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Crime dropped by 26 percent in Montgomery County, comparing crime rates from 2007 to 2013, according to police data released Tuesday — this despite a recent rash of homicides to start 2014. Officials say cooperation between different law enforcement agencies and the community has contributed to a drop in crime in

Girl Scouts from Bethesda Troop 4959 — Amalia Sulk, 12, of Bethesda, Samantha Christenson, 12, of Rockville, and Miriam Herman, 14, of Bethesda — use a special smartphone device to take credit card payments for cookies at the NAMI store in Rockville on Saturday.

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Do you have a Samoa fix, but no cash? Do you need to curb your Thin Mint craving, but you’re short on dough? Your neighborhood Girl Scout might let you pay for your cookie order by credit card. The Girls Scouts recently adapted to the technological curve, thanks to Spark Pay by Capital One. This feature lets Girl Scout troops across the region accept credit cards, after years of cash-only payments.

matched last year’s total number of homicides at eight as of Tuesday. There were eight criminal homicides in the county in 2013, down from 15 in 2012 and 19 in 2005, the earliest data available online from police. So far this year, there have been seven homicides in the county, according to police. The number of forcible rapes reported was up from 102 in 2012 to 130 in 2013, according to the crime statistics. Manger said part of the increase was probably due to changes in how rapes are reported. The statistics Montgomery County re-

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Montgomery County over the past few years. County Executive Isiah Leggett, State’s Attorney John McCarthy, County Council President Craig Rice and Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger spoke at a Tuesday press conference to tout their combined efforts to reduce crime in the county. Overall, the number of crimes in the county dropped by 26 percent from 2007 to 2013, according to year-end crime statistics from the county. Nationwide, the number of crimes declined by 9 percent from 2007 to 2012. This year, however, already has almost

“This is an optional agreement depending on what troops think will work best for their group,” said Nancy Wood, the public relations director for the Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital. Troops that want the electronic payment option will get credit card readers that can attach to smartphones and tablets. “Working with Capital One is very exciting for the Girl Scouts. We have a good relationship with the company and I think having this optional way to pay for cookies is a great thing to add,” Wood said. For its Spark Pay system, Capital One does not charge a

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County funding request focused on transit plans Letter puts Purple Line, Corridor Cities Transitway as top priorities




Getting state money for transit projects will be a main focus for the Montgomery County Council as it submits its transportation priorities to the state delegation. The projects include making sure the Purple Line project and Corridor Cities Transitway are funded, as well as supporting funding for capital improvements to the Metro system. The council voted 9-0 Tuesday to approve a letter from the council members and County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) to be sent to Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring and Del. Anne Kaiser (D-Dist. 14) of Calverton highlighting projects the county would like to see money appropriated for in the state’s budget.

Raskin and Kaiser chair the county’s delegations to the state Senate and House of Delegates, respectively. The letter contains 15 projects to be funded for construction and another nine to have funded for development and evaluation. The state has provided part of the funding for the Purple Line, the 16-mile lightrail project that would connect Bethesda and New Carrollton. The county’s letter asks that money be appropriated in case the federal government doesn’t provide its share of money for the project. The letter also asks that state money be provided to fund the second stage of the Corridor Cities Transitway, a bus rapid transit system. Money has already been provided for the first stage that will run from the Shady Grove Metro Station to the Metropolitan Grove MARC station. The second phase is expected to continue north to Clarksburg.

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Bethany White, a senior at Col. Zadok Magruder High School in Rockville, wins the 55-meter dash at the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association indoor track and field state championships Feb. 18 in Hyattsville. She is a member of the 2014 All-Gazette team, which is on B-3.

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In June’s primary elections, Montgomery County voters will have familiar political names to choose from for County Council seats. In District 5, Del. Tom Hucker (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring filed for the seat Tuesday and school board member Christopher Barclay filed for the seat Monday.



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In District 1, former Councilwoman Duchy Trachtenberg (D) of Rockville will challenge Councilman Roger Berliner (D) of Bethesda. District 3 features a showdown with three sitting elected officials in the Democratic primary: Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz and Councilman Ryan Spiegel, and Rockville Councilman Tom Moore. Tuesday was the filing deadline for candidates to be eligible for the June 24 primary election. By 5:10 p.m. on Tuesday, 24 candidates had filed to run for seats on the council, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections website. Besides Hucker and Barclay,


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the District 5 race includes Evan Glass and Jeffrey Thames, who filed for the Democratic primary earlier. Terrill North filed Friday. The seat came open with the resignation of former Councilwoman Valerie Ervin last month. Cherri Branson (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring was appointed to finish our her term as a caretaker, meaning she wouldn’t run for a full term. Besides Berliner, six other council incumbents seek reelection: Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown, Nancy Navarro (DDist. 4) of Silver Spring, Council Vice President George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park, Marc Elrich (D-At Large)

of Takoma Park, Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) of Garrett Park and Hans Riemer (D-At Large) of Takoma Park. Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg is seeking the Democratic nomination for county executive. Navarro faces no challenger in her race. In District 2, Democrat Neda Bolourian and Republican Chris P. Fiotes Jr., both of Gaithersburg, and Republican Dick Jurgena of Germantown have filed to challenge Rice. Democrats Beth Daly of Dickerson and Vivian Malloy of

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Visitors had a sweet time Sunday when they gathered at the Maple Sugar Festival in Wheaton for seasonal festivities and to learn about sugaring traditions. Kids engaged in maple crafts and Brookside Nature Center naturalists conducted demonstrations throughout the day. They showed how to tap maple trees for their sap, then boil the sap down into syrup. Visitors could then taste the sap and syrup. The Harper homestead, a oneroom cabin built in 1870, also was open for viewing. The nature center hosted the event, which also featured oatmeal grinding. There were many ways to enjoy the sugary syrup, in tastings, on shaved ice and pancakes, and syrup and candy for sale.

Student art show at Glenview Mansion Student artwork will be on display Tuesday through March 14 at Glenview Mansion in Rockville. Ribbons will be awarded for art by fourth- through 12th-graders during the opening reception from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The mansion is at the Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Drive. The reception is free.

County seeks a couple of willing farmers Montgomery County is seeking two county farmers to serve on its seven-member Rustic Roads Advisory Committee. The committee’s duties include promoting public awareness of the Rustic Roads Program, plus reviewing and commenting on the classification of rustic roads; development proposals that affect rustic roads; and executive regulations and policies that may affect the program, according to a county news release. To be eligible, candidates must

Senior center plans indoor ‘yard sale’ The Rockville Senior Center will kick off spring cleaning Saturday with an indoor “yard sale” to clear out its thrift shop. The center is at 1150 Carnation Drive. The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 240-314-8800.



Alex Rottenberg (center) of Takoma Park and her daughter Corinna Wakefield, 7, take a closer look at a demonstration of tree sap boiling down to make maple syrup during the Maple Sugar Festival on Sunday at the Brookside Nature Center in Wheaton. be owner-operators of commercial farmland in the county, earning at least of their income from farming. One must be a representative of the county’s Agricultural Advisory Committee. Members serve three-year terms without compensation, but can be reimbursed for travel and dependent care for meetings attended. The committee meets at least six times a year; usually on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Executive Office Building in Rockville.

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Brendan Parent of Damascus High wrestles North Hagerstown’s Isaiah Brooks in the class 4A/3A state duals meet. Go to SPORTS Check online for a busy weekend in high school sports.

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LOCAL Signed, sealed, suspended: Where has the mail gone? White Flint post office changes location, again Snow, holiday weekend n

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Heavy snow Feb. 13 left some residents with nary a letter or grocery store sales paper in their mailboxes last week as the postal service suspended delivery for days after the storm. Gary Arlen of Bethesda said he did not get mail Feb. 13 — understandable, because of the big snow storm — or on the two days after that. The next two days were Sunday and Presidents Day, meaning no mail for five days. “We think we don’t depend on snail mail, but we do, and we miss it when it’s not there,” he said. Alan and Hannah Fisher of Rockville emailed The Gazette

to say they got a small amount of mail Feb. 14, but other than that, didn’t receive anything Feb. 13 through 19, almost a week, despite work by City of Rockville snow plows to open roads after the storm. Laura Dvorak, a postal service spokeswoman, said in an email that the “service issues were an anomaly brought about by the storm and the federal holiday.” Customers with mail delivery issues can call 1-800-ASKUSPS or visit to let someone know, Dvorak said. On Friday, five members of Congress sent a letter to the postmaster general to express concern over the service disruptions. The letter was signed by Reps. John Delaney (D-Dist. 6) of Potomac, Chris Van Hollen (D-Dist.8) of Kensington and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (DDist. 2) of Cockeysville, as well

as Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington, D.C. “A plan must be in place to protect worker safety and ensure that no homes or businesses experience multiple-day delays,” the letter said. Arlen said he was one of the people who contacted Van Hollen — via email — to complain about the lack of service. He started getting mail again Feb. 18, after Presidents Day. “The mail sort of dribbled in,” he said, rather than the delayed pieces coming in all at once. He said postmarks indicated that some things took more than a week to get from another point in Bethesda to his house. For Arlen, the five-day break in mail service was more of a nuisance than a major inconvenience. He doesn’t get

medicine and wasn’t expecting any vital checks in the mail, so the biggest aberration for him was not having a magazine to read on the Metro. Still, he says, people want some things in life, like the mail, to be consistent. “Luckily, we don’t count on mail for urgent delivery, and at the same time, we count on it being here,” he said. Arlen said he knows the postal service will reduce mail delivery as people do more business online. In fact, the move from snail mail to email didn’t happen as fast as some people thought it would, he said. “I don’t even mind if they reduce [delivery] to three days a week or five days a week,” he said. “... Like a lot of people, I just like some regularity.”

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Order the change of address cards: The Kensington White Flint post office earlier slated to move from the White Flint Mall to Edson Lane is being rerouted. The U.S. Postal Service now plans to move the post office to Nicholson Lane sometime in late spring or early summer. The agency had planned to move it from the mall to 5420 Edson Lane in North Bethesda. But in a letter Friday to the Bethesda-

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ver the weekend, 27 residents tested their speed, seeing how far they could swim and run in two 20-minute periods. The Rockville Swim Center hosted the duathalon as part of its new triathalon training program. Most participants were adults, Aquatics Supervisor Debbie Bouwkamp said. “It sounds like people logged some impressive distances,” she added. The top scorers in each age group included: Michael Oliveira, overall, and in the 40-49 age group; David Miller, second overall and first for 20-29; Antonio Carrillo, third overall and first for 50-59; and Ben Guthrie, fourth overall and first in the 30-39 group.


Rockville is looking at ways to make some of its intersections safer for drivers and pedestrians. At a Monday meeting, the Mayor and Council discussed safety at two nearby intersections: Great Falls Road and Maryland Avenue, which becomes Falls Road after the intersection, and the Falls Road interchange with Interstate 270. The intersection of Great Falls Road and Maryland Avenue had eight crashes reported from 2010 through 2012, according to a city staff report that cited state records for the three most recent years available. In January 2013, two pedestrians were hit at the intersection by a driver turning onto Great Falls Road who did not yield when the pedestrians had the signal to walk, the report said, and a fatal crash happened in December of that year at the same intersection. Emad Elshafei, chief of traffic and transportation, said the num-


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ber of crashes is not considered particularly high for an intersection of that size, but the signs are confusing, and speeding is a problem in the area. Elshafei said putting in leftturn signals at intersections to prevent cars from turning left on green could help reduce the number of collisions. The city would have to work with the State Highway Administration to improve the intersections. He said the city had installed a speed indicator sign on Maryland Avenue to let people know how fast they are going. That has reduced speeding somewhat, he said, although many people are still going over the posted speed limits. Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton said she thinks part of the problem on Falls Road and Maryland Avenue is that the road coming off the Interstate looks like a highway. “It’s clearly cement canyon,” she said. Councilwoman Virginia Onley said she thinks better enforcement and signs could help. “People simply don’t understand what the signs [there now] mean and what some of the laws are,” she said.


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Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Richard Hancock, a real estate specialist with the agency, wrote that the agency had decided to change the location of the upcoming move to 5056-B Nicholson Lane. “The alternative was not economically viable,” Hancock wrote. Ken Hartman, director of the regional center, said the agency could not come to an agreement with the Edson Lane property owner. Hartman added that residents, including those on the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee, were pleased that the post office will remain in the business district in White Flint.

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Isabel Dick Simmons, 88 of Rockville, MD passed away on Monday, February 3, 2014. She was the wife of the late Richard Branson Simmons and a life-long Rockville resident, graduating from Richard Montgomery High School in 1943. Isabel was the co-owner of Maryvale Market (formerly Dick’s Store) for many years and past president of the Montgomery County School Bus Drivers Association. She is survived by her three children, Richard Branson Simmons Jr., Robert Lee Simmons, Christina Simmons Barton, six grand and five great grand children. A memorial service will be held on March 1, 2014 at 2 pm at the Free Methodist Church of Rockville, 210 1st Street, Rockville, Maryland 20851. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Free Methodist Church of Rockville,301-279-2233. The full obituary and online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting


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Ardis Halgren MacGregor (Age 104) died February 17, 2014 in Clarksburg, MD. Beloved wife of the late Gordon J. MacGregor. Survived by her son, Jim MacGregor and wife, Janet; daughter, Jean Casey; grandchildren Jim Casey and wife, Katie, Robert and Jenny MacGregor, great grandchild, Jay Casey. Her life of community service and love for her family will be celebrated at her funeral on March 15th at 2 p.m. at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Hennepin Ave. Church in Minneapolis, MN or Montgomery Hospice in Rockville, MD.


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A North Bethesda organization says it is waging a battle against the “emerging but silent epidemic” of traumatic brain injury in postwar Iraq. A little over a year ago, employees of JBS International, a firm of government contractors, traveled to Iraq to help physicians treat a nation and populace beset with trauma from war. According to Eileen Elias — a former mental health commissioner for Massachusetts, who went on the trip — the goal was to take on traumatic brain injury. The condition refers to the brain being injured by an external force. The most common causes are traffic accidents, falls and violence. The World Health Organization considers TBI to be a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. Jerri Shaw, a co-owner of JBS, said the effects of TBI in many victims in Iraq are compounded by other stressors. “There’s a ripple effect. There are lots of consequences of brain injury,” she said. At that meeting in Iraq, physicians put together a strategic plan to deal with traumatic brain injury. Then, U.S. troops and aid workers left the country, and “the strife has just intensified,” Shaw said. Now, she finds herself fighting a battle few people are noticing. “Most people will say to me, ‘If there’s no money, why are you paying attention to this issue?,’” Elias said. “I continue to say, ‘We were there. We have stepped out. There continue to be problems.’” The fighting in Iraq has made traveling there too dangerous. A


Eileen Elias of Bethesda-based JBS International has been providing resources for doctors in Iraq who are treating traumatic brain injuries. lack of support from other organizations means little progress has been made, she said. Elias said she first began working on TBI issues in Massachusetts about 20 years ago, when she was mental health commissioner. With JBS, she proposed a project to work with soldiers returning from Iraq with TBI, she said. She and others realized this was a serious problem for Iraq’s civilian population, as well. She, Shaw and others say they feel some responsibility. “It’s a war we went into, it left a lot of people questioning, ‘What did we accomplish?’” Elias said. “We have not finished our work,” she said. From a distance, she and others communicate with counterparts in Iraq electronically and hope for a respite in the violence. Elias and her colleagues have been doing their work pro bono since they first proposed focusing on the issue nearly five years ago.

