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

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Neighbors object to ‘fake house’ plan for substation Evanswood Citizens’ Association wants substation buried BY

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A proposal to disguise a power-converting substation for the Purple Line as a house isn’t fooling residents of the Seven Oaks Evanswood community. Maryland Transit Administration plans

to build a power-converting substation for the Purple Line rail system on the corner of Wayne Avenue and Cloverfield Road. The facility would be 50 feet by 14 feet, but transit officials said surrounding it by trees, and a wooden fence would blend the substation into the neighborhood, making it look like just another home. But residents of the area are concerned about the constant noise, and the potential lack of maintenance on such large unoccupied stand-alone structure called by many

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Brianne Rodriguez, 12, of Burtonsville participates in an activity set up by the Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center, where she attempts to remove all but the last card from a full deck from the top of a can by only blowing, during the Burtonsville Day festival on Saturday afternoon.

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

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a “fake house.” “That’s like the simple and least complicated way to hide [it],” said Anne Edwards, who lives a few doors down from the proposed Wayne Avenue substation. She said the area is saturated with singlefamily houses, a middle school and a senior living community. The Evanswood Citizens’ Association sent a letter to Montgomery County

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High school students in Montgomery County Public Schools may be one step closer to getting more time to sleep before they wake up for school. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr announced Tuesday his recommendation to move the start time for the school system’s high schools back 50 minutes, from 7:25 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Starr is also recommending adding 30 minutes to the

elementary school day to match the length of the high school and middle school days, and moving middle schools’ start time 10 minutes earlier to 7:45 a.m. Start and end times would not change until the 2015-16 school year at the earliest, Starr said. Starr said at a press conference Tuesday that the school system will study the feasibility and practicality of his recommendation, partially through engaging students, families, staff and the community and partially through estimating costs. “We’ve heard from some

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

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

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

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MORE INTERACTIVE CALENDAR ITEMS AT WWW.GAZETTE.NET WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2 The History of Turkish Cuisine and the Sultan’s Kitchen, noon-1 p.m., Sandy Spring Mu-

seum, 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. Free. 301-774-0022. Understanding Your BRCA Risk, 6:30-8 p.m., Beaumont House, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Learn more about BRCA genetic testing, including who should be tested, what it means for family members and how the results can explain risk of developing breast, ovarian and other cancers. 301-634-7500.

THURSDAY, OCT. 3 Guide to Local Gardening Series Session Two: Regionally Adapted Plants, 2-3:30 p.m.,

Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, Adult Classroom, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Explore plants that can take clay soil, deer, and/or periods of drought. $18. Register at www.parkpass. org. Bethesda Green Gala 2013, 6-9 p.m., Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Honoring the 2013 Green Award Winners, businesses, organizations, communities and individuals who are providing green services. $100. 240-396-2440. Evening Grief Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Hughes United Methodist Church, 10700 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. A six-week group for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. Free, registration required. 301-921-4400. Norbeck Toastmasters, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Sandy Spring Bank, 17801 Georgia Ave., Olney. For those interested in becoming a more effective communicator. 301-570-8318. Limit Setting, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parent Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. Parents of children age 5-12 will learn how to set and uphold clear rules and expectations. $90 for three sessions. 301-9298824.

FRIDAY, OCT. 4 Jewish Values and Transgender Equality Shabbat, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Temple Emanuel,

10101 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. Shabbat service with quest speaker, Dr. Dana Beyer, a retired eye surgeon and worker for the rights of transgender and gay people. Free. 301-9422000. Meaningful Movies Olney, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Buffington/REMAX Building Community Room, 3300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. The documentary “Harvest of Empire” reveals the direct connection between U.S. intervention in Latin America and immigration. Free. 301-570-0923.

SATURDAY, OCT. 5 What’s So “Grand” About Grandparenting?, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Parent Encouragement

Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. Grandparents will learn about the special influence they have on their grandchildren and how to use it wisely. $37.50. 301-929-8824. Saturday Morning Story Time, 10 a.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Participate in and listen to nature and seasonal stories. Ages 3-6. Free. 301 962-1400. Summer Concert, 10-11 a.m., Howard Avenue Park, Howard Avenue, Kensington. Janine Wilson & Band play rock, roots and blues music. Free. info@kensingtonhistory.org. Public Open House, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Historic Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-495-4915. Fluttering Flutes, 3-4 p.m., Kensington Baptist Church, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. Free, suggested $10 donation. 301-3200832. Teen Writers’ Workshop, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Road, Rockville. Discover techniques and exercises for creative writing and receive feedback and revision tips. Free. 240-773-9410. Rhythm and Song: A Latin American Music Journey, 4 p.m., Takoma Park Community

Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park. Coral Cantigas will present an interactive choral music concert. Free. 301-891-7266. “The Adventists 2” Documentary Screening, 7-9:30 p.m., Sligo Seventh-Day Adventist

Church, 7700 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Free. 410-997-3414. Haskell Small on Piano, 8 p.m., Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda. Performing the complete Musica Callada, by Catalan Spanish composer Federico Mompou. Free. 301-3202770.

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SUNDAY, OCT. 6 Mushroom Fair, noon-5 p.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Sponsored by the Mycological Association of Washington, Inc. Free. 301-962-1400. Sunday Afternoon Waltz, 2:45-6 p.m., Glen Echo Park, Bumper Car Pavilion, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Featuring the ensemble Larry, Elke & Friends. $10. 202-238-0230.

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TUESDAY, OCT. 8 Boy Scout Spaghetti Dinner, 6-7:30 p.m., Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 818 University Blvd. West, Silver Spring. All-you-can-eat dinner, dessert and drinks. $7 for adults, $3 for children. Kerry@rcn.com. Green Party Meeting, 7-9 p.m., 804 Larch Ave., Takoma Park. Topics include candidate updates, the Montgomery County Green New Deal proposal and a new brochure on “9 Tipping Points” of climate change. Free. 301-8911288.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 9 Managing Anger: A Parent’s Guide, 7:309:30 p.m., Parent Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. Participants will learn ways to change thoughts, words and actions for more positive outcomes. $90 for three sessions. 301-929-8824.

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Washington District of Columbia-Jewish Community Center Literary Festival, 7 p.m.,

Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Literary master E.L. Doctorow gives an exclusive preview of his newest book, “Andrew’s Brain: A Novel.” 202777-3251.

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Growing up Chinese-American CentroNia to offer prenatal classes in Spanish Growing up, Ginny Gong could not find biographies of people that looked like her, and as an adult, she decided to take matters into her own hands. The educator, talk show host, and Montgomery County director of the Office of Community Use of Public Facilities, will be talking about her book “From Ironing Board to Corporate Board: My Chinese Laundry Experience in America” at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 for the Film & Lecture Series in the Silver Spring Civic Building. Her biography tells the story of an immigrant who went through challenges and struggles to survive in a country that she discovered on her own. “In essence, I’m an American as everyone else. I just happen to look different,” said Gong, adding that immigrants are writing their own stories as they happen. “It’s a combination of two wonderful worlds.” Gong, who lived her childhood and teenage years in the back of a Chinese laundromat in Long Island, N.Y., with her parents and younger brother, explained she wrote a “simple reading” book for all audiences, and hopes that people will have “a better understanding of what’s like to be an hyphenated American.” Gong was the family connector — the person who would explain the American culture to her Chinese family — and today, she said she is a connector of people. “I like to call myself as the one-point-five generation,” she added, explaining that the term describes people “in the middle.” In other words, someone who was not born here, but has lived the hyphenated American culture as a child and adult. According to a county news release, Gong is the first AsianAmerican to become head of an agency in Montgomery County. As director, she is responsible for promoting and coordinating the community’s use of all county schools and public facilities as well as managing funds. She was also a school teacher and has served in nationally and locally recognized boards such as Maryland Women’s Heritage Center, The Equity Center, Mirage Diversity Council, Montgomery Community Television, Leadership Montgomery, Olney Theater, and University of Maryland Systems. The educator is also the host of a television talk series “Ginny’s ... Where East Meets West” and she talks about Asian-American culture with guests that combine the best of both worlds. Gong lives in Columbia and her book is already available in Montgomery County public schools and libraries. To attend the lecture, RSVP to rsvp@silverspringtowncenter.com

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Hoop-la Montgomery County high school students, get your teams ready for the third Silver Spring Audacity of Hoops. The 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament, hosted by Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Takoma Park in partnership with IMPACT Silver Spring, will take place Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Ellsworth Drive next to the Silver Spring Civic’s Veterans Plaza building. The tournament uses sports and recreation as a way to engage students and their families in constructive activity, according to a news release. Participants and visitors will also enjoy the slam dunk, free throw contest, and games that includes male and female teams. To register, students must provide a high school identification card and contact Jose Segura at 240-777-6916 or by email at jose.segura@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Silver Spring Limousine Company Win Excellence Award The Washingtonian Coach Corporation, a Silver Spring limousine and coach business, received the 2013 Safety Excellence Award from Lancer’s Bus Business Insurance in recognition of its 2012 safety policy. “It is a great honor,’ said L.R. (Steele) Hardy, president and owner of Washingtonian Coach Corporation. Hardy, is an Army veteran, served the military for 21 years and was a transportation officer. He started the family business in 1983 and has worked with the White House, heads of states, and celebrities. The Lancer’s Safety Award program has been recognizing companies for more than 20 years, and demonstrates the highest commitment of safety to its costumers, according to a news release.

