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Citizens group opposes zoning changes to tennis club site

The icing on the sidewalk

West Montgomery association wants current use to continue





Kent Dirckx and his 8-year-old son Henry Dirckx clear ice from the sidewalk in front of their home on Victory Lane in Potomac on Monday morning. Henry and thousands of Montgomery County children got an early Christmas present this week: two snow days, as wintry weather prompted school closings on Monday and Tuesday. According to National Weather Service spotters, 2 or 3 inches of snow fell around the county Tuesday morning.

The board of the West Montgomery County Citizens Association has gone on the record against proposed zoning changes to the property now occupied by the Potomac Tennis Club. The land is just off Falls Road, near the Falls Road Golf Course in Potomac. “We would like to see the property continue as a tennis club ...” WMCCA President Ginny Barnes wrote in a letter to Francoise Carrier, chairwoman of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The letter was published in the association’s December newsletter. Representatives from the Rockville-based public relations and marketing firm Maier & Warner attended WMCCA’s meeting Nov. 13 on behalf of the property owner, Helen Marshall, to discuss the idea of changing the property’s zoning from RE-2 to RT. RE-2 zoning on the 4-acre site allows for two residential estates of 2 acres each. RT would allow four townhouses per acre. “It is probably more valuable as land to a developer than as a tennis club,” said Jeff Wilke, Potomac Tennis Club’s manager. “But it’s not for sale. It’s going to be years.” Barnes and Kris Warner, of Maier & Warner, noted in November that there has been no official action on the zoning change. “There really isn’t a lot of information. It’s just a cour-

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More townhouses to dot Seven Locks Road Community to include four moderately priced dwelling units




A new townhouse community got the nod from county planners Thursday for property off Seven Locks Road in Potomac. The Montgomery County

Planning Department approved plans for a development of 23 townhouses on a 5.42-acre tract of land on Seven Locks Road in Potomac. The community will include 19 market-rate homes and four moderately priced dwelling units. Winchester Homes Inc., with offices in Bethesda, submitted plans for Potomac Highlands, a community that will back onto Cabin John Regional Park between the Inverness North and

Turning Creek townhome developments. The property is zoned R-90, which calls for moderate density residential use. Townhouses on the property are in keeping with that zoning, Callum Murray, planning supervisor with Montgomery County Planning Department said. “Townhouse are appropriate for the site,” Murray said. “They are compatible with the developments adjacent, they meet the

forest conservation threshold and stormwater management requirements.” Christopher Anderson from Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs said Montgomery County was the first in the nation to pass a zoning law including affordable housing, in its development plans. The program enables those who meet income

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Calling it one of the most difficult decisions she’s ever had to make, Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin will leave her seat in early January to take over a New York-based nonprofit that advocates for working families. Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring said Tues-

day that she would resign her seat on Jan. 3 to become executive director of the Center for Working Families. “I want to continue to make a difference, in a new way,” Ervin said. No one has been a stronger voice against inequality than Ervin has, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said Tuesday at a press conference at the Council Office Building in Rockville. Along with several other speakers, Leggett referenced Ervin’s direct way of dealing with issues. Ervin has been a friend and political sup-

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porter, but also one of his most vocal critics when they disagreed, he said. State Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring said he’s also been on both sides of conflicts with Ervin. But he praised her Tuesday for her passion, as well as her dedication to justice and solidarity. “Valerie Ervin is a justice politician,” Raskin said. Council President Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said Ervin has been like a mother to him since he joined the council in

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Just months after it was given higher rates and granted Maryland’s first upfront surcharge, Pepco is asking yet again for more from ratepayers. Pepco filed a case with the Maryland Public Service Commission on Dec. 4 for $43.3 million more in base distribution rates, a hike of $4.80 a month on the average customer bill. This is the company’s third rate increase request since 2011. Pepco is seeking the increase to recover the cost of providing service and to give a fair rate of return on capital to its investors. The monopoly utility, which serves 540,000 customers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, is asking to increase its allowed rate of return for investors from 9.36 percent to 10.25 percent. Pepco’s request comes less than five months after the Public Service Commission raised the utility’s base rates and broke with precedent to grant it the first tracker, or upfront surcharge, in the state. In July, the PSC granted Pepco $27.9 million of a $60.8 million rate increase request as well as $24 million of a $192 million request for a surcharge. Together, the decision tacked $2.47 a month on the average customer bill


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Ex-Potomac resident achieves F.A.M.E. in Hollywood She grew up in Potomac and attended two Potomac Catholic schools, Our Lady of Mercy School and Connelly School of the Holy Child for high school. Now she lives in Hollywood and, last month, Lisa Panagos received the 2013 Hollywood F.A.M.E. Award for Female Rising Star. The F.A.M.E. — Film, Art, Music & Entertainment — award is an “across the board” recognition of talent, Panagos said. “I am being recognized for ... music, film, TV, acting, singing, songwriting, etc.,” she wrote in an email. Panagos started her career locally. “I performed in many shows at Connelly School of the Holy Child and Georgetown Prep,” Panagos wrote. “I studied dance at the Potomac Dance Centre [and] Washington School of Ballet. I was also a member of Katherine Mizell’s Modelling Moppets, modelling and performing at local department stores and for charities and the elderly. I did a few local TV commercials and radio spots before heading to [New York City] to pursue Broadway shows and other TV and film roles.” She also performed at the Harlequin Dinner Theater, which was in Rockville, and received a bachelor’s in fine arts from Syracuse University before pursuing her entertainment career full time. After landing several roles in shows including “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Sophisticated Ladies,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “West Side Story,” Panagos made the transition to Hollywood, where as she landed roles in film and TV and continued her recording career as a singer-songwriter-producer. The Hollywood F.A.M.E.

Dealership keeps cops on wheels County police are still rolling around Bethesda thanks to a donation of two Trek bikes from EuroMotorcars in Bethesda. The dealership had donated bikes in previous years and the department needed new ones, according to general manager Charlie Harmel. “The officers do an awful lot for the community and this was just the right thing to do,” Harmel said. The bikes are valued at $3,500.

Bethesda native honored by college Bethesda native Phyllis K. Lerner has been awarded the 2013

Springfield (Mass.) College Distinguished Alumna Award, given annually to recognize professional excellence and outstanding service to community, state and/or nation. Lerner was presented the award at the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner as part of the college’s homecoming celebration. Since graduating in 1971 with a bachelor’s in physical education, Lerner has dedicated her career to education, and gender and racial equality, according to a college news release. She is a faculty associate for the John Hopkins University Graduate School of Education and its national partnership with Teach for America. Lerner also is a consultant for the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium and the Title IX program director for the Sankofa Project, which is committed to raising the bar of expectation for female scholar athletes in the classroom, on the court and in the community, according to the news release. In addition, Lerner volunteers through numerous organizations, including the American Jewish World Service Senior

EVENTS WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11 Bethesda Community Garden Club Annual Greens Workshop, 10:30

a.m., St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda. Free. joseph.holly@gmail. com.

THURSDAY, DEC. 12 Sing to Save Fundraiser for Philippines, 6-7:30 p.m., The Pony Express,

Bolger Center, 9600 Newbridge Drive, Potomac.

Financial Transparency and the Montgomery County Public Schools System, 7-9 p.m., County Office

Building, Fifth Floor Conference Room, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free.

FRIDAY, DEC. 13 Learning QuickBooks, 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., Maryland Women’s Business Center, 95 Monroe St., Rockville.

Volunteer Corps; Girls Inc. of Washington, D.C.; the National Coalition for Sex Equity in Education; and Children’s International Summer Villages.

EagleBank Foundation raises $300K to fight cancer The ninth annual EagleBank Foundation Fight Against Breast Cancer Golf Classic raised more than $300,000, the Bethesda bank reported. Proceeds from the tournament, held Oct. 14 at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., will benefit a dozen local medical and support organizations, including Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville; Suburban Hospital in Bethesda; the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda; the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County; the Wellness Community and Hope Connections for Cancer Support of Bethesda; and Critters for the Cure of Gaithersburg. Since the first golf tournament in 2005, the foundation has raised more than $1.65 million to support such groups. “Breast cancer is an issue that touches nearly everyone — we all know someone who has been affected by this disease,” Don Rogers of Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker of Potomac, who is an EagleBank director and chairman of the foundation, said in a statement. “Because of the generous donations of individuals and corporations for these past nine years — and the passion and hard work of our Committee members and everyone else involved in organizing this tournament — we have been able to raise substantial funds to help fight the devastating effects that breast cancer has on all who are touched by it,” bank Chairman and CEO Ron Paul said in the statement.

Edible houses in NIH contest Where can you find the home from the movie “Despicable Me,” Snoopy’s doghouse and Harry Potter’s Hogwarts castle all under one roof? They are in the atrium of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda and the gingerbread replicas are in an annual

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SATURDAY, DEC. 14 Annual Holiday Concert, 10:30 a.m., Little Falls Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. 240-773-9520. Swing into the Holidays, 11 a.m., Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free. 240-777-0922. NIH Community Orchestra and Chorus Present: A Seasonal Celebration, 5 p.m., Cedar Lane Unitarian

Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda. Free. 301-738-3873. A Wake for Jacob Marley, 7-9 p.m., The Writers Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. $45-$55. 301-337-8290. A C Street Holiday Concert, 7:309:30 p.m., Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and students. 301-365-2850.

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Lisa Panagos, who grew up in Potomac and graduated from Connelly School of the Holy Child, won the 2013 Hollywood F.A.M.E. Award for Female Rising Star at a ceremony Nov. 14 in Los Angeles.

contest to see which one fans like best. Forty-nine gingerbread displays are competing now through Jan. 6. Voting is at the NIH Facebook page So far already more than 1,000 votes have been cast. Winners will be announced Monday. This is the 10th year for the NIH contest. The top three houses will receive a medal and another prize, according to NIH spokeswoman Molly Hooven. The center is at 10 Center Drive, Bethesda.

The Maryland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in partnership with Project Affinity and the Islamic Society of Annapolis, recently launched a winter clothing drive for the homeless as part of its Faith in Action campaign. It is a statewide project with drop-off locations in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Accepted are new or gently used coats, gloves, hats, scarves and sweaters. Drop-off locations are at 15200 New Hampshire Ave. and 2701 Briggs Chaney Road, both in Silver Spring, and 7306 Contee Road, Laurel.

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mark Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. $15. 301365-3679. STEMsation, 10-11:45 a.m., Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, 1901 E. Jefferson St., Rockville. Free. 301-6924870. Holiday Open House Children’s Day, 1-4 p.m., Glenview Mansion, 603

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18 Writing Your Business Plan, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Maryland Women’s Business Center, 95 Monroe St., Rockville. $25. 301-315-8096. Fiction Book Discussion, 2 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 240-7739590. Holiday Open House and Benefit, 6-9 p.m., Bella Moda Salon and Spa, 10118 River Road, Potomac. Free. 301983-5545.



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Germantown tutor, coach charged with sex abuse Alleged victim was a 16-year-old girl, police say n



A 30-year-old Germantown man who had been working as a private tutor and athletic coach has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing the teenage girl he was teaching. According to police, Daniel Mandel Sirotkin, of the 17300 block of Autumn Harvest Court, has been charged with two counts of sex abuse of a minor and three third-degree sex offenses. Police began investigating Sirotkin in November after Montgomery County Public School officials told police that Sirotkin was engaging in “inappropriate contact” with stu-

dents, according to a police press release detailing his arrest. The alleged acts did not take place on school property, according to county police spokeswoman Janelle Smith. Schools spokesman Dana Tofig said a friend of the victim alerted a school administrator of the alleged abuse. That school administrator then contacted police, Tofig said. According to police, he was in contact with students from public and private schools in Bethesda and Potomac. Tofig said Sirotkin previously worked as a substitute teacher within the school system but could not name specific schools where he had taught. Montgomery County Police Cpl. Rebecca Innocenti declined to say what sport Sirotkin coached, or name the schools where some of his stu-

dents attended, saying that police wanted to try to protect the privacy of the victim of the alleged abuse. Sirotkin has been charged with alleged crimes against one student. Police declined to explain whether he had would be charged with abusing other students or if he had engaged Sirotkin in inappropriate behavior with other minors. According to The Washington Post, Sirotkin was at one time in 2013 an assistant wresting coach at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney. His LinkedIn profile listed him as working at Aerotek, a staffing agency

in Rockville. A woman who answered the phone there said that Sirotkin “mostly kept to himself,” and worked at the agency only a short time before finding a new job. Robinson Rowe, an attorney who represented him on a public urination charge — which was eventually dismissed — in April in Montgomery County, confirmed that Sirotkin had attended Harvard University. He said he did not yet know if he would be defending Sirotkin against the more recent charges, adding that he had not yet been retained to do so. Sirotkin is being held on $100,000 bail, online court records show. A phone number listed to his residence was not active Tuesday afternoon.

Bongino heads to Potomac to raise money Republican tries to distance himself from tea party label




Congressional candidate Dan Bongino stood at the front of the crowded room, as listeners nodded in agreement with many points he made. Bongino, who’s seeking the Republican nomination for Maryland’s 6th District seat, stopped at the large, well-appointed home in Potomac on Dec. 3 to raise campaign money. Bongino shook hands and chatted with more than 90 donors who had come to meet him. As of Tuesday, the fundraiser had generated $19,550, with checks and financial commitments continuing to come in, spokeswoman Karla Graham said. Bongino, a former Secret Service agent who lives in Severna Park, said he and his wife are looking to move into the 6th District as soon as possible. He said he understands the argument that a candidate needs to run in the congressional district where he lives to be more ideologically aligned with the voters there. But he also argued that first-term Rep. John Delaney (D) of Potomac is “light years away” from the values of most voters in the district, which stretches from the Washington suburbs of southern Montgomery County to the mountains of Garrett County. When he was elected, Delaney said his top priority was increasing America’s competitiveness in the global market to help create jobs. His platform included creating an infrastructure bank to invest in communications, transportation and energy; instituting a federal carbon tax; implementing congressional term limits; and preserving the Affordable Care Act. Delaney doesn’t live in the 6th District, either; his house is less than a half-mile from the district line after it was redrawn in 2011. According to the U.S. Constitution, members of Congress must live in the state, but not the district, they represent. David E. Vogt III of Frederick County, a Marine veteran who served

Congressional candidate Dan Bongino addresses donors at a campaign fundraiser on Dec. 3 in Potomac. in Afghanistan, also is running in the GOP primary in June. In the front hallway of Arlene Hillerson’s Potomac home, a table was set up where people could buy copies of Bongino’s book “Life Inside the Bubble,” about his time in the Secret Service and his decision to leave the agency and run an unsuccessful challenge against Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D) of Pikesville in 2012. The book was listed on Thursday No. 13 on The New York Times’ list of bestselling e-books, but has since fallen out of the top 25. Writing the book was a delicate matter for him, because he didn’t want to damage the agency’s relationship with the president, Bongino said. The main speaker on Dec. 3 was Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert (R), who addressed the crowd in front of a large stone fireplace with a yellow “Bongino for Congress” banner. He said Bongino would guest host Sean Hannity’s radio show on Dec. 23, drawing an approving chorus of applause. Gohmert, a regular guest himself on conservative radio and television shows, defended the Republicans’ decision to push to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which led to a three-week


“Could we possibly do better than someone who’s willing to take a bullet for his country?” asked Rep. Louie Gohmert (R) of Texas, supporting congressional hopeful Dan Bongino. government shutdown in October. Gohmert asked: If you know that’s what is best for the country, why wouldn’t you try to do it? Maryland needs Bongino in Congress, Gohmert said. “Could we possibly do better than someone who’s willing to take a bullet for his country?” he said. While he’s often associated with the tea party movement, Bongino said he doesn’t like to get into the semantics of who is in the tea party and who isn’t. He said he views the tea party

as normal Americans tired of paying more in taxes. He has nearly 42,000 “likes” on his Facebook page, and said a good portion of them identify themselves as Democrats. Bongino said people want candidates who can take the edge off rhetoric while staying true to their principles. “Don’t let anyone pigeonhole you as the angry Republican,” he said.

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County Council President Craig Rice is facing scrutiny for his driving and parking habits. On Friday, a local watchdog blog posted a notice saying that the Montgomery County District Court advised the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to suspend Rice’s license after he failed to appear for a speeding ticket court date. When contacted by The Gazette, Rice said that he missed his Nov. 7 court date because of an event in Gaithersburg he was participating in called 100,000 Homes for the Homeless. By missing the court date, Rice said he was unable to argue against the $90 ticket, which he ended up paying online last month. “It’s already been paid,” he said of the ticket, which he incurred Sept. 9 on I-270 near the Falls Road exit for driving in the HOV lane. Rice said he had been using the lane to pass another motorist. MVA spokesman Buel Young said Rice has a valid driver’s license, and that earlier reports that the Montgomery County District Court had advised that Rice’s driving license be suspended were incorrect. Instead, Rice would have received a letter notifying him of his failure to appear and advising him to pay the ticket fee, or face having his license suspended, Young said. Court records show that Rice has had three other speeding tickets in Montgomery County since 2011. Those have all been adjudicated. On the heels of that story, WJLA reported Monday that Rice had more than $1,000 in unpaid tickets and citations, citing the traffic ticket in Montgomery County as well as parking tickets and other violations in Washington, D.C., and Annapolis. Neil Greenberger, a County Council spokesman, said Tuesday that the councilman had received several of the tickets on a car he had been leasing. Notices of the tickets were mailed to Rice’s leasing company, Greenberger said. “He does not recall getting the notices,” Greenberger said. Rice called his leasing company Monday to verify the different tickets, Greenberger said. “When he found out they did exist, he then paid them immediately,” he said. Online records for D.C. and both Maryland counties showed that Rice did not have any outstanding balances for parking tickets on two cars he has leased in the past. On Tuesday, Rice said questions about the parking tickets date back several years and that previous publications and news outlets had erred in their reporting and mixed up facts.

