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Wheaton High School sophomore Haley Ingram asks Kayla Naiman to pick up a red pom during JV cheerleading practice.

PART OF THE Silently but enthusiastically, Kayla Naiman cheers with rest of the Wheaton JV squad






hen Kayla Naiman’s teammates on the Wheaton High School junior varsity cheerleading squad greet her at the start of practice, she smiles. While her teammates shout and chant their cheers, Naiman doesn’t say a word. She can’t. An undiagnosed intellectual disability has caused her to be nonverbal. But that doesn’t mean Naiman’s role on the squad is any less important. Naiman is new to the squad this year, and is the first Knights cheerleader to have an intellectual disability, special education teacher Kerri Mullins-Levine said. At age 19, Naiman is a senior in Wheaton High’s School/Community Based Program (SCB), which is a specialized program that “serves students with mild/ moderate to severe and profound handicaps.” Naiman was born with the disability which has also caused her to be physically underdeveloped. She can walk and stand on her own, but she needs frequent breaks and communicates with gestures, as well as an application on her iPad called Touch Chat HD.



Thousands of federal jobs and employees call Montgomery County home, but many were not working Tuesday after Congress’ inability to compromise on the federal budget, shutting down most government operations. Exactly how many Montgomery County residents were forced to stay home was unclear, but most agencies in the county were slashing operations and mandating that most employees stay home. Employees who are furloughed are required to not work and will not receive pay. Montgomery is also home to many companies that contract with the government. Those companies could see employees furloughed and delays in

contract bids and awards. Eighteen federal agencies and installations are in the county, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Institutes of Health. When Congress failed to pass legislation to fund the government Monday night in an impasse over the health care reform law, it triggered plans for agencies to halt all but essential operations. For the Silver Spring-based Food and Drug Administration, 45 percent of its 13,000-member work force was scheduled for furlough, spokesman Steven Immergut said. Most of those reporting to work Tuesday are paid with user fees, money outside the budget, he said. The last time the government shut down in 1996, employees were eventually repaid

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School system’s SAT scores show rises, falls

Although she can’t participate in the cheers or many other physical aspects of cheerleading, coach Elisia Rivera has made sure Naiman is an active member of the team. From practices to fundraisers to football games, she always has a role. Rivera is also Naiman’s paraeducator during school, working with her the entire school day. The inherent limitations of Naiman’s disability don’t keep her from showing school spirit thanks to Rivera, who created an adapted practice schedule for Naiman to accommodate her needs. When the squad stretches, Naiman works on body part identification. While teammates sprint at practice, she walks alongside them. At football games, she holds signs that go with the cheers. Naiman has physical and intellectual goals to fulfill at each event, but No. 1 is always for her to have fun. Despite her limitations at participating physically or verbally communicating with teammates, Naiman undeniably enjoys being with the team, according to teammates and Rivera. “When they’re rowdy, when they’re loud, she just likes being a part of that,” Rivera said. “So, when they’re running, she smiles and she gets excited be-

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Montgomery County Public Schools’ 2013 SAT results showed movement in both African-American and Hispanic students’ scores — but in different directions. African-American students’ average combined score rose to 1397 this year — eight points above last year’s score. From 2011 to 2012, African-American students’ average score in-

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creased seven points. Hispanic students’ average combined score, however, fell 32 points this year after a six-point increase from 2011 to 2012. Both student groups scored significantly higher than their state and national peers this year. The county school system’s overall average combined score fell three points — from 1651 in 2012 to 1648 this year — but was still 11 points above the 2011 score. The SAT serves as a college placement exam and has a maximum score of 2400 across three areas: critical reading, math-

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New chapter looms in fight over required government ads in newspapers Sides disagree on most efficient ways Digital to get information to the public overnment n

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INSIDE n High-speed Internet access is available to more than nine of every 10 households in the county, making it one of the nation’s most connected communities. A-15


MORE SLEEP FOR STUDENTS? Superintendent recommends pushing school starting times back 50 minutes.




Lawmakers and government groups are resuming a fight with media representatives over a requirement to buy newspaper advertisements. Known as “legal notices,” the ads are mandatory an-

nouncements of certain government proceedings, such as public hearings and zoning requests. They are a revenue source for newspapers and a longstanding way to inform the public. The main questions: Are these ads the best way to publicize government workings?


Should government bodies be forced to buy the ads? The Maryland Municipal League and the Maryland Association of Counties argue that the current legal-ad system is inefficient and wasteful; government bodies have better, cheaper ways to reach constituents. But the Maryland-DelawareD.C. Press Association, a media


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Same sections, new homes Some familiar sections in The Gazette have new homes. Our B section combines the Sports and Arts & Entertainment sections. The A section includes the School Life page. Next week, Celebrations (our free listings of weddings, engagements and anniversaries) moves into the A section, as well. Our goal is to make the paper easier to use, moving community features like school news and milestones into the local A section. If you have trouble finding any of our regular features, feel free to call me at 301-670-2040. — DOUGLAS TALLMAN, EDITOR

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GALLERY Rockville’s Sophia Scarano defends against Clarksburg’s Daysia Howard. Go to clicked SPORTS Unbeatens Gaithersburg, Wootton clash in high school football on Friday.

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Meet the Composer, 2 p.m., Ingleside at King Farm, 701

King Farm Blvd., Rockville. Janice Hamer will speak about her new opera, “Lost Childhood,” based on a Holocaust memoir. 240-499-9019.

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Cross-Jerome H. Holland Laboratory, 15601 Crabbs Branch Way, Derwood. Develop public speaking and leadership skills in a positive, friendly environment. Free to guests. Understanding Your BRCA Risk, 6:30-8 p.m., Beaumont House, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Learn more about BRCA genetic testing, including who should be tested, what it means for family members and how the results can explain risk of developing breast, ovarian and other cancers. 301634-7500.

THURSDAY, OCT. 3 Getting a Job in the Age of Social Media, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Aspen

Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Road, Rockville. Free. 301-610-8380. Guide to Local Gardening Series Session Two: Regionally Adapted Plants, 2-3:30 p.m., Brookside

Gardens Visitors Center, Adult Classroom, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Explore plants that can take clay soil, deer, and/or periods of drought. $18. Register at www. Bethesda Green Gala 2013, 6-9 p.m., Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Honoring the 2013 Green Award Winners, businesses, organizations, communities and individuals who are providing green services. $100. 240-396-2440. Evening Grief Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Hughes United Methodist Church, 10700 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. A six-week group for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. Free, registration required. 301-921-4400.

FRIDAY, OCT. 4 One by One Fundraising Event, 7 p.m., The Simon Residence, 5330 Chamberlin Ave., Chevy Chase. The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project’s first annual event. $25 general, $100 VIP. “The Nerd” by Rockville Little

Theater, 8 p.m., F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, also 8 p.m. Oct. 5 and 2 p.m. Oct. 6. $16 for students and seniors, $18 for other adults. 240314-8690.

SATURDAY, OCT. 5 Walk for Food Allergy, 9 a.m., Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Funds food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness. Free. Saturday Morning Story Time, 10 a.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Participate in and listen to nature and seasonal stories. Ages 3-6. Free. 301 962-1400. Whitman Cheer Clinic Fundraiser, 1-4 p.m., Shockwave

Allstars, 20 E. Southlawn Court, Rockville. $35. 301-938-2499. Yoga Salutes Non-violence: 108 Sun Salutations, 2-4 p.m.,

extendYoga, 12106 Wilkins Ave., North Bethesda. A charity event to raise awareness and support for Betty Krahnke Shelter. Free, dona-

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tions welcome. 301-881-3330. Teen Writers’ Workshop, 3:305:30 p.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Road, Rockville. Discover techniques and exercises for creative writing and receive feedback and revision tips. Free. 240-773-9410. Haskell Small on Piano, 8 p.m., Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda. Performing the complete Musica Callada, by Catalan Spanish composer Federico Mompou. Free. 301-320-2770.

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Mushroom Fair, noon-5 p.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Sponsored by the Mycological Association of Washington, Inc. Free. 301-962-1400. Bill Engvall, 4 p.m., Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, also at 8 p.m. Two performances by the blue-collar comedian. $28-$68.









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Rockville’s fall cultural schedule includes music, art, theater PEOPLE & PL ACES ELIZABETH WAIBEL

Rockville arts fans can enjoy a variety of art, music and theater programs at venues in Civic Center Park this fall. Continuing through Sunday, Rockville Little Theatre presents “The Nerd” at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive. Tickets are $16 through $18 with shows scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and a 2 p.m. showing scheduled for Sunday. Call 240-314-8690 for more information or to buy tickets. The Glenview Mansion Art Gallery’s October exhibit, titled “Blossom,” features the work of five artists: Wanjin Kim, Eun-

mee Chung, Junghwa Kim Park, Miyoung Ju Lee and Sunsook Shin-Park.

An opening reception is scheduled for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the mansion, 603 Edmonston Drive. The exhibit is free and on display Sunday through Oct. 29. The Rockville Concert Band is preparing to kick off its 2013 season with a concert Oct. 20 at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre. “Music that Moves Us” will feature music that accompanies ballet, musical theater and traditional dances, according to a city of Rockville press release. The concert starts at 3 p.m.; a $5 donation is suggested for admission. Other concerts scheduled for this year include “Vive La France!” Nov. 24 and “The Greatest Generation’s Holiday” Dec. 22. To learn more about upcoming arts events, visit

Deer management begins in county parks Several Montgomery Parks will be closed intermittently starting Oct. 28 through February when the deer management operations season begins. There is also a proposal to add Cabin John Regional Park to the program. Lottery-based and cooperative managed deer hunts, as well as park police-based sharpshooting, will take place in 27 parks in the Montgomery Parks system. For a complete schedule of park closure dates and times, visit: phcUy All of the deer harvested from the program are transported to a processing facility and the meat donated to local food disbursement organizations. Last year, approximately 16,000 pounds of processed venison was donated to the National Capital Area Food Bank. For more details on the lottery-based programs are available at www.parksdeer-


The Rockville Concert Band, pictured here, is scheduled to play at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre Oct. 20. Cabin John Regional Park has seen an explosion in deer recently -- a study indicated that 125 to 150 deer inhabit the 514 acres of parkland located within the boundary of Interstate 270, Democracy Boulevard and Seven Locks Road, which is three times the density recommended for the area. As a result, Montgomery Parks is proposed adding sections of Cabin John Regional Park to the program and is accepting public comment on the proposal through October 25. Comments must include a valid name and address, and will be posted online at www. for public review. Comments may also be submitted by email to MCP-deermanagement MNCPPC Montgomery Parks, Deer Management Initiatives, 12535 Milestone Manor Lane, Germantown, MD 20876.

In the service Air Force Capt. Jonathon J. Campbell has graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda. He received a medical degree and was commissioned to the rank of captain, with a minimum seven-year ac-

tive duty service commitment. Campbell has served in the military for four years and is the son of James and Marisela Campbell of Derwood. • Army Reserve Pfc. Brittany L. Byers has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. She is the daughter of Angela Neff and stepdaughter of Robert Neff and a 2009 graduate of Wootton High School in Rockville. • Army Cadet Cartier P. Murrill has graduated from the Army ROTC Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky. He is the son of Mary and Cartier Murrill Sr. of Gaithersburg and a 2010 graduate of Magruder High School in Rockville.

Disabled American Veterans meeting scheduled Disabled American Veterans is hosting a meeting Oct. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Ernie Pyle DAV Chapter #4, 11316 Fern St., Wheaton. The nonprofit organization helps disabled veterans understand access services available to them, and benefits from their time of service. For further information, contact NSO Mark

Donberger at 410-230-4440. Derwood author will hold book signing Author Thomas A. McLoughlin will be on hand to sign copies of his book, “Failure is the Only Option”, at a Rockville coffee shop Saturday. McLoughlin, a Derwood resident, will be available at Caribou Coffee, 5562 Norbeck Road, Rockville, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, email Michelle Whitman at or call 877-727-0697.

Talent search for MLK Day celebration Montgomery County is looking for talented county residents to perform at the county’s 20th anniversary and tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. The event will be held on Jan. 20, 2014, at the music center at Strathmore in Bethesda. Performers of the spoken word, musical selections, creative dance, instrumental selections and skits are all welcome to try out at auditions, which will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the music building’s recital hall at Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville.

To schedule an audition, email Rachel Reed at by Oct. 8. For more information, call Carmen Poston-Farmer at 240567-5253 or Yvonne Stephens at 240-567-4203.

Walking out of the darkness Concerned area residents sought to bring suicide out of the darkness and into a place to prevent it during a fundraising in Rockville recently. The 2013 Montgomery County Out of the Darkness Community Walk for suicide prevention took place in Rockville’s Town Center Sept. 21. About 350 walkers participated and helped raise almost $40,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Jillian Johnson, Miss Potomac Outstanding Teen 2013, provided remarks during the opening ceremony. She has made suicide prevention the platform for her reign. Share your good news! Send event information, photos and news items for People and Places to Elizabeth Waibel at, or call 301280-3005.

DEATHS Roger B. Gregory Roger B. Gregory, 79, of Germantown, died Sept. 22, 2013. A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Oct. 12 at Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, 610 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Roy W. Barber Funeral Home in Laytonsville handled the arrangements.

Julia H. Moxley Julia H. Moxley, 95, formerly of Gaithersburg, died Sept. 25, 2013. A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 at Homewood Crumland Farms, 7407 Willow Road, Frederick. Roy W. Barber Funeral Home of Laytonsville handled the arrangements.

Shirley L. Whipp Shirley L. Whipp, 72, of Rockville, died Sept. 28, 2013. A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Oct. 3 at DeVol Funeral Home in Gaithersburg.




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High school students in Montgomery County Public Schools may be one step closer to getting more sleep time before school. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr announced Tuesday his recommendation to move the start time for the high schools back 50 minutes, from 7:25 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Starr is also recommending adding 30 minutes to the elementary school day to match the high school and middle school days, and moving middle schools’ start time 10 minutes earlier to 7:45 a.m. Start and end times would not change until 2015-16 at the earliest, Starr said. Starr said at a press conference Tuesday that the school system will study his recommendation and estimate costs. He said there’s “a clear link” between sleep and students’ health and well-being, a focus for the school system. In a news release from the school system, Starr called sleep deprivation among adolescents “a public health and safety issue.” After studying the issue for 10 months starting in January, the 2013 Bell Times Work Group developed a report including different options on start and end times. The work group — which includes parents, students, principals, department leaders and others — talked to experts, studied research and examined comparable school systems. Starr said in a letter to the school board dated Oct. 8, 2013, that “data indicating that


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The Wheaton Neighborhood Recreation Center now faces bigger questions, depending on your perspective, than whether Led Zeppelin ever played music in its halls early in the group’s career, as local legend says. Montgomery County has been pursuing plans since 2011 to tear down the recreation center and erect a new building to house both the recreation center and the Wheaton Library. The two buildings stand on either side of the intersection of Hermitage and Georgia avenues. The new plan would redirect Hermitage Avenue to Arcola Avenue, combining the two parcels. However, new discussion over whether the recreation center, built in 1963, is a historic building may stall the project, now in the design phase. Under current plans, the new building would open in 2017. If given historic designation, architects and planners would have to work with a new set of regulations to preserve the recreation center instead of demolishing it as planned. During a meeting on Sept. 11, the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission submitted a report recommending the building for historic designation. Commission Chair William Kirwan said that when development projects come up around the county, the HPC typically looks into whether any buildings involved should be considered for historic designation. A meeting and public hearing before the Planning Board will address the issue on Oct. 17, and the board will vote on the designation. A recommendation from the board will go to the County Council and county executive for the final decision. The HPC and Historic Planning Office hope the building can be preserved while the county moves forward with plans to improve the public facilities, said Clare Lisa Kelly, research and designation coordinator for the Historic Preservation Office. She

called the building “an outstanding example of modern architecture,” saying that it was designed by a leading modernist architect of the 1960s, Arthur Keyes, of the Keyes, Lethbridge and Condon architecture firm. The building won an award from the Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and was featured in the 1965 “AIA Guide to the Architecture of Washington, D.C.” Kirwan noted the historical significance of the building to the community, as well as its architectural importance. But architects working on new plans see the designation as a hindrance. Maintaining the historic look makes it more difficult and expensive to achieve the LEED-Silver rating required for buildings funded by Montgomery County, said architects from Grimm and Park Architects, who are preparing plans. “I think we can very easily prove that costs for renovating the building, and the operating costs, would be significantly larger,” if architects are required to preserve the recreation center, said Melanie Hennigan, principal at Grimm and Parker. County Council President Nancy Navarro wrote in an email to The Gazette, “Wheaton has already waited too long for a new Library and Rec Center. I do not want this project to be delayed and I am concerned that a historic designation could compromise the County’s ability to deliver a marquee combined facility. I am hopeful that the Executive branch will work with the Historic Preservation staff to find ways to honor the history of this facility in the new design.” The project has faced other obstacles. Montgomery County owns the library and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission owns the recreation center, complicating the effort for the combined building. Current plans would span both lots, including the building, parking and green space. The county has offered to swap the Parks and Planning land for county land elsewhere, but the two haven’t agreed on an alternative piece of land, said Art Brodsky, a member of the County Library Board. The swap remains under negotiation. In an planning meeting on Thursday,

Recreation Specialist Kimberly Bryant, who works at the recreation center, complained about the ageing facility. She said there has been mold in the building and reported a recurring lump in the basketball court floor from water. The basketball court has no room for spectators. And, “the gym and most of the building has a smell,” she said. The director of recreation for Montgomery County, Gabriel Albornoz, said the county decided about 20 years ago that the recreation center needed to be updated to a full-service recreation center due to the population density in Wheaton and projected growth. Full service status means a building of at least 30,000 square feet, including classrooms, a social area, weight and exercise rooms, ball fields and a three-bay gymnasium, according to Albornoz. The project was delayed for years because the county had not found a site large enough for these criteria. When the county recognized a need for renovations in the library, the Department of General Services proposed combining the facilities, making it possible to plan a full-service recreation center. The combined plot exceeds 12 acres, according to Albornoz. “I think it’s a very progressive idea to merge the two,” he said. Community members have offered disparate opinions on whether the one-story recreation center should be preserved as a historic building, in response to the HPC’s call for public comment. Two University of Maryland professors urged the commission to preserve the building, calling it “a gem of Baby Boom Modernism” architecture. Others, such as Kathy Michels, of the Sligo Headwaters Civic Association, called the building “dilapidated,” saying, “it is somewhat interesting on the outside but totally unsuited to modern needs. Library Board member Art Brodsky said: “We don’t want to see a new library scrapped or delayed because of the recreation center, because it’s not worth it.” Because of the state of the building, Hennigan said, “you wouldn’t be preserving it, you’d be replicating it, and you’re asking yourself, why would I replicate this?”

changing bell times increases student achievement is inconclusive.” The school system will ask for feedback through avenues including public meetings, focus groups and surveys. Starr said in the letter that input from low-income families and others who would potentially be “disproportionately affected” by the changes will be an important part of the system’s outreach. The work group’s report cites a preliminary figure of about $11.5 million as the net annual transportation cost associated with one option Starr is recommending. A full cost analysis is expected by spring 2014, according to the release. The recommendation to move middle school start times earlier would help the system use the same buses for several different routes, Starr said at the conference. The school system has four different start times to reuse buses. Lengthening the elementary day is “not just a logistical issue,” Starr said, but will add instructional time for students with the second-shortest elementary school day in the state. Starr and members of the work group will speak on the issue at the Oct. 8 county school board meeting. About 70 percent of high school parents who responded to a survey considered the current high school start time “too early,” according to the report. About 69 percent of those parents said they wanted the start time 30 minutes or one hour later in the morning. The report says students get an average of about 7 hours or less of sleep each night, compared to the nine hours that experts cited in the report recommend.


Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr talks to the press about a report from the Bell Times Work Group, which is look at pushing back school start times.