Deer management begins in county parks Several Montgomery Parks will be closed intermittently starting Oct. 28 through February when the deer management operations season begins.

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Montgomery County Director of the Office of Community Use of Public Facilities Ginny Gong will be featured at the Film & Lecture series in the Silver Spring Civic Building on Thursday, Oct. 17. Gong will talk about her biography “From Ironing Board to Corporate Board: My Chinese Laundry Experience in America.” There is also a proposal to add Cabin John Regional Park to the program. Lottery-based and cooperative managed deer hunts, as well as park police-based sharpshooting, will take place in 27 parks in the Montgomery Parks system. For a complete schedule of park closure dates and times, visit: http://ow.ly/ phcUy All of the deer harvested from the program are transported to a processing facility and the meat donated to local food disbursement organizations. Last year, approximately 16,000 pounds of processed venison was donated to the National Capital Area Food Bank. For more details on the lottery-based programs are available at www.parksdeermanagement.org. Cabin John Regional Park has seen an explosion in deer recently -- a study indicated that 125 to 150 deer inhabit the 514 acres of parkland located within the boundary of Interstate 270, Democracy Boulevard and Seven Locks Road, which is three times the density recommended for the area. As a result, Montgomery Parks is proposed adding sections of Cabin John Regional Park to the program and is accepting public comment on the proposal through October 25. Comments must include a valid name and address, and will be posted online at www. parksdeermanagement.org for public review. Comments may also be submitted by email to MCP-deermanagement MNCPPC Montgomery Parks, Deer Management Initiatives,

12535 Milestone Manor Lane, Germantown, MD 20876. Talent search for MLK Day celebration Auditions held on Oct. 11 Montgomery County is looking for talented county residents to perform at the county’s 20th anniversary and tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. The event will be held on Jan. 20, 2014, at the music center at Strathmore in Bethesda. Performers of the spoken word, musical selections, creative dance, instrumental selections and skits are all welcome to try out at auditions, which will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the music building’s recital hall at Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville. To schedule an audition, email Rachel Reed at MLKcelebrationMC@yahoo.com by Oct. 8. For more information, call Carmen Poston-Farmer at 240567-5253 or Yvonne Stephens at 240-567-4203.

Walking Tour of Silver Spring Historic Sites Two-hour tour of history of Silver Spring Jerry A. McCoy, president at the Silver Spring Historical Society, is inviting the community for a walking tour to the “Original Silver Spring” Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at 8100 Georgia Ave. The event is a fun day for the whole family, and McCoy will take visitors to interiors of the 1945 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station, Circa 1850 Acorn Gazebo where Abraham

Air Force Capt. Jonathon J. Campbell has graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda. He received a medical degree and was commissioned to the rank of captain, with a minimum seven-year active duty service commitment. Campbell has served in the military for four years and is the son of James and Marisela Campbell of Derwood. • Army Reserve Pfc. Brittany L. Byers has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. She is the daughter of Angela Neff and stepdaughter of Robert Neff and a 2009 graduate of Wootton High School in Rockville. • Army Cadet Cartier P. Murrill has graduated from the Army ROTC Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky. He is the son of Mary and Cartier Murrill Sr. of Gaithersburg and a 2010 graduate of Magruder High School in Rockville.

Disabled American Veterans meeting scheduled Disabled American Veterans is hosting a meeting Oct. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Ernie Pyle DAV Chapter #4, 11316 Fern St., Wheaton. The nonprofit organization helps disabled veterans understand access services available to them, and benefits from their time of service. For further information, contact NSO Mark Donberger at 410-230-4440.

Derwood author will hold book signing Author Thomas A. McLoughlin will be on hand to sign cop-

ies of his book, “Failure is the Only Option,” at a Rockville coffee shop Saturday. McLoughlin, a Derwood resident, will be available at Caribou Coffee, 5562 Norbeck Road, Rockville, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, email Michelle Whitman at michelle@keymgc.com or call 877-727-0697.

Talent search for MLK Day celebration Montgomery County is looking for talented county residents to perform at the county’s 20th anniversary and tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. The event will be held on Jan. 20, 2014, at the music center at Strathmore in Bethesda.

Performers of the spoken word, musical selections, creative dance, instrumental selections and skits are all welcome to try out at auditions, which will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the music building’s recital hall at Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville. To schedule an audition, email Rachel Reed at MLKcelebrationMC@yahoo.com by Oct. 8. For more information, call Carmen Poston-Farmer at 240567-5253 or Yvonne Stephens at 240-567-4203.

Walking out of the darkness Concerned area residents sought to bring suicide out of the darkness and into a place to prevent it during a fundraising in Rockville recently. The 2013 Montgomery County Out of the Darkness Community Walk for suicide prevention took place in Rockville’s Town Center Sept. 21. About 350 walkers participated and helped raise almost $40,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Jillian Johnson, Miss Potomac Outstanding Teen 2013, provided remarks during the opening ceremony. She has made suicide prevention the platform for her reign.

Speaker on immigration at Chevy Chase Chevy Chase at Home is hosting Joan Churchill, an immigration judge, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the Chevy Chase Village Hall. Churchill will speak on the subject of “The Current Status of a Comprehensive Immigration Policy.” For more information, visit: www.chevychasehome. org.

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

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

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

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CentroNia, a nonprofit organization that helps educate children and youth from multicultural communities, is offering pre-natal classes in Spanish every Thursday in the month of October, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12 and 26 at 1345 University Boulevard in Takoma Park. Classes are from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and aim to inform soon-to-be mothers about nutrition, physical and emotional change, care after childbirth among other themes. If interested, call Roberto Flores at 301-543-8040.

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Lincoln visited, the first Silver Spring bank, among other historical sites. “The history of our community is just as important as any other place and it needs to be preserved” said McCoy in an email, and he hopes that participants will learn about a Silver Spring they never knew it existed. The tour is $10 per person, but children under 13 are free. For more information, call 301-537-1253. Reservations are required.


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Silver Spring is the newest addition to the Village movement, a community-based support neighborhood network where volunteers help people age in place. The Silver Spring Village officially opened for members to sign up Sept. 29 and the program already has 25 members and 30 volunteers. By becoming members residents will have access to a variety of services, including home repairs, grocery help, transportation to appointments and dog walking. “We have both members and volunteers and some of our volunteers are also members,” said Mae Novak, vice president and volunteer chair of the Silver Spring Village. According to a news release, it is an approach that makes a lot of sense for people

who need extra help but do not want to move to a retirement community. A concept, although geared towards the elderly, is also available for people of all ages. “The lure of the village movement is that we can actually have a village and we can help each other,” said Novak adding that if a member has to travel, volunteers would help with simple tasks such as picking up their mail until the resident is back. For an associate membership, an individual must pay $100 or $150 for couples per year, which will give them access to educational and social events as well as participation in the Washington Consumer Checkbook, a place where people can find doctors, plumbers, and electricians rated by users and other providers. But if residents want to join as full members, then costs are $350 for individuals and $450 for couples a year, giving them access to all associate services memberships plus volunteers available to help with a variety of things such as friendly checkins, transportation to appointments, or just changing a light bulb.

“We visit people who sign up to be members, and we ask them what type of things they are interested,” said Novak. Village to Village Network website shows that villages are becoming a national trend with more than 200 groups in the U.S., and eight Maryland neighborhoods that are either open or in development to become a community network such as Chevy Chase, Severna Park, Baltimore and Annapolis. Novak went on to explain that people can have an urgent health matter, a house improvement need, or just someone to talk. “We can be neighbors...and give it back,” she added. The official public launch for Silver Spring Village is Oct. 20 at the Silver Spring Civic Building with Stuart P. Rosenthal, speaker of the chair of the Maryland Commission on Aging. For more information about the Silver Spring Village, call 301 503 7401 or email info@silverspringvillage.org abarros@gazette.net

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A 63-year-old resident of the Leisure World Community died in a fire in a high-rise residential building Sept. 25. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services responded to the fire at the building in the 15700 block of the Interlachen Drive in Silver Spring at 12:20 p.m. Debra Yuhas Lee, who lived in the building on the ninth floor, died, said Fire and Rescue Service Assistant Chief Scott Graham.

