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A group of county officials visits the newly renovated Weller Road Elementary School in Silver Spring on the opening day of school. Here the group visits the school roof, which has a mix of 10 different plants.

Leah talks about the Maryland Safe at Home program, which provides victims of domestic violence with a substitute address for them to use for mail.

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After filing a restraining order against her abusive ex-husband and buying a house to live in with her children, a Montgomery County woman who goes by the name of Leah struggled to keep her address secret from her abuser. Even with the restraining order, he continued to harass her, making threatening phone calls and blocking her car from leaving a parking lot. In 2008, the Motor Vehicle Administration asked her for her new address while she was re-registering a car she still owned with her

ex-spouse. She realized that if she provided it, her abuser, who was in and out of jail, could find her and her children again. Today, Montgomery County has 72 people enrolled in a staterun program to help domestic violence victims hide from their abusive partners. After the incident at the Motor Vehicle Administration, Leah became one of them. Up to that point, she says, “I felt like I was strong. I thought I could handle stuff on my own.” But when someone with the MVA told her about Maryland’s Safe at Home Address Confidentiality

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It might be 8 a.m. on a Tuesday. Maybe it’s 10 p.m. on a Wednesday, or 1 a.m. on a Sunday. Whenever that beeper sounds, the on-duty volunteer

at the county’s Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program springs to action. The 24-hour, seven days a week crisis intervention program is an agency of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and is staffed by mental health professionals and trained volunteers. When the crisis center is contacted by the police department

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Silver Spring school one of the latest to get vegetative roof renovation

When Weller Road Elementary School in Silver Spring unveiled its renovated facilities for the new school year, one of the most striking additions was plants covering the roof. The vegetative, or green, roof is designed to capture and soak up rain water so it doesn’t all run into the ground at once, flooding sewers and eroding the ground as it goes. It also helps regulate the buildng’s temperature, saving the school money. “It actually helps keep it warmer in the winter and a little bit cooler in the summer, and it does help with our energy consumption,” said Craig Shuman, director of the Division of Construction for Montgomery County Public Schools. Weller Road is not the first district school with a green roof. “We’ve been putting them on for several years now,” Shuman said. Hillary Kirchman, program manager for the district’s School Energy and Recycling Team, said the school system is planning to install

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Claudia Bachez, 34, was getting ready to cook dinner for her two children in Silver Spring on Aug. 27 when a neighbor shouted that smoke was coming out of the stairs. “She screamed, ‘It is a fire,’ but we weren’t really sure if

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it were a fire because the fire alarm didn’t go off,” said Bachez, who works at a fruit factory, but had the day off when it happened. “We simply saw smoke, and when we finally got out, we saw the fire,” she said. “It was a really terrible experience.” The fire at the apartment complex in the 9300 block of Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring was ignited when an electric socket near a bed sparked a mattress fire, according to fire officials. The flames were brought under control within 2½ hours,

but left 100 people displaced from 27 units. Seven people, including three firefighters, were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Scott Graham, the assistant chief of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, has said on Twitter. Graham has said that damage was estimated at $1 million for the building and $500,000 to the contents. On Friday, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services organized a resource fair for fire victims at the Long Branch Commu-

nity Recreation Center in Silver Spring. Victims of the fire came to find out about housing and gather school supplies for children, as well personal items such as soap, toothpaste, toiletries, and clothes. Other organizations, such as IMPACT Silver Spring, Casa of Maryland, Tess Center and Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington, also offered help. “It is absolutely amazing how people come together. The calls of people wanting to do-

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its. Grades Pre-K to 2. Free. 301-319-3303. Public Open House, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Historic Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Sponsored by Montgomery Preservation Inc. and the Silver Spring Historical Society. Free. 301-495-4915. Book and Baby Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., MedStar Montgomery Medical Center Grounds, Prince Philip Drive and Olney-Laytonsville Road, Olney. Authors, activity table, readings and demonstrations. Free. 202-230-4126.

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Dragon boat racers don’t let visual problems slow them down The fast-paddling Out of Sight Dragons cruised to their speediest finish ever at the National Harbor Dragon Boat Regatta on Aug. 24.

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In dragon boat racing, teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steersman compete in 40-foot longboats in races that range from about 500 meters to 2 kilometers, or about a mile and a quarter. The Out of Sight Dragons are a mix of visually impaired and seeing paddlers, men and women ranging in age from about 37 to 80, according to team founder Maybelle Kagy of Silver Spring. Sandy Spalletta, a lawyer from Rockville, lost her sight to glaucoma in 2010. She said being on the team has helped her adapt to living without sight. “The [other paddlers] don’t see limits to what they can do,” she said. The team showed her that all blindness is one factor in life, but that it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. “You could feel everyone pulling together and everyone moving forward,” Spalletta said of the regatta. “We shattered our best time ... but we still didn’t beat that Blind Ambition team,” said Ed Bordley of Silver Spring, referring to the other team of visually impaired paddlers who had flown in from Portland, Ore., to compete in the Potomac River regatta. “It was a great learning experience,” said Regina Crisafulli of Silver Spring. Paddling with Blind Ambition also helped put the Out of Sight Dragons’ experience in perspective, she said, explaining that Blind Ambition encouraged them to practice more so they could be more competitive in future regattas. The team paddles in sync by following the beat of a drum, which all the teams use in competition. With other boats

booming along next to theirs, the mix of drum beats can be confusing, Crisafulli said. “You have to be focused on your own boat,” she said. But just being able to hear those other boats’ drums for a while also has been encouraging, she said. “The longer you hear the other drums [means] you’re keeping up,” Crisafulli said. The Dragons had hoped to finish the race in under four minutes. In each of its three races in the regatta, the team finished in under 3 minutes and 20 seconds, with a fastest time of 3:15, Bordley said. “Seeing the numbers go down that dramatically was very encouraging for us and our coach,” Crisafulli said.

Teacher, graduate create environmental book Jennifer Chambers, a middle school science teacher at the Siena School in Silver Spring, and Jesse Auth, a 2012 graduate of the school, have collaborated on a book promoting environmental awareness, “Watershed Adventures of a Water Bottle.” Chambers was the author, Auth the illustrator. The book tells the story of a water bottle’s journey in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and Atlantic Ocean. Upon reaching a storm drain, the personified water bottle travels the streams and rivers of the Washington region, meeting animals along the way. Each animal, from the water strider to the loggerhead turtle, teaches the water bottle about itself, its origins, its journey and the dangers of other pollutants in the watershed. The book also features 10 tips to reduce plastic consumption and a resource list of 11 organizations whose mission is to improve the health of water in and around North America. All profits from the book are being equally donated to the Chesapeake Bay Trust and

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Ginny Finch paddles during a practice last month of the Out of Sight Dragons, which includes blind and visually impaired team members. the Surfrider Foundation’s Rise Above Plastics program. Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/ bookstore and online retailers. For more information, contact Michelle Whitman at 877-7270697 or michelle@keymgc.com.

Schools install racks to lock wheels Students who rely on their wheels to get to school have some new spots to lock them up. Takoma Park Safe Routes to School has installed new bike racks at Piney Branch, Takoma Park, Rolling Terrace and East Silver Spring elementary schools, and Takoma Park

Middle School. Students can lock their bike, scooter or skateboard at school. Scooter and skateboard racks require a padlock that students must bring. More information is at www.takomaparkmd.gov/hcd/ safe-routes-to-school.

Civic group to discuss insurance law Free event to help residents understand new health initiatives What are the implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for Maryland residents? Monday’s meeting of the Civic Federation will address what the law, especially Maryland’s health insurance exchanges, means for residents. After the presentation, there

will be a question-and-answer session and updates on other key local issues. The meeting will be held from 7:45 to 10 p.m. at the County Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free parking is available in the adjacent county garage. All county residents and representatives of civic organizations are welcome. For more information, visit www.montgomerycivic.org.

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Hispanic gala is a scholarship fundraiser For the first time, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) is scheduled to host an Executive’s Hispanic Gala on Sept. 12 at the Fillmore Silver Spring, with proceeds to help 25 Latino students enroll in Maryland’s colleges and universities. The event coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month. The event, called “Latino Dreamers,” celebrates Maryland’s Dream Act. Organizers have set a $100,000 fundraising goal. Ticket and event information is at montgomeryhispanicgala.org/event.html.

Jewish group seeks volunteers for students The Heyman Interages Center with the Jewish Council for the Aging in Rockville is planning two open houses for people to learn about volunteer opportunities to help students succeed this school year. Adults 50 and older are invited to attend open house events in Rockville and Gaithersburg to learn about volunteer opportunities during the 2013-14 school year. The Rockville event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the council’s office at 12320 Parklawn Drive. A second event is planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Gaithersburg Upcounty Senior Center, 80A Bureau Drive. For more information, contact Tricia Wilson at 301-9493551 or twilson@accessjca.org.


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Martire P. Fulcar sat in court quietly on Tuesday, his fingers knotted together, as a translator helped him plead guilty to murdering Rocio Nickaury Morcelo, his girlfriend of eight years and the mother of his son. Fulcar, 32, fled to Florida after last year’s stabbing, and tried to commit suicide by jumping off the roof of a Miami hotel. The murder, which took place last year at Morcelo’s Wheaton apartment on Georgian Way, left her family reeling, and missing the woman they remember as a caring, compassionate mother who looked for the best in people. “I can hardly sleep since this happened,” said Miledys Duverge Paulino, Morcelo’s cousin. Fulcar is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 7. He faces a sentence of 30 years to life, according to Montgomery County

State Attorney’s spokesman Ramon Korionoff. Morcelo had spent her career working in health care — first as a nursing assistant, later as a financial counselor at Holy Cross Hospital, Paulino said. The relationship between Fulcar was “very dysfunctional,” Paulino said. Fulcar, 32, came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic when he was about 18, according to Napoleon Puente, his older brother. He had a green card and had last worked for a Chipotle’s restaurant, according to Puente. Besides Fulcar’s and Morcelo’s son, Fulcar had two daughters — one in D.C. and one in the Dominican Republic, Puente said. Morcelo was the main provider for the family, according to Puente. Shortly after 3 a.m. on Sept. 22, 2012, police responded to a 911 call at Morcelo’s apartment on Georgian Way in Wheaton, and discovered her body sprawled on the stairs in the apartment complex. She had been stabbed 34 times. Besides cuts to her heart and neck, she had defensive wounds on her arms, palms, and fingers, prosecutors said in court.

Investigators eventually learned that the night before, Fulcar and Morcelo had argued, and that Fulcar had left the couple’s apartment for several hours. The two then attended a nearby party, arriving separately, Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Herdman said in court. Morcelo was “very upset” at the party, and concerned about verbal and physical abuse, Herdman said. The relationship was a persistent problem, according to Paulino, who described Fulcar as an argumentative, volatile person. “He was a very scary person,” Paulino said, adding that Fulcar used to break in after arguments. Online court records show that Fulcar was the subject of several peace orders and protective orders as far back as 2003, but they were later dismissed each time when the person seeking the order failed to appear to testify at a court hearing. Fulcar, meanwhile, asked other partygoers to help him convince Morcelo to stay with him, Herdman said. Like he had done after other past arguments, Fulcar had left the apartment and stayed with a downstairs neighbor.

Several hours later, he returned, and the two fought. A neighbor called police to report hearing a fight and seeing Morcelo in the stairwell. She was bleeding from her neck and arms, and gasping for breath, Herdman said. Morcelo was pronounced dead at the scene. Police identified Fulcar the day of the murder, after a witness described a person resembling Fulcar fleeing the scene, court records show. Police later discovered that Fulcar had stabbed Morcelo with a knife taken from a butcher’s block at the party they had attended. Fulcar used Morcelo’s car, a Ford Edge, to drive to New York City, investigators said. Around 6:15 a.m., he called his brother, who had already learned of the attack and rushed to Morcelo’s home. “He didn’t know if he’d killed her,” Puente said after the plea hearing, remembering his brother ask him, “Is she OK? Did I kill her?,” and Fulcar saying he would commit suicide. “I was afraid he was going to kill himself,” Puente said. On Sept. 26, Fulcar tried to commit suicide by jumping off the ninth floor of

the Versailles Hotel, on Collins Avenue in Miami. He landed on the roof of a red Chevy Cobalt, which cushioned his fall and saved his life, according to Montgomery County Police Det. Mike Carin. “The car was totaled,” Carin said. Since Fulcar’s arrest, the significance of his actions have weighed heavily on him, Puente said. “I can see it in his face,” said Puente, who has visited Fulcar several times in jail. After the suicide attempt, doctors put Fulcar in a medically induced coma. He was intensive care for more than a month. He has since recovered. “He’s given me signs he’s past it ... but in the back of my mind, I’m concerned,” Puente said. Morcelo’s family is also still grieving. “My family and I are devastated to the loss of our first born cousin,” Morcelo’s cousin Andrisi Paulino wrote in a letter to Montgomery County Circuit Judge Cheryl McCally. “Nothing will ever be the same for us. ... I still can’t believe that my cousin Rocio is really gone,” she wrote. sjbsmith@gazette.net

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Silver Spring’s Christina Haslinger (left) and Janet Mattson of North Potomac sit in the shade of a passenger shelter at the MARC train station as they participate in Kensington’s “Paint the Town” Art Exhibition 2013 on Saturday.

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Montgomery County’s nightlife options range from OK to not very good, according to a majority of people who responded to a survey County Council member Hans Riemer compiled this summer. The poll is unscientific, the respondents are self-selected and there was no attempt to account for demographic representation, Riemer said. Still, with 1,831 respondents, the survey did provide some insight into the issue of the county’s nightlife. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm for making changes to promote nightlife in Montgomery County,” Riemer said. “We found out, generally speaking, people spend a lot of time going out and they want better options.” Riemer is an ex-officio member of the Nighttime Economy Task Force, created earlier this year by County Executive Isiah

Leggett (D) in an effort to encourage increased nighttime business and entertainment. The 19-member group, which meets the third Monday of every month, is chaired by Heather Dlhopolsky, a lawyer and a board member of the Greater BethesdaChevy Chase Chamber of Commerce. To see a full list of the task force members, visit the website www.montgomerycountymd.gov/nighttimeeconomy/who.html. The task force has had four of its six monthly meetings so far and is expected to complete its recommendations by the end of the year. According to the Nighttime Economy Task Force website, the county hopes to establish a lively environment that appeals to all sorts of people — from baby boomers to families to single professionals. Just how to do that has yet to be decided. “One thing that struck me the most was the results seem very supportive of improving the nighttime economy. I was actually very heartened by that,” Dlhopolsky said. Riemer had presented the results of the sur-

vey to the task force at the August meeting. Dlhopolsky said the results confirmed the bad news that she and other task force members had suspected. “Our young people are going out at night to D.C. and not staying here,” she said. The task force is in the process of putting together draft recommendations, such as tweaking liquor licensing laws that regulate who gets to serve alcohol in the county, Dlhopolsky said. The way it stands now, every venue, with few exceptions, must make 50 percent of its money from food, Riemer said. That’s an obstacle to opening other types of places besides restaurants — such as music clubs that serve alcohol or craft brew pubs that don’t want to sell food. “It’s debilitating for some entrepreneurs,” Riemer said. To see the results of the survey, visit http://www.councilmemberriemer. org/2013/08/moco-night-life-survey-results.html. ablum@gazette.net

The man convicted of orchestrating a stick-up with two other men near the Takoma Metro station earlier this year was sentenced to 32 years in prison Thursday. “He’s a dedicated criminal,” Assistant State’s Attorney Jessica Zarrella told Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Richard Jordan before he sentenced Daquan Tyler. Jordan handed down a sentence of 66 years, suspending all but 32 years. Tyler, 20, of Silver Spring, had been convicted by a jury in August of 10 charges, including three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, three counts of first degree assault and a count of solicitation of witness intimidation. Accordingtocourtrecordsand prosecutors, the crime was random and took place in a busy area. Three men were walking on Cedar Avenue late in the evening on New Year’s Day 2013, when two masked men approached them and pointed handguns equipped with red laser sights at them. When one victim didn’t surrender his money fast enough, one of the robbers told him “You have 5 seconds to give me your money.” Thomas Tamm, Tyler’s public defender, said that Tyler was “going in the wrong direction.” “He needs to wake up and smell the roses, and he recognizes that,” Tamm said. “This is the type of crime that makes people afraid to leave their homes,” said Zarrella, who argued that Tyler deserved more time than his co-conspirators because he was a “dedicated criminal.” The two men who helped Tyler in the Jan. 1 robbery have already been convicted or pleaded guilty. Joshua “Fats” Baylor, 20, of Severn was the lookout for the crime. He pleaded guilty on July 24, and will be sentenced Sept. 4. Kyree Jordan, 19, of D.C. pleaded guilty on Aug. 15, and

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was given a five-year prison sentence on the same day. Both Jordan and Baylor are members of the Maple Avenue Crew, a Montgomery County gang, according to prosecutors. Tyler had also been accused of witness intimidation. Investigators discovered that Tyler had tried to get his friends to stop Baylor from testifying in court, according to court records. Police found a photo on Jordan’s phone of a letter Tyler wrote to Jordan on the back of his charging documents. The letter asked Jordan to stop Baylor from testifying. Investigators tracked Tyler down after arresting Baylor on Feb. 20, according to prosecutors. On Feb. 15, investigators searched Tyler’s house, and found one of the guns used in the crime — a black revolver with a red laser scope — in a dog house behind Tyler’s house. Zarrella said in court that investigators had to “virtually wade in stolen property” found at Tyler’s house and that they found stolen items belong to 32 separate victims. In court, Tyler spoke frankly about himself and the charges against him. “I am a PCP user,” he said. “I live in a house full of criminals.” He also said he was not in a gang, echoing claims that other defense attorneys have made in the case. “Just because I live on a certain street, that doesn’t make us a certain way,” he said. He disputed the witness intimidation charges against him. “I never wanted anybody to get hurt,” he said. After the proceedings, Tyler’s older brother — who did not identify himself by name — said Tyler descended into criminality after his father died while on a bicycle ride in 2004. “You can draw right from that day to today ... after that he was very angry,” he said. Investigators also found a notebook that Tyler had in prison, Zarrella said. Tyler told Jordan it was for a book he wanted to write. Tyler had written “Always remember that in the life of crime there is no margin of error,” she said.


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More than a dozen candidates have been rumored for the June ballot in District 20, but among the list of challengers officially in the fray, only one was not drawn by the lure of a vacancy. Del. Heather Mizeur’s decision to run for Maryland governor means her District 20 will be up for grabs. Latest counts have about half-a-dozen candidates saying they are running — only one who has filed with the Maryland Board of Elections — including incumbent Dels. Tom Hucker (D) and Sheila Ellis Hixson (D), both of Silver Spring. George Zokle, 34, stood alone among the new political hopefuls for the progressive downcounty district, saying Mizeur’s gubernatorial bid held no bearing on his own decision to seek office. “There is never going to be a perfect time to run,” he said. Zokle, a lawyer, said many issues need to be strengthened in Annapolis, including economic equality, cultural competency and mental health advocacy. David Moon, 34, who has followed Maryland politics as the author of Maryland Juice and just last weekend held a campaign fundraiser, said he would not have challenged a full slate of incumbents. “My experience with

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The Olney Big Band performs during the 14th annual gala Aug. 23 at Riderwood. More than 200 people attended the flamenco-themed affair, which raised $297,575, including more than $196,000 from resident contributions, to support the Silver Spring retirement community’s Benevolent Care Fund. The fund helps residents with unforeseen financial burdens to remain at Riderwood.

Housing agency pushing major project in White Oak HOC wants to demolish Holly Hall in favor of mixed-use complex BY SONNY GOLDREICH SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

Leggett seeks new transportation rules to allow Percontee project The Montgomery County Planning Board is considering relaxed transportation capacity standards proposed by the Leggett administration to provide more flexibility for the development of a life sciences village in White Oak. The department drafted an alternative review process — which the board will discuss when it meets Wednesday — that is designed to address the fact that the Fairland/White Oak policy area that covers most of the eastern county has inadequate road capacity, according to the county’s 2012-2016 subdivision staging policy. That could block ambitious plans for new development anticipated under the White Oak Science Gateway master plan. “The implementation of the desired vision for the White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan (as proposed) is challenged by the scale and expense of the transportation infrastructure necessary to facilitate future development plans,” Gregg Ossont, deputy director of the Department of General Services, wrote in an Aug. 6 memo to the board. The White Oak area could be transformed under the master plan, which would allow commercial development to grow to more than 25 million square feet from the existing 11.2 million square feet. The number of jobs could soar to 70,312 from the current 27,688. And the number of housing units could more than double to 15,688 from 7,118. The department’s plan would create an Implementation Working Group to develop an alternative mechanism that create an “equitably shared transportation funding program that adequately finances the necessary infrastructure improvements and creates alternatives that will encourage non single-occupant vehicle trips.” The group would also devise an adequate infrastructure financing and construction phasing plan to “ensure planning, design, and construction of the transportation infrastructure to serve the new development in a timely manner, as well as a procedure for allocating implementation costs to individual projects.” Finally, the plan would re-

duce staging requirements for bus and other transit alternatives. The administration proposes that a minimum 25 percent non-auto driver mode share must be attained for redevelopment and new development within the master plan area, rather than 30 percent as the planning department recommended.

Washington Property Co. leases 47,000 square feet in downtown Silver Spring Bethesda-based Washington Property Co. announced that it signed leases for more than 47,000 square feet at the downtown Silver Spring Plaza office building. The 243,582-square-foot property — at 8757 Georgia Ave. — serves as headquarters for Social & Scientific Systems, which renewed its 88,230-square-foot lease in November. The new leases signed at the 14-story building are: • CLINIC, an urgent care medical center, which leased 22,152 square feet. • Corinthian Colleges Inc., which renewed for 22,152 square feet. • Dr. Robert Mantoni, who renewed and expanded his dental office for a total of 3,052 square feet. The firm also leased 14,434 square feet to Vanguard Realty

Group at 1390 Piccard Dr. in Rockville. “We are on track to have an excellent year leasing our office portfolio of over 1.5 million square feet, while developing 1 million square feet of residential space,” Derek Hendon, president of WPC Management, LLC, said in a press release. The company leased more than 238,000 square feet last year.

Subaru selects Frederick office park for new regional training center Subaru of America Inc. signed a lease for 10,080 square feet of space at the Riverside Technology Park in Frederick to open a regional training center, according to Baltimore-based St. John Properties, Inc., which owns the building. The facility, at 8430 Spires Way, will provide instruction for between 10 and 24 employees on any given day to support Subaru dealerships throughout the mid-Atlantic area. The 490,000-square-foot office park sits on 44 acres between Interstate 270 and Interstate 70 on Monocacy Boulevard. Danny Severn, leasing associate with St. John, represented the landlord. The tenant was represented by John Wilhide, John Boote and Ken Zirk of CBRE.

