum] and play,” Malinauskas said before Martin interceded, saying, “We just hoped.” “Once we imagined it, and once we achieved it, I think we wish we would have done a little better,” the coach said. “But it’s a great learning experience

for them, for all of us, to know where we need to be to compete. It was great fun getting here.” As one accomplishment snowballed into another, Wootton’s goals became more and more malleable. A division title turned into a region title; one playoff win turned into two, two turned into three and so on. There was nothing the Patriots didn’t achieve that they set out to at the beginning of the year.

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two touchdowns and junior Jalen Christian added 126 yards in the loss. Urbana’s Raekwon Gray ran for 268 yards and three touchdowns. The Hawks are scheduled to play top-seeded Linganore 7 p.m. Friday in Frederick. Linganore (10-1) defeated Urbana 20-7 on Nov. 8.

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FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK BY ERIC GOLDWEIN The top-seeded Cougars beat Clarksburg 42-21 on Friday to advance to the finals. Quince Orchard gave up a touchdown on the opening possession but the team scored the game’s next four touchdowns. Senior tailback Kevin Joppy had four touchdowns and rushed for 218 yards on 35 carries in the win. “It was one of those things where we had to be patient,” Quince Orchard coach Dave Mencarini said after the game. “We had to take what they were giving us and the big plays would come. We are just happy to be playing for the regional championship.” Northwest sophomore quarterback Mark Pierce threw for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns in the Jaguars’ 36-7 semifinal victory over Gaithersburg (10-3). The two-time reigning champion Cougars defeated Northwest 41-7 in last year’s regional finals, but the Jaguars won this year’s regular season game, 35-21. The teams are scheduled to play 7 p.m. Friday in Gaithersburg. “We just got to come out tomorrow and all next week,” Northwest’s Rodney Snider said after the game. “And if we practice really hard, we’re going to beat Quince Orchard.”

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Continued from Page B-1 We have a [small] bunch of guys who can all play.” There certainly is no shortage of talent within Poolesville’s small numbers. The Falcons are far from a one-trick pony. Led by Charles Lyles’ 1,549 rushing yards, there are three players with 300 or more rushing yards and three receivers with 20 or more catches for 200-plus yards. Playmaker Cody Zinsser leads that charge with seven receiving touchdowns. Morningstar has emerged

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Continued from Page B-1 Winston Churchill would follow suit, and by the time the state semifinals with Glenelg rolled around, Ronquillo called her team “five-set pros.” Their experience against the ropes proved invaluable in the semis, when the Swarmin’ Hornets battled back to win the final two sets on a match-high 24 kills from Schwartz. “We have higher expecta-

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Northwest High School quarterback Mark Pierce carries the ball against Gaithersburg on Friday night. The sophomore threw four touchdown passes in his first playoff game.

Paint Branch rolling along

Coming up short, again

Paint Branch’s (10-1) high-powered offense scored six touchdowns in a convincing 42-7 win against Sherwood (7-4), giving the Panthers their first postseason victory since 2009. Senior quarterback Gaston Cooper continued his impressive season, throwing for 330 yards and five touchdowns in the win. His favorite target was Javonn Curry, who had 152 receiving yards and four touchdowns. “I definitely can’t say I was expecting that but we were hoping for it,” Paint Branch coach Michael Nesmith said after the win. “We were a little concerned after beating [Sherwood] soundly two weeks ago that the kids would underestimate them. Once the kids started rolling, we were able to pull away.” Paint Branch is scheduled to play Perry Hall (10-1) 7 p.m. Friday in Burtonsville. The Panthers have not won a state championship since 1975.

Another year, another one-point playoff loss for Damascus. The Swarmin’ Hornets (9-2) lost 35-34 to Urbana (9-2)

in Friday’s 3A West Region semifinals, marking the second straight postseason Damascus lost to the Hawks by one point. Damascus sophomore running back Jake Funk ran for 134 yards and

John Harris III, Jennifer Beekman, Sam Smith and Travis Mewhirter contributed to this article.

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

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Jennifer Beekman

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Dan Feldman

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as one of the county’s more dynamic quarterbacks, quick on his feet — and to make up his mind — with the ability to throw the ball down the field when necessary. “You have a quarterback that runs and can throw and it adds almost like a 12th player out there,” coach Will Gant said. “Steven has had several plays where he has created something out of nothing. Something might come across as an incomplete pass in the stats but he made eight or 10 yards by beating a sack and coming up with an incomplete pass. Second-and-10 is a whole lot different than sec-

ond-and-20.” The same aspect that presents Poolesville with the most challenges could also be the Falcons’ biggest strength. The small town that Poolesville High represents lends itself to about as close-knit a community as one can find in Montgomery County. Many players have fathers, grandfathers and cousins that suited up for Poolesville, Gant said — Morningstar said his father was a Poolesville quarterback. The Falcons play for the community, the young aspiring Falcons and that tradition, the younger Morningstar and Gant agreed. But for all the past post-

season success — 12 playoff appearances, five this century — Poolesville has yet to win a state title and has only once reached the championship game. There has always been a comparable small school team, such as Middletown or nine-time state champion Dunbar out of Baltimore, in the way. Those teams represent where Poolesville aims to be within the coming years, Zinsser and Morningstar said. The town of Poolesville has the athletes to get there, Gant said. It all starts in the youth programs, something in which he said he is becoming more and more involved with. A summer

program at the high school fell through the cracks this summer, Gant said, but that is something, along with clinics, that will be reinstated. “For us to get to [Middletown’s] level we need to keep growing from within, growing our youth system,” Gant said. “Middletown, the kids are playing from young ages and they’re running the same system [as the high school team].” That is something Gant said he hopes to implement in the near future. While numbers were down this year, Gant said he hopes the Falcons success will help draw more interest in the

program. The consecutive playoff runs ended a six-year postseason drought and Zinsser said the atmosphere surrounding Falcons football has changed drastically since his freshman season. “When [my senior class] came into high school as freshmen, the team wasn’t doing so well,” Zinsser said. “Then we got our knew coach and he got us playing harder, playing like we really wanted it. He has us more and more playing with a never give up attitude. We didn’t have a lot of players but we just grind it harder.”

cided in about 60 minutes. “It’s hard to think of something to say. We just got blasted off the floor,” Malinauskas said. “We ... uh — that was short. It felt like we were kind of just getting started. They were great. That team was great. We started off pretty unbalanced and had to try to recover and they kept

on us to make it difficult. I’m still trying to catch my breath. It all went by so quick it’s hard to even frame it.” Was that the best team they had seen? “By far,” Martin responded with nary a moment’s hesitation. “I think every single one of their players had the exact same

hard serve and I don’t think we were used to having to pass every single — all six rotations. They were getting streaks too and the streaks kind of made us fall apart.” But, even getting a shot at the Falcons in the state semifinals was something that, had Wootton simply achieved its

original goals set forth at the beginning of the season and stopped there, the Patriots would have never had at all. They would have never played in Ritchie or felt the nervous energy of the state tournament. It was just one more pleasant surprise in a season full of them.

“It’s awesome just being able to come and play here,” Meyer said. “All we wanted to do was make a deep run in the playoffs and we did and it was great to be here. I’m proud of our team.”

tions for ourselves and those second and third games we let those expectations slip so we weren’t going to settle,” Ronquillo said after Damascus topped the Gladiators to clinch a state final berth. “This wasn’t going to be our last stop.” But it was going to be the last time the Swarmin’ Hornets let a team take them the distance. In the locker room before the 7:30 p.m. state final match, Wyatt commanded the attention of her teammates. “’We’re not settling,’” she re-

calledtellingthem.‘”We’renotgoing to settle for five or four. We’re going to take it in three. We’re going to take them down in three.” This type of pregame pumpup speech had been done before, many times actually, but there was something a little different about this one. “We said that when we played Glenelg but this time we pushed ourselves,” Schwartz said. “We knew we had to do it. We knew it was our last game. We had to make it count.” Wyatt would note that this

year’s team wasn’t the most talented she had been a part of in her four seasons. When Autumn Jenkins, now with the University of Delaware, graduated without a state title in 2012, naysayers claimed it was Damascus’ last legitimate chance for a while. “We’ve been told every year when our seniors graduate that, ‘Oh, that was the last year. That was our last chance,’ ” Wyatt said. “We showed them. We came back. It’s great to win as a senior and know that you took your chance.”

As Marella said, no team had been nearly as tight-knit as Damascus was this year. They may not have been as talented as an Autumn Jenkins-led team, but they played with a little something more. “We played with the most heart of any team all four years,” said Nelligan, whose freshman sister, Isabel, finished with three aces in the state semis and finals. “I think that’s what pushed us this far and got us that win.” The mood afterwards was appropriately blissful for the

Damascus players and coaches, but with the season over, Ronquillo was forced to come to terms with the hard truth that Saturday was her final match with her “little ducklings.” “This is where I choke up,” she said. “I haven’t cried yet. They know me as pretty tough. These four are my rocks, they really are. I’m so proud of them. They really mean a lot to me, they really are like my children. I couldn’t ask for better girls.”