Montgomery County fire investigators dispatched to the scene have determined that the fire originated in the enclosed balcony/sunroom area of a ninth floor unit, but have not yet determined a cause, Graham said. Fire sprinklers activated in the unit and kept the fire from extending more significantly in the building, he said. Damage estimates were $150,000, Graham said. Leisure World Manager Kevin Flannery said residents were allowed back in their units by 3 p.m. Sept. 25 and he estimates that 360 to 380 people live in the 220-unit building. Those residents were not displaced. abarros@gazette.net

Silver Spring resident Tina Slater (right), a volunteer with the Action Committee for Transit, hands out forms to pedestrians Thursday on Colesville Road for a contest to guess the opening date of the Silver Spring Transit Center. GREG DOHLER/THE GAZETTE

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Gaps between bricks in the sidewalk at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Ellsworth Drive could be a future public hazard, according to the Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee. The committee met on Sept. 19 for its monthly meeting and spoke about unacceptable conditions left by State High Administration contractors. “State Highway is doing a muchneeded project repaving Georgia Avenue. ... We are happy to have them doing it ... but I don’t think it has been done as well it should be,” said Melvin Tull, chair of the Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Com-

mittee. Tull is concerned that raised bricks can cause people to fall and said contractors are not doing the work according to county standards. “When you have those bricks gaps filled with sand ... the rain washes out the sand,” Tull explained, adding that it could get slippery and dangerous for pedestrians. The sidewalk restorations are part of a $4.02 million project to repave Georgia Avenue from the Washington, D.C., line up to 16th Street, according to the State Highway Administration website. F.O. Day, a site development contractor based in Rockville, did not return four calls and one email for comment. Officials said the sidewalk construction was not a big mistake, but contractors should have done it right the first time. “Our inspectors are on top of them ...

and it will definitely be done,” said David Buck, a State Highway Administration spokesman. He said the county will not spend extra to fix the gaps since it was not a county mistake. “It is for the contractors to make it right. It is their issue ... and we want them to fix immediately,” Buck said. Still, the committee continued the discussion with a project design engineer from the State Highway Administration on Sept. 24 to go over details of the proposed plan. “We want to get that cleared up and get work done,” Tull said. As of Thursday, the sidewalks had not yet been repaired. Officials said the project is about 90 percent done. The revitalization of Georgia Avenue will not be finished until spring 2014. abarros@gazette.net

The opening date of the Silver Spring Transit Center so far has been a crapshoot. Now, a transportation advocacy group is also making it a contest. Action Committee for Transit is holding a tongue-in-cheek contest to attract members and spark discussion about when the transportation hub — the subject of a fight about its construction — will open its doors to commuters. On Thursday morning, group members handed out contest entry forms to passersby to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the 2008 groundbreaking of the Silver Spring Transit Center. The form reads: “When will the Silver Spring Center open? Guess the date and win a free dinner for two at 8407 Kitchen Bar.” But the committee makes no promise about when the prize will be awarded — that depends when the center opens. “Nobody knows when that day is, so we thought to have a contest. ... We cannot award the prize until the transit center is open,” said Tina Slater, president of the Action Committee for Transit. “We were very frustrated that the transit center is taking so long since the 2008 groundbreaking, which was going to take only two years — except now it is five years and we still don’t know when it is going to open.” The long-delayed center

groundbreaking was in 2008. The $112 million project, on the corner of Colesville Road and Wayne Avenue, was expected to open in 2011. When open, the transit center will be a three-level transit hub that connects MARC commuter trains, Metro, taxis, and Ride On and intercity buses. A March 2013 report by KCE Structural Engineers showed the project had a series of cracks in the middle and upper levels of the structure. The county and its contractor have had public disagreements over how to fix the center. Slater did not know how many entries were submitted so far. “I’ve heard about 20 people saying ‘never,’” she said. “I did hear somebody say ‘next century.’ A few people said ‘not in my lifetime.’ “But my favorite was this man who came up and said, ‘I think they should open next year on April Fool’s Day.’” James Freeman, who works in front of the transit center project selling newspapers to commuters rushing to get to work, has followed the project’s construction. “I was here when they had a place for the buses to come in. I was here when they tore down. I was here when they were building this,” he said. “So your guess is good as mine.” Slater and her group of volunteers handed out entry forms from 6:30 a.m. until about 10:30 a.m. and encouraged each person to make a guess. One passerby quickly responded, before running to catch the Metro, “Never. It is what feels like, anyway.” abarros@gazette.net


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Silver Spring community activist Evan Glass is considering a run for the Montgomery County Council in District 5, which wouldpithimagainstincumbent Valerie Ervin (D) of Silver Spring. Glass announced last week he would start a listening tour to learn about the concerns of residents in the district, which includes Silver Spring, Takoma Park and Burtonsville. Glass declined to answer questions Thursday, saying he was not officially a candidate, but releasedastatementannouncing his plans to consider a run. “Councilmember Ervin and I have a good relationship, working together over the years for the benefit of the greater Silver Spring-Takoma Park community,” the statement read. In June, Glass formed the Friends of Evan Glass candidate

committee and authorized it to raise and spend campaign funds for his candidacy, according to state campaign records. Doing so does not constitute filing as a candidate. According to his website, Glass formed the South Silver Spring Neighborhood Association and served as its president for six years and helped organize the initial South Silver Spring Street Fest in 2007. Glass also serves on the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board, the Indian Spring Citizens Association, Conservation Montgomery, Equality Maryland, the Montgomery Housing Partnership and the Presidents’ Council of the Silver Spring Civic Associations. Ervin, who is serving her second term, has raised the possibility of a run for county executive in 2014 and said she would announce her decision on which office to run for in the coming weeks.

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

To use the bikes, memberships for 24 hours or three days can be bought with a credit card directly at the station and monthly and yearlong memberships can be purchased online or over the phone. Within the membership time, bikes can be used free of chargeasmanytimesasnecessary for 30-minute increments, with longer trips costing a small fee. One of the main draws of the program is that, unlike traditional bike rentals, bikes don’t have to be returned to the same place they were picked up. Instead, renters can leave the bike at the most convenient station to their travels. Maryland Secretary of Transportation James Smith attended Friday’s event, praising the county for taking the initiative and saying Montgomery County residents and politicians always “show up, stand up and pay up” when they want something done. “[Residents can] use mass transit to get to a location and the Bikeshare to get to their ultimate destination,” Smith said. Safety was another theme of the grand opening, with many of the speakers commenting on bike paths and lanes and the safety manuals being handed out. Casey Anderson, a member of the Montgomery County Planning Board, suggested riders attend a $10 bicycle safety course being taught at Montgomery College. A group of Richard Montgomery High School students passing by the Bikeshare celebration were interested in the program, but not enough to consider a membership. Though the teens said they didn’t think they would ever really use it to travel anywhere specific, they all agreed they would consider using them as a fun group activity for a day. To learn more about Capital Bikeshare or to sign up for one of six different membership options, visit www.capitalbikeshare. com.

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

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

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State Sen. Roger Manno added this photo to his Facebook page, with Delegates Benjamin Kramer and Bonnie Cullison. The image lacks Del. Sam Arora. ROGER MANNO

The vote continues to bother the district’s incumbents, Kramer of Derwood said. “There was some concern

amongst my colleagues and the discussion has, I think, been mostly around Del. Arora’s position and vote on equality, marriage equality,” Kramer said. “So, I think at the end of the day, that seemed to be rather prominent as an issue.” Whether Cullison, Kramer and Manno form a formal slate — an official designation — remains to be decided, but they will campaign together, likely with joint mailings and materials, Kramer said. Under Maryland Election Law, a slate is a political committee of two or more candidates who join together to conduct and pay for joint campaign activities, formed through a filing with the state. Money can move between the members’ committees and the slate. Cullison of Aspen Hill said she, Kramer and Manno are “of the same mind,” reaffirming their plans to work for re-election in concert. Manno, Cullison and Kramer sang one another’s praises, but none has endorsed any other candidates in their district. District 19 includes all or parts of Aspen Hill, Glenmont

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

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Aggravated assault • On Sept. 9 at 2:46 p.m. at the bus stop at 8526 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. The suspect assaulted the victim and was arrested. • On Sept. 15 at 2 a.m. in the 8400 block of Fenton Street, Silver Spring. The suspects are known to the victims.

Armed robbery • On Sept. 12 at 11:43 p.m. in the 13800 block of Castle Boulevard, Silver Spring. The suspect threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. • On Sept. 13 at 9:17 p.m. in the 13900 block of Castle Boulevard, Silver Spring. The suspect threatened the victim with a weapon and attempted to take property.

Commercial burglary • On Sept. 13 at 12:56 a.m. at CVS, 15600 Columbia Pike, Silver Spring. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. • Between 4 p.m. Sept. 16 and 5:15 p.m. Sept. 17 in a shed at Burtonsville Baptist Church, 3400 Spencerville Road, Silver Spring. Forced entry, took nothing.

Commercial robbery • On Sept. 16 at 1 a.m. at 7-Eleven, 12257 Tech Road, Silver Spring. The suspects threatened the victims with weapons and took property.

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Colesville’s Tony and Sandy Eichler said that before his death several months ago, their son Charlie, 22, was a vibrant and happy young man living in New York and acting. But that was before Eichler, a drug addict who was trying to wean himself off of methadone, began using synthetic marijuana, called “Spice” or “K-2,” to get through the withdrawal symptoms of the methadone. But the drugs, which he bought legally at a tobacco shop, wreaked havoc on their son, Eichler’s parents said. “He went from a vibrant young person to a person struggling to stay alive,” said Charlie’s father, Tony, recalling how his son lost feeling in his fingers, how he couldn’t sleep, lost the ability to walk and had to use adult diapers. “Every time I wake up, there’s something else wrong with me,” he remembers Charlie telling him. Charlie eventually committed suicide, his parents said Monday, the day before new drug laws go into effect in Maryland, banning synthetic cannabanoids like the ones Eichler used. The law bans the sale of substances that invoke a cannabis-like response in the brain. Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said letters would be sent to different stores in Montgomery County informing retailers about the ban. Prosecutors can seek a sentence of up to four years for possession of the drug, and up to 20 years for those who seek to distribute it, he said, explaining that the drugs could have a much stronger high than natural marijuana. “The effect of this drug on the receptors of the brain can be 800 times more powerful than a THC high in a marijuana cigarrette,” he said. Synthetic cannabanoids are usually made from plant material that has been treated with chemicals similar to the drugs in marijuana, said Leah King, technical leader of the Forensic Chemistry Unit in Montgomery County Police’s Crime Laboratory. The drugs are sometimes packaged to appeal to young users. Police have come across versions of the drug with names like “Mr. Nice Guy” or “Scooby Snacks.” Part of the danger of synthetic drugs is that there is no quality control and no way to verify what’s actually in the drugs, she said. “It’s dangerous — like smoking gasoline-treated vegetation,” she said. The drugs have been tough to prosecute in the past; laws outlawed specific drugs, and chemists could change the drug’s chemical make-up by just a molecule, creating a new, legal substance that elicited a similar high, she said. “The effective gist is, these are products that were legal, and now are not,” said Montgomery County Councilman George L. Leventhal (D-At Large), explaining that the law closes previous loopholes and that the new law covers any drug that invokes a “cannabanoid-like” response in a user’s brain. Authorities said the drugs have been sold in tobacco shops or in neighborhood convenience stores, or masked as incense.

