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Still no ﬁrm date for transit center opening Availability of Silver Spring project could depend on whether further work needs to be done n
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
As spring brings warmer temperatures, crews will soon begin work on some of the ﬁnal stages of the Silver Spring Transit Center. But when the facility, at the corner of Colesville Road and Wayne Avenue, will be open to residents is still an open question and could depend on whether more work will be needed to help secure the facil-
ity’s interior beams. That could delay the opening for up to a year or more. The project has been in the works for years and the facility was originally scheduled to open in 2011. Soon, crews will begin laying latex-modiﬁed concrete in an effort to correct cracks in the building. In addition, a county consultant’s March 2013 analysis revealed concerns about stress on the facility’s interior beams and girders, David Dise, director of the county’s Department of General Services, told the County Council during a briefing Tuesday. To ﬁx those cracks, the con-
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The ﬁnal auditions for Redskins cheerleaders at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club were on Sunday.
Newest ‘ﬁrst ladies of football’
MAKE THE CUT Women balance careers, other commitments with passion for dance
After months of preparation and three rounds of auditions, a new team of cheerleaders danced to “Hail to the Redskins” together for the ﬁrst time Sunday in Bethesda. The ﬁnal stop in the audition process to pick the 2014 Redskins cheerleaders was a
ticketed event at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. For a full house of friends and fans, 60 women showed off their dance, cheer and modeling skills in a bid to join the “ﬁrst ladies of football.” From a pool of about 200 who came to the ﬁrst audition, 60 were selected to audition Sunday in a ﬁnal that was part showcase of athletic dance skills, part beauty pageant. While the women walked across the stage in bikinis and posed with footballs, audience members cheered for their favorite candidates. An announcer said what each contestant does when she is not cheering.
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They came from different states and hold different jobs — federal employees, personal trainers, an eighth-grade science teacher, an auditor and CPA, and a bartender. Some are former pageant winners. Some listed shoe collecting or walking their dogs as hobbies; some had master’s degrees or were planning to go to law school. Stephanie Jojokian, director of the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders, said the cheerleaders fall into a category known in the contemporary dance world as “working dancers,” holding down full-time jobs
“I am disappointed that it has become an issue of process,” says Jose Dominguez, executive director of Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring, of the nonproﬁt’s dispute with the county.
Arts group could lose its space in Silver Spring Dispute centers on right of way needed for transit center
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New program to direct funds to public, private providers BY
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
Maryland school systems and private providers will soon have access to a new grant program aimed at expanding prekindergarten services in the state. Gov. Martin O’Malley signed on Tuesday the Pre-Kindergarten Expansion Act
of 2014, which sets aside grant money to help programs take in more children, jump from half-day to full-day services or open their doors for the ﬁrst time. The O’Malley administration labeled the act one of its priorities in the state’s 2014 legislative session, which ended Monday. The program will start in ﬁscal 2015 with about $4.3 million. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) said the legislation marks another step toward the larger goal to provide universal, half-day
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Volunteers help remove invasive plants around the county.
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A nonproﬁt arts center offering free arts classes may get edged out of space it was promised in the new Silver Spring Library. The library, at the corner of Fenton Street and Wayne Avenue, is scheduled to open in the fall. The plan was to let Pyramid Atlantic lease 15,500 square feet on the ground ﬂoor, and in exchange the nonproﬁt would offer free art classes to county residents. The nonprofit also would be responsible for building out the library space, includ-
pre-kindergarten by 2018. The state will seek out the best, most innovative public and private programs to channel grant funds to, he said. “Our intent is to see an equitable distribution around the state,” Brown said. “We would like to see, if not every county, every region of the state have a program that is funded [through the grant program].” He said the new grant funds will allow about 1,600 more children to attend pre-
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ing interior walls and utilities at an estimated cost of $1.3 million, according to Jose Dominguez, the nonproﬁt’s executive director. That deal, however, hinged on the transfer of a right of way Pyramid Atlantic owned on its Georgia Avenue site that is needed for the new Silver Spring Transit Center. But, when the group entered into a contract to sell the property at 8230 Georgia Ave. to Harvey Maisel for $2.5 million, the agreement failed to include the right of way transfer to the county. A Montgomery County staff report is now recommending the County Council block or delay approval of Pyramid Atlan-
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Web Kids take over the online world Children in Silver Spring are turning to an after-school program to develop their online skills. The Web Kids helps children 10 and older hone their computer skills, as they research, develop and design their own websites. The class is offered from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington. Web Kids is still on its pilot stages, but Kevin Ferguson, the program’s education director, said it already has plans to partner with other institutions and offer daily classes in the summer. “Most of the kids come from a low-income family. ... At home they don’t even have a computer,” Ferguson said. “This is their spot. After school this is where they go.” The program has 12 children and four high school tutors. But participants do not get to play games and create their websites when they arrive for class. First they must do homework. “First I ask them to sign in, then I tell them to take their agenda and do their homework,” said Damaris Rodriguez, 16, a Northwood High School student who found out about the program through a friend. Damaris and the other high school tutors must commit to 300 volunteering hours, Ferguson said. One student accumulated more than 3,000 volunteering hours and won a college scholarship. Some children like poetry, cartoon characters or sports. Their websites reﬂect their personalities and interests. Each website is posted in real time on various Web Kids domains, but the content is examined and approved by instructors and the students’ parents. Ferguson said the program
received more applications than it could handle, and had to turn down more than 50 children. Afterschool programs are one of the best ways to help kids stay out of trouble and in school, he said. The classes keep the children interested and “hooked.” Ferguson said Montgomery County Public Schools provides snacks for every class. Using social media, playing games and watching YouTube videos are allowed only as a reward for good behavior and then only under strict supervision, he said. The Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington is at 501 Sligo Ave. More information about the program is at www.mdwebkids.com.
Seniors get free art classes The White Oak and Twinbrook public libraries will offer free art classes for seniors starting this month. Watercolor painting will be offered from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, April 21 through June 2, at Twinbrook Library. Drawing fundamentals will be offered from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, April 24 through May 29, at White Oak Library. Materials will be provided. Each participant will have the chance to complete at least one piece by the end of the class. Artist Stephen T. Hanks, who has taught at Montgomery College, Leisure World and senior centers, will teach both classes. White Oak Library is at 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Twinbrook Library is at 202 Meadow Hall Drive, Rockville.
High-schooler Elias Gonzalez (standing) tutors Samballa Traore during a recent Web Kids session in Silver Spring. For more information, call White Oak Library at 240-773-9555 or Twinbrook Library at 240-7770240.
Talk focuses on growing fruits and vegetables The Takoma Horticultural Club will host a free talk, “The New Victory Garden: Harmonizing Vegetables and Flowers,” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. April 16. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The talk will be given at Historic Takoma, 7328 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. The club asks those coming to bring a snack to share; it will provide beverages. The club also suggests wearing a name tag. More information is at takomahort.org.
Walk for Williams syndrome is May 3 The Williams Syndrome Association is inviting the community
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Civic Center, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring. Free. 240-328-8962. Senior Information Session on Medicare, 7-9 p.m., Holy Cross Re-
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FRIDAY, APRIL 11 How Does Your Garden Grow?, 1-2 p.m., Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Ages 3 to 5. $5. Register at www.parkpass. org.
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to its May 3 Frederick Walk for Williams, aimed at raising awareness and funds for the disability. The walk will be held at the Villages of Urbana Community Center, 9023 Harris St., Urbana. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk will start at 10 a.m. There also will be face painting, games, balloon animals and a silent auction. Williams syndrome is a genetic condition characterized by mild to moderate intellectual disability or learning problems, unique personality characteristics, distinctive facial features, and cardiovascular problems, according to the National Institutes of Health website. It affects about one in 7,500 to 20,000 people. Admission for the walk is $20, or $50 for a family of four. Those who register by Saturday will receive a free Williams Syndrome Association T-shirt. To register or make a donation, visit walk4williams.org. For more information contact Erin Rupolo at 301-370-2688 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 2, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. $4 suggested contribution. Call 301-9497398. Sakura Taiko Fest, 6:30 p.m., The Dance Exchange, 7117 Maple Ave., Takoma Park. Free. email@example.com.
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LOCAL Ward 3 special election to be held Tuesday Takoma Park residents ﬁre questions at candidates during forum n
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Bishop Allyson Abrams of the Empowerment Liberation Cathedral is welcomed by the area church community, including Bishop Rainey Cheek of the Inner Light Ministries, during a fellowship service on Friday night at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Silver Spring.
Lesbian bishop launches congregation Bishop Allyson Abrams welcomes all members of the community to her church n
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Bishop Allyson Abrams is not your ordinary bishop. She asks members of the congregation to take selﬁes with their Iphones during services and hashtag each photo with #WoshipwithElC. She hosts Bible studies through conferences calls so people around the country can participate. She also allows people to be a virtual member in her church — anyone can watch services live on Youtube or ibroadcast.tv — where she says it is just another way to spread the word of God. And she’s in a same-sex marriage. “God is much bigger than so many people have heard about,” Abrams said. Abrams is now the leader and founder of the Empowerment Liberation Cathedral in Silver Spring. The church had a special welcoming and afﬁrming fellowship on Friday at the Episcopal Anglican Church of Ascension in Silver Spring. Membership numbers for the congregation were not immediately available Wednesday. “It was so much fun... we are about doing things differently,” said Abrams. The service brought together pastors and members from other churches across the D.C. area. The bishop moved from Detroit after revealing to her former congregationThe Zion Progress Baptist Church- that
she was in a same-sex relationship with Bishop Diana Williams, today her wife. “It was one Sunday morning for my sermon that I shared the information about love, what the Bible says about love, and that I was in a same gender marriage,” said Abrams. After the announcement, other churches of all types of denominations across the city discussed Abrams’ story. But the bishop did not want to have a split congregation so “I decided it was better for me to leave than to split the church” and Silver Spring was the place she chose to continue her religious work. Abrams said she felt God telling her that Silver Spring should be her new home, and home to her new church where the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community to could worship without hesitation. “I just felt the Lord telling me to go to Silver Spring...That was all wholly God revelation...It had nothing to do with demographics...The Lord spoke to me,” said Abrams. Abrams, 43, used to be married to a man with whom she had three children, all in college now. At 8, Abrams said she felt a calling to ministry, but growing up in Birmingham, Ala. women were not allowed to be called a preacher back in the 1970s. So, she studied mechanical engineering at Howard University and after graduation she decided to go to law school. But she said the Lord spoke to her about preaching God’s work. “I believe back in 1996 I began to hear God speak to me again about ministry... I wasn’t sure about that but I knew what
God was saying,” she said. Abrams holds a doctorate in theology, and a master in divinity from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. At the Zion Progress Baptist Church, she served for ﬁve years and was the ﬁrst female pastor at the congregation. Some at the church supported her decision to reveal her homosexuality while others opposed, but Abrams has some very important people supporting her sexual orientation and career choice: her family. “Most of my family is supportive of my career and love me and support my decision to be happy,” she said. The bishop not only supports gay marriage; she also believes the conversation must continue among members of the African-American Christian community. “Everybody is much bigger than their sexual orientation...We are not bashing heterosexuals...We are afﬁrming people and celebrating everybody,” Abrams said. In Silver Spring, she wants to build a gifted and energetic congregation where the whole community is welcome to participate. She also wants to work on projects to help seniors in the community, and bring awareness to HIV testing. “Knowledge and education is key as well as testing,” Abrams said. The Empowerment Liberation Cathedral has plans to eventually have their own place with parking and classroom space, but for now the church will hold its services at the Ascension Episcopal Church at 633 Sligo Ave. in Silver Spring. May 4 will be its ofﬁcial opening worship service. email@example.com
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A special election for the Ward 3 city council seat will be held on Tuesday. Three candidates have joined the race: Roger Schlegel, Kate Stewart, and Noel-Nosbaum But before election day, Takoma Park residents had a chance to hear the candidates speaking about tax duplications, seniors aging in place, among other issues at a candidate forum April 1. A long-time resident asked how committed the candidates were to help seniors aging in place, and which strategies they had in mind. Kate Stewart, a 20-year resident of the city, said that creating a sustainable future includes making sure that, as people age, they can do it safely in this community. “One of the things that I think we need to be very committed is making sure that there are programs in the city that we have accessibility to services,” said Stewart. Stewart would like to succeed Kay Daniels-Cohen as the only female councilmember. The special election will ﬁll the Ward 3 seat left vacant by the recent death of Daniels-Cohen. The newly elected member will take ofﬁce April 21, ﬁnishing the term that ends Nov. 16, 2015. Stewart is the executive vice president of Advocates for Youth, an organization that works in the U.S. and internationally to empower young people about their reproductive and sexual health and to advocate on behalf of their rights. Roger Schlegel, an 11-year resident of Ward 3, said the issue of aging in Takoma is very important. “I want to see a way when people want to downsize their homes perhaps they can do that by having accessory apartments by remaining in place. Maybe we can take advantage of income developments on New Hampshire [Avenue],” said Schlegel adding that Takoma Park still had a long way to go in providing opportunities for seniors to age in place. Schlegel has been co-chairman of the City Manager Selection Task Force and a member of the Takoma Junction task force, among his other civic activities. He worked with Daniels-Cohen on outreach concerning the junc-
tion, a key issue in Ward 3. Jeffrey Noel-Nosbaum, also a lifelong city resident, agreed with the points made by the two candidates and added that it is not just seniors that need help. “It is all age groups... I want to make sure our youth stay as well... that also increases the ability to everyone to build networks,” said Noel-Nosbaum Noel-Nosbaum first ran to represent Ward 3 against Daniels-Cohen and lost in 2011. Since then, he has served on the city’s Board of Elections, where he worked on implementing sameday voter registration.
On the issues But other residents did not believe the candidates understood their issues. “We have some very big issues... and when we talk about public safety we are not talking about sidewalks,” said one resident. Municipal tax duplication was also a point talked during the forum. Residents agreed “it is an important issue” but there is an impression that the city is not doing enough about it. According to the City of Takoma Park website, Montgomery County is supposed to rebate to the City of Takoma Park the money it receives from property, income, cell, energy, and other taxes paid by Takoma Park residents and property owners for services the county does not provide, but would have provided if the municipality did not exist. Residents said property taxes is the main problem. Noel-Nosbaum said he “deﬁnitely” agrees that the city council should put pressure to the county council members to resolve the issue. Stewart said there is “a lot of politics involved” but in the meantime voters must make sure to let city council candidates know that in order to get a vote from Takoma Park residents, they must take a public standard on the issue of tax duplication. Schlegel said lobbying outside municipalities for cooperation is a very important strategy. Voting will be at the Takoma Park Fire Station at 7201 Carroll Ave. from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 8, with early voting at the community center from noon to 4 p.m. April 6 and from 4 to 8 p.m. April 7. Absentee ballots also are available. More information on the election is at takomaparkmd.gov/2014-ward3-special-election-notice.
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AROUND THE COUNTY Parents, sons charged in drinking party due in court Cellphone records are being examined
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A mother, a father and their two sons charged with attacking police and providing alcohol to teens during their son’s 21st birthday celebration are scheduled to appear in Montgomery County District Court on Thursday. The parents — George Magas, 54, and Cathy Magas, 46, and their sons, Nicholas Magas, 21, and Eric Magas, 18 — were charged with 21 counts of furnishing alcohol to minors, in addition to obstruction and hindering, according to online court
records. The charges stem from what police allege happened when ofﬁcers responded to a complaint about a party at the family’s house in the 9400 block of Damascus Road on Jan. 4, just prior to midnight. Police described seeing teens drinking in the yard and said there was a keg outside a stairwell of a basement, where 35 underage partiers were allegedly drinking. Police said residents wouldn’t let ofﬁcers inside the home. A struggle ensued when ofﬁcers tried to obtain the keg outside and saw someone coming out of a basement door trying to grab several cases of beer, police alleged. Police said attendees tried to slam the front door on the ofﬁcer’s
arms and a second ofﬁcer who tried to help also was assaulted. Meanwhile, partygoers inside were banging on windows, yelling profanities and making video recordings of the scufﬂe. Police alleged that homeowner George Magas, the dad, had to be subdued by a stun gun because he reached for an ofﬁcer’s holster. Magas additionally was charged with attempting to disarm a law ofﬁcer, attempting to incite a riot and three counts of second-degree assault. The Magas brothers also were charged with attempting to incite a riot. Eric Magas and mom Cathy Magas additionally were charged with second-degree assault.
Montgomery County police spokeswoman Angela Cruz said police were still considering whether to press charges against other partygoers. Prosecutors and defense attorneys filed a joint motion for a continuance, which means Thursday’s court date could be postponed. As of Tuesday afternoon, a District Court judge had not made a determination. Rene Sandler, a private defense attorney representing the family, said she was still in the process of examining a large number of cellphone records obtained from the party attendees. firstname.lastname@example.org
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InBrief Libraries to host voter registration drives With party primaries for state and local ofﬁces coming up June 24, the county’s board of elections will hold voter registration drives from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays this month at public libraries. Long Branch Library at 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring, will host drives Saturday and Sunday. White Oak Library at 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, will host a drive April 19. On April 26 and 27, the Marilyn J. Praisner Library at 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, and Silver Spring Library at 8901 Colesville Road will host drives. For more information, contact Gilberto Zelaya at 240-777-8532 or Gilberto.zelaya@ montgomerycountymd.gov.
Transit Advisory Group seeks members The Montgomery County Department of Transportation is seeking 12 regular passengers of the county’s Ride On bus system to serve on its Transit Advisory Group. Those interested should email, fax or send a letter to the agency containing the following information: • Name, home address, city, state and zip code. • Day/evening telephone numbers. • Email address. • Length of time using Ride On. • Frequency of using Ride On. • The contributions you hope to provide to the Transit Advisory Group. • Personal or professional background information. Email the information to mcdot.tag@ montgomerycountymd.gov, fax to 240-7775801 or mail to Division of Transit Services, Transit Advisory Group, 101 Monroe St., 5th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday. For more information, montgomerycountymd.gov/dot-transit and click on current events or call 240-777-5800. DAN GROSS/THE GAZETTE
Freshman Elspeth Dorr looks in the mirror at a red dress she is considering for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School prom. Her mother, Lale Dorr, behind her, and other students involved in the prom dress giveaway on Thursday help her choose.
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Finding that perfect prom dress is difﬁcult. Getting one when you’re strapped for cash is nearly impossible. In hopes of easing some of that burden, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School on Thursday hosted its fourth annual “Once Upon a Prom” dress giveaway. Organized by school parent Wendy Silver of Bethesda four years ago, the program aims to provide prom dresses to less-privileged girls, so they have a chance to feel special on prom night. “Compared to previous years, we saw a spike in attendance, which is wonderful because we really tried to get the word out,” Silver said. “It’s good to know that more of the community is hearing about the event.” About 150 people came to this year’s dress
giveaway in the school’s dance studio, including mothers and friends of girls looking for their perfect gown. The giveaway attracted girls from surrounding high schools such as Albert Einstein in Kensington and John F. Kennedy in Silver Spring and some from as far away as Howard County, Silver said. The number was about double that of last year and many more than the ﬁrst year, when only 20 came, Silver said. “The most rewarding part is seeing the smiles on girls’ faces after they try on a dress that suits them,” she said. “That’s magical.” Silver gets dresses from individual donations and many from Ashley Taylor, a Washington, D.C., socialite who started the original “Once Upon a Prom” organization. “Last year we got a number of dresses from a retailer who was going retail to online,” she said. “I have about 150 dresses stored in my basement.” This year she added a rafﬂe to the event, giving away certiﬁcates for manicures, pedicures, “blowouts” from Drybar in Bethesda, and other gifts and services. Bethesda-Chevy Chase seniors Peyton Sil-
ver and Chloe Druskin, both 17, co-presidents of Once Upon A Prom this year, plan to pass the torch to Silver’s younger sister, Madison, a freshman. “I hope to keep the club vibrant and alive within B-CC and the community. I’m glad I’ve found a plan to keep it going in the years to come,” Wendy Silver said. Other schools in the county offer low-cost prom dresses to their students and nearby community. Northwest High School in Germantown held its annual Cinderella’s Closet Prom Dress sale Friday. Donated dresses were sold for $20, with proceeds going to community services through the school’s Northwest Ambassadors. About 60 dresses were sold Friday and the school plans to host a second sale from 2:30 to 5 p.m. May 2. Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville hosted a drive named Project Prom, also Friday, giving the option of 56 dresses for girls to choose from for $10. Organizers from Paint Branch were not available for comment on their program.
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A mother police accused of using her 5-year-old daughter to make pornography videos was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury Thursday.
The Gazette is not naming the woman to protect the identity of the child. A home address was not listed for the woman in court records. The 26-year-old woman was the target of a online porn investigation in 2012 and 2013. According to court records, a police computer forensics team traced child porn downloaded to her laptop, where they later found ﬁles labeled “homemade pornography,” video
and images of the mother fondling her daughter. The alleged abuse happened in a Silver Spring basement, according to an account of the woman’s interview with police ﬁled in court. Via video, the mother appeared brieﬂy before Montgomery County District Court Judge Eugene Wolfe on Friday. Assistant Public Defenders Melanie Creedon and Jennifer B. Dayton
spoke on the her behalf during the hearing. Creedon said the public defender’s ofﬁce would be representing the woman. The mother was initially charged with 37 criminal counts tied to sex abuse and child porn. But on Friday, she was indicted on three criminal counts: charges of sex abuse of a minor, second-degree sex offense, and third-degree sex offense. A hearing is set for April 11.
