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Project would transform heart of Silver Spring

Wing and a prayer

Developers want to turn apartments, office park into mixed-use community





The Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School blessing of the new academic and scientific wing on Thursday included Cardinal Donald Wuerl (left), the archbishop of Washington, and the Rev. Steve Shafran, Don Bosco Cristo Rey’s president.

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on Bosco Cristo Rey High School is in a decent Takoma Park neighborhood, though some might say it’s in transition. Many of its students — who come from Montgomery and Prince George’s counties as well as Washington, D.C. — are from low-income families and obtain aid to attend, qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch and other programs.

They all work one day a week in the corporate work-study program with a local business, agency or another employer to not only gain experience, but help cover the tuition of the private Catholic college prep school. Don Bosco Cristo Rey has had four graduating classes since opening on Larch Avenue near New Hampshire Avenue in 2007. And all students have been accepted to attend college, officials said. “That’s a phenomenal success rate,” said Susan Wallace, the school’s director

of development. On Thursday, parents, students, corporate supporters and local officials attended a formal blessing of a new multimillion-dollar academic and science wing by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington. They toured the three new brightly lit science labs and five multicolored additional classrooms. The new wing was made possible through the hard work and perseverance of

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Leisure World resident raised the first U.S. flag on Japanese soil




On a coffee table, Dr. Stephen Cromwell, 89, has carefully laid out his helmet, his first aid bag, a large piece of shrapnel and a photo of him-

livered more than 1,000 babies. “I came to Rockville to be a general practitioner. I did everything,” said Cromwell, who lives in Leisure World in Silver Spring. “If you were sick or injured they would say, ‘Who is your doctor?’ And if you needed to be admitted, I cared for you in the hospital.” Cromwell worked out of a house-turned-doctor’s office

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Dr. Stephen Cromwell, 89, was a Navy corpsman on D-Day in Normandy, France.

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World War II vet recalls it all self in his Navy uniform at 18 years old. They’re his World War II artifacts, items most people would see only in a glass box at a museum. If prompted, Cromwell will tell stories about the horrors of D-Day, the joy of the Japanese surrender and the gold medals he received while at war. But he also will talk about the days after the war and the 45 years he was a physician in Rockville, where, he said, he thinks he de-

A $200 million project would convert two apartment towers and a townhouse-style office park into a mixed-use community with affordable units near the downtown Silver Spring Metro station. Silver Spring-based Lee Development Group and the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County plan to transform the Elizabeth House and Alexander House apartment towers and Fenwick Professional Park into a cohesive development bounded by Fenwick Lane, Second Avenue, Apple Avenue and the Metro rail line. HOC owns and operates the

apartment communities, while Lee Development owns the office park. The community will be attractive to retailers, residents and the surrounding neighborhood, while addressing the need for more affordable housing, Bruce H. Lee, president of Lee Development, said Monday. “It will be great for the neighborhood,” he said. Planners are designing the Elizabeth Square development around the themes of health, wellness and art, offering a more inviting style to the public. Fenwick Professional Park, which dates to the 1950s, will be torn down to make way for a larger, more modern Elizabeth House, which is a 160-unit, 14-story complex for low-income seniors built in the 1960s. The new complex will house 277 units, with about half of the

If you like watching and fiddling with drones, blimps and other flying machines, downtown Silver Spring on Sunday will be just for you. The Silver Spring Maker Faire will feature some 90 booths with such creations made by young and old inventors, craftspeople and artists inside and outside the Silver Spring Civic Building. The free event is an expanded version of last year’s

SILVER SPRING MAKER FAIRE n When: Noon-5 p.m. Sept. 14 n Where: Silver Spring Civic Building, Veterans Plaza at Ellsworth Drive n For information:

Mini Maker Faire presented by the Kids International Discovery Museum. Maker faires are held worldwide to promote interest in science, technology, engineering,

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City grant for project faces possible delay



Several residents spoke out Monday against providing funds for a community kitchen being developed at Takoma Park Presbyterian Church on Tulip Avenue.

A committee reviewing how the city spends grant funds recommended that the church receive $10,000 for the kitchen project in fiscal 2015, which begins July 1. Crossroads Community Food Network and the church are among the groups working on the kitchen to offer food preparation space and classes to low-income residents who prepare food for sale at markets and other places.

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During a Takoma Park City Council meeting, some residents living near the church said they were concerned about increased traffic in the neighborhood and that the enterprise would become too large. They said they initially supported the project when they thought it would be a small enterprise to help people. But Jill Feasley, director of Meals on Wheels of Takoma Park and a church member who lives near the church,

said she believed the kitchen would continue to be a small enterprise. “I think the kitchen will help improve economic opportunities,” Feasley said. “The impact on neighbors, including myself, will be limited.” She and other residents said they were open to meeting about how to work out concerns. Mayor Bruce Williams and some council members said it would make sense to delay considering the funds

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for the kitchen until parties meet to discuss the matter and perhaps work out differences. The council is expected to consider the grant funding recommendations on Monday. Other committee recommendations included $23,000 to the Old Takoma Business Association, $19,622 to Crossroads Community Food Network and $19,621 to EduCare Support Ser-

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 11 Back to School Night and Table Fair,

5:30-9 p.m., Blake High School, 300 Norwood Road, Silver Spring. Fair followed by class visits. Free. 301-879-1300. Adult Irish Set and Ceili Dance Class, 7-9:30 p.m., Argyle Park Activities Building, 1030 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring. First class free. 301-649-6410.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 12 Children’s Consignment Sale and Community Event, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Universi-

ties at Shady Grove Conference Center, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville. Bringing together local families to shop, sell and volunteer with Kid’s Closet Connection. Free admission. Fall for the Book Reading, 7:30 p.m., The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. Featuring Leslie Nathan, author of “Sibs,” and Pat Spears reading from “Dream Chaser.” Followed by a reception and book signing. Free. 301-654-8664.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 13 Kensington Summer Concert, 10-11

a.m., Howard Avenue Park, Kensington. Featuring rhythm and blues swing band music Blue Book Value. Presented by the Kensington Historical Society. Free. julie@ Teddy Bear Clinic, 10 a.m.-noon, The National Museum of Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring. Bring a favorite stuffed friend and explore the Teddy Bear Clinic with activities and crafts designed to highlight the body, physical fitness and healthy habits. Grades Pre-K to 2. 301-319-3303.

Healthy Hearts, Bodies and Minds Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Acorn Hill Waldorf Kin-

dergarten and Nursery and Parkside Field, 9504 Crunett Ave., Silver Spring. Showcasing the central role that wellness plays in family life. Free.

The Secrets of Alchemy: Rethinking the Scientific Revolution, 1:30-4 p.m., Bethesda

Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda. A talk presenting an overview of alchemy and its contributions. A Cappella/Barbershop Show: Men’s Chorus, 2 p.m., Leisure World Clubhouse

2, 3330 N. Leisure World Blvd., Silver Spring. A “Rags to Riches”-themed show with skits and songs. $18. 301-275-0286.

Film Screening: “When God Left the Building,” 5:30-8 p.m., Montgomery Hills

Baptist Church, 9727 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. A documentary followed by a live discussion. Free. 301-681-7990. Heartfelt Japanese Concert, 7 p.m., Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington. Japanese musicians and violinist LoiAnne Eyring will perform songs from Japan and around the world. Free. 301-587-0144.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 14 Milestone Event Dedicating Trees, 9

a.m., Temple Emanuel, 10101 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. In Honor of Rabbi Stone’s 25 years of service. Free. 301-9422000. PAW Rescue Fundraiser, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 11704 Kemp Mill Road, Silver Spring. Yard sale to support the animal rescue. Fun and Fit Health Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, also 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 15. Featuring fun activities, health screenings and healthy cooking demos. Free. Healthfair@ Annual Hats and Crafts Show, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Har Tzeon Agudath Achim,

Habib Social Hall, 1840 University Blvd. West, Silver Spring. Handmade crafts will be available for purchase. $3.50. 301-649-3800. Silver Spring Maker Faire, noon-5 p.m., Veterans Plaza, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring. Hosted by KID Museum.



Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Dept. Carnival, 6:30-11 p.m., Md.

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Widowed Persons Service Monthly Meeting, 2-4 p.m., Wheaton Library, Meet-

ing Room 2, 11701 Gerogia Ave., Wheaton. An opportunity for widowed persons to socialize and to listen to Leah Niehaman talk about “Money Management Issues for Seniors.” 301-949-7398. The Art of Suspense, 3 p.m., The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. A Fall for the Book program about suspense writing with moderator Bethanne Patrick and novelists A.X. Ahmad, Ed Falco, James Grady and Allison Leotta. Followed by a reception and book signing. Free. 301654-8664.

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Silver Spring company wins contest Entrepreneur helps Chinese students navigate way to U.S. universities n



Through the process of moving from China to pursue a master’s in engineering at the University of Maryland, Haiwen Ding received enough of an education alone to start a business. After figuring out how to get into the flagship school at College Park, the Silver Spring woman started a blog to help other Chinese students with that time-consuming process, which can be costly, especially if using a placement agency. The blog turned into a home business, ICOW, as Ding remained in the area after earning her master’s degree. She recently was the grand prize winner of the 11th annual women’s business plan compe-

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tition run by Rockville Economic Development Inc.’s Maryland Women’s Business Center, winning $5,000. “There are a lot of students in China who want to go to college in the United States,” said Ding, 29. “Many of them, like myself,

stay here and work.” A panel of 30 judges reviewed more than 40 business plans and selected ICOW, which has a web application to help Chinese students do tasks such as creating a resume in English. Ding entered the contest in a previous year and learned from that experience to win a prize this time. “I took the feedback the judges gave me last time and applied it,” Ding said. “I wanted to show them I had the dedication and passion to win.” Third Space Wellness — a center offering acupuncture, massage, yoga and more on Georgia Avenue in downtown Silver Spring — was one of three second-place winners, winning $2,500. The other second-place winners were Gaithersburg’s Dance4Life & Health, which offers exercise classes for seniors and children, and Sunflower Health and Wellness, a natural health center in Olney. Dance4Life also won the

“pick the pitch” competition in which people voted online for video pitches, winning a year of services from Intelligent Office valued at more than $4,000. In addition to cash prizes donated by sponsors, winners received a one-year membership as a virtual tenant in a county incubator, or business innovation center. Sponsors of the competition included Shulman Rogers, Morgan Stanley, ActionCoach and Bio Maryland. The Rockville economic development group in 2010 established the women’s business center in 2010. Winners were announced Aug. 28 at a conference at the Montgomery County Conference Center in North Bethesda. Ding said she works with a Web designer and developer and wants to grow her business. “I believe there is a wide market,” she said.

Study finds inequity in county contracts Council talks privately about program to address procurement disparity n



Montgomery County, despite its efforts, awards too few contracts to minority and female-owned businesses, a study has concluded. The study, conducted by Atlanta-based Griffin & Strong P.C. aimed to determine if a statistically significant disparity exists between the number of available minority, female and disabled-owned businesses and the number of county contracts those business procure. Montgomery County has a Minority, Female and DisabledOwned Businesses Program, also known as MFD, that provides outreach and opportunities to historically marginalized groups. Federal case law requires the county to conduct a study of disparity to justify running the MFD program. The study found that without the program, the few contracts the county awards to minority and female businesses would make the county appear discriminatory. A final 238-page report on the study was completed in June. The report found Montgomery County spent about $368 million contracting with businesses owned by minorities and females as prime contractors in

fiscal years 2008 through 2012. Minority contracts made up roughly 14 percent of the total $2.59 billion the county spent on contracts in that period and payments to disabled-owned firms accounted for only $11.5 million, or less than half of 1 percent of the total. The county last completed a disparity study in 2005. The June report found a slight decrease in the amount of construction contract dollars awarded to minority businesses, while overall awards to minority businesses for professional services, other services and goods increased. “There remains a significant disparity between the utilization and availability of MFDs [minority-, female- and disabled-owned businesses] in Montgomery County,” the report read. “Detailed statistical evidence also supports the claims that discrimination against minority and female owned businesses persists even after controlling for both individual and firm characteristics.” “This combined evidence suggests that absent affirmative measures the County would be a passive participant in a pattern of exclusion of MFD firms,” the report concluded. Herman L. Taylor Jr., a black business owner who has sought prime county contracts, said he participated in the study. “The information is questionable,” Taylor said of the report, suggesting that the situation for minority businesses is likely worse.

Taylor, a former delegate from District 14 who recently formed the Minority Business Economic Council, also questioned how the County Council is handling the final report. On Tuesday, the council held a closed-door meeting to discuss the report and “obtain legal advice,” as allowed by the Maryland Open Meetings Act. Council President Craig L. Rice said the council met out of the public eye to ensure the report was legally defensible and to obtain legal advice for potentially creating another program to address disparity. Rice (D-Dist. 2), of Germantown, said the county executive’s office has indicated an intent to submit a proposal for another program. “The end goal is for us to make sure that we have an environment that allows all businesses to be successful, regardless of whether you’re a minority-owned firm, or women-owned firm, or disabled-owned firm, or any firm,” he said. “We want to make sure that everybody has a level playing field and is able to have access to all the different contract and procurement opportunities that are available.” The county’s MFD Program is a double-edged sword of sorts. To continue the program, the county must prove that inequality in procurement exists. Were the county to achieve racial and gender fairness in its contracting, the program would not be legally justified. “We are at the same point as


we were in the 1970s: How do we level the playing field?” Taylor said. “That same old question still remains.” The report concluded: “Montgomery County has made great efforts to establish a finetuned procurement process that is set up to provide equal access to all firms.” However, it also found that county procurement personnel don’t use the program to its full potential. The report recommended creating standard procedures for county staff, who, the report found, contribute to the perception that the county excludes minority businesses. Performance evaluations of staff and training also were suggested. The report recommended that the county establish annual participation goals, specifically for black-owned businesses, as blacks were the only group that was underused in every category in every year of the study. Taylor said his organization is asking the county to set goals for the current program, either by statute or regulation, and will submit a proposal for new legislation to address the disparity identified by the report. The Minority Business Economic Council’s mission is to create economic opportunities for minorities by building coalitions throughout the county and state. “We are trying to remedy current and past discrimination,” Taylor said.


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Argyle Magnet teacher picked for national role The National Education Association has chosen Betsy Johnson, a teacher at Argyle Magnet Middle School in Silver Spring, as a facilitator for the NEA Great Public Schools Network. “The GPS Network is an online community where teachers, parents, education support professionals, and other community stakeholders can share ideas and resources aimed at improving student success,” the NEA wrote in a news release. The NEA represents nearly 3 million teachers, administrators and education support professionals. The news release said more than 1,000 people applied to help lead the new network, which covers topics such as bullying, learning standards and teacher evaluations. Johnson was one of 61 who were chosen. Johnson teaches computer science, gaming, robotics and programming for grades 6 through 9. She is treasurer of the Montgomery County Education Association.

Friendship Picnic planned for Sunday The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights’ Committee on Hate/Violence will host its second annual Friendship Picnic from 1 to 5 p.m.. Sunday at Wheaton Regional Park, 2000 Shorefield Road. The event brings together diverse communities to share their cultures, traditions and faiths. Food, beverages and family entertainment will be provided. Those wishing to attend can email to or call 240-777-8456. The picnic is also hosted by the Office of Community Partnerships, the Montgomery County Executive’s Faith Community Working Group and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

National Leadership Society honors Riley Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Society, has named Christopher Riley of Silver Spring the 2014 Leader of the Year. Riley is a student at the University of Maryland, College Park. The award, known as the General Russell E. Dougherty Leader of the Year, is given to “the student who has shown the greatest dedication to one

of the ... phases of campus life celebrated by Omicron Delta Kappa (athletics, campus or community service, creative and performing arts, journalism, speech and mass media, and scholarship),” the organization wrote in a news release. The award comes with a $1,000 scholarship to support graduate studies. Also, a $300 grant will go to the Omicron Delta Kappa circle at the University of Maryland, College Park, in Riley’s honor.

Silver Spring school has new principal Six Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Washington have new principals this year, including one in Silver Spring. Brian Blomquist has taken over at St. John the Baptist School in Silver Spring. He was a language arts teacher at St. Ann’s Academy in Washington from 2007 until this year. He spent three years as an elementary school teacher in D.C. Public Schools before joining the Archdiocese of Washington. Before he was a teacher, he was a newspaper reporter for 17 years, working for The Washington Post, The Washington Times and the New York Post, for which he was deputy Washington bureau chief, the diocese said in a news release. Blomquist has a master’s degree in education from American University and a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University.

Volunteers needed to help victims of sexual assault The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services is looking for volunteers for its Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program. Volunteers will assist sexual assault victims and their families. They provide 24-hour crisis counseling and companion services at Montgomery County hospitals and police stations for victims of rape and sexual assault, according to a news release from the county’s Office of Public Information. Volunteers must go through a training program and commit to serve for one year, on call, for 12 hours a week. They must be at least 21 years old and live in the county. They also must have a valid driver’s license and immediate access to transportation. For information or to schedule an interview, call 240777-1355 or go to


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Aspen Hill man charged in mother’s stabbing death Stab wounds discovered in addition to fire injuries




The death of an 82-yearold woman after an Aspen Hill house fire Thursday was a homicide, county police say. Stab wounds were discovered on the body of Sonya Haleem in addition to injuries from the fire, leading police to charge her son, Hani Haleem, 57, of 4610 Iris St., with first-degree

murder, according to a statement from Montgomery County police. Police think Hani Haleem stabbed his mother, who lived at the same address, and then started the fire. Somaya Haleem’s body was sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. Fire and rescue units responded to the fire at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday and found the house filled with smoke. The fire flared up as firefighters searched the home, requiring that So-

maya Haleem be rescued from a second-story window. She died at the Burn Center at Medstar Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center, according to fire and rescue officials. More than 100 firefighters were needed to put out the blaze, which struck a gas line in the house and burned for about 45 minutes, said Pete Piringer, a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services. Haleem was denied bail at a hearing Monday, after a judge noted that his prior record included seven probation viola-

tions and 11 instances in which he failed to appear in court. A preliminary hearing in the case is set for Oct. 3. Tiran Hill, who has lived across the street from the Haleem household for several years and still works in the neighborhood, said Hani Haleem has a history of arguing with family members. Online court records show that Haleem has faced charges of drug possession, theft and giving false statement to police during the past three decades, and has been incarcerated sev-

eral times. In 1995 he filed a battery charge against his brother Sam, who was found not guilty. Fire investigators are expected to continue their examination of the house, which was not equipped with smoke detectors, into this week, Piringer said Friday. On Thursday night, county firefighters visited 50 homes in the area, reminding residents to make sure their smoke detectors were active and installing new alarms in several houses, he said.

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Sugarloaf neighbors fought proposal



The family that proposed building a shooting range and gun club near Sugarloaf Mountain withdrew its rezoning request after local residents and businesses mobilized in opposition. “It’s a great relief that it’s over,” said Doug Kaplan, a member of the Sugarloaf Alliance based in Frederick County.

The hastily formed group of neighboring homeowners and businesses had the support of the Montgomery Countryside Alliance, based in Poolesville, which feared that noise from the range would affect the Comus Inn and local horse boarding and riding businesses in Montgomery County. Old Line Arsenal LLC trading as Old Line Academy is an entity formed by William Valois Jr., owner of Professional Landscape Management Services based in Frederick. The LLC asked the Frederick County Zoning Board of Appeals for a



special exception to build a shooting range and club at 2230 Thurston Road in Frederick County. Family member Andrew Valois announced the family’s decision before the start of a continued Board of Zoning Appeals public hearing on Sept. 2 in Frederick, Kaplan said. Old Line Academy also released a statement on Sept. 2, alleging harassment by opponents of the project. The statement alleged that on Labor Day a truck had driven by the farm blaring its horn for 20 minutes and that later in the day someone fired a gun in the direc-

tion of the driveway while children were swimming. “So with the safety and health of our family in mind, we have decided it is in our best interests to let go of this pursuit at this location,” the statement said. The family declined to comment further on Sept. 4, after being contacted by The Gazette. Kaplan said the charges are unfounded. “They are totally false,” he said Thursday. “If anything like that happened, we would have seen emails from neighbors concerned about what was going on.”



