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Eva Murray of North Potomac calls the dances as she teaches the steps during the Village Swingers square dance club lessons Thursday at the Rockville Nursing Home. See story, Page A-3.

Navy Yard shooting victim from Derwood buried John Roger Johnson remembered as kind, happy man with a powerful hug


Addressing her fellow Wootton High School parents, Rachel Boxman said Thursday evening in the school’s auditorium that drug abuse among teenagers is prevalent in the Wootton community and beyond — and demands their attention. “Please do not think it does not apply to you,” said Boxman, a volunteer with The Partnership at, a nonprofit, who once worked on pharmaceutical studies. “I’m telling you, it could be your kid. Great kids make bad choices.” The forum was the last of four mandatory parent meetings the school scheduled specifically to discuss drug abuse. While the majority of parents did not attend, Wootton Principal Michael Doran said about 500 parents total attended the four meetings, which he called “a good percentage” of parents who he felt would help spread the information. Judi Casey, vice president of the school’s PTSA, said the group’s desire to hold the meeting stemmed from concern about drug abuse at both the lo-

cal and national levels. “We didn’t want to lose a kid for lack of trying and educating parents, so we decided to do this,” Casey said. The meetings wrapped up a few weeks before an Oct. 7 Montgomery County Public Schools forum on alcohol and drug abuse. It will be for parents and other county residents at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville. Wootton’s forum included a presentation from Boxman, who covered topics such as new and commonly used drugs. She urged parents to talk to their kids and other parents. “We need to talk to each other, we need to share our experiences and keep a dialogue going,” Boxman said. Boxman warned the parents that there is no “typical drug user” after sharing the stories of her two nephews who died from overdoses. “What you might consider typical teen behavior ... is actually very, very dangerous,” she said. Parents also must recognize the underlying issues of drug use, Boxman said. Teenagers are looking to fit in with a crowd, lose their inhibitions and escape problems, among other reasons,

See FORUM, Page A-13

It’s a Blue Ribbon day for three area schools


Those who knew him say John Roger Johnson, or “J.J.,” loved fishing, his family, and sweeping his friends into bonecrushing bearhugs. Friends and family gathered at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg to mourn Johnson, the patriarch of a brood of four daughters, 10 grandchildren and four stepchildren. The Derwood resident was one of two Montgomery County residents who died in the Navy Yard massacre on Sept. 16. Authorities say suspected gunman Aaron Alexis, a troubled Navy Reservist, entered the Washington, D.C., facility and began firing with a shotgun he bought from a store in Lorton, Va. On Tuesday, hundreds of funeral-goers gathered at a church off Rockville Pike to remember a generous, optimistic man who looked for the best in everybody. “He was the kindest, happiest man,” Bob Coyne, a longtime friend and fellow

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Friends and family of John Roger Johnson at a graveside service for him Tuesday at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring. Johnson was one of two Montgomery County residents killed in the Sept. 16 Navy Yard shootings. churchgoer, said after the service. Like many there, he recalled Johnson’s paternal nature and how he became accustomed to Johnson’s strong bearhugs. “Finally, I just said, you’re not going to be around [J.J.] without getting an anacondalike squeeze ... and I grew to love it,” he said. Johnson towered well


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above 6 feet and, in the many photos that have circulated of him since his death, had a radiant smile. The family did not allow reporters to attend the funeral, but a video showing the homily during the service was later posted online. In his homily, Good Shepherd Pastor Dave Sonnenberg spoke of Johnson’s faith in God

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and in the world around him. “He saw goodness in other people ... when someone can acknowledge that, maybe people can live up to that.” Johnson’s son-in-law Tony Zagami and his grandson Dino eulogized Johnson, who would have turned 74 in October and who was about to celebrate the

See SHOOTING, Page A-13

Three Montgomery County schools were named as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2013 on Tuesday. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that Robert Frost Middle School in Rockville, and two Catholic elementary schools, Holy Cross Catholic School in Garrett Park, and St. John the Evangelist School in Silver Spring, were among the 286 schools nationwide to receive the honor. Maryland had a total of 11 schools on the list released Tuesday. The National Blue Ribbon Schools award was founded in 1982. It honors schools where students perform at high levels

or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of achievement, according to a statement from the Department of Education about the awards. “We hoped we would get it and worked very hard,” Sister Kathleen Lannak, IHM, principal of St. John the Evangelist, said Tuesday. “It’s a big honor and this morning, [after the announcement] we had a big celebration. We had an assembly and everybody got blue lollipops and we had a total school picture taken. It was pretty neat.” Lisa Maio Kane, principal of Holy Cross, said she, her faculty, staff and students have worked four years to be named a National Blue Ribbon School. “It was a personal goal for me and a goal for my school,” Kane said. To achieve the goal, she said, they introduced new read-

See RIBBON, Page A-13


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Dinos are a girl’s best friend

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25 Nature Matters Lecture Series: NASA’s MAVEN, 6:45-8 p.m.,

Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. The Mars Atmospheric and Volatile Evolution Mission is an unmanned orbiter set to launch in the next few months. Free. Register at Kush Abadey concert, 7:30 p.m., Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. A performance by the Berklee-trained jazz drummer from Suitland High School. $17.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26 Local Gardening Session One: Resources and Sources, 2-3:30

p.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Receive a special reference handout listing local gardening classes, shows, public gardens, web sites and garden books. $18. Register at

FRIDAY, SEPT. 27 Garden Walk: Autumn Tour of the Gardens, 1-2:30 p.m., Brook-


Casie Platt stars as Lulu and Vaughn Irving as Mr. B in “Lulu and the Brontosaurus,� opening tonight at Imagination Stage. For more information, visit

BestBets The Nerd, 8 p.m., F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, also 8 p.m. Sept. 28 and Oct. 4 and 5 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 29 and Oct. 6. $16 for students and seniors 60 and older, $18 for adults. 240-314-8690.





Mini Pom Camp, 10 a.m.-1

p.m., Magruder High School, 5939 Muncaster Mill Road, Rockville. Registration includes dance instruction, set of poms and a T-shirt. $25. www. schools/magruderhs/athletics.


side Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $6. Register at www. Stick Tight!, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Make creatured out of sticks and natural accessories. $5. Register at www. Apple Festival and CampďŹ re, 6-8 p.m., Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. Visit the pioneer farm for apple cider pressing, apple lore, and hand-on activities. $5. Register at Combat Paper Show and Reading, 7:30-10 p.m., VisArts at

Rockville, Third Floor Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. Free. john. Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show, 8 p.m., Music Center at

Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman

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Lane, North Bethesda. $29-$70.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 28 5K Oktoberfest Run and Fun Run, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., German School

Washington D.C., 8617 Chateau Drive, Potomac. Silent auction. Free. AppleFest Carnival, 10 a.m., Oneness-Family School, 6701 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. Prizes, crafts and food. 301-652-7751. Vulture Enrichment, 10-10:30 a.m., Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. Come see Meadowside’s resident vulture play with her food at the weekly vulture enrichment session. Free. 301-258-4030. Raptor Lunchtime and Talk, noon-12:30 p.m., Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. Observe Meadowside’s resident raptors during their feeding time and learn some of the stories about the raptors on exhibit. Free. 301-258-4030.

Curbside Cookoff Food Truck Festival, noon-8 p.m., Wheaton

Triangle, 2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton.

Dahlia Society Plant Show and Sale, 2-4 p.m., Brookside Gardens

Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, also 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29. Free. 301-962-1400. Afternoon of Tea and Hats, 2-4:30 p.m., Bauer Drive Recreation, 14625 Bauer Drive, Rockville. Attendees can view a fashion show of lovely hats and stunning outďŹ ts. Free. 301-589-0127. Raptors of Rock Creek LIVE!, 3-3:30 p.m., Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. Discover what makes raptors unique and meet a resident raptors live and up-close. Free. 301-258-4030. Park After Dark, 6-11 p.m., Historic Great Falls Tavern, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac. Live music, great food, libations, live and silent auctions, a campďŹ re and a photo booth. $175. 301-7142233.

SPORTS DeMatha, Good Counsel to face off in pivotal WCAC game Friday.

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Square dance club seeks to revive time-honored pastime PEOPLE & PL ACES ELIZABETH WAIBEL

The Village Swingers Square Dance Club is offering lessons to teach novices to promenade and do-si-do. Louis and Betty Mastrobattista are presidents of the Village Swingers, which holds regular dances twice a month. Louis Mastrobattista said the number of people who come to dances has declined over the years as people age. The lessons are partly designed to help recruit beginners who might want to square dance regularly. “Hopefully, once these people finish the lessons, they will graduate to regular dancing either in our club or other clubs in the area,” he said. No experience or partner is needed to join the square dance lessons. Couples, singles and families are welcome. The group next meets for lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Rockville Nursing Home’s Conservatory Hall, 303 Adclare Road, Rockville. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for students and free for children under 16. For more information, contact Eva Murray, the caller and instructor, at 301-761-4108 or, or the Mastrobattistas at 301-9468753 or louis.mastromattista@

Derwood church appoints new interim pastor Mill Creek Parish United Methodist Church in Derwood recently welcomed the Rev. Kay Barger as its new interim senior pastor. Her appointment follows the death of the Rev. Richard W. Andrews, the previous senior pastor, in July. Barger said she plans to serve until a permanent appointment is made.

Health fair is Saturday in Rockville A free health fair is scheduled for 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday in Rockville. Attendees can receive health advice and screenings, and free flu vaccines are available for the first 150 people. The Indian American Medical Association of Washington, D.C., and Guru Gobind Singh Foundation are organizing the event. The fair will be at the foundation, 13814 Travilah Road, Rockville. For more information, call 240-314-0494.

Jewish council offers computer classes The Jewish Council for the Aging offers computer classes designed to introduce, refresh

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Wendy Tan of Rockville laughs as she tries to learn the steps during the Village Swingers square dance club lessons Thursday at the Rockville Nursing Home. or advance users’ computer skills. Classes are held throughout the year in Rockville, Gaithersburg and Northern Virginia. Fees range from $15 to $80 for one- to six-week sessions. Free assisted practice times also are available. For more information, visit or call 240-3950916.

Nominees sought for Good Neighbor Award Know a good neighbor who deserves some recognition? The city of Rockville is now accepting nominations for its Good Neighbor Award, which recognizes city residents who are making exceptional contributions to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods through good deeds or acts of service. Both adults and youth are eligible. Nominees must be city residents who have made a significant contribution to their commuunity over the past year. City employees are not eligible. The mayor and city council plan to recognize award recipients at an October meeting. To nominate someone, fill out the entry form at The deadline for submissions is Oct. 1. For more information, call 240-314-8345 or email

Rockville makes list as a top place Rockville is one of the top 10 places in Maryland for young families, according to NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy company. NerdWallet looked at factors including public school rating, average home value, ongoing cost of homeownership, average income and economic

Joel Halsban of Montgomery Village hollers as the men in his group come to the center during the Village Swingers square dance club lessons. growth. In ranking it 10th in the state, just below Olney — the only other Montgomery County community to make the list — the company called Rockville “home to some of the best schools in the nation. Wootton High, for example, has earned a Blue Ribbon twice, and it consistently ranks in the Washington Post’s Top 100 High Schools in the U.S.” The complete list is at

Mini-pom camp is Saturday The Col. Zadok Magruder High School Liberty Belle Poms will host a mini-pom camp for students in grades 1 through 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $25, which includes dance instruction, a set of poms and a T-shirt. There will be performances by age group starting at 12:30 p.m. The school is at 5939 Muncaster Mill Road, Rockville. The registration form can be downloaded at magruderhs/athletics/ and

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Montgomery team takes first in dairy contest Montgomery County 4-H’s Senior Dairy Judging Team came in first overall in the 2013 Maryland State Fair’s 4-H Dairy Judging Contest on Aug. 30. Team members Ian Doody and Julia Doody of Damascus, Curtis Gannon of Rockville and Dunchadhn Lyons of Olney, with team alternates Catherine Savage of Dickerson and Cory Zimmerman of Littlestown, Pa., all placed in the top 10 individually. The Doodys will travel to the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., while the remaining members will go to the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., on the two Maryland 4-H dairy judging teams. The dairy judging team came in first in reasons and in every dairy breed except for second place in Jerseys. Ian placed first overall individually and first in reasons in the contest’s senior division. James Savage of Dickerson was the county representative in the ju-

nior 4-H dairy judging competition, in which he placed second overall and fourth in reasons. The contest requires team members to place classes of four heifers or cows from five dairy breeds, after which they present formal oral reasons for placing the animals to the judges.

Farm-to-table dinner served in Derwood The Montgomery County Farm Bureau served the county’s bounty at a farm-to-table dinner on Friday. James Ricciuti, chef and owner of Ricciuti’s local foods restaurant in Olney, prepared the meal using meat and produce that was donated by county farmers. The event, held at the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood, also featured live entertainment. Diners were able to talk to local farmers and learn more about agricultural initiatives in the county. The event was sold out, with 100 residents attending.

Chamber to hold transportation conference The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce will hold a transportation conference Oct. 24. The event will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Universities at Shady Grove, 9640 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville. Discussion topics include the Corridor Cities Transitway, Watkins Mill interchange, Midcounty Highway and proposed countywide rapid


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Transportation survey for elderly and disabled Montgomery County’s Aging and Disability Services division at the Department of Health and Human Services is surveying the county to better understand the transportation patterns and needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities. Those who share these concerns, either for themselves or on behalf of family or a friend, are urged to take the survey by Oct. 18. The survey can be found at: surveymonkey. com/s/GettingAllAroundtheCounty. Send event information, photos and news items for People and Places to Elizabeth Waibel at, or call 301-280-3005.

DEATHS Malcolm Brayton Empie Malcolm Brayton Empie, 85, of Dickerson, died Aug. 17 at Casey House, Montgomery Hospice. A funeral will take place on Oct. 19 at Brownville United Methodist Church in Brownville, N.Y.

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Opposition continues to dispute pollution projections BY


It’s been a long road for Costco and local opposition groups in making their cases on whether the county should allow Costco to build a 16-pump gas station in the mega-store’s parking lot. Costco has sought a special exception ruling to build the gas station for the past two years. The Costco store opened last April at the Wheaton Westfield Mall, but plans to open a gas station on the site have stalled. At issue is whether the gas station poses a threat or nuisance to nearby neighborhoods and a special needs school. Opposition groups have been fighting approval, citing noise, traffic and air pollution as primary concerns. Hearings before the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings continued over the past week, with Costco making its case for opening the station last Friday and opposition groups — the Kensington Heights Civic Association and Stop Costco Gas Coalition — presenting their case on Monday. Opposition groups are disputing pollution impact reports previously submitted by Costco, in which they found mathematical errors.

Costco has since acknowledged the mistakes. In a more recent report on air pollution estimates, the company reported lower estimated levels of certain air pollutants than in a previous report. The newer report used the same data, such as recorded levels of air pollutants, and equations to predict impacts. The difference is in the assumptions used, for example, the estimated number of cars idling in the area on a given day, affecting estimated pollutant levels. But opposition groups claim Costco has tried to produce different pollution levels after corrected calculations led to unfavorable data. “Costco scrapped their air quality model that they’ve been defending for two years now,” Danila Sheveiko of the Kensington Heights Civic Association said. David Sullivan, of Sullivan Environmental Consulting, who prepared the reports for Costco, testified Friday in defense of the revised calculations showing lower levels of air pollutants — levels that meet EPA guidelines. Further hearings to continue the discussion are scheduled for Oct. 17, 21, 24 and 28. Depending on the outcome of these hearings, additional hearings may be scheduled. Once case procedures are complete, the Hearing Examiner has 30 days to submit a report with a recommendation to the Board of Appeals for a final decision.

Wall Park ideas brewing; county asking for input Plans still in design phase




The county wants to make some changes to Wall Park and the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center in the White Flint area, but visitors won’t see them materialize any time soon. Montgomery Parks held a public meeting to discuss the plans on Sept. 18. Rachel Davis Newhouse, project coordinator for Montgomery Parks, said at the meeting that the county wants to move most of the facility’s parking to a garage planned to be built in a Gables Residential apartment development proposed for the property adjacent to the park, freeing up space for more park activities and amenities. The county also wants to expand the aquatic center on Executive Boulevard and put in a new community recreation center, as the White Flint Sector Plan recommended. For that to happen, however, the garage has to be built. To build the garage, the apartments project needs to be cleared for construction. To build the apartments, the county needs to realign some roads recommended in the White Flint Sector Plan. Then, the proposed improvements need funding. “There are a lot of things that are in play in White Flint right now to have that happen,” Newhouse said. The county’s plan would

mean big changes for Wall Park, which is at 4901 Nicholson Lane, and the aquatic center, which is inside the park. While the plan’s specifics are still relatively early in the planning stages, that’s good news for residents who want to have a say in what the park and expanded fitness facilities will eventually look like. This is also the time for residents to share their concerns about how the proposed changes might affect them. “This is when we need to hear your concerns,” Newhouse said. “... It’s still in the design phase.” At the public meeting, some people who frequently use the center questioned whether parking would be free and readily available, and whether children would be safe walking between the parking garage and swim lessons at the aquatic center. Some said they would prefer keeping the surface parking over taking it out and putting in more green space. Parks staff said the plan was for a certain amount of parking to be free and reserved for park patrons. They also plan for the nearest parking garage space to be no farther from the door than the nearest surface parking space, but are open to suggestions for linking the garage and building. Montgomery Parks also wants people to help prioritize what new features should be added to the park if and when funding becomes available. Learn more about the proposed changes and share your thoughts at


Zainab Chaudry, a Council on American-Islamic Relations, Maryland chapter vice president and “Equality for Eid” co-chair, speaks at a press conference outside the Council Office Building on Monday. Local Muslims wants Montgomery County Public Schools to close annually for two religious holidays, Eid AlFitr and Eid Al-Adha, asking for equality and citing the fact that important Christian and Jewish holidays are always observed.

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Standing in front of the Montgomery County Council Office Building in Rockville, Northwest High School senior Anhar Karim said he is one of many students in the county who have faced a hard decision related to two Muslim holidays. Karim said that when a holiday conflicts with school, he can either celebrate and miss class or go to school and miss the celebration. “We are forcing our students into an unreasonable decision,” said Karim, who is president of the Montgomery County Muslim Student Association. Karim and other speakers urged Montgomery County Public Schools to close when classes fall on Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr during a Monday press conference held by the Maryland chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations and the Equality for Eid Coalition. Eid al-Adha celebrates sacrifice to God and falls on Oct. 15 this year. Eid al-Fitr marks the

end of the holy month of Ramadan and was Aug. 8. The dates of the holidays change because of the Islam lunar calendar. The coalition, which is sponsored by the council, formed about a year ago to pursue a long-standing goal for the school closures. The speakers also called for school system students and staff to skip school on Oct. 15 and celebrate Eid al-Adha instead. Zainab Chaudry — vice president of the council’s Maryland chapter and a co-chair of the coalition — said the initiative is not asking for special rights. “We’re only asking for equal rights,” she said. Montgomery County Councilman George Leventhal (D-At large) of Takoma Park, another speaker at the press conference, said Muslim students and their families focused on academic achievement face a conflict their Christian and Jewish counterparts do not when it comes to holiday observance. Leventhal said he would face the same conflict if county public schools did not close on some Jewish holidays. “If school was in session on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur, it would be a conflict,” said Lev-

enthal, who later added his son will stay home on Oct. 15 in support of the initiative. Samira Hussein, a co-chair of the coalition, said she wants to see the school system “respect the tradition and culture of every member of the community.” “We’re tired of watching our kids forced to choose between their faith and education,” said Hussein, whose children went through the county school system and who has worked on the issue for decades. Montgomery County Board of Education member Philip Kauffman (At-large) of Olney said in a recent interview that the school system can only close schools when it has evidence of student or staff absences high enough to impact instruction. The school system will monitor absences this year, he said, though past studies in recent years have not indicated a “discernible trend.” Schools close on Christian holidays such as Christmas and Good Friday under state law. Chief Operating Officer Larry Bowers said the school system added Jewish holidays such as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur based on low attendance from Jewish teachers and students on the holidays.

Since then, Bowers said, case law has arisen that lets districts close schools only for secular purposes. The school system recognizes both Muslim holidays by declaring them nontesting days and giving Muslim students excused absences. Samantha Kamal — a sophomore at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg and president of the school’s Muslim Student Association — said she stays home from school on the Eids and that most of her friends who celebrate the holidays choose the same. Missing school results in “a ton of makeup work the next day,” said Kamal, who attended the conference with two friends. Najwa Kareem of Gaithersburg said that when she was a student in the county school system, her parents let her and her siblings decide whether to go to school on the holidays or not. Kareem said it was hard for her to miss class but that she felt guilty when she didn’t stay home with her family. “I felt this feeling of unrest because this is my holiday,” she said.

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Kettler exploring redevelopment of the property


The “pink bank” building in Rockville’s Town Center should be spared the wrecking ball and preserved for its historic value, according to the city’s Historic District Commission. On Thursday, the commission recommended historic designation for the distinctive pink and teal rectangle at 255 N. Washington St. The building, which first opened in 1964, currently houses a Bank of America branch on the ground floor. Kettler of McLean, Va., an apartment development and management company which

owns the property through an LLC, has been working on plans to build condominiums on the property since at least 2006. At the time, Bank of America renewed its lease for the building, according to a Kettler representative who spoke at the commission meeting, but now the bank plans to vacate the property in November. Under city law, before Kettler could demolish the building, the commission had to study it and see if it qualified for historic designation. The commission recommended designating the building as historic for several reasons, including the way the building represents Rockville’s 60’s-era pattern of tearing down the city’s old downtown and building new, modern buildings. The building is also a dis-

tinctive visual feature of the neighborhood, commissioners said. Though not everyone likes the bank building’s conspicuous mid-century aesthetic, commission members said it was their job to base their decision on specific criteria for historic designation, not whether or not most people currently consider the building “pretty.” “We’re too eager to throw our buildings in the Dumpster just because we don’t like them,” said Craig Moloney, chairman of the commission. “We’ve done that with some of our Victorian buildings, and now we cherish them.” Kettler did not respond to calls for comment on how the potential historic designation would affect its plans for redevelopment.

Robin Ziek, preservation planner for the City of Rockville, said hopefully the city will work with developers to figure out how the bank building can be preserved while the property — much of which is a parking lot — is redeveloped. “The point is not that it gets developed and nothing can ever happen there again,” she said. “What we’d be hoping is for a win-win situation. ... This is, we hope, the start of a new conversation.” The commission’s recommendation for historic designation will now go to the Mayor and Council for authorization to file it as a zoning action, but Ziek said the timeline for their consideration of the proposal had not yet been determined.


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Tech Council names blood bank leader new CEO Seeing double Childhood gave Schiff ‘international perspective’ n






Growing up, Philip Schiff lived in numerous areas, including New Orleans, Connecticut and Paris, France, moving as his father was transferred due to work at IBM. While that made it harder to develop lasting friendships, there was a positive trade-off. “I learned to be fairly independent,” said Schiff, 55, who this week was named CEO of the Rockvillebased Tech Council of Maryland, effective Oct. 1. “What I gave up in closer long-term friendships, I gained in wanderlust. I love to travel to this day, and have some sustaining friendships from my childhood.” Graduating from the American School of Paris, Schiff’s classmates came from around the world. “It gave me an international perspective from an early age,” he said. “I had friends from all over, and they often moved, too.” Schiff comes from the Bethesdabased American Association of Blood Banks, where he worked in various positions for almost two decades, most recently as chief strategy officer. He takes over the largest technology trade group in the state from Art Jacoby, who resigned as CEO in February. Schiff’s expertise in national and local advocacy, financial management, strategic planning, member relations, external relations and legal work will be invaluable, said Doug Doerfler, chairman of the Tech Council’s board and CEO of Gaithersburg biotech MaxCyte. “Phil understands the major role our enterprises play today and will use his extensive experience managing a national association, combined with his understanding of complex technology, to execute our vision and lead critical advocacy efforts,” Doerfler said.

