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Battle goes on over plans for gas at Costco n
County zoning hearings scheduled for April 29 BY
KEVIN JAMES SHAY STAFF WRITER
The years-long battle between Costco and a coalition of residents, civic associations and environmental groups over whether the retail giant can open a 16-pump gas station at Westﬁeld Wheaton mall rages on. More hearings on the case are scheduled for April 29 and in May before the Ofﬁce of Zoning and Administrative Hearings. The 151,000-square-foot Costco, which is more spacious
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Claudia Avila tells how her husband, Army Capt. Luis Avila, who was severely injured in Afghanistan, ﬁnally woke up after being in a coma for more than a month. Luis Avila has improved his breathing and speaking by working with music therapist Julie Garrison at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.
with wider aisles than the Gaithersburg store, opened at the mall about a year ago. Even people living close to its parking lot say the retailer has helped improve the center, which was plagued by security concerns after a series of brazen daylight robberies within a week in late 2011. “Costco has done a lot to revitalize the mall,” said Paige Ervin, a nearby resident who walks there to shop. “It’s very convenient.” At the same time, she opposes plans for Costco to operate the gas station in a section that is now part of the parking lot.
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At Walter Reed,
Therapeutic program gives war veterans a new beginning BY
ALINE BARROS STAFF WRITER
The phone call Claudia Avila got on Dec. 27, 2011, was from Army ofﬁcials telling her that her husband was in critical condition and might not survive. Claudia’s husband, Army Capt. Luis Avila, lost a leg and suffered a brain injury from a makeshift bomb in Afghanistan during his ﬁfth wartime deployment. “He is a miracle. My husband is really a
miracle,” Claudia Avila said. For 18 months, Luis Avila could not eat anything orally. He had a feeding tube to provide the nutrition he needed. He could not speak. He could not see. Avila’s miracle recovery did not happen overnight. It was a two-year road of rehabilitation. After the accident, he was transferred to Landhaus, Germany, then Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. On July 20, 2012, he was moved to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. According to doctors, Avila’s case was complex.
“Fixing my husband has been from the head to the toe,” Claudia Avila said. With his wife’s help, Luis Avila explained what happened to him and his team. “I got blown off in a mountain. ... (A) few of our guys died, and I survived. ... Before I passed out, I took one of the guys out,” he said. Claudia said music therapy reinforces her husband’s speech and breathing rehabilitation. Through music and repeating words that his therapist sings along on the piano,
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Danila Sheveiko is concerned about an increase in noise from vehicle trafﬁc if plans move ahead for contruction of a gas station at the Costco near his Kensington home.
Former assistant chief broke county Twitter use rules
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Saying goodbye to a labor institution Silver Spring labor college holds ﬁnal commencement Saturday after four decades
KEVIN JAMES SHAY STAFF WRITER
Four decades after a labor studies center formed on 47 sprawling acres near the Beltway, the National Labor College will conduct its ﬁnal commencement ceremony Saturday at the Silver Spring campus. The institution, afﬁliated with the AFLCIO, fell on hard ﬁnancial times in the past few years. Ofﬁcials thought they had a buyer for the campus last year in a partnership with Reid Temple African Method-
ist Episcopal Church, which has facilities in Silver Spring and Glenn Dale, and the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County. That would have let administrators move to a smaller space and conduct most courses online. But that plan fell through after the housing commission pulled out. Last December, ofﬁcials announced the closing and a tentative agreement to sell the campus to Washington, D.C., real estate development ﬁrm Monument Realty. “It was with heavy hearts and great emotion that [college board members] took the action that they did based on some hard facts about the ﬁnancial instability of the college,” college President Paula E. Peinovich wrote on the institution’s blog. Peinovich could not be reached
for comment. Ofﬁcials have a teach-out plan with some other colleges, including Penn State, to let students who will not graduate this semester transfer to those institutions. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education approved the plan to let the labor college award accredited degrees through Dec. 31, 2015, the college’s website says. Pam Zandy, marketing manager for Monument Realty, said this week that the ﬁrm has not completed the deal to purchase the Silver Spring campus. “We are still in negotiations,” she said. Monument Realty’s commercial and residential projects include the 255-unit Chase at Bethesda; Executive Plaza, a twobuilding ofﬁce complex in Rockville; and
Nancy Floreen presented her Golden Shovel awards to people who helped their neighbors.
County athletes work to earn qualifying spots at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.
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‘I wasn’t proselytizing on the MCFRS feed’ BY
TIFFANY ARNOLD STAFF WRITER
A former Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service spokesman violated the county policy by tweeting Bible verses and continuing to use his Twitter account in a way that appeared to be on the county’s behalf after he left the county in January. As a result, former Assistant Chief Scott Graham has been asked to change his Twit-
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ter name, @MCFirePIO, so that people won’t think he’s acting in an ofﬁcial county capacity, according to county government spokesman Patrick Laceﬁeld. “The things he was tweeting were in violation of the county’s social media policy,” Laceﬁeld said. When Graham was serving as a public information ofﬁcer for the county’s ﬁre and rescue association, he routinely used the @MCFirePIO Twitter handle to interact with reporters, posting photos and public safetyrelated updates in 140-character
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Silver Spring holds family friendly areawide egg hunt A walkable Easter egg hunt was held in Silver Spring on Saturday. About 600 people went on the hunt to ﬁnd more than 500 Easter eggs hidden throughout the Silver Spring Central Business District. The Easter celebration was hosted by Silver Spring Inc., an organization of residents, and the Silver Spring Historical Society. “The goal of the event is to provide something fun and engaging for Silver Spring that connects three important parts of our community — the businesses, the artists, and the residents,” said Peter Tantisunthorn, Silver Spring Inc founder. According to Tantisunthorn, there were traditional plastic Easter eggs ﬁlled with candy and a second egg, which was a piece of card stock cut to the shape of an egg. The front of each card stock had a print of an original piece of art designed by a Silver Spring artist. The back featured information about the artist and Silver Spring Inc. In a pocket, there was a gift card. The event also had special “Silver Eggs” with bigger prizes donated by Pyramid Atlantic and Silver Spring chocolatier Puja Satiani. “We designed the two types of eggs to appeal to children, as well as adults,” Tantisunthorn said. Hunters met at B&O Railroad Station at 8100 Georgia Ave. and
got a map. From there, they walked around Silver Spring’s central business district looking for the eggs. Tantisunthorn said he had encouraged hunters to only take one egg at any given location to allow everyone to have fun. During the event, attendees used social media to show off their ﬁnds with the hashtag #SSEggHunt on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.
A tasting party in Takoma Park The Folklore Society of Greater Washington is inviting Takoma Park residents to share their favorite recipes and a potluck dish at a tasting party from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The celebration will help create a book of recipes and entertaining stories and anecdotes from the kitchens of the Takoma Park community. Admission is free, but reservations are required due to limited space. RSVP for the location. Email email@example.com.
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EVENTS Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area Beneﬁt Concert,
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FRIDAY, APRIL 25 Game Night, 7:30 p.m., Round Oak Missionary Baptist Church, 15812 Good Hope Road, Silver Spring. Free. 240-476-7605.
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Public library survey underway Montgomery County Public Libraries is conducting a survey through Saturday on residents’ opinions of library services, materials, facilities and resources. The 12-question survey is for residents 12 and older. It’s available in English and Spanish. The survey is available at the libraries’ website, montgomerycountymd.gov/library. Results will be posted there.
Takoma Park ranks in top half of safest cities Takoma Park ranked as the 16th safest city in Maryland among 35 cities or areas in a list released on April 16 by real estate ﬁrm Movoto. The report looked at places with populations of at least 5,000 and ranked them based on crime statistics reported to the FBI in 2012. Takoma Park was the only Montgomery County city listed.
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Healthy Kids Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,
YMCA Silver Spring, 9800 Hastings Drive, Silver Spring. Free. 202-5736024.
Kevin Kammeraad and the Cooperﬂy Puppet Troupe, 10:30-11:30
a.m., FNDTN Gallery and Liveroom, 3762 Howard Ave., Kensington. $8. www.fndtnarts.com. Tour of National Park Seminary, 1-3 p.m., 2755 Cassedy St., Silver Spring. $5. 301-589-1715.
Takoma Park Community Band 40th Anniversary Concert, 1:30 p.m.,
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Kensington Concerts presents Ars Nova Chamber Ensemble, 3-4 p.m.,
Kensington Baptist Church, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-320-0832.
Loyalty Month Multicultural Talent Show, 4 p.m., Round Oak Missionary
Baptist Church, 15812 Good Hope Road, Silver Spring. Free. 301-2042639.
Movoto spokesman Nick Johnson said the report only included cities that researchers could locate that reported crime data to the FBI. Takoma Park residents had a 1 in 269 chance of being a victim of a violent crime in 2012 and a 1 in 35 chance of being a victim of a property crime, according to Movoto. The analysis did not take into account that some crimes happen to nonresidents, such as visitors and people who work but don’t live in the city. Takoma Park City Manager Brian Kenner said ofﬁcials did not know the methodology for the study and could not comment on it. Serious crime dropped 4 percent in 2013 from 2012, though there was an increase in burglaries from the ﬁve-year average, he said. “This trend has also been happening in surrounding jurisdictions,” Kenner said. “Police are actively working to reduce this small spike and have engaged the community and surrounding jurisdictions to help.” In a report on the best places to live in Maryland released in January by Movoto, Burtonsville tied for third with Bethesda among 185 places. Travilah ranked ﬁrst, North Potomac second and Olney ninth That list looked at factors such as high school graduation rates, unemployment rates and household income, using federal census data.
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Silver Spring residents not satisﬁed with proposal for road connection Rainbow Drive and Thompson Road project was reinserted in capital plan
Jimmy Plunkett on a skateboard, forefront, with siblings Tyler, Paige, and Maddie, in background, near their home at the end of Rainbow Drive.
ALINE BARROS STAFF WRITER
A plan to connect two roads, which was taken out of the county’s Capital Improvements Program, is back on the books despite the protests of local residents. The Montgomery County Council recently voted to restore funding for the proposed 300-foot extension of Rainbow Drive and Thompson Road connection in Silver Spring and reinserted the project in the FY15-20 Capital Budget Improvement program. But some residents are not happy with the idea. Bryan Plunkett, who lives with his family at Rainbow Drive, said trafﬁc will increase if the connection is made. “If this connection were to go through, it would destroy the quiet, peaceful, nature of our neighborhood and provide no improvement to the safety of our residents. I would no longer allow my children anywhere near the street if the connection were to go through,” Plunkett said. Other concerns are children’ safety while walking from Briggs Chaney Middle School and excessive speeding by drivers cutting through trafﬁc to the Spencerville area and Briggs Chaney Road to Peach Orchard Road. The County Council discussed the project during a March 25 work session, while reviewing the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee’s recommendation to reinsert the project in the CIP.
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Councilman Marc Elrich (D-At Large) of Takoma Park made a motion to remove the Rainbow Drive project. He said that county executive Hearing Examiner Michael Subin conducted the hearing on the case in 2012 and the project is not in the public interest. Elrich’s motion did not receive a second and failed. The council then voted 8-1 to put the project back in the program. According to a county document, residents from the neighborhood testiﬁed in front of Subin and said Good Hope Estates Civic Association sent a survey to 600 homes in the community, asking if residents favoredtheproject.Theassociation received a 42-percent response; two out of every three responses were against the project. Subin concluded that the connection was not in the public interest. County Executive Isiah Leggett denied the construction of the Rainbow Drive extension. As a result, the County Council unanimously adopted Bill 24-13 on Oct. 8, 2013, taking away the executive’s authority to authorize construction
of a road before beginning its construction. The executive approved it on Oct. 16, 2013, and it went into effect on Jan. 15, 2014. At the March session, Glenn Orlin, a deputy council administrator, said, “Seeing that the council had unanimously approved this project in the past, I brought the project forward again and the committee unanimously recommends it.” The council staff said there were three conditions required before the construction could start: The connection shouldn’t occur sooner than Norbeck Road Extended was open to trafﬁc; the design must include calming devices such as trafﬁc bumps; and the county had to do a study about cut-through trafﬁc in the road. Staff said all conditions have been met. The proposed project was originally recommended in the 1981 Eastern Montgomery County Master Plan and again in the 1997 approved and adopted Cloverly Master Plan, with a total cost of $540,000. Mike Conn, a Good Hope Estates resident, said the County Council should take
into consideration the amount of time spent on public engagement and discussions that led to Subin’s recommendation against the project. “The county executive used a process that was fully endorsed by the council at the time, in order to deal with the issue of the Thompson Road connection project once and for all,” Conn said. He added: “The public doesn’t know they reinserted this thing.” Councilwoman Cherri Branson (D-Dist. 5) said her decision to include the project in the FY15-20 CIP was guided by the actions taken by previous councils and the guidelines that were approved in the Cloverly Master Plan. “There’s not a reason for this transportation project not to proceed. ... The council has now voted four times to approve the project,” Branson said. The County Council will vote on the FY15-20 Capital Budget Improvement program in May. If approved, the Rainbow Drive and Thompson Road connection project will be ready by the summer of 2015. email@example.com
Tall tower in downtown Silver Spring not a trend, according to a developer n
Eleven55 is 21 stories
KEVIN JAMES SHAY STAFF WRITER
Downtown Silver Spring’s tallest building — the 21-story residential tower Eleven55 Ripley — recently opened, casting its shadow near the long-delayed transit center. Will that area see more tall buildings, assuming the transit center ﬁnally opens? Probably not quite that tall, a developer said. “It depends on the zoning,” said Bruce H. Lee, president of Lee Development Group, which has its ofﬁce in downtown Silver Spring. “I expect, on average, the new buildings will be from nine to 16 stories.” The 379-unit Eleven55 Ripley, developed by Washington, D.C., firm Shalom Baranes, is the latest residential tower. Rents start at $1,540 for a studio apartment and run from $2,365 to $3,025 for a two-bedroom unit. With amenities such as a rooftop pool, 3,000-squarefoot clubroom, high-deﬁnition theater and a two-story ﬁtness center with a yoga room, the complex wants to keep residents “for the long haul,” said property manager Jessica McMaster. The tower is a welcome addition to the downtown area and will add more life to Ripley Street and the area south of the Metro station, said Dan Reed, an urban planner and designer who lives in the Sligo Park Hills neighborhood about a mile from downtown Silver Spring. Reed is the land use chair for Action Committee for Transit, a group advocating for public transit in Montgomery County. “I wouldn’t mind more buildings that tall in downtown,” Reed said. “I grew up on
the 14th ﬂoor of an apartment building here, and I loved staring out the window and enjoying the views.” Lee’s company developed and manages a 10-story ofﬁce building at Colesville and Georgia and seeks to build another ofﬁce structure next door. But the market for ofﬁce space has been down for several years. Lee said the only current commercial ofﬁce project he knew of in the works in downtown Silver Spring is an expansion at biotech United Therapeutics Corp. The countywide commercial ofﬁce vacancy rate is about 14 percent — almost twice as high as in 2007. It’s higher than that if you take out 100 percent occupied buildings, he said. “A lot of ofﬁce projects are seeking to change their zoning to residential,” Lee said. “We plan to wait out the ofﬁce market here, but it could be 10 to 15 years.” The residential buildings will increase the number of people and activity in downtown Silver Spring. Whether that results in more severe vehicle congestion depends a lot on how much public transportation is available and how walkable and bikeable the community is, said Nick Brand, president of Action Committee for Transit. Urban centers like downtown Silver Spring need to focus more on such aspects and “not be fixated” on building more parking, adding car lanes and speeding up trafﬁc, Brand said. More housing options in downtown Silver Spring not only means more commuters, but more shoppers to support local businesses, Reed said. That can attract more shops and restaurants, so downtown residents will have more options and might not have to drive as much, he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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TIFFANY ARNOLD STAFF WRITER
An 18-year-old Richard Montgomery High School student has been charged with fourth-degree sex offense for
allegedly skipping class to have sex with another student in a school hallway, Montgomery County police said. A court hearing has been scheduled on May 8 for Miguel A. Cedillo, a 10th-grader at the school. The alleged sexual encounter was consensual, a Rockville police ofﬁcer said in charging documents ﬁled in
Montgomery County District Court in March. The other student was 14 years old — too young under Maryland law to give consent to a sexual encounter. The Gazette generally does not identify victims of alleged sex crimes. In an exchange of Facebook messages, the youths
agreed to skip class to meet up with each other in a hallway, where they engaged in a tryst on Feb. 27, police said in the court ﬁlings. The girl’s parents said they learned of what happened after receiving a letter from another concerned parent. They told Assistant Principal Afsaneh “Aﬁe” Mirshah-Nayar,
who contacted police, according to the charging documents. A phone number wasn’t listed for a Rockville address provided for Cedillo in court ﬁlings. Court records accessed online Tuesday show he’s being assigned an attorney from the public defender’s ofﬁce. In response to the incident, Montgomery County Public
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Council sounds off on complaints about Metrorail n
Transportation provider in midst of $5.5B in upgrades; fares to increase in July BY
KEVIN JAMES SHAY STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County Council members grilled Metro representatives about complaints they have received from residents concerning the reliability of rail service during a committee meeting Monday. “It’s getting increasingly unreliable,” said Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) of Garrett Park. “Montgomery County residents cannot depend on Metro to get to work on time.” The scrutiny comes as Metro is preparing to increase fares this summer. Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda, chairman of the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee, added that some Silver Spring business leaders told him a “major tenant” recently backed out of moving into the downtown area because “they could not rely” on Metro’s Red Line. The line runs from Glenmont through Silver Spring and Washington, D.C., to Bethesda and Rockville. “That just cannot be,” Berliner said. Kathryn Porter, an alternate Metro board member and former mayor of Takoma Park, acknowleged there were breakdowns and said the system is in the process of replacing old railcars and making other improvements. The Red Line will receive substantial changes, she said. “That should help improve reliability,” Porter said. Metro is in the midst of spending some $5.5 billion for new rail lines, cars, ties, platforms, escalators, signals, lighting and communications equipment. That is the largest capital investment since the system’s original construction in the early 1970s, ofﬁcials said. Bruce H. Lee, president of Lee Development Group in downtown Silver Spring, said he regularly hears from tenants and area residents that they are late to meetings and work. “The trains that come are
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Workers clear the pump area at Fletcher’s BP gas station during a Feb. 13 storm in Olney.
