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Both have been transferred to Perkins hospital



A Montgomery County District Court judge has ordered the two Germantown women accused in the killings of two toddlers to undergo further psychiatric evaluation at a state mental hospital. Judge Eugene Wolfe on Tuesday ordered Monifa Sanford, 21, to be transferred to Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup. Zakieya Avery, the mother of the two toddlers, was ordered to the maximum security psychiatric hospital Friday. Avery, 28, and Sanford told police they were trying to cast out demons they believed had possessed the children. The women told investigators that they saw the children’s eyes turn black, and observed demons pos-


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The Covenant Life community holds a prayer vigil for Teressa Rosalind French in Gaithersburg on Sunday evening. French, 16, a Covenant Life School student, was killed at the scene of a crash outside the church on Friday.

‘We know she’s in heaven’ Funeral for D.C. teen scheduled for Thursday

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Montgomery County police believe speed played a part in a Gaithersburg crash that killed one teenager and injured four more Friday afternoon. Washington, D.C., resident Teressa Rosalind French, 16, suffered life-threatening injuries and died at a local hospital that day. Her father, William French, said the Covenant Life School sophomore was a “thoughtful and caring young girl.” “[She] believed in God, and believed in Christ, and we know she’s in heaven right now,” he said. County Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman Beth Anne Nesselt said crews were called to the 7400 block of Muncaster Mill Road in

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Planners looking at how buses will interact with existing transit BY


Rockville planners say the city is getting more involved in Montgomery County’s plan to run bus rapid transit, or BRT, along Md. 355 and Veirs Mill Road. “The county’s been reaching out and making sure we’re involved,” said Andrew Gunning, assistant director of the city’s planning department.


A larger percentage of Montgomery County Public Schools seniors tossed their mortarboards in 2013 than in 2012, according to Maryland State Department of Education data released Tuesday. The county school system’s four-year graduation rate rose to 88.3 percent in 2013, an increase of about 1 percentage point from the 2012 senior class. The rate has increased about 1.5 percentage points since 2011. Montgomery’s rate stands about 3.3 percentage points higher than the state’s rate. Rates for student subgroups generally rose from 2012 to 2013 with the exception of the gradua-

Luminarias line the walkway near the scene of the accident, where Covenant Life Church held a prayer vigil.

Officials get more details on BRT plans n

Gunning spoke during an update on BRT plans at a Mayor and Council meeting Monday night. He said city staff members are more involved in the county’s planning process than they were in the early stages of BRT discussions. Charles Lattuca, the county’s rapid transit system development manager, said county and city planners are meeting to discuss how BRT fits in with Rockville’s Pike Plan, a master plan and associated zoning standards for the area around Md. 355 on the southern end of the city. Lattuca also said representatives

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High schools with greatest graduation rate increases

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High schools with greatest graduation rate decreases

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tion rate for English for Speakers of Other Languages students, which declined slightly. Black students’ graduation rate increased by 1.6 percentage points to 83.9 percent. Hispanic students’ graduation rates rose by 0.8 percentage point to 77.5 percent. Special education students gained 4.7 percentage points for a 67.5 percent rate. Students who receive free and reduced-price meals — an indication of poverty — climbed 1.5 percentage points to a 78.1 graduation rate. The graduation rate of ESOL students declined about 1 percentage point after an increase of 3.9 percentage points from 2011 to 2012. The county school system also saw a slight decrease from 2012 to


from Gaithersburg and Rockville would be invited to serve on the county executive’s rapid transit steering committee. Last fall, the Mayor and Council asked the county for more analysis of how BRT would affect Rockville. They also said they wanted more collaboration between the city and county planners. Lattuca said the state is conducting a $6 million county-funded study of BRT on the Veirs Mill corridor. It has not been decided where the buses will run on Veirs Mill Road, but Lattuca said planners are



County graduation rate went up in 2013





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Teens’ jazz concert raises money for mentors A teen jazz trio put their musical talents to work to raise money for their mentors, who lost their home in a fire. Minor Third Trio, with members from Garrett Park and Washington, started playing together after Ernest Coleman III, a jazz drummer, introduced them at the beginning of the school year. He led the trio and helped the musicians improve their skills. Elijah Cole, 15, of Garrett Park plays jazz guitar and piano. Reuben Dubester, 15, of Washington is the drummer and Murphy Hagerty, 14, also of Washington, plays bass. In December, Coleman and his friend Clynt Hyson, a jazz vocalist, lost the house they shared in Washington to a fire. “Since they didn’t have any insurance, they had lost everything,” Elijah said. “We figured we needed to help them in some way.” The trio members, along with their parents, produced a concert of jazz standards Friday at Garrett Park Town Hall to raise money and help Coleman and Hyson recover after the fire. Elijah said the teens raised more than $1,800, most of which they were able to give to Coleman at the concert, although donations are still coming in. “It was great; it was a full house,” Elijah said. “It was a lot of fun. I thought we played really well together.”

Rockville author publishes second children’s book Rockville author Martha Garay’s

second novel is now on sale. “The Little Siblings’ Magic World: Book Two” is published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises. The children’s book continues the tale of little siblings Diana, Monica and David of Golden Town.


The Minor Third Trio — (from left) Murphy Hagerty, 14, and Reuben Dubester, 15, both of Washington, and Elijah Cole, 15, of Garrett Park — play a concert Friday in Garrett Park Town Hall to benefit Ernest Coleman III and Clynt Hyson.

education, according to a news release from the school. Shoresh Hebrew High is a supplementary Jewish school for teens that meets Sunday nights at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.

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Ernest Coleman III of Washington thanks his students, the Minor Third Trio, during Friday’s benefit concert at Garrett Park Town Hall.

Rockville library group plans history talk Susan Soderberg of the Germantown Historical Society is

scheduled to discuss black people in Montgomery County during the Civil War at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in Rockville Memorial Library’s first-floor meeting room. For more information, call the Rockville Friends of the Library at

EVENTS Funding Your Business, 1-3 p.m., Rockville Economic Development, 95 Monroe St., Rockville. 301-315-8096.

THURSDAY, JAN. 30 Government Certification: 8(a) & MBE/DBE Application Assistance Workshop, 2-4 p.m., Wheaton Business

Innovation Center, Wheaton Building South, 11002 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton. $50. 301-403-0501.

FRIDAY, JAN. 31 History Happy Hour: Local Legends and the Art of Storytelling, 6:30-8 p.m.,

Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. $20. 301-774-0022. Nicotine Anonymous Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Northwood Presbyterian Church, 1200 W. University Blvd., Silver Spring. 443-812-5284. Can We Send It Back?: Welcoming a New Sibling, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parent

Jewish school names new director Liran Laor is the new school director at Shoresh Hebrew High School in Rockville. Laor has a degree in social work from Haifa (Israel) University and is completing a master’s degree in


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This week may be chilly, but the city of Rockville is already planning its camps for this summer. Rockville offers more than 65 summer camps June 16 through Aug. 22, according to a city news release. Registration begins Jan. 21. Some camp programs offer activities such as games, crafts, sports and swimming, while specialty camps can help children hone their skills in sports, cooking, science, reading and other activities. A summer camp guide is online at Send event information, photos and news items for People and Places to Elizabeth Waibel at, or call 301280-3005.


Jasmine Diggs of Paint Branch finishes the 4x55 shuttle hurdles at Georgetown Prep’s indoor track invitational on Saturday. Go to SPORTS Check for results from the final weeks of the high school winter season.

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Dan Komarek of Silver Spring and his son Max, 5, ride a snow tube Sunday at Layhill Village Local Park in Wheaton. Tuesday’s arctic blast is expected to moderate during the rest of this week, with only a small chance of rain or snow forecast for Saturday.

Ponds to be added to Horizon Hill Park to slow erosion Public meeting to discuss designs scheduled for Thursday n



Engineers are designing changes for a Rockville park in an attempt to slow down erosion and keep pollutants out of the Watts Branch watershed. The city of Rockville is planning to revamp its system for dealing with stormwater runoff in Horizon Hill Park, near the intersection of Wootton Parkway and Falls Road. Gabe Kosarek, a city civil engineer, said the park has three dry ponds that fill with water when it rains, then slowly release the water into the Watts Branch stream. The stream

connecting two of the ponds is unstable and eroding, however, and that’s starting to threaten private property behind some houses, sewage lines and trees, he said. The city plans to stabilize the stream and convert two of the dry ponds into wet ponds in an effort to combat erosion and reduce the potential for flooding, according to a project page on the city’s website. “These ponds will be permanently full of water, and the function of the wet ponds is to provide a water quality treatment,” Kosarek said. While rainwater typically stays in the dry ponds for about 48 hours, it would stay in the wet ponds longer, giving sediment and nutrients time to settle to the bottom of the ponds. The result would be cleaner water flowing into Watts Branch.


At a meeting of the mayor and City Council on Jan. 13, some residents who live near the park said they weren’t happy with the designs. Edward Himmelfarb, who lives on Sunrise Drive, said the plan would entail taking down trees and installing pools with nothing to block the unsightly view. Robert Plotkin of Glastonberry Road said he was concerned that a concrete apron designed to protect the sewage line behind his house would leak. Plotkin said he has lived in the house since 1968 and hasn’t seen any problems, and he suggested putting the money toward other projects. Craig Simoneau, director of Rockville’s Department of Public Works, said the city is trying to figure out how to accommodate some of the neighbors’ requests without compromis-

ing the project. A community meeting to discuss the project is scheduled for Thursday. “Every comment we’ve heard, we’re going to be prepared to address ... at that community meeting,” he said. Simoneau said the project is partially funded by a $1 million grant. The grant has a timeline attached to it, limiting how much the city can slow down its design process. “We have a tightrope here to walk in not losing a milliondollar grant and still including some of their changes into the project,” he said. The public meeting about the Horizon Hill stormwater management plan is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.



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County planners are close to completing rezoning for Glenmont that would allow more commercial and residential development in the 68.41-acre area north of Georgia Avenue and Randolph Road. “Weareencouragingmixeduse development in more areas around the Metro center than currently allowed,” planner coordinator Michael Brown said. The area is about 1½ miles north of the Wheaton-Glenmont Metro station. No one testified at a Tuesday County Council hearing on the subject. Council approval will mark the end of a two-year rezoning process. The changes are in the area around Georgia Avenue and Randolph Road, north of where they intersect, and a small parcel west of Georgia Avenue. This includes the Glenmont Shopping Center and areas farther north across of Layhill Road. The small area west of Georgia Avenue will be a lower-density mixed-use zone than the other spaces. With the exception of the shopping center, most of the lots are currently more geared toward residential use, or are residential-only. The council has already approved the amendment to the Glenmont Sector Plan Sectional Map and the Planning Board has recommended the council approve the zoning ordinance needed to complete the process. Neighbors and local business owners have mixed views on whether the new zoning will improve the area, although most appear to be in favor of redevelopment. “The shopping center defi-

nitely needs a facelift,” said Tim Hahn, owner of Sports World, who supports the rezoning. “It’s not pedestrian-friendly.” Hahn would like to see a large anchor store move in, to attract customers. “The problem with the shopping center is there are like six different landlords so it’s hard to get all the landlords to agree on what needs to be done as far as improvement is concerned at the shopping center,” Hahn said. Some business owners are skeptical of a large developer moving into the area, he said. Another landlord, Mike Fisher, a partner at Glenmont Commercial, said all of the business owners in the shopping center are on board with rezoning and redevelopment. Glenmont Commercial owns several storefronts, including Pizza Hut, Subway and a Department of Motor Vehicles office. Neighbor John Bogasky agrees that the rezoning would allow the area to evolve favorably.Bogaskyisaboardmember of the Strathmore-Bel Pre Civic Association and the Glenmont Exchange — an uumbrella organization that brings together neighborhood associations and business owners. “I generally favor the rezoning,” he said. “My hope is that it will kind of attract to Glenmont the attractive redevelopment we’ve seen at other metro stations in the county.” But Vicki Vergagni, president of the board of directors and on-site community manager for Glen Waye Gardens Condominiums is skeptical that rezoning will bring new business. Her worry is that it will only attract new residential development, and with it more traffic. The council is scheduled to vote on the rezoning next Tuesday.



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Street realignment depends on development schedules, funds availability BY


A new road network is an integral part of the county’s White Flint Sector Plan, but many hurdles stand in the way before construction can begin. Planners are still designing the details of a road network in the rapidly urbanizing area around the White Flint Metro station, according to Dee Metz, Montgomery County’s White Flint implementation coordinator. They are well along in the design process, she said, and are currently working on the layout for utilities and a stormwater management plan. “Even though we might not build it all at one time, we’re designing it all at one time,” she said.

The county’s long-term plan for the area includes new roads and intersections that in some places cut through properties that already have parking lots or buildings on them. The plan calls for realigning Executive Boulevard, which runs behind the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. In order to straighten out the street, it would have to run through what is now a parking lot for the conference center and a building that formerly housed VOB Auto Sales. Before construction can begin on the new road network, the county must build a parking garage for the conference center and figure out what will happen to the car dealership building, Metz said. “The conference center is very successful; we can’t take up so much of their parking,” Metz said. “... We’re putting the garage there, but eventually that will turn into a more mixed-use [building] behind

the conference center.” Funding is already in place for a conference center parking garage, Metz said. Other projects, such as a parking structure for Wall Park is still not funded nor is there funding in place to obtain land for roads from private property owners. Metz said the sector plan anticipated private property owners redeveloping at the same time as the road network was being built. If they don’t, the government may have to buy the property or go through the costly process of taking land through eminent domain, also referred to as condemnation. The owners of the VOB building have said they are interested in redevelopment, Metz said, but they have not yet submitted any development plans. “Unless the property owners are developing at the same time, to go forward, we would have to condemn that property,” she said. Planners are still talking to the

property owner and looking into whether they could build that segment of the road at a later date, Metz said, so they might not move forward with condemning the oneacre property. “The real discussions are timing right now,” she said. The county hopes that construction on the roads will be able to start sometime in mid to late 2016, Metz said. County planners are also starting to look at plans for pedestrian access along Nebel Street, Metz said. Friends of White Flint, a group that promotes implementing the sector plan, blogged about possible pedestrian improvements, such as reducing the number of lanes and adding a median, Jan. 16. County planners are expected to give an update on plans for Nebel Street to the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee in March.

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Baby Joy 3-D/4-D Mobile Ultrasound promises expecting mothers and fathers a personal and intimate experience — finding out their inutero baby’s sex — away from a doctor’s office. Baby Joy 3D/4D Ultrasound, a Silver Spring business, was an idea that grew from a mother of two who believes seeing a baby in the womb is a special bonding moment. “I see pregnant women every day. ... Some of them want to show the pictures to their husbands that couldn’t make it to the doctor’s office ... or they want to show the pictures to the grandparents who were watching the kids at home,” Betelhem Seleshi said. And that’s when Seleshi thought: Why not bring the experience to people’s home?. On Sunday, Seleshi went to a baby shower party in Silver Spring at which the baby’s sex would be revealed. The expecting mother, Deisy Izquierdo, did not know Seleshi was coming. When Seleshi walked in the house, Izquierdo was so surprised, she couldn’t hold back her excitement, cheering when Seleshi entered the living room. Izquierdo has two daughters — Lucia, 6, and Hannah, 4 — with her husband, Josue Izquierdo. The Izquierdo family now was hoping for a baby boy. The ultrasound machine is hooked up to a video screen. The mother then lies on a couch, while Seleshi puts ultrasound gel on the mother’s pregnant belly. More than 30 people witnessed Seleshi’s ultrasound. Some exclaimed: “How beautiful” and “Look at the hands” and “The baby is waving.” Seleshi finally typed in the ultrasound machine: It’s a boy! The whole experience can take 15 to 30 minutes. “This is incredible. ... We have been hoping for a boy,” Deisy Izquierdo said. The tears flowed in a room filled with grandparents, uncles, cousins, and close friends. “This is better than watching the Super Bowl,” Josue Izquierdo said. When families react, Seleshi is moved, too.


Driver was turning onto Nebel Street BY KRISTA BRICK STAFF WRITER

A Rockville man died in a single-car crash Saturday in Rockville. Rufino Pangramuyen Lopez Jr., 26, of the 4400 block of Bel Pre Road died after his Ford F-250 pickup truck hit a utility pole at about 1:50 a.m. Lopez was driving his truck east on Old Georgetown Road, turning left onto northbound Nebel Street, according to county police. For reasons still under investigation, Lopez lost control of the truck, which crashed into the utility pole. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

InBrief County and Rockville plan race forum

Ultrasound company delivers the big news at home BY

Man dies after truck strikes a utility pole

The Montgomery County and city of Rockville Human Rights commissions will hold a public forum on race, community and ethnic relations in the county. “Do you think a Trayvon Martin-type incident could occur in Montgomery County?” will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville. Moderated by Sheryl Brissett Chapman, executive director for the National Center for Children and Families, a group of relations experts and other participants will have the opportunity to share viewpoints on race and community relations. The death of Trayvon Martin, which took place two years ago in Sanford, Fla., will be a point of reference throughout the discussion, as participants discuss what their actions would be in a similar situation. For more information, call James Stowe, director of the Office of Human Rights, at 240777-8490.

Jewish group offers employment classes The Jewish Council for the Aging will offer Career Gateway classes starting Feb. 10 at 12320 Parklawn Drive, Rockville. The classes are for job-seekers older than 50. The program comprises 30 hours of group instruction over five non-consecutive days in two weeks, take-home materials, a post-course job club and one-on-one mentoring. The cost is $75. For more information, email Ellen Greenberg at or call 301255-4215.