Practicing business law After graduating from high school, Schiff earned a business degree at Yale University and a law


Computer glitch could mean a few taxpayers get duplicate tax bills ALINE BARROS STAFF WRITER

Philip D. Schiff, new CEO of the Tech Council of Maryland, at his office in Rockville. degree from Boston University. He worked on financing and corporate transactions in the Washington, D.C., office of a San Franciscoheadquartered law firm, then did banking, corporate securities and regulatory work for Morgan Lewis & Bockius in Washington. Schiff then moved on to do legal work at associations. With the blood bank organization, which represents individuals and institutions involved in the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies, one of the first issues he worked on was dealing with concerns that blood banks’ supplies could be tainted with HIV/AIDS. With the Tech Council, Schiff

wants to work on building collaborations between industries and parties that include biotech, information technology, cyber security and education institutions. “There are a lot of growth opportunities,” he said. “This area provides a unique intersection between these sectors. … The innovation going on in this corridor is phenomenal. Companies are very creative and way ahead of their time.” Technological changes should be taken advantage of, including the growth of social media. Having staff members available to monitor and respond to social media can be a significant expense for organizations, but one that should be tack-


led, Schiff said. “Key to the association’s growth is our membership,” he said. Schiff also serves as president of the board of the National Center for Children and Families, a Bethesda social services organization that helps children and families in need. Under his leadership, the organization has expanded its services into foster care, adoption and transitional programs for young adults, becoming a model nationally for supporting at-risk children and families. “It can be a difficult area to work in, but it’s very rewarding,” Schiff said.

It’s hard enough to pay one tax bill, but Mark Lipowsky was seeing double when he got two identical tax bills from the county this month. The North Potomac resident says he got the two identical bills in the mail for his 2013 Personal Property Tax on Sept. 12. “I checked the year, the phone number ... to me it was identical,” he said, adding that he got a little upset after contacting the county’s general information hotline only to be told to ignore the additional bill. Turns out the double billing was just a computer glitch. The county sends an electronic file of the bills that need to be printed to Foremost Printing Inc., a local printing company hired to do the county’s tax bill printing and mailing. Each printing machine holds between 2,400 to 4,800 pages, and when there is a need to add paper to each machine the company rolls back one or two bills from the file to make sure every resident receives the mailing, said Mike Coveyou, chief of the Division of Treasury in the Montgomery County Department of Finance. “It doesn’t happen a lot,” Coveyou said. “We only pay for the ones we ask them to print.” According to Coveyou, the department splits the mailing of property tax bills in two cycles. They mail 300,000 in the beginning of July and the remaining after the end of July. “That way 311 people don’t get hundreds of calls [from people with tax bill questions],” he added. It costs the county 53 cents for each letter, which includes printing, return envelopes and postage, but if the double printing is not the county’s fault then taxpayers do not need to pay for extra mailing costs. Coveyou also said the county’s Information Technology Department checks the file before submitting to the printing company to make sure mistakes are not made. Coveyou could not confirm, however, if any resident had paid a tax bill twice due to duplicate bills. “I honestly doubt that has ever happened,” he said. The county is now taking measures to avoid any double billing in the future. “We’ve talked to the printer after this and they have something in their end [that can avoid duplicates],” said Coveyou, but he is not sure how much extra that process will cost the county taxpayers or “whether it works or not.” But, “it is something that we are looking into right now,” he said.


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Proposal calls for pay hike for county executive, council n

Move is separate from cost-of-living increase already scheduled BY


The salary for Montgomery County’s next County Council members could be 20 percent more than it is now, under a proposal presented to the council on Tuesday. The county executive’s pay could rise about 5 percent. Some of those increases are recommended by a committee that’s required to study local salaries every four years. But some of the additional money already is guaranteed, through cost-of-living increases for the council and executive already set to take effect in December, unrelated to the salary study. The study commission also recommended that raises in the county’s sheriff and state’s attor-

ney salaries match a consumer price index. The report of the Committee to Study the Compensation of the County Executive, County Council, Sheriff and State’s Attorney is solicited by the council every four years. The current recommendations would apply to the new council that will be seated following the 2014 election. The changes wouldn’t go into effect until Dec. 1, 2014, and will not apply to the current council and executive, who are legally prohibited from giving themselves a raise. Under the proposal, the county executive’s salary would increase from $180,250 to $190,000 per year, while the council’s pay would rise from $104,022 per year to $125,000. Some of that bump would come through the guaranteed cost-of-living increases taking effect at the end of this year. Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring currently receives an additional 10 percent as

council president, with a salary of $114,425. The proposal would keep that additional 10 percent for the next president. The committee presented its findings to the council on Tuesday, Council members expressed their gratitude to the committee members, but took no action. A bill will be drawn up with the committee’s recommendations and a public hearing will be held before the issue goes to the council for a vote, Navarro said. The council can accept the recommendations as they are, lower them or reject them. Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Takoma Park said she hopes discussion of the bill won’t obscure the fact that public service is a high calling. Many people choose not to run for office because of concerns over whether they can make it work financially, meaning politics tends to draw people from wealthier backgrounds, she said. Council Vice President Craig

Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said one of the main challenges of public service is sustaining a young family on a public official’s salary. Councilman Phil Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg said he would like to see a gradual increase rather than have it done in “too much of one fell swoop.” At a Sept. 18 community meeting between Rice and constituents in Damascus, Damascus resident Sue Payne said she didn’t think the council should get such a big increase when many people in the county are just getting by financially, coping with high county taxes and fees. The council already is scheduled to get more money, but hasn’t done enough to root out waste in county finances, Payne said. Council members and County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) are scheduled to receive a previously approved 2.28-percent cost-of-living increase on Dec. 2. Under the compensation

committee’s recommendation, the executive and council’s salaries would increase each year by the same percentage as any increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers for the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area for the 12 months leading up to each Sept. 1. The CPI won’t be calculated until the end of this month. The county’s sheriff currently receives $154,000 a year and will get a 2.1 percent costof-living increase on Dec. 2. The committee report suggests tying any raise in the sheriff’s salary to the consumer price index, too. The same recommendation on the CPI was made for the state’s attorney, whose $199,000 salary will get a cost-of-living increase in January 2014. Gino Renne, president of the county’s general employee union, the United Food and Commercial Workers/Municipal and County Government Employees Organization Local 1994, said that as a labor leader, he supports the principle of

workers receiving competitive pay increases. The union’s current agreement with the county will pay eligible workers a 3.5 percent step increase, a 3 percent longevity increase and a 3.25 percent costof-living increase in each of the next two years. But Renne said he thinks officials’ compensation should be set the same way as many government employees, with a classification process. It should factor in elements such as supervisory roles, the complexity of a job and amount of independence to establish grade levels for determining a worker’s salary, he said. The difference in the process of how council members receive raises compared to union members will continue to be a bone of contention, Renne said. “That, in my opinion, is a double standard that my members resent,” he said.

Startup Maryland bus rolls through Montgomery and Frederick counties n

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Zack Kline is no stranger to pitching his business ideas. He started the Bethesda Green incubator business A.I.R. Lawn Care in 2011, aided by $5,000 in winnings from a Salisbury University business plan competition. Last year, he was among the 168 entrepreneurs

who pitched their business ideas in a statewide video competition organized by Startup Maryland, the state offshoot of the Startup America Partnership. And last week, Kline was among seven entrepreneurs pitching on the bus that parked in Bethesda in the midst of a 19day swing across the state in the second “Pitch Across Maryland” campaign run by the entrepreneurial group. Two businesses that enter the video pitch contest will be picked to be entered automatically in the 2014 InvestMaryland Challenge, which will award $400,000 in grants. Entries are uploaded to YouTube and voted upon by the public for fan favorites, while an investors panel will select eight finalists to formally make pitches at a statewide conference in November. From those eight, a winner and runner-up to enter the InvestMaryland competition will be picked. Companies with less than $1 million in annual revenue and fewer than 25 employ-

ees can apply themselves for the challenge through Dec. 6. “The pitch went extremely well,” said Kline, whose company uses electric-powered lawn care equipment that is charged with solar panels. The business has about doubled in sales each year and received support from people who value the environmentally friendly approach, he said. Loans and lines of credits from banks continue to be a challenge for startups. “They want to see years of financials and bank statements — which can be tough for startups to have — before they will loan money,” Kline said. Startup Maryland’s bus started rolling Sept. 9 in Ocean City and has recorded an average of seven pitches per stop, said Julie Lenzer Kirk, director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship and co-chairwoman of Startup Maryland. The tour was at Land Sea Air Manufacturing in Westminster on Monday and at Westview

Corporate Center in Frederick on Tuesday. It will return to Montgomery County Thursday afternoon at CoFoundersLab in Rockville. The campaign ends Friday in Baltimore. Last year, CoFoundersLab won first place in the video pitch competition. The confluence of resources available to startups in Maryland through federal agencies like the National Institutes of Health, defense centers like Fort Meade and world-class academic institutions such as Johns Hopkins University almost lend local startups an “unfair advantage,” said Michael Binko, president and CEO of kloudtrack, a high-tech company with offices in Rockville and Annapolis, and co-chairman of Startup Maryland. At each stop, entrepreneurs are given information about such resources and provided coaching from mentors before making their pitches.


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Pepco looking to Officials say voting rights legislation charge those who would have trouble passing Congress keep old meters Cardin, Van Hollen, D.C. mayor among those who express support for council president’s resolution n

PSC considering allowing utilities to charge both upfront and monthly fees




Residents who say “no” to a new smart electric meter could end up paying for it in Maryland. Pepco is one of four electric utilities in the state that could get permission from Maryland’s Public Service Commission to charge those who don’t accept a new smart meter. The charges also are being considered for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Delmarva Power and Light Co. and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative Inc. In January, the PSC began considering how electric customers can opt out of getting a new smart meter, also known as advanced metering. It asked utilities to provide estimated costs for letting customers keep their old meters, as well as how much they would need to recover from customers who don’t take a smart meter. On Sept. 10, PSC staff recommended that the PSC let utilities charge customers who keep their existing meters about $75 upfront, as well as a monthly fee. They also are recommending the companies make sure actual costs match actual revenue, at least once. For Pepco customers, that monthly fee would tack $44.91 more onto their bill, more than 18 times the $2.41 the utility’s latest rate increase tacked onto the average customer’s bill. Pepco proposed an upfront fee of $100 to keep an existing meter with a monthly fee of $58.

Maryland’s Office of People’s Counsel supports charging customers who choose to keep their meter. “...[C]ustomers who opt out should bear responsibility for the costs,” People’s Counsel Paula M. Carmody said in an emailed statement. “That way, those who take the smart meter don’t have to pay extra because others decide not to.” Harford County Del. Glen Glass thinks no one should have to pay to keep a current meter. Glass (R-Dist. 34A) of Aberdeen is behind a bill to let customers opt out free of charge. Glass proposed a bill in the 2012 session to let customers say no and not pay, but it died in committee. He plans to introduce the bill again in 2014. Glass said smart meters in other states have caused problems for customers, including causing fires. Pepco said in an email statement that smart meters allow for virtually no manual meter reading. Because customers who opt not to have smart meters will require manual reads, the increased cost of manual meter reading should not be paid for by customers who embrace the technology. “That is a big fat lie,” Glass said of manual readings. “You can read your own meter and send numbers back into the utility companies. We used to do that in the past.” Pepco said the number of customers who opt out of a smart meter is low, about .004 percent. Pepco serves about 536,000 customers in Maryland.



Despite the Montgomery County Council’s support for a resolution asking Congress to reinstate part of a federal regulation meant to protect voting rights for more Americans, such a measure would have a hard time passing into law, according to several members of Maryland’s congressional delegation who came to Rockville on Monday to support it. The resolution proposed by Council President Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring and supported by the other eight council members requests that Congress restore Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, passed in 1964, which requires certain states and local jurisdictions to have their proposed changes to voting laws reviewed by the U.S. Justice Department for potential discriminatory effects. The resolution also supports a constitutional amendment to grant the right to vote to any American citizen old enough to vote; to provide full voting rights and representation to Washington, D.C.; and supporting Maryland’s expansion of early voting and same-day registration. The council is expected to vote on the resolution Tuesday.

Glenmont developer offers to pay for traffic changes The Montgomery County Planning Board has approved preliminary plans to build a 2.5 million-square-foot mixed-used project on the site of an aging apartment complex opposite the Glenmont Metro station, but not before experiencing a Homer Simpson “D’oh!” moment when members were reminded just how bad traffic already is in the neighborhood. During evening rush hour, gridlock occurs because bad traffic light synchronization stalls cars leaving a Metro garage and turning north on Georgia Avenue, said Marc Lewis-DeGrace, a county transportation planner. There is a “delay of 2,000 seconds, which is roughly half an hour,” he said “But this is also a quirk of the synchro software, where once it sees delays, those delays increase exponentially.” Traffic shuts down around the new garage at Georgia and Glenallan avenues, where developers Westpath Real Estate of Chevy Chase and Buchanan Partners of Gaithersburg want to tear down the 352-unit Privacy World complex. They want to replace it with a mixed-use complex with 1,325 apartments, 225 town houses and 90,000 square feet of retail space. Redevelopment of the 1960s-era complex is the only plan that has emerged under a proposed Glenmont master plan approved by the planning board. State and county transportation departments have considered how to fix the garage gridlock, but made no decisions. That prompted the planning board to debate whether to require Privacy World developers to pay to repaint road lanes for cars making turns or revamping the traffic light synchronization, which planners concluded long ago contributes to traffic jams from Olney to Silver Spring. “Basically, this was caused by the county putting the garage on the other side of the highway and now anybody who wants to develop there is stuck with this

traffic problem,” board member Norman Dreyfuss said. Another member, Casey Anderson, said traffic jams are “caused by people who are coming from somewhere else.” But Chairwoman Françoise Carrier said that’s how traffic mitigation has worked under county policy. Notunderthenewsubdivision policy, which held that the Privacy World application met traffic standards, Lewis-DeGrace said. Still, developers agreed to pay for changes. “We’d be willing to cooperate with whatever government agencies we’d need to do that,” said Steven A. Robins, a lawyer for the developer. 1911537





Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D) speaks at Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro’s press conference outside the Council Office Building on Monday morning in Rockville, supporting her resolution asking Congress to reinstate part of a federal regulation meant to protect voting rights for more Americans. Restoring the section of the Voting Rights Act would likely stand a “reasonable” chance of passing the U.S. Senate, but have a much more difficult time in the House of Representatives, Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D) said. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (DVt.) has been working members on both sides of the aisle, and several Republicans have said they’d support it, Cardin said. But if the Republican-controlled House were to take up the issue, it would likely be combined with other issues such as voter identification laws, he said. The issue came up when the whole Voting Rights Act was up for renewal in 2006, and the attitude was that the measure was needed, Cardin said.

The act was renewed by a vote of 98-0, but Section 4, which contains the formula for determining which jurisdictions had to have their proposed laws reviewed, was ruled unconstitutional in a 2013 Supreme Court decision. While a bill might fare well in the Senate today, “it’s hard to see anything getting through the House,” Cardin said. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D-Dist. 8) called the Supreme Court case, Shelby County v. Holder, “an act of great judicial arrogance.” Congress needs to find a way to restore the section to the act, he said. “We know that’s not going to be easy,” he said. He noted that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is pursuing

other parts of the Voting Rights Act, with the Justice Department recently intervening to block redistricting and voter identification laws in Texas. Free and fair elections are the foundation of a democracy, and the Texas laws disproportionately affect groups such as students and minorities, Navarro said. The U.S. Constitution contains a series of amendments preventing various groups from being discriminated against, but it doesn’t contain an affirmative right to vote for the entire population, said state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring, a law professor and constitutional scholar. “We clearly need to amend the Constitution to do what the vast majority of Americans think we’ve already done,” which is to give everyone the right to vote, he said. The resolution’s statement of support for full representation and voting rights for the District of Columbia drew an appearance from Mayor Vincent Gray, who said the District raises more than $6 billion a year in various taxes, but still has to send its budget to Congress for approval, Gray said. He said his city has to have its decisions approved by Congress despite having a larger population than Wyoming or Vermont. “Every local law in the District of Columbia has to go to the Congress to be approved,” he said.


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Fifth-graders work with rulers in a hallway Monday at Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Takoma Park. school used. Some teachers found a few spots of mold they returned from summer vacation on Aug. 21 and 22, but the spots did not seem to be a cause for a concern, Connors said. The school was cold with a lot of moisture that made the floors damp, Connors said, so staff used dehumidifiers, opened doors and raised the thermostats. Then they returned from the Labor Day weekend. “It was pretty intense,” she said. The day after Labor Day, after the kids left, a school system mold remediation team cleaned the building until around 3 a.m., she said. The next day a few more classrooms had mold, she said, bringing the total to about 30 affected classrooms. The staff lounge, two offices and the art room were also affected. The school sent a letter home in both English and Spanish to

families on Sept. 6, Connors said, and a meeting was held for parents and school staff to discuss the issue on Sept. 16. Days after the meeting, PTA president Mindy Kassaraba — whose son has recently experienced flare ups of eczema — said parents still don’t know what kind of mold was found and what cleaning products were used. She also felt the school system was responding too slowly. Connors said the school started drafting its letter on Sept. 4 and she wasn’t sure it could have sent the letter to parents any sooner than it did. “Upon reflection, we certainly could have tried to get it out sooner,” she said. Song said the school will see several steps of work to replace old equipment. While they have already been repaired, a few HVAC controls that had malfunctioned will be replaced within a month, Song said. More comprehensive reno-

vation will take place within a year, Song said. The school is scheduled to see new boilers and chillers in several years. Given the number of buildings in the school system, Song said, mold growth is not unusual and similar cases have occurred in the past. However, the school’s problems with its HVAC system point to a larger issue, he said, as the school system is also dealing with “an extensive amount of backlog” when it comes to replacing outdated HVAC equipment, he said. Much of the school system’s focus has been directed toward adding classrooms to accommodate its growing enrollment, Tofig said. “Now we are reaching the point where the infrastructure needs are crying out for attention,” said state Sen. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring.

A Fort Washington man serving a life sentence for a violent attack at a Bethesda home last year was found guilty Thursday in another home invasion case. Kevin Darnell Ray was on trial this week for a Wheaton home invasion in January, where he threatened to shoot a woman and her 8-month-old son, locked them in a closet and stole the woman’s car. Ray was charged with first-degree burglary, armed carjacking, attempted kidnapping, false imprisonment, and related crimes. A jury convicted him on Thursday of 10 of 11 charges, acquitting him of an assault charge. He faces 195 to 215 additional years in prison at his sentencing in December, according to prosecutors. Montgomery County police arrested Ray in January 2012. Authorities in Prince George’s and Montgomery tied him to three home invasions — one in Bethesda, one in Wheaton, and in Temple Hills — over four days. He still faces charges in the Temple Hills case. Ray remains the lead suspect in a murder investigation in D.C., according to police there. Court records and prosecutors detailed a crime in Wheaton that began the morning of Jan. 10, when Ray accosted a woman as she walked into the garage of her home on McMahon Road. “This is what she sees,” Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Peter Feeney said in court Wednesday, holding up a mannequin with a black ski mask and glasses. “He entered her garage with this and his handgun ... threatening to shoot her and her 8-month-old son,” Feeney said. “He wanted her to get him what he loves ... cash,” he said,


When students and staff returned to Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Takoma Park after the Labor Day weekend, they were met with classrooms sporting growth more suited to a science experiment petri dish. On Sept. 3 and 4, mold was found in more than 30 rooms — “the majority of the building,” Principal Jennifer Connors said. Weeks later, Rolling Terrace parents say they are frustrated by a lack of communication from the school and concerned that some students have shown allergy and asthma symptoms. School officials attribute the mold outbreak to a combination of factors, including the humid summer and an old, malfunctioning HVAC system more than 25 years old. Mold has been cleaned from classrooms and other areas. After testing the building’s air quality, school system staff are monitoring the building’s temperature and humidity. Renovations have been moved up in the county’s capital budget, said James Song, director of the school system’s Department of Facilities Management. Some parents, however, said they think the school has not provided enough information and want the school to survey families to see how many students are experiencing symptoms. Rolling Terrace parent Bridgette Kaiser said her fourthgrade son’s allergies have gone “out of control” since he returned to school after the Labor Day weekend. He has mild asthma, she said, and this was the first time his normal treatment couldn’t get it under control so she took him to an urgent care center. Kaiser said she doesn’t know if her son reacted to the mold or the cleaning the agents the

showing the jury a plastic bag filled with a wad of bills police recovered when they arrested Ray. Ray’s plan was to have the woman drive to various ATMs and withdraw money using her debit card, Feeney said. According to Feeney, Ray planned the attack with meticulous care, creating a kit with a ski mask, sunglasses and a wig. He also brought zip ties and a handgun, Feeney said. After confronting her, gun in hand, Ray took her debit card and made her give him the keys to her car, a 2009 Ford Escape. When she did not get in the car with him, he locked the woman and the baby in a closet in her garage while he fled. According to Feeney, Ray parked the car — which police later recovered — by one Metro station and took mass transit to the Capitol Heights Metro station. He used the woman’s debit card just minutes later, Feeney said. Montgomery County detectives — part of the U.S. Marshals’ Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force — arrested Ray as he drove to a Walmart in Kitty Hawk, N.C. While investigating, police recovered many of the items he had either used or stolen in the Wheaton carjacking or the Bethesda home invasion — including his gun, the ski mask and a skull cap he used; the Wheaton victim’s sunglasses; and a jacket he wore in the robbery. “I don’t think there’s any doubt in this case,” Feeney said, reminding jurors that Ray used the stolen cards less than an hour after the robbery. Feeney played calls Ray made in jail that further implicated himself. Ray — who fired his public defender at the end of an earlier court case related to the January crimes — represented himself. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I admit that,” he told jurors, even as he denied many of the charges against him. “Just because someone is caught with stolen property doesn’t mean they committed the crime,” he said.




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Jeremy “Jerms Black” Naughton was living it up in 2012. The aspiring rapper from Brooklyn had released a single, “Da Paper,” that received positive press, and he was posting photos of himself on Facebook with a bevy of body-painted or scantily clad women. That came to an abrupt end this year, after a federal jury convicted him in May of sex trafficking, transporting individuals to engage in prostitution and using a gun during the conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. Some of the offenses occurred in Montgomery County. On Friday, a federal judge sentenced Naughton to 36 years in prison. He also will be on probation for five years, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland detailing the sentence. “This case illustrates that sex trafficking is a very violent and unpleasant business,” U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in an interview with The Gazette. The trafficking took place over the course of 2009 and 2010, when Naughton and Charles Anderson, or “Chuck Corners,” abused and trafficked women, according to the prosecutor’s statement. They targeted women who did not have pimps, the statement said. After meeting the women under the guise that they were prospective johns or pimps, Naughton or Anderson threatened them with handguns and forced the women to work for them. The two men took the women’s IDs, cellphones and computers so they couldn’t communicate, according to the statement. Naughton and Anderson targeted eight women, according to Naughton’s indictment. The men would assault the women, sexually abuse them and use other forms of intimidation to coerce them into complying with Naughton’s and Anderson’s demands. “He is a very dangerous person. He was extremely violent with his prostitutes,” Rosenstein

said of Naughton. Naughton drove from New York to Maryland to kidnap women and take them back to Brooklyn to work as prostitutes, according to an indictment. He also brought women from New York to Maryland to prostitute them here, according to prosecutors. Naughton’s methods were extreme. In one case, he choked a woman and forced her to perform oral sex. In another case, he snapped the neck of the dog that one of the women owned. He tried to hit an Oxon Hill woman with his car in 2009, according to his indictment. Later that year, he barged into a Rockville hotel room, hitting another woman in the face and torso, and demanded she work for him. In 2010, Naughton forced a woman from a hotel room in Silver Spring, took her with him at the Brooklyn apartment and sexually abused her before attempting to prostitute her from a hotel on Long Island in New York. The assaults took place in both New York and Maryland, according to prosecutors. Anderson, 26, who also goes by “Yowzers,” pleaded guilty this year. He has a sentencing date scheduled for next month. Michael Citaramanis, Naughton’s public defender, could not be reached. Gary Proctor, who represents Anderson, did not answer phone calls. “I just want to create better music for myself and for the fans ...,” Naughton said in an interview with Rago Magazine in 2010. “My motivation is growth, creativity, and being artistic.” “He should be in prison well into 60s under his sentence,” Rosenstein said.

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.


Armed robbery • On Sept. 9 at 8:21 a.m. in the 6000 block of California Circle, Rockville. The subject threatened the victim with a weapon and took property.

Auto theft • Between 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3 and 7 a.m. Sept. 4 at Fishers Lumber, 525 E. Gude Drive, Rockville. No further information provided. • Between Sept. 6 and Sept. 9 in the 100 block of West Gude Drive, Rockville. No further information provided.

Residential burglary • 10200 block of Shining Willow Drive, Rockville, at 10 p.m. Sept. 9. Unknown entry, took nothing.

Sexual assault • On Sept. 5 between 7 and 8 p.m. at Monument Park, 550 Maryland Ave., Rockville. The subject is known to the victim.




