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“I came today to help bring awareness to the community, and bring unity,” said Imam Faizul Khan (center) of the Islamic Society of the Washington Area and co-chairman of the Faith Community Advisory Council.
Jim Crutchﬁeld thought he was doing everything right when he hired a roofer to work on his
Cabin John home. The roofer provided references who gave good reports of his work when Crutchfield called them. The contractor said he had a license to do rooﬁng jobs, but Crutchﬁeld didn’t ask to see the license before the work began in December 2012. Crutchfield said the man made plenty of promises to
ﬁnish the work but failed to do so, ultimately even removing part of the work that had been done and saying he didn’t have enough money to ﬁnish. Crutchﬁeld said the experience that ultimately cost him about $8,000 was frustrating, but he learned a valuable lesson. Crutchfield’s lesson was the same that all homeowners should learn before letting any-
one do work on or around their house, said Eric Friedman, director of Montgomery County’s Ofﬁce of Consumer Protection. “You really need to make sure they’ve got their license,” Friedman said. On Friday, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) announced a renewed ef-
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New ads on Metro buses with a photo of Adolf Hitler and a prominent Muslim leader represent the “bigotry and hate” that divide people and spur hatred, religious groups said Monday morning. “These ads are trying to say the Quran calls for hatred of Judaism,” said Ira Weiss, who represented the Jewish Islam Dialogue Society, which works to bring together Muslims and Jews. “It is easy to cherry-pick nasty parts of Scripture in any
text — they were written thousands of years ago,” Weiss said at a news conference in Rockville. “These words used in the ads are like the devil using Scripture against its religion.” The ads, created by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, feature a photo of Hitler speaking to Haj Amin al-Husseini, who was grand mufti of Jerusalem at the time. They ask people to stop aiding Muslims in an attempt to “end racism.” The ads, which are on 20 Metro buses, declare that “Islamic Jew-hatred” is “in the Quran,” adding the “two thirds of all US aid goes to Islamic countries.”
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Downtown free movies are set for this summer Rockville Town Square series starts Thursday
Movie fans can ditch their Netﬂix and other stay-at-home cinematic ﬁxes for the next 11 Thursday nights and head to Rockville Town Square for its weekly movie nights. Viewers are invited to bring lawn chairs for the free screenings, which start at about 8:30. The summer series kicks off with last year’s animated “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,” which is rated PG. It’s one of four animated ﬁlms — and one of three sequels — scheduled for the series. The lineup is fairly eclectic, with dashes of comedy — “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” — and sci-ﬁ — “Gravity” and “Star Trek Into Darkness” — included this summer, along with the animated ﬁlms geared toward kids. The movies are presented by Rockville Town Square, the mixed-use project of Federal Realty Investment Trust of Rockville.
ROCKVILLE TOWN SQUARE THURSDAY NIGHT SUMMER MOVIE SERIES: n June 12: “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” n June 19: “Saving Mr. Banks” n June 26: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” n July 3: “Frozen,” the singalong version n July 10: “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” n July 17: “Gravity” n July 24: “The Great Gatsby” (2013) n July 31: “The Lego Movie” n Aug. 7: “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” n Aug. 14: “Star Trek Into Darkness” n Aug. 21: “Despicable Me 2”
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Anthony Ettema of Rockville chills in the shade with his dogs Hunter and Kloe during a fundraiser for the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center on Saturday at Darcars Nissan of Rockville.
Rockville’s bravest get their due n
47 honored at annual city ceremony BY
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
It was around lunchtime last July 22 when Rockville Police Ofﬁcer Chad Bates got a call to respond for a shoplifting incident at a gas station at the corner of Rockville Pike and Dodge Street. When Bates got there, he found the suspected thief, a woman he had talked to only about 10 minutes earlier about a separate incident, about a halfblock from the gas station. He approached her. The woman was belligerent, and the situation escalated even as he tried to calm her down, Bates said.
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As she came closer, he warned her to step back, and ﬁnally the woman pulled a metal object out of a bag she was carrying. Bates said he initially thought it was a machete, but it turned out to be a sort of metal pole or spike with a serrated edge. He used his Taser on her and the woman fell, dropping the weapon. The whole confrontation lasted about two minutes. “People don’t realize how hard it is to think when stuff like that happens,” Bates said. Your first reaction in that type of situation is just to move, he said. He thought about drawing his gun and shooting the woman, and isn’t exactly sure
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why he didn’t. “I had a split second to understand that I had a small window of opportunity to do something different,” he said. Bates recalled the incident just before he received the Citation for Bravery for these actions at the annual Rockville Public Safety Awards presentation June 4 at Lakewood Country Club. The ceremony recognizes outstanding work by members of the Rockville City Police Department, Rockville Volunteer Fire Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce and Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation. In all, 47 people were recognized for their work at the cer-
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Early voting starts Thursday There will be nine early-voting sites in Montgomery County, open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily from Thursday through June 19. County, state and federal races will be on the ballot. A complete list of sites is at montgomerycountymd. gov/elections/index2. html. The Gazette’s online voters guide, with candidate proﬁles and more, is at gazette.net/ section/vg2014. Early-voting sites in the Rockville area: • County Executive Ofﬁce Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville. • Wheaton Recreation Center, 11711 Georgia Ave., Wheaton.
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PEOPLE& PLACES City offers training for skateboarders
rockvillemd.gov/recreation/sports under “Men’s Futsal” under Adult Sports Leagues.
Aspiring skateboarders can get off on the right foot with a sevenweek camp that starts Monday in Rockville. The camp, for children 6 to 14, will teach skills such as push, ride, ollie, kick-ﬂip and drop-in, with an emphasis on skate park etiquette and safety. Skaters must bring a skateboard, helmet, knee and elbow pads, wrist guards, water and snack. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by an optional swim for skateboarders from noon to 3 p.m. The camp is at the Welsh Park skate park, 355 Martins Lane, behind the city’s Swim and Fitness Center. The camp costs $175 for residents and $45 for just swimming; it’s $10 more for nonresidents. For information, call 240-3148620.
Men’s futsal season getting underway Rockville’s Men’s Futsal League is preparing for its second season this summer. Futsal is similar to soccer, but is played indoors on a gym ﬂoor with a ball that is smaller and heavier than a soccer ball. The game is played with two teams of ﬁve players. Rockville’s league draws players, 18 and older, from around the county and state. The league is open to new teams and players. League play is at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, starting June 27, at Twinbrook Community Recreation Center. Two ofﬁcials will referee each game. Registration is $49 for Rockville residents and $59 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is Monday. For more information or to register, contact Duncan Mullis at 240314-8652 or dmullis@rockvillemd. gov. More about the league is at
Rebecca Jahnke of Rockville was named to the 2013-14 dean’s list at Boston University, where she is a student in its College of Communication. Students on the list had at least a 3.5 grade point index in both semesters. Jahnke is a 2013 graduate of Thomas Wootton High School in Rockville.
Senior center hosts International Day The Rockville Senior Center will host its International Day festival from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, celebrating the diverse people who make up its community. Many members will host tables at the event displaying information about their own cultures. More than 25 different countries will be represented at the free event, including Argentina, the Philippines and Spain. There will be dance performances, demonstrations, food tastings and refreshments, according to a city news release. The senior center is at 1150 Carnation Drive. More information is at rockvillemd.gov/seniorcenter or call 240-314-8800.
Rockville hosts bike rides, safety checks The Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee hosts rides throughout the summer for riders of various skill and ﬁtness levels and also conducts free bicycle safety checks Saturdays at the Rockville Farmers Market. • King Farm rides will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 26. Cyclists should meet at King Farm Homestead Park, 1199 Grand Champion Road. The neighborhood rides last about an hour and wind through
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Lexi Orenstein (front) and Colby Accardi, ﬁfth-graders at Green Acres School in Rockville, try out boats they built from at least 50 percent recycled materials in the school’s pool on Monday. Lt. Madeleine Adler and Lt. j.g. Aaron Colohan of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were at the school for the boat race and to talk to the students. Their teacher, Elizabeth Bullock, is an alumna of NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program. paved, shared-use paths, some sidewalks and short sections of quiet streets. The family-friendly rides are paced so the slowest rider can keep up. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Rain at the start cancels the ride, but wet pavement does not. • Kidical Mass Family Rides will be held at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month through September. Kidical Mass is a nationwide movement to get children and their families biking in their communities. They are 2 to 4 miles long at speeds no faster than 9 mph. Rides are on shared-use paths, bike lanes and low-trafﬁc residential streets. This Saturday, cyclists will meet at Thomas Farm Community Center, 700 Fallsgrove Drive, and ride to Woodley Gardens Park, 900 Nelson St. • Ride the Rockville Bike Beltway will have two rides on the 10.6-mile Carl Henn Millennium Trail. One starts at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive; the second is at 10 a.m. July 20 at the Thomas Farm
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SATURDAY, JUNE 14 Flea Market, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.,
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Community Center, 700 Fallsgrove Drive. • Bike safety checks will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through July 12 at the farmers market at the corner of Md. 28 and Monroe Street. Information and maps also will be available. More information is at rockvillemd.gov/bicycling under “Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee.”
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A rabies vaccination clinic will be held from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the new Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center at 7315 Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood. The clinic is sponsored by the Rockville City Police Department’s Neighborhood Services Divison and Montgomery County Police Department’s Animal Services Division. For information, call 240-3148930.
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A June 4 story about possible election changes in Rockville misspelled Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton’s name and misquoted her on the nature of the town’s elections. Newton said, “One of the things that makes us so special is our nonpartisanship,” rather than bipartisanship.
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Rockville businessman supported tax cut on inheritances BY
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
The Maryland legislature this year lowered the tax on inherited money. On Thursday, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce honored the Rockville businessman who it says played a key role in making that happen. Clark Kendall, CEO of Kendall Capital Management, received the chamber’s Business Advocate of the Year award at its annual dinner in North Bethesda. Kendall won the award based on his work supporting the bill that increased
the threshold for the state’s estate tax from $1 million to more than $5 million. Kendall testiﬁed for the bill in both the House and Senate, and said Thursday he believes strongly in the idea. “I think it’s a win for the state of Maryland,” he said of the bill’s passage. For a small-business owner who wants to hand his business over to someone else, taxes can be a deterrent, said Georgette “Gigi” Godwin, president of the chamber. Kendall is an expert on estate management issues, and the chamber wanted to recognize his efforts in helping change the law, Godwin said. Kendall said that before the law was passed, he would work out strategies with his clients to ﬁgure out “when and how to leave Montgomery County.” The new law will provide an incentive for what Kendall called “hard-
working middle class millionaires” to stay in Montgomery as they age. Estate taxes are good, because they help redistribute wealth and prevent the formation of dynasties, he said. But the previous threshold of $1 million was too low. “No one’s going to have a dynasty with a million-and-a-half dollars,” Kendall said. The chamber on Thursday also recognized Kenny King, senior vice president of the Ezra Co., Tracy Pinson, director of the Ofﬁce of Small Business Programs with the Army, and Sen. Nancy King (D-Dist. 39) of Montgomery Village with awards. King was recognized as Legislator of the Year. email@example.com
Starr backpedals on plan to let students sleep in BY
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County students won’t be changing their alarm clock settings after all. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr announced Tuesday that, following school system analysis and community feedback, he is stepping away from the recommendation he had made in October to change school start times. Starr said in a Tuesday school system release that implementing the proposed changes would be too expensive and that community feedback on the plan was “mixed.” He initially recommended that high schools start 50 mintues later, middle schools start 10 minutes earlier and elementary schools end their day 30 minutes later. The proposal centered around starting high schools at 8:15 a.m. instead of 7:25 a.m. to allow high school students to get more sleep. Starr said in October that there’s “a clear link” between sleep and students’ health and well-being. The proposed shifts at the middle school and elementary school level were made in part to ensure that the school system’s buses could continue to be used for multiple routes each morning and afternoon. Changing the bell times, however, would translate to signiﬁcant added costs estimated to be at least $21.6 million per year, Starr said in a memo to county school board members. The school system faces other priorities that need to be funded, including hiring more school counselors and psychologists and expanding technology use, he said. The costs associated with the change include those related to transportation and stafﬁng, according to a June report reviewing community input on and the estimated ﬁnancial impacts of Starr’s proposal. Starr said in a Tuesday interview that he was not surprised by the mixed feedback on his proposal because it matched informal conversations he has had over the last 18 months or so with students, parents and teachers about the possibility of different bell times. The school system used several avenues to determine public opinion, including community forums, surveys, discussion groups and emails. “We got extensive community feedback that is not conclusive at all,” Starr said. The surveys garnered input from about 15,307 parents, 45,691 students and 14,943 staff members. About 78 percent of parent survey respondents supported Starr’s proposal, according to the June report. When asked how the proposal would affect them and their children, about 62 percent of parents said the changes would have a positive effect on students’ energy levels and about 60 percent said they would have a positive effect on students’ readiness to learn, the report said. High school students and
teachers were split nearly exactly down the middle about the proposal. About 86 percent of high school students who responded to the survey said the shift would mean they would get more sleep, the report said. About 52 percent said it would be harder to participate in after-school activities. At the elementary-school level, survey results showed that about 65 percent of students and about 70 percent of staff disagreed with the proposal. About 700 people overall attended the four community forums, held at Paint Branch, Richard Montgomery, Seneca Valley and Montgomery Blair high schools. Some forum participants shared concerns about potential effects, including that the later high school start time would mean less time for after-school activities and that the longer elementary school day would prove too much for the young students. Others supported the change, saying high school students would grab more shuteye. Starr said he is interested in what a future state study of school start times will reveal and whether the state might decide to provide resources to local systems seeking later bell times. The county school system might still return to the issue “in a different way,” Starr said in the
interview. “I think the door is not totally closed,” he said. The county school board is scheduled to discuss the issue at its June 17 meeting. Mandi Mader — a member of the school system’s original Bell Times Work Group, a psychotherapist and a parent advocate for later start times — said she doesn’t think Starr was creative enough in trying to develop a plan. Mader said the later high school start time would have helped the sleepdeprived teenagers she comes across in her work. Mader pointed to the report statistic that 78 percent of parents supported the initital proposal. “They’re the ones who know the best, the immediate effects, the health, the safety issues, and he’s just kind of snubbing them,” she said. Mader started a MoveOn.org petition calling for a later Montgomery County high school start time that has accumulated about 11,700 signatures. She said she thinks the estimated cost is inaccurate but that even as is, constitutes only a small percentage of the school system’s overall budget. “I think it may cost $20 million but the children are going to pay the price right now for this delay,” she said.
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Pike & Rose eatery to feature bocce, bowling Chow down on some pasta, pizza or cheeseburgers, wash it down with a glass of zinfandel or chianti, then try your hand at a little bocce or bowling, and you have Pinstripes, the latest offering coming to Federal Realty Investment Trust’s mixed-use Pike & Rose at the corner of Rockville Pike and Old Georgetown Road in North Bethesda. Pinstripes would occupy 32,000 square feet of ﬁrst- and second-ﬂoor space, both indoors and out. It’s slated to open in 2016 as part of the project’s second phase. The location will feature 14 bowling lanes, 10 indoor and outdoor bocce courts, a bistro and wine cellar, outdoor patios and event space accommodating 20 to 600 people, according to a company news release. It will open daily for lunch and dinner. An opening community art contest is planned; for information, call Sandie Montgomery at 630-400-3960. Pinstripes opened a location in Washington, D.C., in February and also has locations in Illinois, Minnesota and Kansas.
When completed, Pike & Rose is to have 3.4 million square feet of mixed-use development, including 1.1 million square feet of commercial ofﬁce space; 430,000 square feet of retail space; 1,500 residential units; a boutique hotel; and about 4,000 parking spaces.
Rockville projects win energy grants Two Rockville organizations were among the 25 that received a total of $4 million in grants from the Maryland Energy Administration through its EmPower Maryland Commercial & Industrial Grant Program. The money is designed to support development of sustainable energy business and manufacturing building projects in 12 counties and will leverage an additional $16 million in capital improvements to the buildings, according to a state news release. The goal is to cut electricity use by at least 20 percent. Twinbrook Place Parking received $50,000 to support energy-efﬁciency upgrades to its interior and exterior lighting. U.S. Pharmacopeial
Convention won $400,000 to upgrade the lighting; heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; chillers and refrigeration at the research, manufacturing and warehouse campus.
Rockville biotech’s investment hits $400,000 CytImmune, a Rockville biotech, has landed a $200,000 investment from the state Department of Business and Economic Development’s Maryland Venture Fund. The Montgomery County Department of Economic Development and a corporate venture also contributed to the round, bringing the total to $400,000, according to a state news release. CytImmune develops tumor-targeted nanomedicines. The state previously invested $500,000 in the company to support its development of its lead drug candidate, Aurimune. The nanotherapy is designed to destroy the protective vascular barriers of tumors, exposing cancer cells to cancer cell killers. CytImmune plans to begin a phase 2 clinical trial of Aurimune this year.