Betelhem Seleshi (right) of Baby Joy 3D/4D Mobile Ultrasound reveals the sex of Josue and Deisy Izquierdo’s child during a shower on Sunday in Silver Spring.

“For me, I get so satisfied [and] I get emotional,” she said. On a busy weekend, Seleshi visits up to four clients at their homes. Seleshi thinks her company is the only one of its kind in the Washington area. It performs ultrasounds at the client’s convenience. It might be a baby shower, a sex-revealing party, or just an intimate moment between the parents and close family members. Seleshi has portable equipment — approximately the size of a laptop — that can be connected to a big screen TV. She also carries

a projector. The mobile ultrasound packages vary from $150 to $250. That gives clients 10 to 30 minutes of 2-D, 3-D or 4-D session, color printed pictures, and a DVD with the entire session. According to the Baby Joy 3D/4D website, ultrasound in an elective, noninvasive procedure offers a “peek” inside the womb. Conventional 2-D ultrasound returns a black-and-white image of the fetus in utero. 3-D ultrasound uses advanced technology to capture a detailed image. A 4-D ultrasound includes a video image of the fetus.

Seleshi said sex verification can be done in any package, but only if the parents want to know. She can perform the ultrasound and not disclose what the sex is. Seleshi, a Silver Spring resident, is certified through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography and specialized in obstetrics/prenatal ultrasound. She holds a bachelor’s in sonography from Georgetown University. For nine years, she has performed thousands of ultrasound services in women with high-risk pregnancies, she said. Seleshi said a mom-to-be does not need to get a doctor’s permission for the ultrasound, but she requires that a client be under a physician’s care. Seleshi said she needed about $36,000 to start her business. It took about 10 months to get the business fully running. Her first client was seen on Nov. 23. Since then, she has been booked every weekend, she said. She still works Monday to Friday at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. “I have a good amount of clients every weekend. ... People that I scan say to me, ‘I wish I had known about this business before,’” Seleshi said.


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

Auto theft and residential burglary • Between 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13 and 7:30 a.m. Jan. 14 in the 12500 block of Shoemaker Way, North Potomac. Unknown entry, took vehicle. Robbery • On Jan. 14 at 11:20 a.m. at BB&T Bank, 1470 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Unsuccessful attempt. Commercial Burglary • On Jan. 13 between 3:25 and 3:30 a.m. in the unit block of Southlawn Court, Rockville. Unknown broke front glass door at a business and took a television and cash from two unsecured cash boxes. Larceny • Unit block of Church Street, Rockville, between noon and 2 p.m. Jan. 13. The complainant reported that an unknown subject removed a wallet from her unattended purse at an office building. • 1300 block of Clagett Drive, Rockville, between 10 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Jan. 16. Unknown subject removed a snow thrower and a 2.5-gallon gas can from a front porch. Residential burglary • 1800 block of Piccard Drive, Rockville, at 10:21 a.m. Jan. 6. Unknown subject entered an unsecured open residential garage, entered an unsecured vehicle and removed a pair of designer sunglasses. • 1000 block of Carnation Drive, Rockville, between 11:45 p.m. Jan. 13 and 7:18 a.m. Jan. 14. Forced entry, took nothing. • 300 block of Watkins Circle, Rockville, between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Jan. 15. Unknown subject gained access by forcing open a rear basement door at a residence and took jewelry.


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City condemns woman’s backyard structure without inspection Official: Photos show it had been wrongfully modified

Burnette wrote in the email that the city reached that conclusion based on the newspaper coverage, not by visiting the site. After coming home to find the notice on the structure’s door, Bell-Zuccarelli said, she was fuming that the city condemned it without speaking to her or visiting the house. She noted that the inspector first put the condemnation sign on the front door of the primary house until he was corrected by her daughter, who was home at the time. “If you didn’t go visit, then why did you condemn it?” BellZuccarelli asked. “All of this could have been resolved if someone came out to actually




what I might do, but for what I am doing,” she said. After completing a physical inspection at Bell-Zuccarelli’s home Monday, Burnette said he cited several projects that were completed without proper permits, including the staircase, railings on the staircase and loft, extra kitchen cabinets, kitchen sinks and some plumbing work, exterior deck, extra electrical outlets and fixtures, and bathroom toilet, shower and sink. Bell-Zuccarelli said she plans to apply for the appropriate city permits to get approval for the projects, and have the condemnation order reversed.

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Gaithersburg has condemned Darline Bell-Zuccarelli’s “tiny house.” and that the zoning law does not permit more than one dwelling unit on a lot in that community. “I can say that based on the article and pictures in The Gazette, there have been modi-

fications to the structure after we closed out the shed permit without obtaining further required permits or inspections,” he wrote in an email to The Gazette.


Gaithersburg officials recently condemned the structure that a woman built in her backyard as a miniature home for her daughter after they read about it in a December edition of The Gazette. Darline Bell-Zuccarelli said a city inspector came to her house Jan. 16 and condemned the 192-square-foot structure behind her own home on Woodland Road in Gaithersburg. To help her daughter, who was struggling to afford her own place, Bell-Zuccarelli and her husband spent about one year and $15,000 to build the small building. Complete with a living room, kitchenette, sleeping loft, bathroom and porch, the structure is small but functional, Bell-Zuccarelli said. It also has electricity, air conditioning and heat, and is set up for plumbing. She has city electrical and building permits for a shed of up to 216 square feet under city code. The house also passed city foundation, framing and electrical inspections, according to Bell-Zuccarelli. The tiny house had been sitting unoccupied in the backyard while Bell-Zuccarelli saved up to pay for the water company’s charge to connect its pipes to those on the street. At least that was the plan before the city became involved. Wes Burnette, the city’s permits and inspections division chief, confirmed that the city condemned the shed. He said he thought the structure had been modified without permission since it was first approved

visit it and talk with me.” Bell-Zuccarelli said she built the house to the exact specifications outlined in the blueprints, which were approved by the city in June 2012. She said she thought she had all the necessary permits and inspections as required by the city. Zoning, however, was one issue she forgot to check. “I didn’t even give zoning a second thought,” she said. Even though she now knows that zoning requirements will prohibit her from ever having people live in the structure, she said she is still fighting to keep it as a shed — a really nice shed. “You can’t condemn me for

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Darion Aguilar, neatly clad in jeans and a dress shirt, strolled into a Rockville gun store Dec. 10 with a wad of cash and lots of questions. He wanted a weapon for home defense, he told the owners, who remember him as upbeat and courteous. He didn’t know much about firearms and asked for their help in picking

“This guy, to rate him as a customer, he was an ideal customer. We get plenty of people who come in here and look shady. We turn them away. We don’t even bother doing the paperwork. But this guy asked a lot of good questions. All ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ Engaged us great.”


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Cory Brown, proprietor, United Gun Shop one out. “His whole demeanor was, he smiled, he was polite, he wasn’t aggressive,” said Cory Brown, a proprietor of United Gun Shop. Aguilar, then 18, told Brown and co-owner Dan Millen that he had been researching Mossberg shotguns. Could they show him a Mossberg? So they got out a basic 500 model — “an entry-level” gun, Brown said — a pump-action 12-gauge that is easy for a novice to fire accurately in close quarters. Saturday morning, 46 days after he left the shop with a $430 Mossberg 500 and two boxes of shells, Aguilar used the weapon at The Mall in Columbia, killing two employees of a clothing store and then himself as hundreds of frightened shoppers ran for cover.


United Gun Shop at 5465 Randolph Road in Rockville, the shop where The Mall in Columbia shooter bought his gun. “This guy, to rate him as a customer, he was an ideal customer,” Brown said Monday at his store off Randolph Road. “We get plenty of people that come in here and look shady. We turn them away. We don’t even bother doing the paperwork. But this guy asked a lot of good questions. All ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ Engaged us great. “Just really good to deal with,” Brown recalled. “Threw up no red flags at all. That’s why I’m so shocked, and I’m waiting to hear what the motive was. Because it makes no sense to me.”

As Howard County police continue to investigate the shootings, they said the reason for the attack remains a mystery. They said they have found no connection between Aguilar and his victims, Brianna Benlolo, 21, and Tyler Johnson, 25, who worked in Zumiez, a store for skateboarders, snowboarders and surfers on the Maryland mall’s second level. Two law enforcement officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, said Aguilar kept a journal in which

he described suicidal thoughts. When the young man’s mother reported him missing Saturday, they said, a police detective was sent to the home. He began reading the journal, but Aguilar’s mother demanded he stop. Later, after authorities identified Aguilar as the shooter, police seized the journal. In addition to the references to suicide, it contains notes expressing hatred of certain groups, according to the officials, who did not elaborate in detail.

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Police say a missing College Park man was the gunman in Saturday’s shooting at The Mall in Columbia. Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, of the 4700 block of Hollywood Road in College Park, was initially reported missing to Prince George’s County police at about 1:40 p.m. on Saturday, said Lt. William Alexander, a Prince George’s County police spokesman. Howard County Police reported that Aguilar opened fire at about 11:15 a.m. in the mall’s Zumiez store, killing Brianna Benlolo, 21, of College Park and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Mount Airy, said Sherry Llewellyn, Howard County Police spokeswoman. County police believe Aguilar killed himself after the shooting, Llewellyn said. Aguilar’s mother believed her son had gone missing sometime after he was scheduled to work at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Alexander said. Aguilar worked at the College Park Dunkin’ Donuts, 10260 Baltimore Ave., according to a statement from Dunkin’ Donuts. A Prince George’s police investigator read Aguilar’s journal, which police said contained information that made the investigator “concerned for the missing person’s safety.” Aguilar graduated from James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring in 2013, said Dana Tofig, a Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman. Alexander said Prince George’s police didn’t discover Aguilar was the alleged shooter until after 6 p.m. when the investigator followed Aguilar’s phone signal to the mall. The missing person infor-


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mation was turned over to the Howard County Police Department, which is investigating the shooting since the incident occurred inside Howard County, Alexander said. Prince George’s police did not make the missing person investigator available for interview. “We found out after the shooting,” Alexander said. “It was not like we could have intercepted him before it happened.” Police said Aguilar was living with his mother in College Park. No one responded at Aguilar’s mother property and was not home or available for comment. Neighbors said they did not know Aguilar personally and that Saturday’s incident did not cause them to feel unsafe. Jessica Canotti said she bought her home off Hollywood Road about eight months ago and chose the neighborhood partly because it seemed safe and stable. “This neighborhood was quiet,” she said. “I did my research because I have kids. I want to know my neighbors.” Her husband, Daniel Canotti, said the neighborhood was not so quiet on Saturday afternoon when the roads were blocked and full of police cars. He said he still feels safe in his home. “But I’m a little scared to go to the mall now,” he said. Heidi Mayhew of College Park was picking up a piece of furniture a few houses down from Aguilar’s residence two days after the shooting. “It could be anywhere,” she said. “The only things that worry me are the things that happen in schools because my kids go to public schools. God, it’s happening everywhere.” Residents Sharri Gertler and Walter Comisiak took one of their regular walks Monday around the neighborhood, a route that took them past Aguilar’s house. “I think it can happen anywhere and it has happened in many places you wouldn’t expect,” Gertler said. “I’m not moving because of it.” Gertler said residents are still processing what happened and what it means to them. “It’s a good solid community,” she said. “I think we’re all feeling the effects, but it could happen anywhere, and like I said, it does.”


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Leggett’s proposed capital budget aids Montgomery College and Shady Grove LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER

The Universities at Shady Grove would receive funds for a much-needed parking garage and Montgomery College aims to both renovate and build anew thanks to appropriations included in the proposed Montgomery County capital budget. In his proposed six-year capital improvements program, County Executive Isiah Leggett directed about $20 million to the Shady Grove campus in part for a parking garage to replace spaces that will be lost during the construction of a biomedical sciences and engineering facility, said Stewart Edelstein, executive director of the Universities at Shady Grove. The capital funds mark an unusual contribution from the

from Baltimore and a computer science degree from Baltimore County as well as a few new degrees — have not been offered at the Shady Grove campus before due to the lack of a proper facility in which to teach them. The institution plans to start building the garage in about nine months. Edelstein said the new facility will bring engineering and biomedical disciplines to the area that are “critical” to the region’s economic development. Leggett proposes about $348 million for Montgomery College’s three campuses. Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard said the college faces the largest space deficit among Maryland’s community colleges. With the proposal, Pollard said, the college would be able to make “significant progress” addressing the needs of its students. Pollard said the college’s goal is to work efficiently with

the funds and renovate existing buildings to match them with current curriculum requirements. “We know that the county and state can’t meet every need that we have,” she said. At the Rockville campus, the budget would renovate the Science West Building, construct a parking garage, and design and construct a student services center. The Germantown campus would receive money to design andrenovatetheScienceandApplied Studies Building and design a student services center. The math and science building on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus would be modernized. She said there is “a growing need to continue to revitalize existing facilities.” “We have lots of work that needs to be done,” she said.

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Montgomery County Public Schoolswantstoengagestudents with a greater variety of ways to learn about technology, but faces state standards that offer little flexibility to create new classes, according to school system officials. Erick Lang, associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction for the school system, said the district must adhere to “very specific” state standards that place a significant emphasis on engineering and engineering skills. “We’ve been looking at ways to try to expand (the courses available) within the context of the content that’s required by the state,” Lang said. Maryland requires that high school students complete a oneyear technology education credit before graduation. Before new standards were created in 2007, the school system offered a broader spectrum of courses through which Montgomery students could earn the credit, including various computer programming courses, Lang said. Since the change, the school system has developed only one course that fit the bill and was officially added to the school system’s curriculum, leading to the system’s current total of four technology classes that provide the credit. The school system’s qualifiedtechnologycourseshadbeen narrowed down to three when the standards changed. The system is also piloting a fifth class at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring that focuses on automotive technology. During a Dec. 12 school board meeting, some board members expressed interest in determining if two new computer science courses might be developed into technology education courses. Lang later said, however, he didn’t think the school system could make the classes fulfill the state requirements. “They’re pretty strict,” he said. The state currently requires that a technology education course incorporate topics including the nature of technology and its connections with other fields; the cultural, economic and political impacts of technology; engineering design and development; and core technologies such as biotechnology, electronics and mechanical technology. Luke Rhine — a career and technology education program specialist in the state education department’s Career and College Readiness division — said the state’s aim for the courses is to help students improve their technology literacy and learn how to apply technology to different situations and problems. The state standards were developed to help generate consistency among classes and resources across Maryland’s school systems, he said. Rhine said the standards

emphasize engineering skills — such as how to use tools and machines, evaluating multiple variables and developing a process to solve a problem — as opposed to the specific career position of an engineer. Rhine and other state education officials said the hope is the technology courses motivate students to delve further into related fields, such as engineering. County school board member Shirley Brandman (At-large) of Bethesda said she fully supports exposing students to the STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — subjects and wants to see multiple options that are interesting and relevant to students. Schools are trying “to engage a diverse student body,” she said. The technology courses, she said, seek to teach kids skills

including critical thinking and problem solving. “We can probably address those skills in other related fields and accomplish the same purpose,” she said. The school system is involved in ongoing conversations with state representatives about possible opportunities for it to expand its flexibility within technology courses, she said. In May 2012, the county school board introduced a resolution to begin advocating for more technology education options to the Maryland Board of Education, the Maryland Superintendent of Schools and the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland. Montgomery’s most recently added technology education course — Designing Technology Solutions — combines engineer-

ing principles and computer programming, Lang said. Lang said the course allows students to study engineering “through the lens of computer programming.” Marisa Amberg, a resource teacher at Clarksburg High School, said the course has been a great way to combine engineering with computer programming aspects that students like. Amberg said the course, currently in its third year at Clarksburg, incorporates computer programming and robotics to cover some of the engineering objectives found in other technology education classes. “The programming piece and the robotics piece still allow them to get at the same objective but it’s a fun way for kids to do it,” she said.


Two building industry representatives believe the effect of several bills by Montgomery County Councilman Roger Berliner on energyefficiencyandcleanenergy will have to be determined. Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda plans to submit a package of 11 bills and two zoning amendments that would seek to improve the energy efficiency of buildings in the county, as well as promote environmentally friendly policies such as streamlining the process for creating charging stations for electric cars. One of the bills would require building owners to track their buildings’ energy efficiency and make the information available to the public so tenants would be better able to predict the cost of utilities. Another would require new buildings to install an electric vehicle charging station for every 50 spaces in a parking lot, while a third would require all new commercial buildings to meet the Silver standard for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design as determined by the U.S. Green Building Council. New commercial buildings in Montgomery have to be LEED-certified, although county buildings must meet the more demanding Silver standard. Robert Kaufman, vice president of governmental affairs for the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association, based in Silver Spring, said he sees the bill requiring owners to track, or benchmark, their buildings’ energy efficiency as being potentially very expensive, and said owners already have a natural incentive for reducing energy costs in the form of lower utility bills. Kaufman said he would rather see the county provide tax credits for companies that choose to benchmark rather than require them to do it.