Texas Gov. Rick Perry might have succeeded in his trip to Maryland to lure businesses to his home state, but so far, the only businesses that might move aren’t from Maryland. One is based in Virginia, and the other is in Colorado. Perry, a Republican who ran for president in 2012, met with about 50 business and government representatives Sept. 18 at Morton’s in Bethesda in a wellpublicized effort to encourage Maryland businesses to leave the state, and its taxes, and head to Texas. “Texas is the fastest growing state in jobs,” Perry said on Sept. 18 before a substantial group of broadcast and print reporters outside Morton’s, following his closed-door meeting inside. “Our two states are going in opposite directions.” Perry said it was “premature” to announce that any Maryland businesses are moving to Texas. However, Janice Grenadier, founder of My Pillow Pack of Alexandria, Va. — which provides a handy, stylish way to carry pillows like a backpack — said she has tried for three years to obtain funding and support in the Washington, D.C., area without luck. “I’ve already received more support from these Texas officials here today than I have the past three years,” she said. Joe Wagner, sales manager for Aurora, Colo., alternative energy business Zeus Power Systems, said he and others want to start a solar panel firm in Maryland, but the process “hasn’t been easy.” “We are looking into mov-


Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the media outside the Bethesda Hyatt after a lunch meeting with Maryland business representatives at Morton’s, a restaurant inside the Hyatt Hotel. ing,” said Wagner, who attended the Bethesda meeting. “I’m impressed with Colorado, but it’s even getting tougher to run a business there,” he said. “There are always more taxes and red tape.” Other business executives said they would keep their enterprises in Maryland. Perry and Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who is eyeing a 2016 White House run, have dueled in the past week or so over Maryland’s tax climate and other matters. Perry is running ads on local radio and television stations trying to lure Maryland businesses to Texas. Perry said on Sept. 18 that he had “no idea” what he would do in 2016. The governors debated that day on CNN’s “Crossfire” program. Earlier, Perry also toured the Beretta USA gun factory in Accokeek; the company has considered moving from the state. O’Malley disputed Perry’s job-growth claim during the

debate and in printed material. He said Maryland’s economy is better designed to help raise middle-income workers than Texas, which ranks high in poverty and low in residents with health insurance. O’Malley also said Maryland has fared well in studies such as one by the Anderson Economic Group that showed Maryland businesses had the seventh-lowest local and state tax burden in 2011 — a look at taxes such as corporate income, sales and property — while Texas ranked 17th. Michael Binko, president and CEO of kloudtrack, a hightech company with offices in Rockville and Annapolis, said taxes should not be the defining issue for where a business is based. “The quality of schools and the work force, as well as venture funding programs, are two other important considerations,” said Binko, co-chair of entrepreneurial advocacy group Startup Maryland. He

and others listened to Perry’s remarks outside Morton’s. While Texas has lured a few businesses from Maryland, aided by a substantial incentive program, Maryland has attracted a good number of out-of-state companies, said Julie Lenzer Kirk, director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship and co-chair of Startup Maryland. “Both states have a lot to offer businesses,” said Kirk, who grew Applied Creative Technologies to multimillions in revenues before selling the software assets to a business partner. Diana Waterman, Maryland’s Republican Party chairwoman, who also attended the Bethesda meeting, said Perry shined some important light on tax issues in the state. “We’d prefer that businesses stay here and help us elect more Republicans to office,” she said.


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After more than two years, Maryland continues to study if it can and should allow companies to drill for natural gas in its western counties. But a push by a Virginia company to export natural gas from Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay has drilling for natural gas causing pains on both sides of the state and the political aisle. Candidates for governor are starting to line up on both sides of the issue. “We absolutely need to take advantage of that resource, not just as another energy source but to put people to work,” Charles Lollar, Republican candidate for governor, said of natural gas. “Other states were drilling first and asking questions later,” said Del. Heather Mizeur, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor. “It has been disastrous on public health and the environment.” Hydraulic fracturing, known as “fracking,” is a process in which water, sand and chemicals are pumped into the ground to release underground natural gas. The nation’s Marcellus Shale formation stretches from Virginia to New York beneath


Rocky Gap State Park. the Appalachian Mountains and contains vast amounts of natural gas. Maryland’s section of the formation lies in Garrett and Allegany counties. Dominion Resources has proposed to expand its Cove Point liquefied natural gas facility in Calvert County — where it mainly imports gas — to allow for also exporting natural gas to other countries. Opponents of the expansion fear, among other concerns, that the expansion would lead to fracking in Maryland.

Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park sits on the 15-member Fracking Safety Commission, appointed in 2011 by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) to study the impacts of fracking in Maryland prior to making a decision. Currently, the commission is reviewing best management practices for drilling and assessing risks to public health and the economy of Western Maryland, she said. Whether it will have an answer by 2014 as intended re-

mains to be seen. In a statement to the Business Gazette, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) said developing new ways to reduce dependence on foreign fossil fuels while delivering reliable and affordable energy to Maryland’s families and businesses is an important goal. “Any energy production, renewable or fossil, must be done in a safe, regulated and sustainable manner that creates good jobs while protecting our environment,

including the Chesapeake Bay, and the health of our families,” said Brown, who is seeking the Democratic nomination. “That’s why Governor O’Malley and I included $1.5 million in this year’s budget to study the safety and economic development factors that go into this issue and to collect baseline data on our air quality and water supplies.” But to Lollar, the state has studied fracking enough. Years of study have shown Maryland can allow fracking and still ensure the companies drilling do so without damaging the environment, he said. Neighboring states already are extracting natural gas and selling it to customers in Maryland, Lollar said. Del. Ronald A. George (R-Dist. 30) of Arnold did not lightly decide to support allowing fracking in the state. “I have to let you know that I’ve really struggled with the issue and studied the issue, I’ve




listened to the fears and looked at the science,” he said. “And I’ve come down on the side of natural gas drilling for ourselves, for Maryland’s use.” Fracking now will help the state with its energy costs and diversify its alternative energy production, said George, a GOP candidate for governor. “We have to have other alternatives that are clean,” he said. Harford County Executive David R. Craig, who also is seeking the Republican nomination, said estimates show fracking in Garrett and Allegany counties will bring as many as 14,000 jobs. If the state continues to study the issue, the people of Western Maryland will suffer as business go to frack in neighboring Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, he said. But Mizeur said the purported economic benefit of fracking is not certain. The state should know how fracking will affect Western Maryland’s fragile economy — largely dependent on tourism — before it opens for drilling. “There has to be science and economics and public health data that drives this conversation rather than just heated political rhetoric,” she said. “I never say never. I’m being very open-minded toward what a study and independent review of the science shows.” Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) said he expects the state to eventually allow drilling. “Natural gas is clean, it’s cheap and it’s here,” he said. But to extract natural gas without contaminating drinking water and the Bay, fracking must be extremely regulated, he said. Gansler will start his campaign for governor next week.


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Power to the people

Eastern Shore Republicans, unintentionally, have made Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley look magnanimous. Dragged into a noisy squabble over a state Senate vacancy, O’Malley handled the situation with aplomb. O’Malley had to mediate, as it were, because Republicans in District 36 fought and fought, and couldn’t decide how to fill E.J. Pipkin’s seat, which he vacated last month. The Republican central committees of Kent and Caroline counties picked Del. Steven S. Hershey. Queen Anne’s and Cecil counties wanted Del. Michael D. Smigiel Sr. Under the state constitution, when a state delegate or senator vacates a seat, the central committee of the party of the departing legislator chooses a replacement (a Republican takes over for a Republican) within 30 days. The constitution says the “governor shall appoint” the pick sent to him, no later than 15 days after receiving it. But when party officials charged NEW with making a decision argue themAPPROACH selves into a deadlock, they abdicate TO FILLING and defer to the governor. LEGISLATIVE O’Malley appointed Hershey VACANCIES and explained: “Filling a Republican vacancy is a matter that should have been resolved (locally). ... Rather than resolving their differences [the committees] forwarded two names to my desk. In discharging my Constitutional duty of selecting just one of these candidates, I am guided not by which candidate I would prefer, but rather by which candidate has demonstrated the broadest electoral support in the district.” Did Smigiel’s ongoing brashness toward the governor play a factor? (Smigiel boasts on his blog: “You may recall that I have sued his administration three times over their actions in Annapolis.”) Perhaps. But why is a Democratic governor arbitrating a GOP feud? There’s wisdom in O’Malley’s words: The people of the district should have the ultimate say in who represents them. Dissent has paralyzed the process before, like in 2010, when Washington and Frederick counties made O’Malley pick between two candidates for a Republican delegate slot in District 3. Those who grumbled about how Montgomery County Democrats picked a replacement for Robert J. Garagiola’s Senate seat also wanted a more open process. If state lawmakers are to be the voices of their districts, they should be the clear and transparent choice of those constituents, through an election. This would require a constitutional amendment and might mean longer periods of vacancy, but it would be worth it. The current system is lousy.

Flag on the play Our communities face an intractable problem that seems to defy common sense. Hundreds of people blithely flout posted speed limits, stop signs and traffic lights. Hundreds of people haven’t learned how to cross the street. Together, they make a dangerous mix. Gaithersburg might embrace a proposal meant to increase safety by making pedestrians more visible: The city may ask pedestrians to carry flags as they cross South Summit Avenue where it intersects with Olde Town Avenue. The flags will be in containers on either side of a crosswalk, available for pedestrians to hold as they cross the street. The thought is the flags will draw drivers’ attention and reduce the number of times pedestrians get hit crossing the street. “I think it ultimately falls under something that can’t hurt,” said Ollie Mumpower, division chief for engineering services in the city’s public works department. It might not hurt, but it’s hard to say it will help. Our communities put up stop signs; drivers ignore them. Our communities put up speed limit signs; drivers ignore them, too. CRACKING Our communities develop DOWN ON cameras that record an automobile’s speed and provide an image SPEEDERS, JAYWALKERS to law enforcement, which efficiently can mail a $40 ticket to the car’s owner. The locations of the cameras are posted publicly, often announced on signs just ahead of the cameras’ locations. Drivers ignore them, too. In fact, drivers ignore them so often, the cameras have become a major source of revenue for our governments. Drivers could drive the speed limit to avoid the tickets. Instead, complaints rise to the rafters that the cameras are unfair. Maybe the complainers have a legal argument, but the fact remains, why don’t they just slow down? Pedestrians are guilty of ignorance, too. Our communities paint crosswalks in the street and add walk/don’t walk signs at the corner. Pedestrians ignore them. Drivers don’t slow down because they insist that the number one motor vehicle law is: “You can do what you want if you don’t get caught.” Pedestrians jaywalk because they cross streets insisting that they, too, can do what they want so long as they don’t get caught. But the sad thing is, jaywalking pedestrians are getting hit by motorists ignoring their speed, flags or no flags.

The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher


A bumpy ambulance ride One day this past August, my wife felt unwell. She felt pressure in her chest, much anxiety and heavy breathing. I called the Kaiser Permanente advice nurse, who felt sufficiently concerned to advise me to call 911 as the symptoms could be associated with a heart attack. I called the emergency number and an ambulance, and fire engine arrived within a few minutes.

The staff acted very professionally, did the preliminary tests and then decided that she needed further evaluation and should be moved to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. At the hospital, she was examined by emergency medical staff on duty, who determined that she suffered no cardiovascular event. In this episode that ended well, there was only one problem, the ambulance ride. My

wife felt that the ambulance in which she was transported had no springs or shock absorbers, at least not fully functioning, as the trip was bumpy and uncomfortable. The emergency crew was getting thrown around inside the vehicle and my wife had to hold on to the seat. Since ambulances are designed to transport sick people, in some situations being jolted and thrown around

Closings urged on Muslim holidays Lindsay Powers’ article regarding the push by Saqib Ali for designating two Islamic holidays as school days off for Muslim children was of great interest [“Coalition wants Montgomery County schools to close on Muslim holidays,” Sept. 18]. I don’t know what the mechanism is to accommodate that request, but I remember the days when I and several other Eastern Orthodox Christian children were in Montgomery County schools and our parents were at a loss as to what to do in our case. Eastern Orthodoxy celebrates Easter by the Julian calendar and that greatest of

all weeks for us rarely coincides with the Roman Catholic and Protestant days. What my parents, and now I for my children, had done was to keep us out of classes on Good Friday and the kids would get charged with an unexcused absence. People of our faith were not great activists against the rulings of our elected officials like the Jews and the Muslims. But now as we have matured in those political endeavors perhaps it is time to undertake them. I am certain that there are those of other faiths like the Hindu and the Buddhist that may have their own demands.

Perhaps the answer may be to allot a certain number of days for each student that would be designated “absent for religious reasons” and that these would cover any and all legitimate faiths — including the Jewish and Christian. Along with this should be the elimination of the week of “spring holiday” that coincides with the Christian Holy Week. I believe that this would be a thoroughly equitable system to accomodate all of our religious beliefs and practices. The only people that might disagree would be the atheist families among our populace.

John P. Nasou, Sandy Spring

A Wegmans lament

On Sept. 15, two friends and I traveled from Rockville to the grand opening of Wegmans food market in Germantown. We were impressed by the store layout, the lighting, the assortment of fresh produce displayed, and the large variety of

grocery and nongrocery items available. I left Wegmans lamenting the fact that Rockville does not offer access to such a viable option for grocery shopping. Shortsightedness by city of Rockville officials has deprived

Rockville residents of nearby mainstream options for department stores, grocery stores and restaurants. I hope more Rockville residents will visit Wegmans to see what they are missing.

Lucinda Hall, Rockville

Ugly project in Sligo Park Hills I live in Sligo Park Hills. The county is in the middle of installing “rain gardens” and “bio-swales” in our neighborhood. The project is an unsightly mess. Each homeowner was asked beforehand if they wanted to participate in the project. I emphatically said no. Yet I now have a 6-foot-deep hole encroaching 6 feet onto my property. A phone call to the project manager Dan Sheridan elicited the response that the

project is in the county right of way and they can do what they want. Why bother with the ruse of asking permission if you are going to bulldoze your way over homeowner opposition? This project is ill conceived and ugly, and gives truth to the expression that the most dangerous words in the English language are “We’re from the Montgomery County government, and we’re here to help.”

Mark Romanoff, Silver Spring

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could be perilous. Recently, the financial situation of the county has improved and, more importantly, the county is now charging a fee from insurance companies for the use of the ambulances; it would be reasonable to expect that it could allocate adequate funds to replace or repair elderly ambulances.

Syed Amir, Rockville

Check every ID Having read the article “Not taking chances on 21” [Sept. 18], it is disheartening to see that on average, there is only a 75 percent compliance by businesses over the past five years checking for underage teens seeking alcohol purchases. Having recently traveled to Tennessee I was surprised to find my identification was checked 100 percent of the time when I purchased alcoholic beverages; surprised because I am 57 years of age. After inquiring about the checks with one of the waitresses, I was told it is state law in Tennessee to check the identification of every purchaser. They like and support the law because it left no possibility of error or discrimination (embarrassment of misinterpreting a person’s age on appearance). This does not mean some underage purchasers trickle through because of false identifications, but she expressed the importance of training that helps to recognize a false identification. Perhaps it is time the state of Maryland adopted such a law? I suspect compliance by businesses in thwarting underage access to alcoholic beverages would jump dramatically. It would be easy to scan a restaurant or bar and see that identifications are checked before service. With a law such as this, Maryland can toughen penalties for violations as there will be no more excuses for not checking a patron’s identification.

Steve Tucker, Montgomery Village

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Friends and family of John Roger Johnson at a graveside service for him Tuesday at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring. Johnson was one of two Montgomery County residents killed in the Sept. 16 Navy Yard shootings.


Continued from Page A-1 birth of his 11th grandchild, according to The Washington Post. Zagami, who had brain surgery in August, told The Gazette after the service that he stood by as his son Dino read the eulogy he had written. He provided a copy to The Gazette. The eulogy related a story about Zagami asking Johnson permission to marry his daughter, Erin. “A big smile came to his face, and he said — and I quote — ‘I am happiest when Erin and you are happy ...’” Zagami wrote. Johnson’s ability to focus on the positive was a constant refrain among his friends. He lost his first wife, Helen, in 1996 to Lou Gehrig’s disease, before remarrying in 2005 to Judy Greene. “He has always been happy. ... During the most sorrowful times during his life, he managed to find the silver lining, and that is what he chose to dwell upon,” Zagami wrote. In earlier interviews with The Gazette, other family members

spoke of Johnson’s love of fishing. Johnson often cast his line at Nags Head in North Carolina, where he and his family had a summer home. Later in life, he took his grandchildren with him, trips which several grandchildren referred to in notes published in Johnson’s funeral program. “I will ALWAYS remember him for FISHING!” one grandchild wrote in the program for the service. The tragic incidents surrounding Johnson’s death also were at the forefront during the service. “Last Monday was a painful reminder to us all that far too many people in this world are unraveling, turning to violence,” Sonnenberg said during his homily. “Far too many are crying out for care all around us, and they need people reaching out to them. And we need public leaders who muster up the courage to make difficult votes to curb gun violence. And we pray they will do that in days to come. ... No family should have to deal with what this family has been dealing with for the past week.” Seventeen motorcycle units escorted Johnson’s casket and

family members to the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, where Johnson’s body was finally laid to rest under a cloudless autumn sky. Timothy Anderson, a mourner, called Johnson’s death “senseless,” before speaking of Johnson’s capacity for kindness. “He’s the kind of individual who would have put his arms around that guy,” Anderson said about Johnson would have treated the shooter and anyone else he met. Vishnu “Kisan” Pandit, 61, of North Potomac, the other Montgomery County resident killed in last week’s shooting, was laid to rest in a private ceremony last week. Pandit was born in Mumbai, India, in 1951 and moved to the U.S. when he was in his 20s. He moved to Maryland after studying at the University of Michigan, and raised two sons with his wife, Anjali Pandit. A private service for Pandit was held on Thursday according to The Washington Post.

she said. Montgomery County Police Officer Jeremy Smalley told parents to check their children’s room, computer and cellphone for signs of drug use. “You may think you’re invading their privacy,” Smalley said. “You’re not. You’re being a good parent.” Smalley also addressed underage drinking parties, which he said police are called to “every single weekend.” “This is a major problem in the county,” he said. “We’re not just picking you out.” In the last year or so, he said, “a lot” of parties have been hosted by parents who thought they were doing a good thing by letting their kids and kids’ friends drink in a supposedly safe environment.


Continued from Page A-1 ing and language arts programs and increased the use of technology. “We worked very hard to bring up student test scores and student awareness [of learning methods],” she said. Her students too were treated to an assembly and they celebrated with blue frosted cupcakes. “We have lots of things planned for the students because they are the ones that worked very hard,” she said. Joey Jones, principal of Robert Frost Middle School, said he informed his students and staff of their Blue Ribbon award in a school-wide televi-

Fines for hosting such parties and providing alcohol to minors can be thousands of dollars, he said. Doran told parents that, while schools can help address the issue, parents must accept responsibility. “It’s a parental issue more than it’s a school issue,” he said. Doran urged parents to be active in stopping substance abuse by not hosting parties and calling police when they catch wind of a party. “That’s the issue: Stop the parties,” he said. “I can’t do that.” One mother said during the meeting that her son, a Wootton senior, went through a period when he refused to drink, but his friends alienated him. “The reality is there’s parties and they want to go and be with their friends, and I don’t know what you do,” she said,

her voice full of emotion. Carol Noboa, the parent of a ninth-grader and a 12thgrader at the school, said after the meeting that she agreed with Doran. “The best response to this problem is what you can do at home,” Noboa said. “It’s not the school’s problem, basically. It’s more a family issue.” Noboa said she recognizes that “no kid is far away from this problem.” She planned to read information packets handed out at the forum to figure out the best approach to talk with one of her daughters about the issue. The school is set to host an Oct. 16 parent workshop called “How to identify substance abuse and what to do next.” Doran said the school is also considering another forum for both students and parents.

sion announcement. He said the keys to Frost’s success are the students’ academic achievements, the teachers working together for excellence and the parents supporting the school’s mission. He said he thinks the students understand the honor of attending a Blue Ribbon School. “It does a lot for them, it makes them more confidence and encourages them to do their very best,” he said. All three of Montgomery county’s award winning schools were listed as Exemplary High Performing Schools for having high student achievement. States are asked to submit nominations for the award from among their public

schools and the Council for American Private Education nominates private schools. Those schools are then invited to complete an application. Up to 420 schools can be nominated each year nationally. Administrators from the Blue Ribbon schools will be honored at ceremonies Nov. 18 and 19 in Washington, D.C. At that time principals receive a plaque and a flag announcing their schools as Blue Ribbon School winners. . “Our school was a very good school anyhow,” Lannak said. “We just took a look at what we did and made sure it was written down in a way [the selection committee] would understand it.”

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ANNAPOLIS — Those looking to buy a regulated firearm in Maryland after Oct. 1 will be required to shoot one first. Regulations approved Monday will require applicants for a handgun license to shoot one live round first, as part of man-


dated training. Specifically, the regulations require applicants for a Handgun Qualification License have firearms safety training, “including a practice component in which the applicant safely fires at least one round of live ammunition.” Maryland’s new gun law requires background checks, fingerprinting and a licensing fee for everyone purchasing regulated firearms — a category that includes handguns but not shotguns or hunting rifles. The law also bans about 40 semi-automatic rifles deemed to be “assault weapons” and

magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. It also restricts gun ownership by certain people with a history of mental illness. The regulations were approved by the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review. A panel that includes senators and delegates, AELR is tasked with determining if regulations written by the executive branch are consistent with a new law. The lion’s share of the new regulations went uncontested at a Monday’s meeting. However, about six lawmakers objected to

a provision that required applicants to fire a weapon first. Del. Michael D. Smigiel Sr. (R-Dist. 36) of Chesapeake City said not everyone has easy access to a shooting range. After much debate during the 2013 General Assembly session, lawmakers deliberately struck the provision requiring applicants to shoot first, he said. Del. Kathleen M. Dumais (DDist. 15) of Rockville disagreed. Dumais said lawmakers changed the wording to specify that the training include an orientation component to demonstrate safe operation and

handling of the weapon, as opposed to showing proficiency with the weapon, which was the original language. Proficiency is required for those seeking a permit to carry a handgun. When it comes to defining the orientation required by the law, Dumais said it is not a stretch for Maryland State Police to include firing a live round. Sean Thornton, senior training program coordinator with the National Rifle Association, testified that shooting one round does not demonstrate the knowledge needed to safely operate a handgun. But Thornton also said

trainers can get a clear picture of someone’s ability to safely shoot without them firing a live shot. Despite repeated testimony to remove the requirement, a nine-member majority of the committee present Monday passed it into regulation. Others who testified questioned the $50 application fee — the maximum allowed under the law — the state will collect and a requirement to provide a Social Security number on the application. Both will be part of the new regulations.


The Gazette’s Guide to

Arts & Entertainment


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Born and raised in Baltimore, Warren Wolf was introduced to music at a very young age. “It really came through my father, Warren Wolf Sr.,” Wolf said. “He is a

retired Baltimore City public school teacher, but he played music on the weekends. Just like any child, I would say, when they see their parents doing something that looks fun, I saw my dad playing vibes and various percussion instruments. So I started copying him.” For Wolf, copying his father playing the vibraphone lead to lessons, albums and performances, such as the one



n When: 7:30 p.m. Friday n Where: The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda n Tickets: $30 n For information: 301-581-5100;

Boys’ NIGHTout n





Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show makes its way to Strathmore on Friday. PHOTOS FROM SANDY HACKETT’S RAT PACK




andy Hackett has built a sort of show business empire bringing the music, charisma and comedy of Las Vegas’ most enduring showmen back to the stage. And still, it is p particularly uncanny when he says “Hello” in his father’s voice. “I might slip into Buddy at any time,” he said of the iconic inflection belonging to the late comedian and star of screens large and small. “We’re rehearsing.” The production in prep — “My Buddy,” a

one-man show starring Sandy Hackett as his father, and directed by Sandy’s wife and producing partner, Lisa Dawn Miller — will open with previews in Los Angeles at the end of the month, prior to the launch of its official run in Ohio in late October. The homage, Hackett said, was born backstage, as he and his crew from “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack” — which comes to Strathmore on Friday — would gather to exchange stories of old Hollywood. “I’d say, ‘Here’s another story about my

Music from the Rock BY

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Warren Wolf will be playing the Mansion at Strathmore on Friday. He says, “With this record, ‘Wolfgang,’ I wanted to showcase the beauty of the vibes and how classical music can be mixed with jazz. ….”