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Bullis wrestling coach Chris Brown does more than simply teach his students to wrestle. Brown recently competed in the 2013 World Veterans Wrestling Championship in Bosnia, and took home a bronze medal in the Greco-Roman style event and placed fifth in the Freestyle championships. The bronze medal was Brown’s fifth straight at the world championships, which are designed for athletes 35-years-old and over.

Anna Rowthorn-Apel

— NICK CAMMAROTA

Senior Walter Johnson Midfield/forward The Dartmouthbound, two-time Player of the Year led Walter Johnson with 16 goals and nine assists

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Walter Johnson High School’s Anna Rowthorn-Apel (back) scored 16 goals this season.

First team

Bethesda-Olney Academy’s Jeremy Ebobisse, Thomas Madden and Eric Matzelevich all have been selected to represent the U.S. Soccer Development Academy at an All-Star Select Match on Dec. 12 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. The event, which is part of the Academy Winter Showcase, will feature four Academy Select squads — two at the U15/16 level and two at the U17/18 level — that will play against one another.

— NICK CAMMAROTA

17 Good Counsel athletes commit to colleges Allie Band

Emily Kenul

Gabrielle Yore

Alex Yokley

Christina Ricciuti

Senior Wootton Midfield/forward

Senior Sherwood Midfield/forward

Senior Sherwood Midfield/forward

Senior Wootton Midfield/forward

Senior Sherwood Goalie

Netted 24 goals on a quartet of hat tricks for the state-finalist Patriots

Her 29 goals led all of Montgomery County; also added 16 assists

With 25 goals, she was second only to teammate Kenul in county scoring

Helped lead the Patriots to first state title berth since 1978; will play next year for UC-Berkeley

Had nine shutouts in 18 games, allowed just seven regular season goals

Dani Averill

Rachel Feidelman

Lizzy Parker

Ashley Wong

Kristyn Gaines

Senior Wootton Defense

Senior Quince Orchard Defense

Senior Quince Orchard Defense

Junior Clarksburg Midfield/forward

Senior Holy Cross Defense

Was the anchor to a Wootton back line that limited teams to four regular season goals

Ensured that no team scored more than a pair of goals in any game

Made life easier on her goalie by leading team to eight shutout wins

Scored, assisted, or did both in eight games

Unanimously selected by coaches as the WCAC Player of the Year

Coach of the year Alicia Vincenty Quince Orchard Turned a struggling Cougar team into an 11-6 squad that nearly upended Sherwood in the playoffs

G. Prep lacrosse players sign

Bullis coach earns bronze at world championships

Player of the Year

Second team Allie Boyan, senior, Whitman, midfield/forward; Kallie Drewyer, junior, Stone Ridge, midfield/forward; Kiley Goodwin, senior, B-CC, goalie; GiGi Jones, junior, B-CC, defense; Rachel Maizel, sophomore, Wootton, defense; Elaine McCabe, senior, Good Counsel, midfield/forward; Anna Murgia, junior, Poolesville, midfield/forward; Clare Nolan, senior, Churchill, midfield/forward; Kate Taylor, sophomore, Holy Cross, midfield/forward; Michelle Thomas, sophomore, Damascus, defense; Alexis Wong, senior, Clarksburg, midfield/forward

Honorable mention Katie Bergamesca, Holton-Arms; Caroline Campbell, Good Counsel; Amanda Chasin, Poolesville; Allison Chen, Blair; Chloe Druskin, B-CC; Sandra Durbin, Holy Cross; Blair Greenwald, Holton-Arms; Daysia Howard, Clarksburg; Julia Lee, Wootton; Zoe Kaminski, Sherwood; Erin King, Paint Branch; Michelle Krenkze, Damascus; Brooke Saffer, Quince Orchard; Emily Scheele, Walter Johnson; Samantha Taskey, Stone Ridge

The Our Lady of Good Counsel dining hall was busier than usual on Wednesday as it hosted a National Letter of Intent event for all Falcons athletes providing their commitment to play an NCAA Division I sport in writing. Good Counsel had 17 athletes representing five sports in attendance. Boys’ lacrosse: Conor Lolan, Wagner College; Austin Smith, St. Joseph’s University; Pat Poulos, U.S. Military Academy; Dylan Szot, Randolph-Macon College. Girls’ lacrosse: Nicole Ortlieb, Fresno State University; Caleigh Gunn, Iona College; Erin Baumann, Fairfield University; Madison Hoover, University of Louisville; Allison Flechsig, Lafayette College; Paige Graham, Virginia Tech University. Haley Giraldi is committed to play lacrosse at Princeton but did not sign a letter of intent. Softball: Krista Kelly, Longwood University. Swimming: Makenzie Miller, University of South Carolina; Brady Welch, Arizona State University. Wrestling: Matt Kelly, U.S. Military Academy; Adam Whitesell, University of Maryland.

— JENNIFER BEEKMAN

Charlie Horning (Villanova), Wil Railey (Virginia), Brendan Collins (Notre Dame), Townsend Brown (Mt. St. Mary’s) and Kyle Strange (Drexel) all signed letters of intent to play NCAA DIvision I lacrosse in 2014-15.

— JENNIFER BEEKMAN

Three from Stone Ridge sign Lynee Belton

Six from Holy Cross sign letters Several Academy of the Holy Cross student-athletes signed letters of intent for some high profile schools on Wednesday’s National Signing Day: Rhamat Alhassan (volleyball, University of Florida); Jillian Dunston (basketball, Michigan); Kristyn Gaines (lacrosse, Connecticut); Nicole Lantuh (lacrosse, Mount Saint Mary’s). Soccer players Jamie DePaul (Carson-Newman) and Maribeth Harrington (Washington College) are committed to play next year as well.

10 from Bullis sign letters Ten Bullis School studentathletes were recognized Wednesday as they signed their letters of intent to compete at the college level. Lynee Belton (Duke University), Ashley Deleonibus (William & Mary), Kirby Porter (Harvard), and Andre Walker (Hofstra) plan to play Division I basketball in 2014-15. Lacrosse recruits include Nick Matzelevich (Siena), Caitlin McMahon (Jacksonville), Alex Robinson (Georgetown), Joe Stucky (Boston University), Rashad Wise (Lynn University), and Darian Hashemzadeh signed to play men’s tennis at George Washington University.

Four from Whitman sign letters Four members of the Walt Whitman girls’ soccer team who are scheduled to play Baltimore County’s Catonsville in Saturday’s state championship game are committed to play competitive soccer in college: Aliza Wolfe (Rice University), Anna Gurney (Emory), Bahar Ulusan (Emory), and Emily Martin (Colby). Drew Ahearn signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Lafayette College.

— JENNIFER BEEKMAN

The Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart had three studentathletes sign letters of intent to compete collegiately in their respective sports: Natalie Alesandra Gosnell (lacrosse, Lafayette), Alene Marie Rock (lacrosse, Mercer) and Laura Garcia (swimming, Villanova).

— JENNIFER BEEKMAN

Eight athletes from Landon sign letters Seven Landon student-athletes signed letters of intent to play lacrosse in college on Wednesday: Jack Falk (Virginia), Sam Lynch (Johns Hopkins), Andrew Mitchell (United States Military Academy), Sean O’Brien (Bucknell), Austin Petty (Virginia), Zac Butler (Jacksonville), Riley McTague (Hobart). Golfer Brent Bubes also signed his letter of intent to play for Maryland in 2014-15.

— JENNIFER BEEKMAN

Three from Damascus sign letters Three student-athletes from Damascus signed their letters of intent to compete at the college level: Kelli Prange (basketball, George Washington); Lauren Green (basketball, Bentley); Anna Warfield (softball, Shippensburg).

— ERIC GOLDWEIN

Two from Clarksburg sign Two of Clarksburg High School’s student-athletes signed their letters of intent, committing to participate in college athletics. Dani Hall will attend the University of Pittsburgh for gymnastics and Andie deCelis plans to attend Manhattan College for lacrosse.

