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Some Aspen Hill residents have been vocal in their opposition to a potential Wal-Mart opening, but a significant expansion by Home Depot next door has not attracted the same attention. The 133,000-square-foot Home Depot on Georgia Avenue near Connecticut Avenue received approval in March for a 30,000-square-foot expansion. The Montgomery County Planning Board imposed numerous conditions that the retail giant is in the process of completing. They include providing an easement for possible future improvements that could include a wider pathway along Georgia and Connecticut; installing vehicular signs to upgrade pedestrian safety; and trimming trees along

Georgia. The State Highway Administration also requested a traffic signal warrant study for access points at Georgia and Connecticut, but there is not a condition to install a signal. “We are in the process of satisfying the conditions of the approval,” said Meghan Basinger, a spokeswoman for Home Depot of Atlanta, which hopes to complete the expansion by next year. The case does not go before the County Council, said Renee Kamen, a senior planner with the county planning department. Once staff signs off on certain completed conditions, Home Depot must apply to the Department of Permitting Services, which monitors the progress of conditions that are required through the permitting stage, she said. Judy Fink, a resident near the Home Depot and potential Wal-Mart site, said a recently formed homeowners group with which she is involved hasn’t discussed the Home De-

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Melanie Batchelor, a junior at Paint Branch High School, with her first novel, “Remember Me,” at the Praisner Library in Burtonsville.

While in kindergarten, Melanie Batchelor taped together her first “book,” a five-sentence work on printer paper about cats and dogs. The junior at Paint Branch High in Burtonsville has progressed to get a 168-page novel, “Remember Me,” published with Bold Strokes Books, a Johnsonville, N.Y.-based independent publisher. The novel was released Tuesday.

“It’s been a long process,” Batchelor, 16, said of finding a publisher. “It’s exciting to see my work published.” Mark Willen, a member of the Maryland Writers’ Association who leads the Teen Writers’ Club at the Marilyn J. Praisner Library in Burtonsville, said Batchelor is the first member of the two-year-old club to have a book published. The club is jointly sponsored by the Praisner Library, which provides free space and publicity, and the Maryland Writers’ Association, which provides an adult leader. Another teen writing club affiliated with the association meets at the White Oak Library.

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Walk aiming to help Montgomery County’s mentally ill residents Silver Spring nonprofit hopes to raise money to support treatment




Volunteers of American Chesapeake, a faith-based and nonprofit organization dedicated to helping residents in need, is hosting a Walk for Wellness Mental Health Community Day. It will be held at Wheaton Regional Park in Silver Spring on Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. Organizers hope to raise money to support treatment for people with mental health disabilities. “We thought that walking is the most common yet powerful healthy activity that can bring people together in the quest for wellness. We also thought that having our families and [four-legged] companions join us would be great,” Victoria Karakcheyeva, special program director at Volunteers of America Chesapeake, wrote in an email to The Gazette. Karakcheyeva said the


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event is for the family, including pets. “We will have music, are planning activities for children [such as] arts and crafts [and] outdoor games [and] little stations for pets,” Karakcheyeva wrote. The nonprofit has a rehabilitation program in Silver Spring at 13415 Connecticut Ave. Karakcheyeva said many clients come from a background of homelessness, poverty, lack of education, unemployment, multiple incarcerations, and hospitalizations. Some people might not have access to information or have no basic documentation, such as a birth certificate, a Social Security number, or a state identification. “Our case managers can help to initiate the process of getting appropriate documentation, applying for entitlements, engaging consumer in treatment, helping them to get stable housing and access to other resources they need,” Karakcheyeva wrote.

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Tsehay T. Nachore makes fresh injera at Adarash, a new Ethiopian bakery and market in Silver Spring.

Bakery, market injects Ethiopian flavor in Long Branch Owners invite people from different cultures to visit, enjoy cuisine




Korseret, shiro, and berbere are just some of the rich smells of spices inside Adarash — a new Ethiopian injera bakery and market at 8706 Flower Ave. in Long Branch. Injera is traditional Ethiopian sourdough-risen flat bread

with a slightly spongy texture, made out of a grain called Teff. It is the store’s main feature; fresh injera is baked every day. Adarash’s owners, Ali Faris and Ngussu Guda, spent about eight months and $400,000 designing and building the shop. They employ 11 people and promote Ethiopian and other African culture. During renovations, they slept in the store to start their work day as early as possible, and still had to manage other businesses. “We finish working at 4



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o’clock [in the morning], go to sleep one hour or thirty minutes and come back. ... Even I lost 28 pounds,” Faris said. Faris lives in College Park and owns a dollar store in Alexandria. Guda lives in Wheaton and has a grain mill and distribution business in Temple Hills, Md. Both have been living in the U.S. for more than 20 years. Costumers can either order a meal from the store’s menu or just buy the bread, which comes in packages of 10 large round pieces.

According to a press release about the shop, injera and teff are gaining popularity because of the concentration of fiber, iron, protein and calcium. In the kitchen, Faris said, employees mix teff flour in water at least eight hours before preparing injera using a crepe maker. The bread is the base of Ethiopian meals. It can be eaten with beef or chicken stews, lentils, salads, among others. Faris also said the spices and injera sold in the store can be

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Poms, cheering, jazz, and girl talk will be part of the POM Squad inaugural summer dance and mentoring program from June 9 to Aug. 8 at Shake Shake Fitness in Silver Spring. POM, or Positive Outcome Mentoring, is an intensive program created by Latasha Better, a Silver Spring resident, for girls ages 5 to 12. “I grew up as a shy child, and I just want to help girls find their voices and feel confident about themselves,” Better said. Better, 26, started her dancing career at the age of 10. She holds a bachelor’s degree in dance from George Mason University. She has danced for the Dallas Black Dance Theater and is a cheerleader for the Washington Redskins. Better said the intensive program will include seven weeks of ballet and jazz training and choreography. In each class, girls will work on a dance presentation for a performance at National Children’s Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Better wants to focus on issues relevant to young ladies, such as self-confidence, health and wellness, and academic excellence. “In one week, we might talk about their goals and aspirations and how they want to achieve them. Another week, we may talk

about why they are beautiful and who is beautiful to them,” Better said. She said she has always wanted to do something for girls. There will be two groups: girls 5 to 8 years old practicing on Fridays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and girls 9 to 12 years old on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. Better also has taught dance classes at the Rosemary Hills Elementary School in Silver Spring from January to March 2014. She now wants to start her own dance team. Better said there will be a list of dance goals for the girls to complete at their own speed. They will receive prizes as they achieve them. “It’s not a competition with each other, but a competition within themselves to try to do better all the time,” Better said. Classes will be $15 per hour. Shake Shake Fitness is at 8625 16th St. in Silver Spring. For more information, visit or email

Celebrate Takoma Festival set for Sunday The Takoma Park Recreation Department will host the second annual Celebrate Takoma Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Takoma-Piney Branch Neighbor-

EVENTS Bethesda Community Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale, 7 a.m.-1

p.m., Montgomery Farm Women’s Cooperative Market, 7155 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. bcgc/plantsale.nxg. Conservation Landscaping Techniques, 4-7 p.m., Brookside Gardens,

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SATURDAY, MAY 17 Colesville Lions Club Flea Market,

8 a.m.-2 p.m., Turf Center Southern States, 1409 Spencerville Road, Spencerville, every Saturday in May. Free

Kennedy High students, teacher recognized Two students and a teacher from John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring were among the honorees at the Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce’s 30th annual Community Awards Banquet. The event was held April 30 at the Hollywood East Café in Wheaton. Aaryn Godby won the Kennedy High Student Community Service of the Year award. The senior earned more than 1,160 student service hours on various projects, including volunteering at a children’s hospital, working with young students in after-school programs, helping office staff during summer and school breaks, and helping teachers after school hours. She has been accepted to several colleges and decided to attend Hampton University. Bessy Martinez Contreras won the Kennedy High ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)


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hood Park. The event will include food, musical performances, visual and performing arts, crafts and games originating from nations around the world. The Takoma Foundation also will recognize people and businesses with the Azalea Awards. Due to limited parking, walking is encouraged. Attendees can bring lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, visit takomaparkmd. gov/recreation/celebrate-takoma.

admission. Used Bike Collection, 9 a.m.-noon, Sherwood High School, 300 OlneySandy Spring Road, Olney. $10 suggested donation. 301-924-3200.