See VIBE, Page A-19




The BlackRock Center for the Arts is an “undiscovered jewel” that some people may not yet know about, said Executive Director Krista Bradley, who has plenty of ideas about how to change that. “Upcounty is definitely growing by leaps and bounds …. but BlackRock is not necessarily seen as a social and cultural destination,” she said. “We want to encourage people to do more of that.” The center is located in a complex of restaurants, stores and a library in the Germantown Town Center. “Arts play a role in bringing people together,” said Bradley.

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dad, [and] here’s another one,’” Hackett mused. The time, he said, was right. The Rat Pack revue, in fact, now in its fifth year and about to embark on its 2013-14 national off-Broadway tour, owes its heart and soul to dear old dad. “Buddy was a part of that group,” said Miller about those sultans of self-assured swagger, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. “He performed

Comedian Sandy Hackett is son of comedy legend Buddy Hackett.

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Germantown center offers diverse, expanded program


The rock-pop group from New Jersey Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools kicks off the 2013-14 season on Saturday at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. BLACKROCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS


Screenings include Q&As and panel discussions BY


Documentary film director Ben Kalina has always loved going to the beach, but he doesn’t think beach areas are good places to build, especially now, with seas rising because of climate change. Kalina’s feature-length documentary “Shored Up” takes a close look at the issue. “It’s about what kinds of things can [happen] when we settle in places that aren’t very hospitable to developers,” he said. “Shored Up” is the first of five documentaries, plus

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Author Ismet Prcic and his book “Shards.”


Words and ‘Shards’ Ismet Prcic, winner of The Writer’s Center’s McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize, will read from his highly acclaimed debut novel “Shards” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda. Born in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Prcic immigrated to America in 1996. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Bat City Review, Faultline, Prague Literary Review and other online journals, and he was the recipient of a 2010 NEA Award for fiction. The reading is free. For more information, visit


“Cascade in Canada,” acrylic on canvas by Jacques Bodelle.

Jacques of all trades October at the MAA Gallery will showcase the works of featured artist Jacques Bodelle. The exhibit opens Tuesday at the gallery in the Westfield Wheaton Mall, and continues to Nov. 3. An opening reception is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Oct. 6. Bodelle, who works in styles ranging from abstract and figurative to still life, and media spanning watercolors to oil, trained as an engineer and geologist in France, lending an occasional architectural aesthetic to his work. For more information, visit

A community in full color “Made in Takoma Park” continues to Nov. 3 at the Galleries at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple


Ave., Takoma Park. Featuring works by artists Karen Abromaitis, Lindsay Abromaitis-Smith, Sheila Blake and John Guernsey, the exhibit celebrates the creative spirit of the Takoma Park community. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit

John Guernsey’s “Naïve World.”



Last call for Trawick Prize The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards exhibit closes this weekend at Gallery B in Bethesda,

offering artlovers one last chance to enjoy the juried works of selected artists Lauren Adams (Baltimore), Selin Balci (Annapolis), Travis Childers (Fairfax, Va.), Adam Hager (Washington, FROM GALLERY B D.C.), Mariah Gary Kachadourian’s untitled installation, site-specific Anne Johnson for this particular exhibit, is a scaled xerographic (Washington, printout of the artist’s drawings derived from a D.C.), Gary patchwork of his photos. Kachadourian (Baltimore), Kate Kretz (Colesville) and Caitlin Teal Price (Washington, D.C.). The Trawick Prize is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. through Saturday. For more information, visit


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Color and cosmos: Artist brings his vibrant vision to region’s galleries Max captured psychedelic ’60s n



Pop artist Peter Max, known internationally for his vivid rainbow of colors and cosmic imagery, experienced more than his 15 minutes of fame in the late 1960s. On Sept. 5, 1969, Max made the cover of Life magazine for having tapped into the spirit of the decade’s counterculture with its psychedelic drugs, music and art. Now in his 70s, he is still going strong, a testament to his ability to adapt to changing times without losing his enthusiasm and passion for painting or his unique style. “I draw and paint every day of my life,” said Max. “I have a humongous studio, two floors, 10,000 square feet each, near Lincoln Center.” The Manhattan studio also employs 40 assistants who help manage his collection of work spanning more than four decades, from the counterculture of the 1960s, the environmental movement and the Reagan years, through the turn of the century and up to the present with paintings of President Barack Obama and Taylor Swift. “I’ve created all this work in reserve for shows,” said Max, who attends more than 100 gal-

lery exhibits a year, where fans and collectors can meet him and also buy his original work. On Saturday, Max will be at the Wentworth Gallery in the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda and later at the Wentworth Gallery in Tysons Galleria in McLean, Va. On display at each location will be 160 of his original paintings, which range in price from about $2,000 up to $90,000. The public is welcome and encouraged to RSVP to the gallery so that organizers can better plan the reception with Max, said Maneta Siegel with the Wentworth Gallery in Bethesda. Longtime collectors or new enthusiasts who think they might want to buy a painting are encouraged to visit the gallery before Saturday so they can take their time and complete the paperwork if they decide to purchase, she said. There is also a 20 percent discount for people who buy early. Buyers also have their photo taken with Max, a procedure which helps ensure the authenticity of the paintings and protects against forgeries. “There are fakes out there,” Siegel said. Born Peter Max Finkelstein in Berlin in 1937, Max left Germany with his family a year later to escape the Nazis. The family lived in Shanghai, Tibet, Israel and Paris before arriving in Brooklyn in 1953 when Max was 16.


Among painter Peter Max’s works is “Cosmic Runner,” reflecting his interest in astronomy and the cosmos.

A fashion designer in Berlin, his mother supplied him with plenty of art materials when he was growing up, according to Max’s biography on his website. He also had an abiding fascination with the starry heavens. “I was going to become an astronomer, but I always loved to draw, so I went to art school,” said Max, who studied traditional painting at the Art Students League, Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts in New York. Through a friend in advertising, he also became interested in graphic and commercial design, joining a studio in 1962 that began producing work for advertising agencies. Emerging around the same time was Andy Warhol, who had also worked in advertising and was starting to produce paint-

ings about American consumerism and celebrity. As the counterculture gained steam, tapping into psychedelic drugs and Eastern philosophies, Max began applying his trademark colors and love of astronomy to the zeitgeist of the time. Four-color web presses were also coming into use, which enabled Max to sell millions of posters to college students and hippies, spreading his imagery — including his famous “Love” and “Cosmic Runner” posters — everywhere. “It was about cosmology, space and color blends,” said Max, who catapulted to fame. He said he was thrilled one day to run into astronomer Carl Sagan in an elevator — Max was a fan of Sagan’s and vice versa. He also became friends with Warhol and John Lennon and painted portraits of Muhammad Ali and Jimi Hendrix. “Psychedelic was a hip word — it meant enlightenment,” he said about the era. “They were images I loved and people loved it — it was of the times,” he said. Times always change, but Max continued to paint, adapting his themes but keeping his style. In the years since, he has designed postage stamps, commemorated sports events — including the 1995 New York City Marathon, the 1995 season Su-

per Bowl and the 2006 Winter Olympics — and has painted portraits of five presidents and the Statue of Liberty. In 2000, Max designed a mix of colors that enveloped the outside of a Boeing 777 for Continental Airlines. He also designed images of the New York skyline and the head of the Statue of Liberty that graces the hull of the new Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship launched this spring. Recently he has also painted a cherry blossom series, views of Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge, and interpretations of the works of Van Gogh and Matisse, while also continuing to support environmental causes and human and animal rights. “I’m still extremely popular,” said Max, who is pleased — and also thankful — for the success he has had in his life.

PETER MAX n When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday n Where: Wentworth Gallery, Westfield Montgomery Mall, 7101 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda n Tickets: Free n For information/RSVP: Maneta Siegel, 301-3653270;; html n For information on the Tysons show: Ann Dorman, 703-833-0111

“I’m one unbelievably grateful person,” he said.

Laughing at Orpheus with Bel Cantanti Opera BY


Composer Jacques Offenbach loved to make fun of French nobles and officials in the mid-1800s, and his insight into pretense, pomposity and hypocrisy still ring true today in hilarious ways. That’s why the laughs keep coming in the Bel Cantanti Opera Company’s production of Offenbach’s 1858 operetta, “Orpheus in the Underworld” (“Orphée aux Enfers”). “It takes a very satirical view on morality,” said Katarina Souvorova, a Russian-born vocal coach at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., who founded Bel Cantanti in 2003. “The music is terrific,” she said about the training it offers to aspiring opera singers and Offenbach’s rousing “galop” at the end that later become associated with the exuberant can-

ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD n When: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Sunday n Where: Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville n Tickets: $38 for adults; $35 for seniors; $15 for students; $30 each, groups of 10 or more. n For information: 240-2307372, tickets@belcantanti. com n Note: There will also be a performance at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Randolph Road Theater, 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring

can at the Moulin Rouge. “Orpheus in the Underworld” will run Friday and Sunday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville and on Oct. 6 at the Randolph Road Theater in Silver

Spring. The dialogue is spoken in English, and the lyrics are sung in French with English subtitles projected on a screen. “It’s important for students to get the experience, and important to open the doors for them,” said Souvorova, who first presented “Orpheus in the Underworld” in June at Catholic University. She said she is looking for venues in Montgomery County to present future summer season productions, which are a chance for students to perform and also work with professionals. “I wanted a comedy, and it’s a very good ensemble opera — there are smaller roles for gods and goddesses,” said Souvorova. She and director Guillaume Tournaire adapted Offenbach’s two-act version of his four-act operetta and added back in some arias to give the performers more chances to sing.

“Euridice hits a high E — it’s the role every soprano dreams about,” she said. First presented by Offenbach in 1858 and now rarely performed, it is considered the first European operetta, and it predates the Gilbert and Sullivan shows that debuted decades later in London.

Based on myth Offenbach’s operetta is based on Christoph von Gluck’s serious 1762 opera “Orfeo ed Euridice,” which tells the story of Orpheus, a beguiling musician, who descends into hell to retrieve his wife Euridice but loses her after disobeying an order not to look back at her. Offenbach set his comedic version to the mid-1800s and instead took “a very satirical view on morality,” Souvorova said.

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Continued from Page A-17 Orpheus and Euridice are supposed to love each other, but she hates his violin playing and instead loves a shepherd who is really Pluto, while Orpheus is in hot pursuit of a nymph. A character named Public Opinion steps in from time to time to remind Orpheus about social propriety, which of course falls on deaf ears. “You can do anything as long as you don’t get talked about,” Tournaire said. Meanwhile the gods — in-

cluding Diana, Mercury, Venus and Mars — behave no better than he mortals, carousing and philandering as if there were no tomorrow. “They’re bored with nectar and ambrosia ... they’re all so bored with the perfect life,” said Souvorova, which is why they follow Jupiter to the underworld to find Euridice, who captures his fancy. “Jupiter is supposed to be the boss, the king, but actually he’s a very vain person,” said Souvorova. “Nobody’s perfect, and there are no good or bad characters,” she said.

Challenges abound Tournaire, who grew up in New Orleans bilingual, translated the French libretto into English, striving to capture the humor rooted in Offenbach’s French. The operetta is also full of nuance and allusion, he said. Hidden, for example, in a section about the revolt of the gods to take off for the underworld, there are hints of “La Marseillaise.” “Offenbach was like Mozart — if someone told him not to do something, he’d do it,” laughed Tournaire. The music is a challenge,

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and so is the acting and the need for comic timing, he said. “I’m glad it’s comedic, because it give you a chance to work on the acting part,” said Jenna Babyak, a master’s student in voice at Catholic University, who sings the part of Jupiter’s wife, Juno. “It’s very rapid French,” she said about her first French opera. “And the range of voices is pretty large — it’s a challenge to move that voice.” Babyak is also choreographing the dance numbers, working the Charleston and the Lindy Hop into the revelries of the gods. PHOTOS FROM ALEXANDER SOUVOROVA

Jupiter (Michael Celentano) kneels to ask forgiveness of his wife Juno (Jenna Babyak) who is stretched atop Pluto (Aurelio Dominguez) in the Bel Cantanti Opera Company’s production of “Orpheus in the Underworld.” The 1858 comic opera by Jacques Offenbach is being performed on Friday and Sunday at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville and on Oct. 6 at the Randolph Road Theater in Silver Spring. “The music is very lighthearted and fun,” she said. “It’s supposed to be a party.” And a party it is, ending on a happy note that includes the famous can-can tune. “Gilbert and Sullivan were


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A writer’s life: McLaughlin’s latest draws parallels from childhood Chevy Chase author publishes eighth novel





The defining perspective in octogenarian Ann L. McLaughlin’s fiction often comes from a youngster. “A child’s voice has a kind of clarity,” the Chevy Chase author said. “The innocence and vulnerability help me tell the story.” McLaughlin’s eighth novel, “Amy & George,” was published this month by John Daniel and Company, a small press in California. Nine-year-old Amy and her father George alternate as narrators. As has been the case in most of McLaughlin’s work, the story had an autobiographical impetus. Amy, she said, is based on her recollection of her childhood self, although, “Amy is much nicer and brighter than I was.” The novel also reflects McLaughlin’s fascination with father-daughter


Continued from Page A-15 a comedy, being presented through April by the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown as part of its new independent film series, On Screen/In Person. The series is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program. The series starts with “Shored Up” on Sunday, Sept. 29, and includes a Q&A session with Kalina. A Vermont native, Kalina studied filmmaking at Vassar College and earned a Master of Fine Arts in film at Temple University.

ON SCREEN/IN PERSON n Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown n Tickets: $8 (includes film and panel discussion with filmmaker) n When: September 2013 through April 2014 n Sunday: “Shored Up.” A look at coastal development and its environmental costs. n Oct. 18: “Furever.” A look at the dimensions of grief experienced by people who lose their pets, an in some cases try to preserve them after death. n Nov. 15: “Mr. Cao Goes to Washington.” The story of a political rookie, VietnameseAmerican Joseph Cao of New Orleans, who won a seat in Congress.

relationships. “I, too, had an absent father, even more so than George,” she said. George’s career echoes her dad’s, from serving as dean of Harvard Law School to becoming involved with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. Fiction allowed the author to modify her history. “I made this a gentler [fatherdaughter] relationship,” McLaughlin said, explaining McLaughlin that such rapport “might have helped me, and I think it’s what my father would have wanted.” No such negative issues existed for McLaughlin’s late husband and their daughter, who “worked and wrote together.” Similarly, McLaughlin’s younger sister, with whom she continues to be close, “had it slightly easier [with our father]. She wasn’t expecting as much.” McLaughlin also used a child’s voice

in her third book, “Sunset at Rosalie,” and her fourth, “The House on Q Street.” Writing has long been the core of McLaughlin’s life. After reading Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” at age 10, she announced to her family that she would be a writer. “Writing was respected and encouraged in my family,” she recalled. Perpetuating her mother’s habit, McLaughlin has kept a journal since her teenage years. “It’s depressing,” she noted about rereading old entries. “The same problems keep coming up.” For some 25 years, McLaughlin has offered eight-week novel writing workshops at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda. This year, she is retooling the class, which will begin in late October, calling it “Transcending the Memoir.” “I’ll ask them to bring in some personal letters, see if we can get something started,” she said. A founding member of the 37-yearold nonprofit, McLaughlin also sits on its board. “Despite lots of changes, the center is thriving, offering 45 courses a semes-

Interested in environmental issues since he was 10 years old, he was a producer of “A Sea Change,” a 2010 documentary about the acidification of the ocean. “Shored Up” was shot in the community of Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island, a barrier island off the coast of New Jersey, that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Locations also include the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which are also barrier islands. Communities sometimes try to replenish beaches by dredging sand from the sea bottom to fortify the eroding beach, Kalina said, but that can lead to unintended consequences. The practice can create sharp dropoffs in the sea bottom and also cause waves to break on shore instead of in

the water, changing the natural ecology of the beach, he said. Also a major issue is the public cost of replacing damaged buildings close to the ocean. “Developers go into this with their eyes wide open,” said Kalina. “It’s about who’s taking the risk for private investment properties,” he said. Each of the five other screenings will also include a visit by the filmmaker and a panel discussion about the issues raised in the film. “It’s an opportunity to engage the community, not just have people leave afterward,” said Lynne Kingsley, director of marketing and communications for the BlackRock Center.

n Feb. 16: “The Exquisite Corpse Project.” The dynamics of artistic collaboration are explored when five writers create a film by each writing 15 pages of script based on the previous writer’s last five pages. n March 21: “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines.” Interviews with actress Lynda Carter, activist Gloria Steinem and others offer their own take on the male-dominated superhero genre. n April 10: “United in Anger: A History of ACT UP.” A history of the AIDs Coalition to Unleash Power, which focused mainstream attention on the AIDs crisis. n For information: 301-5282260, www.blackrockcenter. org/events/category/ performances/film.


Continued from Page A-15 BlackRock kicks off the 2013-14 season on Saturday with a visit by the New Jersey pop-rock group Southside Johnny & the Poor Fools. The band is one of 39 performing groups that not only represent an increase in number over last year, but also an increase in the range of genres and cultural backgrounds, offering visitors many different choices. “National research shows that people don’t like to be pigeon-holed,” said Bradley. “We’re proud of the diversity of the music of different types of arts and cultures, given the diversity of the area we’re serving,” she said. There will also be more opportunities for audience members “to get up close and personal with the artists,” she said. More than a dozen groups will meet with audiences for free workshops, master classes and talks. “We’re trying to get a rich experience beyond just the performance,” she said. The first songwriters workshop is with Red Molly, an Americana/folk trio, which


Continued from Page A-15 Wolf will have on Friday at the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Wolf, who started his training when he was 3 years old, said he was able to pick up on things from his father very quickly. “I had my first professional gig [when I was] 5,” Wolf said. “After that, that’s when all the training started kicking in — 90 minutes per day in my father’s house, Monday through Friday and on Saturday mornings I would take lessons at the Peabody Conservatory in


Filmmakers Ben Kalina and Jen Schneider shoot footage for director Kalina’s “Shored Up,” a film about the environmental effects of shorefront development. The movie’s screening on Sept. 29 kicks off a series of six independent films being shown through April at the BlackRock Center for the Performing Arts in Germantown.

will meet with audience members before its performance on Oct. 4. The workshop is free but reservations are required. Also in the works are special events, such as a Scotch tasting (for an additional fee) to accompany the Oct. 25 performance by Scottish singer Julie Fowlis. Fowlis sang several songs in the Disney/Pixar animated movie “Brave” about a Highland princess. She will also host a workshop before her second performance on Oct. 26. Post-performance talks are also scheduled for well-known local swing and jazz vocalist Catharine Russell, as well as singer, songwriter and saxophonist Grace Kelly. “We wanted to bring a lot of debut artists who haven’t been to BlackRock before,” Bradley said. Kelly was a semi-finalist at the Thelonius Monk International jazz Vocalists Competition at the Kennedy Center. “She’s a prodigy,” Bradley said. “We’re looking for artists who are young or changing the form … who are probably pushing the boundaries a little bit,” she said. Scheduled for Feb. 1 is Chelsea Green and the Green Project. Classically trained, Green plays jazz, R&B, funk,

rock and soul, plus original tunes, on an acoustic violin. “She breathes new life into classical music as well as popular music,” Bradley said. Also on the schedule is an Americana group, The Stray Birds, performing on May 2. “They have fabulous tight harmonies and beautiful voices,” Bradley said. Meanwhile, tickets remain affordable, ranging from $14 to $45. “It’s really great to have music at a reasonable price,” said Bradley. New this year is a maximum ticket price of $14 for any event for anyone who is 17 and younger. “We’re trying to break down barriers to attendance,” she said. Finishing the season on May 11 are “The Hit Men,” whose members sang with the likes of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James and The Shondells, Jim Croce and Carly Simon. “They’re a fun group, it’s a fun way to end the season,” said Bradley. For a full calendar of performances, including ticket prices, photos and videos of the performers, visit

Baltimore.” Wolf admits that some people tend to flock to the saxophone or the trumpet when it comes to playing blues and jazz. Wolf’s father, a vibraphonist, thought it would be better for his son to pick a different instrument. “Once he knew that I was good, he said, ‘OK, what instrument can I put my son on that will take him somewhere else? Something that’s different?’” Wolf said. “We landed on the vibes. At the same time, I studied the drums and piano, which I still play to this day. I still play drum gigs and piano gigs. The vibraphone is the one that took hold of me.” Although Wolf can play several in-

struments, he wishes he could play the upright bass a little better. “I wish I could play that thing really well,” Wolf said. “I wish I could play it like my quote-unquote boss Christian McBride. The upright bass is very hard to play. It’s very demanding and it’s one of those instruments that you just have to continuously practice all the time.” Wolf just released his second record, “Wolfgang,” on the Mack Avenue label. The first album, according to Wolf, was simply to let people know he was there. “The first album, was simply called ‘Warren Wolf,’” said Wolf. “The statement that I wanted to make with that

ter,” she said proudly. “And I feel I’m getting better as a teacher.” “Writing is a way of thinking,” she said, noting that she tries to transmit the kind of commitment it takes to be a writer to her students. McLaughlin writes six days a week, 9 a.m. to noon — preceded by meditation and a swim. Thoroughly researching the historical context is mandatory. For “Amy & George,” her sources included C.L. Sulzberger’s “World War II,” and Marc McCutcheon’s “Everyday Life From Prohibition Through World War II.” And, she cautions her charges, the process can be lengthy. It took 3 1/2 years to write “Amy & George,” which she said is “about average” for her. Making predictions about her new students amuses McLaughlin. “It’s a fascinating mystery each time, figuring out who is going to work at it, and who will be gone in two weeks,” she said. For much of her career, McLaughlin has belonged to a writer’s group; the latest incarnation has four female members, all published, who get to-


Continued from Page A-15 with them and hung out with them.” Rat Pack tributes are a dime a dozen, but what makes Hackett’s show a particular penny from heaven, said Miller, is that he knew them — each of them — personally. “Sandy has a history with these guys. Joey Bishop was Uncle Joey to him,” she said about the funny man and longtime Hackett family friend. “... Who better to convey that [chemistry] to an audience than someone who grew up with them?” To a preteen Hackett, the lauded Kings of Cool ripping it up on the Las Vegas strip were more akin to pals over to the house for poker night, not the indelible “Ocean’s 11” symbols practically synonymous with the game. “When you’re a child, you don’t know they’re anything special,” he said. “They’re just your dad’s friends. It’s only as you get older you realize, ‘Oh, my friends’ dads aren’t doing this stuff.’” “I have a 7-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son,” Hackett continued. “And right now they’re just becoming cognizant of what their mother and I do.” Miller, too, is the daughter of industry royalty. Her father, famed Motown songwriter Ron Miller, is perhaps best known for penning a number of hits for Stevie Wonder, including “Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday,” “Someday at Christmas,” and “For Once In My Life,” the latter, not incidentally, having been covered by crooners from Old Blue Eyes to Tony Bennett. For the show, a sampling of approximately 390 previously unreleased songs by the elder Miller, recently discovered, join American Songbook and nightclub staples such as “Drink to Me Only,” “Come Fly With Me,” and “What Kind of Fool Am I” in a narrative finding the pallies placed back into contemporary rotation by the main announcer, God (a voiceover by Buddy Hackett, who recorded the role prior to his passing in 2003). The production, Miller said, attempts to recreate the seemingly effortless, boozy charm conjured in the halls of the Sands Hotel and Casino all those years ago; that lightning in a bottle of bourbon, or gin or bubbly that corkscrewed throughout a dining room filled with clinking glasses, glamour and laughter as Frank crooned, Dean swooned and Sammy showed up show business with a winning smile. Miller even gets in on the act, portraying a version of actress and onetime paramour of the Chairman of the Board, Ava Gardner, in “Frank’s One Love.” “A lot of tribute shows want to do a caricature of what [the era] was, and they bring out Marilyn Monroe,” Miller said. “But there was only one woman who truly captured his heart and was a huge part of his life, and that was Ava Gardner.” “It was really fire and ice,” Hackett said of the tumultuous relationship and subsequent marriage. “But in my opinion, it was the one true love of his life.” Also taking a more central role in Hackett’s love letter is his portrayal of friend and mentor Joey Bishop. record was to basically show the world that I could play … to show everybody that Warren Wolf was the next star on the vibes. “With this record, ‘Wolfgang,’ I wanted to showcase the beauty of the vibes and how classical music can be mixed with jazz. … We all know that when you listen to classical music, you hear these beautiful melodies, so I wanted to show a mix of the two and show how classical and jazz can coexist and, at the same time, showcase beautiful melodies.” Music is Wolf’s passion. After spending so much time learning different instruments over the course of his life, Wolf said he never really thought of

gether for serious talk about their work for two hours every month. She meets less regularly to work with a group of women who want to write about their experiences of coming to America. McLaughlin is in the early stages of a yet-untitled book set during the Korean War. Her protagonist is a painter, a “young woman uncertain about what to do with her life, with the war as metaphor,” but the cast of characters includes an “important” 10-year-old — “Pippa, a funny little girl who lives in the upstairs apartment. She loves to draw and joins the young woman while she paints.” The sparkle in McLaughlin’s eye as she talks about Pippa suggests that a young girl once again may have stolen her creator’s heart and defined her tale. McLaughlin will celebrate publication of “Amy & George” at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, 301-654-8664. Mary Kay Zuravleff also will join McLaughlin at The Writer’s Center event, reading from her novel “Man Alive!”