Civic group to discuss budget proposal The Montgomery County Civic Federation will discuss the county’s proposed $1.48 billion ﬁscal 2015 budget from 7:45 to 10 p.m. Monday at the County Council Ofﬁce Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Steve Farber, staff director for the County Council; Joe Beach, ﬁnance director for the county; and others will address such issues as commercial and residential property tax assessments, proposed salary raises for county employees, and bond authority and ratings. Speakers will accept questions from the ﬂoor. The public is invited. More information is at montgomerycivic.org.
Complete report at www.gazette.net The following is a summary of incidents in the Silver Spring area to which Montgomery County police responded recently. The words “arrested” and “charged” do not imply guilt. This information was provided by the county.
Armed robbery • On March 23 at 4:42 p.m. in the Safeway parking lot, 10101 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. The subject threatened the victim with a weapon and took property, which was then dropped. Sexual assault • On March 23 at 9:14 p.m. in the 1100 block of Schindler Drive, Silver Spring. Unsuccessful attempt. Strong-arm robbery • On March 23 at 10:45 p.m. in the 12400 block of Flack Street, Silver Spring. The subjects assaulted the victim and took property. Aggravated assault • On March 16 at 1:55 a.m. in the 3200 block of Weeping Willow Court, Aspen Hill. The subject is known to the victim. • On March 22 at 10:10 a.m. in the 12300 block of Featherwood Drive, Silver Spring. The subject is known to the victim. Commercial burglary • On March 19 at 11:25 p.m. at Metro Point, 11175 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Forced entry, took nothing. • On March 24 in the 800 block of Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring.
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Riders with the Great MoCo Bicycle Summit bike up Second Street in Silver Spring on Saturday.
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Advocates seek ways to make biking more mainstream
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Most people have at least some interest in biking, advocates say, and overcoming their reservations is the first step toward making biking a mainstream form of transportation. Bike advocates at the Great MoCo Bicycle Summit on Saturday in Chevy Chase pointed to a study in the Portland, Ore., area that found more than half of people were interested in biking more, but didn’t feel comfortable making it a part of their daily routine, especially on nonresidential roads. “We win when we get that full 50 percent able to bike comfort-
ably,” said Shane Farthing, executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. Farthing, one of several planners and bike advocates who spoke at the conference, said the ﬁrst challenge in making bicycling more mainstream is getting people who are not regular cyclists to consider biking. That means making infrastructure more bike-friendly, but also using marketing campaigns, outreach and signs to remind people that biking is an option for getting around. David Anspacher, a planner coordinator with the county Planning Department, said most people in the “interested but concerned” category are afraid of being hit by a car while biking. Most of them are comfortable riding their bikes, however, if they are in a bike lane that is buffered or separated from the
vehicular road in some way. While many bike lanes are on the shoulder of the road, engineers also are designing lanes separated from the road by medians, barriers or parking spaces. Pat Shepherd, the county Department of Transportation’s bikeways coordinator, said the county is looking for opportunities to build buffered bike lanes or separate cycle tracks, but it is also adding bike lanes to the road shoulder and sidewalks wide enough for bikes and pedestrians. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association organized the conference, along with MoBike and Councilman Hans Riemer (D-At large) of Takoma Park, who said he hopes the conference will become an annual event. email@example.com
Democratic county executive candidates sparred over budgetary issues at a forum Sunday in Silver Spring. Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg said the county government should not fund the public school system above the amount required by state funding minimums, as a way to control county spending. Current County Executive Isiah Leggett said staying at socalled maintenance of effort for any extended period of time would be a “recipe for disaster” by lowering the quality of the county’s school system. Former county executive Douglas M. Duncan criticized the law for providing disincentives for counties to fund more than the required amount because they’ll have to provide at least the new amount from the next year and in future years. The Womans Democratic
Club of Montgomery County hosted the forum. Republican candidate Jim Shalleck of Montgomery Village was not at the debate, and said he had not been invited to participate. Leggett’s proposed fiscal 2015 operating budget provides funding for schools at about $26 million above the maintenance of effort level. Leggett said he would love to see the law changed, but funding schools only at the basic level until it is wouldn’t provide the school system’s current students with the resources they need, Leggett said. Andrews said while education is an important service that the county provides, so are libraries, ﬁre, police and other items that get crowded out of the budget by education spending. Duncan promised as executive to work with the county’s delegation to the General Assembly, the County Council and the school board to change the law so it rewards counties for providing increased funding. Duncan continued his attacks on the troubled Silver Spring Transit Center, asking when the facility will open, what it will cost and if it will be safe.
He accused Leggett of forming a secret committee to prepare a report on the longdelayed project in downtown Silver Spring. The comment drew a heated response from Leggett, who repeated his answer from earlier events that the facility will open when it is determined to be safe. “All this talk about some secret commission. What are you talking about?” Leggett asked. Andrews also reprised one of his favorite lines about the transit center, pointing out that both Duncan and Leggett have had opportunities to get the facility open as county executive and have failed to do so. He said perhaps Duncan could get some information on when the transit center will open from the project’s general contractor Foulger-Pratt, who had done some consulting work for Duncan. Duncan used the forum to promote his “Leadership In Action” plan. The plan includes policy proposals on such issues as education, job creation, infrastructure and the environment. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bair hopes broad experience appeals to voters District 14 candidate ‘People’s money and freedom are in your hands’ n
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For an attorney, getting to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court is like going to the Super Bowl. And Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Gary E. Bair has been there twice. “That’s the highlight of your legal career,” said Bair, who worked as an attorney for more than 30 years before being appointed as a Circuit Judge in 2012. On election day, Bair hopes his broad background in criminal law will be an effective selling point for voters — the ones who will determine whether or not he gets to keep his job as a judge in November. For the ﬁrst time in 10 years, the circuit judge race will be contested.Bairandthethreeotherappointed circuit judges are running
asaslateagainstchallengerDaniel Patrick Connell, an attorney from Poolesville. “You want the most highly qualified lawyers to be your judges,” Bair said. “People’s money and freedom are in your hands.” Bair grew up in Baltimore County and was a 1968 graduate of Woodlawn High School. He said he was the ﬁrst in his family to go away to college. He earned an English degree from Tulane University in 1972 and graduated from Georgetown University law school in 1976. He clerked for Appeals Judge J. Dudley Digges. Bair argued before Supreme Court justices in 2003, toward the end of his 21-year stint with the Maryland Attorney General’s Ofﬁce. At the time, he was solicitor general, head of the criminal appeals division. The ﬁrst case, which appeared before the court on March 24, 2003, involved a defendant who argued convincingly that his attor-
neys failed to adequately defend him because they didn’t mention his troubled childhood to the panel of jurors who Bair sentenced him to death. The second, on Nov. 3, 2003, was a search and seizure case involving a trafﬁc stop that turned up cash and a large amount of cocaine. Three people in the vehicle were arrested, bringing about the legal question of whether police had probable cause to arrest any of them. The Supreme Court justices unanimously determined that there was probable cause for an arrest. In 2004, Bair left the Maryland Attorney General’s Ofﬁce for private practice. He joined the ﬁveattorney ﬁrm as partner with Fred
Warren Bennett, his courtroom adversary back in the early 1980s. Bair was working as an assistant publicdefenderinPrinceGeorge’s County.Bennettwasaprosecutor. Bair kept running the ﬁrm after Bennett’s death in 2007. He said he was beginning to miss being in the public sphere. “You don’t have the same broad impact,” Bair said. In 2012, the retirement of Circuit Judge Thomas L. Craven gave him an opening. In Maryland, judges are appointed by the governor, though circuit judges still have to stand in contested elections. Bair said he applied to be a nominee because he was seeking a new challenge and because he was getting older. Maryland judges are required to retire when they reach age 70. Bair was 61 at the time. “If I want to do this,” Bair recalled thinking, “I’ve got to do this sooner than later.” firstname.lastname@example.org
North looks to take community experience to council seat Takoma Park activist wants to bring communities together n
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Like many people in Montgomery County, Terrill North spent time working as a congressional staffer. When he left Capitol Hill and started working with a series of progressive organizations, North found himself attending a lot of meetings on the same topics with different people. Now a candidate for Montgomery’s District 5 council seat, North said the experience led him to decide that if he were elected to public ofﬁce, he would make an effort to “stand in the gap” and try to bring people with similar ideas together. That idea would work well in
District 5, which is made up of a diverse group of people all living together, North said. “We want everybody at the table,” he said. North is one of ﬁve candidates running for the District 5 council seat. Del. Tom Hucker, Board of Education member Christopher S. Barclay and community activists Evan Glass and Jeffrey Thames also are seeking the seat. Councilwoman Cherri Branson(D)wasappointedtoserveout the rest of Ervin’s term, but agreed not to run in the 2014 election as a prerequisite for receiving the appointment. Ervin and Branson recently endorsed Barclay. However, North said the race won’t be won by a legacy being passed on, but by communities coming together behind a candidate. While a Capitol Hill staffer for former Rep. Marty Meehan
(D) of Massachusetts and Rep. Yvette Clarke (D) of New York, North said, he worked on projects including helpNorth ing to pass ethics reform and preserving a youth program expected to lose funding. “Those are the skills that I want to bring to [the] council,” he said. North said he wants to be a council member to get a better sense of the problems people face and to help more people. On the council, North would focus on closing the achievement gap in the county’s schools. The county can’t put the full burden of closing the gap on the schools, and needs to use more social programs to provide a more
comprehensive approach to helping students, North said. To help do that, he would provide a tax credit for people who mentor at-risk youths. He also would expand existing resources for after-school programs for atrisk youths, putting them in more communities in the county. North wants to promote small businesses in the county by leveraging a bus rapid transit system to create opportunities for economic development and streamlining regulations to help small businesses expand. He would try to expand the number and variety of business incubators in the county. “Instead of arguing about what types of incubators we should have, we need to do all of the above,” he said. The Democratic primary will be held on June 24 and the general election on Nov. 4. email@example.com
seeks to end one party rule Begosh frustrated by high taxes, over-regulation of businesses n
Republican Sharon T. Begosh decided to throw her hat into the ring as a candidate for District 14 delegate because every elected position in Montgomery County is held by a Democrat, and she believes the one party rule just isn’t working. “People like me feel that we need representation to give a voice to people that are hard-working and who have the same beliefs we do,” she said. “I’ve been involved in enough campaigns and have gone door to door for other candidates to know that there are many people out there who feel this way.” Begosh, 52, has lived in Olney for 11 years. While she has no prior political experience, she retired in 2012 from the Montgomery County government after 27 years of service in public safety. “I was chief of Pre-Trial Services within the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for the last nine years of my career,” she said. “I have a lot of administrative experience, running a multi-million dollar agency.” Her biggest issue is taxes. “Crushing taxes for Maryland and Montgomery County citizens including the rain tax, bag tax, alcohol tax, gas tax, cigarette tax and health insurance tax,” said Begosh. “This also includes some of the highest estate, corporate, death and property taxes in the country.” She said out of control spending on bigger government has lead to tax hikes, and increased regulations for corporations and small businesses. The high taxes and over-regulation of businesses have led to the fleeing of businesses from Maryland to nearby business-friendly states, she said. Begosh said she is running in hopes of making Maryland a pro-business environment again. “Where businesses large and small will flourish, bringing with them jobs both in their own organization as well as in the res-
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taurants, stores and housing that spring up around these new m a j o r employBegosh ers,” she said. “I am also running to restore balance in a very out-of-align legislative body in Annapolis and especially in Montgomery County. Not only a balance of ideas, but a balanced reaction to societal problems that our state legislature has in the past sought to fix with emotional over-reactions which limit individual freedoms while not effecting the root of the problem.” She believes the one party system is not healthy and has not produced successful outcomes in employment rates, quality of education, accountability of public servants, affordable health care and happier families that have been touted as the goals of politicians. “Diversity is a wonderful thing,” she said. “And it’s about time that we had some in political thinking of Montgomery County’s legislative representatives.” To run a successful campaign, Begosh said she is hoping to raise as much money as possible, and is in the process of planning fundraising events. The three District 14 House incumbents — Democrats Anne R. Kaiser of Calverton, Eric G. Luedtke of Burtonsville and Craig J. Zucker of Brookeville — are seeking re-election. Other candidates are Democrat Valerie A. Nia Shell of Burtonsville and Republicans Patricia Fenati of Damascus and Michael Ostroff of Burtonsville. District 14 includes the northeastern portion of the county, including Fairland, Burtonsville, Colesville, Ashton, Sandy Spring, Olney, Brookeville, Laytonsville and Damascus. The primary election is June 24, and the general election is on Nov. 4. Begosh grew up in Harford County. She is married to Martin Begosh, a Purple Heart recipient who is medically retired due to his injuries sustained as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. They have a son and a daughter. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Testing the future
PARCC piloted at Fallsmead Elementary and other county schools n
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As part of a larger pilot across Montgomery County Public Schools, fourth-graders at Fallsmead Elementary School in Rockville tried their minds at the new state assessment test for the ﬁrst time last week. The new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career, set to replace the Maryland School Assessment, is being piloted across Maryland this school year. In the majority of Montgomery schools, at least one class tried out a part of the test before it is fully implemented in the district next school year. The new assessment for students in grades 3 through 12 aligns with the Common Core State Standards — a controversial set of education standards for English and math that Maryland, along with other states, chose to adopt. At Fallsmead, about 25 fourth-graders tried the reading portion of the new test, which, in its full version, also tests students on math. Principal Roni Silverstein said the students were “comfortable” with the new test in terms of both the technology they had to use and the way the test asked them to think. “The Common Core is a very rigorous curriculum that gets kids to think critically to synthesize information, and I think the test mimics that,” she said. Silverstein said she and several other administrators and teachers took a practice test before the students did. Fallsmead students took the test on computers using technology Silverstein described as “pretty sophisticated.” It provided students with several tools, such as the ability to highlight reading passages. “It seemed a little daunting to me to take a test that way, but they were very comfortable,” she said. Sophie Friedman, a fourthgrader who took the pilot test, said she enjoyed taking the test on a computer, which allowed her to type answers and flag questions, so she could remember to go back. “I thought half the questions were hard and half the questions were easy,” she said. Aditya Khanna, another pilot participant, said some questions made him “think and think again” for a good answer. He didn’t think the test was very different from the old state assessment. Aditya said he also liked the computer-based test because he can type more quickly than he can print an answer. He could ﬂag questions and cross off answers he knew were wrong. Fourth-grader Beatrice Chung thought the essay portion was challenging because it had students tie together two different but related topics. Beatrice said liked having videos on the test provide information and generally felt comfortable using the computer. Fallsmead has one computer lab with about 30 computers, Silverstein said. It would be “hard to picture” the schools’ third through ﬁfthgraders all taking the test on computers, she said. A paper-and-pencil version of the test also exists. The reading portion of the test the Fallsmead students piloted had three parts: literacy, research and narrative writing, Silverstein said. The students had about 70 to 80 minutes to complete each of the ﬁrst two parts of the pilot and were scheduled to take the third part on Wednesday. The pilot was spread across three non-consecutive days. By next school year, when the test is fully implemented, Silverstein said, all of Fallsmead’s students will be familiar with the school system’s Curriculum 2.0, which is based on the Common Core State Standards. The familiarity with the kind of critical thinking that Curriculum 2.0 teaches will help students take the new test, she said. “It doesn’t make it easy but ... there won’t be as many growing pains, I don’t think,” she said. email@example.com
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Montgomery College takes steps to close achievement gap
Task force recommends hiring more Latino and Hispanic faculty BY
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Following a fresh look at performance gaps among its student groups — in graduation rates, transfer rates, individual courses and elsewhere — Montgomery College is making a new, school-wide push to close them. The college’s efforts are based on a range of recommendations from the Closing the Achievement Gap Task Force comprised of college, community and county school system representatives. Task force members met for about nine months to develop a report that was presented to the Montgomery College Board of Trustees on March 24. Beverly Walker-Griffea, the college’s senior vice president for student services, said the college plans to phase in and fully implement the task force’s recommendations by 2020. Tony D. Hawkins — instructional dean of arts, humanities and social science at the college’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus and a co-chairman of the task force — said the college has looked at students’ academic achievement for years but the task force’s work and report was a unique effort to examine the information with the intent to close performance gaps. “I don’t think we’ve really looked at the data quite this way,” Hawkins said. Among other recommendations in the report to address the gaps, the task force calls for increased mentoring services, new factors to predict student success and a greater insistence when it comes to matching students with opportunities. At Montgomery College, African-American and Hispanic and Latino students are generally falling behind their white and Asian peers in several areas of academic achievement. According to the report, the college’s African-American and Hispanic and Latino students graduate in three years less often and transfer to a four-year school less often than white and Asian students. Among its fall 2009 cohort, about 11 percent of AfricanAmerican students and about 15 percent of Hispanic and Latino students graduated within three years compared to about 20 percent of Asian students and about 19 percent of white students, the report said. About 22 percent of AfricanAmerican students and about 17 percent of Hispanic and Latino students transferred to a fouryear school within three years compared to about 30 percent of Asian students and about 28 percent of white students. Students are also arriving at the college unprepared. In the college’s 2008 cohort, about 85 percent of Hispanic students and about 80.5 percent of African-American students were not “college ready” and therefore needed to take developmental courses, according to the report. Hawkins said he thinks the “most exciting” task force recommendations include those aimed at coordinating efforts across the college’s three campuses and expanding the work done in “small pockets of the college.”
Hilda Decena Smith, a Montgomery College professor and the task force’s other cochairwoman — said the college wants to help students access supports that already exist. “It’s trying to create a sense of community so that they can ﬁnd the people, the resources that can help them achieve whatever their goal is,” she said. One recommended measure will institute mentoring more widely across the college’s three campuses, though not as one college-wide program, Hawkins said. “Each of the campuses may have different niches and requirements and student populations,” he said. Smith said existing programs — including one for African-American male students — has helped boost students’ GPAs, graduation and transfer rates and sense of involvement. The report also calls for a more “intrusive” approach to working with students. Hawkins said this approach involves college staff actively pushing students to take advantage of good opportunities they might otherwise not respond to. “We’re really putting it in front of them and making it almost unavoidable for them to get around it,” he said. Smith said the approach also requires involvement from a range of staff — counselors, advisors and others who interact with students. Following another recommendation, the college is also planning to take a new approach when it comes to predicting how a student will perform at the college. Rather than exclusively looking at what a student does and does not know, staff would also take into account “noncognitive” factors such as leadership, communication and resourcefulness, Hawkins said. The task force also recommended the college hire more Hispanic and Latino faculty members. “It’s important for students to see people that look like them in the classroom and throughout the institution,” Smith said. Hawkins said more Hispanic and Latino administrators, faculty and staff would also mean more individuals who can share voices from the different ethnic communities in the college. While the college is now focusing on how to implement the measures, some efforts are already in place, WalkerGriffea said, such as the intrusive advising approach with students. Another example is the college’s continued work in the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success program that helps county high school students prepare for and get into college, she said. Hawkins said the college aims to start workshops this spring covering a variety of a topics to share the task force’s ﬁndings with college staff. Walker-Griffea said the college’s work to improve the performance of certain student groups will translate to a larger impact. “This will help all students,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Poolesville attorney enters county Circuit Court race Connell, in his second try for the bench, critical of current selection process n
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Growing up in a family of lawyers didn’t seal Daniel Patrick Connell’s fate as a steward of the law. For him, the “aha” moment arrived after serving with a reconnaissance unit during Operation Desert Storm. “You know who you are and you know a little bit about life when you are in life or death situations,” Connell said. “And you watch your friends die.” Connell, a 45-year-old attorney from Poolesville, is back after serving as a U.S. Department of State senior rule of law advisor in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has returned with a new personal mission: to become a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge. “I looked at who had challenged these judges while I had been serving in Iraq as the senior rule of law advisor for the U.S. government. Who has challenged [the judges] back home in my own county, this process that’s undemocratic?” Connell asked, rhetorically. “Election after election, no one.” Connell was a last-minute entry in the upcoming race. Three sitting circuit judges (Gary E. Bair, Nelson W. Rupp Jr. and Joan E. Ryon) and a fourth who is about to take the circuit bench (Audrey A. Creighton) are vying for four seats, along with one challenger, Connell. Connell described himself as “the people’s candidate” — opposed to the
election process for circuit judges. “There is no good reason why judges should not be elected the same way we elect our legislators,” he said. Under Maryland’s constitution, Circuit Court judges are appointed by the governor, based on nominees generated by a 13-person panel in each jurisdiction. The appointees run in the next election af-
“There is no good reason why judges should not be elected the same way we elect our legislators.” Patrick Connell ter the appointment and in elections thereafter. They can be formally opposed by any candidate who is at least 30 years old and a member of the state bar and who meets residency requirements. The 13-person panel, known as the Judicial Nominating Commission, was created by executive order during the 1970s. Nine members are appointed by the governor and the other four are chosen by presidents of local bar associations. Connell said the panel invites cronyism and isn’t transparent. “[It] is simply designed to obfuscate the fact that we’re all supposed to be considered on our merits and to keep the power — which that panel not only covets but, for all intents and purposes, has already
usurped — in our hands,” he said. T h i s will be the first contested Circuit Court race since Connell 2 0 0 4 , when Connell ran for Circuit Court judge and lost, receiving about 11 percent of the vote. Raised in Chevy Chase, Connell is a lifelong Montgomery County resident. His father, his brother and sister, an aunt and most of his cousins are attorneys. Connell served in the Marine Corps from 1987 to 1993, when he was honorably discharged. He is a decorated Marine Corps veteran. Connell obtained a degree in philosophy from the University of Maryland and a law degree from University of Denver in 1997. Connell was a senior rule of law adviser for the U.S. Department of State in Basra, Iraq, in 2009 and 2010, and in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2012 and 2013. His time overseas earned him two Expeditionary Service Awards from former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. If elected, Connell said, he would make impartiality and fairness priorities. He spoke of excessive bail and what he described as unfair sentencing. “I’ve seen a young African-American, 18 years old, get a year in jail for having half a joint of marijuana,” Connell said. “That could have been President Obama, President Clinton. A year? That judge does not empathize with that young man.”