Shaw, Elias and others are trying to find low-cost ways to help physicians in Iraq treat TBI, despite being thousands of miles away. They create digital data archives with the latest research on treating TBI or link Iraqi doctors with American doctors who can be mentors. “One of the reasons we built the company was because we wanted to do things like this that no one else was doing but needed to be done,” Shaw said. “TBI is increasingly being recognized as an emerging but silent epidemic,” said Capt. David Tarantino, a military doctor who served at Marine Corps headquarters as director of the Marines’ medical programs, which cover TBI. “TBI is a huge challenge for Iraq, as it is for any developing country or any country undergoing security issues,” he said. It’s also a significant issue in the U.S. Mark L. Ettenhofer, a professor at the Uniformed Services Uni-

versity of the Health Sciences, said 1.7 million people in the U.S. suffer traumatic brain injuries every year. Of those, about 50,000 are fatal, he said. Roughly 1.4 million people who suffer injuries are treated and released. An additional 275,000 injuries are moderate or severe and require hospitalization. Those numbers do not account for people who do not seek treatment, he said. In moderate to severe cases, traumatic brain injury affects memory, attention, speed of processing and higher-level reasoning, Ettenhofer said. “It’s also common for people to have some sorts of emotional difficulties related to the brain directly,” he said. In Iraq, from 2000 to 2013, there were about 288,000 TBIs of all severities among American servicemen and women, Ettenhofer said. Numbers for the Iraqi population are not known. But “being active duty in a combat zone is a big risk factor for a TBI,” he said. The condition has been widely featured in the news in the U.S. among professional and high school football players who have died or been seriously injured by concussions. “There’s not enough awareness domestically ... that TBI happens here — when kids fall off bikes, car accidents, just in the normal process of living — and needs treatment,” Shaw said. In Iraq, the condition has become a secondary, lurking menace, Elias said. “It’s not the one trauma. It’s repetitive,” she said. “It’s one of those hidden cognitive disorders, yet its impact is huge.”

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Nearly two weeks after Montgomery County’s biggest snowfall of the year, the issue of how to remove it continues to generate discussion on the County Council. Councilman Hans Riemer is trying to gather support for a proposal to improve plans for removing snow from sidewalks after storms. “We have a very robust snow plow operation that clears the roads very efficiently, and our superb highway team is always working to improve its performance,” Riemer (D-At Large) of Takoma Park wrote to other council members. “However, we do not have a sufficient plan or policies in place to meet the challenge of removing snow from sidewalks and pedestrian crossings.” Riemer’s plan would force the county’s Department of Transportation to have a “Sidewalk Snow Removal Plan” with the following: • A map showing who is responsible for clearing county sidewalks. • A communications plan of steps for snowstorms. • An educational campaign so property owners know where they are responsible for clearing sidewalks. • Plans for county removal of snow from bus stops and Metro stations, near schools, along state highways, and along high-priority pedestrian routes. • Increased enforcement against property owners who don’t clear sidewalks. • Plans to prioritize the clearing of hiking and biking trails after

a storm. Riemer said he wants to look at education, enforcement or the county getting people in problem areas to clear their sidewalks. County law requires residents and business owners to clear the sidewalks in front of their properties within 24 hours after a storm. In the letter to his fellow council members, Riemer said he recognizes winter storms already create a large expense for the county, but making sure sidewalks are clear is also vital. A Feb. 13 storm dumped anywhere from a foot to more than two feet of snow on communities around the county. Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown faced questions from reporters Monday about the county’s storm response. Rice said he’s not sure there is a problem with the county’s snow removal process, noting that every other jurisdiction in the Washington, D.C. area struggled with snow removal during the storm. Rice called the storm an “anomaly” and said he’s not sure the county should set its policies based on an event that may only happen every few years. He said the problems highlighted by the storm may warrant an educational campaign on snow removal laws, and urged residents to clear snow from property owned by residents who need help. Riemer was one of five council members who signed a letter from Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda to the directors of the county’s parks and transportation departments. The letter asked Mary Bradford, director of the Department of Parks for the MarylandNational Capital Park and Planning

Divorce seminars start Tuesday Divorce 101 is a six-week series of public education seminars to help people with the early stages of divorce. The program runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through April 8 at the Montgomery County Bar Foundation, 27 W. Jefferson St., Rockville. The cost is $10 per session or $50 for all six, payable at the door. The sessions will be conducted by lawyers, counselors and financial advisers on topics such as basic law, approaches to divorce, financial considerations and finding support. Light refreshments will be served. The program is sponsored by New Beginnings, the Collaborative Practice Center of Montgomery County and the bar foundation. Registration is required. For more information, contact Carol Randolph, founder and president of New Beginnings, at NewBCarol@ or 301-924-4101.

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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.

Armed Robbery • On Jan. 27 at 9:30 p.m. in the 7900 block of Tuckerman Lane, Rockville. The subject threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. • On Jan. 30 at 10 p.m. in the 300 block of Edmonston Road, Rockville. The subject threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. Sexual Offense • On Feb. 2 at 10 p.m. at Clyde’s, 2 Preserve Parkway, Rockville. The subject is known to the victim.

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Strong-Arm Robbery • On Jan. 28 at 4:20 p.m. at Elmcroft Boulevard and Marsh Hollow Place, Rockville. The subjects assaulted the victim and took property. • On Feb. 7 between 2:30 and 2:36 p.m. in the 10900 block of Bells Ridge Drive, Rockville. The subjects assaulted the victims and took property. Aggravated Assault • On Feb. 1 at 12:22 p.m. in the 7800 block of White Cliff Terrace, Rockville. The subject is known to the victim. Commercial Burglary • On Jan. 30 at 1:28 a.m. at Subway, 1020 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Forced entry, took property. Larceny • 1600 block of Rockville Pike, Rockville, between 1 and 2 p.m. Jan. 29. Unknown subject entered the business and removed several items and placed them in her purse. The subject then left the store without paying for items. • 1300 block of Piccard Drive, Rockville, between 11:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and 7:15 a.m. Feb. 6. Unknown subject removed a backpack, a passport, computer tablet, a cellphone charger, and a pair of gloves and earmuffs from a locked hotel room. Residential Burglary • 11800 block of Milbern Drive, Rockville, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Jan. 27. Forced entry, took property. • 1000 block of Grandin Avenue, Rockville, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Feb. 3. Unknown subject broke a rear bedroom window and took a key. • 400 block of Baltimore Road, Rockville, between 10:25 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Feb. 4. Unknown subject forced open a front door and took a computer tablet and jewelry. Theft • Between Feb. 4 and 6 at a house under construction in the 15200 block of Avery Road, Derwood. Took property from the outside.


Umbrellas came out during an unexpectedly heavy snow on Tuesday. This pedestrian walks next to the old courthouse in Rockville. Commission, and Arthur Holmes, director of the county’s Department of Transportation, to prepare an estimate on what it would cost to remove snow and provide winter maintenance on the Capital Crescent Trail that runs from the D.C. border through Bethesda and into Silver Spring.

“The condition of the Capital Crescent Trail and its lack of maintenance following snow events is an issue of great concern to our residents who rely on our trail infrastructure for commuting purposes,” Berliner wrote.

Vehicle Larceny • 14000 block of Cove Lane, Rockville, between 9:30 p.m. Feb. 2 and 4:20 p.m. Feb. 3. Unknown subject removed a radio. • Unit block of Elmcroft Court, Rockville, between 7 p.m. Feb. 8 and 11 a.m. Feb. 9. Unknown subject removed a wallet, a briefcase, a laptop and a jacket. • 500 block of Casey Lane, Rockville, between 6 p.m. Feb. 8 and 6:15 a.m. Feb. 10. Unknown subject had removed a knife, a tool kit, loose change, and several CDs.

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County looks at rejuvenation of Wheaton-Claridge Park Replacing playground equipment top priority, residents say




With old playground equipment removed and stream health faltering in the Wheaton-Claridge Park, the county is looking at replacing the play area and restoring the streams, to bring back the children and nature lovers who have long adored the park. A meeting on Feb. 19 at the Wheaton-Claridge Park kicked off the process, with park department staff asking neighbors what updates they would like to see. The 20-acre park sits in a Advertisement

neighborhood north of Viers Mill Road in Wheaton, between Connecticut and Georgia avenues. Park staff presented ideas such as rebuilding a playground, formalizing and connecting trails throughout the park, fixing up bridges and walls, and improving stormwater management to support a healthy ecosystem. The park also has an activity building, basketball court and parking lot. Replacing the playground equipment was a top priority among staff and residents. “We used to come to the playground to play... the kids no longer have a place to go,” said Natasha Spencer, a mother and owner of You Brighten My Day day care in the neighborhood. The playground equipment

“We use the park daily. ... We love the wooded area, just the peace and quiet that it brings us.” Resident Nathan Luna

was taken down last summer for safety reasons, said project manager Ching-Feng Chen. “We have a 7-year-old and an 8-year-old who miss the playground,” said neighbor Stephen Smith. Staff also discussed updating or reinforcing the bridges that

run over two streams that converge in the park, and improving the quality of the streams. “Right now there’s no green infrastructure,” to mitigate pollution, erosion and runoff, Chen said. Residents noted stream erosion and 11-year-old Savannah

Scollar said, “I used to [go to the park] but the fish started going away so I stopped.” She suggested “making the water better so the fish would come back.” Scollar had other ideas for greening the park, such as more vegetation, a green roof on the building and recycling bins. “This is a great outdoor laboratory for kids,” said John Tseronis, who raised his four sons in the neighborhood. Many residents said they love visiting the park to walk their dogs, for family gatherings, playing with kids, and playing basketball. “We use the park daily. ... We love the wooded area, just the peace and quiet that it brings us,” said Nathan Luna. Park staff said funds from the department’s annual main-

tenance budget could cover some of the renovation costs. It’s too early to say if additional funding will be required. Based on suggestions from the meeting, park staff will begin concept designs for renovations. Planner Coordinator Dominic Quattrocchi said they’ll likely either relocate or remove the basketball court after assessing how many people use it. The parking lot will probably be moved as well. Both are currently too close to streams to meet modern stormwater management standards. The next community meeting has not been scheduled, but Quattrocchi estimated that in about six months staff will have concept plans to present for further input.

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Continued from Page A-1 leased are part of the Uniform Crime Reporting program overseen by the FBI. Every year, law enforcement agencies around the country send data about crime in their areas to the bureau. In 2013, the program’s standards included reporting male victims. Before 2013, the statistics only counted female victims of rape. The police Family Crimes Division also took over investigating rapes where the victim and the suspect were intimate partners, according to a county press release. Many of the in-


Continued from Page A-1 transaction fee until there have been at least $1,000 in sales. A Spark Pay Web page says that after that threshold, there is a 2.70 percent fee per swipe if the user does not pay a monthly fee. For a $9.95 monthly fee, the rate drops to 1.95 percent per swipe. Wood said that, on average, a local troop sells about 150 boxes of cookies when it sets up a booth for a few hours in a public place. Knowing how many boxes of cookies they sell, troops can predict if they will hit the $1,000 threshold. “The troops get together at the beginning of every month and discuss all pieces of events going on. Last month, we worked out all minor details and decided that accepting

vestigations came through the Family Justice Center, where victims received a high level of support, the release said. Manger said that may have made people more comfortable with reporting rapes. Manger said the department has implemented a number of crime-fighting tactics recently, such as tailoring different strategies to different higher-crime areas. A team of officers patrols areas with spikes in crime, weekly meetings keep track of progress and problem areas, and each high school now has a school resource officer from the county or another law enforcement department, Manger said. In Montgomery County, as

in the rest of the country, outside factors affect crime rates before police even get involved, Manger said. Montgomery has invested in schools and economic development, as well as crime prevention programs and initiatives to address mental illness — all things that help keep crime levels low, Manger said. “There’s a host of things that supplement the work the police department has done,” he said. Support for police from government agencies and the broader public are a large part of why crime has gone down faster in Montgomery County over the past few years than it has nationwide, Manger said. People report crimes and witnesses

show up to testify because they have confidence in law enforcement, he said. “We’re not out there doing it by ourselves,” he said. Leggett said the county is not going to rest on its laurels this year. “It is my anticipation and hope that we can drive these numbers even further down,” he said. Complete statistics from 2013 and previous years are available at under the crime statistics dropdown menu by clicking on “quarterly crime stats.”

credit cards would work for us.” said Girl Scout parent Miriam Christenson of Silver Spring. Cookies are $4 a box. As more people prefer electronic payments, the acceptance of credit cards could be a benefit, Christenson said. “I think this way we will sell more cookies. For those people who hardly carry cash, we will be more convenient,” Christenson said. On average, troops in the Council of the Nation’s Capital receive about 70 cents per box sold, which meant total earnings of about $3 million last year, according to the Girl Scouts. The rest of the money stays within the council to support essential operations, such as volunteer training, camp maintenance, and financial assistance to deserving girls and troops. With credit card fraud a

hot topic, Christenson said she hopes customers aren’t skeptical of using the new payment option. “I hope customers don’t shy away from buying the cookies because they think that might be a problem. We’re the Girl Scouts, so I think we’ll be fine,” Christenson said. After the sales period, troops can evaluate whether to use the credit-card option again next time. Troop leaders will allow Scouts to process credit-card transactions if they think they can handle them. Otherwise, parents will assist. “... It’s really up to the troop leader or person in charge to say whether or not that can happen.” Wood said. “Many of the girls are excited about the new change, but mainly our parents will be the ones handling the credit card processing, so hopefully it runs

smoothly.” Christenson said. Credit-card sales will add a new element to the financial literacy lessons the Scouts get. “The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the country where girls learn goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics that are essential to leadership and success in life,” Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital CEO Lidia SotoHarmon said in a news release. Girl Scouts started their cookie sales to families and friends first, than expanded to booths at local grocery stores and businesses on Feb. 21. To find a Girl Scout booth, go to, or download the app “Girl Scout Cookie Locator” and enter your ZIP code, or dial **gscookies on a smartphone. Girl Scout cookie sales will conclude March 30.

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Continued from Page A-1 Along with the Purple Line and transitway projects, the letter requests funding for projects such as: • building a portion of Montrose Parkway East from Md. 355 to Parklawn Drive; • creating an interchange at Georgia Avenue and Norbeck Road; • widening Norbeck Road from Georgia Avenue to Layhill Road to four lanes; • widening Woodfield Road from the Midcounty Highway to Airpark Drive to four lanes; • creating an interchange at Interstate 270 and Newcut Road. Not all of the county’s projects will get state funding. The county last sent a letter in 2011, and out of 12 projects, three received funding, said Deputy Council Administrator Glenn Orlin. Those projects were the Purple Line project, an interchange at I-270 and Watkins Mill Road


Continued from Page A-1 Olney and Republicans Robert Dyer of Bethesda and Shelly Skolnick of Silver Spring have filed as at-large candidates. Green Party candidate Tim Willard of Kensington will run in the general election. They will compete with Democrats Leventhal, Elrich, Floreen and Riemer for the four at-large seats, which are elected countywide. Voters in the Republican and Democratic primary elections will be able to choose up to four at-large candidates from their party, said Christine Rzeszut, operations manager for the Montgomery County Board of Elections. Primary winners move on

Obituary Edward Michael Burns, 60, passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 14, 2014 at home in Rockville MD. Ed had a great love of books, music, animals and people. He is survived by a sister, Barbara Holland (Neil) of Gaithersburg, MD, and a brother Robert, of Waterbury, CT, along with 4 nieces, a nephew, and 2 great nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Martin’s Church in Gaithersburg. Interment will take place in Connecticut at a later date. 1910768

1842598 to the Nov. 4 general election. After eight years in the House, Hucker is looking to move to the Council Office Building in Rockville. Hucker initially planned to run again for delegate, but changed his mind.