Benchmarking energy usage is not a new issue in Maryland, said Tom Ballentine, vice president of policy and government relations for NAIOP Maryland, formerly known as the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. There’s already a tremendous incentive for building owners to track energy efficiency because when you lower a building’s operating costs you increase in value, he said. On the Silver LEED-certified bill, Kaufman wondered how the county planned to maintain the standards over time. Once you pass something with standards in it, how do you keep the standards current, Kaufman asked. Most new, premium office space is Silver LEED-certified, Ballentine said. The gap between building codes and LEED certification also has narrowed over time, he said. Providing charging stations for electric cars could be a selling point for builders of condominiums or apartment buildings, Kaufman said. But he said current electric car batteries can take several hours to charge, meaning a space at the charger would be occupied for some time. There also is the issue of who will pay for the electricity consumed as more electric cars are purchased, Kaufman said. He suggested Berliner and the council form a working group of building owners to identify potential obstacles and figure out solutions. “I just feel like we’re not there yet; we don’t have enough information,” Kaufman said. But he praised Berliner for thinking about upcoming issues and encouraging others to do the same. “Let’s take our time and figure out how it works and not just impose it,” he said.


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county because Montgomery is not responsible for financially supporting the state institution, Edelstein said. The state is paying for the new facility but will not provide money for a parking garage, Edelstein said. The garage, which will be able to hold about 700 cars, will expand the campus’ parking capacity to meet enrollment increases, Edelstein said. Edelstein said he thinks the county’s financial commitment helped the institution get the money it needed from the state. The new facility will host a range of programs from the University of Maryland College Park, the University of Maryland Baltimore and the University of Maryland Baltimore County — all current university partners with the institution. These programs — including an electrical engineering degree from College Park, a research and medical technology degree

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Republican David Vogt has bowed out of the race for the 6th Congressional District, likely creating an uncontested Republican primary in June. Vogt, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, announced his withdrawal Tuesday, his campaign saying that he was instead considering a run for a “more local office.” A resident of Brunswick in Frederick County, Vogt was the only candidate in the congressional race who lived in District 6. Daniel Bongino (R), also running, lives in Severna Park in Anne Arundel County and incumbent U.S. Rep. John K. Delaney (D) lives in Potomac. Both Severna Park

and Potomac are outside the 6th District boundaries. Vogt’s exodus from the race leaves, at present, an uncontested primary for Bongino. Candidates have until Feb. 25 to file for election in Maryland. If Vogt does seek a local office, Maryland Republican Party Chairwoman Diana Waterman said that allows the party a chance to gain even more ground in the 2014 election. “We certainly don’t discourage primaries,” she said. “But it is nice if you do not have to fight a primary as well as general battle. Now we put all of our efforts behind getting Dan elected in the general election.” Vogt said in a press release his decision to withdraw from the race came after spending time in talks with friends, family and sup-


porters. “I will continue to offer my fervent support of returning statesmanship to our district, state and country regardless of candidacy,” he was quoted saying in the release. At this time, Vogt does not have any concrete plans for running locally, but will make an announcement once he has spoken to area leaders and evaluated his options, spokesman Cam Harris said in an email. Vogt wished Bongino “the best of luck in his fight to restore conservativeprinciplestoWestern Maryland.” “In some respects, it’s sad to see him go,” Bongino said. “From a practical component, it makes it easier to not fight on two fronts.” Now looking toward the Nov. 4 general election, Bongino said his campaign is poised to take back the District 6 seat for the Republican party. Delaney (D) of Potomac won the seat in 2012 by defeating longtime GOP Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, thanks in part to Maryland’s latest round of redistricting drawing more Montgomery County voters into the district. Delaney said Tuesday in a statement that he expects to seek re-election despite a push to enter the race for Maryland’s governor. “Many people I trust and respect have asked me to consider running for governor and of course I always think about where I may best serve,” Delaney said. “But I love my job and my expectation is that I will continue to serve in Congress and represent my district.”



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With hefty operating budget books before them, Montgomery County school board members raised questions Thursday night about proposed money for elementary school counselors, ESOL staff and other needs. The work session included presentations from school system officials, followed by board member questions. It was the first of two sessions the board will use to parse through Montgomery County Public Schools’ proposed fiscal 2015 operating budget. In December, Superintendent Joshua P. Starr recommended a $2.28 billion operating budget — $56.4 million more than this fiscal year’s budget. The proposed budget total is about $17 million more than what the county is required to provide under state law. The board plans to make its final decision on the budget on Feb. 11. The next fiscal year will start on July 1. School board member Michael Durso raised the topic of elementary school counselors on Thursday. He asked whether the school system is creating a staffing formula to determine how many counselors would be at a school based on enrollment numbers.

Durso said one counselor told him that counselors are dealing with student issues, such as suicide, that they haven’t dealt with in the past. A counselor from Little Bennett Elementary School in Clarksburg said at the board’s Jan. 9 operating budget hearing that she and other counselors are overwhelmed by the large number of students they work with. Starr’s proposed budget includes 5.5 new elementary school counselor positions. Larry Bowers, chief operating officer for the school system, said Thursday that a proposal recently submitted to the board — separate from the budget — called for more counselors in the system’s larger elementary schools and those with higher free and reduced-price meal rates, an indication of poverty. Starr’s operating budget reflects the changes in the proposal, Bowers said. School board President Phil Kauffman asked district officials to justify adding elementary school team leaders and why they thought it more necessary than adding counselors. Team leaders are teachers who oversee other teachers in specific grades and subjects. Starr said strong leadership teams and distribution of leadership are important factors for meeting the Common Core State Standards and a new state assessment set to be fully implemented next school year. Board member Shirley

Brandman requested an explanationoftheallocationofEnglish for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) staff and the “very different ratios” found in elementary, middle and high schools. Erick Lang, associate superintendent for curriculum and instructional programs, said the school system directs more ESOL staff to high schools because some older students, including recent immigrants, face “significant challenges.” For elementary students, Lang said, much of their Englishlanguage learning is imbedded in regular classroom instruction. Bowers said a work group has studied ESOL staff ratios for the past year and the school systemplanstorolloutanewallocation model soon. Younger students “pick up English a lot faster” than older students, he said. While most ESOL students are at the elementary level, Bowers said, “the challenges are great” at the high school level. In his proposed budget, Starr included eight new positions working with ESOL students. Brandman asked Chrisandra Richardson — associate superintendent for special education and student services — why more psychologists and pupil personnel workers weren’t included in the budget. “It’s not an easy decision, ever,” Richardson said, but the office recognized the school system has limited resources and must fund other needs.


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Silver Spring resident Cherri Branson will serve out the remainder of former Councilwoman Valerie Ervin’s term on the Montgomery County Council after being unanimously chosen by the other councilmembers Tuesday. The position opened up when Ervin resigned Jan. 3 to take a job as the chief executive of the Working Families Coalition, a New York-based nonprofit advocacy organization. Branson currently serves as chief oversight counsel for the Committee on Homeland Security working for the com-

mittee’s ranking member, Rep. Bennie Thompson (DMiss.). In a statement Tuesday, she said she was honored to be nominated, and pledged to work hard Branson to represent the voters of District 5, which includes Silver Spring, Takoma Park and Burtonsville. Branson said she was familiar with many of the issues facing the district, but would work to quickly get up to speed on other issues. Branson will retain members of Ervin’s staff, who can help in her transition. In an interview earlier this

month, she said she thinks her experience as a congressional aide will help her get started quickly on the council. It has also taught her the importance of compromise in getting things accomplished, she said. Branson had previously served on the county’s Charter Review Commission and the Commission on Redistricting. Branson was nominated by Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring, who said she thinks Branson would make an excellent addition to the council. Council Vice President George Leventhal (D-At large) of Takoma Park moved that the nomination by acclimation, a suggestion the other council members supported.

“It was really a testament to a great tradition of citizen engagement here in Montgomery County.” Councilman Hans Riemer (D-At large) of Takoma Park Branson was one of 18 candidates who applied for the open seat, 14 of whom

were interviewed by the council. Councilman Hans Riemer (D-At large) of Takoma Park complemented the people who applied. “It was really a testament to a great tradition of citizen engagement here in Montgomery County,” Riemer said. Branson will serve out the remainder of Ervin’s term, which ends Dec. 1. Candidates for the appointment were asked to agree not to run for re-election in November. The race for the new term has drawn plenty of specula-

tion among Montgomery political observers. Silver Spring Democrat Jeffrey Thames was the only candidate to file as of Tuesday, according to the state Board of Elections. Evan Glass, chairman of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board has expressed his intention to run, while Del. Tom Hucker (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring and Board of Education member Christopher S. Barclay are among those who have said they’re considering running for the seat.

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A 37-year-old Rockville man was sentenced last week to 18 months in prison for wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme, according to federal officials.

On Jan. 23, a federal judge also ordered Edgar Galdamez to serve three years probation and pay $515,000 in restitution. Officials from the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Galdamez conned buyers looking to purchase homes as investments. Galdamez and others involved in the scheme prepared and submitted false loan applications to a lending institution in the name of those buyers to

obtain loans. According to a statement detailing his sentencing, Galdamez and his co-defendants often inflated the buyers’ income and falsely stated the purpose of the properties so they could get a lower interest rate. Galdamez’ attorney, Allen Howard Orenberg, declined to comment about the sentencing.

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Continued from Page A-1 Gaithersburg just before 2:30 p.m. Friday. Police said two cars were traveling north on Muncaster Mill Road, just past the Shady Grove Road intersection. At that point, the two northbound lanes merge into one. The two cars, a Honda Accord and a Chrysler Sebring, collided as the lanes began to merge. The Accord, driven by 17-year-old Oscar Javier Fuentes of Gaithersburg, struck a utility pole. Seventeen-yearold Hugo Fernanda Da Silva Rompante of Gaithersburg drove the Sebring, which crossed over the sidewalk, struck French and another girl, and hit a tree, according to police. Thirteen-year-old Emily Grace Lowe, the second pedestrian, survived, police said. She is in stable condition. Both girls were students of the Covenant Life School in Gaithersburg, a block from the site of the crash. William French said the two girls were friends. His wife, Monika French, would drive her

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daughter to and from school each day. Gaithersburg residents Johnny Allen Boykin, Jr., 19, and Keanu Ashton Lee, 17, were passengers in Rompante’s Sebring. Fuentes, Da Silva Rompante, Boykin and Lee all attend nearby Magruder High School, according to police. Contact information for relatives of Fuentes, Lee and Boykin was not available. Rompante’s family declined to comment. The Lowe family could not be reached through a listed number, but spoke out through a blog post on Covenant Life Church’s website. Emily’s “road to recovery is expected to be a long one,” the blog post said. “While we covet your prayers, it is best that [she] does not have visitors right now so that she can get the rest she needs.” The Covenant Life community held a vigil for the girls on Sunday. A private funeral is scheduled for Thursday at a chapel at Fort Myer in Arlington, Va.

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The two women accused of slaying two toddlers in an attempted exorcism in Germantown face charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, but haven’t been arraigned yet. Lawyers for the women, Zakieya L. Avery and Monifa D. Sanford, said it is too soon to discuss their clients’ cases in detail, including the possibility of them pursuing a “not criminally responsible,” or insanity, defense. During bail hearings for the two women this month, prosecutors said both women have a history of mental illness. According to Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy, Avery told police that she once was involuntarily committed for psychiatric care. Sanford told police she has tried to commit suicide twice. “The state’s attorney’s statements present a pretty compelling case for a lack of criminal responsibility,” said David Felsen, Sanford’s attorney, before declining to discuss his client’s case further. Byron L. Warnken, a University of Baltimore law professor, said that obtaining a “not criminally responsible” verdict is a “very difficult hurdle” for defendants. In Maryland, if a jury finds a person guilty, and the defen-


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Covenant Life Church holds a community prayer vigil for Teressa Rosalind French at the Gaithersburg church on Sunday evening. French, 16, a Covenant Life School student, was killed at the scene of a crash outside the church on Friday.


Continued from Page A-1 looking at dedicating one lane to BRT with buses traveling in both directions. A hearing is tentatively scheduled for this fall. In 2015, planners hope to begin a state-funded study of the Md. 355 corridor from Bethesda to Clarksburg, Lattuca said. He hopes that study will be finished in 2016. Buses are planned to stop at the Rockville Metro station, which could pose problems at the already-busy intersection. The BRT buses, which

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Continued from Page A-1 2013 in the dropout rate, which fell about 0.5 percentage point to 6.3 percent. Since 2011, the dropout rate has decreased by about 1 percentage point. Montgomery’s dropout rate stands about 3.1 percentage points below Maryland’s 9.4-percent rate. Among the school system’s 25 high schools — 16 of which saw graduation rate increases from 2012 to 2013 — the highest increases from last year include Rockville’s 4.8 percentage points, Springbrook’s 4 percentage points, and Clarksburg’s and Northwest’s 3.7 points. Wheaton High School saw the greatest decline in its graduation rate, dropping to 68.6 percent in 2013 from 76.1 percent

probably will be longer than traditional buses, might have trouble getting into the station. “The Metro station’s a challenge,” Lattuca said, adding that planners should discuss whether the station meets the community’s needs. Gunning said the intersection of Md. 355 with Park Road and Middle Lane at the Metro station is already one of the worst in the city, even without the addition of BRT buses. “That is on our radar screen,” he said. “...We’re not quite sure how that’s going to flow yet.”

dant’s lawyers can establish “not criminally responsible,” or NCR, the defendant cannot be punished, he said. “You can put me away, where you put other involuntarily committed people ... and I might get out in one-tenth of the time, or 10 times longer, [than a convicted criminal]. It has nothing to do with punishment. It has to do with, ‘Do I pose a danger to myself, to others and to the property of others?,’” Warnken said. In a 911 call on the evening of Jan. 16, a neighbor told police that Avery left one of her children in her car for about an hour. During the call, Avery came out of her house and accosted him. In the call, which police released to the public, the caller told dispatchers Avery was “responding to internal stimuli.” The caller explained that Avery appeared to be talking to herself. During Avery’s bail review, McCarthy said the women told police they had seen demons possessing the children and turning their eyes black. Avery has been transferred to a secure psychiatric hospital. Before her case can go forward, mental health experts have to evaluate whether she is legally “competent,” or understands the charges against her and can assist in her defense. A similar evaluation has been ordered for Sanford. Dr. Neil Blumberg, a forensic psychiatrist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, said that when defendants might have mental illnesses, health officials check if there’s a history of mental illness or drug

abuse, and learn about their early development. In cases in which mothers kill their children and there’s no history of being abused or abusing children, most are psychotic or responding to hallucinations and delusions, he said. If Avery and Sanford are found not competent, they will go through a process to “restore” them to competency, lawyers said. That would involve medication and other treatment. Judicial proceedings would continue after they finally reached competency, McCarthy said. The length of that process varies widely, possibly taking months or years, said Steven D. Kupferberg, a local attorney. Once restored to competency, the women would be evaluated by a state psychiatrist to determine whether they were “not criminally responsible” when the accusations took place. In that case, their defense attorneys would need to prove that their clients are either unable to appreciate the criminality of their conduct or unable to conform their conduct to law, said Paul Kemp, a local defense attorney. Then, they would plead guilty, but not criminally responsible. “The only cases where the defendant is usually found to be NCR is where they are separated from reality, or psychotic,” Kemp said. Waging an NCR defense requires a defendant to admit to the facts of the case. “The initial burden is on the defendant. ... You have to come in with an opinion [of NCR] from a psychiatrist,” Kemp said.

“The hardest thing is you don’t have a client on the other end of the line helping you when they really have that condition,” he said. Scott Shellenberger, state’s attorney for Baltimore County, would not comment on the charges against Avery and Sanford. Speaking of NCR cases generally, he said: “The problem is whenever someone does a particularly heinous act, it’s normal for regular folks to say, ‘They must be crazy,’ but that doesn’t mean they weren’t criminally responsible.” One way evaluators try to determine that is if a defendant tries to conceal the crime. “That’s best way to know — if they did it, and tried to hide it, that’s the best indication they knew what they were doing was wrong,” Shellenberger said. Rick Finci, a local attorney who has handled many NCR cases, said NCR pleas “are not extremely popular defenses.” The reason, he said, is that “jurors are scared of these people, the people who are so severely mentally ill and have not been treated and act out violently.” Even if an NCR case goes to trial, there is a jury to convince, Kupferberg said. Cases requiring an NCR defense are usually so serious, people look at them with a “finetooth comb and magnifying glass,” Kupferberg said. “And their sympathies won’t be with the defendant. They will be with the victim, and generally, that’s what makes the most difference,” he said.

McCarthy said at Avery’s Jan. 21 bail review. The women, who lived on Cherry Bend Drive in Germantown, have been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of at-

tempted first-degree murder in the deaths of Avery’s 1-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter on Jan. 17. Police also have charged the two women with attempting to kill Avery’s two other children,

ages 5 and 8. Police found the two toddlers washed and wrapped in blankets on Avery’s bed. Avery and Sanford were arrested Jan. 17, and have been held without bail since.

in 2012 — about 7.5 percentage points. Sixteen high schools saw an increase from 2012 to 2013 among black students and 12 high schools saw an increase among Hispanic students. Of the high schools that showed an improvement among special education students, several school saw significant rate increases, including Paint Branch with a jump of 21.8 percentage points and Quince Orchard with a jump of 19.2 points. School board President Philip Kauffman said he is encouraged by the improved graduation rates but also wants to learn more about how ready students are for college or a career after they leave high school. Addressing ESOL students’ data, Kauffman pointed to recommendations in Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s proposed

operating budget that direct more resources to ESOL services. “I think that’s something we need to do,” he said. School board member Christopher S. Barclay (Dist. 4) said the school system needs to “take ownership” of its responsibility to help prepare ESOL students for the future. “We can’t do that if we’re not helping ensure they get all the way through (high school),” he said. Barclay said he thinks the school system needs to be as “aggressive” and “intentional” as possible to produce signficant changes in student performance, including those of black, Hispanic, and free and reduced-price meals students whose graduation rates are below those of their white and East and South Asian peers. “We’ve got to make larger leaps in those groups really to deal with those gaps that we see,” he said.