Notice of Hearing Notice is hereby given that the Mayor and Council of Rockville, Maryland, will conduct a public hearing on Monday, June 23, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as it may be heard, in the Council Chamber, Rockville City Hall, 111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland, in connection with a Resolution of the Mayor and Council of Rockville, pursuant to Article XI-E of the Constitution of Maryland, Sections 4-303 and 4-304 of the Local Government Article, and the Charter of the City of Rockville, as amended, to amend Section 1 of Article II and Section 4 of Article III of the Charter of the City of Rockville so as to modify the length of terms of the Mayor and Councilmembers from two years to four years beginning in 2015.
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Developers seek new brand for expanded district in Rockville-North Bethesda BY
ELIZABETH WAIBEL STAFF WRITER
People shopping or dining on Rockville Pike in that nebulous zone between Bethesda and Rockville may one day have to learn a new name for the rapidly growing retail and residential area. The White Flint Partnership, a group of some of the largest developers in the White Flint area, is devising a marketing strategy for White Flint and the surrounding area, possibly extending north into the Rockville city limits, and it wants to get a county committee on board. The White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee was formed by county ofﬁcials to look into starting a business improvement district for the White Flint Sector, a planning area a few blocks around the White Flint Metro station. The developers’ partnership, however, says marketing a larger area will make Rockville Pike more competitive with the Rosslyn-Ballston and Tysons Corner areas in Northern Virginia, according to a letter Friday from the partnership to the committee. In its ﬁrst meeting more than a year ago, the committee discussed settling on a name for the area sometimes referred to as White Flint, sometimes North Bethesda and occasionally Kensington.
In its letter, the White Flint Partnership says it is already working with a branding and marketing company to research several names for a larger area along Rockville Pike that extends beyond the sector plan’s boundaries. Several of the property owners in the White Flint area also own other properties up and down the Pike. The letter says that when the partnership decides on a name and a deﬁned area to market and rebrand, it plans to ask the committee to acknowledge the larger area and name in its marketing. The partnership plans to make a presentation on its rebranding effort at the committee’s July 8 meeting, according to the letter. At a Tuesday committee meeting, Ken Hartman, director of the county’s Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, said he expects the naming process to take until September or so. “This larger area at least doubles and maybe triples the area we’re talking about,” he said. Tara Flynn, a Garrett Park resident who sits on the committee, pointed out that the committee would have to seek a change in directive from the county if it wants to expand the area it is considering, because it was directed to look only at the White Flint area. “Essentially, this is another pause button,” she said. A new planning or marketing district that extends north also could run into Rockville, which has authority over development within its borders. “The wrinkle here is that this district is likely
to extend into the city of Rockville, which is a jurisdictional issue,” Hartman said at Tuesday’s meeting. Along Rockville Pike, the city of Rockville’s southern line extends south of the Twinbrook Metro station and Twinbrook Parkway, stopping just north of Trader Joe’s and Target. The city is already developing a master plan for the area of the Pike within its borders, which envisions buildings half the height of some planned for the White Flint area, and some Rockville residents think that is still too tall. Paul Meyer, a committee member who lives in the White Flint area, said any plan to name the area or expand the district needs lots of resident input. “I’m a little concerned with it being so developer-driven,” he said. While he didn’t see any problem with expanding the district, Meyer said he wanted more time to consider it. He also said residents might be upset if their area gets a new name from a developer who may live in downtown Washington. Bernie Meyers, another White Flint resident and committee member, said he is not interested in rebranding until he hears a justiﬁcation for it. “We might be your biggest supporters,” he said. “Just involve us in the discussion.” The committee typically meets at 8 a.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the Montgomery County Conference Center on Marinelli Road — in North Bethesda. firstname.lastname@example.org
This great-grandmother has no fear of ﬂying n
Pilots plane for ﬁrst time BY
SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE
While Mary Hamilton Moe was growing up in suburban Philadelphia, her father would teach her to drive at the local cemetery, where she couldn’t “hurt anyone,” she said. But teenage Moe wasn’t interested in driving at all, she said. She wanted to ﬂy. Life, however, always got in the way, said the 91-year-old great-grandmother of two. “Well, there were two children to raise and all sorts of things like that,” said Moe, a Chevy Chase, D.C., resident. After years of waiting, she ﬁnally saw her dream come true June 4 at the Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg. Her flight was emotional, said Carole Drake, Moe’s daughter who lives in Potomac. “My daughter even said, ‘Look at grandmom go!’— just seeing her behind there,” Drake said. “Kind of fearless.” Moe co-piloted a plane for the ﬁrst time, thanks to the help of Wish of a Lifetime, a Colorado-based organization that grants the wishes of deserving senior citizens, and the sponsorship of TAD Relocation, a Gaithersburg business that helps senior citizens downsize and transition into new homes across the country. “We partnered with Wish of a Lifetime to ﬁnd seniors and honor them for their wonderful lives,” said Susie Danick, founder of TAD Relocation. “We just wanted to ﬁnd a way to honor them and provide the funds to help them with a wish that they haven’t been able to do.” Moe’s interest in ﬂight developed at age 10 after the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped. “I thought that was the most interesting thing in the world, and that got me into Lindbergh’s history,” she said. “And my sister, I remember, that Christmas gave me the book, ‘We,’ written by Charles Lindbergh, about his ﬂight across the Atlantic. So that just fascinated me.” The 1930s were still some of the early years in aviation history. The ﬁrst ﬂight school had only opened two decades prior, and commercial airports only began surfacing in the 1920s. The ﬁrst prototype of what would become known as a modernday commercial jetliner wasn’t invented until 1952. But when aviator Amelia Earhart made the news— ﬁrst for being the ﬁrst female to ﬂy solo across the Atlantic and later for her disappearance in the Paciﬁc— Moe discovered her penchant for travel. “We lived in England for a while,” Drake said. “And ever since then, she would go a couple times a year across the Atlantic, and she
gets 30 years in murder for hire n
‘Hit man’ was undercover ofﬁcer
A Rockville man was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for trying to pay a hit man $5,000 in March2012tokillhisestrangedwifeandherboyfriend. Daniel A. Mendoza, 52, had been found guilty in Februrary of one count of solicitation to commit ﬁrst-degree murder. Sentencing guidelines called for a four- to nine-year prison term, but Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Terrence J. McGann said that wasn’t harsh enough and issued a 30-year sentence, according to a statement from the county state’s attorney’s ofﬁce. “Today’s sentence reﬂects the gravity of this crime,” State’s Attorney John McCarthy said in the statement. “A murder for hire scheme is a very serious offense. Through excellent police work and vigorous prosecution the Bench saw ﬁt to sentence Mr. Mendoza to 30 years in prison.” Mendoza had planned to have his wife and boyfriend killed and ﬂee to Honduras, but the hit man turned out to be an undercover police ofﬁcer, according to court documents. Police had been tracking Mendoza for a month, since Washington, D.C., ofﬁcers told county police of his plot. The undercover ofﬁcer arranged to meet with Mendoza at the Twinbrook Metro station in Rockville to discuss details of the crime. Mendoza explained to the ofﬁcer how he wanted the killings to occur and how he planned to be in his native Honduras at the time to avoid suspicion, police said. Mendoza also identiﬁed his wife to the ofﬁcer as she walked by the station. Mendoza’s wife had ﬁled a protective order against him six months earlier, saying he had threatened to kill her, forced her to have sex with him, held her at home against her will and stalked her while she was at work. — GAZETTE STAFF
POLICE BLOTTER 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.
Weapons Offense • On May 20 at 10:47 p.m. during a trafﬁc stop at Park Road and North Stonestreet Avenue, Rockville. Aggravated Assault • On May 23 at 8:45 p.m. at the bus stop at 16260 Frederick Road, Gaithersburg. The subject is known to the victim. • On May 25 at 12:35 a.m. at a ﬁeld in the area of Whites Ferry and River roads, Potomac. The subject is known to the victim.
Joel Danick and Susie Danick, owners of TAD Relocation, wait with Mary Hamilton Moe before she takes off on her ﬁrst ﬂying lesson at the Gaithersburg Airpark. would always count the number of times she had been.” But Moe didn’t think she would ever get to ﬂy. She kept busy, juggling her work in advertising and raising her family, Drake said, and soon the dream got put on the backburner. It all changed when, in her early 30s, Moe was diagnosed with breast cancer. “At that time, I wished I would be a ﬂying grandmother and that my children would be grown up and I would take off someday,” said Moe, who beat the cancer at 34. “So [today’s ﬂight] is fulﬁlling that wish.” But before the booked limousine could pick up Moe at her home at the Knollwood Military Retirement Community in Chevy Chase, on Wednesday, months of preparation had to take place. Moe had initially heard about Wish of a Lifetime through Knollwood and brought up the idea to Drake, who helped submit the application. The concept of the wish fulﬁllment program is simple. All eligible senior citizens can apply for the chance to have their wish granted, and recipients are chosen based on the purpose of their wish and whether they have a compelling story, according to Wish of a Lifetime’s website. Meanwhile, around the same time, Danick and her husband, Joel, were inspired to give back to the community. They liked Wish of a Lifetime’s mission because the foundation honors seniors, who are TAD Relocation’s
core business, Danick said. “There aren’t a lot of organizations that focus on seniors from that aspect,” said Joel Danick, who joined the company 10 years ago. “There are a lot of senior support agencies … but nothing that really focused on fulﬁlling [wishes].” They fundraised $5,000 through community efforts and sent the donation under one main condition: It would serve a senior citizen in the Washington Metropolitan area. Since then, the company has raised another $5,000, and the next recipient from the area will be announced in July, Susie Danick said. After receiving the donation, Wish of a Lifetime paired TAD Relocation with Moe and announced the surprise at a Knollwood anniversary celebration just after Christmas this past year. “She was really, really shocked,” Drake said. A few months later, Moe’s dream was ready to take off. The sleek black limousine picked up Moe at 10:30 a.m. June 4 and brought Moe, her daughter, granddaughter, two great-granddaughters and three friends to the airpark. There she met Batelle Rachmian, general manager at the ﬂight school and Moe’s instructor for the day. In the classroom, they reviewed the area, what to expect while in the air and taking off, plane controls and the ﬂight plan, Rachmian said. Moe said she just felt “a couple of thumps” in her heart before the ﬂight and was eager to get aboard. They took off in a single-engine
Cessna 172 and went 15 miles north and returned within the hour. Rachmian said that although Moe is the oldest student she’s ever taught, Moe performed better than other beginners on their ﬁrst lesson. “She really knew what was going on. If it’s other airplanes talking, she knew that there was someone telling us they’re coming, and she knew when she was doing something wrong, she could ﬁgure it out,” said Rachmian, who has been an instructor for eight years. “And there was one time that I held the [control] yoke, and she noticed. She could potentially do solo.” The Federal Aviation Administration mandates a minimum of 40 hours of practice, including ﬁve solo, for a private pilot’s license, according to the administration’s website. But the average is closer to 70, based on how often they ﬂy, Rachmian said. Moe has about four more hours paid for by the wish. For now, Moe is just enjoying the experience— she even jokingly brought along a Neiman Marcus shopping bag for a barf bag— after plans derailed last month when she caught pneumonia, and she wasn’t sure if Wednesday work in her favor either. “I thought today, ‘Oh, it’s going to be rainy and stormy, or it’s going to be hot and sultry,’” Moe said. “But it’s a beautiful day, and I couldn’t wish for more.”
Burglary • On May 21 or 22 in the 10900 block of Outpost Drive, Gaithersburg. Forced entry, took property. • Between May 22 and 26 in the 14500 block of Stonebridge View Drive, North Potomac. Unknown entry, took property. Commercial Burglary • Between 4:30 p.m. May 23 and 5:31 a.m. May 27 in the 200 block of Monroe Street, Rockville. Unknown subject gained entry into an ofﬁce suite by unknown means but took nothing. • Between 6 p.m. May 29 and 7:10 a.m. May 30 in the 15200 block of Shady Grove Road, Rockville. Unknown subject gained entry by unknown means into a medical ofﬁce and took two rolls of stamps, a gift card, cash and three toothbrushes. Residential Burglary • 1200 block of Broadwood Drive, Rockville, between 10 a.m. May 22 and 11:45 a.m. May 26. Unknown subject gained entry by unknown means through a front door of a residence and took a television, a computer monitor, a telescope, spare change and a toolbox containing miscellaneous tools. • 200 block of Creek Valley Lane, Rockville, between 5:30 and 8 p.m. May 31. Unknown subject gained entry through an open garage door and took spare change and a bicycle. • 300 block of Pure Spring Crescent, Rockville, between 8 and 10 p.m. May 31. Unknown subject gained entry through an open garage door and took two bicycles. Theft • On May 27 between 10:40 and 10:45 a.m. in the 400 block of Redland Road, Rockville. Unknown subject removed an unattended cell phone from a table at a business. Vehicle Larceny • Parking lot of McDonalds, 19640 Fisher Ave., Poolesville, between 3:58 and 9:30 a.m. May 20. Unlocked vehicle, took purse. • 14100 block of Forest Ridge Drive, North Potomac, on May 21 or 22. Took a purse from an unlocked vehicle. • 100 block of King Farm Boulevard, Rockville, between 5:30 p.m. May 22 and 7 a.m. May 27. Unknown subject removed a cell phone from a vehicle. • 8800 block of Sleepy Hollow Lane, Rockville, at 11:45 p.m. May 25. No forced entry, took nothing. • Beall and Forest avenues, Rockville, between 3 and 5:45 a.m. June 1. Unknown subject removed prescription medications, a bag of clothing and a GPS unit from a vehicle.
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Police say teacher taped girl Potomac man faces charges
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
A Potomac teacher faces charges of secretly videotaping a foreign exchange student staying in his home by sliding a computer tablet under the bathroom door. Darrien Lamont Tucker, 39, of the 10800 block of Deborah Drive in Potomac, is a physical education teacher at the McLean School of Maryland in Potomac, according to Montgomery County police. He was also a volunteer assistant coach for the football team at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda but decided before his arrest not to return next year because of “another opportunity,” said Dana Tofig, a county schools spokesman. Tucker was arrested June 3 and charged with ﬁve counts of visual surveillance with prurient intent. Five times from May 27 to May 31, Tucker slid a tablet under the bathroom door while the 18-year-old female foreign exchange student was inside, according to police. The student ﬁrst noticed the tablet on May 27 when she was showering. The student used her phone to ﬁlm the tablet being slid under the door. She also placed a video camera in the hallway to record Tucker in the act, police said. There was no phone directory listing for Tucker. Online court records did not show an attorney for him. Police did not release the girl’s name or school, but said it’s not McLean School. She has lived with Tucker and his family since the fall,
Silver Spring father is running for county school board seat n
Seeks to better inform, involve parents in classroom issues
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
Larry Edmonds took his ﬁrst step into a parent-teacher association when the principal at his daughter’s elementary school asked him and another man to help lead the dad-less group. “I heard all the nightmare stories about PTAs,” he said, but he accepted the offer. Since that ﬁrst role as PTA vice president, Edmonds has continued his involvement all the way to the county level. He has served in the past as the vice president of legislation for the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations and as a member of its delegates assembly that helps link the countywide council and local PTA groups. He currently serves as the county PTA’s legislative committee chair and the area vice president of the Northeast Consortium. Edmonds is now looking to make the move from PTA leader to Board of Education member. The Silver Spring resident is seeking the board’s District 5 seat currently held by Michael Durso, who is running for a second term. Edmonds — a commercial development director for a pest control company — said he is running for the school board seat because he thinks he can provide some needed change. In addition to his PTA roles, Edmonds was also one of the original members of the school system’s Parent Advisory Council. One of his priorities should he be elected, Edmonds said, involves better informing parents about the opportunities available to help their children succeed, whether the goal is college or a vocation.