Floreen gives out Golden Shovels honors Awards honor neighbors who cleared sidewalks, driveways
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
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Gazebo Gardens Landscaping crew members Dones Hernandez (left) and William Blanco clear a path through a large pile of snow at the corner of Research Boulevard and Shady Grove Road on Feb. 14 in Rockville.
With spring ﬁnally here, Montgomery County Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) of Garrett Park is honoring county residents who helped their neighbors and communities during the long, brutal winter. Floreen presented Golden Shovel Awards to many of the 111 people on the list at the County Council meeting Tuesday. Floreen said last week that she started giving the awards around 2003, but hasn’t presented them the past few years because of the mild winters. The wide range of communities that people were nominated from speaks to the quality of people throughout the county, she said. Digging out someone’s driveway in Darnestown is a lot different from clearing someone’s sidewalk in Bethesda, but both are equally important, she said. A former mayor of Garrett Park, Floreen said she believes in highlighting people who contribute to Montgomery’s communities. “This is a great place, and we need to celebrate our people,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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usually crowded,” Lee said. “You’re often waiting a while to get on a train.” Nick Brand, president of Action Committee for Transit, an advocacy group for public transit in Montgomery County, said his experience riding the Red Line has been “very good” with predictable trip times and frequent service. He primarily rides the Red Line from Friendship Heights to downtown Washington, D.C., on weekdays and the Green Line on weekends. At the group’s last membership meeting, attended by a Metro ofﬁcial, Brand said some members voiced displeasure over renovation work on weekends that affected service. “For the large majority of riders, it seems that Metrorail is able to deliver a good quality ride,” Brand said. Buses are “much less reliable,” he said. Some systems in other parts of the country have real-time signs at bus stops alerting people when buses are arriving, which this area could use, he said. Rail fares are increasing an average of 3 percent starting July 1. The maximum fare during rush hours will rise from $5.75 to $5.90. Parking will increase 10 cents. Regular bus fares will become $1.75, either with cash or a SmarTrip card. Those fares are now $1.60 with a card and $1.80 with cash. The maximum MetroAccess fare will be lowered from $7 to $6.50. “The fare increases this year are much smaller than before,” Porter said. “In some cases, users will see reductions.” Metro is the only transit system in a large metropolitan area without a dedicated source of revenue such as a sales tax, Porter said. Montgomery County is contributing about $128 million as a subsidy to Metro in ﬁscal 2015, the third most among eight regional jurisdictions. Berliner said he would like to see a comparison of what entities pay for mass transit in other large metropolitan areas, and how they fund the systems. “We need you to be at your very best,” Berliner told Metro officials. “It isn’t clear at this moment that’s what our community is getting.” email@example.com
Stewart takes a seat on Takoma Park council Will ﬁll remainder of Daniels-Cohen’s term n
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Takoma Park Mayor Bruce R. Williams (left) swears in Kate Stewart as the new Ward 3 councilwoman at the Takoma Park Community Center on April 21.
Kate Stewart was ofﬁcially sworn in as Takoma Park’s newest councilwoman on Monday at the Takoma Park Community Center. Stewart won the April 8 special election for the Ward 3 seat on the Takoma Park City Council She succeed Kay Daniels-Cohen, who died of cancer Feb. 20. Stewart will serve the remainder of Daniels-Cohen’s two-year term, ending Nov. 16, 2015. Stewart defeated Roger Schlegel by eight votes — 332 to 324 — according to the city’s website. — ALINE BARROS
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Council steps up timeline for clean energy purchases Nine environmental measures passed by council on Earth Day
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
Beginning in mid-2015, Montgomery County will purchase all of its electrical power from renewable sources, part of a wide-ranging group of energy legislation passed by the County Council. The bill requiring the change was sponsored by Councilman Roger Berliner (DDist. 1) of Bethesda, part of a package designed to help make Montgomery a leader in green energy and technology and ﬁght climate change. Montgomery’s actions may not stop climate change single-handedly, but the county should do what it can, Berliner said before the council’s vote Tuesday on the package of seven bills and two zoning changes. April 22 is Earth Day. All nine measures were approved unanimously by the
nine-member council. Montgomery currently gets 30 percent of its electric power from renewable energy, and Berliner’s bill originally called for the county to increase that number to 50 percent by ﬁscal 2015 and 100 percent by ﬁscal 2020. But an amendment by Councilman Hans Riemer (DAt Large) of Takoma Park altered the bill to move the 100 percent target to ﬁscal 2016, which begins in July 2015. Riemer said the county’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee, of which he is a member and Berliner the chair, was surprised to learn that going to 100 percent renewable energy by ﬁscal 2015 wasn’t a huge expense, and had put that change on the list of items to be resolved before the budget is passed in late May. Buying 100 percent renewable energy in ﬁscal 2015 would have cost the county nearly $170,000 more than it spends for its current 30 percent, while doing so in ﬁscal 2016 is pro-
“This is probably the most urgent public policy challenge that we face.” Council Vice President George L. Leventhal (D-At Large), Takoma Park jected to cost between $206,000 and $275,000 more based on current prices, according to information prepared by council staff. The county’s current energy contracts run out at the end of the year, and they’ll begin soliciting new contracts this summer, said David Dise, director of the Department of General Services. In working out the new contracts, the county will have to determine whether it’s better to lock in energy prices for a long period, or if it would beneﬁt the county to get new prices more often, he said. According to a report released last week by the county’s offices of Finance and Man-
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agement and Budget on the expected ﬁscal and economic impacts of the bill, the county currently buys renewable energy certiﬁcates, independently traded commodities representing the environmental, social and other qualities of renewable energy creation. But the county report warns that prices for the certiﬁcates can ﬂuctuate wildly. While prices are currently low, over the past 10 years prices have varied by more than 600 percent for the same product, it said. Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) of Garrett Park was the only member to vote against Riemer’s amendment, although she ultimately
supported the amended bill. Floreen, who also sits on the Transportation Committee, said she would prefer the discussion on when to require 100 percent renewable energy be part of the budget discussions rather than as part of the bill Tuesday. Floreen said there are already a lot of demands on the budget, and questioned whether the county can really afford the change. “I don’t like doing this in a vacuum,” she said. Along with the energy purchase bill, the package of bills passed Tuesday also included zoning changes on charging stations for electric vehicles and solar panels, and bills on:
• creating energy benchmarks for non-residential buildings • transitioning to light-emitting diode bulbs in county street lights • requiring county staff to factor in the external and social costs of using fossil fuels when reviewing the energy efﬁciency of county buildings • expediting the review processes to obtain permits for solar projects and charging stations for electric vehicles • making it easier for county employees to work from home and telecommute Council Vice President George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park said the recession forced the county to eliminate some clean energy programs it believed in, and the county faces a challenge to stay in the forefront of the climate change issue. “This is probably the most urgent public policy challenge that we face,” Leventhal said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Kramer pursues re-election to continue supporting senior citizens Delegate also has worked on animal welfare and environmental issues n
SARAH SCULLY STAFF WRITER
A lifetime resident of the Wheaton area, Del. Benjamin F. Kramer (D-Dist. 19) said he is running for re-election to continue working to protect seniors and for animal welfare. District 19 includes Wheaton, Aspen Hill and surrounding areas. Kramer, a delegate since 2007, has passed a number of measures to make up for what
he saw years ago as “a dearth of legislation protecting our seniors and helping our senior residents,” he said. Seniors were being scammed out of money by criminal schemes like false phone calls or emails requesting wire transfers, or even “relatives” convincing them to hand over money. Kramer led the effort to pass a law “that criminalized the use of undue inﬂuence to take the assets of seniors,” he said. A follow-up bill required banks to train employees to spot scams and protect seniors and to report abuse. He wants to work on getting the same regulations applied to money transfer services operating in Maryland.
When there are power outages during times of extreme heat or cold, Kramer has taken older residents
into his home. Kramer passed legislation to hold utility companies more accountable and make them respond more quickly to outages where there are senior housing facilities. Now, if there’s an outage lasting longer than four hours, the utility must report it to the Public Service Commission and ex-
plain how it will ﬁx the problem. Another bill Kramer sponsored blocks predatory lenders from giving seniors bad reverse mortgage deals, which led to foreclosures, forcing seniors out of their homes. Kramer led the implementation of Silver Alerts, public notices when someone with a cognitive impairment has gone missing, to help police ﬁnd the person. The alert applies not just to older residents with dementia, but residents of all ages. Relatives of people with autism said the system would help them, too, he said. Another Kramer initiative led to Maryland becoming the second state to outlaw severing of dogs’ and cats’ vocal cords. The
procedure — which was often done violently by owners, researchers and breeders without a veterinarian — can cause problems with breathing, eating and drinking for many animals. Now, it must be physically necessary and performed by a veterinarian with anesthesia. Kramer also worked to make cosmetic surgery on animals illegal — referring to cutting ears or tail for cosmetic reasons. In Montgomery County, Kramer’s work to ensure that the state, not the county, will enforce minimum wage laws will save the county about $500,000, he said. He also pushed for less environmentally harmful alternatives to road salt, which leached into
the water supply. Alternatives such as beet juice and byproducts from alcohol distilleries “are very effective and are benign to the environment,” he said. In the June 24 Democratic primary, Kramer is running with Bonnie Cullison (D-Dist. 19). Current Del. Sam Arora (DDist. 19) will not seek re-election. The challengers are Paul Bardack, Charlotte Crutchﬁeld, and Maricé Morales. Melodye Berry ﬁled to run, but withdrew from the race, although her name still will appear on the ballot. On Nov. 4, the three winners of the Democratic primary will compete with Republican Martha Schaerr for three delegate seats.
Montgomery council bill aims to clear the path for better snow removal BY
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
After one of the most brutal winters in memory, Montgomery County is taking steps to make
sure it’s better prepared for the next winter storm. County Council members Hans Riemer (D-At Large) of Takoma Park and Nancy Navarro (D- Dist. 4) of Silver Spring intro-
duced a bill Tuesday that would require County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) to establish a plan to coordinate snow removal and try to eliminate some of the problems that beset the county during the past winter. Riemer said the list of changes tries to come up with ways to address a variety of problems he heard about during the winter storms. Hopefully the fact that the bill will be considered during
the summer won’t mean people forget the difﬁculties the winter posed, he said. The plan would: • create a digital map of the county showing who is responsible for clearing snow and ice on each sidewalk • create a communications plan covering how to notify residents during major storms and outline requirements for removing snow and ice • designate priority pedestrian
routes for education efforts and increased enforcement of snow and ice removal policies • develop a plan for extended hours for county staff who get complaints about snow and ice removal during major storms • develop a plan to remove snow and ice on publicly owned property • develop a plan for snow removal during major storms County law already requires property owners to remove snow
and ice from sidewalks within 24 hours after precipitation ends. But storms this winter sometimes left sidewalks covered for days, according to a county memorandum on the topic. The winter weather cost the county more than $25 million, more than $15 million more than had been budgeted. A public hearing on the bill will be scheduled at a later date. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ryon hopes her experience sways voters in circuit judge race ‘An open mind doesn’t mean you’re a blank slate,’ candidate says n
TIFFANY ARNOLD STAFF WRITER
When families are at war, it’s Montgomery County Circuit Judge Joan E. Ryon’s job to make sure it ends with a resolution that’s best for the child. “To minimize the trauma for her at this point,” Ryon said. “Her family’s broken up, her parents are at war. I mean, they’re litigating, they’re stressed out, they’re spending money they shouldn’t. They’re arguing over whether she can go to dad’s Saturday night or if it’s mom’s turn.”
These are the types of cases Ryon, 54, of Gaithersburg, oversees as a circuit judge. Her appointment by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) in 2013 is a culmination of the nearly three decades she spent handling family law-related cases as an attorney and as a family division master for Montgomery County Circuit Court. Ryon hopes to remain a judge after Election Day. Ryon will be among the four sitting circuit judges on the June 24 primary ballot in June. The judges — Ryon, Gary E. Bair, Audrey A. Creighton, Nelson W. Rupp Jr. — are running as a team against Poolesville attorney Daniel P. Connell. Voters will narrow the ﬁeld of ﬁve down to four, for four judge seats.
It’s the ﬁrst time in 10 years the Montgomery County circuit judge elections have been conRyon tested. “Most people don’t even expect to see a judge’s name on there or to have a choice,” Ryon said. “We’re not an anyone’s radar screen. In my case, I would hope [voters] could feel comfortable voting for me because of the experience I’ve had, because I’ve proven an ability to be fair and impartial in a courtroom and make decisions promptly.” Ryon, whose ﬁrst name is
pronounced like Joanne, was raised in Montgomery County. She is a graduate of Sherwood High School and she earned her law degree from MarshallWythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in 1983. Ryon spent most of the early 1980s working at small ﬁrms, doing contractual work for the Montgomery County Public Defender’s Ofﬁce on the side to get more experience in the courtroom. She was hired as an assistant state’s attorney in Montgomery County in 1986, representing people in child support and paternity-related hearings. Her role broadened in 1994, when she was appointed as a master for paternity and child support proceedings, which meant she
reviewed the facts of people’s cases, made recommendations and proposed orders for the court. In 2000, she was named master of the Circuit Court’s family division, bringing even more family-law related matters onto her turf. But Ryon said she reached a point where she wanted more. She applied for judgeship twice prior to her appointment as an associate Circuit Court judge in 2013. “I had been doing it [working as a master] for nine years and there really weren’t any challenges anymore,” Ryon said. “The fact patterns vary, but the law is what it is. Applying the same law for nine years in a fairly limited arena, I felt like I was ready to be challenged a little bit more.
“So the next logical step at that point, if I wanted to keep hearing cases and resolving them, was to broaden the scope of what I heard and go outside of the master’s ofﬁce. The only real option was the bench.” She said she hopes voters will give her the chance to continue her role as a judge after the November 2014 elections. “I think judges bring life experience with them to the bench,” Ryon said. “When a judge says they’re going to do everything they can with a completely open mind, that’s absolutely true. But an open mind doesn’t mean you’re a blank slate.” email@example.com
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Couple sues bank over missing college funds Charges ﬁled in Aspen Hill homicide Police said checks were stolen from mailbox n
TIFFANY ARNOLD STAFF WRITER
In a lawsuit, a Montgomery Village couple accuses SunTrust Bank and Education Systems Federal Credit Union of not preventing thieves from using a bogus bank account to swipe more than $80,000 meant for their daughters’ college funds. According to Montgomery County Circuit Court records, a couple on Darlington Drive in Montgomery Village, ﬁled a civil lawsuit April 8 tied to an alleged theft in August 2013. The couple asked not to be identiﬁed in this story.
The couple banks with the credit union and had meant to deposit $83,202 into an account tied to the state-run College Savings Plans of Maryland, court ﬁlings said. The money was supposed to fund a college education for their twin daughters in kindergarten. “Someone decided rather than going out and earning a living, they decided to go out and steal money from two 6-year-old girls,” the mother said. The couple placed two unendorsed checks made out to “Maryland Prepaid College Fund” in the mail. Montgomery County police alleged in a news release Friday that thieves stole the checks from their mailbox. According to court filings, the money was deposited into an account named
“Maryland Prepaid College Trust.” The account was created at a SunTrust branch in Maryland by someone who used a Pennsylvania driver’s license with a Washington, D.C., home address, according to the lawsuit. “Obviously, that should have raised a red ﬂag,” said Jamie Kay, an attorney representing the family. Hugh Suhr, a SunTrust corporate spokesman, said the company’s doesn’t comment on ongoing litigation. According to the lawsuit, SunTrust called the family’s credit union to conﬁrm that the checks weren’t fraudulent. The mother contacted SunTrust after that. She told the bank that she drafted the checks, but said she didn’t know if those checks should have gone to SunTrust. She was later informed
that College Savings Plans of Maryland had not received her checks, according to the court ﬁlings. The funds were fully withdrawn over the course of three days. SunTrust has refused to refund the money, the lawsuit alleged. The couple is seeking unspeciﬁed ﬁnancial compensation. A hearing was scheduled for July in Montgomery County Circuit Court. Meanwhile, Montgomery County police are looking for leads in the case. On Friday, police released surveillance photos of two males at a SunTrust branch where the deposit was made. As of Tuesday, police had yet to identify suspects, according to police spokeswoman Angela Cruz.
Tavon Miles accused of killing Marc St. Aubin in March BY
TIFFANY ARNOLD STAFF WRITER
Formal murder charges were brought Thursday against a Gaithersburg man who police accused of killing an Aspen Hill resident during an apparent robbery in March. Tavon Antonio Miles, 26, of the 19600 block of Framingham Drive in Gaithersburg was indicted on charges of murder, robbery, armed robbery and three counts of attempted armed robbery, according to Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the county State’s Attorney’s Ofﬁce. The case will advance to Montgomery County Circuit Court. On March 3, Montgomery County police found Marc St. Aubin, 23, in his driveway, slumped between a Buick LeSabre and the ground, according to
District Court ﬁlings. His death was ruled a homicide, caused by multiple injuries. He had blunt force injuries and a stab wound, court records state. Police allege that Miles was part of a group of robbers who that night went to St. Aubin’s house in the 15800 block of Laughlin Lane, near the Intercounty Connector, looking for cash and drugs. Citing an interview with an anonymous witness, police said in court ﬁlings that there was a “struggle” during the robbery and that shots were ﬁred. Medical staff at a hospital in Olney told police that Miles was dropped off at their emergency room for gunshot wounds, according to court ﬁlings. Police said Miles was wounded by the same type of bullet recovered from the scene of the shooting. But Miles offered a different explanation — that he got shot while walking near the hospital, according to charging documents prepared by a Montgomery County detective.