Rockville High Principal Billie-Jean Bensen said that, while this academic year marks her first at the school, she has seen the continuation of recently started efforts that she thinks have helped students reach graduation. Among other work, the high school has used team meetings — which pull together counselors, resource teachers, administrators and others — to talk about each student’s individual needs, she said. In contrast to the school system overall, Rockville High’s 2013 data included a jump in ESOL students’ graduation rate to 85.7 percent from 41.7 percent in 2012. Bensen said school staff work hard to provide a variety of supports to ESOL students beyond those found in the ESOL classes. “That data in particular is just amazing,” she said.

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Auto sales are continuing to increase State numbers reach highest level since 2007

“That didn’t help us,” he said of the shutdown. “A big part of our market here is government workers. While they mostly got paid, a lot of contractors didn’t.” Besides the improvement in the economy, more accessible financing and pent-up demand were factors for last year’s better year, Kitzmiller said. The much better fuel economy with the new vehicles is another reason, he said. “A lot of people have put off buying vehicles for a long time,” Kitzmiller said.




Tamara C. Darvish remembers the lean times during the recession when dealers tried to lure buyers through “cash for clunkers” and other programs. Therefore, seeing another jump in new-vehicle sales — the fourth consecutive annual statewide increase since the decade low point of 2009 — in 2013 from 2012 is a welcome development, even if sales figures have yet to return to pre-recession levels. Silver Spring-based Darcars Automotive Group, where Darvish is vice president, saw sales rise by 17 percent last year, higher than the 6 percent statewide increase. “Consumers are feeling more confidence,” said Darvish, a member of the board of directors of the National Automobile Dealers Association, representing Washington-area franchised new-car dealers. “We have great finance rates and incentives available.” The roughly 335,000 new vehicles sold in Maryland last year was the highest number since about 378,000 in 2007, according to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. The average sales price continued to climb to more than $30,000, as the $10.1 billion worth of new cars sold in the state was the most since $10.4 billion in 2006 and greatly improved from $6.7 billion worth sold in 2009. Used-vehicle sales statewide rose 3 percent from 2013 to about 645,000 and $6.0 billion. Maryland’s new-vehicle sales increase was slightly below the 8 percent nationwide jump. The federal government shutdown and sequester budget cuts could have something to do with that, said Peter Kitzmiller, president of the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association.


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“Consumers are feeling more confidence,” Tamara K. Darvish said.

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Darcars and other Maryland dealerships are involved in the Washington Auto Show, which started Thursday and runs through Feb. 2 at the Washington Convention Center. Darvish, also a past board chair of the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association, which organizes the Washington show, plans to be at the show next week following this weekend’s NADA convention in New Orleans. The event showcases more than 700 vehicles from some 40 manufacturers. The continued technological changes in new vehicles, from hands-free phone systems to sensors that make drivers aware of objects in the way, is a key theme of the show, Darvish said. Technology also is a big part of the Motor Trend International Auto Show-Baltimore, Kitzmiller said. That show, presented by the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association, will run Feb. 6-9 at the Baltimore Convention Center. “All of the manufacturers are back at the show,” Kitzmiller said. “In recent years, some haven’t been able to make it.” Among the new models being exhibited will be 2015 pre-production models of the Ford Mustang, Cadillac Escalade and Chevrolet Suburban.


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Damascus bank hires new branch manager Linda Sardella is the new Damascus office branch manager for Damascus Community Bank. Sardella, of Urbana, has more than 20 years of retail management and sales experience. She has more than 10 years of banking experience, including, most recently, at PNC Bank. She has been working in the Damascus community since 2005. Her previous banking experience includes branch management, coaching, business banking and financial sales consulting.

Youth etiquette school opens in Burtonsville Etiquette consultant Valerie Nance has opened the Eastern School of Etiquette in Burtonsville. The school’s purpose is “to coach youth in building character and life skills while living a pure life in order to accomplish goals and endure life challenges with confidence,” Nance said in a statement. The school offers classes evenings and weekends at 3911 Cotton Tree Lane. Its phone number is 301-272-7113, and its website is at It can be found on Twitter @1stladyofese.

Chamber hires new member services director The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce named Maxine Chen of Gaithersburg director of member services. Chen has been in the hospitality industry for 30 years, according to a chamber news release. She was co-owner of a restaurant in Lehigh Valley, Pa.; worked in event management at the Sulgrave Club in Washington, D.C.; was director of catering at Norbeck Country Club; worked in catering sales at One Washington Circle Hotel; and was sales manager at Buca di Beppo in the Kentlands in Gaithersburg. Chen also owned and directed a dance studio in Emmaus, Pa.


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Keith Adams is a social studies resource teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, and founder of CKA SAVE Project, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting student athletes lead successful academic and professional careers. He was interviewed Friday at Kennedy.

Keith Adams

n Job title: Social studies resource teacher, John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring; founder CKA SAVE Project n Hometown: Hyattsville; now lives in Silver Spring

You are a teacher at Kennedy and the founder of a nonprofit that benefits student athletes. Do you consider yourself a teacher first or a coach?

n Education: Bachelor of science, history, Bowie State University; master’s in teaching, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix; Educational Leadership certification, Hood College; now working on Ph.D. in organizational leadership

I’m always a teacher first. I’m a teacher coach: a teacher in the classroom and a teacher in the gym. You talk a lot about coaching while teaching. The worlds are intertwined. I’ve been teaching 19 years in Montgomery County; I was hired May 1995. I started as a social studies teacher at Benjamin Banneker Middle School [Silver Spring]. I got to teach at my old middle school, then I went to Paint Branch [High School] where I graduated from and played varsity basketball for four years. So for my first five years who better to teach me how to be a teacher than those who taught me? I was also assistant basketball coach at Paint Branch. Then I went to Wootton [High School] to be head basketball coach and social studies teacher. We did well at Wootton. I moved to Springbrook [High School] and left coaching to coach at Hood College and then I came to Kennedy. I stayed at Hood coaching for eight years.

n Family: Divorced with one son, Keith Jr., 5 n Hobby: Fan of professional wrestling n Lesson to live by: “Discipline is simply doing what you are supposed to do, at the time you are supposed to do it, and in the best possible manner and that’s not such a bad thing,” — Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University basketball coach

VOICES IN EDUCATION So tell me about the CKA SAVE Project. What does that stand for?

Coach Keith Adams Student Athletes Valuing Education Project. When I was in high school all of us on the team were very close to Coach [Hank] Galotta. One day he went on a rant about coaches as role models. Coaches really are role models and that really stayed with me. I said, “Coach, one day when I get the means I’m going to get this group together and we’re going to make a difference.” When I was coaching at Hood [College] I saw kids just like me, kids who needed a direction, who needed attention. So I decided to start a nonprofit. I called on my former players. One was in business and he helped me set up a corporation, another who was a lawyer helped with the legal part. Several helped with seed money. Slowly it built up and in April 2009 we became a 501(c)(3). Our mission is simply to assist students; the primary focus is student athletes, and the people who work with them. This is the first year we are offering scholarships, one to a male and one to a female athlete. How do you assist students?

We teach them time-management skills,

organizational skills and the ability to selfadvocate. For teachers we teach them about the athletic mindset and how to use it to expect higher levels of communication, higher levels of collaboration and higher levels of accountability. When people are given a task and not given the means to do that task they won’t do it well, so we do a summer AP class to prepare students for AP classes. Their likelihood of success greatly increases — like basketball, you get better with practice. We also have a summer camp to prepare students for the responsibilities of high school. We also take them on college visits to get them in the mindset of going to college. Is there anything else you would like readers to know?

We are having an academic all-star basketball game here at Kennedy March 17. It is seniors playing and they have to have a 2.5 grade point average. The cost is $10 and all the money goes to academic programs here at Kennedy High School.

“Voices in Education” is a twice-monthly feature that highlights the men and women who are involved with the education of Montgomery County’s children. To suggest someone you would like to see featured email Peggy McEwan at pmcewan@gazette. net.

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK County Scouts participate in annual Klondike Derby If there was ever a time to “Be Prepared,” it was the weekend of Jan. 17-19 when Boy Scouts from around the county held their annual Klondike Derby at Little Bennett Regional Park in Clarksburg. More than 450 Scouts participated in the winter weekend camporee, all waking up Saturday morning to a dusting of snow that fell Friday night. Joe Goldsmith of Troop 445 in Damascus said he didn’t mind the cold and snow. “I love camping,” he said. “I came prepared, dressed in layers.” In addition to setting up their camp sites, cooking meals and staying warm, Scouts participated in 22 separate activities designed to test their camping skills. Jack Lundin of Troop 68 in Bethesda quizzed Scouts on common plants and animals. He awarded points to the Scout patrols for corra the highest score and the title of overall winner. “We’re trying to teach how to use what you can,” said adult leader Geoffrey Wolfe of Troop 1434 in Bethesda. “If you are in trouble, you can take action.” The Scouts’ skills points were added to scores earned by submitting a design for the 22015 Klondike Derby patch, building and bringing a sled to the weekend equipped with a winter survival kit or entering the Saturday night dessert competition, where patrols contributed their own sweet creations for judging. Top honors for most points earned this year went to the Mighty Penguins patrol of Troop 249 of Silver Spring. The weekend wrapped up Sunday morning with an actual Klondike Derby. Patrols Advertisement

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Boy Scouts from Troop 1449 in Rockville participate in the sled race at the Boy Scouts Potomac District Klondike Derby on Jan. 19 at Little Bennett Regional Park in Clarksburg. used their sleds, some specially decorated for the competition, in a race across the Little Bennett meadow. The Hun patrol from Troop 773 in Potomac came in first and the Spam patrol from Troop 1449 in Rockville took second. Don Kilgore, district director of the Boy Scouts of America National Capital Area Council, said the Scouts loved the weekend. “They are well prepared and it’s a good experience,” he said.

awards, including a grand prize of $100,000. The students’ projects: • Datta: Saturated Nuclear Matter in the Large Nc and Heavy Quark Limits of Quantum Chromodynamics. • Davey: Early Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Through the Detection of Circulating Tumor Cells Using Drop-Based Microfluidics. • Shi: The Speeds of Families of Intersection Graphs. “This is a very proud day for Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery Blair High School,” Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said in a news release. “These students have combined deep academic knowledge with creativity and perseverance and it has led to tremendous success. Congratulations to our Intel finalists, their families, and the staff that have supported them throughout this process.” The contest is administered by the Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. Fifteen county students were among the 300 semifinal-

Blair High has three finalists in science contest Three Montgomery County Public Schools students — all from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring — are finalists in the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search, a nationwide high school science competition. Ishaun S. Datta, Neil S. Davey and Jessica Shi are

among 40 finalists nationwide who will gather March 6-12 in Washington, D.C., to compete for more than $600,000 in

The Rocky Hill Headliners from Rocky Hill Middle School in Clarksburg will present the musicial “Annie Jr.” this week. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday. The school is at 22401 Brick Haven Way. Tickets, available at the door, cost $7, and $5 for students and senior citizens. For group ticket sales or more information, email Catherine_A_

Audubon opens summer camp registration Registration for the Audubon Naturalist Society’s summer camp offerings begins at 9 a.m. Friday. Summer camps and programs for students in pre-kindergarten through 10th grade are offered at two locations in Montgomery County: Woodend Nature Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase; and the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center, 5110 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. “We are a throwback outdoor summer camp: we’re outdoors, playing games, walking in the woods,” camp director Karen Vernon said in a news release. “But the magic climbing over fallen logs or finding a salamander under the leaves unlocks for our campers is transformative, like only experiences in nature can be.” Weekly summer camp sessions run at Woodend June 16 through Aug. 15, with camps

for all ages. A Teen Naturalist Training Program is offered for students entering ninth and 10th grades. The teens are taught what it takes to be an Audubon naturalist while volunteering in the summer camp program and earning student service learning hours. “Last year was our first year offering the [training] program and it quickly sold out,” Vernon said. “Our camps are also very popular among elementary school-aged children, which is why we added the Rockville location.” For the past three years, the society has had a partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools to offer some of its signature nature camps at the Smith Center. First- through fourthgraders can attend the Smith Center for two weeks in August. More information and online registration are at

Transfer applications get underway Monday Montgomery County parents and guardians seeking a change of school assignment for their children from their home school may begin the process starting Monday. All requests must be submitted by April 1. Except for students in the Northeast, Downcounty and Middle School Magnet consortiums, county students are assigned to a school based on their residence or their Individualized Education Program and are expected to attend that school. Assignment changes are permitted under the following circumstances: • An older sibling attends the requested school in the regular program, absent a boundary change. • A continuation in a feeder

pattern from middle to high school, except when affected by boundary change, application program acceptance or consortium choice guidelines. • A documented, unique hardship situation. • A student selected for an exempt program. At the home school or online, parents or guardians may obtain an information booklet that contains the request form, describes the process and provides other information. It is available in English and Spanish. Exempt programs that do not fall under the transfer guidelines are listed in the information booklet. There is a different process to access the elementary language immersion programs. Information and copies of the relevant forms are available at all elementary schools and online at Parents of fifth-graders enrolled in immersion programs should submit a change of school assignment if they want the students to continue in the immersion program in middle school. For information about assignments for students in the Northeast, Downcounty and Middle School Magnet consortiums, contact the Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services at 301592-2040 or visit the website. For more information about the transfer process, parents and guardians are encouraged to contact the principal at their home school. Non-English speakers who need help may call 301-309-6277, where operators who speak English and Spanish are available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parents who speak languages other than English or Spanish who call and identify their language will have their questions answered through a telephone interpreter.

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Guthery, Hoffman Jeff and Debbie Hoffman of Gaithersburg announce the engagement of their son, David Jordan Hoffman, to Lisa Simson Guthery, daughter of Peter and Dr. Jean Guthery of Denver, Colo. The prospective groom is a 2001 graduate of Gaithersburg High School. In 2005 he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor and obtained his master’s degree in accountancy at the University of Denver. He is currently employed as a CPA at Holben.Hay.Lake. Balzer Certified Public Accountants LLC of Denver. The bride-to-be graduated magna cum laude in 2007 from Bowdoin College in Maine with a degree in psychology. After graduation, she served as a volunteer at Safe Passage in Guatemala City. She is currently employed as the Parents as Teachers Coordinator at Focus Points Family Resource Center of Denver. No date has yet been set for the wedding.

Kuscher, McHugh Mr. and Mrs. Ken Kuscher of Boynton Beach, Fla., (formerly of Rockville) announce the engagement of their daughter, Alexandra Rosa Kuscher, to Mr. Terence Lanman McHugh, youngest son of Mr. Martin Charles McHugh of Siesta Key, Fla., and Ms. Maureen Collins McHugh of Rockville. Alex is a 1994 graduate of Thomas Wootton High School and a 1998 graduate of Ithaca College. Ms. Kuscher is the senior marketing manager for ServiceNow in Tysons Corner, Va. Terry is a 1996 graduate of Gonzaga College High School and a 2000 graduate of the University of Delaware. Mr. McHugh is the vice president and third-generation licensed funeral director for Francis J. Collins Funeral Home Inc. in Silver Spring, a family owned and operated funeral home. The wedding is scheduled for June 7, 2014, at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Easton. The couple plans to reside in Bethesda.

a.m. Fridays to March 28, at Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton. Taught by a certified instructor, this exercise program, participants perform a variety of weight-training exercises at a faster pace to increase muscular strength and endurance while getting the heart rate up. Form is emphasized to insure maximal results while keeping the joints safe. Dress comfortably. Bring a mat. $30. Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors, from 7-8:15 p.m.

ONGOING Damascus, offers traditional Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 a.m., a youth contemporary worship service at 9:30 a.m. and a service of liturgy and the word at 11 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for all ages during the school year. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Bou-

Keith A. Lavon of Takoma Park and Danielle M. Reed of Unadilla, N.Y., were married Aug. 24, 2013, at Traditions at the Glen in Johnson City, N.Y. The bride’s sister, Darcy Reed, was matron of honor, and attendants included Taylor Reed, Tanner Reed, Jen Reed, Niki Reed, Tara Judd and Jean Gearhart. Keith was attended by Tim Fouche, Eamonn Murphy, Andrew Parente, Adam Jones, Brandon Reed, Jim Bob Sides, Will McDermott and Nicholas Natalicchio, and his younger brother, Scott Lavon, served as the best man. The bride is the daughter of Denny and Elaine Reed of Unadilla, N.Y. Keith is the son of Neal Lavon and Carol Hightower of Takoma Park. Danielle received her high school diploma in 2004 from Unatego High School in Otego, N.Y. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta in 2007 and a master’s degree from the University of Texas Pan-American in 2012. Keith received his high school diploma from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School formerly in Wheaton in 2005, and he obtained a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Boston in 2010. Danielle is employed by the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston and Keith works for The Schawbel Corporation in Bedford, Mass. The couple honeymooned in Maine before returning to Waltham, Mass., where they reside.

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Miller, Geggel Betsy and Jeff Miller of Rockville announce the engagement of their daughter Michal Miller to Ezra Geggel, son of Karen and Rob Geggel of Dover, Mass. The bride-to-be graduated from Richard Montgomery High School in 2002 and the University of Maryland in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in communication. She has worked for a variety of private-sector and nonprofit organizations and now serves as a communications consultant. The prospective groom graduated from the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Mass., in 2005 and from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. He is currently finishing a law degree from the University of Michigan. He has a clerkship with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court beginning in September 2014. The couple met during an organized trip to Israel in 2011. The wedding will take place in October 2014 at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Va.