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The Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission wants to tear down its aging 96-unit Holly Hall seniors’ apartment complex in White Oak and replace it with a 475,000-square-foot mixed-use complex. The new housing project is described as a “major gateway mixed-use development in accord with the goals of the White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan” in a letter housing commission executive director Stacy L. Spann sent to the Planning Board. If approved, the new complex could be the first development to move forward under the master plan, which county officials hope will bring thousands of new high-paying jobs in the biotech and health fields to an area that has been bypassed by recent private development. The Holly Hall proposal is among the list of outstanding issues that the board will consider Wednesday, when it meets in a final work session scheduled before recommending the White Oak master plan to the County Council. The housing commission, which owns the county’s public housing projects and runs its affordable housing program, is seeking a new denser zoning designation to allow it to proceed with its plan for Holly Hall, which sits between the Beltway to the south and the National Labor College to the north. At 475,000 square feet, the proposal would dwarf the 287,000 square feet allowed under new zoning recommended for the 4.4-acre site by planning staff. The commission wants to demolish the existing 120,000-square-foot apartment building at 10110 New Hampshire Ave. and redevelop the property to serve mixed-income renters. The new project would be anchored by a larger marketrate rental housing complex that would preserve and subsidize the 96 units set aside for lowincome seniors. The Holly Hall project is separate from the neighboring Labor College, where the housing commission pulled out of an plan to acquire the 47-acre campus in partnership with Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church. Spann wrote that the higher zoning density is needed to make feasible a mixed-use project that would support affordable living for seniors. His letter to the board said, “These residents live on very modest incomes; thus the revenue produced by those units often does not even account

for the total expense of operating that unit. So, the increase in density we are requesting is particularly necessary to promote viability of redevelopment. HOC would use the preponderance of the new density to add marketrate units to cross-subsidize the replacement units and to help diversify the stock of rental housing in the Hillandale and White Oak areas.”

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running campaigns tells me that would not have been the most leveraged use of my time,” Moon said. Yet Moon noted that “nobody owns their seat,” and that every time House of Delegates seats are up for election, it is for the voters to choose who fills all three. William C. Smith, 31, who announced his campaign in early August, said the number of people who could throw their hat in the ring for Mizeur’s seat is indicative of the district. “I think we have the best delegates in all of Maryland,” he said. “Now that there is an open seat, it is an opportunity for me to give back to the community on a larger level.” Justin W. Chappell, 34, the only candidate thus far to file, said he supports the incumbents as they go for another term, and that his campaign will be focused on issues. “I certainly respect the incumbents and the fact that there is an open seat,” he said. “I would be honored to fill that seat.” With all three seats up for election, history shows that hard-fought campaigns have the power to oust incumbents. Mizeur earned her seat in the House in 2006 when she and Hucker — also a newcomer that year — elbowed out incumbent Del. Gareth Murray (D) of Silver Spring to earn top votes in the primary. kalexander@gazette.net


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Citing the amount of money needed to live in Montgomery County, a county councilman has proposed increasing the county’s minimum wage to $12 per hour. Councilman Marc Elrich (D-At Large) of Takoma Park announced last week that he plans to introduce the bill, which would apply to county businesses. “People can’t live on a minimum wage,” Elrich said Tuesday. Most employers in Montgomery currently must meet the requirements

of the federal minimum wage, which since 2009 has been set at $7.25 an hour. The Washington, D.C., metropolitan region is one of the most expensive in the country. According to a report from the Maryland Community Action Partnership cited in a release from Elrich’s office, a single adult in the county would need to make $17.07 per hour to be economically self-sufficient. A family of four would need two adults each making $19.62 per hour, while an adult with one child would have to earn $30.59 an hour. Montgomery County is a great place to live if you can afford it, but it’s almost impossible for poor people to live here, Elrich said. As a result, county taxpayers end

up paying for costs such as free or reduced-price lunch for schoolchildren, subsidized housing or health care that should be covered by a person’s salary, he said. Elrich said he doubts any of his colleagues on the council would say that $7.25 an hour is a reasonable salary in Montgomery. “We need to future out what’s the right number,” he said. He said he’s gotten some questions from other council members, such as whether employers that help pay employees’ health insurance costs should be allowed to pay below the $12 figure, or whether companies that employ high school students should be subject to the increased wage. “I’m willing to have a discussion

about [the details of the proposal],” Elrich said. Increasing Maryland’s minimum wage has drawn support from politicians including Rep. John Delaney (D-Dist. 6) of Potomac and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, who is pursuing the Democratic nomination for governor. It would be difficult for Montgomery County businesses to make the change if surrounding counties don’t, raising the possibility of businesses leaving Montgomery for other counties, said Marilyn Balcombe, president of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce. She noted that businesses could also leave Maryland for surrounding states if the state increased its mini-

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KEVIN JAMES SHAY STAFF WRITER

The Washington, D.C., region’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics could help speed up key projects in Montgomery County like the Purple Line, especially if the area wins the bid, business leaders say. While officials have been informally working on a bid for more than a year, Greater Washington Sports Alliance President Robert Sweeney announced this week the formation of DC 2024, the nonprofit group that is spearheading the bid. If successful, Washington would be the first

U.S. region to host the Summer Games since Atlanta in 1996. “It would be a major undertaking for the region, but it’s an exciting opportunity,” said Gigi Godwin, president and CEO of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. “It would be a great opportunity for us to boost our hospitality sector and infrastructure.” Washington was one of 35 U.S. cities to receive a letter from the U.S. Olympic Committee to gauge interest, but that committee hasn’t decided for certain it will bid for the games. For the 2012 Summer Olympics, which the local area bid on, the U.S. candidate, New York, finished fourth. The International Olympic Committee is slated to make a choice for the 2024 event by

2017. Officials from Los Angeles, which hosted the 1984 Olympics, Philadelphia, San Diego and Tulsa, Okla., have expressed interest in submitting 2024 bids. Paris and Rome could be among the international competitors. If the area won the bid, it would need to build an official Olympic Stadium, which could be conceivably then be used by teams such as the NFL’s Washington Redskins. Potomac resident Daniel Snyder, owner of the team, in a statement pledged his support. “We look forward to assisting the Washington Olympic Committee in presenting the nation’s capital and fabulous surrounding region to the Olympic sporting world,” Snyder said.

“We are fortunate to have most of the venues needed in an internationally recognized city that is accustomed to staging highprofile events.” Fellow Potomac resident Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals and Wizards, also pledged support of the bid on his blog. In the 2012 bid, the Washington-Baltimore coalition’s proposal called for FedEx Field in Landover to host some soccer matches, while the canoe competition would occur in Western Maryland. Dormitories at the University of Maryland, College Park would house athletes, while Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington would get various events. A new wrinkle would not just be the Purple Line, the east-west connection between Bethesda and Prince George’s County that is slated to be built by 2020, but the Shady Grove Arena. That arena is proposed near the Shady Grove Metro Station in Rockville at a cost of between $40 million and $50 million. The 2012 Olympics would have cost about $2 billion to develop and operate, but the economic impact for the Maryland-D.C. region would have been $5.3 billion, according to a report by economists Stephen Fuller of George Mason University and Richard Clinch of the University of Baltimore. Maryland and the Washington region would have also benefitted from an “enhanced world class image as a good place to live and do business,” Fuller and Clinch said. “Furthermore, the legacy of the Olympic Games will provide long lasting benefits to the area’s residents in the form of new and improved world class athletic facilities, enhanced transportation facilities and other infrastructure, and renewed community spirit and inter-regional cooperation.”

mum wage law. Balcombe said the chamber was still in the process of getting feedback from its members on Elrich’s proposal and hasn’t taken a position on it. Elrich said local wages should be tied to actual local costs of living, rather than trying to set one wage for the entire state. “Montgomery County is not the rest of the state of Maryland,” he said. Most businesses in the county already pay more than $12 an hour, and the county should work to keep it that way, Elrich said. “We have no business attracting businesses that pay less than $12 an hour,” he said. rmarshall@gazette.net

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Montgomery County is preparing to unveil a new program for connecting sources of unused food with people who need it. The county’s food recovery network is expected to make it easier to collect unused food and get it to nonprofit agencies that feed the hungry. The program will deal with both planned food recoveries — when a supermarket knows it will have meat, dairy, produce or other products that will be past their sell-by date and can schedule the products to be picked up — and unplanned pickups, taking food that wasn’t served from large weddings or catering events, said Richard Romer, who works for Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin. Ervin helped form a work group that developed recommendations on creating a food recoveryprogramforthecounty. The work group was scheduled to release its finding at a press conference Sept. 10. The group plans to set up both a central phone number to help set up food collections, as well as a mobile phone app to help connect providers with distributors, Romer said. A survey of grocery stores in the county found there aren’t many who don’t already donate products to organizations to feed the hungry, but restaurants and caterers may be more of an untapped market,

said Jenna Umbriac, director of nutrition programs for Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg, which provides food for more than 3,500 families each month. According to the group’s website, one in four county residents is at risk of hunger, and 32 percent of Montgomery County Public Schools students qualify for free or reduced-price meals. People are sometimes reluctant to donate because they’re afraid of being liable if someone gets sick from the products they donate, Umbriac said. But the new program will provide a countywide seal of approval that unused goods can be donated without fear of liability. The program has attracted a lot of private sector support, Romer said. “There’s a lot of interest in making this happen,” he said. The county set aside $200,000 in the fiscal 2014 budget to help implement the program. Having the funding approved will help get things moving more quickly once the plan is released, and they hope to have to program up and running by the start of 2014, Romer said. The county money will help Manna improve its infrastructure, particularly storage by building larger walk-in freezers or refrigerators, she said. The program won’t magically solve the hunger problem in the county, Umbriac said. Officials and groups that work to feed the hungry will still have to work on food issues, as well as the larger factors that contribute to poverty. “We can’t lose sight of the bigger issues,” she said.

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can, now is your chance. Montgomery County will soon expand its recycling program to include bulky rigid plastics, including large items such as pet crates or carriers, children’s toys, plastic pools or playhouses, milk crates, laundry baskets, dish strainers, large water bottles, step-stools, automotive bedliners, grills and hub caps, plastic coat hangers and

other objects. Residents can drop the items off at the county’s recycling center at 16105 Frederick Road in Derwood starting Wednesday. The county has been working to make sure companies who buy recycling items and use them to make other products would have a demand for the bulky plastic items before it begins collecting them, said Eileen Kao, chief of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Section for the county’s Division of Solid Waste Services. County Executive Isiah Leggett was scheduled to announce the change Wednesday at the county recycling facility. In a statement Tuesday, Leggett said he’s been a longtime advocate of recycling programs that make it easier for residents to recycle more materials in quantities that are as large as possible. Last year, Montgomery set a goal of recycling 70 percent of its waste stream by 2020. Currently, the county recycles about 58 percent, according to the Montgomery Department of Environmental Protection website. The expanded recycling program will help Montgomery reach that 70 percent goal, according to Leggett’s statement. The county began its recycling program in the ’70s and has continuously expanded it to provide more recycling opportunities, Kao said. “We’re always really looking for the next frontier,” she said. rmarshall@gazette.net


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An Arena Football League team could be a key tenant of a proposed 6,500-seat arena near the Shady Grove Metro station in Rockville, a principal of the development company working on the project said Tuesday. Tom Doyle, principal of Rockville-based D&A Sports and Entertainment Group, said he has been in ongoing talks with AFL Commissioner Jerry Kurz about bringing an indoor football team to the area. His company is also negotiating with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which owns about 8 acres that is now a parking lot for the Shady Grove Metro station, on leasing that property for the arena. The Metro negotiations are going well, he said, with parties “close to having a contingent agreement.” There would need to be studies of engineering, traffic and environmental matters, along with other processes, so an exact groundbreaking date would be hard to pinpoint, he said. But his talks with Metro and county officials had Doyle encouraged to the point that “it’s looking more like a reality that the arena will get built so we wanted to get a commitment from the Arena Football League,” he said. “It’s more than just a letter of interest [from Kurz]. We’ve been having ongoing talks for several years.” BJ Pickard, director of communications for the AFL, which has its headquarters in Chicago, said in an email that he does not “have any further information” on a potential team in Montgomery County. Doyle, an attorney and lifelong Montgomery County resident, said he has a group of investors lined up for a potential AFL franchise. His partner at D&A Sports is another longtime Montgomery resident, Bill Askinazi, an attorney and former assistant secretary with the state Department of Business and Economic Development. Doyle is no stranger to sports leagues and franchises, having owned the Maryland Nighthawks, a pro basketball team that played in North Bethesda, and co-founded an interactive sports television network and the Premier Basketball League, a professional hoops league. He has also founded the charitable organization Green Hoops for Hope. The AFL has been around since 1987 and is a “major sport with a national [CBS] television contract,” Doyle noted. “It’s a very exciting game that puts fans close to the action.” The AFL’s season runs from March to August. The games feature more scoring, with the Arizona Rattlers outscoring the Philadelphia Soul, 48-39, in the recent ArenaBowl XXVI. There are 14 teams, with another, the L.A. Kiss, scheduled to begin next year. The Los Angeles franchise is partly owned by members of the hard-rock band Kiss. It will not be the first AFL team to have noted musical owners, as Jon Bon Jovi was an owner of the Philadelphia Soul for a few years.

The AFL last fielded a team in the area in 1990, the Washington Commandos, which played at the Patriot Center, a 10,000-seat arena on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. The franchise was called the Maryland Commandos in 1989 when it played at the old Capital Centre in Landover. It formed in 1987 as one of four teams during the AFL’s inaugural season but did not field a team in 1988. The Capital Centre, which had a capacity of 18,130 for Washington Capitals hockey games and almost 19,000 for NBA basketball contests, was demolished in 2002 to make room for The Boulevard at The Capital Centre shopping mall. The proposed Shady Grove arena would be designed to allow up to 8,000 or so seats with suites, floor seating and standing area, Doyle said. “I’m confident it will be an adequate size,” he said. The AFL championship game played before more than 12,000 in Orlando, and L.A.’s new team will be in the Honda Center in Anaheim, where the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks play. That venue has a seating capacity of 17,174 for hockey and more for other events. The arena would take 13 to 15 months to build at a cost of $35 million to $50 million, Doyle said. It would be entirely privately funded, he said. “That’s not the norm for these types of facilities,” Doyle said. Besides sports events, the multipurpose arena could house trade shows, conventions, graduation ceremonies and concerts. The American Red Cross would also be able to use the space as an emergency shelter and storage for relief supplies, Doyle said. kshay@gazette.net 1907561

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The price of transit One step forward, one step back. First, the step forward: Gov. Martin O’Malley announced last month that $400 million of state money, funded through the controversial fuel-tax increase, would go toward the Purple Line. The funding shows the state is serious about the $2.2 billion rail link, important not only to Montgomery County but to the region. Jobs in THE PURPLE Bethesda will be connected LINE NEARS FRUITION AS to apartments in Silver METRORAIL MARC SHOWS ITS AGE Spring. and Amtrak lines will be a quick ride away. Neighborhood businesses along the line will have new customers. A longdesired direct transit link to College Park and the university will be a reality. Construction could begin in 2015 and the first trains could run by 2020. Rural Marylanders, including upcounty Montgomery residents, have raised objections that millions collected statewide through the fuel tax is heading toward transit. The state needs miles and miles of highways so its residents can move efficiently. The Maryland Department of Transportation says that when all is said and done, the gas tax revenue will be split about evenly between transit and road projects. The critics — cock your ear and you can hear them chambering the argument — will say that less than 10 percent of Marylanders use any of the transit systems across the state. It’s a disconnect, and one that lands in the lap of elected and appointed leaders to defend. Funding for the Purple Line is definitely a step forward for Montgomery. Now the step backward: Water is seeping into Metrorail’s Red Line between the Medical Center and Friendship Heights stations. As first reported by WRC NBC4, repairs could mean that section of the subway will be closed. Metro maintenance already inconveniences its riders. Track work shuts down stations on the weekends. Escalator repairs and replacements mean long climbs up and down stairs to trains. Metro’s engineers say it could be months, or even years, before they develop a repair plan for the seepage, and it’s likely to be painful. A section of the line could be shut down for months as workers plug the leaks. In the past, Metro has used “bus bridges” to get riders past temporarily closed stations. One can imagine a commuter disembarking at Grovenor-Strathmore, riding a bus along Md. 355 that stops at Medical Center, Bethesda and Friendship Heights, and then picking up the Metro again at Tenleytown. Getting to a downtown Washington, D.C., office could be a trial for Montgomery commuters. Such repairs are going to be a fact of life for the Metro, which is showing its age. In three years, the subway system will mark the 40th anniversary of opening its first Red Line stations. And though other cities have older subway systems that seem to run better, few transit systems have the issues Metro faces. The system serves a world capital, two states, and a half-dozen other jurisdictions, not to mention a fickle federal government. It has no secure funding source (fares cover about 55 percent of the day-to-day expenses). None of that constitutes an excuse, but it certainly adds complexity to the problems of providing reliable transportation for as many as 800,000 people a day. The news of the seepage — a step back — comes just as the region is embracing the notion of the long-sought Purple Line could be a reality — a step forward. Reliable funding sources that can expand transit and maintain it are crucial for the entire region.

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Opposing opinions in Clarksburg I have been an avid reader of The Gazette for many years, and rely on its editorials to be accurately researched. This week’s editorial endorsement of the proposed Pulte development in the headwaters of Ten Mile Creek however was biased and inaccurate for the following reasons: 1. In this specific case, it is not possible to balance development and the environment. The Staff Draft Limited Amendment by the Montgomery County planning staff is clear on this: if the plan is implemented, it will degrade the water and biological quality of Ten Mile Creek.

2. Development in this sensitive watershed will degrade Little Seneca Reservoir because it is the last clean tributary flowing into it. The emergency drinking water supply for the Washington, D.C., area will be affected. 3. Developers make promises of environmental site design and engineering fixes but these stormwater management techniques have not worked in the other two tributaries to Little Seneca Reservoir. Little Seneca and Cabin Branch tributaries are significantly polluted and have been downgraded. 4. We have a moral duty to pro-

Seniors being thrown under the Metro train The Washington, D.C., Metro system has accomplished a lot for senior citizens with handicaps over the years by making it easier for them to access and travel on the Metro system, but what happens when a senior citizen is no longer able to use the Metro system? The answer is they forfeit any remaining monies they have left on any type of senior fare card. I help my wife take care of her parents, who are senior citizens. My in-laws have approximately $200 in senior paper fare tickets and can no longer travel on the Metro system because of health issues. They asked me to help them obtain a refund for their fare cards or transfer the money to a regular SmartTrip card so that other family members could use the money they had invested in these cards (seemed like a reasonable and thoughtful request). I spoke first with a Metro station manager. The station manager told me that Metro’s policy is “no refunds” but said that I could transfer the value of the senior paper fare cards to a Senior SmartTrip card. I pointed out that this does not help because they are not capable of using the Metro system and no other member of our family qualifies for the senior citizen discount. I asked if the value of the paper fare cards could be transferred to a regular SmartTrip card. The station manager didn’t think that was possible but suggested that I consult with the staff at the Metro Center sales office in D.C. (we live in Maryland). I went into D.C., to the sales office, and repeated my in-laws’ request. The sales office representative (rudely) told me that a

refund was out of the question and that the value of the fare cards had to be transferred to a Senior SmartTrip card. What was even more incredible was that the representative told me that one of my in-laws had to come to the Metro Center sales office in person to do this! I called the Metro customer service help line and repeated my story. After consulting with a manager, the customer service representative stated that no refunds were allowed. The representative told me that since my in-laws were handicapped, they could mail their paper fare cards to Metro headquarters and obtain a Senior SmartTrip card in the mail. I could pick up a “blue fare adjustment envelope” at any Metro location to start this process. Still no one is listening — a Senior SmartTrip card is the same as throwing our money and/or our paper fare cards in the trash. I believe it is truly incredible that Metro executives have thrown its senior citizens “under the train” by refusing to give them options after they have invested their hard-earned, and possibly limited, money in the Metro system. What is a senior citizen or their family to do when they can no longer use the Metro system due to health issues or worse, they pass away? The answer is very simply that no one cares and Metro is very happy to keep the hard earned money of those seniors without a second thought. We would simply like to transfer the value we have on the Senior paper fare cards to a regular SmartTrip card or obtain a refund of funds paid.

Michael Gooden and Margaret Nolan, North Bethesda

tect our water resources; sound land-use practices require us to limit imperviousness (hard paved surfaces) to fully protect vital headwater areas. The imperviousness of the Pulte plan is too high. 5. Montgomery County has had a good record of environmental protection thus far. Degradation of the Ten Mile Creek headwaters is not necessary to provide needed amenities in Clarksburg, and housing which through more TDR’s can be put elsewhere. The 1994 Clarksburg Master Plan does not take into account the substantial scientific data determining water quality (see Staff

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League opposes legislation on pervious surfaces On Sept. 30, two County Council committees are scheduled to meet jointly to discuss Bill 13-13 and ZTA 13-03 that deal with the calculation of impervious and pervious surfaces. The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County recognizes that the concept of porous pavement has great appeal. Nevertheless, as indicated below, we want to share with Montgomery County citizens the serious concerns on which we base our stand in firm opposition to this county bill and zoning text amendment. Please note that if pervious surfaces consistently worked as planned, we would not have to worry about runoff with its gullies and water-carrying pollutants. However, they do not — as exemplified by the following points about maintenance and water quality: • Maintenance. A long-term Rockville study indicates that only with good-quality maintenance do pervious surfaces provide a high rate of removal efficiency not only for water, but also for sediment, phosphates, and nitrogen. As evidenced by the large cuts (and little recovery) in county maintenance budgets during recent budget difficulties, relying on good quality maintenance of pervious surfaces is chancy. • Water quality. In addition, because pollutants such as nitrates and chlorides are not easily adsorbed, they may continue to move through the soil and contaminate the groundwater. In fact, the federal Environmental Protection Agency suggests that until more scientific data are available, it is not advisable to construct porous pavement near groundwater drinking supplies or in areas of sole-source aquifers (such as Montgomery County’s Ten Mile Creek and the emergency water supply into which it drains). Please also note that EPA estimates the high failure rate of porous pavement at 75 percent: this failure rate leads to concern for water quantity as well as quality.