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School advocate is seeking an at-large board position Ortman-Fouse wants to increase partnerships in school system n
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Jill Ortman-Fouse said she’s running for a spot on the Montgomery County Board of Education to lend her advocacy experience, grow the county school system’s partnerships and improve the system’s responsiveness to voices in its community. Silver Spring resident Ortman-Fouse, 50, is making a bid for an at-large board seat after about ten years of involvement in county schools, including parent-teacher association roles and advocacy efforts for Silver Spring school needs and groups who she said were not being heard. Three other candidates — Edward Amatetti, Shebra Evans
and Merry Eisner Heidorn — are also running for the at-large seat following school board memOrtman-Fouse ber Shirley Brandman’s announcement she would not run again for the position. Ortman-Fouse has two children in Montgomery County Public Schools and currently offers strategic-planning and team-building services through her company T.E.A.M. Consulting. In one example of her past advocacy work, Ortman-Fouse said she and a friend formed an ad hoc group that successfully advocated for facility improvements at Northwood High School in Silver Spring and facility needs and a long-term principal at Silver Spring International Middle School.
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She also served for about two years as a member of a school system parent advisory council that led workshops to help parents advocate for needs in their schools. Ortman-Fouse said she wants to see the school system and the school board become more responsive to school community members who raise concerns and offer input. “We need to expand the communication channels,” she said. “Residents want to give feedback and they want to get answers.” The school system must also form more partnerships with those who “want to be part of the solution,” including parents, community members, businesses and nonproﬁts who
can offer their talents, resources and knowledge, she said. Increased partnerships,
“Residents want to give feedback and they want to get answers.” Jill Ortman-Fouse
she said, will allow the school system to broaden the learning opportunities and resources available to students. Ortman-Fouse said “too
many of our students are falling through the cracks” and the school system needs to works with community partners to close its achievement gaps. The system also needs to ensure it funds strategies aimed at closing the gap that are proven to help students, she said. “I don’t think we’re doing a good enough job listening to our teachers and our community because we’ve been talking about these things for years,” she said. Among the school system’s current initiatives, OrtmanFouse said she supports expanding the Linkages to the Learning program that offers wrap-around services to at-risk students and their families, and the Achieving Collegiate Excel-
lence and Success program that helps high school students prepare for and get into college. In her grading of the current school board, Ortman-Fouse said she thinks it “needs improvement.” She said she thinks the board needs more stafﬁng and the system should establish an inspector general ofﬁce to help with budget oversight. Currently, she said, school board members take on a large amount of budget and policy work in part-time positions with “little stafﬁng.” “I think this model might need to be adjusted to meet the needs of our residents,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Human cannonball reaches for the stars Former teacher, auditor Thomsen ﬂies 90 feet across the stage going 65 miles per hour
BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER
Shortly before high school graduation, Dale Thomsen’s parents gave him a send-off in his senior yearbook by submitting a photo of him holding a toy star and writing “reach for the stars.” Nearly ten years later, he’s doing just that. Thomsen, 28, is starring in the Cole Bros. “Circus of the Stars” show, performing the human cannonball act, among others. In keeping with the theme, the top of the tent’s interior has been designed to look like the night sky. “When I’m looking through the barrel, toward the light at the end of the tunnel, the only thing I can see are these stars,” Thomsen
said. “My job is literally to reach for them as soon as I shoot out.” Calling himself an “adrenaline junkie,” Thomsen said he embraced the opportunity to become a human cannonball when the position became open in anticipation of the tour, which kicked off in DeLand, Fla., in mid March. His act involves being shot out of a cannon and sent ﬂying 90 feet across the stage to a landing net. His ﬂight reaches a top speed of 65 miles per hour and a height of 37 feet — a “line drive” shot. Thomsen, who is in the midst of his ﬁrst year with Cole Bros. Circus, also performs the ﬂying trapeze stunt and an aerial act for the same show. The nine-month-long tour is coming to Gaithersburg Friday through Sunday, appearing at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds at 16 Chestnut St. for eight performances. Tickets can be purchased online at gotothe-
circus.com. To prepare for the act, Thomsen spent two weeks training at Cole Bros.’ winter headquarters in DeLand. Ground training came ﬁrst, but Thomsen quickly transitioned to practicing the real thing, averaging around 30 to 40 shots from the cannon per day. “The only real way to train is shooting out of the cannon,” he said. “Each time it feels like you’re getting hit by a truck.” While Thomsen wouldn’t reveal much about how he is launched, he did say that hydraulics are involved. Taking care of the mind, body and spirit are essential to a good performance, according to Thomsen. Stretching before each show is a necessary part of his routine, he said, and helps to ensure that the stunt is comfortable and safe. “I always wake up and start the day with handstands because that really seems to get my body
going,” he said. “I also have to make sure I’m eating very well, drinking water and getting plenty of sleep.” The support and encouragement from his family, who lives in his hometown of St. Cloud, Minn., remains one of Thomsen’s biggest motivations. “The last thing I think about before I’m shot out is my family,” Thomsen said, “and how happy I am to be doing what I’m doing.” He added that he also thinks of a special guardian angel — his grandmother — who keeps him safe during his performances. Living life on the road with a hectic schedule has been a “lifestyle change,” Thomsen said. Even though he wasn’t born into the circus family, he feels like he belongs. “I might not have the circus blood but I like to believe I have the circus spirit,” he said. email@example.com
Willard wants to increase county’s sustainability
At-large council candidate focuses on renewable energy, growth, economic distribution n
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
Although a ﬁrst-time candidate for ofﬁce, Tim Willard spent more than a quarter-century surrounded by the products generated by government. Now retired, Willard spent 26 years using his Ph.D. in history working at the National Archives. For much of that time, he worked in the declassiﬁcation unit reviewing documents for items that may require them to stay classiﬁed. Much of the work was routine, but occasionally in sifting through the records you would ﬁnd some “very good nuggets,” Willard said. Willard is running for an
at-large seat on the Montgomery County C o u n cil, one of seven challengers trying to replace Willard at-large incumbents Marc Elrich (D) of Takoma Park, Nancy Floreen (D) of Garrett Park, George L. Leventhal (D) of Takoma Park and Hans Riemer (D) of Takoma Park. Willard, 62, of Kensington said he’s organizing his campaign around the theme of sustainability. The county needs to get its economy off of a reliance on fossil fuels and onto renewable energy, as well as increase energy efﬁciency in buildings, he said. The county also needs to form new policies on the limits of how much it can grow if it
ever wants to address the problems of sprawl and congestion that are creating an unsustainable atmosphere, he said. Lastly, the county has to strive for a more sustainable distribution of wealth, as the middle class stagnates and poverty increases, Willard said. It’s great that Montgomery led the way on increasing the minimum wage, but the county needs to keep increasing it until it provides an actual living wage, he said. The county passed a bill in November that will increase the minimum wage in Montgomery to $11.50 an hour by 2017, while the General Assembly passed a law during its most recent session that increases the wage statewide to $10.10 an hour by 2018. Willard wants the county to set mandatory guidelines on rent control, and to emphasize refurbishing and retrofitting older buildings to create more affordable housing rather than
tearing them down. Willard said he plans to raise about $20,000 to fund his campaign through house parties and online fundraising. Being a third-party candidate makes it more difﬁcult to get media attention, especially in an area that is as dominated by one party— Democrats, he said. People in Montgomery tend to view the June 24 Democratic primary as the real election rather than the Nov. 4 general election, he said. As a third-party candidate, Willard said the Green Party will have to collect 10,000 signatures by the end of 2014, the threshold in Maryland to be a recognized party, in order to keep its name on the ballot for upcoming election cycles. Willard said they plan on collecting the signatures at farmers markets and other community events. firstname.lastname@example.org
seeks school board seat Says teachers’ strengths should be better used, rewarded n
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
In his seven years of teaching, Edward Amatetti said, he taught in “the most challenging environments” and gained experience he hopes to bring to the county school board. Amatetti, a 55-year-old North Potomac resident who works primarily in ﬁnance, taught for three years at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School in Silver Spring in addition to his time in Prince George’sCountyandWashington, D.C. schools. He is now one of four candidates running for an at-large seat on the Montgomery County Board of Education. The other candidates include Shebra Evans, Merry Eisner Heidorn and Jill Ortman-Fouse. The primary election falls on June 24 and the general election on Nov. 4. Amatetti said he thinks the school system needs to address its achievement gap and other issues with changes to how teachers can work, plan and train. Administrators should have the freedom to use their teachers’ different strengths and reward them for those strengths, he said. Strong teachers, such as those who work well with challenging students or run an after-school tutoring program, should be paid more, he said. In another example, he said, an administrator should also be able to move students from a newer teacher who shows promise but has trouble with classroom management to a more experienced teacher who would be compensated for taking on the extra students. The school system also needs to remove “unnecessary administrative burdens” from teachers’ plates so they have more time to plan lessons, he said. Amatetti said he thinks such
burdens include professional development that is not as helpful as it should be, a focus on “teaching to the test,” and constant student assessment. He said he also wants to develop a mentoring program that would pair more experienced teachers with newer or less-effective teachers. County schools also need to keep high standards for all students, Amatetti said. “I had high-performing classes consistently and never had to lower my standards or expectations no matter how diverse my student populations were,” he said. Amatetti also said he has concerns about the Common Core State Standards, a controversial set of education standards for English and math that Maryland, along with other states, chose to adopt. Common Core, he said, involves “unproven instructional techniques” and could override local needs and priorities. “I believe, or I fear, it will reduce teacher job satisfaction and cause a further exodus of some of the best teachers and reduce their creativity,” he said. Amatetti said that, in addition to his teaching experience, he would also bring to the school board his experience auditing and improving the operations of cities, counties and other entities. “I see budgets and I see the detail behind it,” he said. He said he thinks the school system’s current proposed budget is not detailed enough, making it hard to analyze and the budget process “suspectible to waste and abuse.” Amatetti said the school system needs its own inspector general to look at the budget. Assessing the current school board, Amatetti said he thinks the boardshouldbemoretransparent. “They have not followed their oversight obligation nearly to the extent that they should,” he said, especially in the area of the budget. email@example.com
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Continued from Page A-1 Monument Corporate Center, a large ofﬁce complex in Gaithersburg. The 47-acre campus “presents a really great opportunity” for the Silver Spring area because it’s such a large, prominent site, said Dan Reed, an urban planner and designer who lives in Silver Spring.
The college has an interesting variety of buildings that could lend themselves to many different uses, and they should be repurposed or preserved, he said. “I don’t have a strong opinion about what should replace it, but there is an opportunity to give [eastern Montgomery County] residents the amenities they want, like more job opportunities and more places to shop and eat,” Reed said. Last year, the labor college
Continued from Page A-1 Luis Avila can speak again. The therapy program is offered at Walter Reed, in a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with the American Music Therapy Association. The program has a board-certiﬁed therapist with training in the use of music, instruments, songwriting, interpretation and rhythmic motor movement to help patients heal. The American Music Therapy Association in Silver Spring published a report on March 3 that talked about the profession of music therapy, focusing on both active-duty service members and veterans. Luis Avila said music therapy has been a “therapeutic therapy” that addressed his daily physical, emotional,
Continued from Page A-1 bursts. Public information officers are responsible for responding to press inquiries and occasionally act as spokespeople for the departments or organizations where they work. The @MCFirePIO account had more than 1,800 followers and more than 880 tweets, including at least 20 church-related posts — Bible verses, links to church sermons, and quotes from ministers — tweeted during and after his time as a county public information ofﬁcer. The county’s policy prohibits ofﬁcial social media account
Continued from Page A-1 “Established streets like University Boulevard and Viers Mill Road are more appropriate for that use,” Ervin said. Other nearby residents support having a gas station, especially one with an attendant who helps disabled customers
donated to the University of Maryland, College Park, its massive George Meany Memorial Archives, the ofﬁcial archives of the AFL-CIO that had been at the Silver Spring campus since 1993. The archives are estimated to have a value of $25 million and contain more than 40 million artifacts, including papers of key labor leaders and ofﬁcial records of AFL-CIO proceedings. The state valued the college land, which includes dorms,
cognitive and social needs. “I provide treatment for a wide variety of diagnosis including mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), psychological health conditions, and aspects of speech and communication,” wrote music therapist Julie Garrison. The therapy is available to all activeduty military, retirees and dependents receiving care at Walter Reed. In the ﬁrst full year of music treatment, there were approximately 532 patients. This number is expected to triple by December 2014. Garrison said music can lead the patient to relax, rest, inﬂuence breathing and show emotions. “I sing, I practice, I listen to Julie and my therapy always provides the communication that I’ve been dreaming to have since my injury,” said Luis Avila, who is from San Antonio, but now lives in Bethesda. Two years ago, doctors told Claudia
classrooms, ofﬁces and a conference center, at about $45 million. The property was once owned by a Roman Catholic religious order, the Xaverian Brothers. The AFL-CIO purchased it in 1971, then formally dedicated the George Meany Center for Labor Studies and began offering degree programs for union members in afﬁliation with Antioch College in 1974. The college later became an independent degree-granting in-
her husband could die at any minute. On Dec. 31, 2011, Luis was taken to Landhaus, Germany, where Claudia saw her husband for the ﬁrst time after the accident. Luis had had a heart attack and a stroke and his brain was deprived of oxygen. “When I got there ... [doctors said], ‘We need to brief you ﬁrst’ and I said, ‘No. You ﬂew me all the way from Texas to see my husband. You can brief me later. Let me see my soldier, so he can know I am here. ... Let me touch him and then we will talk,’” she recalled. With Claudia’s care and devotion and a team of doctors, Luis’ vital signs got better and he got stronger. When he was transferred to Brooke Army Medical Center in January 2012, he was still in a coma. Doctors told Claudia that, after 30 days on life support, the family needed to decide whether to turn off the machines.
stitution and became the George Meany Center for Labor Studies — the National Labor College. Enrollment at the college this ﬁnal semester was about 300 students, according to its website. It has awarded bachelor’s degrees in business administration, labor studies and union leadership, among others, and has been offering more online courses in recent years. The closing convocation and ﬁnal commencement ceremony
She ﬁnally agreed to disconnect the life-support machines and wait for the moment her husband would die. But she waited in a nontraditional way. “I started to play music. Every single thing, he liked it. From salsa to classic. If you ask those nurses, I think I was driving them nuts. ... I was like, ‘Please don’t turn it off. ... Don’t touch his music. Don’t touch the sound of our kids,” Claudia said. She noticed movement in her husband’s face, as if he were trying to say something. She told his primary doctor, who said they were reﬂex movements. “I said [to the doctor], ‘Listen, if I have to tell you one more time that those are not reﬂex [movements], that he is trying to wake up and he needs help, I am going to be very mad at you,’” she said. At this point in the interview, Luis interrupted his wife and said “the vid-
will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Kirkland Center on the Silver Spring campus, with a reception afterwards. Union leaders, alumni and others are expected to attend. It is a ticketed event and not open to the general public, said Laura Barrantes, executive assistant to Peinovich. The college is expected to formally close the Silver Spring campus on April 30. firstname.lastname@example.org
eos” as a reference to their children’ videos. He said he remembers them. Army Col. Politowicz, who asked that his ﬁrst name not be used, was deployed ﬁve times, but did not want to talk about his war service. As a consequence of his time in the war, he suffers from a loss of vision and post-traumatic stress disorder. Politowicz said the ticking of the clock or the piano’s lower sounds make him to feel distressed. So, Garrison would play only higher notes. Politowicz, who has been receiving music therapy treatment since January, said that because of music therapy, he can focus and do simple tasks, like read. “My brain was not functioning well ... and to see where I was and where I am, it is absolutely amazing,” Politowicz said. email@example.com
administrators from broadcasting personal beliefs and states that content posted to these sites “must be consistent with the mission of county government and the mission of the department on whose behalf the post is made,” according to a copy of the policy obtained by The Gazette. Graham contends he did nothing wrong. “This is a First Amendment thing,” he said. Graham served MCFRS for more than 25 years and was described by colleagues as a “great guy” with a “distinguished career.” Graham helped craft what became the Emergency Medical Transportation Insurance Reimbursement Act, which charges
insurers for emergency medical transport. He’s a volunteer ﬁreﬁghter in the Upcounty. Graham said that he created the @MCFirePIO feed as a personal account and didn’t think it was inappropriate for county business. “It’s not a county account and it never has been,” Graham said. Since Graham left the county on Jan. 31, at least three tweets related to weather and trafﬁc incidents went out. Graham said he didn’t think choosing “@MCFirePIO” as a name for his private account would lead people to think it were official. The bio on the account, whose ﬁrst tweet was posted in 2011, now states that
he is a retired from MCFRS and works for Holy Cross Hospital. The photo on the account depicts him in what appeared to be an MCFRS uniform. “It’s not regulated anywhere on Twitter,” Graham said. “I can choose whatever name I want.” The church related tweets, Graham said, were an accident. He said a mobile app inadvertently posted to his @MCFirePIO account when heonly meant for it to post to his Facebook page. “I wasn’t proselytizing on the MCFRS feed,” Graham said. The county’s policy deﬁnes social media as an umbrella term encompassing the technologies and programs the county uses to make content publicly
available online and to interact with the public. The Ofﬁce of Public Information sets guidelines for social media use and is required under the social media policy to keep a list of all of the county’s social media sites. The @MCFirePIO Twitter handle was not on that list. The county’s social media policy does not appear to speciﬁcally address the use of private accounts for ofﬁcial government business. But Laceﬁeld said broader county policies limit how and when employees can act in an a way that appears to represent the government — rules that extend to social media, even private accounts. “The song is still the same,”
Laceﬁeld said. Lacefield said individual departments tailor the county’s policy to best meet their needs. Fire Chief Steve Lohr said Graham’s tweets were “inappropriate.” Graham said he’s not tweeting from the account anymore. “You’re about three months late and a dollar short because I no longer use it [the account],” Graham said. As of Monday afternoon, the @MCFirePIO was still active, though its most recent post was an April 1 retweet from the current ﬁre and rescue association spokesman Pete Piringer’s feed @mcfrsPIO, a tweet on the ﬁre at Gables Upper Rock.
by pumping the fuel. “I’m handicapped and drive a wheelchair van,” said Charles Rich, a Silver Spring resident who lives about two miles from the Costco. “I can’t ﬁnd another station in this area with discount gas that doesn’t require me to get out and pump it.” Costco representatives said they received more than 5,000 postcards from Montgom-
ery County residents expressing support for the gas station through a mail and feedback campaign. About 740 were from residents living in the two closest ZIP codes to the Wheaton mall. Erich Brann Jr., director of real estate development for Costco Wholesale, said the company recently opened a gas station at its Fairfax, Va., store and has one at the Beltsville and Frederick locations as well. The Gaithersburg site is too dense for a gas station, though
both Gaithersburg and Wheaton Costcos have tire service centers, he said. Only a few postcards supporting the Wheaton gas station came from residents living in the neighborhood closest to Costco’s parking lot, said Danila Sheveiko, a member of the Stop Costco Gas Coalition and past president of the Kensington Heights Civic Association. The information technology systems engineer cited air pollution concerns from idling
cars waiting in line and potential groundwater damage by oil and grease runoff from the station. “From the beginning, we were ready to compromise,” Sheveiko said. “But the common-sense solutions that have been proposed were ignored.” A barrier that included a wall and landscaping was already needed to shield his neighborhood from noise by trucks that load and unload Costco products at night, he said. A potential gas station would compound the situation, Sheveiko said. The barrier was promised as part of conditions for a $4 million county subsidy to shopping mall operator Westﬁeld for the Costco project, Sheveiko said. In a 2012 letter to county Department of Economic Development Director Steve Silverman, a Westﬁeld executive writes that developers “offered to install an additional wall” along the curb near residents’ backyards and enhance landscaping. Westﬁeld and Costco also offered to create
a three-foot pathway on existing asphalt along the outside edge of the mall’s ring road to allow for better pedestrian access. Brann said the county nixed the pathway due to safety concerns. Costco has agreed to move the curb ﬁve feet to construct the 2,200-foot walkway up on the curb so it is not on the same level as the ring road, if the gas station is allowed, he said. The company also agrees to install a 700-foot long, 8-foot high “green screen wall” with trees, shrubs and other landscaping near the the parking lot to further buffer residents. The issue came to a head in 2010 when Westﬁeld announced that Costco agreed to open a store at the Wheaton mall in space that had been vacated by a Hecht’s store in 2006. Costco applied in 2011 for a special zoning exemption for the high-use gas station, part of the required process to open a gas station at the mall.