9th Annual Strut Your Mutt Dog Parade and Festival, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.,

Central Maryland Chorale presents Mozart’s Requiem, 8 p.m., The

Community Recreation Center, 14715 Good Hope Road, Silver Spring. Free. 301-384-8071.

General Membership Meeting, Potomac Valley Section-NCNW, noon-

Silver Spring, Ellsworth Drive. 301779-4252.

15th Annual Senior Citizens Recognition for the National Council of Negro Women, 2-4 p.m., Aspenwood

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p.m., White Oak Middle School Grounds, 12201 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free admission. 301-7929448.

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Community Day and Strawberry Festival by Montgomery County Recreation, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Good Hope

GapBuster, Inc. 8th Annual Teen Health Expo, noon-4 p.m., downtown



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1:30 p.m., The People’s Community Baptist Church, 31 Norwood Road, Silver Spring. 240-515-7876.


4th Annual MoCo Strawberry Festival, 10 a.m.-4

Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. $20 for general admission, $15 for students and seniors. 240-478-7952.

SUNDAY, MAY 18 10th Annual “Run for the Animals” 5K and Fun Walk, 8-10 a.m., Wheaton

Regional Park, 2000 Shorefield Road, Silver Spring. Dogs cannot participate in the run. $30. www.animalsanctuary. org/events/run.html.

“Child’s Pose” Cinema Art Bethesda Screening, 10 a.m., Land-

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Student of the Year award. A native of El Salvador, the senior moved to the United States in 2012 and moved quickly from ESOL 3 to ESOL 5. She has made the honor roll every semester, tutors students in Spanish and volunteers at a library. She plans to attend Montgomery College next year before transferring to a four-year college and will be the first in her family to attend college. Barbara Marchwicki won the Kennedy High Teacher of the Year award. She is a medical careers teacher and has taught at Kennedy for 10 years. She has been recognized numerous times from both Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery College for her teaching excellence.

Silver Spring school wins online math competition Saint Francis International School of Silver Spring won first place in an online math competition at the state level and finished 24th nationwide. Principal Tobias Harkleroad said 368 students from Saint Francis International School participated in the First in Math tournament. Harkleroad said second-graders had the highest score in the nation. According to a press release, on snow days, Harkleroad issued challenges by Facebook and phone blasts encouraging students and their parents to use the time at home to work, making snow day a math day. Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. $15. 301365-3679. C&O Canal History Walk, noon-2 p.m., Lockhouse 10, Clara Barton Parkway, Cabin John. Free. 301-7458889. Montgomery’s Got Talent, noon-3 p.m., Bethesda Blues and Jazz, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. $5. www. Spring Open House, 2–5 p.m., Fox Hill Luxury Retirement Community, 8300 Burdette Road, Bethesda. Free. 301-968-1850.


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Silver Spring filmmakers urge Congress to provide funding for water treatment Students win first prize in C-SPAN video competition n



A documentary by three Silver Spring students about water pollution in the Anacostia River won the high school East Division first prize in a C-SPAN Classroom’s StudentCam video contest. Gabriel Cote, 15, Donald De Alwis, 15, and Ajay Kharkar, 16, sophomores at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, entered the C-SPAN contest with their documentary A Murky Future. They were among 27 students from Blair who submitted 11 films to the contest. Other films won lower prizes. School officials said Blair students took home 10 percent of the total $100,000 prize being awarded in this year’s CSPAN StudentCam contest. All of the students involved are in the Communication Arts Program at Montgomery Blair High School. This year, students were

asked to produce a short video answering the question: What’s the most important issue the U.S. Congress should address in 2014? The Blair students talked about polluted water in the Anacostia River, which covers portions of Washington, D.C., and Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland. “We row on the Anacostia — me, Donald and Ajay — and we see basically every day that it is extremely polluted and kind of want to make a documentary to raise awareness for water pollution,” Cote said. According to the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection website, the Anacostia River Watershed has been the focus of interjurisdictional watershed management and restoration since the early 1980s. Stream conditions vary from the good conditions of the Upper Paint Branch to the poor conditions found within Sligo Creek, where restoration has been going on for more than 15 years. “I think people underestimate the need for clean water in the U.S. just because we have running water, faucets, bottled

water. Like we mentioned in our film, most people think it’s an unlimited resource,” De Alwis said. The students visited the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. According to its website, the facility is the largest plant in the world that provides wastewater collection and treatment services to more than two million Washington metro-area customers. At the end of 2013, the students interviewed officials at the facility and observed how water is restored to be clear and drinkable. They got footage of the Anacostia River and the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. They also edited the video, wrote a script, and narrated the story. “They gave us the tour of the facility. ... They take the water from the Anacostia, and it’s transported to the plan and they process it. So, there’s different stages that they showed us,” Cote said. They said the most surprising part of the tour was when the observed the second stage of water treatment. “I think the secondary treat-


From left, Gabriel Cote, 15, Donald De Alwis, 15, and Ajay Kharkar, 16, sophomores at Montgomery Blair High School, look at footage for a project in the school’s video editing room. ment was specially a surprise. ... During that time, it [the water] turns brown. ... It just looks like a bubbling pit of mud and then after tertiary treatment, it comes out crystal clear,” De Alwis said. “I wanted them to pick a topic they were really interested in and something they wanted to learn more about. ... My job was to basically lay out the general road map to get to the end,” said George Mayo, a media literacy and television production teacher at the Montgomery Blair High School. Mayo was the teacher who sponsored the project. Each student who worked on “A Murky Future” got $1,000.

The school received $1,100. The other $5,900 was divided among the other student filmmakers. De Alwis is partnering with a local nonprofit to raise money to help amputees in third-world countries. Cote hasnt decided what to do with his prize. The students also got a $700 prize from an environmental

film festival at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring and will participate in a film camp next summer at American University in D.C. They expect to visit the White House on Friday to meet Vice President Joe Biden.

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about $254,000 for the Ethan Allen Gateway Streetscape project, where workers plan to rebuild sidewalks and add bike lanes, benches and landscaping to the area around New Hampshire and Ethan Allen avenues. Funds for the upgrades are coming mostly from a federal program. In addition, the budget has $85,000 to study options and start designing improvements to police facilities and $50,000 for the same process for the library. New police and library facilities aren’t anticipated, said Craig Terrill, a city spokesman. The money will be used to start the research and design process “to find out what makes sense”

for the police department and library, he said. “The emphasis will be, in all likelihood, reorganization, improvement and expansion of current spaces,” Terrill said. Williams and council members commended Kenner for the process of holding retreats and other meetings earlier in the past year to discuss big-picture items, rather than having a relatively short time in April and May. “We came to a comfortable conclusion to discussions of the budget earlier than I remember,” Williams said.