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The owner of a coal-fired power plant in Dickerson plans to stop using coal to generate electricity at two of its Maryland plants. NRG Energy, owner of the Dickerson Generating Station in Montgomery County and the Chalk Point Generating Station in Prince George’s County, said it plans to “deactivate” the coal-fired units at both plants by June 2017. Both plants produce electricity using a mix of coal, oil and natural gas. NRG sent notice of its plans to regional grid operator PJM Interconnector on Dec. 2, ahead of a capacity auction scheduled for May, PJM spokesman Ray Dotter said. Each year PJM auctions the rates it will pay generators for being available if and when called on to produce power. Dotter, unable to speak specifically about the notice given by NRG due to confidentiality, said a power company must notify PJM when it wants to retire or deactivate a plant. Notices like the one NRG gave typically indicate that the owner expects to and likely will shut down and not operate the plant, he said. However, NRG could change its mind or even revise its plans to expedite closure, Dotter said. NRG East Region spokesman David Gaier said looming state regulations for coal-fired plant emissions precipitated the company issuing the notice. Gaier said the regulations will likely require NRG to install expensive upgrades for processing emissions. “The significant capital investment required to install these systems can’t be justified economically,” he said. The Dickerson plant is capable of generating about 849 net megawatts, according to the NRG website. Gaier said the plant, which employs about 200 people, produces 546 megawatts from coal. Maryland Department of the Environment spokeswoman Samantha Kappalman said talks have only just begun on the regula-


Owners of the Dickerson Generating Station in Montgomery County say they plan to stop using coal to generate electricty at the plant. The Dickerson station, along with the company’s Chalk Point Generating Station in Prince George’s County, uses a mix of coal, oil and natural gas to produce electricity. tions, which are part of Maryland’s Healthy Air Act, the toughest power plant emission law on the East Coast. When the regulations will go into effect remains unknown, she said. As the state drafts its regulations for emissions from power plants, it has joined with seven other states to call on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to crack down on pollution in states that are upwind. About 70 percent of Maryland’s air pollution comes from other states, Kappalman said. On Monday, Maryland and seven other states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic petitioned the federal government to require upwind states — Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia — to be good neighbors and reduce emissions. Across the country, coal plants are shutting down, said Diana Dascalu-Joffe, senior attorney for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Environmental advocates are confident that NRG will cease us-

ing coal at the two Maryland plants by its 2017 deadline and contribute to efforts to move Maryland to a cleaner energy portfolio. “We are applauding NRG’s commitment and intention,” Dascalu-Joffe said. “By putting in the decommissioning proposal, they’ve basically said to PJM, ‘Look, this is the direction we want to go in. We want to decommission coal, we want to move toward more clean energy.’” But before NRG can stop using coal, the grid operator must study if the grid can handle the loss. Dotter said PJM has 90 days to evaluate the impact the closure would have on the grid and determine if upgrades are necessary before the plant can shut down its coal units. PJM can request a plant remain open longer to ensure any necessary upgrades are made and the system avoid sdisruption, but because NRG has given about three years of notice, any upgrades will likely fit in their window for closure, Dotter said. Dickerson, which first went on-

line in 1959, is one of seven plants in Maryland that still use coal to produce energy, according to the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Gaier said any action that NRG takes could potentially affect jobs at the plants. But he added that the company has not yet made a firm decision on ceasing coal operations and will continue to evaluate its options between now and May. Exactly how many of the 200 jobs would be impacted he did not say. Montgomery County Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda said he regrets the loss of jobs that would likely result, but closing the coal-fired units in Dickerson would help the county reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The Dickerson plant is the largest single contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in the county, Berliner said. The county seeks to reduce those emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Staff Writer Sylvia Carignan contributed to this report.

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Montgomery County students took a record-high number of AP exams but earned a smaller percentage of college-ready scores in 2013 compared to 2012, according to College Board data the school system released Friday. About 17,000 students took about 33,600 AP exams in spring 2013, marking a two percent increase in the number of exams from last year when about 16,800 students took about 32,000 exams. This year’s students earned a score of 3 or higher — or a collegeready score — on about 73 percent of their exams, which is two percentage points lower than last year. The exam takers still slightly outdid their peers from 2011 who earned college-ready scores on 71.8 percent of their exams. The test is scored on a range from 1 to 5, and a score of 3 or higher indicates a student is qualified to receive college credit or advanced placement. Maryland students overall earned a 3 or higher on about 60.4 percent of their tests and students across the nation earned collegeready scores on about 57 percent of

their tests. School board President Christopher S. Barclay said in an interview that, while it is ideal for students to earn college-ready scores, he sees great benefit in students taking the AP courses and tests to help them prepare for college and beyond. Barclay said he thinks the school system needs to increase AP-course access to more students. It also needs to make sure students are well-prepared in lower-level classes before they enter the high-level AP courses, he said. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said in a statement he was pleased with the exam results but that there are still “significant gaps in performance.” The percentage of college-ready scores dropped across the school system’s Asian, African American, Hispanic and white student groups but increased slightly for students who identified themselves on the exams as two or more races. About 47 percent of African American students’ tests got a score of 3 or higher, which is about 4.8 percentage points lower than last year. Hispanic students earned a college-ready score on 56 percent of their tests — about four percentage points lower than last year. Both African American and Hispanic students in the county school system, however, have achieved sig-

nificantly higher percentages of college-ready scores than their peers on the state and national levels in recent years, including this year. Based on the percentage of tests that earned a college-ready score, gaps between white students and African American and Hispanic students in Montgomery County widened from 2012 to 2013. The gap between white and African American students increased from 29.5 percentage points to 32.6 percentage points. The gap between white students and Hispanic students increased from 21.3 to 23.6 percentage points. AP exam participation increased again this year for both African American and Hispanic students, continuing an increasing trend in recent years. Hispanic students took 4,253 tests in 2013, a increase of 237 from 4,016 in 2012. African American students took 3,297 tests in 2013 — 191 more than 2012 when they took 3,106 tests. The number of African American students taking AP exams has risen about 31.4 percent since 2008. The number of Hispanic students taking the exams has risen about 78.7 percent in the same amount of time. Hispanic students in nine high schools earned a higher percentage of college-ready scores this year compared to Hispanic students at their schools in 2012. The first sev-

eral largest increases occurred at Col. Zadok Magruder with an increase of 12.7 percentage points, John F. Kennedy with an increase of 8.2 percentage points and Damascus with an increase of 6.9 percentage points. The other 16 high schools saw decreased percentages of exams with college-ready scores among Hispanic students. The largest decreases occurred at Springbrook, which dropped 20 percentage points; Sherwood, which dropped 11.5 percentage points; and Albert Einstein, which dropped 11.2 percentage points. In eight high schools, African American students earned a higher percentage of college-ready scores compared to their peers last year. Damascus students earned an increase of 16 percentage points, Wheaton an increase of 8.5 percentage points and Col. Zadok Magruder an increase of 8.1 percentage points. Except for Walt Whitman, which remained the same, the other high schools saw decreased percentages in the number of college-ready scores African American students earned. Among the largest decreases, Richard Montgomery saw a decrease of 19.3 percentage points, and both Clarksburg and Wootton saw decreases of 15.9 percentage points.

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InBrief Energy plant processes 10 millionth ton The Montgomery County Resource Recovery Facility has processed its 10 millionth ton of waste, the county reported Thursday. The Dickerson facility is owned by the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority and operated by Covanta Montgomery. The plant, which began operations in 1995, converts post-recycled municipal solid waste into electricity. The 10 million tons of waste have produced 5.7 billion kilowatt hours of electricity. That’s enough to power all of the county’s single-family homes for two years, according to a county news release. It has offset the generation of about 10 million tons of greenhouse gases, the equivalent of taking about 2 million cars off the road. The waste is transported by rail from the Shady Grove Transfer Station in Derwood to Dickerson, 20 miles away. The waste then is burned at very high temperatures and the heat is used to generate energy in the form of electricity or steam. Metal then is recovered from the ash and recycled, according to the county’s website. “The people living and working in Montgomery County have reaped tremendous benefits, both economically and environmentally, from the energy production at the [facility] and from keeping trash out of landfills,” said Robert G. Hoyt, director of the Department of Environmental Protection, which includes the Division of Solid Waste Services.

Oboist writes department store history What do an oboe and a department store have in common? Not much, except Michael Lisicky. Lisicky, an oboist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra who has performed at the Strathmore Music Center in North Bethesda for years, also has a passion for department store histories. So much so that since 2009 he has written six books about American department stores. His latest, released by History Press, is “Woodward & Lothrop: A Store Worthy of the Nation’s Capital.” The book has interviews with members of the owning families and former employees, dozens of rare photographs and an introduction by Tim Gunn of “Project Runway.” Woodward & Lothrop, which had a store in Chevy Chase, filed for bankruptcy in 1994 and began to wind down operations in mid-1995. Lisicky says he has loved departments stores since he was 8. “It is a bizarre fascination that I really can’t explain. I spent hours in them at a time when I a kid, with my mother, of course, and they just seemed so iconic, permanent and monumental,” he said.


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

1ST DISTRICT Auto theft • On Nov. 22 at 7:21 p.m. in the 5400 block of Randolph Road, Rockville. Commercial burglary • Between 3 p.m. Nov. 21 and 7 a.m. Nov. 22 at a construction site at 15955 Frederick Road, Rockville. Forced entry, took property. Residential burglary • 200 block of Highland Avenue, Rockville, between 11:30 a.m. and 10:45 p.m. Nov. 20. No forced entry, took property. • 14600 block of Boat House Way, North Potomac, at 11:33 p.m. Nov. 25. Attempted entry, took nothing.

2ND DISTRICT Auto theft • On Nov. 20 at 9:50 a.m. in the 11800 block of Rockville Pike, Rockville. Residential robbery • On Nov. 25 at 1:50 p.m. in the 10500 block of Farnham Drive, Bethesda. Sexual offense • On Nov. 19 at 9:45 p.m. in the 6400 block of Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda. The subject inappropriately touched the victim. Commercial burglary • Between 9:30 p.m. Nov. 23 and 1 p.m. Nov. 24 at Philadelphia Mikes, 7732 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Forced entry, took property. • On Nov. 26 at 2:30 a.m. at Mattress Warehouse, 6930 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. Forced entry, took nothing. Residential burglary • 6600 block of Millwood Road, Bethesda, on Nov. 20. Forced entry into garage and vehicles, took nothing. • 5800 block of Tanglewood Drive, Bethesda, at 5 a.m. Nov. 20. Forced entry into garage and vehicles, took property.


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Susan Hoffmann says Montgomery County isn’t getting its fair share of tax dollars from the state and she wants voters to send her to Annapolis to bring them back. Hoffmann, 69, of Rockville, is a former Rockville mayor and councilwoman now running for one of three District 17 House seats. She said the county is

happy to help others, but has the same challenges as the rest of the state. “We need money for projects, too,” she said. Chief among residents’ concerns are crowded classrooms, traffic and transportation problems, and fear of losing jobs, Hoffmann said. If elected, she said she wants to bring back more money for school construction and transportation solutions. “I feel that the residents of Montgomery County work hard and deserve to live the American dream,” she said, “and I want to

make sure that they continue to have education for their children, good jobs and good housing by attracting and retaining good jobs and good employment.” Hoffmann Hoffmann, who ran unsuccessfully for the House in 1990, calls herself a progressive Democrat who believes in a climate that allows

businesses to flourish. She said she is working on legislation that will encourage businesses to come to the county without any added burden on taxpayers, but isn’t ready to give specifics. If elected, she hopes to serve on the Economic Matters Committee. “What I want to see happen is ... making it possible for businesses to come to Montgomery County — making it attractive for them to come to Montgomery County, and also to retain the businesses that we have,” Hoffmann said. She said the state should in-

vest in small businesses and encourage growth in research and development sectors, including biotechnology and cybersecurity. Maryland should also encourage more public-private partnerships, she said. Hoffmann is the manager of communications and public outreach for Montgomery County Recreation. In her time with the county and as Rockville mayor, she worked on the revitalization of town centers in Silver Spring and Rockville. “Not too many people have the experience of revitalizing

one place and going to another part of the county to do the same,” she said. Hoffmann also was a legislative analyst for the county for nine years before starting work on downtown Silver Spring, she said. “It’s a cliche, but I really can hit the ground running when I’m elected,” she said. Incumbent Democrats James W. Gilchrist and Kumar P. Barve have said they plan to seek re-election, but Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons (D) has said he plans to seek a seat in the Senate.

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A North Potomac man has entered the race to represent District 15 in Maryland’s House of Delegates. Democrat Bennett Rushkoff, 55, filed as a candidate on Dec. 4. He joined the race because, he said, Maryland’s “very effective” government should be a model for the rest of the country. “Right now, we’ve got a big problem at the national level, politically,” he said. “I want to be part of the General Assembly at this time, and help to model effective government by demonstrating it at the state level.”

Rushkoff is chief of the public advocacy section in Washington, D.C.’s Attorney General’s Office. He also is a lay minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville. He said he and the congregation have been active advocates in Annapolis, pushing for the right to same-sex marriage and a repeal of the death penalty. Rushkoff, who is married and has two children, said he is concerned about education. He suggests a “highly selective teaching college” for the University of Maryland, which would attract high-performing students to the profession. The school should consider offering loan forgiveness for graduates who go on to teach in Maryland schools. In Montgomery County, public schools are working as

they should, he said, but closing the achievement gap among ethnic, racial and economic groups is an important goal for all Maryland schools. Drawing high-quality teachers into the state’s pubRushkoff lic schools will create an educated workforce, he said. “The quality of the public schools in Maryland is one of the things that make Maryland a particularly attractive place to live,” he said. Rushkoff supports a socalled public option for medical insurance, renewable energy in

the form of offshore wind power and simplified tax regulations. “It’s important to make rules and regulations as straightforward as possible, and as simple as possible, and to minimize the burden of complying,” he said. “A bigger problem than tax level is just overall regulatory burden.” Rushkoff said the state can

create a business-friendly environment by reducing that burden on companies that operate in Maryland. As for his campaign, Rushkoff said he plans to focus on fundraising in December and start knocking on doors in District 15 in January. The candidate said he grew

up in the New York City area and has lived in Montgomery County since 1997. He and his wife lived in Silver Spring before moving to North Potomac in 2001. District 15 stretches along the western edge of the county, from Clarksburg through Germantown and Potomac to parts of Bethesda.


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Del. Kumar P. Barve is counting on his track record in the state House of Delegates over the past 22 years as the foundation for a successful reelection campaign. “If you looked at my campaign literature from four years ago, it would probably be pretty similar,” Barve (D-Dist. 17) of Gaithersburg said. Barve has been a delegate since 1991 and Democratic majority leader since 2003. He represents District 17, which includes Rockville and Gaithersburg. Barve said that if elected to another term, he plans to continue working on the same priorities, such as education and high-technology job cre-

ation, always in the context of balancing the budget on time. “Montgomery County is well situated to benefit from the economy as it recovers, and the education system in the state of Maryland is still the best in the nation,” Barve said, “and we’ve done it all while maintaining a triple-A bond rating at the state level.” Barve said the major issues in the district have always been and probably will continue to be education and job creation. Since the recession ended, Barve said, the state has increased the amount of investment in education, especially in school construction, and will likely continue to do so as the economy recovers further. This year, Barve began serving on a new business climate work group in the House. The group’s mission is to study ways to streamline business regulations, encourage innovation and develop publicprivate partnerships to finance infrastructure, according to a

description of the group on the state archives’ website. “We are going to be working very closely with Montgomery County and some major employers in Gaithersburg and major academic institutions of higher learning to really kickstart our effort in developing even further the biotechnology [industry] in MontgomBarve ery County, Maryland,” Barve said. “That’s an ongoing effort that I’m going to continue to be very involved in.” Barve, 55, was born in upstate New York and grew up in Silver Spring. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Georgetown University. He is the chief financial officer for Rockville-based Environmental Management Ser-

vices Inc. His wife, Maureen Quinn, is a Maryland workers’ compensation commissioner. As of Tuesday, Barve had not filed to run for reelection, according to the state board of elections website. Del. James W. Gilchrist of Rockville, another Democratic incumbent in District 17, said he plans to run for re-election. Like the seven other legislative districts in Montgomery, District 17 elects three delegates. In the 2014 election, the district will have at least one open seat because Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons (D-Dist. 17) has announced he plans to seek a state Senate seat. Andrew Platt and LaurieAnne Sayles, both of Gaithersburg, have filed to run for a District 17 seat. Former Rockville Mayor Susan Hoffmann has announced her plans to run, too. The primary will be June 24, 2014. The general election will be Nov. 4, 2014.

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Former Maryland delegate Saqib Ali has withdrawn his candidacy for District 15 delegate. Ali, a Clarksburg resident, withdrew from the race on Dec. 2. He had filed as a Democratic contender in September. He was elected in 2006 to represent District 39 in Maryland’s House of Delegates. He ran for senator in the same district in 2010, but was defeated by Sen. Nancy J. King (D-Dist. 39)of Montgomery Village. Ali was one of eight candidates the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee considered for District 15’s open delegate seat, vacated by nowSen. Brian Feldman (D-Dist. 15) of Potomac. Boyds resident David Fraser-Hidalgo won the committee’s nomination and was sworn in as delegate on Oct. 21. Ali declined to comment on

his withdrawal. In 2012, Ali was one of 11 candidates for three seats on the Montgomery County Board of Education, but did not win enough votes to be a board member. Ali is currentlyco-chairmanoftheEquality for Eid Coalition, a campaign to close Montgomery County Public Schools on two Muslim holidays. ThecoalitionformedinSeptember. “We are continuing to push for equality for Muslim staff and students,” Ali said in an email. Current candidates for delegate in District 15 include Democrats Del. Kathleen Dumais of Rockville, Del. Aruna Miller of Darnestown, Fraser-Hidalgo and North Potomac resident Bennett Rushkoff. Republican Flynn Ficker of Boyds said he’s also campaigning for a delegate seat in District 15, but has not formally filed with the state. District 15 stretches along the western edge of the county, from Clarksburg through Germantown and Potomac to parts of Bethesda. Primaries will be held in June 2014 and the general election will be in November.

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Del. James W. Gilchrist says he wants another term in the Maryland General Assembly to continue working on environmental concerns. “I want to continue the work I’ve been doing as a legislator. ...” Gilchrist (D-Dist. 17) said. “Specifically, some bills and issues I’ve been working on have to do with the health and sustainability of ... the Chesapeake Bay and the fisheries.” T h e state delegate said he also wants to continue working on a number of bond bills Gilchrist and legislation dealing with taxes and housing issues. Gilchrist, 48, grew up in Rockville and now lives in the Americana Centre downtown. He is treasurer of the board of the Potomac Area Council of Hostelling International-USA. Gilchrist has served in the House of Delegates since 2007 and represents District 17, which includes Rockville and Gaithersburg. He said the biggest issue in his district is education, especially figuring out how to deal with a growing student population. “The top priority there is to figure out a way to get more school construction going on to enable students to have good classroom space,” Gilchrist said. In the broader agenda, Gilchrist said, other top issues continue to be health care, environmental concerns and transportation. “In each of those, we’ve made some good strides, and I want to continue to work on those priorities,” he said. Gilchrist switched from the Ways and Means Committee to the Environmental Matters Committee in 2011. In 2013, he cosponsored bills to extend funding for the Chesa-

peake Conservation Corps Program and to encourage offshore “farms” to harness wind energy. He also cosponsored a measure to establish the Maryland Botanical Heritage Workgroup, which is to make recommendations for preserving native plant species. The previous year, Gilchrist cosponsored bills to require counties and municipalities to establish stormwater management programs and to prohibit chicken feed with arsenic. He had not filed to run for re-election as of Tuesday, but said he probably will before the new year.



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Obituary Karen Augusta Thurber, 44, of Derwood, died December 1, 2013 at Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, MD. Karen was born March 13, 1969 to W. Robert Thurber and Carolyn Bowen Thurber at Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, MD. She was a graduate of Magruder High School, Rockville, MD, and of Goucher College, Towson, MD, with a double major of English and Spanish and later received a BS in mathematics at the University of MD, College Park. Karen was an enthusiastic Girl Scout, a member of a troop from age 7 through college. She earned the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. She was also a Girl Scout leader for several years. She had a wonderful sense of humor. She enjoyed solving and writing word puzzles, especially cryptic crosswords, and had several puzzles published in Games magazine. Recently, she used her artistic and creative talents to sew and make accessories for American Girl mini dolls. Karen loved the outdoors, the parkland and the trees that she had watched grow her entire life. On vacations, along with the rest of her family, she kept a journal of visits to parks and historic sites. She is survived by her parents, and brother, Kent R. Thurber, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Family received friends on Wed. Dec. 4 at DeVol Funeral Home, 10 E. Deer Park Dr., Gaithersburg, MD 20877. A funeral service was held on Thurs. Dec. 5 at Mill Creek Parish United Methodist Church, 7101 Horizon Terrace, Derwood, MD 20855. Interment followed at Parklawn Memorial Park. Memorial contributions can be made to the Arbor Day Foundation,, or to Mill Creek Parish UMC. 1913033

Andrew Platt and LaurieAnne Sayles, both of Gaithersburg, have already filed to run for a District 17 seat in the House of Delegates. Former Rockville Mayor Susan Hoffmann is also campaigning for a seat in the House. Incumbent Del. Kumar P. Barve said he plans to run for re-election, while Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons has announced that he is seeking the District 17 seat in the Maryland Senate. The primary will be June 24. The general election will be Nov. 4.