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Chess: A game for life to students Silver Spring children use spring break to hone their game, learn social and emotional skills
PEGGY MCEWAN STAFF WRITER
Even with the shortened spring break because of winter snows, some students at Broad Acres Elementary School in Silver Spring spent three of their ﬁve holidays last week back in school from 2 to 7:45 p.m. They were there for Spring Family Chess Camp, which ran April 15 through Thursday. Fifth-grader Maryory Maldonato, 11, said she didn’t mind spending her days off at school, as she was happy to be with friends, while playing chess and learning new social skills. “They were fun days,” Maryory said. “I got to spend my spring break wisely, instead of just watching TV or being on my tablet.” About 30 second- through ﬁfth-graders signed up for the camp planned by Broad Acres counselor Fernando Moreno. “It’s not chess for making kids chess masters,” Moreno said. “This game is a place for you to challenge yourself. For me, the game of chess is a metaphor for life.” During the camp the students, most of whom knew the basics of chess through the school’s after-school chess club, learned new techniques from chess master Alex Eltobgi of the U.S. Chess Center in Washington, D.C., plus social and emotional skills with the help of the school’s ESOL counselor Elisabeth Fisher, Broad Acres’ English for speakers of other languages counselor. “Social emotional skills has become a buzz word, but what does it mean?” Fisher asked. “When you play chess you need [those skills], self-awareness, thinking, believing, remaining calm. They take it back to the classroom. It helps them remain on track with those skills.” Parents also were important participants in the camp. They were invited to attend workshops each day from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. and then join their children for a family dinner. The idea behind the parent component was to teach them stress reduction and relaxation techniques to use on themselves and take home to use with their children, said Wendy Bamatter, who
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First-grader Bryan Segura and second-grader Kimberly Escobar play with a large chess set during Spring Family Chess Camp on Thursday at Broad Acres Elementary School in Silver Spring. works with the YMCA Youth & Family Services Linkages to Learning program at the school. They also worked on visualization and loving kindness, she said. Chess Camp ended with a tournament, with ﬁfth-grader Adjete Da-Silveira, 11, winning the ﬁrst-place trophy. “I love chess,” Adjete said. “It helps you with things in your life. It teaches you how to learn from your mistakes — like if you lose a piece without knowing it, that’s a mistake. In life you make a lot of mistakes, a lot of things come toward you you don’t expect.” His classmate Kousei Taguchi, 10, said chess helps him with math. “Whenever I do math I think about chess,” Kousei said. “You always have to ﬁnd patterns [in math] and you have to do that in chess.”
Maria Moran, who has two children at the school — Yocely Aguilar, 9, and Daniel Aguilar, 8 — became so interested in the game that she learned how to play. “It’s a nice thing to do with the children,” she said. Moreno said this was the camp’s ﬁrst year, but he was very happy with the results. “This camp at Broad Acres was more that a simple ‘Chess Camp,’” he wrote in an email. “It has been a true team work where many people and organizations came together to create a wonderful social emotional enrichment activity for students and their parents. The level of participation and engagement reﬂected the great success of the camp.” firstname.lastname@example.org
EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Green Acres study LGBT issues Middle school students at Green Acres School in North Bethesda participated in the school’s ﬁfth annual Day of Action, an event for students and parents to learn about and advocate against discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The theme of the April 11 discussions was “Raise Your Awareness, Raise Your Voice!” The day included discussions covering many ways in which students and adults can raise their awareness and be heard. Among them were “Why Is Standing Up So Hard?” which examined the forces that get in the way of students and teachers being upstanding, assessed which of them, if any, are good excuses for staying silent, and explored approaches to consider as advocates for others. An analyses of representations of LGBT families in commercials. Students reﬂected on the purpose and impact of commercials that are outside of many people’s notion of how “family” should be represented, and what implications this has for advertisers. A local woman discussed “Growing up Transgender” in a session for adults in which she shared her experience. In “Many Talks Later … ,” an adult son and his mother chronicled the lessons learned from his comingout story. It was a “day for learning what people’s experiences have been like. Maybe they are like yours, maybe they aren’t,” Peter Braverman, the middle school head, said in his opening statement. “With understanding comes the ability for us all to help others accept different perspectives.”
Annual DuFief tag sale is Saturday Duﬁef Elementary School will hold its annual community tag sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in its lower parking lot at 15001
OVERCROWDED SCHOOLS Lucy V. Barnsley Elementary School
DuFief Drive, Gaithersburg. Vendor spots are available for $25; vendors keep all sales proceeds. A van from the National Children’s Center, which provides opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, will arrive to collect any unsold items that owners want to donate after the sale. For more information, contact Yonat Lurie at Duﬁeftagsale@gmail.com or 301-588-2985.
Universities at Shady Grove honors 25 seniors Twenty-one Montgomery County residents were among the top 25 graduating seniors recently recognized by Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville. The students were honored for their leadership, service and dedication to the school and their community. “These 25 students are all wonderful representatives of the outstanding academic programs offered here ... , from top public universities from around the state,” said Stewart Edelstein, executive director and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University System of Maryland. “We’re so proud of their accomplishments and know they are each poised to succeed in their chosen professions and, more importantly, become outstanding citizens in our global community.” Exceptional seniors from each undergraduate program were eligible to earn the 2013-14 Academic Achievement Award. The winners were selected based on grade point average, participation in internships and honors societies, and contributions to their program of study. Student Leadership and Service Awards were presented to three seniors for outstanding leadership, service and dedication to the school and the community. Honorees were selected based on their participation in extracurricular activities, community service and commitment to their fellow students.
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 over capacity:
Percent over capacity:
411 270 65.7 14.7 19.0 24.4
(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:
Student/ instructional staff ratio:
10 338 10.3 19.6 20.7 24 Kindergarten
Grades 1 to 3
Grades 4 and 5
MCPS average elementary school student/ instructional staff ratio:
1965 Year school was built 1998 Year of last renovation/modernization
“We use every little nook and cranny,” said Andrew J. Winter, Lucy V. Barnsley principal. “We have art on a cart and music on a cart for our part-time teachers and two teachers share the gym for P.E. some days.” The school has 10 portable classrooms for all its fourth-graders and Winter said he is hopeful that, after a feasibility study was conducted last year for a 12-room addition to the school, the school will be funded for the extra classrooms. “Morale, overall, I think, is pretty good,” he said. DATA FOR 2013-14 SCHOOL YEAR SOURCE: MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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CELEBRATIONS HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 Freedom From Smoking Class, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays
to June 4, at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. For over 25 years, Freedom From Smoking has guided hundreds of thousands of people to gain the skills and techniques needed to control one’s behavior. Supported by the Montgomery County Cancer Crusade. $95. www.suburbanhospital.org.
THURSDAY, APRIL 24
Avery, Breunig Sara Torvik of Rockville and Carlos Avery of Gaithersburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Erica Avery, to Charlie Breunig, son of Betty Breunig of Hanover, N.H., and the late Charles Breunig. Erica and Charlie reside in Madison, Wisc., where Erica is employed as a Java developer and Charlie as a legal assistant. An August wedding in Randolph, N.H., is planned.
Taste Gastropub Restaurant Fundraiser Supports Lunch & Learn Program, from 11 a.m. to
Jacobs, Bartlett Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Mark Jacobs of Rockville announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Eileen Jacobs, to Brian Michael Bartlett, son of Harold and Christine Bartlett of Olney. The bride-to-be graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2009 and
is a paralegal with Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP. The prospective groom is a 2010 graduate of Towson University and is employed with the Medallion Financial Group of Gaithersburg. The couple will wed in Washington D.C. in June.
10 p.m. at the restaurant, 3418 Olney Laytonsville Road, Olney. Enjoy lunch, dinner and carry out at Taste Gastropub on, April 24 and a percentage of your meal/drink check is donated to the nutrition department’s Lunch & Learn Program at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. Participants must present a printable voucher. For more information, visit www. medstarhealth.org.
FRIDAY, APRIL 25 Heart Smarts, from noon
to 2 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Educational program focuses on strategies for heart-healthy living. Learn how to care for, prevent and reduce the risk of heart disease and other heart-related conditions. Family members are encouraged to participate. Free. www.suburbanhospital.org.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 Bariatric Support Group at MedStar Montgomery, from
6-7 p.m. at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Support groups such as those conducted at Medstar Montgomery Medical Center have been shown to improve both the short-term and long-term success of weight loss surgery patients. MedStar encourages all of its pre-operative and post-operative patients to attend. Because a patient’s success is so closely related to the support of friends and family members, MedStar also encourages spouses or signiﬁcant others, parents, siblings and adult children to attend. 301-774-8962. www.medstarhealth.org.
RELIGION CALENDAR UPCOMING Victory Christian Church International, 7-7 Metropoli-
tan Court, Gaithersburg, will celebrate the 2014 National Day of Prayer with a gathering from 11:30 to 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 1. Speaker will be Germaine Copeland, author of “Prayers That Avail Much.” For more information, call 301-670-1600.
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. 301-9248640; www.agapeamec.org.
Baranov, Schenkel Paula and David Schenkel of Brookeville announce the engagement of their son, David Alan Schenkel Jr., to Anastasia Baranov, daughter of Irena Zaretskaya and Rick Pruett of Gaithersburg. The prospective groom graduated from St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C., in 2004. He is a 2008 graduate from Elon University in North Carolina and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in ﬁnance. The bride-to-be graduated
from Quince Orchard High School in 2005 and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., in December 2008. The couple met while working at Aﬂac in Columbia and are now running an insurance agency together, representing Aﬂac, in Silver Spring. They currently reside in Historic Ellicott City. The wedding and reception is scheduled for October 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge.
Psihogios, Barrow Brad Barrow and Tina Barrow, formerly Psihogios, were wed on March 22, 2014, at Antrim 1844 in Taneytown. Tina’s bridesmaids included sister Alex Psihogios, cousin Jennifer Davis and friend Victoria Dinh, and best friend Rachel Pectol was the maid-of-honor. Brad was attended by cousin
Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St.,
Martin Reilly, brother-in-law Andrew Grimm, friend Kevin Phillippi and brother Justin Barrow, who served as the best man. The couple honeymooned in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands before returning to Thurmont, where they will reside.
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 Blvd.,
Bethesda, offers services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. each Sunday,
with Sunday School for all ages scheduled at 10 a.m. Child care is offered from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A fellowship and coffee hour follows the 8:30 a.m. service. 301-365-5733, 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 information, call 301-253-1768. Visit www. kemptownumc.org.
Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old
Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-421-9166. For a schedule of events, visit www. libertygrovechurch.org.
Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Road,
Germantown, offers services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings, with Sunday School for all ages at 9:40 a.m. Neelsville Presbyterian Church announces a new preschool partnership. Damascus Community Preschool is moving to Neelsville Presbyterian, 20701 Frederick Road, Germantown. Classes to begin in the fall. For sign-up and other information, www.neelsville.org.
The Gazette endorses Today, The Gazette continues its endorsements for contested races in the June 24 party primaries.
For 8th Congressional District In Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, Christopher Van Hollen Jr. of Kensington is seeking a seventh term, and The Gazette endorses his candidacy. Van Hollen, the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, demonstrates a clear grasp of the nation’s ﬁscal challenges. His work hammering out a federal budget agreement with Republicans will have direct beneﬁts for his constituents — many of whom are federal workers who won’t see their pension payments increase and are getting a 1 percent cost-of-living adjustment in pay. He also helped secure $150 million for Metro, which many workers rely on daily. Van Hollen has worked to counter pernicious effects of recent Supreme Court rulings on campaign ﬁnance. Calling the current system “broken,” he has a bill requiring the disclosure of campaign contributors’ names to eliminate “secret money” from the electoral process. Having a representative in Congress with Van Hollen’s growing inﬂuence and ability to legislate effectively is a big plus for the 8th District.
For 6th Congressional District Republicans in the 6th District will choose a nominee to challenge ﬁrst-term Democrat John Delaney of Potomac, who is unopposed in June. The two GOP candidates, Dan Bongino and Harold W. Painter Jr., offer a striking contrast, in both philosophy and style. Bongino, a former Secret Service agent from Severna Park, embraces some of his party’s more libertarian stances. He favors replacing the federal income tax with a national sales tax of about 22 percent. He says it’s more progressive than an income tax, because poorer Americans would receive a “prebate” to offset the sales levy. On foreign policy, he opposes military intervention in situations that don’t threaten U.S. security, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya. Bongino supports term limits and a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution, and takes a hard line against abortion, except in cases of rape or incest or when the mother’s health is jeopardized. Painter, a certiﬁed public accountant from Gaithersburg, insists that the 6th District have a representative who lives there. (While the district includes parts of Potomac, Delaney actually lives in Van Hollen’s district.) Having grown up in Western Maryland, where he still has family, Painter says he’s best suited to represent blue-collar families and their needs. Many of his positions put him — refreshingly — at odds with conventional GOP orthodoxy. For example, he advocates raising income taxes on the rich and cutting them for the working class. But he also demonstrates a disturbing inability to grasp the complexities of important issues, such as a self-professed ignorance of President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Painter, although weak on the issues, is a better option for Montgomery than Bongino, so Painter gets The Gazette’s endorsement.
The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher
Point out grafﬁti; it gets cleaned up As the downtown Silver Spring people know, they hear from me when there is grafﬁti in the downtown area. I have not written to them in a year and one month. There is very little grafﬁti in downtown Silver Spring [“Silver Spring residents see increase in grafﬁti,” Feb. 19; “The police grafﬁti runaround,” letter, March 12]. If there was signiﬁcant grafﬁti, I would take a picture of it, and send it to the red shirts for the DTSS or to Grafﬁti Abatement Partners if it was out of
the immediate downtown area. I ﬁrst started making sure that the tags got removed over 10 years ago. It is remarkable how taggers almost never continue after their tag is removed promptly. New taggers pop up as they are wont to do, but it if you walk in the downtown area you will ﬁnd next to no tags. ... After one tagger makes his way around the area, and he gets cleaned up, he rarely tries to do it again. I am sure of it, I keep excellent records, and so I
can also prove it. The only time the tags appear bad is when a critical number is reached and then the taggers think that they can leave their mark more permanently, and a bunch go out at once. I’ve seen it several times in the last 10 years, when I’ve deliberately not reported tags hoping to train others to also report them. ... Finally, almost all of you have smartphones, just take a picture when you walk by, and send to the appropriate person on the spot, and it will get re-
moved. Far too many people feel that they are too important to bother sending in this information. The others think that it will not work, when it does. This bellyaching is really not becoming. I take a lot of pride in the fact that downtown Silver Spring has very little graffiti. While there are certain people in the downtown ofﬁce who are easier to work with than others, just report the grafﬁti when it occurs and it goes away. Promptly.