Legislators file As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, five of Montgomery County’s eight state senators had no primary challengers. Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington will compete against Dana Beyer in the primary. Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville and former Del. Cheryl Kagan are both seeking the seat held by the retiring Sen. Jennie Forehand (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville. Del. Susan C. Lee (D-Dist. 16) of Bethesda is seeking the seat of Sen. Brian Frosh (DDist. 16) of Chevy Chase, who is running for attorney general. She faces challenges from J’aime Drayton of Potomac and Hugh Hill of Bethesda, who both filed Tuesday. The House has crowded races in almost all eight Montgomery legislative districts — none more so than District 20, where 10 people are vying for three seats. In Districts 16, 17 and 18, seven Democrats each seek the three seats. Six Democrats have filed for the three seats in District 19. District 14 and 15 each have the three Democratic incumbent delegates, a fourth Democrat and three Republicans. And in District 39, three Democrats and three Republicans are seeking three delegate seats.


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and a bypass of Georgia Avenue around Brookeville. The letter is a chance to tell the state what the county’s priorities are, said Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda, the chairman of the council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee. Council President Craig L. Rice said he was happy to see the Corridor Cities Transitway among the county’s top funding priorities. His district would be the most affected by the project, and it is very important for upcounty residents to get access to transit, Rice said. Marc Elrich (D-At large) of Takoma Park said he wished the county had put all transit projects ahead of any road projects on the list. It’s hard to know which roads need improved until you’ve seen what effects increased transit can have, he said.


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Lawmakers created a similar school construction funding mechanism for Baltimore city last session; it took a few years to pass, Kaiser said. “We are realistic in the ways of the world,” she said. “Sometimes you have to take more than a year to make your case on the need for a bill.” Leggett said the county began pushing for more school construction dollars in 2010 and got additional state money through the budget process. To keep pace with growing enrollment — about 2,000 new students each year for Montgomery County Public Schools — more money is needed. To meet proposed construction timelines, Leggett said, Montgomery needs a program in place either this year or next. “We are going to continue to push forward and hope we can get something,” he said.



A funny thing happened on the way to new school construction money for Montgomery County: reality. Midway through Maryland’s 90-day legislative session, county lawmakers seem to hold little hope of their top legislative priority passing the General Assembly and establishing a steady, predictable stream of state money to leverage borrowing for school construction. “We’re not necessarily expecting it to pass,” Del. Anne R. Kaiser said. Kaiser (D-Dist. 14) of Burtonsville, chairwoman of Montgomery’s delegation, proposed a bill to establish the Supplemental Public School Construction

Matching Fund Program. Under the bill, counties with a triple-A bond rating and school systems with at least 100,000 students would be eligible for up to $20 million each year to fund a portion of school construction projects or project debt. Her House bill has 62 sponsors; a Senate version has 19. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) said in an interview that it looks like Montgomery won’t get school construction money it seeks, but it should. “You know how Annapolis works,” Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said. “It’s more election-year politics than anything,” Leggett said. “I think it’s an election year and people are a bit skeptical about what obligations you put in right before an election.” Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington said proponents face an uphill battle, but nothing has been decided.

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Another 2,600 Food and Drug Administration workers are preparing to relocate to the agency’s

White Oak headquarters campus, as part of a decadelong consolidation move. They will leave the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda and other sites in Rockville beginning May 1, joining other workers who already have taken

desks and lab space as part of the FDA’s $1.2 billion game of musical chairs. Around thesametime,another 1,000 workers or so will start leaving FDA-leased space in Rockville and Bethesda. They’ll move temporarily into a newly completed

building next to the White Flint Metro that was left more than half empty because the Nuclear Regulatory Commission didn’t need the space it originally expected. The latest move to White Oak is funded partly by $58 million approved by Congress for fiscal 2014. The money contributed to the FDA’s 1.2-million-square-foot Life Sciences-Biodefense Complex, which includes two newly completed office buildings, two laboratories and an expanded vivarium, a animal study facility. Workers relocating this spring come from the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, the Center for Drug Evaluation and Re-

search, and the Center for Tobacco Products. Meanwhile, under a deal worked out to use the empty NRC space, the FDA will take 186,313 square feet at 3 White Flint, the build-to-suit property delivered last year by developer LCOR. The NRC will keep 135,663 square feet. The move is temporary, until more room is available at White Oak. Walter S. Harris, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for operations, spelled that out in a letter to the House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The letter said that by fiscal 2017, the “FDA is projected

to house approximately 9,000 of 12,700 employees at the White Oak Campus as per the most recently approved 2009 Master Plan. FDA must therefore remain, in part, in off-campus leased locations for the foreseeable future.” The FDA will shrink its current leased space of 231,453 square feet. That will leave vacant the following space: • 89,402 square feet at 1350 Piccard Dr. in Rockville; • 49,758 square feet at 2094 Gaither Road in Rockville; • 45,160 square feet at 2098 Gaither Road in Rockville; • 47,133 square feet at 7700 Wisconsin Ave. in Bethesda.

MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND SUMMARY NOTICE OF BOND SALE $6,605,000* GENERAL OBLIGATION REFUNDING BONDS, SERIES 2014A NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Mayor and Council of Rockville, Maryland (the “City”) will receive written sealed bids for the above-captioned bonds (the “Bonds”) at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on Monday March 10, 2014, at the offices of Public Financial Management, 800 Nicollet Mall, Suite 2710, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402, or via the Parity electronic bidding system. THE WINNING BIDDER MUST PURCHASE ALL OF THE BONDS. After receipt of bids is closed and prior to the award, the apparent successful bidder for the Bonds must submit a good faith deposit of $66,050 to the City by wire transfer as instructed by the City or its financial advisor. An award to the apparent successful bidder is contingent upon receipt of the good faith deposit, and the Bonds will not be awarded to such bidder until the City has confirmation of receipt of the good faith deposit. No interest will be allowed on any good faith deposit. In the event the successful bidder shall fail to comply with the terms of its bid, its good faith deposit may be retained as and for full liquidated damages. The Bonds are authorized by Article 23A of the Annotated Code of Maryland, as amended, and Article VII, Section 11 of the Charter of the City of Rockville. The Bonds are expected to be issued on March 25, 2014, and will be dated as of the date of issuance. The Bonds will mature on March 15 in the years and in the principal amounts as follows: Year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

Amount* $ 800,000 670,000 665,000 655,000 655,000

Year 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024

Amount* $ 645,000 640,000 635,000 625,000 615,000

The Bonds are being issued for the purpose of providing funds for (i) currently refunding the outstanding maturities of the City’s General Obligation Bonds of 2004; and (ii) paying the costs incurred by the City in connection with the issuance, sale and delivery of the Bonds. The Bonds will bear interest at such fixed rates of interest as are specified by the successful bidder in its bid. The successful bidder will be determined based on the lowest interest cost to the City. The Bonds will be issued in fully registered form, without coupons. The Bonds are not subject to optional redemption prior to maturity, but may be subject to mandatory sinking fund redemption, as provided in the official Terms of Offering referred to below. The City reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Copies of the Official Statement relating to the Bonds and the official Terms of Offering may be obtained from the undersigned at Mayor and Council of Rockville, Maryland 111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850 or from Heather Casperson at Public Financial Management, 800 Nicollet Mall, Suite 2710, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402 (tel. 612-371-3753).







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How do we deal? Montgomery County State’s Attorney John J. McCarthy asks a serious question. Unfortunately, county leaders and residents have chosen to take it rhetorically. The question is: “How do we deal with people who have persistent mental health issues and intersect with the criminal justice system?” As a county — and as a state, and as a nation, really — we have no good answer for him. Last week, in “On the edge,” reporter St. John Barned-Smith described how in two weeks in January, the county was rocked by three heinous homicides. All allegedly were committed by people who either had mental health issues in the past or likely were suffering from mental illness at the time of the killings. A mother and her friend stab four children, killing two, in what they believed was an exorcism. A man walks into a 7-Eleven and kills a clerk, slashing and stabbing him 75 times. A young man is shot (by his father) as he fatally stabs his mother. How do we deal with people like this? Currently, it seems, we wait for them to commit a crime and put them in jail. People can be involuntarily committed to an institution only if they are dangerous to themselves or others, said Dr. Alan Newman, a psychiatrist with Georgetown University. As Newman pointed out, the definition of dangerous is narrow, which means many people can’t be forced to get the care they need. Likewise, many people would have not committed offenses had they gotten that care. “We shouldn’t be waiting until someone breaks the law to get treatment,” said Dr. Raymond Crowel, the county’s chief of behavioral health and crisis services. “There’s a conflict in the way the system is structured.” It’s taking a toll on our jail. Barned-Smith cited statistics showing that falling crime rates mean fewer people in our jail, yet a growing percentage arrive with mental health issues. A natural reaction is to turn to the Maryland General Assembly. Lawmakers have at least four measures to consider that could help the ill get help they need. One bill would make it easier for health care workers to commit individuals involuntarily. Another would let courts order treatment for individuals with disabling mental illness who struggle to adhere to their voluntary treatment. A third would allow the forced administration of medication under certain conditions. A fourth would ensure that offenders with a history of mental illness and substance abuse get services before and after their release from incarceration. Although the Montgomery crimes in January create a new urgency, these issues aren’t new to the lawmakers. Legislative committees considered the fourth bill last year, but took no action, according to the General Assembly website. These aren’t easy decisions for Annapolis. As much as a store clerk should have the right to complete a day’s work unharmed, the mentally ill have rights as well. These measures must be crafted carefully. It’s important to insist the legislature protect us all, but we must resist human nature. It’s easy for us to turn to the State House, insist our leaders take action and applaud when laws are enacted. When the applause dies down, we forget that the problems exist and direct our attention elsewhere. No matter what legislation passes, we’re left with McCarthy’s question. How do we deal with people like this? What’s necessary is a realization that we need to treat mental illness with the same vigor that we treat physical illness. Federal, state and local governments must allocate resources to care for the mentally ill. Nonprofits must, and do, devote time and energy. Churches must, and do, as well. And finally, families must, and do. Somehow, it isn’t enough. Sometime over the past 30 years, we’ve decided it’s acceptable for care for the mentally ill to be optional. If money’s tight, programs close, initiatives are shut down, centers are shuttered. The result is a young man who suffers from bipolar disorder living on the street or a young woman without the support to cope with her delusions. We need our statehouse and county seat to do better. We need our hometowns and our churches to do better. We need to do better. Money and concern will only go so far. It’s time for a sense of urgency.

The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher

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Incubator decision uses sloppy economics In its Feb. 19 editorial [“Incubator politics”], The Gazette indicates its support of County Executive Isiah Leggett’s position to close the county’s flagship biotechnology incubator, the William Hanna Innovation Center. The editorial cites Leggett’s argument that costs will be lower if the laudable new NCCoE (National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence) is located in the incubator. Leggett’s economic analysis is inaccurate. Doug Duncan got it right. The county claims that the difference in expense is $3 million as compared to $750,000. This is comparing apples to oranges. In one case, the county pays rent to house the NCCoE and in the other case, it’s constructing a building. The economic analysis then ignores all building costs. Reportedly, the state and county are putting in a total of about $11 million, substantially from new appropriations from both the state and county within the current bud-

get cycle. These are for construction costs for the NCCoE. A sound financial analysis has to include destruction costs of the existing incubator. When the county bulldozes these specialized biotech (including 24 wet labs) taxpayerfunded assets, they must be written off. This economic loss is properly added to construction costs. The incubator’s audited financial statements indicate its value on the government’s books is $6.1 million. The incubator’s current operation is funded by the private sector, mainly biotechnology companies. The NCCoE’s $750,000 operation expenditures represent new annual spending. The editorial denigrates Duncan for failing to identify an alternative to paying rent (presumably $2 million plus). However, the county has identified alternatives itself, which it dismissed. In a presentation to the Montgomery County Delegation on Feb. 14, Leggett’s representative, Steve Silverman, indicated that NIST

had originally proposed to house the NCCoE on its large campus in Gaithersburg, which would obviate the need to use the WHIC, but the county “talked them out of it.” Further, the county admitted that no RFP for a competitive bidding process to house the NCCoE in commercial space was ever generated, a normal good governance process. The editorial also frames the county’s loss as moving businesses out of a Gaithersburg (actually Rockville) incubator. The WHIC increases the odds of building a successful business by promoting interactions among the entrepreneurs in a shared biotech facility. WHIC’s track record of developing successful companies and life-enhancing medical products is a testament to this communitybuilding strategy.

Jerry Stringham and Aprile L. Pilon The authors are CEOs of biotechnology companies located within the WHIC incubator.

Zoning rewrite threatens urban farming I run First Fruits Farms, an open source urban farming research center in Germantown. The County Council is set to vote on the new zoning rewrite on March 4. A new use category is “Urban Farming,” which will be allowed in every zone not currently allowing regular farming, except for the heavy industrial zone. While that seems to be great for making fresh, healthy, locally grown food accessible to our neighborhoods, certain restrictions in the ordinance will kill any chance of urban farming becoming a reality in Montgomery County. The first restriction is that an onsite farmers market is a limited use for farms and will restrict sales to only produce grown on site. This means a neighborhood farmers market will not be able sell strawberries from a neighborhood farm two blocks over, while a convenience store on the same block is allowed to sell all manner of junk food from anywhere. Consumers with limited time to shop need a food store with a wide variety healthy food choices. As small urban farmers will only be able to grow a few crops each, un-

less they can sell each others’ produce, walkable neighborhoods and local food will not exist in Montgomery County. Currently, the Montgomery County Food Council and others are discussing the concepts of food hubs and other local food distribution systems that will make locally produced foods a viable choice for our citizens. The second local food killer restriction is that only walk-behind machinery or hand methods will be allowed on these urban farms. Without automation urban farms will not be able to pay a livable wage and make a profit. I believe the problem with the people doing the rewrite is that they know little about modern greenhouse food production. Most urban farms will be hydroponic and not use soil. I believe the code rewriters have a mind view of large noisy tractors waking up the neighborhood. We are developing small quiet low-cost robots to aid the urban farmer perform many of the tasks of seeding, transplanting and harvesting. Unless you entered one of our greenhouses you wouldn’t know they

were even there. Once the zoning is passed, I can envision an army of zoning enforcers closing down small neighborhood farmers for using automation. It seems to me a simple general noise/nuisance clause could address concerns related to the right of residents to “peaceful enjoyment.” Please contact your council member to ask that they at least hold off on the urban farm and farm market zoning ordinance changes to allow innovators in this space to propose workable parameters. It doesn’t seem much thought was put into this zoning change as urban farming and farmers markets have the same restriction in all zones. It seems to me issues in a very dense townhouse zone could be significantly different than in a moderate industrial zone. We need to do more outreach and polling of our citizens to think what all these issues might be and also have a means to allow some level of urban farming in these different zones to uncover what most of the issues might arise.

Peter James, Germantown

Speed cameras generate revenue, not reduce speeding

I am writing in response to the article from Feb. 19, “Olney speed cameras are top revenue generators in county.” The thing that bothered me most about the article was the contradictory statement by Capt. Thomas Didone stating, “he believes the cameras are effective in reducing speed.” Let’s look at the numbers again and tell me how speed cameras are helping to reduce speeding. In 2012, there were 64,592 tick-

ets issues (for $2,583,680 in fines). The 2013 numbers are up 11 percent or approximately 71,697 tickets for $2,867,884 in fines (or $3,000,000 in fines per the article). How in the world can Didone say that speed cameras reduce speeding when the numbers show speeding is increasing? Has any reader ever noticed that when you see a marked police car you tend to either check your speed or slow down? There is the solution, put more officers on the streets in

marked cruisers. For the money collected, the county could fund additional officers and actually reduce speeding. Do something that truly works to reduce speeding instead of contradicting yourself [Capt. Didone] about the real reason the money machines are installed. The money is not going into the county to reduce speeding; it is just going into the coffers for the council.