“This law now gives officers the tools they need to take some action to save lives.” Montgomery County Police Capt. Thomas Didone police can pull drivers over for that infraction alone, said Montgomery County Police Capt. Thomas Didone. There are a few exceptions to the new law, he said. Drivers can have phones in their hand when starting or ending calls, turning phones on or off, or if drivers have to call police or rescue services. Otherwise, “if the vehicle is in motion and a phone in your hand, you will get a citation,” he said. Police will issue an $83 fine for the first offense, a $140 fine for the second offense, and a $160 fine for the third offense. Drivers will not receive points on their license unless they are also in a collision, he said. Distracted driving — failing to pay full time and attention — was one of the main factors causing crashes in 2012, Didone said. “We believe cellphone usage was a significant contributor to those factors,” he said. The other law being changed is one that now mandates all people in a vehicle must wear a seat belt — including passengers in the back seat who are over the age of 16. “Now everyone in the car must wear seatbelts,” he said, adding that it is illegal for passengers to “double buckle,” or put one seat belt around two people. Before the change in the law, people who were over the age of 16 sitting in the back seat were not required to wear their seat belts, even though passengers younger than 16 or who were sitting in the front

seat were required to wear theirs. “You’re not safe in the back seat without a seat belt,” he said. The law is a personal one for Didone, whose 15-year-old son, Ryan, died in a car accident in Damascus in 2008. Ryan wasn’t wearing a seat belt, Didone said. “That’s why I advocated the law,” he said, adding that states with blanket seat belt laws tend to have compliance rates that are 20 percent higher than states that don’t have such laws. “This law now gives officers the tools they need to take some action to save lives,” he said. The offense will be a “secondary enforcement” violation, meaning it cannot alone be the reason officers pull over a car. It carries a fine of $83, he said. sjbsmith@gazette.net

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Continued from Page A-1 Executive Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin and the manager of the Purple Line project, Michael Madden, in early June saying they “voted unanimously” to object to the Purple Line electrical transformer anywhere above ground in their “overwhelmingly single-family residential neighborhoods, no matter how its facade might be disguised.” The group requested that the substation be buried underground or move to another location.

“It is like an industrial installation,” Edwards said. She said she is worried about the constant noise and regular maintenance tasks such as trash pick-up, overgrown grass, and trimming trees. Transit planners said the space will be maintained on a regular basis by state contractors and noise will be minimal. “Less than a noise of an air conditioner. ... We don’t believe noise is an issue,” said Madden. There are 20 proposed traction power substations that will provide power along the Purple Line. These structures will have an enclosed metal compartment without any exposed electrical

parts. According to officials, other residential and commercial areas such as Montgomery Avenue in Bethesda, Lyttonsville near the edge of the Ride On facility and wooded area east of Stewart Avenue, and the corner of Flower Avenue and Arliss Street are also being considered for the powerconverting substation, and the disguise for each will be determined once officials are further along in their analyses. Madden said he did not know about the Evanswood letter, but is aware of the residents’ wishes for the substation to be buried or reduced in size. “That’s ongoing; we don’t have an answer for these two

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requests at this point,” Madden said. The Purple line is a $2.2 billion light rail project that will cross 16 miles to connect Bethesda and New Carrollton, passing through many communities along the way. According to Madden, the Wayne Avenue substation, between Cloverfield Road and Greenbrier Drive, is the best location for safety and operations. “Most of the property is owned by the county... [and] you

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Residents (from left) Martina Childress, Tom Armstrong, Anne Edwards, Sheila Jaskot, Jean Cavanaugh, Alan Bowser, Bill Wax and Tom Edwards stand in front of the space where MTA is proposing to build a power substation for the Purple Line. These people, who represent the Seven Oaks Evanswood Citizen’s Association and the Park Hills Community Association, are opposed to an above-ground substation in their neighborhood.

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need a certain amount of space and there is a good amount of space at this location,” Madden said. He explained the underground option is more expensive, he but could not say how much the state would spend since the MTA is still analyzing all possibilities. Edwards disagrees. “All things are possible. ... It is what you are willing to put in,” she said “MTA has some very smart engineers...[and] we know

they can bury. It is physically possible,” she said, adding “We think we are worth it and we hope the governor does, too.” The community believes officials can find a better solution. “It is going to be larger than the single family homes,” said Jean Cavanaugh, president of the Seven Oaks Citizens’ Association, adding that it is not an unreasonable request to bury it. “This is really a small thing to ask.” abarros@gazette.net


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Montgomery College saw a slight decline in its fall enrollment this year in what a spokeswoman called a “leveling off.” Previously, during a recession, there was a boom in enrollment, she said. Total fall enrollment at the college — which has Rockville, Germantown and Takoma Park/ Silver Spring campuses — is down about 4.7 percent compared to last fall’s enrollment, according to Sept. 18 enrollment data from the college’s website. Elizabeth Homan, the college’s director of communications, said the college has experienced growth over the last decade and record enrollment during the past couple years. “We’re seeing that level off this year,” she said. “We recognize that once the economy changes, that can impact our enrollment.” More than 26,000 students enrolled in for-credit classes at the college this fall, Homan said, though she added the number is not yet official. Enrollment is also expected to grow during the spring semester, she said. Homan said the fall enrollment numbers are close to what the college saw in fiscal 2011. According to the online fall

enrollment report, the college’s Rockville campus is down 6 percent in unduplicated students, its Germantown campus is down 4 percent and its Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus is down 0.8 percent. The slight decline comes after the college had its highest fall enrollment of nearly 27,500 forcredit students last year. Montgomery College had the highest undergraduate fall enrollment in the state with nearly 27,000 for-credit students in fall 2011. Similar to the experience of community colleges around the country, Homan said, Montgomery College saw an increase in enrollment during the recession as students turned to more affordable college opportunities. In fiscal 2009, annual enrollment rose to about 35,600 students in for-credit classes and in fiscal 2010 rose to about 37,500. “It changes an individual’s mindset when you’re dealing with an economic recession versus a more robust economy,” she said. Homan said the college is renewing its focus to retention of its students. Bernard Sadusky, executive director of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, said that — with the exception of one or two schools — community colleges are generally seeing a decline in their enrollment this fall. Last year, Sadusky said, state-

wide community college enrollment was generally flat or slightly down after about five years of “unprecedented growth.” This year, average enrollment is down about 3 percent from last year, he said. Sadusky said he thought one of a couple reasons for the enrollment decline is tied to the fact that “the economy seems to be picking up.” “For us, that has the opposite effect on enrollment,” he said — an inverse relationship that has existed for the past few decades. Yet Montgomery College students’ requests for financial aid are not mirroring the enrollment trend. Melissa Gregory, the college’s financial aid director, said that for each of the past five years the college has seen between 15 and 20 percent increases in financial aid requests. As of around mid-September, the college was still up about 5 percent in its financial aid applications. The college offers its own financial aid and participates in a variety of financial aid programs, including the federal Pell Grant program as well as state programs. “Things may be bouncing back, but family incomes are not as high as they were before,” she said. Montgomery County has a “fairly high median income,” Gregory said, but many families still fall in the low-income scale. “Either we’re attracting more low-income families or more families are becoming lower income,” she said. lpowers@gazette.net

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Autism doesn’t hold back Montgomery College grad Each time Hoffman reached a goal, he set a new one

another. After he passed several courses, Adam decided to work toward a certificate. When the certificate was within reach, he decided to go for an associate degree. “I found out I was heading toward it,” he said of the certificate. “I thought it would be a great thing to have.” He had the same thought process when he went for the degree, he said. Adam worked hard during his time at the college, but also had the benefit of several supporters, Howard said. “It takes a village to send a special-needs child to college,”