Students need to hear more at home about the value of their education and informed parents can help pass that lesson along, he said. Edmonds said he sees areas of the county where parents could be engaged more and encouraged to participate more in schools, especially parents of African-American and Hispanic students. “We’re not getting into those zones and saying, ‘Look, this is what’s important,’” he said. The school board should also be more “open,” Edmonds said. He said he has heard from parents who say the board has made decisions in the past that parents had not been aware were on the table. A solution, Edmonds said, is for the school system to ramp up efforts to reach out
to parents and the county organizations in which they are members. “Parents give you pretty good insight” on how things can be best accomplished, he said. “They’re in the trenches every day.” Edmonds said he thinks the school board did not handle the latest capital improvements program budget well. School ofﬁcials waited too long to talk to members of the Maryland General Assembly about the funds they needed for the school system’s overcrowded, aging buildings, he said. The county should have also asked for money by itself, rather than partnering with Prince George’s and Baltimore counties, he said. Edmonds said he thinks the school system should have diverted more money in the past
“Parents give you pretty good insight. ... They’re in the trenches every day” Larry Edmonds to capacity-building construction projects rather than to por-
tables. “Our long-range planning was way out of whack,” he said. Edmonds also said he wants the school system to add healthier food options in school cafeterias. Schools need to help students become better informed about the nutritional value of what they’re eating and make good decisions for their meals, he said. Edmonds gave the current school board a B-minus for its work. The board members needs to “speak up more,” he said, and come up with more ideas for change. Now, he said, he sees board members more often consider changes that others propose. email@example.com
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Van Hollen seeks to continue his work n
Democrat seeks seventh term in Congress BY
KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER
The son of a foreign service officer, Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. spent much of his childhood abroad, growing up in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India and Turkey. Living abroad developed in Van Hollen an interest in foreign affairs and national security, issues that he said would eventually lead him to run for Congress in 2002. During his six terms in the House of Representatives, Van Hollen (D-Dist. 8) of Kensington has played a key role in legislation such as the Affordable Care Act, the Farm Bill — which established a grant program to help farmers reduce agricultural runoff into the Chesapeake Bay — and the Conquer Childhood Cancer Act. As ranking Democratic member of the Budget Committee, he was deeply involved in ending the government shutdown in 2013 and in passing the bipartisan budget compromise last year. The budget compromise deferred sequestration cuts and should avoid future furloughs and shutdowns, he said. “That was a low point for Congress, it should never have happened,” he said of the “unnecessary, unproductive and shameful” shutdown last summer. Van Hollen also helped pass legislation that reduced student
loan rates and that In connection protected whistlewith creating jobs, blowers. he also supports the Van Hollen is current push to raise running for his sevthe federal minimum enth, two-year term wage to $10.10 per in the House. hour and index the In the June 24 wage to inﬂation. He primary, he faces said he also supports George English of ongoing negotiations Kensington and Lih Van Hollen with Iran to avoid Young. The winner it developing nuclear of the Democratic weapons and U.S. involvement primary faces Republican Dave in trying to bring a peace agreeWallace — who is running unment between Israel and Palesopposed — Independent Steven tine. Haddox and unafﬁliated candiVan Hollen is also an addate Andrew Jaye Wildman in vocate for campaign finance the November general election. “I am somebody who is just reform. He has proposed The trying to make this community Disclose Act, a bill that would and this country and this world prevent secret donations. No a little better place,” Van Hollen limits would be placed on how much could be contributed but said. As he campaigns for re-elec- contributors would be required tion, creating jobs tops Van Hol- to disclose who they are and how much they are spending, len’s platform. “The biggest issues remain he said. “I just think the public has a moving the economy forward and trying to encourage job cre- right to know who’s bank-rolling these political campaigns,” he ation,” he said. Investing in infrastructure said. and providing low-cost ﬁnancVan Hollen is also working ing to spur growth of clean en- on efforts to require universal ergy companies are just two of background checks for gun purthe ways Van Hollen said Con- chases and to bring troops back gress can help create jobs. from Afghanistan. To pay for those investCongressional gridlock ments, he said the federal gov- is a sore point with voters. ernment can close tax loopholes While Van Hollen said he sympathat encourage American com- thizes, he also said voters can use panies to send jobs overseas and election day to get Congress movthat allow companies to take tax ing again. deductions on international in“The way you move forward vestments before proﬁts are re- on big issues is to make sure the turned. Speaker of the House allows de“We want to create jobs,” he mocracy to work its will,” he said. said. “Period.” From the inside, he and his colleagues are looking for areas of common ground, he said. Van Hollen is a graduate of Swarthmore College, where he earned his bachelor of arts in philosophy, Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government where he earned his Masters of Public Policy and Georgetown University School of Law where he earned his law degree. He lives in Kensington with is wife, Katherine, and their three children. firstname.lastname@example.org
Housing for workers considered
Councilman: Lawmakers eye streamlined process
KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER
Developers looking to build housing for working middleclass Montgomery County residents could get a little help from the County Council. Council President Craig L. Rice said Monday that the council is considering possible legislation to lower fees and expedite the development approval process for workforce housing projects. Work force housing is housing available for rent or purchase by those whose incomes are too high to qualify for “affordable housing,” which the county calls moderately priced dwelling units. Montgomery County faces an ongoing need for work force housing opportunities. “We should not have many of our public safety folks as well as our teachers that cannot afford to live here in Montgomery County,” Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said. Rice said he met Monday with a developer looking to build workforce housing. Other developers are eyeing similar projects, primarily in areas around transit and transportation hubs, Rice said. “I was just meeting with a developer this morning that was looking at affordable housing options here in Montgomery County and was frustrated with the time that it took to provide something that is so important,” Rice said. “We’ve got to ﬁx those policies, we’ve got to ﬁx those rates that are assigned to things that are a core priority for us here in Montgomery County.” Lowering the fees and the time associated with the development approval process would help developers get the units built more quickly, he said.
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School board panel probing credit cards plans to open its discussions to the public Final closed meeting of committee to be held Thursday
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
An ad hoc committee examining credit cards given to Montgomery school board members will conduct its second closed meeting Thursday but open its subsequent meetings,accordingtoboardPresident Philip Kauffman. The committee — consisting of Kauffman, board Vice President Patricia O’Neill and board member Michael Durso — met for the ﬁrst time in early May behind closed doors. Kauffman formed the group in April after it was brought to light that school board member Christopher S. Barclay used his school system-issued credit card to make personal purchases totalling nearly $1,500 and later had to reimburse the school system for them. The school board has come under ﬁre for closing some of its meetings as its reviewed the issue. The committee’s ﬁrst meeting was closed because the members were following normal procedures for the board’s adhoc committees, which typically focus on school board operations rather than school system policy, Kauffman said. In the past, he said, the committees have not been required to comply with the Maryland Open Meetings Act. The current ad-hoc committee, Kauffman said, does not involve a quorum of board members and was formed by the board president rather than the full board. David Paulson, communications director for the state Attorney General’s Ofﬁce, said he could not comment on the speciﬁc situation of the Montgomery board’s committee. Speaking generally, he said that — based on the state law and opinion from the state Open Meetings Compliance Board — it is okay for an
ad-hoc committee or subcommittee to hold a closed meeting if the group does not constitute a quorum of the full body and was not formed by a rule, resolution or bylaw. The Montgomery school board consists of seven members plus a student member. Kauffman said that public interest spurred the decision to open up the committee’s meetings following the Thursday meeting. Thursday’s meeting will be closed because the committee members will meet with school system attorneys, Kauffman said. The attorneys have been going through expense records from the past several years and will report back to the committee members, who will have the opportunity to ask questions. He said he’s “not sure where that review will lead us.” Kauffman said the members’ discussion during the early May meeting included the processes and guidelines associated with the cards.
The minutes of that first meeting will be posted, he said. Danuta Wilson, a member of the Parents’ Coalition, filed a complaint dated May 31 with the Maryland Attorney General’s Ofﬁce that raises “an apparent violation” by the county school board of the state Open Meetings Act. The complaint cites the committee’s closed meeting in early May. Paulson said the state Attorney General’s Ofﬁce will reply to the complaint within about 30 days. Following its review, the Montgomery ad hoc committee will make recommendations to the full school board. Kauffman said he anticipates recommendations related to the school board’s handbook, how the credit card expenses are processed and the requirements for expense approvals. Its discussion also will cover whether board members should have the cards at all, he said. email@example.com
Deputy seeks to replace ‘mentor’ in county circuit court clerk race ‘I can jump in from day one,’ says Meiklejohn
TIFFANY ARNOLD STAFF WRITER
With more than 35,000 ﬁlings to manage, 185 employees to oversee, and a massive effort underway to digitize a paper-record process, the next Montgomery County Circuit Court clerk will have to hit the ground running. Barbara Meiklejohn, a candidate for the ofﬁce, said that’s what qualiﬁes to hold the position. “I have the experience of 38 years with the judiciary — 27 of them are in a leadership role,” said Meiklejohn, who’s currently the circuit court’s deputy clerk. “Experience really does matter.” Meiklejohn, 58, of Clarksburg, is one of the two Democrats in the race. Meiklejohn and Alan Bowser, an attorney and community activist from Silver Spring, will face off in a
June 24 primary. wide — the impleLoretta E. mentation of what Knight, the clerk is known as Marysince December land Electronic 2006, is not runCourts, or MDEC. ning for re-election. It’s a statewide efCircuit court clerks fort to digitize and serve four-year streamline how terms. court records are “She’s pretty processed. much been my Montgomery Meiklejohn mentor for the past County’s judiciary three years,” said isn’t expected to shift Meiklejohn. to the new system before 2015, Meiklejohn began as a ca- Meiklejohn said, but the sysshier in Montgomery County tem will drastically change the District Court and worked her way ﬁlings are handled. way up to circuit court deputy Attorneys and the public clerk, working under Knight. could ﬁle and access records Meiklejohn said one of the from home, she said. proudest moments of her judiAnne Arundel courts are ciary career was changing the implementing the new system. computer process for capturMeiklejohn said the key ing information that comes to making sure Montgomery out of foster care proceedings. County’s digitization efforts She said, as an example, data go smoothly is having a leader on a judge’s ﬁndings on the familiar with how the ofﬁce county’s efforts to ﬁnalize fos- works. ter care for children can lead to “I can jump in from day federal grants. one,” Meiklejohn said. Regardless of who gets Meiklejohn is running as elected, one major change will part of a four-person slate affect judicial systems state- known as the Courthouse Team, which includes State’s Attorney John McCarthy, Sheriff Darren Popkin and Register of Wills Joseph M. Grifﬁn, all of whom are running for reelection.
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Lululemon killer appeals conviction Brutal slaying in downtown Bethesda rocked community n
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Brittany Norwood, a former yoga store saleswoman convicted in one of Montgomery County’s most notorious and violent murders, should receive a new trial because prosecutors relied on police interviews in which she wasn’t told of her right to remain silent and to consult an attorney, according to an appeal of Norwood’s 2011 conviction ﬁled Monday. Prosecutors also improperly presented a police ofﬁcer’s testimony as an expert opinion about a speciﬁc knife wound, Norwood’s attorneys argued. Both of the legal matters were important in the trial, according to Norwood’s attorneys, because prosecutors highlighted the knife wound and the interviews in their closing arguments. Norwood was convicted of killing co-worker Jayna Murray the night of March 11, 2011, inside the Lululemon Athletica store in downtown Bethesda. Norwood used at least six weapons in the attack and inﬂicted more than 331 wounds. Norwood then cut herself, tied herself up, waited to be discovered the next day and told detectives that two men
“Ms. Norwood felt that she needed the detective’s permission to terminate the encounter, as evidenced by her continued presence and participation in the interviews despite her clearly and repeatedly expressed desire to leave.” Assistant Public Defender Juan P. Reyes in ski masks had slipped into the store and attacked both women. A jury convicted Norwood of ﬁrst-degree murder after deliberating for only 21 minutes. She is serving a life sentence without the chance of parole. The Norwood filing Monday was Norwood’s ﬁrst step in her appeal to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. A response from the Maryland attorney general’s ofﬁce is due Aug. 4, and the matter could be heard before the court as soon as the ﬁrst week of September. John McCarthy, the top Montgomery prosecutor who tried the case, said Monday that he and his staff stand by how they presented the case. The knife wound to Norwood’s hand — one described by a police ofﬁcer as similar to wounds he had seen by people wielding knifes that slip in their hands — was not a big part of the case, McCarthy said. “Within the volumes of evidence that spoke to her guilt, that was meaningless,” McCarthy said Monday. The issue of the Norwood interviews came as detectives were trying to prove that Norwood had conducted the audacious coverup. On March
16, 2011, detectives asked Norwood to come to police headquarters to go over the story again, hoping to trap her in lies. In seeking an appeal, Norwood’s attorneys argued that the detectives placed her in a room that at times was locked and that she felt she couldn’t leave. That should have triggered police to issue a Miranda warning, the lawyers wrote. “Ms. Norwood felt that she needed the detective’s permission to terminate the encounter, as evidenced by her continued presence and participation in the interviews despite her clearly and repeatedly expressed desire to leave,” wrote Assistant Public Defender Juan P. Reyes. Previously, Norwood’s trial attorneys had made a similar argument, but Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Robert Greenberg had ruled against them. McCarthy said Norwood came and left on her own, accompanied by family members. The next day, Norwood arranged to come to police headquarters. “She knew she’d been caught in a lie, and she wanted to spin the story again,” McCarthy said, adding that Norwood had orchestrated that interview. But Norwood’s appellate attorneys wrote that she was quickly placed in a small room, given the impression she wasn’t free to leave and should have been issued her Miranda warning, according to Monday’s ﬁling.
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On tables in the back room of Philip M. Andrews’ Rockville campaign headquarters are thousands and thousands of letters, about 30,000 in all. They are each written by campaign volunteers to their friends, family and neighbors asking them to support Andrews in his run for county executive. The attempt to contact Montgomery County voters is an outgrowth of Andrews’ campaign, which has been partially based on personal contact with residents. Since January 2013, Andrews said, he has knocked on
Nov. 4 general elecabout 20,000 doors tion. around the county, Early voting in talking with thouthe primary starts sands of MontgomThursday. ery residents about Andrews said the their concerns for the most common concounty. cern he heard while Andrews said he talking to voters was was very aware that that it’s too expensive he was on the voter’s Andrews to live in Montgomery time when he came to their home, that he might be in- County. Many retirees told him terrupting dinner or some other they’re thinking of leaving the part of the daily routine. But his experience has been county, other people told him their children can’t afford to overwhelmingly positive. “Almost everybody’s polite,” come back to Montgomery, and working families are being he said. Andrews will try to use the stretched thin, Andrews said. If he’s elected, Andrews said recognition his visits have generated in the June 24 Demo- he would try to increase the cratic primary against current county’s effectiveness in AnCounty Executive Isiah Leggett napolis and get back a higher and former executive Douglas percentage of the taxes that Montgomery residents and busiM. Duncan. The primary winner will face nesses pay to the state. “We can’t afford to not be Republican James Shalleck in the
Second man charged in connection with bottle-bomb incident in Silver Spring BY MATT ZAPOTOSKY THE WASHINGTON POST
Authorities in Prince George’s County have charged a second man they believe was involved in setting off so-called bottle bombs at crowded movie
Obituary Frederick Keith Wells, 64, of Hanceville, Alabama passed away on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at his home. Fred was born on April 8, 1950 in Bethesda, Maryland to Daniel and Shirley Wells. Fred had a long and successful career in sales along the Gulf Coast, becoming a top national sales rep for Ty, the maker of Beanie Babies. Fred was a loving uncle to his two nieces, Emily and Bridget Wells, and his greatest joy was being able to see them accomplish their dreams. Fred is survived by his brother, Gary (Martha) Wells; nieces, Emily and Bridget Wells and loyal sidekick, Ellie. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
theaters across the region in recent months — including one in Silver Spring — sparking panic and fears of a mass shooting. Michael Sean Hollingsworth, 23, of Takoma Park is believed to have been the driver for Manuel Joyner-Bell Jr., 20, who was charged last week with detonating the devices, said Mark Brady, spokesman for the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department. Hollingsworth was arrested Friday and charged with manufacture, possession and distribution of a destructive device and a related conspiracy count in connection with an explosion during a showing of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” at the Magic Johnson Theater in Largo on May 24, Brady said.