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Montgomery County Selects Three Favorite Teachers Some 150,000 Ballots Cast in The Gazette My Favorite Teacher Program By Karen Finucan Clarkson | Special to the Gazette

“I have been blessed in my life to have had several outstanding teachers that took a real interest in my personal development, and it was just enough to make me want to push myself harder and set goals that have allowed me to lead a successful community-focused organization like MidAtlantic Federal Credit Union,” said Rick Wieczorek, the company’s president and CEO. While Wieczorek’s teachers took a variety of approaches in the classroom and were fervent about different subjects, “the one thing they had in common was an unwavering passion about their students and an ability to inspire a young person to look within and unlock his potential, then turn it into a desire to grow and make a difference in his world,” he said. That recognition, of how teachers change lives, is one of the reasons MAFCU has been The Gazette’s My Favorite Teacher platinum sponsor for the past three years. Wieczorek’s comments came during a December 2 awards

ecognizing our local teachers and giving them the attention they deserve” is important to MidAtlantic Federal Credit Union, according to Marc Wilensky, vice president of


An apple for the winners of The Gazette’s 2013 My Favorite Teacher program. From left to right: Bobbie Russell, Damascus High School; Ashley Tauber, Earle B. Wood Middle School; Deborah Lee, Beall Elementary School.

ceremony at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, where students, family, friends, school administrators, and sponsors from the local business community gathered to honor the winning teachers. The contest – also held in Prince George’s County – began in September when The Gazette asked students to nominate their favorite teachers. The newspaper selected finalists at the elementary-, middle- and high-school levels based on the most compelling student essays, and then opened up the voting to the public to select the winners. Ultimately, the contest drew some 500 nominations in the two counties and garnered more than 150,000 online votes. Montgomery County selected Deborah Janet Lee, a kindergarten teacher at Beall Elementary School in Rockville; Ashley Tauber, director of bands and orchestras at Earle B. Wood Middle School in Rockville; and Roberta “Bobbie” Russell, a professional restaurant management teacher at Damascus High School. Russell, the top vote-

marketing. That is why, for the third consecutive year, MidAtlantic FCU is the My Favorite Teacher platinum sponsor. “As a community chartered credit union, we believe in giving back to our community and what better way to give back than through education? Every day our employees educate the people of Montgomery County about financial issues. Financial

getter in both counties, is the first teacher to repeat as a winner in the six-year history of the contest. Several other sponsors, in addition to Wieczorek, were on hand to present the awards, including Suparna Shah, director of LearningRx, the elementary school sponsor; and Bill Lauck, director of communications at Barrie School in Silver Spring, the high school sponsor. The teachers were presented with the My Favorite Teacher signature award, a stunning glass apple mounted on an inscribed base. They were surprised to receive generous gifts – including presents from sponsors and a check from The Gazette – totaling $500. Each nominating student received a $50 gift card as well. During the ceremony, students read the essays they had submitted online nominating the winning teachers. Their words resonated with the sponsors, educators and parents alike. For additional details about The Gazette My Favorite Teacher contest go to

literacy is a very important component of who we are.” For more than 40 years, tens of thousands of Montgomery County families, individuals and businesses have made Mid-Atlantic FCU their financial institution of choice for borrowing, saving and checking. If you live, work, worship, attend school, or volunteer in Montgomery County, you are eligible to join Mid-Atlantic FCU. Wilensky was awed by the number of students that “took the time to write on behalf of their educators. We always

hear how kids today are involved in so many activities and how they have no free time. So the fact that these kids took some of that valuable time to write to us about a teacher that had an impact on their life is impressive.” Also impressive is Mid-Atlantic FCU’s commitment to the community it serves. “From our CEO down, everyone throughout the organization believes in giving back to the community, a commitment I have never seen anywhere else….The culture is really contagious.”


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WINNER Roberta (Bobbie) Russell Professional Restaurant Management Teacher Damascus High School

Chef is honest with her students; she doesn’t sugarcoat things; she is the only teacher I have ever met that tells it like it is. Chef is the one teacher I know that I could go to for anything and she would do everything in her power to make sure my problem was solved. Chef takes the teacher-student relationship to the next level. Gabriella Delpo, 10th Grade

This year’s top vote getter and the first teacher to be named My Favorite Teacher for a second time, Roberta (Bobbie) Russell says she is “touched, honored, and so flattered that my students feel this way about me.” This award means more to Russell than any professional recognition “because it is from my students who nominated and voted for me. It is awards such as this that keep me working despite being in chronic pain that was caused by a work-related accident in 2010.” Russell, a teacher for 13 years, holds a B.A. in liberal arts/education with a minor in special education from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and master’s equivalency from Trinity College in education/special education. She attended L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg and took additional graduate classes at Johnson and Wales in Providence, Rhode Island. Known as Chef to students at Damascus High School, Russell became a teacher because, “I wanted to do something that would make a positive difference in the lives of young people. Everyone had a teacher who inspired them and encouraged them during the difficult teenage years. I wanted to be that person. I believe that I have reaped more rewards as a teacher than I would have in any other profession.” A native of New Orleans, Russell and her husband Ken have lived in Maryland for 19 years. They have five children – all graduates of Montgomery County Public Schools – ranging in age from 32 to 22. “I am very proud of all of them for their achievements.”




s a school, we appreciate and support the efforts of teachers at every level and type of educational institution,” says Alyssa Jahn, director of admission and financial aid at Barrie School. At the Silver Spring school – a My Favorite Teacher sponsor – teachers actively engage the minds, hands and hearts of students. “Barrie’s teachers are the foundation of all that we do, and each one is a favorite of our students and parents in their own right.” Founded in 1932, Barrie is “a center for learning for students ages 18-months through grade 12….We are also a center of excellence in training aspiring educators through our Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies.” The


renowned Barrie Day Camp, located on the school’s 45-acre wooded campus, provides a rare opportunity for children to be themselves, safely explore new things and the outdoor world, spend quality time with friends, and be guided by caring staff. “A Barrie student develops a confident, compassionate voice with an ability to advocate and lead,” notes Charles H. Abelmann, Barrie’s head of school. “This requires being able to think critically and solve problems and knowing how to work both independently and collaboratively in a group. At Barrie, we not only prepare students with skills and knowledge, but also carefully support stewards of our world, who can live fulfilling, joyful lives. Our students learn about the complexity of a world where our interdependencies demand sensitivity to culture.” To learn more, visit

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WINNER Ashley Tauber Director of Bands and Orchestras Earle B. Wood Middle School

She not only taught me about music but about life…. Her courage and brightness kept me going with music. It helped me pursue what I almost gave up…. She implanted a never-give-up mind set, just from her attitude. I can never show the amount of appreciation I owe her; never could it be described in words. Yuni Higgs, 9th Grade

“It is rare to get a chance to experience, or in this case read about, how deeply you can touch someone else’s life, especially your students who move on to new, stimulating teachers. It is so inspiring to know that the energy, hard work, and patience that we as teachers put in with our students does make a huge difference in their lives,” says Ashley Tauber about the statement that led to her recognition as this year’s middle school My Favorite Teacher. “When I first read Yuni’s essay, I was overwhelmed with her kind words and beautiful writing!” Tauber, an instrumental music teacher at Rockville’s Earle B. Wood Middle School, received her B.M.E. from the University of Maryland and currently is pursuing a master’s in human development in education from the same institution. She anticipates graduating in May. It was Tauber’s own middle-school band director who piqued her interested in music education. “He was the teacher I stayed after school with almost every day, the teacher who showed me the joy in making music on my instrument, and the teacher who inspired me to continue performing. From my own experience as a teacher and his student, nothing compares to the connection you feel to inspirational students and teachers you have for multiple years.” Born and raised in the Manhattan suburb of New Rochelle, N.Y., Tauber is a member of the National Association for Music Education and plays soprano saxophone in the Free State Saxophone Quartet.



ducation – vital to the growth of both the individual and society – is infused into the mission and tradition of Germantown Dental & Cosmetic Center. “Education is a continuous part of our philosophy,” says Dr. Ali Alibakhshi, who, along with his staff, provides patients with the latest information concerning oral hygiene and dental and orthodontic care. That knowledge allows patients to make informed decisions regarding their treatment. It was Dr. Alibakhshi’s appreciation of and desire to honor those who “give their all and dedicate themselves to their students” that led to Germantown Dental’s sponsorship of My Favorite Teacher. “Without good teachers, there

would be no good students.” A family-oriented practice, Germantown Dental’s courteous staff and knowledgeable doctors are dedicated to patient comfort. Tenderness and compassion are the hallmarks of this warm and friendly practice, a place where the patient’s needs come first. An attractive smile has myriad benefits, no matter what a person’s age. Studies have shown that smiling not only lifts spirits and relieves stress, but it opens doors, builds rapport, and exudes confidence. Germantown Dental & Cosmetic Center is committed to helping all patients – adults, adolescents and children – achieve the smile they deserve, a healthy beautiful one. To learn more, visit


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She goes out of her way to make learning fun for her busy bees. She is so creative with the way she teaches and you don’t even realize you are getting smarter….She invests a lot of her own time in her class and it shows as her students and their parents love her.

Deborah Janet Lee Kindergarten Teacher Beall Elementary School

Antonino Pedone, 6th Grade

When Deborah Janet Lee read the essay nominating her as My Favorite Teacher, she felt “loved. Very much loved! And appreciated. What touches me the most is that the essay was written by a ‘busy bee’ from my very first kindergarten class. Of course, I cried.” While Lee may be the award recipient, she shares it with those who have taught her. “Every educator, teacher, and the students and parents I have met are my favorite teachers. These wonderful ‘teachers’ of mine have motivated and inspired me every day. I am so thankful to have these people in my life. They have made my dream of being a teacher better than I imagined. They are all my favorite teachers. We are all a favorite teacher to many. So, this is our award.” Lee was inspired by her first-grade teacher, who was “nurturing, fun, and really valued her students equally. I wanted to be just like her.” Now in her seventh year at Rockville’s Beall Elementary School, Lee holds a B.S. in early childhood and elementary education from Frostburg State University and a M.S. in education with reading focus from Johns Hopkins University. During the My Favorite Teacher voting, Lee received “emails, messages, calls, texts, notes, and in-person comments about how many times they have voted for me every day….My coworkers and members of the school community would stop me in the hallway or send an email rooting for me. And, of course, Antonino, my ‘busy bee,’ and the rest of the Pedone.



nsuring the success of Montgomery County’s children is a collaborative effort, one that involves parents and teachers and supportive businesses, such as LearningRx. “My Favorite Teacher is a great way to show appreciation for all our wonderful teachers in the school community and recognize them for their dedication and efforts to develop responsible, hard-working, motivated students and to instill the lifelong joy of learning in them,” says Suparna Shah, director of the North Potomac brain training center. “Our schools empower students with academic content and LearningRx training programs ensure that the skills needed to learn that content are strong.” LearningRx, located in the Quince Orchard Medical Park, is a cognitive-

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AWARDS CEREMONY Held Monday evening, December 2, 2013 Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown

From left to right: Bobbie Russell, Damascus High School; Ashley Tauber, Earle B. Wood Middle School; Rick Wieczorek, Jr., president and CEO of Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, the platinum sponsor; Deborah Lee, Beall Elementary School.

Barrie School was the proud sponsor of the winning high school teacher. From left to right: Gabriella Delpo, 10th grade student who nominated Bobbie Russell; Bobbie Russell, Damascus High School; Bill Lauck, director of communications of Barrie School.

LEARNING RX skills one-on-one training program for kids in preschool through high school. Cognitive training enhances one’s ability to process, store and recall information. Students with ADHD, dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s and other learning struggles turn to LearningRx to develop the skills needed to become better, more efficient learners. As a My Favorite Teacher sponsor, Shah enjoyed reading “students’ testimonials and what they think makes a great teacher. It was wonderful learning about the teachers and how hard they work to make a difference in the lives of their students.” LearningRx relies on the latest in brain science to permanently improve core cognitive skills and raises IQ scores, on average by 15-20 points. Brain training differs from tutoring in that it treats the underlying cause of learning struggles by strengthening weak cognitive skills. To learn more, visit

Germantown Dental was the proud sponsor of the winning middle school teacher. From left to right: Rick Wieczorek, Jr., president and CEO of Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union; Ashley Tauber, Earle. B. Wood Middle School;Yuni Higgs, 9th grade student who nominated Ashley Tauber.

LearningRx, the elementary school sponsor, surprised each teacher with a gift basket. From left to right: Suparna Shah, director of the North Potomac brain training center for LearningRx; Deborah Lee, Beall Elementary School; Antonino Pedone, 6th grade student who nominated Deborah Lee.

THE FINALISTS The Gazette congratulates all the Montgomery County Teachers who made it to the final voting round this fall: MONTGOMERY COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: William Tyler Page Elementary School Oak View Elementary School Stone Mill Elementary School Beall Elementary School Cold Spring Elementary School Sequoyah Elementary School Belmont Elementary School Cedar Grove Elementary School Rachel Carson Elementary School Greenwood Elementary School

•Sandy Goldschmidts •Robert Hoffmaster •Gillian Keller •Deborah Lee •Cheryl Sellitti •Charmaine St. Bernard •Gina Stamates-Miller •Regina Thompson •Christine Troilo •James Van Eyk

MONTGOMERY COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL: •Shari Connor Holy Cross School •Bryan Goehring Takoma Park Middle School •Tyler Johnson Forest Oak Middle School •Sarah Manchester Takoma Park Middle School •Michelle Newton Benjamin Banneker Middle School •James Reed Lakelands Park Middle School •Warren Scheib Eastern Middle School •Laura Schrader Shady Grove Middle School •Kevin Settlage Robert Frost Middle School •Ashley Tauber Earle B. Woods Middle School


MONTGOMERY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL: •Emily Asofsky Northwest High School •Kristin Chilton Clarksburg High School •Ronald Dietz Gaithersburg High School •Herb Edelstein Richard Montgomery High School •Michelle Edwards Montgomery Blair High School •Chuck Ehrman Our Lady of Good Counsel •Steven Garfinkel Albert Einstein High School •Presad Gerard Poolesville High School •Mark Hajjar The Frost School •Roberta (Bobbie) Russell Damascus High School


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Maryland’s gun laws, a year after Sandy Hook Brady Campaign gives state an A on measures enacted this year




One year after 20 students and six adults lost their lives in the mass murder at Sandy Hook

Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Maryland operates under a new gun law aimed at stemming the tide of gun violence within its borders. “We experience a Newtown every day in the U.S.,” state Sen. Brian E. Frosh said. “There are 25 to 30 killings by firearms every single day. It’s just not all in one place.” Gun violence is a serious




Kenneth Patrick Henderson (45) passed away on Saturday November 30 2013 as a result of complications related to his battle with cancer. Kenneth was a long time member of the Steamfitter’s Local Union 602. He was an avid NASCAR fan who especially enjoyed “camping out at the track” with his wife Jenny. They both enjoyed trips to the beach, most recently a long awaited trip to California. Kenneth had a great love for animals, his current dogs Fitter and Poon will miss him greatly. He is survived by his wife Jenny, his stepsons Travis Rousset (Dianna) and Sean Rousset (Samatha), along with his grandson Travis Rousset Jr. He is also survived by his mother Laurie Baker, his sister Leslie Fiene and her family (Doug, Conner, Peyton & Morgan), his brother Andrew Henderson and, his uncle Robert Neilson (Tio) with whom he was especially close. Also included are a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at St Paul’s Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Ave, Kensington, MD on Saturday December 14th @ 2:00 pm. A gathering to celebrate Kenneth’s life will follow. 1913036

public health issue, said Frosh (D-Dist. 16) of Chevy Chase, a 2014 Democratic candidate for attorney general, and Senate leader on the gun law that passed in 2013. But he said it took the deadly shootings of schoolchildren last December to galvanize the public and lawmakers behind the Firearms Safety Act of 2013. The new law, supported by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and adopted by the General Assembly early this year, requires background checks, fingerprinting, training and a licensing fee for everyone purchasing regulated firearms — a category that includes handguns but not shotguns or hunting rifles. The law also bans about 40 semiautomatic rifles deemed to be “assault weapons” and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. It also restricts gun ownership by certain people with a history of mental illness. The Firearms Safety Act of 2013 took effect Oct. 1. Time will tell if the changes actually save lives and prevent a massacre in Maryland. Opponents, however, say the law missed the mark. “I think Maryland did nothing whatsoever to curb gun violence,” said Del. Michael D. Smigiel Sr. “All we did was attempt to make criminals out of

law-abiding citizens.” Smigiel (R-Dist. 36) of Chesapeake City called the law “tyranny” that fails to actually punish “bad guys with guns.” As just one example, Smigiel said the law allows residents to buy banned weapons out of state and bring those weapons into Maryland but it prevents visitors with permits to carry a concealed weapon in other states from carrying in Maryland. “The law is just feel-good legislation that really just complicates the matter for lawabiding Marylanders,” Smigiel said. “I don’t think anybody can point to any aspect of that law and show where any portion of it made people safer.” Vincent DeMarco, president of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, is confident lives will be saved, particularly by the fingerprint licensing. “It’s going to prevent people from lying about who they are, and it’s going to deter people from buying guns who are criminals,” DeMarco said. “It’s a really good strategy for reducing gun violence.” A 2013 study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Gun Policy and Research found that once implemented, Maryland’s law would reduce gun trafficking, gun crime and gun homicides. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Maryland fourth in the nation for best gun laws and gave it a grade of A based on thirty policy areas, including background checks and access of dangerous persons to weapons. “We know from other states that these laws work,” DeMarco said. But in Maryland, Smigiel said the licensing requirement has an already backlogged Maryland State Police unable to meet the law’s mandate that it only take seven days to process background checks. At present, he said police are taking as long as 120 days to process background checks. If gun shop owners were allowed to do those checks, it would take mere seconds, he said. State police did not respond to requests for comment. Maryland’s new law allows residents who owned assault weapons or magazines over 10 rounds before Oct. 1 to keep those weapons. As a result, thousands of Marylanders flocked to buy guns in the months between passage and Oct. 1. Maryland had more purchases of guns in the first nine months of 2013 than in the prior year and half, Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons said. Simmons, while a supporter of the bill, is critical of many of its provisions. “There was literally a tidal wave of gun purchases in Maryland,” Simmons (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville said. “I believe Maryland is armed to the teeth and I do not believe the governor’s bill went far enough.” Simmons is a candidate for the District 17 state Senate seat. “What this law did was [create] a buying frenzy,” Del. John W.E. Cluster Jr. said. “Maryland put 100,000 more guns on the street by this law.” Cluster (R-Dist. 8) of Parkville, a retired police sergeant, said he knows residents who bought assault weapons for no other reason than the coming ban. “I do not know the solution to gun violence. We will always have gun violence. It is always going to happen,” he said. One solution might be to make it easier for residents who want to carry a weapon to do so, he said. Cluster is one of a few lawmakers who do not feel the 2013 law ends the gun debate. He has filed a bill for 2014 that would place an armed safety resource officer in every school in an effort to protect students should a shooting like Sandy Hook happen here. A new report from the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association found it took officers 8 minutes and 39 seconds from the first call to 911 until they entered Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. Cluster said an armed officer in the building could have responded more quickly and potentially saved lives. Smigiel proposes a change to eliminate a regulatory requirement that applicants for a handgun license shoot a firearm first.