“No members of SA [Sugarloaf Alliance] would condone such behavior,” said Peggy Kaplan, also a member of the alliance, in an email. “We disagreed with their application and fought it with the law and community involvement.” Doug Kaplan said 50,000 people a year visit the Sugarloaf Mountain area. “We’re just so grateful that everyone came together and that our neighborhood and Sugarloaf Mountain remains a treasure,” he said.


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Montgomery County Parks Department’s annual Harvest Festival was canceled after officials noticed about a month ago that it would be on Yom Kippur. The holiest day of the year for Jews, Yom Kippur is an ap-

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Council to pick next member


A vacancy on the Montgomery County Planning Board has drawn 25 applicants, including former planning board member Meredith Wellington, civic activist Cary Lamari, and former Rockville City Councilman John Britton. The County Council will appoint the next planning board member. With the current four members of the five-member board evenly split between Republican and Democratic members, the vacant seat is open to anyone of any political party. No more than three members of the board may be from the same party, according to the county. The applicants include 22 Democrats, two Republicans and one Libertarian. Applicants are seeking to fill a vacancy created when Casey Anderson was appointed as planning chairman in July. Anderson was appointed to replace Francoise Carrier, who resigned. Members of the planning board serve four-year terms and are limited to two full terms. The applicants include: • Wellington (D) of Chevy Chase, a former member of the Planning Board who served from 1999 to 2007. Wellington was among five candidates short-listed for planning chair after Carrier’s resignation. • Lamari (D) of Silver Spring, a civic activist and past president of the Montgomery County Civic Federation who has run for County Council. • Britton, former Rockville city councilman and Rockville Planning Commission member. • Gareth Murray, a former state delegate representing District 20. Murray ran for delegate in June for District 16 and lost in a six-way primary. • Victor Weissberg, a senior planning staffer for the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation and member of the Transportation Planning Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Also applying are: • Messanvi Richard Adjogah (D) of Silver Spring • Richard Arkin (D) of Gaithersburg • Rodella Berry (D) of North Bethesda • Stanley Botts (D) of Silver Spring • Timothy Cadigan (D) of Rockville • Ella Joyce Cassidy (D) of Silver Spring • David Fagan (D) of Clarksburg • Natali Fani-Gonzalez (D) of Wheaton • David Freishtat (D) of Potomac • Ann Gallagher (D) of Bethesda • Charles Jamison (D) of Dickerson • Dennis Kamber (D) of Poolesville • Charles Kauffman (D) of Bethesda • Edward Kelty (D) of Bethesda • Alan Kirschner (D) of Bethesda • Thomas Murphy (R) of North Bethesda • Arquilla Ridgell (R) of Silver Spring • Mohammad Siddique (D) of Montgomery Village • Scott Spray (U) of Rockville • Haytham Younis (D) of Montgomery Village

proximately 25-hour-long period that includes five prayer services. Jews don’t eat or drink, don’t wash or anoint their bodies, don’t wear leather footwear and abstain from marital relations, according to www. Also called the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur falls on Oct. 3 and 4 this year. Montgomery County’s Har-

vest Festival was scheduled for Oct. 4 at the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood. Parks spokeswoman Melissa Chotiner said the decision to cancel the Harvest Festival was extremely difficult, made with great consideration and respect for the local Jewish community. Montgomery County is home to about 113,000 Jewish people, according to a 2013 re-

port published by the Berman Jewish Data Bank at The Jewish Federations of North America. Unfortunately, the Parks Department had no date to reschedule the Harvest Festival this year, Chotiner said. For 23 years, the county has held the Harvest Festival, traditionally on the first Saturday in October.

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In honor of National Preparedness Month, the American Red Cross will host six blood donation days across Montgomery County from Sept. 17 to 30. “We want to ensure that the Red Cross remains prepared today for those emergencies in the future,” said Steve Mavica, the external communications manager for the American Red Cross.

“The Red Cross has a national inventory that enables us to use the blood where it’s needed most, so if there’s a desperate need for donations of blood at an accident site ... we’re able to ship blood to where it’s needed.” This month marks the 11th annual celebration of National Preparedness Month, which aims to prepare citizens in case of future emergencies, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Red Cross is contributing to the celebration with more than 40 blood donation days set up throughout

Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., this month. “Locally, we have found that we do not have enough blood to supply all of the hospitals in the area on a daily basis,” Mavica said. Only 38 percent of Americans are eligible to donate blood on any given day, and of that 38 percent, fewer than 10 percent do each year, according to the American Red Cross website. Because red blood cells have a limited shelf life of 42 days, Mavica said it’s essential for people to donate to ensure that there will be blood available in any type of emergency situation.

“With all the advances of modern medicine, there is no substitute for human blood,” Mavica said. “Blood constantly has to be replenished, so in order for us to be prepared for those emergencies that come in the future, we have to be sure that we have that constant blood supply 365 days of the year.” People interested in donating blood must be in good general health and feeling well the day of the donation, be at least 17 years old in most states or 16 with parental consent if allowed by state law, and weigh at least 110 pounds, according to the

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Adventist Behavioral Health is proud to sponsor The Gazette’s “Favorite Teacher” campaign. Teachers play such an integral part in our children’s lives. As educators, they are responsible for shaping young minds and helping students flourish to their full potential. Teachers can also help identify children who need additional educational or behavioral support. At Adventist Behavioral Health’s Outpatient Wellness Clinic, we provide a broad range of behavioral health services for children, adolescents and adults. We offer expert care for individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, ADHD and other behavioral health disorders. For more information, visit or call 301-838-4912 to schedule an appointment.


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Students look to school board on walking, busing issues Youth group says busy roads around school aren’t safe




Nicolas Holt-Barrett said he catches a Ride On bus to and from school in part to avoid crossing Md. 118 on foot to get to Northwest High School in Germantown. “When I walked and I get to there, there’s never a time where there isn’t a car in sight,” the 11th-grader said. “You have to be aware of all the vehicles, because sometimes people don’t even stop.”

Holt-Barrett, 16, recently testified in front of the county school board on behalf of the Montgomery County NAACP Youth Council asking the board to look into what can be done to help students who walk around busy roads or use public transportation to get to and from class. As the council’s president, he shared the group’s request for possible measures such as providing bus transportation or paying for Ride On bus passes for affected students. The youth council is working to reach out to other students and adults in the county about what similar issues they see around their schools, Holt-

Barrett said in an interview. “It’s starting as a Northwest [High School] issue but we’re going to look at different schools and ask people to come to our meetings to talk about their problems,” he said. Holt-Barrett also told the school board that the Ride On buses provide an imperfect alternative to walking. The bus schedule doesn’t always mesh well with the school schedule in instances such as late starts to the school day and early dismissals, he said. Students, such as himself and his twin brother, also must pay for the bus service if they use it to get to school in the morning, he said. Students can ride

for free between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and the county offers an $11 monthly pass during the school year for youth 18 and under. Other students on foot in the county are also facing busy roads around their schools, according to parents and others. Ruthanne Stoltzfus, a retired teacher who lives in Germantown, said she often stands near Seneca Valley High School after school gets out to help student pedestrians navigate the roads. Christina Morris-Ward, a sophomore at Seneca Valley, was struck while crossing Md. 118 on her way to school in 2012. She died from her injuries. Stoltzfus — who said she sees both distracted walkers and distracted drivers — questioned the location of the high school. “We plant them in between Wisteria [Drive] and Middlebrook [Road] in this great, big, busy block and have them walk all over this congested area,” she said. Last school year, two Richard Montgomery High School

students were hit by cars in separate incidents. One student was struck as she walked in a crosswalk on Rockville Pike. Another student was hit while he was crossing Wootton Parkway where there was no crosswalk. Montgomery Blair High School sits near University Boulevard and Colesville Road, an area that has seen a high number of traffic accidents, said Therese Gibson, the school’s parent, teacher, student association leader. At the beginning of each academic year, Gibson said, the school will talk to the students about pedestrian safety and the school’s closed-campus rule tied to the area’s dangerous walking conditions. Fred Lees, chief of the traffic engineering studies section in the county’s transportation department, said his section assesses walking conditions and traffic operations around county schools and looks for potential improvements. High schools tend to be along higher-volume roadways, he said. Todd Watkins, director of

transportation for the county school system, said the system has a policy that it will provide buses for students who face hazardous walking conditions. All students at Magruder High School in Rockville get bused because the school sits on Muncaster Mill Road, which has no sidewalks, he said. The roads around Northwest High, however, have crosswalks, pedestrian signals and sidewalks that allow for safe passage for the high school-aged students, Watkins said. “We expect kids to be able to walk there,” he said. School board member Christopher S. Barclay said he would like to see two meetings set up about the issue. One would involve the school system’s transportation department discussing the matter with students. He said he also thinks it’s necessary to have a conversation with the Montgomery County Council and the county’s transportation department. “This is really figuring out, are there options available to us? Is there anything we can do?” he said.

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A Darnestown man who disappeared last month is believed to be the man found dead in Allegany County on Sept. 4, according to the Montgomery County Police Department. Martin John Rogers, 54, a biochemist at the National Institutes of Health, went missing after leaving for work at about 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 21. A body police think is his was found in Allegany County, said Capt. Paul Starks, a county police spokesman. Foul play is not suspected, Starks said. The search for Rogers, which grew to include nearly 100 volunteers, expanded into West Virginia and Pennsylvania on Labor Day weekend after possible sightings of the missing scientist were reported along the C&0 Canal, according to Sandra Thomas, a family friend who helped coordinate the search. Rogers was spotted the day he disappeared checking into a Super 8 motel in LaVale, outside Cumberland, said Thomas, He used a credit card to check in; the sighting was confirmed using security video footage, Thomas said. When Rogers checked in, his shirt was drenched and he appeared panicked, which suggested that the father of three might have been suffering from emotional distress and confused by an amnesia-like condition, Thomas said. He doesn’t seem to have slept in the motel and no one saw him leave, she said. “Something’s wrong in that video,” Rogers’ wife said in a video statement. “He doesn’t look like he’s acting like himself.” There was no indication that Rogers was distressed or depressed leading up to his disappearance, Thomas said. He was happy at his job, loved his family, and was excited about playing a new organ for the church choir in which he sang, she said. The body was found by Maryland state troopers at about 1 p.m. near MV Smith Road, south of I-68, after passersby reported an abandoned vehicle and was sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, so his identity can be confirmed, according to county police. Police did not have additional information Tuesday.


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Ninth-grade student creates guide for magnet testing Hopes her experience will help others prepare




Nina Todd struggled to find materials to help her study for a test for a middle school magnet program application. So she made her own. Nina, now a 13-year-old ninth grader at Poolesville High School, wrote a study guide and a workbook this past spring to help fifth-graders get ready for Montgomery County Public Schools’ test used to help determine which students make it into the system’s middle school magnet programs.

“I wanted to compile all of the studying that was necessary into one place to make it even more convenient for my readers,” she said. Nina said “A Kids Guide To Getting Accepted Into Magnet Middle Schools” explains how she studied for the test. She hopes her experience will motivate her readers. Between the guide and the workbook, students can look through samples of reading comprehension questions and essays, practice math problems and study vocabulary lists. She said the guide advises students to organize their studying around their particular strengths and weaknesses. “I stress the point to stay focused,” she said. “My readers need to focus on what their goal is. For the majority of

my readers, that would be getting into the program.” Nina said focus was significant when preparing for the test. She said some friends she talked to who had not gotten into the program got distracted. Roberto Clemente Middle School’s magnet program challenged her and let her create documentaries, write essays and enjoy other experiences, she said. “In that [program] we were pushed to explore our creative sides of ourselves,” she said. The guide and workbook — $9.99 each on Amazon — are priced for lowerincome families to afford, she said. For middle-school students looking for help preparing for the high-school level magnet test, Nina is working on

another guide that she expects to release next year. The school system provides booklets on what the test will be like for middle school and high school, said Jeannie Franklin, director of the school system’s Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services. Fifth- and eighth-grade students taking the magnet program tests get the books in September for the test taken in December. Franklin said the test is written one and a half to two grade levels above the level of students taking it. The system looks at student performance in spatial reasoning, reading comprehension and “higher-level thinking skills,” she said. The test is one factor considered in a student’s magnet application process,

Police: Teens in Olney crash were at party Police say driver smelled of alcohol; test results pending

was not wearing a seat belt. Hall was treated at a local hospital and released; Dechter remained in critical condition Tuesday at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. .




The three teens involved in a fatal car wreck in Olney on Labor Day weekend had been at a party with underage drinking before the crash, according to Montgomery County police. The single-car crash on Aug. 30, in which a convertible struck a tree, a light pole and a utility box before rolling over, killed 15-year-old Shawn Richard Gangloff of Olney and injured Austin Donovan Hall of Brookeville and Maxwell Elliott Dechter of Silver Spring, both 17. Officers who responded to the scene noticed an odor of alcohol emanating from Hall, the driver, said Capt. Paul Starks, a county police spokesman. Starks said it was not clear if the boys themselves had been drinking or abusing other drugs, but a sample of Hall’s blood was taken for testing and results aren’t expected for several weeks. Investigators determined

Community support


Normally, students at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney wear school uniforms. But on Sept. 3, the school allowed students to wear the royal blue Warrior colors of nearby Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring to show support for the Sherwood students who died and were injured in an Aug. 30 car crash, and their families and friends. Hundreds of Good Counsel students showed their support. that there was a house party on Moss Side Lane thrown by a 17-year-old whose parents were not home, Starks said. The house isn’t far from the site of the crash, near the intersection of Hines Road and Macduff Avenue, Starks said. Officers from the department’s Alcohol Initiative Section went to the house and found

evidence of alcohol use and one piece of drug paraphernalia, a pipe, Starks said. Members of the police’s Collision Reconstruction Unit and the Alcohol Initiative Section will continue to investigate the crash, Starks said. Police think Gangloff, who was riding and the back seat and was thrown from the vehicle,

A website has been established for friends, loved ones and community members wishing to support the teens’ families: lotsahelpinghands. com/c/720155/ and click to join the community. In addition to signups for providing meals, there are other links on fundraising and donation information, and other ways to support the families. Also, a fundraiser has been organized to support the Gangloff family. California Tortilla, at 18101 Village Center Drive, Olney, will donate to the family 25 percent of its food sales from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Gangloff’s funeral was held Tuesday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Olney.





along with grades and teacher recommendations, she said. The system doesn’t suggest particular materials for test preparation, Franklin said, but generally advises students to get a good night’s sleep and not to be stressed. Rani Powell, 14, Nina’s friend and fellow freshman at Poolesville High, said she took the middle school magnet test with “very little information” about it and had difficulty finding materials to help her prepare. She used her older sisters’ notes and textbooks to study. Rani said she thinks Nina’s guide will help people “calm down” and understand that they will do fine on the test or, even if they don’t, “it’s not the end of the world.”


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Continued from Page A-1 administrators, teachers, supporters and students, the Rev. Steve Shafran, school president, told the crowd during a program. The growth occurred despite the school starting almost at the same time as the Great Recession, he noted. “Despite the economic downturn, the business community and a varied group of donors have responded and partnered with us to help make this school ‘that works’ a reality for the greater Washington

area,” Shafran said. Students Ewane Esong and Nancy Salmeron, both seniors, thanked supporters and attendees. The number of students has risen to almost 400, with a record-setting freshman class of more than 150. There is now space for about 500 in the school operated by the Archdiocese of Washington and the Salesians of Don Bosco, a Catholic institute that helps the poor. Besides the science labs and additional classrooms, the 15,000-square-foot addition features a new computer

lab, a multipurpose training room, a staff professional resource room and a counseling and academic center. There is a new gym floor and four new restrooms. A funding campaign raised about $3.5 million for the new wing, Wallace said. The new space has made a big difference in the classroom environment this year, several science and math teachers said. “It definitely helps the kids with their performance,” said Kristen Jackson-Nesmith, mathematics chair. “They don’t have to worry about dim lighting and the paint peeling off.”

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The work study program has more than 75 partners, including accounting firm Ernst and Young, Fitzgerald Auto Mall, Holy Cross Hospital, Choice Hotels International, Montgomery County government and NASA. Work partners pay the same rate for each student’s work, covering about 60 percent to 70 percent of tuition, which is some $13,000 per student. Don Bosco is part of a network of 28 Cristo Rey schools in Baltimore, New York, Los Angeles and other places that use the model.


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Continued from Page A-1 additional apartments dedicated as affordable. Fenwick Park, the home of tenants such as Del. Heather Mizeur’s political consulting firm and the American Hiking Society, has reached the end of its lifespan, Lee said. A senior wellness center that Holy Cross Hospital now operates in Elizabeth House will be expanded at the new complex. Plans also call for a streetlevel cafe, a central public plaza and an indoor pool and fitness facility, as well as a partnership with artists and a possible county-run recreation center. Alexander House — a 312unit, 16-story, mixed-income complex built in 1992 — will undergo some renovations. About 40 percent of the apartments will be dedicated as affordable. Ten studio lofts for artists are planned. In addition, a new multifamily building for multiple age groups is planned on the site of the existing Elizabeth House. The finished buildings will total about 771,000 square feet, an increase of about 314,000


Continued from Page A-1 on West Montgomery Road, which is also where he grew up after moving to Rockville from Chicago when we was young. Cromwell joined the Navy immediately after turning 18 and graduating from high school. After basic training, he was sent to St. Albans Naval Hospital in Queens, N.Y., where he began training as a medical corpsman. His first combat assignment: Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. Noel Tyra, one of Cromwell’s five daughters, remembers that her father did not talk about his time in the war until 1998, when Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” came out. The movie features


Rendering of the proposed Elizabeth Square development near the downtown Silver Spring Metro station. square feet from the present. If all goes well with the approval process, renovations on Alexander House could start next year and ground could be broken on the new Elizabeth

House in 2016, Lee said. HOC, which administers federal, state, county and private affordable housing programs, hopes to change “the paradigm of how we connect

clients to high-quality, amenity-rich housing,” said Stacy L. Spann, the agency’s executive director.

a graphic opening scene depicting the D-Day invasion of Normandy. “He corrected the movie and said, ‘That’s not what happened,’” Tyra recalled. “Seeing the movie opened the door for him to bring out these stories. It gave him nightmares again.” Cromwell, who calls DDay the worst morning of his Navy experience, finally told his friends and family about his time in the war, starting with what he remembered about that day. He said he was one of six corpsmen in the first wave and thinks he treated more than 250 people on the beach that day. He remembers the blood in the water and the layout of the beach. Jump forward 10 months and Cromwell recalls being on the USS Missouri in April 1945,

when a Japanese kamikaze pilot crashed into the boat, but the bomb in his plane failed to explode. He remembers Adm. William Callaghan saying that the young pilot had “done his job to the best of his ability” and deserved a proper water burial. While many sailors disagreed, they obliged and the man was laid to rest the next day. At 9 a.m. Sept. 2, 1945, the Japanese were set to surrender aboard the USS Missouri. “Admiral Callaghan thought it would be desirable to have Americans raise the first American flag on the island of Japan at exactly 9 a.m.,” Cromwell said. He and a handful of other men went to the beach. Because Cromwell had only his first aid bag and no gun in his hand, he was given the flag.