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Amendment, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and other water quality data). Ten Mile Creek needs to be kept as a reference stream (how else will we determine what clean water is?) as well as a crucial surface and groundwater drinking resource. The developers have every reason to insist that their plans will protect the Ten Mile Creek Watershed yet scientific data clearly states that this is not so. Do we really want to risk clean water by destroying our last, best creek and jeopardize the health of Montgomery County?

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• Water quality (continued). The processing of nutrients, production of macroinvertebrates and such contribute to the overall hydrology and ecology of the larger river system. These types of productivity especially need to take place in headwaters areas that have high surface-to-volume ratios and intimate contact with the region beneath and alongside a stream bed: this enables mixing of shallow groundwater and surface water. Covering such an area — even with porous pavement — would seriously affect the water quality in a stream. • Biodiversity as well as water quality. The proposed amount of paving would also affect biodiversity, as described here: The impervious surface restrictions in special protection areas are used as a proxy for other regulatory measures to protect not only the water quality and quantity of the streams, but also the biodiversity situated in these resources. Allowing almost one-third of the area to be paved over — as suggested by the proposed ZTA 13-03 — would certainly have a negative effect upon biodiversity. An alternative to consider: Perhaps a less ambitious approach to the use of porous pavement could work. This would, however, need to include strict maintenance requirements and apply only to low-volume parking areas in densely developed zones or to pathways not requiring snow clearance. We need to preserve our headwaters as well as preserving our ground water for rural wells. Impervious — and pervious — pavement should be used only where they are appropriate and well maintained. The blanket approach of bill 13-13 and ZTA 13-03 is not acceptable.

Linna Barnes, Chevy Chase The writer is the president of the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County.

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Dear Blair’s advice column Editor, We were very disturbed by Blair Lee’s recent column (“2014 Is About Race and Place”, May 17) about Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown launching his campaign for governor. It’s clear that rather than attending, reading and watching the speech of Brown’s announcement, Mr. Lee presented his own distorted world view as fact and resorted to what is essentially race baiting. — SEN. ROB GARAGIOLA — SEN. NANCY KING Dear Senators, I was upset when I first read your letter because I thought you might be serious. But, then, when you offered no examples of my alleged “race baiting,” I realized you were simply currying favor with the adminMY MARYLAND istration, the BLAIR LEE Montgomery delegation’s customary pastime in Annapolis. Actually, I watched a tape of Brown’s announcement speech and drew the same conclusions as Washington Post reporter John Wagner and Attorney General Doug Gansler — Brown’s “disparities” pitch is aimed at this fellow African-American voters. Why is telling that obvious truth “race baiting”? When political columnist Josh Kurtz recently wrote, “It’s tough being a white male in Democratic politics these days. ... Is that a real trend, something (governor) O’Malley ... and white males everywhere need to worry about at every level of Democratic politics?”, was that “race baiting”? Did you write Kurtz a nasty letter? When Rev. Jesse Jackson said this week that, “The Tea Party is the resurrection of the Confederacy” was that “race baiting”? Did you write Jackson, too? When The Baltimore Sun editorialized that Bob Ehrlich’s running mate, Mike Steele, “brings nothing to the ticket but the color of his skin”, was that “race baiting”? Did you write the Sun?

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And when the Race Baiter In Chief, Barack Obama, recklessly injected race into an ongoing murder jury trial, saying, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon Martin,” did you drop him a nasty note? Of course not. Your selective outrage is pure politics posing as righteous indignation. — BLAIR Mr. Lee, Thank you for stating the obvious in Friday’s Gazette. As I talk to those in my community, I get the impression they are fearful of uttering the word “race,” afraid they will be labeled a racist, persecuted and totally destroyed by the liberal media. — MATTHEW QUINN Mr. Quinn, Yes, I know what you mean (see above). — BLAIR Editor, I’m responding to Blair Lee’s column [“Maryland’s Environmental Austerity,” Aug. 9], but first I would like to state that I am a scientist in the field of atmospheric sciences. I have dealt with weather and climate issues for over 30 years. Climate change is an established fact. Global warming also is an established fact. The problem with the socalled “green environmentalists” is that they would like to give credit to carbon dioxide as the cause. (But) changes in carbon dioxide amounts in the atmosphere FOLLOW changes in temperature, not the other way around. So, what are the drivers of global climate change? In order, energy output of the sun, variations of the earth’s orbit around the sun and the tilt of the earth’s axis. When the earth’s axis tilt increases to near 24 degrees, it increases the amount of solar radiation reaching the Arctic and Antarctic ice masses, along with the glaciers in between. When the earth’s orbit moves farther from the sun, cooling will increase (followed by a decrease in CO2 levels despite increased use of fossil fuels). But what about the government’s plans to control energy production? They are based on political science, not physical science, and they will have no measurable effect on climate change.

These programs tend to be wealth transfer programs. They will take wealth from all, but will have the greatest detrimental effect on the poor, who will have to pay higher costs for energy. This allows the government to raid wealthier taxpayers on the guise of helping the poor. Forcing the poor and middle class to give energy grants for systems that are too expensive amounts to a “war on the poor.” — MD CONTINENTAL Dear MD Continental, Thanks for the fascinating email, but you are ruining a perfectly good national panic attack. Don’t you realize that most scientists agree that the world is doomed? Of course, it wasn’t that many centuries ago that most scientists also agreed that the world was flat. — BLAIR Hi Blair, I just wanted to share something with you. Over the years, Kathy and I have supported certain charities which we feel really, truly help those in need. One of our favorites has been the food pantry at St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Catholic Church in Rosedale, Md. This parish does incredible things to help the poorest of the poor. Well, they just found out that the new “rain tax” is going to really hurt. Here are the figures: FY2014: sewer service, $5,115; Bay restoration, $720; stormwater fee, $1,691. Total: $7,526. This $5,366 increase will hurt a lot of people in real need. — TOM BALDWIN Tom, Tough luck. Reducing Bay pollution is our top priority no matter how much it costs or how many people it hurts. Consider yourself lucky that we don’t shut down your impervious surfaced church and turn it into a rain garden. Stop being so selfish and get with the program. — BLAIR 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.gazette. net/blairlee. His email address is blairleeiv@gmail.com.

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Raining on Lee’s analysis I found two things troubling about Blair Lee’s recent column (“Taxpayers exiting Maryland”). One is that he claims the Tax Foundation study looked at which states are gaining or losing taxpayers and why. But the FAQ on the Tax Foundation website, in response to a question about whether the Tax Foundation is implying that taxes are why people move between states, says, “No. Taxes are one of hundreds of factors that go into a person’s decision to move. Others include age, technology, job prospects and the quality/quantity of government services provided.” After making passing mention of several reasons why people might move, Lee goes on to speculate that the root causes of all this state to state migration are his usual suspects of

taxes and Democrats. This brings me to my second point, which is whether part of the reason people move is simply to be in places with better weather. And sure enough, the five states with the greatest net migration inflows between 2000-2010 are also among those with the highest average annual temperatures. So are more people moving to Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Arizona, and Georgia for better weather, or for lower taxes and more Republicans? It is an open question, and the true answer to why people move is, as the Tax Foundation suggests, far too nuanced and complex to be answered in a single opinion column.

Bill Nickerson, Silver Spring

Pedestrian safety A good habit I use when walking in parking lots is to be aware if a car has its backup lights on [“Pedestrian collisions in parking lots on the rise,” Aug. 21]. Those are the white lights on the back of the car. This means that the car is in reverse ready to back up and they may not see you walking behind. Also, I notice that people cross-

ing at traffic lights don’t look to see if cars approaching the red light will stop. They just assume that they will stop and that they are safely crossing. Many drivers are looking at their cell phones and may not be paying attention to the crosswalk. If crossing at a light, look the drivers in the eyes to make sure they are aware of you.

John De Fabbio, Silver Spring

More support for Cabin Branch plan in Clarksburg The proposed premium outlet mall at Cabin Branch has always been appealing to me because it meets people’s needs in Clarksburg and also Montgomery County. It will create jobs for people and also provide tax revenue for the county. As a civil engineer, I see that the location of the outlet mall at Cabin Branch is much better than other places, and it shall be environmen-

tally friendly. Because so many of the needed approvals have already been granted, I believe that the project can be completed in time as the developer proposed, and we will have a beautiful outlet mall that meets people’s needs, and benefits both people in the neighboring area and Montgomery County.

Baozhu Wei, Clarksburg


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POLICE BLOTTER The following is a summary of incidents in the Silver Spring/ Takoma Park area to which Montgomery County and/or Takoma Park police responded recently. The words “arrested” and “charged” do not imply guilt. This information was provided by the county and Takoma Park police media services office.

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Aggravated assault • On Aug. 15 at 8:54 p.m. in the 13900 block of Castle Boulevard, Silver Spring. The subjects are known to the victim. • On Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. in the 600 block of Silver Spring Avenue, Silver Spring. The subject is known to the victim.

Residential burglary • 800 block of 1st Avenue, Silver Spring, between 2:50 a.m. Aug. 12 and 2:50 a.m. Aug. 18. Forced entry, took nothing. • 700 block of McNeil Road, Silver Spring, between 2 a.m. Aug. 13 and 9 a.m. Aug. 15. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. • Unit block of Sheffield Manor Court, Fairland, between 9 a.m. and 8:50 p.m. Aug. 13. Unknown entry, took property. • 14700 block of McKnew Road, Burtonsville, on Aug. 14. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. • 12900 block of Beethoven Boulevard, Silver Spring, between 10 p.m. Aug. 13 and 7 a.m. Aug. 14. Attempted entry, took nothing. • 9500 block of St. Andrew’s Way, Silver Spring, between 8:05 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Forced entry, took property. • 11800 block of New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, between 10:50 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Forced entry, took property. • 11800 block of Caplinger Road, Silver Spring, at 1:15 p.m. Aug. 14. Forced entry, took nothing. • 1600 block of Regent Manor Court, Silver Spring, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 15. Forced entry, took property. • 14900 block of McKnew Road, Burtonsville, between 5 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Aug. 16. Forced entry, took property. • 11500 block of Steward Lane, Silver Spring, between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Aug. 18. Unknown entry, took property. • 11200 block of Oak Leaf Drive, Silver Spring, between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Aug. 18. Unknown entry, took property. • 200 block of Brewster Avenue, Silver Spring, between 7:50 a.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 19. Forced entry, took property. • 500 block of Norcross Way, Silver Spring, at 1:24 p.m. Aug. 19. Forced entry, took property. • 1500 block of Grace Church Road, Silver Spring, at 8 a.m. Aug. 20. Unknown entry, took property.

Robbery • On Aug. 14 at 12:35 p.m. in the 3900 block of Ballet Way, Burtonsville. The subject threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. • On Aug. 14 at 1 a.m. in the 3100 block of Fairland Road, Silver Spring. The subjects threatened the victim with a weapon and unsuccessfully attempted to take property. • On Aug. 14 at 7:50 p.m. in the 14100 block of Castle Boulevard, Silver Spring. The subject assaulted the victim and took property. • On Aug. 18 at 4:09 a.m. in the 13900 block of Castle Boulevard, Silver Spring. The subject threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. • On Aug. 20 at 9:38 p.m. in the 14100 block of Armilla Court, Burtonsville. The subject assaulted the victim and took property.

Sexual assault • On Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of East-West Highway, Silver Spring. Unsuccessful attempt.

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Charter school makes changes to lottery process School continues push to raise funds

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Montgomery County’s only charter school began its second school year last week with new student lottery rules and continued efforts to close its funding gap. Community Montessori Charter School made changes to its enrollment lottery following problems that arose during the process last year. The Kensington school uses a lottery process to decide enrollment by random selection, according to the agreement between the school and the county board of education. School system staff stepped in to help review the lottery after the school sent out acceptance letters to some wrong families during its first lottery process in 2012, according to Dana Tofig, a spokesman for the county school system. “The lottery process was completely revamped this year,” said Ann Byrne, vice president of education for Crossway Community, the nonprofit that runs the school. A Feb. 26 memorandum from Donna Hollingshead, community superintendent for Montgomery County Public Schools, said seven students enrolled at the school last year were “not on the lottery acceptance roster or wait list.” Though she was listed on the memorandum as one of the intended recipients, Byrne said when initially asked about the seven students that she was not aware of that enrollment issue and she did not know any student who did not go through the lottery process. She added that the process has undergone changes, including technical ones, with the assistance of the school system. Tofig said in an email Aug. 27 that it was his understanding that the school said seven students were enrolled from the wait list but that the names could not be verified on the school system’s student database. School system staff “were more heavily involved in the lottery process this year and these types of issues should not continue to be a problem,” he said in the email. He added the school system will continue to work with the charter to identify potential improvements for the 2014-2015 school year lottery. During its first year, the school’s student body consisted of roughly 70 children ages 3

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and 4. About 104 students ages 3, 4 and 5 attend the school this academic year. Another issue facing the school is its ability to raise enough funds to complement money the county school system allocates for the school. The school does not receive any school-system funds for its 3-year-old students and only receives funds for some of its 4-year-olds who are income eligible. It also will need to raise roughly $150,000 for the 20132014 school year, according to Bowers. As of Aug. 27, Crossway Community still was working toward its fundraising goal of $150,000 for last year’s budget, according to Kathleen Guinan, the nonprofit’s CEO. “It’s a slow process, but we’re on the right track,” Guinan said. Montgomery County Council member Valerie Ervin (DDist. 5) of Takoma Park said during a July 22 meeting of the council’s education committee she had heard from parents who felt pressured to help raise the money. Yet Liz Fisher — whose 4-year-old daughter is entering her second year in the charter school — said she has had a different experience when it comes to what is asked of parents. “I’ve never felt like they were expecting us to make up that difference,” Fisher said. While “a lack of communication” has frustrated some parents, she said, she doesn’t think the school is trying to hide anything from or mislead parents. Fisher said she knows the school’s administrative side needs to improve, but is happy with the quality of education. “I certainly wouldn’t keep my child someplace where I thought the education was compromised,” she said. Parent Radha Nandagopal, who described the charter school as “experimental,” also said she’s “never felt pressure to fundraise” and she has seen parents participate in fundraising activities similar to those at other schools. “We’ve always been reassured that there will be private donations and grants” to fill the gap, Nandagopal said. Communication with parents could improve, she said.

“I think obviously the school’s going to have some growing pains,” she said. Other parents are more frustrated with the school. Lucy Hick, whose daughter attends the charter, said she is one of several parents who have been actively trying to get the school to be “more transparent” and communicative with parents. For her, she said, it’s a matter of “just trying to make sure it’s being run and overseen properly.” Hick said she had been under the impression the funding gap was larger before she heard the $150,000 figure at the July 22 meeting. She said she also is concerned about a goal Guinan voiced during the July committee meeting — that the school plans to recruit a larger pool of income-eligible 4-year-olds. “They’re mandated to have a free and open lottery,” Hick said. Byrne said 4-year-olds would be recruited to participate in the lottery process, increasing the odds an incomeeligible child would be selected. Parents expressed hope for change from the school’s recently filled principal’s seat. The school operated without a certified principal during its first school year. Karen Caroscio — previously the assistant principal for South Lake Elementary School in Gaithersburg — said her goals as the new principal include developing the charter’s Home School Association, updating recruiting strategies for students, and ensuring the school is in compliance with the school system’s regulations. County Board of Education member Michael A. Durso said in an interview that the Montessori charter school operates differently than other county public schools, making comparisons difficult when it comes to the school’s issues such as staffing, class sizes and the lottery process. “A lot of it is almost apples and oranges,” he said. Durso added, however, that he thinks the charter school is experiencing some structural and procedural issues that need to be addressed. “This is our first venture into the charter world,” he said.

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Continued from Page A-1 or the hospital about a victim of rape or sexual assault coming forward, the on-duty volunteer will be paged. The volunteer is sometimes given information such as the victim’s name, address, phone number, age or a brief description of what happened. “When that pager goes off, you don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Jean Arthur, who has volunteered with the program for about 14 months. “Your heart drops. If you were about to fall asleep, you’re wide awake,” said Jeannette Feldner of Wheaton, who has been a volunteer since 2007. Ron Cohen, a volunteer from Potomac, said he constantly watches the clock when he is on call. When they are paged, the volunteers often report to Shady Grove Hospital, the hospital that staffs nurses trained in giving forensic exams. The volunteers said it is their job to make the victim as comfortable as possible during the process that can be hours long. Sometimes victims have family and friends with them, and sometimes they come alone. It is the job of the volunteer to be an advocate for the victim, to be a sounding board should they want to talk, or to be a crutch should the victim just need someone by his or her side. Volunteers provide a clean

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Continued from Page A-1 Program, she decided to enroll. The program, she says, “was really a security blanket for us.” When she had trouble getting her driver’s license renewed because of the discrepancy between her proxy address and her actual address, someone from the Annapolis-based Address Confidentiality Program office met her at the MVA in Montgomery County. “She took me by the hand and led me up there and explained to them what the situation was,” Leah recalled. “They do a heroic job with the funding they have.” About 800 Maryland women are enrolled in the program that provides participants with a

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change of clothes when the victim’s clothing is taken for evidence. The victims can be as young as 5 years old, so volunteers also carry items for younger victims and the families of victims, including stuffed animals and coloring books with crayons. “These people are going through a traumatic experience and it’s so reassuring for them to know that there’s someone to be with them through the entire process,” said Sandra Whitaker of Damascus, who has been with the program for more than three years. “Some of them may have gotten into the situation because they had too much to drink or somebody slipped them something,” Cohen said. “They’re befuddled. ... You just try to be there for them.” Therapist Ginger Ebner said the volunteers are important because they serve as a point of reference for the victim and the victim’s family. In addition to being “their everything,” as Arthur said, the volunteers also provide victims with resources, including contact information to set up a one-on-one session with a trained therapist. The program is available to all Montgomery County residents and any person who is victimized in Montgomery County. Should victims seek it out, the first therapy session with the program is free. Victims will not be turned away based on their legal status or their inability to pay.

“Clients that get support immediately after their trauma have less negative symptoms which is why these [volunteers] are so helpful when they’re not right there on the scene of the crime but provide that immediate support,” Ebner said. “Victims heal faster, recover faster when they feel believed and they feel safe, and that’s what our volunteers do.” The volunteers work a sixhour shift about twice a week, or whenever they are available. There are 33 volunteers in the program now, though supervisory therapist Ellen Wachter — who is also the program’s volunteer supervisor — said they are looking for more because that number is low. Volunteers go through a 32-hour training program that weeds out the people who may be too sensitive or just not fit for the program, Whitaker said. Volunteers get a chance to work on their counseling skills, tour

substitute address and free mailforwarding services. This makes it more difficult for an abuser to find a victim who has moved away. “It’s very hands-on and close-knit,” said Peter Fosselman, the Kensington mayor who is also deputy secretary of state. His office administers the program, which has a budget of $65,391. “There are only two people who can access the (participants’) information, and it’s kept locked up and secured.” To qualify, applicants must demonstrate evidence of domestic violence, such as records from the police, a domestic violence program or a religious, medical or other professional. In Montgomery County, police reported 1,054 domestic violence crimes in 2011. Nationwide, about one in four women

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the hospital, meet with the police department’s major crimes and family crimes departments and do a series of role playing to prepare for a crisis intervention. During 2012, sexual assault volunteers donated 11,610 hours staffing the 24/7 crisis response, providing crisis intervention in 130 separate outreaches and ongoing services to 241 persons in need of crisis services following a sexual assault. Training is ongoing for volunteers, who meet monthly to talk about what they did in situations to learn from one another. These meetings are also a time when the volunteers are able to find out from therapists whether a victim they helped has come in for counseling or if an arrest was made in a case they worked. Volunteers are not allowed to have contact with the victims after they leave the hospital. In addition to sexual assault outreach volunteers, the program also has volunteer court

companions who provide support to victims and their families as cases proceed through the criminal justice system. Volunteers also provide resources at health fairs around the area. Feldner, who is both a sexual assault outreach volunteer and a court companion, said the most helpful thing she has been taught as a volunteer is to be non-judgemental. “We’re just there with them, we’re not deciding if their story is right or not,” she said. Some cases can be tough on the volunteers because victims can go through a whole range of emotions — from being angry at an assailant they knew to bursting into tears. Feldner said she had a case where she was helping a victim, but also helped the victim’s family through the process. It wasn’t until she got into her car at the end of the outreach when it hit her. “I got in my car and I just busted out crying because it was a really tough one,” Feldner said. Oftentimes, volunteers will feel a connection to the victims who remind them of someone they know, such as a child or grandchild. The volunteers are each assigned a supervisor to report to, who they call after helping a victim to check in and file a report. Those supervisors are available any time the volunteers need them. While the experience can be stressful, volunteers need to have the empathy and patience to help victims, while also being able to compartmentalize his or

her feelings to take on that next outreach. “We do have to leave our personalities outside of the hospital or police station to put on that brave face or to not feed into the emotion that’s going on,” Whitaker said. The volunteers said they have been on an outreach where a family member or friend who brought the victim to the hospital and confessed they had been through a similar experience. “They’ve just told you something they’ve never told anybody,” Arthur said. “It’s bottling up and hindering their progress, and once they’ve gotten it out, they can continue to get therapy.” Sometimes victims will feel guilty for what has happened to them. Ebner said volunteers and therapists have to remind the victims of the law. “It doesn’t matter if you’re an exotic dancer, the law says at the point of penetration or being touched against your will the law was broken,” Ebner said. “Bad choices doesn’t mean you deserved this.” Cohen said he thought volunteering with the program would be a good thing to do during retirement, which has turned out to be “an unbelievably rewarding experience.” “I decided to do it because I have a sister, a wife, two daughters and three granddaughters, and I thought if anything — perish the thought — should ever happen to them like this, I want somebody like me there for them,” Cohen said.

experience domestic violence during her lifetime, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Maryland started the Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program in 2006 and has served 1,200 people. Thirty-five states have similar programs in place. Beth Volk, the director of Maryland’s program, recalls one participant who credited the services with helping her live a normal life again. The woman said she finally felt safe enough to walk around the neighborhood and watch TV at a normal volume because she wasn’t always listening for the sounds of an intruder. Participants stay enrolled for up to four years and may re-enroll as many times as necessary. According to Volk, at least half re-enroll.