Rupp hoping voters return him to bench Judge founded Adult Drug Treatment Court program
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On Tuesdays, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Nelson W. Rupp Jr. takes off his “judge face,” steps out of the courtroom and enters the classroom to teach third-year law school students how to be trial lawyers. On Thursday nights, he’s back in court for his other “second job” as presiding judge for Montgomery County Circuit Court’s Adult Drug Treatment Court Program, which he founded in 2004. But come election day, the question of whether Rupp gets to keep his main job — one of Montgomery County’s 22 Circuit Court judges — will be left to voters. For the ﬁrst time in 10 years, sitting Circuit Court judges up for election will face a challenger. Poolesville attorney Daniel Patrick Connell — the same person who sought judgeship a decade ago — has ﬁled for candidacy for 2014. Maryland’s primary election is June 24. The general election is Nov. 4. Rupp, 64, is among the four sitting Circuit Court judges whose names will appear on the June primary ballot. The sitting judges are running as a team. “We hope the people will have faith in the system that has appointed us to Circuit Court,” Rupp said. In Maryland, Circuit Court judges are appointed by the governor from a pool of nominees chosen by a 13-member committee. But after the appointment, Circuit Court judges have to run in the nearest election to their appointments in order to continue for a 15-year term. Thereafter, the judges are up for election. Appointees can be formally opposed by any qualiﬁed candidate. To run as a Circuit Court
judge, a candidate must be 30 years old and be a member of the state bar, in addition to meeting residency requirements, according to the Maryland State Board of Rupp Elections. Circuit Court is the local trial court that typically handles more serious cases. Rupp was appointed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening (D) in 1997. Prior to that, he was appointed as a Montgomery County District Court judge by Gov. William Donald Schaefer (D) in 1993. Rupp said he founded drug court in 2004 because there were defendants who were becoming known as “all-stars,” people with drug problems who kept appearing in the court system over and over again. Prior to drug court, judges didn’t have many options for offenders struggling with addictions, Rupp said. “The traditional system doesn’t sufﬁciently address addicted offenders,” Rupp said. The Montgomery County Circuit Court Adult Drug Court Program is a voluntary program that offers repeat offenders the chance to break the cycle of addiction and crime through intensive treatment and monitoring. A team made up of case managers, judges, therapists and attorneys work together to direct the participant’s evaluation and treatment for a minimum of two years, though the length of the program depends on the participant’s progress. Drug court sessions are held at night so that participants can keep a job, one of the requirements of the program. “It’s about changing the whole person,” Rupp said. “It’s not just about staying clean.” Since the program’s inception, 137 people have graduated from drug court. He became emotional when talking to The Gazette about some of the former graduates.
“Every one of these graduates has a story,” Rupp said. Outside the courtroom, Rupp deals with a different sort of aspiring graduates. He’s an adjunct professor for a civil and criminal practice at American University, where he’s taught since 1998. “I don’t have on my judge face on in there,” Rupp said. “It helps to see the judge is a real person.”
“We hope the people will have faith in the system that has appointed us to Circuit Court.” Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Nelson W. Rupp At the time of his interview with The Gazette, his students were preparing for the ﬁnal — a staged trial on April 6. Rupp earned his law degree from AU’s Washington College of Law in 1974. He said he decided to go into law because he wanted to help people. “The world of academics is one thing, but when you get out in the real world, it’s a whole other thing,” said Rupp. The son of a dentist and a stay-at-home mother, Rupp graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1966. He was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1974 and has served as an assistant state’s attorney and as a public defender in Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties, as well as working for private ﬁrms. Becoming a judge, Rupp said, gave him another avenue for helping improve the human condition—something he hopes voters remembers when they head to the polls. “I hope they look at my record, my history,” Rupp said. email@example.com
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Remembering the victims
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At the 25th Annual Maryland Statewide Memorial Services for Crime Victims and their Families in Rockville on Sunday, Gilma Carbajal of Hyattsville holds a photo of her son, Rolando Carbajal, who was killed in 2009.
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At the 25th Annual Maryland Statewide Memorial Services for Crime Victims and their Families in Rockville on Sunday, Mary Bazargan of Rockville holds a photo of her daughter, Azin Naimi, who was killed on July 19, 2010.
Montgomery County Council ofﬁcially favors local businesses Measure gives county companies a leg up when bidders tie n
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
When it comes to bidding against companies from outside Montgomery County on county projects, local businesses will now officially receive a leg up. The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bill that would require the county to give preferences to county businesses in the event of a tie with a company from outside the county. The bill actually codifies what already is in county procurement regulations, with some additions, said
bill sponsor Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring on Tuesday. Council members have long heard from business owners that the county’s procurement process is too long and involved, said Council Vice President George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park. He said he supported the bill but asked Department of General Services Director David Dise if it would complicate the process even further. Dise said he didn’t expect it to. Government procurement can provide some challenges to businesses because of the need to take measures to protect public money, Dise said. But in other jurisdictions that already have similar
rules in place, a policy to break ties doesn’t usually provide an extra burden, he said. Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg asked Dise if he thought the bill could hurt Montgomery companies trying to get contracts in other jurisdictions. The bill establishes a way to break ties for similar bids, not a preference for Montgomery companies that submit a higher bid than a competitor, Dise said. The bill defines a countybased bidder as a company that “has its principal place of business in Montgomery County” and has “operated through an office, distribution point, or facility in the county for at least six months immediately prior to submitting a bid in response to a formal solicitation issued by the county,” and one that owns property taxed by the county. In fiscal 2013, 28 percent of contracts awarded by the county, worth more than $233 million, were to local businesses working as the primary contractor or subcontractor, according to a Feb. 20 letter from County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) expressing support for the bill. Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown made helping local businesses a priority when he became council president in January. Rice said Tuesday that he is working on several more items designed to help small businesses, which will be released in the next few weeks. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Committee looks at ways to avoid costly changes to projects BY
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
Almost anyone who has ever had work done on their home knows that few projects come without some unexpected problems. But in an effort to avoid expensive cost overruns — such as the ones at the Silver Spring Transit Center — the Montgomery County Council is looking at ways it can reduce the number of changes made to the facilities the county builds while they’re under construction. The county builds projects such as libraries, police and fire stations, and recreation centers very well, but it tends to run into trouble when it tries to address unusual projects in the usual ways, said David Dise, director of the county’s Department of General Services. “We do what we normally do very well,” Dise said Thursday at a meeting
“We do what we normally do very well.”
crews aren’t able to test an area as much as they could with a site that doesn’t already have a building on it, Dise said. Dise said the county does evaluate things such as the safety record, payment histories and the number of modifications that previous projects have needed when it’s looking for a company to work on a project. They also talk with other people or jurisdictions who have worked with the company in the past, he said. After about an hour of discussion, committee Chairwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring said she would like the committee to have some more discussion on the issue before it makes a recommendation to the full council on action to help avoid the need for change orders on projects. No date for a future meeting was set. email@example.com
David Dise, director of the county’s Department of General Services of the council’s Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee. The committee was discussing a report from the Office of Legislative Oversight on the effect of change orders — directives that require a contractor working on a project to change a portion of the work specified under the contract for the project — on county construction jobs. The report included three recommendations for the council to take action on: • To ask that General Services develop a process to assess the risks of capital budget projects, • To ask that General Services use different ways to manage the procurement and contracting process on projects that carry a high risk of expensive changes, and • To encourage General Services to continue to collect and monitor data on change orders on projects to try and identify trends and factors that increase the chance of cost increases and delays. Change orders can be caused by a variety of factors, according to the legislative oversight report. On one project, a construction contractor the county had worked with on other projects went out of business while it was working on a county project. In another case, a previously reliable vendor provided the county with faulty building materials, while on another project the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission changed code requirements while a capital project was being built. The transit center project in downtown Silver Spring wasn’t mentioned at the hearing, but the project has been crippled by delays and problems. The county released information in November that the project had been subject to more than 400 proposed change orders, included approved orders worth $10.8 million. The Department of General Services is already doing some of the steps recommended in the report, Dise said. For instance, the department reviews project sites to try and identify potential problems with sites before a project starts. Renovations and rehabilitations cause more of a problem in this area because
Marching the gap into the light Students seek to highlight issue, program efforts n
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
A group of Montgomery County students is marching to close the achievement gap — and they want everyone to join them. The roughly 20 students organizing the March to Close the Gap hail from Minority Scholars Programs at about 10 high schools around the county. As leaders and members of the program aimed at closing the gap, the students have planned the march as a platform to share their work and direct attention and support to the issue they say is prevalent but sometimes unknown. The march on April 27 will take its participants from the Carver Educational Services Center to the Montgomery County District Court in Rockville. Performance gaps between student groups — especially those between African-American and Hispanic students, and their white and Asian peers — remain a long-standing issue for Montgomery County Public
Schools. With a little more than three weeks left to plan and recruit participants for the march, the students and their teachers in the program met at Clarksburg High School on April 2 to discuss a range of issues, including where they stood cultivating interest in the event from their peers and others. Gabriella Bianchi, a 16-year-old sophomore at Wootton, said after the meeting her school has a small percentage of minority students and many of her friends aren’t aware of the achievement gap. “It just doesn’t make sense to them because at our school, the problem, socially, isn’t a very big issue,” said Bianchi, a co-leader of Wootton’s Minority Scholars Program. To raise support at Wootton — where the idea of the march originated — Bianchi said she and others had reached out to a range of student groups and were working toward a spot on the school’s announcements and sending information home to students’ families. She said the march has received “good support so far” at the school, but there was more work for them to do in the next few weeks. “We don’t have as much
support as we wish we had,” Bianchi said. Mariam Jalloh-Jamboria, a senior at Clarksburg High School who leads its Minority Scholars Program, said she has emailed area churches and mosques and talked to members of other groups she’s involved in. “Anything that I have my foot in is where I’m promoting the march,” she said. Jalloh-Jamboria, 17, said she has learned that performance gaps exist beyond those found between students of different races. Gaps also appear along the lines of socioeconomic status and sexual orientation, she said. In her outreach, she said, she has told others that, whether they are a minority student or not, the gap and the Minority Scholars Program’s work affects them. Skylar Mitchell, a junior at Walt Whitman, joined the efforts to organize the march after hearing about the event from Michael Williams, a Minority Scholars Program coordinator and a fellow member of the county school system’s African American Student Achievement Action Group. Mitchell said she has not seen many other minority students in her advanced place-
ment and honors courses. She said, from her experience, she thinks minority students too often don’t strive for academic success. “If we’re not all exceeding at the same rate for whatever reason, there’s a problem, and that’s something that needs to be addressed,” she said. Williams, a teacher and the Minority Scholars Program coordinator at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, said the program coordinators involved in the march’s planning knew the students were “on to something” when they raised the idea of a march. The march, he said, will serve to raise awareness and garner support from the community for efforts to close the gap. Vilma Najera, a foreign language resource teacher and the Minority Scholars Program coordinator at Clarksburg High, said she thinks the issue has escaped many county students. “I think a lot of kids don’t get it, and I think it’s just because it’s not a conversation a lot of kids are having,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued from Page A-1 kindergarten programs than the current 29,000 low-income children in the state who use the services. Janine Bacquie — director of Montgomery County Public Schools’ Division of Early Childhood Programs and Services and co-chair of the Montgomery County Early Childhood Advisory Council — said she thinks it will beneﬁt the state that many different types of pre-kindergarten providers could receive the grant funds. Bacquie said the school system
will support the three child care programs it currently partners with, should they decide to apply for grant funds. The system is also open to working with other programs interested in applying for grant funds and seeking the school system’s endorsement, she said. Bacquie said the county advisory council she co-chairs has determined through its studies that the county should place an emphasis on child care programs above other providers. The affordabilty of child care is a major issue in the county, she said, and state dollars could help providers reach more families.
Compared to the school system’s pre-kindergarten programs, community child care providers are sometimes able to provide longer hours and yearround services, she said. Some families also prefer informal or family child care, she said. The new law also expanded which families are eligible for pre-kindergarten services through programs that receive grant funds. The state now requires public prekindergarten programs to provide services to families with income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Programs could use grant funds to expand their services to
Continued from Page A-1 tic’s lease until the right of way issue is resolved. At a hearing Thursday, the County Council decided to delay the decision to terminate its agreement with Pyramid Atlantic. “I am disappointed that it has become an issue of process. It is not an issue about Pyramid Atlantic,” Dominguez said. Councilman George Leventhal (D-At large) of Takoma Park said he supports the nonproﬁt as an arts center in the new library, but thinks Pyramid Atlantic should pay for the right of way. The value of the right of way is $325,000. The county needs 19½ feet of frontage on Georgia Avenue and part of the property that extends along Ripley Street for road development to serve the transit center. The report shows that in 2009 an art space inside the new Silver Spring Library was awarded to Pyramid Atlantic in response to a 2008 solicitation. The report, however, explained that the agreement could be problematic due to the county’s need to acquire the right of way on Pyramid Atlantic’s existing site. “It is been clear to me from this discussion today with the council and individual discussions with Pyramid Atlantic that the right of way is still very much a factor,” said Ramona Bell-Pearson, Montgomery County’s assistant chief administrative ofﬁcer. According to the county
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Clare Winslow of Bethesda, who just ﬁnished a residency at Pyramid Atlantic, learns to make zinc plate etchings Friday. report, Maisel has agreed to respond to the county’s request to either dedicate or negotiate part of the property. Dominguez said he spoke with county staff and offered to sell the Pyramid Atlantic property in 2009. “It was in the midst of a recession. They didn’t want to buy,” Dominguez said. County ofﬁcials said the property could be sold, but asked to make sure the potential purchaser knew about the need to acquire the right of way on Georgia Avenue and Ripley Street. “We’ve tried to resolve with the county very early on, and the challenge was that we could not get a written commitment from the county,” Dominguez said. As negotiations went along to sell the Pyramid Atlantic property, Dominguez said, he
up a separate plan that involves removing material and drilling into the support beams. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority, which will ultimately
kept asking for something in writing from the county in exchange to add the necessary language addressing the right of way issue. “I needed something in writing ... the county kept delaying,” Dominguez said. Eventually, the group had to put the building under contract. The annual lease at the library costs $421,000, according to the county report. The report also added that an Oct. 7, 2013, memo explained that “it is difﬁcult to quantify the dollar value of the services and programs” offered by Pyramid Atlantic. But a document provided by Dominguez to The Gazette showed 14 classes that could be offered free to Montgomery County residents throughout the year with a total value of $452,292. Nonresidents would have to pay for services. Among
control the facility, has questioned whether the second project needs to be done immediately or it could wait to see if problems actually arise, Dise said.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 s families whose income falls at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Increasing the pool of eligible families brings up “mixed points,” Bacquie said. More families facing ﬁnancial hardship will have access to the services, she said, but the state might also be missing families at or below the 185-percent level who want the services. Sen. Nancy J. King (D-Dist. 39) of Montgomery Village, a sponsor of the Senate version of the bill, said the grant program is purposefully ﬂexible to allow for different programs to get the money they need to expand or start.
the classes offered are workshops for students ages 11 to 18; adults programs; and internships. “We would love to be able to obviously partake and subsidize the facility. ... For me to arrive at the place where we have determined a particular fair market value ... we [need] an evaluation to try to match those. I think that’s where our role comes in,” said Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (DDist. 4) of Silver Spring. At the hearing, council ofﬁcials said this has been a challenging issue, but it is about the public money and there should be a way to provide a very “robust” partnership. The initial term of the proposed lease is a five-year contract, with three ﬁve-year renewals. But the county can choose not to renew the contract if the nonproﬁt isn’t in full compliance with the lease terms. Dominguez said the nonproﬁt has a plan B. It has until the end of April to ﬁnalize the library lease. Otherwise, it will have to buy 721 Sligo Ave., listed for $1.4 million. Dominguez said the group would then have to raise funds to build on the property. The group already has invested $70,000 to conduct a study on the property; the money is refundable only through the end of the month. County ofﬁcials said they need at least 45 days to come back to the County Council with a solution, and the council has until July to decide. email@example.com
If the remediation work is done now, it could add another six months to a year or more to the length of the project, he said. Charles Scott, who represented WMATA at the council meeting, said there are “conﬂicting reports” for how to ﬁx the sheer and torsion problems that have raised concern. Sheer is vertical stress on beams, while torsion is twisting stress, Dise said. Crews are mapping cracks in the building’s structure and should begin sealing them up within the next two months, Dise said. If cracks reappear after they’re sealed, it would be a sign
By way of a grant program, King said, the state can make sure the funds are going to the right, high-quality places and are not geographically lumped together. The law allows private entities to add funds to the program, and King said she expects signiﬁcant contributions from corporate sponsors to supplement state dollars. The grant pool of $4.3 million is not enough, she said. “It’s clearly not enough, but it’s at least a really good start in the program,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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The ﬁnal auditions for Redskins cheerleaders were held at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club on Sunday.