more involved in Annapolis,” Andrews said. He also strongly supports increasing library hours, infrastructure repair and the number of school resource ofﬁcers, police ofﬁcers who are stationed in the county’s schools. Andrews would also like to increase the staff of the county Inspector General’s ofﬁce, whose current staff he said isn’t big enough to sufﬁciently monitor the county’s government. As a member of the County Council for 16 years, Andrews has been a consistent critic of the labor contracts the county signs with unions representing its workers. He criticized Leggett and Duncan for labor decisions made when each was executive, and said that as executive, he would work to keep the contracts more reasonable. Andrews also does not take
campaign contributions from unions and other interest groups. Andrews’ parents grew up during the Great Depression, and taught him the value of being careful with money. “Fiscal responsibility and progressive values go hand-inhand,” he said. Andrews grew up in Kensington, graduating from Einstein High School in 1977. Recruited to Bucknell University to play tennis, Andrews moved to Philadelphia after graduation to work for the League of Conservation Voters. He moved back to Maryland in 1988 and spent six years as the executive director of Common Cause Maryland. After a failed bid for the council in 1994, he worked as the county’s Americorps director until running again in 1998, when he was elected. Andrews said he’s accom-
plished much of what he set out to do on the council. He led the effort on a bill to ban smoking in restaurants in the county, as well as one to require county contractors to pay employees a living wage. The council is currently considering a bill by Andrews to allow public ﬁnancing of future county executive and council candidates’ campaigns. His time on the council has given him good understanding of how the county’s government works, he said. It’s a trait he acknowledges that he shares with his two primary opponents, and hopes voters will compare their respective times in ofﬁce. “We all have experience, we all have records that people can examine,” Andrews said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Douglas M. Duncan has a long history in Montgomery County politics. The fifth of 13 children, Duncan, 58, grew up accompanying his mother as she got involved in Rockville politics and county Democratic politics. His mother always told him that religious service was the highest calling, followed by political service, he said. He worked on Charlie Gilchrist’s campaign for county
Notice of Hearing Notice is hereby given that the Mayor and Council of Rockville, Maryland, will conduct a public hearing on Monday, June 23, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as it may be heard, in the Council Chamber, Rockville City Hall, 111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland, in connection with a Resolution of the Mayor and Council of Rockville, pursuant to Article XI-E of the Constitution of Maryland, Sections 4-303 and 4-304 of the Local Government Article, and the Charter of the City of Rockville, as amended, to amend Section 1 of Article II and Section 4 of Article III of the Charter of the City of Rockville so as to modify the length of terms of the Mayor and Councilmembers from two years to four years beginning in 2015. More detailed information can be found on file in the office of the City Clerk. Persons wishing to testify at the hearing are asked to call 240-314-8280 before 4:00 p.m. on the date of the hearing to have their names placed on the speakers’ list. MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND By: Douglass A. Barber, City Clerk
gomery’s establishexecutive in 1978, ment as a global and four years later biotechnology cenearned a spot on the ter, the revitalizaRockville City Countion of downtown cil on a platform of Silver Spring and getting more affordconstruction of the able housing in the AFI Silver Theatre city. and the construcHe became tion of the Music mayor in 1987, and Duncan Center at Strathmore immediately found in North Bethesda. that people looked But one of the accomplishat him differently. They wanted to know what ments he’s proudest of was he had accomplished and his ability to push through what he planned to do, and Montgomery government’s held him ultimately respon- tendency to study and debate sible for getting things done, problems rather than act to solve them, with “paralysis by he said. Being an ofﬁcial in Rock- analysis” a recurring phrase ville allowed him to give back at Duncan’s appearances at to a community that had such campaign events and candian impact on him and his fam- date forums. It’s one of the areas in ily, he said. And his time in ofﬁce had which he’s been most critical of Leggett, particularly an added beneﬁt. “It was perfect training to on projects such as the Silver Spring Transit Center, the be county executive,” he said. Duncan turned that train- long-delayed transportation ing into three terms in the ex- hub that has been the subject ecutive’s ofﬁce, serving from of construction ﬂaws and cost overruns. 1994 until 2006. The full rebirth of Silver Now he’s trying to reclaim the executive’s ofﬁce against Spring has been stalled by current Executive Isiah Leggett the transit center delays, and and challenger Councilman Leggett and the County CounPhilip M. Andrews (Dist. 3) of cil have no credibility remainGaithersburg in the June 24 ing on the project, he said. The county needs a Democratic primary. Early voting in the primary hands-on executive to make economic development, begins Thursday. The winner will face Re- transportation and streamlinpublican James Shalleck in the ing the county’s permitting process priorities in the next Nov. 4 general election. Duncan said it’s gratifying term, Duncan said. Despite his longtime presto see how many people are familiar with his time in ofﬁce ence in Montgomery politics, and what he accomplished Duncan said he’s running as a challenger to the county’s curduring that time. Among his higher-proﬁle rent leadership. Leggett and Andrews have achievements, he lists Mont-
both been in ofﬁce for a long time, Duncan said. Before serving two fouryear terms as county executive, Leggett was on the County Council from 1986 until 2002. Andrews has been on the council since 1998. “They are the status quo,” Duncan said. Duncan left the executive’s office in 2006 to challenge then-Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley in Maryland’s Democratic primary, before dropping out of the race to deal with depression. Depression is a horrible illness, but his illness made him more patient and understanding, Duncan said. His experience also opened his eyes to the needs of Montgomery’s special needs community, and what the county is doing to provide better access to mental health treatment. It’s also allowed him to serve as a model for some people by showing them that you can get better, he said, and he ends many of his appearances with a plea for others to get help for themselves or someone they know who is suffering from depression. He spends much of the rest of these events trying to persuade voters to make a change in the county’s leadership and give his leadership another try. “I’m running for county executive because the status quo isn’t good enough,” he said. email@example.com
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Selma Nootenboom and her nephew Eric Barr in front of her Rockville home. Nootenboom was the victim of a scam by an unlicensed tree cutter who charged her thousands of dollars to trim the large tree behind them.
Continued from Page A-1 fort by police and county departments to crack down on “rip-off artists” who target residents with fraudulent offers to do projects such as roof or driveway repair or tree work or removal. “We will not tolerate the victimization of our residents, particularly our seniors,” Leggett said. Leggett appeared with representatives from the Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Ofﬁce, Montgomery’s Ofﬁce of Consumer Protection, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and police from other jurisdictions. They spoke at the Rockville home of Selma Nootenboom, an elderly woman who was charged $2,000 for tree work despite agreeing to pay only $700. Nootenboom is legally blind and hard of hearing, her nephew Eric Barr said Friday. The man took one branch off, ﬁlled a small hole with cement and charged her $2,000, Barr said.
The county was eventually able to get the money back, he said. According to county police, a victim in Chevy Chase paid four contractors a total of $80,000 to perform the same job, while another resident in the southern part of the county paid $160,000 for three different roof jobs, plus trimming and cutting of various trees. An elderly county resident paid $240,000 for work at his home with few results, according to police. Unsolicited contractors, or “woodchucks,” often provide a low estimate for how much work will cost, said county police Lt. Michael Hartnett. The problem is not just one for Montgomery County, but for the Washington region, costing from $2 million to $3 million regionally each year, he said. Deputy State’s Attorney John Maloney said his ofﬁce welcomes the increased focus on the issue as his ofﬁce goes after anyone who preys on the county’s most vulnerable residents. “We will prosecute you, and we will prosecute to the full extent of the law,” Maloney said. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Montgomery County Faith Community Working Group — which represents the county’s Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Sikh, Unitarian Universalist and Zoroastrian communities — organized the news conference and rally, which drew about 100 people to the Rockville Metro station. James Stow, director of the county’s Ofﬁce of Humans Rights, said he was happy to support the religious protest against the ad. “Freedom is not free,” Stow said. “It’s heavy lifting.” He said he recognized that the group that bought the ads enjoys freedom of speech, but it should use that freedom to speak against hate. Meanwhile, Pamela Geller of New York, who leads that pro-Israel group, said she was surprised by the protest because she has not heard of other protests against what she called the teachings of the Quran. “I am surprised that these same Muslim leaders are not protesting the anti-Semitic texts and teachings in the Quran,” Geller wrote in an email to The Gazette. “Instead they protest those of us that oppose such hate speech.” The ads concern U.S. aid to other countries, Geller said.
Continued from Page A-1 emony. Among those honored were four members of the sheriff’s ofﬁce who in December tracked down a woman who was believed to be suicidal. Deputies Lindsey Swinford, Zachary Buttrey and Andrew Tucker, and Lt. Eric Runion followed several leads over a period of about 48 hours before finding the woman at a Rockville hotel, Sheriff Darren Popkin said. They forced their way into her room and found her near
The Rev. Mansﬁeld “Kasey” Kaseman, the interfaith community liaison with the county’s Ofﬁce of Community Partnerships, leads Monday’s news conference in Rockville expressing concern about what the religious leaders called anti-Muslim ads on 20 Metro buses. DAN GROSS/THE GAZETTE
“So if that is the issue, why didn’t these protesters protest against the American Muslims for Palestine ad?” she asked, referring to that group’s ads on Metro buses in April. Those ads read: “We’re sweating April 15 so Israelis don’t have to! Stop US aid to Israel’s occupation.” The message was superimposed over a tax return form, next to a picture of Uncle Sam waving an Israeli ﬂag. “As for bringing in religion where it is not needed, that is not my doing,” Geller wrote. “The Islamic jihadists have done that, impeding peace in Israel with their genocidal religionbased hatred, as Hamas so memorably expressed recently when they said on their Aqsa TV death from having swallowed too many pills, he said. The ofﬁcers administered first aid until an ambulance could take her to a hospital. They received distinguished service citations June 4 for their work. The successes that police and ﬁre personnel have every day aren’t always recognized or celebrated as much as they should be, Popkin said. That’s why ceremonies such as the one last week are so important, he said. email@example.com
channel: ‘Killing Jews is worship that draws us closer to Allah.’ It is chilling that anyone in the U.S. would protest against an attempt to draw attention to that hateful and violent ethos.” Those who attended Monday’s rally called the protest a good step forward. Imam Faizul Khan, an administrator with the Islamic Society of the Washington Area and co-chairman of the Faith Community Advisory Council, said he came because he was “concerned with the message of division, bigotry and hate.” “I came today to help bring awareness to the community, and bring unity,” Khan said. “I believe the best next step is to create an infection of love in Montgomery County and con-
tinue our momentum.” Weiss said he realizes that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which runs the Metro bus and rail systems, did not want to place these ads on its buses, but the advertising space has been ruled by the courts as a public forum protected by the First Amendment. “We may not decline ads based on their political content,” WMATA said in an email to The Gazette. “WMATA does not endorse the advertising on our system, and ads do not reﬂect the position of the Authority. There is a disclaimer statement printed on the advertising stating this.”
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Rockville Police Chief Terry Treschuk presents Ofﬁcer Chad Bates with the Citation for Bravery at the 25th annual Rockville Public Safety Awards presentation on June 4 at Lakewood Country Club.
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Clerk candidate wants to build community at the courthouse Lawyer supports having temporary marriage ofﬁciants
TIFFANY ARNOLD STAFF WRITER
When people think of a clerk, they think of ﬁles, records, and lots of paper. Alan Bowser, who’s running for Montgomery County Circuit Court clerk, would like to add the word “community” to that list. “The clerk’s ofﬁce could be so much more,” said Bowser, 61, of Silver Spring. In the June 24 Democratic primary, Bowser will face Barbara Meiklejohn, who is currently the court’s deputy clerk. Loretta E. Knight, Montgomery’s circuit court clerk since 2006, didn’t run for re-election. Circuit court clerks serve fouryear terms. Speaking as a community organizer, executive leader and consumer of court records, Bowser said a successful circuit court clerk is more than a custodian of ﬁles. Bowser said he supports a recent effort to permit courts to authorize the use of temporary marriage ofﬁciants, which could
have beneﬁted same-sex couples. Though same-sex marriages are legal in Maryland, clergy can opt not to perform them. In Maryland, only a judge, a courthouse clerk or clergy can sign a marriage license. A temporary Bowser marriage officiant, Bowser said, should be added to the list. To become a temporary marriage officiant, a person would need to request permission from the court. An unsuccessful bill in Annapolis last session would have authorized temporary marriage ofﬁciants. Bowser also proposed creating a community outreach position and a concierge service, as well as offering better access to records — particularly for those whose primary language is not English. He would consider extending courthouse hours to help families. If elected, Bowser said, he
would be the ﬁrst African-American in a leadership position within Montgomery County Circuit Court. Bowser is a practicing attorney and a community activist in Silver Spring. His experience with the county judiciary has been from the other side of the counter, Bowser said, but his leadership experience and political connections are an asset. Bowser has degrees from Princeton, Johns Hopkins and Georgetown University Law Center. During the Clinton administration, Bowser was the U.S. deputy assistant secretary for basic industries. He was responsible for more than 125 federal workers and led contingents of American business people on ofﬁcial trips overseas. Bowser, a former senior staff member at World Bank, also was a legislative assistant for the late U.S. Rep. George W. Crockett Jr., D-Mich. Locally, Bowser was chief of staff for former Montgomery County Councilwoman Duchy Trachtenberg. He’s the Democratic precinct chair in Silver Spring and executive producer of Silver Spring’s yearly blues festival.
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As Thomas R. Falcinelli Jr. sees it, the biggest problem in the Montgomery County sheriff’s ofﬁce is stafﬁng. “Numbers, working bodies, that’s your ﬁrst priority,” said Falcinelli, who’s challenging incumbent and fellow Democrat Darren Popkin in this year’s sheriff’s race. In the June 24 primary, voters will decide who to advance to the general election in November, when there will be no Republican challenger. Falcinelli, 54, of Silver Spring, has a 29-year career in law enforcement. He’s a Falcinelli county police sergeant and a lawyer. Outside of policing, he is the director of ofﬁcials for the Indoor Football League and is a former referee for the National Football League. Falcinelli accused the current leadership of creating top-heavy stafﬁng at managerial levels while leaving other aspects of the department understaffed. The effect, he said, is a sheriff’s department that’s spread too thin, causing some of the sheriff department’s responsibilities — such as the late-night transport of inmates — to be shifted to Montgomery County police. If elected sheriff, Falcinelli said, he would refocus the department’s priorities back on its core duties — serving orders, transporting inmates and protecting the court. Ofﬁcers would be pulled from temporary assignments that didn’t involve the department’s core functions until stafﬁng numbers improved, he said. Falcinelli said he would preserve the sheriff department’s commitment to help staff the Family Justice Center, a one-stop program that works with a range of agencies to help victims of domestic violence ﬁnd shelter and other resources to protect themselves and their children from abusive partners. But Falcinelli said that even the Family Justice Center has had bloated stafﬁng from the sheriff’s department, a situation he described as “overkill.” “That’s an important, worthwhile effort,” he said of the center. “But there has to be balance.” Falcinelli unsuccessfully ran for sheriff in 2010, when Popkin was elected.
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Laytonsville couple faces prison time for investment scheme, tax evasion FROM STAFF REPORTS A Laytonsville couple has pleaded guilty to charges connected to a fraudulent advance fee scheme and tax evasion, the FBI said in a news release. Shannon Johnson, 50, pleaded guilty on Friday. His wife, Yvette Johnson, 52, pleaded guilty on June 2. The FBI said Shannon Johnson admitted that he ran a fraudulent advance fee scheme from 2006 to 2009. He “held himself out as a wealthy international investment banker who could provide millions of dollars and euros in ﬁnancing to businesses and individuals,” the news release says. In return, the Johnsons promised money that they said was in an overseas bank account. The FBI said the plea agreement indicates that Shannon Johnson received about $3.7 million in advance fees, but didn’t provide the promised ﬁnancing. Instead, the Johnsons used the money to buy Bentley, Mercedes-Benz and BMW automobiles; travel on private jets; and
fund the mortgage on their Laytonsville home. At least 11 individuals and businesses were victimized, the FBI said. Plea agreements also indicated that the Johnsons evaded taxes on income earned in the scheme and attempted to conceal
their income and assets. If the court accepts Shannon Johnson’s plea agreement, he will be sentenced to four to six years in prison. He is due to be sentenced on Sept. 8. Yvettte Johnson faces a maximum of ﬁve years in prison when she is sentenced on Sept. 29.
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Poolesville’s solar future Poolesville took a forward-thinking step recently by installing a solar array to provide the power necessary for its wastewater treatment plant. “We’re big enough and small enough to take on a project like this and bring it to fruition,” town commissioners president Jim Brown said. The project cost about $2.7 million, and Standard Solar of Rockville built it. Footing the bill was an energy company, UGI Corp. of King of Prussia, Pa., which then gets payments on the energy as well as renewable energy credits from the state. By powering the treatment plant with solar energy, the town has prevented nearly 600,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere since the array went online in February, the town says. The project also helps to show other communities what is possible. At a news conference announcing the completion of the project last week, former Poolesville commissioners president Eddie Kuhlman said he had wanted solar power to serve all of Poolesville’s public utility needs, but state laws limited how much power the town could produce, reserving large projects for utility companies. State Sen. Brian Feldman said he wanted to look at what prohibitions to solar power the state could remove. The General Assembly should scale back those restrictions, if for no other reason than Montgomery municipalities are ready to take signiﬁcant steps forward in solar energy.
Expanding the vote in Rockville A group of teenagers is hoping Rockville allows 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in the city’s 2015 elections. Members of the Maryland Youth Legislative Councils have met with Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton and several council members seeking the change. The Rockville students are collecting signatures and spreading the word via social media. Their efforts follow Takoma Park’s decision in May 2013 to lower the voting age in city elections. Although it’s only one election, it’s hard to say that expanding the franchise was anything other than successful. According to the election report from Takoma Park’s election last November, 44 percent of the registered 16- and 17-year-olds voted compared with 10.7 percent of all voters. Many 18-year-olds have left home before they get a chance to vote in their ﬁrst election. By granting 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote, they can start the habit of voting at a young age, or as we said before Takoma Park made its decision, it can be a “learner’s permit for democracy.” We hope Rockville follows suit.