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When Adam Hoffman graduated from Montgomery College in May, his degree marked the end of a five-year college experience some said he might not be able to complete. Adam, 25, of Rockville has high-functioning autism, a disability that made college a challenge for him. But — as he proved by earning a degree — it didn’t take a college education out of his reach. He received an associate degree in applied science, majoring in computer applications. Adam said he knew he wanted to go to college to learn about technology. But others were concerned. According to evaluations provided by his dad, Howard Hoffman of Bethesda, several experts said Adam likely would find college a frustrating experience. “His disability is such that conceptual thinking is more challenging for him,” Howard said. But, he said, he saw his son highly motivated to attend college. He thought it was better for Adam to try and not succeed than to not try and “lose an opportunity.” Howard Hoffman described his son as having “a knack” for learning computer software. “We weren’t sure how far he could get,” Howard said. “The idea was to try and see how it went.” A psychologist wrote in a 2006 evaluation that “due to Adam’s significant learning issues, a traditional two- or four-year college program will be highly challenging, and will potentially generate considerable frustration.” In 2010 — after Adam had completed lower-level computer courses at the college — a Montgomery College guidance

Howard said, putting a spin on the familiar phrase. Adam said he received help from several tutors and other assistance from College Learning Experience, an organization that provides support services to college students with autism, Asperger’s syndrome and other disabilities. Ric Kienzle, director of the College Learning Experience’s Rockville location, described Adam as “a wonderful young man” who, despite the struggles he faced, “worked hard and pressed hard to achieve his goal.” Kienzle said Adam’s tutors and others saw him grow over

the five years he attended college. “He’s one of those guys who’s driven,” he said. “He really wanted to get it done and he did.” Adam said his favorite class was graphic design, but he doesn’t know if he wants to work in the field. He still works as an administrative assistant and said his newly earned degree has helped him in his job. “It’s great to have everything done and more opportunities,” he said. lpowers@gazette.net

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Adam Hoffman is pictured Monday afternoon at the Montgomery College Rockville campus. counselor recommended that Adam use skills he had learned to make himself a better job candidate. “Taking additional advanced courses in the Computer Applications department will require increased conceptual skills that, from what I have read in his records and experienced in my interactions with Adam, he does not have,” the guidance counselor’s evaluation said, according to Howard. Adam certainly faced challenges, starting with what classes to take when he first started. “I didn’t know what I was going to do at first,” he said. A few classes, including a geography course, proved too difficult the first time around. Adam would drop the course

and take — and pass — it the next semester. He needed to take some classes outside his major, such as biology and English — each obstacles in their own right, Howard said. “It was more of a stretch as the semesters went on,” he said. Yet, Adam graduated with a 3.2 GPA and made the dean’s list a few times. Adam said he averaged about three courses each semester over the five years while also working part time as an administrative assistant during most of his time in college. “I think some other people may have become discouraged,” Howard said. “He never got that way.” Adam’s goals progressed as he would reach one and take on

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Montgomery County Public Schools’ 2013 SAT results showed movement in both African-American and Hispanic students’ scores — but in differ-

ent directions. African-American students’ average combined score rose to 1397 this year — eight points above last year’s score. From 2011 to 2012, African-American students’ average score increased seven points. Hispanic students’ average combined score, however, fell 32 points this year after a six-point increase from 2011 to 2012. Both student groups scored

significantly higher than their state and national peers this year. The county school system’s overall average combined score fell three points — from 1651 in 2012 to 1648 this year — but was still 11 points above the 2011 score. The SAT serves as a college placement exam and has a maximum score of 2400 across three areas: critical reading, mathematics and writing.

African-American students’ scores improved in all three areas of the test. Hispanic students’ scores fell in all three. About 61 percent of the school system’s 2013 AfricanAmerican graduates took the SAT and about 47 percent of Hispanic graduates took the test — relatively the same as last year’s participation for both student groups. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said in an interview Thursday that school system staff will sit down with principals and schools leaders to talk over the scores and evaluate what they did and did not do. “I’m concerned, I’m really concerned,” Starr said of the decline in Hispanic students’ scores. “I don’t understand why that drop exists.” Addressing the county school system’s overall combined score, Starr said, “We are essentially stable.” Starr said the school system has focused efforts toward helping students traditionally underrepresented in colleges, including African-American and Hispanic students. Montgomery County Board of Education member Michael Durso said he and others in the school system will need to take time to determine what these scores mean. “I think on the surface that’s disturbing,” said Durso, addressing Hispanic students’ scores. “I think deeper down I’d probably want to talk to some others and maybe talk to some people at the schools to get their impression.” He described “the whole SAT score phenomenon” as “fluid and unpredictable.”

“Of all the issues we deal with in education, interpreting those scores is one of the more challenging ones.” Montgomery County Board of Education member Michael Durso Durso, a former principal, said that in all three jurisdictions he’s worked in there were years when SAT scores would change without an apparent corresponding change of the school’s instruction. “Of all the issues we deal with in education, interpreting those scores is one of the more challenging ones,” he said. School board member Rebecca Smondrowski said she thinks the SAT scores are “one piece of a lot of different things” and that the SAT data will help the school board determine what questions it needs to ask. Smondrowski said the school system’s Hispanic students are “our fastest growing population.” “I’m not confident that we have the resources totally to keep up with the growth,” she said. She said the school system is working hard to target

achievement gaps, but that this time that was not reflected in Hispanic students’ scores. Across the school system, four high schools increased their average combined score by 20 points or more, while eight decreased their scores by 20 points or more. Rockville High School’s score rose 57 points to 1582 with the greatest increase and Seneca Valley High School’s score fell 75 points to 1447 for the greatest decrease. Rockville High Principal Billie-Jean Bensen said the school formed a team last year that worked to identify students who, based on their course work and PSAT participation, would be good candidates for the SAT but had not yet taken the test. “We’re certainly continuing that this year,” she said. Marc Cohen, Seneca Valley High’s principal, said his initial reaction to the decrease in his school’s scores was “disappointment.” The school, however, saw a nearly 110-point increase the year before, he said. Cohen said he meets with the school’s SAT and ACT committee on a regular basis and that over the next few months they will discuss what might have changed to affect this year’s scores and what interventions they believe led to the increase last year. The SAT data, Cohen said, will “push us to ask questions.” lpowers@gazette.net

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22 and one in Germantown on July 24. Police said an anonymous tip they received on Sept. 25 helped them link Washington to the crimes. Video surveillance captured photos of a man who wore thick-rimmed glasses and his hair in long dreadlocks. According to police, Washington has been charged with two counts of robbery and is currently being held in the Montgomery County Detention Center on $20,000 bail for the charges against him in Montgomery County. He also faces theft and robbery charges for cases in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties. For those charges, he is being held on an additional $40,000 bail. A lawyer for Washington was not listed in online court records as of Tuesday afternoon. — ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH

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Continued from Page A-1 for the closure. Whether employees will get back pay this time is up to Congress, said Jennifer Huergo, spokeswoman for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Reached Monday, Huergo said she was among those who would be furloughed during the shutdown. During the 1996 shutdown, whichlastedthreeweeks,contractors were not reimbursed. If all of Montgomery County’s residents employed by the federal government were out of work for one day, it would cost the county $500,000 in income tax revenue, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said. Should the federal government not repay employees furloughed by the shutdown, he said it will affect actual county income tax revenue. To lessen the blow, Montgomery prepared for both federal furloughs by lowering its budgeted income tax revenue $60 million in fiscal 2014, he said. Whether $60 million is enough cushion, Leggett said remains to be seen. In 2011, federal jobs totaled 46,020 in Montgomery, according to county data. The U.S. Department of Labor estimated the number of federal jobs in both Montgomery and Frederick counties at 51,400 in August 2013. Many county residents work in federal jobs in Washington, D.C., or Northern Virginia. Of the county’s 971,771 residents recorded in the 2010 U.S. Census,

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Continued from Page A-1 but not all of our community,” he said. He said there’s “a clear link” between sleep and students’ health and well-being, an area of focus for the school system. In a news release from the school system, Starr called sleep deprivation among adolescents “a public health and safety issue.” After studying the issue for 10 months starting in January, the 2013 Bell Times Work Group developed a report including different options for the school system regarding start and end times. The work group — which includes parents, students, principals, department leaders and others — gathered information through meeting with experts, studying experts’ research and examining what other comparable school systems have done, among other methods. Starr made his recommendation based on a combination of two options. Starr said in a letter to the school board dated Oct. 8, 2013, that “data indicating that changing bell times increases student achievement is inconclusive.” The school system will ask for feedback to the recommendation through avenues including public meetings, focus groups and surveys before a final decision is made. Starr said in the Oct. 8 letter that input from low-income families and others who would potentially be “disproportionately affected” by the changes will be an important part of the system’s outreach. The school system will also look into what the changes would cost and how they might affect the system’s operations. The work group’s report cites a preliminary figure of about $11.5 million as the net annual transportation cost associated with one option Starr is recommending. A full cost analysis is expected by spring 2014, according to the release. Therecommendationtomove middle school start times earlier would help the system use the same buses for several different routes,Starrsaidattheconference. The county school system currently has four different start times so it can reuse buses. Lengthening the elementary school day is “not just a logistical issue,” Starr said, but will also add more instructional time for the students that currently see the second-shortest elementary school day in the state. Starr and members of the work group will speak on the issue at the Oct. 8 county school board meeting. About 70 percent of high school parents who responded to a school system survey said they considered the current high school start time “too early,” according to the report. About 69 percent of those parents said they wanted the start time 30 minutes or one hour later in the morning.