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The Takoma Park City Council preliminarily approved the fiscal 2015 budget Monday by a 4-2 vote, with two dissenters calling for more cuts to slightly reduce the real property tax rate. The proposed budget maintains the same real property rate as fiscal 2014 of 57 cents per $100 of assessed value. But because property values increased or property was added to the tax rolls in Takoma Park, the constant yield rate — the level that brings in the same amount of revenue as the prior fiscal year — would be 56.4 cents for 2015. The city is expected to collect about $118,000 more in revenue from real property taxes in fiscal 2015 over 2014, with the assessable tax base rising about 1 percent, to $1.955 billion. The city held a hearing on April 28. The council is scheduled to have a final vote on the 2015 budget on Monday. Councilmen Jarrett Smith and Tim Male said they would rather see the rate set at the lower constant yield level, and they voted against the budget proposal. “Families across the state

and across the country are asked to do more with less every day,” Smith said. Councilwoman Kate Stewart noted that costs are increasing in the city. “Prudent fiscal management requires us to maintain sufficient resources,” she said. Stewart, Mayor Bruce Williams and Councilmen Seth Grimes and Fred Schultz voted for the budget with the tax rate at 57 cents. Councilman Terry J. Seamens was absent from the meeting. The state Department of Assessments and Taxation calculates the constant yield rate for each jurisdiction in Maryland. Localities that plan to implement a tax rate higher than the constant yield tax rate have to advertise it and hold a public hearing. About 65 percent of general fund expenses in the $26.7 million total budget for fiscal 2015 is for personnel costs such as salaries and benefits, which are expected to rise by 3 percent from 2014. Most of that growth is due to increased health care, workers compensation and other benefit costs, City Manager Brian Kenner said. Next year’s budget includes $270,000 for sustainability initiatives, $200,000 for financial software, $176,000 for police cars and $70,000 for the city’s first dog park. Other capital improvement projects in the budget include

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A new father transformed his fatherhood fears into a photo series. Dave Engledow — or the selfproclaimed “World’s Best Father” — wanted to document his daughter’s life, Alice Bee, born in 2010, in a creative way. He began to put together the collection of photos, which got published into a book called Confessions of the World’s Best Father. “I started taking pictures of Alice literally five minutes after she was born. I’ve known I wanted to do something different for her,” said Engledow. According to Engledow, the book is a journal written from the perspective from the world’s best father character. Taking the photos can take from 10 minutes to one hour depending on how interested Alice Bee is during the photoshoot. Engledow said that sometimes he shoots his and Alice’s parts separately, and will edit them at night while Alice Bee is asleep. Editing each photo can take up to 10 hours, and the more complicated ones from 15 to 20 hours. The first photo is still Engledow’s favorite one. He is holding Alice Bee while squirting milk from her bottle into the “World’s Best Father” mug featured in every picture. “There are a couple of reasons why it is my favorite, and I think it really captures what I was feeling. ... I was feeling tired and clueless,” Engledow said. The 43-year-old Takoma Park resident shared some of the photos for friends and family on Facebook and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from people asking if Engledow could make a calendar. Back in 2011, Engledow printed 100 calendars and sold them primarily to friends. Then in 2012, he created a Kickstarter campaign, an online funding platform for creative projects, to fund the “World’s Best Father” first calendar. Engledow received $9,281 for his $1,200 campaign and was able to fund the project. He was able to print closer to 1,000 calendars. The photos took off when the website chose his campaign as one


Dave Engledow, a Takoma Park resident, creates unusual composite family photos featuring him and his daughter, Alice Bee. The photos are in a new book called “Confessions of the World’s Best Father,” where Engledow wrote journal entries on what it’s like to be Alice Bee’s father. of the site’s staff picks. Engledow does not work as a photographer full-time, though he received a photojournalism degree from the University of Texas. He is deputy director at Working America, a nonprofit organization that helps people have affordable health care. “I did a small calendar in 2011. ... [and] we started to get feedback from people all over the world,” he said. Engledow said his wife also participates in the creative process. Jen, who did not wish to disclose her last name, helps behind the scenes making sure Alice Bee is happy during the photoshoot. “Jen has been involved in the process from the very beginning. ... She is a real partner in the process,” Engledow said. The self-proclaimed “World’s Best Father” said he tries to build up excitement on Alice Bee during the week prior to the photoshoot, which he said takes place only on the weekends and once or twice a month. “We try to make it fun for her and make it like a game. ... We will say things like ‘Alice, on Sunday you and daddy will have a tea party.’ We try to get her excited,” he said.

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No one knows when the Silver Spring Transit Center will open, but officials are working on a plan for how to make repairs to the longdelayed structure. Representatives from KCE, the contracting firm hired by Montgomery County, and Parsons Brinckerhoff, the engineering firm on the project, met Monday to finalize a plan for the project in downtown Silver Spring. County spokesman Patrick Lacefield said Tuesday that the meeting went well, and the sides are working together on the plan to fix the transit center. Staff from the county and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority briefed the Montgomery County Council on the status of the project Thursday. The county’s goal is still to have the center ready to be turned over to Metro by the end of the year, County Chief Administrative Officer Timothy L. Firestine told the council. Meanwhile, Metro reiterated that it will not take control of the transit center from the county until repairs are made to address safety concerns raised in a report commissioned by the county, The report


Blair student named one of two U.S. Presidential Scholars in state Hueyjong Shih, a senior in the Science, Math and Computer Science Magnet Program at Montgomery Blair High in Silver Spring, was named one of two 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Maryland. He and 140 other Presidential Scholars across the nation are invited to participate in a White House ceremony June 22. Students can invite a teacher to the ceremony to also be recognized; Shih chose Angelique Bosse, a teacher in the magnet program at Blair. Since 1964, the scholars program has recognized students for outstanding academic achievement, leadership, citizenship and service to their schools and communities. Students are chosen on the basis of SAT or ACT scores or artistic prowess, and they apply for the honor with essays and transcripts. Shih has more than 800 hours of community service and is an accomplished violinist who has played in the National Association for Music Education All National High School Honors Orchestra and the Maryland All State Senior Orchestra, among others. He plans to attend Yale University this fall. Aanchal Johri, also of Blair High, was one of 11 Presidential Scholar semifinalists from Maryland this year. Tianhao Gao from Marriotts Ridge High in Marriottsville was the other winner from Maryland.

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But sometimes they have to resort to bribery. “We will pull up a piece of chocolate,” he added. The inspiration from each photoshoot comes from different situations ranging from Alice’s stages of development, such as the time she was throwing things in the toilet, or television series such as “Breaking Bad.” Engledow said that through this

project, his family discovered that there are people around the world who relate to the images, and he is very grateful to everyone. He also hopes that Alice Bee will look back and think of the photoshoots as a happy time between father and daughter. “I hope she just looks back and remember this as fun time. The two of us had fun together,” he said.

Repairs on transit center to start even though issues remain was released in April. The study by former Lockheed Martin Chairman and CEO Norman Augustine and three other engineering and construction experts found that vertical stress known as shear and twisting stress known as torsion should be fixed by reinforcing some beams and girders inside the transit center. The fixes should be done before the center opens to the public to avoid potential danger to travelers from falling concrete or other hazards, the report says. In a May 7 letter to Firestine, A. Robert Troup, Metro’s deputy general manager of operations, wrote that the transit authority wouldn’t accept the transit center until the repair of conditions that “threaten both the safety of the general public and the efficiency of WMATA’s transit operations.” The repairs would cost more than $7 million and take about eight to 10 months, although they could be done in as soon as five months if crews work multiple shifts and on weekends, the report said. That schedule would be more costly, however. If the problems are not fixed, the shear and torsion could cause sudden cracking that would reduce the load that the concrete slabs could carry and limit the number of buses on the upper levels of the transit center. Laying down a coating of concrete mixed with latex to repair other cracks in the transit center’s concrete slabs would take about three