“They handed me the flag and I put it up. It was one of the few bright moments of my naval experience,” Cromwell said. Don Fick, a friend of Cromwell’s, got to know him and his late wife, Bentley, when they began playing bridge together every Monday. He said their group of card players got to hear all of the veteran’s stories and experiences firsthand. “He has had a profound influence on those who have gotten to know him the past six years because of his personality and understanding of people,” Fick said. “He is the perfect example. He went through the horrors of war, raised five daughters, went to medical school and served his community as a doctor for years.”

math and art by inspiring students and adults to make something new in those fields. “There will be a lot of handson activities for not just kids, but adults,” said Cara Lesser, founder and executive director of the museum, which seeks to establish a 40,000-square-foot children’s museum in Montgomery County. Last year’s event attracted about 12,000 people who observed and tried out creations at about 80 booths. “We didn’t want to grow too much,” Lesser said. “We will spread out some and have booths both indoors and outdoors.” A NASA administrator and astronaut are expected to speak on space-related inventions, and scientists with the National Institutes of Health will display 3-D printers used in biomedical research. Other booths will deal with remote-controlled blimps, rockets, Lego car building, automated chess boards, wind power, Tesla coils, fabric art projects, solar-powered flashlights, recycled arts, digital photography, simulations and video games.


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vices. Some council members expressed support for providing funding to the nonprofit Community Health and Empowerment through Education and Research, or CHEER. That group formed at the request of Takoma Park citizen groups to develop community indicators and a report card process to measure important aspects such as health care, the economy and housing. The council on Monday also discussed a proposed ban on most uses of polystyrene by food service providers in the city. Currently, the city prohibits only mobile vendors operating in Takoma Park from using polystyrene products. A proposal for property owners to provide compost collection services at multi-family residences and businesses was dropped. The council is expected to consider a formal or-

There will be food and two stages with short talks from local inventors. Sponsors include Discovery Communications of Silver Spring; Montgomery County; MedImmune; Hess Construction; the Tower Cos.; Lerch, Early and Brewer; and Downtown Silver Spring. Free parking is available in nearby garages. KID Museum also is involved with the World of Montgomery Festival, scheduled for Oct. 19 at Westfield Wheaton mall. That event will include food, music, dances, arts and hands-on projects from various cultures. KID Museum recently signed a three-year partnership with the Davis Library in Bethesda to use 7,500 square feet there as a “maker space” for visitors to tinker with 3-D printers and other devices to fuel their creative and inventive urges. The venue will open this fall, Lesser said. The library space will be a “prototype of a permanent home for us,” Lesser said. “We are in active discussions with some locations and hope to make that happen within the next few years.” dinance on the matter later this month. Four finalists to redevelop some city-owned land at Takoma Junction, the intersection of Carroll and Ethan Allen Avenues, will make public presentations at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Community Center auditorium. The City Council is expected to discuss the proposals on Sept. 29. The finalists are The Ability Project, Community 3 Development, Keystar and Eco Housing, and Neighborhood Development Co. The proposals offer a good mix of commercial and residential uses, with sustainable features and public amenities that would help stimulate commercial activity and improve the aesthetic appeal, City Manager Brian Kenner said. The Takoma Park-Silver Spring Food Co-op, an anchor in the commercial district, is included in all the finalists’ proposals with options for expansion.

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Berliner urges county review of taxi rules Burtonsville man stole n

Companies want level playing ground with ride-sharing services BY


Montgomery County needs to adjust its rules regulating taxis to better accommodate ride-sharing businesses such as Uber, according to one member of the County Council. Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda sent a letter to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) on Thursday, saying that the county should look at its “antiquated” taxicab regulations and should make efforts to be more inviting to companies using new technology. “Now is the time to give our local taxis the ability to compete with new entrants, not wall off the new entrants,” Berliner wrote. Uber and its competitor Lyft allow customers to book and pay for rides through their phones. Berliner wrote that he would schedule a hearing in the next few weeks for the county’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee that he chairs to bring together representatives from taxi companies, Uber, Leggett’s staff and other stakeholders. County Transportation Director Arthur Holmes Jr. sent a letter to Travis Kalanick, CEO of the San Francisco-based ride-sharing site Uber, on Aug. 5 saying that the company lacks the Passenger Vehicle Licenses needed to operate as a taxicab service in Montgomery. Montgomery regulates taxicabs in the county, while the state oversees commercial sedan and limousine services. “As I understand it, Uber does not possess a permit from the Maryland Public Service Commission to provide sedan or limousine services,” under the applicable section of state law, Holmes wrote. On Monday, county spokesman Patrick Lacefield said in an email that Uber had called the county on Friday and left a message that they were in discussions with the state’s Public Service Commission to do business in Maryland. The county called the company back, but as of Monday morning had not heard back, Lacefield wrote. But Berliner said in an interview Thursday that rather than forcing innovative companies such as Uber to play by its rules, the county should adjust the rules to keep such companies operating in the county as it tries to improve its reputation as a hub of innovation and attract young millenial residents. Berliner said smartphones

have revolutionized the taxi industry, and the county needs to take a comprehensive look at what it takes for taxis to compete with companies such as Uber. “Technology does that all the time,” Berliner said. The taxicab system in the county is very rigid, and they need to examine which regulations are essential and which aren’t, he said. In an email Thursday, Uber spokesman Taylor Bennett said, “Trying to force outdated regulations on modern technologies does nothing for the people of Montgomery County and is simply an attempt to restrict competition and choice. We applaud Councilmember Roger Berliner for his sensible thinking, and for recognizing the need for improved transportation options and greater economic opportunities.” He declined to share the exact number of drivers Uber has in Montgomery, but said the company has thousands of driver and rider partners in the county. The county appreciates innovation, but also has an interest in making sure it has a transportation system that serves everybody, Lacefield said Thursday. If the companies that are required to serve low-income residents, disabled customers and other sections of the county’s populations are undermined, it could hurt the county’s system, he said. Anyone who has ever taken a taxi knows that they can and do turn down fares, and it’s “factually untrue” to say they don’t, said Bennett on Friday. The county is still open to sitting down with Uber to “figure out how we work this balancing act,” Lacefield said. No set of regulations is perfect or lasts forever, and the challenge is to combine those concepts with new ideas and technology, he said. Dwight Kines, vice president of Silver Spring-based Sun Cab, said he agrees that the regulations need to be updated to accommodate the new ways of ordering taxis that have come up since the rules were last written. Taxi companies have to follow rules for things such as insurance and background checks for drivers that the ride-sharing companies don’t, he said. The companies know that Uber and Lyft are here to stay, and want to make sure there’s a level playing field, he said. “We’ll compete in whatever environment we have. ... All we’re saying is, it has to be equal,” Kines said.

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Critics of Uber, a ridesharing service in which customers can use a smartphone to request a pickup from a network of drivers, believe the company has an unfair advantage because it’s not subject to many rules and regulations that traditional taxicab companies are. The company says it’s serving customers better and more efficiently in its fight against “Big Taxi.” Companies such as Uber and its competitor Lyft don’t have to carry the same types of insurance for vehicles or conduct as rigorous background checks for drivers as traditional taxi companies do, said Dave Sutton, a spokesman for the Bethesdabased Who’s Driving You, a national campaign run by the Taxicab, Limousine and Paratransit Association. In August, the director of Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation sent a letter to Uber’s CEO saying that the company lacked the proper permits to operate a taxicab or limousine company in Montgomery or in Maryland and asking when the company planned to obtain the permits. The county oversees taxicabs. The state regulates limousine and sedan services. On Thursday, Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda sent County Executive Isiah Leggett a letter saying that the county should revisit its “antiquated” taxicab regulations as part of an effort to avoid driving innovative companies such as Uber out of the county. Typical taxi companies and others that provide forhire transportation carry primary commercial liability insurance that covers anything that might happen involving a taxi or customer, Sutton said. Ride-sharing companies use their drivers’ private in-

surance, which doesn’t cover commercial driving, he said. That type of insurance is significantly more expensive than the insurance that regular drivers purchase. Commercial insurance can cost upwards of $4,000 a year, said Dwight Kines, vice president of Sun Cab, which has an office in Silver Spring. “Right there, we don’t have a level playing field,” Kines said. In May, the Maryland Insurance Administration issued a statement that drivers for companies such as Uber may not be covered by private insurance and urged them to ask their insurance companies if they’re covered while transporting passengers for hire. Uber spokesman Taylor Bennett said the company carries a $1 million commercial liability policy to cover every partner or incident, which goes into effect as soon as a driver accepts a fare. The company has supplemental insurance for when a driver is on the road but not carrying a fare, he said. Sutton also said ridesharing companies’ criminal background checks don’t use FBI fingerprinting, but instead use private companies for background checks. It helps them operate so cheaply, but also makes them unsafe, he said. Bennett said Uber uses “the best and most stringent” background checks that search court records, Social Security records, driving records and history for crimes such as sexual offenses. Additionally, the moment a driver accepts a fare, the customer’s phone receives information with the driver’s name, photo, license plate number and other information, he said. An app lets customers track trips from pickup to destination, he said. He labeled Sutton’s group a “taxi-funded smear campaign” against the ridesharing companies, and said the allegations are nothing new. “We see these claims all the time,” he said.

Social Security money Payments continued for nearly 20 years after father’s death




A Burtonsville man pleaded guilty to a federal theft charge Monday after he continued to accept his dead father’s Social Security benefits for nearly two decades after the man died. Thomas Jefferson Kirby Jr,, 50, now faces 10 years in prison for theft of government property. He is scheduled to be sentenced in December. Kirby’s father, born in 1915, received Social Security retirement benefits between 1988 and his death in 1994. At the time of his death, the money was paid into a savings account on which the younger Kirby

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Police in Takoma Park have charged three females with robbery, assault and conspiracy after a woman reported that she’d been attacked Sunday night. Officers responded to the 7300 block of Carroll Avenue at about 9:50 p.m. The victim told them she’d been accosted by three females while she walked down the street. The three assaulted the victim and took property from her, according to a statement from the Takoma Park Police Department. The suspected attackers were found on Carroll Avenue a short time later. The victim didn’t suffer any serious physical harm, ac-

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was a co-signer, according to his plea agreement. The father’s death was never reported to the Social Security Administration, which continued to make payments — totalling $353,506 — into the account until December 2013, when the benefits ran out. Kirby kept the money and used it to pay his personal expenses, even though he knew he wasn’t supposed to be receiving it, according to the plea agreement. Kirby admitted to investigators that he was abusing illegal drugs when he began receiving his father’s benefits, but has stopped using them. He also has agreed to pay the money back to the government, according to the plea agreement.


cording to police. Police arrested and charged Jasmine Ward, 20, of Silver Spring, Taresha Pendarvis, 19, of Burtonsville, and a 15-year-old girl whose name has not been released with second-degree assault, robbery, attempted robbery, conspiracy to commit seconddegree assault and conspiracy to commit robbery, according to police. Ward and Pendarvis are scheduled to appear in court Oct. 3. Pendarvis already faces charges of marijuana possession from June and August and Ward is facing assault and disorderly conduct charges stemming from an incident in June, according to online court records.


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Montgomery might ban plastic foam containers In their place, council wants compostable or recyclable materials




First it was cigarettes. Then trans fats. Now Montgomery County could kick plastic foam cups and containers out of area restaurants. Montgomery County Council introduced Tuesday a bill that would ban restaurants and food service companies from using plastic foam cups and containers — also known expanded polystyrene or sometimes as Styrofoam — and require the use of compostable or recyclable containers instead. If passed, the bill would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, with certain provisions not being required until January 2017. Sponsored by Councilmen Hans Riemer and George L. Leventhal, both at-large Democrats from Takoma Park, the bill comes on the heels of county food courts stopping use of plastic foam containers and Montgomery County Public Schools stopping use of plastic foam trays. “It’s part of our continuing efforts to clean up our water and environment and the Chesapeake Bay,” Riemer said of the proposed bill. “Job’s not done.” While some people claim that polystyrene can be recycled as a no. 6 plastic, Leventhal said it is not accepted by the county’s Division of Solid Waste Services because recycling the plastic foam is “absolutely cost prohibitive.” Arguing the merits of the bill in a Sept. 2 memo to his council colleagues, Riemer said the petroleum-based plastic foam contributes to litter and

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“No business wants a dirty environment. Trust me on that.” Gigi Godwin, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce president pollution in area watersheds. “Over time, discarded foam breaks down into small pieces, but it does not completely dissolve and it is very hard to clean up,” he wrote. “When it is ingested by marine life, it causes harm. For human health, the National Research Council has recently upheld the listing of styrene as ‘reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.’” Riemer said a similar bill in Washington signed into law in July was the impetus to introduce the bill now to align the timelines for both bans, but added banning plastic foam has been on his policy agenda for some time. The bill also bans the sale of foam packing peanuts in the county, however, it does not prevent someone in Montgomery County from receiving a package that has been packed with plastic foam peanuts, Riemer noted. While plastic foam packing peanuts likely also contribute to pollution, Riemer said cups and containers used by restaurants are the main culprits. “I say we are all paying to clean up our environment when a business uses a product like styrene,” he said. “That business’ decision puts burdens and cost on the rest of us.” Conversely, the mandate to stop using plastic foam should put little to no extra cost on businesses required to convert to a recyclable or compostable alternative, Riemer said.

Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce President Gigi Godwin said more information is needed to fully understand the effect of the proposal on businesses. “No business wants a dirty environment. Trust me on that,” Godwin said. The issue for businesses, particularly small businesses like many restaurants around the county, will be transitioning to new products as businesses often contract with vendors for multiple years, she said. Also, regulations like Riemer’s proposal, can contribute to the perception that Montgomery County is not business friendly. Plastic foam looks to be the latest substance the county has banned from restaurants in the name of public health. Starting October 2003, the county banned smoking indoors at eating and drinking establishments. In 2008, it prohibited restaurants and grocery stores from using partially hydrogenated vegetables oils, shortenings or margarines that contain more than 0.5 grams of trans fats per serving. To cut down on the number of plastic bags in area waterways, the county has charged a 5 cent per-bag tax on plastic carryout bags since January 2012.


Montgomery Parks volunteers Patrick Driscal and Emily Lewis, both of Silver Spring, hand out pawpaw samples during the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s second annual Pawpaw Festival on Sunday at Meadowside Nature Center in Rockville. The event included music, storytelling, crafts, games, experts talking about pawpaw cultivation and a station where festivalgoers could sample the fruit, which is native to the eastern U.S. and tastes a bit like bananas.

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Arts Barn to host uplifting play about cancer


“Breast in Show” will start its three-week run at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg on Friday, telling the story of four people who have nothing in common besides a diagnosis. Eileen Mitchard, the driving force behind “Breast in Show,” came up with the idea for a musical about breast cancer about five years ago and has been working on making it a reality ever since. The show premiered in 2011 in Rockville and this summer it was performed at the Capital Fringe Festival to great


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reviews. “I had this idea to create a 90-minute, live stage musical about breast cancer that would inspire a movement that said, ‘We can, we must and we will eradicate breast cancer in our lifetime,’” Mitchard said, adding that if scientists have landed a man on the moon, they can do this. Mitchard, who just recently moved to Annapolis after living in Bethesda for almost 30 years, recruited Lisa Hayes to write the play, Joan Cushing to write the music and lyrics and Kate Bryer to direct the show. “I am not a breast cancer survivor, but I believe musical theater can get to people like no other media,” Mitchard said. “I interviewed patients, their families and medical personnel to get an idea of their stories and

get an idea of the characters we could recreate.” In the middle of pre-production, Cushing’s husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed away. After taking some time off, Cushing used her real experiences and feelings to draw from in order to make the show as realistic as possible. “It really informed Joan. The music she wrote is so beautiful, it obviously comes from an understanding of grief and all the horrible things about cancer, but Joan knows how to laugh, too,” Bryer said. Mitchard explained that no one leaves this “very funny, very touching” show unchanged. “While the show is about breast cancer you could fill in the blank; ovarian, pancreatic, lung. It really transcends the specifics,” Mitchard said. Various cancer awareness and support groups will be present at each show providing information for the audience members. Bethesda-based support group Hope Connections for Cancer Support will be there on opening night. “One of the things we are committed to is to make sure that anyone who needs our help knows that we are out there to help,” Paula Rothenberg, president and CEO of Hope Connections for Cancer Support, said. The organization provides support groups and mind-body classes to help reduce stress as well many other programs for all cancer patients and survivors, but those with breast cancer make up the largest percentage according to Rothenberg. Though the emotion in the play can be related to any type of cancer, Mitchard focused on breast cancer because she sees it as a disease that has truly affected everyone in some way or another. Bryer agreed noting that she can name 15 people she has known over the last 15 or so years who have dealt with breast cancer, but couldn’t do the same for any other one type of cancer. “Every night after this show, people just want to stay and talk about their experiences and what happened to them or their loved on or friend. It’s a very healing experience,” Mitchard said. Bryer has noticed the same reaction, noting that some have come into the theater wary about the subject matter, but never left upset. “I can tell you everyone who has seen it has been completely blown away and shocked,” Bryer said. The cast is made up of six actors who play various roles, including four breast cancer patients and their nurse, who meet up in what Mitchard calls the “Chemo Cafe.” The play follows the patients over 15 years and sees the disease from each of their perspectives. The play will run from Sept. 12 to Sept. 27 with performances at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Though Mitchard’s goal of eradicating the disease in her lifetime is a lofty one, Bryer thinks that she has the voice to actually make it happen. “I believe the show is one small step in the right direction,” Bryer said.


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RELIGION CALENDAR ONGOING Agape African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7700 Brink Road, Gaith-

ersburg, conducts Sunday morning worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Communion celebration on first Sundays, men leading worship on second Sundays, youth leading worship on third Sundays. “You’ll Get Through This” Bible Study from 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays. 301-9248640;

Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St., Damas-

cus, 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. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, offers services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. each Sunday, with Sunday School for all ages scheduled at 10 a.m. Child care is offered from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A fellowship and coffee hour follows the 8:30 a.m. service. 301-365-5733, elcbethesda. org. Hughes United Methodist Church, 10700 Georiga Ave., Wheaton, offers an informal Sunday morning worship service at 9 a.m., followed by a traditional worship service at 10:30 a.m. Child care is available from 9 a.m. to noon. Hospitality time is at 9:45 a.m. in the Garden Entrance. El Buen Samaritano offers a Spanish service at Noon. Communion is Celebrated the first Sunday of the month. For more information, call 301-949-8383. Visit

Kemptown 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 Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-253-1768. Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old 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 “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. Child care is provided. For more information call 301-6621819. Email Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Road, Germantown, offers worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sundays. Sunday School for all ages at 9:40 a.m. For more information, visit or call 301-9723916. 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. Call 301-881-7275. For a schedule of events, visit TrinityELCA. org.