— ERIC GOLDWEIN

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ERIC GOLDWEIN STAFF WRITER

Sherwood High School’s football team has experienced its fair share of transistion this season, but for the past two years, they’ve had a father-son duo that’s been a constant on the defensive unit. Senior linebacker Paris Atwater and his father — former National Football League safety Steve Atwater — have helped lead the Warriors to back-toback playoff appearances the last two years in spite of significant changes in Sherwood’s staff and player personnel. “[Paris] is not a big in your face yelling type leader, but he leads by example,” Sherwood first-year coach Chris Grier said. At 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, Paris is rarely the biggest player on the field. But like his 6-foot-3 father, an eight-time NFL Pro Bowler, he is an intimidating presence on defense. “When he wants to turn it on, he’s a big hitter,” said senior cornerback Alec Perez. “... He’s not much of a vocal player, but by his actions and his play, he brings everybody up.” Steve, who recorded 1,180 tackles and 24 interceptions in his 11-year NFL career, started working as an assistant midway through the 2012 season. “[Steve] does a great job. A great personality, just like his son,” said Grier, who coached DeMatha Catholic’s freshman team the previous two seasons. “He’s really good about relating football to life.” The Warriors went 9-3 in 2012 under coach Mike Bonavia, making it to the 4A North Region championship game before falling to Westminster in the finals. This year, they brought in a new coach and plugged several new players into the starting lineup, but maintained their high level of play, going 7-4 and losing 42-7 to Paint Branch (10-1) on Friday in the region semifinals. “They’ve dealt with [the

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Paris Atwater (left) of visiting Sherwood High School tries to slow down running back Shawn Barlow of Quince Orchard earlier this fall.

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Sherwood High School’s Paris Atwater (back) tries to make a tackle against Gaithersburg on Sept. 7. changes] well,” Steve said. “They’ve done a good job of putting that extra time in.” Paris attended Peachtree Ridge High School in Georgia before moving to Maryland and transferring to Sherwood in 2012. Joining the football team eased the transition, he said. “I’ve made a lot of good friends up here. It’s really like a close-knit community,” Paris

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we won states we all just started screaming and we all just hugged each other. I didn’t even know what to do with myself, I was so happy.” A mere 48 hours after the Wildcats won, they carried out another well-executed strategy to tackle an important issue. They all congregated in Martin’s technology education classroom Nov. 11 at lunch to design their state championship jackets. They settled on black as the base color. “It was almost magical,” Murphy said of winning the title. “In the very beginning of the year everyone was at different spots. At the end, you just start to get closer and closer and closer and it was amazing to see how much better everyone got.” Indeed, this was a very close team. Not only did they enjoy socializing while working hard during practice, but they had team pasta dinners before every race, a team sleepover and constantly dreamed up competitions to keep one another motivated while training. Murphy said assistant coach Ashley St. Denis told her and the team that they were of state championship caliber after they won the Frank Keyser Invitational in September. Slowly but surely that belief sunk in. “The thing that stood out most to me about the championship was that every single one of us was there for each other,” said Bukharin, who originally wanted to play tennis at WJ but found her way to cross country. “We weren’t thinking about times, we weren’t thinking about places. We were just thinking about winning a state championship.” The last time Walter Johnson’s girls won a cross country title, it was the fourth of four consecutive championships won by then-coach Greg Dunston’s teams. A dynasty. Martin was around then, too, and he said that group of girls was incredibly close. He’s been to all of their weddings since and kept in good contact with them as the years have rolled on. “I see a lot of that group in this group,” Martin said. “They’ve made a bond through this endeavor that they surely will never forget.” ncammarota@gazette.net

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said. Having his father on the sidelines helped too, he said. “He can give me a lot of advice for certain techniques for tackling, dropping back into coverage,” Paris said. Paris said that some teammates were star-struck at first by having an NFL star on the sidelines. “Now, everybody just looks

at him as ‘Coach Atwater,’ Paris said. “It’s just a good connection.” Perez, who had seven interceptions as a first-year starting cornerback, said Steve has made a positive impact on the secondary. “Even if our defense doesn’t get beat, he still has pointers to give me. I’m always getting better, no matter what,” Perez said. Paris started at fullback in addition to linebacker this season while earning a 4.0 gradepoint average in the first marking period. “He does what he needs to do,” Grier said. “He plays big on the field.” He said he wants to play football after graduating. His schools of interest include the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Davidson and Princeton. “He’s pretty much all you could ask for from a high school athlete,” Grier said.

In a way, one could argue that Walter Johnson High School’s girls’ cross country team won the Class 4A state championship nine days before it actually happened. On Halloween, the Wildcats shocked the county and, perhaps, themselves by finishing first in the 4A West Region meet at High Point Farm in Clarksburg. In the process they beat BethesdaChevy Chase, the strongest team all season. A team that featured All-Gazette Runner of the Year Nora McUmber and appeared to bealegitimatecontendertothreepeat as 4A state champions. But when Tom Martin’s team placed five runners in the top 16 to beat B-CC by 20 points in that region final, something changed. “That was a big moment for us,” senior Irina Bukharin said. “Over the season we’ve become a much better team, but I think then we realized we really did have an opportunity to win states. That moment, it became important.” Added Martin: “We changed a couple things with some racing strategies between counties and regions and it went a lot better than I thought it would. It’s a lot easier when you get a group of girls that believe in each other and are willing to do whatever it takes to reach their goal.” So, with the newfound confidence of a victory against the Barons, a new racing strategy employed by the 16th-year coach and several of the more talented runners in the area, the Wildcats won a state championship for the first time since 1999. They edged B-CC by four points as junior Kiernan Keller finished fifth, sophomore Emily Murphy placed seventh, freshman Katriane Kirsch was eighth, Bukharin came in 11th and junior Cirillo Melanie rounded out the top five runners in 41st. “I think the synergy of the team pushed us forward,” said Keller, whose work ethic was lauded by Martin as a key factor in motivating the team. “After

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“Lyle the Crocodile,” based on the beloved picture book series by author and illustrator Bernard Waber, opens to the public on Saturday at Imagination Stage. The musical, which follows the adventures of the Primm family, who have recently relocated to New York City to discover an unconventional pet living in their apartment, is directed by Imagination Stage associate artistic director Kate Bryer. Bryer revisits the production after directing a nonmusical version at the theater company during its 2008-2009 season. “When I did it in 2008-2009, I actually put a lot of dance and music into it,” Bryer said. “The script just has this wonderful sophistication. It’s silly but sophisticated ... It just felt like it lent itself to those kinds of moments where [characters] could break out into song ... Even JEREMY RUSNOCK back then I thought it would be Michael John Casey as Mr. such a great musical ...” The director’s instincts were Grumps with Loretta (as right. Kevin Kling, a humorist, herself). storyteller and commentator for National Public Radio, first adapted the books for the stage in the early 1990s. Kling and composer Richard Gray later transformed the play

See CROCODILE, Page B-9 Kurt Boehm as Lyle and David Landstrom as Joshua in the musical “Lyle the Crocodile” at Imagination Stage, running to Jan. 10.

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VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER

A set of stairs is not just a set of stairs in tap dancer Savion Glover’s show “STePz.” The steps become a place to dance, as Glover taps his way through a dozen songs ranging

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from Charlie Parker’s “Dexterity” to a classical piece by Shostakovich to Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke.” Glover and four fellow hoofers will bring the show to the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College in Rockville on Thursday. Glover said “STePz” is an homage to tap dancing masters and mentors whom he has known

SAVION GLOVER’S ‘STEPZ’ n When: 8 p.m. Thursday n Where: Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville n Tickets: $38-$40 n For information: 240-567-5301, montgomerycollege.edu/PAC

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Kimberly Gilbert as Lisa and Naomi Jacobson as Rita in the Round House Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Lyons.”

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Playwright Nicky Silver has written more than a dozen plays, but “The Lyons,” which was released in 2011, was the first to make it to a Broadway stage. “The Lyons,” which will open at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda on Nov. 27, focuses on the impending death of a husband and father and what it means for the wife and adult children. John Vreeke, who is directing “The Lyons,” said he was impressed by Silver’s style of writing.

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THE LYONS n When: Nov. 27 to Dec. 22 (call for show times) n Where: Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda n Tickets: $25-$50, prices include a $5 service fee n For information: 240-644-1100, roundhousetheatre. org


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host a CD release party for their latest, “Ballin’ the Jack,” from

Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom with a Swing

music and dance concert scheduled from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Adding to the fun will be a prize for the bestdressed vintage couple, a dance performance by the 8-Week Wonders and the debut performance PHOTO DANIEL SCHREIBER of the new Yazoo Zazz The Tom Cunningham Orchestra will celebrate 30 years Vocal Trio. Admission in Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom on Saturday. — $15 for adults and $8 for children 5-13 — includes a beginning swing dance lesson. For more information, visit www. glenechopark.org.

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8739 Flower Ave., Piney Branch, Silver Spring. The GREATER U STREET JAZZ COLLECTIVE Greater U Street The Greater U Street Jazz Collective will host a CD Jazz Collective is bassist Thomas L. release party for their latest effort tonight at the El Golfo Restaurant in Silver Spring. View, trumpeter Carl MacIntyre, pianist Peter Frassrand, saxophonist Russell Carter, drummer Art Cobb, crooner Barry Moton and emcee Keren Asali. For more information, visit www.elgolfosilverspring.com.