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construction funds. We can’t Stop! Don’t throw away keep up with our exploding enthat political ﬂier you just got rollments, 2,000 new students in the mail. Instead, carefully read it because it tells you what a year. When this year’s march the candidates think of you. Or, on Annapolis for more school more precisely, what the candiconstruction money ended in dates think you want to hear. utter failure, County Executive Political platforms and Ike Leggett raided $41 million promises have a single purfrom other county projects pose, getting your vote. So, while further delaying more here’s what most Montgomery school construction projects. MY MARYLAND We’re burning the candle at candidates are promising this election: both ends. BLAIR LEE They’re for: jobs, universal Montgomery’s politicians pre-K, raising the minimum wage (again), have known for years that the county’s “betrenewable energy, smaller class sizes, mass ter to be a donor” credo is ﬁscally unsustransit, taxing businesses and the rich, tainable, but they hoped the voters would closing the “achievement gap”, the Bay, never catch on. Yet, the school construction abortion, LGBT rights, diversity, seniors crisis is only the tip of the iceberg: MoCo’s and labor unions. statehouse delegation has capitulated on They’re against: climate change, inso many ﬁnancial fronts (shifting the state’s come inequality, fracking, trafﬁc congesteacher pension costs to the counties, tion, tax cuts, growth, estate tax reform, “equalizing” billions in classroom aid, cutbusiness and telling you how they’re going ting local highway, police and community to pay for all their promises. college funds) that the county’s long-term But a handful of MoCo candidates ﬁnancial viability is in danger. sense a new, emerging voter concern: These long-term time bombs together getting short-changed in Annapolis. Norwith a stagnant federal spending economy, mally, MoCo’s fat, happy, disinterested ongoing tax-base ﬂight and the governvoters don’t care how much tax revenue mental needs of MoCo’s new immigrant is exported to the rest of the state. So what population are a perfect storm. if MoCo gets $882 per capita in state aid American politics is the last free while Baltimore gets $2,033 and Prince market, anyone who correctly senses the George’s gets $1,341? We’re rich, we can public pulse and offers a new direction can afford to help other jurisdictions and, if win. Right now the way to win in Montthe state won’t help us, we’ll just pay for gomery is to appease the labor unions, the it ourselves. Or, as MoCo senator Rich environmentalists, the minority groups Madaleno puts it, “It’s better to be a donor and the gay lobby. In its recent statehouse than a recipient”. endorsements, the Washington Post But, now, all those decades of neglect mumbled that MoCo’s delegation “doesn’t are beginning to haunt Montgomery. The always exercise clout commensurate with wake-up call is school construction where its weight” and, then, endorsed all the inMoCo, with 17 percent of the state’s stucumbents except two. dents, gets 11 percent of the state school So change must come from outside,
not from within the establishment. Enter a breed of ﬁscally responsible, socially liberal Democratic challengers like Rick Kessler, who’s running for the House of Delegates in the Kensington, Wheaton, Garrett Park, Silver Spring district. He’s as liberal as they come: pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, pro-Dream Act, Save the Bay, tax corporations and so on. Plus, Kessler spent 20 years working for Capital Hill liberal lawmakers and his wife is the former director of the League of Conservation Voters. But Kessler is blowing the whistle on the delegation he hopes to join. “Rick Kessler is tired of Annapolis treating Montgomery County like an ATM, we can do better,” his ads say. He would have voted against the 2012 state pension shift and the income tax hike that came, 40 percent, from MoCo. And he’ll vote against any future budgets that penalize MoCo. Another whistleblower is County Executive candidate Phil Andrews, a fellow good-governent, social liberal courageous enough to take on the public employee unions and MoCo’s dysfunctional statehouse delegation. The political establishment is closing ranks against agitators like Kessler and Andrews because the incumbents don’t want to be accountable for the county’s looming ﬁscal crisis. It’s their futures, not the county’s that most concerns them. So, once again, the county’s fate is in the hands of its voters. Are they paying attention? Do they understand that nothing is going to change until the establishment starts losing elections? Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His past columns are available at www.gazette.net/blairlee. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR
Speaking of voting ... early voting starts Thursday. Judging solely by the sheer tonnage of candidates, voters are facing a hefty election, and early voting offers citizens a chance to cast ballots at their convenience. The Early Voting Centers will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. until June 19. Primary election day is June 24. According to the county, any registered voter may cast a ballot at any one of these sites on the same voting equipment used on Election Day. The early voting centers are: • Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg • Damascus Community Recreation Center, 25520 Oak Drive, Damascus • Executive Ofﬁce Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville • Germantown Recreation Center, 18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown • Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase • Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville • Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring • Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veteran’s Plaza, Silver Spring • Wheaton Community Recreation Center, 11711 Georgia Ave., Wheaton
Supporting Evan Glass I am writing in support of Evan Glass in the June 24 Democratic Primary for District 5 Councilmember. Evan is a no-nonsense, responsive community activist who has been working hard on our behalf for years and has made a difference in our community. Evan is progressive and understands
the need to support small businesses and bring jobs to District 5. Evan understands the need for the 11 high-poverty high schools identified in the County Council OLO Report (many of which are in District 5) to have the ﬁnancial and human resources they need to help close the achievement gap.
Salley Shannon, Derwood
Tom Moore was the only District 3 County Council candidate to testify in support of Councilman Phil Andrews’ innovative bill on public campaign ﬁnancing. “Keeping corrupting money out of politics is why I led the ﬁght on the Rockville City Council to ensure that elected ofﬁcials follow the highest standards when disclosing ﬁnancial interests,” he said. In his conclusion, Moore told the
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Jeanette Dixon, Silver Spring
Supporting Tom Moore
Vanilla Andrews Your endorsement of Phil Andrews for County Executive [“Andrews for county executive,” May 28] does not serve the citizens of Montgomery County. Mr. Andrews has had 16 years on the Council to reach out to any of our active and growing communities — Chinese, Indian, Hispanic, Ethiopian, African — who together now constitute a majority in our county. Yet he’s been missing in action, staying just in his comfort zone. A leader who’s only at ease with plain vanilla, when we have an all-spice county? Bite your tongue!
Evan is a man of integrity and a doer who will work collaboratively to solve identiﬁed problems not just give lip service. It will not be politics as usual with him. He has earned our votes and this opportunity to serve the people of District 5.
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council, “This bill will allow those with deep roots but shallow pockets to compete effectively. ... This bill will allow those with the best ideas, and not the best Rolodexes, to guide Montgomery County into the future.” Such practical idealism is one reason I support Tom Moore in this important election for County Council.
Ellen Ryan, Rockville
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LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR
Complete the M-83 study Opponents of the MidCounty Highway (M-83) project are trying to politicize and terminate the Midcounty Corridor Study, which after 12 years is ﬁnally nearing completion. This is wrong. The upcounty residents deserve the opportunity to see which alternative emerges as the best option that will meet their transportation needs. The unbuilt section of the Mid-County Highway is now being debated to run between Montgomery Village Avenue and Ridge Road. This would be a four-lane, median-divided roadway that has been part of county master plans for over 50 years and it’s southern end include a short connection tying MidCounty Highway to the ICC, designed to relieve local/regional congestion and connect residents in Damascus, Clarksburg, Germantown, Montgomery Village, Gaithersburg and Shady Grove to jobs up and down the corridor, and to the Shady Grove Metro Station, White Oak, University Of Maryland, BWI Airport, etc. — without forcing people onto MD 355 or I-270. Think of M-83 as the “Great Seneca Highway” of the eastern side I-270. Without it and regardless of additional transit services, trafﬁc in this part of our
county goes from bad to horriﬁc, and that’s not in dispute. After comprehensive reviews, completion of M-83 as it appears in local master plans was recently supported by the Montgomery County Planning Board, the City of Gaithersburg, and the Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board. Completion of M-83 is also supported by thousands of residents who purchased homes in the expectation that their master-planned communities will have access to the planned transportation system. This is the only realistic option for many upcounty residents to get where they need to go: local schools, stores, regional jobs, or mass-transit. We encourage all upcounty residents to learn about the planned Mid-County Highway and other major Upcounty transportation projects, and support the online petition for M-83 Alternative 9A at www.Coalition4U.org
Charles Tilford, President, Greater Goshen Civic Association, Barry Fantle, President, Clarksburg Civic Association, Cherian Eapen, Coalition for Upcounty
Supporting Brian Frosh I was pleased to read your editorial supporting Brian Frosh’s candidacy for Attorney General in the Democratic primary. Since your most recent issue went to press, Gov. O’Malley has added his endorsement to yours and the Washington Post’s. I have followed Brian Frosh’s public service from the time he ﬁrst entered the legislature representing the district in which I have lived for the last 17 years. He has consistently provided intelligent, informed and ethical leadership in bringing into being much of the legisla-
tion that next attorney general will be called on to interpret and enforce. His knowledge is broad and his legal skills are well honed. But we voters must do more than nod our heads in agreement. In this election in which turnout is projected to be low, voters must take advantage of all the opportunities provided to make voting convenient and vote. The right to vote is precious. Exercise it, and be sure to vote for Brian Frosh for Attorney General.
David S. Davidson, Bethesda
Not supporting Cheryl Kagan Regarding Cheryl Kagan’s campaign for state senator. When the Washington Council of Governments held public hearings on the sale/privatization of the WSSC (late 1990’s), I asked Ms. Kagan’s staff for the minutes of the meetings I had attended, I never got the requested information, but did have one of her staff leave me a voice mail, telling me to call her IMMEDIATELY. I did, and was told that I would not get the assistance I requested. I recall reading of Ms. Kagan being a part of a play parodying medical patients who smoked marijuana, and I complained to her staff. At
that time my sister was terminally ill, and I objected to making light of anyone in that situation. One of her staff, told me that Ms. Kagan was only kidding. Ms. Kagans ofﬁce, once responded to a letter I sent to her, telling me that “she had never heard of anything so mean spirited” (not a thank you for your comment etc). In contrast, I once met with Del. Simmons at his ofﬁce, and his staff is to be commended for their professional and friendly manner. I feel Ms. Kagan would be a very poor choice to hold elected ofﬁce in this state or any other
Bob Brewer, Gaithersburg
Services to children need ﬁnancial boost Many of your readers are unfamiliar with the array of free services in the county available to parents of young children, to help them with these very important years of growth and change. The most important number in this constellation is for Child Link, at (240) 777-4769. This county government initiative offers a live expert to listen to each particular parenting concern and help ﬁnd the best way to meet it. Unfortunately some of these services for young children are not up to par, because the county and state governments still do not adequately fund them at the level of quality the young children need and deserve to be able to succeed in life and in school. State child
care subsidies are the worstfunded of these services, but most of the other services have suffered because of unrestored cuts made during the recent recession. Now is the time that candidates for political ofﬁce are beginning to contemplate next ﬁscal year’s government and Montgomery County Public Schools budgets. I hope that they will step up to the plate with the additional resources we need to help Montgomery County’s youngest citizens thrive. The young children are going to be of working age when we are old and needing their help, so now is the time to build their capacity to help us when we need it.
John Surr, Bethesda
When you vote, remember the farms Montgomery County once was one of the most beautiful counties in the country. To take a ride from the district line up to Sugarloaf Mountain was an enjoyable, picturesque, even exciting, experience. As you’d enter each town, distinct in its own charm and uniqueness, it was like visiting an old friend. The county then gracefully transitioned to beautiful farms approaching Derwood, and on into Gaithersburg, a great agricultural country town. From there north, you’d drive through such beautiful farmland that to know it, brings tears to your eyes today. This was not 100 years ago. I’m talking as recent as 1990 — when far superior decisions should have been made on behalf of Montgomery County. Do you like the way your towns now look and function? Silver Spring, Rockville, Olney, Derwood, Gaithersburg, covered in incalculable tonnage of concrete, paved over, gone. Do you like living in a surveillancecamera police state; government implying you’re a criminal who must be watched? That’s Montgomery County today. Politicians, worshipping their god of developers, have ruined fully half of our oncebeautiful county.
Voters, remember this as politicians now slither around you ﬂicking their tongues, making hollow promises for your most-precious vote. Remember, too, Montgomery County men, women and children forced out of their homes by these same politicians hell-bent on forcing the barelyused Intercounty Connector. Voters must insist that county government legislate that needed population control, increased acreage zoning, and farmland preservation are not mutually exclusive of each other. Montgomery County doesn’t have a ﬁduciary duty to destroy itself to provide housing to millions of people. That isn’t in any county or state charter. Yet, this is exactly what developers have gotten politicians to tell you. Take your sorrow over the loss of our once-beautiful county into the voting booth. Research voting records. Consider voting only for politicians who fought against the ICC. At least that way you’ll have some indication that they do have a beating heart, a sense of right and wrong, and serve something other than the god of money.
Tess Foley Kochowicz, Derwood
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WHITMAN, WOOTTON PLAYERS EARN TOP HONORS ON ALL-GAZETTE TENNIS TEAMS, B-3
SPORTS ROCKVILLE | WHEATON
GAMES ON GAZETTE.NET
Posted online by 8 a.m. the following day. Schedules subject to change. BIG 33 FOOTBALL: Maryland at Pennsylvania, 7:06 p.m. Saturday Gaithersburg’s Solomon Vault among the all-stars traveling to Hershey, Pa.
BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Gaithersburg vs. Whitman, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday BASEBALL: Gaithersburg Post 295 vs. Mount Airy, 6 p.m. Thursday
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RM grad rewriting Hood’s record books
“We’re doing the whole build from the bottom up, as far as making sure everybody understands what’s going on and then getting everybody on the same page... What you did in the past is in the past and you’re going to earn your spots ... There are no incumbents.” Eddie Tolliver, Wootton coach
Softball: Fourcade has broken two program records, top 10 in many categories
BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE
Patriots new football coach, Ed Tolliver, talks to his team during half time at the Wootton vs Seneca Valley 7-on-7 passing league game at Seneca Valley on Thursday June 5, 2014.
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The Thomas S. Wootton High School football team had its fair share of miscues in Thursday’s 7-on-7 summer passing league competition, as is to be expected from a young group more than six months removed from its last live action, playing under a new coaching staff. But as the games progressed, so did the Patriots, who showed ﬂashes of what they hope to become by summer’s end in losses to Seneca Valley and Quince Orchard. “The execution was better,” said Wootton coach Eddie Tolliver, who was hired in March. “As a coach you always want it to be perfect, but it’s never perfect. You strive for perfection. I guess [today was] the good and the bad together.” Jaron Woodyard, a transfer from Watkins Mill, was one of Wootton’s top performers; against Quince Orchard, the speedy junior had an interception and caught a long touchdown pass from senior quarterback Sam Ellis. “We got a lot of young guys,” said Woodyard, an All-Gazette ﬁrst team indoor track and ﬁeld athlete. “We just got to teach them. Teach them what they’re supposed to be doing. Leadership and communication, that’s all.” Tolliver returns to the sidelines after coaching the Patriots from 201011; he replaces Tyree Spinner, whose January dismissal stirred up controversy at the Rockville school. The coaching change hasn’t been easy on Wootton’s players. “It’s crazy. Hearing different
It took 2012 Richard Montgomery High School graduate Ashley Fourcade precisely 17 games — less than half of her freshman season — to break into the Hood College softball team’s record books last spring. “She had hits in the ﬁrst 17 games she played and broke [the hitting streak record] right there,” coach Terry Burdette said. “It was pretty impressive.” Fourcade, whose hitting streak lasted for 19 games and broke the previous record of 16 held by Sara Wastler (from 2006) and Karen Dudley (2003), ﬁnished the 2013 season in the top 10 of single-season records in six offensive categories — hits (fourth), doubles (second), home runs (seventh), runs batted in (fourth), slugging percentage (seventh) and hitting streak — and was
PHOTO BY CHARLIE COVELL PHOTOGRAPHY
Richard Montgomery High School graduate Ashley Fourcade broke Hood College’s home run record in 2014 and is headed toward the top in several other categories.
named the Commonwealth Conference’s Rookie of the Year and to the all-conference honorable mention list.
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Wheaton tries to avoid ‘one bad inning’ American Legion Post 268 looks for consistency after 0-5 start
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Thomas S. Wootton High School junior linebacker Patrick Bernardo drops into coverage against Seneca Valley in Thursday’s passing league game. things left and right. But you just have to keep your head right, keep looking forward to the goal: winning,” junior linebacker Patrick Bernardo said. “... At points it can be a distraction but you got to get rid of that. You just got to work out, play, have fun, get good.” Spinner, now coaching Avalon, a private Gaithersburg school, attended Thursday’s passing league games at Seneca Valley High School. As of Wednesday, no Wootton players had transferred to Avalon, Tolliver said. Tolliver said the Patriots are focused on improving ﬁtness and communication, particularly on defense. That showed against Seneca Valley and Quince Orchard, with Bernardo playing middle linebacker and directing the defense.