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lenge: County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) has decided on Lohr as the next fire chief, subject to the County Council’s approval. Lohr, 58, became interim chief of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service in May after then-Chief Richard Bowers resigned and became fire chief in Fairfax County, Va. Bowers was listed in a 2013 county employee database as having a salary of $190,000 as chief. Lohr, who joined the department in 1985, has a current salary is $155,703 as head of the operations division, according to the database.


Steve Lohr has dealt with tricky situations in the course of his career as a Montgomery County firefighter, from fighting multi-home fires on hot summer days to helping deliver babies — he’s done that four times. Now he is preparing for a new chal-

Continued from Page A-1 2010. Rice said he can’t thank her enough for all of the ways she’s helped him be a stronger council member. Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring, who served with Ervin on the council and on the county’s Board of Education before that, said it was Ervin who first encouraged her to run for the school board. She said she’s happy that Ervin will be going on to another level with the new job. “I cannot think of anyone better than you to lead,” she said. Since the vacancy caused by Ervin’s departure is occurring after Dec. 1 of the year before an election, no special election will be held, County Attorney Marc Hansen said Tuesday. The council will have 30 days to appoint a new member approved by a majority of the remaining members to serve out the rest of Ervin’s term, Hansen said. The new member will have to be a Democrat who lives in District 5, the same as Ervin, he said. If the council fails to act within 30 days, Leggett will appoint a candidate from a list provided by the county’s Democratic Central Committee, he said. Silver Spring Democrat Evan Glass announced in November that he intends to run for the District 5 council seat. Ervin has been on the council since 2006, and served as president for


County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin addresses attendees before County Executive Isiah Leggett signs a minimum wage bill Thursday in Rockville. Ervin announced Tuesday that she would resign her seat Jan. 3 to take over a New York nonprofit that advocates for working families.

the 2010-11 term. She serves as chairwoman of the Education Committee and as a member of the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee. She also served on the Board of Education from 2004 until 2006. She has been a strong advocate over the years for the poor, and was instrumental in making Montgomery the first in the country to have a countywide food recovery network. She called the food recovery network as one of her biggest achievements during her time on the council, as well as a program to provide meals over the summer for low-income children. Earlier this session, Ervin was a cosponsor on a bill that will increase the county’s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2017.

Continued from Page A-1 requirements to purchase homes at a reduced price. “It was created in 1974,” he said. “There was a shortage of affordable housing, what was being built was expensive.” Since that time close to 14,000 affordable housing units have been built, he said.

starting in July. Disappointing to both Pepco and its opponents, the July ruling is under appeal in Baltimore County Circuit Court.

Service will face is the increasing number of baby boomers, who need more care as they age, he said. “We will need to be able to meet that demand,” he said. The service also will focus on making sure heart attack victims receive emergency care as soon as possible, he said. The department works to ensure that cardiac care at a hospital is available within 90 minutes of a 911 call. In the last three months, firefighters hit that benchmark 41 out of 42 times, he said.

To Pepco’s critics, this latest request for more money is not surprising. Joseph M. Rigby, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Pepco Holdings Inc., told investors in November it would seek another rate hike. “It just seems to be endless,”

INITIAL RECOMMENDATIONS The union’s support for General Assembly incumbents include: Sen. Karen Montgomery (Dist. 14)

Del. Ana Sol Gutiérrez (Dist. 18)

Del. Anne Kaiser (Dist. 14)

Del. Jeff Waldstreicher (Dist. 18)


Del. Eric Luedtke (Dist. 14)

Sen. Roger Manno (Dist. 19)

The Montgomery County Education Association announced Friday its political recommendations supporting 24 Maryland General Assembly incumbents running for reelection. A released statement from the union said that each candidate it is recommending in next year’s primary election “has a strong record as an advocate for public education.” The teachers union did not include recommendations for open seats in the general assembly. The union is scheduled to interview candidates running for open seats in January. Several state legislators are running for different positions next year, opening up seats for challengers. Del. Susan C. Lee (D-Dist. 16) and Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons (D-Dist. 17) are both running for senate positions; Del. C. William Frick (D-Dist. 16) and Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Dist. 16) are both running for attorney general; and Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) is running for governor. Del. Sam Arora (D-Dist. 19) is not running for reelection and Sen. Jennie M. Forehand (D-Dist. 17) has not announced whether or not she is running. Doug Prouty, the union’s presi-

Del. Craig Zucker (Dist. 14)

Del. Bonnie Cullison (Dist. 19)

Sen. Brian Feldman (Dist. 15)

Del. Ben Kramer (Dist. 19)

“It’s a very high priority for the county,” he said. Developers are required to include the moderately priced units in any project with more than 20 units, Anderson said. Calls to Winchester Homes about the development were not returned and there was no information on the construction schedule or cost for the new homes.

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career firefighter, he was a volunteer firefighter at two local stations, in Silver Spring and Gaithersburg, he said. Lohr said he would work to meet the new challenges of his job and the evolving public safety challenges in Montgomery County, including serving an aging population and keeping his agency properly staffed. He also said he wants to maintain good relationships with other local and national agencies and make sure the county’s fire stations have necessary equipment. One specific challenge that the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue

County teachers union backs incumbents



“I’m thrilled,” Lohr said. “I feel like I’ve been prepping for this all my life.” The council could vote to confirm Lohr after the holiday recess, county officials said. In a release announcing the news on Dec. 4, Leggett called Lohr a “highly regarded leader” in fire and rescue services. Lohr has been a firefighter since 1971, when he joined a volunteer fire department in Washington County, he said. He later moved to Montgomery County. Before joining the fire service as a


Del. Kathleen Dumais (Dist. 15)

Sen. Jamie Raskin (Dist. 20)

Del. Aruna Miller (Dist. 15)

Del. Sheila Hixson (Dist. 20)

Del. Ariana Kelly (Dist. 16)

Del. Tom Hucker (Dist. 20)

Del. Kumar Barve (Dist. 17)

Sen. Nancy King (Dist. 39)

Del. James Gilchrist (Dist. 17)

Del. Charles Barkley (Dist. 39)

Sen. Richard Madaleno (Dist. 18)

Del. Kirill Reznik (Dist. 39)

Del. Al Carr, Jr. (Dist. 18)

Del. Shane Robinson (Dist. 39)

dent, said the pool of candidates vying for the general assembly’s open seats is “very interesting.” “I’m very pleased with the folks we have running for open seats right now,” Prouty said. “As a group of folks, they seem to be engaged in learning about the school system and very supportive of the school system.” Prouty said he would like to see the open-seat candidates learn more about evaluations of and supports for teachers and principals in the county’s professional growth system. The system is important for the candidates to understand and support, Prouty said, because it has been an “ongoing discussion” the union has


Continued from Page A-1 tesy call to let [neighbors] know of the possibility of change,” Warner said before the November meeting. But Barnes wrote that her letter to Carrier “puts our opposition in the public record before any plans to rezone are submitted.”

said Abbe Milstein of Powerupmontco, a listserv for electric utility issues. “There seems to be no finality because the commission has no control here. The utilities are controlling the commission.” Milstein founded Powerupmontco after the June 2012

Besides opposing the idea of increased density on the property, Barnes said in the newsletter, WMCCA is supporting the idea of retaining the tennis club. She wrote: “Many long time members of the existing club expressed concern over loss of the facility and noted the significant value of the clay courts to older players.”

derecho left her neighborhood in the dark for eight days. If the past is any indication, a large portion of Pepco’s request should be rejected, Del. Heather Mizeur, a 2014 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, said in a prepared statement. “Pepco’s return on equity

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had with legislators and state education officials. As for the incumbents who have already gained the union’s support, Prouty said one thing the union hopes they highlight in their campaigns is the county’s need for additional school construction funds from the state. The county school board is asking for a $1.74 billion Capital Improvements Program budget for fiscal years 2015 through 2020. Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua P. Starr has said the school system actually needs $2.2 billion to cover its capital improvement needs over the six-year period.

should be tied to its performance and Pepco’s performance does not justify an increase,” said Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park. “Marylanders deserve a commission that protects consumers and holds investorowned utilities accountable.” Even though Pepco’s rates have risen with each request, Montgomery County Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist.

She continued: “WMCCA has decided to oppose any rezoning of the site. ... While WMCCA realizes we cannot prevent the property owner from utilizing the property to build two houses, we will strongly oppose any attempts to build townhouses on the site.” 1) of Bethesda, an outspoken critic of the utility, noted that the commission has denied the lion’s share of what it asks for each time. Montgomery County has spent about $360,000 over the last four years fighting rate increases, county spokesman Patrick Lacefield said.

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While Giant Food and Safeway still hold strong positions in the eyes of Montgomery County grocery shoppers, more are being wooed by cheese departments and other amenities in competitors such as Whole Foods Market, Harris Teeter and Trader Joe’s. And more are turning to ethnic grocers and even drugstores. In the 12-month period ending March 31, the largest sales jumps from the previous year among the 10 biggest grocer players in Montgomery were by Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, CVS and international grocers, according to figures from Columbia, Md.-based Food World magazine. Giant, Safeway and Shoppers Food were the only ones to see declines. “That has been the trend for a number of years now, especially in the Washington area,” said Patrick Donoho, president of the Maryland Retailers Association. “Grocers are competing for a finite amount of money.” Giant had 45 percent of the grocery store market share in the Washington area about a decade ago, but has seen its share slip to 35 percent in the region. Giant’s share is 23 percent if you include the groceries sold by traditional consumer product retailers like Wal-Mart, Target and Costco into the regional mix — though it is still a strong 37 percent in Montgomery, even with Target and others. The Landover company has been renovating stores to offer sushi bars and the like, including a recent upgrade to the Bethesda Row location. Since 2008, Giant has renovated or replaced more than 145 stores in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C., said company spokesman Jamie Miller.

“This is greatly enhancing our customers’ shopping experience and adding hundreds of new jobs,” Miller said. Safeway, which has a market share of 14 percent in Montgomery, also has renovated or replaced numerous local stores, with Wheaton being the most recent. The new 60,000-square-foot store in Wheaton is about twice the size of its predecessor, said Craig Muckle, a Safeway spokesman. Numerous factors spark such renovations, including customer surveys and company studies, he said. Grocers like Giant and Safeway are not only renovating stores and offering more chef-prepared food, but increasing services such as curbside pickup, delivery and gas stations. “Some of it has to do with competition, but that is not always an overriding factor,” Muckle said. “Customers want to shop at the most modern stores. Our job is to provide the best store we can.”

Some close, others open In the past year or so, Montgomery County has lost all three of its Magruder’s stores — a local smaller brand dating to 1875. Food Lion closed one store, while Harris Teeter opened another in Clarksburg and plans a sixth store in the county in Gaithersburg’s Crown Farm development in January. More than half of Harris Teeter’s nine Maryland stores are in Montgomery; that’s just how it has worked out, said Danna Jones, a company spokeswoman. The stores offer full-service butcher markets, sushi bars, chef-prepared food and sit-down eating areas. “Decisions to build or maintain stores are never based on one thing, but rather a variety of factors, including size and configuration of sites, and existing and future traffic patterns,” Jones said. Wegmans, a family-owned brand, opened its first Montgomery store in Germantown in September. The Frederick store’s sales in the


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New restaurant in Silver Spring Urban Butcher plans to open Thursday in Silver Spring, offering a selection that features in-house cured and aged cuts of meat, as well as seafood, poultry, pig and game. It’s at 8226 Georgia Ave., two blocks south of the Silver Spring Metro station. Reflecting the chefs’ passion for whole animal butchery, many of the proteins on the menu will come from local and sustainable sources, according to a news release. Urban Butcher’s wine list of about 100 labels features avant-garde small producers from the Old World. Also, it will include newer-style wines from around the U.S. The cocktail menu features classic cocktails, plus an eclectic whiskey and malts selection. The restaurant will initially offer only dinner and happy hour, but has plans to open for brunch, lunch and coffee shop throughout the day in early 2014. TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE

Sarah Duranko of Frederick, an employee at the new Clarksburg Village Center Harris Teeter grocery store, tops cupcakes Thursday. 12-month period surveyed by Food World was $64.3 million, well above most competitors’. Giant’s Frederick stores averaged sales of $32.4 million, while its Montgomery locations averaged about $38 million. Safeway’s Frederick stores averaged $17 million, while its Montgomery sites averaged $22 million. Sales at the 123,000-squarefoot Germantown store — which has culinary chefs preparing various dishes, sushi and rice-bowl bars and a market café — are “right where we projected,” said Jo Natale, a Wegmans spokeswoman. “We are very pleased with the results. All of our Maryland stores are doing exceptionally well, with sales growing year-over-year for all locations.” Trader Joe’s saw sales at its four Montgomery stores rise by more than 40 percent in the past year, according to Food World. Ethnic grocers such as Shalom Kosher, which moved into the former Magruder’s in Silver Spring, saw sales increase by 13 percent.

In Frederick County, sales at Giant Food and Giant Eagle, a separate company based in the Pittsburgh area, increased by more than $4 million each in the past year, according to Food World. Meanwhile, sales at Wegmans, Safeway and Wal-Mart remained about the same, while Weis Markets saw a $2 million decline. Big changes in the food industry include more organic offerings sparked by Whole Foods and the rise of the Wal-Marts and Targets to sell a lot more food, Brian Stoffel, an analyst with investment information company Motley Fool, said in a report. “Many traditional grocers have been feeling the pinch,” Stoffel said. “The Whole Foods clan has taken away high-end shoppers who are lookingforthehealthiestoptions.And the Wal-Mart clan has stolen away the bargain hunters who want the cheapest prices they can find on food.”

Ordan inducted into Business Hall of Fame The Washington Business Hall of Fame has named Mark Ordan of Bethesda, the CEO of Sunrise Senior Living of McLean, Va., one of its four 2013 Laureates, who were inducted Dec. 3. A New York City native, he founded Fresh Fields Markets, which later was acquired by Whole Foods Market, according to a hall of fame news release. Ordan and an investment group purchased Sutton Place Gourmet and transformed it into the gourmet market Balducci’s. He later was CEO of the Mills Corp., a shopping-mall operator, then became Sunrise Senior Living’s second CEO. The inductions were made during a black-tie gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Another Laureate was Linda P. Hudson, the president and CEO of BAE Systems, which has an office in Rockville. The other two were William Couper, the retired president of the mid-Atlantic region for Bank of America, and Bobbie Greene Kilberg, president and CEO of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. The Washington Business Hall of Fame gala and awards ceremony raises more than $1 million each year to support Junior Achievement programs, according to the news release.


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There are no crashes, explosions or other sounds of destruction in the video game music at Col. Zadok Magruder High School in Rockville. The music, performed by students of the Gamer Symphony Orchestra, is soft, though growing in intensity, for sure. It’s a serious work by the group preparing to take part in the school’s annual winter concert Thursday. “It’s like soundtrack music,” said Mark Eisenhower, chairman of the school’s music department and the orchestra’s sponsor. “Characters have themes.” The orchestra is completely student run, Eisenhower said, although he is willing to support the members. The musicians even do their own arrangements. Junior Macen Molina arranged the

piece the group was working on at a rehearsal Friday, a selection adapted from “Kingdom Hearts,” a role-playing game in which the main character searches for his friends. “I’ve always loved music and to be able to connect video games and music is great,” he said. Molina, who plays the bassoon in the GSO, said “Kingdom Hearts” is dramatic: The player is the key master, trying to destroy people who are. It was a natural choice for him to see if he could capture the music. Roughly 25 to 30 students play in the group, Eisenhower said. They incorporate mostly brass instruments, but also woodwinds, strings, an electric guitar and percussion. The group is led by its president, Brian Berden, a senior and saxophone player, and senior vice president Shiloh Parrish, who is the GSO conductor. Both students are active in other music groups at Magruder and members of the school’s instrumental leadership council. Berden arranged the second piece

the group plans to perform at the concert. “It’s called ‘Fight,’ a medley of a lot of battle themes,” he said. “Themes from ‘Street Fighter,’ ‘Final Fantasy VII’ and ‘Pokemon Black and White.’” The piece is a quartet for four saxophones, so he had to use pieces that could be broken down to four voices, he said. Magruder’s GSO started, the best anyone can remember, about six years ago with just a handful of members. A band member who was interested in gaming heard that the University of Maryland had a gaming orchestra, heard it play and brought the idea back to the school. “We are the first [in the county] and there is one at Quince Orchard [High School in Gaithersburg] and one at Damascus [High School],” Brian said. The students said video games are a big part of their lives. “Video games have always been a big part of my life. They’ve helped me bond with friends and get through hard times,” Brian said.


Members of the Gamer Symphony Orchestra, including (front, from left) clarinetists Stephanie Brown, 17, and Calvin Ho, 17, and flutist Timothy Ho, 17, rehearse Friday at Col. Zadok Magruder High School in Rockville. Macen said he hopes they always will be part of his life. “I’d like to go into the industry, be a graphical engineer,” he said. “Take

what artists draw and bring it to life.” And still play the music.


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EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Eighth-graders flex math muscles in annual contest Six eighth-graders from St. Elizabeth School in Rockville took first place in the 40th annual Our Lady of Good Counsel Math Competition on Nov. 21.

Maggie Hansen, Patrick Howley, Matthew Musselman, Thomas Penny, Kerry Pullano and Connor Starkey repre-


sented the school in the competition, which included teams from 15 schools. The Olney Catholic high school invites Catholic grade schools in the area to send sixstudent teams to the annual fall competition, where they take a 45-minute, multiple-choice test written by the school’s math faculty, according to Patricia Lavin Riely, chairwoman of Good Counsel’s math department. Each team’s score is the sum of their top four individual scores. St. Elizabeth was first with 92 points, followed by St. Martin of Tours in Gaithersburg with 90 and Trinity School in Howard County with 83. Matthew Musselman of the St. Elizabeth team earned a perfect score. The top 10 students were awarded certificates and the top three teams received trophies. “Everyone celebrates with pizza and beverages at the end,” Riely wrote in an email. Good Counsel has a partnership with its Catholic feeder schools and the math competition is a way to encourage them with their math programs, she wrote, adding it is a nice way to get eighth-grade students “excited about coming to Our Lady of Good Counsel for high school.”


(Back row, from left) Thomas Penny, Patrick Howley, Connor Starkey and Matthew Musselman, and (front row, from left) Margaret Hansen and Kerry Pullano, members of the math team at St. Elizabeth School in Rockville, show off the first-place trophy they won Nov. 21 in the Our Lady of Good Counsel Math Competition.

Students sell refurbished cars and computers The Montgomery County Students Automotive Trades and Information Technology foundations will hold a sale of reconditioned vehicles and computers from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Damascus High School, 25921 Ridge Road. Three times a year, students from the programs hold public sales where refurbished vehicles and computers are offered at competitive prices. These sales provide the students with the opportunity to practice their sales skills, earn student service learning hours and develop an appreciation for community involvement. Test drives for the auto-

mobiles will be held from 9-11 a.m., with the sale at 11 a.m. The snow date is Jan. 4. For more information contact Kelly Johnson, 301929-2197 or Kelly_R_Johnson@ More information on the sales, including lists of cars and computers, is available at www. for autos and www. for computers.

Preschoolers collect food for those in need Young students at the

Goddard School at King Farm

in Rockville learned the importance of helping families in need around the holidays and collected more than 1,500 pounds of food during a three-

week food drive in November. The food drive gave teachers the opportunity to discuss social responsibility and healthful eating habits with their students. “While we observe the upcoming holidays that are centered on families and feasts, there are those whom will have neither,” teacher Charles Prather said in a statement. “We wanted to make a point to educate the children on how important it is to help those less fortunate than us.” All of the school’s 200-plus children and their families were invited to participate. “It is amazing how children so young can be excited about something so much larger than themselves,” said Nicole Schwartz, the private preschool’s academic director. The items were donated to Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg.