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PHILADANCO will bring its award-winning blend of dance styles to the BlackRock Center for the Arts on Saturday and Sunday.

The Philadelphia Dance Company, also known as PHILADANCO, will bring its trademark fusion of ballet, jazz, modern and black dance to the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown this weekend, with show times at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. A free masterclass is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, with a pre-curtain discussion at 2:15 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $32. For more information, visit www. blackrockcenter.org.

The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade kicks off the holiday season Saturday in Silver Spring.

Everyone loves a parade The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade returns at 10 a.m. Saturday to Silver Spring. Now in its 16th year, the pa-

rade kicks off at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street, proceeding south on Georgia Avenue before reaching its destination at Silver Spring Avenue. ABC 7 meteorologist Brian van de Graaff will emcee, introducing the more than 100 participating parade units, including glittering floats; high school, college and professional marching bands; beauty queens; clowns; fire engines; and performing dog and rescue animal groups. The parade will culminate with the introduction of Santa Claus, officially kicking off the holiday season in Montgomery County. For more information, visit www.silverspringdowntown.com.

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Elizabeth Hester as the Cat in the Hat and Caitlyn Gilbert as Jojo in “Seussical.”

The Cat in the Hat is back The Damascus Theatre Company’s

“Seussical,” inspired by the whimsical

works of Dr. Seuss and featuring a book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty as co-conceived by Eric Idle, continues to Saturday at the Olney Theatre Center’s Historic Stage. Directed by Shelly Horn and produced by Elli Swink and Matt Kopp, the production features musical direction by Arielle Bayer and choreography by Laurie Newton. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, students and children. For more information, visit www. damascustheatre.org.

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Dogfish Head still making a splash One of the nation’s most innovative and fastest growing breweries is on the way to the ocean beaches many Washingtonian’s frequent. The Dogfish Head brewery, in Milton, Del., has become the 13th largest craft brewery in the country, producing over 170,000 barrels of beer in 2012, up 20 percent from 2011. The brewery is finishing an expansion which will allow brewing 600,000 barrels per year.

BREWS BROTHERS STEVEN FRANK AND ARNOLD MELTZER Sam Calagione, the brewery’s cofounder and co-owner, opened the Dogfish Head brewpub in 1995 in Rehoboth Beach, Del., near his wife’s hometown. It was named after Calagione’s fondly-remembered vacation spot near Boothbay Harbor in Maine to lend a New England character. Starting with a minuscule 12-gallon brewing facility that needed constant use to keep up with customer demand, Calagione was continuously brewing and getting bored with the repetition. He experimented by grabbing “everything but the kitchen sink,” in a brewing career that has led to his being called the “Mad Alchemist of Brewing.” Demand rapidly increased and a packaging brewery was added in 1997. The kitchen to brewpot escapades gave Dogfish a well earned reputa-

tion for using unusual ingredients and brewing unusual beers. Some of the non-standard additions to the Dogfish beers include St. John’s Wort, Saffron, Agave nectar, hawthorn berry from China, and spirulina, a blue green algae to give green color for a St. Patrick’s Day beer. Dogfish also has become renowned for its series of India Pale Ales, some very high alcohol brews, and re-creations of ancient ales. The three IPAs, called 60 Minute, 90 Minute, and 120 Minute, add hops continuously for the respective time durations. Calagione got the idea from watching a chef prepare food and adding spices on a continuous basis to enhance the flavor. The high alcohol beers, definite brewing achievements, include World Wide Stout (15-20 percent alcohol by volume, ABV), once the highest alcohol beer being regularly brewed; Fort (15-18 percent ABV), a fruit beer with raspberries and the highest alcohol fruit beer being produced; 120 Minute IPA (15-20 percent ABV); and Olde School Barleywine (13-16 percent ABV.) The Ancient Ales series started as a collaboration with Patrick McGovern, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, to recreate the libation consumed at King Midas’ funeral, calling it Midas Touch. Successive collaborations with the McGovern have resulted in producing Chateau Jiahu based on a 9000 year old dig in China; Theobroma based on an 3,200 year old

Aztec chocolate beer; Ta Henket using ingredients and traditions from Egyptian hieroglyphics, and Bierra Etrusca Bronze from excavations in a 2,800 year old Etruscan tomb. Midas Touch (9 percent ABV) has a sweet, light honey nose with a hint of white grapes which presages the taste in the front. These all continue in the middle with a slight increase in the grape to medium. The finish adds muted alcohol notes which grow in the aftertaste giving a touch of alcoholic warmth. Ratings: 8/7.5. Palo Santo Marron (12 percent ABV) is brewed in a barrel made from the wood of the Paraguayan Palo Santo tree, one of three woods so dense they do not float. Palo has a aroma of roast, grape, licorice and alcohol. The medium roast and muted licorice front continues in the middle as the licorice increases and is joined by a dollop of chocolate. The roast increases in the finish with an emerging vinous character. In the aftertaste the roast continues, the licorice fades, and a restrained bitter hop appears. Ratings: 9.5/9. 90 Minute IPA (9 percent ABV) opens with a melon, citrus, pine, and bitter hop bouquet. The mild sweet front segues into a middle of melon, citrus and bitter hops. Both the melon and the bitter hops increase to medium in the finish. The hops come to the forefront in the aftertaste but are very well balanced by a strong malt backbone. A relatively high alcohol is present but well integrated. Ratings: 9/9.5. World Wide Stout (18-20 percent

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Dogfish Head Brewery’s 90 minute Imperial IPA. ABV), a two year old version, begins with a deep roast, a whiff of alcohol and a slightly vinous aroma. The deep roast and slight alcohol are evidenced in the front. The alcohol increases to medium in the middle as a splash of Port wine appears. The wine grows modestly in the finish and again in the aftertaste, as

the alcohol continues. Even with this two year old version, the alcohol is overpowering and the beer needs another two years to become well blended and more balanced. Ratings: 8/8.5. World Wide ages very well. An 8-year old, more mellow and well-integrated version scored 9.5/10.

IN THE ARTS DANCES Hollywood Ballroom, Nov. 20, free International Waltz Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Nov. 21, Tea Dance from 12:303:30 p.m. ($6); Nov. 22, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); Nov. 23, Latin Night with Mr. Mambo, 8-10 p.m. workshops, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. dance ($18 for both; $15 for dance only); Nov. 24, free Tango lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom at 8 p.m. ($16); Nov. 27, free International Waltz Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Nov. 28, Tea Dance from 12:30–3:30 p.m. ($6), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, www.hollywood-

ballroomdc.com

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

days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, www.capitalblues.org. Contra, Nov. 22, Eric Black with Gallimaufry; Nov. 29, Nils Fredland calls to Elixir, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www. fridaynightdance.org. Contra & Square, Nov. 24, Eric Black calls with Dead Sea Squirrels, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www.fsgw.org. English Country, Nov. 13; Caller: Tom Spilsbury; Nov. 20,

Caller: Stephanie Smith; Nov. 27, Caller: Bob Farrall, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www. fsgw.org.

Now and Then Dance Studio, Saturday ballroom dances,

second and fourth Saturdays, beginner group lesson at 8 p.m., open dancing at 9 p.m., $10 cash at door (all men admitted at half price throughout October), 10111 Darnestown Road, Rockville. 301424-0007, www.nowandthendancestudios.com. Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339. Swing, Dec. 14, Daryl Davis, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m.,

Glen Echo Park, $15, www.flyingfeet.org. Waltz, Dec. 1, Elixir; Dec. 15, Sugar Beat; Dec. 29, Terpsichore, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10, www.waltztimedances.org.

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Rene Marie, 8 p.m. Nov.

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El Golfo Restaurant/Music Hall,

Greater U Street Jazz Collective, Ballin’ the Jack CD Release Party, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20, 8739 Flower Ave., Pitney Branch, Silver Spring. 301-608-2121, www.elgolfosilverspring.com. Fillmore Silver Spring, Hoodie Allen, 8 p.m. Nov. 22; Mazzy Star with special guests Psychic Ills, 8

20; Sara Gazarek and Matt Dusk, 8 p.m. Nov. 21; Cindy Blackman and Another Lifetime, 8 p.m. Nov. 22, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. BlackRock Center for the Arts, The Sweater Set, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21; call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, www.blackrockcen-

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p.m. Nov. 23; Lamb of God & Killswitch Engage, 7 p.m. Nov. 26; K. Michelle w/ Sevyn Streeter, 8 p.m. Nov. 27; Giving Thanks, 11 a.m. Nov. 28; The Smokers Club Tour Featuring Joey Bada$$, 8 p.m. Nov. 29; MiMOSA, 8 p.m. Nov. 30, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301960-9999, FillmoreSilverSpring.