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Mondays to March 31, at Sibley Medical Building Conference Room 2, 5215 Loughboro Road, NW, Washington, D.C. Weekly meditative gentle and restorative yoga using mindful movement, balance and breathing techniques to help women with a history of cancer to reduce anxiety, improve quality of life and regain sense of self. $10 per class, $30 per month, scholarships available. Walk-ins welcome with cash/check if space permits. 202-243-2320. www.

Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-421-9166. For a schedule of events, visit www. “MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kinder-

garten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Drive, Frederick. Child care is provided. For more information call 301-662-1819. Email Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Road,

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

Providence United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown

Church Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with children’s Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and adult Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-253-1768. Visit www. Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, conducts services every Sunday, with child care from 8 a.m. to noon and fellowship and a coffee hour following each service. 301-881-7275. For a schedule of events, visit

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Doug Duncan and the Chamber of Secrets Around this time last year, Doug Duncan was keeping to himself about his plans to run again for Montgomery County executive. He wouldn’t return media phone calls and was making no public statements. Fast forward to last week, when Duncan refused to attend an event with the opposite conditions — he didn’t like that the public wasn’t allowed to hear him speak. The forum, for county executive candidates, was sponsored by the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce. Duncan and Phil Andrews were invited, along with Isiah Leggett, the incumbent. Republican candidate Jim Shalleck said he was not invited, but wished he were there. “This is not unique when you’re a Republican in Montgomery County,” he said this week. Andrews and Leggett were there. Duncan stayed away when he realized the chamber was only letting its members attend. “This is not how we run government in Montgomery County,” Duncan declared. “This is not how we run elections in Montgomery County.” Considering Duncan’s past symbiotic relationship with the business community, it might sound odd that he wouldn’t be comfortable at a business-people-only event. But we’ll take Duncan at his word that openness should be the default position and that the infringement bothered him. The Gazette has tried several times to sit in on newsworthy presentations organized by local chambers of commerce, on topics such as the future plans for Lakeforest mall, but has been rebuffed each time. Private groups, including chambers, are entitled to close ranks — although we think helpful information shouldn’t be hoarded. For candidates for public office, access takes on a new significance. “Private” and “closed doors” are poor bellwethers of future behavior if you’re elected. Duncan, then, is right to insist that a candidate forum be public. Shouldn’t every voter hear the plans of executive candidates — of all parties — for helping businesses? At least, an event like this should be broadcast or taped and posted online, so constituents can hear what candidates say, even if it’s not in person. The candidates will have numerous other chances to be in one place and hash out the top issues. We hope they pick the most open venues and formats and stay away from the others. The ideas of public officials belong, in a sense, to all of us, not just those in a particular place or club.

Unanswered questions Conjure the image of the town where a mother, along with her friend, attacks her four children, killing two. Imagine it’s the plot of some cable television show. Before Jan. 17, one might not dream up Montgomery County. But now, Germantown is one more dot on the map of senseless tragedies. How does a community handle the horror? How does one understand what was going through the minds of Zakieya L. Avery and Monifa D. Sanford, the women accused? Montgomery County police say the women thought they were performing an exorcism, but how can we process such a bizarre crime on a such a quiet street? There are so many questions, with little reason to believe that answers are forthcoming. We barely had regained our footing from the deaths of these toddlers when a troubled young man on Saturday walked into the Mall in Columbia — a place not much different than Lakeforest or the Montgomery mall — and shot two people before turning his shotgun on himself. One more dot for the map. Investigators say they are still searching for the link between the shooter and the victims. The young man, Darion Marcus Aguilar, was a 2013 graduate of Blake High School in Silver Spring; once again, Montgomery County wrestles with one of its own committing an unfathomable act. And once again, we wrestle with unanswered questions. Looking to the past, we can take some solace that neighbors of the disturbed mother sensed something was wrong and did what they could. They saw something. They said something. They called 911, but because authorities lacked probable cause, little could be done before the tragedy played out. Looking to the future, we can hope 1-year-old Norell N. Harris and 2-year-old Zyana Harris in Germantown — and Brianna Benlolo and Tyler Johnson in Columbia — did not die in vain. We can hope our elected officials in Rockville, in Annapolis, in Washington, D.C., see that mental health funding is not an esoteric expenditure. No evidence yet has been shared that a government program or nonprofit agency could have helped the young man in Columbia or the women in Germantown, but we can hope that any attempt to heal the hurt can help avoid future senselessness.

The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher


No office buildings in neighborhoods

I am writing to express disappointment that our county government is choosing to spend $14 million on an office building that is proposed for a residential neighborhood backing to Rock Creek Park as opposed to near public transportation and major county access roads. What about smart growth? HHS needs to move the Children’s Resource Center from its current location at the Hungerford site, so MCPS can reopen it as a school. HHS says it wants a centrally located place because people from all over the county will access the Infants and Toddlers

program, day care providers will attend trainings, plus parents will bring children to the Parent Resource Center. Land near Shady Grove Metro would be centrally located and near transit. Instead, the county thinks the former Broome Middle School site on Twinbrook Parkway would be better. Buses run only every 30 minutes along Twinbrook Parkway and it is not close to Metro. There have been no traffic studies conducted of what traffic will be like adding 110 office workers, plus visitors to the building in addition to the 30 buses and

150 staff members of the proposed holding middle school that also will be located at the Broome site. The county is rushing this project because the Hungerford building needs to be vacated by 2016. A more prudent plan would be for the county to rent some of the abundant vacant office space in the county and then allow whoever is elected county executive to spend more time looking for other sites which are more accessible and transit-friendly.

A ‘thank you’ to county firefighters On behalf of the town of Washington Grove, I want to express our appreciation for the magnificent job the Montgomery County Fire Department provided for a “two-alarm” fire on the morning of Jan. 14. A total of 10 fire stations responded to the call. We couldn’t ask for better coverage! Were it not for the very rapid and highly effective response the loss of homes in the Grove would have undoubtedly been far greater. We know how hard it is to work in Washington Grove given the access issues in the old historic part of the town.

The response from the Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Volunteer Fire Department and supporting stations has always been outstanding. With the new maps, technology and a heightened awareness of how to use these new tools, the fire department has achieved even higher standards. Our thanks go out to all of the dedicated firefighters who helped us today and who risk life and limb serving our county and our town.

Georgette Cole The writer is the mayor of Washington Grove.

What kind of psychological treatment is offered in prison? Tragedies such as the murders of the two young children in Germantown leave communities in utter disbelief and shock. We become so invested in removing and punishing the people responsible for these unspeakable acts that we forget to consider what happens after conviction. Statistically speaking these homicides were not typical. The alleged perpetrators were a mother and a houseguest (of some sort), and the victims were young children. In addition, the police note that the women believed they were performing an “exorcism.” Obviously, this is not a typical crime that can be explained by an escalating argument or disagreement. This is something more deeply rooted in


Montgomery County fire investigators at the scene of a house fire in Washington Grove.

the psychological characteristics of the two female perpetrators. While I do believe that these women should be removed from society in an effort to eliminate the threat they pose to the remaining children and the public at large, it is a shame to think about what psychological treatment they will receive in confinement. Our nation’s prison system is not designed to rehabilitate mentally disturbed inmates, its purpose is to punish and lock away criminals. Perhaps they don’t deserve rehabilitation, but I believe that these women obviously need substantial psychiatric help in order to function throughout the duration of their sentences.

Tucker Kelly, Rockville

Appalled by student insults As an octogenarian, raised when we were taught respect for teachers, principals and parents, I was appalled at the insults and threats leveled at Montgomery County School Superintendent Joshua P. Starr on social media sites. While some comments may have been classified as simply blowing off steam, the ones threatening bodily harm exceeded any limits of civility. Unfortunately free speech allows considerable leeway in what can be said, particularly when it comes to public officials, making it almost impossible to bring the culprits to justice.

Andrew Schotz, Assistant Managing Editor Nathan Oravec, A&E Editor Ken Sain, Sports Editor Dan Gross, Photo Editor Jessica Loder, Web Editor

Dennis Wilston, Corporate Advertising Director Doug Baum, Corporate Classifieds Director Mona Bass, Inside Classifieds Director

While some may plead that the students involved are too young and immature to be responsible for what they have said and thus deserve no punishment and certainly will not receive any, I would suggest that if the student is identified his or her comments should be made part of the official transcript with admissions officers at universities able to make their own judgment as to the appropriateness of the student’s remarks. For those who have threatened physical violence, our courts should act accordingly.

Nelson Marans, Silver Spring

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Maryland’s Best/Worst 2013, Part II Pests of the year The IRS The NSA Federal government shut-downs The Redskins name debate Lyme disease Dennis Rodman Concussions Surveillance drones Gov. Rick Perry Cellphones during air flights Traffic lane “cutters” Miley Cyrus Copper thieves Athletes on steroids Target credit card hackers Cruise ship norovirus Bullying Obamacare’s religious mandate Toilet-clogging “flushable” baby wipes

Most bizarre moments • A Baltimore jury awards $1.42 million to a patient, Nadege Neim, whose doctor, Maureen Muoneke, mistakenly removed her right ovary instead of her left one. When Neim returned for a checkup a month after the surgery, Dr. Muoneke realized her mistake but did not tell Neim. • Howard County police bust an “inhome” licensed child day care center that had a hydroponic marijuana growing operation in the basement. • Public health officials warn of rabid raccoons attacking people and pets in Ocean City. • When a Bethesda couple, watching TV, see a black bear walk by their window they call police, who, after a chase through the neighborhood, tranquilize it. • Donald Pray, after getting drunk and arguing with his passenger, gets out of his car, lies down on Suitland Road and is struck and killed by a car. • A Maryland Lottery employee pleads guilty to stealing 7,500 scratch-off tickets worth $90,000 and redeeming them for $67,000. • When Baltimore scrap metal thieves steal numerous 54-pound backup traffic light batteries costing $428 a piece, the city padlocks and alarms traffic light facilities. • A woman dressed in pink with a pink cellphone robs two P.G. County banks in December. • A man wearing a fake Santa beard holds up a Laurel bank in December. • Frederick police, investigating a possible break-in, are surprised when two burglars fall through the dry wall ceiling. • A portable speed camera stationed outside Glenelg High School is set on fire

by unknown vandals. • After leading police on a 100 mph chase through Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, Dock Workman is arrested after ramming a state trooper’s car four times. He was seen lighting a cigarette between his strikes against the police cruiser. • Ocean City police witness a man hijacking a taxi and pursue him up Coastal Highway, where the hijacker abandons the taxi and runs into the surf, where he’s arrested. • Montgomery County pays Bethel World Church $1.25 million not to build a church on its environmentally sensitive 119-acre Germantown property. • On New Year’s Eve, a Silver Spring mother has twins born three minutes apart but in two different years, one in 2013 and the other in 2014. • Golfers atMY MARYLAND tending Baltimore’s Scunny BLAIR LEE McCousker Memorial Elvis Invitation Golf Dinner are asked to “dress like Elvis or an actress from any Elvis movie.” • Ralph Jaffe (D) files for governor with Freda Jaffe, his sister, as his running mate. • Baseball star Cal Ripken Jr.’s mother Vi Ripken, who was kidnapped in 2012, is the victim of an attempted carjacking in October 2013. • Bethesda resident Lois Lerner, who resigned after becoming the central figure in the IRS-Tea Party scandal, volunteers for a Montgomery County panel that screens applications for tax-exempt status. • Police suspect a possible suicide when a College Park man locks himself in a portable toilet and sets it on fire. • An Anne Arundel jury awards $800,000 to a woman who suffered hundreds of bites when she moved into a bedbug-infested Annapolis apartment. Her attorney, Daniel Whitney, specializes in bed bug lawsuits. • A Virginia woman, represented by Daniel Whitney, sues for bed bug bites she suffered at a National Harbor hotel. • A lactose-intolerant federal employee suffering from frequent flatulence is reprimanded by Baltimore Social Security Administration officials for “creating a hostile work environment.” • A woman with a Cheshire cat tattoo on her neck slips a $1,200 Maltese puppy into

her purse and flees a Rockville pet store. • When Baltimore police arrest a prostitute at a BWI hotel they discover that her pimp, waiting outside in his car, is a Baltimore city policeman. • After a 22-year-old woman driving across the Bay Bridge is rammed by a tractor-trailer, sending her car 40 feet into the water, she frees herself and swims ashore. • When three of Frederick’s five county commissioners participate in a local callin radio show, a political opponent complains to a state board, which rules it an “open meeting law” violation because, as a quorum, they discussed county business at a “meeting” without prior public notice. • Montgomery County public employee unions boycott the county Democratic Party’s annual spring fundraiser because, they say, the county party has grown too conservative. • Instead of endorsing either gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur, a lesbian, or Doug Gansler, the first state official to advocate same-sex marriage, Equality Maryland (the gay lobby group) endorses Anthony Brown. • When a Silver Spring real estate agent turns her house into an extravagant Halloween display and invites hundreds of clients to view it, county officials take her to court for operating a business in a residential neighborhood. The judge, after three hours of testimony, permits the display for two nights. • After being sworn in as Glenarden’s new mayor, Dennis Smith discovers IRS fines for $150,000 accrued by the outgoing administration for failing to file tax records. • Diamonde Grant (aka Dimez) sues the Oasis club, where she’s an exotic dancer, for taking a portion of her tips and private dance money in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. • The St. Mary’s County school board bans hugs between children and any adult who is not their parent. • Attorney General Doug Gansler says prison inmates should be issued free tablet computers to help further their education. • A National Guard A-10 Warthog fighter jet inadvertently ejects an inert 500-pound bomb, which lands in a Queen Anne’s County tavern parking lot, leaving a 3-footdeep hole and some shaken patrons. 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 His email address is


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Questions for candidates If I were to be asked to vote for a candidate, here would be the five concerns I would want them to address. I am looking for a visionary, someone who won’t take office just to keep things going, but would be willing to shake up things and look for solutions that are different and may even require a leap of faith. 1. Maryland is listed by most of the Internet sites where seniors seek retirement information as one of the top-five most expensive states to live in. Income taxes are higher here, we still have inheritance taxes, home values are static but property taxes are not. We need to see where we can lower the cost of living in Maryland. I’d like to be at the bottom of the list, will settle for the middle, but I am definitely not happy with being in the top five of 50 states in the union. 2. Employment for youth. Could Maryland pave the way for an innovative education model that would put more students into employment when they finish school? Instead of putting more funds into helping only the brightest kids with magnet schools, could we set up vocational tech schools similar to those in Germany that would support other bright students in professions that require hands-on work that can’t easily be outsourced to foreign countries. Our nurses, plumbers, electricians, biotechnologists, and electronic specialists are all vital professionals and all make good money, but we push the myth that everyone needs to go to college. We could reduce unemployment considerably if we had an alternative technical educational model and promoted it as equally good as college education. 3. Higher education. Let’s reduce the price of going to university and instead make it free. My quid pro quo for allowing any organized gambling in Maryland would only be if the funds gained went to state college systems, and they in turn used it to offer scholarships, not loans. The incredibly high debts that students now face going to university, even in-state,

are simply unsustainable. Getting more loans at ever higher interest rates negatively impacts every student and down the line every profession and every business in Maryland. Pay for it with the tobacco fund, pay with lottery money, pay with gambling and casino money, but at some point the state should fully take over the cost of running the universities. 4. Maryland could be the first state to have state-mandated health insurance. If our federal government is too chicken to vote for a national health, single-payer system, then Maryland should do so. If individuals want to opt out and pay for private insurance that’s fine, but a single payer will ensure more fairness in what doctors and hospitals charge, what labs charge and will force the insurance companies to do the same. We could reduce administrative costs enormously by reducing the number of people checking insurance, filling forms, filing reports, checking different rules and regulations. We could innovate by getting health records electronically onto a credit card sized chip that would be portable as consumers move from one doctor to another. 5. Internet access should be treated as if it were a utility — an essential service for the consumer that is regulated by the state, both for quality of service and for price. It is unconscionable that consumers whose every daily action from banking to education, from medicine to communication, should be dependent on private sector companies who can set prices, and raise prices at will. The U.S. consumer has the most expensive Internet service of all the developed world. Internet connectivity should be free for every Maryland resident and the State should make sure it is regulated and monitored in the same way that other utilities are monitored. I have more, but will stop at these five and wait for some visionary candidate to respond.

Mona Grieser, Silver Spring

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SPORTS ROCKVILLE | WHEATON | Wednesday, January 29, 2013 | Page B-1

HOW THEY RANK BOYS The 10 best boys’ basketball teams in Montgomery County as ranked by The Gazette’s sports staff:

Rank 1.


Record Pts


15-3 60


Montrose Christian 10-5 54



12-1 48



11-2 40


Montgomery Blair 12-2 37


St. Andrew’s

12-3 31



10-4 24


Walt Whitman

11-3 18



10-3 12



10-3 4

Others receiving votes:

Jewish Day, 2.


Blair at Sherwood, 7 p.m. Tuesday: The Warriors, once 6-1,

have an opportunity to right the ship again with a quality win.


Name, school A. Trier, Montrose Christian W. English, McLean J. Friedman, Sandy Spring I. Kallon, Wheaton J. McKay, McLean N. Segura, The Heights J. Bradshaw, Einstein M. Adkison, St. Andrew’s K. Williams, Kennedy A. Tarke, Gaithersburg

PPG 26.5 23.1 22.6 21.0 20.6 20.4 20.2 20.1 18.7 18.6

GIRLS The 10 best girls’ basketball teams in Montgomery County as ranked by The Gazette’s sports staff:

Rank 1.