Continued from Page A-1 while dancing part time. “It’s not like New York, maybe, or L.A. where ... that’s what they do for a living,” she said. “We all have jobs, careers, and this allows us to still pursue our passion for dance.” Jojokian, an NBA cheerleader before coming to the Redskins, said the cheerleaders are paid by the hour for attending practices Tuesday and Thursday evenings, game days, and some publicity appearances. The schedule leaves time for work and volunteering while pursuing their passion for dance
that the remediation work does need to be done, he said. There’s no estimate for how much that work would cost, Dise said. County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) has requested that Montgomery resident and former CEO of Lockheed Martin Norm Augustine give him an evaluation of what ﬁnal work needs to be done. Dise said Augustine is expected to turn in a report sometime in the coming weeks, but the document is only meant to advise Leggett and won’t carry any ofﬁcial authority. Augustine is consulting with three experts on building large
and their love of football. “We have women who are role models in the community; they have careers too,” Jojokian said. The judges selected 36 cheerleaders and two alternates at the final. Jojokian said 14 are rookies, while the rest had cheered previously and were auditioning for another year on the team. The new team of Redskins cheerleaders will ﬂy to Mexico to shoot the annual cheerleaders swimsuit calendar before returning to Washington, D.C., to root for the football team in its 2014 season. email@example.com
concrete structures for the report, which Dise said would come at no cost to the county. Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring said she was surprised when she learned of Augustine’s role. The county executive can bring in whomever he wants to provide advice, but the council should have been notiﬁed, Navarro said. But Councilman Marc Elrich said he didn’t see anything wrong with an executive with no background in engineering bringing in people with expertise to advise him. “I think this is an OK thing,” Elrich said. Dise said he wouldn’t speculate about when the transit center would open, but said crews would work as quickly as possible to get a facility that is certiﬁed to be safe. When Elrich asked if the county had reviewed the other bid on the project to see if that company had seen anything more complicated in the project than the bid the company went with, Dise said they had. Dise said he didn’t believe the information ultimately would have led them to look at the project any differently. Hindsight is always 20-20 on a troubled project like the transit center, Dise said. “If you list stuff that could happen, it happened on this project,” Dise said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Legislature passes minimum wage hike Phased-in raises will reach $10.10 by 2018
KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER
ANNAPOLIS — Minimum wage workers across Maryland will be getting a raise. After 90 days of dickering, lawmakers voted Monday — the last day of the General Assembly session — to raise the statewide minimum wage gradually to $10.10 per hour. For Gov. Martin J. O’Malley, the vote is checkmark in the victory column. O’Malley identiﬁed raising the wage his top legislative priority this session. “This year, we are building on this record of strengthening the middle class by raising Mary-
land’s minimum wage to $10.10,” O’Malley (D) said in a statement commending the General Assembly for the action. While the legislature held ﬁrm at raising the wage to O’Malley’s target of $10.10 per hour, lawmakers stretched implementation by two extra years, reaching $10.10 per hour by July 2018. Maryland last raised its minimum wage in 2006. In January, the ﬁrst raise takes effect, increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8 an hour. Conservative lawmakers fought unsuccessfully to keep the wage at the current $7.25 per hour, predicting it would cost the state jobs and make the state even more unfriendly to business. “And it won’t just cost jobs, it will increase the cost of goods and
services,” House Minority Leader Nicholaus R. Kipke (R-Dist. 31) of Pasadena said. Eighteen House and 27 Senate amendments were proposed throughout the session to change the bill. Only ﬁve were adopted. Montgomery County’s local minimum wage will remain intact under the state bill, despite calls to pre-empt local wage legislation. Montgomery County’s minimum wage will exceed the state’s, reaching $11.50 by 2017. But enforcing the counties’ higher local wages will fall to the state, thanks to a bill by Del. Benjamin F. Kramer (D-Dist. 19) of Derwood. The Senate passed Kramer’s bill Monday. Sen. Brian J. Feldman said Sen. Allan H. Kittleman (R-Dist. 9) of
WestFriendshipproposedrequiring counties with a differing local minimum wage to reimburse the state for the cost of enforcing the wage. Kittleman’s amendment ultimately failed. Like any other jurisdiction, Montgomery County residents will pay the taxes that cover the supplemental appropriation included by the state for enforcing the minimum wage, Feldman (DDist. 15) of Potomac said. County Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist 2) of Germantown, who came down for the last day of session, agreed with Feldman that enforcing the wage was best left to the state. The bill is headed to O’Malley for what is expected to be a speedy signature into law. email@example.com
Deal approved to allow more in ﬁlm tax credits Will it be enough to keep ‘House of Cards’ ﬁlming in Maryland? Stay tuned
KEVIN JAMES SHAY STAFF WRITER
Following a series of last-minute political twists reminiscent of a “House of Cards” episode, Maryland will provide $15 million in ﬁscal 2015 tax credits for ﬁlm productions such as the Netﬂix political thriller. A bill that would have allowed $3.5 million more in credits died late Monday at the close of the General Assembly’s regular session. A six-member conference committee debated until the ﬁnal bell on the bill that would have provided a total of $18.5 million in credits. Some House of Delegates members wanted to insert a provision that would rescind the credits if a production moved
from Maryland, while senators objected to that clause. The session’s deadline came without a compromise. A “House of Cards” executive threatened in a recent letter to state ofﬁcials to not ﬁlm the third season in Maryland if the production did not receive more in credits. Investors in the ﬁrst season received $11.7 million in state tax credits and were projected to receive $15 million in tax credits for the second season, according to state ﬁgures. Whether the $15 million for next ﬁscal year — funds that all productions ﬁlming in the state are eligible to share — will be enough to keep “House of Cards” filming in Maryland was not known Tuesday by state ofﬁcials. “We are hopeful ‘House of Cards’willcontinuetoﬁlminMaryland, but that is a decision that [Media Rights Capital] has to make,” Karen Glenn Hood, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Depart-
ment of Business and Economic Development, which oversees the credit program, said Tuesday. Megan Duzi, a spokeswoman for Media Rights Capital, the Beverly Hills, Calif., production company of “House of Cards,” said Tuesday that company ofﬁcials have no comment “at this time.” Producers delayed ﬁlming its third season until June to ﬁnd out the results of the ﬁlm tax credit debate. A construction coordinator working on “House of Cards” told a Maryland House committee several weeks ago that he understood the production is reviewing Pittsburgh, Chicago and Toronto, among other areas, to ﬁlm. The first season of “House of Cards” completed 139 days of ﬁlming, mostly in Baltimore, Annapolis and Harford County, in 2012, and employees made purchases of goods and services at more than 1,800 Maryland businesses for an economic impact of $138 million, according to a
DBED report. The economic impact of the second season is projected to be about $120.6 million, with a similar amount for the third season if it is ﬁlmed in Maryland. Some $7.5 million in the ﬁscal 2015 tax credits will come from the general fund. Another $5 million is from “Sunny Day” funds and $2.5 million from a cultural arts special fund. Dipping into the arts fund is “very disappointing,” said John Schratwieser, executive director of the advocacy group Maryland Citizens for the Arts. “It’s not something we expected,” Schratwieser said. “This is a fund that has the potential to do a lot of good. It’s focused on helping local arts groups strengthen their organization through capacity building and ﬁscal training for better accounting practices.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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To Peace Clothing helps charities To Peace Clothing is appealing to women’s senses of both fashion and charity. The online Rockville retailer says it sells trendy, affordable women’s clothing — and a percentage of sales is donated to a charity that the customer selects at checkout. The venture is the brainchild of Amy Spencer, who said she wanted to put her love of clothing toward a cause. Its website is topeaceclothing.com and its phone number is 888-475-0110.
Company offers concierge services Need help with errands, transportation or other services? Muse-Concierge of Washington Grove offers concierge services, such as property caretaking, errands, food services, transportation services and elder care. The company provides services in Montgomery County and Washington, D.C. It can be reached from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily at 301337-0988; its website is muse-concierge.com.
New website creates photo memorabilia A father-and-son team has launched a new startup, Biosaic, which creates interactive photo mosaics designed for live events. Headquartered in Rockville, Biosaic is a website that can create photomosaics from images. Yoni and Mark Lautman envision people using their site to create memorabilia for special events, including weddings, concerts and overseas trips. One image is chosen that best deﬁnes the mood of an event. Other images and their captions are added to build that image on the Biosaic website. Biosaic also plans to help candidates with their political campaigns. “Candidates are always looking for ways to best engage with their supporters,” Yoni Lautman said in a release. “Using Biosaic, candidates can increase their popularity and enthusiasm of their supporters by getting them to be a part of their leader’s Biosaic.” Biosaic is in live beta and its URL is www.biosaic.com.
National 4-H Council names Head CIO The National 4-H Council named Mitch Head its new chief information ofﬁcer. Previously, Head was director of technology strategy and innovation at AARP and technical director of international business technologies at AOL. He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from James Madison University.
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Middle school students become Best Buddies n
EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Rockville High School PTSA honors parents
Andrew and DJ are more than Buddies: They’re friends BY
Carole Marks and Becky Hubbard were named Parents of the Year 2014 by the Rockville High School Parent-TeacherStudent Association. Holly Shropshire, Scott Smith and Konni Brantner received honor-
PEGGY MCEWAN STAFF WRITER
Andrew Resnick and DJ Orino see each other every day at Tilden Middle School in Rockville, go to movies together and listen to music, especially The Beatles, DJ’s favorite group. Their two-year friendship has a special component. They are Best Buddies, members of an organization that matches students with and without developmental disabilities in a friendship program. This year, the eighth-graders also are the 2014 Best Buddies Maryland Friendship Walk’s Honorary Buddy Pair and will cut the ribbon at the annual fundraiser May 3 at the University of Maryland. It’s an honor they earned by embodying what Best Buddies is all about, said Vince Fiduccia, the state director of Best Buddies Maryland. “They are a great example of our mission to develop friendships between two students — one with a disability and one without,” Fiduccia said. Accolades aside, both boys say their friendship is real and they love spending time together. “DJ has deﬁnitely been a great Buddy. He makes me happy. He makes me laugh,” Andrew said. The boys sometimes communicate with hand gestures, doing ﬁst bumps or high ﬁves to acknowledge each other at school. “DJ just lights up and smiles every time he sees Andrew,” Leah Arbeter, a special education teacher and Best Buddies sponsor at Tilden, said in an email. “DJ refers to Andrew by saying ‘my friend.’ They are just that — friends.” There are 23 students in Learning for Independence program at Tilden and 22 of them participate in Best Buddies, an optional program, Arbeter said. More than 60 regular education students join them for monthly after-school chapter meetings, she said. “That includes associate members who come to help the peer buddies,” Arbeter said. At those meetings, students play games, make craft projects and do “getting to know you” activities. Last month, Arbeter cut letters from newspapers and magazines. The Buddies had ﬁnd the right letters to spell their names on friendship posters that included
able mention. The award celebrates volunteerism by parents, grandparents or guardians of current Rockville High students. Marks was recognized for her contribution through the Booster Club as vice president and lead person for the snack bar. Hubbard has been involved in a number of parent organizations, but was recognized for her contributions to the After Prom Party Committee. Shropshire has been active in the Booster Club, the PTSA, the Pipe Band Parents and, as president, Friends of Rockville Music. Smith is a Booster Club leader and also organizes and runs the annual mulch sale, the school’s biggest fundraiser. Branter has been PTSA vice president for membership for the past two years and, this year, added the responsibilities of co-chairwoman of the school’s after-school café. The ﬁve will be honored at the PTSA’s meeting April 22 at the school.
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Best Buddies Andrew Resnick (left) and DJ Orino, eighth-graders at Tilden Middle School in Rockville, were named 2014 Best Buddies Maryland Friendship Walk’s Honorary Buddy Pair. They will cut the ribbon to start the annual fundraiser May 3 at the University of Maryland, College Park. their photographs. “The middle school program is a yearlong program,” Fiduccia said. “We ask that [Buddies] see each other twice a month and make one phone call or email per week.” There are 20 chapters of Best Buddies in Montgomery County middle and high schools and 90 in Maryland, serving more than 4,100 students and adults statewide, he said. The Best Buddies Walk is a fundraiser for the friendship programs. Best Buddies does not require the extra time and effort Andrew and many others put in, he said. Last year, Andrew made Best Buddies his Bar Mitzvah project, rais-
Whitman again tops in fundraising challenge
ing almost $3,000 for the organization. “I really like [working with people with disabilities],” Andrew said. “If I can pursue it as a career, I will.” He also volunteers with the Montgomery Cheetahs, an ice hockey team for people with disabilities. Andrew said he has learned a lot from his friendship with DJ. It is not a one-way street. “I think I’ve learned more about myself,” he said. “I’m more responsible, organized and patient. With DJ, I need to plan ahead.”
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s High School Challenge, a fundraising competition, netted more than $150,000 in the region. Student teams from 14 Washington-area high schools were encouraged to develop leadership and fundraising skills in support of the nonproﬁt’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The competition is usu-
OVERCROWDED SCHOOLS Cedar Grove Elementary School
ally limited to February, but because of snow days it was extended to March 19. For the second year in a row, Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda received top honors, bringing in $68,158. Not far behind was Walter Johnson High School of Bethesda, returning as the 2014 runner-up with $52,000. Whitman students will be rewarded for their work next month with a pep rally with a master of ceremonies from Hot 99.5 radio. Marcela Falck-Bados, Whitman’s Pennies for Patients student leader, attributes the school’s success this year to its increased commitment to the mission as a community and keeping its focus on the big picture: making a difference in the lives of blood cancer patients. “We are very proud to have raised such a large amount of money,” Falck-Bados said in a news release. “Our goal this year was to make LLS Month more about blood cancer awareness, rather than just fundraising and competing against other schools. Despite the several snow days and interruptions, the Whitman community has been very ﬂexible and willing to help a cause that is very close to the Whitman community.”
BlackRock Center offers spring break camp BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown will offer Spring Break Camp: Musical Mayhem from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through April 17. Students ages 5-12 can participate in themed workshops, improvisational games, art projects, dance and puppet shows. Each age group will create a musical and perform it on the ﬁnal day on BlackRock’s main stage. The cost is $285. The center is at 12901 Town Commons Drive. For more information call 301-528-2260 or visit blackrockcenter.org.
n Each week, The Gazette will feature a county school by the numbers, giving a glimpse at how local schools are dealing with overcrowded conditions.
Number of students:
Current student capacity:
Number of students overcapacity:
Percent over capacity:
422 308 73 25.5 24.7 28.9
(Kindergarten through 5th grade)
School’s average class size:
MCPS average class size:
Grades 1 to 3
Grades 4 and 5
Number of school’s portable classrooms:
Total MCPS portable classrooms:
7 338 19.6 20.7
Grades 1 to 3
Student/ instructional staff ratio:
Grades 4 and 5
MCPS average elementary school student/ instructional staff ratio:
1960 Year school was built 1987 Year of last renovation/modernization
Cedar Grove Principal Lee Derby said the extra students meant the school needed to convert ﬁve rooms, such as the staff lounge, into general classrooms at the beginning of the school year. “The kids don’t have a problem with it at all,” he said. “They don’t even notice.” The school also received three portable classrooms in October, he said, which allowed the school to use some of the converted classrooms for other uses again. Cedar Grove’s staff also grew by six new positions this school year, Derby said. Arrival and dismissal of students can also be “a little bit hectic,” he said, but the students are well-behaved and follow the rules. The school has also held events at the nearby middle school rather than at Cedar Grove, which Derby said has not impacted “attendance or enjoyment.” DATA FOR 2013-14 SCHOOL YEAR SOURCE: MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 Diabetes Management, from
TACKLING INVASIVE SPECIES
1-2 p.m. at Friendship Heights Community Center, 4433 South Park Ave., Chevy Chase. According to the American Diabetes Association, there are approximately 24 million people with diabetes and 57 million people with pre-diabetes in the US. Leni Barry, HeartWell nurse at Suburban Hospital, will discuss practical diabetes management skills and educational resources available for those living with this chronic disease. Free. www.suburbanhospital.org.
Non-native plants have damaging effects on local ecosystems BY
SARAH SCULLY STAFF WRITER
Carole Bergmann is waging war on garlic mustard. The edible greens may look harmless, but are “carpeting the ground ﬂoor in the woods,” she said, and are pushing out native plants. On a recent weekend, she organized volunteers to pull up 11,000 pounds of the short bunches of shoots and fanned leaves that smell like garlic when crushed. They may be good in salad, but they’re wreaking havoc on local ecosystems — all the more reason to yank them and toss them in with some arugula and olive oil. Fifteen years ago, Bergmann, a forest ecologist for Montgomery Parks, created the Weed Warriors Program to tackle the rising problem of non-native invasive species. Garlic mustard is one of dozens of non-natives on her list threatening the survival of native plants and the health of local ecosystems. Through the program, she has trained more than 1,000 residents to identify and remove invasive plants from their backyards and park land. Increased development in recent decades has opened the door for these species. Many are sold at nurseries, where unsuspecting gardeners buy them to plant in their yards. When Bergmann initiated the program, the idea of nonnative species damaging ecosystems was novel. Today, she said, it’s still about explaining to people the domino effect that one struggling species can have on surrounding plants, insects and animals that rely on, or prey on, one another. On April 1, Bergmann and Volunteer Coordinator Megan Fellows trained about a dozen parks staff who maintain parks in the area around North Chevy Chase Park, where they met, on how to remove invasive plants. They demonstrated how to kill English ivy by cutting through the vine near the base. Ivy covered the tall, old trees in the park, enveloping them in a thick layer of green leaves. During storms, ice and snow clinging to vines weigh down and weaken trees, Bergmann said. The ivy probably escaped at some point from someone’s yard, but once it climbs a tree, the plant matures, produces seeds and spreads. “Ninety-nine percent of
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TUESDAY, APRIL 15 Pilates for Seniors, 11:15 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays to May 20, at Bethesda Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Second Floor, Bethesda. Pilates for Seniors will incorporate gentle movements to help strengthen the core, lengthen the spine, and build muscle tone while improving posture and increasing ﬂexibility. Bring a mat and dress comfortably. Taught by a certiﬁed instructor. $60. www. suburbanhospital.org.
THURSDAY, APRIL 17 Tummy Troubles, from 1:152:15 p.m. at the Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton. What causes indigestion, constipation and acid reﬂux? Are these common problems related to the food we eat? There are so many over-the counter medications advertised, how do you know what, if anything, to take for discomfort? A gastroenterologist will answer these questions and much more during this informative lecture. Free. www.suburbanhospital.org.
RELIGION CALENDAR UPCOMING Concord-St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 5910 Goldsboro
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Carole Bergmann, a forest ecologist for Montgomery Parks (in white hat), gives park maintenance workers a crash course in invasive plants and how to identify and remove them from parkland. Behind the group are tree trunks covered with non-native English ivy, one of the invasives that Bergmann is asking the maintenance workers to remove. what we have here (in invasives) was brought here on purpose,” Bergmann said. Often they are brought in for ornamental use, like English ivy, or because they’re edible, like garlic mustard. Non-native invasives take root and spread rapidly, pushing out native plants by hogging space and resources, or jeopardizing other environmental elements that plants depend on, such as certain soil fungi. Ecologists aren’t sure of all of the ways invasives interfere with their non-native environments; Bergmann said she doesn’t have time to wait for the research to come out or the resources to hire people to remove them. Instead, she trains park staff and residents, who normally would not be allowed to add or remove plants from park property. After about ﬁve hours of training — an online course, a classroom course and ﬁeld training — certiﬁed Weed Warriors seek out harmful plants and remove them on their own. Sarah Morse of Chevy Chase starting cutting invasive vines around her neighborhood 12 years ago. Ten years ago, she became a Weed Warrior and is now a Weed Warrior supervisor, allowed to oversee
untrained volunteers. She organizes workdays about once a week, and had 35 volunteers come out on Sunday. She admits to being a little bit addicted to freeing trees of their vines. During the past 15 years, volunteers have logged enough hours to equal 31 years of full-time work. That’s at least $600,000 worth of donated work, or as much as $1.4 million, depending on the estimate. Including special work days that the Weed Warriors host, more than 7,000 people have chipped in on the removal efforts in the county. About once a month, Bergmann trains more volunteers to tackle the weeds, which now are a worse problem than when the program started. “Invasives love edges,” Bergmann said. Development creates edges in natural areas, disturbing habitat. About 10 percent of Montgomery County is preserved in 410 parks, she said. “We used to have many more undisturbed ﬁelds, forests,” she said. Having more edges is like having more surface area for new plants to inﬁltrate. And many invasives go to seed quickly, so by the time
their native counterparts reproduce, an invasive plant already has beat them to whatever fertile spot of soil is nearby. There goes the domino effect. For example, garlic mustard, now proliﬁc on the forest ﬂoor, blooms at the same time as toothwort, a native plant with white ﬂowers similar to those of garlic mustard, Bergmann explained. When the endangered West Virginia White butterﬂy looks to lay eggs on toothwarts, it often lands among garlic mustard, which is toxic to the butterﬂy eggs. From April 19 to May 3, the Weed Warriors have declared “15 Days of Garlic Mustard,” during which they’ll ramp up removal. “We have retired botanists and we have people who jog through the parks and see all these vines and have no idea what they are, but they know it’s not right,” Bergmann said. “Twenty years ago, a lot of people really didn’t get it,” she said. But that’s starting to change. “A lot of people care very much about their backyard and park. It’s their place. It’s their little piece of heaven.” email@example.com
Road, Bethesda, will present a special Lenten Sermon Series to April 13 (Palm Sunday) based on Adam Hamilton’s book, “24 Hours That Changed the World.” Based on the author’s travels in the Holy Land and other sources, the book helps readers experience the ﬁnal day of Jesus’ life and understand it’s signiﬁcance. Sunday service starts at 10 a.m. www.csachurch.com. Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Road, Germantown, will host Palm Sunday services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. April 13; Maundy Thursday worship with communion at 7:30 p.m. April 17; Good Friday Tenebrae Service at 7:30 p.m. April 18; Easter Services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. April 20, brunch between services. All are welcome, babysitting provided. 301-972-3916, www.neelsville.org. Shirat HaNefesh (Song of the Soul), an independent and inclu-
sive Jewish community, will host a First Night Passover Seder at 6:15 p.m. April 14 at the North Chevy Chase Christian Church, Harlow Hall, 8814 Kensington Parkway, Chevy Chase. The song-ﬁlled, uplifting community Seder will use the compact edition of “A Different Night” as its Haggadah. A kosher meal (with vegetarian options) will be served. All are welcome. $30, free for children younger than 12. Har Tzeon - Agudath Achim, 1840 University Blvd West, Silver Spring, will host its Second Night Family Seder from 7-10 p.m. April 15. Lead a part of the seder and share stories and words of Torah. A staff of waiters will serve a festive meal. $36 for adults, $26 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and younger. 301-649-3800. Hughes United Methodist Church, 10700 Georgia Avenue,
Wheaton, will host the following Easter services. “Perspectives,” an original drama chronicling the hours
following the Cruciﬁxion of Jesus, 7:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday, April 17; The Chancel Choir, Paul Basler’s “Missa Kenya,” 7:30 p.m. April 18, 301-949-8383, hughesumc.org. The Shiloh Baptist Church of Landover, 8801 Ardwick Ardmore
Road, Landover, will present the full stage play, “It Is Finished,” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 18. Admission is free. www.shilohbc.org.
ONGOING Agape African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7700 Brink Road,
Gaithersburg, conducts Sunday morning worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Communion celebration on ﬁrst Sundays, men leading worship on second Sundays, youth leading worship on third Sundays. “You’ll Get Through This” Bible Study from 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays. 301924-8640; www.agapeamec.org. Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St.,
Damascus, offers traditional Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 a.m., a youth contemporary worship service at 9:30 a.m. and a service of liturgy and the word at 11 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for all ages during the school year. www.damascusumc.org. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, offers services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. each Sunday, with Sunday School for all ages scheduled at 10 a.m. Child care is offered from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A fellowship and coffee hour follows the 8:30 a.m. service. 301-365-5733, www. elcbethesda.org. Kemptown United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown Church
Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with children’s Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and adult Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-253-1768. Visit www.kemptownumc.org.