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Federal agencies react The National Institute of Standards and Technology is part of the Department of Commerce, which will keep only about 6,000 of its 46,000 employees on duty during the shutdown, according the department’s contingency plan. Most research at NIST was scheduled to cease as well as most research as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Silver Spring. In Bethesda, the National Institutes of Health will continue patient care for current Clinical Center patients and provide animal care services to protect the health of its animals, according to information from the Office of Management and Budget. It will maintain only minimal staff to safeguard facilities and infrastructure and will not admit new patients unless deemed medically necessary by the NIH director, and will discontinue some veterinary services.

Contractors affected Lockheed Martin is keeping its facilities open and employees will continue to receive pay and benefits unless directed otherwise by customers, company officials said Tuesday in a statement. The impact on operations, work force and subcontractors during the shutdown “depends on individual contract terms,” Lockheed spokeswoman Jennifer Allensaid.Infiscal2012,Lockheed Looking at a school system survey of high school students, the report says that students get an average of about 7 hours or less of sleep each night, compared to the nine hours that experts cited in the report recommend. “Important brain functions that are part of the learning process—the ability to complete abstract and complex tasks, develop working memory, and consolidate memories of information gathered during the day — are affected negatively by sleep deprivation,” the report said. The work group’s report also says sleep deprivation is associ-

was the federalgovernment’s largest single contractor with $37 billion in contract dollars obligated to the company, according to federal figures. About $3.7 billion in federal contractors to companies in the Washington region, which is more than 20 percent, were adversely affected by funding delays during the 1996 shutdown, according to a Congressional Research Service report. Nymeo Federal Credit Union, which has offices in Frederick, Gaithersburg, Germantown and Adelphi, will allow temporary reduced payment for loans and even skipped payments to customers who are furloughed due to a shutdown. While its offices in federal buildings such as at the National Institute of Standards and Technology will likely close, other branches will be open and have increased staff. Some contracts awarded by federal agencies are specified that awardees have the ability to find private funding for those projects. That’s the case with Rockvillebased Standard Solar, which builds and installs solar electric systems, when it was recently selected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center to develop photovoltaic solar systems on Army facilities. Standard Solar was one of 22 companies to be chosen under the Multiple Award Task Order Contracts program, which qualifies those businesses to compete for future solar projects. “The awarded companies have been qualified by the U.S. Army to have the capacity to bring private sector funding to each of

the awarded projects, so funding is not impacted by government shutdowns or extended sequestrations,” said John Finnerty, director of business development for Standard Solar.

National park visitors asked to leave Visitors to national parks, including the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and Glen Echo parks in Montgomery County, were asked to leave Tuesday as Park Service employees worked to close and secure park facilities

ated with obesity, psychological problems and traffic accidents. The report continues that, based on a spring 2013 school system survey, some students said they thought that, if school started later, it might be harder for them togetajobandparticipateinafterschool activities and athletics. John Matthews, the work group’s project manager, said that, in addition to forming school start time options, the group also recommended the school system incorporate “sleep education” into its curriculum. lpowers@gazette.net 1894481

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spokeswoman Holly Harrington said. Should the government remain unfunded for longer, the commission faced keeping about 90 percent, or all but 300 of its 4,000 total employees off the job. Most NRC employees, about 3,000, work in Rockville, Harrington said. The Department of Energy also had some money to stay open, spokesman Steven Thai said. kalexander@gazette.net kshay@gazette.net


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

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

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Andrew Leddy, an English teacher at Springbrook High School, Silver Spring, in his classroom on Friday.

n Favorite activity/vacation spot: Avid runner; Colorado mountain climber n Lesson to live by: “The imagination will not perform until it has been flooded by a vast torrent of reading.” Petronius (27-66 A.D.)

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

we are in the midst of a reading and knowledge crisis.” Can you tell me more about this?

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

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

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

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

Do you have a favorite book on this

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

in responding to life’s stressors with clarity and balance. Attendees will be able to explore meditation practice first-hand. Suggested donation for the evening is $10, cash or check only. No reservations are necessary. For more information call 301675-3177.

Discussion on mindfulness to be held at Whitman HS

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

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

Bethesda. Tara Brach, founder of In-

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

MCPS to host forum on alcohol and drug abuse prevention

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

jamin said. In addition, Garrett Park, with a population of about 1,000, has no home mail delivery. So, people regularly go to the post office, where the town hangs notices, Benjamin said. He objects to small governments being directed to spend money on an ad buried in the back of a larger regional newspaper. Listservs in small communities “are essentially the digital town square that much of the community is engaged with,” Waldstreicher said. But Murphy said larger municipalities need a good central repository for information. Legal notices in newspapers reach people who might not even know to look for them, he said. Money is an undercurrent in the battle. But Acton said communication, not money, is the driving force. For The Gazette, legal notices covered under the bill make up less than 2 percent of the newspaper’s advertising revenue. They’re sold at a lower rate than other ads. Other types of required legal notices in newspapers, such as for foreclosure auctions or people legally changing their name, come from private entities — usually lawyers — and are excluded from the bill. Those notices make up most of the ads in The Gazette’s business and politics edition, known as the Business Gazette. A Maryland Association of Counties chart shows that 15 counties and Baltimore City spent $1.9 million to publish legal notices in fiscal 2010. Spending from the other eight counties was not available.

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

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

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

The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher

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

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

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

Texas has nothing on Maryland, except opportunity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Som Karamchetty, Potomac

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Why Baltimore is not Detroit

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

city’s road/bridge maintenance costs ($134 million a year); the operating and capital costs of what used to be the city’s port and airport (Friendship); annual grants to run the city’s zoo, museums, theaters, concert halls and libraries; and now the city wants the state to pay for its courts, as well. To help boost the city’s economy, the state located a host of state agencies and departments in Baltimore; paid for the Ravens and Orioles stadiums, the Convention Center, the Aquarium expansion, the Science Center, the Meyerhoff concert hall, the Hippodrome Theater, the Christopher Columbus Center, the Lyric, Center Stage, a new $1 billion school construction deal ($20 million a year for the next 30 years) and a new $2.5 billion light-rail system. Meanwhile, the city wants the state to participate in a $900 million convention center/ hotel/arena project in hopes that an NBA or NHL team will come if they (the state) build it. Then there are all the hidden state subsidies: historic tax credits to rehab city buildings (the city gets more than half), enterprise zone tax credits (Baltimore gets 61 percent of the state total), a special city cut of the state’s casino tax, a $79 million annual “disparity grant,” special police aid grants and impact aid that the counties don’t get, using state police to supplement the city’s police force, rebuilding the city’s failing wastewater treatment plants and scores of other subsidies embedded in state law. Ironically, on the same day that the George Mason study was released, so was an account of the city’s failed Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, which the state built for $30.6 million. The state also pays half ($2 million) of the annual operating costs and now is paying an additional $450,000 of the other half because the museum is a dud (the 150,000 estimated annual attendance turned out to be 38,000). But the city isn’t chipping in, and Baltimore state Sen. Bill Ferguson said, “The state has an obligation to ensure that the Reginald Lewis Museum continues to function.” An obligation? That’s the city’s pervasive attitude — the state owes us. When Martin O’Malley was mayor, the city foolishly spent $305 million building a Hilton Hotel that’s now going broke, costing the city $28 million a year by 2023. When asked recently about the Hil-

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

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

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

Paul Schilling, Bethesda

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

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

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Stephon Jacob, who hadn’t played football in two years, went through the banner and saw the Damascus High School stands packed with more fans than he’d ever seen for one of his games. After playing basketball for two years at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Jacob was back home beside the friends with whom he’d grown up, and he just wanted to savor the moment before the 2012 opener against Clarksburg. “There’s no greater feeling than Friday nights in Damascus,” Jacob said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Continued from Page B-1 Moments later, it got even better. Jacob recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff and returned it for a touchdown, raising the ball over his head as he ran the final 15 yards. “It was my adrenaline rushing, and it was just an amazing feeling,” Jacob said. Jacob drew a penalty for

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his celebration, showing, for all his potential, he still had a few kinks to work out in his first high school football season. After beginning the year as a special teamer, Jacob earned steady roles as a tight end and outside linebacker. This season, he’s starting and excelling at both positions. “Now, he’s one of the top players in Maryland,” Damascus coach Eric Wallich said. Jacob transferred to Damascus and switched to foot-

ball from basketball to improve his chances at getting a college scholarship. So far, he hasn’t received an offer, but University of Virginia, Old Dominion, Appalachian State, Elon, James Madison, Richmond, Delaware, Coastal Carolina, Monmouth, Stony Brook, Albany, Duquesne, Towson and New Hampshire have all shown interest. Theseniormustprovehimself to college football coaches who hadn’t heard of him before last season. If how quickly Jacob im-

pressed Wallich is any indication, college offers should roll in soon. “A lot of times, basketball kids, when they haven’t played football, you don’t expect a lot of toughness from them,” Wallich said. “But he actually was very tough, and I think his best quality is how smart he is. You tell him one time, he locks it in his brain. He was like a sponge. He learned the offense and defense — pretty amazing for just one year.” Once Jacob acclimated to wearing pads, his talent began to

show, and a list of his best traits on the football field reads like a basketball scouting report: Athletic. Good hands. Long wingspan. Boxes out well. Ambidextrous. (Jacobs writes with both hands. Primarily, he dribbles and eats with his right hand and leads with his right shoulder, and he throws and shoots with his left hand and kicks with his left foot). By playing basketball and

football, Jacob might have delayed his first scholarship offer, but Wallich expects one will come soon. It’s not just that he has seen Jacob up close for more than a year, but Wallich has noticed how Montgomery County opponents have increasingly paid attention to Jacob and believes college recruiters will follow suit. “Any school that is scouting Damascus, he’s not under the radar to them,” Wallich said.