Record Pts


12-2 60


Walt Whitman

12-2 54


Paint Branch

12-2 48



12-1 42


John F. Kennedy 10-1 36


Seneca Valley

11-3 30


Holy Child

14-3 20



9-4 17



8-4 13


Good Counsel

10-8 10

Others receiving votes: None.


Poolesville at Damascus, 7 p.m. Tuesday: Poolesville would

be undefeated if not for a 22-point loss to Damascus. The Falcons and Swarmin’ Hornets meet again.


Name, school L. Belton, Bullis K. Prange, Damascus S. Addison, Wootton J. Karim-Duvall, Churchill D. Lerner, Jewish Day D. Harris, Paint Branch B. Beckwith, Quince Orchard K. Colston, Paint Branch K. Porter, Bullis K. Meredith, Northwest D. Walker, Watkins Mill


PPG 22.0 19.4 18.7 18.3 18.1 17.7 17.6 16.5 16.5 16.2 16.2





Passion: Walt Whitman High School girls

Col. Zadok Magruder boys

Patience, ability to communicate among qualities needed, successful coaches say BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

There was one main driving force behind 24thyear Col. Zadok Magruder High School boys’ basketball coach Dan Harwood’s pursuit of a high school coaching position when he returned to Montgomery County following a Division I career and short stint playing abroad: Love for the sport.

“I got into coaching because I love basketball and the next best thing to playing, is coaching,” Harwood said. “I did not want to be a role model or anything like that. I was in my 20s and I wanted to play and coach basketball.” It wasn’t long before he relished in the ability to impact young aspiring athletes. With 454 wins, 412 of them at Magruder, Harwood is Montgomery County’s winningest boys’ basketball coach.

Blake boys starts their season over Bengals adjusting to life without their leading scorer



A transcendental passion for the sport of basketball is at the core of every one of the county’s finest basketball coaches, 12th-year Walt Whitman girls’ coach Pete Kenah said. As heading a program has become more and more of a year-round endeavor over the past decade, it truly has to be a labor of love on the coaches’ part. But sheer talent and knowledge of the ins and outs of basketball do not alone ensure that a coach will be successful. It takes a certain type of patient person to get through to and build prosperous coach-athlete relationships with high school athletes, but the county has seen its fair share of coaches who seem to be able to perennially draw the best out of whatever traditional talent, or lack thereof, they are dealt. The ability to communicate and get players to buy into one’s coaching system is the most important factor, Harwood said. But, what does it take to earn that respect? According to 13th-year Quince Orchard boys’ basketball coach Paul Foringer, it’s finding a way to relate to players. “One thing I’ve learned is, when you’re in the gym

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Landon graduate leads nation’s freshmen in scoring Former Bear has 32 points in 27 games for Quinnipiac n


James H. Blake High School has played four boys’ basketball games in what coach Marcus Wiggins has called the “second season,” one where Demonte Ojinnaka suits up in sweats, sits in a chair and doesn’t take a meaningful shot all game. Without Ojinnaka, it’s a new team and, therefore, in the view of Wiggins, a new season. “Literally,” the coach said, “it’s like starting the season over, looking for scoring. The kids look to him as their leader not just scoring, but he was our returning player. He


Thomas S. Wootton girls







James H. Blake High School’s Jordan Browne struggles to get to the hoop with Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s Somto Ndubisi trying to take the ball on Friday. was the only kid who played last year.” Ojinnaka averaged 16.9 points per game in the eight contests he played prior to straining the posterior cruci-

ate ligament — the ligament behind the more serious anterior cruciate ligament — in his left knee. The Bengals

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Sam Anas said he didn’t see this coming. In his first year of collegiate hockey, the 2011 Landon School graduate is the top scoring freshman in the country and the leading scorer on the third-ranked Division I men’s team in the country. A mainstay on Quinnipiac University’s top line at left wing, Anas has accounted for 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists) in 27 games (as of Tuesday) this winter for the Bobcats (18-4-5). “I expected him to be a very good player over four years,


Landon School graduate Sam Anas leads the nation’s freshmen in scoring for Quinnipiac University.

but maybe not the top scoring freshman in the country,”

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Continued from Page B-1 were 6-2 in that stretch and were well on their way to 7-2 on Jan. 8, leading John F. Kennedy by seven early in the fourth quarter when the senior got tripped up in transition and fell on his knee. “I went back on defense but I couldn’t really move,” he recalled. “I felt like I was going to collapse.” Wiggins pulled his star player and the Cavaliers went on to beat the Ojinnaka-less Bengals, 59-55. After that, with Ojinnaka’s return date optimistically set for a Feb. 7 tilt with Paint Branch at the very earliest, the redesigned Blake season began. “It’s been really frustrating, just watching my team fighting on their own,” Ojinnaka said. “I know what I can bring to the team; I bring that motor. When I’m fired up, they’re fired up. It’s frustrating not being able to lead out there, just pretty much being a coach on the sidelines.” Wiggins, meanwhile, has been seeking the silver linings of the situation. “We’ve had several different results,” Wiggins said. “The kids are trying to figure out what we can do and what they can do. Sometimes they figure it out, sometimes it’s still new for us as a team. In the grand scheme of things, I’d hate for this to be football because if this were football we would be done. But we still make playoffs and right now we’re looking for our third or fourth options to step up.” Five-foot-8 junior Duane Davis has been that option. In the first three games postOjinnaka, the guard logged his three highest scoring nights — 16 against Kennedy, 16 in a loss to Paint Branch and 12 in an overtime loss to Montgomery Blair. “I basically knew my role had to change from what I was used to be doing because I used to be a come off the bench kind of guy,” Davis said. “But now

I got to take responsibility for some of the things [Ojinnaka] used to do. I’m looking to create my own shot more. Teams see that I’m scoring so they’re stepping up on me and now I’m looking for my teammates.” Wiggins said that he hasn’t changed anything in the Xs and Os of the offense but Blake doesn’t have the Ojinnaka safety net when the possession becomes sloppy and the offense isn’t run quite right. “A great player becomes a great player — regardless of what we’re doing, if he’s a true scorer, which he is, he gets his buckets within the offense,” Wiggins said. “Most of [Ojinnaka’s] points came within the offense. We just don’t have a kid right now, when the offense breaks down and we don’t have a good possession, to get the ball to and say ‘Go get a bucket.’ “These kids are learning how to play basketball right now. It’s almost like we didn’t have a scrimmage season. It’s been trying, but I think we’ll be better for it at the end.” Blake will play at least four more games without Ojinnaka, meaning more time for those third and fourth options Wiggins spoke of to develop into serious scoring threats. As his team has progressed, so has Ojinnaka, already strong enough to walk the halls and participate in light drills here and there, meaning the Paint Branch game isn’t an overly optimistic return date. “He is an unbelievable athlete,” Wiggins said. “I didn’t take him out of games because he was tired, I took him out so he could see some things. His conditioning will be fine [when he returns], he’ll be out there. The good thing about him being on the sidelines is that you can really see what your teammates can do when you’re not out there. The trust level with his teammates will definitely go up.”

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Continued from Page B-1 and you’re coaching, you can push kids as hard as you want to and they might dislike it and they might not care for that but when you’re outside of the gym and the last horn sounds, they have to know you’re a human being,” Foringer said. “You have to let them see the other side of you, let them see you’re one of the guys, that you’re right there with them. They have to see you smile, that you’re just a regular guy.” It is also imperative, coaches agreed, that players know their coach truly cares about their well-being. Whether it’s attending a soccer game in the fall season or writing an individual note to a player at the start of the season, student-athletes need to know a coach has their back, Kenah said, and genuinely cares about them. It took 11th-year Thomas S. Wootton High girls’ coach Maggie Dyer precisely two years to turn a county doormat program into a perennial postseason contender. In her third season, the Patriots went from four wins to 16, their first winning campaign in more than 15 years. Since then Wootton has only endured one nonwinning season, two years ago when starting essentially an entirely freshman lineup — even then the Patriots almost met the .500 record mark. And it has not been for the number of Division I athletes who have walked through Dyer’s door. “People don’t remember but before Maggie got there, Wootton was a guaranteed win, they were winning one or two games, period,” Kenah said. “I think she’s only had one Division I player but she’s been able to get guards to scrap and shoot and they’re so well prepared. Now you put Wootton in the bank for 15 to 18 wins a year.” Dyer, like Harwood, Kenah, Foringer, Whitman boys’


James H. Blake High School’s Nathan Bonsu takes it to the hoop against Bethesda-Chevy Chase on Friday.


Continued from Page B-1 Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold said. “He’s having a monster year.” After accepting the Bobcats’ scholarship offer on New Year’s Eve 2011, the former Gazette Player of the Year went on to play junior hockey for two seasons with United States Hockey League’s Youngstown Phantoms, where the 22nd overall pick set records for career goals and points. In Youngstown, he worked on refining all parts of his game, particularly his defense and shot blocking, but was primarily there to mature physically and mentally. Anas, a business major, stands at just 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds is listed as the second-lightest player in all of Division I (Boston College freshman Matt Gaudreau checks in at 135 and five others are listed at 150 pounds). “I went there as a boy and left much more of man,” Anas said. Quinnipiac assistant coach Bill Riga initially recruited the former Landon captain while Anas was playing midget hockey for the D.C. Caps. “We were a little concerned about his lack of size, but we aren’t the biggest team anyways and we’ve had a lot of success with smaller guys,” Pecknold said. Anas is no stranger to being one of


Landon School graduate Sam Anas is one of the best freshman hockey players in the nation at Quinnipiac University. the best players on the ice. As a senior captain in high school, he led Landon to a 21-0-1 season and Interstate Ath-

letic Conference and Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League titles while averaging 3.6 points per game.

He was also featured in the March 21, 2011 edition of Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd.

coach Chris Lun, John F. Kennedy’s Diallo Nelson, Montgomery Blair’s Damon Pigrom, Damascus girls’ coach Steve Pisarski and the plethora of other coaches who have established consistently competitive programs within the county, is a players’ coach. Up until a sore knee sidelined him this year, Harwood has been playing recreational league basketball every week with the same team for two decades. Basketball should be fun, he said, and it’s important for coaches to remember the parts of playing basketball that they enjoy. Coaches also agreed there is a correlation between consistency within a coaching staff and a program’s success. Most of the county’s perennially successful teams have longer standing coaches. This helps the future players know what to expect when they come in, Foringer said. But that doesn’t necessarily mean a team will play the same style year in and year out. The best coaches are flexible with their approach and can make adjustment based on each season’s personnel. For example, Pisarski said he had to deviate from the guard-oriented approach he intended to employ at Damascus to involve the post players he’s been lucky enough to have. Foringer’s teams have played 3-2 zone and full-court press in back-to-back years thanks to teams with completely different dynamics. The best coaches are in tune with what best suits their players and are unafraid to step outside their own comfort zones. “I think like anything else, I searched for what I was passionate about and for me it was basketball,” Dyer said. “If I couldn’t play anywhere, I wanted to coach, to be a part of it. You always try to surround yourself with things you’re passionate about.”

In July, he was invited to the Washington Capitals Development Camp. “I wanted to make an impression,” Anas said of his time training with the National Hockey League franchise he grew up cheering for. “I didn’t want to just be there. ... I saw what it was like to be a pro.” At Quinnipiac, which reached the Frozen Four last year for the first time, Anas immediately made a very strong first impression. A few games into the season, he was put on the Bobcats’ top line with established first line forwards and twin brothers Kellen and Connor Jones — the team’s second and third leading scorers, respectively — and found instant chemistry and success. Anas, who was originally scheduled to play three seasons of junior hockey, but developed ahead of schedule and made the jump to college a year early, is also on the team’s top power play unit. He is also quick to praise his coaches and teammates for putting him in good positions for success. “I don’t think I could’ve expected this,” he said. “... We just want to win the ECAC and get a bid into the tournament again.”


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Albert Einstein High School’s Joe Bradshaw (left) plays defense during a practice last year.


Einstein turns things around Titans are 4-2 after beginning season 1-8


Albert Einstein High School’s boys’ basketball team entered the season with high expectations after ending last winter hot. But the Titans started slow and coach Rich Porac believed nothing was wrong.

BOYS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK BY TRAVIS MEWHIRTER That stance is becoming increasingly backed up, as the 5-9 (as of Monday) Titans have won four of their past five. After his Titans became practically an overnight sensation last year, rebounding from a 2-11 start to rattle off nine wins in the next 12 games, Porac’s team was bestowed with lofty expectations this year. They returned 6-foot-7 guard Joe Bradshaw, 6-foot-5 center Abe Camara and several other role players from last season’s late-starting team. It was as promising an Einstein team as any. The Titans promptly began 1-8. “I don’t want to say I expected to lose some games

early on, but we had a brutal schedule,” Porac said. “We had Sherwood, Urbana, [James H.] Blake, Springbrook, [Col. Zadok] Magruder. I think the worst of that bunch is Magruder and we competed with those guys and we were starting a freshman point guard.” J.D. Guerrero, the freshman Porac spoke of, was thrust into the proverbial fire, a practical sink or swim situation. Even with Guerrero playing through the expected growing pains, the Titans’ worst losses were 15-pointers to Urbana, a reigning state semifinalist, and Springbrook, currently one of the county’s most formidable 4A teams. Since Einstein dove into its divisional play against teams the Titans will be playing come playoff time on Jan. 4, it is 4-2, and Camara and Bradshaw have begun to resemble the pair that carried the Titans through their Cinderella run last season. “We’re turning things around. Well, not really turning things around, but staying the course,” Porac said. “All of the downtown consortium teams open up our schedules against the 4A schools and 99 percent of us start with losses. ... “People go ‘Well, what’s

wrong with Einstein?’ and I say ‘Nothing.’ We gave away two games and another we could have won but I got a 14-yearold kid dribbling the ball up the court. He’s really good, I mean, he’s extremely skilled, but he’s still 14-years old. “So we have a freshman point guard, a 6-7 guard, a big man who’s been playing three years — I’d say we’re doing pretty good. I kind of like where we are right now and the direction we’re going.”

Overtime, again Wheaton and Rockville have technically played only two games thus far, yet have slugged it out for more than three games’ worth of basketball. A month and four days after the Rams topped the Knights in a four-overtime contest — nine players fouled out — Wheaton flipped the script, handing Rockville a 5551 defeat in just one overtime. “Both teams were in foul trouble as usual,” Rockville coach Steve Watson said with a laugh. “If we see each other in playoffs and we go into overtime, I wouldn’t expect any less.”


Holton-Arms School’s Caroline McTaggart swims the 100 butterfly at Friday’s Independent School League (ISL) championships at the Bethesda school.

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Elderly soccer players travel to Florida for tournament

Swimming and diving championship season officially kicked off with the weekend’s Independent School League hosted by Holton-Arms School and the East Coast Catholic Classic held at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.

PREP NOTEBOOK BY GAZETTE STAFF Holton-Arms School won its ninth ISL title in 11 years with Friday’s 267-180 advantage over defending champion and crosstown rival Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. Holy Child improved on last year’s sixth-place finish to move into fifth. Georgetown Prep’s thirdplace finish at the East Coast Catholic Classic Sunday was the highest of any Washington, D.C.

area programs at the East Coast Catholic Classic Sunday. Holton won all three relay events — worth more points than individual events — and a teamhigh three individual events. Caroline McTaggart, Isabelle Jubin, Emma Raynor and ALexis LeMone closed the championship with a meet record (3 minutes, 36.59 seconds) en route to winning the 400-yard freestyle relay. McTaggart (50-yard freestyle, 100yard butterly) and Stone Ridge junior and Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky (200- and 500-yard freestyle) were the meet’s only double individual race winners. “Our league has come so far, it’s so much stronger, than it’s been in the 11 years I’ve been coaching, it’s a real privilege to be on top of the league,” Holton coach Graham Westerberg said. Juniors Brandon Goldstein, Carsten Vissering, Grant Goddard and Adrian Lin helped Prep off to a good start by winning the meet opening 200-yard medley relay. Goddard (200-yard individual medley, 100-yard freestyle), Carston Visstering (100-yard breast-

stroke, 100-yard butterfly) and Adrian Lin (500-yard freestyle) all won individual races. — JENNIFER BEEKMAN

D.C. United? Try D.C. Reunited While the Montgomery County high school athletes were off relaxing, enjoying a few snow days courtesy of Mother Nature, a troop of senior athletes made their way down to the Sunshine State for the Florida Classic, an international soccer tournament hosting teams from the United States,CanadaandtheCaribbean. Four teams from Montgomery County — over ages 50, 55, 60, and 65 — competed while the eldest of the bunch, the amusingly named “D.C. Reunited,” returned home with a second-place finish after losing in penalty kicks in the finale. “What a wild ride!” Cliff Moy, a player on the over-65 team, wrote in an email. “We almost won first place but we are happy with a second place finish.” — TRAVIS MEWHIRTER

Holy Cross senior breaks record, Kennedy keeps winning

Col. Zadok Magruder High School, Gaithersburg and Thomas S. Wootton are separating from the pack in the Montgomery 4A West Division heading into the final stretch of the season. Magruder (9-4, 4-2 as of Monday), which went 1112 last season, has made significant improvements with most of its key players returning. The Colonels have won their past two games (before Tuesday) and four of five, including a 50-39 win over James H. Blake on Thursday and a 60-56 win over Wootton on Friday. Janel Brown (12.5), Hannah Barr (10.9), Hope Randolph (10.2) and Adjowa Pinkrah (9.5) account for most of Magruder’s scoring.