months and cost an estimated $2.5 million. While some of that work could be done at the same time as the shear and torsion correction, much of it would have to wait until that work is completed. Failure to fix the cracks could cause concrete to fall onto areas used by pedestrians, the report warned. Troup’s letter also requests that the county provide a fund to pay for the long-term maintenance that the facility will require. “At a minimum, the county must agree to provide WMATA with an adequate fund to address the financial burden of substantial lifetime maintenance on a major transportation facility with the [transit center’s] history,” Troup wrote. “Please be advised that WMATA will not accept any agreement that purports to place unreasonable or burdensome terms regarding WMATA access to or withdrawals from a long-term maintenance fund.” Such a fund has been discussed by Metro since the project began, Lacefield said Thursday. The county intends to make the necessary repairs so that no maintenance fund will be necessary, he said. The memorandum of understanding between the county and Metro doesn’t mention a fund, he said. If a long-term maintenance fund is necessary, the two sides can enter into those discussions, Firestine told

the council Thursday. Councilman Marc Elrich (D-At large) of Takoma Park questioned whether Metro raised questions about the project as it was developing. He said he had a hard time believing that the county would be entirely liable for any unexpected maintenance costs if the county can’t force the responsible parties to make the payments. The transit center has been a prominent issue in the Democratic race for county executive among current Executive Isiah Leggett (D), Councilman Philip M. Andrews (DDist. 3) of Gaithersburg and former County Executive Douglas M. Duncan. On Thursday, Duncan said the project represented an absence of leadership by Leggett and a failure of its oversight responsibility of the council. He also worried that despite Leggett’s repeated assurances that county taxpayers would not be liable for extra costs of the project, the county is making assumptions about what a court would decide in the case. Lacefield said the county is confident it will be successful in having the companies who worked on the project held responsible for the increased costs, including any money for a potential maintenance fund. “We’re confident on that score and always have been,” he said.

Montgomery County wants to lease buildings in seven parks that were closed in 2011 because they were underused. The seven buildings included in the request for proposals will be leased for five years. Proposals are due June 23. They will be evaluated on several criteria, including the proposed use and overall approach to the adaptive reuse of the buildings, such as compatibility with the community and park, and overall public benefit. The buildings are mostly in single-family zones, so impact on traffic, parking and noise will be significant factors in evaluating the proposals, according to a county news release. The proposals cannot involve alcohol sales. The buildings are in the following local parks: Ken-Gar Palisades in Kensington; Maplewood-Alta Vista in Bethesda; North Chevy Chase; Stoneybrook in Wheaton; Nolte in Silver Spring; Colesville; and Owens in Beallsville. The Ken-Gar and Nolte buildings were vacated last year after being used briefly as child care centers. The county parks department will hold a public information meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Montgomery Parks Shady Grove Training Room, 16641 Crabbs Branch Way, Building B, Rockville. More information is at MontgomeryParks. org/pableases.


Complete report at The following is a summary of incidents in the Olney area to which Montgomery County police responded recently. The words “arrested” and “charged” do not imply guilt. This information was provided by the county.

Armed Robbery • On April 24 between 8:50 and 8:55 p.m. between the Park and Ride and Ballinger Terrace, Silver Spring. The subjects threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. Bank Robbery • On April 21 at 12:38 p.m. at Capital One, 11261 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. • On April 28 at 1:02 p.m. at Capital One, 11241 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. The subject threatened the victim and took property. Strong-Arm Robbery • On April 25 at 5:43 p.m. in the 11400 block of Amherst Avenue, Silver Spring. The subject forcefully took property from the victim. • On April 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the unit block of Featherwood Court, Silver Spring. The subjects assaulted the victim and took property. Weapons Charge • On April 27 at 6:11 a.m. in the 9700 block of Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring. Aggravated Assault • On April 21 at 5:10 a.m. in the apartments behind Exxon at Piney Branch Road and University Boulevard, Silver Spring. The subjects assaulted the victim and fled. • On April 25 at 3:29 a.m. in the 3400 block of Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring. The victim was assaulted by an unknown subject. • On April 27 at 12:19 p.m. in the 10400 block of Julep Avenue, Silver Spring. The subject is known to the victim. • On April 27 at 9:13 p.m. in the 3700 block of Bel Pre Road, Aspen Hill. The subjects are known to the victim.


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In 2008, Evan Glass spent nearly a year on the campaign trail, following Barack Obama and John McCain around the country for CNN as the two competed for the presidency. Now, Glass is running for office, on the ballot as a Democratic candidate for Montgomery County’s District 5 council seat. During 12 years in CNN’s Washington bureau, Glass said, he often got an idea of people’s motivations and what drove them to run for office. Despite the reputation of Washington politicians, Glass said he saw many good people who were in politics for the right reasons. He didn’t think he’d run for for office, but, now that he is, he has found the other side fascinating. Glass said he decided to run after former Councilwoman Valerie Ervin’s announcement last year that she would resign her District 5 seat to take over a nonprofit that helps working families. Ervin later endorsed one of Glass’s opponents, Christopher S. Barclay, who is on the school board. Del. Tom Hucker and community activists Terrill North and Jeffrey Thames also are seeking the Democratic nomination in the June 24 primary. Cherri Branson (D) holds the District 5 seat now. But as part of her appointment to replace Ervin, Branson promised not to run for the seat in 2014. No Republican filed to run in the Nov. 4 general election. Glass moved to Silver Spring in 2001 because it was affordable and close to Washington, D.C. Glass said he loved that he could leave his car at his apartment and walk to Metro, restaurants and other areas downtown. He got involved in local civic organizations. While at CNN, he would leave Capitol Hill to come back and go to community meetings at night. Glass said his top campaign priorities are closing the achievement gap for


children in eastern M o n t gomery, b r i n g ing better jobs to the area, addressing transporGlass tation issues and ending the county’s monopoly on liquor distribution. Children of color aren’t learning at the same level as others in the county, and many of the problems are in the same areas where income disparities are greatest, he said. Children can’t learn in school unless economic, housing and food availability problems are addressed, he said. Glass said he’s concerned that Silver Spring is becoming a bedroom community of high-rise apartments. It needs more jobs that let people who work in the area also live there, he said. On transportation, the county needs to build the Purple Line light-rail line, he said. He also wants bus rapid transit lines, although he said as the president of the Indian Springs Civic Association, he knows the impact that BRT might have on local communities. Critics of the plan have said it would damage communities by requiring streets to be widened to provide a dedicated lane for buses. Glass said he wants to end the county’s liquor distribution, so restaurants and other small businesses can use another distributor. As a local community leader, Glass said, he has voiced frustration for years about the mismanagement of the county’s construction of the Silver Spring Transit Center. He said the County Council didn’t have enough oversight, but he doesn’t hold the council solely responsible. “There’s enough blame to go around,” he said. The transit center should be a crown jewel for Silver Spring, but instead it’s an albatross that disrupts commutes and the businesses around it, he said. “The center of our community is incomplete,” he said.

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Kristin Trible of Gaithersburg said she would bring “a new voice and a new perspective” to the Montgomery County Board of Education with a focus on growing community input, partnerships and school leadership. After holding a series of PTA positions over the last 15 years, Trible is running against incumbent Judith Docca of Montgomery Village for the board’s District 1 seat to represent the area including Poolesville, Barnsville and Laytonsville. The primary election is June 24 and the general election is Nov. 4. Trible will appear only in the general election. Trible was president of the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations from 2010 to 2012 — a role she likened to a school board member, but involving more contact with local PTA leaders. She is the director of student support services and community engagement for the nonprofit Future Link, which offers academic and career supports to young adults, and is the PTA president at Damascus High School. She has served as the county PTA council’s vice president of educational issues and its Damascus cluster coordinator. She has participated in school system work groups and committees, as well. Trible said the school system’s next steps to improve student achievementshouldincludemore community partnerships. The issue of partnerships is complicated, Trible said, but the school system should go beyond its mission of educating students by working with outside groups to help families who are not ac-

cessing services in the county. “Where MCPS can partner to help with the accessibility of those Trible services, I’m certainly supportive of that, making sure that does happen,” she said. Trible said the school system also needs to “dive down further” into why students are leaving county high schools unprepared for college or a career. Speaking on another main goal regarding increased input, Trible said she thinks those in the



school system — including board members, staff members and others — should be taking a more proactive approach to reaching out to community stakeholders to inform them about issues and encourage feedback. “Everybody has a perspective and it is all to be valued,” she said. The school must be more responsiveness to people who raise issues and concerns and at least explain why a need cannot be accommodated, she said. “I hate black holes, when issuesgointoablackhole,”shesaid. Trible said schools should improve communication among parents, teachers and administrators and create a welcoming environment for parents to contribute

and talk about their children. “It really lies on the principal’s shoulders to make sure they have a process in place that is respectful of parents’ concerns and responsive,” she said. Leadership teams — including principals and assistant principals — at each school work well together on parent engagement, human resource management, and other tasks, she said. Trible said she sees “a passion and a desire” in current school board members to do the best they can, but graded the board with a B-minus/C-plus. The board doesn’t push initiatives quickly enough, which means their effect on students is delayed, she said.