Gerry Adcock, Olney

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Who among us has time to stay on top of what the Montgomery County Council members propose to do with our hard-earned tax dollars? While the County Council plans to take up an 11-point “green legislation” [“Montgomery councilman issues package of environmental, energy bills,” Jan. 22], many of us live our lives unaware of what’s next that will be forced upon us by those elected to represent us. While Councilman Reimer, Councilwoman Floreen and Councilman Berliner get to speak for all, they certainly don’t represent all who are out here. ... I know I speak for over 50 members in my family alone ... and we want the council to know that we don’t support 11 new laws, nor do we agree that “this is certainly where Montgomery County wants to be” on energy issues. I’m not an expert, but I’ve got common sense, and common sense tells me that if these were such great ideas, why would they have to be legislatively imposed upon the citizenry? We don’t want more laws or rules or regulations telling us how to build (apparently, now LEED certified isn’t even good enough?) or, God forbid, another county office — this one now called “Office of Sustainability” within the Office of Environmental Protection — thus further growing, guess what — the government! They are masters of “sustainability!” Stop the expansion of the government into every aspect of life, building, growth. Halt the green movement, who advance their agenda relentlessly. We’re all for common sense clean air/water — but the rain tax? On top of the flush tax? Will there be a “breathe air tax?” Seriously, do developers and builders really need to be required to provide “x number” of electric vehicle charging stations? Do we really need a new telecommuting manager? Oh, I see — so the county employees who get paid anyways will now be able to sit around at home and still get paid — because, “this is where the county is headed.” It’s this self-licking ice cream cone that has me and other county residents fed up with the County Council! Why don’t they please come up with ways to put money back into our pockets? ...

Maureen Ruppert Whippen, Clarksburg

On snow, improvement on one front As one who suffered through three blizzards in 2010 without seeing a county plow on my culde-sac, I was really pleased to see Keith Compton’s improved snow removal after the big storm, complete with a tractor to do my neighborhood in Wheaton. [Editor’s note: Compton is the chief of the county’s Division of Highway Services.] What an improvement. On the other hand, a big disappointment was the response of Montgomery County Public Schools where Glenn Haven Elementary school could not be bothered to open the sidewalk in front of the school for days after the snow, endangering the lives of pedestrians and children until complaints were made. At least we are half way there.

Steve Sacks, Silver Spring

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hevy Chase resident Susanne Lotarski remembers her Georgetown University political science professor, the late Jan Karski, also of Chevy Chase, as being very well-organized during his 1960s seminars about Central and Eastern Europe. “He had a very organized, systematic mind,” she said. But what she appreciated most about Karski, a courier for the Polish underground in World War II, was the fact that he had experienced firsthand some of what he was teaching. A Polish Catholic, Karski was one of the first people to bring eyewitness accounts to the Allies about the Warsaw ghetto after the uprising and the emerging Nazi plan to exterminate Jews. “What was so special about his course was that he was teaching not from books but from what he lived through personally,” said Lotarski, who retired in 2005 as director of Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Lotarski, who is currently Washington Metro Division vice president of the nonprofit Polish


The memory of the late Jan Karski, a Polish American who lived in Chevy Chase, will be honored by the National Philharmonic and pianist Brian Ganz during two concerts on March 8 and 9 at the Music Center at Strathmore. Karski, who died in 2000, provided the Allies with personal eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust in Poland before emigrating to the United States and teaching political science at Georgetown University.


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EXPERIENCE Filmmaker from Potomac presents ‘Sukkah City’ at annual festival n



Montgomery County native Jason Hutt didn’t think after he graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac and went to Harvard to study economics that he’d turn into a filmmaker. But a filmmaker he became, and WASHINGTON his documentary, “Sukkah City,” is one of 64 films that will be screened JEWISH FILM during the annual Washington Jewish FESTIVAL Film Festival running from Thursday to March 9 at venues in Rockville, Siln When: Thursday ver Spring and Washington, D.C. to March 9. See “The 24th annual event is expected online schedule for to draw 10,000 people from Washingscreenings. ton and surrounding counties,” said n Where: AFI Silver festival director Ilya Tovbis, who is in Theatre and Cultural his second year of running the event. Center, 8633 “One-quarter to one-third of our Colesville Road, audience comes from outside [the DisSilver Spring; JCC of trict],” Tovbis said. Greater Washington, There are 13 screenings scheduled 6125 Montrose Road, at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural CenRockville; nine venues ter in Silver Spring and 10 screenings in Washington, D.C. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville. n Tickets: $12 single; $85 full festival pass; This year’s festival will also offer $125 all access VIP more chances for people to talk to one pass another about the films at social events and panel discussions, Tovbis said. n For information: “We don’t want it to be just 1-888-718-4253,

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TRIBUTE TO POLAND n When: 8 p.m. March 8; 3 p.m. March 9. Free preconcert lecture 6:45 p.m. Saturday, 1:45 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit about Karski in lobby. n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $28-$84. Free for children 7-17 n For information: 301-5815100, Nationalphilharmonic. org


Pianist Brian Ganz and the National Philharmonic will perform a concerto by Chopin during two concerts on March 8-9 at the Music Center at Strathmore to honor the late Polish-American hero Jan Karski of Chevy Chase. PHOTO BY MICHAEL VENTURA

The “Fractured Bubble” sukkah is woven as part of a design competition exploring the ancient Jewish tradition of building a temporary house as part of observing the week-long holiday of Sukkot. The mid-Atlantic premiere of Potomac-native Jason Hutt’s documentary, “Sukkah City,” about the contest is part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival.


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“But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.” — Psalm 81:16 Bernice Johnson Reagon founded the group Sweet Honey in the Rock 40 years ago at the D.C.

Black Repertory Theater Company in 1973. The ensemble’s name is taken from a song based on the Bible verse Psalm 81:16. The allwomen, African-American a cappella group has played in concerts across the globe for adoring fans and for political dignitaries. Reagon retired from Sweet Honey in the Rock in 2004, but the group, featuring core members Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, and American Sign Language

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SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK — “FORTY & FIERCE” n When: 8 p.m. Saturday n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $29-$70


Sweet Honey in the Rock will celebrate its 40th anniversary Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore.

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The New York-based Ballet Hispanico, widely regarded as the nation’s premier Latino dance company, will host a Latin dance party at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. The event precedes a masterclass scheduled for 2 p.m. March 29, and dual performances at 8 p.m. March 29 and 3 p.m. March 30. A workshop with high school students is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, with the Salsa dance party following at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. The events are the result of a collaboration between BlackRock and the After School Dance Fund, which aims to promote health, exercise and cultural awareness within Montgomery County high school students via Latin dance education. For more information, visit

Ballet Hispanico will come to the BlackRock Center for the Arts on Friday for a Latin dance lesson and party prior to a masterclass and performances March 29-30. PAULA LOBO

‘Persistence’ of visions


David Carter’s “The Persistence of Self,” oil on canvas, 2010.

“Critical Contacts: Significant Encounters and Their Impact,” will showcase works by the Studio Art Faculty of Montgomery College. The exhibit, curated by Dr. Claudia Rousseau, opens Monday at the Capitol Arts Network Urban by Nature Gallery in Rockville, and runs to March 28. An opening reception is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. March 7. Normal gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, visit capitolartsnetwork. com.


The rites of ‘Spring’ “Spring Awakening,” Broadway’s Tony Award-winning tale of teens discovering the tumult of sexuality, opens today at the college’s performing arts center. Presented by Montgomery College Theatre students, show times are 8 p.m. daily through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Based upon the controversial German play published by Frank Wedekind in 1891, the original Broadway production was adapted by Steven Sater with music by Duncan Sheik and went on to win eight Tony Awards in 2007. Bill Gillett directs the Montgomery College production. For more information, visit pac.

Marimba solo!


David McDonald will play piano and the marimba on Friday at the Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church in Bethesda.




Aurora Beckett as Wendla and Matt Krug as Melchior in The Montgomery College Theatre presentation of “Spring Awakening,” opening today at the college.

Marimba soloist David McDonald will perform music for the marimba and piano at 7 p.m. Friday at the Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church in Bethesda. The concert serves as the inaugural event of Washington Conservatory of Music Friday Focus, which will spotlight church faculty with one-hour presentations throughout the year. McDonald also is the drummer with the Airman of Note, The United States Air Force Band, Washington, D.C. He has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Concertante di Chicago, Kenosha Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Rob Parton’s Jazz Tech Big Band, Capitol Bones and the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra, and toured Japan as a member of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra. McDonald is a faculty member at the Washington Conservatory of Music. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. For more information, visit


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‘3 Days to Kill’: An American spy in Paris n

Kevin Costner gets the Liam Neeson-in-‘Taken’ treatment BY ROGER MOORE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Kevin Costner and director McG are plunged into the madcap mayhem of Monsieur Luc Besson in “3 Days to Kill,” a seriocomic thriller about mortality, murder for hire and fatherhood. This being a Besson script and production, it’s also about car chases and epic shootouts, torture played for sadistic laughs, Paris locations and Peugeot product placement. Besson, who morphed into a producer after “The Professional” and before “The Transporter,” gives Costner the full Liam Neeson-in-“Taken” treatment, cashing in on a career of cool in a movie that moves almost fast enough to keep us from noticing how scruffy, discomfiting and absurdly over-the-top the whole thing is. Costner plays Ethan, a veteran CIA agent diagnosed with cancer. But his new control agent, a vamp named Vivi, played to the stiletto-heeled hilt by Amber

Heard, wants him to finish one last massacre, taking out a nuclear arms dealer and his associates in the City of Light. The carrot? She has an experimental drug that might give Ethan more time. And that could mean more time with his estranged wife (Connie Nielsen) and the daughter he barely knows, played by “True Grit” teen Hailee Steinfeld. They live in Paris. The girl doesn’t know what dad does for a living or that he’s dying. She’s a teen. She probably wouldn’t care: “You might want to take something for that cough. It’s really annoying.” McG (“Charlie’s Angels,” “We Are Marshall”) stamps his signature on Besson’s Euro-action vision with running gags: Dad keeps trying to get his rebellious teen to ride this cool purple bike he brought her. Her ring tone on his phone is “I Love It,” which goes off just as he’s about to rip a guy’s armpit hair out with duct tape. Everybody’s always trying to high-five Ethan, and the French, Germans and others he runs into keep calling him “Cowboy.” Ethan’s always stopping the torture to ask one underworld guy (Marc Andreoni, funny) how to cope, what to do,

3 DAYS TO KILL n 2 1/2 stars n PG-13; 113 minutes n Cast: Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld n Directed by McG

how “to balance work and family.” Heard — all lipstick and lingerie, long eyelashes and leather wear — has little to do here, something of a waste. Steinfeld’s Zoey is a bit of a drama queen but not a caricature of one. She commits one transgression after another, which Ethan seems loath to punish and unable to rein in. Besson co-wrote the script, and he works in shots at absentee parents, lazy French cops and a legal system that allows cute African squatters more rights to Ethan’s apartment than he has. But that turns out to be a warm and fuzzy cul-de-sac, one of many in this movie, which veers from shocking shootouts to rank sentiment. Ethan’s illness is forgotten for


Kevin Costner stars in Relativity Media’s “3 Days to Kill.” long stretches, but Costner, a hacking, weathered study in wrinkles and violence, never lets on that the whole affair is more of a lark than “Taken” ever was. A canny touch is the old-fashioned split-screen opening credits, scored to the old R&B tune “Ole Man Trouble.” It fits. A tone-deaf touch? Having father teach daughter to dance to “Make It With You.” Seriously?

Daft and sloppy as it is, “3 Days” rarely fails to entertain. From the bikeriding lessons on Montmartre to dopey interrogation of the Italian “accountant,” interrupted for a marinara sauce recipe, it’s all part and parcel of the madness of Besson’s “From Paris with Love,” filtered through McG and slapping a new stamp of “cool” on aging Oscar-winner Costner.

IN THE ARTS March. 13, Steve Hickman, John Devine and the Major Minors, DeLaura Padovan, caller, 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 and those without income, Hollywood Ballroom, Feb. 26, free Rumba lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Feb. 27, March 6, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); Feb. 28, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing at 9 p.m. ($15); March 1, Ballroom dance night, lessons from 6:30-9 p.m., dance from 9 p.m. to midnight ($15); March 2, free Cha Cha

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

days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, Contra, Feb. 28, Ted Hodapp and Contratopia, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, Contra & Square, March 2, Ted Hodapp and Contratopia, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www. English Country, Feb. 26, Caller: Dan Gillespie, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www.fsgw. org. Swing, March, TBD, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, Waltz, March 2, Contratopia, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10,

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Gotta Swing Dance with Josh

& The Good Old Stuff, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26; Veronneau, 8 p.m. Feb. 27; The Texas Chainsaw Horns & Hot Mess Burlesque, 8 p.m. Feb. 28; Mojo & The Bayou Gypsies, 8 p.m. March 1, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-


BlackRock Center for the Arts,

Ballet Hispanico Latin Dance Party, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28; Cashore Marionettes, 1 p.m. March 1, Dervish, 8 p.m. March 8; Seamus Kennedy, 7:30 p.m. March 13, call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-5282260,

Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, Carrie Newcomer,

7:30 p.m. March 8, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. Feb. 26, March 1, 5; AIR: Nistha Raj, Hindustani violin, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26; Pilobolus, 8 p.m. Feb. 26; AIR Alumni: Daisy Castro, Gypsy jazz violin, 11 a.m. Feb. 28; BSO: Off the Cuff — CSI: Mozart, 8:15 p.m. Feb. 28; Sweet Honey in the Rock 40th Anniversary Celebration: Forty and Fierce! 8 p.m. March 1; Michael Bolton, 7 p.m. March 2; Intro to Jazz Singing 7:30 p.m. March 3; Mardi Gras Specialty Tea, 1 p.m. March 4; WPAS: Murray Perahia, piano, 8 p.m. March 4; Berlin ~ Las Vegas with Theo Bleckmann, voice & Rob Schwimmer, piano, 7:30 p.m. March 6; BSO: Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg Plays Shostakovich, 8 p.m. March 6; Celtic Nights: The Emigrants Bridge, 8 p.m. March 7; Rye Rye, 9 p.m. March 7; National Philharmonic: Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1, 8 p.m. March 8, call for venue, Loca-

tions: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-5815100,

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “Miss Nelson is Missing,” to March 9, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, Arts Barn, Comedy and Magic Show, 8 p.m. Feb. 28; KAT 2nd Stage presents “Disney’s Winnie the Pooh for Kids,” March 8-23. 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, 301-258-6394, Imagination Stage, “Rumpelstiltskin,” to March 16, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www. Olney Theatre Center, “How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying,” to March 2; “I And You,” Feb. 26 to March 23, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, www. The Puppet Co., “Sleeping Beauty,” to March 23; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-634-5380, www.thepup-

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Carpe Diem Contra Dance,

lessons at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); March 5, free Step of the Evening lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-3261181, www.hollywoodballroomdc. com Now and Then Dance Studio, Saturday ballroom dances, second and fourth Saturdays, beginner group lesson at 8 p.m., open dancing at 9 p.m., $10 cash at door (all men admitted at halfprice throughout October), 10111 Darnestown Road, Rockville. 301424-0007, Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339.



Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “Seminar,” to March 4, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “Pluto,” presented by Forum Theatre, to March 15, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-644-1100, Silver Spring Stage, “Superior Donuts,” to March 15, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times,

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “The Deepest Feeling Always Shows Itself in Silence,” to March 23, opening vernissage from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, www. Capital Arts Network, “Critical Contacts: Significant Encounters and Their Impact,” Studio Art Faculty of Montgomery College, March 3-28, opening reception from 6-9 p.m. March 7, normal gallery hours from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Capitol Arts Network Urban by Nature Gallery, Rockville, Gallery B, “Creative Connections,” MFA at Gallery B, to March 1; “Ideal Form,” March 5-29, opening reception from 6-9 p.m. March 14, gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Glenview Mansion, Annual Student Art Show, March 2-14, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www. Marin-Price Galleries, “The Way of the Horse,” to April 18, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-718-0622. VisArts, Ryan Rakhshan: Robin Meyer: “Life and death of charm city,” to March 16, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. March 7, Common Ground Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200, www. Washington Printmakers Gallery, “New Life,” Nina Muys, Feb. 26 to March 30, opening reception from 1-4 p.m. March 1; artist demonstration 3-5 p.m. March 16, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second floor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, www.



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For wine lovers, hidden gems exist in Oregon’s Willamette Valley The excellent wines, spectacular views and remarkably friendly people within Oregon’s Willamette Valley make selecting which wineries to visit a difficult challenge. There is comfort in choosing familiar names such as Ken Wright, Soter Vineyards, Domaine Drouhin and Cristom Vineyards, pioneers in the region with stellar reputations for creating outstanding wines. But don’t ignore the smaller, less well-known wineries found scattered throughout the region where you will often have an opportunity to meet the owners, hear their stories and experience first-hand their passion to craft notable wines. With limited funds and no formal training, Scott and Lisa Neal left Colorado where he was in the medical device business and she did real estate to

GRAPELINES BY LOUIS MARMON pursue their winemaking dreams. By happenstance they came upon a nearly ideal location to grow grapes in the foothills of the Yamhill Valley. After tromping around and examining the soils along the property’s hillside for two days, they purchased the land, establishing their Coeur de Terre (Heart of the Earth) Vineyard in 1998, named after a heart-shaped boulder encountered while digging up the land for a vineyard that now has a place of honor on the property. Coeur de Terre is a must on the list of places to visit in Willamette Valley, not just for their delicious wines but

also because the owners are unpretentiously knowledgeable and loads of fun to hang with as they share the bounty of their family owned, organically run winery. They make a very tasty Riesling and produce several high-quality single vineyard Pinot Noirs. These include their sleek Talluhah’s Run 2009 showing floral and blackberry aromas intermingled with flavors of spice, dark plum, red berries and tobacco; the even more floral Abby’s Block 2009 that has cranberry, black cherry and savory notes with firmer tannins and a bit more spice and the softer Sarah Jane’s Block 2009 whose red cherry and rose petal scents are accented with hints of leather and herbs that persist among the spicy red and dark fruit flavors well into the long finish. Their violet and blackberry scented Renelle’s Block 2009 is simply

delightful, deep in color and structure with Asian spice, black cherry, raspberry, cola and earthy flavors that display remarkable complexity, length and balance. The single best word to describe Dukes Family Vineyards is “precision.” It is seen everywhere in the property located in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills from the immaculately maintained vineyards on their gorgeous estate to the structure of their exceptional wines. Pat Dukes has a resume (including being a Cordon Bleu-trained chef) that would make the bearded Dos Equis beer guy jealous. His wife Jackie says that their friends accuse them of the best mid-life crisis ever. They moved onto the property to live among the vines in 2008 where they oversee all aspects of the winemaking and still find



watching a film and going home,” he said. “There are Q&A’s and programmed discussions.” Details about venues, dates, times and director appearances are available on the festival’s website at One of the main draws is likely to be the 2013 film “Fading Gigolo,” starring Woody Allen and John Turturro. Turturro also directed and wrote the movie. It is screening March 8 at the AFI Silver Theatre, and Turturro will be present for a Q&A after the show. “It’s a treatment of the Orthodox community in Brooklyn, it’s funny,” said Tovbis. The movie is about Fioravante (Turturro), who becomes a professional Don Juan to help his friend Murray (Allen), who owns a failing bookstore. Allen is his “manager,” and along the way, Turturro becomes romantically involved for real with an orthodox Jewish widow (Vanessa Paradis). Also in the cast are Liev Schreiber, Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara.

American Congress, plans to attend a concert in Karski’s memory this weekend at the Music Center at Strathmore not far from where she lives. Based at Strathmore, the National Philharmonic in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C., is presenting a Tribute to Poland featuring two concerts on March 8 and 9 dedicated to Karski. On the program chosen by the Philharmonic’s music director and conductor, Polish native Piotr Gajewski, is the 1848 “Bajka (Fairytale) Overture” by Stanislaw Moniuszko. Considered to be the father of the Polish national opera, Moniuszko, who died in 1872, is also known for his patriotic references to Polish and Lithuanian folk music. “In Poland, he’s extraordinarily well known and very often played,” Gajewski said. Playing Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” will be Kensington native and solo pianist Brian Ganz, who performed his fourth all-Chopin concert on Feb. 22 at Strathmore. Ganz is halfway through his commitment to perform all 250 works of Chopin, who was born in Poland and celebrated his homeland in his work. Also on the program is “Symphony No. 39” by Mozart, one of Chopin’s favorite composers. The work combines the “style of Bach and Handel with the clarity of Classicism,” according to a National Philharmonic release. At the podium will be guest conductor Michal Dworzynski, recently named music director of the Krakow Philharmonic. “We often bring in artists and guest conductors, and this seemed to be a nice opportunity to bring someone from Poland,” Gajewski said. On Saturday, Ryszard Schnepf, who was named Poland’s ambassador to the United States in early 2013, is expected to speak before the concert. The Polish president and parliament marked 2014 as the Year of Karski, declaring him a national hero on the 100th anniversary of his birth in 1914. “He’s an example for future generations, a person who indicated the path to follow,” said Schnepf, who met him in 1973. Schnepf was a university student in Warsaw, when Karski paid a private visit to Poland to see a fellow professor and spoke to the professor’s history class. “He talked for two hours, recounting his life,” Schnepf said. “It was like a suspense story — we were shocked.” “We are ashamed that we didn’t know about [his history],” said Schnepf, part of a generation educated under Communism that had not been taught about Karski’s service during the war. Even as a professor at Georgetown, he continued his work to further peace and understanding, Schnepf said. “He followed his humanitarian mission, teaching tolerance [of] different national cultures and different religions,” he said. “It was not only him as a person but also the values he promoted.”

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Woody Allen and John Turturro star in director Turturro’s comedy “Fading Gigolo” screening March 8 at the AFI Silver Theatre during the 24th annual Washington Jewish Film Festival running from Thursday to March 9. Turturro will be present for a Q&A after the screening.

“Sukkah City” Hutt’s documentary is called “Sukkah City,” and it’s about an international competition to design and build sukkahs, temporary shelters intended to remind Jews of their homelessness during the exodus from Egypt. During the seven-day Sukkot holiday, families eat their meals in them and occasionally sleep in them. The film is screening March 6, at the JCC in Rockville and March 9 at the JCC in Washington, D.C. Hutt will be available after the screenings and also will be at the Library of Congress for a discussion on March 7. A resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., for 12 years, Hutt is particularly interested in making films about aspects of Jewish culture. His most recent film, “Orthodox Stance,” is about an immigrant Russian boxer balancing his career and his Orthodox faith. Hutt said he happened to be reading the Brooklyn Arts Council newsletter in 2010 when he spotted a request for proposal for architectural designers to build sukkahs for an exhibition in Union Square. The competition was co-created by author Joshua Foer, a member of the Washington-based Foer family, who gave Hutt the go-ahead to film the competition from start to finish, including the judging by well-known architects and critics. Hutt, who is Jewish, said he’s never built a sukkah himself, but that he was interested in the creative process of re-imagining the practice, which dates back thousands of years. “It was about recovering an old tradition and seeing how it would resonate in contemporary culture,” Hutt said. “You’re meant to experience what it was like in the wilderness and to think about the fragility of life and that ultimately we are vulnerable, so you leave your home,” he said. But today Jews can buy pre-packaged, tent-like sukkahs that all look the same. “It’s difficult to build one,” said Hutt. “I can understand how people pull it out of the garage every year.” More than 600 people submitted their ideas to the competition, he said. “They were all wildly different, with different materials and shapes,” Hutt said. “One was made out of vi-


Continued from Page A-10 interpreter Shirley Childress, will celebrate Sweet Honey in the Rock’s 40th anniversary with a show on Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. “Forty & Fierce,” is the first fullyscripted show with a storyline for the group. Archived photos will be projected on screen while each member will share their personal stories. Maillard, who said the group had no idea they would still be together after 40 years, hopes the show at Strathmore will be a really wonderful experience for

time to cook and entertain their guests. The Dukes’ Blushing Katie 2011, a 100 percent Pinot Noir Rose, has lovely watermelon aromas and tart cherry and strawberry flavors with good balance and length. The deeply fragrant Alyssa Pinot Noir 2009 has dark and red berry aromas and flavors and soft tannins allowing it to be enjoyed now as well as after a few more years in the bottle, while the 2010 Alyssa shows more earthiness and bramble character along with spicy red berry, cranberry and black fruit. A distinctive contrast is also seen between the harvests of their Charlotte vineyards with the 2009 showing more earth along with dark fruit in a soft frame while the 2010 Charlotte has some additional spiciness along with cranberry, dark fruit and a more pronounced minerality.


The comedy “Cupcakes” by Israeli director Eytan Fox, about a Eurovision-style musical contest, will screen Tuesday in Rockville and March 9 in Washington, D.C., during the festival. nyl and another out of a single piece of wire. One was a gigantic log on top four pieces of glass.” A panel of judges picked a dozen winners, which were displayed in Union Square Park in New York for two days in September 2010. The “people’s choice” award went to “Fractured Bubble,” a globe-shaped structure designed by Babak Bryan and Henry Grosman, that remained on view during the Sukkot holiday. Hutt said “Sukkah City” is making the festival circuit and that he is planning to release a DVD, probably in September.

Wide range of movies This year’s films, which range from serious documentaries to comedies and films for younger people, come from 18 countries. The Washington premiere of the award-winning movie, “Bethlehem,” screens Saturday at AFI Silver. It is about an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. The movie won six Ophir awards, the equivalent of the Academy Awards in Israel. The festival will also feature several films from Poland, including “Aftermath,” a fictional story inspired by the murders of more than 300 Jews at Jedwabne in 1941 that involved a barn fire set by Poles. “There were serious waves of protest in Poland — mobs forced the theaters to close,” said Tovbis, about some Poles objecting to the movie. “Poland is going through a resurgence of interest in Jewish music and culture,” nearly all of which was wiped the audience. “There will be a lot of music people haven’t heard in a while,” Maillard said. Maillard said if folks didn’t see Sweet Honey in the Rock perform their tribute show at the Warner Theatre in D.C. a couple of years ago, they might be surprised to see the group performing with a bass player and a percussionist. “Sometimes on stage there’s the quartet … that is reminiscent of the original quartet,” Maillard said. “Sometime there might be five singers on stage. Sometime it’ll just be one person on stage talking and singing. You’ll have stories about how a song was created; you’ll hear stories about how the group

The “Fractured Bubble” sukkah featured in the film “Sukkah City,” which explores the ancient Jewish tradition of building a temporary house as part of the week-long holiday of Sukkot.

out during the Holocaust, he said. Screening on March 6 at AFI Silver is the documentary “Regina,” featuring the voice of British actress Rachel Weisz as Regina Jones, the daughter of an Orthodox Jewish peddler who was ordained in Berlin in 1935 and died in Auschwitz in 1944. Director and producer Julie Cohen, who grew up in the Washington area, will be showing her documentary “The Sturgeon Queens,” about a Lower East Side lox and herring establishment called Russ and Daughters run by four generations of a Russian immigrant family. “It’s fun and incisive and well -researched,” Tovbis said. Also screening are the first three episodes of a popular Israeli TV show called “Shtisel,” which is about a Haredi widower and his son living in Jerusalem. “It’s a peek behind the current of an ultra-Orthodox community in Jersusalem,” Tovbis said. Also featured will be the claymation, stop-motion film “Master of a Good Name,” about Baal Shem Tov, the rabbi living in the Ukraine in the 1700s who is believed to have founded Hasidic Judaism. Also scheduled are panel discussions about Arab speakers in Jewish schools and other aspects of living together in Israel, where Arabs make up 20 percent of the population. There’s a pub crawl on U Street in Washington featuring three short films per pub, and new this year are gatherings during the festival at Black Whiskey in Washington, where visitors can talk informally with filmmakers. “If you want to remain relevant on the cultural scene ... you have to evolve and grow, and attract younger and different audiences,” Tovbis said. came to be from different perspectives, because every person who participated had a different experience.” For years, Sweet Honey in the Rock has entertained worldwide, including performances for the United Nations. For Maillard, though, one concerts stands out among the rest. “I think it was really nice when the group ... [was] invited by Michelle Obama to come to the White House,” Maillard said. Back when President Obama was just Sen. Barack Obama from Illinois, Sweet Honey in the Rock wanted to present him with some of the group’s music. Maillard presented him with a shopping bag full of music from the

War years When the Nazis and the Soviet Union partitioned Poland in 1939, Soviets captured Karski and sent him west to German-held territory. He escaped and joined the Polish underground, secretly carrying dispatches to the Polish government in exile, first in Paris and later in London. group, not expecting the senator to really know much about the ensemble. “When he got on stage, he looked over to us and said, ‘You’re giving me Sweet Honey in the Rock music? Like I don’t know who Sweet Honey in the Rock is?’” Maillard laughed. “I said, ‘Brother, I don’t know what you know, but we’re giving you this music!’” Obama then proceeded to sing a verse from “Ella’s Song,” one of Sweet Honey in the Rock’s songs. “We don’t know a lot of people in the public who listens to us or appreciates us until they say something to us,” Maillard said. “If someone asks, ‘What’s your favorite music?’ everyone’s not spouting off ‘I’m listening to


Guest conductor Michal Dworzynski, recently appointed music director of the Krakow Philharmonic, will lead the National Philharmonic in two concerts featuring pianist Brian Ganz on March 8-9 at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda.

Karski saw first-hand the conditions the Jews were living in the Warsaw ghetto, which he visited disguised as a Latvian policeman, and in Izbica, a transit camp in Poland set up to send Jews to Belzec, the first Nazi death camp. In 1940, Karski was captured and tortured by the Nazis, but was smuggled out of a hospital and made his way back to the resistance movement. In 1943, he was sent to Washington, D.C., to personally talk with President Franklin Roosevelt about what the Nazis were doing in Poland. A year later, Karski’s book, “Courier from Poland: The Story of a Secret State,” was published, and he later earned a doctorate from Georgetown University, where former President Bill Clinton would become one of this students decades later. Lotarski, a second-generation Polish American, graduated from Georgetown and then earned her doctorate in Eastern European and Communist Studies from Columbia University in 1973. She taught briefly at Vassar College (using notes from her classes with Karski, she said), before starting her career with the U.S. Department of Commerce. “I certainly got a foundation in this region from him which was extraordinary,” she said about Karski’s knowledge of Central and Eastern Europe. But she said he was didn’t talk much about his personal experiences during the war. “He never put himself forward,” she said. “He did what he did out of conscience. … He felt it was his duty.” A patriot, he had a deep love for Poland, a battleground for centuries caught between German and Russian empires trying to expand. Karksi became a U.S. citizen in 1954, and in 2012, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. Georgetown University reprinted is book in 2013, with additional notes. “In some cases, he couldn’t use real names and places sometimes, in order not give people away,” Lotarski said. The Jan Karski Institute for Tolerance and Dialogue, based in Washington D.C., has also released a graphic novel, “Jan Karski,” created by two Polish authors. “He was God, honor and country personified. … He’s really become an international symbol of resistance to evil,” Lotarski said. Sweet Honey. I’m loving Sweet Honey right now.’” The first 40 years have been magical for Maillard and all the members of Sweet Honey in the Rock. Maillard said she wouldn’t be surprised if the group was still going strong 40 years from now. “Forty years from now, I’ll be 100,” Maillard said. “We’ll all be 100, so we might be singing in the retirement center in Maui. And probably still singing our behinds off if I know these ladies. Everybody is probably still going to have really strong voices and good health.”