GIRLS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK BY ERIC GOLDWEIN Wootton (8-6, 4-2) continues playing competitive basketball but slid down the standings after close losses to Gaithersburg and Magruder, both division foes. Gaithersburg (7-4, 5-1), led by senior Janessa Fauntroy, has won seven of its last nine games.

Holy Cross senior breaks record Playing without 6-foot-5 senior Rhamat Alhassan, the Academy of the Holy Cross’ basketball team needed somebody to step upSaturdayagainstBullis.Senior Jillian Dunston did exactly that, scoring a game-high 30 points and setting a school record with seven 3-pointers, leading the Tartans to a 64-58 victory. Dunston, who signed a letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Michigan, has been Holy Cross’s top scorer as of late and is averaging a team-best 13.7 points per game on the season. “She’s playing out of her mind,” Holy Cross coach Clyde Singleton said. “I’m so proud of her.” Dunston is the team’s best 3-point shooter, with 33 on the


Academy of the Holy Cross’ Jillian Dunston (right) drives to the basket during a game against Archbiship Spalding last year. season. “She can flat out shoot it,” Singleton said. Holy Cross (9-11, 6-4) has won six of its last seven games after dropping five straight in late December through early January.

Cavaliers stay hot John F. Kennedy (10-1, 4-1) has won four straight since losing to Paint Branch (12-2, 4-0), and the Cavaliers will get another chance at the Panthers in a rematch on Friday. Paint Branch won the first meeting 53-49, limiting Kennedy to five points in the fourth quarter to earn the road victory. The Panthers have won five of six; their lone loss during that stretch came against Walt Whitman (44-43).

4A South Division taking shape Walt Whitman (12-2, 5-0) has taken control of the Montgomery 4A South Division, but Montgomery Blair, Winston Churchill and Walter Johnson all look capable of grabbing second place. Blair (10-4, 4-1) has lost three of four, though remains at the top of the conference thanks to its fast start and strong division play. Walter Johnson (9-6, 3-3) has won four straight and Churchill (7-6, 3-2) is also on a four-game win streak that includes wins over Blair and Walter Johnson.


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Every so often, members of the Salisbury University men’s basketball team begin reminiscing about their time in high school. More often than not, those conversations trend toward memorable high school basketball games they participated in. And during those chats, many of the Sea Gulls are classified as “MoCo” by the other players on the roster. “We talk about different games, rivalries and when we played each other. So most of the time it is, “Remember when we beat you guys?” senior starting guard Tim Harwood said. “And the other guys just make jokes.” A year ago, Salisbury had one of its better season’s in program history, posting 19 wins before losing in the semifinals of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. Now, midway through the 2013-14 campaign, the Sea Gulls sit in a different position than they did a year ago. “I’d say we’ve been, for the



Col. Zadok Magruder High School graduate Tim Harwood is Salisbury University’s leading scorer as a senior this winter.

Quince Orchard High School graduate Charles Porter is Salisbury University’s second-leading scorer as a freshman this winter.

most part, consistently competitive,” Salisbury coach Josh Merkel said. “Our young guys are getting better and that doesn’t always show up on the scoreboard. ... We’ve taken a step forward in every game and the guys are learning how to finish games out, how to win.” Due to graduation losses, a strong conference and a difficult schedule, Salisbury has taken time this winter to rebuild following two consecutive winning seasons. At 7-10 (as of Tuesday) and playing

kick and take 3-point shots. Leading the way are several former Montgomery County high school players. Of the 16 players listed on the roster, 11 played at a local high school. “It’s definitely neat especially with three Magruder guys here,” said Harwood, who is expected to graduate in May with a degree in physical education. He is looking into becoming a grad assistant next season. “We all knew of each other or played with or against each other in high school. I’ve

well recently (winning three of four games), the Sea Gulls still have an outside chance to finish the season with another winning mark. “It may not look good now with our record,” Harwood said. “But it’s what we got to do for the long run. It’s what we have to do to win every year and make the NCAA tournament regularly. It’s a reason why I came here.” Salisbury plays fast and the system allows players freedom within the offense to drive,

known some of the guys my whole life.” Harwood and freshman guard Charles Porter (Quince Orchard, Gaithersburg) lead the Sea Gulls in scoring, averaging 14.3 and 11.5 points per game, respectively. “I didn’t expect to be where I am right now, I though I’d still be learning or behind an upperclassman,” Porter said. “Since everyone knows each other, it definitely made everything more comfortable adjusting to college. I mean, the

furthest person away we have is from North Carolina. Everybody else is from Maryland.” Additionally, Dominic Milburn (Montrose Christian, Silver Spring), Chris Viqueira (Clarksburg, Boyds), Kyle Savercool (Our Lady of Good Counsel, Silver Spring), Luke Ruland (Magruder, Olney) and Justin Witmer (Magruder, Rockville) have all started at least one game this season for Salisbury. Charlie Rogers (Sherwood, Olney), Nick Sparacino (Springbrook, Silver Spring), Derrick Miller (Poolesville, Olney) and Jacoy Gillum (Northwest, Germantown) have all played off the bench. “We want to recruit from inside out and there’s great basketball from the area,” said Merkel, who credited his players relationships with each other as a key factor in recruiting “... We’ve recruited good people, good character guys. With a familiarity with each other, players say the natural camaraderie has been beneficial on and off the court. “It makes MoCo look good,” Porter said. “We are representing everybody from back home.”

Stone Ridge’s swimming success truly a group effort BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

The 38-person Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart swimming and diving team has earned some notoriety in the past three years, not just in the Washington, D.C. area but nationwide. That’s what happens when one of the members wins an Olympic gold medal and sets multiple world records. It’s no coincidence that the arrival of junior Katie Ledecky in 2011-12 has coincided with the Gators’ recent resurgence — last winter Stone Ridge won its first Independent School League title since 2003, knocking off the champion eight of the previous 10 years, crosstown rival Holton-Arms. But even arguably the world’s best distance freestyler can’t win a high school championship meet without any help. That concept has helped unite the team, which seniors Lily Gasaway and Villanova University recruit Laura Garcia agreed is more spirited than ever. According to the school’s website there are 315 students enrolled in grades nine through 12, a fairly small talent pool to draw from but within


Members of the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart swim team Lily Gasaway (left), 18, Kelleigh Haley (center), 15, and Laura Garcia, 17, at the school’s aquatic center Friday in Bethesda. that, the Gators have built a solid core of competitive year-round swimmers. Swimming is a demanding sport that takes a certain kind of investment, coach Robert Walker said. Stone Ridge, he added, is fortunate enough to boast the type of student-athletes willing to put in the time to hone their craft. “I definitely feel like people know it’s a whole team effort,” Gasaway said. “Katie is far and away the best swimmer we have but she is not the only good swimmer.” Stone Ridge scored 235 points in

last year’s fourth-place finish at the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving championships, its best performance in a decade. A meet-high 48 of them — 20 percent of the team’s total — were earned by Ledecky, who won both her individual events in meet-record fashion. She also teamed with current sophomore Kelleigh Haley, Gasaway and former standout breaststroker Natalie Kronfli to win the 200-yard freestyle relay. The remaining 187 were a compilation of top 15 performances made

by Garcia, who finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly, Gasaway, Kronfli and sophomore Kelleigh Haley. Ledecky certainly adds a unique component, Walker said, and Garcia and Gasaway agreed the Gators are motivated to work even harder to rally around her. “If you’re on a relay with Katie, you’re not just letting yourself down or your family down, you’re letting Katie down and I mean that in a good way,” Walker said. “You don’t want to be the weak link. I think they don’t even think about it as being on a relay with [an Olympic gold medalist] I think they just get up on the blocks and don’t want to be the slow one.” Stone Ridge’s ascent back into the area’s upper echelon started in 201011 with its fourth-place finish at ISL’s. A top three team at Metros in the early 2000s, the Gators had finished 2009 and 2010 in ninth place in the 12-team league and scored just two points in 31st- and 33rd-place performances at Metros. In 2012 Stone Ridge finished second at ISLs and tied for 10th at Metros, paving the way for last year’s results. The Gators, lost their ISL title to the champion nine of the past 11 years, Holton-Arms, and have their work cut out for them if they’re going to repeat last winter’s success at this weekend’s Washington Metropolitan Prep Schools Swimming and Diving Championships and Metros Feb. 8.

Kronfli’s graduation has left a hole in the breaststroke and 200-yard medley relay. But Stone Ridge’s recent runner-up finish doesn’t necessarily mean the Gators are out of contention to remain the highest private school finisher at Metros. Walker is still fine tuning his lineup combinations, he said. Strong freestyle relays will likely be the cornerstone to Stone Ridge’s postseason success. The addition of freshman Megan Fennell to sophomore Lexi Catalano on the diving contingent should be good for a few extra points during championship season as well. The points are there, Walker said, it’s just a matter of figuring out where to put them. Not many high school athletes get to say they’re teammates with an Olympic gold medalist and that’s not something Stone Ridge takes for granted, Garcia and Gasaway said. But the Gators are also a bunch of friends and teammates working toward a common goal, leaving their mark on the resurgent program. “We spent my first three years trying to get to this level, now the more difficult task is staying there,” Gasaway said. “We’re coming from a different place, it’s almost more [nerve-wracking] when you have all these expectations put on you but we want to maintain our high level.”


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The Gazette’s Guide to

Arts & Entertainment

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Chelsey Green is a classically trained violist and violinist. She and The Green Project will perform at BlackRock Saturday night.

CHELSEY GREEN AND THE GREEN PROJECT n When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1


n Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown

Professional violinist blends classical with contemporary BY


y mom’s goal for me was to be a classical violinist,” said musician Chelsey Green. “I kind of took a detour on purpose.” Born into a family of jazz and funk musicians, Houston native Green started her performance career on the violin at age 5. By 16, she was performing solo at Carnegie Hall. Now, Green is using her classical violin and viola training to bolster the sounds of contemporary artists such as Michael Jackson and John Legend. Green and her ensemble, The Green Project, will perform at the BlackRock Center for the Arts on Saturday night. “The marriage of classical and contemporary music is something that is relatable to everyone no matter what ethnicity you are …

n Tickets: $22


n For information: 301-258-2260,




Latest Happenstance production celebrates the spirit of the circus


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What comedian Alex Koll especially likes about doing standup is the response from the audience. “It’s one of the weirder things you do 100 percent,” he said. “Nothing else you do gives you that immediate feedback.” “You try to please them and take them along with you, and make it last,” said Koll, now 10 years into the art of making people laugh.

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Though clowning is a way of life for Happenstance Theater artistic directors Sabrina Mandell and Mark Jaster, the circus is newer territory. “We do physical theater, we’re not circus performers,” Mandell said. But starting Friday, the members of the Happenstance Theater company will try their hand at the circus in the premiere of the theater’s latest production, “Impossible! A Happenstance Circus.” Running until Feb. 9, Mandell called “Impossible!” “a theatrical collage” centered on circus life. MINDY TUCKER

Comedian Alex Koll pays a visit to VisArts in Rockville on Feb. 7 as part of the Cool Cow Comedy series.



“There’s not a real through-line story,” Mandell said. “We basically just get a glimpse of characters who are creating the circus of the imagination.” Happenstance has delved into the circus world before. In 2009, the company produced “Look Out Below,” a clown theater piece. Unfortunately, the show opened during a major snowstorm preventing people from coming out to the theater.

“Impossible!” draws inspiration from several areas, including Mandell’s own personal history with the circus. “I grew up in rural Nova Scotia and there was a small circus that came to the town I grew up in,” Mandell said. “My sister and I ended up creating all of these circus characters and we wanted to run off and join the circus.” But the major motivation for “Impossible!” came years later after Mandell saw “Corteo,” a Cirque du Soleil show


Ensemble members of Happenstance Theater and the cast members of “Impossible! A Happenstance Circus,” opening Friday at the Round House Theatre.


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The Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra will perform in concert Saturday at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College.

The Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra, led by conductor Philippe Entremont and featuring soloist Sebastian Knauer, will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College in Rockville. For more than 20 years, the orchestra has achieved international renown by performing at Vienna’s Muskverein. Its repertoire spans orchestral works from classical Viennese composers to contemporary Austrian music. Tickets are $40 for general admission, $38 for seniors and students. For more information, visit

Stuck on ‘Traffic’

Here’s to you, Miss Nelson “Miss Nelson is Missing” continues to March 9 at Adventure TheatreMTC in Glen Echo.

Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam comes to the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club at 8 p.m. Thursday. The

English singer-songwriter rose to fame with the psychedelic rock band Traffic in the late 1960s, yielding such hits as “Feelin’ Alright” and “Hole in My Shoe.” The Traffic Jam tour features deep cuts and favorites from Mason’s time with the band, as well as classics from Mason’s solo career. Tickets are $35 to $150. For more information, visit bethesdabluesjazz. com.


The Cezanne Piano Trio will present its premiere performance as part of the Washington Conservatory Piano, Plus! Concert Series on Saturday at the Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church in Bethesda.

Color through sound DAVE MASON

Co-founder of the English psychedelic rock group Traffic, guitarist Dave Mason and his band will perform Traffic hits from the 1960s and 1970s, as well as music he’s written as a solo artist on Thursday at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club in Bethesda.

The Cezanne Piano Trio will present its premiere performance at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church in Bethesda. The concert, part of the Washington Conservatory Piano,

Plus! Concert Series, will feature Haydn’s “Piano Trio in C Major Hob. XV/27,” Mendelssohn’s “Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49” and Shostakovich’s “Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor Op. 67.” The trio’s name is a tribute to Paul Cezanne, a French Post-impressionist artist who described his process as modulating with colors, a description similar to that of the musical concept of creating color with sound. The concert is free. Donations will be accepted. For more information, visit

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(From left) Jessica Lauren Ball, Rachel Viele and Sherry Berg in a scene from Adventure Theatre MTC’s “Miss Nelson is Missing.”

Based upon the beloved children’s books “Miss Nelson is Missing!” and “Miss Nelson is Back!” by Harry Allard, and featuring book, music and lyrics by Joan Cushing, the familiar tale follows the manic misdeeds of room 207 — spitballs, paper airplanes and the like — that send the gentle Miss Nelson AWOL, and conjure the monstrous Viola Swamp as her replacement. Directed by Jennifer Nelson, the program is recommended for ages 5 and older. For more information, including ticketing, visit

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Scott Fitzgerald Theater

603 Edmonston Dr. Rockville, MD 20851

240-314-8690 Rockville Little Theatre Presents

An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestly

The family is celebrating when a mysterious inspector comes to call. It becomes clear that they are implicated in a young women’s death. Join us for an exciting whodunnit that will keep you guessing to the very end.

Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice Book by Linda Woolverton Director/Choreographer: Darnell Morris Music Director: Manyumi Baker Griffie Co-Choreographer: Eben Logan Producer: Laurie Levy Issembert Production Assistant: Kate Coulson Dance Captains: Annie Coulson & Shira Minsk

$18 to $16

The Sunday, 2/2, performance at 1:30pm will be signed for members of the Deaf/HH community If necessary, weather cancelation show will take place on Sunday, 2/2 @ 7:30pm (no ticket refunds)

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Randolph Road Theatre • 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, MD 20902 1905604


Jan. 31 and Feb 1 at 8 p.m. Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.

“BEAUTY” cast: 1/31 @ 7:30pm, 2/1 @ 4:00pm, 2/2 @ 1:30pm “BEAST” cast: 2/1 @ 4:00pm, 2/1 @ 7:30pm, 2/2 @ 4:00pm



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Carpe Diem Contra Dance, Feb. 13, Caller: Ann Fallon, Music by Gary Wright and Leah Weiss with Ahren Buchheister, 7-7:30 p.m. contradance workshops, 7:30-10 p.m. Contras & Squares, second Thursdays, Great Hall, Silver Spring Civics Center, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, $10 for general admission, $8 for members, $5 for students, Hollywood Ballroom,Jan.29,BallroomBashfrom8:30–10:30p.m.($16); Jan.30,Feb.6,TeaDancefrom12:303:30p.m.($6);Jan.31,drop-inlessons from7:30-9p.m.,WestCoastSwing DancingwithDanceJamProduc-

tionsat9p.m.($15);Feb.1,Ballroom Bash,lessonsfrom6-8:30p.m.,open midnight($25forclassesanddance, $16forclassesonly,$16fordance only);Feb.2,freeSambalessonsat7 p.m.,SocialBallroomdanceat8p.m. ($16);Feb.5,InternationalBallroom andLatinNight,classesfrom7:30-8:30 p.m.,opensocialpracticedancefrom 8:30-10:30p.m.($15forclassesand dance,$10forclassesonly,$10for danceonly),2126IndustrialHighway, SilverSpring,301-326-1181,

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

9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, Contra, Jan. 31, Rebecca Lay and Sharktones, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, Contra & Square, Feb. 2, Rebecca Lay and the Sharktones, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, English Country, Jan. 29, Caller: Stephanie Smith, 8 p.m., Glen Echo

Town Hall (upstairs), Swing, Feb. 8, Red Dress Ball with the Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, Waltz, Feb. 2, Karen Collins and the Backroads Band, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10,

MUSIC & DANCE Arts Barn, Singer Songwriter Concert Series, Slaid Cleaves with Tony Denikos, Feb. 22, 3 p.m. work-

shops at the Arts Barn or Kentlands Mansion, 7:30 p.m. concerts at the Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394, www.