But Leah was not one of them. While she says the program is an essential tool for people like her, it could also be “cumbersome.” A few times, she missed events at her children’s school because she received the invitations too late. She also couldn’t vote in Montgomery County because her driver’s license showed an Annapolis address and she was technically registered to vote in Anne Arundel County. “I had to vote by absentee ballot in the presidential election, and I’ve had trouble getting my voter registration changed back to Montgomery County” since leaving the program, she said. Another issue she had was her actual address still appearing on the Internet, which she

recognizes the Address Confidentiality Program had no control over. “I did find my (actual) address on the Internet all the time on pages like Intelius and White Pages. I constantly had to contact these organizations to tell them to take my address down,” she said. She contacted White Pages, who told her that even if they did remove her information, they couldn’t guarantee it wouldn’t appear somewhere else. “Things so far had been okay. My children had grown up a bit, and I felt like when they were younger I needed to protect them more,” she says of not re-enrolling in the Address Confidentiality Program. “And we talked about how the whole thing had started to offer us a false sense of security. We knew

that anyone could find our address on the Internet, so it was like, ‘Who are we kidding?’” Despite some setbacks, Montgomery County Sheriff Darren Popkin said the Address Confidentiality Program is a necessary part of a larger network of resources available to domestic violence victims in the county. These include the Betty Ann Krahnke women’s shelter, the Abused Persons Program and the Family Justice Center. “Just getting a protective order is a great step, but it’s part of a larger plan to protect (domestic violence victims’) safety,” Popkin said. For more information on the Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program, visit http:// www.sos.state.md.us/ACP/ SafeAtHome.aspx.

square (feet) of coverage.” The green roofs are much cooler than typical school roofs, which are often made of heat-absorbing black material, Kirchman said. The plants also filter water andair,improvingtheirqualityand fostering biodiversity, she said. Each vegetative roof is cov-

ered with a mix of low-growing sedum plants, which offer a carpet of greenery, with small flowers scattered through. “They have to be fairly low maintenance, and they need to be able to survive in relatively arid environments ...,” Shuman said. “You can’t just necessarily

put any plants up there.” Asabonus,greenroofsletchildren see environmentally friendly design in a familiar setting. “We’re trying to educate our children not only in the academic curriculum, (but) ... we also like to educate them a little bit and provide them some

insight into the environment,” Shuman said. Michaele Simmons, Weller Road’s principal, said the green roof has sparked students’ interest in green living and recycling. They want to know what the plants are, whether somebody has to cut them, how big the green roof is

and how it saves energy, and all their questions lead to teaching opportunities, Simmons said. “You learn better when you’re actually able to touch it, see it, live it,” she said. “... Nothing beats experience.”

and Human Services. “The school system itself — counselors came and took the kids to school [the] next morning. They rerouted buses. ... People have been coming to the shelter [saying], what can we do, what can

we do? ... We are exceptionally proud. This community is absolutely amazing.” Kenney said the management of the building that burned returned security deposits, plus $250 per family for assistance. “The average check each family

got was about $450,” he said. Joel Sosa, 30, was waiting for his wife to get home from work when the fire started at the apartment next to his on the first floor. “When I tried to leave the apartment, there was a lot of smoke, heat and fire. I couldn’t

get out through the door,” said Sosa, a highway construction worker. “We have been receiving a lot of help. The Red Cross and Montgomery County are doing everything possible to help us,” he added. Sosa said he is thankful his family was not in the apartment when the fire broke out. He held back tears when he spoke of his son. “He is only 2, but understands everything,” Sosa said. “He misses his home and says, ‘Let’s go home.’ He asks for his toys.” Sosa and family were getting ready to move to a new apartment. Meanwhile, volunteers from the Red Cross and Montgomery County officials have been working nonstop to help out the

families in need. “When there is a fire, the moment the bells are ringing in the fire station, we are called. So, we will get the word of the event right as it happens,” said Joseph Diaz, a Red Cross volunteer. The Red Cross has helped families by giving them debit cards to buy items they immediately need. IMPACT Silver Spring will have a “Meet and Greet” resource fair on Saturday at the Long Branch Community Center to help the residents get back on their feet. “It will be a fun afternoon, where we want people to enjoy a day in unison,” said Carlos Iglesias of IMPACT Silver Spring. “We will have food (and) children’s activities, and we are inviting the community and all families affected by the fire.”

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METHODS AND MADNESS Four actors set to play all parts in “Hamlet,” “Saint Joan” n

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One of William Shakespeare’s greatest works is his play, “Hamlet.” For many actors, being cast in a production of the show is a dream come true. However,

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many have proclaimed the role of Hamlet as the “actor’s nightmare.” Of course, doing the entire five-act play with only four actors might be a nightmare unto itself. Director and actor Eric Tucker sees it more as a dream than a nightmare. “It can be difficult,” Tucker said. “Sometimes problems arise and you end up spending a lot of rehearsal

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FROM BEDLAM THEATRE

New York’s Bedlam Theatre will bring “Hamlet” to the Olney Theatre Center this weekend.

SILVER SPRING JAZZ FESTIVAL

Members of the Branford Marsalis Quartet will headline Silver Spring’s annual jazz festival on Saturday in Veterans Plaza. From left are pianist Joey Calderazzo, saxophonist Marsalis, percussionist Justin Faulkner and bassist Eric Revis. ERIC RYAN ANDERSON

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This year, the WonderWorks children’s theater program at Bowie State University will be partnering with Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo to get two of Adventure’s shows ready for the road. One show, “Three Little Birds,” is based on Cedella Marley’s children’s book and her father Bob Marley’s song of the same name. It is about a little boy who confronts his fears of the outside world. Written and choreographed by Michael Bobbitt, producing artistic director of Adventure Theatre MTC, the show is headed for a three-week run at the New Victory theater in New York City after trial runs in January 2014 at the new Fine and Performing Arts Center at BSU. “It gives us a chance to rehearse and tech it and iron out the kinks,” Bobbitt said. Bobbitt got permission from Marley’s family to incorporate 15 of Marley’s songs in the show, which Adventure presented with a professional cast in March 2013 at Glen Echo.

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Brooklyn-based Jazz pianist and composer Noah Haidu will perform as part of his quintet during Silver Spring’s annual jazz festival on Saturday in Veterans Plaza.

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VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER

Jazz is like a rich conversation, and you need an extensive vocabulary to play it. “It takes decades to develop,” said saxophonist Branford Marsalis, whose quartet will be headlining the 10th annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival on Saturday in Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring. Performing with him will be pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and percussionist Justin Faulkner. Also performing will be Brooklyn-based jazz pianist Noah Haidu and his quintet, the National Philharmonic’s jazz quartet Songbook and local keyboardist Marcus Johnson, one of the outdoor event’s founders. Participants are invited to bring chairs and arrive by public transportation if possible, as parking is limited, said organizers. Marsalis said what the quartet will play will depend on the crowd’s response, but it

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n When: 4:30-10 p.m. Saturday n Where: Veterans Plaza at Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place, at intersection of Fenton Street/Ellsworth Drive

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Adventure Theatre MTC’s “Three Little Birds,” based on the book by Cedella Marley and the song by her father, Bob Marley, will head off-Broadway following workshops at Bowie State University in January.

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Barn brings in ‘Jungle’ “Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS” comes to the Gaithersburg Arts Barn this weekend, with performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 7-22. A collaboration between

KAT 2nd Stage and the Arts Barn, the adaptation of the Disney classic features colorful characters and “toe-tapping jungle rhythm,” for audiences of all ages. Tickets are $18, $16 for residents, and $9 for students through grade 12. For more information, visit www. gaithersburgmd.gov/theater.

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The Waverly Street Gallery will present the ceramic works and wall pieces of Kanika Sircar from Sept. 10 to Oct. 5 at the Bethesda gallery. Pictured: “Notes from a Jail Cell,” stoneware wall piece.

Discovering the ‘Message’ JEREMY LOSCHER: COPYRIGHT: DONOVAN DISCS 2013

Legendary folk-rock/pop musician and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Donovan will open the season at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center on Sept. 7.

Legendary troubadour and British rock royal Donovan will bring his musical masterworks to Montgomery College’s Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center on Saturday. Donovan, who scored a number of Top 40 hits in the 1960s, such as “Mellow Yellow,” “There is a Mountain” and “Sunshine Superman,” will bring these classic to the venue, as well as songs from his new album, “Shadows of Blue.” “Shadows” marks the rocker’s momentous return to Nashville, where Donovan launched his North American career back in 1965. The concert kicks off the arts center’s 2013-2014 season. Special guest ellen cherry also will perform. Show time is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $64. For more information, visit www.montgomerycollege. edu/PAC.

“Text/Message,” ceramic vessels and wall pieces by Kanika Sircar, will be on view from Sept. 10 to Oct. 5 at the Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Highway, Bethesda. A reception is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 13. Sircar’s work is based upon words, texts, calligraphy or graffiti layered onto forms that allude to the contexts of such images such as envelopes, manuscript pages and murals. Sircar, of Washington, D.C., is currently a partner at the gallery and has exhibited internationally. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit www.waverlystreetgallery.com.

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The National Players bring Shakespeare’s “cursed” play to the Olney Theatre Center this weekend.

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If it’s not Scottish... The National Players bring Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” a twisted tale of ambition and murder, to the Olney Theatre Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday. Widely renown as a “cursed” play, and often referred to in theatre circles as “The Scottish Play,” the work is considered one of the Bard’s darkest and most tragic. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children. The show is recommended for ages 12 and older. For more information, visit www.olneytheatrecenter.org.

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Artist Ashley Minner explores local history through drawings of the doll collection of the Sandy Spring Museum in “Dolls of Sandy Spring,” opening today at the museum and running to Sept. 24.

“Dolls of Sandy Spring,” an exhibit of drawings from artist Ashley Minner, will be on view from Sept. 4-24 at the Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Road. An opening reception is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 10. When offered an opportunity to create a new body of work based on the historic collection at the Sandy Spring Museum, Minner, of Baltimore and a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, chose the museum’s dolls. Minner’s drawings will be juxtaposed with dolls from the collection, some of which have never been on exhibit. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit www.sandyspringmuseum.org.

‘Land,’ lots of ‘Land’ “The Land,” a juried exhibition focusing on landscapes and en plein air painting in the MidAtlantic, will open from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the new Capitol Arts

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Juried exhibition, “The Land,” will open Friday at the new Capitol Arts Network Urban by Nature Gallery in Rockville.

in Rockville. The oil paintings of guest artist Mollie Vardell will be featured in the front half of the gallery during the exhibit, which was open to photography, painting and mixed-media. The Rockville facility offers studio space for more than 36 artists in addition to classrooms, work and meeting areas and gallery and exhibition space. The center is located in Montgomery County’s developing “Twinbrook Arts Zone,” also home to the Washington School of Photography. For more information, visit www.capitolartsnetwork.com.


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IN THE ARTS DANCES Hollywood Ballroom, Sept. 4,

free International Waltz Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m.; Sept. 5, Tea Dance from 12:30–3:30 p.m. ($6); Sept. 6, Drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); Sept. 7, free Waltz lesson at 8 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 9 p.m. ($16); Sept. 8, free Fox Trot lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); Sept. 11, free International Waltz Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m.; Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Sept. 12, Tea Dance from 12:30–3:30 p.m. ($6), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, www.hollywoodballroomdc.com Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-

Swing Dance Night with Bitter Dose Combo, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 ($10); Eric Felten & His Jazz Orchestra, 8 p.m. Sept. 27 ($25), 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, 301-634-2222, www.bethesdabluesjazz.com The Fillmore Silver Spring, Cher Lloyd with Special Guest Fifth Harmony, 8 p.m. Sept. 6; Local Talent Showcase, 7 p.m. Sept. 7; Blue October, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13; Café Tacuba, 8 p.m. Sept. 17; Yellowcard Ocean Avenue Acoustic - The Tour, 8 p.m. Sept. 18; Savant, 8 p.m. Sept. 19; Michael Franti & Spearhead, 8 p.m. Sept. 20; Jamey Johnson with special guest Chris Hennessee, 8 p.m. Sept. 22; Billy Currington, 8 p.m. Sept. 27; Get the Led Out, 8 p.m. Sept. 28; 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301960-9999, FillmoreSilverSpring. com, www.livenation.com. Institute of Musical Traditions — Takoma Park, TBA, Takoma

Park Community Center, call for prices, times, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, 301-9603655, www.imtfolk.org.

days, 8:15 beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, www.capitalblues.org. Contra, Sept. 6, Chris Weiler calls to KGB, Sept. 13, Gwyn Williams with the fabulous Glen Echo Open Band; Sept. 20, Beth Molaro calls to Tidal Wave; Sept. 27, George Marshall with Wild Asparagus, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www. fridaynightdance.org. Contra & Square, Sept. 8, Chris Weiler calls with Lars Prillaman and Friends; Sept. 15, Susan Michaels with Honeysuckle Rose, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www.fsgw.org. English Country, Sept. 4, Caller: Rich Galloway; Sept. 11, Caller: Anna Rain; Sept. 18, Caller: Tom Spilsbury; Sept. 25, Caller: Joseph Pimentel, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www.fsgw.org. Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240-505-0339. Swing, Sept. 21, The Craig Gildner Big Band; Nov. 9, WWII Canteen Dance with the Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra; Dec. 14, Daryl Davis, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, www.flyingfeet.org. Waltz, Sept. 15, KGB, 2:453:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10, www.waltztimedances.org.

Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, Cillian & Niall Val-

lely, with Alan Murray, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, www.imtfolk.org. Strathmore, 2013 Pacific Miss Asian American Beauty Pageant Final Competition, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6; Dariush, 9 p.m. Sept. 7; BSO: 2013 Strathmore Season Preview Concert, 8 p.m. Sept. 11; Chinese Culture Land — Talented Youth Troupe Gala, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13; Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. Sept. 17-18, 21, 24-25; Pet Shop Boys: Electric, 8 p.m. Sept. 19; Sachal Vasandani Quartet, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 20; BSO: Scheherazade and 1812 Overture, 8 p.m. Sept. 21; BSO: Thibaudet Plays Bernstein, 8 p.m. Sept. 26; Warren Wolf and the Wolfpack, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27; Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show, 8 p.m. Sept. 27; National Philharmonic: Beethoven’s Eternal Masterworks, 8 p.m. Sept. 28, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100, www.strathmore. org.

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MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Maggie Rose, 8 p.m.

Sept. 6 ($15); The Kelly Bell Band, 8 p.m. Sept. 7 ($15); Mary Ann Redmond, 8 p.m. Sept. 13 ($20); Leonard, Coleman & Blunt, 8 p.m. Sept. 14 ($35); Michael Gallant, 8 p.m. Sept. 18; Beverly McClellan, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 ($25); Cassandra Wilson, 8 p.m. Sept. 20 ($50) The Music of Abba with Arrival from Sweden, 8 p.m. Sept. 22 ($45); Gotta

Adventure Theatre, “Goodnight Moon,” Sept. 20 to Oct. 27, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org. Do or Die Mysteries, TBA, 6:30 p.m. buffet, 7:30 p.m. show, $47.50 buffet and show, Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle, 4844 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 443-4223810, www.doordiemystery.com Imagination Stage, “Lulu and the Brontosaurus,” Sept. 25 to Oct. 27, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www.imaginationstage.org Olney Theatre Center, “Hamlet,” Sept. 4 to Oct. 20, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-9243400, www.olneytheatre.org.

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Brews reborn at Growlers in Gaithersburg The oldest brewpub in Montgomery County, located in downtown Gaithersburg (also called Olde Towne), was reborn in 2006 as Growlers. Originally started as the Olde Towne Tavern and Brewing Company, it then became Summit Station, and finally Growlers. It has been under new management since February 2011. Growlers is at 227 East Diamond Avenue, located in the historic John A. Belt Building which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

BREWS BROTHERS STEVEN FRANK AND ARNOLD MELTZER As one enters the brewpub there is a long bar on the left side with 12 beer taps, with the remaining first floor space allocated to restaurant seating. There also are a mezzanine with seating for twenty, an upstairs room with a separate bar and additional dining tables plus an outside balcony for seasonal dining or smoking. The upstairs also features entertainment Wednesdays through Saturdays. Happy hours are 4 p.m.-7 p.m. each day and all Thursday. Total seating is about 120. Growler’s menu carries 10 appetizers, with salads, pizza, numerous special sandwiches, and a variety of entrees, including, but not limited to, cajun rigatoni, steak frites, grilled salmon or chicken, and slow roasted prime rib. New brewer Eric Gleason was the assistant brewer for two years before assuming the brewing reins. Growlers beers include six standards: Kingpin Kolsch, Trainwreck IPA, Seneca Pale Ale, Alleyway Amber, Yorkshire Porter, and Broken Shovel Stout. In addition there is a rotation of six to seven beers from a broad range of interesting and creative seasonal beers. These seasonal beers include Sergeant Schultz Rauchbier, Chopped Tank Oyster Stout, Franque et Tanque Tripel, Saison du Jasmine and some beers aged in bourbon barrels. The best selling beers, in order, are Trainwreck IPA, followed by Kingpin Kolsch, Seneca Pale Ale and Alleyway Amber. Not surprisingly, the beers are available to take out in growlers. A pilot brewery was installed in 2011 to experiment with styles

Growlers assistant brewer Thomas Vaudin and brewmaster Eric Gleason. and make “no holds barred” unusual beers. Brewer Gleason describes it as “the place where all those crazy what if questions get answered. like, ‘What does a 100% wheat stout taste like?’ Or, ‘Can you brew a beer that tastes like Thai food?’” These often are on tap one or two at a time and listed on the chalkboard above the bar. Kingpin Kolsch (5 percent alcohol by volume, ABV) has a nose bespeaking pepper, floral notes and sweet malt. The light sweet front is joined in the middle by tinges of pepper, apple and peach. The pepper increases in the finish with all continuing into the aftertaste where a hint of floral hops emerges. Ratings: 8/7.5. Seneca Pale Ale (6.2 percent ABV) is an American pale ale that comes close to being an India Pale Ale with its 60 IBUs (International Bittering Units). Seneca Pale Ale has a bouquet of grapefruit derived from its use of Cascade hops. Its muted grapefruit front persists in the smooth middle, merging with muted bitter hops. The grapefruit character increases to moderate in the finish and fades in the aftertaste as the bitter hops grow slightly. Ratings: 8/8.5. Trainwreck IPA (7.2 percent ABV, 75 IBUs) has a fruit compote aroma with an abundance of grapefruit and a whiff of pine. The front shows restrained grapefruit and sweet malt. The sweet malt modestly increases in the middle followed by a finish of obvious grapefruit and

mixed other fruits including apricot and peach. In the teasing dry aftertaste the medium hops come to the forefront integrating with a trace of pine as the sweetness wanes. Ratings: 7.5/7.5. Broken Shovel Stout (6.7 percent ABV) has the prototypical medium roast nose but adds a soupcon of dark chocolate. The soft roast front increases in the middle merging with a rich dark chocolate, both of which

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Karen Keating and Colleen Henderson — longtime friends and photographers with Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Va. — currently are exhibiting their latest work in a joint exhibit. Keating, who said she considers herself a street — or documentary — photographer, will exhibit a collection of photos titled “Street Portraits.” The photographer captures people, often in other countries she visits, going about their everyday lives. Henderson’s collection, “Daily Differences,” are selections from her “Shot of the Day” series she began in 2008. Both Bethesda residents, Keating and Henderson met in the mid-1990s in a photo class at Glen Echo Park. “Karen was my first teacher,” Henderson said. Keating is now the director for Photoworks at Glen Echo Park, a program that offers darkroom classes and instruction for student and professional photographers. Henderson enrolled in a Photoworks course after her son started school and the stayat-home mom found she had a lot of free time on her hands. “I spent the first part of my adult life in finances,” Henderson said. “I spent about 20 years in that ... when my son was 4 or 5

MULTIPLE EXPOSURES n When: To Oct. 13; Gallery open Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. n Where: 105 N. Union St., Alexandria n Tickets: Free n For information: 703-683-2205, multipleexposuresgallery.com

years old, both my husband and I were working and I quit ... Photography was always my love but I never thought it would be something I could create a living out of.” But by 1996, Henderson was working as a professional photographer. She continues to teach classes out of her in-home studio. Like Henderson, Keating’s career in photography started out as a hobby. And she too honed her skills at Glen Echo. “After some experience, I went to work for the Potomac Almanac,” Keating said. From 1980 to 1984, Keating worked at the small monthly paper as the photo editor and sole photographer. “It was really a great learning opportunity,” she said. In addition to her job at Photoworks, Keating also teaches a darkroom program at The Field School, an independent high school in Washington, D.C. Professionally, Keating trav-

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“Marsala Boy” by Karen Keating, will be on display as a part of her “Street Portraits” series. els, snapping portraits of people in their element. “I really care about people and how they go about their days and their routines,” Keating said. “They all end up being people ... not studio-type portraits ... [but] what people are doing naturally and not poses. Their posture, gestures ...” “Street Portraits” consists mainly of a collection of photos Keating took during Easter 2012 in Sicily and Easter 2013 in Key West. During her 2012 trip, Keating visited two towns in Sicily in the week leading up to Easter Sunday. “The week before Easter, the town celebrates the days leading

up to the resurrection of Christ,” Keating said. “There are moving parades depicting the Easter story ... It’s incredibly solemn.” This year, the photographer traveled to Hammel Village in Key West, where she said the experience was much more celebratory. “[The photos] are sort of in two parts,” Keating said. “They’re completely different. There’s a little bit of contrast in these images in terms of the solemnness of the Sicilians and the feeling great in Key West.” Henderson said she traditionally shoots landscape and seascape, though she also does some architectural work, espe-

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“Skeleton Tree,” a photo by Colleen Henderson, is now on view at the Multiple Exposures Gallery in Alexandria, Va. cially in D.C. “I was born and raised in this area and to me it’s home,” Henderson said. “I tend to work at home, and I tend to work in a snowstorm. It just makes the city feel more intimate.” But Henderson’s “Daily Differences” series feature photographs of varying subject matter. It’s a series she began in 2008. “Five years ago, I got hooked on these shot of the day images,” she said. “Shooting everyday and sharing with people everyday.” The “Shot of the Day” concept is one Henderson now uses in the classes she teaches. Students are encouraged to shoot everyday and upload their photos to a group Facebook page or blog and then offer constructive criticism to their peers. “To commit to doing this everyday is difficult,” Henderson said. “There are some days when there’s just nothing to shoot.” In addition to urging students to practice their craft every

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In addition to her photography, Henderson also makes photobooks, some of which will be on display as a part of her “Daily Differences” exhibit.

day, Henderson said the sharing aspect of the “Shot of the Day” concept is also beneficial. “We’re so self-critical. We’re so used to saying, ‘Oh, that’s not good enough,’” Henderson said. “If you get used to saying, ‘OK, this is the image for today and they’ll be another tomorrow,’ you won’t get so caught up in having to be perfect.” chedgepeth@gazette.net


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Of human bondage: Silver Spring writer tells stories of modern-day slavery BY

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Nancy Hartwell has come a long way. At age 8, her poem “The Garden,” about “a row of little daisies and a single buttercup,” appeared in Wee Wisdom, a national magazine for children. Now, nearly six decades later, the Silver Spring author’s subject matter is no longer sweet and innocent.