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Members of a Rockville Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses are asking the mayor and council not to zone their property as historic, because it could prevent them from expanding their worship space. The mayor and council held a public hearing Monday on whether to designate 628 Great Falls Road as historic. The Rockville, Maryland, Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses owns that property and two adjoining addresses. It has

proposed building an assembly space onto the back of the property while maintaining the house. The West End Citizens Association and the Rose Hill Falls Homeowners Association have been trying to block expansion on the property over concern that too many institutions are moving into the neighborhood or expanding facilities. A neighbor nominated the property for historic designation, but the congregation opposes the designation because it might prevent the expansion. Historic designation would mean the Historic District Com-

mission would review any building plans for the property. The commission cannot rule whether the new building would be allowed unless the property is actually designated as historic. Congregation members said Monday that the commission did a courtesy review of the plans. They believe the building wouldn’t be allowed to proceed as proposed if the property receives historic designation. The commission has said the house is a good example of the types of homes built in Rockville during that time period. The house on the property

was built in 1925, according to city documents. Recently, people pushing for historic designation have focused on a community of free African Americans who owned the property and some of the surrounding properties in the 1800s. The Bessie Hill House at 602 Great Falls Road also is associated with the black kinship community, as it is known, and already has received historic designation. The house at 628 Great Falls Road was built after the black kinship community sold the property to someone else. Pro-

ponents of the historic designation have argued that it should be protected in part because having a residence on the property carries on the tradition of residences that were actually part of the kinship community. At the hearing, Tim Ramsburg said the house was abandoned before the congregation purchased it in 2008 to expand in the future. In the meantime, the congregation has made repairs and maintained the house. A missionary currently lives there. Ramsburg said the new structure is planned to be about 3,700 square feet with a seating

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Continued from Page A-1 ematics and writing. African-American students’ scores improved in all three areas of the test. Hispanic students’ scores fell in all three. About 61 percent of the school system’s 2013 AfricanAmerican graduates took the SAT and about 47 percent of Hispanic graduates took the test — relatively the same as last year’s participation for both student groups. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said in an interview Thursday that school system staff will sit down with principals and schools leaders to talk over the scores and evaluate what they did and did not do. “I’m concerned, I’m really concerned,” Starr said of the decline in Hispanic students’ scores. “I don’t understand why that drop exists.” Addressing the county school system’s overall combined score, Starr said, “We are essentially stable.” Starr said the school system has f ocused efforts toward helping students traditionally underrepresented in colleges, including AfricanAmerican and Hispanic students. Montgomery County Board of Education member Michael Durso said he and others in the school system will need to take time to determine what these scores mean. “I think on the surface that’s disturbing,” said Durso, addressing Hispanic students’ scores. “I think deeper down I’d probably want to talk to some others and maybe talk to some people at the schools to get their impression.” He described “the whole SAT score phenomenon” as “fluid and unpredictable.” Durso, a former principal, said that in all three jurisdictions he’s worked in there were years when SAT scores would change without an apparent corresponding change of the school’s instruction. “Of all the issues we deal with in education, interpreting those scores is one of the more

challenging ones,” he said. School board member Rebecca Smondrowski said she thinks the SAT scores are “one piece of a lot of different things” and that the SAT data will help the school board determine what questions it needs to ask. Smondrowski said the school system’s Hispanic students are “our fastest growing population.” “I’m not confident that we have the resources totally to keep up with the growth,” she said. She said the school system is working hard to target achievement gaps, but that this time that was not reflected in Hispanic students’ scores. Across the school system, four high schools increased their average combined score by 20 points or more, while eight decreased their scores by 20 points or more. Rockville High School’s score rose 57 points to 1582 with the greatest increase and Seneca Valley High School’s score fell 75 points to 1447 for the greatest decrease. Rockville High Principal Billie-Jean Bensen said the school formed a team last year that worked to identify students who, based on their course work and PSAT participation, would be good candidates for the SAT but had not yet taken the test. “We’re certainly continuing that this year,” she said. Marc Cohen, Seneca Valley High’s principal, said his initial reaction to the decrease in his school’s scores was “disappointment.” The school, however, saw a nearly 110-point increase the year before, he said. Cohen said he meets with the school’s SAT and ACT committee on a regular basis and that over the next few months they will discuss what might have changed to affect this year’s scores and what interventions they believe led to the increase last year. The SAT data, Cohen said, will “push us to ask questions.”


The General Services Administration renewed a pair of whole-building leases totaling 117,630 square feet in Rockville for the FDA, according to broker Jones Lang LaSalle, which represented the federal real estate management agency. The first is a 61,902-squarefoot, 10-year lease at 11919 Rockville Pike, which was transferred to a substitute trustee, LNR Partners of Miami Beach, last month. The fourstory property — called Montrose Two — was previously owned by the Dallas-based Lionstone Group. The property is within walking distance of the White Flint Metrorail station and provides quick access to I-270 from Montrose Parkway. The new lease expires on Jan. 18, 2023. The second building — at 5630 Fishers Lane — also was renewed for 10 years under a deal with the owner, Chevy Chase-based JBG Cos. The FDA will continue to occupy the entire 55,728-square-foot property. The building is also within walking distance of the Twinbrook Metro Station, and sits next to the 935,000-squarefoot HHS Parklawn Building, which JBG is renovating.

JBG starts Twinbrook construction The JBG Cos. will stage a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for a pair of apartment buildings and retail space on either side of the Twinbrook Metro subway station in Rockville. The Galvan at Twinbrook and The Terano buildings will offer more than 500 rental units and more than 130,000 square feet of retail space. The project is a joint development with the subway’s operator, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.


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Wheaton High School student Kayla Naiman gets instructions from sophomore Haley Ingram during junior varsity cheerleading squad practice after school on Sept. 23.


Continued from Page A-1 cause of the loud noise, and I’m sure it’s because she feels like she’s a part of that commotion.” Naiman’s classmates are also SCB students so during school she doesn’t interact socially with students who don’t have disabilities. Naiman always has a one-on-one aide to help her and make sure she’s safe, due to her “small stature,” her mother, Jeanette Naiman, said. At school, Naiman participates in classroom activities that focus on functional reading, math and writing, as well as fundamental vocational, life and community skills. On two school days per

week, she participates in various community activities. She goes to her job site at Giant Food in Wheaton Plaza on the other three. When her mother noticed her “socially blossoming” last year, she asked the school if Naiman could interact with students without disabilities. Rivera suggested that Naiman try out for cheerleading. Jeanette Naiman initially had fears and doubts about her daughter’s safety, ability to participate and social acceptance within the team, but gave it a shot anyway. “I didn’t even think it would work,” she said. “[But now], she has new friends. She’s no longer a teenager with a disability. She’s part of the whole.” Her teammates and the

broader school community have been outwardly positive about her being on the team. One squad member, 15-year-old Merissa Willie, recalled a collective happiness the team felt on picture day. “Every time we held her or gave her the pompoms, she was really smiling, she was really happy, and she really connected with everybody,” she said. “Everybody was nice to her and welcomed her.” Teammate Alma Cyllah, 14, said other members of the squad enjoy having Naiman as much as Naiman enjoys being there. “When we took the picture, she held on to me and Alma, and she was just really happy,” Merissa said. “[Being part of the team]

brings happiness to her and the rest of us because we’re able to connect with her and make her feel like she’s a part of something,” Alma said. “I like that we are the team that she’s able to be a part of.” Mullins-Levine was not surprised the administration supported having Naiman on the squad. “I’ve been here 11 years, and this school has always been very positive and accepting,” she said. “Wheaton believes in inclusion, which is great,” Jeanette Naiman said. “They embrace diversity, not just with her, but throughout that school. ... The girls themselves are embracing the diversity, and that’s what it’s all about.”


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Continued from Page A-1 for the closure. Whether employees will get back pay this time is up to Congress, said Jennifer Huergo, spokeswoman for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Reached Monday, Huergo said she was among those who would be furloughed during the shutdown. During the 1996 shutdown, which lasted three weeks, contractors were not reimbursed. If all of Montgomery County’s residents employed by the federal government were out of work for one day, it would cost the county $500,000 in income tax revenue, County Executive


Isiah Leggett (D) said. Should the federal government not repay employees furloughed by the shutdown, he said it will affect actual county income tax revenue. To lessen the blow, Montgomery prepared for both federal furloughs by lowering its budgeted income tax revenue $60 million in fiscal 2014, he said. Whether $60 million is enough cushion, Leggett said remains to be seen. In 2011, federal jobs totaled 46,020 in Montgomery, according to county data. The U.S. Department of Labor estimated the number of federal jobs in both Montgomery and Frederick counties at 51,400 in August 2013. Many county residents work in federal jobs in Washington,

D.C., or Northern Virginia. Of the county’s 971,771 residents recorded in the 2010 U.S. Census, 72,492 worked for the federal government.

Federal agencies prepare contingency plans The National Institute of Standards and Technology is part of the Department of Commerce, which will keep only about 6,000 of its 46,000 employees on duty during the shutdown, according the department’s contingency plan. Most research at NIST was scheduled to cease as well as most research as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Silver Spring.

Officials were meeting Tuesday to discuss closure, expecting the Gaithersburg office to close about 3 p.m. In Bethesda, the National Institutes of Health will continue patient care for current Clinical Center patients and provide animal care services to protect the health of its animals, according to information from the Office of Management and Budget. It will maintain only minimal staff to safeguard facilities and infrastructure and will not admit new patients unless deemed medically necessary by the NIH director, and will discontinue some veterinary services.

Contractors could see furloughs, bid delays Lockheed Martin is keeping its facilities open and employees will continue to receive pay and benefits unless directed otherwise by customers, company officials said Tuesday in a statement. The impact on operations, work force and subcontractors during the shutdown “depends on individual contract terms,” Lockheed spokeswoman Jennifer Allen said. In fiscal 2012, Lockheed was the federal government’s largest single contractor with $37 billion in contract dollars obligated to the company, according to federal figures. About $3.7 billion in federal contractors to companies in the Washington region, which is more than 20 percent, were adversely affected by funding delays during the 1996 shutdown, according to a Congressional Research Service report. Nymeo Federal Credit Union, which has offices in Frederick, Gaithersburg, Germantown and Adelphi, will allow temporary reduced payment for loans and even skipped payments to customers who are furloughed due to a shutdown. While its offices in federal buildings such as at the National Institute of Standards and Technology will likely close, other branches will be open and have increased staff. Some contracts awarded by

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 r federal agencies are specified that awardees have the ability to find private funding for those projects. That’s the case with Rockville-based Standard Solar, which builds and installs solar electric systems, when it was recently selected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center to develop photovoltaic solar systems on Army facilities. Standard Solar was one of 22 companies to be chosen under the Multiple Award Task Order Contracts program, which qualifies those businesses to compete for future solar projects. “The awarded companies have been qualified by the U.S. Army to have the capacity to bring private sector funding to each of the awarded projects, so funding is not impacted by government shutdowns or extended sequestrations,” said John Finnerty, director of business development for Standard Solar. The Greater Washington Board of Trade recommends companies that contract with the government confirm arrangements with regular contractors and suppliers in writing, and detailed documentation of correspondence should be kept in case future disagreements arise.

National park visitors asked to leave Visitors to national parks, including the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and Glen Echo parks in Montgomery County, were asked to leave Tuesday as Park Service employees worked to close and secure park facilities and grounds. The park service will suspend all activities during the shutdown, except those needed to respond to emergencies, and will furlough 21,379 of its 24,645 employees, according to Management and Budget data. Adventure Theatre MTC had to abandon its site in Glen Echo Park because of the shutdown, moving all activities to its Wintergreen Plaza location in Rockville, according to a news release. Adventure The-

atre MTC provides children with theater classes, camps and productions. Michael J. Bobbitt, producing artistic director, said in a statement that the theater was prepared for the effect the shutdown would have on his organization. But he was also confident that lawmakers would find a way to fund the government before it required Adventure Theatre MTC to cancel performances. Not all government operations ground to a halt Tuesday, including the office of U.S. Rep. John K. Delaney (D-Dist. 6) of Potomac. The U.S. Constitution mandates legislative operations continue and in response to a “constitutional duty” to represent District 6, Delaney’s Capitol Hill and district offices would remain open, the office said in a news release. Among the agencies open Tuesday was the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, based in Rockville. The commission had enough unspent funds from the previous year’s budget, which ended Monday, to keep it open and operating for one week, spokeswoman Holly Harrington said. Should the government remain unfunded for longer, the commission faced keeping about 90 percent, or all but 300 of its 4,000 total employees off the job. Most NRC employees, about 3,000, work in Rockville, Harrington said. The Department of Energy also had some money to stay open, spokesman Steven Thai said. While Department of Energy employees reported to work Tuesday, Thai said how long the agency could sustain operations was unknown. Department of Energy employees 13,814 workers and has a facility in Germantown. Once its money runs out, the agency plans to keep only 1,113 workers on the job along with 3,106 workers who are paid with funds from outside the general budget.




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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.


Auto theft • Between 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12 and 9:30 a.m. Sept. 13 in 12100 block Parklawn Drive, Rockville.

Commercial burglary • On Sept. 16 between 4:07 and 4:16 a.m. at Dunkin Donuts, 12168 Darnestown Road, North Potomac.

Residential burglary • 1500 block of Rockwood Drive, Rockville, from 9 p.m. Sept. 11 to 7:30 a.m. Sept. 12. • 9500 block of Watts Branch Drive, Rockville, at 6:53 p.m. Sept. 12.. • 13500 block of Glen Mill Road, Rockville, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 14.

Vehicle larceny • Five incidents in Rockville between Sept. 9 and 13. Affected streets include Hungerford Drive, Frederick Road, Ladyshire Lane and Rockville Pike. • 7600 block Nutwood Court, Rockville, at 1:05 a.m. Sept. 16.


Larceny • 700 block of Rockville Pike between 11 and 11:15 a.m. Sept. 13. Unknown subject removed unattended cellphone from a counter at a store. • 12300 block of Twinbrook Parkway between 1 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Unknown subject removed unattended purse from an office.




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Each time Hoffman reached a goal, he set a new one



When Adam Hoffman graduated from Montgomery College in May, his degree marked the end of a five-year college experience some said he might not be able to complete. Adam, 25, of Rockville has high-functioning autism, a disability that made college a



challenge for him. But — as he proved by earning a degree — it didn’t take a college education out of his reach. He received an associate degree in applied science, majoring in computer applications. Adam said he knew he wanted to go to college to learn about technology. But others were concerned. According to evaluations provided by his dad, Howard Hoffman of Bethesda, several experts said Adam likely would find college a frustrating experience.

“His disability is such that conceptual thinking is more challenging for him,” Howard said. But, he said, he saw his son highly motivated to attend college. He thought it was better for Adam to try and not succeed than to not try and “lose an opportunity.” Howard Hoffman described his son as having “a knack” for learning computer software. “We weren’t sure how far he could get,” Howard said. “The idea was to try and see how it went.”

A psychologist wrote in a 2006 evaluation that “due to Adam’s significant learning issues, a traditional two- or four-year college program will be highly challenging, and will potentially generate considerable frustration.” In 2010 — after Adam had completed lower-level computer courses at the college — a Montgomery College guidance counselor recommended that Adam use skills he had learned to make himself a better job candidate. “Taking additional advanced courses in the Computer Applications department will require increased conceptual skills that, from what I have read in his records and experienced in my interactions with Adam, he does not have,” the guidance counselor’s evaluation said, according to Howard. Adam certainly faced challenges, starting with what classes to take when he first started. “I didn’t know what I was going to do at first,” he said. A few classes, including a geography course, proved too difficult the first time around. Adam would drop the course and take — and pass — it the next semester. He needed to take some classes outside his major, such as biology and English — each obstacles in their own right, Howard said. “It was more of a stretch as the semesters went on,” he said. Yet, Adam graduated with a 3.2 GPA and made the dean’s list a few times. Adam said he averaged about three courses each semester over the five years while also working part time as an administrative assistant during most of his time in college. “I think some other people may have become discouraged,” Howard said. “He never got that way.” Adam’s goals progressed as he would reach one and take on another. After he passed several courses, Adam decided to work toward a certificate. When the certificate was within reach, he



Adam Hoffman is pictured Monday afternoon at the Montgomery College Rockville campus. decided to go for an associate degree. “I found out I was heading toward it,” he said of the certificate. “I thought it would be a great thing to have.” He had the same thought process when he went for the degree, he said. Adam worked hard during his time at the college, but also had the benefit of several supporters, Howard said. “It takes a village to send a special-needs child to college,” Howard said, putting a spin on the familiar phrase. Adam said he received help from several tutors and other assistance from College Learning Experience, an organization that provides support services to college students with autism, Asperger’s syndrome and other disabilities. Ric Kienzle, director of the College Learning Experience’s

Rockville location, described Adam as “a wonderful young man” who, despite the struggles he faced, “worked hard and pressed hard to achieve his goal.” Kienzle said Adam’s tutors and others saw him grow over the five years he attended college. “He’s one of those guys who’s driven,” he said. “He really wanted to get it done and he did.” Adam said his favorite class was graphic design, but he doesn’t know if he wants to work in the field. He still works as an administrative assistant and said his newly earned degree has helped him in his job. “It’s great to have everything done and more opportunities,” he said.


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Maryland’s first Capital Bikeshare stations open in Montgomery County Red bikes ready to roll; unveiled Friday at Rockville grand opening



Fifteen shiny new bikes lined up, ready to roll, as the county unveiled its 14 Capital Bikeshare stations Friday. The first Capital Bikeshare station in Maryland opened in Rockville with city and state officials hosting a grand opening event at the station, located at the corner of Maryland and Montgomery avenues. The Rockville station is one of 14 stations opening in Montgomery County Friday with 51 total planned to span the area. The expansion of Capital Bikeshare in Washington, D.C., marks the first bikesharing program in Maryland. The network includes stations on both sides of Metro’s Red Line inside the Beltway, and stations clustered around the Rockville and Shady Grove Metro stations. “The sturdy red bikes are finally rolling into Bethesda, Rockville, and Silver Spring,” said Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda, chairman of the Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee. “This is a significant step in creating a less carcentric culture. We want an environment that encourages healthier and greener mobility options and Bikeshare does just that.” Steve Friedman, a member of the county’s Pedestrian, Bicycle and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee, biked up to the bikeshare launch, saying the advisory committee was happy to put its weight behind the program. “We support it and recognized the value of it,” Friedman said while sitting atop his own bicycle. To use the bikes, memberships for 24 hours or three days can be bought with a credit card directly at the station and monthly and yearlong memberships can be purchased on-

BIKESHARE STATIONS NEAR YOU TAKOMA PARK n 1. Philadelphia and Maple avenues – 15-dock n 2. Maple and Ritchie avenues – 19-dock

SILVER SPRING n 3. Colesville Road and Wayne Avenues – 19-dock n 4. Fenton Street and New York Avenue – 15-dock n 5. 13th Street and Eastern Avenue – 15-dock

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS n 6. Wisconsin and Wisconsin Circle – 19-dock

BETHESDA n 7. Cordell and Norfolk avenues – 11-dock n 8. Bethesda Avenue and Arlington Road – 19-dock n 9. Montgomery and East lanes - 11-dock


Local and state officials cut a ribbon Friday for the Capital Bikeshare station grand opening in Montgomery County.

n 10. Norfolk and Fairmont avenues – 11-dock

ROCKVILLE/SHADY GROVE n 11. Frederick Avenue and Horners Lane - 11 dock n 12. Montgomery and Maryland avenues – 15-dock n 13. Fallsgrove Drive and Fallsgrove Boulevard – 19-dock n 14. Traville Gateway Drive and Gudelsky Way - 19-dock

line or over the phone. Within the membership time, bikes can be used free of charge as many times as necessary for 30-minute increments, with longer trips costing a small fee. One of the main draws of the program is that, unlike traditional bike rentals, bikes don’t have to be returned to the same place they were picked up. Instead, renters can leave the bike at the most convenient station to their travels. Maryland Secretary of Transportation James Smith attended Friday’s event, praising the county for taking the initiative and saying Montgomery County residents and politicians always “show up, stand up and pay up” when they want something done. “[Residents can] use mass transit to get to a location and the Bikeshare to get to their ultimate destination,” Smith said. Safety was another theme

of the grand opening, with many of the speakers commenting on bike paths and lanes and the safety manuals being handed out. Casey Anderson, a member of the Montgomery County Planning Board, suggested riders attend a $10 bicycle safety course being taught at Montgomery College. A group of Richard Montgomery High School students passing by the Bikeshare celebration were interested in the program, but not enough to consider a membership. Though the teens said they didn’t think they would ever really use it to travel anywhere specific, they all agreed they would consider using them as a fun group activity for a day. To learn more about Capital Bikeshare or to sign up for one of six different membership options, visit

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District 19 incumbents to campaign together — minus one Arora’s vote against gay marriage keeping him out of potential slate




Three District 19 state lawmakers — Dels. Bonnie L. Cullison and Benjamin F. Kramer, and Sen. Roger Manno — have confirmed they will campaign as a group for the upcoming election, excluding Del. Sam Arora.

Although rumors of a possible Cullison-Kramer-Manno slate emerged early, Manno, of Silver Spring, wouldn’t confirm any plans at the time. But a photo that recently popped up on Manno’s Facebook page taken for collective campaign materials shows him, Cullison and Kramer, without Arora. All four are Democrats. Asked about the photo, Manno repeatedly answered “Who?” at the mention of Arora’s name, as if the first-term delegate was gone and forgotten.