Joseph O. Boggi, Silver Spring
Distortions getting into print I have been an employee of Montgomery County government for 14 years. I came to this job with a strong management background, a proven track record and a strong work ethic. I pride myself in being forthright and honest. I am also a resident, and property and income taxpayer. As election season gets into full swing, voters need to be aware that distortions and claims make headlines, but actual facts rarely get into print. I would be eternally grateful if the county salary increases of 13.5 percent to 19.5 percent over two years applied to me [“Proposed
county budget straitjackets taxpayers,” letter, April 2]. In September of 2013 I received a 3.25 percent costof-living increase and in September of 2014 I hope to get an additional 3.25 percent COLA again. If my math is correct, that is 6.5 percent. I also received a one-time 0.5 percent bonus, which was about $425 before deductions. For those who qualiﬁed for step or longevity raises, they earned them and deserved them. Since 1994, the county no longer provides deﬁned beneﬁt pensions. We have a 401K plan. The lower the pay scale,
the less the worker puts in. The county’s match was reduced as a cost-saving measure. I expect to work until the maximum retirement age, which at this time is death. Those who do have a pension, earned them and deserve them. Sustainability is a buzz word when discussing the county’s operating budget. As we have seen in the recent past, positions get cut, folks become part of a reduction in force (RIF), jobs get eliminated, pay gets frozen and beneﬁts get cut. To balance the budget on the backs of those folks the taxpayer depends on to get things done,
sends a most ominous message. What is not going to be sustainable, is the overall quality of the work force. When you lose institutional knowledge and experience, what was once a career is now but a stepping stone. Good employees are the greatest asset the county will ever have. We need to step away from the groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings and photo-ops and remember that it is also the taxpayer who pays for the capital budget as well. And ... it is the taxpayer that the employees serve.
Robert A. Fischer, Germantown
Waiting for someone to speak up for Wheaton In her semi-annual report to the County Council, Planning Chair Francoise Carrier described the planning process for designing Downtown Bethesda — “Planning staff engaged stakeholders (businesses, property owners, residents, employees, etc.) in workshop activities and discussions of ideas, insights, goals, and visions of what the core should look like.” Wheaton is entering a similar process — redevelopment of Lot 13 as its Downtown Wheaton core site. But few Wheaton stakeholders are involved with the new Wheaton Town Center. DOT and representatives of other agencies are negoti-
ating directly with a private development team, out of the public view, and the Wheaton community only gets to react to the proposal’s tweaking, rather than participate actively in the Downtown design and function process. The council will soon review the CIP appropriation to fund this redevelopment. While an earlier version speciﬁed that the town center was to be “ON Lot 13,” the latest one has been changed to “AT Lot 13” — to accommodate the four separate pieces of the town center that are four multi-functioning parcels rather than one larger town center for hosting a variety of
large and small activities year round, i.e, the Taste of Wheaton, ethnic music and cultural festivals, arts and crafts shows, etc. This is not what the Sector Plan recommends and not what stakeholders envisioned. Interestingly, on the CIP form, under disclosures, the county executive asserts “that the project conforms to the requirements of relevant local plans ...” The proposed development clearly does not conform to the Sector Plan vision and recommendations. Rumors from Rockville say that the project is too far along to change — but whose fault is
that? Elected ofﬁcials and DOT have known for months about stakeholder concerns and objections but continued to negotiate for this ﬂawed project. The council says it is an executive branch decision — however funding is the council’s decision — and we are waiting for someone to speak up for Wheaton and show some leadership in redirecting this proposal towards the Sector Plan vision and not fund the self-serving interests of a private development team at the expense of Wheaton’s future.
Virginia Sheard, Kensington
No studies support speed cameras improve safety Speed cameras may or may not make our neighborhood streets safer, but Dana Friedman’s April 2 letter [“Speed cameras make Olney safer”] leaves me wondering how she comes to the conclusion that her neighborhood streets are actually safer when she herself says she has gotten several camera-generated
tickets, despite the fact that she’s aware of the existence of the cameras. I would have been more convinced had she indicated that since the cameras were installed in her neighborhood that she now drives more cautiously and complies with all speed laws, not just those in the vicinity of the cameras.
That would be a more compelling case for her assertion. Contrary to studies which do show a reduction in serious or fatal accidents at intersections where red light cameras have been installed, there are no credible studies that I’m aware of which support claims by county ofﬁcials that speed cameras are there to promote
safe driving, not just to generate revenue as critics claim. Unfortunately, we can’t rely on county ofﬁcials to pursue an unbiased study that may debunk their claims and compel them to abandon a program that generates millions in needed revenue.
Kevin Williams, Germantown
Flaws in Takoma Park Metro Station development story This issue of development at the Takoma Metro Station is an important one in my neighborhood of Takoma Park. Like most of my neighbors, I support sensible development there provided it will be compatible in size and design with our surrounding historic neighborhood and not interfere with the ability of the station to function well as a Metro station. Your paper’s article about the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board meeting on March 27 contained a number of errors and omissions [“Takoma Metro development moves forward,” April 2]. Most importantly, it failed to report that those opposing the proposal outnumbered supporters by more than 2 to 1. Despite this
fact — and the ready availability of opponents to be interviewed, the article contained comments only from supporters. The reporter repeatedly quoted supporter Cheryl Cort of Coalition for Smarter Growth, but failed to mention that that Ms. Cort’s group accepts funding from the developer, EYA, whose logo appears in the Coalition’s 2013 Annual Report where it is identiﬁed as a charter member of the Coalition’s Smart Growth Business Council. The article also stated that the building would be three stories at street level, but in fact, the height is four stories — the foyer is two levels — and it will be 72 feet high at street level, well beyond zoning limits. The article also quoted
WMATA dismissing concerns about reducing parking spaces by stating that the lot is historically not fully “occupied.” But the lot is not full because of WMATA’s own parking restrictions — a simple solution would be to allow six- to seven-hour parking in all spaces. Finally, EYA (the developer) did not hold public meetings “at least four times” as Jack Lester of EYA told your reporter. The only public meeting was the one I attended, at the Washington Theological Seminary on Laurel Avenue in Takoma Park in August 2013. I would not have missed an opportunity to attend another. The point is that “smart” growth is not just any growth. To be smart, in-fill development must take into consider-
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The hearts of Montgomery County cry out for the least fortunate. The wallets of Montgomery County, however, make sure their kids have all the nice things. (What’s $80,000 when it goes for a fancy scoreboard at Winston Churchill High School?) That conﬂict between hearts and wallets will be the subject of meetings next month hosted by the county Board of Education as it examines the inequities in private contributions among the county’s schools. Beyond the hearts and wallets, the problem is going to need brains, and we should be conﬁdent Montgomery County can ﬁgure this out. Signiﬁcant amounts of money are at play here. Bruce Crispell, director of the school system’s Division of Long-range Planning, studied the issue and found that county public schools collected 124 private donations, totaling nearly $2.1 million between 2011 and 2013. Half were less than $1,000. Above that, most were in the $1,000 to $3,000 range. The period also includes more than $1 million raised for Wootton High School’s artiﬁcial turf ﬁeld. Money like this goes for things that have been for years the responsibility of parents: things like scoreboards or fancy playground equipment. One thing the school board shouldn’t decide is in an effort to build equity that the county take over responsibility for providing these amenities. The school board also shouldn’t take control of donations. Regulating how much can be collected, or funneling private contributions into a central pool that divvies out money – in an attempt at fairness – will only breed resentment. But there could be Solomonic compromises possible. What if a school for the haves partnered with a school for the have-nots? By joining forces in fundraising, could two schools divide the money based on how much work each side contributes? What if the PTA took this on as part of their mission, to solicit big donors to chip in for these schools where the families can’t? We believe a solution exists, and we look forward to the school board’s actions.
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ation the ﬁt with the existing space. In this case, that space is a Metro station located in a nationally recognized historic district, with narrow streets and heavy trafﬁc. I believe that development at the Metro station can be an attractive addition to the neighborhood, a desirable place for new residents to live, and an enhancement to the Metro rider’s experience. But the current EYA design does not accomplish that. As this proposal moves forward, we readers will appreciate the Gazette’s continued reporting. I hope it will be more balanced and accurate in the future.
Christine Simpson, Takoma Park
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So, how did MoCo do in Annapolis? “Great News: Despite the failure of the school construction study bill...Governor O’Malley has agreed to require the study by executive order.” — DEL. ERIC LUEDTKE (D-DIST. 14), FACEBOOK, 4/8/14 What do Montgomery County lawmakers and morticians have in common? They’re both good at making corpses look lifelike. For MoCo lawmakers the corpse is the county’s statehouse quest for more school construction money, their top priority in this year’s General Assembly. It’s dead as a doornail but MoCo’s lawmakers are painting it a “great news” victory. It all started last year when school officials announced yet another round of delayed school renovations and replacements in a school system swollen by new immigrant youngsters adding 2,000 students annually (enough to ﬁll one new school building every year). Angry Montgomery parents awoke from their comatose state and began ﬁlling school auditoriums demanding action. “We represent thousands of students across Montgomery County who are attending crumbling, outdated, overcrowded schools because our state legislators, council members and board of education talk about what they value, but do not act on those values,” a Rockville high school senior testiﬁed at one hearing. Facing a difﬁcult reelection, county executive Ike Leggett responded by increasing the county’s school construction budget 13 percent. But that meant cutting a host of other badly needed county construction projects and still left Montgomery’s six-year school construction budget $230 million short. Afraid to raise taxes, again, Leggett and the county council were left with only one place to ﬁnd the money: Annapolis. So in January, with great fanfare,
Leggett and Montgomery’s legislative majority! state delegation kicked off their Sorry, folks, it was all an March on Annapolis. The plan election-year charade. By was to get the same extra fund- March Sen. Nancy “I think it’s ing that Baltimore city got in doable” King was saying, “From 2013, a guaranteed $20 million the get-go I haven’t believed a year for 30 years on top of the that bill could go anywhere.” usual share of state school con- And Del. Anne Kaiser (D-Dist. struction funds parceled out 14), MoCo’s House delegation annually. chair, said the county’s law“I think it’s doable, we just makers, “were not necessarneed to present the informa- ily expecting it to pass.” Even tion right,” said Sen. Nancy Leggett changed his tune saying King (D-Dist. 39). Also, county that he didn’t really need the lawmakers were still celebrat- cash until 2016 or 2017 when ing last year’s top nearly half MoCo’s county priority, the schools will be over83 percent gas tax crowded. increase. Back then Okay, how about Sen. Jamie Raskin that help from Balti(D-Dist. 20), the senmore city that Ike was ate delegation chaircounting on? Well, man, crowed, “When here’s how the Baltiwe get together and more Sun put it, “... we have our eyes they (MoCo, PG and on the prize, we are Balt. Co.) could easabsolutely unstopily produce another MY MARYLAND $20 million a year in pable.” BLAIR LEE To the untrained revenue on their own eye MoCo’s school without asking the construction crustate for help.” You sade did look “unstoppable.” see, the state’s duty is to help After all, didn’t Leggett testify Baltimore city, not the suburbs. for Baltimore’s school bill last In committee MoCo’s year? And didn’t he say there’d school construction bill was be a “me, too” moment when gutted and, instead, turned into he expected reciprocal help for a summer study bill. But the Montgomery’s schools? And legislative leaders didn’t even didn’t Montgomery’s state del- have the decency to pass this egation unanimously vote for castrated version. So now Gov. Baltimore’s school bill? And O’Malley, by executive order, doesn’t Montgomery, with 17 will “study” MoCo’s request. So percent of the state’s students, much for “unstoppable” Montonly get 11 percent of the state’s gomery. school construction money? Leggett says the study comAnd wasn’t MoCo a good mission is “significant progsoldier back in 2008 when Gov. ress” and remains confident O’Malley reneged on his $55 that Montgomery will ultimillion school construction mately prevail. But back home trade for MoCo’s tax hike votes? he’s catching hell from his riAnd didn’t MoCo go quietly, vals. “He (Leggett) was ﬁghting again, in 2012 when O’Malley for the children of Baltimore and the legislature slashed and not ﬁghting for the chilMoCo’s teacher pension grant, dren of Montgomery County,” the last state funding formula charged Doug Duncan at a favoring MoCo? And, now, with recent debate. “That’s a real the county executives of P.G. problem when the county exCounty and Baltimore County ecutive of Montgomery County on board, how could a joint bill isn’t looking out for the interseeking Baltimore’s deal for all ests of Montgomery County in three counties fail? Heck, the Annapolis.” House bill had 71 sponsors, a In response, Leggett says
that Baltimore’s school needs had to be tended to ﬁrst, to suggest otherwise is “laughable.” On the politics, he’s right. Baltimore city had the political muscle and savvy to grab $600 million in guaranteed school construction money all to itself. But on the merits, he’s wrong. The state’s rescue of Baltimore’s deplorable schools is just another reward for the city’s malfeasance. When the city let its jail go to hell, the state took it over. When the city let it’s community college go to hell, the state took it over. Now the state is bailing out the city’s schools which went to hell because the city refused to close half-empty buildings as enrollment plummeted. Instead of biting the bullet, Baltimore wasted $10 million a year maintaining and repairing buildings that should have been closed. But city officials didn’t want the boundary battles so, as a result, the city had the state’s lowest classroom occupancy rate. Consider this: MoCo, with 155,000 student and Baltimore, with 85,000 students have approximately the same number of school buildings. The most surprising aspect of MoCo’s school construction ﬁasco this year is that O’Malley and the legislative leaders didn’t throw Montgomery a few million, one-time only school bucks to help Ike’s re-election. I guess paying off the “House of Cards” movie production company was more important. Senate President Mike Miller is fond of describing Ike Leggett as “such a nice guy.” The problem is that in Annapolis, as in baseball, nice guys ﬁnish last. Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His past columns are available at www.gazette.net/ blairlee. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ethics changes would not ‘gut’ the law Rockville City Councilman Tom Moore claims that some municipal ofﬁcials are trying to “gut Maryland’s municipal ethics law” and he is ﬁghting for transparency [“Rockville leaders vote 3-2 to support current ethics disclosures,” April 15]. Perhaps he should start by being honest about what he is trying to do, which is misinform the public to further his own interests. The 2010 law limits the receipt of gifts and forbids conﬂicts of interests, restrictions that are similar to the existing laws previously in place in many municipalities, including Gaithersburg and Rockville. The law also requires disclosure of: • All property owned by an elected ofﬁcial or candidate, including the identity of the seller, the purchase price and the identity of any coowners. This includes property anywhere in the world, acquired at any time the individual was alive, as long as they still own it (or part of it) during the reporting period. • Interests in all corporations and partnerships (stocks, bonds, business ownership, etc.). The amount owned must be disclosed as well as the purchase price, seller etc. • Interests in business entities doing business with the city (deﬁned as transactions of $5,000 or more, or being regulated by the city). • Gifts of $20 or more, or $100 or more total from persons or entities doing business with the city. • Employment with or interests in entities doing business with the city. • Indebtedness to entities doing business with city, excluding retail credit accounts, by the elected ofﬁcial/candi-
date. • Immediate family members of the elected ofﬁcial/ candidate employed by the city in any capacity. • Sources of earned income including the names and addresses places of employment and businesses owned by all members of the elected ofﬁcial’s (or candidate’s) immediate family. Minor child employment does not have to be reported unless the city does business with their employer. The changes proposed in the last session were to 1) limit the disclosure of properties owned to those in the state of Maryland and to 2) limit disclosure of additional individual family member information (such as employment details for a spouse or dependent child) to the Local Ethics Commission for review rather than to the general public. If any concerns were identified that information would be made public. Perhaps Tom finds the fact a person has an out-ofstate vacation cottage inherited from their parents important, perhaps he can’t imagine having a spouse whose employment involves conﬁdentiality, or even danger. Perhaps he thinks it is ﬁne that the only people willing to run for local ofﬁce will be those for whom the ofﬁce is just a stepping stone to a political career that will require disclosure sooner or later. If so I disagree with him. But I certainly don’t think these two proposed changes amount to gutting the law, and it is inaccurate to call it that.
Cathy Drzyzgula, Gaithersburg
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BASEBALL: Poolesville at Montgomery Blair, 7 p.m. today SOFTBALL: Montgomery Blair at Col. Zadok Magruder, 1 p.m. Saturday
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Rockville attorney looks to represent some of region’s best football players BY KENT ZAKOUR STAFF WRITER
Just prior to the start of the 2012 National Football League season, 2007 Seneca Valley High School graduate Jourdan Brooks partially fulﬁlled a lifelong dream: He was a professional football player with the Cincinnati Bengals, spending the entire year on their practice squad. But on May 2, 2013, Brooks was released and his future playing opportunities were in limbo. While he was unable to sign with a team for the 2013 season, Brooks kept in shape, still in pursuit of making a 53man active NFL roster. During the running back’s stint with the Bengals and ensuing year away from the ﬁeld, Brooks, who
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Walt Whitman High School’s Evan Woods, shown competing in cross country last fall, was one of the county’s track athletes trying to earn a qualifying time for this weekend’s Penn Relays.
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It didn’t matter so much what place Evan Woods ﬁnished at the Coyote Invitational on April 5, hosted by Clarksburg High School. Winning, of course, was nice, but his only tangible goal was to run four laps around a track in 4 minutes, 20 seconds or less — a Penn Relays qualifying time. “I think a bunch of guys in the ﬁeld today were looking to hit 4:20, make the Penn Relays,” Woods said. “But that’s not in the cards when you’re going like a 67 [second] ﬁrst lap. ... I can’t complain with the place but I’m not very happy with the time. I’ve been training
all through the winter, looking for a sub-4:20, but that’s why the qualiﬁer is so hard though. You can do a 4:20 at the end of the season, but running that in the ﬁrst couple weeks is really hard.” Which brings to light a bit of a paradox for athletes and relay teams ﬁghting to qualify for the big meet in Philadelphia: peaking early. It is scheduled for Thursday-Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania. “I try to keep my base stretched out as long as possible, carry me into the later part of the season like states — the meets that really matter to me,” Woods said. “This is really hit or miss whether you can hit that so early and that’s why they have such good runners
there.” Cross country, swimming, and track are a bit different than the majority of sports in that winning early in the season means next to nothing. Training is predicated towards the county, region, and state meets — the ﬁnal three weeks of the season or, as it’s known in the lexicon, “championship season.” “We don’t really care about winning right now,” Winston Churchill coach Scott Silverstein said. “It’s all about what we’re running in May.” But the Penn Relays are not in May, they’re at the end of April, and the ﬁnal day
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Taking the pressure out of youth tennis matches USTA Play Day circuit provides competition in low-pressure setting
BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER
The group of parents was calm, despite being gathered around a window peering onto the playing area at the Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center on Saturday as their children, aged 10 and under, engaged
in match play, That is rarely the case in spectator areas at U.S. Tennis Association junior tournaments. Most people will admit it’s more taxing, emotionally, to watch a loved one play a tennis match than play one, especially when ranking points are at stake. But that is the whole idea behind USTA Maryland’s Play Day circuit that started Saturday and is scheduled to run
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Sherwood High School senior Natalie Sebeck (right) uses her height to win a faceoff in the 2013 4A/3A state tournament.