Chancel choir auditions and rehearsals, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Liberty

Grove Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Call 301421-9166 or visit libertygrovechurch. org. “Healing for the Nations,” 7 p.m. every first and third Saturday of the month at South Lake Elementary School, 18201 Contour Road, Gaithersburg. Sponsored by King of the Nations Christian Fellowship, the outreach church service is open to all who are looking for hope in this uncertain world. Prayer for healing available. Translation into Spanish and French. Call 301-251-3719. Visit Geneva Presbyterian Church, potluck lunches at 11:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at 11931 Seven Locks Road, Potomac. There is no fee to attend. All are welcome to bring a dish to share; those not bringing dishes are also welcome. Call 301-424-4346. Friends of Jesus is beginning an Interactive Bible Exploration group on Sept. 10. It will meet weekly on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Ingleside at King Farm, 701 King Farm

Blvd., Rockville. For more information, call Bill at 301-943-6406 or email dcmetro. Breakfast With the Rabbi, all women are invited to a light breakfast with the engaging Rabbi Nissan Antine, speaking on “Rachel, Hannah, and Resilience,” on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $10. Learn how these valiant, determined women, featured in the Rosh Hashonah liturgy, took matters into their own hands, and be inspired to face the challenges of 5775. Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah, 11825 Seven Locks Road, Potomac. RSVP Ellen Perkins at 301972-8522 or email Ellen7sisterhood@

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Mother wins seat on bus for her son n Says Montgomery had denied request for transportation to magnet program BY


A Kensington boy is being bused to school after his mother filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education saying Montgomery County Public Schools discriminated against her son when the system did not provide him transportation to a magnet program. Rami Diaz-Cooper said she made a request in the summer of 2013 for transportation to and from A. Mario Loiederman Middle School for her now 12-year-old son who suffers from asthma, a disability. Diego is now a seventh-grader in the creative and performing arts magnet program at the Silver Spring school, which is not his home middle school. The district does not generally provide transportation to students who attend a magnet program in the Middle School Magnet Consortium if the student does not live in the consortium area. The group of schools consists of Loiederman, Argyle Middle School in Silver Spring and Parkland Middle School in Rockville. Students enter these magnet programs through a lottery process. Diaz-Cooper said, however, that she thought the system should provide Diego transportation because of his asthma, which can get severe and is triggered by factors including extreme temperatures, pollutants, pollen and dust and has caused him to be hospitalized multiple times. “You can’t deny an individual with a disability any kind of accommodation just because they’re going to some other school,” she said. Dana Tofig, a spokesman for the county school system, said he could not comment on an individual student’s situation. In addition to writing letters, DiazCooper said, she took her complaint to the federal education department’s Office for Civil Rights. “I worked smarter because I know that federal government provides funds to schools, and you are supposed to be following federal law to get those funds,” she said. “I took it a different route.” In response to Diaz-Cooper’s complaint, the county school system decided


Rami Diaz-Cooper kisses her 12 year-old son Diego as the school bus pulls up in front of their Kensington home. Diego is bused to A. Mario Loiederman Middle School, a magnet school in Wheaton. to enter into a resolution agreement, according to a May 28 letter to Diaz-Cooper from an education department attorney. As part of the agreement, the school system held a meeting to determine if Diego should receive transportation. A team decided he should “receive transportation as a related service,” said a June 20 letter to Diaz-Cooper from Ashley Vancleef, supervisor in the Equity Assurance and Compliance Unit of the school system’s Department of Special Education Services. The school system also said in the agreement it would review whether other students with disabilities needed transportation services to the Middle School Magnet Consortium. Tofig said in an email that the system “voluntarily agreed to provide transportation to these three schools for out-ofconsortium students with disabilities who require specific transportation services under federal law.” Those students need to be eligible to participate in the magnet programs, he said. The school system identified fewer than five students whom the change affected, Tofig said. The system also decided Diaz-Cooper could seek reimbursement for “any necessary expenses” related to transportation she provided for Diego last school year, according to the June 20 letter.

Diaz-Cooper — who is a single parent — said she arranged rides for Diego through friends, taxis and transportation service companies. She said she received two checks from the school system totalling about $4,800. She had requested, however, more than $100,000 in reimbursements and plans to pursue that amount, she said. A July 10 letter from Vancleef said the school system determined it would not reimburse her for some expenses she had submitted that were deemed not necessary, which included the cost of taking off work, two cell phones and a computer. Michael J. Eig, a Chevy Chase-based attorney with several decades of experience in special education law, said he thinks Diaz-Cooper chose “a pretty wise path” to pursue her complaint. The Office for Civil Rights will investigate such complaints, he said, “and, quite candidly, the county doesn’t like to be investigated by the feds.” He said he thinks it’s “good” that the school system looked for other students with disabilities who might need a ride but that they should not have found those few students needing transportation. “They should be finding zero because they should all be accommodated,” he said.

HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10 Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screening, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Johns Hopkins Health Care and Surgery Center, 6420 Rockledge Dr., Suite 4920, Bethesda. Oral, head, and neck cancers are the sixth most common form of cancer in the United States, with 40,000 cases diagnosed annually. At highest risk for these cancers are smokers and tobacco users. But oral, head and neck cancers in nonsmokers is a growing problem. Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Cancer Center physicians are providing free head and neck cancer screenings. The 10-minute screenings are easy and

painless. Registration required online at events.suburbanhospital. org, or by phone at 301-896-3939. Let’s Beat Procrastination, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Suburban Hospital CR 8 (Lower Level), Bethesda. Recognize procrastination patterns, learn techniques to help get results and ultimately reduce your stress. $20. For more information, visit

THURSDAY, SEPT. 11 Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.,

Bethesda Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Ln., Second Floor, Bethesda. Improve your memory, coordination, balance, and flex-

ibility through Tai Chi taught by an instructor from the School of Mind & Body Harmony. Wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes. Appropriate for beginners. $70. For more information, visit events. Qigong, 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Bethesda Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Ln., Second Floor, Bethesda. Focus on maintaining good health and preventing chronic ailments through the cultivation of life energy. Unlike Tai Chi, Qigong uses minimal movement, concentrates on proper alignment and meditation. $70. For more information, visit

Breastfeeding Basics, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. This course is designed to offer advice and support for breastfeeding mothers. A lactation specialist will discuss topics on the health-related benefits of breastfeeding, practical techniques, and breast-feeding at work. $30. For more information, visit or call 301-774-8881.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 13 Suburban Hospital Cardiovascular Symposium, 7:30 a.m. to 2

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Suburban Hospital Cardiovascular Symposium, featuring the Annual Mark F. Weinstein Memorial Lecture, will offer physicians the opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in cardiac disease prevention, imaging, transplantation, genetics, and will feature Johns Hopkins Medicine cardiologists. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. The Annual Mark F. Weinstein Memorial Lecture is entitled “Johns Hopkins and CPR: Past, Present and Future” and is presented by Myron L. Weisfeldt, MD, William Osler Professor of Medicine, Director, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical Institu-

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MONDAY, SEPT. 15 Community CPR, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Suburban Hospital Lambert Building (Second Floor), 8710 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Learn to respond effectively in emergencies. Appropriate for young adults, nannies, au pairs, lifeguards, and preschool teachers. Class includes Infant, Child, and Adult CPR. CPR certification provided. Feel free to bring a light snack. $75. For more information, visit


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Some folks might have jumped to conclusions last week when Montgomery County health officials reported that 4,200 of 11,000 seventh-graders did not have the necessary paperwork to prove they had received two vaccinations mandated by the state: the meningococcal or the tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) boosters. Is this a sign that thousands of Montgomery County parents are swept up in the paranoia over inoculations? Apparently not. In just a few days, the 4,200 dropped to about 2,000 affected students, according to Mary Anderson, a health department spokeswoman. The county has been holding clinics so any child who needs the shots can get them free, and Anderson said she didn’t believe 2,000 children had showed up at the county clinics. So it was probably parents who contacted their doctors and fetched the necessary forms. For years, unsure parents have been fed lots of scary information that vaccines could be at the root of our remarkable increase in autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta reported in March that one in 68 children in this country has an autism spectrum disorder, which is a 30 percent increase from one in 88 two years ago. In 2000, the figure was one in 150 had an ASD. Scary information indeed. But on the other hand, doctors have reported clinical studies that disprove a link between autism and vaccines, particularly an ingredient called thimerosal. “Evidence from several studies examining trends in vaccine use and changes in autism frequency does not support such an association between thimerosal and autism,” the CDC wrote in August. And then, there was the news from Montgomery County Public Schools last week that pertussis, or whooping cough, had been discovered or suspected in four public schools. As many as a dozen schoolchildren are sick. Whooping cough, which is caused by bacteria, is highly contagious, and it can be fatal, especially in babies and the elderly with suppressed immune systems. Which brings us back to the state requirement that the children get the vaccination boosters. At times our health is dependent on what others do, which includes washing our hands, staying home from work when we have the flu and seeing that our children get their shots.

How to beat a speed camera ticket My car was sideswiped by a Rav4 on Md. 355 in Gaithersburg on a recent Sunday afternoon. While driving in the middle lane, I was hit by a Rav4 which suddenly emerged from a strip mall, overshot the curb lane — and fled the scene. I chased after it, leaning on my horn until the Rav4 finally pulled into a car wash several blocks south of the crash scene. A few days later, a citation arrived in the mail with a picture of my license plate and demanding a $40 payment speeding 45 mph in a 30-mile zone. I thought if ever there was a good excuse for speeding this was it, and I decided to contest the fine in court. Big mistake. I awoke early on the appointed court day, drove to the Silver Spring courthouse, searched in vain for a parking spot, and as the 9 a.m. court date approached, drove into the “public parking” subterranean garage next door. In court, the Judge immediately informed all present that there would be a cost of $22.50 for the privilege of having her hear one’s case. We could plead guilty, not guilty or not guilty with an explanation. Mine was the first case called and I described the reason for speeding. The judge accepted the explanation, told me to pay the $22.50 as a clerk handed me a paper directing me to the 2nd floor cashier. Redeeming my car cost another $12. So I saved $5.50, and learned a lesson that my be of help to all ye who may receive a camera-caught citation: You can’t beat the system.

Max Fine, Bethesda


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Bus rapid madness


Getting their shots


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Montgomery County’s elected officials are waking up to the county’s money problem. Our economy is caught in a perfect storm: federal spending cuts, years of limiting and obstructing growth, our antibusiness reputation, our built-out land mass, our inability to get our fair share from Annapolis, our overly-altruistic social policies and our unsustainable spending are all coming home to roost. The population trends are worrisome: only Baltimore and Prince George’s suffered worse domestic population (native U.S. citizens) flight between 2000 and 2013. And the people who left MoCo were wealthier than the new arrivals: during 2007 to 2112 MoCo’s per capita personal income dropped 3.2 percent, worst in the state! In order to protect the county’s tax base, which finances county government, MoCo’s elected officials are approving massive new development projects like White Flint along Rockville Pike and the new LifeSci Village at White Oak. But, in order to make these projects economically feasible, the county has relaxed traffic mitigation rules which could lead to a traffic hell far worse than what county motorists already suffer. Rockville Pike’s collection of strip malls, car dealerships, light industrial and White Flint Mall have been approved for 7.5 million square feet of new commercial/retail, 12,000 new residential units and 16,000 new jobs. But at least the Rockville Pike corridor has I-270, Metrorail and a future MARC station. At White Oak, behind the new FDA complex, a 300-acre undeveloped site has been approved for 11 million square feet and 10,000 new jobs, 10 times the size of downtown Silver Spring’s redevelopment. This new LifeSci Village “will rival the I-270 tech corridor,” says the county. But with U.S. 29 instead of I-270 and with buses instead of Metrorail. That’s right, buses. County officials want to build and operate a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system along the county’s 10 major highway arteries including U.S. 29, Georgia Avenue, New Hampshire Avenue,

Rockville Pike, Randolph Road, University Boulevard and Viers Mill Road. Here’s how BRT works: Ride-onfeeder buses collect commuters and deposit them at depots along the corridors where they board MY MARYLAND sleek BRT buses that speed them downBLAIR LEE town or back using dedicated bus lanes. In some cases these bus lanes are built in the medians, but in most cases the existing curb lanes will be restricted to BRT use only (like HOV lanes). Only BRT buses can use the curb lane during rush hours. So, the three-lane highway you commute on today will become a two-lane traffic nightmare. Also, the BRT buses will have “traffic signal priority” — intersection lights will automatically yield to them. How does that work? And how do motorists make right-hand turns through a restricted BRT lane? Do Metro and Ride On buses share the BRT lanes? How about emergency vehicles? Do county motorists have a massive BRT demolition derby in their future? In some crowded business districts — like Olney, Four Corners and Bethesda — dedicated curb lanes won’t work so the BRT buses will mix with traffic creating a self-defeating bottleneck. The whole idea behind BRT is to make driving so painful that you take the BRT bus instead. That’s why BRT is supported by “smart growth” advocates who want less sprawl and by developers who want more urban density. The White Oak LifeSci Village project doesn’t meet the county’s traffic congestion standards — the new traffic will put U.S. 29 at crisis levels. But county officials desperately want the project so they dropped most of the traffic standards. BRT is the fig leaf that’s supposed to make things a little better. But, according to county staff data,

even with the BRT dedicated lane, on U.S. 29 it will take you 79 minutes during rush hour to drive the 2.5 miles between Stewart Lane (the White Oak Shopping Center) and the Beltway. One hour and nineteen minutes to go two and one half miles! The entire 81 miles BRT system will cost at least $2 billion. That’s an early estimate (Baltimore’s Red Line light rail has ballooned from $1.6 billion to $2.9 billion and is still climbing). And the operating deficit — the on-going operating cost — is estimated at $89 million a year. Who’s going to pay for all this? There’s not one BRT penny in the state’s 20-year transportation project program, and if our county officials’ quest for BRT funds is as successful as their school construction effort this year, we’ll end up with zilch. County officials won’t say who’s going to pay but when the county Transit Task Force first proposed BRT back in 2012 it said, “The county’s portion should be primarily funded by debt supported by ad valorem real property tax revenues realized through a tax imposed by one or more special taxing districts.” Translation: we’ll pay for it with property tax hikes. BRT’s big winners are the county government (increased tax base), developers (big new projects without traffic restrictions) and environmentalists (obsessed with carbon and cars). The big losers are motorists who need to go where BRT can’t take them, property values affected by BRT, businesses whose future development capacity has been soaked up by the big new projects and the taxpayers who must pay for this mess. In order to save the county’s tax base county officials are creating a traffic nightmare. Reminds me of during the Vietnam war when someone said, “In order to save this village, we have to destroy it.” Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His past columns are available at His email address is


Bus rapid transit is the right path Montgomery County’s planned network of 10 bus rapid transit (BRT) corridors is a step toward easing traffic congestion, reducing travel times and improving the region’s quality of life. As Montgomery County Agricultural Fair visitors saw when exploring the rapid transit vehicle on display, BRT retains many features of rail-based public transit, but is much more easily implemented and cost efficient. These systems also offer additional benefits, including electronic and/or automatic payment methods, real-time arrival and departure updates and environmentally friendly vehicles. Funding, too, can often be cobbled

together from multiple sources, including metropolitan planning organizations, municipal or county transportation funds, or even state highway maintenance budgets. And BRT successes aren’t hard to find. A program in Kansas City, Mo., called the Metro Area Express (the MAX), efficiently links major areas of the city, uses the latest transit technology and shows the potential of BRT. Cleveland’s “HealthLine” connects educational institutions, medical and business centers, and has spurred more than $5 billion in economic development along the corridor. Sophisticated transportation agencies understand the benefits of BRT, but BRT

alone can’t meet the transit needs of an entire community. Multiple public transportation systems are key to bolstering economic development across the region. Pursuit of a BRT system certainly demonstrates forward thinking in Montgomery County that will not only help accommodate anticipated growth in the region, but also catalyze the economic development needed to sustain it.

Nick Antonucci, Ellicott City The writer, based in Arlington, is vice president and mid-Atlantic district leader for HNTB Corp., an infrastructure solutions firm.

Katz leaves leadership gap in Gaithersburg Gaithersburg has been fortunate to have Mayor Sidney Katz at the helm for the past 16 years. While his departure will leave a huge gap in leadership at City Hall, his new position representing District 3 will be a benefit to the entire county. In nearly three decades, Gaithersburg has known only two mayors — Sidney Katz

and the late Ed Bohrer — both lifelong residents of the city. The result of the upcoming appointment period will mark the first time in years that the mayor will not be a lifelong city resident. While an interim mayor will be appointed from within the City Council, the real test will be next November when a new

mayor will be chosen by the voters. This lifelong city resident strongly urges all residents in every corner of the City from Olde Towne to Kentlands to become engaged, stay abreast of the issues — while we won’t have a vote in the interim — November 2015 will be upon us before we know it.

Daniel R. Campos, Gaithersburg

An epidemic of bad driving in Montgomery County I read with great sadness the article in The Gazette about a man being killed by an oncoming vehicle that was reported to have crossed the center line [“Motorcyclist dies after collision in Germantown Sunday,” Aug. 25] Unfortunately it is my experience driving in Montgomery County, especially the Clarksburg area, that oncoming traffic crossing the center line is an epidemic. It is such a common occur-

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rence that several months ago I called the Montgomery County police and asked what they could do about it. When I called I was specifically concerned about the parade of dump trucks using Clarksburg Road. This road is a lovely hilly, winding two-lane road that passes through Little Bennett Park and is not suitable as a dump truck cut through. The response that I got from the police was, “If we pulled everybody

over who was crossing the double yellow line we wouldn’t have time to do anything else.” This says to me that it is a serious problem. Everybody knows that traffic in Montgomery County is horrible and keeps getting worse as the county is more and more developed. What everyone may not be aware of is the collateral damage being done to the quality of life of those who live on

roads being used by frustrated motorists trying to find a way around the congested mess. One thing that happens is that in their hurry on these two-lane roads many motorists cross the center line. How bad does it have to get before the people who are responsible for the decisions about Montgomery County (aka the county council) stop the over development madness?

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Just because someone can cram thousands of “dwelling units” on every piece of undeveloped land doesn’t mean they should. It would benefit everyone if the “county” would consider the bigger picture. So many facets of county residents life are adversely affected by over development. The county is becoming undesirable.

Karon deSilva, Clarksburg

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Gerrymandering caused low voter turnout I write in response to the Aug. 6 letter: “Democratic domination partly to blame for turnout.” It was written about the “County Council’s concern about low voter turnout” and how the county “unfortunately ... missed the point as to both the causes of the problem and its solution.” Although the opinion writer deserves credit for correctly recognizing a serious problem, he unfortunately committed the same mistake about low turnout as the council: He also missed the point about both the causes of the problem and its solution. The opinion writer asserts that low voter turnout occurred because the Democrats convinced voters that their “[d]ecades long rule” made their success inevitable and therefore voter “participation ... unnecessary” while the Republicans postured themselves as “feckless.” ... The writer suggests as a solution for the low turnout that the Democrats “insure all understand that voting is a privilege and a duty ... that ... must be exercised ... if our democracy is to survive.” He says the Republicans should help by “work[ing] harder” and coming up with better ideas. It is astonishing that this Aug. 6 letter was written. It is so wrong. Informed people know that the cause of low turnout is gerrymandering — the manipulating of election

districts to give one party — here the Democrats’ unfair advantage guarantees that it will almost always win. Low Democrat turnout happens as a result of gerrymandering because since they believe they will almost always succeed, most see no reason to come to the polls. Republicans are discouraged from voting because gerrymandering makes it so hard for them to achieve victory. ... The solution to low turnout from gerrymandered districts is to redraw the election districts so that both the Democratic and Republican parties have a fair chance to win. How could they be redrawn to give each party a fair chance for victory? There are many ways. One method can be demonstrated as follows: Assume that Montgomery County voters have registered approximately as follows: 60 percent Democratic; 20 percent Republican; and 20 percent unaffiliated. So to treat parties equally, eliminate at-large districts and redraw the county’s legislative and councilmanic districts so that 60 percent of the election districts would have Democratic majorities; 20 percent would have Republican ones and 20 percent unafilliated. Each party would have a fair opportunity to win commensurate with the number of voters who registered with them. Another

way to accomplish such fairness is establishing a proportional representation model. Ending gerrymandering would also foster better and more honest government. According to empirical studies, lack of party competitiveness is a major predictor of corruption and ineffectiveness. Effective and honest government is more likely when two parties rather than one participate in the governing. Redrawing Montgomery County districts so that Republicans as well as Democrats would be elected would bring about Republican Party government participation and thus provide a greater guarantee of government integrity and success. The letter writer’s ... assertions that Republicans don’t work hard enough and lack good ideas are obviously erroneous and thoughtless. I was just elected to the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee and know Montgomery County Republicans well. They are tireless workers and creative thinkers. Michael Higgs, the GOP’s dynamic new county chairman, has selected “End One Party Rule” as the Republican’s 2014 election theme. This means that the Republicans have plans to win this year whether gerrymandering is ended or not.