SANDY HACKETT’S RAT PACK n When: 8 p.m. Friday n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $20-$50 n For information: 301-581-5100,

Bishop, who appeared in several films with the trinity, and was the last surviving member of the order, historically took more of a behindthe-scenes role during the group’s onstage antics, penning jokes and considered by some a mascot. Here, he’s an ad-libbing engine for a two-act locomotive that does not pause for a breath, said Hackett. Upon arriving in town, Hackett scours the local newspapers for headlines to incorporate into the evening’s proceedings, in an effort to avoid pat “How did all of these people get in my room?” routines. “Like Joey Bishop, he allows for whatever is happening to become a part of the show — to be in the moment,” said Miller. “He’s the thread that holds the show together.” “A lot of people forget just what he did,” said Hackett. “If you look at those other shows, none of those shows have a Joey. No one seemed to understand what he did. But I understand what he did. Because I grew up with him.” Indeed, it was Bishop who planted the idea for the show with a single phone call. “The story is that one day Joey called Sandy up and said that HBO was doing a movie about The Rat Pack and he thought Sandy would be perfect to play him,” Miller recalled. “Sandy said, ‘Great, who do I call?’ And Joey said, ‘I dunno. Nobody called me.’” While Bishop’s influence on the 1998 HBO project was nil (the role ultimately went to Bobby Slayton), the fact that one of Hackett’s idols had hand-picked him sparked a concept, and then a creation, that continues this weekend in North Bethesda. But — Miller and Hackett are both quick to stress — it is not a tribute show, a term that, to them, calls to mind pale, impersonal imitation. “The focus [of our show] is on the essence, the camaraderie and the cohesiveness of what they did,” Hackett said. “... We’re trying to give you the savoir-faire and the charisma of these performers. You can’t be those guys. Those guys were those guys.” Asked if he’s gleaned anything new about Bishop and his father while stepping into their shoes, Hackett pauses. “They were just people,” he said. “With extraordinary talent.” “People think the Rat Pack era lasted a few years,” he continued. “It didn’t. It lasted 30 days. They were shooting a film called ‘Ocean’s 11’ on the Las Vegas strip, and Frank said, ‘We’ll shoot the film during the day and perform at the hotel at night and this is going to be fun.’” “And that’s what it was.” trying anything other than music — except maybe space exploration. “I was a normal kid,” Wolf said. “I went to school and I went outside to play with my friends and things like that. I didn’t really have too much of an interest in, say, [trying] something else. I will say I wanted to be a fireman and an astronaut. Those are the two things I did want to be. I mean, there was nothing that I really wanted to try, like being on the baseball team or the football team. I wouldn’t have minded. I mean, it sounds fun now that I think about it, but I didn’t really think about that stuff too much then.”

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At the college level, it might hold him back, but several teams have indicated a willingness to overlook Amankwah-Ayeh’s less-than-ideal measurables. Towson University, University of Delaware, James Madison University, Princeton University, Brown University and Harvard University have shown interest, though none have made an offer. “If I play hard, I’ll get a scholarship — I don’t really think about that,” Amankwah-Ayeh said. “It’s not something I really try to beat myself up about. Just play hard, it will come to me one day.”

Springbrook High School defensive end Alex Evans always knew he was athletic. From the time he began playing football at 6-years old, to now, in his senior year as a two-sport student-athlete (he also plays basketball). However, it wasn’t until this past summer when he realized the possibility of being a Division-I talent. After a 70-tackle and doubledigit sack season in 2012, the 6-foot7, 230-pound Evans attended the University of Maryland, College Park‘s instructional football camp in June. He caught the attention of multiple college coaches. He quickly received offers from East Carolina University and Old Dominion. He also received some interest from Maryland, Virginia and Wake Forest. “All the college coaches that have come through have been in love with his frame,” Springbrook coach Adam Bahr said. “I think they are committed to coaching him up.” On Aug. 12, Evans committed to play for the Pirates of East Carolina under coach Ruffin McNeill in Conference USA. Evans was recruited by ECU defensive line coach Marc Yellock. When Evans went to visit the school in June, he said he was instantly treated like family. “They welcomed me; treated me like I was their son,” Evans said. “I like the coaches, the coaching staff and the defensive coordinator [Rick Smith].” Evans was intrigued by how excited the coaches were to have him on the team and told him he

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School football coach Josh Singer was talking to college coaches during the offseason about senior running back/linebacker Nana Amankwah-Ayeh’s game film. “Everybody likes what they see,” Singer said. “And then they look at his numbers.” The college coaches couldn’t believe Amankwah-

Ayeh is so short (5-foot-11), so small (205 pounds) and so slow (4.8 seconds in the 40-yard dash last spring, according Amankwah-Ayeh), because he plays much bigger on the field. “He just has a natural vision for where the football is going to go, whether it’s in his hands or he’s on defense,” Singer said. “And he can sometimes take routes that other guys wouldn’t be able to take, because he just sees it so quickly.” At the high school level, Amankwah-Ayeh’s size is no issue. He led Bethesda-Chevy Chase in tackles last season, and he’s leading the team in rushing this year.

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Lizzi Walsh had to start somewhere, and in volleyball it began with all-natural and raw power. As a tall and lanky eighth grader when she first picked up volleyball at Scott Zanni’s camp, she could smash a ball hard enough to grab the attention of her future coach. A few months later, she received a rare promotion as a freshman on the Col. Zadok Magruder High School girls’ volleyball team and by the middle of the season, she had earned herself a starting spot. “That was all I could really


do,” said Walsh, now a senior who recently committed to Lafayette College. “I was a power hitter.” Walsh has not ceded any of that vaunted power when she gets a swing in, but each year she has added a new element to her game. In the following season, she developed the ability to throw a change-up at opponents. Her newfound versatility inspired Zanni to move her over to the outside rather than confining her to the middle, creating more opportunities for the setters to find Walsh. Over time, her passing and defense improved both in her ability to get down for digs and frustrate opposing hitters with blocks. “It’s not an accident that

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Sherwood High School running back Elijah Spottswood carries the ball against Gaithersburg during a Sept. 7 football game.

Elijah Spottswood and a few Sherwood High School football teammates were messing around in the gym during a July workout, taking running starts and jumping to touch the rim with one hand. Sherwood coach Chris Grier nervously watched, hoping Spottswood wouldn’t aggravate a knee injury that had sidelined him from April until that very day.

Finally, the first-year coach’s instincts took over, and he wanted to see what his healthy star player could do. “Take one step and grab it with two hands,” Grier told Spottswood. Spottswood had never done that before, but he took one step back, went forward and reached the rim with both hands. “He was so amped to be full tilt and be able to do whatever he wanted without any restrictions that he was bouncing off the walls,” Grier said. Spottswood is again bouncing off the walls, wishing he could make a bigger impact for



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Col. Zadok Magruder High School girls’ volleyball player Lizzi Walsh passes the ball against Springbrook last week.


Continued from Page B-1 she’s getting better,” Zanni said. “This kid works hard. The average kid says she loves the game, but [Walsh] takes it to a whole new level of love for the game. She sort of added something new to her game each year so she’s kind of an all-around player.” What’s more alarming than the sheer power and versatility Walsh brings to the court is the rate that she assembled her skill set. From a competitive standpoint, she hadn’t played volleyball prior to attending Zanni’s camp at the end of middle school. Yet by her freshman year, the coach had already deemed her varsityworthy.


Continued from Page B-1 Sherwood (2-1). When he lines up at running back, opponents stack the box. At cornerback, teams throws to the other side of the field. As a returner, kickers and punters angle the ball away from him. “It’s really annoying, actually,” Spottswood said. “The reason it’s frustrating is because

“In the last 10 years I’d say I’ve had less than a handful of freshmen make the varsity team,” Zanni said. “They just generally don’t make it. You either got a lot of potential or you’ve played a lot of volleyball. It’s either one or the other. I saw a tall and athletic kid who has one of the strongest arms I’ve ever seen. She just destroys it when we get it to her.” So it began with the power for Zanni, too. And, make no mistake, it is her power that mainly gives teams fits. Over her first three seasons and eight matches into this one, Walsh has recorded 425 kills, fourth all-time for the school and just 100 shy from the Magruder record. This year, she is tops on the team by a long shot with 52 kills in just 106 swings, good for almost a 50 percent clip, and is

I need film, so I can play football at the next level.” Spottswood has received plenty of interest — Appalachian State University, Stony Brook University, Towson University, Wake Forest University, Temple University, University of Toledo, Old Dominion University, James Madison University, Boise State University, University of Kansas and Tusculum College — but no team has offered a scholarship. He at least takes solace that


Continued from Page B-1 Amankwah-Ayeh admits he didn’t play particularly hard as a freshman. His effort improved as a sophomore, but he realized moderate gains weren’t enough.


third on Magruder with eight aces. “She hurt us a lot over the years,” Sherwood coach Brian McCarty said. “I know that we’ve come out on top but just to watch her develop from kind of a timid player into someone who demands the ball and someone her teammates always look for, it has been fun. “Whenever she gets some swings early on it was, ‘Whoa, that girl is going to be good.’” When she’s not at the net, there’s a fair chance you can find her on the floor. Despite standing 6-feet, Walsh isn’t one to shy away from hitting the court in the name of saving a ball. “She’s six-foot tall and she’s on the floor as much as anyone,” Zanni said. “It’s rare to see someone so tall be such

a good defensive player. If you can find a kid who can attack the ball and play defense like that, that’s something. That’s what we’re looking for in an outside hitter.” Walsh admits to being a little reluctant when Zanni first asked her to move from her spot in the middle over to the outside, where the best hitters will typically be slotted, but she soon realized that’s also the best showcase for that power she loves to break out. “I have the option to do more,” she said. “You get the chance to kind of take over more because you get a lot more swings.” And more swings for Walsh generally translates into more wins for Magruder.

his presence has helped Sherwood, even if he’s not directly responsible. With more balls coming his way, cornerback Alec Perez already has four interceptions this season. Running in relief of Spottswood at times, freshman running back Travis Levy has impressed Grier. “I love to see my teammates do well,” Spottswood said. “It also shows me that my opponents in the county respect me as an athlete, and they know what I can do.”

“I told myself, ‘You need to step your game up if you want to take football where you want to take it and not just let your dreams float away,’” Amankwah-Ayeh said. He dedicated himself to lifting weights and studying film in a bid to become a legitimate college prospect, and he became a starter as a junior.

coaching because he is a great competitor. “He is a good citizen,” Bahr said. “He gets good grades and I don’t think you would find anybody who would say anything negative about him.” Although Evans is rather reserved and is not a vocal leader, Bahr considers him a leader by example for the rest of the Blue Devils. “He’s very quiet so he leads with his play,” Bahr said. “He is not a real rah, rah guy.” Evans said one of his goals for this fall is to make the Maryland Crab Bowl, which is a postseason all-star game between Baltimore and D.C. area high school players. In order to prepare for the level of competition that Evans will face in the Division I-Football Bowl Subdivision, he plans to continue his dedication to keeping his body in shape in the weight room and will play again for the Blue Devils’ basketball team this winter.


Springbrook High School’s Alex Evans attempts to tackle a Sherwood player on Friday.

Against Springbrook last week, Spottswood intercepted a pass, delivered a stiff arm and made a couple spin moves during a long return. He needed a breather, and Levy took the next handoff for a touchdown. When Levy returned to the sideline, Grier told him to thank Spottswood for setting up the score. “Elijah was certainly smiling to see that,” Grier said. Earlier in the game, Spott-

swood ate a couple granola bars on the sideline during a timeout. He suffers from Type-1 diabetes, and though he usually manages the disease by carefully monitoring his pregame eating, this was a rare instance of it affecting him during play. Usually, postgame cramps are the only footballrelated symptom. Now,the5-foot-10,190-pound speedster says everything, including his knee and diabetes, is back under control. So, his coach is

Now, Singer called Amankwah-Ayeh the team’s “heart and soul” and credited him with “creating a lot of positive energy.” But Amankwah-Ayeh says he takes losses especially hard. He isolates himself from his family — which dubbed him Nana, a common nickname for Ghanese children, so long ago that it

has essentially replaced his first name of Yaw — and broods in his room. Unfortunately for AmankwahAyeh, Bethesda-Chevy Chase has lost the past two weeks, falling to Walt Whitman and Thomas S. Wootton. Amankwah-Ayeh will have an opportunity to help Bethesda-Chevy Chase right the ship Friday at Seneca

devising ways to get him the ball more — for good reason. “He’s a kid that deserves his touches,” Grier said. “He works really hard, works hard in the offseason. So, he’s definitely going to continue to carry the load for us. “He’s a great athlete. He’s good at whatever he does. Put a basketball in his hands, he’s good at basketball. I’m pretty sure he can do whatever he wants.”

Valley, and he said he’ll do it with the mindset that impressed those college coaches. “The next time I go out there to play football could be my last play ever,” Amankwah-Ayeh said. “So, I just want treat it like it’s my last.”


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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HOW THEY RANK The 10 best football teams in Montgomery County this week as ranked by The Gazette’s sports staff.



1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Quince Orchard Cougars Good Counsel Falcons Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets Northwest Jaguars Gaithersburg Trojans Bullis Bulldogs Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles Wootton Patriots Paint Branch Panthers Walt Whitman Vikings

Record Points

3-0 60 3-2 54 2-1 47 3-0 43 3-0 33 2-1 30 2-1 25 3-0 20 3-0 12 2-1 5

Also receiving votes: Sherwood 1 point.

LEADERS Top rushers

Carries Dage Davis, Geo. Prep 59 Charles Lyles, Poolesville 65 Chris Dawson, G. Counsel 65 Khalil Wilson, Einstein 27 Perry Stefanelli, G. Counsel 74 Liam Duffy, R. Mont. 55 Zac Morton, Whitman 63 Kevin Joppy, Q. Orchard 47 Devonte Williams, Bullis 55 Solomon Vault, G’burg 39

Top passers

Cmp-Att. Sam Ellis, Wootton 66-101 Chuck Reese, Rockville 87-142 Mike Murtaugh, Q. Orch. 35-55 Renzo Farfan, R. Mont. 33-59 Nick DeCarlo, G’burg 23-38 Gaston Cooper, P. Branch 39-80 Raymond Burtnick, Blair 29-62 Evan Smith, Whitman 31-52 C. Hennessey, N’wood 41-77 S. Morningstear, Pooles. 29-46

Top receivers Jibri Woods, Wootton Joey Cornwell, Rockville Trevon Diggs, Wootton Anthony Albert, Rockville Louison Biama, Rockville Keon Paye, G. Counsel Darrell Blue, Blair William Tearney, G’burg Elliott Davis, Q. Orchard Javonn Curry, P. Branch

Catches 23 27 21 20 12 5 13 5 7 13

Yards 519 476 412 409 403 372 344 332 332 315

Avg. TDs 8.8 7 7.3 4 6.3 6 15.1 5 5.4 2 6.8 2 5.5 3 7.1 4 6.0 4 8.1 7

Yards 989 944 539 464 449 444 440 387 364 338 Yards 330 302 294 253 207 205 189 182 158 157

Int. TDs 2 9 4 10 1 7 2 6 1 0 3 3 5 5 3 2 2 2 4 2

Avg. TDs 14.3 2 11.2 3 14.0 5 12.7 3 17.3 1 41.0 3 14.5 2 36.4 0 22.3 2 12.1 2

Unbeatens collide on Saturday n

Northwest, Gaithersburg enter 3-0, outcome may determine postseason seeds

With Solomon Vault, arguably the state’s top running back, out for at least the rest of the game with an injury, Gaithersburg High School football coach Kreg Kephart addressed his team at halftime of Friday’s game against Clarksburg.


Gaithersburg High School quarterback Nick DeCarlo looks for a receiver against Watkins Mill in the Sept. 16 football game.


ter his X-rays were negative and Gaithersburg would not change its gameplan if Vault can’t play. The coach praised backup running backs Xaviyer Mosley and Mark Spencer, saying they would start on many area teams. Northwest is slightly more established. Its 20-13 win over Seneca Valley Friday is the only win over a currently ranked team this season by either team. In the process, Northwest learned more about its young quarterback.

“Everybody says this is a one-man team,” Kephart said. “This will be your chance to show that we’re more than just the Solomon Vault Trojans.” A 24-7 win reinforces the point, but the challenge gets tougher this week. No. 5 Gaithersburg plays No. 4 Northwest at 2 p.m. Saturday at Richard Montgomery High School in a matchup of 3-0 teams. Gaithersburg and Northwest haven’t both made the playoffs since 2006, each foiling the other’s plans at different times since. With both teams again firmly in the playoff mix this season, Saturday’s game will be crucial to postseason possibilities. Kephart said Vault is day-to-day af-

Super sophomore On Friday, Northwest coach Mike Neubeiser and his team had a great op-

Parity reigns supreme in Montgomery County boys’ soccer

For the past two seasons, the same frustrating occurrence has befallen Richard Montgomery High School’s girls’ soccer team when it matters most. In the playoffs, the Rockets have bowed out against a team they beat earlier in the regular season.

SOCCER NOTEBOOK BY NICK CAMMAROTA In 2012, Monica Tarzy’s club defeated Winston Churchill before losing to them, 3-0, in the first round of Class 4A West Region tournament. In 2011, the same thing happened, only that time it was a 3-1 loss against Clarksburg. This year, the Rockets are again off to a superb start — 4-0 in their first four matches — and Tarzy is hopeful her 2013 group will be the one to buck the trend. “I went to RM as a student and it seems like every year we usually get the worst draw when it comes to playoffs,” Tarzy said. “Usually the draw we get, we beat the team in the season but can’t when it really matters. It’s partly because I think the girls in the past have started to get drained and lose energy and focus. I think this year could be different.” Inspiring that sort of hope is a talented pair of captains. Tarzy was complimentary when speaking about both four-year varsity midfielder Jackie Page and three-year varsity midfielder Kayla Sukri. Tarzy said their leadership — everything from motivating their teammates, to organizing team events via Facebook and Twitter, to simply

Travis Mewhirter contributed.

Ken Sain

Nick Cammarota

Travis Mewhirter

Jennifer Beekman

Kent Zakour

45-11 95-21

44-12 92-24

43-13 90-26

39-17 88-28

44-12 88-28

43-13 86-30

Seneca Valley Einstein Damascus Wootton Poolesville Sherwood Q. Orchard Blair Paint Branch Clarksburg DeMatha Bullis Wilson Annap. AC Avalon Wheaton Northwest

Seneca Valley Einstein Damscus Wootton Poolesville Sherwood Q. Orchard Blair Paint Branch Clarksburg DeMatha Bullis Wilson Landon Avalon Rockville Northwest

Seneca Valley Einstein Damascus Wootton Poolesville R. Mont. Q. Orchard Blair Paint Branch Clarksburg DeMatha Bullis Wilson Landon Avalon Wheaton Northwest

Seneca Valley Einstein Damascus Wootton Poolesville Sherwood Q. Orchard Springbrook Churchill Clarksburg DeMatha Bullis Wilson Landon Avalon Rockville Northwest

Seneca Valley Einstein Damascus Wootton Poolesville Sherwood Q. Orchard Blair Paint Branch Clarksburg DeMatha Bullis Wilson Landon Avalon Rockville Northwest

Seneca Valley Einstein Damascus Wootton Poolesville Sherwood Q. Orchard Blair Paint Branch Clarksburg DeMatha Bullis Wilson Landon Chavez Rockville Northwest



n 1. Landon

n 1. Good Counsel

n 2. Good Counsel

n 2. Holy Cross

n 3. Walter Johnson

n 3. Bethesda-Chevy Chase

n 4. Northwest

n 4. Walt Whitman

n 5. Thomas S. Wootton

n 5. Winston Churchill

Boys’ soccer This was already pretty much a foregone conclusion before the year began, but boys’ soccer in Montgomery County is going to be wild. As the results pour in day after day, it consistently becomes apparent that nearly every team is capable of beating every other. It makes for a fantastic league for fans and many sleepless nights for

Whitman Wootton* Walter Johnson* B-Chevy Chase Churchill Kennedy

All Div.

2-1 2-1 1-2 1-2 1-2 0-3

1-0 2-1 1-1 1-2 1-2 0-0


52 106 22 39 36 18

Montgomery 4A East Division Team

Paint Branch Sherwood Blair Blake Springbrook*

All Div.

3-0 2-1 2-1 1-2 0-3

2-0 2-0 0-1 0-1 0-2

42 14 93 63 72 75


105 56 75 20 42

25 69 33 84 50

Montgomery 4A West Division Team

Northwest Gaithersburg Quince Orchard R. Montgomery Magruder Clarksburg*

All Div.

3-0 3-0 3-0 1-2 0-3 1-2

2-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-2


115 26 84 14 84 13 82 90 38 114 38 56

Montgomery 3A Division Team

Damascus Seneca Valley Watkins Mill Einstein Rockville Wheaton Northwood

All Div.

2-1 2-1 2-1 1-1 1-2 1-2 0-3


2-0 2-0 1-0 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-1

98 37 82 35 71 48 70 84 83 127 40 110 20 114

Montgomery 2A Independent Team




Den Feldman

Montgomery County record All games

inspiring hard work every day at training — has made a world of difference. “They’re really friendly and close with everyone on the team,” Tarzy said of her captains. “They’ve made it so that everyone feels like one unit as opposed to separate groups. Everyone is friends because of them. They’re the first ones out to practice, they hurry them along to get started and they always come mentally prepared.” Among the other early standout performers on the roster, junior Rowan Glass is picking up right where she left off last season and has five goals in four matches — games during which RM has outscored its opponents, 14-4. “We had the girls working hard on their own over the summer, which has made a huge difference in the attitude,” Tarzy said. “It’s really been a team effort so far this year.”








63 48

Good Counsel 3-2 130 59 Bullis 2-1 55 62 Avalon 1-3 62 85 Georgetown Prep 1-3 76 133 Landon 0-2 14 38 * Includes forfeit result

Last week’s scores

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

Bethesda-Chevy Chase at Seneca Valley Einstein at Northwood Watkins Mill at Damascus Whitman at Wootton Poolesville at Walter Johnson Sherwood at Richard Montgomery Magruder at Quince Orchard Blair at Springbrook Churchill at Paint Branch Clarksburg at Blake Good Counsel at DeMatha John Carroll at Bullis Kennedy at Woodrow Wilson (D.C.) Landon at Annapolis Area Christian Chavez vs. Avalon Rockville vs. Wheaton Northwest vs. Gaithersburg

Montgomery 4A South Division

Private schools


RM girls start year off strong n

portunity. With 8 minutes, 53 seconds remaining and possession of the ball with the game tied, the Jagaurs had a chance to end a losing streak to Seneca Valley that dated back to 2006. There was not a single student in the school who had seen the King’s Trophy glimmering from their own trophy case. With dual-threat quarterback Josh Gills in the fold, Neubeiser elected to hand the offense to sophomore quarterback Mark Pierce, entrusting him with the most important drive of Northwest’s season to date. Well, Pierce would get the job done. Over the next 15 plays, he threw eight passes, completed seven for 74 yards and drove his team the length of the field. He then completed the game-winning, 21yard touchdown pass to E.J. Lee. “It’s the biggest game of my life,” said Pierce, who finished 13-for-23 with 144 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and did not take a sack. “Our O-line did awesome. They allowed me to scramble, allowed people to get open, and that’s what happened with the big plays. We allowed receivers to get open and it was just a wonderful drive.”


coaches. Through the season’s opening two weeks, only three clubs remain undefeated as of Sunday night: Gaithersburg, Northwest and Walter Johnson. Matches have (surprise) been tight, particularly in the 4A South Division where none of the six teams have scored or allowed more than 10 goals. First-year Sherwood coach Michael Kogok, whose team is 2-2-0 yet at the bottom of the 4A North standings, has witnessed the parity first-hand. “All the matches except for our [4-1] win against Seneca Valley have been tight contests,” Kogok said. “I’m encouraged. And I think the boys are starting to realize that we can play with anyone, but we can also lose to anyone.” Three of the Warriors’ four matches thus far have been 1-0 results, with Sherwood losing to Northwest and Bethesda-Chevy Chase by that score. Kogok said he’s been particularly impressed with the early play of juniors Ethan Carey and Sheriff Secka. “We’re not a team of superstars,” Kogok said. “It’s more a bunch of boys where I can go seven or eight deep and not worry about the pace changing. It’s a great group.”