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Robin (Sanaa Lathan) and Harper (Taye Diggs) star in “The Best Man Holiday.”

MICHAEL PHILLIPS CHICAGO TRIBUNE

“The Best Man Holiday” follows in the footsteps of writer-director Malcolm D. Lee’s successful 1999 comedy “The Best Man,” using a template familiar to anyone who may have seen “The Big Chill” or its micro-budget predecessor, “Return of the Secaucus Seven.” They’re all different in their qualities and atmosphere. “The Best Man Holiday,” for example, is a far more Tyler Perry-ish mixture of comedy and tragedy than the easygoing “Best Man” was, back in the pre-Perry movie era. Yet along with everything from “Jumping the Broom” to “Think Like a Man” to Adam Sandler’s slovenly “Grown Ups” hits, these disparate ensemble pictures live or die on the same simple question: Do we enjoy hanging out with these people for a couple of hours? The hangout factor remains gratifyingly high in “The Best Man Holiday,” though the mood has grown bittersweet. In the first “Best Man,” Taye Diggs’ character, the novelist Harper, wrote a thinly disguised book about himself and his college friends in which he revealed his long-ago affair with Mia (Monica Calhoun), who’s about to marry football star Lance (Morris Chestnut). Lance nearly threw Harper off a balcony when he finally learned of the tryst, but with God’s guidance Lance’s forgiving instincts brought everyone peaceably together for a climactic wedding and closing dance number. Fourteen years later, times are tough for Harper. Now married to Robyn (Sanaa Lathan), with a child due, the once-hot novelist has followed up his best-seller with a sophomore slump of a book. Also he’s been laid off by New York University, news he has yet to share with his wife. Harper still holds a small- to mediumsized torch for TV producer Jordan (Nia Long). Reneging on the all’s-well ending in the first “Best Man,” superstar Lance has slipped into a jealous funk once again regarding Harper’s dalliance with

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Mia. Nonetheless, Mia invites everyone to stay with them for Christmas. The gang’s all here, including Julian (Harold Perrineau), now happily married to his ex-stripper, now-educator wife (Regina Hall). The shrill handful Shelby (Melissa De Sousa) was last seen hooking up with the unrepentant horn dog Quentin, played by Terrence Howard. Both return, and in particular it’s a treat to see Howard mess around so entertainingly, after so many dramas, in a brashly comic role. Some of the writing is pungently funny, as when Jordan’s new squeeze (Eddie Cibrian) is described by one of the characters as “a tall vanilla swagga

(From left) Quentin (Terrence Howard), Jordan (Nia Long) and Brian (Eddie Cibrian) star in “The Best Man Holiday.” latte.” The first film’s clash of true Christian believers and nonbelievers was part of the fabric of the comedy, though it wasn’t all played for laughs. This time there’s a blunt tone to the inspirational uplift. It’s a bit of a drag that the film is confined for long stretches to the interior of

Lance and Mia’s oddly underfurnished McMansion. But Lee, who made the underrated Chicago-set “Roll Bounce,” knows where this movie’s bread and butter is stored. When the four male leads suave their way through a dance number set to New Edition’s “Can You Stand the Rain,” it’s a highlight because the hangout factor with this cast is con-

siderable. And the movie, while nothing visually special, earns its queen-sized dose of pathos honestly. As to why studios don’t put out twice, three times, five times as many predominantly African-American ensemble pieces every year, given their typical cost-to-profit ratios ... good question.

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Joe (Ted Culler) and Rose Benjamin (Kim Busch) in “God’s Favorite” at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn.

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Institute of Musical Traditions — Takoma Park, Al Petteway &

Amy White, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23, Takoma Park Community Center, call for prices, times, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, 301-960-3655, www.imtfolk.org.

Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, Jim Malcolm,

7:30 p.m. Nov. 25, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, www.imtfolk.org. The Music Café, Dixieland Express, 7-9 p.m. Nov. 20, 26528 Ridge Road, Damascus. No admission. Tips accepted. 301-253-1500. www.the-music-cafe.com. Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. Nov. 20; AIR Mentor: Graham Breedlove with guests Elijah Balbed and Christie Dashiell, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20; Lawler & Fadoul

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Duo, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21; National Philharmonic: Verdi’s Powerful and Timeless Requiem, 8 p.m. Nov. 23; Classic Albums Live: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 8 p.m. Nov. 29; Michael McDonald — This Christmas: An Evening of Holiday & Hits, 8 p.m. Nov. 30, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100, www.strathmore.org.

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” to Dec. 30, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301634-2270, www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org. Do or Die Mysteries, TBA, 6:30 p.m. buffet, 7:30 p.m. show, $47.50 buffet and show, Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle, 4844 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 443-422-3810, www. doordiemystery.com Gaithersburg Arts Barn, Neil Simon’s “God’s Favorite,” to Nov. 24; Singer Songwriter Concert Series presents Stephen Fearing, Nov. 21; The Comedy and Magic Society, Nov. 29, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394, www. gaithersburgmd.gov/artsbarn. Imagination Stage, “Lyle the Crocodile,” Nov. 20 to Jan. 10, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www. imaginationstage.org Olney Theatre Center, “The King and I,” to Dec. 29, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, www.olneytheatre.org. The Puppet Co., “The Nutcracker,” Nov. 29 to Dec. 29; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-634-5380, www. thepuppetco.org. Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “The Lyons,” Nov. 27 to Dec. 22, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www. roundhousetheatre.org.


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‘Italianissimo,’ ‘Ethiopia from the Heart’ now on view

Coinciding with DC Photo Week, two photo exhibits have opened that will transport the viewer to other places full of unique beauties. One artist focuses uniquely on the land and the weather while the other includes the people and the animals. What they share is a sensibility to a place and its culture, and a talent for capturing the very essence of it in pictures.

ON VIEW BY CLAUDIA ROUSSEAU “Italianissimo” means “so Italian,” something that positively characterizes the Italian way of doing things, or the look of a particular aspect of that wonderful country. Richard Lasner has been photographing Italy every year since 1996, covering small areas of the peninsula on each trip. Last fall he participated in a photography workshop sited in a small winery near Siena, in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. The current exhibit features a group of large format, lushly toned, new images from this trip, plus a few of neighboring Florence and one fascinating picture taken in a park in Gubbio, a small medieval town in Umbria. This latter, titled “Eyes in the Park” shows very large, brightly colored globes representing eyeballs — yes, veins and all — floating around in a quiet park setting void of people. If I didn’t know from my own long time living in Italy that this surreal image was, indeed, “Italianissimo,” I might have believed Lasner had doctored the photo. But, indeed, these “Eyes” were really there for reasons that remain, and probably always will be, undiscovered. During his October stay in Tuscany, Lasner was able to record remarkable weather effects such as the heavy fog that descends on the Sienese hills in the early morning, but retreats by midday. These photos of the fog are very nearly abstract, pale grey with a touch of lavender, but views of the same hills at other times of day reveal the gold and reddish colors of the vines in brilliant hues. Lasner’s sensitivity to the shape

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Continued from Page B-5 “As a director, I always look at language first … just to see how well it’s written,” Vreeke said. “… Nicky Silver is a master at being able to put together very well-constructed language, sentences, paragraphs. All the actors really need to do is pay attention to that. His punctuation is very specific and his choice of words is extremely cogent and economical — there’s not an ounce of fat on it.” Although Vreeke isn’t Jewish, he said he feels audiences will be able to comprehend the overall family dynamic they see on stage. “It goes way beyond just being a Jewish family,” Vreeke said. “There is some humor that’s particular to a Jewish family and Jews will be able to recognize and enjoy that, but I think it goes way beyond that into recognizing each of our family dynamics.