Arora angered supporters of same-sex marriage when he was the only member of the Montgomery County delegation to vote against the bill last year, despite initially pledging to back it. The bill was significant for the county, which includes three of the seven openly gay House members — Cullison, Anne R. Kaiser and Heather R. Mizeur. Contacted for comment about the implications of his vote on gay marriage, Arora of Silver Spring refused to say more than “I am continuing to work

on creating jobs and opportunity in Maryland.” Arora has not announced publicly if he will seek re-election. He said in August he’d announce at summer’s end. On Thursday, he would say only that he will announce “soon.” The vote continues to bother the district’s incumbents, Kramer of Derwood said. “There was some concern amongst my colleagues and the discussion has, I think, been mostly around Del. Arora’s position and vote on equality, mar-

riage equality,” Kramer said. “So, I think at the end of the day, that seemed to be rather prominent as an issue.” Whether Cullison, Kramer and Manno form a formal slate remains to be seen, but they will campaign together, Kramer said. Under Maryland Election Law, a slate is a political committee of two or more candidates who join together to conduct and pay for joint campaign activities, formed through a filing with the state. Cullison of Aspen Hill said she, Kramer and Manno are “of the same mind,” reaffirming their plans to work for re-election in concert. Manno, Cullison and Kramer sang one another’s praises, but none has endorsed any other candidates in their district. District 19 includes all or parts of Aspen Hill, Glenmont and Silver Spring. The district has had internal





dissent in the past. Manno, a former delegate, ran in the 2010 Democratic primary against former Sen. Michael G. Lenett, who had fallen out of favor. “I hope that at some point in time, we’ll, whomever it may be that is serving in office in District 19, that there will be the opportunity to coalesce and work together as an entire group,” Kramer said. “That was problematic in the last election, and again, there seems to be a lack of unity as we approach campaign season for coming election.” At least two other Democrats have committed to the District 19 race. Meloyde A. Berry of Silver Spring has filed to run for delegate. Maricé I. Morales of Silver Spring, a special assistant in Manno’s office has, too. Manno said he is not currently backing any candidates for the House besides Cullison and Kramer.


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Parking changes possible for restaurants BY REBECCA LURYE SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

Prospective restaurant owners in Montgomery County soon may have a less thorny zoning code to contend and much lower parking requirements. New restaurants would only have to build four parking spaces per 1,000 square feet as opposed to 25 spaces, a restriction that may leave some businesses with empty lots and deter new development. “You have big parking lots at shopping centers with a lot of empty spaces,” said Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (DAt Large) of Garrett Park, who chairs the committee. “That’s a foolish use of limited resources,” she said. “And our goal in urban redevelopment is certainly to encourage less driving and more alternative modes of transportation.” The zoning code update is part of a three-year modernization effort to simplify language and adjust policies, including

taking neighboring priorities into consideration. Those changes are in the hands of Montgomery County’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee. A public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 12. Then, the matter will likely go to the full council, said Jeffrey Zyontz, legislative attorney for the County Council. One aspect of the policy remains the same. Building owners may pay a fee rather than provide parking if they are in one of Montgomery’s parking districts: Bethesda, North Bethesda, Wheaton, Silver Spring or Montgomery Hills. New restaurants in mixeduse buildings have even lower requirements, Zyontz said. Restaurants can supply as much parking as they want because there is no maximum. The policy will only apply to new structures, Zyontz added. “An old restaurant would just have too much parking. A tragedy,” he said. “But surface parking in some places really

isn’t a good thing if you want people to walk around in that environment.” Several groups, such as the Coalition for Smarter Growth and Action Committee for Transit, applauded the proposed lower requirements, but said they don’t go far enough. The county’s urban pockets will still have ample parking if the council does away with minimums, said Cheryl Cort, policy director for the Coalition for Smarter Growth. Restaurants and the building owners they rent from would still provide spaces if it was in their best interest, said Ethan Goffman, transit chairman of the Montgomery County Sierra Club. “You don’t want to distort the market to encourage more driving and more parking,” he said. Outside the fold of parking districts, new businesses shouldn’t see much impact from the new policy, said Marilyn Balcombe, president of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce.

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With the Rockville elections just over a month away, community groups and candidates are prepping for a series of debates planned throughout the city. The city of Rockville’s channel 11 is televising three candidate debates. The Rockville Community Coalition, a nonpartisan group, is sponsoring the first, planned for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive. Alan Frankle, president of the coalition, said in an email that the debate will cover a wide range of issues, and audience members will be able to submit written questions. The Twinbrook Citizens Association is hosting the second televised debate, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway. Finally, the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County is planning a televised debate for 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at Thomas Farm Community Recreation Center, 700 Fallsgrove Drive. Those who can’t make it out to the debates in person can watch them on Rockville 11 on

cable or on the city’s website. To access online streaming of Rockville 11, visit rockvillemd. gov and click on Communication Center, then Videos On Demand, then Watch Rockville 11 Live. Montgomery Community Media is slated to broadcast a debate hosted by the Rockville Chamber of Commerce on its channels 19 and 21. Andrea Jolly, the chamber’s executive director, said the debate will also be available for viewing on demand on and That event is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 with a reception, followed by a mayoral debate at 6 p.m. and a council debate beginning at 7 p.m. The debate will be held at Montgomery Community Media, 7548 Standish Place. It is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to register on the chamber’s website at “It will be geared around business issues, but it should be of interest to residents, as well as business people,” Jolly said. People may submit questions for the debate to rockville@; preference will be given to chamber members. The Rockville Senior Citizens Commission is sponsoring a candidate forum at 1 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive. It is also free and open to the public. Terri Hilton, Rockville Seniors Inc. staff liaison, said the questions for discussion are typically senior-focused.

Another debate is planned for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the King Farm Community Center, 300 Saddle Ridge Circle, and the West End Citizens Association is planning one for 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Rockville Senior Center. The election is set for Nov. 5. Bridget Donnell Newton and Mark Pierzchala are running for mayor. Six candidates are seeking four council seats. They are Beryl L. Feinberg, Don Hadley, Tom Moore, Virginia Onley, Julie Palakovich Carr and Claire Marcuccio Whitaker.






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Proposal for APFO waivers in Rockville proves contentious Speakers oppose waiver provision for development in Metro station areas




“They provide the way for waivers to take the place of defined regulations,” she said. Jacques Geiln, corresponding secretary for the West End Citizens Association, said the Metro system is not extensive enough and Rockville does not have enough shopping in walking distance. “Development near Metro stations will not ease crowding in schools” or traffic congestion on the roads, he said.

Those who wished to slow down the debate over APFO waivers may have succeeded. On Tuesday afternoon, Pierzchala emailed a statement to members of the press saying he asked that the proposal go to the Planning Commission for further review. He also wrote that Hall and Moore should provide point-by-point justification for their proposed changes. 1894408

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Crowded schools may no longer stymie development in areas close to Metro stations or in the Rockville Town Center if city officials approve a proposal to waive that roadblock. Rockville’s mayor and council are considering adding provisions to standards associated with the city’s Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance to let developers apply for waivers to build in areas where school capacity or traffic would normally block certain types of development. Most of the residents who spoke Monday at a hearing on the proposed changes opposed granting waivers or, at the minimum, asked for more study and deliberation before the mayor and council take a vote. Representatives for several property owners and developers who cannot build apartments due to an APFO-imposed moratorium spoke in favor of waivers and other proposed changes. AvalonBay and EYA previously asked the city for revisions to the standards to clarify when school capacity should be measured and specify that planned schools may be included in school attendance projections. Erica Leatham, an attorney who read a statement from The JBG Cos., said the company is pleased Rockville is considering a “safety valve” to the APFO moratorium. Andrea Jolly, executive director of the Rockville Chamber of Commerce, also spoke in support of the proposed changes. Councilmembers John F. Hall Jr. and Tom Moore had proposed other changes to let the city grant waivers from most APFO requirements for properties in transit-oriented areas in the town center performance district, a special planning area that covers much of downtown Rockville, or within 2,000 feet of

a Metro station entrance. Councilman Mark Pierzchala said people were unhappy with development plans in the area north of Town Center, which is under a residential building moratorium because of the facilities ordinance. Pierzchala hoped the waivers could be a solution for people unhappy with the types of development — such as retail, offices, senior apartments and other uses that are not expected to bring in families with school-age children — that are currently allowed in that area. In testimony that lasted almost three hours, dozens of people stepped to the podium, most opposing the waiver proposal. Christina Ginsberg, president of the Twinbrook Homeowners Association, said the association’s executive committee voted unanimously to oppose both sets of proposed changes.



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Page A-14 start. My biggest problem is boys, they just don’t read. As a teacher I know they are cutting themselves short, stunting their progress.


Andrew Leddy

Do you think the schools are ignoring reading for STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math]?

Sure we do. I really think we need to up our requirements and give them more reading of the classics and emphasize writing on what they read.

n Age: 53 n Job title: English teacher, Springbrook High School, Silver Spring


n Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo. n Education: Bachelor of Arts, Russian Studies, University of Virginia, 1982; Master of Arts, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UVA, 1986; Masters of Teaching, Johns Hopkins University 2006 n Favorite activity/vacation spot: Avid runner; Colorado mountain climber n Lesson to live by: “The imagination will not perform until it has been flooded by a vast torrent of reading.” Petronius (27-66 A.D.)

Andrew Leddy is an English teacher at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring. He was interviewed at the school Sept. 25. In an email you sent, you stressed the importance of reading for high school students. You wrote, “Simply put,


Andrew Leddy, an English teacher at Springbrook High School, Silver Spring, in his classroom on Friday. we are in the midst of a reading and knowledge crisis.” Can you tell me more about this?

[The students] are not reading, they simply don’t read. So I created a Springbrook Reading List. Last spring I asked every English teacher: tell me what you think are the most important books [for students] to read in high school. There were 18 teachers. This list is limited to novels. We need another for plays, poems and speeches.

So you turned the list into a poster [listing 60 books] and that is in every classroom?

The English Department created

the graphic. The larger the type size [on the poster], the more frequently the novel title was mentioned by teachers. This isn’t an absolute, its representing a real nice foundation in literature, a core of books we think are really important. Have you presented this to your class?

Oh yeah! The problem is, it’s as though they didn’t know these books were out there. What I didn’t want was for a kid to get out of school and say nobody ever told me to read. If they look at all the people who made this list and talk to them about it or ask why, that’s a

Do you have a favorite book on this

So much of what I’m into is things that are culturally significant. When they miss reading them they miss out on cultural allusions. Take Frankenstein [by Mary Shelley]. The idea of an experiment overtaking us. That’s relevant when you talk about science, genetically modified seed. It seems small but I think it’s big, the beginning of industrial agriculture, worries and fears. At the end it’s just a great chase story. Who is the monster? The creator or the created? What is your plan for the list?

At Back to School Night get every English teacher to talk about it. I want this to be schoolwide, to get parents to know the way to get into IB [International Baccalaureate] and AP [Advanced Placement], you need to read. I only have 45 minutes a day [with the students] so it’s about impressing on the student the need to read. I read a lot of books, one is “The Shallows” [by Nicholas Carr] about what the Internet is doing to our brains,

another is “The Dumbest Generation” [by Mark Bauerlein]. The evidence is that despite all the information [young people] have at their hands, they aren’t smart. I don’t want to be Chicken Little here, but I don’t want to understate it either. So what is the role of parents?

I can’t say it enough, parents need to be impressing upon students how important [reading] is. I defy the world to find a Nobel Laureate that did not start off with books. It’s about curiosity, it’s of enormous cultural importance, it’s a big deal. Everybody is saying they are going to college but I can say they would do much better [in college] if they start here. Is this a new mission for you?

In a sense it is. I’m getting really worried about this generation. We’re not getting the best citizens we could have. I would like to challenge other teachers, other schools, to come up with their own lists. It would be interesting to see [them], every school would be different. To see the Springbrook Reading List visit schools/springbrookhs.

“Voices in Education” is a twicemonthly feature that highlights the men and women who are involved with the education of Montgomery County’s children. To suggest someone you would like to see featured e-mail Peggy McEwan at

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Baker students get firsthand career knowledge Eighth-grade students at Baker Middle School in Damascus got a head start making career choices at the school’s annual Career Day on Sept. 27. Almost two dozen parents, teachers and community members spent the morning at the school talking to students about what they do and the training it took to get where they are. Students selected five talks they would like to attend. They got to attend three of their choices. Each session lasted 30 minutes. “It was a fabulous day. We had a good bunch of presenters,” said Cindy Loweth, counseling secretary at Baker. “They kept the kids involved and answered lots of questions.” Among the 21 career professionals speaking with the students were teachers, medical professionals, business people, engineers, public safety chiefs, accountants, contractors and computer specialists.

Residents encouraged to participate in Walk to School Day County’s focus school for the event will be Kensington Parkwood Elementary School Students, parents and community members throughout


Jennifer McCloskey (far left), a civil engineer with the Department of Energy, gets ready to place a fifth tuna can on a structure built from toothpicks and soft candy by John T. Baker Middle School eighth-graders (seated at table, from left) Blake Schmaltz, 14, Jordan Anderson, 13, Jacob Hamrick, 14, and Ryan Commarota during a career day activity at the school. Algebra teacher Karen Emmerick (far right) points out the inevitable collapse, which is about to occur. Montgomery County will celebrate International Walk to School Day Oct. 9 by walking or bicycling to school as a healthy way to start the day. Walk to School Day was founded in 1997 as a way to bring community leaders and children together to promote more walkable communities, safer streets for walking and biking, healthier habits and cleaner air. It become “International” in 2000, when Canada and the United Kingdom joined with the U.S. to celebrate. Around the globe, International Walk to School Month brings together more

than 40 countries in recognition of the common interest in walking to school. The first-ever National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, as part of National Bike Month. Nearly 1,000 local events in 49 states across the U.S. encouraged children to safely bicycle or walk to school. Last year, 47 schools in Montgomery County participated in Walk to School Day and this year all schools are encouraged to organize an event. Students who would like to participate but live too far from school are encouraged to

carpool part of the distance and walk the rest of the way. This year, the county’s focus school for the event will be Kensington Parkwood Elementary School, 4710 Saul Road, Kensington. For more information about Walk to School Day or organizing an event at a local school, contact Nadji Kirby, 240-7777169 or or visit the county’s website.

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Discussion on mindfulness to be held at Whitman HS

Montgomery County Public Schools, in collaboration with county and nonprofit partners, is scheduled to host a community forum on youth substance abuse and prevention from 6:30-9 p.m. Monday at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr.,

Walt Whitman High School Stressbusters Committee invites parents and students of all ages to learn about and experience mindfulness and meditation at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Walt Whitman High School auditorium, 7100 Whittier Blvd.,

Bethesda. Tara Brach, founder of In-

sight Meditation Community of Washington, and U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan, (D-Ohio), author of “A Mindful Nation,” will lead a discussion: Cultivating Resilience: How Mindfulness Training can Benefit Students and the Adults who Nurture Them. They will share the growing body of empirical and anecdotal evidence on the benefits of mindfulness for youth, educators and parents both in the classroom and out, as well as how to use mindfulness to manifest our full potential and

MCPS to host forum on alcohol and drug abuse prevention


The event, titled “Time to Talk: Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Prevention Forum,” is being coordinated by MCPS, the Montgomery County Police Department, the Montgomery County Collaboration Council, the Montgomery County Alliance to Prevent Youth Substance Abuse and the Brave and Bold Coalition. There will be a resource fair, presentations, and a question-and-answer session. “Recognizing and preventing substance abuse in our children is a very important topic for our schools, our families, and our community at large,” said Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr in a statement.

“It is an issue that will require us to collaborate on solutions that will help our young people making healthy choices, so they can lead productive lives.” Among those expected to speak at the event are Starr and other MCPS staff members, as well experts in the area of substance abuse and prevention, including: Dr. James M. Bjork, program officer, National Institute on Drug Abuse; Dr. Raymond Crowel, chief, Montgomery County Behavioral Health and Crisis Services; and Sgt. Keith Matthis, Montgomery County Police Department. To register for the forum visit

Norwood to host Secondary School Fair The 15th Annual Secondary School Fair is scheduled to be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Norwood School, 8821 River Road, Bethesda. Admission representatives from more than 100 day and boarding schools will be available to answer questions as well as provide information on the application process, tuition and financial aid, curricular and extracurricular offerings, class size and what makes their schools unique. Admission to the fair is free. For more information contact Cathy Russo at Norwood School, 301-841-2101, or email

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“They just don’t come to grips that newspapers have far greater readership than government websites.” Jack Murphy,

Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association executive director

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[Listservs in small communities] “are essentially the digital town square that much of the community is engaged with.” Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher, state delegate

A region ripe for digital government services n

Competition boosts availability BY


Garrett Park Mayor Peter Benjamin straightens items on the official town bulletin board inside the Garrett Park post office.


Continued from Page A-1 trade group, says newspapers are widely read and their websites visited far more often than local government sites. The debate is destined to rekindle in January, when the Maryland General Assembly reconvenes for its 2014 session. Government groups have an ally in Del. Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington, whose 2013 session bill would have let local governments post most legal notices on their own websites. Similar bills in the legislature failed in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Several Montgomery County state legislators have signed on to past versions of the bills. Conversely, Sen. Karen S. Montgomery (D-Dist. 14) of Brookeville helped defeat a proposal in a Senate committee in 2011. She said in a recent interview that printed newspapers are valuable and more reliable resources than the electronic world, especially for older people. This year, the House Environmental Matters Committee referred Waldstreicher’s bill to “summer study,” or further discussion after the session. Waldstreicher said a compromise could come by figuring a reasonable transition from print to online, although he wasn’t ready to be specific. Jack Murphy, MDDC’s executive director, can’t imagine a middle ground if it meanspullingbackonnewspapernotices. Theassociationfirmlybelievesprintedno-

tices are effective in relaying information. “They just don’t come to grips that newspapers have far greater readership than government websites,” said Murphy, a former editor of The Gazette. Karen Acton, the president and CEO of Post-Newsweek Media LLC, which includes The Gazette, said some rural areas still use dial-up Internet access. Minorities and senior citizens, with less Internet access, would be disproportionately inconvenienced if they had to get information online, she said. Legal notices cover an array of government-related proceedings and proposals, such as annexations, charter amendments and zoning regulations. They give the public a chance to react and participate in the process. Lawmakers who support a shift in notices have proposed accommodations for those needing printed information. Governments would be required to mail printed copies of legal notices to anyone who signs up, at no charge. In addition, governments would have to annually buy a newspaper ad telling the public where to find future legal notices. Garrett Park Mayor Peter Benjamin backs Waldstreicher’s legal-notice bill. He thinks the current structure unfairly imposes a one-size-fits-all requirement. Residents there have several ways to stay apprised of their government: by email, an online listserv, a town newspaper, the town’s website, Benjamin said. In addition, Garrett Park, with a population of about 1,000, has no home

mail delivery. So, people regularly go to the post office, where the town hangs notices, Benjamin said. He objects to small governments being directed to spend money on an ad buried in the back of a larger regional newspaper. Listservs in small communities “are essentially the digital town square that much of the community is engaged with,” Waldstreicher said. But Murphy said larger municipalities need a good central repository for information. Legal notices in newspapers reach people who might not even know to look for them, he said. Money is an undercurrent in the battle. But Acton said communication, not money, is the driving force. For The Gazette, legal notices covered under the bill make up less than 2 percent of the newspaper’s advertising revenue. They’re sold at a lower rate than other ads. Other types of required legal notices in newspapers, such as for foreclosure auctions or people legally changing their name, come from private entities — usually lawyers — and are excluded from the bill. Those notices make up most of the adsinTheGazette’sbusinessandpolitics edition, known as the Business Gazette. A Maryland Association of Counties chart shows that 15 counties and Baltimore City spent $1.9 million to publish legalnoticesinfiscal2010.Spendingfrom theothereightcountieswasnotavailable. Costs didn’t necessarily correspond to size. Montgomery County was listed


at $213,894, about half as much as Anne Arundel County, despite having about twice Anne Arundel’s population. A Maryland Municipal League chart shows total legal-notice expenses for some municipalities covering fiscal years 2008 to 2010. Among them: Rockville ($41,000), Poolesville ($9,792) and Kensington ($4,000). Waldstreicher said his goal is “to save my municipalities money.” Sen. Montgomery, though, said newspapers are local businesses, too, and wondered why government wouldn’t help them survive. In written testimony earlier this year, Candice Donaho, MML’s director of governmental relations, wondered why newspapers claim to be the best source of information while their circulation drops “drastically year after year” and people turn more to the Internet. Media representatives counter that newspapers also post legal notices on their websites, which have many times more visits and clicks than government websites get, and on the press association’s website. The press has an essential civic duty of being a watchdog and ensuring transparency, said Acton, a former MDDC board president. Murphy sees an inherent flaw in the cost-saving claim driving recent bills: If everyone who reads legal notices asks for mailed printed copies, “it would be ferociously expensive.”

The suburbs are wired. High-speed Internet access is available to more than nine of every 10 households in Montgomery County, making it one of the nation’s most connected communities. “Government [online] services will go where the technology enables,” said Gary H. Arlen, whose Bethesda-based research company Arlen Communications LLC has monitored industryandgovernmentinformation-technology trends for more than two decades. “We are one of those rare markets with multiple sources for broadband, both wired and wireless.” The Federal Communications Commission’s annual look at broadband penetration found cable-television services were within reach of 93 percent of Montgomery’s households and newer, fiber-optic conduits were available to 78 percent of the county’s homes last year. Commercial Internet service providers closely guard customer subscription data, but analysts say the pace of broadband access connections is accelerating nationwide. Seventy percent of adults have an Internet connection at home, up 4 percent from a year earlier, according to a survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project released in late August. As wireless phone companies upgrade their networks and adjust pricing, more customers are expected to access the Internet with wireless smartphones, tablets and other portable devices, analysts say. At the same time, gaps remain because of escalating monthly costs, the location of cables and transmission towers. “Anecdotally, there are places in my house where my wireless service doesn’t work, and I’ll walk 20 feet to another room and it does,” Arlen said. “Those are infrastructure issues that are beyond the grasp of local governments.” Reliability is improving. A separate federal study published last winter confirmed most Internet providers were delivering on the guarantees of speed — about 96 percent of the time, the advertised speed was being met during primeuse hours, when demand is greatest. Asperformanceincreases,sodoprices,even in markets with fierce competition. That poses a problem for government services online, since some families have limited access, having to rely on often-crowded libraries or government centersforInternet-connectedcomputers.AspringtimeCommerceDepartmentreportshowedless than half of U.S. households with incomes less than$25,000ayearhadbroadbandconnections. “Clearly, there is the question of affordability,” Arlen said. “The poor can get exploited and can’t get access.” Maryland is one of six states participating in a test program funded by the FCC to provide wireless broadband access to the poor, similar to a generations-old “lifeline service” that subsidized dial-up telephone service. Findings are due within a year.