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The urgency of action
When he was still a U.S. senator, President Barack Obama published “The Audacity of Hope.” The book described a number of issues — inadequate health care, energy, poverty, climage change — that burdened Americans struggling to make better lives for themselves and their families. “Audacity” helped to cement his bona ﬁdes as a legitimate presidential contender, and it also helped to ﬁx “hope” as a political buzzword of the day. It’s hard to use the word in a public arena without evoking Obama’s book. So as schools Superintendent Joshua Starr served as the keynote speaker at Interfaith Works’ Companies Caring Breakfast two weeks ago, we suppose he meant to bring Obama to the minds of anyone who listened to his speech. Here are two quotes from Starr’s speech: • “Persistent achievement gaps call out to us with urgency and we must respond with urgency, the urgency of hope.” • “A child who believes that she has a bright future in front of her will have one if she has hope.” He called the room full of business, government and nonproﬁt leaders “travel agents of hope.” Obama’s book tried to rekindle American optimism. For many American families, hope could be a luxury lost to the tide of hardships. Hope can fuel families as they rebuild need by need. Hope, however, seems misplaced in a discussion on the achievement gap in Montgomery County Public Schools. On the one hand, Starr is right; every child needs hope. And, yes, we need to erase the persistent gaps that separate the test scores of white and Asian students, and their black and Hispanic peers. But hope won’t narrow the gap. That needs the urgent work of dedicated, tenacious educators — “the travel agents of action.” Smothering the issue with the trappings of Obama’s hope shifts attention away from what must be done.
Survey says... What makes you satisﬁed at your job is usually an answer with many parts. Likely answers include job security, earning a fair pay and having the correct tools to do your work. It’s fair to say that teachers likely would feel more effective if they had things like school buildings that were sized correctly for the student population, equal access in all schools to technology, and a system of monitoring the successes they felt were reﬂective of their efforts. They don’t need their employer to pay a national survey company nearly $1 million to tell them that. Montgomery County Public Schools launched a partnership with Gallup in 2012 to measure employee and student engagement and to use the results to help guide the school system’s improvement efforts. It is a $300,000-a-year, three-year contract to measure hope, well-being and engagement of students and staff. Employees who enjoy coming to work bring an energy that has a ripple effect on students and on creating a culture where innovation and creativity thrive, according to the Gallup survey website. Employee engagement also was measured by a survey developed jointly by Gallup and MCPS. An employee’s level of engagement has links to various school outcomes, including employee retention, parent engagement, student retention, and student achievement, according to the site. No argument there. The objectives are in the right place, but perhaps the money spent hearing the obvious needs of teachers could be better spent in meeting those needs. A parallel survey was given to students in grades 5 through 12 that measures hope, engagement and wellbeing — actionable targets linked to student achievement, retention and future employment. While the student version of the Gallup survey was free, it seems that asking teens or preteens on one snapshot day how they feel may not be totally accurate. Many parents would agree that, especially during these years, a Vine video, a tweet or a text could alter their mood. So, if they’re asked survey questions such as “Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?” or “My teachers make me feel my schoolwork is important,” it’s less reﬂective of their overall sentiment about school and more about their current mindset. It’s true that $900,000 won’t solve all of the school system’s needs. But it might give students and staff the hope that the school leaders are ﬁnding every dollar to put toward their well being.
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LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR
Metro project needs changes The April 2 article on the WMATA Board vote for the Takoma Metro development proposal [“Takoma Metro development moves forward”] only quotes supporters, while including just a few references to concerns of “neighbors.” However, the proposal is controversial because it’s incompatible with the community. I support development at the site, but we need changes before the project advances. The article glosses over local concerns, while quoting EYA (the developer), and Cheryl Cort (with the Coalition for Smarter Growth). EYA is a donor to the Coalition’s business council, a connection omitted in Cort’s Board testimony and the article. I live in Maryland near the site, as noted
in my testimony. It’s unclear why the EYA link and developer connections of some supporters who testiﬁed were not in their testimonies or the article. Here’s what was also left out: First, a board member stated they had to vote yes because they can’t address design issues. But EYA modiﬁed its earlier design at WMATA’s request. The Board could have postponed the vote pending further changes. Second, the building would be 72 feet high, adjacent to single-family homes and small apartments. Why not move higher parts closer to the rail line? Third, the WMATA trafﬁc study ignores other area construction, and downplays current trafﬁc problems around the site, and the impact of adding parking for building resi-
dents while cutting public parking. Fourth, we haven’t had true community engagement, with EYA holding one public meeting since last summer. Fifth, the plan breaches DC zoning rules and the Takoma Master Plan, leading Takoma Park and the Washington ANC to adopt resolutions supporting a more compatible design. Marylanders will have little say on the design, because we aren’t in the D.C. zoning process. For the real story, look at these websites: http://www.takomametro.com/; http://dc-mdneighborsfortakomatransit. org/. Let’s have community engagement, and a balanced project.
Peter Kovar, Takoma Park
Just say ‘no’ to fracking Kudos to Justin W. Chappell, a Maryland House of Delegates candidate. In his letter to The Gazette [“Maryland needs to ban fracking”], he has demonstrated the political courage to stand up for a ban on fracking in Maryland. This will not win him any corporate votes. One can only hope that his position will win, not only the votes of environmentalists, but also the votes of every concerned citizen who wants to see an end to the rape of our land. I am all too familiar with this problem for I have inherited the mineral rights to a plot in Pennsylvania which lies in the midst of widespread hydraulic fracking. I have been notiﬁed that as soon as I sign a lease allowing drilling rights to a mining company I will receive a nice monthly check for my share of the profits. Too good to be true? You bet! It has taken very little time and research for me to discover that in the process of fracking, millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals are injected underground at high enough pressure to fracture the rock and enter the earth below the aquifer and around the oil or gas well. Voila! A new energy source.
Green jobs can be costly
But, by the way, some of the hundreds of chemicals used are known carcinogens. That water can never be used again. It will be toxic for generations. Where will it go? The sand used by frackers is composed of very ﬁne particles, which are heaped in piles around the fracking sites. When the wind blows the ﬁne particles ﬂy into everything, including lungs. The surrounding rural areas and habitat are trashed into what has now become an industrial area. I can certainly understand the lure that fracking presents to the big corporations. There is a lot of money to be had. Everyone wants a piece. Even me. But, after a lot of soul searching and looking for a loophole, I realize that there is a price to be paid for the use of a loophole. So I am refusing to lease my mineral rights. There are others in Maryland who also hold mineral rights. It is my hope that they, too, will consider refusing to lease their rights. Together, we could make a difference.
House of Delegates candidate Justin Chappell’s letter in the March 26, 2014, issue recommends a ban on fracking and the exporting of natural gas and supports “green jobs.” The ﬁrst two of these recommendations will directly cost the state jobs. The green jobs, unfortunately may also cost jobs but indirectly. The cause of this job loss is that resources are wasted, energy prices increased and better investments are crowded out. The Spanish Government had a massive 11-year program to create green jobs and their post-program study found that for every four green job-years created, nine other jobs-years were destroyed. Although the Spanish study probably overestimated the job loss slightly, other countries in Europe have had similar results (about seven job-years lost for every four job-years created) and the Europeans have begun phasing out their green energy subsidies. In particular, the Europeans were scared as the price of electricity had risen sharply because of the cost of green energy and employers were responding to this by off shoring production.
Alice G. Miller, Potomac
Martin Weiss, Potomac
Favoring public ﬁnancing Good news at last for Americans cynical of the corrupting power of rich special interests in our incredibly expensive political campaigns. In one poll, 77 percent of Montgomery voters believed that political contributions were corrupting. Now, Montgomery County is about to have an alternative, and the Sierra Club of Montgomery County supports that change. The Montgomery County Council is considering a bill that would offer candidates for council and county executive ofﬁces alternatives to special interest money. Introduced by Councilman Philip Andrews and supported by the entire council, Bill 16-14 would match small individual contributions with measured county ﬁnancing. A candidate who joins the county’s ﬁnancing program must reject special
interest funds. Fourteen states, including Maryland, have public ﬁnancing for elections. This bill is based upon lessons learned in decades of experience. With this bill, Montgomery County becomes the model of a political culture responsive to the public. Public ﬁnancing results in better, more objective government decisions. It frees candidates to spend their time talking to voters instead of to big contributors. It will free lawmakers to devote their attention to the full time work of legislating, not fund raising. Critics of public funding claim that it will produce a ﬂood of frivolous candidates. This bill, however, sets high hurdles to qualify for public funding. Opponents of public financing may
complain that it would be a ﬁscal burden. But cost estimates only range up to $2.5 million a year, a sum equal to about 1.5 percent of just the annual growth in the county’s tax revenue. Public cynicism is a toxin; it corrodes democracy. Public ﬁnancing is the antidote that delivers healthy government and fosters sound, objective decisions. The nearly 5,000-member Sierra Club of Montgomery County supports Bill 16-14 because good decision makers in a healthy government make good decisions for a healthy environment.
Ron Levin, North Bethesda The writer is a member of the Sierra Club.
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The curious case of Julius Henson
Julius Henson is a street hustler and dean of Maryland’s political pundits. a thug. He grew up in Lafayette Courts, And for his unpardonable sin Henson one of Baltimore’s worst low-income paid a steep price. housing projects, and completed MorNot surprisingly, it was Henson who gan State University’s course work but came up with the Ehrlich campaign’s couldn’t graduate due to an unpaid bill. infamous last-minute robocall message After a spotty career during which he advising 112,000 Baltimore and P.G. sometimes lived out of his car, he found County black voters to relax and stay his calling in 1975 when he ran, unsuc- home because Obama and O’Malley cessfully, for clerk of the court. “That’s had already won (Obama wasn’t even what got me into politics,” on the 2010 ballot). Henson said. “I vowed to Subsequently, Henson never lose another election.” and Ehrlich’s campaign Since then he’s made manager, Paul Schurick, millions running nearly 100 were tried, separately, ﬁrst political campaigns, with a 90 for voter suppression, and percent success rate. And desecond because the robospite his reputation as a politcalls failed to include an ical hit man (he calls himself “authority line” (i.e., every a “pure warrior”), Henson’s political campaign ad must clients have included goveridentify the political sponnors, congressmen, mayors, sor). state lawmakers and local ofMaryland’s voter supMY MARYLAND pression statute says “no ﬁcials. His breakthrough win BLAIR LEE was Baltimore’s 1999 compperson can willfully and troller’s race, when Henson knowingly inﬂuence or atgot his girlfriend, Joan Pratt, tempt to inﬂuence a voter’s elected in a stunning upset against the decision whether to go to the polls ... establishment candidate. through use of force, fraud, threat, menHenson’s specialty is street tactics, ace, intimidation, etc.” I’m good with all dirty tricks, smears and whatever else but the “fraud” part. Clearly, Henson’s works. “Henson has a level of enthusi- and Schurick’s phony robocalls atasm and brass knuckles that Baltimor- tempted to keep black voters from going eans are not used to,” observed the late to the polls. But where do you draw the Art Murphy, one of the city’s savviest line? Aren’t most political ads fraudupoliticians. “He runs an in-your-face lent? And aren’t political “dirty tricks” campaign and does an excellent job. common in all campaigns? He is by far the best; he wins the big Turns out, however, that it didn’t ones.” A Henson detractor, the late Del. matter, and here’s where the story gets Pete Rawlings, put it differently: “Like really slimy. Schurick was convicted on war, politics is not a genteel game, but all counts, but Henson’s jury, 10 African there are rules of engagement and Ju- Americans and two whites, acquitted lius violates them.” Here’s how Henson him on the voter suppression charges describes his unorthodoxy: “The people and merely convicted him of conspirwho made that rule are the ones in of- ing to produce a political ad (robocall) ﬁce and they want us to follow rules that that lacked an authority line, a misdebeneﬁt them. ... I’m not going to play meanor. Apparently, Henson’s jury was their game.” sympathetic to his claim that he was Despite Henson’s unsavory tactics, a being targeted by the Democratic estabhost of otherwise reputable Democrats lishment “for jumping over the line.” including Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Leaving the courthouse, a beaming Parris Glendening and Elijah Cummings Henson said he was “elated” and “grateput him on their campaign payrolls. ful and thankful” for everyone’s support. But in 2010 Julius Henson made a big If he’d known what was about to hapmistake: He hired out to Republican pen, he wouldn’t have been so happy. Bob Ehrlich’s gubernatorial comeback The Baltimore Sun called the verdict against Martin O’Malley. “disappointing,” adding, “The judge has Being a hired hit man for Democrats the chance to set things right at sentencwas one thing, but doing it for Repub- ing. Mr. Schurick got 30 days of home licans, particularly Ehrlich, was unpar- detention, 500 hours of community donable. “What Henson did is akin to service and four years of probation for Karl Rove working to elect Democrats his offences. Mr. Henson deserves to be or James Carville ﬂipping to the Repub- treated exactly the same ...” Well, Schlican side,” observed Frank DeFilippo, urick, the white man convicted of voter
suppression, and Henson, the black man convicted of being party to a political ad that didn’t have a tag line, were not treated the same. The judge threw the book at Henson: sixty days in jail, 30 days of home detention, 500 hours of community service and four years of probation during which Henson was prohibited from volunteering or working in any political campaigns. That’s right, a man actually went to jail because a robocall he was hired to produce failed to say “I’m Bob Ehrlich and I approve this ad,” a common infraction for which no one is prosecuted, much less sent to jail. The judge, an O’Malley appointee, blatantly ignored the jury’s verdict and treated Henson as if he’d been convicted on all counts. But wait, it gets worse. Always on the prowl for a headline, Attorney General Doug Gansler piled on by suing Henson for violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act because the robocalls failed to identify the name and phone number of the party placing the call. Gansler won a $1 million verdict against Henson while deciding not to bring the same suit against Schurick, who was convicted of the same violations. Having served his jail sentence and being barred from making a living as a campaign consultant, Henson decided to run this year for the state Senate in one of Baltimore’s most impoverished, destitute districts. Henson’s sentencing judge tried to rule Henson’s candidacy a probation violation, but it appears Henson will win on appeal. So Henson is challenging Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, a steadfast ally of Senate President Mike Miller. Henson calls Miller “a jerk” who rewards lawmakers “who are going to kiss his tail. I’m not going to kiss his tail. The only thing Mike Miller is interested in is making himself and his family richer.” The die is cast: the Democratic establishment, the media and Mike Miller are going to make Julius Henson’s defeat their top priority. None of them want to see another person in the state Senate as smart, as talented and as ruthless as Miller.
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.
Distracted driving: a dangerous epidemic According to data from the Maryland Highway Safety Ofﬁce, 231 people lost their lives and 29,050 others were injured in distracted driverinvolved crashes in 2011. That is a staggering statistic. I’m glad to see our state do more and more to raise the proﬁle of this important issue in the hopes of preventing more Maryland residents from being injured on our roads — or worse. That’s why I’m joining Ford dealers from around the country to recognize April 2014 as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on Maryland’s roadways. We all see it practically every day. However, preventing distracted
driving doesn’t just mean refraining from activities like texting. Distracted driving is any activity — eating, caring for children, personal grooming or even driving “selﬁes” — that can divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving and endangers the safety of the driver, passengers and bystanders. It only takes a second to make a dangerous, and potentially life changing, mistake while on the road. Let’s take a moment today and recommit ourselves to remaining focused and safe on the road each time we get behind the wheel.
Alex Perdikis The writer is the general manager of Koons Ford of Silver Spring
Montgomery police’s I-270 strategy deserves praise, not criticism The recent police effort in Maryland to capture bank robbers on Interstate 270 by shutting down the highway deserves praise from the public rather than criticism [“Police taking heat for I-270 strategy,” March 19]. However, the March 11 decision to search from car to car for armed bank robbers apparently was judged by more than one motorist to be inappropriate police procedure. These same people taking objection would be the ﬁrst to ﬂing their outrage at public ofﬁcials had a police chase been chosen as a course of action rather than the stopping of all
trafﬁc. In an urgent and harrowing criminal situation, law enforcement made the right call in trapping the perpetrators and moving in for a clean capture. Rather than criticize, the public should recognize and appreciate the good judgment and restraint shown by police in this case. A successful resolution was reached without any further danger to the public. The various police units should be congratulated for their effectiveness as well as for their interagency efforts.
Barbara Balbiani, Chevy Chase
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County Executive Ike Leggett will recognize the extraordinary commitment and dedication of those whose work has made a positive difference in Montgomery County.
2014 Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Awards
Reverend Leon Grant has led an exemplary life of faith and service. As the Senior Pastor of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Rockville, Maryland since 1987, Rev. Grant has reached beyond the walls of his church to serve the broader community. He has been a community leader through service on the Montgomery County Correctional Facility Community Advisory Committee, as a member of NAACP Montgomery County Chapter, a Field Education Supervisor at Wesley Theological Seminary, and a Director on the Board of the Montgomery County Mental Health Association. Dr. Michael Lin represents the American ideal of the professional who focuses his skills on serving the greater community. Dr. Lin has used his talents to empower underrepresented communities and help Montgomery County build one of America’s most welcoming communities through his leadership roles with the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), and his help founding the Asian American Political Alliance. He served as chair of MD Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and the Board of Trustees at Montgomery College. Nancy Scull has dedicated her life to the service of our neighbors in need. She has been a stellar advocate and tireless worker for programs that promote family self-sufficiency. She has served as coordinator of the Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) at HOC, as president of Bethesda HELP and Silver Spring HELP and a founding board member of Shepherd’s Table. Ms. Scull’s three decades of community volunteer service have helped provide emergency assistance and meals to thousands of our most vulnerable individuals and families.
The evening’s honorees include the winners of the Neal Potter Path of Achievement & the Montgomery Serves Awards
Adventist HealthCare • Ana G. Mendez University • Barwood Transportation • BioHealth Innovations • Carl M. Freeman Foundation • Choice Hotels • Community Foundation for Montgomery County Covanta Energy • County Executive Ike Leggett • Fitzgerald Auto Malls • Jewish Community Relations Council • Jewish Federation of Greater Washington • Johns Hopkins University • Lerch, Early & Brewer Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Properties, LLC • Montgomery College • Montgomery County Muslim Foundation • RAFFA, P.C. • SG Enterprise/Sol Graham • Safeway • Universities at Shady Grove (USG) The Sanford and Doris Slavin Foundation • Soltesz Associates • Southern Management Corporation • Verizon • Washington Gas • Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) • Westfield Wheaton
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PAINT BRANCH IDENTICAL TWINS BUT FIND DIFFERENT ROLES WITH MONTGOMERY COLLEGE BASEBALL, B-3
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Posted online by 8 a.m. the following day. Schedules subject to change. BOYS’ LACROSSE: Landon at Georgetown Prep, 4:30 p.m. Friday Two of the top 8-ranked teams in the nation face off for the ﬁrst time this season.
TRACK AND FIELD: Woodward Relays at Georgetown Prep, Saturday BASEBALL: Northwest at Sherwood, 1 p.m. Monday
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Wheaton baseball seeks repsect
“‘I’M JUST JACK ROLLE, AND I LOVE TO PLAY GOLF.’”
Baseball: Knights start season 2-1, hope to improve enough to compete against stronger teams in county
BY TED BLACK STAFF WRITER
Despite being underdogs for a Class 3A West Region title, the Wheaton High School baseball team opened this year with a 2-1 start. Wheaton second-year coach Jim Bort, a special education teacher at the school, said he has been pleased with the progress the Knights have made since the beginning of tryouts. Wheaton opened the season with a 6-2 victory against John F. Kennedy, lost 22-2 to Poolesville and came back on Saturday for an 8-5 victory against Northwood. “We were down 3-0 early on Saturday, but we were able to put one good inning together,” said Bort, a 1970 Walter Johnson graduate who has Wheaton alumnus, Bill Wright (1964), as an assistant this spring. “We scored four runs in the ﬁfth to
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GEORGETOWN PREP FRESHMAN CHANGES PERSPECTIVE AFTER FACING BRAIN CANCER
TRAVIS MEWHIRTER STAFF WRITER
Most 10-year-olds do not view the world with an adult perspective. Lacking the nuance that life experience teaches, they can form quick opinions. For example, when someone gets cancer, “they die,” Georgetown Prep freshman golfer Jack Rolle recalled thinking last week at the Country Club of Maryland in Towson. Rolle knows exactly what goes through a 10-year-old’s mind when a doctor tells him
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Paint Branch High School junior Nick Bazis (left) helps coach Tommy Rey carry baseball gear from the parking lot as they arrive for a home game at Kelley Park in Gaithersburg on April 2. The Panthers haven’t played a true home game in Burtonsville since 2010.
Paint Branch grows weary of ‘nomad’ baseball
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Panthers haven’t played a game at their school since 2010 n
Georgetown Prep golfer Jack Rolle watches a shot in Thursday’s match against Calvert Hall at the Country Club of Maryland in Towson.
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BY TED BLACK STAFF WRITER
Bethesda native helps at-risk youth get into the game Leveling the Playing Field donates more sports equipment to 35 area youth programs n
BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER
The ﬁrst thing 2007 Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School graduate Max Levitt did as the Syracuse University football team’s equipment manager from 200911 when he got back to school each year
was clear out virtually all the item’s in the team’s equipment shed to make room for the new shipments from Nike. Most college athletics programs have contracts with certain equipment manufacturers, Levitt said, and the more high proﬁle the program, the more money it is worth. For Syracuse, Nike sent about $2 million of equipment annually to spread across its teams. “It doesn’t roll over year after year,”
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Margie Glancz, of Rockville, and project organizer Max Levit collect sports equipment Sunday for Level the Playing Field.