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Councilman would add emphasis on universal pre-K



Hans Riemer feels like he had a successful first four years on the Montgomery County Council. Riemer (D-At Large) of Takoma Park, lists his work in helping pass an earned income tax credit to provide help to working families, an open data law to provide residents with raw information from the county’s servers, a cybersecurity tax credit that aims to make the county a major player in the field and his work promoting night life, public transportation and walkable communities as some of the issues he’s worked on most actively during his first term on the council. Riemer is seeking a second four-year term on the council, where he hopes to continue work on his favorite issues as well as branch out into some new areas. He’s one of six Democratic candidates running in the June 24 primary for four spots on the ballot in the Nov. 4 general election for the four at-large council seats representing all of Montgomery County’s more than 1 million

residents. F o u r Republican candidates will also run in the primary. Serving as an atRiemer large member gives you a chance to learn about the county in a way few people ever will and focus on bigpicture policy issues, Riemer said. But the downside is that you get pulled in a lot of directions and can only be in one place at a time, he said. If he’s re-elected, Riemer said he’d like to make a strong push for universal pre-kindergarten in Montgomery. The county can do a lot more to make child care affordable and do more for child care providers, including making more space available His oldest son enrolled in kindergarten this year, giving him a new understanding and appreciation of education issues, and making him even more passionate about what the county can do for children, he said. Riemer joined the council in a troubled time, with a county government “reeling” from the Great Recession, and members had to make some very tough decisions, he said. He said he thinks the cur-

rent council works together reasonably well, with a healthy amount of debate as decisions are made. The council is an interesting institution, a “team of rivals” that has to come together and hash out their differences to get things done, he said. He came to the council with an impressive resume of political groups and connections. From 2003 until 2007, Riemer worked for Rock the Vote, aimed at engaging young people and getting them politically involved. After that, he served as the Youth Director for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. Young people respond very powerfully to politicians who ask them to get involved and clearly value their vote, Riemer said. Through measures such as open data policy and a task force to study how to improve nightlife in the county, Riemer said he would like to see Montgomery become more modern, vital and cutting edge. The county can be an exciting, diverse place, but suffers from an outdated perception of being stuffy or boring, he said.

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On the court: parents vs. teachers Tom Ceiri shoots a layup as Emmett Acquoi Sr. guards him during the third annual Takoma Park Elementary School basketball game between parents and teachers. The event was held April 24 at Montgomery Blair High School. JENNIFER KLINE VALLINA/ONE SOCK ON PHOTOGRAPHY

Floreen runs to continue work on council Remembers recession as formative experience




As president of the Montgomery County Council in 2010, Nancy Floreen watched the toll that the country’s economic crisis took on the county. It seemed as if every week brought another phone call from the state telling her that it would be sending less revenue to the county, Floreen (D-At Large) of Garrett Park said. The recession was a “very jarring experience” for the council, she said. But if you’re honest about challenges that need to be confronted, people will accept that, she said. It was a formative experience for members who served at that time, Floreen said. Only Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown and Councilman Hans Riemer (D-At Large) of Takoma Park, both elected in 2010, were not on the council then. Elected officials learn the most about people in hard times, and the council was faced with making deep cuts to

many programs that members valued, she said. Now, as the economy slowly recovers, Floreen the council faces a time when “not so many lines have to be drawn in the sand,” she said. Floreen said one lesson she took away from the recession was the need to grow the county’s economic base and rely less on federal government jobs to provide work for residents. Before being elected to the council in 2002, Floreen was the mayor of Garrett Park. She also served on the MarylandNational Park and Planning Commission from 1986 to 1994. She is one of six Democrats running in the June 24 primary for four spots in the Nov. 4 general election. Four Republicans also are running, along with one Green Party member. Floreen said she ran for council in 2002 because she was frustrated with county delays in building the Intercounty Connector highway, an issue she understood because of her background in land use policy. Floreen said she sees jobs

and dealing with the county’s growing diversity as two issues the next council will face. Improving the economic climate to fill empty office and retail centers around the county needs to be a priority, she said. Also, the county needs to provide local jobs to keep its tax base sustainable. Most residents don’t appreciate the depth of the economic and ethnic diversity that has come to the county the past 10 years, Floreen said. As recently as 10 to 15 years ago, Montgomery used to be “pretty lily-white,” but that has changed, she said. Part of the challenge for the council is to get those new residents involved in the civic process. Constituents probably go to their district council representatives first to deal with a problem, Floreen said. But even as an at-large member representing an entire county of more than 1 million residents, she said, her office tries to be responsive to everyone who calls. She also attends a wide variety of functions to get a feel for the problems residents are dealing with. “I rack up a lot of miles on my car,” she said.

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Police search Northwest High School in Germantown after a bomb threat was made on April 29.

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A Canadian teenager was arrested in connection with a string of “Swatting” incidents in Montgomery County and four other states. According to the FBI, “Swatting” is a term used to describe a hoax in which a person or group gives police a bogus threat — like a bomb threat or an active shooter scenario at a local school— in order to spur the response of SWAT teams to specific locations. Schools in Maryland, California, Florida, Connecticut and New York state were targeted, according to the FBI. The Maryland schools the teen is accused of “Swatting” were in Montgomery County, local authorities said. Montgomery County spokeswoman Angela Cruz said police responded to threats of violence April 29 at Northwest High School in Germantown, Northwood High School in Silver

Spring and Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville; May 5 at Northwest; and May 6 at Northwest and Northwood. As a result of the investigation, Ottawa police on Thursday arrested a 16-year-old boy who they charged with 60 criminal offenses including public mischief, mischief to property, making death threats, conveying false information with the intent to alarm, Ottawa police said in a news release. Ottawa police withheld the teenager’s name because he is a minor. A Twitter user appeared to claim responsibility for several of the incidents, including those reported in Montgomery County. An FBI spokeswoman said Tuesday that no charges had been filed in the U.S. against the teen. Initially, the high schools were asked by police to implement emergency procedures, including evacuation and lockdown, MCPS spokesman Dana Tofig said. “As it became clear these were hoaxes, we took a more measured approach but still worked with the police to make sure the students were safe,” Tofig said. 1908796


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Silver Spring man pleads guilty to selling illegal sex enhancement supplements Dietary supplements had same ingredients as Cialis, Viagra