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An off-key salary proposal

Each year, before “American Idol” kicks its singing competition in high gear, the show focuses on the people who audition to be a part of the show. Though viewers see a number of talented singers progress, the show has capitalized on the clueless contestants who miss the high notes, who can’t keep a beat, who don’t know the lyrics. Something similar is playing out at the Council Office Building in Rockville. The Montgomery County Council has received a proposal to increase the salaries of the county executive and the nine members of the council. It is, sadly, an excellent example of political cluelessness. COMMISSION Under the proMISSES NOTES posal — submitted by a IN EXECUTIVE, commission seated to consider the compenCOUNCIL PAY sation levels of elected RAISES officials — the county executive’s pay would increase from $180,250 to $190,000 per year, a 5.4 percent increase. For the next three years of the executive’s term, he or she would get a pay increase equal to inflation. A council member’s salary would climb from $104,022 per year to $125,000, a 20 percent increase. Likewise, council members also would receive annual inflationbased raises for the remaining years of the term. The council president, elected by members of the council to one-year terms, would continue to receive a 10 percent increase over the council member’s base pay. Current officeholders would not see the raises unless they are re-elected in the November 2014 elections. And the raises are not a done deal. The council can accept the recommendations as they are, lower them or reject them. They should be rejected. According to the report that came with the commission’s recommendations, the county executive deserves the raise because of the complexity of running the county. It also noted that the Prince George’s County executive is paid more. “Both counties are part of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and share similar characteristics, but Montgomery County has a higher population; fairness dictates that the salary of the County Executive for Montgomery County be comparable to or slightly high than the County Executive salary for Prince George’s County.” In a perfect world, the comparison might make sense. But in this imperfect world, such a comparison just means the two counties will get into an endless cycle of one executive’s salary increase justifying the next one’s. For the council members, the same panel looked through the opposite end of the telescope. What other jurisdictions pay their legislative body was ignored in favor of far less tangible considerations: “The Councilmember salary should more accurately reflect the scope, complexity, and leadership responsibilities of the job and the value and the demands placed on the position by the community.” Curiously, while the commission believes Montgomery County Council members deserve to be paid $125,000 a year, it barely acknowledges that Fairfax County, Va., pays its supervisors $75,000. That county is a bit larger, and equally complex. By its earlier logic, the panel should be recommending the same salary, or slightly lower. No one should object that a county executive or County Council member should be well paid. It is a tough job. But such large pay increases now, when the region hasn’t convincingly escaped the Great Recession, is not much better than a tone deaf “American Idol” contestant. Except with the TV show, viewers can change the channel and such silliness is soon forgotten. These recommendations will be around, possibly for four more years, and taxpayers can’t switch them. Then there’s Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), who shared last month he felt “stuck” making $172,000 a year in Congress. There’s no reason to believe any of our council members feel similarly “stuck,” but Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Takoma Park did say many people choose not to run for office because of concerns over whether they can make it work financially. The salary commission’s report says the county’s median household income is $95,000. Anyone interested in serving the people of Montgomery should be able to provide for his or her family comfortably. The council should recognize that they and the county executive are already paid handsomely. If they feel compelled to approve any increase, leave it to cost of living. That’s a tune almost everyone can sing.

The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month As state’s attorney and as sheriff for Montgomery County we review numbers and statistics daily. However, there is no number of which we are more proud than the number zero. That’s because we experienced zero domestic violence related homicides in this county in the entire calendar year of 2010 and the same so far this year. As a long-time prosecutor and a career sheriff, we are both painfully aware of the fact that all too often, if a woman living in this county were the victim of a homicide, it likely would have occurred during the course of a domestic violence incident. It is with this in mind, and because of our joint concern, we came together to attack this problem with innovative and holistic approaches; not only to address murders but also to address the associated problems of domestic abuse. On April 29, 2009, Montgomery

seek a life without abuse. The majority of them return multiple times for services. This program is meeting the needs of these families. The Montgomery County FJC has become the model of services for the entire mid-Atlantic region with innovations such as video links to the courts for protection orders, collaborations with private nonprofits and the generous support of more than 1,000 donors from the community and the corporate world to the FJC Foundation. We realize that the FJC may be our finest example of how public and private partnerships can together help us build a safer and more caring community. We would like to extend our appreciation to Verizon and Kaiser Permanente, among others, for their continued generosity and support of our efforts through the FJC Foundation. The Annual FJC Foundation’s Benefit Gala will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Bethesda Hy-

County opened the doors of the Family Justice Center and changed the way we, as a county, respond to domestic violence victims. No longer do victims have to travel from place to place, retelling their stories (often with children in tow) in order to seek protection, counseling, investigations of criminal acts, emergency and legal services. The new FJC relocated these services in one family-friendly space. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that in more than half of families affected by domestic violence, children witness the abuse. These children are at greater risk of entering child protective services, the juvenile justice system and later in life; the adult criminal justice system. The FJC has served nearly 5,000 victims and their children. [“County volunteers provide 24hour support to victims of sexual assault,” Sept. 4] These survivors

Texas has nothing on Maryland, except opportunity

President George W. Bush famously admonished his political foes, “Don’t mess with Texas.” But Texas now is messing with Maryland. Texas Governor Rick Perry is filling Maryland’s airwaves with 60-second spots aimed at luring many of Maryland’s residents and business owners to the Lone Star state. What is Texas’s allure? It certainly is not the climate. Maryland has four real seasons, with glorious springs and unforgettable autumns. Texas has two — hot and hotter (and more humid). It certainly is not the schools. K-12 public schools in Maryland, particularly in Montgomery and Howard counties, are some of the top rated in the country. Texas’s schools, with a few exceptions, are inferior. It certainly is not the colleges. Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland system are second to none in higher education, and they certainly are not second to any colleges and universities in Texas. It certainly is not transportation. Maryland is served by multiple world class airports and interstate highways that connect the state with the largest markets

and population centers in the country.Marylandhasoneofthe best ports (the port of Baltimore) inthewholecountry,connecting Maryland with the commerce of theworld.Texas’stransportation system does not measure up. It certainly is not the culture. Maryland’s cultural opportunities in the arts and sports compare very favorably to those in Texas. The Rangers and the Cowboys have nothing on the Orioles and the Ravens. But Texas trumps all of Maryland’s advantages in climate, culture, transportation and education with a single concept: Opportunity. Opportunity to start a business. Opportunity to grow a business. Opportunity to keep more of what that business earns. For the past five years, Maryland’s taxes have been increasing, and its business regulations have been multiplying. This business unfriendly environment has forced thousands of residents and small businesses to seek shelter out of state. Many of Maryland’s overtaxed upper bracket earners have moved across the river to more business-friendly Virginia, saving thousands in

yearly taxes, while reducing their businesses’ regulatory burdens. Indeed, between 2001 and 2010, more than 66,000 Marylanders fled the “Free State” (or more aptly, the “fee state,” as Gov. Perry refers to Maryland in his radio ads). Thousands more Marylanders are planning to follow suit this year, as some Maryland counties, like Montgomery, flirt with even more egregious business regulations, like a $15 minimum wage and even higher taxes on upper bracket earners. All the while, Texas’s business climate has become increasingly business-friendly, and it charges no state income tax. As Maryland has lost $5.5 billion in state income, as it has shed thousands of upper bracket earners and their businesses, Texas has gained $17.6 billion. While Texas understands that you can collect the golden eggs (jobs and tax revenues) produced by the golden goose (business), Maryland is about to learn that when you choke the golden goose, there are no more golden eggs.

Dan Bongino, Severna Park The writer is a Republican candidate for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.

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att Regency (registration at www. This is the public’s chance to see how benefactors and practitioners collaborate to help survivors. Our daily mission with the FJC remains simple yet challenging — saving lives. We are committed to that goal. And with further public awareness, more resources and continued community and corporate commitment we can make every month (not just October) less about domestic violence abuse and more about the number zero — zero murders, zero domestic violence victims and zero tolerance of domestic abuse.

John McCarthy, Rockville Darren Popkin, Olney The writers are, respectively, the Montgomery County state’s attorney and the Montgomery County sheriff.

Turn panhandlers into workers I refer to the news item, “Montgomery program tries to discourage donations to panhandlers” [Sept. 9]. These panhandlers pace along the median strips for several hours each day with a cardboard sign in hand. They are actually working long hours supporting themselves under difficult personal circumstances. Just look across the median strip to the sidewalk and one will find young people twirling signs asking people to visit a furniture store, or a gold jewelry shop, or some other commercial enterprise. This second category are paid by the businesses and from the economy point of view, they are contributing to society. Then, how do we convert the effort of the first category into an economic activity? The county (or city), businesses, and charities (representing donors) form a partnership and do the following: • Ban panhandling. • Give them jobs doing the same thing, i.e. pacing while holding a card board sign — but with a different message. • Pay them wages to compensate the earnings they would have made by their discontinued profession, viz., panhandling. For example, they can stand about 500 feet ahead of a red light camera or a speedzone camera warning drivers that there is such a camera. Another cardboard sign might say, “stop using cellphones while driving.” In general, we should look for ways to convert them into beneficial workers. Hold a contest and people will give ideas on how to use their skills in ways beneficial to the society.

Som Karamchetty, Potomac

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Why Baltimore is not Detroit

There was considerable rejoicing in Baltimore city this week when George Mason University released a study saying that, compared to Detroit, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Providence and San Bernardino, Baltimore is on “reasonably solid financial footing” and is demonstrating “financial resiliency.” Of course those other five cities are all basket cases (two are in bankruptcy), so being best of the lot isn’t so hot. The Baltimore Sun highlighted the parts of the report crediting Baltimore’s success to sound city management provided by a strong-mayor system which lets the city’s Board of Estimates (controlled by the MY MARYLAND mayor) write BLAIR LEE the city budget and run the city’s finances without interference from the City Council, which can only lower the spending levels, not increase them. But if you actually read the George Mason report it tells a much different story. What’s really keeping Baltimore afloat isn’t its mayor or its charter, it’s the billions of dollars the state of Maryland pours into the city every year. Baltimore runs on OPM: other people’s money. Much of what taxpayers in Maryland’s 23 counties send to Annapolis is recycled to Baltimore as direct and indirect state aid. Thanks to the city’s political muscle, decades of governors who were former Baltimore mayors (Schaefer, O’Malley) or city politicians (Mandel, Hughes) and a liberal state legislature, Baltimore now is the most subsidized city in America. State taxpayers pick up the tab for the city’s community college (other community colleges are mostly locally funded); for the city’s metrorail, metrobus and light rail operating and capital costs; for the city jail’s construction and operating costs (county jails are locally funded); 71 percent of the city’s K-12 school budget (the feds pay another 10 percent); all of the city’s social services costs; most of the city’s road/bridge maintenance costs ($134 million a year); the operating

and capital costs of what used to be the city’s port and airport (Friendship); annual grants to run the city’s zoo, museums, theaters, concert halls and libraries; and now the city wants the state to pay for its courts, as well. To help boost the city’s economy, the state located a host of state agencies and departments in Baltimore; paid for the Ravens and Orioles stadiums, the Convention Center, the Aquarium expansion, the Science Center, the Meyerhoff concert hall, the Hippodrome Theater, the Christopher Columbus Center, the Lyric, Center Stage, a new $1 billion school construction deal ($20 million a year for the next 30 years) and a new $2.5 billion light-rail system. Meanwhile, the city wants the state to participate in a $900 million convention center/ hotel/arena project in hopes that an NBA or NHL team will come if they (the state) build it. Then there are all the hidden state subsidies: historic tax credits to rehab city buildings (the city gets more than half), enterprise zone tax credits (Baltimore gets 61 percent of the state total), a special city cut of the state’s casino tax, a $79 million annual “disparity grant,” special police aid grants and impact aid that the counties don’t get, using state police to supplement the city’s police force, rebuilding the city’s failing wastewater treatment plants and scores of other subsidies embedded in state law. Ironically, on the same day that the George Mason study was released, so was an account of the city’s failed Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, which the state built for $30.6 million. The state also pays half ($2 million) of the annual operating costs and now is paying an additional $450,000 of the other half because the museum is a dud (the 150,000 estimated annual attendance turned out to be 38,000). But the city isn’t chipping in, and Baltimore state Sen. Bill Ferguson said, “The state has an obligation to ensure that the Reginald Lewis Museum continues to function.” An obligation? That’s the city’s pervasive attitude — the state owes us. When Martin O’Malley was mayor, the city foolishly spent $305 million building a Hilton Hotel that’s now going broke, costing the city $28 million a year by 2023. When asked recently about the Hilton boondoggle, O’Malley blamed it

on former Gov. Bob Ehrlich. Why? Because, said O’Malley, “You may recall, at the time, that we asked (and) we were told ‘no’ by the then-governor.” In other words, when O’Malley and the city tried to get the state to pay $305 million to build a loser hotel that private investors wouldn’t touch, Ehrlich dared saying “no.” You see, in Baltimore’s view, the city is entitled to special status. Baltimore doesn’t owe the state taxpayers any gratitude; state taxpayers owe Baltimore more assistance. When state and city assessors recently miscalculated city residents’ historic tax credits, costing them huge new taxes, city politicians argued that state taxpayers should pay the costs. And the city is lobbying Annapolis to shift city residents’ high auto insurance burden to suburban motorists. The audacity is stunning: When Detroit went bankrupt this summer, The Baltimore Sun editorialized “Why Baltimore Isn’t Detroit,” citing the city’s willingness “to make difficult decisions” without one word about the city’s massive state bailouts — the real reason why Baltimore isn’t Detroit! The city has benefited, so far, from the largess of liberal Montgomery state legislators who don’t mind raising Montgomery taxes and cutting its state aid to help the city, from P.G. lawmakers with whom the city shares the loot and from Baltimore County lawmakers who feel linked to the city as long as the city’s problems don’t flow across the county line. But things are changing: The city’s political muscle is dwindling (only 11 percent of the state’s population and 8.5 percent of the statewide vote), for the first time in memory there’s no Baltimore candidate running for governor, and federal spending cuts are squeezing the D.C.-area counties, which may not feel so charitable in the future. Living on other people’s money only works until the “other people” decide differently. When that happens, what’s Baltimore’s “Plan B”? Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in the Business Gazette. His past columns are available at www. His email address is

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Questions to ask before council gets pay raise When considering the merits of the recommendation to raise by 17 percent the salaries of County Council members from $106,394 to $125,000, Montgomery County citizens might ask the following questions. When they do, they will certainly see that the answer is “no raise.” • The proposal, in effect, treats council membership as merely a “job” at which someone “works” for a “salary” which must be “raised” if not “adequate.” Is this in our country’s best traditions? Isn’t elected office in these United States not a “job” but a position of trust in which a citizen is placed by his or her fellow citizens to represent them? If we treat elected office as something less, are we trivializing the ideals of democracy and representative government on which our country is built? Will that cause us to lose them? $106,394 is more than enough to serve as our representative. • When considering the merits of this “raise,” citizens in this miserable economy — assuming they even have a job — should ask themselves when the last time was that they received a “raise,” a raise of

17 percent no less? If county government is so large that council members must devote more time to it, might the answer be not to pay them more but to reduce the size of government? • Should so-called “constituent services” be factored into the equation since they are little more than electioneering on the taxpayer’s dime? • Finally, given that the council’s membership has been completely Democratic since 2006 and that the “citizens panel” which recommended the 17 percent increase consisted of six Democrats and one Republican, does it reflect and help maintain a healthy, two-party democracy if Democrats do nothing more than recommend more money for Democrats? Having suffered through Democrats gerrymandering themselves into control across Maryland government at all levels, must citizens also suffer through them bootstrapping raises for themselves in Montgomery County? How much oneparty dictatorship is enough?

Paul Schilling, Bethesda

Appalling policy on unusable fares I was appalled to read the letter from Michael Gooden and Margaret Nolan about Metro’s refusal transfer the value of unused (and unusable) farecards of seniors who are medically unable to use the fares remaining on their paper cards to the current Smartrip cards. No “free ride” or refund was requested. The writers obviously understand that they, or other family members who would receive such a transfer, would have to expend it at the going rate for riders in general, with no senior discount. And it is clear that the owners of the unusable tickets have no objection to such a transfer. The most benign explanation for Metro’s response is that some inexperienced staff member simply saw the “no refunds” policy and jumped to an incorrect conclusion. Equally plausible, unfortunately, is the conclusion that Metro is just looking for a quick windfall

in the form of unused cards. Response to the writers’ appeals suggests the latter scenario is closer to the truth. I don’t use public transportation extensively because my ability to walk and drive is, thankfully, fine at this time. My late husband could not drive, and his ability to get around on foot, Metro, and Ride On was legendary. I do use and appreciate the Senior Smartrip card when it is the most efficient or most economical way to get around. Based on Metro’s policy, I have concluded that at no time will I carry more than $10 on my Senior Smartrip card so that my family will not have to go through a similar frustrating dialogue with Metro. So I ask: Was Metro’s ruling financially sound, humanely equitable, or good public relations?

Mary L. Miers, Bethesda

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Rockville High School quarterback Chuck Reese throws a pass during the first half of Rockville’s game at Wheaton.


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Since last season, the Rockville High School football team moved its starting quarterback to receiver, made the 5-foot-8, 140-pound junior varsity quarterback the varsity starter and completely changed its offense. By halftime of its first game, Rockville had

scored zero points. Rockville coach Seth Kenton said he scanned the locker room’s many concerned faces until his eyes met new starting quarterback Chuck Reese’s. Reese winked, Kenton said. That’s the moxie that convinced the coach to start Reese, and the junior has rewarded its faith, starting with leading a season-opening comeback win against Richard Montgomery. Reese is 116for-179 (65 percent) for 1,306 yards with 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions this season. “If you were to come to a game or come to practice, you would say which one is Chuck?” Kenton said. “It’s not going to be the first person you pick and go, ‘Oh, it’s that guy.’ It’s not that guy.”

As a freshman, Reese joined Rockville’s junior varsity team as an undersized and position-less player. He tried slot receiver, safety and even kicker. Eventually, he became the scout-team quarterback. “He ran our scout team to try to beat our first defense every day of practice,” said Jason Lomax, who wasthentheJVoffensivecoordinator.“Andyoucould see the fire and the drive. It was just in that little body. “There were many frustrating days for the firstteam defense, because he would go out there, and he would audible at the line, and he would do things that a normal, prototypical scout-team quarterback is not going to do. He’s out there literally like he’s

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Surviving on close calls Nolan has made the difference in three one-goal games for Churchill




Clare Nolan said she honestly didn’t remember the first one, the lone goal in a 1-0 season-opening win over Quince Orchard High School. She did remember the next two, the second against Walt Whitman and the third to top Poolesville, which ran her total to three game-winning goals in Winston Churchill’s opening five field hockey games. Simply put, the senior has an undeniable


nose for the goal. “The best word to describe Clare is hustle,” Churchill coach Cay Miller said. “She always goes all out and she’s dependable in high-pressure situations.” Keeping tune with Miller’s assessment of the tireless midfielder, it was Nolan’s hustle that landed her in the right place at the right time against the three teams which she struck. Though she claims not to recall the game’s lone goal when Churchill handed Quince Orchard its first of four one-goal losses thus far, the stats say she took a pass from Carly Kabelac and Annie Moshyedi,


Richard Montgomery High School’s nowlegendary 3,200-meter relay team set the standard. Not only for the Rockets’ track and field program, but for cross country as well. The memorable group of seniors took home Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association gold in 2011 and placed sixth at nationals and still is leaving their mark on coach Davy Rogers’ squads. And that’s not just because their YouTube video “Cross Country Dream” — a parody of Katy Perry’s hit “Teenage Dream” — has more than 141,000 views. The eclectic and talented bunch — Zack Angel, Jacob Cantor (the video’s frontman), Sam Martin and David Hamilton — were seniors when Stephen Alexander and Adam Jung were freshmen. With Alexander and Jung now senior captains of the Rockets’ cross country team this season, both still draw upon the lessons they learned and the work ethic they observed from one of the county’s better distance teams in recent memory. “Asafreshman,Iwasveryimpressionable,” Alexander said. “They all worked extremely hard and being able to watch them as a freshman, watching those guys win state titles and get All-American, that definitely pushed me to the point where I wanted to achieve what they achieved and have the same goals. “Without them, I think I might have gotten a little bit too content too early, but they definitely put some drive in me.” Alexander most recently placed ninth (15


Winston Churchill High School’s Clare Nolan and Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s Gigi Jones compete during Monday’s field hockey game.