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RM’s pinning machine

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



Record Pts



24-3 60


Montrose Christian 15-5 54



20-2 48



19-2 42



17-4 36


Montgomery Blair 18-3 30



16-5 22


St. Andrew’s

18-7 15



17-5 13



17-7 10

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Others receiving votes: None.


Kennedy at Walt Whitman, Friday: The two played as recently

as Feb. 21, a 46-30 Whitman win, but nothing was on the line then.


Name, school A. Trier, Montrose Christian J. Friedman, Sandy Spring J. McKay, McLean N. Segura, The Heights W. English, McLean J. Stern, Hebrew Academy I. Kallon, Wheaton K. Williams, Kennedy B. Thompson, Covenant Life A. Tarke, Gaithersburg

PPG 25.5 22.1 21.1 19.8 19.6 19.4 19.3 19.1 18.7 18.1

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



Record Pts



19-3 60


Walt Whitman

19-2 54


Paint Branch

19-2 48


John F. Kennedy 16-3 40


Holy Child


Thomas S. Wootton 15-6 30



16-5 24


Good Counsel

16-13 16


Jewish Day

16-1 14


Seneca Valley

15-5 5

24-3 38

Others receiving votes:


James H. Blake High School’s Martha Sam competes in the 300-meter dash on Feb. 18 at the Class 4A/3A state championship at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex.

Short on numbers,



The James H. Blake High School indoor track and field team brought only five girls to the Class 4A state meet, none of whom had been there before. Butfacingdeeper,moreexperienced competition, the team wasn’t intimidated. Quite the contrary. With a small squad — and only three open event participants — the Bengals not only earned third place, but sent a

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message that there’s a new era for Blake track and field. Under first-year coach Brandon Tynes, Blake finished with 34 points, just behind Clarksburg (34.5) and within reach of first-place South River (43.5) of Anne Arundel County.

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Montgomery Blair at Walter Johnson, Friday: The Blazers won

both earlier games, but the second came down to the wire (48-47).



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PPG 20.3 19.2 19.0 18.4 18.3 17.9 17.7 16.7 16.3 16.2 15.6

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Richard Montgomery High School’s Thomas Fitzpatrick shows his enthusiasm Saturday after pinning Wheaton’s Tim Mallet to win the 220-pound county championship.

Churchill’s reliable junior key to state runner-up

Gaithersburg 1.

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

Each of Blake’s five runners stepped up in the Jan. 18 state championship meet held in the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover. Junior Martha Sam won the 300 meters and set a school record (40.01 seconds) while placing third in the 55 meters (7.32) for Blake, which did not have any girls participate in last year’s indoor state meet. “I’m pretty happy with the way we

On the first day of football practice in August, Blake Godsey noticed that there was something different about Richard Montgomery High School senior Thomas Fitzpatrick. “I saw him come down to the field and I was like, ‘Oh my God. Look at that beast.’ He was huge,” said Godsey, who is the Rockets junior varsity football coach and Fitzpatrick’s wrestling coach. “He looked exactly like [Rocky IV movie character] Ivan Drago.” Fitzpatrick, a 220-pound chiseled football player and wrestler, spent the offseason recovering from a left knee injury — he partially tore his anterior cruciate ligament and completely tore the lateral meniscus — suffered during an offseason wrestling practice session. During his rehabilitation, Fitzpatrick embarked on an aggressive weight lifting and cardiovascular exercise regimen — not just to recover — but to make himself bigger, stronger and faster. “Starting late February [2013], I was in the gym every single day. The injury just drove me to be better,” he said. “Worked on my leg, leg workouts, upper body, everything. ... “I realized the only way to get



Winston Churchill High School’s Elaina Gu swims the 500-yard freestyle on Feb. 1 at the Montgomery County Public Schools Championships.

It’s not really in the nature of Montgomery County’s top swimmers to go into a race expecting anything less than first place — the sport in general attracts some of the most internally driven athletes. But Winston Churchill High School junior Elaina Gu entered the 500-yard freestyle event at the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships earlier this month about 100 percent she was not going to win — 2012 Olympic gold med-

alist Katie Ledecky had already set a American mark during the preliminary round the previous evening. Gu didn’t back away from the event, though. TheBulldogsneededahighscorersoshewentafter the race and finished second behind Ledecky, but way ahead of the rest of the field to earn the Bulldogs those 21 points, their only in the event. Churchill went on to win its second Metros title in three years. “Elaina is a person that no matter what I ask her to do she comes in full force,” Bulldogs coach Brendan Roddy said. “She brings her ‘A’ game no matter what, it’s the competitor in her. If she is in a bad mental space or not in the mood to do something, I would never know and the team would never know, she comes in ready and will-



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Falcons win first-ever backto-back division titles BY TRAVIS MEWHIRTER STAFF WRITER

KennyKramekusedtobeable to joke with his Poolesville High School boys’ basketball team that he was the only one in the gym

BOYS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK with a division championship under his belt. Well, those days are long gone. A 72-46 win against Seneca Valley on Feb. 19 sealed up the Falcons’ second straight Montgomery 3A/2A Division title, the first time in school history they have won consecutive titles. “I’d joke with the kids that I was the only one with a division championship and they would say back ‘No way, no way, we’re going to get one,’” Kramek said. “They took a lot of pride, that core group of kids — Trevor [Stottlemyer], Craig [Morton], Andy [Baker], Anthony [Papagjika] — they definitely took a lot of pride in themselves.


Continued from Page B-1 did,” said Sam, who also ran in the relay competitions. “… Last year we didn’t make it and this year I was able to not only make it but get four medals and place in every event that I ran in.” Adesanya, a second-year var-


Continued from Page B-1 ing to go full force every time.” Even Gu’s game face couldn’t hide how miserable she was feeling at last year’s state championship. One of Churchill’s most reliable scorers, Gu failed to earn a single point. The top scorer at the region meet with wins in every event she entered, Gu finished


Continued from Page B-1 better was to keep training. I had to work on [stamina] and now I believe I have the perfect balance of strength and endurance. That’s a big part of my success.” All the extra work has paid dividends. Fitzpatrick, no stranger to the sport, having wrestled since first grade for the Rockville Raptors youth team, has always been a strong wrestler — he was 24-10 last season. But this winter, Fitzpatrick has

“The development of Trevor has been incredible, Andy is as solid of a basketball player you’re going to find, Craig has been our biggest surprise… and Anthony can go off at any time.” Kramek said that Poolesville may have won back-to-back division championships — “or whatever the equivalent was” — in 1966and1967,butthesetupofthe divisions was completely different. So in the modern era of Montgomery basketball, Poolesville has etched itself into the books.

Jewish Day, Covenant Life win PVAC titles Early into the season, with just a 3-1 record to show at the time, Jewish Day coach Dave McCloud said he had a promising bunch on his hands. His Lions delivered on that promise, going 19-0 in Potomac Valley Athletic Conference play to win the regular season title despite graduating leading scorer Ethan Walfish from last year’s 18-5 team. Danny Kravitz, who scored his 1,000th career point in a Feb. 10 victory over Washington Christian, partnered with freshman Bryan Knapp to average 28.1

points between them while senior Jon Prigal added another 12.9 to the mix. The first conference loss of the season, though, came at an illtime, in the PVAC semifinals at the handsofSt.Anselm’s,whichnixed all hopes of a regular season and tournament sweep of conference titles. Covenant Life, meanwhile, rode the Brandon Thompson train all the way to the tournament title. In three playoff games, the 5-foot-8 guard scored 29 (on Washington International), 41 (Field) and 25 in Saturday night’s championship game against St. Anselm’s. “He’s phenomenal, phenomenal,” coach Alan Snyder said. “He’s the best offensive player in the PVAC. We got him playing defense, we got him passing the ball. He is the most improved player on the team, I’d say in the league. That’s how far he has come in terms of defensive technique, passing the ball, working as a team. You got a guy who is playing team basketball and when you need it can score 41 points.”

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If there’s one thing Rozzell Lightfoot knows, it’s the burden having a high-level junior tennis player can put on a single parent. The former DeMatha Catholic High School coach, who has been based out of Wheaton for five years, played college tennis on scholarship at Hampton University before traveling the world on the ATP Tour for three years in the late 1980s. None of that would’ve happened, he said, without the support of his extended family. “I came from a single parent household [in Richmond, Va.],” Lightfoot said. “Without my mom’s brothers, I’d have a really tough time coming up through the tennis ranks. They spent a lot of time and money on me. Tennis is difficult for a lot of kids [to excel at] once there is a single parent, it almost eliminates them from being a tennis player. One, there is the financial burden. Then, a lot of single parents are working all the time and

on weekends, how do you get to tournaments? In tennis, everything is individual. In order to get a college scholarship, you have to get a ranking and in order to get a ranking you have to travel and play tournaments.” So, in 2002, Lightfoot set out to start his own high-performance tennis foundation primarily aimed toward helping children from single-parent and foster home situations benefit from the opportunities tennis can provide — the sport is a microcosm of life, he said. For five years Lightfoot’s One Ace One Foundation, which in 2013 was one of 10 community organizations nationwide awarded a Multicultural Excellence Tennis Grant from the U.S. Tennis Association, has been successfully housed at the tennis facility Wheaton Regional Park. As of Feb. 3, he and his approximately 30 students — more than 100 tennis players try out for his academy each year, he said — have no base facility. This comes at an unfortunate time as many high school boys’ tryouts begin next week. In an sequence of events early this month, Lightfoot’s classes were abruptly evicted from the building — young

children were allegedly asked to stand out in the cold, which Lightfoot said he would not allow — from Wheaton Regional after a child lifted a court divider net and walked across. In a statement made to The Gazette, Montgomery Parks Deputy Director of Operations John Nissel said Lightfoot’s organization has been suspended from using the department’s tennis centers due to ongoing violations of rules and policies, including failure to pay for court time, all accusations Lightfoot adamantly denies. The facility also recently underwent management changes, Lightfoot said. He added that he has supported Wheaton Regional with $100,000-plus worth of business during over the past five years as his programs are run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday — he said he occupied three courts that otherwise would’ve been empty due to the off hour. The result has been outrage from parents within the community. Many have sent letters to the parks department as well as Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett in an effort to have the program reinstated, but as of Monday, Nissel confirmed his decision.

sity runner, placed seventh in the 500 (1:19.87). She has dropped 13 seconds off of her time by working harder in practice and focusing more on strategy, she said. “As an individual, my mindset has completely changed compared to how it was last year,” Adesanya said. “… I decided if I’m going to do a drill a certain way, I’m going to do it perfectly each

time so that when it comes time to compete, I can show that same diligence.” Junior Sarah Moore took fifth in the 300 (42.04) to round out Blake’s open event runners. The 1,600 (4:03.75) and 800 (1:46.39) relay teams both placed third and were aided by junior Kaela Jones and sophomore Onesty Peoples, respectively.

“Everyone else has improved pretty well,” Sam said. With a small group at states, Blake’s open event runners were needed in most of the events. “There’s no break,” Adesanya said. “There’s no picking up your cell phone, there’s no talking to anyone. That can be very tiring at times.” Tynes said he wanted to es-

tablish a winning culture for Blake track by restructuring the team and getting more out of practices and workouts. “I think once they started seeing how much better they were doing and how their bodies were changing — they were stronger — they really started buying into the program,” Tynes said. “… Once that started happening, things re-

ally fell in place.” After the successful winter, the girls have high expectations heading into the outdoor season. “I believe that indoor season has definitely showed us how much more we have to work and how much more we’re going to do,” Adesanya said.

17th in the 200-yard freestyle before Roddy scratched her from the rest of her events. In turn, Churchill finished the meet in sixth place. Gu and the Bulldogs got redemption at Saturday’s seasonending meet held at the University of Maryland, College Park where they finished second to defending champion Thomas S. Wootton by twopoints.Theprimarilymid-distance freestyler won the 200-yard

freestyle, anchored Churchill’s winning 200-yard freestyle and swam the third leg of the meetrecord setting 400-yard freestyle relay. “I couldn’t swim well [last year], I didn’t score in a single event, so it felt good to score at states and do well,” said Gu, whose older brother, Harrison, won the 100-yard breaststroke statetitleSaturdayfortheseventhplace Churchill boys.

Though Saturday’s runnerup result spoiled the Bulldogs’ chance at a perfect season — undefeated in dual meets and Division I, Metros and regional titles — Churchill’s near-win was a huge statement. With the county’s best diving contingent by a landslide — all four Churchill divers finished in the top 6 at Metros — teams are quick to point out the Bulldogs’ advantage in a typical champion-

ship setting. But the state swim meet does not include diving, which has been a major obstacle for Churchill the past three years. Thiswinter,however,theBulldogs proved they had as strong a swimming squad as any other team. “I can’t say that I’ve never heard grumblings that we’re a diving team with a swimming issue but [Saturday we proved we’re strong on the boards and strong offtheblocks,”Roddysaid.“When

we took out the diving points from divisionals we still came out ahead and at regionals we still won by 13 points. A two-point meet is nothing when you’re talking about hundreds of points. The girls had a fantastic meet and swam extremely well, I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect season. It just didn’t sway in our favor this time.”

been one of the surprises on the county wrestling scene as a dominating force. He owns a perfect 39-0 record (33 victories coming by way of a first-period pin) and enters Friday and Saturday’s Class 4A/3A West Region tournament at Sherwood as the No. 1 seed in his weight class. During the county tournament last weekend, Fitzpatrick, who didn’t place in the top 4 of a tournament until this season, cruised through his competition, recording four pins in a combined 2 minutes, 36 sec-

onds to win a county championship. In the final bout, he pinned Wheaton’s Tim Mallet in just 15 seconds. “He’s got some experience,” Godsey said. “But the big difference between this year and last year is the pure man strength. I mean, last year I could handle him. This year, everything we’ve taught him, he uses against us. He’s the total package.” Fitzpatrick, who has steadily grown up from the 160-pound weight class as a freshman, says he feels most natural on his feet and is the strongest from

the neutral position. He does admit, however, he is slightly concerned — as competition improves at regionals and states — since his matches rarely last the full six minutes. “I haven’t had a lot of competition and haven’t had someone go all three rounds to test my abilities,” he said. “We’ve been going to schools like Georgetown Prep and [Our Lady of] Good Counsel so I’ve been able to practice with some of the best from around this area.”


Richard Montgomery High School’s Thomas Fitzpatrick works to pin Wheaton’s Tim Mallet Saturday in the 220-pound county championship.

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Paint Branch

Yusrah Addebayo, soph. Breanna Coleman, senior Funmi Daramola, senior Adassa Phillips, junior Won state title with top MCPS time (1:43.91).

1,600 RELAY


Julia Cogdell, junior Simone Glenn, senior Kyla Lewis, junior Lindsay Lewis, freshman Owns county’s top time (3:59.15) by nearly four seconds.

3,200 RELAY

Walt Whitman

Lena Feldman, freshman Erin McClanahan, junior Clare Severe, junior Lela Walter, sophomore Followed up region title with win at states in 9:39.16.

Clarksburg Led team to first county title, improved from eighth to second at state meet with four-person contingent.


Alexus Pyles

Diego Zarate

Austin Castleberry

Swept the top meets; won county’s high jump, long jump and triple jump.

Won 1,600 at state meet with countybest 4:21.82; finished third in 3,200.

Won county, region and state titles in event.