Frederick G. Seelman, Silver Spring

White Flint development plan lacks coordination Thanks to the county’s unimaginative approach to development, new construction will continue to be DIY — do it yourself. What we have is a hodge-podge of buildings totally lacking in symmetry of design. For example, here in the North Bethesda/White Flint sector, exteriors lack cohesion. In any parcel, one building is a poor relation to its neighbor. Why is this happening? Absence of bureaucratic courage to be innovative. Why? There are those who wonder who is in charge of change, Council or the Planning Commission. It is my understanding that the planners are an advisory arm of the lawmakers. When a new project is sub-


mitted for approval, decision makers consider design symmetry a long-lost cousin. In a word, lack of coordination. But, we should not be surprised. There is little if any thought given to understanding where vehicles begin their trips, where they stop and how often, plus where they end. There are lots of calculations about vehicles passing through intersections, and which way they may turn. In truth, many of those trips begin/end way beyond a particular sector. Part of the problem stems from economic/vehicular/societal assumptions. It would help to know who are the people flooding into new residential units. Where they work, shop,

how often they use public transportation versus private vehicle usage, etc. would be helpful. “Build, and they will come” is a dangerous motto. The current North Bethesda/White Flint development plan lacks coordination with surrounding sectors. For example, take Wisconsin Avenue/Rockville Pike/Md. 355 is not just one long roadway. The “buck” stops at vastly different “communities” as if they were cocoons. Instead of relying solely on developer predictions of viability, county development decision makers should hear from independent experts in fields such as economics, society psychology, etc. It also would do

well to have higher educations students take part in fact gathering and analysis for class credit. Some of their ideas and conclusions might be refreshing. It is a given that developers gain profits, and the county gains tax revenue. There is nothing wrong with that. But, a little more imagination and coordination could encourage decision makers to have the courage to create a new era of development that could raise the bar for the rest of the nation.

David H. Brown, North Bethesda The writer has been a rotating chairman of the Rockville Board of Appeals.

MVA could help improve voter rolls One way to solve some of the problem of inaccurate voter rolls is to enlist each state’s Motor Vehicle Adminstration (MVA). In addition to asking about registering to vote, the MVA should also ask if the person is registered to vote elsewhere. If the answer is yes, then the MVA could contact the other state to alert them that they may want to follow up on the person. This will not completely eliminate the problem of inaccurate voter rolls but will decrease it somewhat.

Richard Fidler, Bethesda

Driver fumes as Pepco digs I live in Green Acres in Bethesda, just northwest of the intersection of River Road and Western Avenue. The only way out of our neighborhood is to take Greenway or Ventnor to River. I am a freelance journalist and work out of my home. Getting in or out of my neighborhood on weekdays has been hell for months, ever since Pepco started digging up River Road. I have to allow an extra 10 or 15 minutes to any trips by car. In the last week or two, Pepco workmen — not police, mind you — have begun directing traffic at the light at River and Greenway/ Willard, which is making matters worse. There is no light at Ventnor, so the construction and lane closures make it impossible to turn north onto River Road from that neighborhood exit. As far as I know, Pepco has never reached out to customers whose daily routines have been disrupted by the River Road work. Pepco has never publicized a time frame for completion of the work — the workers seem to have no idea — or a reason for it. Is this any way to run a public utility?

Rita Rubin, Bethesda

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Football: Blair’s opening kickoff return sets tone against Kennedy . B-3


Posted online by 8 a.m. the following day. FOOTBALL: Sherwood at Montgomery Blair. Sherwood is one of the county’s storied programs while the Blazers are looking to become a legitimate playoff contender, 6:30 p.m. Friday. VOLLEYBALL: N’west at CZM, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday BOYS SOCCER: Seneca at C’burg, 7 p.m. Wednesday

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Einstein grad takes on the world Former Titan standout hopes to help Guatemalan national team to first World Cup n


When current Albert Einstein High School girls soccer coach Joan Rackey first took over the program in the early 2000s, her predecessor told her to keep an eye out for forward Diana Barrera. But Rackey didn’t want to be predisposed to any opinions before tryouts. “I was like, ‘I will make my own calls,’” Rackey said. But it didn’t take more than a few minutes to realize that Barrera, a 2005 graduate of the Kensington school, was indeed something special, Rackey said. “Her skills in the field and her position, her desire to get better, when people saw her play it was just like, ‘Wow,’” Rackey said. “It’s like people say, ‘I wanna be like Mike (Michael Jordan),’ people wanted to be like Diana.” And they still do. Barrera has been hanging around Titans practices early this season and personifies the

See WORLD CUP, Page B-2 Paint Branch High School junior linebacker Jordan Hill intercepted a pass and ran for a touchdown Friday against Springbrook.


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To say Jordan Hill played a role in Paint Branch High School’s 20-6 win over Springbrook on Friday would probably be an understatement. In a game where both offenses struggled, the junior linebacker wreaked havoc on Springbrook quarterback Neiman Blain, applying constant pressure and intercepting two passes, the first of which he returned for a touchdown. The exceptional performance wasn’t

an aberration for Hill, but rather what has come to be expected from a player who was moved up to the varsity team as a freshman and started as a sophomore. Before the game, Paint Branch coach Mike Nesmith said Hill was one of the best linebackers in the county. “He does a bit of everything for us,” Nesmith said. “He’s our top pass-rusher. He plays nickel defensive back in the slot for us, where he’s able to cover in the slot for us. He secures the edge on the run game for us. He’s just able to do all those things at a very, very high level.” All Hill did on Friday was prove his coach right. And he has the confidence in himself to believe as much.

“I’ve worked my way up since freshman year. I’ve just been working hard — trying to be the best. Be better than I was the year before,” said Hill, who Nesmith said could’ve started as a freshman. “I think I just know the game. I watch a lot of film on the opposite team. I really know the games, and then I try to see it slower. ... You have to be a student of the game and then once you pick up on little things that allows you to play faster with a higher intensity to make a lot of plays.” According to Nesmith, Hill, who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 210 pounds, is as sharp in the classroom as he is on the football


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Clarksburg High School senior Lucie Noall ran about 350 miles this summer in the approximately six weeks between July 1 — she was urged by her coaches to shut down for a month following outdoor track season — and when the Coyotes’ cross-country team reconvened in mid-August. While that might seem extensive, if not utterly time consuming, to the average person, those estimated 50 miles per week actually only served as a vital base level of fitness to ensure the NCAA Division I recruit’s body was ready for the rigors of training once the fall season started. Cross-country is the type of sport in which the only way an athlete can truly improve is by putting in the mileage. Literally. Even as few as two days off could impact an athlete’s fitness level, said Clarksburg cross-country coach Robert Burke. It also is a sport that truly tests an athlete’s limits for pain. But there is a fine line between productivity and overuse, coaches agreed.



Fit to be fit

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Paint Branch pounces on Springbrook early Panthers’ defense makes up for sluggish offense in 20-6 win over rival

Runner’s knee and shin splints — which can lead to more serious stress fractures — are among the most common overuse injuries seen during the fall.

It’s one thing to be able to run fast or for long distances. But an entire fall season of training and 5-kilometer racing requires an entirely different level of fitness. And perhaps the most important aspect of injury prevention is making sure student-athletes are physically prepared for that training, coaches agreed. Logging miles over the summer — even that should be done in a progression starting with maybe four miles a day — is the way to get there. For the first time this year, Burke said, he asked his athletes keep a tangible record of their summer runs so he would be more aware of each athlete’s fitness level. “You can’t ask someone who hasn’t really run before to run a hill 10 times. That’s not fair,” Burke said.


Diana Barrera, a 2005 graduate of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, is set to play for the Guatemalan National Team in the 2015 Women’s World Cup qualifier.


Clarksburg High School senior Lucie Noall works out Friday with her cross-country team.

Last year, Paint Branch High School football fans were treated to weekly offensive outbursts, thanks in large part to the All-Gazette tandem of quarterback Gaston Cooper, now at Duquesne, and receiver Javonn Curry, now at James Madison. Friday night, however, the Panthers’ faithful watched their largely inexperienced team grind out a 20-6 win over rival Springbrook. It wasn’t with the flash and glam of the aerial attack they had grown used to, but rather with a solid defensive effort in a sloppy opening game for both sides. The Panthers defense limited third-year Springbrook quarterback Neiman Blain to 128 yards passing, and held the Blue Devils rushing attack to only 51 yards, 22 of which came on Blain’s highlight reel touchdown run in the second quarter that produced the only points for the visitors. For Paint Branch coach Mike Nesmith, the game brought back memories of last year’s season opener against Springbrook, a 21-13 win for Paint Branch in which the defense came to the rescue of a stagnant offense. “Our offense was really sputtering a lot today like it was in that game, so it was really a carbon copy type of game where the defense turned them over a couple of times in the first half and really played a great game,” said Nesmith, who is in his eighth year.

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Continued from Page B-1 field. The child of two doctors is an honors student, and said that his dream would be to attend Stanford University — and not just for football. “I really just want to make


Continued from Page B-1 adage that hard work pays off, Rackey said. In October, she is set to represent the Guatemalan Women’s National Team in the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football Women’s Championship. The tournament, scheduled for Oct. 15-26 at various stadiums across the Midwest and East Coast, including RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., will serve as a qualifier for the 2015 Women’s World Cup, scheduled to be hosted by Canada next summer.


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Mix it up and recover Even within Noall’s 350 summer miles, she said she made sure to take at least one day off per week. Recovery, coaches agreed, could be just as important as the training itself. Mere distance training ev-


Continued from Page B-1 Junior outside linebacker Jordan Hill set the tone for the Panthers’ defense just minutes into the first quarter, as he jumped a Blain screen pass, intercepted the ball and ran 49 yards untouched into the endzone. Hill was at the receiving end of two of Blain’s four interceptions on the night, and consistently found ways to wreak havoc in the Springbrook backfield. “We [did a lot of repetitions] in practice and watched a lot of film,” said Hill when asked about

my family proud,” said Hill, who also plays basketball for Paint Branch. “My parents are very successful, and so I’m not just out there for nothing. I’m out there to be one of the better players out there. I’m not just going to play just to play. I want to be the best. And then, I need to have the best grades,

or at least try to excel in my grades, to go with that.” A full year removed from his inaugural season as a starter, Hill now has the experience to go along with his already-sharp football instincts. This year should provide ample opportunity for him to add more film to an increas-

ing highlight reel of standout plays. And with just three starters from last year returning on defense, he’ll also be looked at as one of the leaders on this team. “We graduated over 35 seniors from last year’s team,” Nesmith said. “He’s got a leadership role on this team that is

more significant than last year, as we just needed him to be a good player last year. And he was a great player. But we had 35-plus seniors leading the way. Now, we don’t have that. It’s a very young team.” Hill said that Paint Branch can at least match what it did last year in going 11-2.

“Well, [Northwest] is the only team that beat us last year,” Hill said. “But at the end of the day, we have to win every game.” Paint Branch is scheduled to play at James H. Blake at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Einstein certainly hasn’t been in the upper echelon of high school girls soccer in Montgomery County, but Rackey said Barrera is an example of the talent that lies in areas often overlooked. Barrera said she hopes her time with the Titans this summer has helped prove there are plenty of opportunities for student-athletes to pursue should they want to put forth the effort. Since graduating from the University of Albany (N.Y.) in 2009, Barrera has continued to play soccer at a high level in the Women’s Premier Soccer League, most recently for the Maryland-based ACF Torino,

hoping that an even bigger opportunity might present itself. And it did at a tournament in El Salvador last summer when she was approached by the Guatemalan national team coach, Benjamin Monterroso, with an offer she couldn’t resist — Barrera’s father is a native of the country, enabling her to apply for citizenship. “I never thought this would happen and when I had the offer I just couldn’t believe it, but it’s always been my dream to play at a professional level,” Barrera said. “Once I’m there in the stadiums I’m going to be like, ‘I can’t believe this is happening.’ I may even cry once

that FIFA music comes on; it’s very chilling. It’s an opportunity I can’t wait to have, especially to be able to have my family there. My family and friends.” Barrera, who comes from a family of soccer players and fans, lived in the Central American country for three months this spring while training and competing with the national team. In May, she paced Guatemala with three goals at the CONCACAF Central American Women’s World Cup qualification tournament. An undefeated record there earned the team its spot in October’s championship. Barrera said she hopes to help Guatemala make its Wom-

en’s World Cup debut. In Friday’s draw Guatemala was placed in Group A with the United States, Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago. Group B consists of Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Martinique. The top three teams automatically qualify, while the fourth-place squad will compete in a playoff against a South American team. Team USA is the heavy favorite, but Barrera said she is confident in Guatemala’s chances at a top 3 finish. She also said she is looking forward to the opportunity of playing against the world’s top-ranked team. And, despite everywhere she’s been and all that she’s accomplished,

Barrera’s mind always seems to return to Einstein. “It’ll be great to have Einstein’s name somewhere out there, like, ‘Oh, she came from this school,’” Barrera said. “There have been a couple girls who have asked me questions, asked what are the ways they can get this point and what things they can do to get better. I just want them to know that as long as they stick to playing, if they want to get to this level, they can.”

ery day also can get redundant as well as hard on the body. Therefore, coaches agreed, it’s important to vary athletes’ training several times a week. Bethesda-Chevy Chase coach Chad Young’s wife and assistant coach Emily Young has incorporated strength training and injury prevention into daily training, he said. Clarksburg does daily yoga and dynamic stretching to keep athletes’ bodies flex-

ible and less prone to injury, Burke said. Most teams spend at least one day in the weight room; other training activities include interval and tempo work as well as running hills. “We try to cycle through everything a little bit at a time; we try to keep them not just physically healthy, but mentally fresh,” Burke said. “Couple days a week we might do hills, one day we might run fast on a field, one day a long

run. I feel like if everything is planned we can kind of keep a balance.”

soreness and actually injury — and communicate with their coaches. A neglected earlyseason injury likely will have serious repercussions later when athletes want to be at their best during the postseason. There are ways to stay in shape when needing to take a couple days off running, such as bicycling and swimming, coaches agreed. “I’ve definitely seen it with past teammates or friends

on other teams. It’s not even just them, it’s coaches or parents or [whomever] pushing them to train like they’re an Olympian,” said Noall, who is looking to build on last year’s fourth-place finish at states. “It’s important to listen to your body. I’d rather take a day off then eight months.”

the defense’s efforts. “Coach [Nesmith] put all of us in the right position to make the plays.” On the offensive side of the ball, junior Armani Ceballos started under center for the Panthers after weeks of battling for the spot with senior Danon Davis-Cray. Ceballos, who finished 18-of-32 passing for 191 yards and one touchdown, looked composed, but also a tad out of sync on some series, something his coach said will be fixed with time and repetition. “He definitely made some good throws and struggled at other times,” said Nesmith. “He missed a few reads he needed to make but that can be expected

fromayoungquarterback.There’s going to be growing pains in an offense like this where there’s so much responsibility on the quarterback.” “I felt good going out there and leading the team, going through my progressions,” said Ceballos. “I felt very comfortable.” In a game where zero points were tallied in the second half and both offenses struggled to findany type of consistency, an inordinate amount of penalties on both sides only slowed the pace of the game further. Paint Branch alone committed 19 penalties totaling 150 yards, a stat that had Nesmith at a loss for words. “They weren’t very smart

plays,” he said. “It will be a difficult film session for some.” Inexperiencemayhaveplayed some part in the Panthers’ mistakes, as the Paint Branch offense and defense each featured eight new starters. For the Panthers’ coach, Friday night was just the first step, as haphazard as it may have been at times, in developing the team’s youthful core. “On both side of the ball this team is very young and the majority of the boys will be back in 2015,” said Nesmith. “So we knew we just had to find a way to win. One way or another, very ugly if need be.”

Communication Injuries in cross-country can be compounding, Young said. While coaches might be able to pick up on changes within an athlete, it’s important for student-athletes to listen to their bodies — there is a difference between muscle

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The Gazette sports staff ranks the top 10 high school football teams in Montgomery County each week during the season.

Rank School

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Good Counsel Northwest Damascus Bullis Quince Orchard Sherwood Seneca Valley Clarksburg Paint Branch Montgomery Blair



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

60 54 48 37 36 34 24 17 13 7

Also receiving votes: None.


Montgomery 3A Division Division W-L GB Damascus 1-0 — Seneca Valley 1-0 — Rockville 0-0 .5 Northwood 0-0 .5 Watkins Mill 0-0 .5 Einstein 0-1 1.0 Wheaton 0-1 1.0

Overall W-L PF PA Strk 1-0 42 9 W1 1-0 35 0 W3 1-0 46 33 W1 0-1 6 42 L1 0-1 7 19 L2 0-1 9 42 L4 0-1 0 35 L9

Montgomery 4A West Division Division W-L GB Northwest 1-0 — Quince Orchard 1-0 — Gaithersburg 0-0 .5 Clarksburg 0-1 1.0 Magruder 0-1 1.0

Overall W-L PF PA Strk 1-0 43 0 W7 1-0 22 19 W1 0-1 6 33 L3 0-1 19 22 L2 0-1 0 43 L6

Montgomery 4A South Division Division Overall W-L GB W-L PF PA Strk Churchill 1-0 — 1-0 39 0 W1 Wootton 1-0 — 1-0 26 14 W1 Whitman 0-0 .5 1-0 28 7 W5 R. Montgomery 0-0 .5 0-1 33 46 L4 B.-Chevy Chase 0-1 1.0 0-1 0 39 L1 Walter Johnson 0-1 1.0 0-1 14 26 L10 Montgomery 4A East Division Division W-L GB Montgomery Blair 1-0 — Paint Branch 1-0 — Sherwood 0-0 .5 James H. Blake 0-0 .5 Springbrook 0-1 1.0 John F. Kennedy 0-1 1.0

Overall W-L PF PA Strk 1-0 37 0 W1 1-0 20 6 W1 1-0 33 6 L2 0-1 7 28 L8 0-1 6 20 L2 0-1 0 37 L3

The Gazette sports staff picks the winners of this week’s football games involving Montgomery County teams. All games record includes picks made in Prince George’s County. Here are this week’s selections: Montgomery County record All games

John F. Kennedy at Poolesville Paint Branch at James H. Blake Sherwood at Montgomery Blair Clarksburg at Springbrook Northwest at Richard Montgomery Bethesda-Chevy Chase at T.S. Wootton Winston Churchill at Walter Johnson Northwood at Damascus Rockville at Seneca Valley Watkins Mill at Gaithersburg Wheaton at Col. Zadok Magruder Walt Whitman at Quince Orchard Albert Einstein at North Harford Bullis at Archbishop Spalding Calvert Hall at Our Lady of Good Counsel Landon at St. Vincent Pallotti Avalon at Cesar Chavez Gonzaga at Georgetown Prep

Independent 2A school Poolesville Private schools

Ken Sain 15-7 36-14

Kent Zakour 17-5 36-14

Adam Gutekunst 17-5 32-18

Eric Goldwein 13-9 29-21

Prince Grimes 13-9 29-21

Jennifer Beekman 13-9 28-22

Poolesville Paint Branch Blair Clarksburg Northwest Wootton Churchill Damascus Seneca Gaithersburg Magruder Q. Orchard N. Harford Bullis Calvert Hall Landon Avalon Gonzaga

Poolesville Paint Branch Sherwood Clarksburg Northwest Wootton Churchill Damascus Seneca Gaithersburg Magruder Q. Orchard N. Harford Bullis Good Counsel Landon Avalon Gonzaga

Poolesville Paint Branch Sherwood Clarksburg Northwest Wootton Churchill Damascus Seneca Gaithersburg Wheaton Q. Orchard N. Harford Bullis Good Counsel Landon Avalon Gonzaga

Poolesville Paint Branch Blair Clarksburg Northwest Wootton Churchill Damascus Seneca Gaithersburg Magruder Q. Orchard N. Harford Bullis Good Counsel Pallotti Avalon Gonzaga

Poolesville Paint Branch Sherwood Clarksburg Northwest Wootton Churchill Damascus Seneca Gaithersburg Magruder Q. Orchard N. Harford Bullis Good Counsel Pallotti Avalon Gonzaga

Poolesville Paint Branch Sherwood Clarksburg Northwest Wootton Churchill Damascus Seneca Gaithersburg Wheaton Q. Orchard N. Harford Bullis Good Counsel Landon Avalon Gonzaga

QO runs ahead Overall W-L PF PA Strk 1-0 42 6 W1 Overall W-L PF PA Strk 2-0 58 19 W2 1-1 53 20 L1 1-1 71 38 L1 1-1 48 53 L1 0-1 14 20 L1

Good Counsel Avalon Landon Georgetown Prep Bullis

Passing Player, school Att.-Cmp. Yards Int. TDs Chuck Reese, Rockville 29-40 393 0 5 Sam Ellis, Wootton 25-37 319 0 1 Neven Sussman, Sherwood 17-21 295 0 1 Dwayne Haskins Jr., Bullis 24-39 225 2 1 Andres Castillo, Good Counsel 13-24 223 1 3 Armani Ceballos, Paint Branch 18-32 191 1 1 Steven Morningstar, Poolesville 5-15 135 1 1 Neiman Blain, Springbrook 13-29 128 4 0 Mark Pierce, Northwest 11-23 125 0 2 Markel Grant, Watkins Mill 12-27 125 1 1

LAST WEEK’S SCORES Friday, Sept. 5 Sherwood 33, Gaithersburg 6 Whitman 28, Blake 7 Northwest 43, Magruder 0 Churchill 39, B-CC 0 Rockville 46, Richard Montgomery 33 Wootton 26, Walter Johnson 14 Damascus 42, Einstein 9 Seneca Valley 35, Wheaton 0 Frederick 19, Watkins Mill 7 Poolesville 42, Northwood 6 Blair 37, Kennedy 0 Quince Orchard 22, Clarksburg 19 Paint Branch 20, Springbrook 6 Good Counsel 9, St. Frances 6 OT Saturday, Sept. 6 Boys Latin 31, Landon 28 McNamara 27, Georgetown Prep 21


Quince Orchard High School’s Kyle Green rushed for 238 yards to lead the Cougars to a 22-19 upset on the road against Clarksburg on Friday.