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Nancy Hartwell is the author of the novel “Harem Slave,” available on Amazon.com.

Her just-published novel, “Harem Slave: One Thousand Nine Hundred and Four Days of Hell on the Persian Gulf,” is about human trafficking and modern-day slavery. The first of a three-part series on the subject, the book’s circumstances are based on true accounts Hartwell has gathered since learning that her friend was kidnapped and sold to a sultan. Ursula was a German volunteer in Cameroon, where Hartwell lived for 14 years with her husband, an official in the Ministry of Justice of Cameroon she met while both were students in Washington, D.C. Since the kidnapping, Hartwell has had no

contact with Ursula. “They found her bicycle beside the road,” she said, and “as far as I know, she is still in that sultan’s harem.” It was not difficult to find sources who would share similar horrific tales. “Once people knew I was interested in this topic, they’d tell me stories,” Hartwell said. “And I have, over the years, collected dozens and dozens of stories.” When Hartwell owned a catering business, for example, she mentioned her book-in-progress to a restaurant supply house owner. He told her about visiting a Saudi friend who showed off his 38 slave girls. The Saudi’s

peers teased him, Hartwell’s client recalled, because his slaves were “cheapos” from Egypt, Greece and Turkey, “so he decided he needed to upgrade to tall Scandinavians.” In the absence of official data, “Harem Slave” cannot be classified as nonfiction. “I don’t have the police reports and names and dates and such,” Hartwell said about the stories she retells, “so it has to be categorized as fiction, but the circumstances in the book are all based on these true stories. I wove them together to make it a good read.” “Girls who are abducted

and wind up in the Arab world are subjected to two extremes: brutal brothels that cater to every perversion where life expectancy is calculated in weeks, or stockpiled in huge harems with dozens of women, where they might never even meet the man who owns them,” said Hartwell. Hartwell, who grew up in Tampa, Fla., holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from American University’s School of International Service. She said her parents expected their children to “excel at everything, and we did.” Most noteworthy is her aptitude for languages. She claims to be able to “get into trouble in more than 20 languages,” from Spanish, French and German to Swahili, Farsi and Egyptian hieroglyphs. Among Hartwell’s varied accomplishments in Cameroon, she was a certified French translator for the Office of the President; handled foreign currency payments and imports of raw materials for the Guinness Brewery; managed exports for a shrimp (Cameroon means shrimp, she noted) company; and was director of administration for a $2 billion stevedoring company.

After being deported from Cameroon (the explanation, which involves cracking a politically motivated murder case, she said, is another book she’ll write), Hartwell returned to the D.C. metropolitan area. Here, her employers have included Sears World Trade, a Washington Post division that tracked Congress by computer and a development contractor for USAID. As a consequence of Hartwell’s intimate knowledge of human trafficking, she speaks to local civic groups. “Slavery isn’t pretty,” she said. She calls her presentation “She Could Be Your Daughter.” The talks, she said, “involve a few shocking statistics — 27 to 30 million slaves worldwide, 300-plus kids disappear from Atlanta and other big cities routinely every month.” She informs her audiences of the prime targets — girls, 18 and younger, especially 10 to 16, and runaways, as well as the common methods used to lure and trap them. The tales she has heard, she said, reveal “definite patterns of modus operandi in luring, trapping and then exploiting the girls. “I usually tell four or five stories, none of which have happy endings,” Hartwell said. “My

novel did because it was fiction and I could manipulate events. Also, I fell in love with the heroine and couldn’t bear for her to die.” The remaining two volumes of the trilogy are set for release in early and mid-September respectively. “Prince Ibrahim’s Favorite” continues the story started in “Harem Slave,” and “Voices from the Harem” is a collection of first-person stories. She plans to write additional books on human trafficking. Hartwell has writing projects in the works, while also seeking a job as a government contract proposal writer. She has started on “My Favorite Stories,” a collection of “amusing, heart-warming or poignant” anecdotes collected over “my very happy lifetime,” and is gathering reference materials toward rewriting the Biblical story of Joseph. “I would love to explore his psychological battle with himself. I mean, going from spoiled brat to slave is already a pretty big deal, but getting his attitudes in line to the point that he becomes Prime Minister? I mean, that’s a story.” “Harem Slave” is available on Amazon.com.

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Continued from Page A-13 “We’re taking it to the campus, and it’s a big undertaking for us,” said Bob Bartlett, assistant professor of theater at BSU. “We haven’t done anything like this in the building yet. It’s going to be one of the highlights of our year.” The larger space at BSU will enable Bobbitt to do some restaging and rechoreographing and also add three live instruments to the recorded score before the show opens in New York on Feb. 7. Adventure Theatre MTC will also present Bobbitt’s other new show “Five Little Monkeys,” based on the children’s by Eileen Christelow, at the BSU center in January before it goes on a 30-city tour to cities east of the Mississippi. “It’s our first national tour,” said Bobbitt. “We’re testing the waters and expanding.” Also expanding is Bowie State University’s WonderWorks program, which premiered in March with “The Big Bad Bullysaurus,” a show that gave students a chance to act on stage. Bartlett is hosting cattle call auditions for the theater department’s 2013-2014 season on Sept.

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Continued from Page A-13 problem-solving. … I think that’s part of the fun because once you find it, whatever works moment to moment, then it can be pretty great because you really have to use your imagination.” With that in mind, the Olney Theatre Center is set to present New York’s Bedlam Theatre production of “Hamlet” and George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan” starting on Thursday. Four actors — three male and one female — make up the entire cast of both productions. “It lends itself to the kind of storytelling where it ends up either being really great or a big flop,” Tucker said. “You kind of

4-5 in the art center’s Main Stage Theater. “Anyone can come,” said Bartlett about chances for students, staff and the public to contribute on-stage and backstage. The focus this season on children’s theater is to meet a demand for them in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties, said Bartlett. “It also provides outreach to the community,” said Bartlett about shows that help introduce young children to the college campus. WonderWorks will be doing four productions this year. It kicks off the season with “A Mile in My Shoes,” a new play by regional producer and director Jennifer L. Nelson on Sept. 1920. The production uses a variety of shoes to illuminate the lives of people from different backgrounds. “Shoes” will be followed on Oct. 17- 9 , by “Secret Life Under the Stairs” by Kris Knutsen, in November. The play is about a new kid in town who disturbs the secret hideout of a group of friends. From March 6-8, WonderWorks will also present the “The Drummer,” an adaptation by Bartlett of the Grimm’s fairy tale

walk that tight wire a little bit, but I think that’s what’s fun about it.” One of the problems one might run into with having so few actors playing many different characters — at some point during the play, the characters have to interact with each other. Actor Tom O’Keefe, for instance, portrays Claudius and Rosencrantz in “Hamlet,” while Andrus Nichols has the unenviable task of play Gertrude and Ophelia. During the play, these characters have to interact with each other. “We do different little tricks,” Tucker said of how the actors interact with themselves. “We do simple things like someone’s putting on glasses and taking them off or he might have the glasses on and someone else

THEATER AUDITIONS — BOWIE STATE n What: For 2013-2014 season. Open to students, staff and public. n When: 4-6 p.m. Sept. 4-5 n Where: Main Stage Theater, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie n Campus events calendar: www.bowiestate.edu/ about/calendar/category/ performanceexhibit n For information: Call Bob Bartlett at 301-860-3769 or email BBartlett@bowiestate.edu

about a young drummer who rescues a princess. There will also be four children’s shows during the season created by Bowie State students and staff inspired by the Theatre for the Very Young, which is associated with the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. But there will also be adult fare on the Bowie State arts menu for the 2013-14 season, includ-

pulls them off.” Tucker is not only the director, but plays Hamlet in the show as well. From an acting standpoint, Tucker said he knows it’s a lot of work not only for himself, but for the other actors in the show. “Obviously, with just the amount of lines,” Tucker said about the difficulty of the show. “When we did the show in New York, it was largely uncut. We have cut [both shows] down for the Olney, but it’s still a lot of lines. It’s one thing to have one role, but when you’re playing several roles … all four people have a great amount of work. So it is more work, but I think for our actors it ends up being more fun. “It’s kind of an actor’s dream to be able to walk around and

ing a production of Aristophanes’ anti-war comedy “Lysistrata,” following one woman’s attempt to end the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, from Nov. 14-17. “The women get tired of their men not being around and they withhold sex until the war ends; hilarity ensues,” said Bartlett, who is directing the play. “It’s ribald, and there are some huge phalluses in a few scenes … but there’s no foul language,” he said. Audiences can also celebrate the winter season by attending “A Holiday Bistro,” an evening of theater, song and dance running Dec. 5-7. On Feb. 13 and 14, the university will host its first Ten-Minute Play Festival for student-written works. On Feb. 17-28 students will also perform scenes from the play “The Colored Museum” by George C. Wolfe, which premiered in 1986 and satirizes aspects of African-American life. Scheduled for Feb. 17-28, the play will also be performed April 17-20 as part of the university’s Spring Arts Festival. vterhune@gazette.net

play all those roles in one evening.” The production is as simplistic as possible — no set, little make up and few costumes. This may be partly due to necessity, but the hope of the actors is for people to focus in on the words of Shakespeare. “I don’t think it’s everyone’s cup of tea,” Tucker said. “I think people like what they like. Some people like extravagant things or more elaborate theater. For these particular shows, I just wanted to do something that focused on the text. Nowadays when you go see ‘Hamlet,’ it’s going to be a version that’s been cut down to a couple of hours. … This is the fifth time I’ve directed this show. One of the things the audiences in New York noticed is that we didn’t cut out a lot of

is likely to include some music for the band’s latest album, “Four MFs Playin’ Tunes,” and possibly some songs by Thelonius Monk. Marsalis grew up in a big family of musicians in music-rich New Orleans. “So much of the learning is by ear,” said the saxophonist, who also studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Marsalis performed with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and his brother Wynton Marsalis’ quintet, and has also performed with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins. “The beat in jazz is fluid … [and] the melodic exploration is incredible,” he said. Musical director of the “The Tonight Show” from 1992 to 1995, he won a Grammy Award in 2000 for Best Jazz Instrumental for his album “Contemporary Jazz.” He was also nominated for a Tony award in 2011 for writing the music for “Fences.” Marsalis said the title of the group’s latest CD was in reaction to album names that imply that jazz is something mystical. “We just play the songs,” he said, as if jazz was something simple. It takes years to master all the variations of notes possible in 12-tone scale, to create a musical vocabulary. But learning is not the goal, it’s a means to an end. Then comes the job of turning the vocabulary into a conversation with the audience, a capacity not every musician has. “They might pass the test but they’re not playing well,” he said. The market for jazz isn’t big and never has been, but sales of recordings by Miles Davis and other great jazz musicians have persisted through the decades, he said. “I just love to play,” said Marsalis. “We don’t get upset, because we like [to do] it,” he said. Also performing in Silver Spring will be Haidu, who will be playing with four other musicians. Son of a big-time jazz fan, Haidu said he grew up listening to jazz. Later he went to Rutgers University in New Jersey where he came under the influence of jazz pianist Kenny Barron, who taught there. Eager to perform, Haidu jammed with other musicians in Philadelphia before deciding to move to Brooklyn in the early 1990s. Haidu described his first CD, “Slipstream,” as a “fun, approachable recording” and his second, “Momentum,” performed with a trio, as more intimate than the first. When he composes, Haidu said he focuses on “modern harmonies,” which involves switching keys in unusual ways. “It has to be done with a lot of care so that we can all work together,” he said about performing with fellow musicians. Other performers at the event will include Johnson, who helped found the festival. He will be playing some of his own compositions, along with some contemporary jazz and hip-hop, something he describes as “instrumental R&B with a D.C. bounce.” Some members of the National Philharmonic performing as the Songbook quartet will play a range of styles, including two contemporary jazz classics by Wayne Shorter called “Aung San Suu Kyi” (the Burmese activist) and “Footprints.” vterhune@gazette.net

HAMLET SAINT JOAN n When: Sept. 5 to Oct. 20 (call for show times) n Where: Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney Sandy Spring Road, Olney n Tickets: $31-$63.50 n For information: 301-9244485; olneytheatre.org

stuff. You sit back and listen to the words and you think that not only is this the great play everyone talks about, but it’s a really brilliant, brilliant play. There’s so much stuff in it that’s amazing but you don’t get to hear it because it usually gets cut.”

Overall, Tucker said he just hopes audiences come to realize just how great a play “Hamlet” is — no matter how many actors are on stage. “There are a lot of these prejudgments going into it where the audiences will say, ‘Oh, you’re doing Hamlet, show us what you got.’” Tucker said. “The challenge was how do we present this and make people think about it as a new play? How do they rediscover this play and see that it’s actually quite brilliant? For me, it was about making it about the language, not putting some kind of crazy concept on it like setting it in the 1920s. “But I hope they’re entertained, too!” wfranklin@gazette.net


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There is a saying that nearly every coach of just about every sport shy of gymnastics will repeat to reporters, coaches, parents, athletes and the like throughout the season: “You can’t coach height.” And, no matter how badly the girls’ volleyball coaches at Our Lady of Good Counsel, St. John’s College or Paul VI may want to be able to do just that, there’s nothing short of stuffing some platforms under their players’ shoes that will leave them able to match up inch for inch with Dave Geiser’s team at the Academy of the Holy Cross. “I’m definitely feeling blessed,” Geiser said, laughing. “I’m not complaining at all.” As if his 26-2, Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion team of 2012 wasn’t enough, Geiser has loaded some more 6-foot-plus talent onto his squad this season, beginning with the 6-foot-5 blocker and middle hitter in University of Florida recruit Rhamat Alhassan. In one possible combination on the front, Alhassan can be joined by 6-foot-1 sophomore Megan McTigue and 6-foot-2 freshman Emily Ryan. “It’s going to be pretty big,” said Alhassan, an honorable mention All-Gazette selection last season whom coaches around the county, both public and private, near unanimously dubbed the top returning player. “It’s going to make it easy for our back line to get digs.” That’s if the back line has anything to dig at all. Alhassan claims her best asset to be her blocking, and with two players combining for more than 12 feet of height — not including the lanky arms befitting middle and

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Back in 2008 when the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School girls’ soccer team won the first of a state-record four straight championships it was unquestionably the best in Montgomery County. The Barons haven’t been as dominant recently, but still have something over the rest of the county: A champion’s mentality. With six state titles and an additional three championship game appearances since 2001,

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Quince Orchard High School’s Stephi Shin warms up before Thursday’s scrimmage with the Academy of the Holy Cross.

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B-CC always finds a way to win big games. Fighting that winning tradition has become the rest of the county’s biggest obstacle, coaches agreed. B-CC returns six starters this fall, including four-year starting midfielder/forward Eliza Doll, who is committed to play at Colgate (N.Y.) University in 2014-15.

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David Greene will enter his 35th season coaching boys’ soccer at Walt Whitman High School this week when the Montgomery County regular season kicks off. And in his 35 years leading the Vikings, he doubts he’s ever said this: “If they put it all together, they’re going to be very, very good.” Which — deciphering coach speak — is code for describing a team that has all the tools to reach and win

a state title, provided the players stay healthy. “Our strength is in our overall skill,” Greene said. “Every player on the team is skilled and we have an enormous amount of team speed. Maybe one of the fastest teams I’ve ever coached. We can be quite dangerous with our speed alone.” Contributing to that overall skill are three players who started as sophomores and didn’t play last year, but are back for their senior seasons to serve as three of seven senior captains. Striker Emmanuel Kanneh and midfielder Vegas Kastberg both played for D.C. United’s Academy team last season and have opted to return to the Vikings while midfielder

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Continued from Page B-1 Lucas Knight is back after being academically ineligible last year. Sophomore David Mason and junior Jeffrey Rosenberg are two of many talented underclassmen who are hoping to lead the Vikings to their ninth state title and first since 2009 as they navigate a very difficult schedule that includes matches against Mount St. Joseph’s, Marriotts Ridge and St. Benedict’s. “If we were to go undefeated with this schedule I would want somebody to put us as the No.1 team in the nation,” Greene

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said. “We relish it, we love it, playing the very best teams every single game.” As always, the 4A West Region promises to be an ultra-competitive group that includes the defending 2012 state champs, Thomas S. Wootton. And while the Patriots lost the 2012 Gazette Player of the Year in Matt Hoy (26 goals, 10 assists) and first-team defender Sam Summerlin to graduation, coach Doug Schuessler is challenging his side with a daunting schedule that includes DeMatha Catholic, Gonzaga College High School and Loyola Blakefield. One of six new coaches in the county this season, Hector Morales takes over for Mike

Williams at Walter Johnson after spending 15 seasons at Sherwood. The Wildcats return seven of 11 starters from last year, but will be without the services of standout midfielder Jeremy Ebobisse, who opted to play for the Bethesda-Olney Academy this season. Morales said captain Gabriel Vasconcelos and senior Jorge Sanchez will play key roles for his club in 2013. “The boys have been really receptive to everything I’m trying to implement and I’m excited about the way the group has come together,” Morales said. “It’s happening quicker than I expected.” Outside of the 4A West Re-

tremely quick and technical. The Barons move the ball around the field better than anyone and Doll, Paula Germino-Watnick and Maia Emden are among the county’s best playmakers out of the middle and offensive third. “I know we’ve been lucky enough to be able to accomplish great things,” B-CC coach Rob Kurtz said. “But that stuff doesn’t come up. Every day we just try to get better.” Here’s a look at the biggest

threats to B-CC’s sixth consecutive region title. Walt Whitman: Perhaps the most overall skilled team, the Vikings boast good team speed and tremendous creativity in the midfield with four-year starter Aliza Wolfe and on the attack with Anna Gurney and Emma Anderson. Three-year starter Clare Severe is an incredibly quick offensive-minded defender who can be effective just about anywhere on the field.

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gion, where literally every one of the 17 teams has a shot to make some noise this year — including but not limited to Winston Churchill, Clarksburg, Northwest, Quince Orchard, Richard Montgomery and Springbrook — the 3A West boasts potentially strong teams in Damascus, Albert Einstein and Watkins Mill. Poolesville, meanwhile, is the county’s only representative in the 2A classification this season. New coaches will also lead teams at Clarksburg (Michael Edwards), Gaithersburg (Matt Bowling), Northwood (Moses Olubo), Rockville (Julio Zarate) and Sherwood (Michael Kogok). “We look really strong this

year,” said Edwards of his Coyotes. “The nice thing is we have a ton of senior leadership. The 10 seniors on the team know exactly what to expect to be successful.” On the opposite side of the spectrum is Rockville, where Zarate, who formerly coached at Our Lady of Good Counsel, takes over a program that didn’t score a goal last season. “How great is my job? If my team scores one goal, I will change the system completely,” said Zarate, tongue-in-cheek. “And if you don’t score at all, you just match what you did last year.” ncammarota@gazette.net

The only possible question mark would be a slightly depleted backline. Winston Churchill: By the end of 2012, seven starters were freshmen and sophomores and those players are skilled and now varsity veterans. Three-year starter Keiara Clark is fantastic at controlling the middle. Sophomore Juliana Comer will take on a more offenisve role alongside junior Kate Reese, who was a leading scorer as a freshman but

missed most of last year with a knee injury. Senior Carly Shapiro’s role at the center of the Bulldogs’ three-person backfield will be even more crucial given the loss of goalkeeper Becca Ewel. Quince Orchard: Speed and versatility make for dangerous combination. Junior midfielder Stephanie Shin is quick-footed and skilled with the ball and will likely be at the start of many scoring runs. Three-year starter

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Sam Sullenger has provided a great scoring option but can also be used to fill holes in the back; Mary McMeekin is another dynamic player in the Cougars’ offense. A talented group of newcomers will give coach Peg Keiller flexibility.