Clarksburg Sophomore, 55 hurdles

Northwest Senior, high jump

Northwest Junior, 1,600


Clarksburg’s Alexus Pyles won the state title in the 55 hurdles and is The Gazette’s girls’ athlete of the year in indoor track.


Northwest’s Diego Zarate is The Gazette’s Athlete of the Year after winning the 1,600.

Girls’ First Team

Boys’ First Team

Fanny Chen

Funmi Daramola

Gwladys Fotso

Simone Glenn

Urgy Eado

Clifton Green

Devon Hairston

Devonte Johnson

Oliver Lloyd

State winner tops county leaderboard (43-05.50).

She finished second at the county championships.

MoCo champ has county’s top time (1:17.63).

Runner-up at states with 5-02 was county’s best.

Surpassed Olivia Ekpone with cdunty’s all-time top time (38.82).

Won county title with top time of 1:58.42.

Posted county-best (20-06.50) at PG County Relays.

Became county’s leader since 2006 with MC win (7.50).

Swept county, region and state titles.

Had county’s fastest time (1:06.33), finished third at states.

Tyatianna Johnson

Kiernan Keller

Emily Murphy

Clare Severe

Bethany White

Timothy Santosa

Jalen Walker

Carlos Venzego

Chase Weaverling

Clarksburg Senior, shot put

Seneca Valley Junior, triple jump County leader in long and triple jump; was runnerup to Pyles.

Churchill Senior, long jump

Paint Branch Senior, 500 meters

W. Johnson Junior, 1,600 meters Won state title with county’s second-bestmark (5:07.39).

W. Johnson Sophomore, 3,200 meters Third place at states was county’s highest and fastest.

Blair Senior, high jump

Bullis Senior, 300 meters

Walt Whitman Junior, 800 meters Posted county-best 2:18.83 in winning state title.

Magruder Senior, 55 meters Won state championship with county-best 7.07.

Long jump: Keila Robertson, Col. Zadok Magruder Triple jump: Breanna Coleman, Paint Branch Shot put: Ozioma Edokobi, Richard Montgomery 800 relay: Bullis 1,600 relay: Paint Branch 3,200 relay: Poolesville


Class 4A indoor track and field n Northwest, boys’ team title n Richard Montgomery, boys’ 3,200-meter relay (Stephen Alexander, Emmanuel Porquin, Matt Agboola, Adam Jung) n Paint Branch, girls’ 800-meter relay (Adassa Phillips, Yusrah Addebayo, Breanna Coleman, Olufunmilayo Daramola) n Paint Branch, girls’ 1,600-meter relay (Yusrah Addebayo, Breanna Coleman, Nina Nuama, Olufunmilayo Daramola) n Whitman, girls 3,200-meter relay (Lela Walter, Erin McClanahan, Lena Feldman, Clare Severe) n Claudia Ababio, Clarksburg, girls’ shot put n Austin Castleberry, Northwest, boys’ high jump n Devonte Johnson, Paint Branch, boys’ shot put n Kiernan Keller, Walter Johnson, girls’ mile* n Alexus Pyles, Clarksburg, girls’ 55-meter hurdles n Martha Sam, Blake, girls’ 300 meters n Clare Severe, Whitman, 800 meters n Bethany White, Magruder, girls’ 55-meter hurdles n Diego Zarate, Northwest, boys’ 1,600 meters

Class 3A indoor track and field

n Einstein, girls’ 3,200-meter relay (Mahlet Bauerie, Halcyon Ruskin, Pauline McMurry, Victoria Cabellos)

Class 2A indoor track and field n Poolesville, girls’ 3,200-meter relay (Denise Larson, Chelsie Pennello, Claire Beautz, Theresa Nardone) n Chase Weaverling, 3,200 meters


Richard Montgomery High School’s Bouke Edskes competes in the 200 individual medley during the Class 4A/3A state swimming championships on Saturday at the University of Maryland, College Park. n n n n n n n n n n n

Rory Lewis, Einstein, boys 100 butterfly Emily Wang, Churchill, girls 100 butterfly Brian Tsau, Blair, boys 500 freestyle Madison Waechter, Blair, girls 500 freestyle Richard Montgomery, boys 200 freestyle relay (Kenny Afolabi-Brown, John Jeang, Juan Barrera, Anatol Liu) Winston Churchill, girls 200 freestyle relay (Alicia Tiberino, Katie Wright, Hannah Lindsey, Elaina Gu) Andrew Gibson, Wootton, boys 100 backstroke Hannah Lindsey, Churchill, girls 100 backstroke Harrison Gu, Churchill, boys 100 breaststroke Walt Whitman, boys 400 freestyle relay (John Janezich, Mike Sullivan, Alex Vissering, John Mooers) Winston Churchill, girls 400 freestyle relay (Alicia Tiberino, Emily Andrews, Elaina Gu, Hannah Lindsey)

Class 4A/3A/2A/1A diving

Class 3A/2A/1A swimming

n Jack Crow, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, boys n Mashal Heashem, Winston Churchill, girls

n Poolesville boys, team title n Poolesville, boys 200 medley relay (William An, Jack McCarty, Jacob Weiss, Patrick Krisko) n Ryan O’Leary, Damascus, boys 200 individual medley, boys 100 breaststroke n Dorit Song, Poolesville, girls 200 individual medley, girls 100 freestyle n Xavier Laracuente, Poolesville, boys 50 freestyle, boys 100 freestyle n Sayaka Vaules, Poolesville, girls 50 freestyle n Jacob Weiss, Poolesville, boys 100 butterfly n Alexa Stewart, Rockville, girls 100 butterfly n Poolesville, boys 200 freestyle relay (Jack McCarty, Xavier Laracuente, Alex Lin, Anthony Kim) n Griffin Alaniz, Rockville, boys 100 backstroke n Poolesville, boys 400 freestyle relay (Xavier Laracuente, Anthony Kim, Patrick Krisko, Alex Lin)

Class 4A/3A swimming

n Richard Montgomery boys’ team title n Thomas S. Wootton, girls’ team title n R. Montgomery, boys’ 200-medley relay (Bouke Edskes, Peter Wang, Anatol Liu, John Jeang) n Wootton, girls’ 200-medley relay (Kristina Li, Jessica Chen, Scarlett Sun, Emily Zhang) n Mike Sullivan, Whitman, boys’ 200 freestyle n Elaina Gu, Winston Churchill, girls 200 freestyle n Rory Lewis, Einstein, boys 200 individual medley n Emily Zhang, Wootton, girls 200 individual medley n Jean-Marc Nugent, W. Johnson, boys 50 freestyle; boys 100 freestyle n Morgan Hill, Sherwood, girls 50 freestyle; girls 100 freestyle

Clarksburg Senior, pole vault State runnerup with county-best 12-06.00.

Paint Branch Senior, long jump

Northwest Junior, 55 meters Highest finisher at state with county’s second best 6.53.

Kennedy Senior, 55 hurdles

Clarksburg Senior, triple jump Tops county leaderboard (45-09.) and won county title.

Paint Branch Senior, shot put

Poolesville Senior, 3,200 meters Set new 2A state championship meet record at 9:23.76.

Paint Branch Junior, 500 meters

Jaron Woodyard

Watkins Mill Sophomore, 300 meters Posted county-best time (35.19) in region win.

Boys’ Second Team

Girls’ Second Team 55 hurdles: HelnSarah Penda, Seneca 55: Martha Sam, James H. Blake 300: Emma Coleman, Churchill 500: Elizabeth Adesanya, Blake 800: Lucy Srour, Winston Churchill 1,600: Helen Webster, B.-Chevy Chase 3,200: Claire Beautz, Poolesville High jump: Naja McAdam, Clarksburg

Wootton Senior, 800 meters

55: Solomon Vault, Gaithersburg 55 hurdles: Alan Banks, Wootton 300: Damion Rowe, Seneca Valley 500: Nolan Ebner, B.-Chevy Chase 800: Edward Smith, Walt Whitman 1600: Jonaton Baginski, Rockville 3200: Itai Bezherano, Walter Johnson High jump: Wynston Reed, Blair Long jump: Jack McCloskey, Clarksburg

Paint Branch

Vangelis Alexandris, senior Clifton Green, senior Noel Njem, senior Sheldon Roman, senior County-best performance (1:33.50) good for third at states.

1,600 RELAY

Claudia Ababio

Coach of the Year Scott Mathias

Boys’ Athlete of the Year

Girls’ Athlete of the Year


Triple jump: Matthew Adedeji, Clarksburg Shot put: Donovan Taylor, Quince Orchard Pole vault: Kyle Beatty, Winston Churchill 800 relay: Northwest 1600 relay: Northwest 3200 relay: Paint Branch

Paint Branch

Clifton Green, senior Dewayne Haamid, senior Oliver Lloyd, junior Noel Njem, senior Runners-up at states, posted county’s best mark at Virginia Tech Invitational (3:27.49).

3,200 RELAY

Richard Montgomery

Matt Agboola, junior Stephen Alexander, senior Adam Jung, senior Emmanuel Porquin, junior Won state title with county’s top time (8:05.59).

Coach of the Year Dessalyn Dillard Paint Branch, 8th year

A year ago the Panthers scored 11 points in 17th-place finish at states. This year won its first county title.


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County swim teams claim three state titles Rockville native lands Olympic bronze

n Area swimmers dominate competitition from the rest of the state

Ice hockey: Washington Christian graduate scored two goals for Swiss national team


The Richard Montgomery High School boys’ swimming and diving team capped off arguably its best season ever with its first Class 4A/3A state title Saturday at the University of Maryland, College Park. The win followed an undefeated dual meet season, Division I championship and third-place finish at the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving championship, the high-


BY GAZETTE STAFF est finish of any public school. Richard Montgomery overcame a 30-point deficit to Anne Arundel County’s Broadneck High midway through Saturday’s competition to ultimately win, 267.5-225, over Thomas S. Wootton, which overtook the Bruins for second place. Broadneck finished third with 221 points and preseason favorite Montgomery Blair (194 points) and Walt Whitman (183.5) finished fourth and fifth. The defending champion Wootton girls also came from behind to close the season with their only title of the winter. Trailing this year’s Division I, region and Metros champion Winston Churchill for the majority of the middle portion of the meet, Wootton scraped by the Bulldogs, 292.5-290.5. Walter Johnson (169.5), Richard Montgomery (169) and last year’s runner-up Sherwood (166) rounded out the top five. As it has since joining the state competition three years ago, Montgomery County domi-


Poolesville High School’s Jacob Weiss and Jack McCarty celebrate their first and second places in the men’s 100 butterfly, at Saturday’s Class 3A/2A/1A state swim championship at the University of Maryland College Park. nated Saturday’s championship. Broadneck and county foe Severna Park were the only nonMontgomery teams to break the top 10 in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions, both were still outside the top 5. In the Class 3A/2A/1A state meet Saturday afternoon the Poolesville boys won their third consecutive state crown. With that result, Montgomery County has accounted for 10 of 12 possible titles the past three years — the defending champion Poolesville girls finished second Saturday and in 2012. The Falcon boys finished more than 100 points ahead of

second-place Queen Anne’s, 346-112. Seneca Valley had its best state result with third place (161). Poolesville’s girls led early but ultimately succumbed to the team that beat them in 2012, C. Milton Wright. Damascus finished fourth. Five meet records were broken in Saturday’s Class 4A/3A competition, four by Montgomery swimmers — Albert Einstein junior Rory Lewis (100-yard butterfly, 50.79 seconds), Walter Johnson’s Jean-Marc Nugent (100-yard freestyle, 46.99), Churchill’s Hannah Lindsey (100-yard backstroke, 56.42), Churchill’s 400-yard freestyle

relay (3 minutes, 33.76 seconds). Lewis (butterfly, 200-yard individual medley) and Sherwood’s Morgan Hill (50- and 100-yard freestyle) were the meets only double individual event winners. Damascus’ Ryan O’Leary (200-yard individual medley, 100-yard breaststroke), Poolesville’s Xavier Laracuente (50- and 100-yard freestyle), C.M. Wright’s Megan Cowan (200- and 500yard freestyle) and Poolesville’s Dorit Song (200-yard individual medley, 100-yard freestyle), were the small schools meet’s double individual race winners. — JENNIFER BEEKMAN

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Patriots defeat Atholton; face Leonardtown on Friday BY TED BLACK STAFF WRITER

After dominating play on both ends of the ice for the first two periods Monday, the Thomas S. Wootton High School hockey

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“It was an unbelievable feeling. I didn’t score that many goals in college, so to get two in Sochi was incredible. — Rockville native and Switzerland women’s hockey player Jessica Lutz Lutz did not have the chance to play for or against the U.S. in Sochi, but she came close. In the women’s semifinal round, Lutz scored the lone goal for Switzerland in a 3-1 loss to Canada, which eventually captured the gold medal over the U.S. “It was an unbelievable feeling,” Lutz said of earning the bronze medal. “I didn’t score that many goals in college, so to get two in Sochi was incredible. That last goal was just a great pass from Sara [Benz] and I was just right there. It’s one of those feeling that I can’t explain. Looking back on it, the whole thing was amazing.” Cait Lowry, manager at The Coffee Bar, noted that Lutz had “requested ample time off” for her venture to Sochi and that the entire establishment followed her trip to the Olympics closely.




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pivotal combination of a sense of desperation and an extra attacker. Wootton was up to the task to cruise to a 5-1 victory at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel. Wootton advances to face Leonardtown in the Maryland Student Hockey League championship game at 7:15 p.m. Friday at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel. Leonardtown is the top seed in the 2A tournament.



Perhaps it seems only fitting that Rockville native Jessica Lutz’s middle name is Joy because she recently brought plenty of smiles to the residents of her home countries last week. Lutz, 24, a graduate of Washington Christian Academy in Olney where she attained most of her accolades on her feet in soccer and track and field, earned a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia while playing for Switzerland’s women’s ice hockey team. Lutz, a dual-citizen of the United States and Switzerland, scored two goals and added three assists for the Swiss, including the go-ahead goal in the team’s 4-3 win against Sweden in the bronze medal game. She could play for Switzerland because her father, Ernst Lutz, 64, was born there. “I definitely have lots of friends in [Washington,] D.C. that were cheering for both teams,” Lutz said. “There were a lot of people cheering for our team to do well, even though most of them are Americans who wanted the U.S. women to win the gold.” Lutz, who works as a barista at The Coffee Bar in Northwest, Washington, D.C., honed her skills on the ice during three seasons at the University of Connecticut where she scored four goals and added 13 assists in 95 games for the Huskies from 2007-10. She scored three goals and had 10 assists as a junior, highlighted by a goal and two assists in a win over Brown, a goal and an assist in a victory over Maine and the last goal of a 4-1 rout of Providence. “It’s fun being a barista and a little bit nerdy, but the baristas get together to see who can make the best coffees,” she said. “It’s a friendly competition and it’s a lot of fun.” At Washington Christian

Academy, Lutz did most of her scoring on grass fields with a soccer ball. During her senior season she was named the Maryland Independent Schools Athletic League’s girls’ soccer player of the year. She had also developed a love for hockey during that time, playing for the Montgomery Blue Devils in 2004-05 and the Washington Pride in 2006-07.


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Companies cross borders for business More local businesses exporting, as state hits record level in 2013

proceeds from sales go to research for finding treatments for ALS. Among Maryland’s largest exporting companies are Columbia specialty chemical manufacturer W.R. Grace and Salisbury poultry business Perdue Farms, according to a state list. Transportation equipment accounted for almost 30 percent of Maryland’s total merchandise exports in 2013. Chemicals, computer and electronic products and machinery are other popular product areas.