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Despite not starting the year there, senior excels in the backfield BY HARVEY VALENTINE SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

Montgomery Blair High School senior Darron Cumberbatch is a fast learner. He’s also a pretty fast runner. Since being made the starting running back in Week 2, Cumberbatch has thrived, helping the 2-2 Blazers already equal their win total from a year ago. Over the past three games, Cumberbatch has rushed for 319 yards and a touchdown. In addition, he’s averaging 27 yards on five kickoff returns, including an 82-yard touchdown against Northwood Sept. 20. “He’s having an outstanding year. He’s averaging about seven yards a carry,” coach Andrew Fields said. “He started the year off at receiver and outside linebacker. We kind of transitioned him into the running back role, and he’s really learning on the fly and getting better every week. “Just a great, great kid. He’s a better person than he is a player, which says something.”

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Continued from Page B-1 minutes, 39.4 seconds) at the Frank Keyser Invitational in Boonsboro, helping the Rockets to a second-place finish on the boys’ side, one place behind Gov. Thomas Johnson and one ahead of Walter Johnson. Emmanuel Porquin (20th) and Matt Agboola (22nd) were part of four RM runners to finish in the top 25


Continued from Page B-1 found a way to get her stick on it and redirected it into the cage. The next came three games later against visiting Whitman, though this one came early, just 18 minutes into the first half. Junior forward Isabel Mangan found her so wide open on a cross that, despite Nolan fumbling around with the trap for a few seconds, she still managed to get a decent enough drive off to beat the Viking keeper. “She’s just on her game all the time,” said keeper Sophie Ascher, who had allowed just five goals in six games as of Sunday.

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at the event. Richard Montgomery’s girls’ team finished fourth thanks in large part to the efforts of Sophie El-Masry and Brennis Dulany. “We did a really good job because I think we’re learning to run for each other as a team,” said Jung, who finished in 12th (15:47.8). “The gap between the first and seventh person on varsity is pretty close, too. I think we have a lot of depth and I think that’s why we’re getting a lot of results.” At the race prior to the Frank

Keyser, the Oatlands Invitational, both Jung and Alexander weren’t pleased with their individual results or the team’s 11th-place finish, despite the fact that the Rockets were Montgomery County’s top overall finisher. “I was content with their race there and we finished well, but I don’t think they were satisfied,” Rogers said. “I think a few of them thought they let the race go a little bit. We kind of worked on that, staying in a pack and staying together, and it paid off.”

While Alexander and Jung have been solid this season, it’s perhaps RM’s depth that has the team in position to compete with Walter Johnson and Paint Branch (and many others) for this year’s various championships. Porquin — who Rogers dubbed “The Baby Deer” for his long, lanky limbs and uncoordinated running style — has blossomed into a solid athlete. Jackson Walker moved back to the United States from Kenya two years ago and, according to Rogers, is addicted to running

and has flawless form. Those two in conjunction with Agboola and the captains make for a solid top five heading into any event. “I think the kids know you know you can’t take anything for granted,” Rogers said. “The region and county are so tough. You just never know.” Despite what always is stiff competition within the county once the postseason meets roll around, Alexander and Jung are confident that the Rockets’ tight team chemistry and depth can

again make Richard Montgomery feel like it’s living a cross country dream. “It’s not only the most talented team I’ve been on, but it’s the team I’ve had the most fun with,” Alexander said. “We’re a young team and hopefully this is the first year of many where we’ll place in the top five at states. Next year, our team might be even better. Hopefully we can start a dynasty.”

Nolan wasn’t quite done yet. Her final clutch moment came via the rebuilding Falcons in overtime, and she “didn’t even look at the goal.” “I just drove it and it went in,” she said. “I remember when we were going into overtime. I said, ‘We got this. We’re going to get this.’” And, as she always has this year, she did. Without Nolan working to get to where her teammates needed her to be, Churchill could have just as easily been 2-4 as it was 5-1 prior to Monday’s matchup with Bethesda-Chevy Chase, which very nearly upset Walter Johnson earlier in the week. “She’s similar to [Churchill

graduate] Jennifer Shim,” Miller said. “When everybody is out of gas,Clarekeepsgoing.That’sClare. She hustles as much as any of the best players that I’ve coached.” Ascher may not have to go through a lung-searing workout every game like her teammate does, but the goalie has been every bit as valuable to Churchill’s early season success. There would have been no Nolan gamewinner had Ascher not stuffed every last one of Quince Orchard’s shots. There would have been no Nolan game-winner had Ascher not kept Whitman scoreless. And there would have been no Nolan game-winner had she not limited Poolesville to just two goals after the Falcons pounded in 16 in the

two games prior. “We wouldn’t be the same team without Sophie,” Nolan said. “She’s unbelievable. It’s just such a nice feeling to know that we have Sophie back in goal.” The funny thing is that Miller didn’t know who would be starting in goal less than six weeks ago. Ascher had transferred from Brighton High in upstate New York, and Miller didn’t know all that much about her. She sifted through a few newspaper articles online but that was the extent of her knowledge. Compiling onto that was the new heat rules that prohibit keepers from dressing in full pads for much of the preseason. But Ascher did enough to earn

the starting spot by the first game, and she vindicated Miller’s choice with four consecutive shutouts to open the season. “Sophie has been incredible,” Miller said. “She’s a very strong player and she’s been stepping up this year.” One of the most important aspects of goalkeeping that Ascher has brought with her is not necessarily her ability to keep shots out of the net, but her penchant for keeping her defense constantly aware of where they need to be at all times. When Ascher first earned her starting spot, her platoon of defenders approached her and told her to be vocal, to make sure they are in the right position for

the attack she sees unfolding. “They know I’m not being mean when I tell them something,” Ascher said. “It’s just when I tell them that they have to move, they know they have to move.” Miller, while she said she is getting better at handling the stress of the overwhelming amount of close games, has admitted that the anxiety has died down a bit since the beginning of the year. But, just in case, how many game winners does Nolan have left in her? “I don’t know,” Nolan said with a laugh. “I hope enough to get us to 9-1.”


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playing in a game. He wants to win every day and everything we cover.” The next year, Reese became the starting JV quarterback when classmate Spencer Brigman moved up to the varsity as starting quarterback. During that season, Lomax met with his players about their long-term goals in the program. Seeing Brigman entrenched in frontofhim,ReesetoldLomaxhe’d do his best as the backup quarterback the following two seasons. Lomax admired Reese’s maturity, though he agreed the backup path looked inevitable for Reese. But this offseason, Kenton realized his team needed an edge after 1-9 and 0-10 seasons. Rockville has a lower enrollment than eight of the 10 schools on its schedule. The other two, Damascus and Poolesville, made the playoffs last season. Kenton promoted Lomax to varsity offensive coordinator, and Lomax implemented the up-tempo, four-receiver offensive he’d used on JV. During the summer passing league, Reese earned the starting job and since has helped engineer a 2-2 start. Reese’s diminutive build stands in even starker contrast to opposing defenders now that he’s on varsity. Is that intimidating? “No!” Reese said. “I’m not normally that easily intimated person. I don’t feel that intimated, because I trust my offensive line and I trust everybody around me to do their jobs.” That trust with teammates like Brigman, who has become one of Reese’s top targets, was forged while eating lunch together daily in Lomax’s office last year. In the summer, Reese hosted teammates at his house for video games, and they walked to workouts together afterward. “At Rockville, we have such a diverse background. We have Asian kids, Hispanic kids, black kids, white kids. And they all come from different economic backgrounds. They all come from all different kinds of religions. It’s just a melting pot at our school,” Lomax said. “And Chuck is able to reach into all those guys and be able to pull them in together and give them that family feel. That kind of quality alone is enough for him to lead our team.” Said Reese: “I’m just friendly with everybody. There’s not one type of person I wouldn’t want to talk to. For me, it’s always fun being social with people, making new friends, joking around with everybody.” But there was no joking while Rockville trailed Richard Montgomery 25-0. Reese said, “You could obviously see our fans putting their heads down, like, ‘Dang it. Not another 0-10 year.’” At that point, Lomax approached him and said it was time to step up. “He nodded. He said, ‘OK, we’re going to go score right now.’ And that’s what he did,” Lomax said. “From there, it was just a snowball going downhill. It just kept getting better and better every time he touched the ball.”


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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.


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

Record Points

4-0 60 3-3 54 3-1 47 3-1 42 4-0 37 3-1 30 4-0 24 3-1 18 3-1 12 3-1 3

Also receiving votes: Whitman 2 points; Sherwood 1 point.

LEADERS Top rushers

Carries Khalil Wilson, Einstein 53 Charles Lyles, Poolesville 89 Zac Morton, Whitman 89 Dage Davis, Geo. Prep 59 Devonte Williams, Bullis 67 Liam Duffy, R. Mont. 79 Chris Dawson, G. Counsel 75 Perry Stefanelli, G. Counsel 89 Kevin Joppy, Q. Orchard 53 E. Spottswood, Sherwood 72

Top passers

Cmp-Att. Sam Ellis, Wootton 93-145 Chuck Reese, Rockville 116-179 G. Cooper, P. Branch 56-100 Renzo Farfan, R. Mont. 55-95 Mike Murtaugh, Q. Orch. 39-61 Evan Smith, Whitman 35-65 Nick DeCarlo, G’burg 37-57 Raymond Burtnick, Blair 37-78 S. Morningstar, Pooles. 34-56 C. Hennessey, N’wood 41-77

Top receivers Joey Cornwell, Rockville Jibri Woods, Wootton Darrell Blue, Blair Trevon Diggs, Wootton Anthony Albert, Rockville Michael Scott, Kennedy Ryan Stango, P. Branch Elliott Davis, Q. Orchard Keon Paye, G. Counsel Javonn Curry, P. Branch

Catches 35 31 31 32 23 20 18 9 8 18

Yards 809 675 541 519 472 454 448 442 428 424

Avg. TDs 15.2 8 7.6 6 6.1 5 8.8 7 7.0 7 5.7 2 6.0 6 5.0 2 8.1 6 5.8 5

Yards 1319 1306 685 676 633 516 671 528 415 364 Yards 425 412 411 402 330 281 264 226 224 220

Int. TDs 4 13 4 16 3 7 2 8 1 9 4 3 2 3 5 5 4 3 2 2

Avg. TDs 12.1 5 13.3 4 13.3 4 12.6 7 14.3 4 14.1 0 14.7 3 25.1 4 28.0 3 12.2 3

Northwood coach tackles bigger issue After kidney failure, Gladiators’ Harris hopes to raise awareness for organ donations

for people to register during the game as organ donors. “I want to do something to show how thankful I am to have a second chance at life and to encourage everyone to register as an organ donor and consider giving a loved one or even a stranger a gift of life,” Harris said in a statement announcing the event, which he became committed to creating once his own experience taught him about the issue.


Football coaches, by nature, tend to be control freaks who obsess over every little detail. Many carefully organize team activities to the second. Northwood High School coach Dennis Harris plans to give up some of that carefully thought-out control Friday night be-

Good Counsel, good defense

FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK BY DAN FELDMAN fore his team’s homecoming game against Rockville. What’s so important to disrupt routine? Organ donations. Harris intends to wrap up his team’s pre-game warm-ups a little early, leaving himself time to speak shortly before kickoff to the crowd about kidney donations. He’ll tell his own story, how his kidneys failed him during the 2011 season and how his wife donated him one of her kidneys in July 2012. Most of all, he’ll encourage fans to join the Maryland Donor Registry. “If you’re able to be a donor, be a donor,” Harris said, “because the second


Northwood High School football coach Dennis Harris rounds-up his team during a practice.

chance that people can get from that. With a kidney, you can function perfectly with one, so if there’s anybody that you can help, whether it’s a person that you know or don’t know, just being able to provide that person with a second chance is something that you cannot put a price tag on.” Harris said the National Kidney Foundation will be on hand, potentially providing green pom poms for cheerleaders and green wristbands for fans. Most importantly, there will be forms provided

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

Montgomery County record All games

Kennedy vs. Wheaton Springbrook at Watkins Mill Rockville at Northwood Paint Branch at Einstein Richard Montgomery at Whitman Blair at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Churchill at Quince Orchard Blake at Northwest Walter Johnson at Magruder Wootton at Gaithersburg Damascus at Clarksburg Seneca Valley at Sherwood St. Albans at Georgetown Prep Poolesville at Catoctin Bullis at Cape Henlopen (Del.) Good Counsel at McNamara Episcopal at Landon Avalon at Riverdale Baptist


R. Montgomery Wootton* Whitman B-Chevy Chase Churchill Walter Johnson*

All Div.

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

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


97 118 149 34 72 85 59 105 36 120 28 134

Montgomery 4A East Division Team

Paint Branch Sherwood Blair Springbrook* Blake Kennedy

All Div.

4-0 3-1 2-2 1-3 1-3 0-4

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


153 25 84 75 81 59 66 50 20 108 25 96

Montgomery 4A West Division Team

Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Northwest Clarksburg* Magruder

All Div.

4-0 4-0 3-1 2-2 0-4

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


110 20 140 13 121 52 64 56 38 169

Montgomery 3A Division Team

Damascus Seneca Valley Einstein Watkins Mill Rockville Northwood Wheaton

All Div.

3-1 3-1 2-1 2-2 2-2 0-4 1-3

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

Montgomery 2A Independent Team



147 42 124 55 111 84 78 97 137 149 20 155 62 164







3-1 104 54

Private schools

Bullis 3-1 92 70 Good Counsel 3-3 130 80 Avalon 2-3 103 91 Landon 1-2 63 49 Georgetown Prep 1-3 76 133 * Includes forfeit result

Last week’s scores

Dan Feldman

Ken Sain

Jennifer Beekman

Nick Cammarota

Travis Mewhirter

Kent Zakour

59-14 122-28

59-14 121-29

59-14 119-31

57-16 119-31

54-19 118-32

57-16 114-36

Kennedy Springbrook Rockville Paint Branch Whitman B-CC Q. Orchard Northwest Magruder Wootton Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Catoctin Bullis Good Counsel Landon Riv. Baptist

Kennedy Springbrook Rockville Paint Branch Whitman B-CC Q. Orchard Northwest Magruder Gaithersburg Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Catoctin Bullis Good Counsel Episcopal Riv. Baptist

Kennedy Springbrook Rockville Paint Branch Whitman B-CC Q. Orchard Northwest W. Johnson Wootton Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Poolesville Bullis Good Counsel Landon Riv. Baptist

Wheaton Watkins Mill Rockville Paint Branch Whitman Blair Q. Orchard Northwest Magruder Gaithersburg Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Poolesville Bullis Good Counsel Episopal Riv. Baptist

Wheaton Springbrook Rockville Paint Branch Whitman B-CC Q. Orchard Northwest W. Johnson Wootton Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Poolesville Bullis Good Counsel Episcopal Riv. Baptist

Wheaton Springbrook Rockville Paint Branch Whitman B-CC Q. Orchard Northwest Magruder Gaithersburg Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Poolesville Bullis McNamara Landon Riv. Baptist

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Montgomery Blair High School running back Darron Cumerbach pops through the Springbrook line on Friday. rebounded after intermission to finish with 83 yards, including a 14-yard score. “I think it was actually more them than us,” Fields said of Cumberbatch’s struggles. “I don’t think he was having a hard time, I think it was more Springbrook was being more physical than us and more aggressive.” Cumberbatch said he hasn’t felt the pressure of being a focal point of the offense. “It would only be more pressure if I didn’t know what I was doing or if I wasn’t confident in my abilities,” he said. He even seemed surprised to hear that now he’s one of the players other teams have to

Montgomery 4A South Division




Cumberbatch isn’t a stranger to running back. He was a wing last season when Blair ran the Wing-T. Instead of lining up near the tight end as he did in the Wing-T, he’s now in the backfield in the new Blair offense. “I think it’s worked out great. I’ve actually learned a bunch from my running backs coach and Coach Fields, stuff that I never would have imagined,” he said. “They’ve showed me a bunch of techniques that I’ve actually used in a game and it makes a huge difference.” Cumberbatch said Fields, in his first year at Blair, told his new players over the summer to express an interest if they wanted to try a certain position. Cumberbatch, who was working as a receiver, spoke up. In the meantime, as he learned the receivers’ role in the offense, he said he also tried to memorize the running back assignments. “[He’s a] smart guy. And athletically, he’s probably our best all-around athlete in terms of strength and size and speed,” Fields said. “He’s just a dynamic guy with the ball in his hands and so we figured, ‘Hey, let’s make him the guy.’” In his first game as the starter he rushed for 77 yards on 13 carries against Sherwood. Then he ran for 151 yards on 13 rushes against Northwood and added the kickoff return touchdown. “Our offense is not easy,” Fields said. “It’s not like we just line up and say, ‘Run right or run left.’ There’s a lot of terminology and a lot of individual working parts. And he came in and just picked things up pretty quickly and that’s been a huge bonus for us.” Friday night was a tougher test. Springbrook defeated Blair 26-6 and held Cumberbatch to five yards in the first half. He

Despite its uncharacteristically mediocre record, Our Lady of Good Counsel (3-3) has held five of six opponents below their season average for points scored. During the lone exception, a Sept. 20 game against Gonzaga, defensive end Jesse Aniebonam, who committed to University of Maryland, College Park, and safety Kobe Walker (Kentucky) suffered injuries that knocked them from the contest. Walker, whom Good Counsel coach Bob Milloy called “a great player,” returned in a 21-0 loss to DeMatha Catholic on Friday, registering 3.5 tackles. “He’s a leader back there in that secondary, so I just hope he’s still healthy,” Milloy said.


think about when they prepare for Blair. “I don’t know if teams have to do that, but if they did it would be awesome,” he said. “Just for them to take a minute and notice me would be pretty cool.” As the midpoint of his final high school season approaches, Cumberbatch said playing football in college is “definitely” something he’s interested in. “My way to get into college is through academics,” he said. “If a college were to show me some type of interest, my first thing would be to look at the school, see if they have my major (mechanical engineering) and see if I can get in academically.”

Seneca Valley 42, B-CC 20 Einstein 41, Northwood 0 Damascus 49, Watkins Mill 7 Wootton 43, Whitman 20 Poolesville 41, Walter Johnson 6 Sherwood 28, R. Montgomery 15 Quince Orchard 56, Magruder 0 Springbrook 26, Blair 6 Paint Branch 48, Churchill 0 Clarksburg 24, Blake 0 DeMatha 21, Good Counsel 0 Bullis 37, John Carroll 8 W. Wilson (D.C.) 21, Kennedy 7 Landon 49, Annap. AC 11 Avalon 41, Chavez 6 Rockville 54, Wheaton 22 Gaithersburg 26, Northwest 6

BEST BET Wootton vs. Gaithersburg,

6:30 p.m. Friday at Richard Montgomery. Both teams are undefeated on the field and eyeing the playoffs after missing them last season. Sam Ellis, Trevon Diggs and Jibri Woods lead Wootton’s offense. Gaithersburg’s Solomon Vault’s health, who didn’t play last week, could be crucial.


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QO coach still unsure of team Magruder’s Argueta earns exceptional opportunity

Quince Orchard field hockey spreads it out


It’s five games into the season and Quince Orchard High School girls’ soccer coach Peg Keiller is still a bit unsure of exactly what type of team she’s got. The Cougars’ record is good, of course, as they were 4-0-1 as of Monday night. But

Since the first day of volleyball tryouts, the overarching theme of the 2013 season has been one of parity and question marks. Coaches couldn’t quite pin down what team would be the top prospect, though the de facto leader in the public ranks

SOCCER NOTEBOOK BY NICK CAMMAROTA AND JENNIFER BEEKMAN the meatiest portion of QO’s schedule has yet to hit, which leaves Keiller wondering what will happen during the season’s busiest stretch. “It is a bit weird,” Keiller said. “Especially that fact that our first game was [a 0-0 draw] against [Walt] Whitman and to have such an incredible opponent and such a nail-biting game followed by a bit of cruising through the next four games makes it a very odd feeling.” Quince Orchard, which lost to BethesdaChevy Chase in the 4A West Regional semifinals last season, has scored 18 goals through the first five matches and allowed only two (both in a 4-2 victory against Paint Branch). Four of the Cougars’ five games have resulted in clean sheets from the defense — bolstered by strong performances by center backs Sam Sullenger and Sarah Gutch and goalkeepers Ricki Shultz and Rachel Hollander. Keiller said the early-season schedule has allowed her to better evaluate her players’ performances and focus on things that need fixing once the matches become more intense. “You can tell what’s going to work against the higher competition and what’s not,” Keiller said. “We’ve still seen many things we need to work on and improve and we definitely know it’s going to be a battle from here on out.”