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‘Business’ as usual in Olney Esteemed theater, popular musical, famous friends unite for a fun-filled ‘How To’ n



How’s this for a success story – a lowly window washer at a major corporation in New York City reads a how-to book on becoming successful in business and rises through the ranks to become company chairman … within a week or so. Granted, it sounds a little farfetched – but not in the world of musical theater. “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” the 1961 Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning show, opens today at the Olney Theatre Center. The story revolves around J. Pierrepont Finch, a window washer at the World Wide Wicket Company. He reads the book “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” while he works. “He’s a bit of an anomaly in a lot of ways,” said Sam Ludwig, who plays Finch. “Even

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING n When: Jan. 29 through Feb. 23; performances are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; matinees at 2 p.m. on Sunday; Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on Feb. 8, 15, and 22; Wednesday matinees at 2 p.m. on Feb. 5, 12, and 19. n Where: Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney n Tickets: $32.50-$65 n For information: 301-9243400;

though he’s a take on the sort of prototypical male ingénue, he is bright-eyed and full of optimism. But because of the nature of the show and the world that he’s in, … he’s kind of a nice sociopath until he gets a little warmed by love and life.” Finch is guided throughout the show by “the voice” of the book. Much-beloved journalist Walter Cronkite and TV personal-

ity Anderson Cooper provided the voice of the book during different Broadway runs of the show. The folks at Olney Theatre Center were able to land a pretty big name to lend his talents for the voice of the book – Sir Ian McKellen. Known as a talented performer of stage and screen, the great Shakespearean actor is probably a little more well-known these days for playing Magneto in the “X-Men” films and, of course, Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” triloMcKellen gies. Lately, McKellen has been seen spending time with his best friend, fellow actor Sir Patrick Stewart, in New York as they’re doing “No Man’s Land” and “Waiting for Godot,” in repertoire on Broadway. “You have no idea how excited I got thinking about that,” Ludwig said of having McKellen provide the voice of the book. “The voice of the book, in the context of the show to Finch,

“How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” opens today at the Olney Theatre Center. is like the voice of God. This is the voice of his conscience. It is his drive. It is his inspiration. Also the audience has to kind of trust the voice, but the relationship I have with the voice is really important. When I found out Ian McKellen was doing it, I literally jumped out of my seat. Then when I heard the recordings he did, they are so perfect.” McKellen actually has a history with the Olney Theatre Center. In 1987, he brought his one-man show, “Acting Shakespeare,” to the Olney Theatre Center to act as a fundraiser – as well as signing posters and Tshirts – to help the center pay for renovations to the theater. “I’ve heard stories about his residency here in 1987 since the time that I came and there are

signed pictures of him all around the place,” said director Jason Loewith. “When we were talking in the summertime about who we should pursue for the book voice, I was like ‘Who does the Olney Theatre know who has a very distinctive voice?’ He was extremely, extremely gracious and immediately said yes, so we’re very lucky about that.” While Loewith has directed before at Olney, this is his first time at the helm of a musical. Loewith, who wrote the book for last summer’s production of “Big Nate,” at Adventure Theatre MTC, said he has had great support from his cast and crew. “I’m really lucky to be working with some really stellar people, especially veterans at Olney Theatre as well as the folks who


are new,” Loewith said. “… It’s fun to work with Sam Ludwig, who has been here before but is really an immerging talent who’s doing some amazing stuff.” This isn’t the first time Loewith and Ludwig have worked together. Ludwig starred as Nate in the Adventure Theatre MTC production. “The characters of Nate and Finch are sort of very similar,” Ludwig said. “They have a little glint of the devil in their eye, but they’re totally lovable. I think they probably saw that I could do that sort of thing. … With this, [Loewith] has been great. He’s so ready and willing to let [us] play … it’s been a super fun experience.”

Seoul Food reinvents the truck stop, Korean cuisine, in Wheaton If you have never dabbled in Korean cuisine, Seoul Food, located in the ancillary dining space at the Exxon at Georgia Avenue and University Boulevard in Wheaton is the best place to give it a go. While bipimbap is traditionally a time-consuming and at times off-putting production in most Korean

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BY BRIAN PATTERSON eateries, at Seoul Food, the dish is simplified to suit the hungry grab-and-go palate that is in the mood for something new yet nourishing and approachable. Here, sticky rice is topped with baby spinach, carrots, daikon and red radish, a sunny side-up egg (produced by cage-free chickens) and your choice of bulgogi marinated protein such as grass fed beef, spicy pork, local chicken, or grilled tofu. It is all made with reverence as well as alacrity. While the hot-pink truck with the

n Closed Sunday n Closed Monday (open only for truck) n Truck: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Courthouse; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Rosslyn; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Ballston

fiery kimchee has been plying their wares on the road in Northern Virginia since 2011, Seoul Food parked


featuring a blend of clowning and acrobatics. “Daniele Finzi Pasca [the show’s creator] created this incredible poetic circus that was more about the theater of it and the imagery created in it,” Mandell said. “At that point, I was like, ‘That’s what I love.’” There was also the influence of the Taschen book, “The History of the Circus,” and circus posters and images, plus the urging from company members to do a circusthemed show. “Impossible!” unites the on stage and offstage worlds of the circus through classic circus acts performed in unconventional ways. “There are poetic uses of circus skills,” Mandell said “Like somebody changes a light bulb on stilts ... We capture the essence of what the circus does in terms of surprise and excitement and danger through acting.” Set in the Depression era, “Impossible!” aims to lift the spirits of its audience. “The idea is that when times are tough and you have nothing, you have to kind of pick yourself up and make and invent things,” Mandell said. “It’s relevant to our

Continued from Page B-5 no matter what education or background you have,” Green said. “That’s what music is meant to do … it’s meant to touch everybody. That was my goal with The Green Project.” Green said the desire to meld classical and contemporary sounds was first born during an internship with a Top 40 radio station. “An artist that shall remain nameless came to the station and they wanted me to stand in the elevator to make sure the doors were open when they got on,” Green said. “I said, on that day, ‘I’m more than this.’” Green went on to earn her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a graduate degree from The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins and is now working on her doctorate at the University of Maryland. Since 2009,

itself into more stationary digs in Wheaton in June of 2013, redefining the meaning of a “truckstop.” Anna is the Korean influence, with a significant artistic and culinary background, and her partner and husband J.P Goree grew up as a hunter, fisherman and conservationist along the shores of the Great Lakes. Besides being an entrepreneurial couple, they are clearly good cooks. She is the extroverted front of the house type, and


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Pork bulgogi at Seoul Food in Wheaton.

n When: 8 p.m. weeknights, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 31 to Feb. 9 n Where: Round House Theatre, 4545 EastWest Highway, Bethesda n Tickets: $15-25 n For information: 240-641-1100,

current economic crisis today and needing to come up with ways to stay inspired when our resources are limited ... It’s sort of the idea of creating a circus when you don’t have those skills.” Among the “Impossible!” cast is Karen Hansen who provides the show’s music as Shorty McHansen. Her character pushes a cart which houses a mini-organ and a collection of other instruments. The performers will sing a cappella. Hansen has worked with Happenstance since 2009. Though she lives in Vermont, she travels to Maryland often to collaborate with Mandell and Jaster. “When I’m up in Vermont, I’m usually

Chelsey Green and The Green Project have been touring the world and shattering the perception of the classical music scene. “I want to erase all stereotypes of typical acoustic classical instruments,” Green said. “I want people to know the violin is capable of doing anything.” Beyond challenging stereotypes about classical music, Green hopes her work speaks to pushing the limits in general. “The bigger message there is that anything you want to do, you can make happen because it’s your voice,” Green said. “If [you] do it with focus and integrity, you have limitless possibilities … I want to show people that you can have fun and still do something well.” It’s a message Green said she hopes to communicate through her educational outreach in the Washington, D.C., area with students ranging from pre-K to adulthood. “What I try to do with out-

he is the quiet keeper of the kitchen. A 1998 graduate of L’Academie de Cuisine’s professional pastry program, Anna’s desserts are made from scratch and crafted out of wholesome ingredients, designed to taste great and appeal to the sweet tooth. Dessert specials change frequently — pumpkin whoopee pie was a fall highlight. Leery of kimchee? This is not the vintage stuff buried in jars that smells weirder than it tastes. Anna makes hers by hand several times a week, and it is spicy, pickled cabbaggy goodness. She will adjust the spiciness of your serving to your taste. Better yet, Seoul Food will cook that great kimchee low and slow to caramelize it, bringing out another depth of bittersweet flavor, and then use it as a garnish on their Korean Superbowl — sticky rice topped with your choice of house protein, jalapeno and serrano relish, scallion, queso fresco, cheddar and Korean salsa roja; however, it’s best showcased in their Kimchi Tofu Bowl. When mobile, their menu is ab-

researching and composing for shows,” Hansen said. With no real knowledge of circus music, Hansen did an in-depth investigation to prepare the “Impossible!” score. “I didn’t know that much about circus music so it was really fun to dig stuff up,” she said. “There are a lot of marches and gallops. A lot of waltzes and the band was usually brass or woodwind ... Not predictable as you might think.” Because of the show’s Depression-era setting, Hansen added that the “Impossible!” music is not the upbeat, typical circus music you may expect to hear. Some instruments won’t be used in the show at all because of old circus traditions. “There’s a lot of [lore] around the circus and superstition,” Hansen said. “Like the harmonica is considered bad luck so we couldn’t use that.” While “Impossible!” is a circus-themed show, Mandell said as with any Happenstance production, the heart of the “Impossible!” lies in its sense of imagination. “We decided to focus on what is the magic of the circus,” Mandell said. “What are the things that make us love the circus?”

reach, is show young students from pre-K all the way to high school the discipline of learning an instrument,” Green said. “It helps set you up for success for anything you ever want to go into.” The Green Project features musicians Ignatius Perry Jr. on keyboard and piano, Lorenzo Johnson on keyboard and organ, Kevin Power Jr. on electric bass and Spyda Wheatley on drum. Saturday night’s show will showcase a mix of original songs and covers, including a special Green Project arrangement of John Legend’s “Ordinary People.” The band will head into the recording studio in February to work on their next album, due out in April. When selecting songs to cover, Green said she takes a few things into consideration. First is whether the piece will translate well through instrumental music. And second is the significance behind the song. “We try to work with cov-

ers that have a special meaning,” Green said. “I try to find melodies and find harmonies that would support a story … I want the listener to engage in their own story as much as I want the listener to engage in my story.” Once the songs have been selected, Green said the last step is putting that “Green Project twist” on it. Unlike the artist for whom she held the elevator, Green’s first priority is not herself, but her audience. “I do my best to use that power for good and really influence or have a connection with people. That’s the most powerful thing we can do,” Green said. “To have someone come up to you after the performance and say, ‘I don’t really like violin but what you did tonight is amazing,’ that’s what I strive for.”

breviated, serving up to three customers a minute. When serving out of their Wheaton kitchen, the food is no less rapid, but the menu is a little more expansive, including a brunch menu of maki rolls, crepes with seared butternut squash, scallion pancakes and whole-wheat dumpling soup. Rather than dumbing down their menu for kids, they offer a mildly seasoned bipimbap as well as straight-up chicken and cheese quesadillas. While the dining room is three steps away from the gas station and convenience store cashier, the kitchen space has its own kitschy identity. Bring your eclectic taste in rock ’n’ roll because they are playing everything from The Clash to Johnny Cash. Stay and have fun playing board games. Don’t come to Seoul Food seeking cornbread, collard greens and pork barbecue, as some errant walk-in customers assume; it’s not that kind of soul food. It is however, Seoul-ful.


Continued from Page B-5 Koll, who has appeared on “Conan” and also Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” will perform his brand of comedy at VisArts in Rockville on Feb. 7. In 2009, he performed at the Bentzen Ball comedy festival in Washington, D.C., and he has also performed at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, the SXSW festival, ComedyFest Vancouver, The Bridgetown Comedy Festival and SF SketchFest. While he currently resides in New York City, Koll grew up in California. During his college years at San Jose State University, he studied photography and illustration, did some animation and posted humorous videos online while YouTube was taking off. Some of his early heroes were comedians such as Andy Kaufman, Bill Hicks, Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy. By his mid-20s, he knew he wanted to do standup comedy. “I wound up doing nothing else,” said Koll, who lived in the Bay area as a teenager and then moved to San Francisco, where he lived for eight years. “You’re anchored to time and place where you start,” he said about fellow San Francisco comedians. “It’s like school. We all have a little bit of each other’s sensibility.” In the early years, he said he was “anarchic, pushing the envelope, and I was a little bit of a clown, too.” “I like picking things that have happened to me, but then I’ll also veer off into something I’ve imagined,” he said. “Today I’m a little more straightforward, but I’ll also do something a little more absurd than usual — I’m getting toward finding a balance,” he said. Sometimes described as someone who does “alt” com-

Cool Cow Comedy presents

ALEX KOLL n When: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 n Where: VisArts, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville n Tickets: $15 n For information:

edy, Koll explained the term. “There was an ’80s boom in comedy, and then it collapsed on itself,” he said. “It got oversaturated, and the wave broke. “It had gotten bland and awful. It was terrible but people were getting by,” he said. “It got too big.” As an alternative, comedians headed away from the mainstream to work in coffee shops and rock venues. The four big topics in mainstream comedy are food, relationships, men and women and race, Koll said. Alternative comedy tackles the same topics but “it’s more involved, honest and informed when taking on these things.” Koll said New York “is one of the most amazing towns for, specifically, standup. ... You can work constantly here.” The fans, he said, are a little different than those in California. “It’s even more immediate — you interact more with the audiences,” he said. Working in New York can also be humbling, he said. Although he’s been working 10 years as a comedian, he said he still runs the risk of “walking out there and not making a single person laugh.” But Koll said he enjoys taking risks “more and more.” “I’m comfortable on stage, and I like being up there,” he said.

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Careers 301-670-2500

District Court Clerk - Cashier

District Court for Montgomery County, Rockville Performs clerical work and cashiering functions using a cash register. Receives and handles large sums of money. Reconciles receipts and prepares bank deposits. Greets and assists the public, police, attorneys and court personnel. Receives, opens, sorts and distributes mail. Works additional hours, as required. May be called in during emergencies, e.g. inclement weather conditions and staff shortages. For full details and instructions on how to apply, visit EOE

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Qualifications or Skills Required: A high school diploma or equivalent with an emphasis in a business or accounting curriculum and at least 2 years of branch banking experience.


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To Apply: Fax resume to Florence Thomas, Human Resource Officer at 301-916-4550, email to, or mail to OBA Bank, Attention Florence Thomas, Human Resource Officer, P.O. Box 340, Germantown, MD 20875 EEO/AA/H/V

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Software Developer IV

Sought by Lash Group/TheraCom in Rockville, MD: Provide lead tech expertise for design & dvlpmt of s/w apps . Reqs: Bach deg in CS, Eng, Bus or rel +5 yrs progressively responsible IT exp (or Masters degree +3 yrs), incl 3 yrs w/VB6, .NET & SQL Server dvlpmt (DB design, queries & scripts; SSRS reports; & SSIS ETL) & 2 yrs in pharma/biotech. To apply:, Job code 11E527.


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Skilled Nursing facility needs experienced Registered Nurses for FT and PT Night shifts (11pm7am). Apply in person and take the Pre-Employment exams at 1235 Potomac Valley Road, Rockville, MD 20850. EOE

IT Microsoft Corporation currently has the following openings in Chevy Chase, MD: Account Technology Strategist - Enhance the Microsoft customer relationship from a capability development perspective by articulating the value of our services and solutions and identifying competition gaps in targeted accounts. Requires travel to various unanticipated locations throughout the U.S. up to 25% of the time. Technology Solutions Professional: Drive product win rates by proving the value of product(s) to customers and partners. Requires travel up to 35% with work to be performed at various unknown worksites throughout the U.S. h t t p : / / w w w . j o b s

Market Research Analyst Needed in Wheaton, MD. Monitor & forecast market trends. Measure the effectiveness of marketing programs and strategies. Gather data about consumers, competitors, and market conditions. Convert complex data and findings into understandable tables, graphs, and written reports. Master’s in Business Admin or Related field and 12 months exp in the job offered required. $44,283/yr. Fax resumes to David at 240-292-7225. Law Offices of Jezic, Krum, & Moyse, LLC


The Recycling Center, located in Laurel (PG Co.), is accepting applications for the following positions: ∂ Heavy Equipment Mechanic ∂ Road Mechanic Must have experience & clean driving record Please email resume to fax 410-795-9546 Top wages and a great working environment. EOE

Newspaper & Web Ad Sales Comprint Military Publications publishes 8 newspapers, 2 websites and 14 special sections and is looking for an energetic, organized sales representative to sell advertising into our media. Must be able to work well under weekly deadlines and pressures of meeting sales goals. Prefer someone with print and/or web advertising sales experience. Position is in Gaithersburg office and hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F. Territory is Northern VA. We offer a competitive compensation & comprehensive benefits package including pension, 401(k) & tuition reimbursement.

Multiple job openings are available. To view detailed job descriptions and minimum requirements, and to apply, visit the website address listed. EOE.

If interested, please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: John Rives at EOE

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Building repairs, plumbing, electrical, HVAC. 2 yrs exp. for non-profit retirement community. Send resume w/salary req. to 301-598-6485

For doctor office in Bethesda must have Medical office experience and references. Salary is based on experience. Send resume by email to or fax 301-530-2606

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

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PT Dietary Aides Long-Term care facility hiring experienced dietary aides for 4pm-8pm shifts. 3-4 days/wk plus every other weekend. Apply at 1235 Potomac Valley Road, Rockville, MD 20850 EOE.


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