A Silver Spring man has pleaded guilty to violating the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by illegally passing off male sexual enhancement products as dietary supplements. Authorities said the supplements had the same active ingredients as prescription drugs for erectile dysfunction. A U.S. District judge accepted Richard Deng’s guilty plea May 7, according to federal court filings. Sentencing was scheduled for Aug. 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. By entering a plea of guilty, Deng, 68, admitted that his Beltsville, Md.-based business solddietarysupplements—with names like “Man King,” “Weekend Prince” and “Mojo Risen” — as male sexual enhancement

products between 2011 and 2013. Later tests determined that these supplements contained a couple of ingredients that weren’t listed on the label — sildenafil and tadalafil, the active ingredients in Viagra and Cialis, according to filings in U.S. District court. Viagra and Cialis are FDAapproved drugs prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction. In December 2011, federal agents seized the supplements through a search warrant of Deng’s storefront and informed Deng that he was being investigated. But Deng continued to sell the supplements, generating $333,070 in proceeds, federal prosecutors said in court filings. The judge could enact a maximum prison sentence of three years, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release. In an April plea deal, Deng’s attorney Harry Tun and the U.S. Attorney’s office have requested a sentence of no more than a year and a day of incarceration, citing Deng’s health and age. Tun could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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A Hyattsville man was being held Monday without bail in a case of a jogger who told police she was dragged off a trail and raped in a wooded area in Silver Spring. Joaquin A. Orellana Torres, 24, of Hyattsville, was arrested Friday on charges of first-degree rape and armed robbery, according to Montgomery County

police. During a hearing bail review hearing Monday, a Montgomery County District Court judge ordered Torres be held without bail, according to Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office. Torres had been held without bail at the time of his arrest Friday. An attorney wasn’t listed for Torres in court records accessed online. At around 4:30 p.m. May 5, a woman was jogging on the Northwest Branch Trail, between Piney Branch Road and Oakview Drive, when she was accosted by a knife-wielding man who dragged her into the

woods, raped her, then took her iPhone, according to a police account in District Court filings. As part of her description to police, woman said the man who raped her was wearing a beaded necklace with a white cross and had a gray backpack with green trim. A neighbor described seeing someone emerge from the woods and run through his backyard toward Oakview Drive and New Hampshire Avenue, according to the court filings. Police searched the woods, but didn’t find anyone. County police and Maryland-National Capital Park police returned to the scene days

later and spotted a man who fit the woman’s description — Torres, who was wearing a beaded necklace with a white cross. A gray backpack was on the ground, police said in court filings. Torres was arrested at the scene. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for June 6. A $20,000 reward had been offered for the capture of the attacker, including $10,000 from a family member of the victim. Police said Monday that the reward will not be given out.

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A Silver Spring woman who

was struck by a Ride-On bus in Wheaton on April 29 died on Wednesday. Tsehay Demeke Woldemanuel, 34, of the 1500 block of Billman Lane, died from her injuries at Suburban Hospital, Montgomery County police said in a news release.

Police and emergency rescuers were dispatched to Randolph Road and Middlevale Lane at around 5 a.m. April 29. Woldemanuel had crossed the westbound lanes of Randolph Road and was struck by the bus traveling in the road’s curb lane.

She was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The bus driver, Edward Donald Mericle, 59, was not injured, police said. Police are still investigating the crash.

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A federal judge has sentenced a Silver Spring man to 20 years and nine months in prison for conspiracy to produce child pornography. Upon his release, David Andrew Pizer, 46, will have to register as a sex offender and will be under supervised release for the rest of his life, U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm ruled on May 7. According to federal court fil-

ings,Pizerwaspartofanonlineforum in 2012 for people with sexual interest in children. He took interest in a 9-year-old girl whom an unnamed “co-conspirator” from Kansas advertised as “willing to submit to sexual degradation and abuse.” Pizer engaged in online chats and web cam sessions with the girl and the person from Kansas, soliciting them for sexually explicit photos and videos, according to court filings. Authorities recovered more than 600 sexual images of the girl on Pizer’s laptop, which contained a total of 4,486 images and six videos of children engaged in sex acts and in other sexual depic-

tions, according to federal court records. Pizer was indicted on April 3, 2013, on three child pornography charges: conspiracy to produce, distribution and possession. He pleaded guilty to the first count of the indictment — conspiracy to produce child pornography — as part of an agreement signed between his attorney, Julie L. B. Johnson, and Assistant U.S. State’s Attorney Kristi O’Malley in September. The other two counts were dismissed, court filings show. Johnson,withthefederalpublic defender’s office, was not available for comment Tuesday.


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Some Montgomery County schools community members say the playing field could be evened for private contributions that pay for facility improvements at local schools. Possible methods, they say, could include a central funding pool or guidance to schools with less fundraising experience and fewer resources. Three public meetings in early May drew about 50 parentteacher association members, booster club leaders and other people from around the county. They discussed private contributions that pay for nonessential facility projects and items in Montgomery County Public Schools, such as playground equipment, scoreboards and butterfly gardens. The meetings are part of a larger effort to explore the possible need for school system policy changes. The goal is to see if board action is necessary to make the situation fairer for schools in less affluent areas. The policy on private contributions for facility improvements includes money from PTAs, booster clubs, businesses and local government agencies. Large contributions come up once in a while, but more often in the county’s more affluent communities, according to Bruce Crispell, director of the school system’s Division of Long-range Planning. Contributions under $1,000 were most common from 2011 through 2013, followed by contributions in the $1,000 to $3,000 range. At all three meetings, participants discussed the potential use of the Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation, Inc. as a central

point for contributions. The foundation — a nonprofit organization the county school board established to receive money from a variety of sources — could distribute money to facility improvement projects around the county, some said. Yolanda Johnson Pruitt, the foundation’s executive director, said at the May 7 meeting at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring that the foundation has focused on providing college scholarships and teachers grants. The organization is “just getting into that area” of facility improvements, Pruitt said, and she thinks it could help schools organize fundraising efforts. “I think the foundation could take a bigger role,” she said. Participants at the meetings discussed whether individuals could put their money toward a general fund and how much schools might be required to contribute. Jill Ortman-Fouse, a school system parent who is running for a county school board seat, said she has seen others donate to those in need outside their school community. “There’s a consciousness we have to acknowledge,” she said. Others voiced concerns about an idea to direct some percentage of money a school raised above a certain amount to the general fund. Bill Burchett, president of Richard Montgomery’s booster club, described his school’s recent efforts to raise about $20,000 for two scoreboards. Citing the example of a 15- or 20-percent contribution requirement, he said he thinks donations would drop significantly if his community had to direct that percentage outside the school, creating more work to raise what it needed for its project. Some participants from the May 5 meeting at Seneca Val-

ley High School in Germantown supported the idea of contributing to a county pool, but not making it mandatory. The groups also discussed how to potentially strengthen the ability of some schools to raise money. Cathy Stocker — vice president of the Friends of Westbrook School Foundation and PTA president at Chevy Chase Elementary School — said she helped raise about $247,000 for improvements to the allpurpose room and courtyard at Westbrook Elementary School in Bethesda. The lessons she learned could benefit others, she said. “We can be a tremendous resource to each other,” Stocker said, and “anyone, anywhere” can do what she did. Another participant at the Springbrook High discussion disgreed that any parent could achieve the same fundraising feat, saying the skills are not “easily transferrable” to parents facing challenges, such as working multiple jobs or language barriers. “This is the reality of many schools in the county,” she said. Crispell said participants from the third meeting at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac who had been through the fundraising process described it as “a real learning curve,” but thought there might be a way to transfer their knowledge. The input from the meetings will go to a steering committee studying the issue. The steering committee will send a report to the county school board’s policy committee, likely by the end of the school year, Crispell said. 1909239


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Maya Hofstetter (in yellow) and Janet Rosetti (in blue), fifth-graders at Piney Branch Elementary School, got their helmets out and rode a scooter and a bike to school on May 7 during the Bike to School Day event in Takoma Park.

principal, wrote in an email that seeing the bike rack full of bikes was motivating her to do a “little more bike riding.” According to the city of Takoma Park website, cyclists traveled on city roads with a police escort and learned about proper helmet fitting and basic bike safety. - ALINE BARROS