“We just need to build the chemistry of our team. We had some good ﬂashes on defense and on offense,” said Bernardo, who had a pass deﬂection against Seneca Valley. “We lost, but it got better.” Wootton went 5-5 last season, losing four of its ﬁnal six games. “We’re doing the whole build from the bottom up, as far as making sure everybody understands what’s going on and then getting everybody on the same page,” Tolliver said. “... What you did in the past is in the past and you’re going to earn your spots ... There are no incumbents.” email@example.com
BY TED BLACK STAFF WRITER
Following a season in which his team won only two games last summer, Wheaton American Leagion Post 268 shortstop Zeke Green remained optimistic that his team can rebound from an 0-5 start to the current American Legion schedule that included an 11-1 setback to Gaithersburg Post 295 last Friday afternoon. Green, a recent Walter Johnson High School graduate and rising freshman at Catholic University where he is hoping to play baseball next spring as a walk-on, was able to take the latest setback in stride. In many respects, the loss in six innings basically mirrored the Wheaton squad’s start to the summer. The losses have not been a result of
consistent poor play, but primarily hinged on one bad inning. “It always seems like that one inning gets us,” Green said. “I think we know that we can play with these better teams. We just have to avoid that one bad inning. Today it was the third inning and last week we had one bad inning when we lost to Damascus [14-2] and to Sandy Spring [10-0] and even against Laurel [4-0]. We were only down 1-0 against Laurel and then they got three runs in one inning. Today it was 1-1 until the third and then they got eight runs.” Wheaton has been outscored 51-3 in its ﬁrst ﬁve losses, but ﬁrstyear coach Gabe Medina knew the squad would have a difﬁcult time dramatically improving on last year’s 2-16 mark. Last Friday Wheaton yielded a run in the ﬁrst, but countered with an unearned run in the second inning to draw even briefly. But Gaithersburg broke
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As a senior, Northwest High School’s Samer Manna was a key component of a defense that helped the Jaguars win the 2013 Class 4A football state championship. But as good as he was at linebacker, that’s not what made him stand out during tryouts for the 57th Big 33 Football Classic. Instead, it was his versatility — speciﬁcally, his long snapping — that set him apart from the other recent high
school graduates and earned him a spot on Team Maryland, he said. “Honestly, I was really surprised because nothing has really happened like this,” said Manna, a second team All-Gazette linebacker. A Wesley College recruit, Manna is one of nine Montgomery County athletes in the all-star game between Maryland and Pennsylvania, scheduled for 7:06 p.m. Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium in Pennsylvania. “I’ve talked to a lot of the alumni [who] actually played in that game. They’re telling me to go up there and take it all in because it’s a once in a lifetime chance,” said Manna, who will be joined by Northwest teammates Josh
Gills (Duquesne) and Rasheed Gillis (Shepherd). Maryland returned to the Big 33 Football Classic last June after a 21-year hiatus, giving up the ﬁrst 28 points and losing 58-27. Pennsylvania holds a 7-2 advantage in the series, but Maryland players said they are expecting a different result this time. “We got a lot of talent, we got a lot more packages than we had last year,” said Seneca Valley defensive end Daniel Appouh, an Old Dominion recruit. “We’ll have a head start and it should be a closer game.” Other Montgomery County athletes
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Northwest High School’s Rasheed Gillis (left), Caleb Gills (back) and Samer Manna (right) tackle Gaithersburg’s Max Anderson during a Sept. 28, 2013 game in Rockville. TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE
Continued from Page B-1 Admittedly anxious about living up to that status in her sophomore season this spring, Fourcade had no trouble continuing on her historical path during a 2014 campaign for which she again earned all-conference honorable mention. Her teamhigh seven home runs moved her into ﬁrst place on the program’s career list — with 11 total she surpassed Melanie Muscar, who tallied 10 between 2003-04. In just two seasons Fourcade has already broken into the program’s top 10 in career hits with 81 and is ﬁfth with 63 runs batted in. “I never thought I would ever get [Rookie of the Year], I didn’t even know they had that,” Fourcade said. “It was amazing getting that but this year I just wanted to keep up my name and make sure I keep being the best I can be. I just wanted to keep my name up there.” Fourcade’s success earned her a spot on the Maryland AllStars team that is scheduled to play the USA Softball Women’s National Team in an exhibition game July 29 at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf in
conjunction with the Amateur Softball Association of America 10U, 12U and 14U Class “B” Eastern Nationals. Also on the roster is former Poolesville pitcher Patti Maloney (Fordham University); Germantown native Tori Finucane was invited to play but is recovering from a right thumb injury that kept the Southeastern Conference’s Rookie of the Year out of the NCAA tournament. “Just the experience of playing against [Team USA], I never thought I’d ever get the chance to meet them, let alone play against them,” Fourcade said. “Playing with other top-notch players from Maryland is another big excitement of mine.” Burdette, who was asked to be part of the Maryland All-Stars coaching staff, said while softball isn’t currently in the Olympics, there is a good chance it could be reinstated in 2020. Keeping the national team, which still competes in elite level championships like the World Cup, visible, is important. Fourcade said she is hopeful exhibition games like the one she is on tap for later this summer will prove there is still an interest in fastpitch softball and that it is an exciting game to watch. “When I was little I told my parents I wanted to play for the
Olympic softball team and they were like, ‘Softball isn’t in the Olympics anymore,’” Fourcade said. “I was devastated.” Fourcade still has two years to pepper the Hood College record books and while doing that is an individual goal of hers — Fourcade said her love for breaking records has become a family joke — Burdette praised the multifaceted player’s team-ﬁrst approach to everything. Like the fact that she would prefer to play third base but spends most of her time behind the plate because that’s where the Blazers need her. “Unfortunately I have only one Ashley and she catches for us because she’s an outstanding catcher and it’s an important position,” Burdette said. “She does a great job back there, she has a tremendous arm, it’s hard to run on her. ...As Rookie of the Year nobody knew anything about her. This year coming back, once your opponent knows you’re a good player they pay special attention to try and get you out. [Even so] Ashley had a great season for us not only offensively but she is an outstanding defensive player.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Continued from Page B-1 open the game in the bottom of the third by scoring eight unearned runs, capped by a three-run double by recent Georgetown Prep graduate Quentin Bubb, a rising freshman at Lafayette University, who had two hits and scored twice in the inning. “When we have that one bad inning, we tend to hang our heads,” Medina said. “Once you lose focus mentally in baseball, you have trouble getting it back. I think the guys have to understand that they can play with anyone in this league. They have to believe in themselves. That’s the toughest thing right now is just getting them to believe. Once they do, they’ll see how well they can play. Today it should have been a 1-1 game for a long time, but we gave them eight runs in one inning.” Even before last Friday afternoon’s contest, Gaithersburg Post 295 coach Pete White cautioned his players about looking past Wheaton. Through two innings to
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Wheaton American Legion’s Carson Scweickhart tags out Gaithersburg’s Cody Dorsey during Friday’s baseball game in Germantown. game was tied at 1-apiece and White had every reason to expect that perhaps one or two runs could make the difference. His team, however, scored eight unearned runs in the home half of the third to break the game open. “I told my guys when they got here that we can’t take [Wheaton] lightly,” White said. “They beat Damascus last year and Damascus had
the best team in our league. We thought it was going to be a close game. Fortunately for us we had that one big inning, but their guys never gave up. It took us three more innings to get some runs. That team came over here ready to play, so you can never look past a team like that.” email@example.com
Continued from Page B-1 include Gaithersburg running back Solomon Vault (Northwestern), Gaithersburg defensive end Avery Taylor (Merrimack), Damascus linebacker Stephon Jacob (Richmond), Paint Branch wide receiver Javonn Curry (James Madison) and Quince Orchard running back Kevin Joppy (Shepherd). “We have a lot of speed in the backﬁeld and with our wide receivers, our defensive linemen are big, our defense is looking nice. I think we have a good shot,” Joppy said. Gaithersburg coach Kreg Kephart, a Montgomery County Committee chair for Team Maryland, said the Big 33 Classic isn’t as prestigious as other all-star games, such as the Under Armour All-AmericanGame,theMaryland Crab Bowl and the Chesapeake Bowl. This year, though, he said there is growing interest among local players and coaches. “I see it as a chance for Maryland High School football to show everybody else on the region the quality of the football we have,” Kephart said. The athletes traveled to Hershey Sunday and are staying with host families for the remainder of the week. The event also includes a service element, where participants are paired with special needs children as part of the Buddy program. “I just want to get in the game and help the team win,” Manna said. “I’ve heard we haven’t won in a while. I just want to contribute to the win.”
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Girls’ First Team Singles
PLAYER OF YEAR
Steady ground game led to region title, reached county and state ﬁnals.
Finished 13-1 to help lead the Panthers to the ISL championship.
Her only loss was ﬁrst match coming off monthlong injury.
Walt Whitman Senior
Powerful southpaw won county No. 1 and state singles titles; led Patriots to county title.
COACH OF YEAR
Falcons moved from seventh to third in WCAC, only second time they ﬁnished that high in a decade.
Boys’ First Team Singles
PLAYER OF YEAR
Walt Whitman Senior
Reached county, region and state ﬁnal matches.
East Carolina University recruit completed undefeated season.
Undefeated regular season included win over Wong.
Led Bears to sole possession of IAC title for ﬁrst time in more than a decade.
Naval Academy recruit swept championship season with county, region and state titles.
Girls’ First Team Doubles
Katharine Kim Wootton Junior
No. 1 doubles county champion lost just one set all year.
Good Counsel Junior
Good Counsel Freshman
Won No. 1 doubles gold at WCAC tournament as third seed.
COACH OF YEAR
Boys’ First Team Doubles
Only lost once in team’s ISL title run.
Walt Whitman Junior
Walt Whitman Senior
Claimed No. 1 doubles county title and was undefeated.
Second only to Whitman’s No. 1 doubles in county.
Walt Whitman Senior
Walt Whitman Senior
No. 2 doubles county win was important for team title.
Second Team is online at Gazette.net
KEEPING IT BRIEF Two county baseball players drafted Olney native, St. John’s College High School graduate and current University of Virginia junior pitcher Nick Howard was selected in the second round of the Major League Baseball amatuer draft and 45th overall by the Chicago Cubs. Howard, who was 2-1 this season with a 2.15 earned run average and 11-5 in his career with a 2.92 era, is currently competing in the NCAA Super Regional Tournament against the University of Maryland. His father, Dale Howard, played baseball for Canisius College. Rockville native Garrett Pearson, a recent St. John’s graduate and rising freshman at Virginia Commonwealth University, was chosen by the Baltimore Orioles in the 34th round and 1,021st overall. Pearson, who is playing this summer for the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts in the Cal Ripken Collegiate baseball league, was an All-WCAC honorable mention selection in 2014. He was 7-2 with 99 strikeouts and a 2.43 ERA in 72 innings for the Cadets during his career.
— TED BLACK
Northwest grad earns Team USA spot Northwest High School graduate Bianca Dalal was recently selected to USA Rugby’s sevens team. The recent Penn State University graduate ﬂew out to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. on Sunday to train with the team for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. She began playing rugby midway through her freshman year at Penn State and went on to be a key member of the three-time defending national championship program. “It is a dream come true,” Dalal said.
— KENT ZAKOUR
featuring 30 players representing 11 Montgomery County public schools. The following athletes were selected for the ﬁrst team. Louis Dubick, Winston Churchill; Austin Schoenfeld, Thomas S. Wootton; Jake Christensen, Quince Orchard; Jordan Cooper, Walter Johnson; Matt Moshyedi, Churchill; Myles Romm, Wootton; Michael Crooks, Sherwood; Max Vanegas, Walter Johnson; Tatah Ndeh, Springbrook; Ben Vayer, Rockville; Cole Abid, Wootton; Joey Salisbury, Damascus; Chase Keller, Walter Johnson; Sam Hartzoge, Sherwood; Patrick Cornelius, Wootton. For the second team and AllDivision teams, visit www.montgomerymdboyslacrosse.org.
— ERIC GOLDWEIN
County boys’ lacrosse players recognized
Silver Spring native plays soccer in France
The Montgomery County Lacrosse Coaches’ Association (MCLCA) announced its All-County ﬁrst and second teams last month,
After a tremendous freshman season with the Harvard University women’s soccer team during which 2013 Our Lady of Good Counsel
Golfers use summer to get better Tournaments are important for serious players to get better n
PRINCE J. GRIMES STAFF WRITER
Participating in summer golf tournaments is an excellent way for Montgomery County golfers to keep their skills sharp while away from school. Whether boy or girl, member of a country club or not, there’s something for everyone. While coaches don’t force players to participate, most do encourage it and even track their students’ progress over the summer. “I don’t mandate my kids do any tournaments over the summer, that’s really up to them,” said Paul Williams, coach of twotime defending state champion Thomas S. Wootton. “But the kids that are serious about the game, and they want to get better and want to get more competitive, those are the ones that are playing in tournaments.” Obviously, participating in summer golf renders players more prepared once the high school season comes back around in the fall, but Winston Churchill rising junior Luke Schaap said there’s more to it than just preparation. “It’s important to get noticed for colleges,” Schaap said, adding that he participates in 15 to 20 tournaments over the summer break. “I like the Williamson Cup,” played in Quebec, Canada. Wootton golfer, Justin Feldman agreed that summer golf is
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Thomas S. Wootton High School’s Justin Feldman and Winston Churchill’s both plan to play golf this summer. This photo was takent at the University of Maryland, College Park on Oct. 30, 2013. important for an athletes college prospects. The rising senior just recently committed to playing golf at the University of Maryland, College Park, once he graduates. “Tour tournaments are really important for us kids because it’s a way to get looks from colleges, as well as work on your game [and compete] at a lot of higherlevel events, compared to the school season,” Feldman said. “From a competitive standpoint, it’s a lot more competitive than the fall season. Summer tournaments also, you got the private school kids and public school kids playing in the same events so the ﬁelds are bigger, more competitive and it’s just a lot better.” For Feldman, summer golf
has become so important that the dual-athlete who led the 4A South Division in basketball scoring last season, had to drop his ﬁrst love andremovehimselffromsummer league basketball to focus on golf. “I’m not going to play summer league this year. I just told my basketball coach that I’m just going to focus on golf. It’s a big summer for me.” Feldman said. “During the basketball season I put down my club, so summer [is] my golf season and winter’s basketball season.” A lot of golf organizations, including the Maryland State Golf Association, began amateur tournaments in May, so some of the golfers have already played in a few events as the summer approaches.
High School graduate and Silver Spring native Midge Purce became the ﬁrst rookie to be named Ivy League Player of the Year in league history — she was also named Rookie of the Year — the Falcons’ all-time leading scorer with career 101 goals headed to France last week with the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team. Purce, who led Harvard and the Ivy League with 11 goals, was one of six forwards named to coach Michelle French’s 20-person squad that will play two international matches in preparation for the 2014 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup scheduled for Aug. 5-24 in Canada. The team was scheduled to play in Plabennec Tuesday and in Plougastel Wednesday but results were unavailable for this edition of The Gazette. Team USA will have one more training camp on American soil before the ﬁnal 21-person team heads
north of the border for the elite competition, according the U.S. Soccer website.
— JENNIFER BEEKMAN
Walter Johnson golf coach retiring Richard Payne is resigning as the Walter Johnson High School golf coach after seven years. Payne had back surgery last fall and said that because of it, he won’t be able to give the time and devotion necessary. “There’s never a real good time to make a break,” Payne said. “With the players that you have, your seniors and sophomores and all, that you’d like to go through their whole high school career with, but you have to ﬁnally decide that you need to make the break.” Walter Johnson Athletic Director Sue Amos said that Payne was
excellent with the kids and that the school is sorry to see him go. She also said that they are actively seeking a replacement and that anyone interested in the position should contact her.
— PRINCE J. GRIMES
Four Gaithersburg player selected All-District Gaithersburg High School senior pitcher Nick DeCarlo, junior catcher Trey Martinez, sophomore pitcher Anthony Felitti and second baseman Nick Pantos were all recently selected to the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches 2014 All-State District 2 Baseball Team. DeCarlo was the All-Gazette Montgomery County player of the year in 2013 as a junior for the Trojans.
— TED BLACK
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Rising junior a four-star recruit with 20-plus scholarship offers BY KENT ZAKOUR STAFF WRITER
A year ago Dwayne Haskins Jr. was preparing to become the starting quarterback for the Bullis School football team. But the circumstances between then and now are signiﬁcantly different. Last summer, Haskins was just getting to know his teammates and a new playbook after moving into the area from New Jersey. Now, prepared to enter his junior year at the Potomac private school, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound four-star recruit (Scout.com) is one of the most sought after Class of 2016 college prospects in the county. “He can make every throw; there’s a reason he has the scholarship offers he does, but he works so hard,” Bullis coach Pat Cilento said. “Fundamentally, he is off the charts. Dwaynehasagreatheadonhisshouldersand when you put that together with his skill-set ... you get a pretty good football player.” Haskins was the Bulldogs starter from day one last fall and was solid, helping Bullis to the Interstate Athletic Conference title with a 9-1 record. He threw for 1,130 yards and 14 touchdowns with just three interceptions (two came in the season-opening loss to St. John’s College High). With that performance — and sending out game ﬁlm — he began to emerge as a potential recruit for power conference programs. But it wasn’t until a standout showing at the Elite 11 Eastern Regional camp in April that the verbal scholarship offers poured in. “He’s a totally different guy,” rising senior defensive end/tight end and Penn State recruit Jonathan Holland said. “That comes with time. Last year, he was a 15-year old sophomore starting on varsity at quarterback, which is arguably the toughest position on ﬁeld. ... After that St. John’s game, I think he realized we were behind him and he knew this was his team.” With more than 20 scholarship offers — at least one from each of the ﬁve Division I power conferences (Pac-12, ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big XII) — Haskins, whose notable offers come from defending national champion Florida State, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State, should have his choice of where he wants to play college football. “I had an idea that [high-level recruitment] would happen, but didn’t realize it would all be so quickly,” Haskins said. “I’m so grateful and my hard work has paid off. Having said that, I can’t get complacent. I got to keep grinding and prove that I am worth the attention. Playing college football has been my dream since I was 8.”