Glorystar Children’s Chorus plans concert The Glorystar Children’s Chorus will present its annual winter concert at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Chinese Bible Church of Maryland, 4414 Muncaster Mill Road, Rockville. Four choirs — beginner, training, concert and chamber — will perform holiday music for all ages. The program includes choral music from around the world, from baroque to contemporary and living composers, and in eight languages including Chinese, English, German, Latin, Italian, Spanish, Zulu and Hebrew. The audience is invited to join in a sing-along. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors; children 12 and younger are free. For reservations and information, call 240-277-7629 or

Rocky Hill blood and toy drive honors Sam Moore The public is invited to honor the life of Sam Moore, a former Rocky Hill Middle School student, by participating in the second Rocky Hill Community Blood and Toy Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the school, 22401 Brick Haven Way, Clarksburg. Sam was a student at Rocky Hill when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He died in 2012 at age 15. To reserve a spot, call Cheryl Kemp at 301-502-2876 or visit, select the donate blood tab and enter sponsor code 55119. For help with online scheduling call 301-931-4416. Toy donations will be delivered to Children’s National Medical Center. Donors should meet the following criteria: • Be at least 17, or 16 with parental consent; website has permission form. • Be in general good health. • Have no high-risk factors for HIV or hepatitis. • Be cold- or flu-symptom free for a week. • Have photo identification.

Sounds of music at Montgomery High The music department of Richard Montgomery High School will present two free concerts this month in the school auditorium, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, there will be a winter band concert and at 7 p.m. Dec. 19, student singers will present a winter

Book festival launches short story contest High school students from across the Washington metropolitan area are invited to submit short stories to the Gaithersburg Book Festival Short Story Contest. Stories must be no longer than 1,000 words and must start with one of the following three lines provided by Jon Methven, author of “This Is Your Captain Speaking”: • I’ve seen some odd things delivering food for Ned’s Pizza, but nothing beat the lady that ordered a half-mushroom, half fish-eyeball pie, then hit me with this request at the door … • The trouble began since my cell number is one digit off from Madam O’Wiggy’s, the psychic, which is how I came to be answering questions about the future to begin with … • The main thing to know, if pirates commandeer the cruise ship you’re on during family vacation, is that they do much less dancing and singing than in movies … Authors must be public, private or homeschooled students in grades nine through 12 at the time of entry and must live in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. They may submit only one entry. The submission deadline is midnight Feb. 21. Submissions must include the author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, school, grade, and English or writing teacher’s name. The top three stories will be announced at the festival May 17. More information is at


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Three students in business attire sat together one morning last week at a table cloaked in plastic sheets with U.S. flag designs. Facing a panel of five judges, the students were serious and focused on the Magna Carta’s influence on modern constitutionalism. The three James H. Blake High School students were one of six team units from the school who testified Dec. 4 in simulated congressional hearings on topics ranging from the U.S. political system’s philosophical and historical foundations to the challenges American constitutional democracy might face in the 21st century. Just as congressional hearings allow Congress members to question experts to gather information, the hearings at Blake allowed the students to demonstrate their knowledge of politics, law and government and their ability to link different topics. The high school students will face other Maryland school teams participating in the Center for Civic Education’s We the People program and, potentially, teams from across the country. In each of the 12 hearings on Dec. 4, the teams of three to five students began with four minutes of prepared statements on their topic question. Then the judges — board of education members, state delegates, lawyers and others — fired additional questions related to the topic for six minutes. Without any notes to help, the students must think on their feet to answer the questions. “They’re college-level questions. They’re very intense,” said Donna Phillips, who teaches and coaches the group of about 23 students. The judges “push the kids to really test the depths of their knowledge.” Students in the program work with Phillips in her Global Issues and the Law class. The team is divided into six groups, with each working on a particular topic. Phillips used to run the program at Robert Frost Middle School in Rockville and took it with her when she arrived at Blake in Silver Spring several years ago. At the local level of the competition — which pits schools in the same congressional district against each other — Blake did not have any competition this year, so last week’s scores were for only the teams’ use. The school’s team has won the state competition and gone on to the national competition the last two years. Emerson Sirk, 16, a junior at Blake, said it is “kind of like a rush” when students face questions from the judges. His team, which focuses on issues related to the Bill of Rights, is “always practicing,” he said, and the hearing questions require a lot of research. “You never know what you may need,” Sirk said. During his team’s first hearing at last week’s session, the students answered a series of questions they came up with answers for on the spot, includ-


Students (from left) Lexxus Ransom, 16, Hercia Alvarado-Gomez, 17, Emerson Sirk, 16, and Francesca Sabelhaus, 16, make their presentaion to judges about the Bill of Rights during simulated congressional hearings Dec. 4 at James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring.

Students Estefania Perez (left), 17, and Greyson Boone, 17, listen to feedback from judges after their presentaion on the history of changes to the Constitution in relation to the Declaration of Independence.

Jason Ross (left) of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University offers feedback to students who made presentations during the simulated hearings. ing whether they thought for-profit corporations should have the same rights as individuals. Phillips said she sees the students become more aware and active citizens and become more articulate. For Francesca Sabelhaus, another 16-year-old junior, the hearings can

be “really nerve-wracking.” Her team prepares with the help of Phillips and through outside work that includes late nights editing speeches. Sabelhaus said she picked the Bill of Rights as her hearing topic because of its broad scope. “You draw in examples from all over

the place,” she said. Bruce Goldensohn — a former Gaitherburg mayor and former school board member — has been a hearing judge multiple times over the years. He said he sees students gain important knowledge from the program, including how to be involved in local politics. State Del. Sam Arora (D-Dist. 19) of Silver Spring said he threw out some difficult questions to help the students — whom he called “exceedingly sophisticated” — prepare for future competitions.


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“You feel for them,” he said. “I think we all want them to succeed, but no one wants to go easy on them.” School board member Michael A. Durso said the students were well prepared. Some seemed unnerved at first, but became more at ease throughout the hearings. “If nothing else, it forces them and their classes to look at something the average teenager isn’t interested in,” Durso said.




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Geoffrey Mason, senior natural resources specialist for the Department of Parks (center, holding map) shows planning board members and others a map of the proposed legacy open space in July as they tour Ten Mile Creek where it crosses Old Baltimore Road in Clarksburg.

An addicted county In testimony before the County Council on Stage 4 development in Clarksburg, the representative from Pulte appears to make claims they have a God-granted right, a Constitutional right, a contractual right and an immutable right to develop their land, even if this threatens the water supply to 4 million people. He referenced the work of his hired environmental science dealers to assure us that no harm will come to our creek, our sole source aquifer or our lake. But indeed the facts strongly suggest otherwise. Well-planned development, poorly planned projects or meticulously planned projects have all produced the same outcome. Every stream, pond, creek, or river in the entire county, save Ten Mile creek, is severely compromised by development. Even Ten Mile Creek shows some signs of stress. We have learned that “dealers” are supporting a county addiction to “a couple more.” John Denver’s reference in Rocky Mountain High for

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“more people, more scars upon the land.” We note with skepticism that the county itself does not arrive with clean hands to this debate. Montgomery desires both the taxes “a couple more” brings and to develop property it owns in the water shed. Parks and Planning, under political pressure, has generated its own offering of “a couple more” with no guarantee whatsoever that one more hit of “a couple more” on Ten Mile Creek will not destroy a critical water ecosphere. Even some of the mercantile representatives from Clarksburg itself want their own snort of “a couple more.” These dealers of destruction are the county’s equivalent of heroin dealers; development at any cost and we will disguise or ignore the risks. We now have addicts making the final decision about the fate of our last and only emergency source of clean drinking water. What do you think will be the outcome?

The Montgomery County Council has now heard two nights of public testimony on the Planning Board’s recommendations for the Ten Mile Creek Limited Amendment. Of the approximately 80 speakers before the board, an overwhelming majority spoke against the misguided recommendations for the Ten Mile Creek watershed — recommendations that allow far too much development and will not protect the currently clean creek and water reservoir it feeds from inevitable degradation and pollution. Speakers made clear, compelling and impassioned arguments for the imperative need to protect Ten Mile Creek as our county’s last clean creek, environmental treasure, and major water source for Little Seneca Reservoir, our back-up drinking water. The people have spoken. The council heard. It would now seem a travesty for the council to go against not only the obvious will of the residents, but also the clear, convincing science that backs up their pleas to protect this precious watershed and last pristine water resource in the county. It’s time for the council members to take a stand: stand for the people, for the proven science, for the environment, and for protection of Ten Mile Creek and Little Seneca Lake. We drink water and we vote.

Arthur Slesinger, Darnestown

Rita Guagliardo, Germantown

Wheaton Rec Center’s weaknesses aren’t abstract During the two hearings conducted by the Montgomery County Planning Board on the question of what to do with the Wheaton Youth Center, there was a clear divide among those testifying. On one hand, there were those who saw the building in the abstract, yearning for experiences long past and remembering honors given 50 years ago to whom the building was an academic exercise. On the other, there were those, mainly from the community, with first-hand experience with the building, who see it as undersized, badly in need of repair, and, for all of its past glories, not sufficient to serve a growing and thriving community in Wheaton. This is a community which deserves not only a new recreation center, but also a new library which would be combined on the land now occupied by the current library and the Youth Center. So here is the question for those on the Planning Board which after all has jurisdiction over the building? How could you let such a “modernist, award-winning structure,” as board chairwoman Francoise Carrier put it, fall into such a disreputable state? When I testified before the board, I showed photos of the rotting arch out front, of plastic bags stuffed in doors as insulation, and of rooms too small to be of use. Others testified that the roof leaks, the carpeting is moldy, the gym floor isn’t level and some kitchen appliances don’t work. The lighting is dim and the rooms, supposedly in Japanese style, are too small. According to the Planning Board, none of that mattered in their decision to render the structure historic. The condition of the building is irrelevant. That it fails to meet most of the criteria for designation is irrel-

Wheaton Recreation Center and Library at 11711 Georgia Ave in Wheaton. evant — it need only meet one. Each case for preservation has to be decided on its merits. In this case, the merits of the existing building are not the only ones to be evaluated. Unfortunately under the Planning Board’s code, the prospective new uses of the property, nor the desires of those who live nearby and would use the new facility, are not part of the discussion. In a different context, a different case might well be made. The board’s solution was to keep the existing Youth Center building, and allow it to co-exist with the larger, newer, energy-efficient structure that will combine library and rec center by taking up some of the grassy area that designers had set aside for outdoor activities. That is not “preservation,” nor is it “peaceful coexistence,” as Carrier

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said [“Preservation and redevelopment can coexist,” Forum, Dec. 4]. This is a serious distortion of a well thought-out facility and grounds. If the Planning Board wanted to add another element to their fanciful plan, they might as well have added a zoo for unicorns. The County Council will make the final determination next year. The Gazette’s Oct. 30 editorial [“Rec center blues”] was right that a suitable commemoration of the building is in order — a music festival or plaque that would keep alive the spirit of a structure that was fine for its time.

Art Brodsky, Olney

The writer is a member of the Montgomery County Library Board.

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Taking the reins

In his first address as president of the Montgomery County Council last week, Craig Rice hit all the buttons one might expect from a county Democrat. He expressed gratitude to County Executive Isiah Leggett and the fellow Democrats on the County Council. He praised Montgomery County Public Schools. He gave thanks for the hard work of county employees, police officers and firefighters, as well as the Health and Human Services Department. But having genuflected toward the key parties of the Democratic Party coalition, he said something downright Republican: He spoke well of the county’s businesses. “Businesses here in Montgomery County are not the enemy,” Rice said. “It does not require a reliance on discredited, trickle-down economics to understand that business supplies jobs that are needed and essential for economic health and for our citizens to realize [their] potential.” But it appeared that by declaring business isn’t the enemy, he drew attention to what has appeared to be the council’s battle plan. The most recent skirmish was the increase in the minimum wage. Ignoring economists who believed caution was a better plan of attack, the council pressed ahead with its own, politically motivated plan. Rice tried to argue for a wait-and-see strategy; the General Assembly might take action, making Montgomery’s move unnecessary. His colleagues didn’t agree. Ultimately, Rice surrendered. The council has crossed swords with business interests over other legislation. For example, in 2012, the council passed the displaced worker legislation, which requires companies that win certain contracts to retain the former contractors’ employees. To that, a Silver Spring landscaper said: “It’s just another law that makes it hard to do business in Montgomery County.” Council members might object to the landscaper’s sentiment, citing tax credits and other incentives the county uses to let business feel the love from our government. Despite the prevailing wisdom, the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development touts an article that shows Montgomery has the lowest tax burden of five other nearby jurisdictions, including Fairfax County, Va., which some view as the business friendliest. In his one-year term as the council’s president, Rice is unlikely to break Montgomery’s weak-on-business reputation. His address fired a shot across the Potomac: “So let me be clear, and I want Virginia to hear me: Jobs are important to Montgomery County.” To back up his statement, Rice offered a four-point agenda. Three of the points call for greater school funding, preservation of the Agricultural Reserve and restoration of cuts to county services. Point One called for an aggressive business agenda. “There are huge gains available for our citizens with appropriate effort devoted to the development of our businesses, particularly small businesses,” he said. The speech offered only one area of aggression: A change in the way the county goes about its procurement to favor Montgomery County businesses. County documents show its procurement activity on the order of $762.8 million. Possibly, new procurement rules will help the county’s small businesses. But so would a reduction in stormwater management fees, and energy and property taxes. So would an examination of county government activities for potential privatization. Rice — and the rest of the County Council — have to travel a long way to change policies, and to change perceptions. A council president is largely a figurehead. He can set meeting agendas. He’ll have a bully pulpit to highlight policy. But in the end, Rice is still one vote of nine. His bold words were a good opening salvo. But the question remains whether anyone should duck for fear of getting hit from a pendulum swinging in the other direction.

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Who hijacked Thanksgiving? Remember when Thanksgiv- only if, after reading messages ing was a holiday? Remember like his, you can keep your food when family and friends gave down. Regardless, we had an oldthanks over a big dinner and enfashioned Thanksgiving durjoyed the day together? This year a confluence of ing which I pondered the many events hijacked Thanksgiving. things for which I am grateful. • I’m thankful that I’m not Panicked by Thanksgiving’s late November date leaving only 26 a Washington Redskins season shopping days before Christ- ticket holder. • I’m thankful that, mas, the retailers so far, my health insurwent into full Santa ance hasn’t been canmode shortly after celed by Obamacare. Halloween. • I’m thankful that And why waste the Virginia governor’s a perfectly good race is finally over so shopping day on I don’t have to watch family dinners? So anymore TV attack ads stores opened, disfor an election in which counts abounded, I can’t even vote. sales people la• I’m thankful that bored, cash registers jingled and 45 MY MARYLAND the Maryland General Assembly only lasts 90 million Americans BLAIR LEE days. spent Thanksgiving • I’m thankful that Day shopping. I don’t party with NFL Did I say “Thanksgiving Day”? Heck, they lineman Richie Incognito, Toronto even gave Thanksgiving a new Mayor Rob Ford or Maryland Atname, “Gray Thursday,” to dis- torney General Doug Gansler. • I’m thankful that I didn’t tinguish it from Black Friday and have to travel over the ThanksCyber Monday. Then someone noticed that, giving holiday. • I’m thankful that I can’t afthis year, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day. ford one of those $90,000 Tesla So why not merge them into Model S battery-powered luxury “Thanksgivukkah”? “Great idea,” cars that catches fire when running over something on the highsaid the media, and traditional way. Thanksgiving took another hit. • I’m thankful that Gov. MarThen politics poisoned the tin O’Malley is term limited. celebration. President Obama • I’m thankful that the federal and his political organization in- government is reconsidering its structed their followers to pitch decision to let airline passengers Obamacare over the holiday. yap on their cellphones during “Take advantage of down- flights. • I’m thankful that I didn’t time after meals or between holiday activities to start your help design the Silver Spring talk. Start by asking, ‘Have you Transit Center. • I’m thankful that I didn’t thought about signing up for health insurance on the new bet on the Ravens to repeat. • I’m thankful that gas prices marketplace? When do you plan on signing up?’ Be persistent have dropped 55 cents a gallon but keep it positive.” Right, and since February which helps offset Maryland’s 83 percent gas tax why not discuss abortion, capital increase. punishment, gay marriage and • I’m thankful that I don’t gun control, too? carpool or water ski with Del. President Obama tweeted Don Dwyer. his 40 million followers, “Cel• I’m thankful for the Inebrating Thanksgiving. Lighting tercounty Connector, the only the Hanukkah candles. Talking Montgomery highway on which about health insurance. Gotta you can use cruise control. love dinners like these.” Yes, but • I’m thankful that I don’t live

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Tunnel for trail too expensive

Did I say “Thanksgiving Day”? Heck, they even gave Thanksgiving a new name, “Gray Thursday,” to distinguish it from Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

I don’t care what the Planning Board recommends. We can’t afford another tunnel under Wisconsin Avenue [“Planning Board recommends a tunnel for Capital Crescent Trail,” Nov. 27]. The people riding bikes or hiking these days ask all of us taxpayers to pay for a new $40 million tunnel a few blocks south of one already built at Bethesda Metro. You have

to be kidding! We’ve hiked and biked all over Bethesda and Chevy Chase for years without any special tunnels to get us across Wisconsin Avenue. Aren’t there any realistic adults available to decide how to spend our tax money? Where will Maryland get the money?

Pat Broderick, Bethesda

Budget cuts hurt cancer victims

near the new Maryland Live or Caesar’s Horseshoe casinos now that they have all-night gambling and drinking. • I’m thankful that NSA (“The National Spy Agency”) is located here in Maryland so that when they eavesdrop on me it’s only a local call. • I’m thankful that we’ve seen the last of those god-awful, downtown Baltimore, Labor Day Grand Prix races. • I’m thankful that I’m not a member of any University of Maryland sports team next year when they play in the Big Ten. • I’m thankful that after the governor and legislature bankrupted Maryland one hundred years ago, the voters passed a balanced budget amendment to the state constitution. • I’m thankful that next year Maryland voters can make history by electing Anthony Brown, the state’s first Swiss-American governor. • I’m thankful that the family that celebrated Thanksgiving at my house last Thursday wasn’t the Black Guerilla Family. • I’m thankful for all the folks who read The Gazette every week and mail me their comments, compliments and complaints.

This year in Maryland 30,680 people will be diagnosed with cancer. For them, the cuts to cancer research that took place as a result of sequestration are very real. More than 580,000 Americans are expected to die of cancer this year. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S. These are not numbers we can live with. Because of these cuts, 1,000 fewer people were able to enroll in potentially lifesaving clinical trials this past year and the National Institutes of Health, the nation’s medical research center, has lost more than $1.5 billion, a reality felt by cancer research labs across the

country that have had to put their work on hold and even eliminate research jobs. Because of cancer research, the five-year relative survival rate for all cancers is 68 percent, up from 49 percent. This holiday season, I’m holding out hope that Congress will still do what’s right for cancer patients and their families and turn off the sequester, reinvesting in the fight against this devastating disease.

Nikki L. Miller, Rockville The writer is a volunteer with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

Noisy work ignores county’s quiet hours Work on the Kennett Street garage has been going on for three years. County “quiet hours,” from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., have rarely been respected; very noisy work has routinely begun before 6:30 a.m. But a recent night things reached a new level: at 12:55 a.m. Dec. 6, the noisy compressors for pressure washers were still running. At about 11 p.m. I called the non-emergency police number to ask for help. Nothing happened. So about 11:30 p.m. I went out to the garage where two police officers were sitting talking in their vehicles. They said there was nothing they could do because the workers had a permit from the Department of Permitting Services. Noise went on for another hour and a half, until 1 a.m. Does the county not know that this garage is in the middle of what has become an intensely residential area or does the county simply not care if folks in south Silver Spring don’t get the respect given most other Montgomery County residents? This constant disregard for the taxpayers’ rights, enshrined in county laws, should stop.

Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in the Business Gazette. His past columns are available at www. His email address is

Maynard Mack Jr., Silver Spring



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After a long season and an exhausting championship run, senior Rasheed Gillis still isn’t sure about his primary position on Northwest High School’s football team. Not that he, nor any of his Northwest teammates, care what position they play — as long as they’re on the field. “I just play wherever they put me,” Gillis said. The triple-threat — nicknamed “Flash” by a team supporter — made plays on offense, defense and special teams, helping lead Northwest (12-2) to a 33-16 victory against Suitland (13-1) in the Class 4A state championship game Friday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The victory gave the Jaguars their first state championship since 2004. “I’m just proud of the kids for stepping up and being physical, and doing everything we asked them to do,” Northwest coach Mike Neubeiser said. Playing in cold, rainy conditions, Gillis and the Northwest defense kept the Rams in check, shutting down their run game and putting constant pressure on senior quarterback Wesley Wolfolk. Suitland’s offense was silenced in the first half, but the Rams came charging back in third quarter and trimmed Northwest’s lead to 12-8 after a touchdown on their opening drive.

Northwest (12-2) 6 6 8 13 33 Suitland (13-1) 0 2 6 8 16 N — E.J. Lee 9 run (kick blocked) S — Safety N — Joshua Gills 30 pass from Mark Pierce (pass failed) S — Tevon Singleton 40 pass from Wesley Wolfolk (run failed) N — Rasheed Gillis 2 run (E.J. Lee run) S — Darryl Jasper 4 pass from Wesley Wolfolk (Wesley Wolfolk run) N — Matt Watson 77 pass from Mark Pierce (pass intercepted) N — E.J. Lee 10 run (Diego Melendez kick)

Rushing Northwest — Mark Pierce 7-27; E.J. Lee 17-24; Rasheed Gillis 3-2; Matt Watson 1-(-1); Trint Coulter 1-(-6). Suitland — Wesley Wolfolk 1849; Robert Wigfall 9-31; Brandon Brown 4-27; Joshua Burke 7-21.


Suitland High School’s Brandon Brown forces Northwest’s E.J. Lee out of bounds during the Class 4A state championship football game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Gillis, though, responded with a 56-yard kickoff return that gave the Jaguars possession deep in Suitland territory. The senior capped off the short drive with a 2-yard rushing touchdown which gave Northwest a two-possession lead

and proved to be the gamewinner. Sophomore quarterback Mark Pierce finished his stellar playoff run by completing 12 of 22 passes for 261 yards and two passing touchdowns. His 77-yard touchdown to senior

Matt Watson late in the fourth quarter extended Northwest’s lead to 26-16 and put the game away. “This group’s a special group,” Neubeiser said. “There’s a really nice mix — we’re kind of a young team ac-

tually. We knew coming in that we’d be young. We just needed some of the guys to step up, and they did.” Pierce recorded 14 passing touchdowns during the Jag


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At the far corner of the wrestling mat at Walt Whitman High School, sophomore Mitch Fenton leaned over, hands on his knees, and shouted words of encouragement at his teammates. In the Vikings’ season-opening match on Saturday, the talented defending 4A West Region champion already had made his presence felt on the mat (he pinned Thomas S. Wootton’s Sina Dayanzadeh in 1 minute, 36 seconds) and now was asserting himself as one of Whitman’s many leaders. Meanwhile on the bench, senior Jack Calder sat still and chatted with one of his teammates. Calder, also a returning champion, had also already pinned his opponent (Jay Carroll in 1:02) and with his work done for the day, was leading the team in his own way. And while it’s clear that Calder and Fenton are opposites when it comes to their leadership styles, there’s little question both are key pieces of a seniorheavy Vikings lineup that is hoping for big things this season. “Mitch is all about leading like that,” Calder said.

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Receiving Northwest — Matt Watson 3-111; Joshua Gills 5-84; Rasheed Gillis 1-38; E.J. Lee 3-28; Brandon Williams 1-7. Suitland — Steven Rivers 10132; Tevin Singleton 1-40; Robert Wigfall 2-29; Darryl Jasper 3-18; Anthony Ruffin 1-0; Dakarai Ellis 1-(-1).

North county making its move in swimming

With different styles, Fenton and Calder pose serious threat for Vikings BY

Passing Northwest — Mark Pierce 12-22261-0; Trint Coulter 1-1-7-0. Suitland — Wesley Wolfolk 1842-218-1. Dakarai Ellis 0-1-0-0.


Northwest High School’s Tiara Wellman runs the 55 meters at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex on Saturday.

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Northwest High School’s boys’ and girls’ track and field teams have what coach Robert Youngblood calls a “sibling rivalry,” and right now it’s the boys — the 2013 4A outdoor state champions


— who have the edge. But with the girls returning almost all of their talent, that advantage could swing the other way by the end of the indoor season. “I see the potential in both teams,” Youngblood said. “It’s extraordinary.” Northwest’s boys’ and girls’ teams both impressed during Saturday’s Montgomery County Public Schools meet

Winston Churchill High School, Thomas S. Wootton, Walter Johnson, Richard Montgomery, Montgomery Blair and Poolesville. Which swimming and diving team seems out of place in the county’s top division? Six years ago the answer would easily have been Poolesville. But the small-school program, which swept last year’s Class 3A/2A/1A state championship, has not only ascended into the county’s upper echelon, but should hold its own among the county’s best this winter. “It’s kind of crazy, if you look at the makeup of Division I, seven years ago I never would have thought we’d be there,” Poolesville coach Johnny Leong said. The landscape of county swimming is changing as Potomac-, Bethesda- and Rockville-based teams are no longer the only programs producing top performances. Montgomery County Public School high schools are divided into four result-based divisions.


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After seven years, area swimming programs feel the effects of Germantown Indoor Swim Center


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Boys’ Player of the Year

Girls’ Co-Players of the Year

Aliza Wolfe

Imani Dorsey

Raul Escobar James H. Blake Senior Midfielder

Good Counsel Senior Midfielder/forward

Walt Whitman Senior Midfielder

Integral component of Blake’s historic run to a second-place finish in the state; scored six goals and led county with 17 assists.

Falcons coach Jim Bruno said it best: “Imani doesn’t let you lose.” Duke recruit recorded 15 goals and seven assists for WCAC champions this season.

Fantastic playmaker tallied 10 goals and five assists and was the heart and soul of the Vikings first championship run since 2004, second overall.



James H. Blake High School’s Raul Escobar (right) is The Gazette’s Player of the Year in boys’ soccer.

Good Counsel’s Imani Dorsey is The Gazette’s Co-Player of the Year in girls’ soccer.


Whitman’s Aliza Wolfe is The Gazette’s Co-Player of the Year in girls’ soccer.

Girls’ first team

Boys’ first team

Amanda Amankwa

Karli Cirovski

Eliza Doll

Megan Hinz

Delaney Muldoon

Walt Whitman Senior Midfielder

Damascus Senior Midfielder

Good Counsel Senior Defender

B-CC Senior Forward

Good Counsel Senior Goalkeeper

Holy Cross Junior Defender

Wake Forestbound striker scored 12 goals (3 game-winners) and assisted six.

Dynamic, physical Vikings midfielder displayed technical superiority all season.

Integral cog in the Swarmin’ Hornets first region title in 10 years; scored four goals.

Dominant in the air to lead a stingy backline, added three goals and eight assists.

One of county’s most creative players; Colgate recruit recorded eight goals, 11 assists.

Range, athleticism, fearlessness and ability to communicate set Michigan recruit apart.

Tartans didn’t lose a beat after losing a dominant defender and she was the reason why.

Alejandro Perez-Albela

Jeremy Yeager

Wielfried Zouantcha

Alejandra Ramos

Clare Severe

Carly Shapiro

Stephi Shin

James H. Blake Senior Defender

Clarksburg Senior Midfielder

Wootton Senior Goalkeeper

Northwest Junior Defender

Walter Johnson Senior M-fielder/defender

Walt Whitman Junior Defender/forward

Winston Churchill Senior Defender

Quince Orchard Junior Midfielder

Intellectual center back anchored a defense that only allowed more than one goal once.

Notched six goals and five assists while helping Coyotes to a division championship.

Finished career with a remarkable 0.62 goals against average, stopped three PKs this year.

Talented and physical center back with outstanding distributing awareness.

Peru U-20 National Team player’s versatility has been invaluable, tallied six goals, five assists.

Good luck to anyone trying to outrun or catch this extremely technical Lehigh recruit.

Shutdown defender was strong in the air; strong and accurate foot led to five assists.

Incredibly skilled with the ball at her feet and was starting point of many goals (10 goals).

Donald Benamna

Max Boimov

Alessandro Burlew

Zach Fingerhut

Vegas Kastberg

Montgomery Blair Senior Forward

Gaithersburg Junior Midfielder

Good Counsel Senior Forward

Landon Senior Forward

Repeat first team selection was the tireless engine behind Blazers’ success.

Trojans’ steadying presence in the middle scored four goals and assisted three more.

WCAC Player of the Year and three-year starter scored 16 goals and added six assists.

Teddy Liakakis

Dunchadhn Lyons

Winston Churchill Senior Defender Quick, physical, smart back helped the Bulldogs record nine clean sheets this fall.

David Edlow Blake 3rd season Led the Bengals to their first appearance in a state title game as well as the school’s first division and region championships.



Boys’ second team

Girls’ second team

Jonathan Hart, Poolesville; Neal Iannone, Gaithersburg; Davey Mason, Walt Whitman; Drew Montemarano, Georgetown Prep; Sebastian Obando, The Heights; Pat Quackenbush, Northwest; J.J. Van der Merwe, Winston Churchill; Frank Valladares, Col. Zadok Magruder; Gabriel Vasconcelos, Walter Johnson; Keenthy Yeboah, Montgomery Blair; Andrew Zingone, Georgetown Prep

Keaira Clark, Winston Churchill; Michaela Colon, Gaithersburg; Steph Cox, Damascus; Nia Dorsey, Our Lady of Good Counsel; Danielle Fernandez, Damascus; Anna Gurney, Walt Whitman; Jarena Harmon, St. Andrew’s; Emily Martin, Walt Whitman; Maddie Pack, Our Lady of Good Counsel; Courtney Parr, Our Lady of Good Counsel; Jade Ruiters, Academy of the Holy Cross

Boys’ honorable mention Bryan Argueta, Col. Zadok Magruder; Andrew Battin, Clarksburg; Juan Castellon, Wheaton; Jose Cooper, James H. Blake; Jack Feldman, Landon; Robert Galvan, Springbrook; Ofentse Kale, Col. Zadok Magruder; Matthew Kirchoff, Our Lady of Good Counsel; Ibrahima Kouyate, Montgomery Blair; Alex LaNoire, Our Lady of Good Counsel; Greg Lovegrove, Bullis School; Kyle Madden, Walter Johnson; Brian Mitchell, Bullis School; Duc Momo, Bethesda-Chevy Chase; Jared Nozick, Thomas S. Wootton; Heyner Pajaro, Wheaton; Matt Russell, James H. Blake; Tom Stavrou, Walter Johnson

Girls’ honorable mention Emma Anderson, Walt Whitman; Kaylie Deshler, James H. Blake; Sophia Dillon, Rockville; Dana Eckerstrom, Northwest; Paula Germino-Watnick, Bethesda-Chevy Chase; Alexis Greene, Thomas S. Wootton; Olivia Kane, Holton-Arms; Tania Mamdouhi, Winston Churchill; Sam Sullenger, Quince Orchard; Delia Tremble, Montgomery Blair; Tiffany Woods, Sherwood



Boys’ Coach of the Year

Girls’ Coach of the Year

Greg Herbert Whitman 9th season Having the most talented team on paper doesn’t always translate onto the pitch, but Herbert brought out something special in the Vikings’ Class 4A state championship run this fall.


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Continued from Page B-1 “I’ve wrestled for a long, long time and I kind of like teaching people on their own rather than trying to establish my tone.” Said Fenton: “I like to scream in the room at people if they don’t do things right or if they’re taking breaks. But Jack doesn’t really talk that much in the room.” Despite the extreme differences in approach, it works well for the Vikings. Calder is joined by senior captains Jacob Cutler, Kevin Baker and Max Sessions, as well as four-year starter Harriet Symington, to form the nucleus of Whitman’s team, which defeated the Patriots, 46-24, in the opener. “These guys know what they’ve got,” Whitman coach Derek Manon said. “I told them

that we have the potential to do great things, but right now it’s just potential. We need to work in the room, we need to push it every day.” Both Calder (160) and Fenton (145), who are sparring partners in practice, flew a bit under the radar last season en route to their regional titles, but that certainly won’t be the case this year. They’re the top targets for opponents against a Whitman team that is rich with experience. “Any time you’ve got two returning region champs and state qualifiers in the room, it’s a huge bonus,” Manon said of Calder and Fenton. “They know what work is expected of them when they’re out on the mat and they’re looking for those bonus points for the team.” Fenton has been wrestling since he was 5 years old and has known Calder for nearly as long.

Both grew up wrestling at the club level together, along with Symington. “When we wrestle, Mitch and I are complete opposites,” Calder said. “He gets really angry and I stay completely relaxed the whole time. I pretty much never get angry unless the guy is egregiously fouling me or something.” A common bond that both share entering this year is their regional championship crowns from last season. And, as would only seem fitting, they both view holding the title in different ways at the start of the 2013-14 campaign. “There’s a lot more pressure when you wrestle as a region champ,” Calder said. “I feel like I have to dominate every match, or I feel like I’m letting down the prestige. But I think it also gives you a lot more confidence because you know kids are going

to be a lot more scared when they come in, just because of the title.” Added Fenton: “I kind of just put it behind me and thought that this is a completely new season. I basically have a target on my back. Everybody wants to beat the returning region champ.” And while repeat performances by both Calder and Fenton would be impressive, the Vikings, who won a state title in 2005, are cautiously optimistic even greater things could be in store for the team as a whole. “We’ll get there when we get there,” Calder said when asked about the team’s season goals. “The thing about the season is it changes a lot from the beginning to the end. I think it’s a bit too early to talk about where we’re going to be.”


Walt Whitman’s Jack Calder (right) beat Thomas S. Wootton’s Jay Carroll on Saturday.

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Walt Whitman’s Mitch Fenton (back) beat Thomas S. Wootton’s Sina Dayanzadeh on Saturday.


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Montgomery Blair




Athletes to watch: Susanna Maisto, Stephen Varella

Athletes to watch: Kayuza “Kelvin” Masanja, Alexia Mitchell

Athletes to watch: Jalen Walker, Tiara Wellman

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James H. Blake

Georgetown Prep

Paint Branch

Walter Johnson

Athletes to watch: Sarah Moore, Martha Sam

Athletes to watch: Luke Posniewski, Junda Yu

Athletes to watch: Funmi Daramola, Harold Dorsey

Athletes to watch: Christian Campbell, Keirnan Keller

Bullis School

Good Counsel


Watkins Mill

Athletes to watch: Simone Glenn, Kyla Lewis

Athletes to watch: Tyler Cleaver, Rachel Pocratsky

Athletes to watch: Claire Beautz, Chase Weaverling

Athletes to watch: Melanie Dakwa, Sone Penda

Winston Churchill


Quince Orchard


Athletes to watch: Kyle Beatty, Lucy Srour

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John F. Kennedy


Walt Whitman

Athletes to watch: Claudia Ababio, Tavis Holland

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Athletes to watch: Jonathan Baginski, Mecalia Palmer

Athletes to watch: Clare Severe, Ed Smith



Seneca Valley

Thomas S. Wootton

Athletes to watch: Steven Desaulniers, Denise Woode

Athletes to watch: Oliver Hightower, Kevin Soraci

Athletes to watch: Tyatianna Johnson, Damion Rowe


Continued from Page B-1 in Landover, which offered a glimpse of what to expect for the winter season. Senior Tiara Wellman recorded the fourth-best time in the 300 meters (42.70 seconds) while also placing tied for 18th in the 55 — a race she does not usually run. She will be joined by nearly the entire cast from last year’s county and region championship team, including senior Naomi Sheppard and sophomore Chanel Solomon. “Everybody’s coming back, I’m excited about it,” Wellman said. The boys team finished second in the county, region and state last indoor season and is looking to duplicate that success this winter. The group has depth and star power, including a pair of juniors in Diego Zarate and Jalen Walker, the 2013 Gazette’s Athlete of the Year for track and field. In Saturday’s meet, Zarate and Walker looked poised to


Continued from Page B-1 uars playoff run. “We knew we had to do it for these seniors this year,” Pierce said. Senior Joshua Gills, who spent part of the season under center, caught five passes for 84 yards. The multi-position star caught a 30-yard touchdown in the second quarter that capped off an 85-yard drive. “This is a terrific season with a storybook ending,” Gills said. “The seniors couldn’t have asked for a better year.” Northwest senior cornerback Rodney Snider had a shutdown performance in the

add to their already impressive resumes. Zarate placed second in the 1,600 (4:35.5) and fourth in the 800 (2:05.6); Walker took first place in the 55 (6.4) and won the 300 (36.4). The boys’ and girls’ teams support each other like they are siblings, Youngblood said. For Zarate, whose freshman sister Sofia placed fifth in the 1,600, that’s actually the case. “We’re pretty much like a family,” Diego said. “We’re all cheering for each other, we’re all pulling for each other.” Northwest will face plenty of tough competition throughout Montgomery County. While Clarksburg’s boys graduated two of its top scorers — Paul Joseph and William Bertrand — the defending county, region and state champions have several up-and-coming runners who could make up for the lost production. Look for Carlos Vanzego and Tavis Holland to account for a significant potion of Clarkburg’s scoring. Vanzego broke a school record in the triple jump (45’8”) at the Sat-

urday meet. “We have new guys sort of having to step into that leadership role and prove themselves,” Clarksburg coach Scott Mathias said. Thomas S. Wootton’s girls finished second in last year’s 4A West Region indoor championship, but lost two talented runners in Gwen Shaw and Sylvia Deppen. They are now running at the University of Louisville and Harvard, respectively. Third-year coach Michael Thompson remains optimistic about his team, with several of his top runners returning, including senior Kiralyn Harrison and Rachel Maizel. “I think making first or second in the county is realistic for us,” Thompson said. Northwest, though, might have as good a chance as any school to field championship teams on both sides. “If each person does their job and we all pull our own weight, then we can really do something big,” Zarate said.

secondary, breaking up four passes and intercepting a deep throw late in the second quarter. The special teams advantage belonged to the Jaguars, whose opening offensive possession started on Suitland’s 28-yard line as a result of a short punt. Northwest capitalized on the field position and took a 6-0 lead after E.J. Lee’s 9-yard rushing touchdown. The Rams started slow for the third consecutive game, committing seven penalties and managing only 105 yards in the first half. Their offense picked up in the second half, but so did their penalties. “You can’t have 17 penalties in a state championship game. That shouldn’t be al-

lowed. Those are things we did and we have to own up to it,” Suitland coach Ed Shields said. The Rams had not lost since November 2012, when they were defeated by Henry A. Wise 41-6 in the 4A South Region final. Northwest’s victory gives Montgomery County its first football state championship since Sherwood won in 2008. “It’s just an amazing feeling,” Pierce said. “Words can’t explain how we all feel right now. It’s great to definitely shock the world, and get it done.”

Athletes to watch: Alan Banks, Rachel Maizel


Poolesville High School’s senior Xavier Laracuente is part of the school’s up-and-coming swim and dive team.