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Saida Atayev, 8, of Rockville, serves the ball during Saturday’s United States Tennis Association Play Day at the Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center in Bethesda.
In past years, high school girls’ lacrosse draws were free-for-alls. At the start of each half, and after every goal, centers would line up for the draw with four girls from each team standing outside of the circle, waiting to pounce on the ball. When the whistle blew, chaos ensued. “It was really cluttered,” Clarksburg High School player Meghan Rusnak said. “A lot of people in the middle. A lot of empty checks.” But a new rule, implemented prior to this season, is making for a less crowded draw environment. Whereas last season a maximum of ﬁve players from each team were allowed inside
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Continued from Page B-1 signed with Rutgers University out of high school before transferring to Morgan State, familiarized himself with the business side of the NFL. “It’s a business, things happen,” Brooks said of getting cut. “You get the next class coming in the next year — that’s really what happened to me — if you are not that [top player on the depth chart, teams] are bringing two or three more [new players] in.” So, in search of a fresh start and new agent to help, Brooks researchedpotentialrepresentatives online and eventually contacted Bethesda resident and Rockvillebased trial attorney Scott Bergman, who became an ofﬁcially licensed agent in October with the National Football League Players Association. “I wanted to ﬁnd a local agent so I could have [a personal] kind of interaction,” said Brooks, who hopes to receive a try out and
Continued from Page B-1 the restraining lines — located on both team’s 25-yard lines — this season there is a three-player maximum, according to the US Lacrosse Women’s Rulebook, endorsed by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Continued from Page B-1 through the end of September, USTA Mid-Atlantic Section Maryland Tennis Service Representative Alex Chan said. On the third Saturday of each month, a different facility across Montgomery County scheduled to host a Play Day, an event designed to introduce young tennis players to match play and competition in a low-pressure environ-
Continued from Page B-1 for individual qualifying was earlier this month. For the 3,200-relay teams — all 400- and 800-relay teams submitted make it, 3,200-relays have to hit a qualifying mark. It puts athletes in a peculiar position of attempting to run their best times far too early in the season, fresh off a few-week
join a team as a free agent after the NFL Draft, scheduled for May 8-10. “Found his name, did a little research, gave him a call, spoke to the receptionist, left a message and he got back to me within two hours.” Added Bergman, who hopes to create a strong presense in the area: “Get this boy back into the NFL. That’s the goal.” Bergman, a Miami native that moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 2000, said he has always been an avid Miami Dolphins and NFL fan. From a young age, he wantedtohelppeopleandaspired to be a lawyer — Bergman received his undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic in 1990 and law degree (1994) from the John Marshall Law School in Atlanta — but it wasn’t until recently he began seriously considering entering the sports agent business. In 2011 — when the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement changed player contract structures and eventually led to new agent regulations, prerequisites and a more stringent certiﬁ-
cation process — Bergman began exploring the realistic possibility of becoming an NFL agent. Additionally, several of his friends over the years had urged Bergman to pursue the career. “It came to a point a couple years ago, I was constantly being asked, “Scott, become an agent,” saidBergman,whowaschildhood friends with Jason Rosenhaus, a fellow NFL agent and brother of popular pro football agent Drew Rosenhaus. “... It was kind of a build up for me to become an agent because I’ve been around the NFL — not just as a sports advocate, but also with an attorney hat on. Now, I’ve decided to put that agent hat on.” To be certiﬁed by the NFLPA, according to its website, individuals must submit a non-refundable application fee of $2,500, have an undergraduate and post-graduate degree from an accredited college/university (it can be waived if the person has seven years of negotiating experience), undergo an extensive background check, attend an annual seminar and pass
a written exam. Agents must also maintain certiﬁcation by paying an annual fee, obtaining liability insurance,attendingannualseminars, providing an updated application and negotiating at least one playercontractwithinathree-year period. “How a person becomes an agent now is very serious,” said Bergman, who leads The Law Ofﬁces of Scott N. Bergman, LLC in Rockville. His ﬁrm handles personal injury, business to business collections, business contracts and consumer advocate cases. “I think it is almost as equal as what a state bar requirement is. ... “It’s a contract advisor, but the NFLisalsolookingforagentsnow, from what I’ve seen in my opinion, they’re really honing in on having attorney agents. Not only is there a (ﬁnancial) duty to guys like Jourdan, there is a ﬁduciary duty, which is a higher level duty, to make sure you’re not doing anything to double deal against the client, that this client can completely trust you and knows that should you do something wrong
against them, it’s not just decertifying you out of the NFL ... you could lose your bar license.” Bergman hopes to build a strong football presence in the Washington, D.C. region. In addition to Brooks, Bergman represents about a dozen clients, including several former players from The Gazette’s coverage area in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties: Clarksburg graduateRobOsborne,Damascus graduate Steve Anderson, Crossland graduate James Gaynor, formerCrosslandandFriendlydefensive back Brendan Munnerlyn and Gaithersburg graduate Brian Boateng. “If somebody from California said they would be interested in me, of course I would not turn it down,” Bergman said. “But my focus has been to create a good marketing for the DMV area, especially Maryland. There’s a lot of great talent here, but I don’t think it gets marketed very well. A lot of guys from Morgan State, Towson and the University of Maryland do get passed up.”
While Bergman admits his clients aren’t solid pick prospects for next month’s NFL Draft, he hopes all of his clients — some are fresh out of college; other are like Brooks,hopingforanotherchance — will get a fair shot at making a roster. Bergman also said it his job to help provide publicity to all 32 NFLclubsforplayersparticipating at the NFL regional combines and super regional combines. “My challenge was to find guys that are NFL qualiﬁed and absolutely deserve to be in the NFL, but they are a long shot because they don’t get the proper review and marketing,” Bergman said. “Jourdan and a lot of these guys have value, good value to clubs. ... “I don’t think any of the guys I talked to are interested in negotiating a multi-million dollar deal. They’re interested in the love of football and wanting to play and earn their way into the NFL. ... They just want to play football and get their chance.”
Coaches said the rule — which the NCAA added in 2012 — is making the game cleaner and safer. “Having less people there to get in the way, it’s been better for us,” Clarksburg coach Sean Kelly said. “... It’s not a big huge party.” Kelly said Clarksburg has benefited from the restriction, with his center Kaelyn O’Neill, “a
directional draw taker,” helping the team win about 60 percent of its draws. The senior said she tries to direct the ball to Rusnak, a sophomoreattacker,orthe5-foot10 Andie deCelis. “If our team can win it right off the draw, it’s really good,” O’Neill said. “It’s not as much a struggle on the ground.” Rusnak has led the team in
draw controls through the midway point of the season, according to Kelly. “I like it a lot more,” Rusnak said. “... It was kind of confusing when you ﬁrst go out because it was a lot different ... but it wasn’t that difﬁcult to adjust.” Sherwood coach Kelly Hughes said last year there would be more of a ﬁght for possession
after the draws and that the new rule favors skill over physicality. “It’s advantageous for people that are trying to go with the changesinthespeedofthegame,” said Hughes, whose draw unit of Natalie Sebeck, Kristen Lauda and EmilyKenulhaswon74percentof its draw attempts. Bullis senior Caitlin McMahon said that with fewer players
around the circle, the centers have a better chance of winning the draw by themselves, adding that she was undecided about whether she was in favor of the rule change. “[Last season] there were so many girls there at one time, eager to get the ball. It was kind of hectic,” McMahon said.
ment in the hopes they will enjoy it and continue to pursue what is oftenreferredtoasalifetimesport. “A USTA Play Day is basically an event that allows kids to experience some match play while it is not being counted for anything,” Chan said. “It gives the kids a chance to experience what a match is like and gives them the opportunity to play against different kids of varying skill levels. We want them to get into the habit of how a match plays out and how to keep score and how to be a good
sport. Those are all important skills. It’s getting used to the idea of just playing, whether you win or lose, for love of the game and it helps with mental skills as well as practice.” Chan said there was a concerted effort to spread the program out to areas in the county where tennis might only be on children’s periphery. While the next Play Day will be held at the Bullis School in Potomac on May 17, the following three — Wheaton Indoor Tennis (June 21), Bret-
ton Woods in Germantown (July 18) and the Montgomery TennisPlex (Aug. 16) — will be hosted by facilities in areas not overly represented by top level tennis players. The all-Montgomery Region II has dominated state high school tennis with 30 team titles since the tournament’s 1975 inception, including 13 straight. Of the 99 individual titles won by county singles players and doubles teams, only 15 were by athletes
outside of Rockville, Bethesda and Potomac — the last of which was a 1999 boys’ doubles title won by Daniel Min and Russell Bryan of Springbrook. Though the circuit is geared toward children 10 and under, it is not necessarily limited to absolute beginners without any match experience. “It helps to play matches without a pressure packed situation,” Chan said. “It’s great for kids to be in classes
and taking lessons but they also have to learn how to use the different strokes in a match and this is a great next step. I think then if they enjoy playing and want more competition, they can move on to more advanced tournament play and junior team tennis.” The Play Day circuit is part of the USTA’s recent 10 and Under Tennis initiative, where court dimensions and equipment cater to children’s smaller stature.
break between indoor and outdoor,whensomearecomingfrom other sports, such as swimming or basketball, or injuries. Most are stillseveralsecondsofftheirmarks from the previous year. “The truth of the matter is, a lot of the Penn marks you almost have to do in indoor,” Silverstein said. “Part of it is weather, part of it is that you have to shift gears down a little bit because you’re starting off again. You have to
give the kids a few weeks off in between indoor and outdoor so they take a few steps back.” Relay times can be used from the indoor season, but if they don’t cross in the requisite time, as Walter Johnson’s 3,200-relay hadn’t — the Wildcats easily surpassed the needed time at the Coyote Invitational — then there are roughly three weekends in the outdoor season to do so. Unfortunately for the east
coast teams, the weather hasn’t been too cooperative for Penn Relays qualifying times. “The[jumpers]aren’thittingit because it’s early and the weather is not great and so it happens,” Silverstein said. “You don’t want to make excuses it just — if they don’t hit it they don’t hit it. There are a lot of events — we entered a lot of individual events with just the chance ‘Hey let’s hope it’ll be a nice day and hope they do some-
thing.’” “It just takes awhile,” he said. “The process isn’t something that you can force.” But that’s the tricky part: in order to qualify, if a team hasn’t hit the mark, the issue has to be forced. “Realistically you always try to hit it in indoor,” Silverstein said. Discus throwers, such as Churchill’s David Kaplan, don’t get that opportunity. Because it’s
only an outdoor event, they are allowed to use marks from the previous season, but there’s a monumental difference between a high school athlete’s physical abilities between entire years. Kaplan surpassed the required heave of 150 feet at the Coyote Invitational, but he’d have been fresh out of luck if he hadn’t. Such is the Penn Relays system. It’s not perfect. It’s not easy. But it’s what has to be done.
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Wootton looks like it’s ready to contend for region title After losing title game last year, Patriots look for redemption n
One year after the Thomas S. Wootton High School baseball team reached the 4A West Region ﬁnal and lost Winston Churchill, the Patriots are poised to make a run at the region title that eluded them last spring.
BASEBALL NOTEBOOK BY TED BLACK
Thomas S. Wootton High School’s Matt Hsiung makes a play against Winston Churchill in a game last season.
On April 14, the Patriots defeated 4A North Region contender Sherwood, 2-1, in 10 innings. It was the second extra-inning game between the two teams this season. Sherwood won the ﬁrst meeting, 1-0, on March 22. “I think they beat us the ﬁrst time around on an unearned run and then we beat them on an unearned run on Monday,” Wootton seventhyear coach JD Marchand said. “We have been getting good pitching
HOW THEY RANK Baseball n 1. Poolesville n 2. Gaithersburg n 3. Georgetown Prep n 4. Montgomery Blair n 5. Thomas S. Wootton
and playing good defense. We had a rough game against Gaithersburg and another one against [Montgomery] Blair, but other than that we’ve played good defense and our pitchers have thrown strikes.” Through the ﬁrst half of the schedule, junior pitcher Matt Ainsworth (40, 0.38 earned run average) has earned the role of ace of the Patriots’ staff. But junior Matt Hsiung and senior Noah Kimball have also provided the Patriots with quality outings. All three have also been instrumental in the
lineup, as has catcher Michael Elliott. “The last time I looked, Matt was hitting close to .500 and Noah was hitting around .400,” Marchand said. “Matt has really played well at shortstop and Michael has been very good behind the plate. His bat started to come around and we decided to move him up in the order to give the offense more of a spark.”
Gaithersburg loses ﬁrst game On April 14, Blair (8-2) knocked Gaithersburg from the ranks of the undefeated when the Blazers shut out the Trojans, 3-0. “We’ve been playing good defense and getting good pitching and keeping it simple,” Blair third-year coach Eric Zolkiewicz said. “Senior Neal Gahart threw an excellent game against Gaithersburg. He throws strikes and he keeps hitters off balance.” email@example.com
Holy Cross gets its ‘groove’ back GC catches up on games quickly n
After many early losses, Tartans play well on California trip n
By May 2, the Our Lady of Good Counsel High School softball team will have played 14 games in three weeks (weather permitting) — ﬁve games during a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, four games this week,
It may have been a rough start to the season for the Academy of the Holy Cross girls’ lacrosse team, but it was nothing that a California vacation couldn’t turn around. After losing six of their ﬁrst seven games, the Tartans are back to .500 (6-6 as of Monday) and have won their past ﬁve,
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LACROSSE NOTEBOOK BY ERIC GOLDWEIN including three victories in their annual spring break trip. “I think we’re ﬁnally turning the tables, we’re getting our groove back,” junior Kerrina Fitzpatrick said. The girls, along with the coaches and some of the parents, returned last Thursday from the ﬁve-day trip, which included a stop at SeaWorld San Diego. Though the girls played three games against Torrey Pines, Poway and Cathedral Catholic, their biggest competition may have been the scavenger hunt. The team split into two groups — Black and Purple — completing various tasks around Del Mar, Calif., including performing a ﬂash mob in a restaurant, singing an order at Starbucks (and retracting the order) and drawing a round of applause at a restaurant. “It was just fun stuff like that that had everybody involved,” said Fitzpatrick, a member of the winning Purple team. The trip was an escape from the cold Maryland weather, which has forced the Tartans to practice inside for most of the season; instead of rain, they got temperatures in the high 70s. “It’s just a really good time for everybody to get to know each other so it can really help us on and off the ﬁeld,” Fitzpatrick said.
Worth their weight in gold Clarksburg may not have the biggest girls’ roster, but what it lacks in numbers it’s making up for in production.
Falcons are true WCAC contenders
Academy of the Holy Cross’s Kerrina Fitzpatrick (left) said the Tartans’ spring break trip to California helped the team bond after a slow start.
HOW THEY RANK Girls’ lacrosse n 1. Good Counsel n 2. Stone Ridge
year as head coach. “They deﬁnitely haven’t let [the roster size] be an excuse and they’ve been putting everything they had into practice and games,” Kelly said.
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Boys’ lacrosse n 1. Georgetown Prep n 2. Landon n 3. DeMatha n 4. Thomas S. Wootton n 5. Winston Churchill
The Coyotes are off to a 3-2 start as of Monday, according to LaxPower.com, despite carrying only 17 varsity players. “It’s a small roster, but every single one of them is worth their weight in gold,” third-year coach Sean Kelly said. Sophomore attacker Meghan Rusnak has improved dramatically from last season and has become one of the top scorers, Kelly said. “She’s just been on a tear this season,” Kelly said. Kelly also mentioned Mia Winterburn and Kaelyn O’Neill as key contributors for the Coyotes, who went 7-6 last season and 2-10 in 2012, Kelly’s ﬁrst
Montgomery Blair girls’ coach calls it a “Whack-AMole” offense. Instead of one player scoring goals, the Blazers spread it around and have several players who have about 10 goals on the season. ‘It’s really nice to see. It’s a good team approach,” said 16th-year Blair coach Mike Horne. “And I think that will help us as we take the home stretch.” Blair, which went 11-3 last season, is on a four-game winning streak and is 4-3 as of Monday. The Blazers graduated several key starters from last season, including top scorer Caren Holmes, but Horne said other players have stepped up, including Amalia Perez, Maggie McClain, Alexis RedfordMaung Maung and goalkeeper Jenna Kanner. “We get athletes,” Horne said. “We don’t necessarily get a ton of lacrosse players, we get athletes who are willing to work and grow together as a team.” firstname.lastname@example.org
KEEPING IT BRIEF Georgetown Prep hires soccer coach Georgetown Prep has named Brian Danver as its boys’ soccer coach for the 2014 season, succeeding longtime coach Guy Fratuire who retired after 36 seasons as the Little Hoyas coach. Danver, who graduated from St. Alban’s in 2005 and Washington College in 2009, moves up from Prep’s freshman team. He currently teaches at Mater Dei School in Bethesda. “Really my goal now is to build upon the tradition and the program that coach Fratuire built over the last 36 years,” Danver said. “He’s a hero to many people in Montgomery County soccer, especially at Georgetown Prep. I learned a lot about the game from my dad [Henry Danver] who coached soccer at [Winston] Churchill for 23 years. I’ve been fortunate to have some really good coaches, but my dad deﬁnitely had the biggest inﬂuence on me.” Fratuire retired with a record of 364-156-48 (.683), including 13 Interstate Athletic Conference championships. He not only impacted the program, but numerous alumni who played soccer as a secondary sport. “Coach Fratuire created a program and a culture for the soccer program,” Georgetown Prep Athletic Director Dan Paro said. “He brought many of us over
from football to play soccer when I was here as a student. His career success here was immeasurable. “Coach Danver is a very bright soccer mind and will build on that already strong foundation. Prep welcomes him as the new face of the varsity soccer program.”