Doing more with less
With small roster, Poolesville still wins BY
KENT ZAKOUR STAFF WRITER
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Bullis School rising junior quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. looks for a receiver Friday against Thomas S. Wootton. Haskins, who grew up watching Rutgers in New Jersey, is also an admittedly avid Ohio State fan. On April 28, Haskins tweeted that he “received my 8th offer from my dream school #ohiostate #buckeyes,” but he said he still wants to let the recruiting process play out. “He’s our leader and has handled the whole recruiting process very maturely,” Holland said. “Going to camps I think really helped his conﬁdence. You always knew he was talented so it was just a matter of time before he blew up.” Haskins, who said he’s focused on improving his deep ball accuracy, athleticism and mobility in the pocket during the offseason, shouldn’t have any shortage of talent surrounding him this fall with three legitimate Division I recruits lining up on Bullis’ offen-
sive side of the ball. Rising junior wide receiver and McKinley Tech transfer Patrick Johnson, Holland, and highly touted senior running back Devonte Williams are all expected to make key contributions. During Friday’s Upper Montgomery County Passing League at Seneca Valley High School, Haskins arm strength was on display in a loss to Northwest and win against Thomas S. Wootton. He rolled out on several attempts and threw the ball deep down the sideline. “I’ve taken more of a leadership role,” Haskins said. “I’m kind of on a pedestal now with the attention I am getting so I have to be more accountable and a leader for our team, making sure everyone is doing the right things on and off the ﬁeld.”
For Poolesville High School football coach Will Gant, the past three-and-a-half years have been a learning experience. While the results on the field have been mostly positive — the Falcons have made the playoffs two out of his three seasons at the helm after several years of losing — he has had to alter his coaching philosophy and adjust to the landscape at Montgomery County’s smallest public high school. Poolesville, the county’s only Class 2A school with an enrollment of 1,202 students for the 2013-14 academic year, according to the Montgomery County Public Schools’ website, has a different set of obstacles it must overcome to ﬁeld a football program than many of the area’s much larger schools. Aside from a smaller pool of student-athletes to pull from, much of Poolesville’s student population comes from outside of the school’s natural district; many are enrolled in special programs, including the magnet program, Global Ecology House or Humanities House. “This is a unique place,” Gant said. “When I was [an assistant] at Clarksburg we had 1,500-2,000 kids and 125-130 kids would try out for football and we were actually making cuts. We’re not doing that here. Instead, we are policing every hallway asking kids to come out and play.” Gant inherited a Poolesville team that went 2-8 in the 2010 season. In his ﬁrst year, the Falcons went 4-6 and he began to mold the program in his vision. The Falcons have since posted consecutive 7-4 playoff seasons with a limited roster — the roster size was in the upper 30s in 2011 and has declined slightly every year since — and time commitments. Fortunately for the Falcons, which don’t feature a lot of depth and have several play-
ers playing on both sides of the ball and special teams, they have been relatively injury free in recent seasons. “No one is allowed to get hurt,” Gant said with a laugh and grin, perhaps only half-jokingly. The Winston Churchill graduate had previously been an assistant at Clarksburg, Paul VI, Churchill, Quince Orchard, Gaithersburg and Poolesville prior to taking over the Falcons program. He played one season collegiately at Shepherd University. During his tenure, Gant has had to work with other coaches and juggle other sports’ schedules during the football offseason to plan workouts and 7-on-7 practices. Often times, there are only ﬁve to 10 football players lifting after school due to other obligations. “As a pure football coach, I’d prefer to have the kids year round,” Gant said. “… But the bigger picture is that we need the guys playing two or three sports for our teams to be successful. “For us, we want out players to be accountable during the offseason. Whether that’s in the weight room after school or playing another sport; most are playing lacrosse, track, volleyball, basketball or wrestling. And that’s a good thing because they get a change up from me. There’s a different coaching checking grades, checking attendance, coaching them.” Other academic obligations have also played a factor during and out of football season. Gant says several of his studentathletes opt to lift during lunch or take a weight training class. “I took a couple years to break the mold, but I’ve prided myself and enjoyed ﬁguring out ways to make everything work since I tell the kids, ‘If you want to get better, you got to lift and condition in the offseason,’” Gant said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Looking for a way to beat the heat? Summer blockbusters “Maleﬁcent” and “Edge of Tomorrow” are in theaters now.
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Springtime for ‘The Producers’ BY WILL C. FRANKLIN STAFF WRITER
For more than 60 years, professional funnyman Mel Brooks has provided the world with wit, wisdom and a look into the future. He’s also provided jokes about flatulence, racism, and hedonism. Nothing has ever really been off limits for the talented movie-
Director Kristofer Kauff said his homage to Brooks focuses more on his movie and less on the Broadway production. “When I think of ‘The Producers,’ the Broadway version that I saw, I don’t want to direct that version,” Kauff said. “… When I go back to the 1968 Mel Brooks movie, that’s something I’m interested in. I’m interested in characters and the comedy and relationships and why ‘The Producers’ is funny, not just a big spectacle of it.” Kauff said molding the show
around the movie version lends itself well to the small space they’re working in at the Arts Barn. “You really can’t do those big musical numbers without the audience feeling overwhelmed,” Kauff said. “… I think the audience is really going to feel that intimacy with the characters that they wouldn’t feel in the original Broadway version.” Matt Kopp has double his workload for this show. He
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Some highlights make a strong showing at the annual Bethesda Painting Awards n
Event celebrating its 10th year
CLAUDIA ROUSSEAU ON VIEW
Once again, the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District has sponsored the Bethesda Painting Awards competition and exhibit of ﬁnalists at the Gallery B. The event, now in its 10th year, features four cash prizes totaling $14,000 donated by Carol Trawick, a community activist and supporter of the arts in the
region for more than 25 years. Mrs. Trawick’s generosity supports contemporary visual artists, but her inclination toward painting led her to establish this competition in addition to the Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards that is also an annual event with similar prize monies. From a submission pool of nearly 300, the jurors selected Kyle Hackett for ﬁrst place, a prize of $10,000. At 24 years old, Hackett is the youngest winner of the top prize. The artist is represented in the exhibit with a large (80” x 47”)
oil on panel, “Approbation Portrait,” that realistically portrays him in a suit looking down at the viewer with something of a sneer. The ﬁgure is painted in grayscale, like a black and white photograph, with only the wooden ﬂoor painted in color. This eliminates the artist’s skin color, if not his features as an African-American. There’s a deep irony here, which informs the work with a narrative about racial and personal identities. In his short presentation, Hackett mentioned
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Silver Spring writer’s life focuses on literature
Rachel Zampelli as Lucy the Slut and Stephen Gregory Smith as Trekkie Monster in Olney Theatre Center’s “Avenue Q.”
maker, who has directed ﬁlms such as “Blazing Saddles,” “History of the World, Part 1,” and “Young Frankenstein.” “The Producers,” Brooks’ little ﬁlm about two guys who try to swindle money from investors by producing a huge Broadway bomb, turned out to be a major musical hit on Broadway starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. Sandy Spring Theatre Group will present the area premiere of “The Producers” starting Friday at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg.
Puppets get personal when Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty’s uproarious, adults only “Avenue Q” opens tonight at the Olney Theatre Center. Featuring Tony Award-winning tunes such as “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” and “The Internet Is For Porn,” the felt and funny-business phenomenon became one of the longest-running Broadway shows by satirizing the best of children’s television. Directed by Jason Loewith, with music direction by Christopher Youstra, “Avenue Q” continues to July 6 and is recommended for audiences 16 and older, with parental advisement due to language and themes. For show times and information, visit olneytheatre.org.
Show at Arts Barn takes its cues from movie
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
All about Eve
Grown-up puppet show
SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE
Summertime and the livin’ is easy for many a school system professional. Not so for veteran Prince George’s County Public Schools media specialist Eve Ottenberg. Instead of lazing around the pool and regrouping, the 61-year-old Silver Spring resident chooses to devote many of her vacation hours to writing ﬁction. “Two months is a good chunk of time to get started on a novel,” she said. “I maintain as regular a schedule as I can, getting to work early
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Silver Spring Author Eve Ottenberg.
in the morning and going till evening.” The method seems to work well for Ottenberg, who
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Rockville man pens ‘The Last Personal Letter’ Book recounts Montgomery County childhood, friendship n
BY SAMANTHA SCHMIEDER SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE
Anthony Anastasi, 78, of Rockville honored his friend in the best way any author ever could; by writing a book for him. “The Last Personal Letter: Pranks for the Memories” was released in April and is Anastasi’s ﬁrst book. It stands as a tribute to his good friend John Stoneburner, who passed away and is dedicated to Stoneburner’s family and uncle, featuring many pictures of the boys growing up. “Well my friend who died of diabetes, probably about 10 years ago, asked me to write
something about our lives and I didn’t,” Anastasi said. “Then I ﬁnally got around to it.” Though it took him a while to start the book, Anastasi looks at it with a “better late than never” mentality hoping that it would have made his friend happy. Anastasi and Stoneburner knew each other since they were children growing up in Silver Spring. “We grew up together, right across the street from each other. We played sports together, we went on double dates together, I blame him for my ﬁrst marriage,” he said with a laugh. The author explained that one day Stoneburner had a date, but he had a bit too much to drink that day so he called Anastasi up and asked
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Kyle Hackett’s “Unmanned” shows the artist’s technical precision and surrealist feeling. His work often explores themes of identity and self-worth. KYLE HACKETT
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Blues, brother Harmonica master Curtis Salgado will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, sharing songs from his Alligator debut, “Soul Shot.” Salgado was awarded the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award, as well as being named the Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year for the second consecutive year during the 2013 Blues Music Awards. “Soul Shot” was awarded Soul Blues Album of the Year. Salgado has toured as a vocalist for Santana and The Robert Cray Band. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit bethesdabluesjazz.com.
Dorothy sings to her friends of her home in Kansas in The Puppet Co.’s “The Wizard of Oz.”
Singer-songwriter Curtis Salgado will perform on Wednesday, June 18 at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club.
THE PUPPET CO.
Off to see ‘The Wizard’
Follow the yellow brick road to Glen Echo Park this Friday, where talented puppeteers will bring L. Frank Baum’s immortal classic “The Wizard of Oz” to life at The Puppet Co. playhouse. Featuring additional original dialogue not seen in the ﬁlm, with a slightly scaled-back and less frightening version of the Wicked Witch, the 45-minute production is tailor-made for children in grades PreK through 6. Show times are 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit thepuppetco.org.
Meeting Matsuev Acclaimed pianist Denis Matsuev will perform works by Haydn, Schumann, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Matsuev, who was a featured performer during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, was originally scheduled to perform a recital at Strathmore in January, but had STRATHMORE to cancel due to illness. He Acclaimed pianist Denis Matsuev will perform Tuesday at the Music returns to North America Center at Strathmore. following a successful tour as a soloist with the Mariinsky Orchestra in the fall of 2013, as well as being named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in April 2014. For information, visit strathmore.org.
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‘Garden’ variety “The Life of the Garden,” mixed media works by Lisa Rosinni Johnson, is now on view to July 27 at the Sandy Spring Museum in Sandy Spring. Johnson, who received her ﬁrst camera at the age of 12, uses photography to explore questions such as “What is a garden?” “What, and even who thrives LISA JOHNSON there?” Also a Lisa Johnson’s “Aquatic Wonderland,” from her current exhibit, “The Life of the painter, many of her Garden” at the Sandy Spring Museum. works resemble watercolors, as the artist utilizes various forms of media in her non-traditional creations. Many of her pieces feature fairies, portrayed by members of the Washington Ballet, as well as local dancers from the Sandy Spring-based Studio of Ballet Arts. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit sandyspringmuseum. org.
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AT THE MOVIES
Angelina Jolie stars as “Maleﬁcent,” which fell to second place in its second week of release, but managed to outperform the debut of Tom Cruise’s “Edge of Tomorrow” with $33.5 million. The Walt Disney picture has tallied an impressive $127.5 million nationwide thus far.
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Elle Fanning stars as Aurora in Disney’s “Maleﬁcent.”
PHOTO DAVID JAMES
Emily Blunt stars as Rita in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ sci-ﬁ thriller “Edge of Tomorrow,” which, despite its starpower, opened in third place over the weekend with $29.1 million.
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Tom Cruise (center) as Cage in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ sci-ﬁ thriller “Edge of Tomorrow,” distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
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The Pirates of Penzance presented by
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Thursday, June 12 at 8 p.m. (Preview Night) Fridays, June 13 and 20 at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at 2 p.m. (Family Friendly Matinee) Saturdays, June 14 and 21 at 8 p.m. Sundays, June 15 and 22 at 2 p.m.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DANCES
and younger and seniors, 244-6441100, www.roundhousetheatre. org. Silver Spring Stage, “Good People,” June 27 to July 20, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, www. ssstage.org. The Writer’s Center, Healing Through Writing: Shirley Brewer and Tom Glenn, 2 p.m. June 15; Poem|Poema|Poème|Gedicht: An Evening of Performance Poetry, 7:30 p.m. June 20, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664, www.writer.org.
Off to see ‘The Wizard’
Hollywood Ballroom, June 11, “step of the evening” Samba mini-lesson at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m. ($16); June 12, 19, Tea Dance from 12:303:30 p.m. ($6); June 13, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); June 14, Tango lesson at 8 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 9 p.m.; June 15, free Quickstep lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m.; June 18, “step of the evening” Tango mini-lesson at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m. ($16), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, www. hollywoodballroomdc.com. Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339.
Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-
days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, www.capitalblues.org. Contra, June 13, Woody Lane and the Glen Echo Open Band, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www.fridaynightdance.org. Contra & Square, June 15, George Marshall with Maivish; June 22, Evo Bluestein with New Hip Trio; June 29, Bob Isaacs with Last Exit, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www.fsgw.org. English Country, June 11, Caller: Tom Spilsbury; June 18, Caller: Bob Farrell; June 25; Special Newcomers Evening led by caller Susan Taylor 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www.fsgw. org. Swing, July 12, Boilermaker Jazz Band, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $15, www.ﬂyingfeet.org. Waltz, June 15, Maivish, lesson from 2:45-3:30 p.m., dancing to live music from 3:30-6 p.m., $10, www.waltztimedances.org.
The Munchkins and the Good Witch of the North welcome Dorothy to the Land of Oz in The Puppet Co.’s “The Wizard of Oz.”
MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Billy Thompson Band with
Ron Holloway, Silver Spring Blues Festival Event, 7:30 p.m. June 11; Desean Jackson: Comedy Show for an Anti-Bullying Cause, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. June 12; Father’s Day Brunch with Karen Gray, 10 a.m. June 15; The Nowhere Men, 7:30 p.m. June 16; Curtis Salgado with Opening Act, Andy Poxon Band, 7:30 p.m. June 18; Bria Skonberg, 8 p.m. June 19, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240330-4500, www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. BlackRock Center for the Arts, The Crawdaddies – Free Summer
Concert, 8 p.m. June 28, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, www.blackrockcenter.org. Fillmore Silver Spring, Meshuggah - 25 Years of Musical Deviance with Between the Buried and Me, 8 p.m. June 17, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. www.ﬁllmoresilverspring.com. Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. June 11, 14; Historic Home Tour, 11 a.m. June 13; John Prine, 8 p.m. June 13; BSO: Casablanca - Movie and Music, 8 p.m. June 14, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100,
Notice of Adoption of Charter Amendment Resolution No. 06-14 Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to Article XI-E of the Constitution of Maryland, Section 4304 of the Local Government Article, and the Charter of the City of Rockville, the Mayor and Council of Rockville, Maryland, on June 2, 2014, duly adopted Resolution No. 06-14 (Charter Amendment No. CA2014-00060), to amend Section 3 of Article IV, “Enforcement of Ordinances,” of the Charter of the City of Rockville so as to amend the penalty that may be imposed upon conviction of a violation of a city ordinance which is punishable as a misdemeanor, and to make it consistent with Section 4 of Article XIV of the Charter of the City of Rockville. This amendment shall become effective and be considered a part of the Charter of the City of Rockville on July 22, 2014, unless on or before July 12, 2014, there shall be presented to the Mayor and Council of Rockville, or mailed to it by registered mail, a petition requesting that the proposed amendment be submitted to referendum to the voters of Rockville. Said petition must meet the requirements of Article V, Section 2(g) of the Charter, and must be signed by twenty percent (20%) or more of the persons who are qualified to vote in municipal elections of the City of Rockville, Mayor and Council of Rockville By: Douglass A. Barber, City Clerk
ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “Pinkalicious,” June 20 to Aug. 31, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org. Imagination Stage, “The BFG,” June 25 to Aug. 10, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www. imaginationstage.org. Olney Theatre Center, “Avenue Q,” June 11 to July 6, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, www. olneytheatre.org.