larly when they include people and animals. However, Asfaw, who is Ethiopian, is deeply concerned with the effect of his pictures. He aims at making work that “captures the beauty that remains [in Ethiopia] in spite of the tragic environmental crisis that is taking place,” in the hope that his photos might be “messengers for change.” These are powerful images, boldly conceived in color and black and white. Just inside the door of the gallery are two richly toned views inside rural Ethiopian Orthodox churches, a faith that originates in the Coptic Christianity of the first century A.D. and is still dominant despite a violent history of invasion. With a rich pictorial tradition, Ethiopian church art is characterized by bright colors and a distinct drawing style. Inside these poor rural churches, the remnants of wall paintings can RICHARD LASNER just be made out, but the vivid sense of their antiquity is deeply moving. In Richard Lasner, “Giostra,” 2012. “Inside Genet Mariam Church,” two of the land is combined here with his turbaned men come tentatively inside, exquisite sense of composition and eyes wide open, to engage an elder color. Many photos are taken from seated in the half-lit room. Asfaw capunusual points of view, from a yellow tures the silence, even the holiness that field filling most of the image with a permeates this space. “Inside Abune strip of blue sky above, to a field of Arun Church” is similar, with brightly green grass resembling ocean waves, colored and patterned fabrics decorator a close up of the very last cluster of ing the ancient walls of the building. grapes left on a vine. Among my favor- “Timket in Lalibela,” a region noted for ites was a photo of a carousel (titled, in ancient rock-hewn churches, shows a Italian, “Giostra”) in the Piazza della religious procession crossing a suspenRepubblica in Florence. The carousel sion bridge over a shallow ravine. Here, is all bright warm colors, with its tent- Asfaw takes advantage of the black and like top in turquoise and white topped white format to contrast the line of by a crown and edged with arabesque people walking under their white umframed painted scenes. Behind it is brellas through the high grass under a the gray façade of an old building, its fiery white sun. Another striking black arched door echoing the forms on the and white image shows two zebra in a stem of the carousel, while other curves national park, their crisp stripes standand spiky ornaments on it find their ing out against the gray tones of the parallels in the details of the façade be- plain, their curved shapes repeated in yond. These formal relationships that the arcs of trees beyond. bring foreground and background into If you go to see this show in the a tight pictorial unity continue to be Washington Gallery of Photography, one of the hallmarks of Lasner’s work. go upstairs to the Capitol Arts Network The Washington School of Photog- to see the work of Page Turner. A line raphy, in its new location in Rockville, is of antique glass domes with tiny handshowing a group of 28 photos by Andargé made dress forms on high wooden Asfaw entitled “Ethiopia from the Heart.” perches goes down the center of the Much like Lasner’s photos of Italy, As- gallery. Each contains a “figure”: a faw’s similarly convey an essence of place memory of past experience in a strict through focus on select subjects and country upbringing. “Waste not, want careful composition. His acute formal not,” is the driving theme, while a prosense make these pictures much more found feeling of sadness permeates the than a handsome travelogue; always a group. Not the best installation, but indanger with photos of this kind, particu- triguing all the same.

… I think anyone who was born and raised into a family that has siblings and parents is going to recognize the family and the familiarity that these characters live in.” One of those characters is Rita, the mother of two and wife of 40 years. Actress Naomi Jacobson said the character is “sort of like an everymother.” “You know, like an everyman?” Jacobson said. “I think she is really recognizable no matter what religion or ethnicity you are. She wants her children to find love and be happy. … She’s been married for 40 years to a man she never really loved, which is why I think ... she wants the one thing for her children that has eluded her. “I think everybody in the play kind of sees their own imagined reality.” Because Rita has to deal with her husband dying and an alcoholic daughter and estranged gay son, her part can be difficult at times. Jacobson said she sees a lot of Rita in herself —

at least to an extent. “I think, as an actor, you need to know more than your character knows about the character,” Jacobson said. “… In other words, I know things about Rita that she probably doesn’t know about herself or is even conscious of. So, for me, it’s delicious and challenging in a way to let yourself identify the parts of me that are as ugly as Rita is. And I am. I have them, oh my God, I’m completely self-absorbed and narcissistic — I can be. I work really hard not to be. … I don’t think Rita’s ever accessed herself or looked at that.” Vreeke said he hopes audiences connect with the characters in their own way, but he also hopes they see one of the major themes in the show. “[It’s about] finally finding the courage to grow up and take care of yourself,” Vreeke said. wfranklin@gazette.net

(From left) Kimberly Gilbert as Lisa, Naomi Jacobson as Rita, and John Lescault as Ben in the Round House Theatre’s production of “The Lyons.” DANISHA CROSBY

TAPPING

Continued from Page B-5 and performed with personally and also to tap dancing greats that have preceded them. “It’s a tribute to all the men and women who have informed my approach to tap dance,” said Glover. “The show is to honor those who we’ve been blessed to know and learn from.” Among them are dancers such as Gregory Hines, Jimmy Slyde and Steve Condos. “They poured so much love into me that I have no choice at this point but to pay honor to them every time I touch the wood,” Glover said.

Performing with Glover on Thursday will be Marshall Davis Jr., Ayodele Casel, Sarah Savelli and Robyn Watson. Glover said each dancer brings his or her own style to the show as the troupe performs solos, duets and ensemble pieces. “My choreography still allows the dancers their individuality,” he said. Featured in the show is a structure that allows performers to dance up and down stairs. Glover credits his wife with the idea, harking back to Bill “Bojangles” Robinson in the 1935 film “The Little Colonel.” Audiences can watch a tap dancer perform, but they can also just listen to the sound of

his or her feet . “If you just see the entertainment, you don’t hear what’s going on,” he said about the complex rhythms, both choreographed and improvised, in the show. “I tell students you can either be the instrument or be the additional instrument,” he said. In “Dexterity,” he follows the syncopated rhythms of Charlie Parker, but in “Miles Mode” by John Coltrane, he adds his own rhythms, as if running on a parallel track. The troupe will also be dancing to music by other jazz and swing greats such as Miles Davis (“Flamenco Sketches”) and Benny Goodman (“Bugle Call

FROM ANDARGÈ ASFAW

Andargé Asfaw, “Inside Genet Mariam Church, Ethiopia.” “Italianissimo: Photographs by Richard Lasner,” Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Highway (at Waverly St.), Bethesda. Gallery hours: noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, to Dec. 7, 301-951-9441. “Ethiopia from the Heart: Photographs by Andargé Asfaw,” Washington School of Photography, 12276 Wilkins Ave., Rockville. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday; to Nov. 30, 301-654-1998. “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine: Page Turner,” Capitol Arts Network, 12276 Wilkins Ave., Rockville. Gallery hours: 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, to Nov. 25, 301-661-7590.

CROCODILE

Continued from Page B-5 into a full-scale musical. Bryer had the opportunity to see the musical version in the summer of 2012 when her son appeared in a production at Northwestern University. “I’m really happy to do this version,” Bryer said. “It’s really, really different.” Running about an hour and 15 minutes, “Lyle” features 37 minutes of music. There are also several dance numbers. “In this version, Lyle is a dancer ...” Bryer said. “There’s a big, huge tap dance number in the show.” “You approach a play versus a musical differently,” added actor Michael John Casey. “It’s different muscles but as long as you’re incredibly clear telling the story ... you really can’t go wrong.” With a background in theater for young audiences, including credits as a director, Casey said he recognizes the importance of presenting a simple and succinct message for young children. “You want to be as clear as possible for the audience,” Casey said. “ ... One of the goals is, what is the playwright using the character for?” In “Lyle,” Casey’s character, the Primm’s disgruntled old neighbor Mr. Grumps, is used to teach a lesson. “With Mr. Grumps, it’s about learning to understand that those that are different from you ... deserve a chance. The lesson of being open-minded to that which is different is incredibly important.” Though Bryer grew up the daughter of a librarian and said she was raised on the “Lyle” books before reading them to her own children, the director admits it wasn’t until recently that she began to think of Lyle as a hero.

Rag”). “Tap gets sort of categorized to one type of music, like swing or jazz,” said Glover. But also in the show are songs by Wonder and Prince (“When the Lights Go Down”). There’s even a piece of classical music by Russian composer Shostakovich, part of a program Glover once choreographed and performed called “Classical Savion” with just himself and a string orchestra. “We also did Mendelssohn and Vivaldi and others of that genre,” he said. The show also pays tribute to the choreography of Gregory Hines, one of Glover’s mentors.

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Artist Page Turner’s “Headmistress Harpie.”

LYLE THE CROCODILE n When: Public performances at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 23 to Jan. 10 (with additional weekday performances - see website for show times) n Where: 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda n Tickets: $12-$25 n For information: 301-280-1660, imaginationstage.org

“When I was doing research, I came across a lot of lesson plans about Lyle being a hero because instead of fighting back, he faces antagonism with kindness,” Bryer said. “I hadn’t really thought about him as a role model for kids ... but being kind to people who are not kind to you is a heroic way to approach life.” Though “Lyle” and its message is obviously aimed at a younger demographic, Kling’s background as a humorist and storyteller mean there’s plenty for parents, too. “This script in particular has a lot of appeal for adults because Kevin ... is a professional storyteller,” Bryer said. “We have to be able to tell stories that are not just directed at younger audiences but the whole scope of the audience that is there,” Casey added. Whatever parents and children may take away from this latest take on a classic character, Bryer said the important thing is that they’re doing it together. “I think it’s so fun to have that; that you enjoyed a piece of literature that you then get to share with your children,” Bryer said. “And then to get to put it on stage is even more spectacular.”