Monday, Sept. 8 Pallotti 23, Avalon 20 Mount St. Joseph’s 20, Bullis 14

Blair’s first play goes for touchdown Montgomery Blair (1-0) beat John F. Kennedy (0-1) 37-0 in Friday night’s season opener. The scoring began as soon as the first whistle blew, as Daymon Anderson returned the kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown.

Landon’s running attack not enough Landon (1-1) carried a 14-3 lead well into the third quarter of Saturday’s loss to Boys’ Latin School of Maryland (1-0). The initial points for Landon came on long runs by senior running back Johari Johnson, who helped the Bears compile FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK 250 yards on the ground for the BY PRINCE GRIMES second game in a row. The game, which was held at Roland Park in Baltimore, turned into a 31-28 loss for Landon because of untimely turnovers and special-teams miscues. The trouble began just when it appeared Landon’s offense, led by quarterback Rob Adkins, was about to get the ball back from Boys’ Latin on a punt. Landon fumbled the punt away to set Boys’ Latin up with good field position on the Bears’ 20-yard line. “We just had too many turnovers,” Landon coach Paul Padalino said to the media following the game. “You can’t do that against a good team and win.”

Gaithersburg looking for starting QB The quarterback situation at Gaithersburg High School (0-1) is likely shaky, at best, following Friday’s 33-6 loss to Sherwood (1-0). The Trojans started linebacker Kamonte Carter at the position, but with little success. The only points of the game that Gaithersburg was able to muscle up came on a 55-yard run from Marqel Simpkins in the second quarter. Carter, a Penn State recruit defensively, was unable to establish a passing rhythm, completing just 5-of-13 pass attempts for 51 yards. He was the backupquarterbacklastyear,butwiththegraduation of starter Nick DeCarlo, he was thrust into a position competition with former junior varsity quarterback Petey Gaskins. Carter won, but Gaskins saw his fair share of time on the field as well. He didn’t fare much better, going 2-of-7 for 18 yards. Neither quarterback threw an interception. The Trojans face Watkins Mill (0-1) next, but as for who will be starting, coach Kreg Kephart said via text message, “Who knows.”


Gaithersburg High School’s Marqel Simpkins scores during Friday’s game against Sherwood in Sandy Spring.

Seneca Valley coach joins elite company Seneca Valley (1-0) didn’t surrender a point on Friday in a rout of Wheaton (0-1), 35-0. But for Seneca’s coach, Fred Kim, the shutout carried more significance than just a great way to start the season. According to, the win marks the 100th victory in Kim’s coaching career. “I had no idea,” Kim said “I guess it’s a big deal.” Kim is now in his 11th year as the Screaming Eagles’ coach, after taking over for Terry Changuris following the 2002 season. Perhaps more impressive than his win total is the fact that Kim has only missed the playoffs twice over that time span — in 2009 and narrowly last year. And his teams have never had a losing record.

Good Counsel’s defense delivers an overtime victory St. Frances Academy (0-2) (Baltimore) gave Our Lady of Good Counsel (2-0) everything it could handle on Friday night in Olney. The Falcons were held to nine points, but ultimately came out victorious, 9-6. For as much as St. Frances was able to contain Good Counsel and prevent big plays, Good Counsel did an even better job defensively. In total, the Falcons held St. Frances to 49 yards for the entire game. For perspective, Good Counsel running back Jonathan Wanat ran for 47 yards by himself. Jordan Anthony, who ran for 37 yards, scored the game’s lone touchdown on a 12-yard run in the first quarter. Quarterback Andres Castillo threw for 56 yards on 8-of-19 passing and an interception.


Rushing Player, school Rushes Yards Avg. TDs Dage Davis, Georgetown Prep 42 291 6.9 1 Kyle Green, Quince Orchard 26 238 9.2 2 Adrian Feliz-Platt, Seneca Valley 14 231 3 Dominyck Sims, Wheaton 30 176 5.9 0 Trey Willis, Poolesville 17 160 9.4 2 E.J. Lee, Northwest 9 141 15.7 2 Jonathon Lee, Good Counsel 19 132 6.9 2 Josh Hunter, Landon 6 113 18.8 2 Jacob Pitsenberger, Whitman 20 107 5.4 1 Neven Sussman, Sherwood 17 103 6.1 2

Receiving Player, school Trevon Diggs, Avalon Marcus Simms, Sherwood Anthony Albert, Rockville Keon Paye, Good Counsel Louison Biama, Rockville Jack Pykosh, Wootton Devonte Williams, Bullis Tavis Holland, Clarksburg Cole Abid, Wootton

Catches Yards Avg. TDs 11 231 21.0 3 9 227 25.2 0 12 163 13.6 1 4 149 37.3 2 1 91 91.0 1 5 91 18.2 0 8 82 10.3 0 3 81 27.0 1 5 80 16.0 0

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Gaithersburg High School’s Anya Cheturnova, who moved to Gaithersburg from Russia, has been playing volleyball for one year.

Shortly before the second set of an early September girls volleyball scrimmage between Gaithersburg High School and Winston Churchill was about to begin, Trojan outside hitter Anya Cheturnova crouched down in front of the net, sporting an infectious smile as she joked with teammates. As quickly as the smile came, however, it disappeared, as the sophomore locked in on the ball. Moments later, she uncoiled her 6-foot-1 frame, sending a powerful attack at the feet of a Churchill back row player. The kills came easily to Cheturnova, whose family moved to Gaithersburg in 2010 from Omsk, a city in the western Siberian region of Russia. Years of experience and practice both in Russia and Maryland have made her into one of the most powerful and precise outside hitters in the county. But the smile, as coach Michele Staymates remembers,

KEEPING IT BRIEF Paint Branch junior shoots school record Paint Branch High School junior Kevin Tregoning shot a one-under par 35 at Hampshire Green Golf Course last week during a match against Springbrook, Wheaton and James H. Blake. Coach John DeCavage said Tregoning’s score stands as the program record in the nine years he’s been at the helm. — ADAM GUTEKUNST

Silver Spring soccer star debuts Silver Spring’s Joe Gyau made his United States men’s national soccer team debut last week in a 1-0 victory over Czech

Republic. Gyau, who turns 24 next week, grew up in Montgomery County and played for the Bethesda Roadrunners youth soccer club. The speedy winger signed with German club Borussia Dortmund in June. — ERIC GOLDWEIN

QO grad makes NFL debut A 2007 graduate of Quince Orchard High School, Zach Kerr, made the final 53-man roster for the National Football League’s Indianapolis Colts. And in Sunday’s nationally-televised game on NBC, Kerr made his official NFL debut. The Colts played the reigning American Football Conference champions Denver Broncos and league MVP Peyton Manning. The 6-foot-2,

335-pound nose tackle recorded a solo tackle in spot minutes. The Colts loss 31-24. — PRINCE J. GRIMES

Good Counsel places well in cross country meet Our Lady of Good Counsel junior Jack Wavering finished second at the Great Meadow Cross Country Invitational, held Saturday in Virginia, and the Falcon boys finished second as a team. Good Counsel freshman Claudia Wendt paced the Falcon girls with a sixth-place finish. She was the only freshman in the top 60. — JENNIFER BEEKMAN

Magruder poised for turnaround It’s been a while since the Col. Zadok Magruder High School girls soccer team broke the .500 mark. But a revamped squad could mean the start of a new era, said coach Scott Hughes. Though Friday’s 7-1 victory over Northwood doesn’t mean very much — the Gladiators

GIRLS SOCCER NOTEBOOK BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN also have lived in the county’s lower rung of teams — it’s who did the scoring that’s most telling. There are five freshmen on varsity this fall, indicative of a new wave of young talent in the area, Hughes said. All of them played significant minutes in Friday’s win and three of them — forward Dani Fuentes and defenders Kendall Cassidy and Katie Parsons — started. Fuentes notched two goals and an assist and Cassidy scored another. Senior Lidia Castillo (two goals), who tied the program’s single-season scoring record a year ago, and Kenz Baryoun (one goal) also scored for Magruder — Northwood also scored an own goal. “We’re better this year, we’re a bit better than we’ve been in the past,” Hughes said. “We’re seeing more club players and that’s making a difference.”

Churchill scores 17 goals in two games Scoring in soccer can never be taken lightly because it doesn’t always come easy, even against weaker teams. Winston Churchill certainly had no trouble finding the back of the net at Montgomery Blair’s fourth annual invitational. Ten different scorers tallied 17 goals in the Bulldog’s 9-0 and 8-0 wins over Prince George’s County’s El-

eanor Roosevelt and Elizabeth Seton, respectively. “It was surprising to me because both Roosevelt and Seton, they’re both very physical teams and play more directly and usually that gives us more trouble,” said Churchill coach Haroot Hakopian. Goal scorers for the weekend were: Juliana Comer (3), Rachel Thal-Larson (3), Nicole Brodkowitz (3), Keaira Clarke (2), Kate Reese (1), Margo Szamosszegi (1), Bergan Babrowicz (1), Natalie Allen (1), Judy Johnston (1) and Annabelle Phillips (1).

Rookie gives Blair a spark Longtime Montgomery Blair coach Bob Gibb makes sure to get out to at least one middle school game per spring, just to keep tabs on who might be coming into his program. These days, however, many of the top club players opt out of middle school ball competition, so the arrival of talented freshman Nina Jeffries was a complete surprise. “She’s a good, solid size player with pretty good speed,” Gibb said. “When she gets near the goal, it’s not like she softly [shoots the ball], she hammers that thing. She’s got a good shot. She was kind of a surprise, but a welcomed surprise.” After graduating 10 starters from a year ago, the Blazers certainly are looking to fill in some gaps, and Jeffries has presented herself early as a viable scoring option. She scored several goals in preseason games, Gibb said, and accounted for two of the Blazers’ three goals in a 3-0 win over Prince George’s County power Eleanor Roosevelt on Saturday at Blair’s fourth annual invitational.

Northwest midfielder saves the day Most of the time North-

west junior Hannah Crook is a midfielder. Except on rare occasions when the Jaguars find themselves in a penalty kick situation. Then she’s a goalie. Typically the postseason is the only time where teams might face a penalty kick round, but for Northwest, it was the season opener. “She is a starting center [midfielder] for us that doubles as a [penalty kick] specialist,” Northwest coach Joshua Kinnetz wrote in a message to The Gazette. She proved why in Saturday’s 4-3 penalty kick win over Baltimore County’s perennial state tournament contending Eastern Technical High School at a tournament hosted by Frederick County’s Linganore High. Not only did she account for one of Northwest’s goals during the penalty kick round — sophomores Emmy Abdullah and Samantha Sekscienski and junior Andrea Rodriguez also scored— but she made the game-winning save in goal to clinch the victory. The game was tied 1-1 after regulation and overtime. Northwest’s goal was scored by freshman Leanna Choo and assisted by sophomore Sydney Glad.

Forget the sophomore slump After leading Walter Johnson in scoring with nine goals as a freshman a year ago, secondyear starting forward Cammie Murtha proved in Friday’s 3-2 season-opening win over threetime state champion Fallston High (Harford County) she has no intention of engaging in any sort of sophomore slump. The speedy striker, who also added six assists last fall, scored twice Friday. The other scorer was classmate Anya Ditchek. — JENNIFER BEEKMAN

didn’t come quite as easy. “In the beginning of her freshman season she was very focused,” Staymates said. “It probably took four or five practices before she relaxed a little bit. I didn’t get a smile out of her for a while.” The transition to Gaithersburg was understandably difficult for Cheturnova, who came to America unable to speak English. “It was hard because I didn’t understand anything,” she said. “I didn’t speak English at all.” But when it came time for club volleyball tryouts, Cheturnova was able to leave quite the impression without ever speaking. “I first met Anya at club tryouts and we all thought she was an older kid helping out,” said Trojans junior Jacqueline Landry. “I was terrified of her. She spoke no English and looked like she could smash me like a bug.” “My friends were intimidated by me,” added Cheturnova with a laugh. “Apparently I look mean sometimes and I didn’t smile a lot.” Fast-forward four years and there are smiles in abundance, perhaps none greater than that of her coach.

“When she walked into the gym the first day of tryouts last year, I looked at my assistant coach and said, ‘This is going to be a fun year,’” Staymates said. “She’s insanely intelligent when it comes to this game.” Cheturnova’s versatility was on full display against Churchill, as she followed up laser-focused spikes with backbreaking tips that all seem to find the hardwood floor. Twice while serving, Cheturnova went on streaks of at least four straight aces, energizing her teammates and the sizeable home crowd. Staymates attributes her star’s success in large part to incredible focus and discipline, something Cheturnova learned from a young age. “It’s from Russian school,” said the sophomore. “Everyone is disciplined in Russia.” “She wants to be the absolute best she can be every time she touches the ball,” Staymates added. “That drive in her is going to get her to a Division I school with no question in my mind.” Cheturnova put the county on notice last season as a freshman, and opposing coaches have definitely taken note. When asked to name players to watch for the 2014 season,

the majority of coaches had her name on the tip of their tongue. “If you’re looking for allcounty players, that’s her,” said Col. Zadok Magruder High School coach Scott Zanni. But as impressive as Cheturnova’s skills on the court may be, perhaps the key to her successes can be found just a few steps outside of the high school gym. After the scrimmage, the sophomore was talking with Landry and junior Delaney Collins as they recall the time Cheturnova clung to Collins while on a plane to Disney World and laugh about how the native Russian pronounces “water.” “For club we go to every tournament and every practice together, so we’ve spent so much time together,” said Collins, whom Cheturnova halfjokingly adds was the one who taught her English. “She’s like our sister now.” The girl that at one time had her teammates shaking in their shoes now joins them in a fit of laughter. “She has allowed everyone to soften her edges,” Staymates said. “Now you can tell how comfortable she really is.”

Whitman, Springbrook run well early Whitman boys win cross country invitational With top 10 finishes from seniors Evan Woods (4th) and Alex Roderer (6th), the Walt Whitman

PREP NOTEBOOK BY GAZETTE STAFF High School boys cross country team won Saturday’s Great Meadow Invitational in Virginia. The Vikings finished with an averagetimeof16minutes,54seconds while second-place Midlothian (Va.) checked in at 17:03 as a group. Also scoring for the Vikings were Amir Khaghani (21st), Ben Gersch (32nd) and William Ryba (41st). Led by sophomore Olivia Woods’ ninth-place finish, Whit-

man’s girls took third place behind Oakton and Loudon County. Senior Nicole Ihrie (20th) was the Viking girls’ second-best finisher. With three top 15 finishes — Gaby Go (5th), Sofia Zarate (12th) and Dale Tassbihi (17th) — the Northwest girls took second in the large schools category at Saturday’s Brunswick Invitational hosted by Brunswick. Poolesville finished third. Northwest senior Diego Zarate won the event but Poolesville’s boys crept ahead of Northwest for second place; the Jaguars finished third. — JENNIFER BEEKMAN

Dominant defense powers Springbrook To say the Sprinbrook High School field hockey team is off to a “good start” — as coach Rebekah

Harrison-Dietz did — may be somewhat of an understatement. The Blue Devils have been dominant through two games, first defeating Col. Zadok Magruder 10-0 on Saturday, then beating Watkins Mill 6-0 on Monday; the Silver Spring school, which went 6-6 in 2013, needed overtime to beat the Wolverines last season, Harrison-Dietz said. Sophomore Beira Ho has led the offense, tallying a hat trick against Watkins Mill, while Ria Peraltahasrecordedtwoshutouts. The Blue Devils’ lockdown defensive unit, anchored by senior Lizbeth Tapia, has made life easy on their senior goalkeeper thus far. “We have a lot of young leaders and a lot of talent. We’re coming together and things are clicking,” Harrison-Dietz. — ERIC GOLDWEIN

Blair hangs with the county’s best The Montgomery Blair High School boys soccer team hosted one of the nation’s top teams over the weekend, and while there was no upset, the Blazers got the next best thing.

BOYS SOCCER NOTEBOOK BY ERIC GOLDWEIN Playing in its season opener on Saturday, the Silver Spring school played Hyattsville’s DeMatha Catholic to a 0-0 draw. Junior goalkeepers Charlie WaltzChesnaye and Matthew Guerrera combined for the shutout, behind a solid Blazers defensive effort led by Armel Nguimfack. “I think it was a good draw. They’re usually one of the best, if not the best in the area. We’re happy to get that result,” coach John Haigh said.

Magruder starts hot The Col. Zadok Magruder High School boys soccer team had a breakout season last fall, winning the 4A West Region and reaching the state semifinals following a three-win campaign in 2012. The Colonels are off to another good start after a 5-2 victory over Northwood on Saturday and a 7-2 win against Paint Branch on Monday. The Derwood school is carrying about eight seniors, coach Juan Gomez said, and brings back several key returning players, including junior midfielder Bryan Argueta and senior forward Ofentse Kale. Look for sophomore forward Allan Flores Mejia, who notched three goals against Paint Branch, to become one of the Colonels top scorers. “Our goal is to work hard for thebestseason.We’llsee,”Gomez said.


Col. Zadok Magruder High School’s Bryan Argueta (front) is one of the team’s top midfielders.

B-CC grad leads Noah Riskind, a BethesdaChevy Chase High School graduate (Class of 2012) was named co-captain of the Bates College men’s soccer team for the 2014 season. The junior defender has anchored Bates’ back line, helping the team record five shutouts in 2013. Riskind, of Bethesda, is a former member of the Barons and the Bethesda Soccer Club.

Germantown soccer player recognized University of Virginia men’s soccer’s Jake Rozhansky, of Germantown, was selected to the Holiday Inn Hurricane Classic All-Tournament Team. The freshman midfielder helped the No. 3 Cavaliers go 1-1 in the tournament, recording an assist in Sun-

day’s 2-1 win over the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Rozhansky attended Silver Spring’s Montgomery Blair High School and played for the Bethesda-Olney Academy.