Special honor for Magruder player Thanks to an 11-goal outburst against Northwood, Col. Zadok Magruder’s boys’ soccer team has scored 17 goals this season in seven matches and allowed six. Still, despite the favorable goal differential, the Colonels, like so many other teams in Montgomery County, are 4-3-0 this season and sitting in the middle of the pack. One player, however, who’s stepping into the spotlight is sophomore forward Bryan Argueta. The multi-talented striker in April was a national finalist with D.C. United in Major League Soccer’s Sueño competition — a program that affords players ages 14-18 the opportunity to earn a week-long trial with their host club’s developmental academy — and two weekends ago, he competed in the national finals of Sueño Alianza at Stub Hub Center in Carson, Calif. According to Magruder coach Juan Gomez, Argueta impressed many onlookers at the event, which was capped by a scrimmage against Liga MX side Club Tijuana’s youth team. Argueta also piqued the interest of MLS’s Chivas USA and reportedly has been invited to go on trial with the Los Angelesbased club. “He’s a playmaker and has great footwork,” Gomez said. “It’s like a lottery. In Maryland, how often do you receive some attention like that? He’s a good student from a humble family.” Argueta didn’t play last season because



HOW THEY RANK Girls’ soccer n 1. Good Counsel n 2. Walt Whitman n 3. Winston Churchill n 4. Damascus n 5. Bethesda-Chevy Chase

Boys’ soccer n 1. Georgetown Prep n 2. Northwest n 3. Walter Johnson n 4. Montgomery Blair n 5. Gaithersburg

he was recovering from a broken leg, but has scored three goals and assisted another so far this year.

400 victories The Our Lady of Good Counsel High School girls’ soccer team’s 3-0 win over Independent School League power National Cathedral School Thursday was the program’s and 26th-year coach Jim Bruno’s 400th since the program’s inception in 1987. The eight-time Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion Falcons (6-03) have never endured a losing season in that time and have proved incredibly consistent with an average of 16 wins in each of the past 25 seasons. Good Counsel achieved Thursday’s

milestone win with relative ease despite missing one of its best playmakers, midfielder Imani Dorsey, who was on her official visit to Duke University, where she gave her verbal commitment to play on scholarship in 2014-15 a year ago. But tthat perfectly exemplified what impresses Bruno so much about this year’s squad, he said. WIthout a dominant scorer Bruno said he expected more players to get involved, offensively. But even he couldn’t predict how truly spread out scoring would be. Through nine games, 10 players have two goals or more. Sophomore Nia Dorsey leads the way with six goals. Sister Imani has five to go with her seven assists. Thursday’s win was also Good Counsel’s third shutout in four contests. “I’m a little surprised,” Bruno said. “I felt like we would be getting contributions from a lot of people but this has surpassed my hopes and expectations. I’m really pleased.”

Perfection Damascus is the only remaining team with a perfect record. While the Swarmin’ Hornets’ success is often attributed to its less competitive Montgomery 3A/2A West Division, their 7-0 start to 2013 includes wins over five-time defending Class 4A West Region champion Bethesda-Chevy Chase, defending 4A North champion Sherwood and perennial county power Walter Johnson. Montgomery County Public Schools’ most productive offense with 27 goals is lead by Steph Cox and Katie Kirschenmann, who have scored eight goals apiece.; jbeekman@

n 1. Holy Cross n 2. Sherwood n 3. Poolesville n 4. Winston Churchill n 5. Thomas S. Wootton

Golf n 2. Winston Churchill


Quince Orchard High School’s Sam Sullenger warms up before a scrimmage with the Academy of the Holy Cross in August.


n 1. Walter Johnson


n 3. Walt Whitman

will always be Sherwood High School, the three-time defending state champs, until proven otherwise. Through the first three weeks, very little light was shed on how the new hierarchy would shake out. Until last week, No. 3 Poolesville, Damascus, Col. Zadok Magruder, No. 2 Sherwood, No. 4 Winston Churchill, and No. 5 Thomas S. Wootton — the relative consensus for which public school teams would likely be the front runners — hadn’t had much of a chance to prove themselves against opponents of equal or better talent. Some of that changed last week, when then-No. 4 Poolesville came back from down two sets to top then-No. 3 Damascus in the county’s first big clash of the season. This week portends a wave of volleyball equally as exciting. It begins tonight, when Lizzi Walsh and Magruder host Makayla Roy and Sherwood. The two have met before, in Magruder’s annual early-season tournament, and the Warriors took a 2-0 win over the Colonels, but that was also a three-set match. Had Poolesville and Damascus played under that same threeset format, the Falcons wouldn’t have been the ones with the earto-ear smiles afterwards. Then, on Friday, Sherwood will match up with newly ranked No. 5 Churchill, which survived a 3-2 squeaker against Wheaton but has otherwise been operating with smooth sailing all year. “This type of schedule is really difficult because it simulates what the playoffs will be like,” Sherwood coach Brian McCarty said. “It’s good for the players in practice to prepare for a quick turnaround.” As he has already played Magruder, McCarty knows where his best blockers will be assigned: Walsh. But Friday will be his first time seeing undefeated Churchill, which boasts three talented hitters in Kaitlyn Hillard, Sarah Chang, and Olivia Chao. “They’re tough,” he said.



Volleyball hierarchy starts to take shape

n 4. Thomas S. Wootton n 5. Quince Orchard

Field hockey n 1. Thomas S. Wootton n 2. Sherwood n 3. Winston Churchill n 4. Walter Johnson n 5. Clarksburg

“They’re really good. They don’t have any holes. They’re a team that doesn’t beat themselves.” So, for the first time all year, there may be some clarity at the top. Or, depending on what happens, even more confusion. And it’s not just the elites that are getting a crack at truly establishing themselves. Northwest and Watkins Mill, who combine for a 9-4 record, will match up on Wednesday and the Jaguars host Damascus on Monday for a potential upset.

Field hockey Another week, another bizarre scoring line from Quince Orchard. On Sept. 25, visiting senior-laden Springbrook, the Cougars posted five goals from five different players — two being freshmen — for their fourth win in the past five games. Dani Tapiero, Skylar Saffer, Ashley Plante, Rachel Feidelman and Sarah Husted all found the net in the victory over the Blue Devils. That type of spread effort has been the theme all season for Quince Orchard. Four scored in a 6-1 win over Paint Branch, two did to top Gaithersburg 3-0, and there was a new Cougar finding the net for each of the three goals in a shutout against Northwest. “That’s the good thing about this team,” coach Alicia Vincenty said. “I don’t really have any superstars. We’re very well rounded. It’s very hard to defend because you can’t just focus on one girl.”

Girls’ tennis Though Thomas S. Wootton girls’ tennis coach Nia Cresham was clearly proud of her team’s monumental 5-2 win over Winston Churchill, she spent a large portion of Wednesday’s match vocally worrying about the two flights that lost. No. 2 singles player Aishu Iyer missed the previous two days of school with an illness and still wasn’t 100 percent during her loss to Hayley Keats. Cresham repeatedly suggested Iyer consider retiring, the worry etched all over the coach’s face, but Iyer had none of it and finished her match. At No. 4 singles, Hannah Hwong fell to the court multiple times with cramps, the last late in the second set. After a stoppage to stretch, Hwong returned to court near tears as she limped through the final points of a lost game that tied the match at one set apiece. Her opponent, Churchill’s Alissa Le suggested a shorter tiebreaker to determine the match, but Hwong insisted on a full third set. Before they could complete the final set, the match was delayed due to darkness as Hwong’s teammates rushed to her, clearly impressed by her resolve. “She’s very quiet. She’s very sweet,” Cresham said of Hwong. “But she’s one of those people that has that inner steel, because when she’s made up her mind, you can’t push her one way or the other. She just won’t stop.” Gazette reporters Travis Mewhirter and Dan Feldman contributed to this report.



Ron Howard’s latest directorial effort is certainly a ‘Rush,’ but it feels a little hollow.

The Gazette’s Guide to

Arts & Entertainment



Comedian set to play in Bethesda between dance shows n



W I L L C. F R A N K L I N


ill Engvall is a man of many talents. He’s a successful comedian, a loving husband and a doting father. Engvall, however, is not known for his dancing prowess. So why did the 56-yearold entertainer decide to join a TV show such as “Dancing With the Stars?” “I don’t know,” Engvall said. “You know what, I joke about it but I do know. When they called and asked me I actually said, ‘Let me think about it for a day.’ I thought, you know, this is something that I’ve never done before and I probably won’t have a shot to do this again. I always like to try things that I haven’t tried before to prove to myself that I could do it.” Engvall is still dancing on the show, but he’ll take time away from the dance floor to bring his standup routine to Strathmore for two shows on Sunday. “I don’t know how long this will last,” Engvall said. “If I get bumped on the first night of elimination, I was proud of what we did. I don’t think anybody expected anything out of us.” Engvall avoided elimination the first night — former NFL wideout Keyshawn Johnson was kicked off the show — but he’s under no illusions about his time on the show and knows he’ll eventually be done. “[I don’t worry about it] because I know my life’s not going to change,”



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Dynamic dino duo n

Puppeteer, actor work together to make beloved story come to life BY




When describing his works of art, puppeteer Matthew Pauli resembles a father talking about his newborn child. “There have actually been times in the past, and I expect LULU AND THE it’ll happen again, BRONTOSAURUS where I look at it and it becomes difficult to n When: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays through believe that I actually Fridays; 1:30 p.m. helped make it,” Pauli and 4 p.m. Saturdays said. and Sundays, Pauli’s newest 11 a.m. select baby has a head that’s Saturdays, to Oct. 2 1/2 feet wide and 27 (special 7 p.m. a neck that’s 15 feet performance on Oct. long. The puppeteer 25) is the designer and creator of Mr. B, the n Where: Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn brontosaurus in ImagAve., Bethesda ination Stage’s first show of the 2013-2014 n Tickets: $12-$25 season, “Lulu and the n For information: Brontosaurus.” 301-280-1660, “Lulu” is the first book in a series by Judith Viorst, the author of “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Viorst also wrote the lyrics for “Lulu’s” stage adaptation.

BILL ENGVALL n When: 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $28$68 n For information: 301-581-5200;

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Bill Engvall and partner Emma Slater finish their routine on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars.” KELSEY MCNEAL/ABC BLAKE ECHOLS/IMAGINATION STAGE

Casie Platt as Lulu and Vaughn Irving as Mr. B’s voice and puppeteer in “Lulu and the Brontosaurus” now showing at Imagination Stage.

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BEST KEPT SECRETS Local director, playwright collaborate on ‘Rancho Mirage’ n



The cast of Olney Theatre Center’s “Rancho Mirage.”



On Thursday, the Olney Theatre Center kicked off the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Steven Dietz’s black comedy “Rancho Mirage.” The network is a cohort of nonprofit theaters dedicated to the evolution of new plays. Their Continued Life of New Plays

Fund allows multiple theaters to produce the same new play within the same oneyear period. The program results in a Rolling World Premiere where several artistic teams, directors and actors develop the new work for their respective communities. “The idea behind it is that if we all agree to do this play before any of the reviews come out, we are taking a real risk and launching it into the cannon of American plays,” said Jason Loewith. Loewith

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return Artists in Residence


Jessica Damen’s “Hold on Tight, This is Gonna Hurt Like Hell” will be on view throughout October as part of “The Body Beautiful” exhibit at the Capitol Arts Network in Rockville.

Celebrating the human form Singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn will kick off Strathmore’s AIR Alumni Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. tonight.


Jaime Salazar (Gato + The Palenke Music Co.) will follow Burhenn on Oct. 9 at Strathmore. For more information, visit

Barry Baugass and the rest of Bach Sinfonia will perform on Saturday at the Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring. BACH SINFONIA



Strathmore will introduce a month-long retrospective AIR Alumni concert series, celebrating graduates from the venue’s Artist in Residence education program, now in its ninth season. The series kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday with Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds. Burhenn, who went on to tour with supergroup The Postal Service, will share new material during Friday’s intimate concert at the Mansion. Upcoming performances include Latin American sounds from Jamie Salazar and Gato + The Palenke Music Co.; an album release from rock cellist Loren Westbrook-Fritts and Primitivity, and eccentric jazz duo The Mancuso-Suzda Project. For a complete schedule, visit

“The Body Beautiful,” a juried exhibit highlighting the human figure in various forms, opens Friday at the The Capitol Arts Network gallery in Rockville. Featuring painting, photography and mixed media, October’s featured artist will be Baltimore’s Jessica Damen, acclaimed for her ability to capture youthful emotion in her images. An opening reception is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Friday. The exhibit runs throughout the month. For more information, visit www.capitolartsnetwork. com.

Sinfonia sensation

The sound of ‘Silence’

The Bach Sinfonia will present “100 Feet of Brass” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring. A pre-concert discussion is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. The program will include rarities from 17th and 18th centuries such as Johann Ernst Altenburg’s brilliant concerto for seven trumpets and timpani, solo sonatas, and works for four, five and seven trumpets by Biber, Zelenka and others. For more information, visit

Renowned pianist Haskell Small will kick off his national tour, “Journeys In Silence,” with a free concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda. Presented by the Washington Conservatory of Music, Small will perform the complete “Musica Callada,” by Catalan Spanish composer Federico Mompou. This rarely performed work, a delicate set of 28 miniatures, was composed between 1959 and 1967. Its title refers to a poem by the Spanish mystic St. John of the Cross, who expressed the idea of music as the voice of silence. For more information, visit


The Washington Conservatory of Music will present pianist Haskell Small in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Bethesda’s Westmoreland Congregational Church. For more information, visit


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Everything’s coming up haunted! Scary sites around the region BY


stand that some children might be intrigued by the “creepiness” of skulls! The museum invites children and family members of all ages to participate in a morning dedicated to all things skulls.


It’s about that time again. The air gets a little chilly and folks are a little more susceptible to a good fright. … Boo! OK, maybe not that susceptible, but a good haunted house, field or even hospital can make things downright creepy for the most stoic of Halloween fans. This year, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties are filled with things that go bump in the night. Here is just a small sampling of what’s around. Be sure to visit our website at for updated haunted attractions in the area.

Montgomery County Markoff’s Haunted Forest

(19120 Martinsburg Road, Dickerson, 301-216-1248, Oct. 4-5, 1112, 17-19, 24-26, Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, $20 and up) — Much like with the hot sauces with the little skull and crossbones on the label, you’ll have to sign a waiver to wander through Markoff’s Haunted Forest. You don’t have to be a connoisseur of the macabre to enjoy your time there, however. Markoff’s will have a variety of attractions, from zip-lines, strongman challenges, concessions, high wire acts, carnival games and flaming flying Frisbees. Careful with that last one! Field of Screams/Scream City (4501 Olney-Laytonsville

Road., Olney, now through Nov. 2, $10 - $84) — One of the great

Prince George’s County Six Flags America Fright Fest (13710 Central Ave., DAN GROSS/THE GAZETTE

Jason Robinson, 22, of Olney, in the morgue at Field of Screams. things about this time of year is the selection of different scares horror enthusiasts get to enjoy. At Field of Screams, folks can choose from a haunted hayride, a haunted house, a haunted trail or a haunted paintball apocalypse with zombies — any way you look at it, it’s haunting! Fall Frolic (Glen Echo Park,

7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2222, Oct. 27, admission is free) — While some enjoy the heart-stopping shrieks from ghosts and ghouls, others prefer their spookiness to be as minimal as possible, especially if there are children involved. Glen Echo Park has you covered with its Fall Frolic. Visitors of all ages are invited to participate in Halloween activities, crafts and even a costume parade. Adults might enjoy visiting the park’s open studios and galleries. There is a small fee for pumpkin decorating ($1) and face painting ($1-$2). Otherwise the event is free and runs from 1 p.m. until

DANCES Hollywood Ballroom, Oct. 2, free International Quickstep Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Oct. 4, Drop-in lessons at 7:30 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); Oct. 6, free Rumba lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom at 8 p.m. ($16); Oct. 9, free International Quickstep Routine Lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Oct. 10, Tea Dance from 12:30–3:30 p.m. ($6), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-

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about the rain. The event starts on Oct. 4 and runs every Friday and Saturday from then until Oct. 26, and then Halloween night until Nov. 2. Haunted Hangar (College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, 301-864-6029, Oct. 26, $4, $3 seniors 60+, $2 ages 2-18, 1 and under free) — Halloween fun can be had by all at the College Park Aviation Museum. The Haunted Hangar event, from 7-9 p.m., will have arts and crafts, hayrides and spooky fun for the whole family.



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Highway, Bowie, $15 in advance, $17 at the gate) — What’s scarier than a haunted house? How about a haunted minor league baseball stadium? Have you ever been inside a baseball stadium when no one was there? It can be a little creepy. Tack on the ghosts that haunt the place and yeah, you’ll have nightmares. That’s pretty much what the folks at Prince George’s Stadium are going for. The Tulip Gulch’s Nightmares Haunted House, which they rate a PG-13 experience, features live actors and takes about 20 minutes to walk through — 20 minutes of evil! Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the show runs until 11 p.m. The haunted house is entirely indoors so you don’t have to worry

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Birthday blues in Bethesda Singers King, Parker celebrate at Bethesda supper club




Blues singer/guitarist Cathy Ponton King will return to perform on Saturday at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. The day will mark her birth-


day and it will also be a chance for her to perform with special guest, veteran bluesman Bobby Parker. “When management asked me who I’d like to share the stage with, that’s who I named,” said King, who grew up in Hyattsville and now lives in Northern Virginia. “He’s an unbelievable guitar player,” King said about Parker, who lives in Upper Marlboro. The two will perform with

their respective bands at the club. The performance will also honor the memory of King’s cousin, U.S. Navy SEAL Brendan Looney, who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2010. Looney’s family has established a scholarship fund to cover tuition at his alma mater, DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville. “There’ll be a big jar in the lobby [for donations],” said King. Born in Louisiana, Parker played lead guitar with Bo Diddley and toured with Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Clyde McPhatter, the Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly in the 1950s. In 1961 he recorded the single “Watch Your Step,” the inspiration behind the 1964 Beatles hit song “I Feel Fine.” Now in his 70s, Parker plays regularly at Madam’s Organ Blues Bar and Soul Food Res-

BRENDAN LOONEY SCHOLARSHIP FUND A popular student and athlete at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Brendan Looney, class of 1999, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2004. ALAN GROSSMAN

Singer/guitarist Cathy Ponton King and her band will perform with Bobby Parker and his band at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club on Saturday. The concert marks King’s birthday and will also be an opportunity to contribute to a scholarship fund established in memory of her cousin, Navy SEAL Brendan Looney, who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2010. taurant in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C. King said she will be performing with longtime bandmates drummer Pete Ragusa, guitarist Andy Rutherford, keyboardist Bill Starks, saxophon-

ist Bruce Swaim and bassist Jan Zukowski. King, who went to the University of Maryland, College Park, came under the spell of Muddy Waters in the 1980s. She started a blues band of her own called Rhythmasters, touring the East Coast from 1980 to 1986. She currently performs regularly at Flanagan’s Harp & Fiddle in Bethesda. King, who writes most of the tunes that she performs, has released three CDs: “Lovin’ You Right” in 1993, “Undertow” in 2007 and “Crux” in 2012. She recently released two new songs on an extended play CD, “Quartet/Duet.” One song, “That’s When a Woman Calls the Blues by Name,” is a joint effort with friends Sista Pat, Mary Ann Redmond and Caz Gardiner. “It’s four women testifying the blues,” King said on her website. The second song, “Famous Last Words,” is a duet with Joe Triplett with the Rossyln Mountain Boys. “I never stop writing,” said King, who is working on songs for her next CD, “No Friction, No Fire.” “I’ll be walking down the street, and I’ll think of a new song,” she said.