Other contenders Northwest: The Jaguars have gained momentum in recent years and despite losing a major player in Hannah Theurer, will look to continue moving forward with seven returning starters, including scorer Ashleigh Cain and stalwart defender Dana Eckerstrom. Sherwood: The defending Class 4A North Region champion took a tremendous hit to its midfield and lost nine seniors overall, but will look to rebound with an athletic and skilled bunch led by returning twin sisters Lauren and Tiffany Woods and Kristen Lauda. Gaithersburg: The Trojans return eight of 11 starters from last year’s best season in 15 years and will look to build on recent success. Team speed and the ability to connect well with each other makes the Trojans a tricky opponent. Walter Johnson: The Wildcats lost a strong core of fouryear starters but return one of the county’s best players in midfielder/defender Alejandra Ramos, who provides a starting point to build around with a few additional returning players ready to take on more prominent roles. Thomas S. Wootton: Firstyear coach Andrew Ratti looks to build some stability in the 1998 state champion’s program. “B-CC is the team to beat unless somebody beats them,” longtime Churchill coach Haroot Hakopian said. jbeekman@gazette.net

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outside hitters — surrounding her, it will be something of an accomplishment for opposing teams to give the back line some work at all. Karen Kart with Our Lady of Good Counsel returns just two starters from her 12-12 team from last season, though she expects “that Good Counsel and Holy Cross will have a strong rivalry again this season,” she wrote in an email. She will have outside hitters Megan Conger and Tricia Kerner to help offset Geiser’s forest of a front line and incoming freshman setter Margaret Rosburg to set them up. But it’s not just length that Geiser has on his WCAC-favorite. Despite losing a pair of four-year starters in Taylor Gallart, now with Central Florida, and Grace Lide, he still has the option to waffle between four setters who “I think everybody would be happy with,” four capable outside hitters, including juniors Cassie Lapcevich and Ellie Goodwin; four more middle hitters; and three liberos, highlighted by senior Carlise Cardoza. “It’s definitely a good problem to have,” Geiser said of being burdened with the responsibility of divvying out playing time to such a talented group of players. “We’re trying to catch up to field hockey and their [five] straight titles.” Alhassan said she wants another WCAC championship, too, but she didn’t stop there. An undefeated campaign and vengeance upon a pair of losses to Flint Hill, the only team to have the Tartans’ number last year, were high up on her list of priorities as well. “I want to start the season off the way we ended,” she said. tmewhirter@gazette.net


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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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Good Counsel Falcons Quince Orchard Cougars Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets Bullis Bulldogs Sherwood Warriors Churchill Bulldogs Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas Northwest Jaguars Gaithersburg Trojans

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Justin Herron needed just a couple days of practice his freshman year to impress the Bullis School football coaches. Herron’s father needed mere minutes to undo all that goodwill. The Herrons planned a beach vacation in Delaware, and Herron’s dad told Bullis coach Pat Cilento his son would miss 10 days of practice. In his first year coming from Sherwood, Cilento found such requests quite the culture shock. But all Bullis freshmen must play a fall sport, and Cilento was beginning to realize that meant some who don’t take football seriously would populate his rosters. Cilento wasn’t exactly forgiving, though. “If it was probably anybody else, he probably would have been cut right then and there,” Cilento said. “But with his size and his ability, we said, ‘We’ll let you go now, the first year. But after this, August is football time.’” Herron wasn’t exactly concerned about future Augusts. He fancied himself a

basketball player, and once he met Bullis’ requirement, he planned to drop football. “If it wasn’t for that rule, I would have never played football,” said Herron, a Silver Spring resident. Yet, when he returned from vacation, Herron began to enjoy the sport. He peppered coaches with questions about formations and plays, trying to catch up from the time he missed. That willingness to put in extra work hasn’t dissipated. Now a 6-foot-5, 270-pound senior, Herron is committed to Rutgers and one of the area’s top offensive linemen. “His freshman year, he didn’t even know how to get into a stance,” Cilento said. “... He’s one of the most dedicated kids that I know, and he has an unbelievable work ethic.” Herron’s extra work has come with Bullis assistant coach Anthony Waters, who played at Clemson and then with the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints. “I can be sitting at home, and my phone rings, and it’s Justin asking where I am or will be up at the school early, because he wants to work out,” Waters said. “He keeps me going. He tells me he wants to work out, I get up and go.” In the weight room, Waters pulls out several tricks to get the best from Herron. Sometimes, Waters puts Herron

through rigorous workouts right before practice just to see how Herron responds. Other times, Waters arrives early to their one-on-onesessionsandbeginstotrainjust so Herron will feel motivated to catch up. “I don’t allow him to get water,” Waters said. “We sweat. I don’t turn the fans on in the weight room. Doors closed, no music. Just me and him.” And of course, Herron frequently asks his mentor what it takes to reach the next level. The results have been evident. “He looks like an NFL lineman,” Cilento said. Without being prompted by Cilento’s assessment, Waters brings up Bullis’ summer camp. One day, Herron walked by a group of Bullis coaches during lunch, and one said he wouldn’t be surprised to see Herron reach the NFL. Waters agreed. While training with Herron, Waters has appreciated Herron’s desire to best Waters, regardless of the experience and accomplishment gaps between the two. “I’m always telling him he’s never going to be better than me. He’s never going to be stronger than me,’” Waters said. “He always says, ‘Give me one year, coach.’ “Once he gets a year of college football in him, he’s going to be a man amongst all boys.”

STANDINGS Montgomery 4A South Division Team

B-Chevy Chase Churchill Walter Johnson Kennedy Whitman Wootton

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Blake Blair Paint Branch Sherwood Springbrook

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

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Bullis School’s Devonte Williams, expected to lead the Bulldogs’ offense, did not play in Friday’s loss to St. John’s College.

LEADERS Top rushers

Carries Dage Davis, Geo. Prep 22 Perry Stefanelli, G. Counsel 33 Chris Dawson, G. Counsel 32 Brian Dolan, Geo. Prep 12

Yards 242 154 144 128

Avg. TDs 11.0 6 4.6 0 4.5 3 10.6 0

Top passers

Cmp-Att. Yards Int. TDs B. Strittmatter, G. Counsel 11-22 158 2 3 Wyatt Karem, Avalon 13-22 127 0 2 Dwayne Haskins, Bullis 3-12 29 2 0 Corey Howard, Geo. Prep 2-9 22 0 1

Top receivers

Catches Yards Avg. TDs Myles Robinson, G. Counsel 3 69 23.0 1 Mike Gladney, Avalon 3 60 20.0 0 C.J. Carroll, G. Counsel 3 38 12.7 1 Khamari Williams, Avalon 3 35 11.7 1

Montgomery County record All games

Northwood at Poolesville Wheaton at Seneca Valley Damascus at Einstein Walter Johnson at Wootton Rockville at Richard Montgomery Churchill at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Clarksburg at Quince Orchard Northwest at Magruder Paint Branch at Springbrook Kennedy at Blair Whitman at Blake McNamara at Georgetown Prep Watkins Mill at Frederick St. Frances at Good Counsel St. Mary’s Ryken vs. Avalon Boys Latin at Landon Sherwood vs. Gaithersburg

Team

Clarksburg Gaithersburg Magruder R. Montgomery Northwest Quince Orchard

All starters back plus two talented freshmen make Patriots the favorites BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

A year after finishing in a three-way tie for the Montgomery County title in 2011, the Thomas S. Wootton High School girls’ tennis team finished second to five-time defending county champion Winston Churchill last fall by a single point. This might be Wootton’s year. The Patriots have established themselves in recent years as a perennial top-three team and major postseason contender but could be poised for a breakout 2013. It would be a nice reward for Wootton’s girls, who have watched their male counterparts win four consecutive county titles, coach Nia Cresham said. “I’d love to have a year that [both teams] could win, but I do think it’s the girls’ turn,” Cresham said. “I think we’re going to be good this year.” Not only did Wootton return all 10 starters, but the addition of two freshmen U.S. Tennis Association tournament players toward the top of the lineup should provide the Patriots with a depth that will be difficult for other teams to match. The biggest challenge, Cresham said, might be figuring out an exact order. Challenge matches are being played this week, but last year’s No. 1 singles player, Aishu Iyer, who won a state mixed doubles title in 2012, and classmate Hannah Hwong will remain integral to the singles lineup. Freshman Miranda Deng, who is currently ranked No. 75 nationally in the USTA Girls 14s and No. 245 in the USTA Girls 16s national rankings, will cer-

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Montgomery 3A Division Team

Damascus Einstein Northwood Rockville Seneca Valley Watkins Mill Wheaton

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Montgomery 2A Independent Team

Poolesville

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Last week’s scores

Nick Cammarota

Travis Mewhirter

Ken Sain

Jennifer Beekman

Dan Feldman

Kent Zakour

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Poolesville Seneca Damascus Wootton R. Mont. Churchill Q. Orchard Northwest Paint Branch Blair Blake McNamara Frederick Good Counsel SM Ryken Landon Gaithersburg

Poolesville Seneca Damascus Wootton R. Mont. Churchill Q. Orchard Northwest Springbrook Kennedy Whitman McNamara Watkins Mill Good Counsel SM Ryken Landon Gaithersburg

Poolesville Seneca Damascus Wootton R. Mont. Churchill Q. Orchard Northwest Paint Branch Blair Blake Geo. Prep Watkins Mill Good Counsel SM Ryken Landon Sherwood

Poolesville Seneca Damascus Wootton R. Mont. Churchill Q. Orchard Northwest Paint Branch Blair Whitman Geo. Prep Frederick Good Counsel SM Ryken Landon Gaithersburg

Poolesville Seneca Damascus Wootton R. Mont. Churchill Q. Orchard Northwest Paint Branch Blair Blake Geo. Prep Watkins Mill Good Counsel SM Ryken Landon Sherwood

Northwood Seneca Damascus Wootton R. Mont. Churchill Q. Orchard Northwest Paint Branch Blair Whitman Geo. Prep Watkins Mill Good Counsel SM Ryken Landon Gaithersburg

GIRLS’ TENNIS PLAYERS TO WATCH n Kamilla Beisenova, Whitman; Ashley Chang, Poolesville; Miranda Deng, Wootton; Katie Gauch, Churchill; Stephanie Grodecki, Good Counsel; Kaitlyn Heo, Sherwood; Aishu Iyer, Wootton; Haley Keats, Churchill; Lilly Lynham, Holton-Arms; Syria Mowa, Churchill; Victoria Nguyen, Paint Branch; Leah Owen, Sherwood; Arianna Spirtos, Holton-Arms Thea Postolache, Richard Montgomery; Ines Vias, Bullis; Nicole Welch, Whitman; Rebecca Wuren, Wootton.

tainly add strength to the top. Classmate Rebecca Wuren, ranked No. 561 nationally in the USTA Girls 14s will also likely be a major factor. Doubles often decides close matches and an experienced pair such as defending No. 1 doubles county champion Katarina Sherman and Karrie Shi could play an important role. “No matter what happens [with the order] it’s going to deepen the lineup,” Cresham said. “Right off the top of my head I have three freshmen who could conceivably work their way into the starting lineup. And I have all my returners. Automatically that strengthens the whole team. And it’s great because they’re great kids, they’re nice kids and they immediately gelled.” However strong Wootton has the potential to be, Cresham said there is no looking past any of the Patriots’ opponents, especially traditional rivals Churchill and Whitman. Both teams have the personnel to pull off county titles as well. Katie Gauch, who won the mixed doubles state title with her brother Michael in May, and Haley Keats and Syria Mowa, who won the state girls doubles title, return to the top of Churchill’s lineup. After a year away Kamilla Beisenova, who won the state girls doubles title in 2012, will rejoin Nicole Welch atop the Vikings’ roster. Regardless of the division and county team titles, there are some entertaining individual matches

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on the horizon. For the first time in a while there is no true rivalry, though it’s possible one will surface. There are, however, a bunch of top singles players all capable of winning a postseason title, including last year’s all-county Region II winner Thea Postolache of Richard Montgomery. Sherwood’s Kaitlyn Heo nabbed the only regular season win over Postolache last fall. “I think we’ve got a lot more balance among the Nos. 1 right now. I think balance is the rule,” Richard Montgomery coach John Fahrner said.

Private schools Holton-Arms will go for its ninth Independent School League title in 10 years without seven players from last year’s squad. Coach Yann Auzoux said he feared he might also lose additional top players thanks to a new USTA rule that will make it difficult to balance high school and tournament training. “There is a new requirement that to attend Super Nationals, you have to be top seven in your section,” Auzoux said. If junior Lilly Lynham, who was the No. 1 singles runner-up to Bullis junior Ines Vias at last year’s season-ending ISL tournament, Arianna Spirtos and Maya Das stick with the team, the Panthers will likely remain in the running despite going through some growing pains. jbeekman@gazette.net

St. John’s College 42, Bullis 0 Potomac (Va.) 24, Avalon 12 Good Counsel 33, Immokalee (Fla.) 0 Geo. Prep 57, Fork Union (Va.) 24

BEST BET

No. 6 Sherwood vs. No. 10 Gaithersburg, 7 p.m. Saturday

at Richard Montgomery. Sherwood and Gaithersburg are the only ranked teams playing each other, and whichever playoff contender wins this matchup is poised to claim several bonus points. The game features two of the county’s top running backs: Gaithersburg’s Solomon Vault and Sherwood’s Elijah Spottswood. Gaithersburg went 3-7 last season, and Sherwood is breaking in a new coach, Chris Grier, so both teams face big questions entering this early test.


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Avalon School quarterback Wyatt Karem gets sacked and fumbles the ball against Potomac on Friday. ciations announced it partnered with USA Football, the sport’s national governing body, and will endorse the organization’s Heads Up Football program. Heads up Football promotes tackling’s mechanics that aim to reduce helmet contact. Maryland is one of eight states with schools that will pilot the program this fall. All schools nationwide will be eligible in 2014. In addition, football teams in Maryland are allowed to have full contact only three days a week, one of them being game days. “It was ‘Run low, run behind the pads.’ That terminology is out the window,” Kadi said. “I think the attitude will change, coaches have no choice but to adapt.” The recent ruling has been met with some resistance from current and former NFL players who say it will eliminate the “tough guy” and hurt the sport they grew up with. Football will certainly change in the coming years, Kadi said, but that won’t detract from his love for the game. It will take time but play-

youth level to ensure athletes’ safety. Hakopian said some youth leagues are experimenting with certifying certain players — making sure they use proper technique — at the 10and 12-under levels and allowing only those identified players to head the ball in a game. Hakopian added that he wouldn’t be surprised to see something like that was eventually implemented nationwide and that he expects at that all soccer players will eventually be required to wear certain equipment on their heads. Society constantly changes to keep up with the times and so does sport. Eventually these fought-against changes become tradition. “Some of the coaches might say, ‘That’s ridiculous,’ but you have to get over that,” Whitman football coach Jim Kuhn said. “There are changes in the world. I think it is hard but if you’re a person that is committed to the game, you embrace [the changes].” jbeekman@gazette.net

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ers and coaches will eventually adjust in the way society has embraced the constant evolution of all sports. “There didn’t used to be a 3-point line in basketball,” Kadi said. “Rules change and the game will adapt.” Though football might be one of the more inherently violent sports, concussions are on the rise in many sports. Athletes these days are bigger, faster and stronger, Winston Churchill girls soccer coach Haroot Hakopian said, leading to more physicality and impact upon contact. In recent years, there has been more emphasis on developing upper body strength to try and limit neck movement in those collisions, first-year Holy Cross soccer coach Tony Pykosh said, who led Walt Whitman to its only state championship in 2004, said. The act of heading a soccer ball itself has not been proven to cause brain injuries and Montgomery County coaches agreed taking that aspect out of the game would be illogical, but steps are being taken at the

The Bertrand family saw much of the United State this summer. They hopped on some roller coasters in Disney World, explored American University and the surrounding area in Washington D.C., felt the sand of Virginia Beach, saw some familyinMichigananddroveup and down just about the entire East Coast. “There was a lot of vacations,” said Brenda Bertrand, the mother of two collegiate athletes and another who will more than likely be one in a few years, “But not a lot of vacationing.” All the traveling was not done just to take the kids to see Epcot or splash in the ocean, rather for a seemingly neverending summer field hockey circuit for 11-year old Anna, the youngest of the Bertrands and one of the most talented preteen field hockey players in the country. The first stop, American University, was the expected one. Site of the regional tournament for the U.S. Field Hockey Futures program — “their Olympic pipeline,” as Brenda described it — the event was essentially an open tryout. Here, players were evaluated and graded, the top 25 percent qualifying for the national tournament in Virginia Beach. Anna, who has had a field hockey stick in her hand since about age 3, easily made the cut and off to the beach they went. In Virginia, Anna was “popped onto a team with girls from all over the country,” Brenda says, and her group played in front of evaluators once again. And, once again, the top 25 percent moved onto the next level: the Junior Olympic team. “I found out from a friend,” Anna said. “I didn’t know what they were talking about. When I saw my name, I freaked out and called my parents.” At just 11 years old, Anna

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“Shake it off, you just had your bell rung,” is something many football players have probably been told by a coach at some point. America’s most popular sport can be brutal, but its players have historically been expected to brush off the physicality and be “tough.” Now, changes are abound in football — not necessarily to everyone’s liking — and they’re coming from the top. Concussion awareness has reached new heights in recent years and as studies continue to reveal the possible serious and long-term effects of brain injuries, the National Football League made a major move this year in an effort to promote players’ safety. Effective this NFL season, runners and tacklers are prohibited from initiating contact with the crown of their helmet outside the tackle box. Illegal tackles include lining up opponents, a player lowering his head and delivering a forceful hit with the crown of his helmet to any part of the opposing player’s body. The NFL agreed on Thursday to pay $765 million to settle a lawsuit brought by more than 4,500 players and their families. The lawsuit accused the NFL concealed what it knew about the dangers of repeated concussions. Montgomery County football has adopted these rules this fall as well. Offensively, Walter Johnson High School football coach Jon Kadi said players are not allowed to brace and strike defenders with their helmets. Defenders will also be penalized for digging their facemasks into opponents’ chest pads. It should be helmet on the ball, Kadi said. Concussions cannot be prevented or eliminated from sport but proper tackling technique is extremely important the attempt to limit brain injury cases. In August, the National Federation of State High School Asso-

had qualified for the 14-and-under Junior Olympic team, which featured players from Kentucky to New Jersey and five other states lining the East Coast. At the Junior Olympics, her East Coast team was combined with the 16-U team from that same area and played against teams from across the country selected from various regions. Being 11 and typically one of the smallest players on the field, even when playing against girls relatively close to her own age, is something she said she is used to. She said she has played up in age groups her whole life and currently competes with both the 12U and 14U for her local club team, the Jackals. Because of that Brenda “wasn’t expecting [Anna to get] a whole lot of playing time,” she said. “But she played a lot, even started a few games.” In several games, Anna, a sixth grader, found herself matching up against girls who had already committed to play in college. So how does a middle schooler respond to playing against somebody twice her size and who had been recruited by Division I universities? “At first I was really scared,” Anna said. “Because when you play girls in indoor and they’re really, really tall, they can do these lifts, but after a while you realize you’re just as good as them, so why be scared?” “She has no fear,” said Jenna Ries, her coach with the Jackals. “She’ll get on the field with 17-year olds. The most fun part about watching Anna is seeing her forget she’s half their size.” That precocious talent and mindset led Anna to return home from Michigan, site of the Junior Olympics, with a gold medal in hand, an accomplishment Ries believes never to have been done before by anybody in Montgomery County, even those competing within their proper age group. “My favorite part was when I got on the field, the other girls would say. ‘Oh, she’s so cute!’” Anna said, on the cusp of dissolving into a fit of giggles. “And then I would get out there and they would say, ‘Oh my God! This is crazy.’”

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When Our Lady of Good Counsel High School boys’ soccer coach Dylan Dempsey was the age of his players, he found himself graduating a year early from River Hill High and on a plane to Europe to play professional soccer. The Clarksville native featured for St Patrick’s Athletic F.C., had a trial with RCD Espanyol and then joined on with UE Vilassar de Mar near Barcelona, Spain, before returning to the United States after a two-year stint. He jumped into coaching in 2008, citing one of his major influences to start down that road as Good Counsel girls’ soccer legend Jim Bruno, and worked to receive his National Soccer Coaches Association of America licenses while coach-

ing club and Olympic Development Program teams. “It was a good experience for me playing for some good coaches overseas,” Dempsey said. “It’s given me a lot to draw on, learning from great coaches and I wanted to give back.” Which is why when the job opened up at Good Counsel, Dempsey jumped at the opportunity and now, entering his second year leading the Falcons at the age of 26, Dempsey is excited about his club and the changing soccer culture at the school. “The players really want to see this program be successful,” Dempsey said. “This is one of the top schools in the region and you take a look at all the other sports teams and their success. “They’re hungry to have their names be mentioned with the football team and girls’ basketball and girls’ soccer.” The Falcons finished last season with a 10-5-5 record in the extremely challenging

Washington Catholic Athletic Conference after going 6-12-2 in 2011. Dempsey’s 2013 club returns five senior starters after graduating 10 and said his roster presents a relatively solid mix of veteran and younger players. Senior co-captains Matt Kirchoff and Alex La Noire will lead a strong starting unit that likely will be bolstered by a very dangerous attack in senior Alessandro Burlew and sophomore Dominic Duncan. “With Dylan running the program, I noticed we’re getting more respect,” La Noire said. “People want to come to games. It’s great to hear and it gives you more motivation to play well.” One of the benefits of Dempsey being so young is the ability to demonstrate tactical skills on the field during training sessions and jump into scrimmages when necessary. It’s something both Dempsey and assistant coach Sumed Ibrahim, who was prominent at the national level

while playing for the University of Maryland, College Park, both enjoy doing and use as a learning tool. Dempsey also said he’s able to connect well with his players off the pitch and they trust him to discuss a variety of topics other than soccer. “There’s something to be said for a coach who can not only tell the kids what to do but somebody who can get in there and play with them,” Dempsey said. “We gauge if the kids are ready to play and if they can handle that next level if they’re able to play with us in practice.” The Falcons open their schedule this afternoon against Archbishop Spalding, but the big matches — the ones that will let Dempsey know if his program’s ready to compete at a higher level — will come against DeMatha Catholic on Oct. 1 and Gonzaga College High School on Oct. 17. “There’s a good buzz about Good Counsel boys’ soccer going around the community,”

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Our Lady of Good Counsel High School second-year boys’ soccer coach Dylan Dempsey talks to his players during Thursday’s scrimmage against Landon. Dempsey said. “The style we play, the fact that we’re willing to give good young players a chance, I think that says something about my philoso-

phy as a coach. We want it to be a center for excellence and that’s starting to trickle down.” ncammarota@gazette.net

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When first-year Academy of the Holy Cross girls’ soccer coach Tony Pykosh was playing college soccer at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, he knew them as “practice All-Americans.” They were the players who shined most when there was no game pressure. “I’ve seen these players who are really good players before they get into a game situation, but a big situation is sometimes just a little too big for them and then they struggle,” Pykosh said. Tartans’ sophomore Jade Ruiters was one of the first players Pykosh noticed in his first practices last month. A freshman standout last fall, Ruiters is incredibly athletic, fast and skilled with the ball at her feet, Pykosh said. But to execute the intricate maneuvers she pulled off with seeming ease during training in a game situation could have been a completely different story. Fortunately for Holy Cross, it isn’t. Ruiters, is a pressure player. “She’s great in practice but then I saw her in a game and I was like,“Whoa, she is legit,’” Pykosh said. “She’s got a game speed and during her game gear she turns it up even more.” Ruiters is one of few returning starters from Holy Cross’ 13-win 2012 campaign and, moving up from defense to a midfielder/forward position, will likely play a major role in the Tartans’ scoring production. As Holy Cross looks to build upon its recently established status as a legitimate Washington Catholic Athletic Conference contender, it is perhaps the Tartans’ ability to combine with each other better than in recent history that will carry it the most, senior Jamie DePaul said. The Carson-Newman (Tenn.) College recruit returns to the central midfield and will work alongside classmate Dani White and Ruiters to control the middle. While DePaul, as a holding midfielder, is comfortable dropping back, Ruiters and White are more offensiveminded and can push up with forward Jasmine Newman, White said. And that plays well in Pykosh’s system, which focuses more on attacking the goal than the typical high school girls’ soccer team. While Ruiters might take on more scoring responsibilities this fall in the absence of past scorers, she is also quite good at finding her teammates

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Academy of the Holy Cross’ Jade Ruiters, warms up before Thursday’s scrimmage with Quince Orchard. in open space, DePaul said, and Newman has become quite adept at making runs off Ruiters’ possessions. DePaul said she has been pleasantly surprised with how quickly the team and Pykosh have meshed together — the Tartans have already notched preseason wins over Montgomery County Public Schools perennial powers Winston Churchill (4-1) and Quince Orchard (2-0). “We all have different aspects that we’re good at,” De-

Paul said. “I was not expecting much this year, I knew what we were losing from last year. I’ve been completely astounded. And I’m really excited for the season.” If any questions were to be posed, they would be in the direction of the Holy Cross defense, which lost University of Delaware recruit Ariana Fryer from the center back position as well as Ruiters. But junior Delaney Muldoon has dropped back from the midfield to the center back

position and White said the Tartans have benefitted from her ability in the air as well as her field vision. Muldoon’s midfielder nature means she isn’t afraid to move forward, either. Pykosh said he has also been impressed with the Tar-

tans’ ability to adjust to the various systems he likes to implement based on game situations. Those changes, White, Ruiters and DePaul agreed, keep the Tartans on their toes and from getting complacent in their roles. “I think we have some very

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talented players,” Pykosh said. “A player’s goal is obviously to win championships. They’ve been knocking on the door and I’m hoping to have a little of that extra edge to make it to the WCAC final.” jbeekman@gazette.net


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In its season opener, the Bullis School football team had just allowed St. John’s College quarterback Will Ulmer to crash 27 yards through its defense for an early touchdown run. Bullis coach Pat Cilento wandered down his sideline and looked down. “We’re asking a freshman to tackle that guy,” Cilento said matter-of-factly into his headset. “We don’t have anybody better. That’s what going to happen.” With five starters out and a sixth lost during the game, Bullis allowed Ulmer to run for three touchdowns, ceding a running clock in the first half, in a 42-0 loss to St. John’s on Friday. “We knew it was going to take a miracle,” Cilento said. Among the injured players for Bullis was its top offensive playmaker, junior running back Devonte Williams, who had minor surgery and expects to return next week. In the meantime, Kyven

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Brian Latham, Jr. is brought down by (from the left) Ayron Monroe, Kenneth Brooks and Mitch Mona during the Bullis School’s football game Friday against St. John’s College High School in Potomac. Jones moved from receiver to running back. But he too left the game early with a shoulder injury. “I tried to step up as a leader

— be like a sideline coach, get people in their right places and just cheer my team on,” said Jones, who intercepted a pass on the game’s first possession.