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

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

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

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

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

following two seasons. Lomax admired Reese’s maturity, though he agreed the backup path looked inevitable for Reese. But this offseason, Kenton realized his team needed an edge after 1-9 and 0-10 seasons. Rockville has a lower enrollment than eight of the 10 schools on its schedule. The other two, Damascus and Poolesville, made the playoffs last season. Kenton promoted Lomax to varsity offensive coordinator, and Lomax implemented the up-tempo, four-receiver

offensive he’d used on JV. During the summer passing league, Reese earned the starting job and since has helped engineer a 2-2 start. Reese’s diminutive build stands in even starker contrast to opposing defenders now that he’s on varsity. Is that intimidating? “No!” Reese said. “I’m not normally that easily intimated person. I don’t feel that intimated, because I trust my offensive line and I trust everybody around me to do their jobs.” That trust with teammates

like Brigman, who has become one of Reese’s top targets, was forged while eating lunch together daily in Lomax’s office last year. In the summer, Reese hosted teammates at his house for video games, and they walked to workouts together afterward. “At Rockville, we have such a diverse background. We have Asian kids, Hispanic kids, black kids, white kids. And they all come from different economic backgrounds. They all come from all different kinds of religions. It’s just

a melting pot at our school,” Lomax said. “And Chuck is able to reach into all those guys and be able to pull them in together and give them that family feel. That kind of quality alone is enough for him to lead our team.” Said Reese: “I’m just friendly with everybody. There’s not one type of person I wouldn’t want to talk to. For me, it’s always fun being social with people, making new friends, joking around with everybody.” But there was no joking while Rockville trailed Richard

Montgomery 25-0. Reese said, “You could obviously see our fans putting their heads down, like, ‘Dang it. Not another 0-10 year.’” At that point, Lomax approached him and said it was time to step up. “He nodded. He said, ‘OK, we’re going to go score right now.’ And that’s what he did,” Lomax said. “From there, it was just a snowball going downhill. It just kept getting better and better every time he touched the ball.”

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DUKE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

Walt Whitman High School graduate and current Duke University redshirt senior defensive back Anthony Young-Wiseman has struggled with injuries throughout his career, but he is finally healthy and starting.

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After dealing with nagging knee injuries and multiple surgeries during his four previous seasons at Duke University, Anthony Young-Wiseman, a 2009 Walt Whitman High School, made his second collegiate football start on Sept. 21. The Blue Devils lost the game to the University of Pittsburgh, but for the redshirt senior safety, the feeling of playing an entire game from start to finish at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C. was a long time coming. “It had been awhile since I played a full football game,” Wiseman said. “I had a fun time. … I felt like I played well, but there’s room for improvement.” Added Duke defensive backs coach Derek Jones. “He understands what we’re trying to do and he’s now just able to use his full ability. ... When you are hurt it’s hard to execute when you don’t have full strength or the ability to be able to run, plant and change directions. It’s light years different now.” During preseason drills prior to his true freshman season in 2009, Wiseman tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and was immediately placed behind the proverbial eight-ball because his development mentally and physically on the field had to be delayed. He successfully rehabilitated the injury, but suffered another setback in the

same knee late during the 2010 season after playing just 98 snaps off the bench. In 2011, he played in all 12 games (351 snaps) and made one start against Florida State. Wiseman, who has also had to deal with a cyst in his knee, was in and out of the lineup during the 2012 season, participating in eight games (210 snaps), before tearing his lateral meniscus, but was able to return for the Belk Bowl (a 4834 loss to Cincinnati), Duke’s first bowl appearance since the 1995 Hall of Fame Bowl. “Anthony’s college career hasn’t gone as planned, but he’s never complained,” Jones said. “… I’m glad he can go full speed and trust himself playing now. We see the real Anthony now.” Wiseman, who made just one start in 29 previous game appearances prior to this fall, totaling 37 tackles (15 solo) and one sack, hopes to make his final season in a Duke uniform (3-2) a memorable one. In five games this fall, the 6-foot-0, 220-pound Wiseman has recorded 28 tackles, including 12 in his starts. After all, he was part of coach DavidCutcliffe’ssecondrecruiting class in hopes of turning the struggling program around. “I’m feeling healthy and this is the first time I’ve been able to participate … and not have to hold back some or limit myself,” said Wiseman, who is majoring in evolution anthropology. “… A weight is off my back and I can focus on actually playing.” “I think [coming back healthy this fall] has just been kind of a reawakening for him,” Jones said. “As a coach you root for your guys.” kzakour@gazette.net


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

Rank

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

School

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

Record Points

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

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

LEADERS Top rushers

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

Top passers

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

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

Catches 35 31 31 32 23 20 18 9 8 18

Yards 809 675 541 519 472 454 448 442 428 424

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Good Counsel, good defense

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

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

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

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

Montgomery County record All games

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

Team

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

All Div.

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

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

PF PA

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

Montgomery 4A East Division Team

Paint Branch Sherwood Blair Springbrook* Blake Kennedy

All Div.

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

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

PF PA

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

Montgomery 4A West Division Team

Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Northwest Clarksburg* Magruder

All Div.

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

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

PF PA

110 20 140 13 121 52 64 56 38 169

Montgomery 3A Division Team

Damascus Seneca Valley Einstein Watkins Mill Rockville Northwood Wheaton

All Div.

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

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

Montgomery 2A Independent Team

Poolesville

PF PA

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

All

PF

PA

All

PF

PA

3-1 104 54

Private schools

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

Last week’s scores

Dan Feldman

Ken Sain

Jennifer Beekman

Nick Cammarota

Travis Mewhirter

Kent Zakour

59-14 122-28

59-14 121-29

59-14 119-31

57-16 119-31

54-19 118-32

57-16 114-36

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Montgomery 4A South Division

Team

FEARLESS FORECASTS

BLAIR

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

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

STANDINGS

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

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

BEST BET Wootton vs. Gaithersburg,

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


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

Quince Orchard field hockey spreads it out

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

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

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

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

HOW THEY RANK

TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Golf n 2. Winston Churchill

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

Volleyball

n 1. Walter Johnson

PREP NOTEBOOK

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

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Volleyball hierarchy starts to take shape

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Montgomery County Markoff’s Haunted Forest

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

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

things about this time of year is the selection of different scares horror enthusiasts get to enjoy. At Field of Screams, folks can choose from a haunted hayride, a haunted house, a haunted trail or a haunted paintball apocalypse with zombies — any way you look at it, it’s haunting! screams.org Fall Frolic (Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2222, Oct. 27, admission is free) — While some enjoy the heart-stopping shrieks from ghosts and ghouls, others prefer their spookiness to be as minimal as possible, especially if there are children involved. Glen Echo Park has you covered with its Fall Frolic. Visitors of all ages are invited to participate in Halloween activities, crafts and even a costume parade. Adults might enjoy visiting the park’s open studios and galleries. There is a small fee for pumpkin decorating ($1) and face painting ($1-$2). Otherwise the event is free and runs from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. glenechopark.org

experience, features live actors and takes about 20 minutes to walk through — 20 minutes of evil! Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the show runs until 11 p.m. The haunted house is entirely indoors so you don’t have to worry about the rain. The event starts on Oct. 4 and runs every Friday and Saturday from then until Oct. 26, and then Halloween night until Nov. 2. baysox.com

children and family members of all ages to participate in a morning dedicated to all things skulls. medicalmuseum.mil

Prince George’s County Six Flags America Fright Fest (13710 Central Ave.,

Largo, $34.99-$49.99, 301-2491500) — Evil clowns, terrifying roller coasters and sinister zombies … what else do you need for a great Halloween? Six Flag America’s yearly Fright Fest has more events than you could possibly shake a full bag of candy at — from the time you walk into the park until the time you leave. The festivities begin on Saturday and run through Oct. 27, so get your goosebumps before it’s over. frightfest.sixflags.com Nightmares (4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, $15 in advance, $17 at the gate) — What’s scarier than a haunted house?