“Gregory Hines was a big part of my life,” said Glover, who performed in several movies with him, including the 1989 film “TAP,” also co-starring Sammy Davis Jr. A Newark native, Glover started taking tap dance lessons in New York at age 7. He made his Broadway debut at age 12 in “The Tap Dance Kid,” followed by “Black and Blue.” In 1996 at age 23, he won the Tony Award for Best Choreography for “Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk.” In 1991 he played the younger Jelly in the Broadway musical, “Jelly’s Last Jam” with Gregory Hines as Jelly Roll Morton. Hines won a Tony Award for

chedgepeth@gazette.net Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical in that show. Glover also appeared in the 2000 Spike Lee film “Bamboozled” and in the 2001 TV movie “Bojangles” with Hines as Bill Robinson. He has also appeared on “Sesame Street” and recently co-choreographed and performed the dances for Mumble the penguin in the animated film “Happy Feet” and “Happy Feet Two.” On the road for much of the year, Glover said he doesn’t mind the traveling. “I love it, this is what I am,” he said. vterhune@gazette.net


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Careers 301-670-2500

class@gazette.net Skilled Trades

Financial

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ACCOUNTANT For our Rockville office we seek an individual to work in our accounting dept. as Accountant. Over 5 yrs Accounting experience is desired. Duties to include AP/AR, Payroll processing, knowledge of fixed assets and depreciation, journal entries, sales tax returns and preparation of schedules for financial audit. Proficiency with computers and Excel a must. Must possess good communication and organizational skills. Resume to Amahajan@poolnet.com

BOOKKEEPER FULL/PART TIME

Need a capable bookkeeper not a data entry clerk, we do not use Quickbooks. Must speak good English! Send resume to rthomas301@verizon.net or mail to: Accounting & Bookkeeping Service 11301 Spur Wheel Lane, Potomac, MD 20854

For Rockville, MD biopharmaceutical company to use understanding of biological principles & drug development process to build financial models & provide analytical support for business development initiatives & contract negotiations in biotechnology industry; use knowledge of biological principles to help support negotiations & construct contract structure; conduct financial valuations during company Biosciences portfolio management & review process using knowledge of biological principles; help establish long-range financial plans for biopharmaceutical & medical device products in pipeline; present financial evaluations to senior management team; identify, analyze & communicate trends & issues in the biopharmaceutical industry that impact business; liaise with Strategic Investment Division & Finance & Administration Group. Requires Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Molecular Biology or a closely-related field; 18 months experience analyzing financial data and conducting financial modeling, which includes merger & acquisition analysis, valuations for licensing and partnership opportunities in the biopharmaceutical or healthcare industry; identifying licensing opportunities for biopharmaceutical or pharmaceutical products; using Excel for financial modeling; communicating financial information to senior management; and determining the value of intellectual property. Background must include college courses in Finance and Accounting. Mail resume to Theresa Lauderdale, Emergent BioSolutions Inc., 3500 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing MI 48906. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Location: Potomac, MD

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APPOINTMENT SETTERS Earn $750 to $1000 a week.

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Call John at 301-987-9828

Customer Service

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must have strong audio visual knowledge, experience and communications skills. Email resume to careers@total-av.com.

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Maryland Environmental Service is hiring an Equipment Operator I for the Montgomery County Material Recovery Facility located in Derwood. Qualifications include a high school diploma or GED, plus one year of experience operating loaders and forklifts. MES offers excellent benefits including health, dental, paid time off, 401(k), and tuition reimbursement. Send applications Attn: 400692 to: MES, 259 Najoles Road, Millersville, MD 21108, or email: resumes@menv.com, or fax: 410-729-8235.

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Equipment Operator I

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Financial

SR Loan Officer

Sonabank seeks Commercial Lender Montgomery County. BS in Business and 5 yrs direct exp. Resume to careers@sonabank.com EEO AAE.

EOE

Insurance CSR

Well-established State Farm agency in Gaithersburg looking for fully licensed professional. Salaried position. Experience w/SF agency office systems a plus. Email/Fax resume to gloria@davebonnell.com; 1-301-975-9426

Foster Parents

Treatment Foster Parents Needed Work from home!

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

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FT for an OB/GYN practice in Germantown, MD, current exp in the medical office & familiar with insurance and coding required. Spanish speaking a plus. Please fax your resume to: 301-983-6262

Healthcare

Advertising Sales Representative

Comprint Military Publications publishes 9 newspapers each week and the only website dedicated to the military in the DC region is looking for energetic, organized, computer savvy sales representative to sell advertising into military newspapers and online. Job requires previous infield and telephone sales experience. Must be customer service oriented and consultative seller. Candidates must be able to create ads for customers and work well under weekly deadlines and pressures of meeting sales goals. Prefer candidates with experience. Territory open in Northern VA. Headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD. If interested and qualified, please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to jrives@gazette.net. We offer a competitive compensation, commission and incentives, comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. EOE.

FRONT DESK

Busy Rockville Doctor’s office. Must be a team player, dedicated, & career oriented. Serious applicants only. Willing to train. Excellent salary & benefits. Fax resume: 301424-8337

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Full-Time Nurses Skilled Nursing Facility seeking experienced Registered Nurses for FT 3-11 shifts. Apply in person and take the PreEmployment Exam at 1235 Potomac Valley Road Rockville MD 20850 EOE.

Legal

GC3157

Lead Compliance Analyst

For Rockville, MD biopharmaceutical company to recommend corporate compliance initiatives in assigned areas; provide & oversee employee training on compliance issues; develop & update training modules to provide regulatory guidance; research legal issues; monitor developments in laws/regulations/interpretations; draft & review corporate policies & procedures; participate in & provide guidance & advice for investigations/reviews/internal audits. Requires Juris Doctor (JD); 3 yrs. experience providing legal counsel which includes overseeing company compliance with biopharmaceutical regulatory and statutory requirements, participation in compliance audits, establishing compliance initiatives & coordinating compliance activities, managing outside counsel, and negotiating and drafting commercial agreements related to confidentiality, product development and clinical, laboratory and manufacturing services agreements. 10% domestic & international travel required. Equal Opportunity Employer. Mail resume to Theresa Lauderdale, Emergent BioSolutions Inc., 3500 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing MI 48906.

HVAC SERVICE TECH

IMMEDIATE Position Avialable for NATE and/or Journeyman HVAC service technicians. MUST have 2 yrs exp. Great hourly pay, commission, weekly bonus & insurance. Drug free, customer oriented, and motivated. Only qualified applicants apply. 301-670-1944 - Gaithersburg

On Call Supervisor

Great job for students, retirees and stay at home moms. Work from home! Answer and handle phone calls from 5pm to 9am two evenings twice a month for staffing agency or one weekend a month. Must have Internet access, and a car. Fax resume to 301.588.9065 or email to cc2439@yahoo.com Part-Time

Work From Home

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

Call 301-333-1900


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Automotive

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Call 301-670-7100 or email class@gazette.net

0 %*APR

YOU ALWAYS GET YOUR WAY AT OURISMAN EVERYDAY! PRE BLACK FRIDAY SALE

ON ALL 2013 MODELS

OURISMAN VW 0*

$

down payment

$

2014 JETTA S

# 7373771, Power Windows, Power Locks, Keyless Entry

MSRP $17,810 BUY FOR

0*

$

due at signing

0*

security deposit

2013 GOLF 2 DOOR

#3131033, Automatic, Power Windows/Power Locks, Keyless Entry, Heated Seats, Bluetooth, Cruise Control

0*

$

1st month’s payment

2014 PASSAT S 2.5L

#9013380, Automatic, Power Windows/Power Locks, Keyless Entry, Cruise Control

MSRP $19,990

15,499

$

2013 JETTA TDI

BUY FOR

16,999

$

OR 0% for 60 MONTHS

2013 BEETLE CONVERTIBLE

MSRP $23,035 BUY FOR

18,999

$

2013 GTI 2 DOOR

#7234651, Automatic Power Windows, Power Locks, Bluetooth

#2828260, Power Windows/Power Locks, Auto

#4125692, Automatic, Power Windows/ Power Locks, Keyless Entry

MSRP $25,155

MSRP $25,790

MSRP $26,095

19,899

$

BUY FOR

OR 0% for 60 MONTHS

2014 TIGUAN S

#13525611, Automatic, Power Windows, Power Locks, Keyless Entry

MSRP $25,235

BUY FOR

23,999

$

BUY FOR

20,999

$

OR 0% for 60 MONTHS

2013 PASSAT TDI SE

#9114095, Automatic, Power Windows/ Power Locks, Sunroof

MSRP $29,615 BUY FOR

24,599

$

OR 0% for 60 MONTHS

BUY FOR

21,938

$

OR 0% for 60 MONTHS

2013 CC SPORT

#9548323, Automatic, Pwr Windows, Pwr doors, Keyless

MSRP $33,360 BUY FOR

26,599

$

OR 0% for 60 MONTHS

OURISMAN VW WORLD AUTO CERTIFIED PRE OWNED 25 Available...Rates Starting at 2.64% up to 72 months