Jones ran for 24 yards on eight carries before ceding way to Brian Latham Jr., who had 17 carries for 64 yards. Bullis struggled on both

lines, making it nearly impossible contain Ullmer, who ran for 107 yards and threw for 102. The quarterback is committed to the University of Maryland, College Park. “I’d like to see what we could do healthy,” Cilento said. “But my hat’s off to them. They’re a great team, great program.” Last season, Bullis earned a 26-3 win over Bishop McNamara, a member of the prestigious Washington Catholic Athletic Conference that finished 3-7. St. John’s, another WCAC foe, figured to be a step up in scheduling for Bullis, and that looked especially true when St. John’s opened its season by defeating Calvert Hall, traditionally one of Baltimore’s top teams. Though Bullis was clearly stung by this non-league setback, Jones still brought up the possibility of an Interstate Athletic Conference championship. “We have a bright future,” Jones said. “Even though we lost like that, I can see our team, with our people coming back…” Longer term, Cilento said he won’t shy from scheduling more WCAC opponents, even St. John’s. “Hopefully, we can work it out where we can play them again next year,” Cilento said.

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St. John’s College 42, Bullis 0 St. John’s College (2-0) 14 21 7 0 — 42 Bullis (1-0) 0 0 0 0 — 0 SJC — Kenneth Brooks 37 interception return (Joe Giglio kick) SJC — Will Ulmer 27 run (Joe Giglio kick) SJC — Will Ulmer 37 run (Joe Giglio kick) SJC — Maurice Harley 1 run (Joe Giglio kick) SJC — Will Ulmer 1 run (Joe Giglio kick) SJC —Nigel Rowser 73 interception return (Joe Giglio kick) RUSHING St. John’s College (D.C) — Will Ulmer 9-107, Omar Garcia 11-60, Corey Vessels 3-13, Maurice Harley 3-4, Billy McCaffrey 1-(-9). Bullis —Brian Latham Jr. 17-64, Kyven Jones 8-24, Steven Attah 1-10, Christopher Aust 1-5, Tyamonee Johnson 1-0, Andres Lopez 1-0, Dwayne Haskins 3-(-7). PASSING St. John’s (D.C) — Will Ulmer 6-8-1021, Billy McCaffrey 1-4-9-0. Bullis — Dwayne Haskins 3-12-29-3. RECEIVING St. John’s College (D.C) — William Jackson 3-67, Scotty Washington 1-15, Omar Truitt 1-12, Will Ulmer 1-9, Devin Williams 1-8. Bullis — Benjamin Brown 2-16, Christopher Aust 1-13.

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Pretty is not a word that many would toss around when describing Avalon School’s first half against Potomac (Va.) on Friday at George Mason High School. In the Black Knights’ opening five

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drives, there were four punts, one safety, -62 yards of total offense, zero first downs, two sacks, three penalties, and just 16 plays compared to Potomac’s 33. Things would go a little smoother in the second half, as quarterback Wyatt Karem helped put 12 points on the board, but Avalon still fell short in a fairly rugged 24-12 loss. “I thought Wyatt played a good game at quarterback,” Avalon coach Tad Shields said. “I

think our D-backs held us in the game. Our offense needs a lot of work…. There isn’t anything that will escape our scrutiny, We can work on it all. The big thing I think is getting the O-line to settle down and get their jobs done and the backs too.” The first sign of looming turbulence came on the very first play from scrimmage, when Potomac quarterback Kevin Havermann dropped back in a play

action and had Mike Thompson wide open in the middle of the field for a sure touchdown but the ball glanced off Thompson’s hands and the Panthers would eventually turn it over on downs nine plays later. The Knights’ opening drive began with an offensive pass interference that backed them up 13 yards, a 5-yard run from Isaac Boyd, a 4-yard loss from Karem, and then a bumbled snap that led

to Karem being taken down in the end zone for a safety. “Honestly I just think of my favorite quarterback of all time in Brett Favre,” Karem said of recovering from a rough start. “The guy has thrown the most interceptions of all time but he’s one guy who just knows how to bounce back. I just learn from watching him so if I do make a mistake I just pick myself up like he did.” And the Knights would pick

themselves up eventually. Despite its struggles on the offensive end, Avalon remained stout on the other side of the ball, forcing a fumble, two punts, and two turnovers on downs to go into the break only down 9-0. Karem found Boyd, even though he banged up his knee toward the end of the first half. “I still believe in this team, I still believe we’ll go 9-1,” Karem said.

that matter, has had a pretty cut-and-dry hierarchy with the Warriors at the helm for the past several years. “It’s kind of wide open,” Col. Zadok Magruder coach Scott Zanni said. “Last year you looked at it and said ‘Well, who’s going to beat Sherwood?’ And nobody did.” Now, McCarty can rattle off six teams who could all make runs at the county crown. Coach Becky Ronquillo at Damascus cited five. Winston Churchill coach Cindy Hillard did the same.

Magruder “is always in the hunt,” said McCarty, who will look to senior outside hitter Makayla Roy and junior middle hitter Kerra-Lei Tirado this season. “Poolesville is always solid, Gaithersburg should be good, Damascus will be good again, and there’s Churchill, too.” Hillard threw Walter Johnson and Thomas. S Wootton into the mix and, since Sherwood can never be counted out, no matter who it loses, nearly half the county’s public school teams seem to

be in the mix for contention. “If you give [McCarty] six decent people, he would make it work,” Hillard said. “So I’m still glad I wouldn’t have to play them until the region finals.” “I think the more competition you can get in your schedule the better,” McCarty said. “You want to put your team in intense situations and I think it can build and strengthen your team throughout the season.” If the county is as competitive as the majority of the coaches are

predicting it to be, intense situations will be delivered on a nightly basis. Hillard returns four starters from her 9-6 team from last season, including 6-foot senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Hillard as well as a full healthy outside hitter in Olivia Chao. “Every position on my court I’ll have a player who plays year round,” the elder Hillard said. “I have four to five kids who I call ‘impact players.’ If one out of the four have a good day, we’re going to be on. It’s not one player and

that’s the beautiful part of it.” The county may have graduated its most venerated impact player in recent memory, but that seems to only have opened the door wider for more five-set matches. “Last year was the most talented senior class I’ve seen in the 20 years I’ve been coaching,” Zanni said. “But they’re gone so now it’s kind of ‘What happens next?’ kind of thing.”

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A student intern’s research project is changing the way at least one Maryland town looks at its local gun laws. The Washington state-based Second Amendment Foundation sent letters this spring to Maryland cities and towns including Takoma Park, Gaithersburg, Poolesville, Garrett Park, Frederick, Cumberland, Ocean City, Baltimore and Annapolis, threatening them with a lawsuit unless they revised or eliminated the sections of their code the foundation believed violated state law. Reaction to the letters has been mixed, said Dave Workman, the communications director for the foundation. Some towns have told them to go

ahead and try to bring a lawsuit, while others have thanked them for letting them know about the issues and promised to look into them. The foundation realizes any changes won’t be an overnight process, Workman said. Several communities are working on possible changes and one — Cheverly in Prince George’s County — has already changed an ordinance, he said. “That’s really all that we’ve heard lately about it,” he said. On Aug. 8, Cheverly voted to delete a section of its town code that prohibited the wearing and carrying of dangerous weapons in the town, including pistols, revolvers, sling shots, blackjacks, brass knuckles and other types of dangerous weapons, said Town Administrator David Warrington. When the mayor and council reviewed the ordinance, it was determined that violators were typically charged under state laws and the sec-

tion had actually never been used and so the decision was made to delete it, Warrington said. The town is looking to replace the section with one that would ban firearms from county buildings except by law enforcement officers, he said. Such a ban already exists in town parks. Not every municipality has agreed to cooperate. The foundation’s letter to Takoma Park listed three sections in the town’s code regulating firearms that the foundation believed exceeded its authority under Maryland law, including one that prohibits the sale, possession or transportation of firearms in places where people gather. “The Maryland legislature does give Takoma Park the ability to regulate firearms in places of public assembly,” the letter said. “However, Takoma Park’s definition of public assembly grossly exceeds the authority granted to it by the Maryland legislature.”

In an April 25 response, the town’s attorneywrotethatshehadreviewedthevarious sections of the code and determined the city did not exceed its authority. Other towns still are mulling over possible changes. Poolesville’s letter, for example, cited a clause in the town’s code adopted in 1975 that gives the town the right to regulate firearms during civil emergencies and allows the president of the town’s commissioners to prohibit the sale or transfer of firearms. Poolesville referred the issue to its town attorney and is waiting for a recommendation on new wording, said Jim Brown, president of the town’s Board of Commissioners. He said there was no timetable for when a decision might be made. “We’ll take action when we feel the time is appropriate,” Brown said. The idea essentially started as a research paper for a law student interning with the foundation who was tasked with finding out if small municipalities

with their states’ firearms laws, Workman said. The study began with Washington and Virginia, then expanded to Maryland and Oregon. Although the letters threatened a possible lawsuit if towns didn’t comply, Workman said he thinks of them more as a “heads up” to communities that they needed to get in compliance with state gun laws. When legislators adopt statewide statutes on any subject, it takes awhile for local governments to catch up, Workman said. He said many of the ordinances have been on the books for a long time and seem to have slipped through the cracks as nobody bothered to change or update them. Workman is willing to take a goodfaith approach if towns will take an honest look at their codes. “I’m giving these guys the benefit of the doubt,” he said.

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Bowie’s only laser tag business might shut down unless the city exempts it from a Prince George’s County law requiring the owner to add nearly 100 more parking spaces — even though she said there’s no room to build. Cherie Hope, 54, of Silver Spring owns a 28,000-squarefoot building at 14201 Woodcliff Court, where she runs Castle Laser Tag and Silver Stars Gymnastics center. Hope has operated the laser tag business since 2008; however, she said the county redesignated her business last year as an “amusement center,” meaning the estimated 8,000-square-foot portion of the property that houses the business needs 136 parking spaces. The business currently has 37 spaces, and there’s no room to build more, she said, adding that no neighboring property is up for sale and she can’t afford to buy more property if it were available. “To buy more land and build a parking lot is not something I could entertain. I’m barely hanging on here,” she said. Hope said even though Castle Laser Tag grosses about $500,000 per year and Silver Star Gymnastics brings in $300,000, she is just now close to breaking even. Profits from Hope’s only other Silver Stars Gymnastics center in Silver Spring have been supporting both her businesses in Bowie, which employ a total of 30 people, she said. “I’ll possibly lose my whole business, including the gymnastics [center] because laser tag is really way more profitable ... . Without both of them, I won’t be able to pay my mortgage,” Hope said. The county is withholding Hope’s use-and-occupancy permit for the laser tag center until she complies with the parking requirement. In the spring, a judge granted Hope’s request to keep the center open while she attempts to get a new permit,

Cherie Hope, owner of Castle Laser Tag in Bowie. said Hope’s attorney, Arthur Horne Jr. Previously, the laser tag business had been designated a “private school for artistic instruction“ in conjunction with the gymnastics center. When a laser tag customer called the county with concerns about the facility, county inspectors realized Hope had opened the laser tag business without getting the proper permit and issued a violation, said Susan Hubbard, a spokesperson for the county Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement. “They had opened up this laser tag business that we had no idea about and would not have known about,” Hubbard said. Hope, however, said Castle Laser Tag passed county inspections when it opened under the same permit as the gymnastics center and said the county’s change of mind is due to an unhappy customer’s complaints. Hope has asked Bowie to waive the county’s parkingspace requirement. While the city has no municipal planning or zoning power, it does have authority over the development of parking spaces, said Frank Stevens, the city’s senior planner. Stevens said Bowie officials deal with cases like this about once a year. Last year, the city exempted an office building on Superior Lane from having to provide more parking spaces, he said. Bowie’s Department of Planning and Economic Devel-

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Castle Laser Tag might have to close unless Bowie officials waive a Prince George’s County zoning ordinance that would require owner Cherie Hope to provide about 100 additional parking spaces. Hope said there are no neighboring properties up for sale to expand the lot and she can’t afford to buy property if it were available. opment is holding a public hearing on Hope’s request Sept. 10, Stevens said. Hope’s attorney said adding more parking spaces is unnecessary, he said, since laser tag facilities target a younger audience and don’t need much parking since parents usually drop children off and teenagers drive there in groups, Horne said. “We’ve never had a problem with parking. We’ve never had a complaint,” Hope said. “We have so much parking, it’s unbelievable. Never has the parking lot been full.” Prince George’s only other laser tag facility, XP Laser Sport, is located in a shopping center

in Laurel, the county’s only municipality with full planning and zoning power. Laurel requires one parking space for every 80 square feet of “commercial recreation” property, said Karl Brendle, director of the Laurel Department of Community Planning and Business Services. However, Laurel officials don’t apply blanket regulations to establishments that aren’t specified in the law, like laser tag centers, Brendle said. Officials would interview the business owner to get a sense of how much parking is needed, he said. In this case, XP Laser Sport’s parking requirements were

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Tell me about your teaching career, how long have you been teaching?

This is my sixth year teaching, it is a second career for me. I was a project manager at a research firm in Boston. It was exciting and it was challenging, it was a fun kind of life but I felt called to go back to teaching.

When had you taught before?

n Education: Bachelor of science in marketing with minor in art history, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass. Master’s degree in elementary education, American University, Washington, D.C.

In summers while I was in college I worked at an Arts Alive camp — it was great.

Why did you decide to teach second grade?

n Family: Husband, Matt; daughters, Matilda, 3, and Tessa, 19 months

[The students] are engaged, enthusiastic, fearless. They are not afraid to tell you what they are thinking. They are creative thinkers and they are open.

n Hobbies: Reading, writing, hiking, nostalgically following all Bostonbased professional sports teams n Lesson to live by: “Work smarter, not harder.” — Carl Barks, creator of Scrooge McDuck

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from ING as one of their Unsung Heroes in Education. How did that come about?

I applied for the grant because I believe STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] education is the most important change in education in the last 40 years. STEM is bringing back the excitement in education, allowing children to be innovative, creative, thinking. The grant will enable me to have an inventory of equipment for the entire lower school to use: reusable materials like child-safe tools and circuitry.

The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages honored you with the 2013 Annual Teaching Prize in the K-8 category for your lesson “Anatomy of a Castle.” Can you tell me about that?

This brings in my STEM

argument. Not only is it reading and writing and the study of history, but we use engineering skills to create a mini trebuchet, a type of medieval catapult. The only rule is you can’t aim it at anyone. They also do the inside of a castle. Are two special awards so close together unusual for you?

I like to challenge myself so I look for opportunities. I say, ‘hey, why not,’ it keeps things interesting. I love networking with professional educators. I have a blog and I love for educators to have their own voice. People who are putting blogs out are truly proud of what they do and I like to read what other people are doing.

What do you like best about teaching?

I like learning alongside the kids. I don’t think I could teach

anywhere if I couldn’t respond to thinkers around me. The teachers in this building are great, but working with the kids keeps you going. Is there anything that would make you want to leave teaching?

I think I’m excited about the idea of a fellowships. I wouldn’t want to leave teaching but I’d like to do a fellowship. There are definitely days you feel under-appreciated, but there’s never been a day where I wanted to give it all up. “Voices in Education” is a twice-monthly feature that highlights the men and women who are involved with the education of Montgomery County’s children. To suggest someone you would like to see featured email Peggy McEwan at pmcewan@gazette.net.

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Student DJ wows the crowds Alex Young, a junior at Walter Johnson High School in

Bethesda, expects a busy year. In June, he was listed in Vibe magazine’s Top 25 Dance Music DJs Under 25 This Year, which opened new opportunities for him to entertain with his DJ prowess. “It’s super cool,” he said. “I make up my own music and I think that’s what impresses people.” Alex, 16, said he started taking guitar lessons when he was about 8, then added drums and, as he got older, played in a couple of local bands with friends. He began entertaining as a DJ only about two years ago after attending a DJ camp at Bach to Rock music school. “I ended up being more interested in the product of the work rather than the song,” he said. “You don’t really play. It’s more like cueing” into the music. This summer he performed at several venues in several states. The coolest, he said, was a three-day rave festival in Las Vegas. “I got to play in one night of the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas,” he said. “It was about 400,000 kids and they had the best sound and lighting.” Now that school has started, Alex said he is allowed to accept gigs only on weekends, but that makes him more determined to do well in school and, maybe, graduate early. As of right now, he said, the plan is to put college on hold and take advantage of the opportunities his musical talent open up to him. “He has a very unique style. He composes his own music, performs and plays,” said Danny Kang, Alex’s manager at Megahousemusic. “In this day and age, DJs have turned into artists. They are releasing music under their own name.”

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“It’s super cool,” says DJ Alex Young, a junior at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. “I make up my own music and I think that’s what impresses people.”

Kang said Alex’s music is way beyond what a 16-year-old who just started usually produces. “I think he’s blessed with a special gift,” Kang said. A sample of Alex’s work can be found online at iamalexyoung.com.

Edison students compete in national competition Fifteen students from

Thomas Edison High School of Technology in Silver Spring

participated in SkillsUSA’s 49th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., June 24-29. The team earned one gold medal and three students placed in the top 10 in their categories. The top-ranking students all graduated from Edison programs in June. To qualify for the national competition, the students won local, regional and state competitions. Amanda Ross, a student in the print technologies and digital graphics program, won the gold medal in the T-shirt design competition. Zachary Johns, also in the print technologies and digital graphics program, earned seventh place in the pin design competition. William Gonzalez of the carpentry program

earned ninth place in the carpentry competition, and Jorge Canart, a student in the automotive services program, earned 10th place in the customer service competition. Representing Edison in the entrepreneurship competition were Jesse Bruce, restaurant management; Rabby Mertus and Anthony Scarano, print technology and digital graphics; and Felix Ubiera, network operations. April Johnson and Alexis Wilson, both interior design interns, and Patrick Whittaker, carpentry, competed in the community service competition. Jessica Sanchez, academy of hospitality and tourism, competed in the employment application competition. Cindy Gomez, network operations, competed in the technical computer application competition. Yesenia Sanchez, nail program, competed in the nail care competition with Janice Martinez-Delcid, cosmetology, as her model. SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit, is a partnership of students, teachers and industry that tries to prepare students for careers in trade, technical and skilled service jobs, including health occupations.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month September is Library Card Sign-up Month and Montgomery County Public Libraries is reminding residents of all ages that a library card is the smartest card to have and it’s free. Library cards are the key to many experiences: reading favorite books, researching subjects, learning a new language, acquiring a new skill, listening to music and watching a movie, according to the county agency. To get a card for immediate use, residents can visit a local library, show a photo ID and proof of residency, and com-

plete an application. Applications also are available online at www.montgomerycountymd. gov/library.

Make a strike for student scholarships Bowling for Young Scholars, the Barge Family Foundation’s inaugural fundraiser, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 6 at 300 Shady Grove Bowlmor Lanes, 15720 Shady Grove Road, Gaithersburg. The Barge Family Foundation is a nonprofit in Montgomery County that gives financial need scholarships to children between the ages of 10 and 16 who express an interest in science, math, engineering, finance, business or entrepreneurship. Scholarships are offered to children throughout the Washington, D.C., area. Bowling for Young Scholars will include food, bowling and door prizes. Cost is $40. All proceeds will benefit the Barge Family Foundation scholarship fund. To register visit thebargefamilyfoundation.org/events.

Student-musicians mark March on Washington In honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, young violinists and guitarists led by music teacher Ken Giles presented a concert Aug. 25 at the Gazebo in Takoma Park. The students performed songs from the civil rights era such as “We Shall Overcome,” “We Shall Not Be Moved,” and “Oh Freedom.” Giles said he was a U.S. Senate page in 1965 when the Voting Rights Act was passed. “It was a very powerful experience,” he said. “I remember thinking,’Oh, my gosh, society is changing.’” He said many of the students did not know about the songs when he started teaching

them, but they learned their history while learning the music. Aiden Keyes, 16, of Takoma Park, who is a junior at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, said she knew about the March on Washington because her parents thought it important for her to know. “My dad really loves history, especially black history,” she said. Aiden played violin at the concert. She said she wrote a column for the Blair online newspapaper about the 10 demands of the 1963 march. Among them is that the nation should have adequate, integrated education, she said. “There are still a lot of problems getting adequate education,” Aiden said. “Schools are kind of segregated, but I think it has to do with self-segregation because Montgomery County is so diverse.”