— TED BLACK
Bullis track feasts at Taco Bell Classic The Bullis School girls’ track and ﬁeld team had several top performers at the Taco Bell Classic, held April 11 and 12 in South Carolina. The girls placed ﬁfth overall out of the 57 teams, with senior Simone Glenn recording the best 200-meter time (24.36) in the state. The 400-relay team of Alexis Postell, Glenn, Kyla Lewis and senior Gabrielle Tielman-Fenelus ﬁnished in 47.35 seconds, good for the top time in the state and the 27th best time in the nation, Bullis coach Joe Lee said. The relay team is set to compete in the Penn Relays, scheduled Thursday through Saturday in Philadelphia. “Our goal is to break 47 [seconds],” Lee said. “... The main thing is to run a clean race.”
— ERIC GOLDWEIN
ﬁve next week — quite a change from the precipitation-riddled start to the 2014 spring season. But with more consistent ﬁeld time and competition, the Falcons have settled into a nice rhythm, coach Paula Obal said. Good Counsel (7-7, 5-3 in Washington Catholic Athletic Conference) won three of its four games heading into spring break, including a 2-1 victory over defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion Bishop O’Connell. The one loss was by two ﬁrstinning runs to the last year’s conference championship runner-up, St. Mary’s Ryken. “We’re one or two pitches away from being one of, if not
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the top team,” Obal said. “I think we’ll always give you a competitive game that could go either way and I think a lot of the WCAC teams recognize that. I think it can be anybody’s game and I think we have the conﬁdence this year that we haven’t had in the past to get over that hump. I’m hoping to see that in the second half of the season.” Aside from providing the Falcons the opportunity to spend some time together and grow closer as a team, ﬁve outof-conference games allowed Obal to look at a few different lineup combinations, she said, and her players the opportunity to face a variety of live pitching. With several players capable of playing multiple positions, this year’s success will partially hinge on ﬁnding the right
combinations of players, Obal added, and she experimented with several in Myrtle Beach. Longwood University recruit KristaKelly,atremendousdefensive player, leads the team with a .474 batting average, .450 in the competitive WCAC with 13 runs batted in. Sophomore pitcher Alexis Randall has progressed nicely over the past year, Obal said, and has become a reliable No. 1 option for the Falcons. She has struck out 45 batters en route to a 4-2 record and 2.33 earnedrun average in the conference. She’s also batting .400 in the leadoff position. Though Randall has proven she can shoulder much of the pitching responsibilities, Good Counsel has options, including senior Maura Nicholson. That takes some of the pressure off Randall. “I like the way we’re progressing, plus the fact that everyone is working together,” Obal said. “I see us getting stronger pushing toward WCAC playoffs. We’ll be playing four games this week and ﬁve next week and the thing is we have some tough games ahead of us but it’s going to be an interesting WCAC this year.” email@example.com
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ONE-NIGHT-ONLY EVENT CHRONICLES THE LIFE OF A LIVING LEGEND BY
WILL C. FRANKLIN
William Shatner. In the everyday world, the name is associated more recently with Priceline.com, a popular online site that helps people get discounted travel arrangements. In the geek world, however, the name holds a place of honor among the pantheon of science ﬁction legends, for Shatner is James Tiberius Kirk, captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise in “Star Trek.” SHATNER’S WORLD For six decades, Shatner has delved into every facet of entertainment – from television, to movies, n When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday to writing books, to singing and recording albums. n Tickets: $15 Even at 83, the man has no plans to slow down any time soon. n For information: fathomevents.com; “Shatner’s World,” a one-man show chronihorseshow.org cling the life of Shatner, as told by Shatner, was a Montgomery County hit on Broadway. Now, for one night only, “Shatner’s World” can be seen in local movie theaters n Germantown 14, 20000 Century across the country on Thursday. Blvd., Germantown Ever busy, Shatner is currently putting the ﬁnn Rockville Center 13, 199 E. ishing touches on his charity, the Hollywood CharMontgomery Ave., Rockville ity Horse Show, which helps to beneﬁt programs that use horses as therapy for the disabled. Prince George’s County The larger-than-life icon recently took time out of his schedule to chat with A&E. n Bowie Crossing 14, 15200 Major
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Talented performer rises to the top after hitting bottom n
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Before 2010, life hadn’t been kind to Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. He’d spent the past 10 years washing cars. Before that, he had been homeless, literally living in his car. After 2010, he was still just an average guy, but life got so much better. The incredibly likeable Murphy blew judges and fans away with his voice on the hit TV show “America’s Got Talent,” and won the competition in 2011. Murphy will be performing on Friday at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. Murphy and his wife drove to New York from Logan, W.Va., and waited for 12
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CAPITAL WIND SYMPHONY
The Capital Wind Symphony will present its inaugural Winds for Warriors Charity Gala, beneﬁtting the Wounded Warrior Project, on Monday at the Strathmore Music Center in North Bethesda.
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Symphony concert to beneﬁt Wounded Warriors Project BY SAMANTHA SCHMIEDER SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE
The Capital Wind Symphony will present its Winds for Warriors Charity Gala on Monday, April 28 at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda to raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior
Project. George Etheridge is a renowned saxophonist as well as the conductor and founder of the symphony, which he formed in 1991 as a way to bring together the unique professional musicians that surround our capital. “I knew there were a lot of freelancers who wanted to be a part of a serious ensemble,” he said. Etheridge explained that the group — a
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Julio Iglesias will ignite the Music Center stage for the 2014 Spring Gala at Strathmore on Saturday, April 26.
‘Un Hombre Solo’ at Strathmore Grammy Award-winning superstar Julio Iglesias is set to headline Strathmore’s 2014 Spring Gala at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at the Music Center in North Bethesda. Renown for hits such as “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before,” Iglesias has entertained audiences for more than four decades, while achieving two World Guinness Records: selling the most records in the most languages in history (1983), and being the Best-Selling Male Latin Artist (2011). More than 300 million copies of Iglesias’ 80 albums have been released worldwide. For more information and availability, visit strathmore.org.
Rock band DOSAGE will perform in concert Friday at La Mexicana (formerly J.J. Muldoon’s).
Rock out with DOSAGE this weekend as the band takes the stage at 9 p.m. Friday at La Mexicana (formerly J.J. Muldoon’s), 16143 Shady Grove Road, Gaithersburg, to celebrate the birthday of founder and guitarist Stephen Roger. This will be the ﬁrst DOSAGE performance in Montgomery County since December, with a full summer of concerts planned throughout the Washington, D.C. area. DOSAGE is Roger, Adriana Roberts on drums, Frank Celentano on bass and Sujitkumar AKA Markujitsu on vocals. For more information, visit dosagerocks.com.
Clowning around The Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars — billed as “the
world’s largest circus under the big top” — returns to the area with shows Saturday and Sunday at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg. From circus
COLE BROS. CIRCUS
The Cole Bros. Circus returns to Montgomery County this weekend. Pictured: Chips the Clown.
elephants to the human cannonball, and even “the moto chamber of danger” known as The Thunderball, children of all ages are invited to thrill in the highﬂying antics and acrobatics this weekend. Advance tickets begin at $16, with free admission for children 12 and younger. For more information, visit gotothecircus.com.
National Black Memorabilia and Collectible show celebrates 30 years
The 2014 National Black Memorabilia & Collectible Show returns Saturday and Sunday to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg.
The National Black Memorabilia & Collectible show returns to Montgomery County on Saturday and Sunday at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg. Now in its 30th year, the event will
FROM LINDSEY JOHNSON
showcase educational exhibits spanning subjects from the Tuskegee Airmen to Malcom X. Many vendors will offer black memorabilia and collectibles for sale including books, stamps, slavery artifacts and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 and free for students. For more information, visit johnsonshows.com.
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Flowing forms and gleaming glass Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann and Joseph A. Corcoran collaborate at Montpelier Arts Center
A beautiful and unusual collaboration between a painter and a glass sculptor has produced a remarkable body of work now on exhibit in the main gallery of the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel. Combining Katherine Mann’s energetic abstract expressionist technique and delicate ink drawings on paper with Joe Corcoran’s blown and manipulated glass forms, these works connote hidden narratives about nature and light, with a ﬂowing character that is both visually attractive and formally bold. Each work in this exhibit is collaborative, beginning with the small “Cocoon” that hangs on the wall near the entrance. Comprised of a group of blown black glass forms that vaguely recall some natural construction such as a cocoon or a nest, each has a series of open holes. On each of these, Mann has painted black and white ﬂoral patterns. On the unique clear glass object, she has added a bit of pink. Each is suspended from a black bracket with hooks into the holes of the glass pieces. There’s
ON VIEW BY CLAUDIA ROUSSEAU both a fragility and a strength about this work that reﬂects the approach of both artists who created it. Corcoran’s glass additions are presumably inspired by the shapes of Mann’s underlying paintings. This is evident in a particularly exciting work titled “Seam,” where the drawn black and white circles that seem to pour down the center of the composition are brought out into three dimensions by Corcoran’s little spheres of blown glass that are attached to the painting by gluing tiny magnets to the bottom of each. A slim sheet of steel under the paper painting holds the glass spheres tightly to the surface without damaging or changing it; a technique employed throughout the exhibit. In this work, the clear glass spheres placed over black circles look black, while the white circles are topped with white glass spheres surrounded by clear so that ambient light causes them to shine, igniting the surface of the painting with light. The painter says that she begins with a stain in the center of her very large paper support, working on the ﬂoor. She con-
tinues to work that initial color by moving outward with it. She continues “coaxing” it, flinging acrylic color at the surface, in a process reminiscent of the gestural action painting of Jackson Pollock. Using bright color ranges, either in blue/green or red/pink/purple combinations, Mann’s work maintains the energy of her gesture, but that energy is tempered and focused by her delicate ink drawings of ﬂower and plant forms that are either drawn directly, applied as collage (as in, for example, “Inhale”) or silkscreened onto the surface. The combination of Mann’s ﬂowing organic lines and splatters with these floral motifs suggest conceptual sources in landscapes or seascapes. And here again, Corcoran’s glass works bring that aspect to life. Good examples of this are “Seam,” “Inhale” and “Spine.” In the first, those black and white spheres move down between deep blues, greens in forms that look like undersea plant life. “Inhale” also has an underwater feeling, with shifting blue gestural marks moving across the surface. The glass additions are abstracted collar-like forms, in a purplish silvered glass that could double as some kind of sea creatures ﬂoating through the water. And in “Spine” Corcoran’s glass additions are like silvery ﬁsh with golden ﬂecks that line up horizontally on the lower part of Mann’s wavy-edged and mottled blue surface. A dense work with rich patterning, “Spine” has a touch of humor with its apparent allusions to ocean wa-
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ters. Mann often works on a very large scale, and although none of the pieces in this show are her largest, two stand out in their scale and their ambitious compositions. Both titled “Strata,” they are deeply layered with a landscape feeling to them. “Strata I” has large areas of reds and pinks in expressionist strokes and splatters of acrylic paint, in places fairly dilute against bright white paper. Blue “pools” seem to bubble up from under that surface, while wreaths of silkscreened white flowers wrap around and through it. Corcoran has added bubble-like reddish glass sculptures to both the surface and hanging just above it from brackets in the wall. “Strata II” extends the work from the wall to the ﬂoor and out into the gallery space. Again, Mann has done this with cut paper forms on a bigger scale elsewhere, but here the combination of her painted paper is augmented by the glass sculptures. The work on the wall features ﬂinged paint and broad bands of green and blue draped with similar wreaths of white ﬂowers, while green and blue glass globules migrate across the surface. Then, as the paper moves to the ﬂoor, and the palette changes, the glass also shifts from blue, to red, to a deep amethyst on the cut-paper pools on the outer edges of the installation. Mann’s Asian heritage comes through in these works in subtle ways. The environmental narrative that seems to inform many of them in poetic overtones betrays this. Yet, it’s there in her formal language as well, with the ﬂowers and other curving forms. Curator John Yeh, himself Chinese, sees it especially in a wall piece called “Carriers” where black brackets hold exquisite clear glass drops that are suspended in front of the wall. In this work the paper component, a braided design in black and white cut paper, is attached to the wall and threaded through the glass. The curving shapes of silkscreened design remind Yeh of paper dragons and lanterns but in a reductive and understated way. The delicate balance of the design, which casts shadows on the wall, also brings Asian theatrical effects to mind. Clearly, the work is openended, and the viewer is invited to enter into his/her own dialogue with it. To June 1. For more information, visit arts.pgparks.com.
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Continued from Page B-4 A&E: In your words, how would you describe your oneman show? Shatner: In a couple of hours, I seek to entertain the audience with a web of words and actions and pictures. This show is a joyful expression, saying yes to life. It’s ﬁlled with laughter and tears. It’s ﬁlled with a variety of subjects that I expound on from music to motorcycles to horses to love to comedy, a variety of things that I do. All across this country, Canada and Australia, it has received wonderful notices and great audience acclaim and I’m sure that the live capture of that performance, which I did while I was on tour shortly after it closed on Broadway ... will reﬂect everything the stage performance has. But it’s for a price of a movie ticket that you can see a Broadway show. A&E: How did the idea of showing it nationally with Fathom Events come about? Shatner: The evolution of showing it nationally was very natural. What happened was a producer in Australia asked me to do a one-man show. That’s a daunting challenge for any actor, to hold an audience’s attention for an hour and half, two hours, by yourself, on stage. So I opened it in Australia and it was successful. Then I rewrote it and toured Canada. Then Broadway asked me to come and I totally rewrote and revamped the show and opened on Broadway. Then touring the way that I did for the following year was a natural evolution from the Broadway show. What is unique is the filming and its simultaneous broadcast to close to 700 theaters across the United States on April 24 … that gives it a unique twist that I’ve been told that’s never been done before, this kind of thing. A&E: After 23 years, you’re as passionate about the Hollywood Charity Horse Show as you were when you ﬁrst started it. What is it that drives you to do the charity and make it bigger every year? Shatner: Last night, I was in Salt Lake City making an appearance and taking questions from the audience. A young man in a wheelchair started to ask a question, but the emotions got the better of him. He spoke as a wounded veteran, who had seen “Star Trek” while in Iraq and
Continued from Page B-4 hours for him to audition for the show. It was the ﬁrst time he’d ever auditioned for anything in his life. Shortly before the two drove to New York, Murphy’s house was robbed. He was down to his last pair of jeans when he got to the theater. As he walked out on stage — the last person being judged for the show — he looked out to see judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel staring back at him. “I had never thought of auditioning or possibly going on television to audition for anything,” Murphy said. “At that point in my life, I was at my lowest point, so I had nothing to lose. I didn’t go there to win it, I just wanted to better my life and show people … the Frank Sinatra stuff. I felt like America needed it at that time.” Murphy, who was scolded by Morgan for chewing gum on stage, totally wowed the judges and the audience at the theater. When Murphy sang, a smooth, captivating sound came out of this tall, lanky man with long hair. “I remember as a kid listening to Frank Sinatra,” Murphy said. “I always wondered, ‘Why are people listening to him?’ I really didn’t understand it. But it
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William Shatner’s one-man show “Shatner’s World” can be seen in area movie theaters on Thursday. how it spoke to him and his buddies and how his legs had been blown off and the only thing that kept him going was “Star Trek.” The audience – there must have been 4,000 to 5,000 people in the audience and me on stage – were moved to tears by the fact that [this] young man had used “Star Trek” as a point of recovery. The point of recovery for so many veterans and so many children also has to do with the therapeutic effects of horses. So children in need – emotionally, mentally, socially – the returning veterans’ problems are the same as these children. They all can be helped by this charity that I run. The point was never more vivid than last night when this young veteran passionately spoke about his problems. A&E: You have so many dif-
was always around me. In ‘Looney Toons,’ Bugs Bunny … they always made fun of the Rat Pack. Then the ’90s came around and ‘Married with Children’ came on where ‘Love and Marriage’ was the theme song. Sinatra’s always been around.” Murphy said it was actually Nat King Cole who turned him on to that genre of music. In 1984, Motown Records celebrated its 25th anniversary by showcasing a lot of its talent, including stars such as Michael Jackson. During the televised event, they had a tribute to Cole where they showed a video of him singing “Mona Lisa.” That just so happens to be Murphy’s mother’s name. “Me and my brother would sing this song to her and she hated it,” Murphy laughed. “I realized how cool Nat King Cole was. He didn’t have to do splits, he didn’t have to do anything. He just stood there, played the piano and smiled at you while playing this beautiful song. That got me into the whole thing as far as the Rat Pack goes.” Guys such as Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., inspired Murphy because they were themselves, spontaneous and ﬂat-out cool. “With YouTube, everybody is so fake,” Murphy said. “But to see those guys, they were actually genuine. They were being exactly who they were on an everyday basis.”