Joanna Linn is a student teacher at Ronald McNair Elementary School in Germantown. ments in different ways than her fellow students, Zarin said, and was able to overcome those challenges. “There was never a mountain that was too high for her to climb,” he said. From Montgomery College, Linn decided to continue to the Shady Grove campus, where she continued to work harder than her peers to do the same amount of work. “We’ve seen her up into all hours of the night just getting school work done,” said her dad Jim Linn. “But she hasn’t given up.” As part of her program work, Linn has held a student teaching role this past school year at Ronald McNair Elementary School in Germantown, where she has worked with both general education and special education students. Valerie Sharpe, program director of Towson’s Elementary Education/Special Education Dual Certification Program, described Linn as a creative teacher who intuitively understands different students’ needs. “She’s a born teacher,” Sharpe said. “She has an innate ability that we can’t teach

people.” After her reading group finished on Friday, Linn said she has been especially drawn to the special education students at the school who she feels she can relate to based on her challenges with her vision. “I think that the thing that I realized like with this group, [is] whenever it’s challenging, that’s okay. Let’s figure it out together,” she said. Linn told her fellow graduates on Thursday she saw her disability made students feel more comfortable sharing their needs with her. It also helped her develop a teaching approach that involves her asking the students to explain and therefore think about what they’re working on rather than just looking over their shoulder, she said. “My vision did not hold me back at all,” she said. “I realized that my disability was actually a benefit in the classroom environment.” Christina Sinor, an 11-yearold fifth-grader at Ronald McNair who participates in one of Linn’s reading groups, said she thinks Linn is inspiring and “a really good teacher.” “When I read the book and everything and I have so many ideas and everything, she always makes it fair and lets each person talk and I always get to talk so I really like that,” she said. Linn, who hopes to work in Montgomery County Public Schools next school year, said one of her goals is to help her students understand that they can succeed through hard work, dedication and perseverance. Fifth-grade teacher Channing Newman has co-taught with Linn for a couple months at Ronald McNair and said she has brought ideas into the classroom he plans to continue using. “I think she’s going to be awesome,” he said.


More than 140 students from Piney Branch Elementary School and Takoma Park Middle School rode their bikes or scooters during the Bike to School Day event on May 7 in Takoma Park. Some children wore yellow T-shirts that said “Bike Ambassador.” Alicia Deeny, Takoma Park Middle School’s

Surrounded by five of her special education students on Friday, Joanna Linn handed them each a copy of the book “The Meat-Eating Plants Next Door” so they could start the reading lesson. The students cracked open the books to each read a few sentences aloud. Linn took a different approach as she followed along — she guided sheets of paper under a camera that magnified the print on a monitor. Linn has Stargardt’s disease, which causes a loss of central vision and has left her significantly visually impaired. The 22-year-old from Gaithersburg, however, has not let her disability hold her back. At The Universities at Shady Grove graduation ceremony on Thursday where 714 students earned their degree, she served as the event’s student speaker and graduated from Towson University’s Elementary Education/Special Education program at the Shady Grove campus with a 4.0 grade point average. This was the thirteenth class to graduate from University System of Maryland institutions at The Universities at Shady Grove. With graduation this spring, more than 5,400 students will have received bachelor’s degrees through programs offered on campus since the Universities at Shady Grove was established in 2000, according to Joe Bucci, director of marketing and communications for the school. Linn, who was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease while in the sixth grade, told her fellow graduates she had once thought college would be “next to impossible.” At her mom’s prompting, however, Linn met with Montgomery College counselor Harry Zarin, who she said helped convince her she would receive the accommodations and support she needed to pursue a degree. “I took a step of courage and faith and with the support of my parents, I decided to give the whole college thing a try,” she told the Shady Grove audience. Linn said her decision to attend college meant continuous hard work, but that she was driven by the goal of becoming a teacher. Zarin, who worked with Linn during her time at Montgomery College, helped pair her with technology she could use to magnify papers and classroom walls. Linn had to figure out how to navigate courses and assign-







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Continued from Page A-1 pot expansion. The group opposes a Wal-Mart at the nearby site — which has had a vacant 265,000-square-foot building since 2010, when military and aerospace contractor BAE Systems moved out — due to the potential for increased traffic in the adjacent neighborhoods and other concerns. Lee Development Group of Silver Spring seeks to change that site’s zoning from office to allow retail through a minor master plan amendment process, but President Bruce H. Lee said it’s not a given that Wal-Mart will be the tenant if the site is rezoned. He noted that any tenant there would have a space of about 120,000 square feet, smaller than the present Home Depot. Vitro Corp. first occupied that building and at one time, had two other buildings in a campus there, but those two were torn down in the 1990s to make way for Home Depot. Fink expected traffic to in-

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crease with the Home Depot expansion, but she noted it was “not like plunking a WalMart on the corner of another of the busy intersections in the area.” It’s possible that Georgia and Connecticut avenues could take the brunt of the increased traffic around Home Depot, she said. Members of the Aspen Hill Civic Association have met with Home Depot representatives and support the expansion, said Alexandra Minckler, president of the civic association. She said the original plan in the 1990s allowed for construction of a 163,000-squarefoot store. Home Depot has “maintained promises for the most part” and is responsive, Minckler said. “They reached out to the association and neighbors prior to and during this recent approval for feedback and inquiries,” she said. “It’s been a good example of managing a large and successful business into the neighborhood.” PHOTOS BY TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE

Ali Faris (left) and Ngussu Guda (center) at Adarash, their Ethiopian bakery and market, packaging fresh injera made by Tsehay T. Nachore (right).


Continued from Page A-1 The Volunteers of American Chesapeake nonprofit in Silver Spring offers a rehabilitation program that serves adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses. According to Karakcheyeva, clients have an assigned counselor visit and an individual rehabilitation plan, including skills training such as personal hygiene, grooming, exercise, laundry, and money management. The nonprofit also has a 24/7 on-call crisis staff support available to clients. According to the Montgomery County state’s attorney’s office, the number of “intakes” — people who were arrested — at the Montgomery County correctional facilities decreased from 9,256 in 2010 to 7,879 in 2013. But the number of people who needed mental health screenings increased from 2,161 to 2,222. The 2,222 were 28 percent of the jail’s population. Of those, 926 had to be taken to the jail’s 34-bed crisis intervention housing unit, where the detention center houses the most seriously mentally ill.

“Mental Health has always been that ‘gray zone’ that people hesitate to bring some light into.” Victoria Karakcheyeva, special program director at Volunteers of America Chesapeake “Mental Health has always been that ‘gray zone’ that people hesitate to bring some light into. There is a lot of stigma associated with mental illness and lack of education in the community about causes and effects of mental illness as well as available resources that people can use for themselves and members of their families,” Karakcheyeva wrote. For more information about the walk or to register, visit


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Continued from Page A-1 added in other cuisines, as well. He said the store’s main cuisine is from Ethiopia, but the owners want people from different cultures to visit and enjoy Adarash’s food and goods. Costumers can purchase other products from Ethiopia, such as tea, coffee, and rice. They also can order breakfast, lunch and dinner, ranging from $3.99 to $9.99 per order. “It is not only focus on Ethiopian [food]. We try to spread [to other cultures] so everybody can come and enjoy,” Guda said. Tebabu Assefa, co-founder and chief organizer of the US-African Diaspora Business Council, said his role is to support business in the community and help Adarash’s owners promote themselves


Continued from Page A-1 “Melanie is really a very intelligent writer,” said Willen, a longtime journalist whose first novel, “Hawke’s Point,” is scheduled to be released this summer from Pen-L Publishing. “It’s not easy to get a book published, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how quickly she found two publishers.” Batchelor will have a public reading of her book June 5 at the Praisner Library. She said Willen and her mother, Jeanine Batchelor, helped her query publishers and provided other support. “They are always encouraging me to keep writing,” she said. Jeanine Batchelor, whose family lives in Cloverly, a cen-