Continued from Page B-1 Poolesville is in the county’s top six this winter while traditional powers such as Walt Whitman, which dropped to Division II this year for the first time since the late 1990s, and Bethesda-Chevy Chase are not. Based on recent years’ results, it’s likely current second-tier teams like Northwest, which just seven years ago was in the county’s fourth division, and Quince Orchard will make their way into that elite group in the coming years. “I think we’re definitely seeing a lot of development [from other parts of the county],” Whitman coach Geoff Schaefer said. “More teams are hanging with the top teams, you’re going to see a more competitive field.” One reason for the trend, Northwest coach Amy Mason and Leong agreed, is the overall growth of the sport in general. While the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area has long been one of the nation’s strongest areas for national-level talent, popularity in swimming has reached new heights with the success of Olympian and Maryland native Michael Phelps and more recently, the ascent of Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart junior Katie Ledecky, Mason said. The building of the Germantown Indoor Swim Center in 2006 is the other major factor. The pristine facility gave northern Montgomery County residents accessibility to an indoor facility and top-notch year-round coaching, something that until then required a pesky commute. Of the county’s six public indoor pools, the Germantown facility, housed at the Sportsplex in Boyds, is the

northernmost. “The swim center opening, it opened up a whole new area for swimming to spread to,” Leong said. “We know Montgomery County is all over a great area for swimming but this made it more accessible [to the northern areas]. We have a bunch of kids on our team who swim there, it’s the closest pool to their home.” When the facility first opened, the younger age groups were the biggest, Mason said, because most of the high school-aged swimmers were already established in their club programs. Seven years later, those younger age groups have made their way to high school. In the past, Mason said, she would be happy to have three or four club swimmers per class. This year, there was an influx of year-round swimmers in the freshman class. The girls’ team alone welcomed eight club-level athletes this winter. High school sports go in cycles, but this recent surge from northern county programs is not one that is likely to pass. Bethesda, Potomac and Rockville only became powerhouse areas after the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center, formerly the Montgomery Aquatic Center, opened in North Bethesda, Walter Johnson coach Jamie Grimes said. In the late 1990s, Watkins Mill was one of the county’s best, but the closing of the neighborhood’s YMCA hindered accessibility to indoor swimming during the winter. “We’re definitely seeing a shift,” Schaefer said. “Germantown has certainly been making an impact the last few years on swimming. I’m interested to watch how this whole season unfolds.”


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JD Guerrero expected to play big role for Titans BY ERIC GOLDWEIN STAFF WRITER

Albert Einstein High School’s upperclassmen said they want to take some of the pressure off their freshman starting point guard early in the season as he figures out his role in the offense. But come playoff time, don’t be shocked if the 15-year-old returns the favor and takes the pressure off his senior team-

mates. JD Guerrero, 6-foot-0, is a talented point guard with a high basketball IQ, solid court vision and tremendous ball-handling skills. For an Einstein team that already has established scorers — among them senior forward Joe Bradshaw (6-7) and junior guard Rahim Hayes (6-4) — Guerrero could be the perfect fit. “What he gives is a little bit of stability for us,” Einstein coach Rich Porac said. Guerrero, who attended St. Jude Regional Catholic School in eighth grade, has played under

Porac in summer league. This season, he wants to be a lead distributor for the Titans, getting everybody involved in the offense while also putting up points when necessary. “I want to be a ‘Chris Paul,’” Guerrero said, referring to the Los Angeles Clippers’ pass-first point guard. The Titans lacked a natural point guard last season but won nine of their last 13 games, taking an astronomical leap forward after their 2-10 start. In spite of the strong finish, the end-result was a playoff exit: a 64-54 loss to Ur-

bana in the Class 3A West Region semifinals. While the Titans hung around with the Hawks — thanks in large part to then-senior Josh Ogburn’s team-high 16 points — they were outscored in the fourth quarter and let the game slip away. Einstein didn’t fare any better against Urbana in Friday’s 62-47 loss in the season-opener, but the players saw positive signs in the loss with the offense running smoothly late in the game. “The nice thing about JD is he will take that pressure off [them],” Porac said.

Growing pains are inevitable for the Titans and their freshman point guard, particularly with upcoming games scheduled against Col. Zadok Magruder and Springbrook. But the challenging regular season schedule will give Guerrero time to adjust to his new role. “He’s young, so he has to get more mature, basketball-wise,” Bradshaw said. The freshman point guard has been a willing learner thus far. “At 15 years old, are you going to be mentally able to handle

it when things aren’t going well and we’re playing at packed gyms?” Porac said. But Porac, a third-year coach, is optimistic about Guerrero’s long-term prospects with the Titans. “He’s an outstanding gem that’s in the program for four years,” he said. For now, the freshman is focused on improving his game and making his teammates better. “If we all work together, then anything’s possible,” Guerrero said.

Churchill’s new basketball coach is just one of the boys Former Magruder assistant Robert Bean hopes to continue program’s success



First-year Winston Churchill High School boys’ basketball coach Robert Bean figures if he can do it, so can his teen-aged players. The former six-year assistant to Dan Harwood at Col. Zadok Magruder doesn’t just bark orders at the Bulldogs, he runs alongside them. “I’m 40, I’m still young, I’m having fun and I want to stay in shape,” Bean said. “I kind of take thewholerolemodelapproach[to coaching]. I think it maybe helps with motivation.”

It does, junior Bobby ArthurWilliams said. It also helped gain Churchill’s trust in the short amount of time the team had with their new leader before Friday’s season opener — the Bulldogs got off to a good start with a 67-62 win over Paint Branch. The energy and enthusiasm for the sport of basketball and imparting his wisdom upon the Bulldogs that Bean brings to the gym every single day, senior guard Allen Njumbe said, quickly earned the former Hobart College point guard the Bulldogs’ respect. “[Bean] does a good job being with us,” Arthur-Williams said. “Most coaches make you run, you do conditioning and they just watch you do it. [Bean] does it with us and it’s like he’s part of the team.”

Though Bean was only appointed just a few short weeks before tryouts in mid-November — former five-year coach Matt Miller resigned this fall after accepting an assistant coaching position at Shepherd (W. Va.) University — he was by no means a stranger to the program. In fact, a second-year counselor at the school, he developed a unique bond with many of his currentplayersashe’shelpedsupport them through the tragic suicide death of a former teammate last May. The Bulldogs have dedicated this season to Evan Rosenstock and will wear his initials on their shooting shirts, Bean said. “First of all, Robert is just a really caring person, he was a great counselor at Magruder for six or seven years,” Harwood said.

“Forget about being a basketball coach, when he left Magruder, people were devastated that we lost a great counselor. Many times what you’re doing when you work with young student-athletes, you’re almost like a psychiatrist, so his counseling background is really going to help him.” Bean stepped back from coaching at Magruder three years ago after the birth of his second child to spend more time at home. In the spring, he started helping with offseason training, and he and Miller discussed the possibilities helping out next winter if he was ready to return to the sidelines. Bean said at the start of this year he had no intention of coaching again just yet, but this opportunity was not something he could turn his back on.

Churchill had a system in place that worked. Under Miller the Bulldogs (18-6 record a year ago) have won 18 or more games in each of the past three division title-winning seasons and in 2012, madeitsfirstClass4AWestRegion appearance in more than three decades. While keeping some of the same basic principles intact — pushing the ball, getting it inside — Bean implemented an entirely new structure in just 12 practices and his players didn’t put up any resistance. Churchill’s new motion offense allows players to freelance, to read opponents’ defenses and play accordingly. Six-foot-6 center Arthur-Williams is a dynamic bigman type player and his presence inside helps open up opportunities for Njumbe and Jesse Locke

on the perimeter. The three returning starters are the focal point of Churchill’s offense, but are surrounded by a talented supporting cast, Bean said. Though Friday’s win was just the beginning and Bean said the team has a long way to go, the Bulldogs certainly seem to be on the right path despite all the changes within the program. Locke, Njumbe and Arthur-Williams said they suspect opponents will underestimate them but that would be a mistake. “A lot of times point guards make very good coaches, they have a different perspective,” Harwood said. “... He’s got the whole package other than just being the head coach. I’m sure Matt did a great job and I’m sure Robert will continue to build on it.”

Confident freshman emerges as Jewish Day gets off to hot start BY TRAVIS MEWHIRTER STAFF WRITER

Two years ago, Dave McCloud wasn’t at a Charles E. Smith Jewish Day Middle School practice to see Bryan Knapp. In fact, he didn’t even know Knapp. The Lions’ current high school varsity coach can’trememberexactlywhoitwas he was checking out, but only that

it is totally irrelevant now. The eighth-grader McCloud had gone to see play didn’t leave much of an impression and wound up transferring. McCloud thinks he wound up at Winston Churchill. Either way, it doesn’t matter. Knapp and the unforgettable athleticism he displayed as a seventh-grader matters. “Hewasn’tevenonmyradar,” said McCloud, who now oversees Knapp, a 6-foot-1 freshman averaging 12.5 points per game, on varsity. “And I saw him, and I said,

hand, a rare display of ambidexterity for a middle school player. “I said, ‘Whoa,’” McCloud recalled. “He went to the basket confidently.” Afterwards, the coach approached Knapp about his future with the school. The confidence the youngster displayed at the rim bordered on hubris when it came down to evaluating his own ability. “I got a pretty good conversation with him,” McCloud said. “I said, ‘I look forward to you coming

up, playing on the [junior varsity],’ and he said, ‘Coach, I look forward to playing on varsity.’” The timing for Knapp’s promotion to the top level — McCloud’s first ever freshman starter on a varsity team — couldn’t have been any better. The Lions lost top scorer Ethan Walfish and his 17.4 points per game to graduation, and while Danny Kravitz (13.7 ppg last season) would be returning for his senior season, he needed a complement. Enter Knapp. “I think it’s been really inter-


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esting to see how I fit in,” he said. “I’m still making the adjustment to high school ball. It’s different.” Through the first four regular season games, Kravitz and Knapp have combined for 110 points and neither has been held to single digits in leading the Lions to a 3-1 record, including a 54-41 win over defendingPotomacValleyAthletic Conference champion McLean. “This kid’s got some ability,” McCloud said.




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‘What about this kid? He moves pretty good, he moves different. He’s not robotic at all, very fluid.’” If McCloud was impressed simply by the athletic manner in which Knapp navigated the court, he was blown away by the middle schooler’s ability to finish. The coach remembers a particular sequence when Knapp slashed through the lane, cut back and finished at the rim, slapping the backboard for emphasis. The next possession down, Knapp did the same thing only to his opposite


Knapp is averaging doublefigures in scoring for Lions





The Gazette’s Guide to

Many moving parts keep a sprawling ensemble cast busy and engaged

Arts & Entertainment

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Audience joins in ‘A Wake for Jacob Marley’ n



Readers learn a lot about the mean and miserly Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” but not much is known about Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s deceased business partner. Marley is the guy in Dickens’ story who died seven years before he appears to Scrooge as a spectre in chains to introduce the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. “It’s my favorite novel ever written, and I wanted to pay homage to it without doing another ‘Christmas Carol,’” said Christopher Goodrich, who has tapped his imagination to also create a life for Marley.

See DICKENS, Page B-9 Dominic Massimino as Aufidius in “Kabuki Coriolanus,” now playing at Lumina Studio Theatre in Silver Spring. RON MURPHY

KABUKI CORIOLANUS n When: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday n Where: Round House Theatre, 8641, Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $8-$15 n For information: 301-565-2282, luminastudio. org



Lumina Studio Theatre’s “Kabuki Coriolanus,” now playing at the Round House Theatre in Silver Spring, is what director David Minton calls “one of the most visual shows Lumina has ever done.” The show is coming up on its second weekend with four shows between Saturday and Sunday. “[Kabuki] is really in your face and the colorful makeup and the exaggerated facial expressions and the costuming in particular,” Minton said. “The costumes are extremely

Baakari Wilder plays Ebenezer Scrooge in “A Wake for Jacob Marley,” an imagined wake for Ebenezer Scrooge’s departed business partner, on Saturday at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda.

decorative and colorful.” Kabuki is a classical style of Japanese theater known for its stylized approach to drama and the elaborate makeup worn by its actors. Minton was first introduced to Kabuki while studying abroad during his junior year of college. “I lived with Japanese parents who sort of adopted me during my time there,” Minton said. “They asked me what I wanted to do and I said I wanted to see as much Japanese theater as I could ... I went to my first Kabuki performance and that blew my mind.”

See KABUKI, Page B-9

A WAKE FOR JACOB MARLEY: AN UNEXPECTED FUNDRAISER n When: 7 p.m. Saturday n Where: The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda n Tickets: $55 at the door; $45 ($25 tax deductible) in advance ($25 additional to participate with scripted lines, or sponsor a character — included in program, photo with character; $10 additional for a photo with Jacob Marley. Cocktail attire is encouraged) n For information: 301-337-8290,


Actor Heather deMocker as Virgilia.

A Capital Christmas Capital Hearings hope to delight Montgomery fans




The Capital Hearings will perform at the BlackRock Center for the Arts on Sunday.


“It’s not just about the performance, it’s about the connections,” said singer John Hazangeles. “We’re all about making connections.” Hazangeles is the business manager for the Capital Hearings — or

Caps as they call themselves — a Washington, D.C.-based a cappella group comprised of 12 classicallytrained singers. The group will perform at BlackRock Center for the Arts for the first time on Sunday. “When you say a cappella, it can mean 10 different things to 10 different people,” Hazangeles said. For Hazangeles and the Caps, a cappella means connecting with an

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The Coral Cantigas bring their trademark blend of Latin American, Spanish and Caribbean choral music to the Mansion at Strathmore on Dec. 18.

Latin vibe Washington, D.C.’s own Coral Cantigas will perform their trademark blend of Latin American, Spanish and Caribbean choral music at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Coral Canitgas has performed at the Kennedy Center, presidential inaugural celebrations, museums, embassies and more, and has taken part in international tours in Argentina, Venezuela and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit WORLD TOURING ENTERTAINMENT

The State Capella of Russia will perform a “Russian Christmas” on Thursday at Montgomery College’s Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center.


The State Capella of Russia will perform its “Russian Christmas” at 8 p.m. Thursday at Montgomery College’s Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center in Rockville. Led by artistic director and chief conductor Valeri Polyansky, this will be the State Capella of Russia’s first ever tour of the United States. The program will feature masterpieces by Rachmaninoff, Bortnyansky and Grechaninoff, as well as western classics and famous Christmas carols. For more information, visit


The National Philharmonic Chorale artistic director Stan Engebretson will conduct the National Philharmonic in Handel’s “Messiah” on Saturday and Sunday at the Music Center at Strathmore.

Global Glorystar The Glorystar Children’s Chorus will present its annual winter concert at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Chinese Bible Church of Maryland, 4414 Muncaster Mill Road, Rockville. Four of the

Trumpets sound The National Philharmonic will present Handel’s “Messiah” at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. National Philharmonic Chorale artistic director

Stan Engebretson will conduct the concert, featuring the philharmonic’s nearly 200 voice all-volunteer Chorale, as well as soloists soprano Rosa Lamoreaux, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wór, tenor Robert Petillo and bass Kevin Deas. Handel’s most famous composition, “Messiah” also remains among the most popular works in Western choral literature. Divided into three parts addressing specific events in the life of Christ, it includes such favorites as “The Trumpet Shall Sound,” “And the Glory of the Lord,” and the “Hallelujah Chorus.” A free pre-concert lecture is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. on Saturday and again at 1:45 p.m. Sunday in the concert hall at the Music Center at Strathmore. For more information, visit www.


The Glorystar Children’s Chorus will present its annual winter concert on Saturday in Rockville.

group’s choirs - beginner, training, concert and chamber - will present a program of choral music from around he world in eight different languages, including Chinese, English, German, Latin, Italian, Spanish, Zulu and Hebrew. The audience also will have the opportunity to learn the Chinese folk song “Fèng yáng huagu” (“Flower Drum Song”) for a sing-along. For more information, visit


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Sugar Plum Fairies everywhere! Venues celebrate with ballet standard Ballet written more than 120 years ago still popular today




Fresh off the success of the ballet “The Sleeping Beauty” in 1890, Pyotr Tchaikovsky was commissioned to write a double-bill program that featured a ballet and an opera. The opera would be called “Iolanta,” while the ballet became a classic staple of the Christmas season. Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” Tchaikovsky and his partner Marius Petipa put together what is now known as “The Nutcracker.” Just in time for the holiday season, several area venues will present their versions of the popular tradition. The ballet tells the story of young Clara who dreams a toy nutcracker comes to life and goes to war with gingerbread soldiers against the mice. After defeating the mice, the nutcracker, who becomes a prince, and Clara travel to the Land of Sweets to celebrate. At the Olney Theatre Center, the Olney Ballet Company will present Mary Day’s version of “The Nutcracker,” with student dancers from area ballet schools performing with professional guest dancers. Mary Day is the founder of the Washington Ballet while Patricia Derrend, who served for 20 years as répétiteur for Day’s “Nutcracker,” is at the helm as director. “In a nutshell — pun intended — we combine the skills of about 90 student dancers

The Nutcracker defends Clara-Marie against the Mouse King and his minions in The Puppet Co.’s presentation of “The Nutcracker.” with guest professionals from around the country to do Mary Day’s classic [‘Nutcracker’],” said Olney Ballet Theatre president Royal Dellinger. “Miss Day founded the Washington Ballet and choreographed this ballet over 50 years ago.” Olney’s “Nutcracker” opens on Friday and runs through Christmas Eve. Ticket prices range from $15 to $45. For more information, visit or call 301-774-9850.

Meanwhile, in North Bethesda, the Music Center at Strathmore will host the Moscow Ballet’s production of “The Great Russian Nutcracker.” The company of 40 awardwinning dancers brings a Russian flair to the show with leaps aplenty. “The Great Russian Nutcracker,” is set to run at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Ticket prices vary from $28 to $88. Visit or call 301-581-

5100 for more information. Continuing the tradition of performing the full-length staging of the show, the Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy will present “The Nutcracker” at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College in Rockville. The Metropolitan Ballet has presented the show in its entirety every year since 1989. Student and professional dancers alike work together on stage


to bring the story to life. The Metropolitan Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” will end its run this weekend with a 7 p.m. performance on Friday and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. shows on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range in price from $17 to $25. For more information, visit their website at or call 301-762-1757. Montgomery College is home to two Nutcracker shows this year. The Maryland Youth

Ballet out of Silver Spring will perform “The Nutcracker” at the E. Parilla Performing Arts Center Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 26-28. Tickets for the show vary in price from $23 to $33. For more information, visit, montgomerycollege. edu/PAC or call 240-567-5301. For a different spin, the Puppet Co. in Glen Echo blends marionettes with costumed characters in what is the company’s 25th anniversary of “The Nutcracker.” Actors dressed as mice, Clara and even the nutcracker interact with puppets on stage while they tell the story of “The Nutcracker.” The show is recommended for ages 5 and up, but is suitable for the whole family. Tickets for the show, which runs from now until Dec. 29 are $10. Times for the show range from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., so be sure to visit the website at thepuppetco. org or call their box office at 201634-5380 for exact times. In Prince George’s County, the University of Maryland’s Ballet Company M will present its version of “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the Dance Theatre at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park. Ballet Company M will perform the second act of “The Nutcracker,” where they will take the audience on a journey through the Forest of the Snowflakes to the Land of Sweets. Tickets for the show are free, but seating is limited, so folks are encouraged to get the tickets as soon as possible. Visit or call 301-405-2787 for tickets or for more information.