Continued from Page B-4 75-piece wind and percussion ensemble made up of professional level musicians — has been putting on concerts throughout the metropolitan area for the last 22 years. “I think it’s grown into quite an extraordinary ensemble,” Etheridge said. Ken Wolff is the principal trombonist of the symphony, as well as the business manager and a featured soloist of the upcoming concert. He explained
ferent celebrities who have offered items for your auction and to come out and perform – is it something that these celebrities come to you and say, “Here, we’d like to help,” or is it something where you go out and ask, “Hey, would you mind donating?” Shatner: I am tugging on sleeves. Everybody who’s raised money for charity knows whereof I speak. It’s somewhat humiliating, but yet the passion drives you forward of tugging on people’s sleeves who pull their arm away – ﬁguratively – who don’t return phone calls, so you keep phoning. They know what it’s about … they have to give some money and you know they know why they’re not returning the call, but you determinedly pursue them because the money
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Although Murphy’s life completely turned around once he won the competition, he said it took the show for him to get his priorities straight. Murphy had to pay his child support, taxes, hospital bills, and parking tickets he had collected when he was a teen in Detroit. “It took a million dollars to ﬁx my life,” Murphy said. “… All my life has been interesting. All the ups and downs made me who I am. I got to see things get really bad and I got the blessing in my life to be able to make things better. God blessed me with that ability. … Going on that show, looking at it now, I had nothing to lose.” This past winter, Murphy ﬂew out to California to work on tracks for his third album, which he said will be a combination of all types of different music, not just the standard crooner songbook. That’s what he wanted to do on the show, but he stuck with Sinatra.
that while the average age in the group is approximately 45 years, members range from 25 to 60 years old, which he said is the standard career span of a professional musician making this ensemble all encompassing. Wolff pointed out that the arts are struggling in this country, with many prominent symphonies and operas facing potential shut downs, and he believes it’s important to create a future audience as well as future performers. That’s why the Capital Wind Symphony works with budding musicians. “Our mission has been to give back
is there. There is a mixture of humiliation and exultation raising money for charity. Those emotions are in varying amounts, depending on the people. A&E: Your career has spanned six decades, not a lot of people can say they’re still relevant after six decades in the business. What do you hope people take away from your body of work? Shatner: Oh, I don’t even think in those terms. I’m just plugging along. What I have learned, which is a cliché, but you have to live it to know how true it is – time is so ﬂeeting and time goes by so quickly that you need to cherish every moment, and that’s about all I know.
“I was going to do all genres,” Murphy said. “I was going to start off with Frank Sinatra, then hit them with Motown and then some hip-hop, but once they heard … the Frank Sinatra, they were like, ‘Can you do more of those?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, all right, let’s do that. I’ve got enough songs in my repertoire to do all Frank Sinatra this whole show.’” Looking back at Murphy’s life before and then after “America’s Got Talent,” it’s easy to see why a lot of people see his story as inspirational. Ever humble, Murphy said he never really saw himself as a role model or an inspiration. He’s just happy being Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. “I guess you can look at my life and say, ‘OK, guy’s been to the bottom and he pulled himself up, so I can do it, too,’” Murphy said. “A lot of people say that and you don’t want to glorify yourself as a hero or all of that other stuff. If I am an inspiration to other people, I feel like it’s an honor and a blessing. And if they feel that I am, then I thank them for looking at my life and saying ‘Hey, I want to do something good for myself because he did it.’ “I just think everyone should do something good just because. Why would you want to live your life unhappy?” firstname.lastname@example.org
to the community,” Wolff said. The Capital Wind Symphony has been active with students in elementary, middle and high schools, holding side-by-side rehearsals in which musicians from the group will demonstrate for the children and practice with them. “We believe, at the core, the supporting of the arts is to create audiences of our young children,” Wolff said. Though the symphony often gives back by working with children, this is the ﬁrst time it has hosted a charity gala, with the hope of making it a yearly event. Wolff said that they wanted to
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 25, DeLaura Padovan with Sibling Ribaldry, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www.fridaynightdance.org. Contra & Square, April 27, Ann Fallon with Triple Helix, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www.fsgw.org. English Country, April 23, Caller: Martha Siegel, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www.fsgw.org. Swing, May 3, Natty Beaux, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $15, www.ﬂyingfeet. org. Waltz, The 31st Annual Viennese Waltz Ball, An Evening with Strauss, 8 p.m. May 3, www. waltztimedances.org.
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Summerour & Howlin’ at the Moon, 7:30 p.m. April 23; Four Freshmen, 7:30 p.m. April 24; America’s Got Talent Winner Landau Murphy, Jr., 8 p.m. April 25; The Sol Serenaders featuring Tommy Lepson & Billy Price, 8 p.m. April 26; Sunday Brunch with The Gospel Persuaders, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 27; Clayton Brothers Quintet featuring Obed Calvaire, John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, April 27, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Dali Quartet, school mati-
nee, 10:30 a.m. May 2; The Stray Birds, 8 p.m. May 2; Dali Quartet, Latin Fiesta Family Concert, 1 p.m. May 3; Dali Quartet, evening concert, 8 p.m. May 3; The Hit Men (featuring former stars of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons), 4 p.m. May 11, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, www.blackrockcenter.org. Fillmore Silver Spring, Riff Raff with Grand Theft, 8 p.m. April 24; Live Nation Presents YG — My Krazy Life Tour, 8 p.m. April 25; Style to the Aisle...a Bride’s RUNWAY, 3 p.m. April 27; 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. www.ﬁllmoresilverspring.com. Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. April 23, 29-30; AIR: Piotr Pakhomkin, classical guitar, 7:30 p.m. April 23; WPAS: Hilary Hahn, violin, 8 p.m. April 23; Historic Home Tour, 11 a.m. April 24; Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal, 7 p.m. April 25; History of Jazz Part II: Bright Lights Big City, 11 a.m. April 25; BSO: Off the Cuff - Mahler’s Titan, 8:15 p.m. April 25; Children’s Talk and Tour, 10:15 a.m. April 26; Art Talk, 1 p.m. April 26; 2014 Spring Gala at Strathmore: Julio Iglesias, 9 p.m. April 26; Beyond Text and Line: A Discussion on the Art of Comic Books, 2 p.m. April 27; Stripped,
spread awareness about the Wounded Warrior Project, especially because there are quite a few retired members of the armed forces in their group. “It was a natural bridge to choose the Wounded Warrior Project,” Wolff said. The performance at the gala is unique because it is a presentation of more than just music. The multimedia event will include videos as well as a piece that is narrated live. Service-disabled, retired U.S. Naval Commander Edward Abner will serve as emcee throughout the evening.
4 p.m. April 27; Capital Wind Symphony: Winds for Warriors Charity Gala, 7:30 p.m. April 28; Portfolio Reviews 7 p.m., April 30, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-5815100, 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, “Woody Allen, Woody Allen,” May 2-18; Comedy and Magic Society, 8 p.m. May 23, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. www.gaithersburgmd.gov. Imagination Stage, “Cinderella: The Remix:” to May 25, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www.imaginationstage.org. Olney Theatre Center, “Once On This Island,” to May 4, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-9243400, 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 April 27; “Ordinary Days,” May 28 to June 22, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www.roundhousetheatre.org. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” May 22 to June 14, 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, Shirley Brewer and Barbara Morrison, 2 p.m. April 27; Dear Elizabeth, A Play in Letters, 7:30 p.m. May 1, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664, www.writer.org.
VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “An Allegory of Algorithms and Aesthetics,” Jessica Drenk, to May 12, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, www.adahrosegallery.com Gallery B, “72 Grams Per Pixel,” May 1-24, opening reception from 6-9 p.m. May 9; 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, Rockville Art League, May 4-23, opening reception from 1:30-3:30 p.m. May 4, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www.rockvillemd.gov. Marin-Price Galleries, March Avery, “Works on Paper,” April 26 to May 14, 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, Liz Lescault and Alison Sigethy: “Fathom Full Five: Going Deeper,” April 30 to June 1, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. May 9, Gibbs Street Gallery; TARNISH: Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), May 2 to June 1, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. May 9, Kaplan Gallery; Painting With Thread: Embroidery Arts Exhibition from China, May 9-11, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. May 9, Common Ground Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200, www. visartsatrockville.org.
Washington Printmakers Gallery, WPG April Members Exhibi-
tion, to April 27; Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second ﬂoor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, www. washingtonprintmakers.com.
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2006 Toyota Camry................. $10,990 $10,990 #472438A, 66K Miles, One Owner 2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer #372287B, Sport Utility, 5 Speed, Black
2013 Toyota Corolla LE........ $14,900 $14,900 #E0322, Classic Silver, 1-Owner, 33K Miles 2012 Nissan Sentra 2.......... $14,490 $14,490 #P8858A, CVT Trans, 13k Miles, Bright Silver
2011 GTI...................#V239376A, Gray, 52,553 Miles..............$18,991 2012 Jeep Liberty....#V6113A, White, 26,182 Miles...............$18,991 2014 Passat Wolfsburg...#VPR0040, Grey, 5,227 miles.................$19,394 2014 Passat Wolfsburg. .#VPR0041, White, 2,878 miles................$19,754 2013 Jetta Sedan........#V086172A, Gray, 12,807 miles..............$21,991 2012 Nissan Maxima. .#V073708A, Gray, 47,457 miles..............$21,994 2013 Honda Accord Sedan...#V023602A, Gray, 19,735 miles......$24,991 2013 Dodge Charger.#V411396A, Black, 19,344 Miles..............$26,491 2013 Nissan Pathfinder #V266506A, Gray, 4,735 Miles........$27,991
1.9% Financing Available
04 Chevy Trailblazer #N0339, $$ 4 Speed Auto,
10 Toyota RAV4 $$
#472351A, Automatic, 81k Miles, 1-Owner
13 Ford Escape S
#372014A, 6 Speed Auto, 8K Miles, 1-Owner
2012 Nissan Altima.............. $15,985 $15,985 #E0332, Burgundy, One Owner, 46K Miles 2008 Audi A4 Convertible....... $16,977 $16,977 #478014A, Red, One Owner, 66K Miles 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander GT. $23,490 $23,490 #363225A, 6 SpeedAuto, 5k Miles, Sport Utility, Rally Red 2011 BMW 328i.................. $23,490 $23,490 #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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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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1-888-831-9671 1-888-831-9671 Or O r Call C a l l Syd S y d at a t 240-480-4905 240-480-4905
15625 Frederick Rd (Rte 355) • Rockville, MD | OPEN SUNDAY
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3371 Fort Meade Road, Laurel
Online Chat Available...24 Hour Website • Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-9 pm • Sat 9 am-8 pm
2013 Kia Rio LX.................. $13,990 $13,990 #453017A, Black, One Owner, 2400 Miles
18 Available...Rates Starting at 2.64% up to 72 months
1.855.881.9197 • www.ourismanvw.com
11 Nissan Juke S $$
#450094A, CVT Trans, 36K Miles, 1-Owner, Station Wagon
2004 Toyota Corolla LE............ $8,990 $8,990 #470543A, 117K Miles, Red
OURISMAN VW WORLD AUTO CERTIFIED PRE OWNED 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt....#V406575B, Green, 97,004 Miles.....$6,991 2008 Jetta MT..........#V272778B, Red, 63,409 Miles...............$10,391 2011 Jetta SE.........#V405443A, Black, 51, 598 Miles.............$13,991 2011 Jetta SE.........#V013926A, White, 18, 874 Miles.............$13,991 2008 Jeep Commander. .#V527790A, 70,415 Miles..............$16,991 2009 Jetta TDI.........#VP0043A, Black, 68,842 Miles...............$16,992 2009 Passat CC......#V241376C, White, 60,665 Miles.............$17,491 2013 New Beetle..........#VPR0038, Silver, 4,549 miles..................$17,694 2011 CC.....................#VP0035, White, 38,225 miles................$18,754
2014 TIGUAN S 4WD 14FordFocusSE $$
#7229632, Automatic Power Windows, Power Locks, Sunroof
2013 GTI 4 DOOR
1.9% Financing Available
New 2014 Scion IQ #457005, $ $ Includes
#1693378, Automatic, Power Windows/Power Locks, Keyless Entry, Sunroof
MSRP $17,810 BUY FOR
#30001704, Automatic, Power Windows/Power Locks, Keyless Entry, Heated Seats, Bluetooth, Cruise Control
New 2014 Scion FR-S #451013, $$ Manual
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2003 Toyota Highlander
#344535B, 3.0L-V6, 4WD, Automatic
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2014 NISSAN VERSA S +CVT MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:
With Automatic Transmission #11124 2 At This Price: VINS: 854676, 854705
2014 NISSAN SENTRA SV
MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash: Sentra Conquest Bonus:
$14,770 $12,995 -$500 -$500
2010 Nissan Sentra 2.0S
$18,690 $15,745 -$500 -$500 -$750
#12114 2 At This Price: VINS: 221224, 222106
2012 Nissan Versa SL
2013MSRP: NISSAN ROGUE S$22,795 AWD Sale Price:
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2014 NISSAN ALTIMA 2.5 S
2010 Volkswagen New Beetle
#442018A, Auto, Convertible, Final Edition
2012 Kia Forte EX #P8910A, FWD, Auto, 2.0L-4 Cyl, 1-Owner, 4K Miles
17,995 2012 Volvo C30 Premier Plus
$24,170 $19,895 -$1,000 -$500
#326023A, 6 Speed Manual, Sunroof, 1-Owner
2012 Volkswagen CC
#442008A, Sport PZEV, Auto, 1-Owner
With Bluetooth, Alloy Wheels, Remote Start #13114 2 At This Price: VINS: 249209, 249087
2014MSRP: NISSAN FRONTIER KC$21,255 4X2 S Sale Price:
$ #31014 With Automatic Transmission 2 At This Price: VINS: 717170, 716650 G557866
#R1826, Auto, 1-Owner, 3K Miles, Navigation
#449000B, 6 Speed Manual, Leather, 1-Owner
#22213 2 At This Price: VINS: 151130, 150946
MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:
#440005A, Automatic, 1-0wner, 17K Miles
2010 Mazda MAZDA3 S Grand Touring
2012 Ford Escape Limited
DARCARS NISSAN of of ROCKVILLE ROCKVILLE 15911 Drive • • Rockville, Rockville, MD MD (at (at Rt. Rt. 355 355 across across from fromKing KingFarm) Farm) 15911 Indianola Indianola Drive www.DARCARSNISSAN.com 888.824.9166 •• www.DARCARSNISSAN.com
Prices include all rebates and incentives. NMAC Bonus Cash requires financing through NMAC with approved credit. Prices Prices include all rebates and incentives. NMAC Bonus Cash and requires through NMAC*Lease with approved credit. excludewith exclude tax, tags, freight (cars $780, trucks $725-$995), $200financing processing charge. payments arePrices calculated tax,tags, tags,freight, freight (cars trucks $845-$995), processing charge. Sentra requires proof of current tax, $200$810, processing charge andand first$200 payment due at signing, andConquest are validBonus with tier one approval through ownership of any Toyota, Honda, or Hyundai vehicle. Prices valid only on listed VINS. See dealer for details. Offer expires 04/30/2014. NMAC. Prices valid only on listed VINS. See dealer for details. Offer expires 10/22/2012.
#449563B, 4WD, Automatic, Leather
2012 Nissan Pathfinder S #449576A, 4WD, 26K miles, Automatic, 1-Owner
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2014 NEW COROLLA LE
NEW2 2014 COROLLA LE AVAILABLE: #470576, 470557
2 AVAILABLE: #470585, 470549
APRIL APRIL SSHOWERS HOWERS O OF F SSAVINGS AVINGS EEVENT! VENT!
4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO
NEW 2014 VENZA 4X2 2 AVAILABLE: #474506, 474502
AFTER $500 REBATE
4 DR., AUTO, 4 CYL., INCL.
NEW 2014 SCION XD 2 AVAILABLE: #453026, 435028
4 CYL., AUTO
AFTER $1,500 REBATE
4 CYL., 4 DR., AUTO
NEW 22014 RAV4 4X2 LE AVAILABLE: #464172, 464180
NEW 2014 PRIUS PLUG-IN 2 AVAILABLE: #477470, 477443
4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO
NEW2 AVAILABLE: 2014#477527, PRIUS C 477528
4 CYL., AUTOMATIC
NEW 2014.5 CAMRY LE 3 AVAILABLE: #472271, 472282, 472378
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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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03 Kia Sedona EX
#KP77913, MOONROOF! $277 OFF KBB “HANDYMAN”
05 Ford Mustang
#KP29876, BEAUTY! LEATHER, AT, $482 OFF KBB
07 Dodge Dakota SLT $9,988
#KP74507,CLUB CAB, AT, PW, EASY TERMS!!
99 Saturn SL2 .................................$2,490
04 GMC Envoy XL.............................$7,990
99 Honda CR-V LX............................$3,488
09 Suzuki SX4................................$10,470
#KP24824A, NICE CAR! AT, AC, PW “HANDYMAN”
#KP39663, 4WD, “GAS SAVER!” 5SPD, PW/PLCS, AC, “HANDYMAN”
00 Hyundai Sonata GLS...................$4,490
#KP24598A, SHARP! AT, MOONROOF, $314 OFF KBB
13 Suzuki Kizashi SE $15,990
#KA00154, SHOWROOM COND.! $649 OFF KBB
11 Nissan Altima 2.5S.......................$12,997
12 Chrylser 200 LTD..........................$17,345
#KP55804A, PW/PLC, SAB, CC, CD, DON’T MISS THIS ONE!
#KP84393, GORGEOUS! MNRF, LTHR, CD/DVD/MP3/HDD
#KA01698, TECHNOLOGY AWD NAV, AT, STEERING WHL CONTROLS
#KP82223, BEAUTY! V6, LTHR, MNRF, SAB, CD-6
#KP34550,FAMILY FUN! DUAL DVD’S, LTHR
#KP57496, LIMITED, 4WD, SHARP! MNRF, LTHR, CD-6, P/OPTS
#KR18542, AWD, SHOWROOM! 3RD, STABILITY, P/OPTS
10 Chevy Impala LT.......................$10,900
#KP63973B, PSEAT, PW/PLC/PMR, CC BEST BUY!!
#KP87154, PW/PLC/PMR, CC, DON’T MISS!
#KP33871, 4X4, RARE FIND!!! PW, CC, AT
#KP93865A, WELL KEPT! MNRF, 3RD SEAT, RNG BDS, P/OPTS, RAC
#KP53319, CLEAN! MD INSP’D! AT, AC, PW
02 Chrysler PT Cruiser....................$5,988
07 Ford Focus SE ZX3
03 Dodge Ram 2500 Quad Cab SLT..$10,951
07 Toyota Avalon XLS....................$13,988 08 Ford Escape..............................$13,988 09 Dodge Charger SE........................$13,988
#KP01052, NICE! PW/PLC/PMR, CC, CD
12 Chrylser Twn & Cntry LTD..........$17,988 13 Dodge Journey SXT.....................$19,997 11 Nissan Rouge SL..........................$21,435 #KA71036, PAMPERED 37K! NAV, LTHR, MNRF, SAB