From the time that he began watching his older brother, Brian Jacobs, play for the Paint Branch High School baseball team, Panthers’ senior Drew Jacobs has dreamed about playing games on his school’s home ﬁeld. But through the ﬁrst three seasons of his high school tenure and into the early part of his senior year, Jacobs can only describe playing home games at Paint Branch as a dream. After playing their home games at James H. Blake the previous two seasons, Paint Branch has been forced to designate Kelley Park in Gaithersburg as its home ﬁeld this spring and Jacobs said he is running out of chances to play a genuine home game. “It stinks,” Jacobs said of the Panthers’ current arrangement, although it has hardly impacted the play on the ﬁeld during their 3-1 start that includes a 12-2 victory over Blake. “I remember watching my older brother play and I remember thinking how
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Continued from Page B-1 take the lead and Parker Ricketts pitched four innings in relief and only allowed one hit to get the win. “We beneﬁted from a few mistakes, but we got some timely hits from Chris De La Rosa and Jahan Bamji in the ﬁfth when we needed them.” Bort has kept tight statistics on the Knights thus far this season and the team is not going to overwhelm anyone with their numbers. Wheaton is hitting .241 as a team (15-for-70) as of Sunday and has four extra base hits. Alejando Kayl is the team’s leading hitter, batting .500 (4for-8). Senior Chris De La Rosa is batting .444 (4-for-9 with one double) and Bamji is batting .333 (3-for-9, with two doubles). De La Rosa leads the club with three runs batted in, Daniel Alvarez, Bamji and Kevin Barton have two RBI apiece. Bort said he would like to forget about the Poolesville game, although the mercy-rule loss proved to be a valuable
HOW THEY RANK Baseball
n 1. Gaithersburg
n 1. Sherwood
n 2. Poolesville
n 2. Montgomery Blair
n 3. Georgetown Prep
n 3. Col. Zadok Magruder
n 4. Paint Branch
n 4. James H. Blake
n 5. Thomas S. Wootton
n 5. Clarksburg
‘When you play a team like that, you have to be ready every pitch and every play.’ — Wheaton baseball coach Jim Bort lesson for his players. “When you play a team like that, you have to be ready every pitch and every play,” Bort said. “They just do everything right, so you can’t make any mistakes. Poolesville is like
the class, small-town America baseball team. I don’t see how anyone in 2A can beat them. I’ve seen other 2A state champions in years past and that Poolesville team is better. ... “Jahan threw a really good game against Kennedy and both Chris and Alejandro got off to a good start,” said Bort, whose team is scheduled to face Watkins Mill today. “Chris is going to have a really good season for us. “Daniel is only a sophomore, but he’s going to be good. He has natural power and he’s just a strong kid. Jahan is going to be our ace this season, but Parker is going to give us a lot of good innings on the mound.”
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Northwood High School junior attacker Lewis Andrews earned 4A/3A East Division player of the week honors from the Montgomery County Lacrosse Coaches Association after helping the Gladiators win two games.
Walter Johnson, Sherwood start building a new rivalry
Damascus girls’ lacrosse resets n
Swarmin’ Hornets senior returns to a brand new lineup n
BY ERIC GOLDWEIN STAFF WRITER
Last year, Leigh Gatons watched from the sidelines as the senior-laden Damascus High School girls’ lacrosse team went 12-1, winning all but its ﬁnal game against Tuscarora. The then-junior had missed the entire season — perhaps her last chance to play on a contender —becauseofatornanteriorcruciate ligament she suffered in a preseason scrimmage. But one year and one major surgery later, Gatons is back on the field, and while the senior midﬁelder is in an entirely new situation — playing in a completely transformed lineup — she andherteammatesareembracing the challenge. “Getting used to learning how to play with a new team and new girls — it’s challenging, but it’s fun,” said Gatons, a University of Louisville recruit. The transition has been rocky for Damascus (1-4 as of Monday); a difﬁcult early-season schedule, poor weather conditions and the natural learning curve for the ﬁrst-year varsity players have all contributed to a slow start. But the girls have shown glimpses of championship-level play in close losses against high-quality opponents that include North Carroll, Winston Churchill, Walter Johnson and Poolesville, four teams with a combined 15-1 record. “It’s been difﬁcult but it’s also been really rewarding,” said senior goalkeeper Jennifer West, the lone returning starter from last season’s team. “When we do a really nice transition, or just a great defensive play, it’s just amazing to see.” Gatons, a starter in 2011 and 2012, said she had not played varsity with any of her current team-
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Northwood junior wins Player of the Week honors
The Sherwood High School and Walter Johnson boys’ lacrosse teams have developed a friendly rivalry over the past few years, one that has only heightened now that Sherwood moved into the competitive 4A/3A South Division. Their most recent game came on Friday, with the Wildcats (5-0 as of Monday) winning 12-11 in overtime. Senior Max Vanegas scored twice in the victory, tallying the game-winning goal in the extra period to defeat Sherwood (3-1).
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Damascus High School’s Leigh Gatons (left) practices on Thursday with her team behind Damascus Elementary School. mates prior to this season, and that the girls are still gaining familiarity one another. “It doesn’t really hit you until you’re on the ﬁeld and you’re not used to playing with them,” she said. Gatons, who wears a brace on her right knee, said her strength has improved since being cleared to play in February. The senior has ﬁve goals, 16 draw controls and three assists, notching a hat trick in the 16-11 loss to Winston Churchill. “She’s been really solid for coming back from such a traumatic injury,” West said. “She’s handling it really well. She’s been working her butt off, getting back in transitions, getting back on defense. She’s been all over the place.” Gatons has been aided by a strong young talented group of underclassmen, highlighted by top scorer Jacque Pino. The freshman midﬁelder has 14 goals,
five assists and 15 draw controls through her ﬁrst ﬁve varsity games. “I think we deﬁnitely have a lot of talent on our team,” Gatons said. “... We have to learn how to play together.” Damascus faces a lighter schedule in April, with upcoming games against Watkins Mill, Seneca Valley, Wheaton and Bethesda-Chevy Chase. “We’re improving and bonding more as a team,” Pino said. “We know we can get there, we just haven’t gotten there yet.” Second-year coach Marcus Jurado expects the team to continue improving as the season progresses and be playing its best lacrosse in May. “I think that’s exactly what kind of team is,” Jurado said. “It’s deﬁnitely a team that teams are not going to want to play at the end of the season.” firstname.lastname@example.org
BY ERIC GOLDWEIN “It was really a game of ebbs and flows. Sherwood had all the momentum going into overtime and we were fortunate to win the faceoff and end it early,” Walter Johnson coach Alan Pohoryles said. Walter Johnson won 14-6 when the teams met last season, but they played three times in 2012, with the Warriors winning all three by a combined six goals. Sherwood won 6-5 in doubleovertime in the postseason, avenging a 17-16 loss in the previous postseason. “The good thing is, the two schools have sort of become rivals, even though they’re not geographically close to each other,” Pohoryles said. The next time there’s a Sherwood-Walter Johnson game, don’t be surprised to see an overtime or two. “It just becomes a battle every time we play, in the most sportsman kind of way,”
Northwood junior wins player of the week Northwood (3-1 as of Monday) is just two victories away from matching last year’s ﬁve-win mark, and the improvement has required a team-wide effort. But in the past couple games, the Gladiators’ offense has depended heavily on Lewis Andrews, the Montgomery County Lacrosse Coaches Association’s 4A/3A East Division Player of the Week. Andrews, a junior attackman, had 12 goals and seven assists in two Northwood victories this past week, including a nine-goal performance in a 19-4 win over John F. Kennedy. He is joined by Thomas S. Wootton senior Jake Dunlop (4A/3A South), Quince Orchard junior Xavier Twine (4A/3A West) and Damascus sophomore Joey Salisbury (3A/2A), who received the award for their respective divisions. Dunlop won 55 of 59 faceoffs while recording four goals and 30 ground balls last week. The Patriots midﬁelder has six goals on the season and has won 66 of 73 faceoffs, the second highest total in the division. Twine helped the Cougars win three games last week by winning 62 percent of his faceoffs (28 of 45) and recording 14 ground balls. Salisbury was a steady defensive presence for the Swarmin’ Hornets, recording 32 ground balls and forcing 16 turnovers in his last three games. email@example.com
HOW THEY RANK Girls n 1. Good Counsel n 2. Stone Ridge n 3. Sherwood n 4. Bullis n 5. Churchill
Boys n 1. Georgetown Prep n 2. Landon n 3. DeMatha n 4. Churchill n 5. Bullis
Bill Ryan/The Gazette Paint Branch High School’s Alex Johny (left) cradles the ball on Thursday against Northwood.
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Paint Branch graduates stay together, but are different BY
KENT ZAKOUR STAFF WRITER
When Nick and Jeremy Ponafala joined the Montgomery College baseball team last year, coach Dan Rascher had a hard time figuring out which 2012 Paint Branch High School graduate went with each name. The 5-foot-11 Ponafala brothers, 19, are identical twins and the only visible distinguishing characteristics between the two are that Jeremy Ponafala has longer hair and a Samoan tattoo on his arm. Their taste in music also may be slightly different. Jeremy Ponafala says he would choose House of Pain’s “Jump Around” for his walk-up introduction music while Nick Ponafala says he’d pick Run DMC’s “It’s Tricky.” “I had trouble knowing who was who,” Rascher said with a laugh and a smile during an interview on Saturday at batting
Continued from Page B-1 he has brain cancer. In May 2009, when Rolle was just a 4-foot-8, 75-pound child, he had heard those words. “Before you know what cancer is, I guess I thought everybody who has cancer dies,” he said. “I didn’t know how my life was going to be but I guess with the support of all my family and friends it was a lot easier than it could have been.” Nick Rolle said he never allowed the thought of losing his little brother cross his mind. While still young enough to understand the severity of the situation when Jack was diagnosed, he was old enough, 13, to realize that cancer could be treated. “Honestly, it’s a different perspective as an older brother,” said Nick, a senior at Prep. “You’re sort of — obviously it’s not happening to you so the way I kind of dealt with it was, I was like, ‘He’s gonna be ﬁne.’ As an older brother you kind of, I don’t know, you’re a ﬁgure of strength.” It’s impossible to tell now, as the 15-year-old Jack Rolle stood next to a pile of yellow range balls, hitting 20-yard chip shots before a match with Calvert Hall, that doctors once discovered a peasized tumor in his brain called Germinoma, which affects less than one in a million children. Any scars he has from surgery are covered up by a PING hat drawn low over his light blue eyes. His tight, compact swing is a spitting image of his older brother’s, reﬂecting zero signs of reduced
Continued from Page B-1 Levitt said. “We’d take boxes of cleats and footballs and basically just toss them in the dumpster. Some of the stuff hadn’t been touched yet, stuff like game balls had been used 12 times.” This likely happens everywhere, Levitt said, because NCAA regulations make it difﬁcult for colleges to make donations on their own unless approached by an organization. With the programs’ logo on the equipment, universities are not allowed to donate to youth programs where athletes have recruitment eligibility, Levitt said. The waste of perfectly good sporting equipment did not sit well with Levitt. In order to combat that, he founded Leveling the Playing Field, Inc., a Montgomery County-based non-proﬁt organization that aims to provide at-risk children living in the Washington Metropolitan area with sporting equipment in an effort to increase their athletic involvement opportunities. “I did a lot of volunteer work with the Jewish Federation growing up and I’ve gone into areas in D.C. and Montgomery County where a lot of kids would kill for [what we were throwing away at Syracuse],” said Levitt, who added that sports were a major factor in his upbringing. “I started looking deeper into it and in doing research I found out that the cost of sports equipment is a huge barrier for non-proﬁts.” Levitt said he found that one
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Paint Branch graduates and twins Jeremy (pictured) and Nick Ponafala start for Montgomery College.
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Paint Branch High School graduates and identical twins Jeremy and Nick Ponafala (pictured) start for Montgomery College’s baseball team. practice. “Now, I got it ﬁgured it out. One (Nick) looks a little more serious than the other.” “The long hair definitely makes it easier and helps people,” Jeremy Ponafala said. “I just wanted to grow it out and Nick has always been a short-haired guy. There was deﬁnitely a lot of
confusion last year. It was fun and we are used to it.” The now-sophomore twins — Jeremy starts in right field for the Raptors and Nick starts at third base and occasionally pitches — have always played on the same baseball team. They began playing tee ball together
motor control or arm strength. He will repeatedly say that, aside from the inconvenience of taking 10 or so different medications every day and checking in for regular MRIs and spinal taps, there are no lingering effects from the 16 rounds of chemotherapy and roughly 10 weeks of radiation in Boston that kicked the cancer into remission just months after its diagnosis. Georgetown Prep coach Robert Barry knows otherwise. After shooting a 42 earlier this year, Jack Rolle shook Barry’s hands. It was “like shaking an ice cube,” the coach said. Jack Rolle has Raynaud’s syndrome — the circulation in his hands is still not quite back to normal, a common side effect from the myriad treatments he received, and they are often numbingly cold. Not that he would let anybody know. “There’s a perspective that he has that is ‘OK, I’ve been through this,’” Barry said. “The only reason I knew [of Raynaud’s] is because I shook his hand — the only reason. He says, ‘Oh, I’ve got this syndrome, Raynaud’s, and it’s about circulation in the blood and etcetera.’ And that’s where we are. He doesn’t make a big deal out of it. It means absolutely nothing. He says, ‘This is what I’m going to deal with.’” Rolle’s remarkable strength, both mental and physical, throughout his cancer treatments has been a common source of inspiration. In the fall of 2009, it was the Maryland Terrapin football team. Jack watched most every home game from the sidelines with his brothers, William, Nick, and Chris; and after the Terps
beat James Madison in overtime, Jack was hauled into the locker room and handed the game ball by then-coach Ralph Friedgen. Then there is the story behind the PING hat that Rolle now regularly wears. He did not simply pluck it off a rack and shell out $20. It was a gift from one of the world’s top golfers, Hunter Mahan. The Make-A-Wish foundation had learned of Rolle’s condition and, being an avid golfer since the age of 6, Rolle’s wish was to meet one of his favorite golfers. So Make-A-Wish ﬂew the Rolle family down to Doral for the World Golf ChampionshipsCadillac Championship, where he met Mahan, took a ride in Donald Trump’s helicopter, and raced down Homestead-Miami Speedway. “It was very fun,” he said, “But very scary going about 145 miles an hour.” Rolle does not view the world as most 15-year-olds do. After bad shots on the golf course, he doesn’t slam his club or ﬁll the air with curses. At worst, there is a shake of the head. “He knows that coming out here — this is his,” Barry said. “‘I’m not a byproduct of medicine, I’m not a byproduct of surgery, I’m not a byproduct of therapy, I’m not a byproduct of chemo, I’m just Jack Rolle, and I love to play golf.’” “It gave me a new perspective on life that you can’t really take life for granted,” Rolle said. “You gotta look at the little things and appreciate them, just know how many blessings you have.”
in ﬁve underserved households are not getting their kids involved in athletics because of the price of equipment. Aside from physical ﬁtness — obesity rates have tripled in the last three decades, according to Level the Playing Field’s news release — athletics possess important mental beneﬁts. According to Levitt, children who participate in athletics are 60 percent less likely to drop out of school. In just a short time, what started off as a small collection of equipment Levitt stored in his parents’ basement has turned into an organization that has donated more than 5,000 sporting items to 35 youth programs primarily in Montgomery County, but scattered throughout the Washington, D.C. area and impacting nearly 5,550 children, Levitt said. That number is set to rise exponentially after Levitt and Level the Playing Field volunteers cleared out the Montgomery County Recreation Department’s warehouse Sunday in an event that drew out County Executive Ike Leggett. Leveling the Playing Field was given nearly 4,000 pieces of equipment no longer being used by the county as it now only offers basketball league play. Among area programs beneﬁtting from Levitt’s organization are Linkages to Learning — 15 sites within Montgomery County Public Schools — and the City of Rockville’s Latino Youth Development Program. “Max really helped us with donating actual equipment, it’s
very expensive, money we don’t have in our budget to purchase supplies,” said Lynique Murray, the Linkages to Learning site director at Maryvale Elementary. “That is money that I can now use elsewhere like for finding reading materials, other educational items or food.” Whereas Levitt used to spend time calling around for whatever pieces of equipment he could ﬁnd, an average of two organizations per week reach out to him these days. In addition to Syracuse, Levitt’s organization has working relationships with the University of Maryland, College Park, Towson, Gallaudet and Goucher College and he said he intends to add to that list. While donations aren’t an issue, Levitt said seeking corporate funding will be important as his organization and programs continue to grow. He has also joined forces with professional athletes and local teams, including the Washington Redskins and D.C. United, to provide a life skills component with his donations, Levitt said. “Sport is a really good vehicle for teaching,” Levitt said. “There’s always something that can relate to real life. One lesson we’re trying to get across is when facing adversity the last thing you want to do is put your head down, with hard work and determination you can get out of your situation. That goes hand in hand with sports. If you’re losing a game you’re certainly not going to come back if you put your head down and feel bad for yourself.”
in kindergarten and moved their way up, including coach and kid pitch levels of the Oxon Hill Boys and Girls Club. When they moved from Temple Hills in Prince George’s County to Burtonsville the summer before enrolling as high school freshmen, they switched to play for the Burtonsville Big Dawgs. “Ever since we picked up a bat and glove, we’ve never split up,” said Jeremy Ponafala, who was voted Montgomery College’s team captain this spring. “I can’t imagine not playing together. I think it would be awkward.”
Continued from Page B-1 great it would be to come here and play home games. We’re trying to make the best of it. Kelley Park has lights and it’s an OK field. But sometimes during rush hour it takes 45 minutes to get there.” Paint Branch has not played a home baseball game at the school since the older Jacobs graduated in 2010 due to the school’s building and facilities being rebuilt. The constant traveling to games and practices is becoming somewhat taxing on both coach Tom Rey and his players, they said. The Panthers practice at Briggs Chaney Middle School on a field that does not have a grass inﬁeld and is smaller than a standard high school field. On rainy days, the team will practice on the school’s turf football/soccer ﬁeld. “I kept thinking that we were going to get a chance to play home games this year,” Rey said. “We’ve been waiting for the county to ﬁnish building the new school and
Added Nick Ponafala: “We have an extra connection. Baseball became easy because we always had a guy to practice with, hit with and throw with.” The twins’ parents, Pua and Cindy Ponafala, encouraged them to try several sports growing up — they played basketball and soccer before settling on baseball. “Baseball became what we stuck with and loved, it is what we were best at and enjoyed the most,” said Jeremy Ponafala, who didn’t begin playing in the outﬁeld until his junior high school season. “At ﬁrst, Nick started as a ﬁrst baseman and I started at third and then when we were 11 or 12, he started pitching and I started catching. Most days, we’d get the job done.” Added Nick Ponafala: “I mean, we practiced together all the time. Our yard wasn’t big enough so we just hit a whifﬂe ball and played catch. No broken windows happened, but we tried to see who could hit it the furthest.” This spring, both have made strong contributions for the No. 7-ranked team (12-4 record as of now it’s been almost five years. I’m grateful that we have a place to practice and we have access to Kelley Park. But it’s like we’re a bunch of nomads. We’re always packing up the cars and commuting somewhere.” Paint Branch junior catcher Sam Stewart has accepted the current setup and already made adjustments. He admits that the scenario has hardly altered either his personal goals or those of the team. “It’s annoying, but I’ve gotten used to it,” Stewart said. “Everything is OK. It would be nice having home games, but I like being able to play under the lights at Kelley Park. I don’t like making that drive over there after school when there’s a lot of trafﬁc, but we get there and back. As one of the team captains, I like showing my teammates that we can overcome a little adversity.” Jacobs has not lost all hope that the team could play at least one or two games on the high school ﬁeld before the end of the season, and neither has Rey, but the Pan-
Monday) in the NJCAA Division III national poll. Nick Ponafala, who broke his right ankle in April 2013 practicing sliding into second base and is not quite back to full strength, is hitting .394 with a home run and a team-leading 14 runs batted in. Jeremy Ponafala has six hits, including a double, in 30 at bats. “It’s kind of amazing Nick is back,” Rascher said. “He’s worked his butt off. ... I’m amazed to see where he’s at.” Both brothers hope to transfer to a four-year college to continue their baseball tenures next year, but they don’t know if they will still play together. “It would be nice, but we we’ll ﬁgure it out,” Jeremy Ponafala said. Montgomery College, which had several early season games cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather and poor ﬁeld conditions, hopes it can get in a groove now that practice conditions have improved. “You get stir-crazy in the gym,” Rascher said. “Hopefully we will be OK.”
thers’ senior has not lost sight of the team’s main focus — winning the Class 4A North Region title and getting to the state tournament. “You know, there is still a chance we could play a home game this year,” Jacobs said. “In the meantime, I’m not going to dwell on it. It sucks that it hasn’t happened and maybe I could go all four years without playing a home game. But our main goal is to win a state championship this year. I think we have the hitting and the pitching to do it. Having to travel for practices and home games only makes us work that much harder.” “It’s really a tribute to the seniors and our captains that the team stays focused and stays together,” Rey said. “You never hear any of them complain. They leave school, go home and carpool to the ﬁeld for practice and for home games. It’s not the best situation, but it’s made everyone understand that sometimes things don’t always go your way.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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If there’s a ground ball and Sherwood High School boys’ lacrosse player Mike Crooks is in the vicinity, chances are he’ll scoop it up. Crooks, a 5-foot-8 senior, is one of the best two-way midﬁelders in Montgomery County. He’s not a dominating physical presence and his athleticism, while certainly a plus, can’t fully explain how he is so effective. But when the ball hits the turf, Crooks has a knack for coming away with it and gaining key possessions for his team. Crooks has an exceptional feel for the game, or as seMike Crooks nior teammate Jack Sadler puts it, “He just always seems to be at the right place, at the right time.” No where is this skill more evident than with his ground ball statistics. Crooks ranks second in the 4A/3A South Division with 38 ground balls, a number impressive by itself, but even more so when considering he’s not a face-off man. Among the division’s non-faceoff men, he ranks ﬁrst in ground balls by 15. “That’s always been a strength,” said Crooks, who has more than 200 ground balls with the Warriors, according to Sherwood coach Chip Steel. “It’s pretty much just effort, I guess. I want the ball and that’s an easy way to get it.” How does he do it? It’s a combination of hustle, skill, timing and lacrosse IQ. “You have to pick your spots to go after them,” said Crooks, the starting point guard for the varsity basketball team “Sometimes there’ll be a huge scrum and you have to wait and get the ball out to a speciﬁc space. It’s pretty strategic.” That he is often up against larger, stronger players for ground balls hasn’t stopped Crooks from winning out on ground balls, senior teammate William Wykoff said. “He just doesn’t care if he’s going up against some big guy, hacking him,” Wykoff said. “He’ll go right through it.” Crooks, who recently recorded his 100th varsity point, is more than a ground ball specialist. He has a team-high 11 goals to go with six assists, ranking 10th in points in the division. His eight forced turnovers rank ﬁrst on the team and third in the division. “He goes harder than anyone else out there,” said Sadler, who has played lacrosse
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Sherwood High School lacrosse player Mike Crooks practices with teammates Monday at the Sandy Spring school.