Rockville Steel & Manufacturing Co. has made steel rooftop supporters, stairs, awnings, balcony rails and other metallic products for clients that include the White House, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Jefferson Memorial, and Bureau of Engraving and Printing. In recent years, the Gaithersburg company, which works out of a warehouse in the Montgomery Airpark Business Center near the airport, has ventured beyond not only the region’s borders but the nation’s borders. A growing number of local businesses are exporting, as recent federal figures show that exports from Maryland companies hit a record $11.75 billion in 2013, just barely topping the $11.74 billion in 2012. Maryland was one of 16 states to reach highs, led by Texas’ $279.7 billion and California’s $168.1 billion, as the nation set its fourth consecutive record of $2.3 trillion, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. “It’s really not that difficult,” Tom Steffes, president of familyowned Rockville Steel, said of exporting. “One of the advantages is that we usually get paid before our products leave the dock.” Rockville Steel recently sent about $180,000 worth of stainless steel materials for the research industry to China, its second shipment to China in the past year or so, said Steffes, whose father, John, founded the company in 1978. The business has also shipped to Israel, Germany and countries in South and Central America, he said.

Canada top trade partner Canada was Maryland’s top trade partner, as it has been for more than the past decade, with $1.85 billion in exports last year. Saudi Arabia was next with some $1.0 billion in exports, almost double its amount in 2011. China was Maryland’s third top partner with $560.5 million

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worth of exports. Canada was where Bethesdabased Gator Ron’s Zesty Sauces & Mixes started when it broke into exporting last year. The company sent a shipment to a distribution company in Ontario, Canada, after representatives met with some Canadian buyers during a meeting last year hosted by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and others. “We’re open to doing more ex-


porting,” said Debra J. Kaufmann, vice president of public relations. The company sends representatives to trade shows such as a major one this summer in New York coordinated by the Specialty Food Association. Gator Ron’s was started by President Constance G. Griffith, who uses recipes from her late husband, Ron, who died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2011. A percentage of

While you can’t always travel to the country where you export to meet a partner in person, doing so really makes a difference, said Nancy Wallace, vice president of innovation and strategy for Frederick’s Computer Frontiers. The company has four call centers in Africa. “Building those personal relationships is a key part of doing business internationally,” Wallace said. The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery County Department of Economic Development, state Department of Business and Economic Development and others have sponsored conferences on international business in Africa, Mexico and Brazil in the past year. The county maintains a website with information and programs on exporting, as do the state and federal government. DBED’s International Investment and Trade Office has an exporting assistance program to help offset some of the costs of marketing internationally. Maryland companies are eligible for up to $10,000 in reimbursement for expenses and can receive up to 40 hours of assistance from DBED’s trade experts worldwide. This month, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that he said will help streamline the exporting process, cutting processing and approval times by allowing companies to do those online.


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New spa opens in Olney Krystal Donald opened the doors to her Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa. The spa, which provides spa services that can be tailored to individual needs, is at 18133 Town Center Drive, Olney. In addition to Hand and Stone, Donald owns a small information company that provides services to the Department of Defense. The Olney location is the fourth Hand and Stone franchise in Maryland. The spa is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Mostashari joins Rockville’s Get Real Health Dr. Farzad Mostashari has been appointed to the Get Real Health board of directors. Mostashari is a former national coordinator for Office of Health Information Technology, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Get Real Health of Rockville is a global health information technology business specializing in patient engagement and connected care services. Its flagship product, InstantPHR, creates and customizes personal health applications, including the ability for patients to securely upload, download, view, modify, track and share their key health data, according to a statement.

Foundation honors Ruppert Landscape Ruppert Landscape of Laytonsville won the 2014 Community Builder Award from the Home Builders Care Foundation. The award recognizes a member whose charitable efforts help raise awareness of the industry’s spirit of giving. Ruppert was recognized for hosting the foundation’s Bull & Oyster Roast in April. About 240 industry professionals attended the roast, which, with the Professional Women in Building’s Maryland chapter, spearheaded a career clothing drive. More than 500 items were collected and donated to a career development center in Silver Spring. The nonprofit foundation was established in 1984 to complete shelter-related construction projects. It works with other nonprofits serving the homeless, and at-risk families and individuals. Since its inception, the foundation has donated more than $15 million worth of time and materials.


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Students raise Pennies for Patients Efforts brought in $435,000 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society last year n


n Over the next few months The Gazette will be featuring one of the county’s schools by the numbers giving a glimpse at ways local schools are dealing with overcrowded conditions.




Ugly legs, a beard contest and dancing until you drop: Sounds like an odd bet, but students in Montgomery County are finding creative ways to raise money in the fight against leukemia and lymphoma. Last week students from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda held a 5K race, the Red Rush. This week they are dancing from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the bRAVE. And in between they have found other more conventional ways of raising money — such as walking around the school cafeteria asking for spare change. The Whitman students, along with students at 15 other Montgomery County high schools are competing to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through their Pennies for Patients campaign. The winning high school gets a pep rally hosted by Pepco and radio station Hot 99.5, and a summer internship for a student at Pepco. Middle and elementary schools also are participating in the fundraising drive. In all, 130 county schools are participating in the campaign that runs February and March. Crazy or fun, Pennies for Patients activities are profitable. Last year, 130 county schools contributed almost $435,000 to the society, Stacey Matusko, campaign specialist for the organization, said in an email. “It’s a crazy month,” said Jenna Kantor, 17, a senior at Whitman. “It’s so much fun.” Kantor is secretary of the school’s Student Government Association, which sponsors Pennies for Patients there. Last year, she said, her school raised more than $91,000, more than any other school in the nation. The goal this year, she said, is to raise as much money as the students can. “You might think $91,000, let’s go for $100,000, but there is only a certain amount of money that we can raise, so we are just saying ‘as much as we can,’” she said. While Whitman students plan their yard sale and a Battle of the Bands, ask their teachers to grow beards for money and even auction off junior and senior boys for dates, students at other schools are working hard to be the top winner, too.

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Students take off at the beginning of the Red Rush 5K on Feb. 9 at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda. The race raised $10,000.

Students at Poolesville High School also have an impressive list of activities scheduled, said Allison Wilder, an English resource teacher and National Honor Society sponsor. The Honor Society students organize the effort at Poolesville. Wilder said the school has participated in Pennies for Patients for at least five years and the fundraising activities change from year to year. “Last year we had a talent show but this year we will have Mr. Poolesville,” she said. Ten male contestants will showcase their talents, do an interview and model sportswear and formal attire, she said. Community leaders will select Mr. Poolesville. “It’s fun,” she said. “It’s a ticketed event and we expect to make between $2,500 and $3,000.” Poolesville also is the school with an ugly legs contest, in which students and staff determine which male staff member or student has the ugliest legs. Voters donate money as their “vote” for one of the ugly leg photos. The owner of the legs that gets the most votes wears shorts to school the following Monday. “Pennies for Patients is a service learning, character education and philanthropy program that gives students a unique experience making a difference through teamwork — working together to aid thousands of children and adults in the fight blood cancers like leukemia,” Matusko wrote in her email. All the money from Pennies for Patients goes to research and patient services to fund the society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.

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Principal’s take Emmanuel Jean-Philippe, currently in his first year as principal, said with the large number of students, school staff have been mindful about scheduling gatherings such as assemblies and sporting events. The school also organizes bathroom breaks, arrivals and dismissals for students so they know where to go and have the space they need. Arcola will have a six-classroom addition ready by 2015, Jean-Philippe said. The numbers show the school is overcapacity, he said, but staff are used to the situation. “We’ve really done a good job of looking at everything in a positive way,” he said. “We’re maximizing our space but, again, it’s working for us.”

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Year building built: 1956 Year renovation/ modernization: 2007

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Fields Road students kick off Read-A-Thon with magic With sleight of hand, illusion and storytelling, magician Joe Romano helped launch the annual Read-A-Thon on Feb. 18 at Fields Road Elementary School in Gaithersburg. Romano performed to an all-school audience, encouraging the students to read as he worked his tricks and enlisted their support of the Read-A-Thon. It is the school’s major fundraiser, said Ashley Bergesen, a PTA member. Students get pledges and sponsors for every minute they read from Feb. 18 through March 6, she said. “It is really encouraging literacy,” Bergesen said. “We don’t have to sell anything.” The PTA hopes to raise $7,000 to purchase a portable computer lab that houses 10 laptop computers and can be used by teachers throughout the school. Last year, the Read-A-Thon brought in $6,254 and the PTA was able to buy the school its first portable computer lab, Bergesen said. Romano mentioned a number of the books he enjoyed as a child, especially the biography of famed escape artist Harry Houdini, the book that started him on his career path. He also selected students to come on stage and help him with his performance. First-grader Blake Porter was the princess in the “Princess and the Pea” and three schoolmates were selected to vie for her hand in marriage. Fortunately,

she did not have to kiss the frog and the audience, and Blake, squealed with relief. Third-grader Susan Montgomery said she liked the show but did not need encouragement to read. “I love to read,” she said. “I read at least three hours a day.” Her brother Lewis Montgomery, a first-grader, said he also likes to read, especially the “Skylanders” books. The PTA had a few other fundraising tricks to encourage the students to read. There was a Family Fun Night at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Gaithersburg, where a portion of sales went to the PTA fund. There also was a dining out night at Paizano’s Pizza that brought a portion of sales to the school.

Reflections winners announced Winners of the 2013-14 Montgomery County PTA Reflections Awards of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme and Award of Merit for this year’s Reflections program were announced this month for all grade levels. This year’s theme was “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” Three Awards of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme were awarded in each division and category. These winning entries move on to the state competition. Three Award of Merit winners also are recognized in each category/division, but those entries do not move on in the competition. Because of the number of winners, The Gazette will publish the names of the

winners over two weeks. This week, winners from the Primary and Intermediate divisions are listed. •Dance choreography Primary Division: Daniella Oyekola, Cold Spring Elementary School, Potomac;

Sasha Richards, Candlewood Elementary School, Rockville; Giselle Tompkins, Travilah Elementary School, North Po-

tomac. Intermediate Division: Naiya Dawson, Westover Elementary School, Colesville; Amberly Wu, Potomac Elementary School; Rebecca Zhu, Bells Mill Elementary School, Potomac. Honorable Mention: Caroline Burd, Potomac Elementary; Aidan Douglass, Dr. Sally K. Ride Elementary School, Germantown; Gabriella Gordon, Little Bennett Elementary School, Clarksburg. • Film production Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme Primary Division: Alanna Hart, Rock Creek Valley Elementary School, Rockville; Praneel Suvarna, Little Bennett Elementary. Intermediate Division: Austin Chen, Bells Mill Elementary; Parker Hill, Seven Locks Elementary School, Potomac; Riley Jordan, Cold Spring Elementary. Honorable Mention: Aidan Douglass, Dr. Sally K. Ride Elementary; Peyton Eppard and Lauren Povich, DuFief Elementary School, Gaithersburg. • Literature Primary Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Margo Brown, Cold Spring Elementary; Shirin Ghorbani, Potomac

Elementary; Mahsa Riar, Travilah Elementary. Honorable Mention: Isabel Miller and Zain Qureshi, Woodlin Elementary School, Silver Spring; Sydney Mitchell, Galway Elementary School, Silver Spring. Intermediate Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Phoebe Chambers, Wayside Elementary School, Potomac; Vishesh Khare, Little Bennett Elementary; Pratyusha Mandel, Travilah Elementary. Honorable Mention: Emma Cleveland, Candlewood Elementary; Dominique Crane, Rock Creek Valley Elementary; Amberly Wu, Potomac Elementary. • Musical composition Primary Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Patrick Foley, Little Bennett Elementary; Mandy Guo, Travilah Elementary; Ruby Siegal, Bells Mill Elementary. Honorable Mention: Laila-Aryana Grey, Galway Elementary; Maya Siegal, Bells Mill Elementary; Petrina Steimel, Maryvale Elementary School, Rockville. Intermediate Division: Ava Gordon, Little Bennett Elementary; Sarim Haider, Potomac Elementary; Tong Tong Ye, Cold Spring Elementary. Honorable Mention: Dinaz Campbell, Travilah Elementary; Nicholas Renzi and Elyssa Shenker, Potomac Elementary. • Photography Primary Division Awards of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Arianna DeCamp, Christo-

pher Lindsay and Kate Mizushima, Po-

tomac Elementary. Honorable Mention: Siddhant Jog and Zoe Wilson, Little Bennett Elementary; Daniela Martinez, Candlewood Elementary. Intermediate Division: Shaadi Ghorbani and Alexander Lindsay, Potomac Elementary; Emma Piasecki, Little Bennett Elementary. Honorable Mention: Dylan Chang, Wayside Elementary; Sam Geier, Cold Spring Elementary; Schanze Qureshi, Woodlin Elementary. • Visual Arts Primary Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Leah Facciobene, Wayside Elementary; Kanza Ihsan, Seven Locks Elementary; Zoe Tang, Potomac Elementary. Honorable Mention: Meera Khosla, Galway Elementary; Mignon Kaufman, Cold Spring Elementary; Justin Zacharia, Potomac Elementary. Intermediate Division: Brielle Taubenblatt, Seven Locks Elementary; Candace Wei, Potomac Elementary; Krista Wong, Wayside Elementary. Honorable Mention: Sarah Bagheri, Bells Mill Elementary; Claire Baumert, Woodlin Elementary; Samuel Planty, Candlewood Elementary. • Special artist division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Henry Burd, photography, Potomac Elementary; Jordan Hyde, visual arts, DuFief Elementary; Jordan Zennia, music, Woodlin Elementary.

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Fitzgerald Lakeforest Toyota

Toyota Presents Pets With Disabilities With A New Toyota At Fitzgerald Toyota Program Donates 100 Cars to 100 Nonprofits in 50 Days GAITHERSBURG, MD – February 19, 2014 – Toyota today presented a brand new 2014 Toyota Highlander to Pets with Disabilities at Fitzgerald Lakeforest Toyota, as part of the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program, a major philanthropic initiative in which the automaker is giving away 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the course of 50 days, based on votes from the public. “Fitzgerald Auto Malls is very proud to support and be a part of the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program,” said Dottie Fitzgerald, Vice President of Fitzgerald Auto Malls, “Pets with Disabilities is an incredible organization and we commend their efforts.”

100 Cars for Good is the first Toyota initiative that engages the public to determine how corporate philanthropic donations will be awarded. Individual members of the public were able to vote through Facebook for the nonprofit organizations they believed could do the most good with a new vehicle. The contest began on October 1, 2013 and continued over the course of fifty days. At the end of each day, the two nonprofits with the most number of votes would win a brand new Toyota vehicle. “We were thrilled to have been chosen again as one of the worthy organizations to participate in Toyota’s 100 Cars for

(From L To R) Darryn Hyman, Toyota Operations Manager, Keith Barreca, Toyota Dottie Fitzgerald, Vp Fitzgerald Auto Malls With The Pets With Vehicle Supply Manager, Dottie Fitzgerald, Vp Fitzgerald Auto Malls, Joyce Disabilities Dogs, Ernie And Megan Darrell, Co-founder Of Pets With Disabilities, Greg Kirby, Toyota District Sales Manager, Dana Heidebrecht, Scion District Manager, Mike Dickerson, CoFounder Of Pets With Disabilities (Front Row) Candi, A Three-legged Dog, Ernie In The Wheelchair, And Megan Who Is Blind

Good program,” said Joyce Darrell, one of the founders of Pets with Disabilities, “This year was our lucky year and we were one of the winning organizations, a dream come true for our rescue.” Pets with Disabilities will use the new Highlander to provide safe and affordable transport for many homeless, disabled dogs in need and a second chance to find a loving home. To learn more about the 100 Cars for Good program, please visit To learn more about Fitzgerald Toyota, please visit

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07 BMW 750I.................................$18,770

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