Bullis on the rebound The Bullis School boys soccer team is going for its 14th Interstate Athletic Conference title and its first since 2006 after going 3-10-3 last season. The Bulldogs, of Potomac, struggled to score in 2013, managing only 20 goals total and 10 in league play. But they’ve looked improve so far, opening the new season with a 2-0 victory over Georgetown Day School last week. “The kids are buying into what we’re asking them to do,” coach Andres Parra said.

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Family affair co-owned by Bethesda researcher



For a theater undertaking a play tackling masculinity, disability, sexuality and family within the setting of a football game, a name like “Colossal” sounds like an understatement. The production, which began its world premiere tour at the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab at Olney Theatre Center on Sept. 5, is another in a growing list of collaborative work between playwright Andrew Hinderacker and director Will Davis. A football fan since he was 4, Hinderacker knew it was a setting he wanted to incorporate into a production but wasn’t sure how. When an advisor for his graduate program at the University of Texas at Austin suggested he write the play he desired using the resources hard to find once leaving the school, Hinderacker thought his football idea was the perfect choice. “‘Colossal’ draws from the excitement and theatricality at a football game but looks at the game we don’t watch,” Hinderacker said, “what happens to the guy carted off and when those men go back to the locker room.” The play revolves around Mike, a former quarterback who became paralyzed from the waist down after a play in which he protected one of his teammates. Present-day Mike recounts the life-changing game and its aftermath, both physical and emotional. As he shares his experience, the action plays out

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As Mike (Michael Patrick Thornton) works with his physical therapist Jerry (James Whalen) his football past and Young Mike (Joseph Carlson) rush forward.

COLOSSAL n When: Now through Sept. 28 n Where: Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney n Tickets: $42-$65 n More information:; 301-924-3400

on stage with Young Mike and his teammates. The play also delves into family life through the affected relationship between Mike and his father, a choreographer. “It’s a play that exists at the intersection of three distinctly physical languages: the language of football, the language of disability and the language of dance,” said Davis. “‘Colossal’ is a piece where the bodies start

speaking and the words pick up the second half of the sentence.” “You’re watching a story of learning to let go and learning to move on as much as you are watching a physical recovery,” added Michael Patrick Thornton, who plays Mike. Thornton’s involvement in the production began long before rehearsals; as co-founder and artistic director of The Gift Theatre in Chicago, he worked with Hinderacker previously acting in and producing “Suicide, Inc.” and “Dirty,” as well as providing him notes about physical therapy and spinal cord injury on a preceding project of his. Following a stroke in 2003 that initially left him paralyzed from the neck down, Thornton began receiving more roles built around similar disabilities; however, he said until now he’s never taken a part so “on-the-nose” regarding his previous experience.


It was clear to him that this piece was about more than the injury. “Mike gets these ‘Jimmy-ina-car-accident’ type of scripts, solely about the nature of life in a wheelchair,” said Hinderacker. “‘Colossal’ is about more than that aspect, and I think that’s part of why he was so excited about the project, and subsequently so game to share his own experiences about recovery and rehabilitation.” “Will makes me go to these places which no one in their right mind would want to go to,” Thornton added. “They end up quite healing and empowering. He really does push his performers to go through a certain kind of hell, and I think everyone is the better for it.” The other-half to Thornton’s Mike is Joseph Carlson, who plays Young Mike. While

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Taplin Cellars is a Napa winery with bicoastal roots. A great-great grandfather of the present-day owners moved his dairy farming family from Vermont to San Francisco in the mid-1800s. They eventually found their way to the Napa Valley where they purchased land to grow fruit and walnuts. Farming was considerably challenging in the late 1800s and early 1900s, especially in ground described as “9 parts rock and 1 part dirt.” Yet the family persevered and was able to keep a hold of the property through the Depression, Prohibition and two World Wars. In the mid-1970s they replanted to Cabernet, just in time to ride the growing interest in California wines. Stephen Taplin, MD, coowns the property with his siblings Melinda and Bill. Steve is an internationally recognized researcher at Bethesda’s National Cancer Institute and resides in Maryland. He grew up at the family farm in St. Helena where his classmates were many of Napa’s wine notables including David Heitz, Tim Mondavi and Peter Martini. Steve recalls harvesting “in the hottest time of the year. There is nothing scarier than hearing that first walnut hit the bottom of the bucket. It meant that you were in for a long, hard day of work.” His father was a civil engineer and while everyone worked at the farm, Steve was drawn to science, ultimately getting his medical degree at UC Davis followed by a Professorship at the University of Washington School of Medi-

GRAPELINES BY LOUIS MARMON cine in Seattle. He was recruited to the NCI a few years ago but he and his wife Sylvia travel to Napa frequently to stay involved in the winemaking operations. Turns out the hardscrabble earth his ancestors had to coax to produce nuts and prunes is ideal for growing Cabernet. With the return of vine pest phylloxera to Napa in the 1990s, Taplin was compelled to replant so their vines are now 10 to 15 years old. They farm around 28 acres and produce up to 115 tons of grapes annually but use only nine tons for their own wines. The rest are sold to other wineries including Bennett Lane, Caymus and Orin Swift who uses their grapes to create his well-regarded “Prisoner.” For their own label, Terra 9, Stephen eschews the big, alcohol laden Cabernets often associated with Napa in favor of “more finesse” and “a terroir-based style closer to Bordeaux.” He is a fan of “new world wines, especially Montes Alpha, that are fruity, full-bodied and food-friendly.” Beginning with their first vintage in 2008 their winemaker was the well-regarded Bill Balentine. In 2012 they switched to French trained Julien Fayard to be able to exercise the “needed control to express the land they love in the wine they make.” The property was given to Steve’s grandparents as a wedding present. Steve and his siblings believe that “we are responsible to hold onto the pioneer spirit” and keep the farm intact and viable to be able to

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IN THE ARTS For a free listing, please submit complete information to at least 10 days in advance of desired publication date. High-resolution color images (500KB minimum) in jpg format should be submitted when available. DANCES Social Ballroom Dance, 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. ($16), Sept. 10; Tea Dance, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ($6), Sept. 11; West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions, 9 p.m. Drop in lessons 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. ($15), Sept. 12; Latin Night with Mr. Mambo, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. workshops, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. dance ($18 for workshop and dance, $15 for dance only after 10 p.m.), Sept. 13; Social Ballroom Dance, 8 p.m., free samba lesson at 7 p.m. ($16), Sept. 14; Social Ballroom Dance, 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. ($16); Tea Dance, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ($6), Sept. 18, 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, Scottish Country Dancing, 8 to 10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240-5050339.

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

8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9 to 11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8,


Continued from Page B-5 weren’t cast based on appearance or any other sort of similarities, their differences don’t matter — considering they play the same man on two entirely different sides of a lifechanging decision. “We’ve carefully watched each other in rehearsal,” said Thornton, “but we’re two different people, obviously. He is absolutely fantastic and where he is kind of bombastic and visceral, the Mike you’re seeing post-injury is more reserved. I think

Contra, Sept. 12, Dave Colestock with the fabulous Glen Echo Open Band; Sept. 19, Donna Hunt calls to Frog Hammer with Jim Besser, Glyn Collinson, Andrew Marcus, Richard Seidel, Michael Ferguson, Bob Collins, Dave Casserly; Sept. 26, George Marshall and Wild Asparagus with Ann Percival on piano and guitar, David Cantieni on winds, Becky Tracy on fiddle, George Marshall on concertina and bodhran, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, 7:30 p.m., $10, English Country, Sept. 10, Tom Spilsbury caller, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), Swing and Lindy, Sept. 13, Craig Gildner and the Blue Sky 5, $18, $12 for those 17 and under, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, flyingfeet. org. Waltz, Sept. 21, Blue Bamboo with Barbara Heitz (flute), Elke Baker (fiddle), John Devine (guitar), Marc Glickman (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass), Irish Dancing, “Ring of Kerry Irish Dance class winter session began on Sept. 9. Dancers meet on Tuesday’s from September until mid-December at Ridgeview Middle School. Beginning class starts at 7 p.m., followed by the more experienced class at 8:05 p.m. Cost is $40. We do ceili and set dances and no partner is required to enjoy the lessons. For more information, email Jean at jtmwoods@gmail. com or visit Dancers must be at least 8 years old to senior. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Contra, Carpe Diem Contra dance, Silver Spring Civic Bldg., Sept. 11, 7 to 10 p.m. Lively music with Janine Smith calling. Free to first time dancers, $5 students, $8

FSGW/Revels Members, $10 General. 7 to 7:30 p.m., Workshop; 7:30 to 10 p.m., Dancing for “Kids” of All Ages. Veterans Plaza at Fenton & Ellsworth, Park Freely at 801 Ellsworth Garage.

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Ana Popovic, Sept. 12; Joe

Clair Comedy Night featuring Tony Roberts and Eddie Bryant, Sept. 13; Patricia Barber Quartet, Sept. 19; The Eve of Jackie: A Tribute to Jackie Wilson, Sept. 21; Bumper Jacksons, Sept. 24; Chaise Lounge, Sept. 25, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Deanna Bogart, 8 p.m. Sept. 20, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, Fillmore Silver Spring, Jack and Jack with Jake Foushee, Sammy Wilk and more, Sept. 10; Savoy, Sept. 11; The Pretty Reckless, Sept. 12; Nations Classic After Party, Sept. 13; Local Brews Local Grooves, Sept. 19; Bunbury, Sept. 20; NEEDTOBREATHE, Sept. 22; Coheed and Cambria, Sept. 23, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, Sept. 10; Artist Seminars: Networking - The Who, What, When, Where & Why, Sept. 10; Lera Lynn, Sept. 12; Children’s Talk and Tour, Sept. 13; Art Talk and Tour, Sept. 13; Afternoon Tea, Sept. 16; Afternoon Tea, Sept. 17; Nate Smith and KINFOLK, Sept. 18; BSO: Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Sept. 18; German Tea, Sept. 20; Exploring Indian Dance, Sept. 20; Wanda Sykes,

they did a great job finding that counter balance.” “He is the other big piece of the puzzle,” added Davis. “Casting right for that role is so key because to perform the role of young Mike is a feat of physical endurance, and the drama that plays out on the body is also in conversation with the psychological drama. We put Joe and Mike through the ringer — this piece is unrelenting.” It’s common for playwrights and directors to work closely for a premiere production such as this — the practice is certainly seen less

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre-MTC, “Stuart Little,” Sept. 19 through Oct. 26, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, Imagination Stage, “The Night Fairy,” Sept. 24 through Oct. 26, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Olney Theatre Center, “Colossal,” through Sept. 28, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, The Puppet Co., “Rapunzel,” Sept. 19 through Oct. 12; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-634-5380, Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “Fool for Love,” through Sept. 27, call for show times, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors. 240-644-1100, Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301-588-8277, Silver Spring Stage, “God of Carnage,” Sept. 19 through Oct. 11, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145

for plays around for decades that appear in all types and sizes of theatre companies across the country. For Hinderacker and Davis, that close relationship is key to successful productions, unlocking the potential for creative performance one half couldn’t take on alone. The strength of their collaboration shows in this play so focused on the physical and emotional strength of people everywhere. “I want every artist in the room to be completely necessary and to leave their thumbprint on the play,” said Hinderacker. “There is a stage



Sept. 20, call for venue. Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100,

Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, The Writer’s Center, Mystery and Suspense Writing, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sept. 10; From Novice to Novelist, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sept. 10; My Life, One Story at a Time, 7:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., Sept. 10; Writing Memoir: Getting Started, 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 11; Fiction II: Story Workshop, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sept. 11; “Pay Attention, Be Amazed, Tell About It” - Writing Stories of Personal Discovery, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sept. 11; Playwriting: Character, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sept. 11; Fall for the Book Reading, 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sept. 12; Write Like the News, 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 13; The Novel in You, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 13; Ficton II: Writing Compelling Fiction, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 13; Writing the Dreaded Query Letter, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sept. 13; How to Write a Page Turner, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sept. 14, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664, The Apollo Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Stephen Czarkowski will perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor featuring virtuoso violinist James Stern; Blue Cathedral by Jennifer Higdon; and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, 7:30 p.m. Fri-

day, Sept. 19, Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. For more information, call 301-320-4538.

Bel Cantanti Opera will present both Bach’s Coffee Cantata and Pergolesi’s La Servana Padrona (The Servant Turned Mistress) at the Randolph Road Theater, 4010

Randolph Road, Silver Spring, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21. Featuring

direction that says ‘Young Mike flies,’ and what Will is creating will be infinitely more stunning than anything I could ever spell out.” “What always happens is if you really spend the time to listen to someone else’s vision and for them to listen to yours, you find a third thing that’s better than both of your ideas,” Davis added. “I count myself lucky, a lot of directors say directing is so lonely. I do not feel lonely. And that is a great gift to me.”

singers Francois Loup, Meghan McCall, Andrew Adelsberger and Andrew Hann. General admission $40, seniors $35, students with ID $15, members of groups of 10/+ $30. Tickets at the door and online at For more information, call 240-230-7372.

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “So I Will Let It (The Ugly Wallpaper) Alone and Talk About The House,” through Sept. 28, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, Glenview Mansion, The Sumi-e Society, through Sept. 26, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Marin-Price Galleries, John Aquilino, through Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-718-0622, Montgomery Art Association, Featured Artist: Robin Frosh, through Sept. 28, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Westfield Wheaton Mall, 11160 Viers Hill Road, Wheaton, VisArts, Intimate Waterscapes The Work of Julius Kassovic, to Oct. 5; Fire from the Forge - A Tribute to Komelia Hongja Okim, Sept. 3 to Oct. 5, Gibbs Street Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200, Washington Printmakers Gallery, The Painterly Print Exhibition,

Linda Rose Larochelle, artist, Sept. 3 through Sept. 28, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second floor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring,


Continued from Page B-5 “pass it along” to their descendants. Like Steve, his children each have other careers, but also are involved in the winemaking. “They get to choose whether they want to become winemakers,” Steve said, “They don’t have to join us although they all help.” Steve and Sylvia recently shared a bottle of the 2009 Taplin Cellars Terra 9. It opens with beautiful blueberry, black fruit and cassis aromas and proceeds seamlessly into layers of rich, but not jammy, cranberry, black cherry and red-berry flavors in a mineral, savory and minty frame of medium tannins, well balanced acidity and a lengthy, pleasing finish. It is an impressive early effort that bodes well for subsequent vintages.


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Poppin’ off the blues Becoming a great blues musician isn’t something that can be taught. Nor is it something with which you’re born. To be able to really play the blues, you have to have lived. Ana Popovic has done that, and her blues playing speaks for itself. The Blues Music Award-nominated performer will be playing at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club on Friday. In 2014, Popovic was invited to perform in the Experience Hendrix Tour, which celebrated the music of Jimi Hendrix with performers such as Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Bootsy Collins. Popovic was born in what was then Yugoslavia in 1976. Her father played a mean bass and a little guitar, so she gets her musical chops naturally. She didn’t pick up the guitar, though, until 1991. It would be the start of something incredible. She

Just a little Reckless


Singer Ana Popovic is set to perform at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club on Friday. formed her ďŹ rst band, Hush, in 1995 and proceeded to tour the major club venues in the area. Since then, she has gone on to perform all over Europe

and North America. Tickets for the show are $25. For more information, visit or call 240-330-4500.

What fools these mortals be

Sometimes love can make you do foolish things. Sometimes it can make you do very, very foolish things. Such is the case for Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love,â€? which is running now through Sept. 27 at Round House Theatre in Bethesda. May is hiding out in a motel in the Mojave Desert as she tries to get her life on track. Her old ame, Eddie, ďŹ nds her and tries to convince her to come home with him to live in a trailer. May knows if she goes back with Eddie, the destructive cycle the two shared when they were together will continue. The two began as lovers in high school and it begins to go downhill when Eddie’s mother shoots May’s mother. Eddie begins to take up drinking, much like his father, and well, you probably can ďŹ gure out the rest. We don’t want to give away too much, do we?

Taylor Momsen has come a long way since playing Cindy Lou Who in the Ron Howard/Jim Carrey version of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.â€? Nowadays, the 21-year-old is more like her character Jenny on “Gossip Girl.â€? That being said. Momsen and her band, The Pretty Reckless, are out on tour promoting their latest album, “Going To Hell.â€? The hard rockers will be making a stop at Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday. “Going to Hell,â€? debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and their ďŹ rst single, “Heaven Knows,â€? was the top rock song in America for three weeks after its release. And who said music videos are dead? The video for “Heaven Knows,â€? has been seen more than 3.6 million times on YouTube, while the title track, “Going to Hell,â€? has been viewed a whopping ďŹ ve million times.

This is the band’s sophomore album. The ďŹ rst, “Light Me Up,â€? sold more than a million combined copies along with digital singles and their EP. Tickets for the show are $24.50. For more information, visit ďŹ or call 301-960-9999.

The Avenues less traveled


From left to right, Tim Getman as Martin, ďŹ ght choreographer Casey Kaleba and Thomas Keegan as Eddie rehearse Round House Theatre’s production of “Fool for Love.â€?

Ticket prices range from $25 to $45. For more information, visit roundhousetheatre. org or call 240-644-1100.


Taylor Momsen and The Pretty Reckless will be playing the Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday.


Musician Lera Lynn is set to perform at the Mansion at Strathmore on Friday.

Musician Lera Lynn has had a long and winding road to success. Born in Houston, the singer/ songwriter grew up in Georgia and now makes her home in Nashville. Hence the reason her music has a feel of folk, country and Americana. Lynn is set to perform at the Mansion at Strathmore on Friday. Of course, Lynn isn’t one to put her music into any kind of classiďŹ cation. Her new album, “The Avenues,â€? was set to be released this past Tuesday. She recorded all 11 songs on the album at producer Joshua Grange’s studio in Los Angeles. Several of the songs on her new album are deeply personal, such as “Letters,â€? “Coming Down,â€? and “Leave It Up To Me,â€? which reect on her strained relationship with her alcoholic father, who died when Lynn was in her early 20s. The rest of the songs, according to Lynn, are about love. Tickets for the show are $15. For more information, visit or call 301-581-5100.

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4Br, 2.5Ba, TH, great location, HOC welcome, $1815 obo 301- G A I T H E R S B U R G 540-7047 1Br in an Apartment $600/ mo util included GER MA NT OWN: Ns/Np, Nr Metro, Bus TH, 4BR, 3.5BA w/fin Shops. 240-603-3960 bsmt. $2200/month HOC OK. Call 301- GAITHERSBURG: 1 Br Nr Metro/Shops 916-9045 NP/NS. $360 Avail Now. MBr w/Ba $500 MONT. VILLAGE: Call: 301-219-1066 TH, 3Br, 2FBa, 2 HBa, bsmnt,HOC OK nr bus GAITHERSBURG: & shop $1850 301-787- 2 large rooms in SFH, 7382 or 301-787-7583 with shared bath. $600/$550 + $50 for MV: TH 4br, 2.5ba utils. 240-370-3751 (renovated) fin bsmt, GAITH: M ale/Fem to grg, nr shops, I270. share 1 BR in TH. $2100 + utils N/P, Near bus line. N/s, HOC, 240-372-0532 N/p. $450/m Util incl.


40AC farm, 3BR, 2BA hse blt in 1860; septic, artisan sprng. Serious inq 540-810-5334.