IN THE ARTS DANCES Hollywood Ballroom, Dec. 11, International and Standard Latin Night with Paul Huston, workshop from 7:30-8:30 p.m., dance from 8:30–11 p.m. ($16), Dec. 12, 19, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); Dec. 13, drop-in lessons from 7:309:30 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); Dec. 14, Rumba lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom dance at 8:30 p.m. with Helmut Licht Big Band ($25 in advance, $30 at door); Dec. 15, free Tango lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); Dec. 18, International and Standard Latin Night with Paul Huston, workshop from 7:308:30 p.m., dance from 8:30-11 p.m. ($16), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, www. Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-

days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, Contra, Dec. 6, Adina Gordon calls to Maivish; Dec. 13, Warren Doyle with the fabulous Glen Echo Open Band; Dec. 20, Sargon de Jesus calls to Morrison Brothers; Dec. 27, Bob Isaacs with Perpetual e-Motion, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, Contra & Square, Dec. 15, Susan Taylor with Sligo Creek Stompers; Dec. 22, Janine Smith calls with Morrison Brothers Band; Dec.


29, Anna Rain with Perpetual eMotion, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, English Country, Dec. 11, Caller: Liz Donaldson; Dec. 18, Caller: Anna Rain, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www. 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 halfprice throughout October), 10111 Darnestown Road, Rockville. 301424-0007, Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339. Swing, Dec. 14, Daryl Davis, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, Waltz, Dec. 15, Sugar Beat; Dec. 29, Terpsichore, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10, www.

Lounge Christmas, 8 p.m. Dec. 14; Christmas with the Celts, 7 p.m. Dec. 15; Gotta Swing Dance Night with The Cutaways, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18; Joyce Lyons, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19; Holiday Tango concert with Roberto Pomili Orchestra, 8:30 p.m. Dec. 20, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240330-4500, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Holiday Swing with Daryl Davis and Gotta Swing, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, Fillmore Silver Spring, Sara Bareilles and Gavin DeGraw, 7 p.m. Dec. 11; Steve Winwood with Cris Jacobs, 8 p.m. Dec. 12; Gary Allan WMZQ Concert for Kids w/ Cole Swindell and special guests, 8 p.m. Dec. 13; Andrew Dice Clay, 8 p.m. Dec. 15, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301-960-9999,, www. Institute of Musical Traditions

— Takoma Park, Ensemble Galilei,

7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Takoma Park Community Center, call for prices, times, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, 301-960-3655, www.imtfolk. org.

Reeves - Christmas Jazz Songs, 11 a.m. Dec. 20; Ricky Skaggs, 8 p.m. Dec. 20; The Irish Tenors: The Premiere Irish Holiday Celebration Tour, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 21; National Philharmonic:

Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, TBA, Saint Mark

Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, Strathmore, Afternoon/Specialty Teas, 1 p.m. Dec. 11, 18, 28; Zemer Chai: The Jewish Community Choir of Washington, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 7 p.m. Dec. 15; BSO: Holiday Cirque, 8 p.m. Dec. 12; Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Salsa Navidad, 8 p.m. Dec. 13; Friday Night Eclectic: San Fermin, 8 p.m. Dec. 13; Miniatures Workshop, 10 a.m. Dec. 14; National Philharmonic: Handel’s Messiah, 8 p.m. Dec. 14, 3 p.m. Dec. 15; Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17; Coral Cantigas, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18; The Washington Chorus: A Candlelight Christmas, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, 23; AIR: Integriti

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, The Artie Shaw Orchestra

with Swingtopia, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11; James Bazen Big Band — Merry Christmas Take One, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12; The Marsh Brothers Band, 8 p.m. Dec. 13; A Very Chaise



Washington Symphonic Brass, 4 p.m. Dec. 22; Bohemian Caverns Jazz, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 22; Salute to Vienna, 3 p.m. Dec. 29,

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‘Out of the Furnace’: Revenge tale is fueled by strong cast BY




“Out of the Furnace” is a lot of movie, a lot of it good and pungent. In the first hour especially, its many moving parts keep a sprawling ensemble cast busy and engaged. Christian Bale and Casey Affleck play Russell and Rodney, sons of a dying Pennsylvania steelworker. Russell has gone into the family business, working in the mill. Rodney enlists in the Army. The year is 2008. An early twist of fate lands Russell in prison. Upon his release, he and his brother, back from a punishing fourth tour of duty in Iraq, must learn to adjust to new versions of their old lives. Russell’s ex-girlfriend, played by Zoe Saldana, now goes around with the mild-mannered local sheriff (Forest Whitaker). Rodney tries to work off his gambling debts (Willem Dafoe plays his bookie) by bare-knuckle boxing in the realm of a vicious New Jersey backwoods gang headed up by Woody Harrelson. Everyone in Braddock, Pa., and environs knows everyone else’s business, and in some cases they know they’d better keep quiet about it.

n 3 stars n Rated R; 116 minutes n Cast: Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Willem Dafoe, Sam Shepard, Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana n Directed by Scott Cooper

Writer-director Scott Cooper’s debut feature was the simple, satisfying country ballad “Crazy Heart,” and if that Jeff Bridges showcase operated like a three-minute song expanded into a full-length movie, “Out of the Furnace” is more like a mournful Springsteen album reimagined for the movies. The film opens with a grim prologue, barely related to the stories to come. We’re in a drive-in, and the Harrelson character commits an act of sexual violence so rough it risks throwing people straight out of the movie. It’s effective in one way, certainly: It establishes the casual venality of the story’s chief adversary, a meth-addled sociopath thriving in a tough economy where honest workers

have criminally few options. In its setting and portraits of machismo under duress, “Out of the Furnace” recalls the home front sequences of “The Deer Hunter.” The actors clearly are enjoying one another’s screen company. Sam Shepard is also in the cast, as the brothers’ wise old uncle, who joins Russell in his search for the brother who messes with the wrong criminal element. There is an oddly frustrating showdown at the end of the script’s increasingly familiar, predictable and wearying path. Cooper’s strength as a writer lies in creating dramatic situations in which there is no simple matter of right or wrong at stake; often, it’s a matter of two rights. So why does the picture settle, in the end, for good-versus-evil revenge? Audiences demand such things, I suppose. But audiences are open to other sorts of depictions of the American working class. They simply need some help finding movies that come and go in a flash, such as the recent, ambitious “Place Beyond the Pines,” which married melodrama with sociology in ways “Out of the Furnace” cannot reach. It’s the little things we take home


(From left) Sam Shepard and Christian Bale star in Relativity Media’s “Out of the Furnace.” with us, such as the handwritten menu above the bar in the local tavern (“We Have a New Fried Hot Sausage Sandwich”). The big things, such as the cross-cutting between a deer hunt and the grisly demise of a major character, betray a heavy hand. Yet

Affleck, in particular, finds something fierce and noble in uneven material and in his character’s rage. He’s not like any other actor in American movies. “Out of the Furnace” has four or five actors of which you could say the same.

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Jason Statham as Phil Broker, James Franco as Gator, and Winona Ryder as Sheryl Mott in “Homefront.”

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A bloody bore featuring Jason Statham wasting steaming piles of rednecks in small-town Louisiana, “Homefront” nonetheless contains many teachable moments while setting a very low bar for fathers everywhere. One such moment, for example: If your 10-year-old daughter is watching you, don’t murder that optional 10th or 11th bad guy. She doesn’t need to see that. And we don’t really need this old thing, which tries to be a modern Western but ends up being a swampy, derivative action film, indebted to B movies of the ’70s but unable to pay the debt in an interesting way. Sylvester Stallone wrote the script to “Homefront,” adapting Chuck Logan’s crime novel. For a time the picture was being shaped as a Rambo film, to star

Stallone, bringing his lucrative franchise back to an American setting. Instead it became a Statham revenge outing, in which the boiling kettle of rage plays a Drug Enforcement Administration cop who infiltrates a nest of drug dealers, survives a bust gone bad and, two years later, relocates to bayou country with his preteen daughter. She is played by Izabela Vidovic, who spends much of the film in tears, screaming in terror and looking for her pet kitty. James Franco plays the local meth kingpin and all-purpose threat, the one who takes the cat. And the kid’s stuffed bunny pillow! If “Homefront” has any distinction, it’s Franco’s agreeable way with a garden-variety villain, albeit a villain named Gator, taking us back to the days and the vibe of “White Lightning.” I was

HOMEFRONT n 1 1/2 stars n R; 100 minutes n Cast: Jason Statham, James Franco n Directed by Gary Fleder

rooting for Franco’s character all the way. For one thing, he doesn’t make the audience suffer through cheesy sentimental bits. For another, there’s something about Statham’s patented hooligan scowl that doesn’t suggest “ideal family man,” at least in the story scripted by Stallone and directed with a hacky sense of action by Gary Fleder. The female characters have a little more going on than usual, to Stallone’s credit. Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder play conflicted lost souls, trapped in a dirty town’s way of taking care of business. Line to line, Stallone has a particularly numbing penchant for the f-word. But the key f-word in “Homefront” is “familiar.”


Returning to the Washington, D.C., area following a standing-room only performance at the Phillips Collection in December 2012, the Hermitage Piano Trio — descending from the great Russian musical tradition — will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville. The trio is (from left) pianist Maxim Mogilevsky, cellist Sergey Antonov and violinist Misha Keylin. Featured in the program are Alyabiev’s “Piano Trio in A Minor,” Mendelssohn’s “Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49” and Rachmaninoff’s “Trio No. 2 in D minor, Elégiaque, Op. 9.” Tickets are $40 for the general public, $35 for students and seniors (62 and older) and $30 for JCCGW members. For more information, visit and


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call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100,

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, 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, 443-4223810, Imagination Stage, “Lyle the Crocodile,” to Jan. 10, call for

prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Olney Theatre Center, “The King and I,” to Dec. 29; Olney Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 13-24; “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas,” to Dec. 29, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, The Puppet Co., “The Nutcracker,” 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. Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “The Lyons,” to Dec. 22, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “Meena’s Dream,” Jan. 8-14, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and

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Tickets $17 to $13

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, John James Anderson and Mei Mei Chang, to Dec. 28, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162,

The Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, TBA, hours are 10 a.m.

to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10001 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. 301-897-1518. Gallery B, December Exhibition: Eric Garner, to Dec. 28, opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 13, gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Glenview Mansion, Rockville Art League Juried Members’ Show Varied Media, to Dec. 30, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Marin-Price Galleries, William Woodward, to Dec. 24, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-718-0622. VisArts, Michael Sellmeyer: Paintings, Drawings, Prints, That Mostly Go Together, Dec. 11 to Jan. 12, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 13, Common Ground Gallery; Lauren Boilini: Rabid Habits, Dec. 11 to Jan. 12, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 13, Gibbs Street Gallery,155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-3158200, Washington Printmakers Gallery, “Land Lines,” Clare

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younger and seniors, 244-6441100, www.roundhousetheatre. org. Silver Spring Stage, “A Christmas Carol,” Dec. 13-22, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, www. The Writer’s Center, TBA, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301654-8664,

Winslow, to Dec. 29, meet the artist from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second floor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring,


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Continued from Page B-5 audience with sometimes rather unconventional performances, such as in April 2011 when the group surprised lobbyists and members of Congress on Capitol Hill with a rendition of “America the Beautiful” during Arts Advocacy Day. Or the following month when the Capital Hearings staged a flashmob proposal on behalf of a young man for his unsuspecting girlfriend at Good Stuff Eatery on Capitol Hill. Or last year when the group did a second surprise rendition of “America the Beautiful” to open the American Institute of Architects National Convention. “[Surprise performances] have become one of our signature things,” Hazangeles said. The first Capital Hearing performance, however, was a planned one. It was a 2010 outdoor, pool-side concert at the Residence of the Deputy Head of Mission of the British Embassy for a Choral Arts Young Patrons event. The group had gotten its start just a few months earlier after Hazangeles, Caps music director Dileep Srihari and Carolyn Wise struck up a friendship as members of the Choral Arts Society of Washington. “[It] started very innocently as a bunch of people getting together at someone’s house,” Hazangeles said. “It’s a group that started out of musical curiosity.” All Capital Hearings members are trained vocalists and many come by way of some of the area’s most renowned choral groups, including The 18th Street Singers, Choral Arts, and Cantate Chamber Singers. The group rehearses once every other week and more often during the holiday season. According to Hazangeles, the Caps’ repertoire includes “music of the Renaissance to Katy Perry.” The set list for Sunday’s concert at BlackRock is

n When: 4 p.m. Sunday n Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts, 1209 Town Commons Dr., Germantown n Tickets: $22 n For information: 301-5282260,

The Capital Hearings will make their BlackRock Center for the Arts debut Sunday night. just as diverse, featuring everything from carols to classics like “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph,” to contemporary favorites such as Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Capital Hearings members

each hold separate professions, ranging from middle school music teacher to attorney to realtor and a handful of federal employees. “Our members are some of the most interesting, ambitious

professional people I’ve met in my life,” Hazangeles said. “Knowing that we’re part of a creative process together makes the relationship even more strong and even more special.” While the Capital Hearings


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Molly Beckett as the Announcer in Lumina Studio Theatre’s “Kabuki Coriolanus,” this weekend at the Round House Theatre.


Continued from Page B-5 The experience stuck with the director and upon his return to the states, he took courses in Japanese, read about Japanese theater and saw any performances that came to town. The Japanese theater influence eventually made its way into Minton’s work at Lumina. “[Founder] Jill {Raye] and I always wanted to do Shakespeare in different ways,” Minton said. “I think that’s one of the philosophies of Lumina; one of the philosophies we operate by.” Six years ago, Minton decided he wanted to stage a Shakespeare play in a Japanese style. The result was a production of “Julius Caesar” with a feudal Japan twist. “There are remarkable similarities between the Japanese Shogun culture ... and Roman culture,” Minton said. “The obvious plays were the Roman plays by Shakespeare.” “Julius Caesar” was a hit. According to Minton, it was one of the most popular shows Lumina has ever done. A few years later, Minton was ready to revisit Japanese culture, this time with a Kabuki influence. “For me it was sort of obvious which play it would be,” Minton said. “One of Shake-

speare’s warriors and his last tragedy, ‘Coriolanus.’” “Coriolanus” is the story of the Roman leader Caius Martius who, banished by the Romans, joins the Volscian army. Lumina actors James Sleigh and Ben Lickerman share the role of Coriolanus. Lickerman, a 16-yearold student at Montgomery Blair High School, has been acting with Lumina for eight years. But preparing for a role in a Kabukistyle show presents a fresh challenge for the young actor. “Normally in Lumina we focus on speech, [so] to then work on all of this posture and movement is interesting,” Lickerman said. “We’re not going full-on Kabuki but every [movement] is deliberate, precise, to the point. You really have to discipline your body and make sure you’re in full control.” Minton, along with choreographer Shizumi Shigeto Manale, worked with the actors to make sure they mastered the physical nature of the play. “Even before we got our parts and our lines, we got the physicality down,” Lickerman said. “Shizumi, day one, she trained us to move this way, straight back, head forward.” Despite the importance of movement, Minton said Lumina has not abandoned its dedication to language. “That’s why we’re here, be-

cause of the words,” Minton said. “So we’re not losing that in this show ... What we tried to do was marry that with the nature of Kabuki which is broad and big and visual.” A major visual aspect of the play is the use of video, something Lumina has employed in past productions. “I’ve had an interest in video and how it can be incorporated in ways that are both entertaining and actually add something, a new facet to the way we see the production or the script,” Minton said. While video didn’t seem appropriate for the production of “Julius Caesar,” Minton said the multimedia facet fit nicely with the Kabuki style. “One of the aspects of Kabuki theater is being big and being over the top,” Minton said. “Kabuki is a really welcome, big expansive style so [video] would really be appropriate.” The director said video is used in “Coriolanus” to make announcements, the way a servant in a Shakespeare play would. “In our production there’s a video [Kabuki-style] mask that comes on and turns back and forth and we hear words come out,” Minton said. “It’s an alternate universe.”

“We don’t know who Marley is [in ‘A Christmas Carol’]” said Goodrich, who in his script, “A Wake for Jacob Marley,” brings Marley to life through five characters who remember him. They are Scrooge (Baakari Wilder), Bob Cratchit (Scott Courlander) and Tiny Tim (Katie Zitz) from Dickens’ 1843 novella and two characters that Goodrich created specifically for this show — Marley’s wife (Lois Sanders) and daughter (Amanda Spellman). Marley (Brandon Mitchell) also makes an appearance — at his own wake. “It’s creative and pretty wide open,” Goodrich said. Scheduled for Saturday at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, “A Wake for Jacob Marley” also doubles as a fundraiser for the Unexpected Stage Company, which Goodrich founded with his wife, Rachel Stroud-Goodrich, four years ago. The audience is invited to


tend to perform primarily in Washington, D.C., Hazangeles said the group is excited to expand into Montgomery County. “Part of [this concert] was wanting to perform in Montgomery County,” Hazangeles

enjoy Christmas carolers and imbibe champagne, wine, malt ciders and holiday food, while also participating in the wake as people who knew Marley. “It’s as if they had known Jacob and are coming to mourn him,” said Goodrich, who added there is humor and fun in the event, but also “definitely some serious colors.” And this is not a wake where mourners sugarcoat their memories of the departed, he said. “You don’t encounter the whole picture — that’s always bugged me,” said Goodrich, who goes deeper into the complexities of Marley and how he’s perceived by others. “You see a lot of honesty,” said Wilder, whose character, Scrooge, ran a moneylender’s firm with Marley. Wilder said he’s having fun exploring Goodrich’s script to find ways to express Scrooge’s relationship with Marley. “They both had the same desires about keeping and making money,” he said. But how did Scrooge feel about his business partner?

said. “We have a growing fan base [there].” Hazangeles said the Caps are also excited for the opportunity to perform in BlackRock’s Mainstage Theater. “I have been an admirer of BlackRock and specifically the Mainstage Theater ...” Hazangeles said. “It has really, really wonderful acoustics. Normally if we were in a ... hall like that we would need to be mic’d, but at the Mainstage Theater it’s almost sort of a church or cathedral acoustic. We can do more classical pieces in a way we would in a smaller setting.” When it comes time to choose songs for their holiday concerts, Hazangeles said it’s always a little tricky. “With holiday music, there’s always a balance,” he said. While the group’s repertoire committee typically meets before the holiday season to decide what pieces would be fun and challenging for the Caps, Hazangeles said there is “usually all kinds of interesting debate and discussion among the group. Ultimately though, song selection comes back to the heart of the group: connections, with their audience and with each other. “There’s something really special about making music together,” said Hazangeles, who also added the Caps greatly encourage audience participation. “There’s something really remarkable about two or three or 12 voices coming together.”

And would he be open enough to express it in front of mourners? Wilder also said he is working on staying in character as Scrooge while mingling with the audience as other mourners, such as Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, relay their memories. “It’s about how you react to everyone speaking — you’ve got to keep the environment going outside the script,” Wilder said. Wilder must also react when Marley shows up at the proceedings. Unlike Scrooge, who is ultimately redeemed thanks to Marley’s intervention, Marley himself is not saved in Dickens’ story. “He’s wearing some pretty heavy chains,” said Mitchell, adding that Marley has the chance to hear what people have to say about him after he’s dead. “It’s about having fun, but it’s also about these people in real life [who interact] in ways that are unexpected,” Mitchell said.


Brandon Mitchell plays the deceased Jacob Marley, and Lois Sanders plays his wife, Suzanna Grendel-Marley, in “A Wake for Jacob Marley,” an imagined wake for Ebenezer Scrooge’s departed business partner, on Saturday at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda. The one-night theatrical event doubles as a fundraiser for The Unexpected Stage Company cofounded by Chris Goodrich, who penned the script for the wake.

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