2012 Jetta SE................................#VPR6116, Blue, 38,430 mi.......$16,495

2009 Jetta TDI...............................#V109044A, Red, 106,036 mi....$13,495

2013 Jetta Sedan........................#V607047A, Black, 14,150 mi...$16,995

2011 Jetta Sedan........................#VP0004, Black, 40,159 mi........$14,995

2012 Passat TDI...........................#V071353A, Gray, 42,293 mi.....$21,995

2012 Jetta S...................................#VP6060A, White, 36,699 mi.....$13,999

2012 Passat S...............................#VPR6111, Gray, 35,959 mi.......$15,990

2012 Jetta TDI...............................#V010241A, Black, 24,444 mi...$20,995

2012 CC.............................................#V540037A, Gray, 27,601 mi.....$22,995

G529123

2007 Jetta Wagon.......................#VP0005, White, 87,642 mi.......$11,995

All prices exclude tax, tags, title, freight and $200 processing fee. Cannot be combined with any previous advertised or internet special. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. See dealer for details. 0% APR Up To 60 Months on all models. See dealer for details. Ourisman VW World Auto Certified Pre Owned financing for 60 months based on credit approval thru VW. Excludes Title, Tax, Options & Dealer Fees. Special APR financing cannot be combined with sale prices. Ends 12/02/13.

Ourisman VW of Laurel 3371 Fort Meade Road, Laurel

1.855.881.9197 • www.ourismanvw.com Online Chat Available...24 Hour Website • Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-9 pm • Sat 9 am-8 pm

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DARCARS VOLVO OF ROCKVILLE

PRE-THANKSGIVING DAY SALES EVENT 07 Honda Civic Ex $$

#374550A, 5 Speed Auto, 4Door, Black Pearl

9,800

12 Hyundai Accent GLS $$

#470116A, 27k Milles, 1 Owner, 6 Speed Auto, Ultra Black

11,800

10 Mazda Mazda3 S #377580A, $ 4 Door, 5 Speed $ Auto, 1 Owner

13,800

10 Toyota Rav-4 $$

#P8822, 4 Speed Auto, 39k miles, 4WD Sport Utility

16,985

07 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS #364333A, $ 5 Speed Manual, 1 $ Owner, 44k Miles

10,985

10 Toyota Corolla LE #P8802, $ 4 Speed Auto, $

4 Door, 1 Owner

12,500

11 Toyota Camry LE $$

#P8779, 6 Speed Auto, 28.6k Miles, 1 Owner, 4-Door

14,800

10 Toyota Prius III $$

#P8805, 4 Door, CVT Transmission, 45k miles

17,500

2007 Honda Accord

09 Scion XD $$

#353054A, 4 Speed Auto, 4-Door, Barcelona Red

#326063A, 5 Speed Auto, Taffeta White, 108K Miles

11,500

13,800

#325096B, CVT Transmission, Super Black, 52K Miles

15,500

#P8750, AWD, Electric Silver, Metallic, Certified

13,480

#329040A, Ent.Center, 4WD Sport Utility, Formal Black, 88K Miles

17,480

#325025A, 6 Speed Auto, Black, Mid Size Wagon, 53K Miles

14,980

$

2008 Volvo V70 3.2L

19,480

$

2013 Infinity G37

2008 Lexus RX 400H

28,480

$

#325074A, Navigation, Back-Up Camera, 4WD, 1-Owner, Smokey Mica

$16,980

#N0270, RWD W/1SB, 6 Speed Auto, Black Raven................................

$18,480

2010 Nissan XTERRA X........ $16,800 $16,800 2013 Scion FR-S................ $22,800 $22,800 #472099A, 5 SpeedAuto, 4WD, Super Black, 1 Owner #364357A, Coupe, 6 SpeedAuto, 1k Miles, 1 Owner, Silver

DARCARS

355 3 5 5 TOYOTA TOYOTA PRE-OWNED P R E - OW N E D

$21,980

#327217B, 6 Speed Auto, 9K Miles, Satin Metal, 1-Owner.....................

$19,980

2011 Volvo XC60 T6

$20,980

2012 Volvo XC60

#327223B, Touring, Navigation, M/T, 24K Miles, 1-Owner......................

$20,980

#326082A, Navigation, 3K Mile...............................................................

2009 Volvo XC90

#N0276, 22K Mile....................................................................................

2012 Mazda Mazda 3 Speed 3

26,980

$

2011 KIA Optima EX

$19,980

2012 Hyundai Sonata LTD

#N0276, 6 Speed Auto, 22.5K Miles, 1-Owner, Gray Metallic.................

#E0216,BackupCamera, 23KMiles,BlackObsidian, SedanTouring

2013 Honda Civic XLE

$19,480

#N0271, 6 Speed Auto, 7.9K Miles, Black..............................................

2012 Hyundai Sonata

26,480

$

2013 Volvo C30

2013 Volkswagen Passat SE

2013 Toyota Corolla LE........ $15,800 $15,800 2013 Mazda Mazda 5.......... $21,900 $21,900 #R1719, 4 SpeedAuto, 13k Miles, 1 Owner, Black Sand Pearl #460022A, Grand Touring, 2WD Minivan, 5 SpeedAuto

#332293A, 5 Speed Auto, 2.6K Miles, Ice White, 1-Owner.....................

$25,980 $27,980

#429002A, 4WD, Sport Utility, 44K Miles, Gray Metallic Certified...........

$31,980

#P8825, 6 Speed Auto, Ice White, 4WD, 1-Owner, Certified...................

$36,480

#327208A, 6 Speed Auto, Caspian Blue, Certified.................................

VOLVO

15401 Frederick Rd, Rockville, MD

www.darcarsvolvo.com

G529125

G529122

$

2008 Cadillac STS

2007 Honda CR-V EX-L........ $14,800 $14,800 2012 Toyota Venza LE......... $20,985 $20,985 #472069A, 5 SpeedAuto, Beige Metallic, 1 Owner #365010B, 6 SpeedAuto, 34.9k Miles, 1 Owner, Golden Umber

V ISIT U HE W VISIT US S O ON N T THE WEB EB A AT T w www.355.com ww.355.com

$

12,480

$

2008 Honda Pilot SE

2008 Ford Mustang GT

2009 Nissan Xterra X

$14,800 2011 Toyota Highlander SE. . . $20,800 $20,800 2011 Toyota Camry LE......... $14,800 #P8782, 6 Speed Auto, 1 Owner, Silver #363230A, 6 SpeedAuto, Blizzard Pearl

15625 Frederick Rd (Rte 355) • Rockville, MD | OPEN SUNDAY

15,980

#326024A, Premium, M/T Car Coupe, 46K miles, 5 Speed

#N110003, 5 Speed Auto, Blue Metallic, Sunroof, 73K Miles

2012 Mazda Mazda 6

#N110008, 5-Speed Auto, Supra Black, 4WD Sport Utility.....................

$13,500 2013 Toyota Pruis C Three.... $18,800 $18,800 2006 BMW X5 3.0i............. $13,500 #360298B, 4WD,Auto, Silver Metallic #372383A, CVT Transmission, 4 Door, Classic Silver

1-888-831-9671 1-888-831-9671

$

11,980

$

CERTIFIED

19,800

See what it’s like to love car buying

#E0259, 5 Speed Auto, 38K Miles, Polished Slate

2010 Volvo XC60 3.2L

2007 Toyota Sienna LE........ $11,800 $11,800 2013 Toyota Tacoma........... $16,800 $16,800 #364373A, 5 SpeedAuto, 2WD,Artic Frost Pearl #N0238B, 4 SpeedAuto, 9.8k Miles, 1 Owner, Black, 2WD

DARCARS

12,480

$

2008 Volvo S60 2.5T

CERTIFIED #426021A, 6 Speed Auto, 37,6K Miles, Taupe Gray Metallic

13 Toyota Camry LE #R1738, $ 6 Speed Auto, 14.2k $

miles, 4 Door, 1 Owner

#E0263, 32K Miles, 4 Speed Auto, 4 Door Coupe

2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ

11 Toyota Camry LE $$

#P8793, 6 Speed Auto, 29k miles, Mid-Size

9,480

$

2008 Nissan Altima 2.5S

11 Ford Focus SE $$

#364474A, Auto, 4 Door, 1 Owner

2012 Nissan Versa S

1.888.824.9165

DARCARS

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2000 DODGE DAKOTA SPORT 4X4: Needs new

brake lines & some body work. $1600 obo. 301-538-3585

Deals and Wheels to advertise call 301.670.7100 or email class@gazette.net

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