St. Paul’s 28, Landon 14 Watkins Mill 42, Wheaton 0 Einstein 48, Rockville 35 Quince Orchard 7, Damascus 6 R. Montgomery 31, W. Johnson 16 Wootton 41, Churchill 0 Northwest 20, Seneca Valley 13 Blake 20, Magruder 14 Gaithersburg 24, Clarksburg 7 Sherwood 22, Springbrook 15 Paint Branch 43, Kennedy 12 McDonogh 41, Geo. Prep 10 S. Hagerstown 36, Poolesville 13 Bullis 21, Spalding 14 Gonzaga 30, Good Counsel 20 Whitman 24, B.-Chevy Chase 0 Blair 28, Northwood 6 John Carroll 13, Avalon 8

BEST BET Good Counsel vs. DeMatha, 7 p.m. Friday at PG Sports & Learning in Landover. The last time the Falcons (3-2) lost three games in a season was 2005. The last time GC lost to rival DeMatha (4-1) was 2009. DeMatha is favored to end both streaks this week because of many three-year starters.


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Poolesville’s senior core inspires big hopes Holy Cross field hockey

remains the team to beat

Volleyball: A big veteran class hopes to win program’s first state title since 2008 n


Sarah Kenneweg admitted to having a little skepticism at first. So did Rosie Barry and Emily Agate. Sure, their Poolesville High School girls’ volleyball team was returning six seniors from a traditionally successful program while the rest of the county was suffering from heavy graduation losses, but there was still something amiss. Maybe it was early-season jitters or the uncertainty of how a few new faces would jell with the rest of the squad, but a trip to Deep Creek Lake, where coach Fran DuVall’s sister-in-law has a house, two weekends ago assuaged all fear. They hung out by the lake, individually speaking about their goals and where they wanted the team to be by the season’s end. That’s when Kenneweg said she realized that everybody had already bought in, even freshman Caroline Leng, who had been on the team for just a few weeks. “Not everyone played club in the spring so not a lot of people thought we’d be where we needed to be to contend for a state championship,” said Agate, who posted 19 kills in a threeday stretch during sweeps against Gaithersburg (11) and Quince Orchard (eight). “We’ve been working hard at bonding together and since some of us have been together so long we work so well together.” Even DuVall, who admits to being “generally one of those coaches who’s not overly-pleased with where we are,” said that she has been impressed with the leadership on her team. Each one of her six seniors has been on varsity since at least their sophomore year, several since their freshman campaigns as well. “When you have seniors who can articulate what we want, it makes it easier for the rest of the team to play to your strengths,” she said. “It’s particularly nice with this group because when they were sophomores and juniors they had to be leaders. They didn’t have a choice.” Now that the core of the team is comprised of seniors rather than under-experienced juniors and sophomores being asked to step up, DuVall said there is no lack of leadership or role models. It starts with Kenneweg, a four-year varsity libero with a verbal commitment to play for Seton Hall University. She’s the glue holding together an eclectic mix of six seniors, four juniors, two sophomores and a freshman. “She’s stronger, she’s quicker,

Volleyball n 1. Academy of the Holy Cross

Academy of the Holy Cross, until someone proves otherwise, is the field hockey team to beat in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. That’s generally what comes after a team wins five straight conference championships.

n 2. Sherwood n 3. Damascus n 4. Poolesville n 5. Thomas S. Wootton



n 1. Walter Johnson



Poolesville High School’s Rosie Barry (back) hits the ball against Rockville on Thursday.


Poolesville High School’s Sarah Kenneweg digs the ball against Rockville on Thursday.

she’s the best player in my gym, hands down,” DuVall said. “She knows the game and her skills and the way you can use her skills. She has so much range that she can use her skills on every inch of the court.” Gaithersburg coach Michele Staymates echoed that sentiment following her Trojans’ 3-0 loss to the Falcons, saying that “Poolesville is going to get better and better as the season goes on. What makes their team a great team is their libero and their setter.” With Kenneweg patrolling the

back, ensuring clean passes to the setters, it has made things easier for Barry and Agate to get their hits. And, so far at least, when Barry or Agate get their swings in, there hasn’t been much stopping them. “I love hitting,” Barry said. “And Emily is definitely one of the most improved players on our team. It’s great. We can run a lot of different sets that other teams don’t even know about.” Whatever sets they have been running, they seem to have been quite effective. As Agate has expanded her arsenal at the net, enabling the Falcons to open things up a bit more, she has also become something of a mentor for Leng, who stands 5-foot-11 and recorded eight kills in the win over Quince Orchard. “I’ve worked on transitioning a lot, moving around the net a lot more,” Agate said. “So I’ve been helping Caroline with that. I’m definitely more confident in the game setting than I was before, less nervous.” And, as a whole, the team is less nervous about the direction this season is headed. “We’re trying to be the loudest team in the gym,” Agate said. “I want other teams to remember how hard we worked, that we didn’t let a ball drop to the floor. I want teams to remember us.”

This fall, seven games into the season, a potential challenger has not emerged and the Tartans appear as strong as ever, giving up no goals yet in conference games, Since beginning WCAC play on Sept. 9 with a home game against St. Mary’s Ryken, Holy Cross has rattled off consecutive shutout wins, the most recent being a 3-0 victory over rival and fellow powerhouse Our Lady of Good Counsel. Goalie Kathleen Mauck has been untouchable, allowing the Tartans to outscore Ryken and Good Counsel by a combined 7-0 score prior to Monday’s tilt with Bishop Ireton, and senior defender Kristyn Gaines has done her part to ensure Mauck’s workload is fairly limited. “That’s the best I’ve ever seen [Gaines] play,” first-year coach Lindsey Weller said after the Tartans spoiled Good Counsel’s spirit week. “She took a little while to warm up but she’s completely out of her shell, she’s controlling the defense. It’s awesome. Our goalie had an unbelievable game. That’s the best I’ve ever seen her play so yeah, it was the best I’ve seen them play as a unit.”

Volleyball Mary Malinauskas said that her Thomas S. Wootton volleyball team is playing “much better than I anticipated” at the onset of the season. How well she expected them to play isn’t entirely clear, but it took three matches for anybody to even take a set from the Patriots, which Northwest finally did on Thursday. “We got a lot of kids stepping up all over the place,” she said on Sunday afternoon, three days after topping the Jags 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 22-25, 15-11. “The game with Northwest was great fun. It was one of those things where they got the determina-





n 2. Winston Churchill n 3. Thomas S. Wootton n 4. Walt Whitman n 5. Quince Orchard

Field hockey n 1. Thomas S. Wootton n 2. Walter Johnson n 3. Sherwood n 4. Winston Churchill n 5. Academy of the Holy Cross

tion that they weren’t going to lose.” Apparently Damascus had that same determination on Friday when the Swarmin’ Hornets visited Jessica Tynes and Gaithersburg. As Northwest did to Wootton, the Trojans became the first team to pick up a set on No. 3 Damascus, but the hitting combination of Annika Schwartz (15 kills, 16 digs) and Madison Wyatt (16 kills) overwhelmed the hosts as Damascus won with a 15-4 final set victory to stretch their record to 4-0.

Golf Another week, another undefeated run for Walter Johnson, which continues to establish itself as the front-runner in the state’s strongest county. Though the Wildcats failed to break 200 for the first time this season, they still boast an average more than four strokes lower than both Thomas S. Wootton and Walt Whitman. After somewhat of a rough start for the defending state champion Patriots, Wootton seems to be on the right track again or heading somewhere in that direction. Delaney Shah posted a season-best 33 and now leads the county with a 35.25 average, nearly a full stroke better than Whitman’s Graham Hutchinson. 1906764

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Rockville grad finally comfortable at college n

After contemplating transferring, Gongbay finds niche with Lobos BY



Thomas S. Wooton High School’s Jibri Woods runs with the ball during the first half against Winston Churchill on Friday.

Wootton wide receiver is more than a side dish Overshadowed by Diggs, Woods is quietly productive n




Jibri Woods is hungry. Andevenbetter,soaretherest of his Thomas S. Wootton High School football teammates. After years of losing — the two previous varsity seasons with a combined record of 6-14 — the excitement of an undefeated start this fall is apparent with the 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior slot back. The Patriots reached the 2-1 mark (they forfeited a seasonopening on-field victory to Walter Johnson) on Friday with a resounding 41-0 win over rival Winston Churchill in a game that saw the visitors slowly display their athletic dominance over the host Bulldogs. Woods, along with sophomore standout wide receiver/defensive back Trevon Diggs and junior quarterback Sam Ellis, gobbled up huge chunks of yards throughout the evening. Even with those points and the impressive offensive statistics, the Pats aren’t even close to being satisfied with their dominance. “[Eating] is our motto,” said Woods after Friday’s game. “We are very hungry this year and we all feed off of each other. Like with Sam, I feel like Sam is one of the smartest quarterbacks that I’ve ever seen. He always has our best interests at heart. He wants us to eat as well as him, because he knows that if he’s eating, we’re eating. If he’s getting yards, we’re getting yards, and it’s all about winning at the end of the day.” Woods helped to punish the Churchill defense with a gamehigh nine receptions for 141 yards and a 51-yard catch and run that saw him execute a nimble side step move before nearly being wrestled to the ground, only to spin out of the tackle and sprint into the end zone. He has quickly adjusted to his new position, after spending his sophomore year on defense and his junior year in the backfield.

WOOTTON FORFEITS The Thomas S. Wootton High School football team forfeited its season-opening 41-0 win over Walter Johnson. Wootton Athletic Director Christopher Thompson said the team used a player who was ineligible due to improper residency during the Sept. 7 game. — Dan Feldman “Jibri [has] moved around,” Wootton coach Tyree Spinner said. “He was a DB when I got here and then he was a running back last year, but we see him being recruited more as a slot receiver. He’s fast and he has great hands. He has natural instincts to play receiver, so being in the slot gives him an advantage. You can’t press the slot. And with him in the slot, it frees up Trevon and our other receivers like [Max] Etoke and Kwame [Frimpong] for one-on-one coverage on the other side.” While his eagerness to excel is evident, Woods does not mind sharing the wealth with his talented teammates. “Teams usually key on one person, and they only have one person to key on, but when you have two, its like you’ve got to pick your poison. And so if they are going to cover [Trevon] then I’m going to eat. If they double cover me, he’s going to eat. And that’s how it is.” Woods and his teammates from past seasons are taking the on-field lessons from those campaigns and using them as fuel to drive them to a winning season in 2013. “I always knew this was going to come,” Woods said. “It’s my senior year, and I knew I was going to take this team by the reins and just lead them. I’ve seen how we’ve fallen in the past and how we’ve failed in the past. I just didn’t want that to happen this year. So I am trying my best to keep this team going.”

Crusoe Gongbay was destined to be famous. His mother, Miata, a native of Liberia, named him after Daniel Defoe’s 18th century novel “Robinson Crusoe.” During high school Gongbay was nearly unstoppable on the football field. The 2011 Rockville High School graduate rushed for more than 5,000 yards and 71 touchdowns in three varsity seasons with the Rams and led the traditionally weak program to the playoffs in two of his seasons (2009-10). Rockville made the playoffs just twice in the 40 years prior. But a combination of factors, including a relatively late arrival to the recruiting scene, playing for an unheralded program and having poor grades led to few collegiate scholarship offers. Eventually, Gongbay committed to the University of New Mexico under then-coach Mike Locksley. As a freshman during the 2011 season, Gongbay was productive in Albuquerque, playing in all 12 games and finishing with a team-high 500 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 108 attempts. But a coaching change during the first month of the season forced Gongbay to consider transferring following the season. “I was very happy with his first year out there,” said current Col. Zadok Magruder and former Rockville coach Kevin Bernot. Gongbay also played for Mark Maradei as a Ram. “Then he sort of took a back seat, back of the depth chart. He’s worked hard to get back and he’s proving himself to [the Lobos’ new staff].” So he left the program during the 2012 offseason and missed spring practice while contemplating his future and thinking about transferring closer to home (Locksley is now the University of Maryland, College Park’s offensive coordinator). But 13 months ago on Aug. 20, 2012, Gongbay rejoined New Mexico’s program and played in a reserve role (159 yards on just 22 carries).


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Rockville High School graduate and current New Mexico University junior running back Crusoe Gongbay is expected to contribute as a reserve and on special teams this fall. “I just talked to my mom and a few other coaches,” said Gongbay, who credits Buddy Crutchfield, his youth league coach in the Rockville Football League, for advising him. “When I decided to come back, I had missed camp and spring ball so it was hard to catch up [on the new offensive system] and get in the rotation [with the new coaching staff].” As a junior this fall, Gongbay is a backup again for the Lobos (1-2), but has seen his playing time increase over the first three games of the season. He’s the team’s third leading rusher (16 carries, 142 yards, 1 touchdown), including 95 yards during a Sept. 14 loss at Pittsburgh. “It was really rough and I got a little discouraged, but I stayed positive and pa-

tient,” said Gongbay, who is majoring in exercise science in hopes of becoming a physical education teacher and a college or high school coach. “… [I believed] I’d get my shot, get my time.” Gongbay’s current and former coaches echo that sentiment. “I like how he’s just been totally unselfish,” second-year New Mexico coach Bob Davie told KRQE during an interview last year. “… He’s gained our trust. He’s gained our respect.” Added Bernot: “I never had any doubt he could compete at that [Division I college level]. Anyone who saw him in high school knew he was that talented.”


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Landon School’s soccer team is off to a 5-0-0 start as of Monday, having outscored opponents 15-4 and ending nationally-ranked DeMatha Catholic High School’s 64-match regularseason winning streak in a holdon-for-dear-life 1-0 thriller. But, said Bears coach Bill Reed, the all-boys school has seen this before. Specifically last year, when Landon began the season 6-0-0 before entering a three-match winless skid and ultimately falling to St. Albans School in the Interstate Athletic Conference championship game (0-0 after regulation and overtime, 4-1 in penalty kicks). “Of course the season last year is always in the back of our minds after coming up short,” said senior striker Zach Fingerhut. “All of the guys put in a lot of hard work with improving their game over the summer and I think that’s shown in everyone’s performance this season. We want to continue pushing and get as many wins as we can.” Contributing to the rough patch after such a strong start last year were a series of untimely injuries, namely to Matt Underhill and Fingerhut. Underhill and Marshall Peters, captains last season, have


Landon School soccer coach Bill Reed (left) gives instructions to player Romarre Marshall as Marshall prepares to enter the game as a substitute against host Episcopal on Thursday in Alexandria, Va.

Landon School’s Zach Fingerhut (right) takes a shot at the goal as Tim DeCamp of host Episcopal defends Thursday.

both graduated but Fingerhut is back and playing well. The powerful forward, who has given a verbal commitment to play soccer for Wake Forest next season, has scored seven goals in five matches despite being a well-marked man. “I definitely am noticing a lot more attention,” Fingerhut said. “Everyone in the league already knows who I am even before I step on the field.” Despite losing four starters from a 2012 club that reached the IAC final, the Bears are once again senior heavy as Reed’s team has 14 seniors. In addition to Fingerhut, four-year varsity

The teams went scoreless though 75 minutes before DeMatha was called for a handball in the box in the 77th minute. Fingerhut stepped to the spot and calmly converted the gamewinner to clinch the victory. “Obviously that game didn’t have any consequences within the IAC, but to play a team and beat a team like that gives us a lot of confidence and a lot of fuel,” Olson said. “If we can play with them and beat them, I think we can play with and beat any team.” One of the key factors in Landon’s big win was a player who wasn’t starting at the beginning of the year. Backup

player and captain Will Olson, seniors Nicolas Sensenbrenner and Matthew Perlmutter and junior Haluk Pence have all played key roles in Landon’s success. Success that has developed into a belief that the Bears can beat anyone; especially after they downed DeMatha. “They were clearly better than us,” Reed said of the Stags, ranked No. 1 nationally at the time by the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America. “They had more of the ball, they moved it quicker and they had athleticism and technique everywhere. We did just enough to be difficult to break down.”


goalkeeper Harry Laird started the first game of his high school tenure after Landon’s regular goalie, Walt Spak, was sidelined with a head injury. Spak has since returned, but Laird’s efforts are not forgotten. “As that game got older, [DeMatha] got more frustrated and they were pouring balls into the area. Harry was outstanding,” Reed said of the 6-foot-3 Laird. “He’s brave and a little crazy, which is what you want from a goalie.” Landon’s also received unexpected contributions from left back Aaron Zaimi, who has stepped in for the injured

Zachary Cooper, and Bucknell lacrosse commit Sean O’Brien, who has had success on the left wing. The Bears, winners of 18 IAC titles, continue their conference schedule Tuesday against Bullis. Then they’ve got Georgetown Prep on Friday, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes and St. Albans. “It’s been my experience that no one is ever bad in the league,” Reed said. “Their records might show they only have a few wins, but there are no easy wins in the league. Ever.”

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This time, he found himself near-

“To come out here with a lot of


enth minute and three minutes later Alex Van Hollen attempted a shot from distance that Coyotes goalkeeper Jake Schlenoff barely managed to tip over the crossbar. Still, B-CC’s inability to convert on a number of first-half opportuni-

ties ultimately set the Barons back a step in Montgomery County’s 4A ranks. “I think that once that ball went in the back of the net it was almost like we lost a little bit of composure and we stopped play-

ing our game,” said Barons coach Guillermo Melendez. “Now we were worried about not losing. We got tighter and we didn’t possess the ball nearly as much.”


In the 46th minute of a scoreless match, first-year Clarksburg High School boys’ soccer coach Michael Edwards yelled toward the field. Particularly, in the direction of senior midfielder Alejandro Perez-Albela Frias. “Take this game over,” Edwards said. “You can do it.” It was a serious vote of confidence when you consider that Frias was playing his first match in nearly two years Monday against Bethesda-Chevy Chase. The senior missed Clarksburg’s opening three matches of the season with back spasms and previously was sidelined for six months — including his entire junior season — with back issues. Still, Edwards proved correct in his assertion that Frias could take over. One minute after the central midfielder heard the motivational pick-me-up, visiting Clarksburg opened the scoring against the Barons thanks in large part to Frias’ inspired run that resulted in an own goal. Frias wasn’t done there as he added a goal of his own in the 76th minute of Clarksburg’s convincing 3-0 victory against Bethesda-Chevy Chase. “I feel very well integrated,” Frias said. “I feel like I’m connected well with my teammates and we’re getting to know each other better. As we keep on playing more games, we’re going to be a better team as the year goes on.” On the play leading up to the match’s first goal, Frias — as he already had done twice before — darted down the wing, dribbling by a host of Barons defenders.


Clarksburg High School’s Andrew Batin competes with Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s Alex Van Hollen for the ball during Monday’s boys’ soccer game in Bethesda. ing the end line and delivered a strong cross toward the goal mouth. B-CC (2-2-0) defender Pascal Iraola attempted to clear the ball high over the crossbar, but accidentally chipped it into his own net to give the Coyotes (2-1-1) the 1-0 lead. From there, Clarksburg was dominant. In the 56th minute, the Coyotes scored their second goal off a set piece. Senior midfielder Andrew Batin made a strong near-post run and headed Matthew Adedeji’s long throw from the far sideline past Barons goalkeeper Sam Clayton. Clayton appeared to get a piece of the ball, but it still went in. For the 6-foot-3 Batin, his second goal of the season was part of an emotional night. “I think this game was probably the most enjoyable win of my high school career,” he said.

hype as underdogs against B-CC was big. We marked them on the schedule.” Edwards was highly complementary of the work Batin did in the middle to win 50-50 balls and steady the game. “He wins so many balls in the middle that it’s good to see him get recognition for the goal because all the hard work he does there doesn’t show up in the stats,” Edwards said. Added Frias: “It’s amazing. I’m not the best in the air, so it’s the best of both worlds having a 6-foot-3 player who can jump and I’m good on the ground. We kind of balance each other out.” The Barons had the run of play in the first half which is partly why the second half was so surprising. Midfielder Tyler Martin nearly connected on a left-footed strike from 25 yards in the sev-



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Wootton football dominates Churchill, faces Whitman Football: Patriots cruise to an easy 41-0 victory over rival





In Friday’s annual neighborhood rivalry game at Winston Churchill High School, a somewhat close game slowly but surely turned into a blowout victory by visiting Thomas S. Wootton. Up 14-0 late in the second quarter, a Bulldogs’ turnover quickly turned into a third touchdown and extra point in less than a minute, giving the Patriots all of the momentum en route to a 41-0 victory. Wootton (2-1, 2-1 Montgomery County 4A South Division) had just kicked off to the Bulldogs after scoring on a 2-yard plunge by senior fullback Jake Koplan. On the third play of the ensuing drive, Bryan Castillo


Thomas S. Wooton High School’s Trevon Diggs runs back an interception for a touchdown during the first quarter against Winston Churchill on Friday. picked off a Sean Strittmatter pass near midfield. From there, Wootton junior quarterback Sam Ellis went to work, hook-

ing up with senior receiver Max Etocke on a 28-yard strike to set up the knockout blow; a 23yard scoring pass to sophomore

standout Trevon Diggs. “Coming into the game we just wanted to dominate. Not only is [Churchill] our rivals, everyone is a rival to us,” said Diggs. “We want to dominate each and every team, we want to get a whole bunch of points on the board so we can dominate and win.” Diggs put his team on the board midway through the first quarter, picking off a pass at the Bulldogs’ 37 and maneuvering his way through would-be tacklers into the end zone with 5 minutes, 40 seconds left in the first quarter. The Patriots play Walt Whitman next. “I feel like ever since January, we knew were going to be a force this year,” said senior slot back Jibri Woods, a three-year varsity performer. “We wanted to put in work, because we didn’t want to be that same Wootton team that’s like, ‘Oh, 2-8, oh 4-6.’ We want to be a team to come out and punch ev-

ery body in the mouth, and that’s what we did [tonight].” Woods, along with Diggs, Ellis and several others played effective roles in Friday’s win. Woods caught nine passes for 141 yards, including a 51-yard catch and run for a score. Diggs caught seven balls for 98 yards and a 24-yard touchdown and also returned a punt 28 yards. Ellis finished the contest with 360 passing yards and four touchdown passes, competing 21 out of 30 attempts. Senior wide receiver Kwame Frimpong chipped in with a 39yard scoring catch late in the third quarter. “We just play as a team, and when we play as a team, we succeed,” Diggs said. “Like the [Walter Johnson] game, (their season-opening 41-0 victory) we played as a team, everybody got touchdowns, everybody got yards, we just play to win. There’s nothing you can do against a team that is playing

like a team, versus [players] trying to be individuals.” The Bulldogs played a third straight game without the services of junior standout Blake Dove. The running back/linebacker has been dealing with an Achilles injury and will probably miss the bulk of the season, according to Churchill coach Joe Allen. “They were ready to play, they are a talented team,” said Allen, whose team fell to 1-2 overall and in the division. “We felt like coming in, we could compete with them, but tonight, we just didn’t. Right now, we’ve go to be a better football team all the way around. We are a young team, but we are going to continue to grow. “Hopefully this is a wake-up call for the kids — they are not as good as they thought they were and now we really have to come together as a team and try to win some ball games. That is where we are.”