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Jason Robinson, 22, of Olney, in the morgue at Field of Screams. How about a haunted minor league baseball stadium? Have you ever been inside a baseball stadium when no one was there? It can be a little creepy. Tack on the ghosts that haunt

the place and yeah, you’ll have nightmares. That’s pretty much what the folks at Prince George’s Stadium are going for. The Tulip Gulch’s Nightmares Haunted House, which they rate a PG-13

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of Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, 301319-3303, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. until noon, free) — Contrary to what some adults might say, Halloween really is a great time of year for children. The folks over at the National Museum of Health and Medicine understand that some children might be intrigued by the “creepiness” of skulls! The museum invites

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

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Blues singer/guitarist Cathy Ponton King will return to perform on Saturday at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. The day will mark her birthday and it will also be a chance for her to perform with special guest, veteran bluesman Bobby Parker. “When management asked me who I’d like to share the stage with, that’s who I named,” said King, who grew up in Hyattsville and now lives in Northern Virginia. “He’s an unbelievable guitar player,” King said about Parker, who lives in Upper Marlboro. The two will perform with their respective bands at the club. The performance will also honor the memory of King’s cousin, U.S. Navy SEAL Brendan Looney, who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2010. Looney’s family has estab-

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

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lished a scholarship fund to cover tuition at his alma mater, DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville. “There’ll be a big jar in the lobby [for donations],” said King. Born in Louisiana, Parker played lead guitar with Bo Diddley and toured with Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Clyde McPhatter, the Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly in the 1950s. In 1961 he recorded the single “Watch Your Step,” the inspiration behind the 1964 Beatles hit song “I Feel Fine.” Now in his 70s, Parker plays regularly at Madam’s Organ Blues Bar and Soul Food Restaurant in the Adams Morgan

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Singer/guitarist Cathy Ponton King and her band will perform with Bobby Parker and his band at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club on Saturday. neighborhood of Washington, D.C. King said she will be performing with longtime bandmates drummer Pete Ragusa, guitarist Andy Rutherford, keyboardist Bill Starks, saxophonist Bruce Swaim and bassist Jan Zukowski. King, who went to the University of Maryland, College Park, came under the spell of Muddy Waters in the 1980s. She started a blues band of her own called Rhythmasters, touring the East Coast from 1980 to 1986. She currently performs regularly at Flanagan’s Harp & Fiddle in Bethesda. King, who writes most of the tunes that she performs, has released three CDs: “Lovin’ You Right” in 1993, “Undertow” in 2007 and “Crux” in 2012.

She recently released two new songs on an extended play CD, “Quartet/Duet.” One song, “That’s When a Woman Calls the Blues by Name,” is a joint effort with friends Sista Pat, Mary Ann Redmond and Caz Gardiner. “It’s four women testifying the blues,” King said on her website. The second song, “Famous Last Words,” is a duet with Joe Triplett with the Rossyln Mountain Boys. “I never stop writing,” said King, who is working on songs for her next CD, “No Friction, No Fire.” “I’ll be walking down the street, and I’ll think of a new song,” she said.

Looney, who lived in Owings in Calvert County, was a lieutenant with the Navy SEALs and died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Sept. 21, 2010, at the age of 29. His family has established in his memory the Brendan Looney Scholarship Fund to help students cover DeMatha tuition costs.

Costs currently run $14,500 a year, said Thomas Ponton, DeMatha’s development director. Anyone who would like to donate may contribute cash at the Cathy Ponton King and Bobby Parker blues concert on Saturday at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. Contributors may also send a check to Brendan Looney Scholarship Fund, c/o DeMatha Catholic High School, 4313 Madison St., Hyattsville, MD 20781. Donations are tax deductible. — VIRGINIA TERHUNE

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2, free International Quickstep Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Oct. 4, Drop-in lessons at 7:30 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); Oct. 6, free Rumba lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom at 8 p.m. ($16); Oct. 9, free International Quickstep Routine Lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Oct. 10, Tea Dance from 12:30–3:30 p.m. ($6), 2126

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

days, 8:15 beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, www.capitalblues.org. Contra, Oct. 4, Sargon de Jesus calls to Devine Comedy; Oct. 11, April Blum with the fabulous Glen Echo Open Band; Oct. 18, Steve Gester calls to Triple Helix; Oct. 25,

Will Mentor with Perpetual Emotion, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www.fridaynightdance.org. Contra & Square, Oct. 6, Brian Hamshar calls with Larry Unger and Elke Baker; Oct. 13, Ann Fallon calls with Devine Comedy; Oct. 20, Jean Gorrindo with Crab Apples; Oct. 27, Costume Dance with Perpetual e-Motion, Will Mentor calling, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students,

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

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

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SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

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

DINO

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

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

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

MAGGIE ANTON

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

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

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

RANCHO MIRAGE n Recommended for ages 15 and older due to mature themes and strong language n When: To Oct. 20, see website for specific dates and times n Where: Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney n Tickets: $31-$65 n For information: 301-924-3400, olneytheatre.org

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

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

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

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


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Oct 5th 8am -2pm raindate Oct.6th 10321 Parkman Rd MD Household items, furn, x-mas decor, hot tub, clothes & collectables

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

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I AM A HOUSEKEEPER: Live-out, for daycare. Friendly and fun personality Spk fluent English/Spa nish. 301-762-2042

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House Cleaning

Lawn Maintenance

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

Lawns Plus Landscape located in Silver Spring. Experience preferred but willing to train. Driver’s license a must. Call 301-570-1470

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

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

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

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Clerical

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

CTO SCHEV

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

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

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Software Business System Analyst

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

Vice President, Production Factual

Discovery Communications, LLC seeks to fill the position of Vice President, Production Factual in Silver Spring, Maryland to develop and maintain relationships with the production and development groups of the various US networks. Bachelor’s degree in Film or Television, or related and 8 yrs. prog. exp. rq’d. To apply, submit resumes to http://careers.discovery.com, click on the map and search for Vice President - Production Factual in Silver Spring Maryland.

Private School in Rockville seeks:

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

Residential/Commercial Min 4 years experience

Call 301-349-2983 Part-Time

Work From Home

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Call 301-333-1900


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Call 301-670-7100 or email class@gazette.net

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FFALL ALL IINTO NTO G GREAT REAT S SAVINGS AVINGS AT 355 355 TTOYOTA AT OYOTA PRE-OWNED PRE-OWNED 06 KIA Amanti $$

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6,985

08 Hyundai Santa Fe #364322A, 4 $$ SPD Auto, Bright Silver

11,985

10 Toyota Corolla LE $$

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14,985

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15,985

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8,985

11 Toyota Camry LE #P8785, 6 Speed $ Auto, 36.2K mi, $ Blue Ribbon

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15,985

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17,900

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14,985

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$12,900 2012 Toyota Camry LE......... $16,900 $16,900 2010 Scion TC.................. $12,900 #3501125A, 4 SpeedAuto, Classic Silver, 39.9K mi #E0230, 6 SpeedAuto, 37.9k miles, Cosmic Gray

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2008 Toyota Sienna LE........ $14,985 $14,985 2010 Toyota RAV4 LTD......... $19,985 $19,985 #360339A, 5 SpeedAuto, Slate Metallic, 2WD Minivan #N0258, 4 SpeedAuto, 32K miles, Black 2009 Volkswagen CC Sport. . . $15,985 $15,985 2013 Toyota Prius C Three.... $20,985 $20,985 #R1702A, Silver Metallic, 6 SpeedAuto, 4 Door #372383A, 8.4K Miles, CVT Transmission

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2005 Passat Wagon GLX.........#248750Z, Beige, 98,503 mi..............$9,995 2007 Rabbit.....................................#M3358A, White, 47,596 mi............$10,991 2010 Jetta Sedan........................#V13814A, Silver, 26,866 mi............$13,000 2010 Jetta Limited.....................#357018A, Gray, 38,757 mi.............$13,491 2012 Jetta SE................................#145607A, Blue, 40,314 mi.............$13,991 2011 Jetta Sedan........................#V131211A, Blue, 17,530 mi...........$14,000 2012 Jetta SE................................#PR6088, Gray, 37,166 mi...............$14,991 2012 Jetta SE PZEV....................#PR6089, White, 37,756 mi.............$14,991

2012 Beetle Coupe.....................#V13795A, 10,890 mi......................$16,993 2010 Tiguan S................................#P6060, White, 31,538 mi...............$18,492 2011 CC.............................................#FR7163, Black, 38,071 mi..............$19,613 2011 Routan SE............................#P6065, Blue, 37,524 mi.................$20,991 2013 Passat SE.............................#PR6025, White, 3,677 mi...............$21,694 2013 Passat SE.............................#PR6024, Silver, 3,912 mi................$21,994 2013 Passat SE.............................#PR6026, Gray, 4,501 mi.................$21,994 2012 Jetta Sportwagen TDI. .#100859A, Gray, 60,262 mi.............$21,999

All prices exclude tax, tags, title, freight and $200 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 60 Months on all models. See dealer for details. Ourisman VW World Auto Certified Pre Owned financing for 60 months based on credit approval thru VW. Excludes Title, Tax, Options & Dealer Fees. Special APR financing cannot be combined with sale prices. Ends 10/31/13.

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‘01 Toyota Corolla LE

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

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

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

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

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

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

#KN99557A, Pampered 55K!! P/Options

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

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

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

#KP58509, AUT, LTHR, MNRF, “HANDYMAN”

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

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

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

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

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

#KP12424, QUADS, PSET, PW, DON’T MISS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#KP27447, MNRF, PSEAT, PW/PLC

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

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

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

7,998

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

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

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

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

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

2005 Toyota Avalon XL....................10,988 #KP15848, GORGEOUS! MNRF, PSEAT, CD, ALLOYS

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

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

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

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

HEMI, Sunroof, Leather, DVD Nav, One Owner

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

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

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

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

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

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

5,988

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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8,488

#KP14663, PSEAT, ALLOYS, PW/PLC, CD

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

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

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

9,745

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

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

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

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

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

12,588

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

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12,990

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

12,990

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

#KP6061, AWD, NICE! ALLOYS, RNG BDS, P/OPTIONS

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

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

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

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

#KP24575, ALL THE TOYS! NAV, LTHR, PWR OPTS

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

14,770

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

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

20,488

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

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

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

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

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

20,570


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