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Sherwood High School’s Mike Crooks (right) practices with teammate Leo Hnarahan Monday. with Crooks since elementary school. “He puts out more effort. He’s just all over the place, high energy.” In Friday’s overtime 12-11 loss to Walter Johnson, Crooks recorded a goal, three assists, 13 ground balls and two forced turnovers. “He’s crafty, he’s slick and he’s sneaky,” Walter Johnson coach Alan Pohoryles said. “He’s everything you want out of a midﬁelder.” In the 2012 postseason, Crooks scored the game-winning double-overtime goal to defeat Walter Johnson 6-5. “[It’s] nothing ﬂashy,” Pohoryles said. “At the end of the day when you look at the
stats and you see Crooks had three goals and four assists, you go, ‘really?’” Crooks, a fourth-year varsity player and third-year starter, said he has played lacrosse since third grade and started taking the sport more seriously in middle school. He said he is considering playing in college as a walk-on and that he is focused on ﬁnishing his ﬁnal high school varsity season with the Warriors (3-1 as of Monday) on a high note. “I just want to win,” he said. “... I just want to improve, win the regional championship.” email@example.com
Damion Rowe, a junior sprinter for Seneca Valley High School, said he had never played or trained for a serious sport his entire life prior to his freshman year. Sure, he had messed around with some recreational league basketball and baseball teams, but it was never ultra-competitive. And then, after being introduced to the Screaming Eagles’ football coaches his eighth grade year, he tried out for the football team. His success, having not played in the youth leagues like many of his peers, may have surprised a good number. Not Rowe. “It’s natural,” he said. “I just am an athletic person. I like the competition.” “He’s deﬁnitely a gifted athlete,” Seneca sprints coach Oraje Robinson said. “Very gifted athlete. He just don’t say, ‘No.’” Football, though, was just a gateway into track. As many fall athletes do, Rowe picked up track to better his all-around physical abilities, but Rowe took a liking to track so much that it soon became his No. 1 sport. “I love going out to the track and watching a bunch of events and watching people fight for their spots,” Rowe said. “Winning is great, obviously, but I love helping out my teammates.” Seneca’s sprint coaches, Robinson and Zachery Jackson, reveled in Rowe’s ability to pick up track so quickly. In just his third year in the sport, Rowe is ranked third in the 100 meter runners (his personal best for the year is 11.18 seconds) in Maryland — No. 1 among 3A schools — fourth in the 200 meters (22.78) — also No. 1 among 3A schools — and owns the fastest split on Seneca’s 1,600-relay team. “On any given day, depending on how he feels, he can go and go and go and go,” Robinson said. “He really wasn’t developed, he was raw. This kid could come from 200 yards behind and smoke somebody. I’m glad we got him. He’s deﬁnitely, deﬁ-
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nitely, deﬁnitely special.” This is not to say that Jackson and Robinson are free of frustration. As much as a pleasure it is to work with such a raw bundle of natural athleticism, it’s equally as vexing to attempt to unlock that potential. The summer was mainly working on the technical aspects — form, running strategy — than it was speed. That part, Rowe was born with. “Oh, it works you. There’s mind games. You get a little feisty with him because you know what he can do. I think with him, he just doesn’t know his own strength,” Jackson said. “In the last 50 meters you’ll see him and it’s just like, ‘Wow.’ And in the relays we’ll be down and then you’ll just see him zoom. But then you want him to do it in an open event so it’s more-so just reprogramming. This is his second year running, and I was shocked by that, astonished. He’s stocked, and he’s always been that way since middle school.” It wasn’t until this past summer that Rowe said he realized he could be pretty good. He had proven he could compete against the local competition well enough, but when he got out on the summer circuit, racing anywhere from Potomac to North Carolina, his times were still among the tops even with those from other states. “We both think he’s still got a lot left in the tank,” Robinson said. “By the end of the year he’s going to be able to top out. He’s going to be able to walk everybody next year. And when I say walk, I mean walk, because he’s going to be at the top of his game.”
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“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is a soaring, sensational crowd pleaser.
The Gazette’s Guide to
Arts & Entertainment
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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Sujata Massey will discuss her latest novel ‘The Sleeping Dictionary’ alongside Mary Kay Zuravleff, author of ‘Man Alive!,’ at this year’s Bethesda Literary Festival.
Bethesda Literary Festival returns PHOTO FROM MILES FAIRRIS
Steve Jimenez will join Peter Ross Range at the Bethesda Literary Festival to discuss their books about Matthew Shepard and the Lululemon murder respectively in a panel titled “Ripped From The Headlines.”
15th annual event assembles authors from all walks of life
Psalmayene 24 rounds out trilogy with message of girl empowerment
BY KIRSTEN PETERSEN SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE
Imagination Stage in Bethesda is putting a new spin on the Cinderella story, transforming the traditional rags-to-riches tale into a celebration of girl power with its upcoming production of “Cinderella: The Remix.” The show, which opens for previews tonight, is the story of a young girl who is talented on the turntables but is forbidden from mixing beats beyond her stepmama’s basement — she lives in Hip-Hop Hollywood, where girls
Bethesda will offer residents a deeper understanding of new and popular works by bringing local and national authors to the area Friday through Sunday for the 15th annual Bethesda Literary Festival. The Bethesda Urban Partnership’s festival began in 2000 with the goal of bringing in well-known and close-by authors and connecting them to the community. The organizBETHESDA LITERARY ers added writing contests in 2004 to increase community FESTIVAL involvement in the event and n When: Friday through allow them to share their work Sunday, various times alongside established visiting authors and journalists. n Where: locations vary “It’s always a really intern Tickets: Free active audience and we always have very lively discussions,” n For information: said Director of Marketing bethesda.org/specialevents/ Stephanie Coppula, who has litfest/litfest.htm been working with the festival since 2001. “I think the authors really appreciate that they’re talking about their book and getting a lot of feedback from the audience.” For 15 years, the Bethesda Literary Festival has brought in a wide variety of guest writers, from local authors and journalists
CINDERELLA: THE REMIX n When: April 9 to May 25 (contact theater for show times) n Where: Imagination Stage, 5908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda n Tickets: $10-$30 n For information: 301-2801660, imaginationstage.com
aren’t allowed to DJ and “fronting,” or acting like something you’re not, is a crime. When the famous performer J Prince holds auditions for his
See CINDERELLA, Page B-9 IMAGINATION STAGE
See FESTIVAL, Page B-9
Chocolate Ice (Mark Hairston) likes the beats Cinderella (Paige Hernandez) is playing in ‘Cinderella: The Remix’ at Imagination Stage, April 9 to May 25.
(From left) Jane Squier Bruns as Polly, Andrea Spitz as Brooke and Bill Hurlbut as Lyman in Silver Spring Stage’s upcoming production of “Other Desert Cities.” HARVEY LEVINE
Digging up secrets Pulitzer Prize nominee delves into family’s dark past n
WILL C. FRANKLIN STAFF WRITER
Many families have skeletons in the closet. When someone in the family decides they want to let the skeletons out, that’s usually when a world of problems pops up. Jon Robin Baitz’s Broadway play,
“Other Desert Cities,” brings family strife during Christmas to the stage. Silver Spring Stage brings the show to life from now until April 27. “It is a family drama that revolves around a daughter who has returned home after a long absence to celebrate Christmas with her family,” said director Bridget Muehlberger. “During this visit, she reveals a manuscript she has brought that is
See SECRETS, Page B-9
OTHER DESERT CITIES n When: To April 27 (contact theater for show times) n Where: Silver Spring Stage, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $18-$20 n For information: 301-593-6036; ssstage.org
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Country music’s Lyndsey Highlander will perform in concert tonight at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club.
Luckily Lyndsey Country rising star Lyndsey Highlander will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. today at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Highlander currently is the opening act on the Phil Vassar tour and is celebrating the release of her music video “Flowers Ain’t Gonna Fix This.” Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Upcoming performances at the supper club include the Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Dr. Hook, featuring Ray Sawyer, at 8 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit bethesdabluesjazz.com.
This week’s Second Thursday Contra Dance in Silver Spring will feature New England band Nor’Easter, with Will Mentor calling.
CARPE DIEM ARTS
Fair weather footwork
Carpe Diem Arts will host its Second Thursday Contra Dance at the Silver Spring Civic Building’s Great Hall from 7 to 10 p.m. this week. The dance will be led by caller Will Mentor and will feature the music of New England band Nor’Easter. No partner or experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. A beginner workshop is scheduled from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Second Thursday dances are scheduled monthly, and are presented by Carpe Diem Arts in partnership with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington and the Montgomery County Department of Recreation’s “Be Active Montgomery” initiative. General admission is $10, $8 for members and $5 for students and those with no income. For more information, call 301-466-0183.
Paintings and prints and ‘Hill and Glen’
The NIH Philharmonia, under the direction of Dr. Nancia D’Alimonte (pictured), will present “Musical Genius” on Saturday at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Rockville.
Real ‘Genius’ The NIH Philharmonia, under the direction of Dr. Nancia D’Alimonte, will present “Musical Genius” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Rockville. The program will include works by Stravinsky, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Pärt. Admission is free. For more information, visit nihphil.org.
BLACKROCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Beginning today, works by Ric Garcia will be on view through May 3 at the BlackRock Center for the Arts.
The BlackRock Center for the Arts will host two dynamic art exhibits throughout the month of April. Lesley Clarke’s “Hill and Glen” is now on view through May 3 at the second ﬂoor Terrace Gallery. Opening today in the Germantown venue’s main gallery is “Cuban Pop: Paintings and Prints by Ric Garcia.” The closing event for the exhibit will feature an artist talk and a classical roots and Latin soul performance by the Dali Quartet at 8 p.m. May 3. Tickets for the performance will be $22. Both exhibits will enjoy an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 12. Both exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information, visit blackrockcenter.org.
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Lesley Clarke’s “The Cobbler,” on view through May 3 at the BlackRock Center for the Arts.
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AT THE MOVIES
Truth, justice and the ‘Captain America’ way Steve Rogers keeps his courtly charm, but violence escalates
MICHAEL PHILLIPS CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is a better-than-average Marvel superhero bash, intriguingly plotted and pretty clever in its speculations about 21st-century life for Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, the greatest of the Greatest Generation warriors, as he contends with contemporary American geopolitical ideals run amok. The movie does its duty. It’s a reliable commodity, delivered efﬁciently and well, like pizza. In its frenzied action style and overall visual approach, the ﬁlm is interestingly different from the ﬁrst “Captain America,” my favorite of the Marvel franchisees alongside the ﬁrst “Iron Man,” which has been carbon-dated to a time when Robert Downey Jr. seemed like novel casting. But I’d be lying if I said I enjoyed “Captain America” 2 as much as I did “Captain America” the ﬁrst. Many are praising the sequel for its harsh realism and frenetic approach to hand-to-hand combat, both in staging and editing. The directors are siblings Anthony and Joe Russo, who haven’t made a feature since “You, Me and Dupree” eight years ago, but who are about to become big deals in Hollywood thanks to the inevitable success of this thing. (They’re already attached to a sequel.) The new “Captain America” copies the pummeling sales tactics of “The Avengers,” which made a billion-and-a-half dollars worldwide two years ago. May 2015 brings the sequel to that all-star variety show, to be titled “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” It’s beginning to feel as if the Age of Ultron, which could be another name for Hollywood’s Marvel-dominant era, will never
Sebastian Stan stars as the Winter Soldier in “Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” end. Long after life on Earth has been extinguished, there’ll still be an “Iron Man” sequel coming out the following spring. This “Captain America” works for several reasons, beginning with the script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. It pauses occasionally to remind us that these are supposed to be human beings, however genetically enhanced, coping with real-world problems of trust and job insecurity, and battling trauma and ﬁshout-of-water loneliness. Chris Evans is back as Rogers, who is now 95 years old but looks 30ish thanks to the deepfreeze process initiated by his S.H.I.E.L.D. overseers, led by eye-patched and anger-fueled Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), whose temperament suggests he’ll someday be revealed to be the real Incredible Hulk. The ﬁrst “Captain America” was set in and around World War II, with Cappy and his boomerang-y shield ﬁghting the sinister forces of Hydra. “The Winter Soldier” follows Cap into the present
day, alongside Scarlett Johansson’s wily S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Black Widow. Their nemesis is the Soviet supersoldier known as the Winter Soldier, who is in fact none other than … a fellow named Spoiler Alert. There’s the tiniest hint of a romance, though Black Widow is plainly too much for Rogers’ emotional circuitry to handle. The new day that Rogers/Cappy must negotiate is one of rampant, escalating paranoia — never much of an aphrodisiac. Robert Redford lightens the ﬁlm’s load as the trusted, respected, well-tailored S.H.I.E.L.D. overseer who’s mixed up in the World Security Council. America’s latest secret weapons, hiding deep beneath the surface of Washington, D.C., are a trio of ﬂying battleships armed to the teeth and able to kill “a thousand hostiles a minute,” Fury mentions to a skeptical Rogers. Soon our hero is hung out to dry by his own team, and like a Redford character in a ’70s thriller, he doesn’t know whom to believe.
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Chris Evans stars as Captain America in “Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER n 3 stars n PG-13; 136 minutes n Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford n Directors: Anthony and Joe Russo
The short list of the trustworthy includes an Army paratrooper played by Anthony Mackie. With a pair of sleek metal wings he transforms into the Falcon. Mackie’s a real asset here, and in general the cast is fully engaged, with only trace elements of sequel-itis afﬂicting the tenor of the storytelling. They ﬁnd ways to deliver the welcome wisecrack or the leavening zinger just so, before the
next round of slaughter begins. The worldwide success of these movies is in their superheroics, of course, and in the crazy degree of overkill involved. There is no “just enough” in today’s computergenerated Marvel marvels; there is only “too much.” And there’s a stealth element of hypocrisy in a ﬁlm like “The Winter Soldier,” which bemoans America’s bloodthirsty, weapons-mad impulses even as it exploits all the hardware and an obscene body count for fun and proﬁt. Something about even a good Marvel movie is starting to feel a little bit enough-already. But in “Captain America” 2 at least our own skepticism and ambivalence regarding where it’s all going is mirrored by a protagonist who favors swing-era standards, even if his buddy Falcon has the excellent taste to recommend he give Marvin Gaye’s “Trouble Man” a listen, too.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater
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Rockville Concert Band
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Soul In Motion 30
Celebrating 3 decades of performing Arts and Dance Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $30 - $20 1909806
Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center Presents
Certified Lunatic & Master of the Impossible
A collision of theatre and music-hall, his exuberant one-man show is equal parts comic brilliance, virtuosic vaudeville and irresistible charm. Saturday April 12, 2014. 7p.m. Reserved Seating. Doors open at 6p.m. Online reservations available. Tickets $15/$20/$25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Presented by Barefoot Puppet Company Sunday, April 13, 2:00 PM Tickets: $5 kids/$10 adults.
Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland Box Office Information Line: 240-567-5775 www.montgomerycollege.edu/cac
Purchase tickets online: www.montgomerycollege.edu/cac | Information: 240-567-5775
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Everything shipshape at Port City Brewing Since 2011, Alexandria brewery has expanded capacity each year to meet growing demand
Port City Brewing was the ﬁrst bottling brewery to open in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area since the close
BREWS BROTHERS STEVEN FRANK AND ARNOLD MELTZER of Old Dominion Brewing. The brewery’s name derives from Alexandria’s origins as an important colonial seaport, which later became a major brewing center. Owner Bill Butcher recognized that Washington was the only large metropolitan area without a production brewery and decided to ﬁll that vacuum, opening in February 2011. Jonathan Reeves, a brewer with 17 years experience, was Butcher’s first hire. Reeves helped design and install the brewery and develops the beer recipes. Since its opening, brewing at Port City has increased from 3000 barrels the ﬁrst year to about 9000 barrels in its third year of operation. Port City has expanded its capacity each year
Continued from Page B-6 a memoir and not the novel they were expecting.” The daughter, Brooke, has written a memoir focusing on a pivotal event in the family’s history, according to Muehlberger. “We watch as the family reacts to this event,” Muehlberger said. “… Everyone sees there’s a different perception of this event and we watch and empathize with the family as they struggle to reconcile these differences.” Other than Brooke, the family consists of her parents, Polly and Lyman, who are both Republicans, and Polly’s liberal sister, Silda, who is fresh out of rehab. Polly and Silda have spent time in the entertainment business, as they both wrote a number of MGM comedies in the 1960s. All of this leads to Brooke trying to ﬁnd her identity in
Continued from Page B-6 Jam — Hip-Hop Hollywood’s equivalent to a ball at the castle — Cinderella disguises herself as a boy to get a shot at pursuing her dream of becoming a DJ. “In this version, Cinderella learns she doesn’t need to lean on a prince to rise above her station and live out her dreams,” said Katy Carkuff, who plays Cinderella’s best friend, Chin Chilla. “She ﬁnds the strength and the talent within herself.” “Cinderella: The Remix” is the ﬁnal production in The Hip-Hop Children’s Trilogy, a trio of shows written and directed by playwright Psalmayene 24 that explores the past, present and future of hip-hop culture. The ﬁrst play, “Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth,” is a ﬁctional account of how hip-hop got its start. The second, “P.Nokio: A Hip-Hop Musical,” is a hiphop adaptation of Pinocchio,
Continued from Page B-6 appearing for the ﬁrst time to returning festival veterans from across the country. By pairing speakers up for events based on shared backgrounds or topics, the festival organizers create a forum to discuss not only what’s similar between two authors, but also what makes them different. The “Ripped From the Headlines” discussion at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Residency Inn Bethesda puts Stephen Jimenez, author of “The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard,” together with “Murder in the Yoga Store: The True Story of the Lululemon Killings,” by author Pe-
to meet this growing demand and now is able to produce 14,000 barrels at its Alexandria industrial area location. The facility has a tap room with between 8 and 14 different beers on draft for visitors, which average about 800 to 1000 each week. The brewery is open for visitors and tours Thursday through Sunday with hours posted on its website (portcitybrewing.com). The tapping area provides a tasting glass and six samples for $9. About 40 percent of Port City’s beer is bottled with the remainder distributed in kegs and sold in growlers at the brewery. Port City’s distribution includes the metro area, South Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, New York City and Quebec, Canada.. Port City brews ﬁve beers on a year around basis: Essential Pale Ale, Monumental IPA, Porter, Optimal Wit and Downright Pilsner. Periodically, the brewery makes an oyster stout using 3000 locally grown oysters and oyster shells per batch with part of the proceeds going to an oyster recovery program for the Chesapeake Bay. Seasonals include Tartan Ale (Scottish Ale) in the Spring, an American-style Bitter for the summer, Oktoberfest in the Fall and a spiced Tidings Ale, using Maryland wildﬂower honey as its holiday
Port City is the Washington, D.C. metro area’s ﬁrst production brewing facility since the closing of Old Dominion. offering. Optimal Wit, a bottle conditioned beer and the brewery’s best seller, won a gold medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival. The brewery also took four other medals. Porter (7.2 percent alcohol by volume, ABV) has an alluring aroma of roast, coffee and dark fruit which leads into a front showing muted roast, a splash of dark fruit and a soupcon of chocolate. The roast increases a tad in middle while adding both a nuanced vinous quality and a tempered bitterness. The roast and coffee grow to medium in the ﬁnish with restrained dark fruit emerging.