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Gonzaga football coach Aaron Brady called it a win his team has been “working toward for four years.” In reality, it was more like 11. It was 2002 the last time the Eagles defeated Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, the four-time defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) champions. However one chooses to count it, Friday night in Olney signaled the end of a 22-game conference win streak for the Falcons as the visiting Eagles soared to a 30-20 victory, playing the role of spoiler on Good Counsel’s homecoming night. The Eagles (3-2) jumped out to an early lead from which Good Counsel (3-2) never seemed to fully recover. First, Marcus Lewis returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown to give

Gonzaga a 7-0 lead just 13 seconds into the game. Then, after a three-and-out on Good Counsel’s opening possession, which included a botched snap on a punt attempt that gave the Eagles the ball at the Falcons’ 12, Ohio University recruit Robbie Walker scored on a 2-yard run to put Gonzaga on top 14-0 less than four minutes in. Afterwards, a confident Walker called the win a changing of the guard in the WCAC. “This win means a lot,” Walker said. “It’s a turning of the tide.” Good Counsel was able to stay in it throughout, really, thanks to three big scoring plays. The Falcons scored all three of their touchdowns on pass plays that went for 60 yards or more. The first one came on the Falcons’ ensuing possession following Walker’s two-yard score when junior quarterback Bryan Strittmatter hit Keon Paye for a 60-yard touchdown pass to give Good Counsel some life with 7:41 left in the first. After the kick failed, the Falcons trailed, 14-6. Later in the half, still trailing 14-6, Good Counsel began

to build momentum and forced Gonzaga to punt from its own 47. And when an errant snap sailed about 15 yards over punter Ben Cima’s head, it looked as though the Falcons would have prime field position with a chance to tie the game. But, somehow, Cima managed to chase the ball down and get off a 65-yard punt that pinned the Falcons back to their own 12. Brady called that a gamechanging play, adding that Cima had never even picked up a football until this past summer.

NOTICE OF HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Mayor and Council of Rockville, Maryland, will conduct a public hearing on Monday, September 30, 2013 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 proposed amendments and revisions to the Adequate Public Facilities Standards (APFS). The purpose of the proposed amendments is to revise the eligibility for waivers; provide exemptions for certain uses; re-establish the city’s authority in cases of annexations and related school capacity tests; clarify the fire and emergency services standards; and make other technical revisions and clarifications. In addition, the hearing will also consider revisions proposed by private parties that would revise the method by which school capacities are applied to new development applications, including a clarification that the test is applied only in the second year following approval; that the capacity of a new school funded in the MCPS capital budget may be applied within the cluster ahead of the final school boundary determination; amend the provisions regarding reservation of school capacity depending on available capacity for each school level in connection with a conditional approval; and that development projects deemed to be transit-oriented, promote the city’s economic goals and are consistent with the City’s Master Plan or Neighborhood Plans would be eligible for a waiver from the APFS standards. More detailed information on the above application can be found on file in the City Clerk’s Office at Rockville City Hall and on the City’s web site at: Persons wishing to testify at the hearing are asked to call (240) 314-8280, before 4:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing to place their names on the speakers’ list. Mayor and Council of Rockville By: Douglass Barber, City Clerk




A rugby player, Cima also connected on field goals from 43 yards out (that gave the Eagles a 17-6 lead with 1 minute, 31 seconds left in the first half), 28 yards and 26 yards, both in the second half. The second big touchdown play for Good Counsel came when trailing 20-6 (following Cima’s 28-yard field goal) when backup quarterback Andres Castillo connected with Kaye for a 65-yard score to make it 20-13 with 3:13 left in the third. Two possessions after Cima’s

26-yard field goal that made the score 23-13 with three seconds left in the third quarter, Castillo connected with Kaye again — this time from 80 yards out — to cut it to 23-20 with 4:55 left in the game. On Gonzaga’s next possession, the scariest moment of the night came for Good Counsel when senior defensive end Jesse Aniebonam collided with a teammate when making a tackle. Following a 20-minute delay while the ambulance made its way to the stadium, the University of

Maryland, College Park recruit was carted off the field on a stretcher. Afterwards, Good Counsel coach Bob Milloy declined to speculate on the seriousness of the injury, but remained hopeful, adding that Aniebonam was moving his extremities and was alert and that it’s better to take extra precaution. Following the injury, when play resumed, Walker found the end zone from two yards out to give Gonzaga a 30-20 lead with 42 seconds left that sealed the win.


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Takoma Park in line for free library Readers encouraged to borrow a book, leave a book in the neighborhood




Burnt Mills Elementary School third-grade teacher Jackie Hernandez (left) selects books at the First Book Montgomery County children’s book distribution on Saturday morning in Rockville. Assisting Hernandez are volunteer sisters Chelsea (center) and Courtney Cahill, both 13, of Bethesda. First Book Montgomery County distributed more than 40,000 new books to more than 80 organizations that support children in need.

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More jobs, higher wages and student achievement topped Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler’s priorities as he hit the campaign trail Tuesday to be Maryland’s next governor. Addressing a crowd holding red “Gansler Democrat for Governor” signs in one hand and Good Humor ice cream bars in the other — while trying not to sink in the oddly sopping wet grass — Gansler, 50, promised to not accept things the way they are and detailed his vision to make Maryland proud. “I’m not your candidate if you want the status quo,” Gansler (D) told those gathered in Rockville’s Courthouse square. “My No. 1 priority as governor will be doing what needs to be done to create jobs and build an economy that delivers for the middle class.” If the General Assembly does not raise the minimum wage in

2014, Gansler promised it would be his first act as governor. Calling the achievement gap the state’s “biggest moral stain,” he promised that ensuring minority students achieve as well as their classmates will be one of his most important causes. “We will take this on,” he said. “We will get this done.” Gansler chose the shadow of Montgomery County’s courthouses as his first campaign stop, saying it is where Gansler his career in public service began. “This is a symbol, in my view, of what I like to be all about, which is standing for justice, standing for fairness, standing up for the hardworking people of Maryland,” he said. Touting his support of Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign and his role in creating the state’s Civil Rights department, hiring Asian-American prosecutors, adding African-American and Latino prosecutors and promoting women to senior leader-

ship, Gansler promised to craft an administration that “from top to bottom, will unapologetically be diverse.” “I’m not worried about conventional wisdom. I’m not willing to accept the way things are and play it safe,” he said. “I want to lead, I want to work with you and I want to make a difference.” Before others took up the fight, Gansler was battling for marriage equality, said state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington, who helped introduce the attorney general. No matter where someone is from, what god they believe in or who they love, Gansler believes no one should be left behind or left out, said Jesse Singh, a Maryland businessman from Anne Arundel County. If elected, Gansler would be the first Montgomery County resident elected governor. But so would Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park, who also is seeking the party’s nomination. In addition to Mizeur, Gansler faces Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) in the June 2014 Democratic primary.

Handcrafted cabinets that look like large birdhouses filled with free, used books are sprouting up all over the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Takoma Park might have one soon. Little Free Libraries are freestanding structures built by neighbors or community groups. They house a collection of donated books. Everyone is welcome to use the library. Those who do are encouraged to return the books they borrow or add a new book for others to enjoy. Now a national movement, the Little Free Library program originated in Wisconsin in 2009. A map on the organization’s website shows that there are Little Free Libraries in North Potomac, Silver Spring and Wheaton in Montgomery County, as well as branches in Prince George’s County. Ken Samson of Washington is determined to design and install a dozen new Little Free Libraries in the area. Even though he plans to put most of them in the District, he also is targeting the bordering community of Takoma Park, with hopes of bridging the two communities. If his plan is successful, he will put a library box at the corner of Fenton Street and Philadelphia Avenue in Takoma Park, in partnership with the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. A resident who lives at the intersection requested that Samson build a library box on her property, leading Samson to pinpoint that location. Samson, an online bookseller, already owns two Little Free Libraries in the historic Takoma neighborhood in Washington, where he lives with his girlfriend. He was inspired by Todd Bol, a founder of the organization who built his library as a tribute to his mother.


Jessica Hernandez and her daughter Isabella Berrellez, 5, stand in front of their homemade library in the yard of their North Potomac home. “I put one out front as a way to give back to the community we had moved to and grown in love with,” Samson wrote in an email. To help achieve his goal, Samson launched a two-week online fundraiser Aug. 19 on Kickstarter, hoping to raise $7,564. By the end of the period, the pledges totaled $2,005. Kickstarter’s rule is that the account creator does not receive any of the money unless the entire goal is met, so the attempt was unsuccessful. Samson then turned to GoFundMe, another online fundraiser, which does not have an “all-or-nothing” requirement. He set a goal of $5,280. As of Friday, he had raised $590. He expects each library structure to cost about $400, which covers construction and design materials, books and a registration fee to the national Little Free Library program in Wisconsin. Aside from popping up in front yards, Samson said he hopes to see libraries in communal spaces such as parks and playgrounds, because he believes they spark conversation. “The little library acts as a meeting place, giving people a chance to engage with one another,” he wrote in his email. “We have met many people as they have stopped by to browse; people that we would not likely have met otherwise.”

Jessica Hernandez of North Potomac built a Little Free Library in her yard with her partner and daughter as a Mother’s Day project in May. The family dedicated the red wooden box, which houses about 20 children’s and young adult books, to the neighborhood kids and have watched it become a symbol of pride. “The kids really took ownership of the library,” Hernandez said. “They stock and rearrange the books, and also make sure that it’s being taken care of. It’s great to see the kids getting excited about reading.” The Takoma Park Maryland Library is enthusiastic about the plan to put a Little Free Library in the city. “I think it’s a great idea,” library Director Ellen Robbins said. “It makes books more accessible to more people and involves a certain type of outreach that we haven’t engaged in yet.” As a result of his project, Samson hopes others will be motivated to create their own libraries. “I’d also love to see other people jump in feet first and construct their own libraries,” he wrote. “I don’t want a monopoly on them!” To learn more about Samson’s plan or donate to his project, visit DC-LittleFreeLibraries.

‘Moorish’ defense strategy of claiming land fails in a Montgomery courtroom Jury doesn’t buy man’s reasoning for breaking into, occupying mansion






For the past several years, Lamont Butler has espoused beliefs that even those closest to him can’t understand. The 29-year-old claims to be a “Moorish American National,” with ancestors who were here long before the formation of the United States. The entire continent, in Butler’s telling, remains part of a vast Moroccan empire, rendering Moors like him the rightful heirs to huge swaths of land. A new group of people listened to Butler’s beliefs last week — 12 Montgomery County jurors — and on Friday passed judgment over one of the most bizarre burglary cases in the region in years. The question they faced: When Butler slipped into a $6 million, unoccupied mansion in Bethesda this year and claimed it as his own, how many crimes, if any, did he commit? Their answer: Five. Butler now faces perhaps his most daunting audience yet, Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Terrence McGann, who indicated after the verdict that however zany Butler’s beliefs may be, his actions constituted a threat. McGann said that the same goes for Butler’s co-conspirator and girlfriend, Sakita Holly, 34, who was tried and convicted with him. “Under your set of rules, every house is fair game, you own the entire United States, you own the oceans, you own anything you want. And that’s not how a free, orderly society works,” McGann said. He ordered that Butler and Holly be held in jail and receive psychological evaluations ahead of their Nov. 14 sentencing.

They were then led off in handcuffs, passing several supporters. “Let everybody know,” Butler said over his shoulder. “Barack Obama, Eric Holder. Everybody.” Butler attracted law enforcement attention this year because some of his beliefs are similar to the wider “sovereign citizen” movement that has adherents clogging court offices with endless paper filings and, in isolated incidents, turning violent. “They declare themselves above the law,” Montgomery State’s Attorney John McCarthy said. “A clear message has to be sent.” The verdict against Butler and Holly — in less than two hours — was the latest chapter of a case that began in January. Police were called to a 35,000-square-foot estate near the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm golf course. The mansion was on the market. In the driveway, police heard Butler’s convoluted yet simple message: This is my home. Butler, who represented himself in court, explained how he ended up there during a sweeping closing argument that capped the four-day trial. Wearing a suit and tie with his long dreadlocks, Butler spoke for 42 minutes seated at a defense table behind two tiny flags he’d set up, using a pair of inverted cups as little stands. One of the flags was Moroccan, the other American. Butler spoke of graduating from high school, going off to college, obtaining a job with the federal government. Still, by 2006, he said, he was looking for answers in his life — and found them in studying Moorish American tenets. “My family and friends, when they saw what I was studying, they thought I was a part of some cult.” Butler acknowledged going to a tax office in Montgomery County to explain his right to the property. “I claimed the

land and everything on the land. Why? Because the land is ours.” Mixing together case law, treatises on treaties, a reference to the movie “Wall Street” and the fallacy of deeds, Butler told jurors how he entered the mansion — through an unlocked back door. He called friends and family members to come check the place out. And why not? Its marble floors, 12 bedroom suites, six kitchens and indoor swimming pool were enough to host grand political fundraisers in the past, drawing the likes of Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Detectives caught on to Butler and Holly’s brief stay in the mansion, eventually leading to charges against each for breaking and entering. Butler also was charged with attempted theft for trying to steal the home, among other counts. He was convicted of conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, first-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, attempted theft and identity fraud. “It seemed like they were making up their own laws,” a 68-year-old juror said after Friday’s verdict. He asked to not be named to protect his privacy. Prosecutors called Butler’s father and a cousin — both of whom had gone to check out the house — to testify. In an interview afterward, his father, Maurice Whitfield, called Butler a regular kid who studied in college and was headed for success but stopped working to pursue his beliefs. Now, Whitfield said last week with regret in his voice, “He’s going nowhere fast.” Damon Butler, a cousin, said in an interview that Butler is at peace with himself and is not a danger. “This is not a threat guy,” he said. “This is not a guy who is trying to get 100 people behind him. This is not the guy to make an example of.”


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Sixth-grade science students from Montgomery Village Middle School have to design a better car bumper as a class project this fall and got a head start on their project with the help of the INDYCAR Future of Fast STEM Education Program. INDYCAR, which sponsored the Baltimore Grand Prix from Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, invited teachers to apply for the new educational program which connects the science of racing with classroom learning. After hearing of the program from her husband, who is a INDYCAR fan, MVMS science teacher Kathryn Spivey signed up right away, hoping to win a spot for her students. Hers was the only Montgomery County school among the eight Maryland schools invited to Baltimore for the program. The INDYCAR Future of Fast curriculum includes five stations which the students rotate through, each referred to as a “pod.” The Car Pod offers an introduction to the force of wind. With cars racing at over 200 mph, they use a specially designed wing to prevent lift. Students measured the performance of the wind in a wind tunnel. The Engine Pod brought the idea of horsepower alive to the students

as they discovered how much horsepower they could produce as a team and compared it to that produced by an Indy Car engine. The Safety Pod covered the construction of barriers such as those used for driver and viewer safety during INDYCAR races. The Tire Pod helped students understand the dynamics of grip and the Fuel Pod demonstrated the production of gas for energy. “Montgomery County curriculum [includes] making a safer bumper to make a real world connection [with science],” Spivey said. “Also horsepower and force is part of the first unit and how gas is created, we do in the fourth unit.” The students did not actually watch the race, but were able to get close to the race cars and see the race’s staging area near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Jhanaijia Daughtrey, 10, was among the 50 students who made the trip to Baltimore on Aug. 29 for the science program. “The most valuable thing I would say was all of it,” Jhanaijia said. “The hands-on experience gives me a chance to see what it [will be] like when I go to college and study engineering.” Elijah Hyson, 12, said one of his favorite activities was testing to see which soda, a hot one or a cold, would create gas fastest when yeast interacted with the sugar in the soda. It was an example of producing fuel using fermentation similar to the process of making denatured ethanol fuel which is mixed with


Sixth-grade science students from Montgomery Village Middle School with an INDYCAR race car in Baltimore on Aug. 29. The students learned the importance of applying what they learn at the INDYCAR Future of Fast STEM Education Program held in conjunction with the Grand Prix of Baltimore. gasoline to power the real race cars. To see the results students placed rubber gloves over the top of the cans and watched them fill with oxygen. “The cold one was slow, the hot one was faster, but the cold one got biggest,” he said. It was part of a lesson on producing fuel using fermentation. Tattiana Ledon, 11, said her group participated in a contest to see who

could make the best and safest race barrier, an important element in INDYCAR races since the races take place on city streets. “We made it out of Styrofoam, straws, paper and glue, then tested it,” she said. “[Ours]stayed in place but ripped a little.” The INDYCAR Future of Fast STEM Education Program began last year and had stops planned for five cities in addi-

tion to Baltimore for 2013. “Our sport is deeply rooted in science and engineering so it’s important for us to create opportunities for students to see the connection between what they study and real-world situations,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent company of INDYCAR, in a statement. “This is another way for us to reach youngsters to help ignite their interest in math and science, and it’s a way for us to become more involved in the communities where we compete.” The real race for Spivey was to get buses and permission slips organized for 50 sixth-graders within the first three days of school. But, she said she was glad she did it. “It was an experience I don’t think [the students] will ever have and, as a teacher, I think part of my job is to give them experiences they won’t have and to make connections to what they are doing in the classroom,” she said. Elijah said it was a good trip for him, and remembered one more thing he especially liked about the day. “My favorite station was about tires,” he said. “A race car, when it is rainy, will slip and crash so they have to change their tires.” That was an example of mechanical grip, according to the program’s curriculum, a practical application of a scientific principal Elijah and his classmates will be learning this year.

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Washington Episcopal’s new athletic field a ‘game changer’ Students at Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda played catch, kicked soccer balls, turned cartwheels, played duck duck goose and just ran around as they celebrated the school’s new athletic field at a ribboncutting ceremony Sept. 6. George Washington, one of the presidential mascots of the Washington Nationals, also was on hand for the celebration, which included a performance by the Suburban Legend band and a barbecue picnic. The school community views the new field as a “game changer,” said Kirk Duncan, head of school, in a statement. “It heightens our sense of purpose and gives us yet another resource to serve our students.” The field, with a dragon design in its center — a dragon is the school’s mascot — has stadium seating for 80, picnic tables and a brick walkway consisting of more than 200 bricks engraved with personal messages from the school community. “Our new field has opened up a new era for [the school’s] athletics,” said Bill Isola, athletics director. “It will allow our teams and all the students more time to practice, play and gain more experience.” Washington Episcopal School is an independent, coeducational day school for students from age 3 to eighth grade.

County calling all environmental educators The Montgomery County Department of Parks will hold its annual environmental educators open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. More than 30 science and environmental education providers will on hand to showcase their field trip, outreach and classroom resources, primarily in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum area for pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Among those exhibiting this year are NASA, the Smithsonian Science Education Center, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Casey Tree Foundation, the Audubon Naturalist Society, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Marion Koshland Science Museum. The open house is a great opportunity for educators to learn about a number of educational resources in one place, said Leslie McDermott, a spokeswoman at Brookside Gardens. The event is free for teachers and light refreshments will be provided. To register, call 301-258-4034.

Barnesville students earn awards over summer Several students at the newly renamed Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences won competitions this summer,

Mass celebrated at 10:15 a.m., followed by refreshments. Grandparents of students can then tour the school and have their portraits taken with their grandchildren. They also are invited to donate a book to the school library. St. Raphael School is at 1513 Dunster Road. For more information call 301-762-2143 or visit www.straphaelschoolmd. org.

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Students at Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda, along with Washington Nationals mascot George Washington, cheer as school Chairman Britt Snider (center) and Head of School Kirk Duncan prepare to cut the ribbon for the school’s new athletic field on Sept. 6. receiving recognition for their talents and abilities: Seventh-grader Alexis Zukiwski of Clarksburg was crowned Miss Eastern States Preteen at the Miss Eastern States Pageant of America and fifth-grader Hailee Tull of Boyds won Miss Eastern States Jr.-Preteen. Samantha Hoover, a seventh-grader from Poolesville, won a first-place ribbon at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg for the Peeps diorama she created through Barnesville’s annual Peeps Project during the 2012-13 school year. She also received the Teenager Grand Champion Educational and Recreational Hobbies and Champion Rosette Miniatures awards.



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Digging up the past n History fans invited to help in scientific sandbox for adults at Zeigler Log House BY SAMANTHA SCHMIEDER SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

Aspiring archaeologists can experience a day at a real excavation site, uncovering historic artifacts and a lot of dirt, here in Montgomery County. “You don’t have to be crazy to do this. We’ll teach you,” Vivian Eicke, an archaeological technician with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, said with a laugh. The commission has excavated the site around the Zeigler Log House in Little Bennett Park near Clarksburg since early 2009. It has gotten help from local volunteers, a children’s summer camp and a partnership with Montgomery College. Heather Bouslog, the director of the archaeology program for the commission, said anyone is welcome to come out for the day and learn about excavation. Volunteers work in what looks like a scientific sandbox for adults. They dig, photograph, map, sift and catalog the dirt and rocks to find artifacts and help piece together the past. “It’s not just about finding the goodies. It’s really about finding out who lived here,” Bouslog said. She said many people dig and pull things out of the ground, but don’t look at where it’s found or what’s around it. “Context is the key to figuring out the whole story,” Bouslog said. Bouslog and her colleagues are trying to figure out how the Zeigler family lived so many years ago and are especially hoping to find clues about the slaves who lived there with them. What is known about the home is it was built in the early 19th century. The rear section of the house was erected as a log structure, most likely by David Zeigler. According to the Friends of Little Bennett Park, Zeigler married his wife, Eleanor Hyatt, in 1835 and they raised 10 children in the house. The 1850 census listed Zeigler as an innkeeper. In the mid-19th century, the Greek revival/Italianate front section of the house was added, according to the park’s advocacy group. The property also has a frame bank barn and a concrete-block dairy barn. The home, listed on the Master Plan for Historic Preservation in Montgomery County, has two parts: the visible exterior of the house, built in 1854, and the log house that lies within, built in 1823. Scientists used dendrochronology to study the tree rings to find out how old the logs were and where they were taken from. “Kind of like a wooden fingerprint,” Mike Robinson of Rockville, one of the regular volunteers, said. Robinson said he enjoys working on the site because he likes science, the outdoors and history. Pete Peltier, a volunteer from Gaithersburg, said he comes to the site to “play with people his own age,” but


Heather Bouslog of Gaithersburg, director of the archaeological program, shows baby shoes, a medicine bottle and a spoon that were found at the Zeigler Log House near Clarksburg. also is genuinely interested in history and “unusual stuff.” “If the walls could talk, or this tree could talk, the things they could tell you would be fascinating,” Peltier said. Over the years, crews have dug up spurs, glass bottles and the original foundation of the stone fireplace underneath the newer brick one. Within the walls of the house, they found children’s shoes and a medicine bottle apparently put there due to an old superstition, Eicke said. All artifacts are sent to the Needwood Mansion in Deerwood or an archaeology lab at Montgomery College in Rockville to be studied, identified and cataloged. Robinson compares their work to the crime scene investigations everyone loves to watch on TV, explaining that they all use the same techniques. “It’s like looking at a crime scene that’s almost 200 years old,” Robinson said.

Archaeological volunteer Mike Robinson of Rockville writes down the soil type he found while excavating at the Zeigler Log House.

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SS: SFH, 1br in Bsmt w/prvt entr., shr Ba & Kitch. Negotiable. Security Deposit Req’d Call 240-643-4674


Contact Ashby

Local companies, Local candidates

SS: SFH Furnish BR

pvt Ba, Female Only uti incl $675 +Sec Dep nr RIDE ON, Wheaton Metro 301-681-7848

Get Connected


pref non-smoker, 1BR, shr BA, near metro, $525/mnth util incl +dep 301-933-6804

To Advertise Realtors & Agents

Call 301.670.2641

Rentals & For Sale by Owner

Call 301.670.7100 or email

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Sat., Sept. 28, 2013 8am-1pm

Corner Of Georgia Ave./Owens Rd & Old Baltimore Rd/Owens Rd Streets: Owens Rd, Sutcliff Ter, Astrid Ct, Abbey Manor Dr/Crl, Starkey Ter/Dr, Silver Hammer Way, Saint George Way/Ct, St. Albert Ter/Dr, Epstein Ct, Quarrymen Ter, Birthday Ct

Loving Home to Provide a Lifetime of Joy & Opportunity for Your Baby. No Age or Racial Concerns. Paid Expenses. 1-866-440-4220

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM M M Silver S ilver Spring Spring M M WOODSIDE WOODSIDE M Adventurous Loving Musical M HOA HOA Financially Secure Family M M Sat., Sept. 28TH, 2013 9 am-1pm TH awaits 1st baby. Expenses Paid. M M Rain Date: Sat., Oct. 5 From Georgia Ave. (Rt. 97) and Medical Park Dr., Brightleaf M M Karin M M Ct., Castlehedge Ter., Dennis Ave., Dutch Ship Ct., Flowering M M Tree Ter., Green Holly Ter. M 1-800-243-1658 M M M MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

Yard Sale


I TAKE CARE OF LIVE-IN CARE GIVTHE ELDERLY: 20 ER Needed for group yrs experience, exc ref, own trans, light cleaning, PT/FT, livein/out 240-671-4898


CNA Certified

Mon-Sun, Flex. Hrs. Refs. Upon Request Hard working, Honest Efficient & Dedicated. Call 202-817-9603

FURN. Moving Sale Upscale Items! Entire content of house must go. 301-977-4123


Sale Galyn Manor Brunswick Off Point of Rocks Rd, near Brunswick HS 9/28 8a-1p


Huge Estate Sale! Sat Sept 28th, 8-5, furn & hh items new/slighly used 4123 Peppertree Lane, Aspen Hill area



Clarksburg Sat, Sept 28; 8a - noon; Woodcrest Manor Way and Bennett Chase Drive

14707 Winter Dr. (off Piping Rock Rd). Fri NORTH POTOMAC: 9/27 & Sat 9/28; Wonder View Way Yard 7:30A-4:30P. Ladies Multi-Family clothes/shoes/bags, Sale, Sat. Sept. 28, 8 tools, furn, collectibles, a.m. to 1 p.m. Houseblding materials, com- hold items, home and plete household items. holiday decor, clothes, toys, much more


Moving/everything you can imagine Sale! Sat Sept 28th, 8-4pm and Sun Sept 29th, 8-2pm. 17820 Caddy Dr.