Looney, who lived in Owings in Calvert County, was a lieutenant with the Navy SEALs and died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Sept. 21, 2010, at the age of 29. His family has established in his memory the Brendan Looney Scholarship Fund to help students cover DeMatha tuition costs. Costs currently run $14,500 a year, said Thomas Ponton, DeMatha’s development director. Anyone who would like to donate may contribute cash at the Cathy Ponton King and Bobby Parker blues concert on Saturday at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. Contributors may also send a check to Brendan Looney Scholarship Fund, c/o DeMatha Catholic High School, 4313 Madison St., Hyattsville, MD 20781. Donations are tax deductible. — VIRGINIA TERHUNE



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Continued from Page B-5 Engvall said. “... If I do get bumped, what’s the downside for me? I get to continue doing what I was doing, which is a great career doing standup and acting. “If I get to keep going, it’s a great weight-loss program!” Engvall is quick to point out he’s not doing the show for the money or the silver disco ball trophy the winner of “Dancing With the Stars” receives. “It was just something I wanted to see if I could do,” Engvall said. “And obviously, for my partner Emma [Slater], I’d like for us to go as far as we can. I understand, though, that this is a tough crowd this year. There are three or four celebrities on this show who have danced professionally. I’m under no pretense that I’m one of these great dancers. I think I did a very reputable job — I didn’t embarrass myself. I’m probably the least known of anyone in this group.” While it’s true this year’s “Dancing With the Stars” group is filled with celebrities such as Elizabeth Berkley (“Saved By The Bell,” “Showgirls”), Valerie Harper (“Mary Tyler Moore Show”), Amber Riley (“Glee”) and even Bill Nye (yep, they even got the Science Guy), Engvall’s status as a star was never in question. Best known for his work partnering with Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White, Engvall spent six years touring as part of the Blue Collar Comedy gang. The group was responsible for several DVDs, a television show on Comedy Central and a satellite radio show. The group reached out to millions and sold out auditoriums everywhere they went. Be that as it may, the guys are all doing their own things now. Foxworthy has hosted several TV shows, Larry the Cable Guy does commercials and was the voice of Mater in Disney/Pixar’s “Cars,” and White is a New York Times best seller and created his own record label. Engvall admits the chances of the guys doing a Blue Collar tour again is slim to none. “I think [it’s over] and I say that in a positive way,” Engvall said. “We went out on top. You don’t want to go back out — and I think that’s where some artists make the mistake — you don’t want to go to a city that you sold 8,000 tickets and all of a sudden you’re selling 2,000 or 1,000. Unfortunately with comedy, nobody assumes you’ve written anything new, so it’d be like ‘Oh, we saw him last time. We probably won’t see him again.’ Why even put yourself in that position? “It was a wonderful run while it lasted. It is literally the reason why if I wanted to retire tomorrow I could. I made great friendships with the guys — we were already friends, but we became just like

brothers. Everybody’s got their own project now and they’re doing stuff. Listen, if they decided they wanted to get back in, would I be in? You betcha. But I wouldn’t hold my breath on it.” Before the Blue Collar tour, Engvall reached celebrity status as a comedian with his “Here’s Your Sign” routine. Much like Foxworthy’s “You Might Be a Redneck If …” bit, Engvall made it easy to laugh at the stupidity of others. Still, he doesn’t get bothered by fans who constantly say to him, “Here’s your sign!” “The honest answer is no,” Engvall said when asked if he grew tired of it. “You know why? That’s what got me … to come into Maryland and do a show. It takes two seconds out of my life. I don’t say this as an artist [being interviewed], it’s that I’ve never understood why people get in this business and turn into jackasses. I don’t get it. I always say if you want people to stop acting that way, stop asking them for their autograph. Stop buying their records. Stop going to their movies. I guarantee you they’ll change. When they go, “What’s wrong? Why aren’t people going to my movies?” Well, it’s because you’re a jackass, man. “This isn’t going to go on forever. I’m under no guise that this will last. It’s already lasted 25 years longer than I thought it would. When it does [end], I don’t want to leave this business with people saying, “Man, he was a jerk!” I want them to say, ‘You know, he was always nice to me. He always signed something for me. Or if I wanted to say hi or take a picture, he did it.’ That’s the legacy I want to leave behind.” Until that day comes, though, Engvall still has comedy and he’s still dancing with an incredibly attractive partner. Luckily for Engvall, his wife Gail doesn’t mind. “Gail and I have been married for 30 years,” Engvall said. “She also knows that I’ve got 32 years on Emma. It’s not even sexual. It’s like dancing with my daughter. I would be like that creepy guy where you’d go, ‘Oh my god!’ I love Gail — she’s been with me from Day 1 of this career and I’m sure not going to throw all this away just because of one little cute girl that I dance with.” Engvall does have some words of advice to younger guys out there: If you think girls won’t go out with you because you dance — here’s your sign. “I was telling my kids the other day, if I knew then what I know now, I’d be in a dance class every day,” Engvall said. “Girls love guys who can dance. I was always the guy who was like, ‘Oh, guy dancing, that’s sissy, whatever.’ I’m going to tell you right now — guys that can dance see girls you and I don’t see. I tell every young guy out there to get in a dance class. “It’ll get you further than a sixpack of beer.”

Bill Engvall is set to bring his brand of comedy to Strathmore in between episodes of Dancing with the Stars. “It was just something I wanted to see if I could do,” Engvall says. STRATHMORE


Continued from Page B-5 was the executive director for the network for three years. In February, he was named artistic director at Olney, and “Rancho Mirage” marks his directorial debut with the theater company. “For the first three days, we had the three other companies that are producing the piece [at rehearsal] ...” said actor James Konicek. “They got to hear our read and our input. It’s really a great luxury ...” The New Repertory Theatre in Boston, Curious Theatre in Denver and Phoenix Theater in Indianapolis are the other three companies that will produce “Rancho Mirage” later this year or early in 2014. “Rancho Mirage” follows Nick (Konicek) and his wife Diane (Tracy Lynn Olivera), as they host a dinner party for two other couples and longtime friends. As the night unfolds, each

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Happily ever after for author of historical novels Gaithersburg women’s group welcomes novelist Maggie Anton n




Maggie Anton prefers reading books with happy endings. And she writes books that appeal to readers with like minds. “There’s enough real tragedy in the world. You can see that in the news,” the 63-year-old Los Angeles native said. “I want my readers to feel uplifted, happy, and glad to have spent their hours reading.” Each of Anton’s four published historical novels — the “Rashi’s Daughters” trilogy and “Rav Hisda’s Daughter: Apprentice” is “a combination of a heroine’s quest, romance and the Talmud,” the author said. “Rav Hisda,” the most recent, was a 2012 National Jewish Book Award Fiction finalist and a Library Journal choice for Best 2012 Historical Fiction. All of Anton’s characters come from the Talmud. “The Talmud is one long conversation between hundreds of rabbis. Sometimes they tell stories and sometimes they argue Jewish law,” she said. Her process offers numerous scenarios. “I choose which scenes to use,” Anton said, noting ruefully that too many must be left on the cutting room floor. She then creates “a broad outline and a historical timeline for each character.” The “Rashi’s Daughters” trilogy, set in 11th-century France, is about the daughters — Yocheved, Miriam and Rachel — of the Talmud scholar known as Rashi. Anton said she was motivated to tell their stories upon discovering that these women were learned. To her surprise, they studied Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, and taught it to other women in the town. After their father suffered a stroke, they transcribed what he dictated to them. “I suspect they answered the simpler questions themselves,” Anton said. “Rav Hisda’s Daughter” is set in third century Babylonia, after the destruction of Jerusalem’s Holy Temple, where a handful of rabbis, among them the prominent Rav Hisda, began creating the Talmud. “I chose to write about his daughter Hisdadukh after encountering a fascinating passage in the Talmud where Rav Hisda brings his two best students before her,” Anton said. “Though she is merely a child, he asks which one she wants to marry, and astonishingly, she replies, ‘Both of them.’ Even more astonishingly, that is what eventually happens. … Any


Continued from Page B-5 Unlike the defeated Alexander, Lulu is a spunky little girl who wants nothing but a brontosaurus for her upcoming birthday. After her parents reject the idea based on its shear impracticality, Lulu heads off into the forest to get the dinosaur for herself. When she discovers the perfect pet in Mr. B, there’s only one problem: the brontosaurus finds Lulu to be the perfect pet for him. For actor Vaughn Irving, who voices and operates Mr. B, the task of playing a dinosaur isn’t so different from any other, human role. “The process of creating the character, at the heart, it’s the same,” Irving said. “But then you just throw in other stuff on top of it like, alright, now I’m the size of a mountain.” Irving, who also plays the snake, added he approaches any part the same way: through the eyes of the other characters. “The first step for me is looking at the script at what all the other characters say about your character,” he said. “Because even if it’s a brontosaurus, he could be 10 different kinds ... with any of the anthropomorphized animals, it’s always better

couple reveals their secrets — whether it be divorce, adoption or financial woes. “These can sort of be seen as ‘firstworld problems,’” Konicek said. “But it’s relative. When you’re in it, they can be life-ruining. To [the characters], they are devastating.” In addition to the $7,000 grant from the network as a part of the Continued Life of New Plays Fund, Olney was also granted $21,000 from the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Awards for “Rancho Mirage.” The grant allows for an extended rehearsal period. “The American theater business is very cookie-cutter oriented,” Loewith said. “Doesn’t matter if you’re doing a three-hour play ... or you’re doing a two-act play. It’s 2 1/2 weeks and then tech rehearsals. It does [new plays] a great disservice to put them through that same cookie-cutter process.” “A lot of times you get into tech week feeling like you’ve been shot out of a cannon,” added Olivera. “And in

this case ... instead of trying to hastily throw everything together during tech week, we got to be complete during tech week ...” The extra week of rehearsal meant more time to spend with the representatives from the other theaters and even made it possible for Dietz himself to work with Olney’s cast and artistic team. “It’s an incredible gift and can only make the end result that much better,” Loewith said. “It made for a much more creative environment for all of us,” added Paul Morella, who plays Trevor. “When Steven spoke to the group ... [he] created an open, accessible and generous dynamic.” As Olney’s production is “Rancho Mirage’s” world debut, not even the playwright had seen his work live. “He’s only heard it, so it’s a great incubator as well,” Konicek said. According to the “Rancho Mirage” actors, the time to develop a piece of work alongside its playwright is rare.


Maggie Anton, author of “Rav Hisda’s Daughter,” will speak to the The Sisterhood of Kehilat Shalom Synagogue on Oct. 13 in Gaithersburg.

girl who declares that she wants to marry both her suitors deserves to have her story told.” During her research, Anton learned that sorcery was prevalent during this period. Magic was used mostly for “healing the sick, protecting children and pregnant women from harm, and guarding against demons and the Evil Eye,” she said. As such, her heroine, Hisdadukh, forbidden from reading Torah because of her gender, studies instead to become an enchantress. Writing is Anton’s second career. Equipped with a degree in chemistry from UCLA, she spent 32 years working for Kaiser Permanente. She began writing at age 47, while still working full time, self-publishing the first volume of “Rashi’s Daughters” eight years later, in July 2005. “I knew I had an audience,” Anton said. “[Anita Diamant’s] ‘Red Tent’ [a bestselling novel about a female character from the Book of Genesis] had just come out, and all the women I talked to were interested.” Her prediction was accurate. “Eighteen months out, the book had sold 26,000 copies and the publishers came a calling,” she said. “I retired [from my job as a chemist] in 2007 when the advance check from Penguin didn’t bounce.” The second book had already been written, and with book three, then in outline form, due to the publisher in 2009, a full-time commitment was necessary. Vocation has not been the only dramatic change for Anton. Earlier in life,

to start from the human perspective and then sort of add those animalistic qualities to them.” As Irving worked to develop a personality for his character, Pauli worked on a puppet that would reflect that personality. A professional actor, clown and puppeteer, Pauli spent six years touring with the Big Apple Circus and is now a member of the Big Apple Clown Care Unit, a community outreach program that visits hospitalized children in 16 pediatric facilities across the country. He is returning to Imagination Stage after building the bunny puppet for the theater’s 2004 production of “Bunnicula.” Pauli said the months-long process of constructing a puppet Mr. B’s size starts with sketches and lots of meetings. “You have to think like an actor and director and what you want the character to be able to do as a performer and then you have to design something that you think will be able to do that,” Pauli said. “Logistically, what will work? And then you go through the process of actually building it.” Once the construction is done, then comes the ongoing task of adjusting and readjusting. “The process of building a puppet is in many ways like an ongoing negotiation with reality,” Pauli said. “Once

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And to do it with a playwright like Dietz is even more rare. “It was brilliant for me to have a playwright in the room to help ...” Loewith said. “It’s like having a living encyclopedia ... Steven is such a veteran ... he really understood how to be collaborative without being overbearing.” “Some playwrights are very protective of what they’ve written,” Olivera

she also evolved from her secular Jewish upbringing into becoming observant as well as a Talmud scholar. Anton said learning about the Holocaust inspired strong feelings for her heritage. At about age 11, she read Leon Uris’ “Exodus,” then William L. Shirer’s “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” “These books had a huge impact on me. I learned that being Jewish is more than lighting Hanukkah candles,” she said. “Everyone I knew would have been exterminated.” A second impetus came during college, when she accepted her future husband’s proposal of marriage, along with his promise to convert to Judaism. Realizing “I would never convert to any religion for anyone,” Anton said the classes she had to take with him gave her the religious education she did not get in childhood. When the couple relocated to a suburb with few Jewish residents, they became active in its synagogue for social reasons. As her husband Dave, a partner in a patent law firm, became more involved in his adopted religion, Anton signed up for a women’s Talmud class led by a feminist theologian. She has continued to study since 1992, in classes, with partners and individually. “Discussion is important, that’s how you learn Talmud,” Anton said. “There are so many voices, arguments, discussions. It’s not monolithic: thou shalt or shalt not. We don’t have the answers sometimes.” Anton works — answering mail, doing research and writing — nearly every day, typically starting in late afternoon and going on until midnight. She has completed the first draft of Book Two of “Rav Hisda,” subtitled “The Enchantress,” and is now editing, with an expected release date in the fall of 2014. Readers of Book One can look forward to a resolution to the cliff hanger that ended the book. “The Enchantress,” Anton said, does not end with uncertainty, but she could write a third book by proceeding to the next generation. Still, Anton said she has several ideas for both fiction and nonfiction projects. With hundreds of rabbis telling stories, finding compelling new subjects in the Talmud is likely to pose no problem. The Sisterhood of Kehilat Shalom Synagogue, 9915 Apple Ridge Road, Gaithersburg, will present Maggie Anton on Oct. 13. Check-in is at noon, with a presentation and question-and-answer session at 1 p.m., and a book signing and dessert buffet at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $18, $15 for Sisterhood members. Reservations must be made by Friday. For more information, call 571-276-8142 or email

you’ve got [it] all put together, you get to go back to the beginning and figure out, now that I’ve actually built this thing, what does it actually do?” According to Pauli, the biggest challenge with the brontosaurus puppet is its overwhelming size. “The easiest description I’ve come up with is that the brontosaurus is brontosaurus-size,” he said. As a result, Pauli used lightweight materials such as foam padding and spandex velour to construct Mr. B. Even after the curtain went up on Wednesday, Pauli’s work was still not completely done. “At that point I become essentially a puppet paramedic,” Pauli said. “In the course of activity of performance, actors may get bumps and bruises and they will heal; puppets will not. So my job is to be on call if the puppet develops any bumps or bruises so that I can come in and get it touched up.” But for the most part, after opening night, Pauli gets the chance to sit back and watch his masterpiece in action. “Mostly when the show opens, I get to be the audience,” he said. “Once it’s taken on a life in somebody else’s hands, I get to be as amazed by it as I hope the rest of the audience is.”

added. “Steven is super open ... he’s up for discussion ... You never have to wonder what he meant. He’s right there so you can ask him your damn self,” she laughed. Though the “Rancho Mirage” actors had the luxury to ask Dietz questions, Olivera said the key to his play can be found in a note on the first page of the script: “This play is a comedy until it is not.” “Comedy can come out of dire situations,” Konicek said. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be farce or what we would normally think of as comedy. There’s a fine line between tragedy and comedy, laughter and disaster.” “If [Dietz] wrote a drama about this subject, no one would go see it because it’s self-indulgent rich people complaining about nothing,” added Olivera. “When they fall apart, it means more. It falls farther when we’ve all been laughing with them.”

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Call today: 301-355-7111



EE R204, 3004 Bel Pre Rd.,FR Apt. ent Silver Spring, MD 20906

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kBalcony Patio kFamily Room kFull Size W/D in every unit

Advertise Your apartment community here! and reach over 206,000 homes!


Lrg. 2BR, 2Ba, + den, enclosed balcony, golf course view O N L Y Call Eve $225k. Marinik with Long & Foster 301-221-8867


FREDERICK: 3BR, 2.5BA TH nr Ballenger Creek, $1300 + utils. + 1 mnth sec dep. 202487-4773

B E T H E S D A : 3BD,

If you are not yet ready to purchase a home try renting one.

2BA+ den SFH. Deck, off street pkg, rec rm. $2200/mo Avail now! Call: 301-530-1009

DAMASCUS: 3BR $1500/ 2BR $1250 +util NS/NP, W/D New Carpet, Paint, Deck & Patio, 301-250-8385


301-469-4700 Direct:



Marlene Dufresne-Smith


Lux 3lvl EU/TH, Gar 2MBR, 2.5BA, LR DR, FR, FP,EIK, Deck $1800. 301-792-9538


4Br, 3.5Ba, TH, HOC H/W floors, nr I270, MC, & Metro/Bus, $1800 + util 202-215-8888


3BR, 2.5BA, TH WO Bsmnt, Deck, Near Metro $1600/month AL 301-330-1177



TH 3BR, 2.5BA, finish bsmt, comm pool, cl to Kentlands, $1800 + utils 301-222-7236

selection of affordable rentals. Full/partial weeks. Call for FREE brochure. Open daily. G A I T H : HOC Ok Holiday Real Estate. Renov 5br 2fb 2hb, 1-800-638-2102. Onnew paint & carpet, line reservations: Nr Public Transp $2150 301-254-4878

Rice (301) 670-2667 for pricing and ad deadlines.

GAITH: SFH 3BR, HYATTSVILLE 2BA, Deck, lrg fncd BEAUTIFUL HOME IN yrd, nr Goshen & Met- NICE CUL DE SAC ro, $1800 + utils 301- NEIGHBERHOOD 4 233-2811 Avail 11/01 BD, 3 BA, NEW CARPET & FLOOR, FINGAITH: SFH 4Br 3.5 ISHED BSMT, Ba w/new Kitch/appl FENCED BACKYARD, finsh w/o bsmt. Nr N E A R metro/school $2400 + S H O P S , S C H O O L , utils 301-956-0897 UMCP AND BELTWAY $2200/MON GERM: Credit Check UTIL NOT INCLD 1 & SD req’d, Updated MONTH SEC DEP 2 TH 3Br, 1.5Ba $1400 YEAR LEASE JOHN + utils no smoking/no (301)384-0067 pets Nr Metro/Shops. Call: 410-414-2559 OLNEY:

TH, 2Br, 1.5BA, Excellent condition EU w/fpl, Pool, Tennis NS/NP. Avail Oct 15 $1550/mnth 301-570-4467

POTOMAC: lrg 3 br, 2.5 ba, SFH, finished basement, living rm, dining rm, den w/fp, deck, carport, completely remodeled, clse to 270, $2800/ mnth, One wk free. 240-372-8050

I Buy Houses CASH! Quick Sale Fair Price 703-940-5530


Half Month Free Large 1 or 2 BR Apts Furn or Unfurn Utilities Included

Great Prices

301-830-0046 N.POTOMAC ROCKVILLE: 1 BR

Apt. $1250 incl util, CATV, Free Parking Avail now. NS/NP CALL: 301-424-9205


3Br, 1.5Ba, deck, renov nr bus/shops, $1390/mo + util Call: 240-508-3497


3Br, + den, 2 Ba, renovated, Sec 8 welcome, $1800/mo inc util Call: 410-800-5005

GERM: Lux 2BR, 2.5 BA Split lvl w/FP, hwd flrs, balc, w/d, nr Bus $1375. Avail Immed. Call 240-350-5392

TAKOMA PRK: HYATTS/COLL. PK: Unfurn 1Br 1Ba Apt. W/D $1200/mo or best High Rise 2BR condo w/ lrg bal $1400 all offer, nr Metro, off util. incl. 240-447street Prkng Please 5072/ 301-528-1011 Call 301-559-3006


BOWIE: Unfurn Bsmt

BR/BA/by new Library/ move in $1200 Call Pam 301-916-2929

Apt in SFH $850/mo utils incl Free Cable. Available October Call: 301-509-3050

SS: 2BR Condo W/D renovated, new carpet, club house, pool, 301-442-8548

BETH: beautiful 1400 sqft,3br,2fba/den/offic $2200+elec 301-4523636 bethesdagirl@ nr Mont Mall



2BA, newly renovated, h/w floors, fenced ydr, great loc, $1900/mo 301-742-1021

S S : brick

rambler near FDA/650/495/29: 3 BR, 1.5 BA, unfin bsmt, hrdwd flrs, fresh paint, fireplace, lrg yard, parking, W/D, N/P, N/S, avail now. $1850/mo. 301-7743779 or dave@


Bright. Newer, 1 BR. Walk tran. W/D. Parking. NS/NP. Avail. Now $1195 Call Jan at 301-520-5179

BOYDS/NR Rt # 118

bsmt Apt in SFH 2BR’s, foyer, bath, all appl, kitchen, pvt ent Male/Female. $1500 inc util 240-899-1694

SFH unfurn. $650 utils incl. Male NS/NP, 1 mile frm I-270. Avail Immed 240-372-1168


2Br, 1Ba, patio, fpl, fully renov nr bus/shops, $1250/mo + util 240-508-3497

1Br in an Apartment $600/ mo util included Ns/Np, Nr Metro, Bus Shops. 240-603-3960


Fully furnished 1BD, 1BA in Apt. $550 incl util. Near Marc Train. 301-204-6081


Lg priv living room w/1bed, priv ba, shared kitchen. $800 incl util. 301-529-2568


Male, 1Br $299, master BR w BA $399. Nr Metro/Shop . NS. Avail Now. 301-219-1066

GAITH:M BRs $430+ 440+475+555+ Maid Ns/Np, nr 270/370/Bus shops, quiet, conv.Sec Dep 301-983-3210 GAITH/QUINCE ORCHARD: 1 Mb,

Priv Ba, walk-in clst. Fios/Wifi. $650 utils incl. 301-674-9300

GAITH: Rm w/pvt BA




TH, Lg MBR, priv Ba, near bus/I270, NS/NP $600 inc util/int + SD W/D/kit 301-580-6833