Students recognized as Unsung Heroes The Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate recognized 12 high school students in Howard, Carroll and Montgomery counties as Unsung Heroes for their volunteer service, commitment to community and personal character demonstrated through selflessness, strength and resilience. Five of the students were from Montgomery County Public Schools. Allison Nadler of Winston Churchill High School in Potomac serves people with special needs through organizations including Bowling Buddies and Friends at Home. Oumou Diallo of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring fled Guinea to avoid an arranged marriage when she was 14. She has given hundreds of hours of community service, including raising money and awareness for better education in Africa.

Richie Yarrow of Richard Montgomery High School in

Rockville is the recording secretary for the Montgomery County Council Parent-Teacher Association. Yarrow is the youngest officer by nearly 30 years.

Michael Jan Linsangan Torres of Poolesville High School

helps lead his school’s antibullying group, Help Everyone Respect Others.

Samantha GonzalezCordero of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington helped

lead the first Washington, D.C., Asian Pacific-America Youth Summit. The students have overcome “unique obstacles and given countless hours to helping people in need,” Creig Northrop, president of the agency, said in a statement. The students are “our future business and community leaders, and we’re proud to recognize them.” Northrop began the Unsung Hero program in 2003 to acknowledge students whose work in the community may have gone unnoticed.

Sports Plus seeks volunteers Sports Plus, a nonprofit that offers coed sports programs for children with mild to moderate autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities, seeks volunteers to help coaches with activities and provide encouragement to the young athletes. Current weekend programs with volunteer openings include a soccer and track and field program in Germantown and swim programs in Gaithersburg. Students interested in volunteering must be 14 or older. For more information, contact volunteer coordinators Diane Golden at golden4@ comcast.net or Suzy Kennedy at susan.kennedy@jhuapl.edu. More information is at www.playsportsplus.org.


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Farmer, Haller Kara Farmer and Michael Haller were married on Aug. 4, 2013, in Keuka Park, N.Y. The bride is the daughter of Willie and Jim Farmer of Brookeville. She is a 2005 graduate of Sherwood High School and a 2009 graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., where she received a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in musical theatre. The groom is the son of Rosemary and Dave Haller of Rochester, N.Y. He is a 2009 graduate of Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y., where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theatre. The couple resides in Queens, N.Y., where they are actively pursuing their acting careers. They met in 2011 while both were on a national tour of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Mommy and Me Club, from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays to Sept. 25, at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Four-week program of education and support for new mothers and their babies. Discuss with a Registered Nurse the practical changes that occur after a new baby arrives. Topics include adapting to your new role, breastfeeding/feeding issues, infant development, how to calm a fussy baby and get more sleep to name a few. Program geared for infants to six months. $40; Registration required. 301-7748881, www.montgomerygeneral.org.

Rich Patricia and James Rich of Bethesda celebrated the 50th anniversary of their wedding on Aug. 31. They were married at Keneseth Israel synagogue in Elkins Park, Pa., by Rabbi Bertram Korn on Aug. 31, 1963. Patti and Jim met in a class at the University of California called Law and Anthropology. After their wedding, they enjoyed their honeymoon camping across the country back to California. They now enjoy less-adventurous trips and plan to celebrate their anniversary with a trip to Greece. They have loved sharing interests, particularly their four children and their families, son Jeremy and wife Elle with daughters Kelsey and Leia; son Joshua and wife Meshelle with daughters Lily and Grace; son Jordan; and daughter Shayna. They have lived in the Washington area for 48 years, with 43 of those years in Bethesda.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 5 CPR for Teenagers, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. AHA CPR/AED course prepares teens aged 12-17 to perform adult, child and infant CPR. Other topics included are rescue breathing, choking as well as calling 911 and answering dispatcher questions. $35. 301-774-8881, www.montgomerygeneral.org.

Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church

St., Damascus, offers traditional Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 a.m., a youth contemporary worship service at 9:30 a.m. and a service of liturgy and the word at 11 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for all ages during the school year.

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Mr. and Mrs. Hal Gearhart of Laytonsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Alexis Gearhart, to Brandon Sengstack, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Sengstack of Frederick. Alexis attended Mary Washington University and University of Maryland, College Park. She is a chief web designer with Fleet Management. Brandon attended Frostburg University and is a musician and artist in Frederick. The wedding is planned for September 2014.

PLACING AN ANNOUNCEMENT

Thomas, Houston Wanda Marie Thomas and Cornell Clayton Houston Sr. of Adelphi were united in holy matrimony in the presence of God and family and friends on Aug. 17, 2013, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Silver Spring. The bride was escorted by her son, Mr. Quentin Thomas II. Her daughters, Felicia and Stayce Thomas, served as her maids of honor. Mr. James Short, brother of the bride, served as the groom’s best man. The couple will honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico, and will continue to reside in Adelphi.

Mondays at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Ever wonder if you are the only one feeling stressed and alone now that a baby has joined your family? Wasn’t it supposed to be easier? If you are finding yourself feeling sad, anxious, angry or irritable, group support can help. Group led by two therapists who specialize in the postpartum period. Babies are welcome. Free; Registration required. 301-774-8881, www. montgomerygeneral.org. Senior Fit, meets from 9-9:45 a.m. once a week at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Free 45-minute exercise program designed for seniors age 55 and older. Senior Fit focuses on increasing strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and cardiovascular endurance. Exercise is an important factor in preventing falls, managing chronic illnesses and improving quality of life. Classes are ongoing and a physician’s consent form is required to participate. Free for people over the age of 55. 301-774-8881, www.montgomerygeneral.org.

Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-421-9166. For a schedule of events, visit www. libertygrovechurch.org. “MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kindergarten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Drive, Frederick. Childcare is provided. This year’s theme, “A Beautiful Mess: Embracing Your Story,” focuses on

remembering that beauty can come out of chaos and that your past, present and future can be used for good with God’s love. For more information call 301-662-1819. Email mops@fcob.net.

Providence United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown

Church Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with Children’s Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and adult’s Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-253-1768. Visit www. kemptownumc.org. Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, conducts services every Sunday, with child care from 8 a.m. to noon and fellowship and a coffee hour following each service. 301-8817275. For a schedule of events, visit www.TrinityELCA.org. Chancel choir auditions and rehearsals, 7:30 p.m.

Thursdays at Liberty Grove Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Call 301-421-9166 or visit www.libertygrovechurch.org.

The Gazette prints engagement and wedding announcements, with color photographs, at no charge, as a community service. Copy should be limited to 150 words and submitted in paragraph form. Announcements are subject to editing for space. Please include contact information, including a daytime telephone number. Photos should be professional quality. If emailing photos, file size should be a minimum of 500 KB. Wedding announcements should be submitted no later than 12 months after the wedding. Send to: The Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, or email kgroff@gazette.net. Montgomery County celebrations are inserted into all Montgomery County editions.

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I AM A CNA (LI- HOUSEKEEPER: CENSED & MED Live in 5 days with TECH) LOOKING exp. Must drive. N/S. TO WORK IN YOUR HOME NIGHTS & WEEKENDS. Requesting $12-$15/HR Brenda 240-277-0496.

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To pick up kids in SS area and do light housekeeping 4:006:30 PM Mon & Wed @ $16/hr. Call Denise 301-905-7302

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Careers 301-670-2500 Administrative

ASSISTANT COMMUNITY MANAGER Community management co in Gaithersburg seeks individual with strong admin skills to assist managers with oversight of properties. Must know MS WORD & EXCEL, have strong writing skills & attention to detail & must like working with the public. Some evening work required. Competitive salary, 401K & benefits. E-mail resume to manager@casinc.biz

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Busy Orthopaedic practice in Kensington has 2 immediate full time openings for a registration/insurance specialist with disability form data extraction experience. We are looking for a customer service driven and enthusiastic individual to join our team. We offer competitive salary and benefits package. 1 to 2 yrs. experience preferred. Please fax resume to: 301-962-7450

Certified Medical Billing/Coding Spec Primary care experience preferred. Familiarity with PCMH, medicselite, ADS helpful. Position is four weekdays 8AM - 5PM. Salary based on experience. People skills and resourcefulness a must. Apply at gazette.net/careers

Driver - CDL Recycling company needs drivers. Class A or B license. Apply in person 7900 Beechcraft Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20879


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ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT

FT, for a busy Germantown company. Quickbook’s experience is preferred. Please email resume & cover letter to: hr.resume2526@gmail.com

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 cc2439@yahoo.com

MEDICAL ASSISTANTS Multi-specialty practice located at Rockville is seeking experienced Medical Assistants (at least 2 years). The candidate must be able to work in fast paced environment with frequent interruptions. Email your resume to Advancement Opportunities. jobs@montgomerymedical.com

ADMINISTRATIVE

Electrical Service Firm seeking organized AA for phones & general admin. Word & Excel a must. Accounting experience a plus. Email resume & salary: hr@certifiedelec.com

Real Estate

Silver Spring

Work with the BEST!

Visit our Career Opportunities page at:

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Current Opportunities Listed Below: Project Managers - Base Build & Interiors Superintendent - Base Build Project Engineer - Interiors Group (Job requirements & how to apply for each job are on the website) EOE: M/F/D/V

Be trained individually by one of the area’s top offices & one of the area’s best salesman with over 34 years. New & experienced salespeople welcomed.

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Must R.S.V.P.

Office Assistant

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Hours are 9-5 Mon-Fri. Experienced Preferred. Email Resume to: laura@highschimney.com or fax: 301-519-2400

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Transportation ATTENTION REGIONAL COMPANY DRIVERS!

Averitt Offers Excellent Benefits & Hometime. CDL-A req. 888-3628608. Recent Grads w/a CDL-A, 1/5/wks Paid Training. Apply online at AverittCareers.com Equal Opportunity Employer. Jobs based in Roanoke, VA or Harrisburg, PA.

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

BOOTH FOR RENT Barber/Stylist Needed for a Barber Shop in Silver Spring area. Serious inquires only. Booth Special! Please Contact Freddy at 301-490-4449

CLEANING

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

Merry Maids

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

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Exp or will train. Good hand eye, must own car, F/T including Sat. Salary $1224/hr + benefit. Apply in person for location- Doctors On Sight,

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LEASING CONSULTANT

PT. Looking for immediate hire for Saturdays and Mondays Gaithersburg Area Fax resume to 301-948-3959 Religious

School Administrator Needed for a Reform synagogue in Damascus. Position is part time primarily Sunday mornings and Tuesday evenings during the school year with flexibility during the summer. Contact orchadashadmin@gmail.com or 301-482-1025 for more information. GC3145

CDL-A DRIVERS:

Dental/Medical Offices now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-234-7706

Are you a dependable? Are you customer focused? Are you looking for a great opportunity to gain experience and earn extra cash? If so, The Hebrew Home of the Greater Washington, a Charles E. Smith Life Community, has an excellent opportunity for you! As a premier provider of sub-acute, dementia, long-term, and independent services; we are seeking part-time wait staff to work at our fabulous independent living facility located in Rockville, MD. Our location is Metro accessible and makes for as easy commute. Previous experience in a food service environment and good communication skills are essential. Successful candidates will work approximately 20 hours per week from 4:00pm - 8:15pm including every other weekend. We offer a generous salary. Qualified candidates may apply in person between 8:30am - 4:00 pm, Mon - Fri. or fax/email their resume to: Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, Human Resources Department, Smith-Kogod Bldg., 6121 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20850. Fax (301)770-8511, email: Spellman@hebrew-home.org. EOE, M/F/D/V.

FT/Contractual - State of MD position at JLG-RICA in Rockville. Must be HS Graduate w/2-Years experience assisting teachers in a classroom setting for adolescent. Instructional Assistant assigned to population of seriously emotionally disturbed adolescents ages 12-18. Candidate works closely w/other members of treatment team, i.e. Educators, Psychiatrists and Therapists. Duties include assisting teacher in providing instruction to special needs students w/range of learning styles/behaviors; Ability to modify plans as required to meet student needs; $15 p/hr. M - F daytime hours. Send resume with cover letter to: JLG-RICA HR, 15000 Broschart Road, Rockville, MD 20850 Fax: 301-251-6815 EEO

Med Techs, Opticians & Fashion Optical Fitters

Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now

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Teaching - Instructional Assistant

Experienced tax preparers needed for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. No experience? Online tax classes forming now. Earn extra money in tax time. Flexible hours, competitive pay. Call 301-620-1828 or e-mail 2013taxschool@gmail.com

Laytonsville Veterinary Practice has opportunities for full time experienced veterinary technicians. Busy multi doctor practice. Generous wages, health benefits and retirement available. Send resume to laytonsvillevet@aol.com

Sundance Vacations, a national travel co, in Washington DC is looking for enthusiastic team members. Earn $1000+ wkly. Health benefits, 401(k), paid vac and discount travel. No experience necesary. Will train. Evening and weekend hours. Call for an appt today: 1-877-808-1158

(GNA & Med Tech a plu$) Asst. Living in a rural home enviroment, Brookeville, MD Must have own transp. Please send resume: brookevillehouse@aol.com or fax to: 301-570-1182

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Job Assistance Fair Information: If you require assistance in the application process, you may join us on Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 9am to 1pm or Monday, September 9, 2013 - 10am to 2pm at the Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Maryland, 1st floor auditorium.

CNA’S/ACTIVITIES Coordinator

GC3218

Provide non-medical care and companionship for seniors in their homes. Personal care, light housework, transportation, meal preparation. Must be 21+. Must have car and one year professional, volunteer, or personal experience www.homeinsteads.com/197 Home Instead Senior Care To us it’s personal 301/588-9023 Call between 10am-4pm Mon-Fri

We will train the right person. Please email resume carolbugg@decoratingden.com or call 301-933-7900

To view entire job announcement and apply online, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/careers IRC12124. EOE M/F/H

Please email all resumes to dentalofficecoordinator@verizon.net

WE’RE HIRING WEEKEND CNAS, GNAS, AND HHAS!

Decorator Trainees, Office Manager, Exp. Designers, Sales Manager, Drapery Sales.

Montgomery County Department of Transportation seeks individuals for full-time and part-time substitute Bus Operators as part of the County-operated transit system (Ride On). Employees’ starting salary will be $17.83 per hour plus any overtime earned. Work schedules vary depending upon work assignment, and are based on seniority. Interested applicants need to be able to read and write, have three years of driving experience, at least one year of direct customer service, 21 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license, and no more then 1 point on their driving record (equivalency will be applied to non Maryland residents). Experience driving a transit bus is a plus. Resumes must be submitted online by September 18, 2013.

FT, M-F, immediate opening, no evenings or weekends, MUST be X-Ray cert. and expan. duty cert. Great salary and benefits. We are located in SIlver Spring, very near Olney.

LPN/RN

For busy pediatric practice in Montgomery County. Pediatric experience preferred. Fax resume to 301.933.5087 or Email alynei23@yahoo.com Attn: Geri

Decorating Den, a Home furnishing’s leader since 1969. OPENING DESIGN STUDIO on Fawcett St. in Kensington. Hiring for:

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2009 Chevrolet Traverse...... $17,985 $17,985 2009 Toyota Sienna XLE....... $19,985 $19,985 #362042B, 6 SpeedAuto, Gold Mist #360221A, Salsa Red, 5 SpeedAuto

2012 Jetta TDI...................#149435A, Coffee, 22,328 mi.........$19,992 2011 CC..................................#P7628, Black, 33,595 mi..............$19,995 2010 Routan.........................#P7637, White, 30,086 mi..............$19,995 2013 Passat.........................#MR0009, Black, 3,886 mi.............$21,000 2011 Routan SE...................#P6065m, Blue, 37,524 mi.............$21,491 2013 Passat..........................#PR6024, Silver, 3,912 mi...............$22,992 2011 Jetta SportWagen #P7624, Gray, 26,446 mi................$22,995 2012 Golf R..........................#FR7130, Black, 15,475 mi............$27,995

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‘00 Toyota Solara SLE

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‘00 Chevy Express Cargovan $6,988

‘07 Jeep Compass LTD

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‘07 Cadillac STS

#KP05620, V6, Pristine! $842 OFF KBB

$9,745

#KP87612A, AWD, Navigation!

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‘05 Nissan Armada

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‘09 Mitsubishi Galant

$10,745

#KP01845, Ralliart! Navigation, $2,878 OFF KBB

$14,988

#KP06061, AWD, $2,086 OFF KBB

‘05 Hyundai Sonata GLS $6,488

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

2008 KIA Sorento LX...................................7,745

1996 Chevy Baretta CPE............................1,950

#KP10186A,AC,AT,ABS, BEST VALUE!, “HANDYMAN”

#KP43971A, Classic!, 77K Actual! AT, TLT, CC, “HANDYMAN”

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

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

2,488

1998 Toyota Camry LE................................ #KP41506, PW/PLC, TLT, DON’T MISS!!, “HANDYMAN”

1997 Subaru Legacy L WGN........................2,650 #KP04510, AT, AC, PW/PLC, MORE! VALUE PRICED!, “HANDYMAN”

2001 Ford Explorer Sport 4WD...................2,950 #KP83311A, Great buy!, PW/PL, CD CHGHR, Alloys, “HANDYMAN”

2004 Subaru Forester X.............................4,988 #KP38727, 5 SPD, GAS SAVER!, AC, P/OPTIONS, CC, “HANDYMAN”

2005 Buick Century...................................4,998 #KP00882, AT, AC, PW/PLC, CC “HANDYMAN”

2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser...........................5,488 #KR08278, Clean!, AT, AC, PW/PLC

2000 Ford F-150 Supercab.........................5,500 #KX71474, AT, AC, BD LNR, “HANDYMAN”

2000 Buick Lesabre LTD.............................5,955 #KP05316A, LTHR/HTD/PWER Seat, P/Options

1998 Toyota Camry LE................................5,988

#KP03265, AT, AC, P/Options, Best Buy!

MORE VEHICLES continued

10,470

#KP85400, Sharp! PW/PLC/PMR, CC, CD

2005 Honda Accord LX................................7,988

2006 Buick Lucerne CXS.......................... #KP37654, Luxury!, LTHR/HTD/Mem Seats, Harman Kardon CD, SAB

#KP57155, PW/PLC, CD, CC, Don’t Miss!

2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4WD ...................7,988

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

#KP09664A, PSEAT, PW/PLC, CASS/CD COMBO, GREAT VALUE

2006 KIA Spectra SX...................................7,990 #KP43462, Clean 50K! 5 SPD, PW/PLC, CD, Gas Saver

2005 Mazda Mazda 6..................................7,997 #KP25777, PW/PLC, CC, CD, 5SPD, Gas Saver.

7,998

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

2008 Chrysler Sebring Cnvtb’l..................10,988 #KP23531, TRNG LTHR/PWR SET, CD, P/OPTS, OFF-SEASON PRICED

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

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

2006 Chevy Uplander LT...........................11,488

2004 Chevy Trailblazer LT 4X4....................8,455

#KG10909, AWD, Pristine 47K! DVD, PWR Doors/Options

2002 Acura RL............................................8,488

2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer....... #47651KP, 4WD, Beauty! 3rd Seat, LTHR, MNRF, RNG BDS

#KP27447, MNRF, PSEAT, PW/PLC #KP02240, Moonroof, Leather, Pampeed

2008 Saturn Astra XE..................................8,488 #KP59427,H/BK,SHARP!,MNRF,AT,ABX,Alloys,Stabilitrak

2005 Dodge Magnum SXT........................8,970 #KP14663, PSEAT, ALLOYS, PW/PLC, CD

2004 Ford Ranger Supercab........................8,988 #KP28744, 4x4, Tilt, Cruise, AT, Alloys Don’t Miss!

2004 Nissan Xterra SE ................................8,945

#KP05169, S/C SPORT, 4WD, MNRF, NTG BDS, 6-DISC CD, P/OPTS, NICE!

2001 Toyota Highlander Sport.....................9,488

11,870

2006 Subaru Legacy Outbk 2.5XT....11,988 #KP09074, MNRF, LTHR, AT, CD-6, WELL KEPT!

2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS................11,988 #KP77485, Beauty! MNRF, Wood Grain, P/Options

2008 GMC Savana Cargovan.....................12,470 #KR11890, AT, AC, Tradesman

2004 Acura MDX AWD......................12,477

12,488

2011 Chevy Impala LT......................14,770

#KP62182, SHARP! DVD, MNRF, LTHR, DON’T MISS!

2005 Mercedez C240W 4-MATIC...... #KP65999, IMMACULATE! MNRF, LTHR/PWR SEATS, CD

2008 Mercury Mariner.....................12,488

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

#KP55813, Clean, 63K! NAV, MNRF, CD, ALLOYS

2006 Toyota Camry XLE.....................12,488

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

#KP34280, NICE! PW/PLC/PMR, CC, CD

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

#KP97597, Sharp! AT, PW/PL, CD, CC

6,970

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

#KP17054, 4WD, 3.2L, Clean! LTHR, PW/PL, AC, MD INSP’D #KP81202, Prisine! MNRF, LTHR, Parksense, P/OPTS

2002 Mini Cooper.......................................9,745 2005 Hyundai Tuscon GLS AWD...................9,788

2009 Dodge Caliber SXT..............................9,990

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2008 Suzuki X-7 Luxury.....................14,588

#KP11507, 4WD, MNRF, LTHR, CD CHGR/CASS, PSeat

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

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2009 Toyota Corolla LE....................12,588 #KP65389, CLEAN, 50K! AT, PW/PLC, CD

2008 Toyota Rav-4...........................13,488

#KP64756, PW/PLC/PMR, CC, CD, Best Buy

#KP24175, AWD, LUXURY, MNRF, LTHR, P/OPTS

#KN88726, MNRF, LTHR/PWER SEATS, CD, ALLOYS, P/Opts, CD Chgr

2007 Honda Accord EX-L V6.............14,988

MORE VEHICLES continued

2010 Ford Econoline XLT..........................19,745 #KN77515, 15 Pass Rare! Park Sense, Tow, PW/ PL, RAC

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

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT........20,488

#KP32745, Clean! MNRF, LTHR, CD CHGR

#KN41054, DVD, Backup Cam, UConnect, PWR Doors/Seats

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

2010 Honda CRV EX-L......................20,970

18,988

2009 Chevy Silverado 1500.......................20,998

#KN46874, PSeat, Alloys, PW/PLC, CD, Fac Warr

2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited........... #KP65991, MNRF, LTHR/HTD SEATS, P/OPTS, FAC WARR!

#KP07669, Immaculate! 24k! MNRF, LTHR/PWER Seat #KG36062, Crewcab, 4WD, Meticulously Maintained!


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