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M Br in TH, priv Ba, female, No smoking, No Pets $630/mo + util Call: 240-401-3522

ROCK/ BETH: Furn Apt in TH , Patio, Priv Entr off Montrose Rd Nr 270.Rec room, bd, ba, Kitchenette, $1100 util inc, N/S, N/P Fem only. 301-984-8458 leave Message ROCK: Close to Aspen Hill Shopping Center. Lg BR in Wlk Bsmt. Prv BA, ent. Female. 240-701-2141



FML ONLY Bsmt w/1Br, liv rm, kit, full BA,pvt ent. $900 util inc parking avail. NS/NP 240-426-2905 aft 5pm. SS/ROCK: 1Br, priv Ba in TH, newly renovated, shrd W/D & Kit, use of entire house, nr Metro, $600/mo inc utils 301-802-6430

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Multi Family Flea Market Flea Market Saturday September 13th from 8:00-Noon. Clothes, furniture, toys and much more. 780 Quince Orchard Blvd, Md 20878

BR, 5 min to Metro HUGE CHILDREN’S On Veirs Mill Rd $650 C O N S I G N M E N T SALE AND uti incl. NS/NP Call: COMMUNITY 240-447-6476


Sunday, September 14, 10:00 AM At Hunts Place 19521 Woodfield Road (Rt 124) Gaithersburg, MD 20879 Furniture -Dolls- Dept 56- Coll.

301-948-3937 - Open 9:00 AM #5205 Look on


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

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Rentals & For Sale by Owner

Call 301.670.7100

Shopper and sellers are coming together and saving huge at Kid’s Closet Connection September 12th 14th at 9am. Vendors and activites are onsite! University at Shady Grove Conference Center- Building II- 9630 Gudelsky Dr. Rockville, Maryland

to advertise call 301.670.7100 or email


MULTI FAMILY MOVING SALE! Saturday, Sept 13th 9-4, antiq & classic furn, Persian rugs, electronics, paintings, silver, dishes, clothes +. Everything must go! Cash only 17107 Overhill Road 20855


09/12, 09/13 & 09/14 8-5, Tons of Stuff! Many uniq items! LR, Br, DR furn, scuba equip, art, china, crystal, collectibles, military, violins, silver, jewlery, cameras, tools, books, records, clothes, hh items. 20821 Apollo Lane Gaithersburg 20882

Gymboree/OshKosh boys 6m-3T, Xms PJs; Telecaster guitar; dishes; books. 9-3 Sat 9/13, 5018 White Flint, Kens.


ESTATE/YARD SALE SEPT 5-6-7. Fri 4-7p; Sat/Sun 8a-4p; furniture, houseware, glassware, games, toys, womens/mens clothing, lamps, books 4005 Southend Rd Rockville


Sat 08/13 9a-4p 306 Frederick Ave. Household items, Glassware, tools, furniture, clothes, and more!!


Patio, shelves, appl, & more. 9/13-9/14 SatSun 9AM-5PM, 14413 Woodcrest Dr


Business and home Saturday, Sept 13th 7:00 am - noon, rain or shine. Furn, office equipment / supplies, clothes, misc household items. 23505 Puritan Place, Damascus Maryland


Moving Sale! 08/13 & 08/14 8a-3p 19101 Jericho Drive furniture, elec. frple, bikes, ex equip, so much more!


or email



Contemp sofa & chaise $250 each; 2 chairs & ottoman $400; wall system $300; glass table, $100. Cash only. 240-888-0141. $1300 total asking price


SALE: Kids’ bedroom furniture, for sale Bunk beds /mattresses and trundle $500; 2 dressers $200; Noah’s ark lamp $15/rug $10 Call: 301-774-4411

Quality bargains! Comtemporary furn., art, pottery; china and glassware collectibles; tools, jewelry and DVD RECORDER more. 9am-2pm, Sat- Toshiba. Bought new, urday September 13th never used, in box. Pd 8112 Plum Creek $175. Sell $100/BO. 301-762-3928. Dr. Gaithersburg MD

FIREWOOD FOR SALE $235/cord $150 per 1/2 cord µ Includes Delivery µ Stacking Extra Charge Ask for Jose 301-417-0753 301-370-7008


HOMES. Two male cats approximately 10 weeks old. Will pay for shots/neutering. Call: 202-905-1713 HAVANESE PUPPIES Home raised, AKC, best health guarantee Call: 262-993-0460

NOTICE The Annual Meeting for Stoneview Homeowners Association, held on August 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. has been rescheduled for September 24, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. at Chambers Management, Inc. 12051 B Tech Road, Silver Spring, MD. The meeting is rescheduled pursuant to Section 6506 of the Corporations and Association Article of Maryland Code, because of a lack of a quorum in August. Those present in person or by proxy will constitute a quorum and a majority of those present in person or by proxy may approve, authorize or take any action which could have been taken at the original meeting if a sufficient number of members had been present. (9-10-14)

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Alterations, Restyling, Custom fitting, Custom made gowns & more! Call: 301-881-8172

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HOUSE CLEANING We have exp. in houses, offices. We are reliable, Excellent Ref’s Call Gladys 301-330-9670 301-537-3005

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LIVE-IN CARE GIVER Needed for group

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


kids, Tue-Sat, live-in Must Spk Eng. & have ref. 202-422-3393


Sun-Thurs. PT. Drive, Clean & Care for Family. Legal. Good English. 301.887.3212


Careers 301-670-2500 Accountant / Bookkeeper Montgomery Village homebuilder seeks full time accountant\bookkeeper. Responsibilities include maintaining and posting general ledger, cash receipts, journal entries, bank reconciliations, construction draw schedules, excel spreadsheet schedules, etc. for multiple entities. Candidate must be very organized and experienced with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Sage Timberline Accounting Software experience is preferred. Send resume to Kettler Forlines Homes 9426 Stewartown Road, Suite 3C Montgomery Village, MD. 20886 or fax (301) 948-4589. Pharmacy/ Phlebotomy Tech Trainees Needed Now

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Pharmacies/ hospitals now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-888-810-2897

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Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now

Advertising Sales Manager Post Community Media has an ADVERTISING SALES M A N A G E R position open for The Gazette, a free weekly community newspaper. We are seeking a proven Advertising Sales Manager to lead our multimedia advertising sales team. We are looking for an energetic leader who is dedicated to achieving and surpassing sales goals, as well as focused on delivering value to customers. COMPETITIVE CANDIDATES WILL BE: Able to develop and execute advertising sales plans to achieve print and digital revenue goals. This will include the ability to identify new business opportunities and to implement creative sales strategies. Hands-on, having a talent for coaching sales professionals and sales management to maximize their potential and build long-term client relationships. OTHER QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE: A bachelor’s degree in advertising, marketing, business administration or other relevant area. Appropriate experience may be considered in lieu of degree. Prior advertising sales leadership experience and previous success as a print and online sales performer is required. Only candidates with relevant newspaper industry experience will be considered. P&L experience, with knowledge of budgeting, forecasting and modeling tools. Outstanding oral and written communication skills. Compensation includes a base salary commensurate with experience and a performance-based bonus opportunity.



Dental Asst/Receptionist

For Gen Dentist in downtown Silver Spring, FT Prefer exper. Xray cert. & bilingual (Spanish), will train the right person. Send resume to:

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 of US work history. Home Instead Senior Care To us it’s personal 301-588-9707 Call between 10am-4pm Mon-Fri

Let Gazette Careers help you find that next position in your LOCAL area.


Beautiful, NAEYC accredited childcare center in downtown Bethesda seeks experienced, qualified Infant and Toddler teachers. Applicant must have 90 hour course and experience working in a licensed childcare center. Please call us at 301656-5056 or send your resume to

Gaithersburg, MD 40 hours per week plus overtime Full time and part time $15 per hour Call 301-337-2990

Infant and Toddler Teachers

We offer a competitive compensation & comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) & tuition reimbursement. EOE




To become part of this high quality team, send resume and salary requirements to No phone calls.

Apex Companies is seeking Storage Tank Techs for UST/AST installations, upgrades and removals generally in the DC/Baltimore metro. High school dipolma and min 5yrs exp. required. Apply

Dental/Medical Offices now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-888-818-7802



Applications for Carpenter, Millwright, and Pile Driver apprenticeships will be accepted by MidAtlantic Carpenters’ Training Centers on the following dates: Sept. 22 to Oct. 03, 2014. Applications will be accepted M-F from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. only. The test date is Tuesday, October 7, 2014. A non-refundable $20 administrative processing fee is required. Money orders only will be accepted. Anyone interested should call 301-736-1696 for further details. EOE

Order Entry Clerk

The Gazette Newspaper is seeking to connect with an entry-level order entry clerk in the Gaithersburg, MD area who wants to utilize their strong data entry skills coupled with their billing experience in a fast-paced, challenging environment. This person will be responsible for the data entry of all advertising insertions for our weekly newspapers, while maintaining a high accuracy rate. They will also produce reports in an electronic format by utilizing the system tools for resolution. Identify trends and ways to help prevent billing exceptions and notify management of any suggestions. Candidates should be well organized, be able to multi-task, and work exceptionally well in a team environment. High School diploma or equivalent required. Minimum of two (2) years experience in accounts receivables or similar data entry experience preferred. Must be proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel. Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. Basic understanding of newspaper terminology. To become part of this high quality team, send resume and salary requirements to: We offer a competitive compensation & comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) & tuition reimbursement. EOE No phone calls.

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Careers 301-670-2500 Real Estate Silver Spring

Work with the BEST!

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.

Must R.S.V.P.

PHONE OPERATOR Busy Rockville cab company needs dependable individual to answer phones. Bilingual Spanish encouraged to apply.

ACTION TAXI 301-840-1000


Call Bill Hennessy

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NOW HIRING ELECTRICIANS Residential/Commercial Min 4 years experience

Call 301-349-2983 • Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. EOE

Maintenance Mechanic Sr Contractual

The MD Dept of General Services is seeking a Maintenance Mechanic in Rockville, MD. For more details go to and click on DGS Job Openings or call 410767-4985. EOE

Maintenance Tech/Helper Streamside Apartments in Gaithersburg looking for experienced Maintenance Technician/Helper. Must have own tools. Fax resume 301-948-3959.

Local companies, Local candidates


Welding Plus, LLC in Damascus looking for EXPERIENCED person in fabrication and installation of handrails. Valid driver’s license required. Please call 240-207-3563 or email

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Medical Coordinator

The Arc Montgomery County is currently seeking a person who will be responsible for the overall coordination of follow-up medical appointments and will be expected to accompany individuals to their follow-up appointments. $33,633 - $35,336. Please visit our website at for minimum qualifications. Email resume with cover letter to or fax to 301-816.2429. Attn: Miyan Thomas EOE M/F/D/V



Work From Home

National Children’s Center Making calls. For more info please call Weekdays between 9a-4p No selling! Sal + bonus + benes. Call 301-333-1900

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#P8944A, Auto, 31K Miles, 1-Owner

2011 Corolla S Sedan

#P9046A, 1-Owner, Automatic, 38K Miles



2008 Infiniti G37

#526014A, Automatic, 15K Miles, Sport Sedan



2011 Hyundai Sonata

#429043A, Auto, 30K Miles, Hybrid Engine



2010 Honda CR-V EX-L

#N0434, Automatic, 1-Owner, 43K Miles





MSRP $21,350



#7327134, Automatic Power Windows, Power Locks, Bluetooth

MSRP $24,715




OR 0% for 72 MONTHS

OR 0% for 72 MONTHS


2015 GTI 4 DOOR

#2806407, 2.5L Turbo, Power Windows/Locks, Power Top

MSRP $26,150 BUY FOR




2012 Volkswagen Beetle

#526071A, Automatic, 19K Miles, 1-Owner, PZEV Coupe



2010 Volvo S80

#EW625158, Automatic, Power Windows, Power Locks, Keyless Entry

#4019479, Automatic, Power Windows, Power Locks, Keyless Entry


MSRP $26,810

MSRP 26,685




OR 0% for 72 MONTHS




OR 0% for 60 MONTHS

#9094730, Power Windows, Power Locks, Sunroof

MSRP $27,730 BUY FOR



OURISMAN VW WORLD AUTO CERTIFIED PRE OWNED 28 Available...Rates Starting at 1.64% up to 72 months



2013 Subaru Forester 2.5X

#526513B, 1-Owner, 35K Miles, Premium SUV



#526501A, Auto, 36K Miles, Urban Titanium, SUV



2010 Chevrolet Camaro

#P8998A, 1-Owner, 2SS Coupe, 6.2L V8 Engine



#528000A, Automatic, I6 Sedan, 1-Owner, Certified



2012 Volvo S60 T5

#526536A, Auto, Certified, 1-Owner, 36K Miles



2006 Toyota Sienna XLE............................................ $14,995 2012 Chevrolet Equinox SUV........................... $23,950

#P9045A, 1-Owner, Automatic, Desert Sand Mica

#G0024A, 1-Owner, Auto, Twillight Blue, 28K Miles, Navigation

2012 Volvo S60 T5................................................................. $24,950 2008 Audi A6 Quattro Sedan............................. $19,995 #P9070, Auto, 1-Owner, Certified, Moonroof, Black Stone

#526519A, Automatic, 3.2L V6 Engine

Honda Odyssey EX-L................................... $25,950 2011 Acura TSK Sedan...................................................$20,950 2012 #429048A, Auto, Crystal Black Pearl, 1-Owner, 51K Miles #526037A, Automatic, 29K Miles, 1-Owner

Mazda CX-9................................................................... $25,950 2012 Nissan Altima............................................................ $21,950 2011 #526565A, AWD Grand Touring, Navigation, Auto, 1-Owner

2008 Chevrolet Cobalt.....#V441506A, Black, 78,101 Miles......$7,993 2005 Jetta Sedan.....#V626452A, Blue, 101,572 Miles..............$8,591 2009 Chevrolet Impala.....#VP0082, Black, 89,012 Miles.......$10,991 2013 Ford Fiesta.....#VP0081,Silver, 14,598 Miles...................$13,591 2009 Jetta TDI.....#VP0080, Black, 67,762 Miles......................$14,991 2013 Passat S....#VP0086, Gray, 37,555 Miles........................$14,991 2013 Jetta SE.....#VP0084, Silver, 38,089 Miles.......................$14,991 2013 Golf.....#VP0083, Blue, 41,254 Miles................................$14,991 2009 Jetta TDI.....#V103748A, Silver, 61,184 Miles..................$15,491

2013 Jeep Patriot.....#V007888B, 35,976 Miles......................$15,991 2012 Beetle.....#VP0079, Red, 18,486 Miles............................$16,491 2011 Toyota RAV4.....#V309460A, Beige, 42,044 Miles...........$17,991 2011 GTI SR.....#V288623A, Black, 67,072 Miles.....................$17,993 2012 Honda Civic.....#V537179C, Blue, 21,194 Miles.............$19,592 2014 Honda CR-V...#V508233A, Silver, 2,746 Miles.................$21,491 2011 Mercedes C-300...#V021472A, Black, 85,841 Miles......$21,591 2013 GTI...#V102017A, Black, 19,566 Miles.............................$21,999 2013 Jetta TDI...#VPR0083, Silver, 10,331 Miles......................$22,995

All prices exclude tax, tags, title, freight and $300 processing fee. Cannot be combined with any previous advertised or internet special. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. See dealer for details. 0% APR Up To 72 Months on all models. See dealer for details. Ourisman VW World Auto Certified Pre Owned financing for 72 months based on credit approval thru VW. Excludes Title, Tax, Options & Dealer Fees. Special APR financing cannot be combined with sale prices. Ends 09/30/14.

Ourisman VW of Laurel 3371 Fort Meade Road, Laurel

1.855.881.9197 • Online Chat Available...24 Hour Website • Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-9 pm • Sat 9 am-8 pm

#526035A, 1-Owner, Auto, 13K Miles, V6 3.5 SR



15401 Frederick Rd, Rockville, MD

1.888.824.9165 DARCARS G560846

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#526316A, Automatic, Journey Coupe, 47K Miles

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2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer



#P9055A, Auto, Leather, LT SUV

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2006 Nissan Altima 2.5S Sedan #546016A, Automatic, Alloy Wheels, Keyless, SRS Airbags





MSRP: Sale Price:

$14,975 $12,900

Nissan Rebate: -$500 NMAC Bonus Cash:-$500



#11454 w/Manual Transmission 2 At This Price: VINS: 410059, 438033



$139/month 36 month lease 12k miles/year

$0 down


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MSRP: $23,505 Sale Price: $19,650 Nissan Rebate: -$1,250 NMAC Bonus Cash: -$1,000

12k miles/year

#13115 2 At This Price: VINS: 117931, 124011

MSRP: $23,050 Sale Price: $19,400 Nissan Rebate: -$500 NMAC Bonus Cash: -$500




#29014 w/Bluetooth 2 At This Price: VINS: 706267, 706165


$199/month 36 month lease 12k miles/year

2011 Ford Escape XLT



CALL ME TODAY!! DOUG BAUM 301-670-2546 G560834



2011 Honda Accord EX-L SDN



#P9016, Automatic, Leather, 27K Miles

$0 down

2011 Hyundai Genesis

$269/month 39 month lease 12k miles/year



#P9015, Automatic, 1-Owner, Navigation, 39K Miles

$0 down

2012 Honda Accord Ex Sedan



#P9101, Auto, Sunroof, 1-owner, 8k Miles

#16114 2 At This Price: VINS: 475240, 474864

2014 NISSAN MURANO S MSRP: $31,890 Sale Price: $27,000 Nissan Rebate: -$3,500 Nissan Bonus Rebate: -$500 NMAC Bonus Cash: -$500

#23214 2 At This Price: VINS: 517840, 516689



#P9036A, Automatic, SUV, 36K Miles


MSRP: $32,500 Sale Price: $27,400 Nissan Rebate: -$4,500 Nissan Bonus Rebate: -$500 NMAC Bonus Cash: -$500



#P9107A, Automatic, Keyless Entry, 33K Miles

$0 down


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2012 Nissan Altima 2.5S Sedan



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2012 Mitsubishi Galant ES #441543A, Automatic, 23K Miles




2013 BMW Series 128i

lease or 3912kmonth miles/year $0 down



#E0369A, Automatic, Excellent Handling

2011 Infiniti M37 Sedan #P9135, Auto, Nav, 1Owner, TEC & Touring Pkgs, 16K Miles





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15911 Indianola Drive • Rockville, MD (at Rt. 355 across from King Farm) Prices include all rebates and incentives. NMAC Bonus Cash requires financing through NMAC with approved credit. Prices exclude tax, tags, freight (cars $810, trucks $860-$1000), and $300 processing charge. 36 or 39 month lease with 12,000 miles per year. 0 down excludes taxes, tags and title, $300 processing fee and first month payment. Prices valid only on listed VINS. See dealer for details. Offer expires 09/16/2014.

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07 Toyota Yaris

08 Chrysler Sebring



03 Chrysler PT Cruiser $6,500




06 Dodge Charger $14,000

11 Chrysler 200 $14,988

#KP48683, HEMI, R/T W/LTHR


UNDER $10,000


99 Dodge GR Caravan SE..................$1,000

06 Dodge Gr Caravan SXT...............$6,990

09 Dodge GR Caravan SXT.............$11,988 13 Dodge GR Caravan SXT............$19,000

03 Dodge GR Caravan ES..................$5,998

06 Chrysler Pacifica........................$7,988

11 Hyundai Sonata GLS..................$13,500 09 Toyota Venza.............................$19,000



07 Toyota Yaris H/BK........................$6,500 #CA75240A, “GAS SAVER!” 5 SPD, AC, AIR BAGS

03 Chrysler PT Cruiser LTD..............$6,500 #KP35214, “BEAUTY” MNRF, CHROME, LTHR




03 Toyota Highlander LTD...............$9,000 #KP91939, V6, MNRF, LTHR, P/OPTIONS, MD INSP’D

04 Acura TL......................................$10,000 #KP61641, “GORGEOUS!” NAV, MNRF, LTHR/PWR SEAT, P/OPTIONS









12 Honda Civic ES...........................$16,900 11 Chrysler 300.............................$21,000 13 Hyundai Tuscon GLS..................$18,500 11 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab..........$21,988

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