All blend into the aftertaste with roast and dark fruit continuing and a subtle chocolate appearing. Ratings: 8/8. Monumental IPA (6.3 percent ABV) has a bitter hop, fruit and citric bouquet. The slight bitter and sweet malt front continues into the middle with the malt coming to the front. In the ﬁnish the bitter hops battle back with some added ﬂoral hops to see-saw with the sweetness of the malt. Both last through the aftertaste and linger in this balanced IPA. Ratings: 8.5/9. For additional ratings, visit gazette.net.
this family. “Brooke is really a smart, tortured soul,” said Andrea Spitz, who plays Brooke. “She grew up in a family that didn’t really ﬁt her. Because of this enormous secret the family has kept for all these years, she never really got to negotiate the family waters on her own terms because there was so much she didn’t understand.” Brooke does love and care for her family, Spitz said, but she knows the only way to make a name for herself is with her memoir. “At the end of the day, she feels like she has this book and it’s her story about her childhood and her life,” Spitz said. “She feels like the only way she can be seen or heard in this world is to publish the book and ﬁnally tell her side of the story.” One of the reasons Spitz decided to audition for the show is the strength of the script, she said. Baitz’s play was a ﬁnalist
for a 2012 Pulitzer Prize. “As soon as I read it last year, I thought this was the kind of thing I’d really like to sink my teeth into,” Spitz said. “The dialogue is witty and the characters are all equal parts pigheaded and compassion. It’s a really compelling story, but it also has a lot of moments of nice levity.” Muehlberger said the fact the play was a ﬁnalist for the Pulitzer was no surprise. Baitz, she said, has a way of writing speciﬁcally for his characters and they’re all extremely well drawn. “[Baitz] is able to show us their differences as well as show us the bond that they have as a family,” Muehlberger said. “They love each other deeply. They don’t always like each other, or like what each other has done, but there’s a central core of love amongst the whole family, no matter the sparring that happens between them.”
For Spitz, it’s all about the family. Even though they might not get along — whether its politics or personal events — the family dynamic is there. “The family bond still ties them together and makes them overlook those differences,” Spitz said. Muehlberger hopes audiences will walk away from the show not only thinking about what they had just seen, but also debating the events in the show with their own lives. “We hope at the end … the audience continues to talk about it,” Muehlberger said. “‘What would I have done?’ ‘What would we have done in our family?’ ‘Could you have published this story without the permission?’ ‘Would you have waited until a different time to publish?’ We’re just hoping the audience asks those same kinds of questions.”
but this time the puppet is a video game character who also aspires to become a “real boy.” “Cinderella” explores Psalmayene 24’s vision for the future of hip-hop. He believes that a stronger presence of girls and women participating in hip-hop music would encourage a positive and healthy future for hip-hop culture. “Right now the numbers are pretty sad in terms of boys to girls and men to women in hip-hop,” Psalmayene 24 said. “If we have more girls involved we would just get a wider breadth in terms of subject matter, and I feel like that would help the culture grow in ways that I don’t think are really possible without women being involved.” “Cinderella: The Remix” is not a traditional musical — hip-hop beats will be mixed during the show and instead of singing, the actors will be rapping, Psalmayene 24 said. The show was written for young children, so Psalmayene 24 knows he’ll also have parents and grandparents in the audi-
ence who may have preconceptions about hip-hop music. “What is gratifying is actually having the opportunity to use hip-hop music in a way that people haven’t heard it articulated before,” Psalmayene 24 said. “It’s sort of like a hip-hop appreciation class for people who are not in the culture because they get a chance to hear it with new ears.” Psalmayene 24 said a conﬁdent, diverse cast is essential to conveying the message of empowerment to young girls. “They’ll see women on stage who are not only excellent actors but who also have a great facility for hip-hop performance,” Psalmayene 24 said. “I think oftentimes you don’t see people who look like you or are the same gender or color as you or from the same background as you. I want girls to feel like they have the ability to enter this culture of hip-hop and not second-guess themselves or think, ‘It’s not for me.’” This is especially important for Paige Hernandez, who
plays Cinderella. She said she was exposed to the arts as a child but did not see people on stage “that looked like me or talked like me.” “What I enjoy most about performing for young children is the seeds I’m able to plant in their very impressionable minds,” Hernandez said. “Being an adult artist and bringing this all to the stage is important to me.” Hernandez said she hopes her performance will show young girls that there is always a time to be yourself and that individuality makes you beautiful. “I think this is a fantastic fairy tale to re-imagine, especially with the way Psalm has done it because it’s not a romantic story at all. It’s about empowerment and that’s what hip-hop is all about — empowering the community and blurring the lines,” Hernandez said. “Even if you feel like you’re fronting and putting up a facade, there’s nothing wrong with being yourself and having your own perfect ending.”
ter Ross Range. A Washington, D.C., resident who frequently visits Bethesda Row, Range was on his way to Strosneider’s Hardware the morning victim Jayna Murray was discovered. His interest in the unfolding drama led him to write an Amazon Kindle Single about the local murder. “It struck home for so many people to have this kind of murder occur in a place like Bethesda Row, which is where people with their kids might be out shopping,” said Range. “You can imagine your own daughter being the person in that store. With the sheer horror of the brutality, people couldn’t not read that and follow that story, and it seemed to affect a lot of people’s lives around here.” In contrast to the local au-
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thor with a narrative based within the area, Georgetownalum Jiminez is a Brooklyn reporter and producer bringing his debut book about the murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in 1998 and how the case developed over the following years. The festival panel pairs the Lululemon case with Shepard’s murder as a way for the two journalists to discuss how the story is altered over time as new information comes out months, even years, later. “The stories involving crimes often are told by the media initially in a kind of shorthand,” Jimenez said. “It really takes time to process and digest what these stories are really about in terms of speciﬁc details, the facts. These are two cases where
perception changes over time as you gather information.” Jimenez and Range’s panel is focused on a certain topic, like Saturday���s “Lincoln Literature” with William Martin and David O. Stewart. However, the literary festival also hosts events with author themes, including “Noteworthy Non-Fiction” featuring Michael Sokolove and Honest Tea co-founder Seth Goldman and “Remarkable Writers” with Steve Vogel and Henry Weincek. Mary Kay Zuravleff of Washington, D.C., and Sujata Massey of Baltimore will team up for “Wonderful Women Writers” at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. The two writers hope to make their presentation more of a conversation than a set of speeches. “I love having an author’s
Carpe Diem Contra Dance, April 10, Nor’Easter from New England, Will Mentor, caller, 7-7:30 p.m. contradance workshops, 7:30-10 p.m. Contras & Squares, second Thursdays, Great Hall, Silver Spring Civics Center, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, $10 for general admission, $8 for members, $5 for students and those without income, www.carpediemarts.org. Hollywood Ballroom, April 9, “step of the evening” mini-lesson at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m. ($16); April 10, 17, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); April 11, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); April 12, Latin Night with Mr. Mambo, workshops from 8-10 p.m., dance from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ($18 for workshop and dance, $15 for dance only); April 13, free Waltz lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); April 16, “step of the evening” mini-lesson at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m. ($16), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, www.hollywoodballroomdc.com Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339. Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-
days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, www.capitalblues.org. Contra, April 11, Ridge Kennedy with Glen Echo Open Band, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www.fridaynightdance.org. Contra & Square, April 13, April Blum with Hot Point String Band, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www.fsgw.org. English Country, April 9, Caller: Rich Galloway; April 16, Carol Marsh, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www.fsgw.org. Swing, April 12, Radio King Orchestra, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $15, www.ﬂyingfeet. org. Waltz, April 20, Destino da Rosa, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10, www.waltztimedances.org.
MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Lyndsey Highlander, 7:30 p.m.
April 9; Next Best Thing Presents: LIVE AT THE FILLMORE - Tribute to the Allman Brothers Band, 8 p.m. April 10; Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, 8:30 p.m. April 11; Dr. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer, 8 p.m. April 12; The Gospel Persuaders, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 13; Frank McComb, 7:30 p.m. April 13; JazzFunk United, 7:30 p.m. April 16, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240330-4500, www.bethesdabluesjazz. com. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Peter Mayer, 7:30 p.m. April 10; United in Anger: A History of ACT UP, 7:30 p.m. April 10; TreeHouse Shakers–Hatched, 10 a.m. April 12; Grace Kelly, 8 p.m. April 12, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, www.blackrockcenter.org. Fillmore Silver Spring, Brother Ali with Rhapsody and Self Devine, 8 p.m. April 12; The Decibel Magazine Tour featuring Carcass The Black Dahlia Murder & More, 6:20 p.m. April 13; University Of Maryland Hip-Hop Conference French Montana Ty Dolla $ign, 8 p.m. April 17, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. www.ﬁllmoresilverspring.com.
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voice in my head, so we will each read a bit, but it’s also fun to watch two authors yip yap,” Zuravleff said. “And it also makes people feel really comfortable to ask whatever they want. Sometimes there’s that awkward silence until people feel invited, and if they’ve already seen the authors interview each other then they feel more welcome.” While Zuravleff’s latest book, “Man Alive!,” takes place in Bethesda, Massey’s work may be a bit harder for attendees to immediately place themselves in; her most recent novel, “The Sleeping Dictionary,” is set in 1930s-’40s India, and her prior mystery novels are set in Japan. Massey believes learning about the past helps others gain a deeper understanding of the present, and she hopes attend-
Institute of Musical Traditions — Takoma, Harpeth Rising, 7:30
p.m. April 12, Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW, Washington, call for prices, www.imtfolk.org. Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. April 9, 15-16; AIR: Piotr Pakhomkin, classical guitar, 7:30 p.m. April 9; Cirque Ziva, 8 p.m. April 9; BSO: Itzhak Perlman, 8 p.m. April 10; Atomic Yacht Fax, 9 p.m. April 11; National Philharmonic: Bach Mass in B minor, 8 p.m. April 12, 3 p.m. April 13; AIR Education Workshop with Piotr Pakhomkin: Classical Guitar Technique in Modern Rock Music, 7:30 p.m. April 16; Gabriel Kahane & Rob Moose Duo, 7:30 p.m. April 17, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100, www.strathmore.org.
ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “The Jungle Book,” to May 25, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org. Arts Barn, “Great American Trailer Park Musical,” to April 20, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. www.r-m-t.org, www.gaithersburgmd.gov. Imagination Stage, “Cinderella: The Remix:” April 9 to May 25, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www.imaginationstage. org. Olney Theatre Center, “Once On This Island,” April 9 to May 4, call for prices, times, 2001 OlneySandy Spring Road, Olney, 301924-3400, www.olneytheatre.org. The Puppet Co., “Hansel and Gretel,” to April 27; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-634-5380, www. thepuppetco.org. Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “Two Trains Running,” to May 4, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www.roundhousetheatre.org. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “Snow Angel,” to April 12, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-644-1100, www. roundhousetheatre.org. Silver Spring Stage, “Other Desert Cities,” to April 27, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, www. ssstage.org. The Writer’s Center, Joanna Chen and Zein El-Amine, 7:30 p.m. April 10; Bethesda Literary Festival, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 11; Selby McPhee and Natasha Saje, 2 p.m. April 13, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664, www.writer.org.
VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “An Allegory of Algorithms and Aesthetics,” Jessica Drenk, April 12 to May 12, opening reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 12 with music by The Blackberry Blonde, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, www.adahrosegallery.com Gallery B, Group Exhibition, to April 26, gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. www.bethesda.org. Glenview Mansion, National Capital Art Glass Guild, to April 25, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www.rockvillemd.gov. Marin-Price Galleries, “The Way of the Horse,” to April 18, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-718-0622. VisArts, Xiaosheng Bi, “Garden of My Mind,” to April 20, Common Ground Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200, www. visartsatrockville.org.
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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt....#V406575B, Green, 97,004 Miles.....$6,991 2008 Jetta MT..........#V272778B, Red, 63,409 Miles...............$10,391 2010 Passat Sedan..#VP0046, Black, 86,098 Miles................$11,991 2010 New Beetle CPE. #V606150B, Gray, 50,127 miles................$11,993 2012 Jetta SE...............#VPR6113, Silver, 34,537 miles.................$12,594 2008 GLI...................#V272695A, Gray, 58,369 Miles..............$13,792 2012 Nissan Versa. #V221107A, Silver, 21,215 Miles..............$13,991 2011 Jetta SE.........#V405443A, Black, 51, 598 Miles.............$13,991 2010 Honda Accord SDN......#V508537B, Silver, 48,011 Miles......$16,491 2009 Jetta TDI.........#VP0043A, Black, 68,842 Miles...............$16,992 2012 Nissan Juke..#V257168A, White, 57,565 miles.............$16,994 2013 Jetta SE............#VPR0030, Silver, 4,340 miles................$16,994
2013 New Beetle..........#VPR0038, Silver, 4,549 miles..................$17,694 2013 Passat S...........#VPR0026, Black, 6,891 miles................$17,994 2011 CC.....................#VP0035, White, 38,225 miles................$18,754 2011 GTI...................#V239376A, Gray, 52,553 Miles..............$18,991 2014 Passat Wolfsburg...#VPR0040, Grey, 5,227 miles.................$19,394 2014 Passat Wolfsburg. .#VPR0041, White, 2,878 miles................$19,754 2012 Mini Cooper County....#V241376B, Blue, 38,350 Miles........$21,991 2011 Tiguan............#V008756A, White, 47,559 Miles.............$21,991 2012 Nissan Maxima. .#V073708A, Gray, 47,457 miles..............$22,494 2013 Dodge Charger.#V411396A, Black, 19,344 Miles..............$26,491 2013 Nissan Pathfinder #V266506A, Gray, 4,735 Miles........$27,991
11 Nissan Versa 1.8S $$
#464060A, 6 Speed Manual, 30k Miles, Black, 1-Owner
13 Kia Rio LX $$
#453017A, Auto, 2K Miles, 1-Owner
04 Toyota Tacoma $$
#467087A, Extended Cab, 5 Speed Manual, 72k Miles
All prices exclude tax, tags, title, freight and $200 processing fee. Cannot be combined with any previous advertised or internet special. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. See dealer for details. 0% APR Up To 60 Months on all models. See dealer for details. Ourisman VW World Auto Certified Pre Owned financing for 60 months based on credit approval thru VW. Excludes Title, Tax, Options & Dealer Fees. Special APR financing cannot be combined with sale prices. Ends 04/30/14.
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13 Toyota Corolla #E0322, 4 Speed, $ Auto, 1-Owner, $
12 Toyota RAV4 $$
#364340A, Automatic, 20k Miles
14 Toyota Camry SE $$
#469044A, 6 Speed Auto, 5K Miles, 1-Owner
12 Scion TC $$
#R1735A, 6 Speed Auto, 1-Owner, 25K Miles
11 Nissan Juke S $$
#450094A, CVT Trans, 36K Miles, 1-Owner, Station Wagon
12ToyotaSiennaLEMiniVan #472179A, 6 Speed $ Auto, 1-Owner, $ 28K Miles
2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer LT..... . $9,995 $9,995 #N0339, Sport Utility, 1-Owner, Dark Gray 2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer #372287B, Sport Utility, 5 Speed, Black
$14,900 2013 Toyota Corolla LE........ $14,900 #E0322, Classic Silver, 1-Owner, 33K Miles
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$17,900 2011 Ford Ranger XL.......... $17,900 #467057B, 1-Owner, 30K Miles, Ext Cab, Oxford White
13 Ford Escape S
#372014A, 6 Speed Auto, 8K Miles, 1-Owner
12 Chrysler 300 LTD #469042A, $ 8 Speed Auto, 42K $ Miles, Grey
$19,900 2010 Nissan XTerra SE........ $19,900 #464098A, 5 SpeedAuto, 1-Owner, Silver Metallic, Sport Utility 2012 Toyota Camry SE........... $20,900 $20,900 #N0336, 6 SpeedAuto, 1-Owner, Magnetic Gray, 26K Miles 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander GT. $21,900 $21,900 #363225A, 6 SpeedAuto, 5k Miles, Sport Utility, Rally Red 2011 BMW 328i.................. $24,500 $24,500 #472196A, 7 SpeedAuto, Black 2013 Toyota Highlander Sport Utility $25,900 $25,900 #R1755, 5 SpeedAuto, 1-Owner, 16K Miles, Blizzard Pearl
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid...... $25,995 $25,995 #432094A, CVT Transmission, 1-Owner, 13k miles
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$14,490 2012 Nissan Sentra 2.......... $14,490 #P8858A, CVT Trans, 13k Miles, Bright Silver $17,495 2011 Chevrolet Traverse LS. . $17,495 #363442A, 6 SpeedAuto, 1 Owner, Sport Utility, Blue Metallic
#472144A, Auto, 4k Miles, 1-Owner
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2014 NEW COROLLA LE
NEW2 2014 COROLLA LE AVAILABLE: #470514, 470519
3 AVAILABLE: #470519, 470530, 470517
4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO
AFTER $500 REBATE
APRIL APRIL SHOWER SHOWER
NEW 2014 VENZA 4X2 2 AVAILABLE: #474506, 474508
OF OF SAVINGS SAVINGS
4 CYL., AUTO
AFTER $1,500 REBATE
4 DR., AUTO, 4 CYL., INCL.
NEW 2014 SCION XD 2 AVAILABLE: #453028, 453031
4 CYL., 4 DR., AUTO
NEW 22014 RAV4 4X2 LE AVAILABLE: #464110, 464132
NEW 2014 PRIUS PLUG-IN 2 AVAILABLE: #477438, 477437
4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO
NEW 2014 PRIUS II
AFTER $1000 REBATE
4 CYL., AUTOMATIC
NEW 2014.5 CAMRY LE
2 AVAILABLE: #477410, 477417
3 AVAILABLE: #472282, 472245, 472271
MONTHS+ % 0 FOR 60 On 10 Toyota Models
HATCHBACK 4 DR., AUTO, 4 CYL.,
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AFTER TOYOTA $1,500 REBATE
15625 Frederick Rd (Rte 355) • Rockville, MD n OPEN SUNDAY n VISIT US ON THE WEB AT www.355Toyota.com
PRICES AND PAYMENTS INCLUDE ANY APPLICABLE MANUFACTURE’S REBATES AND EXCLUDE MILITARY ($500) AND COLLEGE GRAD ($500) REBATES, TAX, TAGS, DEALER PROCESSING CHARGE ($200) AND FREIGHT: CARS $795 OR $810, TRUCKS, SPORT UTILITY AND SIENNAS $810, $845 AND $995. *0.9% APR & 0% APR FINANCING UP TO 60 MONTHS TO QUALIFIED BUYERS THRU TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. TOTAL FINANCED CANNOT EXCEED MSRP PLUS OPTIONS, TAX, AND LICENSE FEES. 0% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $16.67 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. 0.9% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $17.05 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. APR OFFERS ARE NOT VALID WITH ANY OTHER CASH BACK OR LEASE OFFER. NOT ALL BUYERS WILL QUALIFY.**LEASE PAYMENTS BASED ON 36 MONTHS, 12,000 MILES PER YEAR WITH $995 DOWN PLUS $650 ACQUISITION FEE, NO SECURITY DEPOSIT REQUIRED. SEE DEALER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. 2014 COROLLAU & PRIUS PLUG-IN LEASES ARE FOR 24 MONTHS WITH $995 DOWN. EXPIRES 04/30/2014.
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02 Chrysler PT Cruiser
04 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP $7,988
#KP87154, PAMPERED!, 74!!, MNRF
04 Pontiac GTO 5.7 $8,988
#KP93865, SHARP!, CLASSIC PERFORMANCE
03 Toyota Highlander V6 4WD $10,998 07 BMW 530XI AWD $12,988
#KP56278, 74K! MNRF,PSEAT $2,570 OFF KBB
98 Chevy Prizm................................$1,595
07 Ford Focus SE ZX5.....................$7,990
98 Toyota Corolla CE.......................$1,870
03 Toyota Prius................................$8,895
#KP12428, CLEAN, GAS SAVER, 5SPD, AC, AIRBAGS, “HANDYMAN”
#AP04409, AT, AC, RARE OPPORTUNITY! “HANDYMAN”
02 Isuzu Trooper LS 4WD...................$4,988 #KP88029A, AT, PW/PLC, MD INSP’D, CLEAN CAR
04 Chevy Suburban 1500 4WD .....$5,988
#KP20565, MNRF, P/OPTIONS, BEST BUY! “HANDYMAN”
#KP17774, LTHR/MNRF, “EASY TERMS!”
#KP24766, GORGEOUS!, MNRF, LTHR, $2,290 OFF KBB
10 Ford Focus SEL.............................$11,988
11 Ford Econline XLT........................$17,970
09 Ford Fusion SE.........................$12,988
13 Ford Mustang...............................$19,999
#KP24598A, WELL KEPT!!, MNRF, ALLOYS, PW
#KP29728, 62K!! LTHR, PW/PLC, CD, CC
#KP78236, SUPER ECONOMICAL!!, PW, AC
#KP43826, IMMACULATE 57K!, MNRF, SYNC RADIO, P/OPTS
04 Toyota RAV4 4WD.......................$9,345 #KP13733, SHARP!, 2-TONE!, PW/PLC, CC, CD
06 Ford Expedition Limited 4WD. . .$9,488 #KP22873, 20’S, MNRF, DVD, NAV, DON’T MISS!
#KN03615, 15 PASS, WELL KEPT! PW/PLC, RAC
#KP63973A, OUR BEST VAULE! PW/PLC, CC, CD
12 Nissan Cube S WGN...................$13,845
11 Cadillac STS..............................$22,970
12 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT......$15,970
11 GMC Terrain SLT AWD..............$25,488
#KP19145A, SHOWROOM 18K! FAC WARR, PW, SAB, CD #KP58740, PWR DRS/LIFT GATE, PSEAT/OPTS
#KR20878, LUXURY! MNRF, NAV, PARK SENSE, LTHR
#KP56516, PRISTINE 16K!! FAC WARR, LTHR, CAM