Multi Family, Sat Sept 28th, 9-3, wall art, toys, housewares, stereo equip, books, clothes, 621 Still Creek Lane


Moving Sale. Furn, motorcycle, lawn furn, tools and much more! Sat, Sept 28th; 8-2pm. 17305 Haverstraw Ct., Germantown.


8am-1pm. 4210 Morningwood Drive, Items for sale include: Jewelry , gently used Coach handbags, power tools books, puzzles, games, toys, dvds, and lots more!

POTOMAC: 9/28 912 Multi-Family at Potomac Presby Church 10301 River Rd Rain/Shine many great finds! Incld furn. ROCKVILLE:


Sat 9/28 9a-4p. HH items snow blower, weed wackers, trimmer lawn mower & more 306 Frederick Ave


Sat Sept 28th 8am-Noon (Raindate Sept 29th) Directions: take 270 Quince Orchard 124 S Left on Great Seneca, 119 S Right on Lakelands Dr. Sponsored by: Peak Settlements

ADELPHI: 2 Jewish

Cemetary Plots, Mt Lebanon, Total $3000 for both, Call: 410-224-2559 (after 11am please)

55 GAL AQUARIUM & STAND: Incl. Maintenance Supplies; You haul $450


Retired Installer selling Power Stretcher, Iron, Electric Tacker, Kicker, Roller & more 301236-5995

C a n e Corso (Italian Mastiff) puppies available now: 2 males and 3 females born 7/5/2013. Colors: Black & white and black brindle. . . $600 (all ICCF registered). Dewclaws and tail docks done, and first exams/shots/deworming. Mom and dad, b o t h ICCF registered, are also on premises. Our dogs are raised & live in our home as p a r t of family. $600. 240274-3130.

Dark Brown Large Leather Storage Ottoman Practically new 48x32x14.5 Retails for $430 Price:$170.

OFFICE MOVING SALE: Lots of office f u r n i t u r e for sale,Rockville.Tel 240-404-0355 / 301987-7441


We are looking for laborers/painters that worked for Dico Construction in the Baltimore/ DC area between 1973 and 1974. Please call 888-900-7034


Infants-Up Pre-K program, computer Lab, Bi-lingual Potty Train. Lic# 15-133761 Germantown 301-972-1955


for daycare. Friendly and fun personality Spk fluent English/Spa nish. 301-762-2042


Live-in only, Potomac, for cooking & cleaning. Indian food prf’d. Call: 240 498 0318

Sell It,


Family Allergy & Asthma Care

25 yrs exp, exc & local ref, reasonable rates, US citizen & spks English well! Please call 240-440-2657

NANNY/HSKPR I AM LOOKING FOR WORK PT/FT Avl Live-in /live-out to assist w/kids & elderly 10 yrs Exp & Exc Ref POTOMAC 240-601-2019


High ING School?College Gene r a l Biology , General P h y s i o l o g y , Neurophysiology . ttps://

Buy It,

Find It


Potomac family needs PT nanny, 3-6pm Mon-Thurs Call: 202-713-7834


It’s FREE! Buy It,

Help us to test an investigational immunotherapy tablet for dust mite allergy. Participants may be eligible for this study if they are 12 years of age or older and have been taking allergy medications for dust mite allergy symptoms during the past year. Medical history and other criteria will be reviewed at the first study visit, including a skin prick allergy test and blood test. The study lasts up to 2 years and requires 9 clinic visits. All study-related office visits, medical examinations, and investigational immunotherapy treatment will be provided at no cost to qualified participants.

Dr. Jacqueline Eghrari-Sabet Dr. Gina Dapul-Hidalgo

For more information contact us at 301-948-4066


Sell It, Find It

Daycare Directory

$225/cord $150 per 1/2 cord

September 4, 2013

µ Includes Delivery µ Stacking Extra Charge Ask for Jose 301-417-0753 301-370-7008

Children’s Center of Damascus Olive Branch Daycare Nancy’s Daycare Bright Ways Family Daycare Debbie’s Daycare Elena’s Family Daycare ANA’s House Daycare Miriam’s Loving Care Holly Bear Daycare Blue Angel Family Home Daycare Cheerful Family Daycare Kids Garden Daycare

FIREWOOD FOR S A L E : Best Offer!

You Pickup. Olney Area. 443-799-5952

HAVANESE PUPPIES Home raised, AKC, best health guarantee Call: 262-993-0460

references are required 240-242-5135

Legal. Educated. Drive Cook. PT: mornings Mon-Th, Sat. 2 yrs + exp. 301-887-3212

Lic. #:31453 Lic. #:160926 Lic. #:25883 Lic. #:138821 Lic. #:15127060 Lic. #:15-133761 Lic. #:15127553 Lic. #:155622 Lic. #:15123142 Lic. #:161004 Lic. #:159828 Lic. #:139378

301-253-6864 240-277-6842 301-972-6694 301-515-8171 301-540-6818 301-972-1955 301-972-2148 240-246-0789 301-869-1317 301-250-6755 240-912-7464 240-601-9134


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We’re looking for the cutest, funniest or best dressed pet! GP2311

Sat 9/28 8a-3p & Sun 9/29 8a-1p HH items, clothes, & more!! 925 Loxford Terr. 20901.

toria Falls Active Adult Community, 13701 Belle Chasse Blvd (off Contee Rd), Laurel, MD. Sat. 9/28. 8:30a12:30p. CASH & CARRY, antiques, furn, equip, HH items, art, jewelry, holiday items, clothes, toys, etc. Questions? 410813-0090



CONVALESCENT CANE CORSO CARE Needed PT PUREBRED Live-in/wkends & FT PUPPIES AVAILA- Passeport lost LIVE IN NANNY/ B L E RL1172259. A Ephrem. HOUSKPR F o r Tue-Thur. CPR Cert. NOW! P u r e b r e d phone 240-899-4000 household & children, 202-446-5849 oceanp




N E E D E D :

Nanny/Housekeeper in Bethesda. Cook, Clean and Drive M-F 9-5pm 301-983-3278.


#5205 Look on

home for Seniors in Potomac,MD. Will Train. 240-506-7719


19521 Woodfield Rd (Rte 124) Gaithersburg, MD 20879 Furniture-Collectables-Trees & Shrubs

Rain Or Shine -Lots Of Great Stuff!


Sunday, Sept 29th,10:00 AM At Hunts Place




MANOR MANOR O OAKS AKS Community Yard Sale



EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 8AM-4PM Montgomery County Fairgrounds 16 Chestnut St. Gaithersburg, MD Great Bargains & Low Prices Vendors Wanted FREE Admission & FREE Parking 301-649-1915 *

Enter your pet for a chance to win a luxury lodging package from Pet Dominion! The winning photos will be published in our All About Pets special section on October 30, 2013.

Visit CONTESTS and enter by October 4th *No purchase necessary. See official rules for details.

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Classifieds Call 301-670-7100 or email

Foster Parents


Treatment Foster Parents Needed Work from home!

Min. 5 yrs commercial exp. Job in Silver Spring, MD. Bilingual a plus. $22.00/hr. A Drug-free workplace EOE, E-Verify

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


Call 301-355-7205




Monday-Thursday in friendly, fast-paced periodontal office. Must be x-ray certified. Gaithersburg MD, immediate contact: opening. Please




Dump Truck Drivers

Must have at least 3 yrs of exp w/ the ability to drive standard trucks, have & maintain a clean driving record, & clean criminal background. Must have a D.O.T card & have the flexibility to work nights/weekends if needed. Multi-lingual (English/Spanish) a plus. To apply, please go to



For busy pediatric practice in Montgomery County. Pediatric experience preferred. Fax resume to 301.933.5087 or Email Attn: Geri


We are looking for AMAZING sales people!!! The Gazette, a Post Newsweek Media company, is looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated people to take our sales territories to the next level. If you value autonomy, but can work well in a team that values integrity, respect and growth, this may be the job for you. The mission of the Advertising Sales Consultant is to develop new business while servicing and increasing existing business. Position involves cold calls, interviewing potential clients, developing and presenting marketing plans, closing sales and developing strong customer relationships. Candidates should possess persistence, energy, enthusiasm and strong planning and organizational skills. We offer a competitive compensation, commission and incentives, comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. To become part of this high-quality, high-growth organization, send resume and salary/earnings requirement to EOE

Editorial Staff Supervisor/Reporter Comprint Military Publications has an immediate opening for a full-time, Editorial Staff Supervisor/Reporter in its Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Virginia office. News writing background, InDesign knowledge, & digital camera familiarity, and experience supervising an editorial team a must. Familiarity with military a plus. Email resume, writing samples and salary requirements to: We offer a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. EOE Position Location: Pentagram Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall 204 Lee Avenue Building 59, Room 116 Fort Myer VA 22211-1199


TRAINING IN JUST 4 WEEKS Now Enrolling for We offer Medication Technician October 7th in just 4 days. Call for details. Classes GAITHERSBURG CAMPUS MORNING STAR ACADEMY 101 Lakeforest Blvd, Suite 402 Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Call: 301-977-7393



CARE XPERT ACADEMY 13321 New Hampshire Ave, Suite 205 MORNING & EVENING CLASSES Silver Spring, MD 20904 Call: 301-384-6011

Funeral Home Assistants (PT)

Flexible day & night hrs to assist w/ Funeral Services and with removals. Must be 21 with a valid driver’s lic. and have clean driving record. Knowledge of the Montgomery County and Frederick & Mount Airy area. Call Mr. Kendall at Molesworth-Williams Funeral Home M - F 9-4pm at 301-253-2138 for more info.

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Janitor (FT) Must work flexible hours and every other weekend. Prior experience in laundry preferred but not required. Apply at 1235 Potomac Valley Road Rockville MD 20850 or fax to (301) 762-3216. EOE Healthcare

Registered Nurse Radiation Therapy Full time Days M-F

RMA is actively recruiting a FT RN for our Rad Oncology cntr located in Rockville/ Germantown. FT RN min 3 years nursing exp. OCN preferred; Send resumes to e-mail


Rockville Residential Cleaning Company is looking for 1 Full Time house maid, M-F 8 am-5 pm. Must have excellent cleaning experience, speak some English, Drivers License & legal to work in U.S. Pay $10.00 p/hr. 301-706-5550

Insurance CSR

Rockville insurance agency needs personal lines underwriter/CSR to manage dept. Must be Md. licensed and have experience. Career opportunity with salary and benefits. Email resume to:

Sales Person

Experience in a pharmacy setting. Experience in fitting compression stockings a plus. Must be mature, outgoing, self starting. Hours 8:30-5:30; Mon-Fri. Convenient location near Friendship Heights Metro. Email resume with salary requirements to

Tax Preparers

Experienced tax preparers needed for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. No experience? Online tax classes forming now. Earn extra money in tax time. Flexible hours, competitive pay. Call 301-620-1828 or e-mail


With at least 1 year experience with in home healthcare, providing care to children and adults who have a trach and on ventilator support. Immediate openings available for night and day shifts in Poolesville, Rockville and Gaithersburg areas. Please Contact

Anchor Healthcare Services at 703-955-2143. Serving MD & VA


Bell Ringers

The Salvation Army is now hiring Bell Ringers in Montgomery County for this Christmas Season. $8.25 per hour. Apply in person on Oct 2nd, 4th, 8th and 10th from 10am - 2pm at 20021 Aircraft Drive, Germantown, MD 20874

System Programmer Datawatch Systems, Inc., a Bethesda based national access control company has immediate openings for system programmers in a 24/7/365 department. Experience working in access control, a call center environment, IT Help Desk, or customer service support is preferred. Qualified candidate must demonstrate excellent customer service skills, be technically inclined to work with alarm system programming and monitoring software, be able to troubleshoot issues and work in a fast paced, team-oriented environment. Metro accessible. Exc pay and benefits. Email DCJS#112294. EOE/M/F/D/V

Interior Decorators Entry Level to Experienced New design center opening Will train. Resumes to or call 301-933-7900


Duties include: complete service efficiently & correctly, diagnose problems, orders parts, and complete repairs within performance standards. Req: Must lift up to 50 lbs., have a valid Drivers license, and work some OT & possible weekends. Must supply own tools. If interested please send resume to or fax resume to : 866-723-5250 Pharmacy/ Phlebotomy Tech Trainees Needed Now Pharmacies/ hospitals now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-240-4524 CTO SCHEV

Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now Dental/Medical Offices now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-234-7706 CTO SCHEV

Modern Foundations (Woodbine, MD) is looking for: Experienced concrete pump operator, Dump Truck Drivers, Residential Construction Loader Operator. Qualified applicants call 410-795-8877.


Min. 1 yr exp. in commercial work. Job in Silver Spring, MD. Bilingual a plus. $12 to $14/hr. based on exp. Drug-free workplace. EOE & E-Verify 301-662-7584

District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County Rockville and Silver Spring The District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County is seeking to fill two District Court Clerk I/II positions. Responsibilities involve specialized clerical work involving court proceedings. Data entry. Filing. Sorting mail. Cashiering. Greeting and assisting the public, law enforcement and attorneys with case information. For more information visit our website EOE

3-18 hrs per week; $8-$18/hr. Some knowledge of gymnastics is required. Gaithersburg. Email:

Fax Resume to 301-424-3080, email

Concrete Pump Operator, Dump Truck Drivers, Loader Operator

District Court Clerk I/II



Liberty Lock & Security in Rockville, seeking qualified technicians. Experience required. Confidentiality assured.


Work From Home

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

Call 301-333-1900


Provide non-medical care and companionship for seniors in their homes. Personal care, light housework, transportation, meal preparation. Must be 21+. Must have car and one year professional, volunteer, or personal experience Home Instead Senior Care To us it’s personal 301/588-9023 Call between 10am-4pm Mon-Fri

Seasonal Help November 10th - December 24th. Working with Santa and children at Montgomery Mall. Call Pat Baker 1-800-969-2440 Ext. 227


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2011 BMW 328i #E0215, 24K Miles, 1 Owner, Nav, Sunroof



4 DR., AUTO, 4 CYL., INCL.

NEW 2013 SIENNA 2 AVAILABLE: #360335, 360360




NEW 2013 RAV4 LE 4X4 BASE 2 AVAILABLE: #364168, 364150




NEW 2013 CAMRY LE 2 AVAILABLE: #372252, 372305

0% FOR

4 CYL., 2 DR., AUTO






2010 Nissan Maxima 3.5 S #P8714, 38K Miles, 1 Owner, Leather, Nav, Sunroof

NEW 2014 COROLLA LE 2 AVAILABLE: #470007, 470010

4 DR., AUTO, 4 CYL.,

36 Month Lease





2 AVAILABLE: #350131, 350136

#N0243, 1-Owner, All-Wheel Drive, Back up camera, Moonroof

15911 Indianola Drive • Rockville, MD (at Rt. 355 across from King Farm)

2 AVAILABLE: #377558, 377569




2010 Infiniti EX35 AWD

888.805.8235 •


36 Month Lease




4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO

2 AVAILABLE: #372403, 372305

#349587A, All Wheel Drive, Auto, Bluetooth

2 AVAILABLE: #377612, 377643


2012 Nissan Juke S AWD

2009 Nissan 370Z Touring Coupe #P8713, 1-Owner, Leather, Navigation, Manual Trans





#367151C, 3rd Row Seat, CD, Cruise, Sync, Back Up Sensing

With Bluetooth #22213 2 At This Price: VINS: 647367, 642954

MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:

4x4 #25013 2 At This Price: VINS: 688245, 689141





AWD, 5spd, AC, power windows, MD Inspec, $4999 301340-3984



2012 Nissan Maxima 3.5 S

$23,170 $19,995 -$1,000 -$500


2009 TOYOTA 4 CAMRY LE: door sedan, 72k, 1 owner, MD insp, very good condition $10,975.00 firm Call: 301-865-5249




2002 HONDA CIVIC SI: 3 dr, 5spd, AC,

#P8711A, 3rd Row Seat, Back Up Camera,

2013 NISSAN ALTIMA $23,345 2.5 S MSRP:

2013 NISSAN ROGUE S AWD MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:

2011 Chrysler Town & Country

#12113 2 At This Price: VINS: 764199, 902839

With Bluetooth #13113 2 At This Price: VINS: 914194, 292204

FORD TAURUS: 2002 143kmi, green 1 own, all power, all lthr, AC, sun roof $3k 301-305-4580


Deals and Wheels

2008 Ford Taurus X SEL WGN

$18,510 $15,995 -$1,000

Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: Altima Bonus Cash: NMAC Bonus Cash:

sunrf & leather, 67K mi, MD Insp, 1 owner $4999 301-340-3984



#347509A, Auto, Cruise, Auto Headlights, CD

$16,205 $13,995


#11514 2 At This Price: VINS: 353416, 366690



2007 Mitsubishi Outlander LS



(301) 637-0499


Innovation that excites




On 10 Toyota Models

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AUTO, 4 CYL., 4 DR



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‘00 Chevy Camaro Z28


‘04 Jeep Liberty Sport

#KP18052, AUTO, 1-OWNER


‘05 Chrysler Twn & Cntry


‘01 Dodge Dakota Club Cab $9,997



‘11 Hyundai Sonata GLS


‘10 Ford Econoline XLT $19,745


#KN77515, 15 PASS, PW, CC, $1,621 OFF KBB


‘08 Chrysler Sebring Convtb’l


#KP23531, OFF-SEASON, $2,082 OFF KBB

‘07 Infinity M35




1994 Ford Explorer 4x4.....................1,450

2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S...................6,988

1995 BMW 5-Series..........................1,988

2000 Isuzu Rodeo LS.........................6,988


#KP95439B, Clean! 92K, AT, AC, PW/PLC


#KP17054, 4WD, 3.2L, Clean! LTHR, PW/PL, AC, MD INSP’D

#FP39852A, 7 Pass LTHR/PWER Seat, PWER OPTS, Don’t Miss “HANDYMAN”

#KP65991A, AT, AC, PW/PLC, Easy Terms!

2001 Ford Winstar SEL.....................2,450

2001 Mazda MPV LX.........................2,488 #KP39139A, DVD, RAC, PWR OPTIONS, “HANDYMAN”

2001 Toyota Corolla LE.....................2,988

#KP48326A, Auto, PW/PLC SAVE$$$$$! “HANDYMAN”

2005 Chevy Impala LS.......................6,990 2005 Dodge Caravan SXT..................6,990


2004 Cadillac Deville........................7,450

#KP81202, Prisine! MNRF, LTHR, Parksense, P/OPTS

2006 Chrysler Pacifica......................7,945

2000 Chevy Camaro Z28...................3,950

#KP19537, AWD, Touring, 3rd Seat, PSeat, P/Opts

2003 Olds Alero GL...........................4,488

2005 Honda Accord LX...................... #KP57155, PW/PLC, CD, CC, Don’t Miss!

2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee..............4,988

2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4WD ......... #KP09664A, PSEAT, PW/PLC, CASS/CD Combo, GREAT VALUE

#KP56784A, 5.7, V8, T-TOPS, P/OPTIONS, CLASSIC! “HANDYMAN” #KP84551, Clean! AT, AC, P/Options, MD Insp’d

#KP26952, 4WD, MNRF, P/Options, 2-Tone, Sharp! “HANDYMAN”


2000 Toyota Camry LE...................... #KP01579, Best Buy! AT, PW/PPLC, MD Insp’d

2000 Buick Lesabre LTD...................5,955

#KP05316A, LTHR/HTD/PWER Seat, P/Options


1998 Toyota Camry LE...................... #KP03265, AT, AC, P/Options, Best Buy!

2003 Saturn L-200............................5,990

#KP59757, Super Sharp! Alloys, ABS, AT, PW/PMR, CD

2003 Toyota Matrix WGN..................6,745 #KR03506, CLEAN!, AUTO, TLT, PLCS, MD INSP’D

2006 Subaru Legacy WGN.................6,970 #KP01702, AWD!, Nice!, PSeat, HTD Seats, P/Options

2002 GMC Sonoma SLS.....................6,988


2004 Jeep Liberty Sport...................6,988 #KP18052, Nice! AT, PW/POC, CD


UNDER $10,995



2004 Chevy Trailblazer LT 4X4..........7,988



2007 Jeep Compas Ltd......................9,745 #KP87612A, Gorgeous! Chrm Whls, Nav, Mnrf, Lthr

2005 Hyundai Tuscon GLS AWD..........9,788 #KP34280, NICE! PW/PLC/PMR, CC, CD

2007 Ford Escape XLT.......................9,988 #KP27730, Nice! MNRF, LTHR, CD, PW

2006 Buick Lucerne CXS.................10,470

#KP37654, Luxury!, LTHR/HTD/Mem Seats, Harman Kardon CD, SAB

2008 Chrysler Sebring Cnvtb’l.........10,470 #KP23531, TRNG LTHR/PWR SET, CD, P/OPTS, OFFSEASON PRICED

2008 Subaru Outback WGN.............10,688 #KP21097, Pampered!, AT, P/Options, HTD Seat

2009 Mitsubishi Gallant..................10,745 #KP01845, Ralliart Nav, MNRF, LTHR, Don’t Miss!

2005 Toyota Avalon XL....................10,988


2005 Mazda Mazda 6........................7,997

2005 Dodge Durango Limited..........10,988

2004 Dodge Caravan S&T..................7,998

2006 Volvo S80 2.5T.......................11,470

#KP25777, PW/PLC, CC, CD, 5SPD, Gas Saver. #KP11470A, Nice, DVD, LTHR, PWR DR/Gate

HEMI, Sunroof, Leather, DVD Nav, One Owner

#KP38876, AWD, Pampered! MNRF, LTHR/PWER Seat, SAB

2005 Dodge Magnum SXT..................8,970

2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer......11,870

2001 Toyota Highlander Sport...........8,970

2006 Subaru Legacy Outbk 2.5XT...11,988



2004 Ford Ranger Supercab..............8,988

#KP28744, 4x4, Tilt, Cruise, AT, Alloys Don’t Miss!

2005 Chrysler Pacifica TRNG............8,990

#47651KP, 4WD, Beauty! 3rd Seat, LTHR, MNRF, RNG BDS


2005 Nissan Armada.......................14,988

#KP64756, Beauty! PW/PLC/PMR, CC, CD

2009 Toyota Corolla LE.................... #KP24515, ALL THE TOYS! NAV, MNRF, LTHR, PWR OPTS



2007 Honda Accord EX-L V6............14,488

2004 Acura MDX AWD.....................11,988 2008 GMC Savana Cargovan...........11,988


2008 Saturn Astra XE........................8,998

2009 Toyota Corolla LE................... #KP65389, CLEAN, 50K! AT, PW/PLC, CD



2009 Mazda 5 Wagon......................14,988

2007 Caddy STS..............................12,990

#KR11890, AT, AC, Tradesman

#KP59427, Beauty! Panoramic, MNRF, AT, P/Options


2008 Toyota RAV 4..........................12,990


#KP32745, Clean! MNRF, LTHR, CD CHGR

2008 Suzuki X-7 Luxury...................14,588 #KP24175, AWD, LUXURY, MNRF, LTHR, P/OPTS


2011 Chevy Impala LT..................... #KN88726, MNRF, LTHR/PWER SEATS, CD, ALLOYS, P/Opts, CD Chgr

#KP57035, Auto, Sunroof, Leather, 3rd Row


2010 Dodge Charger SXT.................16,988 #KN46874, PSeat, Alloys, PW/PLC, CD, Fac Warr

2004 Infinity FX45...........................19,990 #KP04556, AWD, All The Toys! Nav, MRF, LTHR


2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT...... #KN41054, DVD, Backup CAM, PDRS/Gate, PSeat


2009 Chevy Silverado 1500............. #KG36062, Crewcab, 4WD, Meticulously Maintained!

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