BSMT Apt , lvg rm part furn, prvt kit/ba/ent NS/NP, $850/mo + utils 301-424-4366


ROCKVILLE: Furn 1Br in SFH, shrd Ba, kit, good for college student, female, $600 inc util 240-426-1938

Villa TH to share. $650. 1BD w/bath. Avail now. 301-5288688


1BD, 1BA apt/in-law ROCKVILLE: Furn. suite. Separate en- RM for rent, $500. 1 trance. $850 incl. util. mo deposit, shr utils. Close to White Flint NP/NS. 240-274-6437 Metro. 301-881-8474

MT. AIRY: Rooms

For Rent $500/mo + Sec Dep Req, share utils pets ok call 301639-6777


bsmt w/pvt ent. FBA. Kit. Furn/None. $800+ util. N/S, N/P. 1 mo. S/D. 240-603-5280

in SFH $550 Plus Utils 1st and Last Month in Advance Deposit Req. OLNEY:1br pvt bath entr in Bsmt ot TH Call 240-606-7259 $700 + utils, F. Ns/Np G E R M : 1 Lrg Br in nr Bus. 240-277-5963 Bsmt w/priv Ba, or 301-370-0916 NS/NP, priv parking, nr Bus, Female, 610 + OLNEY: G R E A T uti, 240-401-3522 DEAL!! Br, shr Ba, beautiful EU TH, GE RMA NT OWN : female only $675/mnth 1BR, BA, Shrd Kit., w/util, int, cable TV, close to bus & stores, NP/NS Sec. Dep. 301$450/month incl utils. 774-4654 301-366-8689 2 BR in TH, $485 & $525 both incl utils. N/S, N/P. Avail immed CALL: 240-361-3391


Contact Ashby

RIVERDALE: Furn 1Br, share Ba in 2br Apt $500/mo internet nr Metro, Bus, Shopping Ctr 301-254-2965

1 Furn ROCKVL: BR, in TH. $600 all utils included. Share BA. Near Metro/Bus & Shops. 301-825-4990





1Br w/priv Ba, W/D, shrd kit, quiet neighborhood, nr bus, $625 + util 301-438-3357

Rm for rent $600 incld utils; 2BR 2BA Condo for Rent $1650 inclds utils, 240-460-2582


Bsmt Apt w/1Br 1.5ba pvt entr/kit $1100 util inc. N/s/N/p, 240-398-1337 301-649-3905 Lv Msg


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

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ADELPHI: 2 Jewish

Antiques & Collectible Show

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

SAT & SUN, OCTOBER 5 & 6, 10AM-5PM Montgomery County Fairgrounds 16 Chestnut St. Gaithersburg, MD Quality Antique & Collectibles for sale

Admission $6; $5 with this ad, FREE Parking 301-649-1915 *



pedi chair light blue leather, full facial chair & equip, massage tble/massage heater stones 301-674-0569




Sat 10/5 9a-3p, Furn, HH items glassware, music, books, clothes, shoes, purses, & more 10816 Childs Ct,

BIG SALE! SAT. OCT. 5 8am-1pm Mi-

crowave TV, H u n t / S p o r t Equip, Clothes,Household. 22620 C l a r k s b u r g Rd, Boyds 20841 (I2 7 0 Exit 121 Clarksburg R d ) 240.551.7415



Sat. Oct. 12, 9-2pm, 9545 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD ( e n t e r from back on Woodl a n d Drive). Sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Contact 301-589-4001.


SAT 10/5, 8a-1p

HH Items, Living Room Furniture, Art Work, Refrigerator Antiques and Collectables, Clothes. Wightman to Bellbluff Road to Mainsail Drive

Multi Family; Sat. Oct 5 8a-3p; wide variety: Belle Grove Rd & Sanders Ln


Antq oak table/leaves $595, Antq oak pressed back chairs, $169/ea 301-879-0732


HH items, furn, toys, games, craft supplies, purses, jewelry 18320 Leedstown Way


SALE - Fri 10/4 , 9am- FOR SALE 65" Work8pm, Sat 10/5, 9am- ing TV $95 Must have 3pm, Clothing, Furni- means of taking large ture, Antiques, More! heavy TV out of St. James’ 11815 Sev- house. 301-602-8920 en Locks Rd between Montrose & Tuckerman. POTOMAC Yard Sale for Charity FREE 2 A/C : working 10th Annual Big Com- window air conditionmunity Event. All pro- ers just come & pick ceeds go to Mont them up. Call 413county homeless fami- 695-4184 lies. Sat.10/5 9-3 12704 Huntsman Way Follow signs frm Falls Road. Rain Date 10/6



Chapel Multi-Family Yard Sale! 4115 Muncaster Mill Road, Sat. 10/5 8am-3pm. Tools, appliances, e x e r cise equip., toys, games, furniture, baby furniture, books, jewelry, ping pong table, air hockey, drums and much more. Refreshments.

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

For more information contact us at 301-948-4066

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.

OUR HOME AKC registration, best health guarantee, UTD on shots, vet checked, started potty training and ready to go to their new home!! www. or call Duane at 262-9930460

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


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


MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM M M M M M Adventurous Loving Musical M Financially Secure Family M M st M awaits 1 baby. Expenses Paid. M M Karin M M M M M M 1-800-243-1658 M M M MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM



Call “Joe the Pro” 301-538-5470

Potomac need help w/3 kids. 5/days /wk., incl. Sat., must Drive. Call 240-506-4607

Live-in/wkends & FT Tue-Thur. CPR Cert. 202-446-5849 oceanp


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

SPECIAL TRAINING GRANT is now available in your area. Grant covers Computer, Medical or Microsoft training. Call CTI POTOMAC FAMILY for program details. 1- ASSISTANT: Legal. Educated. Drive 888-407-7173. Cook. PT: mornings Mon-Th, Sat. 2 yrs + exp. 301-887-3212



Live-in priv spac apt + salary in exchange for several hrs of lt duty for pastors wife, 301-871-6565 lv msg

to advertise call LOVING NURSING 301.670.7100 ASST looking for pvt or email duty FT. 30 yrs exp., exc refs, own trans.

Plan ahead! Place your Yard Sale ad Today!



*includes rain insurance

Call Today 301.670.2503

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


You can care for one or more children while staying in your own home. Call MONDAY MORNING MOMS


for info. 301-528-4616


Reliable, Insured & Monitored Care in a home setting for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers in Montgomery County

3 301-528-4616 01-528-4616

Daycare Directory

home to provide a lifetime of joy & opportunity for your baby. No age or racial concerns. Expenses paid, 1-866440-4220.

Multi-Family, Saturday FIREWOOD FOR 10/05 8-4, HH items, S A L E : Best Offer! lsrge & small size You Pickup. Olney clothes/shoes & much Area. 443-799-5952 more! 14716 Cobblestone Drive/Stonegate

180 a Cord



ADOPT - Loving

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

Delivered & Stacked

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


$225/cord $150 per 1/2 cord



household & children, references are required 240-242-5135

October 2, 2013


Seneca Whetstone Community Yard Sale Saturday October 5th, 9am-2pm. Rain Date Sunday October 6th, 9am-2pm Game Preserve Rd off Rte 355. Multi family. Furn, toys, clothes, books & Misc.

become a Medical Office Assistant. No Experience Needed! Career Training & Job Placement Assistance at CTI! HS Diploma/GED & Computer needed. 1-877649-2671

Family Allergy & Asthma Care GP2311

Moving sale. 11811 Indigo Rd. 10/5 - 10/6, 10-6pm Furn, African art, clothing, books, jewelry, HH items!




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


7 BR SFH/OUTSIDE FURN. Moving Sale Upscale Items! Entire content of house must go. 301-977-4123

Holiday Decorations Yard Sale Sat., Oct 5th from 8am til 2 pm. TWO-PERSON HOT All holidays-inside & TUB HOT SPRING outside items. Ping runs good, new lid, Pong Table & new filter, new head more. Address: 10 rest. $200. Call 301349-2468 Sunnyside Ct,



Lots of items, Dishes, exercise equipment, tools, furniture and much more. 8am-2pm. 4200 Headwaters L a n e Olney Md 20832

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.





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



begin here - Get FAA approved Aviation Maintenance training. Housing and Financial Aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 800-4818974.



Fine Art, 1 item Or Entire Estate Or Collection, Gold, Silver, Coins, Jewelry, Toys, Oriental Glass, China, Lamps, Books, Textiles, Paintings, Prints almost anything old Evergreen Auctions 973-818-1100. Email evergreenauction@hot



Starburst Childcare

Lic. #:159882



Children’s Center of Damascus

Lic. #:31453



Nancy’s Daycare

Lic. #:25883



Little Angels Daycare

Lic. #:872479



Elena’s Family Daycare

Lic. #:15-133761 301-972-1955


Ana’s House Daycare

Lic. #:15127553



Affordable Quality Child Care

Lic. #:156840



Holly Bear Daycare

Lic. #:15123142



Filipina Daycare

Lic. #:54712



Kids Garden Daycare

Lic. #:139378




Careers 301-670-2500

Career Training


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



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

Earn $300-$500/wk. M-F, No nights or wknds. Must have own car & valid. Drivers lic. Se Habla Espanol.

Merry Maids



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


Gaithersburg 301-869-6243 Silver Spring 301-587-5594

Foster Parents

Treatment Foster Parents Needed Work from home!

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

Call 301-355-7205

Fashion Eye Glass Fitters Meds Techs & Opticians Exp or will train. Good hand eye, must own car, F/T including Sat. Salary $12$24/hr + benefit. Apply in person for

location call Doctors On Sight, 301-540-1200 or 703-506-0000

House Cleaning Rockville. Looking for 1 Full Time House Maid to join our Company for Residential Cleaning. Mon-Fri. 8 am-5 pm. Must have Drivers License, excellent cleaning experience, must speak some English and be legal to work in U.S. Pay $10.00 p/hr. 301-706-5550.


Liberty Lock & Security in Rockville, seeking qualified technicians. Experience required. Confidentiality assured. Fax Resume to 301-424-3080, email

On Call Supervisor

Great job for students, retirees and stay at home moms. Work from home! Answer and handle phone calls from 5pm to 9am two evenings twice a month for staffing agency or one weekend a month. Must have Internet access, and a car. Fax resume to 301.588.9065 or email to

Restaurant Staff µ Wait Staff µ Buss Persons µ PM Line Cook Full & Part time shifts available Apply In Person: Normandie Farm Restaurant 10710 Falls Rd, Potomac

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Careers 301-670-2500 IT

TELECOM PROJECT ENGINEER 3CLogic Inc. has Telecom Project Engineer positions available in Rockville, MD (8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday, 40 hrs/wk) Duties: Gather customer requirements, produce functional designs for product/cross-platform features, write architectural and engineering specifications, provide technical direction, and train/mentor engineers for 3CLogic’s enterprise product offerings development. Participate in Application Design sessions with business and technical teams. drive issue resolution, create test plans and perform system testing to ensure that the offered solution meets customer’s business needs. Interface with vendor/partners (carriers, service partners), as required, to test interoperability, troubleshoot, escalate and resolve problems and/or outages in service. Implement complex engineering prototypes, set up and configure changes of enterprise call center projects for new and existing customers. Design and configure the Interactive-Voice-Response for contact centers. Configure network devices for network interoperability and carrier provisioning between 3CLogic network and customer carrier networks. Perform design reviews on an ongoing basis to maximize performance, ensure business satisfaction, and alignment with IT strategy. Some domestic and international travel required. Job duties can be performed remotely from home. Position requires a Master’s degree or foreign equivalent degree in Electrical/Telecommunication Engineering, Computer Science or related. Knowledge of IP suite of protocols, Telecommunications Engineering and web technologies such as HTML gained through experience, training, or course work. Annual salary: $110,989.00/year. (Standard Benefits include: health benefits, sick leave, vacation) Submit resumes to: Recruitment & Employment Office, 3CLogic Inc., Attn: Job Ref#: CLO42118, P.O. Box 56625, Atlanta, GA 30343.

STYLISTS New Hair Cuttery Salon Opening Oct 5th! Stylist opportunities now available! Comp pay and benefits! REQ’D MD Cosmetology License! Call Heather at 410374-8760 or apply today at!

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS FT/PT ROCKVILLE area. Must be "EXPERIENCED" & have a CDL w/PS endorsement. Call 301-752-6551





Earn $750 to $1000 a week.

Periodontal office (Shady Grove) FT, with at least 2 years of experience and excellent communication skills. Benefits and salary based on experience. Please email resume to

Call John at 301-987-9828

Interior Decorating/ Residential Design

Come generate appointments for a Top Inc 500 remodeling Co. Ê Daytime & Evening Hours Available Ê Gaithersburg location

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

Courtroom Clerk District Court for Montgomery County Perform specialized clerical work at the advanced level assisting the judge in courtroom procedures and dockets. Prepare/generate paperwork for the judge’s and/or defendant’s signatures. Responsible for assisting the judge in the maintenance, operation, and organization of the courtroom. Work is performed with considerable independence and is evaluated for efficiency, effectiveness, timeliness and compliance with procedures. Resolve a variety of unprecedented or unusual problems. Ability to work overtime, as needed without prior notice. Maybe called in during emergencies, e.g. inclement weather conditions and staff shortages. For full details and instructions on how to apply, visit the court’s EOE website


Residential Builder/Remodeler needs experienced working superintendents, carpenters, and painters to work in the DMV area. Must have impeccable references. Start immediately! Salary based on qualifications, plus benefits. Send resume to or fax 301-721-9899.


CPA firm, Olney, MD has multiple positions open. Tax supervisor/manager - 10+ yrs exp, General ledger accountant - 5+ yrs exp, F/T, P/T, flexible hours. For immediate consideration please email:

Growing national firm seeks experienced salespersons with passion for decorating. Permanent positions available; various opportunities in booming market.

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.

Send resumes to or call 301-933-7900

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

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


Software Business System Analyst

CYNCZ LLC (Clarksburg, MD & occasional work in Rockville, MD). Dvlp address book synchronization system. Dsgn, integrate, monitor advanced d/base mgmt system & complex communication network. Position reqs Bachelor’s deg or equiv in Comp Sci, Comp Applics or rltd & 1 yr s/ware dvlpmt exp, utilizing communications protocol, Apple IOS, Google’s Android, Research in Motion’s Blackberry, & Microsoft Windows’ Mobile platform. Mail resume to Jaya Pandey, 11905 Kigger Jack Lane, Clarksburg, MD 20871.

Payroll Specialist

Administer payroll & benefits. Opportunity for advancement. ADP PCPW Payroll & JDEdwards experience preferred. Send resumes & cover letter to


Upscale salon in Gaithersburg. Excellent commission. Booth rentals available. Great work environment and location. Call 301-693-8504

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

Pharmacy/ Phlebotomy Tech Trainees Needed Now Pharmacies/ hospitals now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-240-4524 CTO SCHEV

JANITORIAL POSITIONS Private School in Rockville seeks:

Janitorial Shift-Leader (PT, Evening). Perform and oversee evening cleaning processes. Janitorial Worker (PT, Temporary) Perform afternoon cleaning processes. Must have prior experience. Criminal background check required. Please e-mail or call Building Services at 301-962-9400 x5101.

Warehouse Loader Part time position available for warehouse truck loader, Wednesdays. Job responsibilities are to assist drivers and carriers loading their vehicles with bundles of newspapers. Must be able to lift 40 lbs, accurately, count bundles and able to operate a pallet jack. Wednesday at 4am to 4pm shift available at our Gaithersburg location. Please contact Ken at 301-670-7350, reference "warehouse loader" position EOE



Work From Home

Residential/Commercial Min 4 years experience

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

Call 301-349-2983

Call 301-333-1900


Evening / weekend / holiday part time position available immediately. Computer experience a must. Multi-task environment. Call Carolyn (301)929-1700 ext. 3015 or send resume to fax (301)929-1721. Manor Country Club, 14901 Carrolton Road. Rockville, MD 20853

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MSRP $18,640


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$13,985 2005 Mercedes Benz S-Class $17,900 $17,900 2010 Toyota Corolla LE........ $13,985 #P8773, 4 SpeedAuto, 25.5K mi, Classic Silver #378051A, 5 SpeedAuto, Flint Grey Metallic $14,985 2011 Toyota Camry XLE....... $18,985 $18,985 2006 BMW X3 3.0i............. $14,985 #364334A, 4WD,Auto, Silver Gray #372423A, 6 SpeedAuto, 42.8K mi, Super White

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‘01 Toyota Corolla LE



‘05 Toyota Avalon XL

‘05 Nissan Armada SE




#KP09644A, 4WD, $726 OFF KBB

‘07 Chrysler Crossfire


#KP71702, PAMPERED, 62K!!

‘10 Dodge Charger SXT $16,988

#KP06061, 4WD, WELL-KEPT, 83K! $2,166 OFF KBB


#KP59757, SUPER SHARP! 90K, AT, PW

#KP48326A , CLEAN!, AT, PW, “HANDYMAN” $1,527 OFF KBB

‘01 Toyota Sequoia SR-5

‘03 Saturn L200

#KN46874, PWR SEAT, ALLOYS, $1,048 OFF KBB

‘07 Ford F150 Super Crew Lariat


#KP86231, NAV & MOONROOF, $4,285 OFF KBB



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

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

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

2005 Chevy Impala LS.......................6,990


2005 Dodge Caravan SXT..................6,990

#KN99557A, Pampered 55K!! P/Options

2008 Suzuki Reno H/BK ....................7,288

#KP27730, Nice! MNRF, LTHR, CD, PW



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

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

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

2000 Chevy Camaro Z28...................3,950 #KP56784A, “CLASSIC” T-Top HANDYMAN” 3,218 OFF KBB

#KP17054, 4WD, 3.2L, Clean! LTHR, PW/PL, AC, MD INSP’D #KP65991A, AT, AC, PW/PLC, Easy Terms!


#AP03775A, Pampered, 35K!, AT, AC, PW, FSC WARR

2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4WD .........7,988 #KP09664A, PSEAT, PW/PLC, CASS/CD Combo, Great Value

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

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

2002 Hyundai Sonata LS...................4,988

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

#KP84551, Clean! AT, AC, P/Options, MD Insp’d

#KD13463, Beauty! MNRF, LTHR, P/OPTS, MD INSP’D

2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee..............4,988 #KP26952, 4WD, MNRF, P/Options, 2-Tone, Sharp! “HANDYMAN”


#KP25777, PW/PLC, CC, CD, 5SPD, Gas Saver.

2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser GT..............7,998

#KP0810, SHARP! Turbo, AT, P/Options


2005 Hyundai Tuscon GLS AWD..........9,788 2001 Dodge Dakota Club Cab............9,997 2007 Ford Escape XLT.......................9,988 2006 Buick Lucerne CXS.................10,470

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

2008 Chrysler Sebring Cnvtb’l.........10,470 #KP23531, OFF-SEASON, $2,082 OFF KBB

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 #KP15848, GORGEOUS! MNRF, PSEAT, CD, ALLOYS

2000 Toyota Camry LE......................4,998

2004 Dodge Caravan S&T.................. #KP11470A, Nice, DVD, LTHR, PWR DR/Gate

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

2005 Chrysler Twn & Cntry Ltd.......... #KP27304,DVD/Leather, $2,428 OFF KBB

HEMI, Sunroof, Leather, DVD Nav, One Owner

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

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

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

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

#KP01579, Best Buy! AT, PW/PPLC, MD Insp’d

#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

2006 Subaru Legacy WGN.................6,970

#KP01702, AWD!, Nice!, PSeat, HTD Seats, P/Options

2002 GMC Sonoma SLS.....................6,988 #KP53863, CREW CAB, 4WD, AT, PW, CD, CC, MUST SEE!

2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S..................6,988 #KP95439B, Clean! 92K, AT, AC, PW/PLC


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2005 Chrysler Pacifica TRNG............8,990 #KR02313, 3RD SEAT, PRISTINE! PSEATS, CD, P/OPTIONS

2008 Saturn Astra XE........................8,998 #KP59427, Beauty! Panoramic, MNRF, AT, P/Options


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

2005 Dodge Durango Limited..........10,988 2006 Volvo S80 2.5T.......................11,470

2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer......11,870 2006 Subaru Legacy Outbk 2.5XT...11,988 #KP09074, MNRF, LTHR, AT, CD-6, WELL KEPT!

2004 Acura MDX AWD.....................11,988 #KP62182, SHARP! DVD, MNRF, LTHR, DON’T MISS!

2008 GMC Savana Cargovan...........11,988 #KR11890, AT, AC, Tradesman


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



2008 Toyota RAV 4.......................... #KP64756, Beauty! PW/PLC/PMR, CC, CD



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


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

2010 Dodge Charger SXT.................16,988

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

2010 Ford Econoline XLT.................19,745


2007 Honda Accord EX-L V6............14,488 #KP32745, Clean! MNRF, LTHR, CD CHGR


#KN46874, PSeat, Alloys, PW/PLC, CD, Fac Warr #KN77515, 15 PASS, PW, CC, CD, Park Sense

2007 Infinity M35............................19,788 #FP50592, AWD, Pristine! NAV, MNRF, PSEAT, P/OPTS


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

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

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

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

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


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