THE PUPPET CO.
The Puppet Co., “The Wizard of Oz,” June 13 to July 20; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-634-5380, www. thepuppetco.org. Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “Ordinary Days,” to June 22, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www. roundhousetheatre.org. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” to June 14, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30
Adah Rose Gallery, “Contemplating the Sweetness of Grass and Startling Brevity of Life,” to June 18, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, www.adahrosegallery.com Glenview Mansion, Pierre Ruffieux sculpture, “Trolls”, to June 20; Ray Jubela, Photography, to June 20, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www. rockvillemd.gov. Marin-Price Galleries, Donny Finley, to June 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, Light Switch Dance Theatre: Negotiated Space, to June 22, Gibbs Street Gallery; RIPPLE: Cloth, Community and Connectivity, June 13 to Aug. 17, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. June 20; Bobbi Shulman: Pipe Dreams in Black and White, June 13 to July 13, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. June 20, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200, www.visartsatrockville.org. Washington Printmakers Gallery, “A Wonder Filled Life,” Neena
Birch, to June 29, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second ﬂoor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, www. washingtonprintmakers.com.
Notice of Adoption of Charter Amendment Resolution No. 05-14 Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to Article XI-E of the Constitution of Maryland, Section 4304 of the Local Government Article, and the Charter of the City of Rockville, the Mayor and Council of Rockville, Maryland, on June 2, 2014, duly adopted Resolution No. 05-14 (Charter Amendment No. CA2014-00059), to amend Section 6 of Article VIII, “Personnel,” of the Charter of the City of Rockville so as to Expand the List of Prohibitions which in any way Discriminate against Any Person in the City’s Classified Civil Service or Anyone Seeking Admission to the Classified Civil Service; to Eliminate the Prohibition on Favoring Certain Individuals in the City’s Classified Civil Service or Certain Individuals Seeking Admission to the Classified Civil Service; and to Increase the Fine to $500.00 for a Violation of said Section 6 of Article VIII “Personnel.” This amendment shall become effective and be considered a part of the Charter of the City of Rockville on July 22, 2014, unless on or before July 12, 2014, there shall be presented to the Mayor and Council of Rockville, or mailed to it by registered mail, a petition requesting that the proposed amendment be submitted to referendum to the voters of Rockville. Said petition must meet the requirements of Article V, Section 2(g) of the Charter, and must be signed by twenty percent (20%) or more of the persons who are qualified to vote in municipal elections of the City of Rockville, Mayor and Council of Rockville By: Douglass A. Barber, City Clerk
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Continued from Page B-5 has published a dozen books — 11 novels and a short story collection — since 2004, when her ﬁrst “Glum and Mighty Pagans,” a comic novel about real estate in Manhattan, came out. Ottenberg does not restrict herself to a single genre. Four of her books are comedies; three are political, two, murder-dramas, and two, science ﬁctionfantasy. “The most natural and enjoyable to write were the comedies. I was laughing out loud as I wrote them,” she said. “But now I’m embroiled in this sciﬁ fantasy series, ‘The Human Struggle,’ which owes a lot to, of all people, [John] Milton.” Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” she noted, “was part of the inspiration for this series as were the novels of Philip K. Dick. Go ﬁgure.” “Realm of Shadows” (2013, 696 pages), the ﬁrst in “The Human Struggle” series, is about the struggle to survive a war of the worlds, and “Zone of Illu-
Continued from Page B-5 that he had a group of photographs which he wanted to recycle, and found that crumpled up they made interesting and arresting compositions. One of the resulting paintings, “Unmanned” is much smaller scale (20” x 16”) but is perhaps even more compelling. Precisely rendered, with a strongly surrealist feeling, the folded and wrinkled paper reveals a face, probably that of the artist, peering out from its dark center. The crumpled photo lays on a set of keys and an envelope, again apparently exploring themes of identity and self-worth. As an already successful emerging artist, who has won other prizes since recently completing his MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Hackett deﬁnitely looks like someone to watch. Nevertheless, to my mind Dan Perkins, another young ﬁnalist, is at least as strong a painter, but did not win any of the prizes. A recent graduate of the MFA program at American University, Perkins’ large oil on canvas “X Marks the Spot” (90” x 92”) is a luminous composition with a complex iconography. A fantasy landscape, replete with rays recalling the aurora borealis, opens under a tent-like structure that glistens in perspective. The pictorial space in this work, and its scale lure the viewer into what seems at once like a meditation on the
sion” (2014, 569 pages), the second, is about the effort to avert the collapse of an alternate reality. Ottenberg’s influences reﬂect her education; her bachelor’s and master’s degrees are in general studies in the humanities, with a focus on philosophy and literature, from the University of Chicago. As a media specialist, with a second master’s degree in library science from the University of Maryland, she introduces young children to literature. During her Philadelphia childhood, Ottenberg’s afﬁnity for writing stories and Charles Dickens were evident early. Both her parents, a musician and a psychoanalyst, she said, “were always very intellectually curious, and this had a big effect on me.” When she started writing “in earnest” during high school, her attempt at a modernist novel was a “ﬁasco.” In college, she wrote short stories and more realistic ﬁction, and favored reading European writers. Post-college, Ottenberg
Romantic theme of the sublime in nature, or a surrealist dreamscape. Perkins was represented in the show with two other very small works that did not have the same punch as the large one, but they do show that the artist is fascinated by the juxtaposition of architectonic forms and landscape, as well as the natural with the improbable. Second place was won by Philip Hinge, another young painter whose crudely painted expressionist canvases with disco and pinball iconography have been featured in three issues of the “New American Paintings” publication, and is already represented by an important gallery in Washington, D.C. Ryan Carr Johnson took third place with works that exist in an equivocal status between painting and sculpture. Carr deconstructed an apparently large number of paintings he deemed unsuccessful, and re-used the wood of the stretchers to create the series he calls “Vector-ViceVersa.” Looking something like corrugated cardboard, the wood is glued together to form vshaped reliefs to which the artist applies up to 300 layers of latex paint, sanding each one before applying the next. The result is a mottled but smooth surface that looks something like faux marble in different colors. In his presentation, the artist referred to them as “the blue one, the purple one, the green one,” etc., suggesting, quite rightly, that their repetitive minimalist objecthood is the only thing of in-
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Dan Perkins’ “X Marks the Spot” lures the viewer with its Romantic imagery. Perkins attempts to reinterpret the sublime in nature with surrealist and symbolist additions. terest about them despite their layered surfaces. Johnson’s is certainly an unusual technique, and the works are provocative in this setting because of their challenge to the deﬁnition of a “painting” — something that might be seen to have been answered some time ago with the appearance of shaped canvasses
portrays Carmen Ghia — an assistant to the director — on stage while playing the role of an actual producer off stage. This is the ﬁrst time both Kopp and Kauff have worked with the Sandy Spring Theatre Group. “I’ve produced a number of shows in the past with other theater companies,” Kopp said. “When I get involved in anything, whether it’s theatrical or otherwise, I like to get involved as much as I possibly can.” Although it’s been difﬁcult at time getting everything just right for “The Producers” at the Arts Barn, Kopp said working with everyone associated with the show and Sandy Spring Theatre Group has been a great experience. “Everyone works very, very hard,” Kopp said. “We work as a team to try to solve some problems, like putting a big show like ‘The Producers’ on a smaller stage … which, creatively, is a lot of fun to do. I love the concept of taking a giant show and trying to scale it down.” Kauff said he hopes audiences take away a better appreciation for Brooks and his works.
Continued from Page B-5 him to take his place. Like any good friend, he did and ended up marrying the girl sometime later. The book tells this and many other stories about Anas-
tasi’s time growing up in Maryland. He explained that he had wanted to write the book because he and John had so many “fun experiences together.” “I would write a little bit and then I would remember something else and go back and add a little more,” Anastasi said.
studies languages — excelling in Spanish, Russian and French, and dipping into four others. Ottenberg chose to self-publish her books because breaking into commercial publishing was so difﬁcult. “PublishAmerica, now America Star Books,” she said, “is a step or two up from selfpublishing. True, they use printon-demand technology and they do not put any money into advertising or promotion, but … they do not charge authors to publish them.” Ottenberg wouldn’t divulge what she is working on now. “Somehow that saps the creativity,” she explained. But for the future, she hopes her books will “gain some modest recognition. Ideally they’d do so well that I could retire on them, but I’m not holding my breath for that. There are so many of us novelists out there!” Eve Ottenberg’s books are available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.
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reviewer, criminal justice reporter. She wrote features about local politics and covered the
Housing Court, which led to a regular column titled “Hard Times,” about the politics of housing in New York City. Subsequently, Ottenberg wrote book reviews for The New York Times and Vanity Fair, and served as an editor at The Soho News, Standard & Poor’s and The New Jersey Law Journal. When she and her family — her journalist husband and two of their three children — moved to Maryland in 1990, she worked on the copy desk at Congressional Quarterly. Ottenberg’s credentials as a journalist gave her credibility as a ﬁction writer. “Since I never took creative writing courses, I didn’t have a support system, or people to encourage me. It wasn’t until I was a known journalist that people began responding to my fiction,” she said. Working as a media specialist and writing ﬁction in “a very serious way” have complemented each other. She writes in the summer, and edits and rewrites through the school year. In the rare spare time, she
“Vector-Vice-Versa Pu1” is a three-dimensional painted relief by Ryan Carr Johnson, third place winner. The “Pu1” in the title refers to the color purple that dominates this piece in the series.
Mara Bayewitz stars as Shirley Markowitz in Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg this weekend At Right: Bill Spitz plays one of his many characters in the play.
The title is a reference to letter writing, but also to Anastasi’s proclivity to pulling pranks on anyone and everyone while attending the all-boys Gonzaga College High School and eventually the University of Maryland. Anastasi majored in English
in the early 1960s. The Young Artist award, for an emerging artist under 30, was given to Ali Miller, the winner of the top “Best-in-Show” prize in this competition in 2012. Miller is also a narrative painter, with a complex sense of iconography that often seems to border on the surreal. She is also rep“Just the appreciation and brilliance of what was written there,” Kauff said. “His ability to not be [politically correct]. The ability to laugh at things that seem rough… anything that Mel Brooks has touched, nothing is PC. And that’s how I live my life. You can make fun of anything.” For Kopp, any opportunity to attract a younger audience is great. Teenagers and college students who are used to going to see shows such as “Bye, Bye Birdie,” and “Oklahoma,” with their parents might walk away from “The Producers” realizing how much fun it is to do musical theater. “[I hope they see] it’s fun, it’s edgy, it’s humorous, and that we on stage and everyone associated with Sandy Spring Theatre Group and the Arts Barn is having a good time,” Kopp said. “My hope for this show is to try to get more people involved. Community theater is a wonderful thing. It’s the most time-consuming extracurricular activity you can have, but it’s by far the most rewarding. “It’s like a never-ending softball league.” email@example.com
at the University of Maryland and went on to become a sports writer covering boxing and everything in between. When the paper he wrote for went out of business he went to work for the government writing speeches and press releases among other things. Although he said he’s not
resented with one very big (6’ x 8’) panel and two very small accompanying works. Also a graduate of MICA, Miller’s technique is a fascinating combination of smooth representative areas and bold active brushwork that results in a dizzying, hallucinatory effect in the large work (“To Help You See”), but achieves a darker, dreamlike feeling in the more abstract and much smaller “It Can’t All Fit” — a work that recalls the surrealist landscapes of Giorgio di Chirico and Salvador Dalí. Si Jae Byun is another ﬁnalist who deserves mention although she did not win a prize. A native of Korea, Byun earned an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her works
are a combination of extremely delicate ink drawings and acrylic colors on cut silk. The flowing graphic of these paintings, with long looping strokes of the pen, combine with the colors to suggest plant forms or even landscapes that allude to the traditions of Asian art while remaining abstract compositions. Bethesda Painting Awards, to June 28, Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 13. For more information, call 301-215-6660.
THE PRODUCERS n When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, June 13-29 n Where: Gaithersburg Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg n Tickets: $16, $18 non-residents n For information: 301-258-6394; sandyspringtheatregroup.org
sure whether or not he’ll write anymore books he did jokingly entertain the idea of a sequel entitled “P.S.” “I remember I would write to my friend John and I loved that,” Anastasi said. “The title of the book is ‘The Last Personal Letter,’ because everything is emails now
there are no personal letters. You used to have letters written by famous authors, we don’t have that anymore, you get junk mail and you get emails.” “The Last Personal Letter: Pranks for the Memories” is available on amazon.com.
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PRICES AND PAYMENTS INCLUDE ANY APPLICABLE MANUFACTURE’S REBATES AND EXCLUDE MILITARY ($500) AND COLLEGE GRAD ($500) REBATES, TAX, TAGS, DEALER PROCESSING CHARGE ($200) AND FREIGHT: CARS $795 OR $810, TRUCKS, SPORT UTILITY AND SIENNAS $810, $845 AND $995. *0.9% APR & 0% APR FINANCING UP TO 60 MONTHS TO QUALIFIED BUYERS THRU TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. TOTAL FINANCED CANNOT EXCEED MSRP PLUS OPTIONS, TAX, AND LICENSE FEES. 0% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $16.67 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. 0.9% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $17.05 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. APR OFFERS ARE NOT VALID WITH ANY OTHER CASH BACK OR LEASE OFFER. NOT ALL BUYERS WILL QUALIFY.**LEASE PAYMENTS BASED ON 36 MONTHS, 12,000 MILES PER YEAR WITH $995 DOWN PLUS $650 ACQUISITION FEE, NO SECURITY DEPOSIT REQUIRED. SEE DEALER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. 2014 COROLLAU & PRIUS PLUG-IN LEASES ARE FOR 24 MONTHS WITH $995 DOWN. EXPIRES 06/30/2014.
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08 Ford Mustang
#KP41623,PREMIUM,SHARP! LTHR/PWR SEAT,P/OPTS
99 Toyota Camry LE $2,450
06 Chrysler PT Cruiser LTD $7,988
#KP98627, AUTO,PW, GREAT BUY, “HANDYMAN”
#KP21734, BEAUTY! WOODY CHROME, MNRF
07 GMC Acadia SLT
12 Hyundai Elantra WGN $16,988
#KA38613A, AWD, SHOWROOM! NAV, DVD, MNRF
#KP45066, TRNG, RARE FIND! SHOWROOM COND!
01 Honda Accord LX........................$5,988
09 VW Jetta.....................................$12,488 11 Ford Fusion SEL........................$16,988
98 Pontiac Grand Prix.......................$2,488
02 Suzuki Grand Vitara...................$6,450
12 Nissan Versa 1.8S.....................$12,988 11 Nissan Rogue SV......................$20,988
#KP93762, CLEAN! AT, AC, AIR BAGS, “HANDYMAN” #KP02715, SPORTY! SPLR, ALLOYS, P/OPTIONS
02 Dodge Stratus SXT.......................$2,788 #KP22884, CPE “RARE FIND! 5 SPD, AC, PW
03 Mercury Grand Marquis..............$5,988 #00723KP, PAMPERED, 46K!! PW/PLC, CC, DONT MISS!
#KP40686, S-SRS, AT, AC, PW/PLC, A REALLY CLEAN CAR #KP61592, JLX + 4WD, WELL KEPT, 84K!! AT, PW, ABS
06 Scion XB Wagon............................$7,988 #KP16808, AT, AC, PW/PLC, CD, NICE
VW Beetle SE CPE ...........................$8,988 #KP10954, TRIPLE WHITE, GORGEOUS! MNRF, LTHR, P/OTS, AUT
#KP38457, “WOLFSBURG EDITION” DON’T MISS! LTHR, P/OPTS
#KA25787, BEAUTY, 38K! MNRF, LTHR/PWR SEATS, SYNC, CC
#KN45958, AT, AC, PW/PLC EASY TERMS AVAILABLE!
#KX60639, AWD, ALL-THE-TOYS!! NAV, MNRF, LTHR, ALLOYS
#KX63055, LTHR/PWR/HTD SEATS, P/OPTS
#KP10510, “HEMO” RARE FIND! MNRF, LTHR, AT, ACT NOW!
#KP59144, ONE OF A KIND! ONLY 3K MILES, DON’T MISS
#KA36020, “RALLEY” GORGEOUS! CHROME WHEELS, MNRF
10 Chrysler 300 Touring.................$15,988 09 Dodge Challenger R/T..............$22,988 12 Honda Civic LX...........................$15,988 12 Dodge Charger SXT..................$24,990