Adarash is a new Ethiopian bakery and market in Silver Spring. in the community. Assefa is also the owner and founder of Blessed Cof-

fee, a coffee company in the Takoma Park. “Long Branch, as you can

sus-designated place in eastern Montgomery County, said her daughter is the first published writer in the family. Other family members are in creative fields, she said. “She has worked very hard,” Jeanine Batchelor said. “I’m thrilled that her book is being published.” Batchelor finished another novel-length story when she was 12 and completed “Remember Me” at age 14. She participated in several writing workshops, including ones associated with The Writer’s Center in Bethesda and Centenary College in New Jersey. She rewrote parts of “Remember Me,” after getting feedback from friends, family members and writing club members. The book is in verse form. “I admire the style,” Batch-

elor said. “It makes it interesting. You can say a lot without using too many words.” The book is a “coming of age” story for young adults centered around two 15-year-old girls, said Batchelor, who described her novel as “realistic fiction.” In the novel, Jamie Richards’ father dies a few years earlier, and she feels abandoned by her mother, who is “consumed by her career,” according to the book publisher’s website. “Jamie finds an escape through her artistic passion and her first love — the one person who hasn’t abandoned her, Erica Sinclair.” Jamie and Erica create a world of their own in an abandoned park, a place they call “Wonderland.” Jamie “idolizes Erica until the two grow closer,” and Jamie begins to question

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see, is a very diverse community. ... People can just walk down [at the Flower Avenue and Piney Branch Road intersection] and see the world. ... First and foremost, the fact that Ethiopian community or the African community and young immigrant community is actively contributing to the economic dynamics of our community,” Assefa said, adding that Guda and Faris are creating jobs and growing U.S. trade with other countries. “If they get access to money and business development resources, they can do more,” Assefa said. The US-African Diaspora Business Council has organized a grand opening for Saturday at noon. More than 100 people are expected to attend, including with county and state elected officials. the love she thought she had for Erica until a “shocking event occurs that changes Jamie and Erica’s relationship forever,” according to the site. Bold Strokes Books’ young adult segment feature stories “within all fiction genres that delve into questions of identity, gender, sexuality, self-esteem, peer relationships, ethics and life issues,” according to its website. Characters often jump into her head when she is in class or listening to music, Batchelor said. She recommends that aspiring young writers not be afraid to tackle a subject “because you’re scared of what other people will assume about you.” “Good fiction doesn’t play it safe,” Batchelor said.


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Nearly every high school student has studied Romeo and Juliet, but not many have read it as a graphic novel, featuring a multiracial cast of characters. Local graphic novelist Gareth Hinds is changing that, though, with the release of his new adaptation of the Shakespeare classic, called ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ “I realized that it was a pleasure to work with these stories that are really old and really rich,” Hinds said. “And that there was a market for it, that there was an education interest. I just decided to continue to doing it.” The term graphic novel refers to comic book-style content that tells a story and is published as a book. The 42-year-old Takoma Park resident is one of nearly 100 authors who will be attending the Gaithersburg Book Festival this weekend. It is his first time participating and attending the festival. Hinds takes the original text from pieces of classic literature, like Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet,’and illustrates panels of color comic book illustrations to accompany it. “I’m not trying to dumb down the original stories at all... but just having the pic-

“I’m not trying to dumb down the original stories at all ... but just having the pictures there to provide context for the words makes it much easier, I think.” Graphic novelist Gareth Hinds tures there to provide context for the words makes it much easier, I think,” Hinds said. Hinds describes his style as “a mingling, a mix of Japanese and European,” and said he began adapting classics starting with the Old English epic poem Beowulf, deciding it seemed almost superherolike, and fit for a comic. He initially had a career in the video game industry before choosing to self-publish and sell his work at comic book stores. He has since gained more notoriety in the literary world, with the help of book publisher Candlewick. “I rarely do comic shows now, actually, I feel a little bit of a fish out of water at those shows,” he said. Hinds has published graphic novel adaptations of Beowulf, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, The Odyssey

and Gifts from the Gods, a collection of Greek and Roman mythology. Romeo and Juliet is his latest work. Hinds said he would like to write an original story at some point in the future, noting he has “a half a dozen projects [he’s] been chipping away at for years,” though none quite ready for publication yet. He’s also working on picture books with his wife, Alison. Elizabeth Lewis, a member of the book festival’s author recruitment team, said she sought out Hinds personally after meeting him on a trip to Greece with a group that studied Greek literature. Hinds was the author-in-residence on the trip. “Gareth has taken on these classics and he’s really enhanced them,” Lewis said. “I was really excited about Gareth and I contacted him directly and he was excited about the Gaithersburg Book Festival. He’s just a terrific guy and I hope a lot of people will come to see his work.” Hinds will talk about his work, give a drawing demonstration and hold a question-and-answer session scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Saturday at the festival’s Ogden Nash Pavilion. His books can be bought at his website, The fifth Gaithersburg Book Festival is scheduled to be held Saturday at the Gaithersburg City Hall grounds. Admission and parking are free for all who attend.


Takoma Park graphic novelist Gareth Hinds at his home studio. Hinds will be a featured author at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday.

New law places stiffer penalties on home invasions Councils in Montgomery, Victims tell harrowing Prince George’s approve stories of their encounters with intruders water, sewer rate increase n

WSSC expected to adopt budget on May 21 n


Residents and businesses in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties will pay 5.5 percent more for water and sewer service starting July 1 under a utility rate increase approved by both county councils Thursday. The increase affects customers of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), which provides water and sewer service for nearly 2 million people in the Maryland suburbs. Under the rate increase, a customer who uses 210 gallons of water daily would pay about $4 more per month, WSSC officials said. The increase, which comes after WSSC rates have soared 50

percent over the past six years, is the lowest since 2007, officials said. WSSC officials say the $1.3 billion operating and capital budget for fiscal 2015 will focus on financing water and sewer pipe reconstruction and repairing other aging infrastructure. That includes funding to inspect, repair and replace large valves. A broken 48-year-old valve led WSSC officials last summer to declare a water emergency for a large swath of Prince George’s County during a heat wave. Businesses closed and residents scrambled for water for two days before the valve was fixed in time to prevent an outage. The WSSC’s six-member board of commissioners is expected to formally adopt the budget, including the rate increase, May 21.

Obituary Robert S. Fraser of Silver Spring, Maryland passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 28th, 2014. The son of Robert Sr. and Kathleen Fraser, Robert was born on May 4th, 1923 and his brother Bruce joined the family a year later.



For Betty Tubbs, the bad part wasn’t being tied up, gagged and blindfolded in the basement, while an intruder sifted through her belongings. “The worst part is after it’s all over,” said Tubbs, 83, of Chevy Chase Village. “The suspicion and wondering what I could have done differently.” In 2007, Tubbs was one of several victims targeted by Jose Garcia-Perlera, who stalked his victims before breaking into their homes and robbing them. The victims lived in Chevy Chase, Bethesda and Potomac. Garcia-Perlera received a life sentence for beating to death Mary Havenstein, one of his victims. Tubbs said the conviction brought justice, but it wasn’t quite enough. At the time, there was no legal distinction between burglary and homeinvasion—whatTubbsand the other victims endured. “When you say burglary, people think of property crimes, they think of unoccupied homes,” Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said. “These women were stalked. ... It was planned that they would be

Robert was blessed with 63 years of marriage to Sylvia Marguerite Fraser, who will carry on with memories of her beloved husband. Robert and Sylvia were married January 30th, 1950 in Los Angeles, California. They lovingly raised two boys, Hugh Allen and Bruce Malcolm. Hugh, his wife Ida and sons Erlend and Vegard live in Oslo, Norway and Bruce lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife Deborah and children Andrew, Kathryn, Anna, Thomas and Thomas’ wife Olivia. Robert was educated at the University of California, Berkeley and at the University of Chicago. He became a meteorologist with the Army Air Corps during World War II, helping the war effort from Nova Scotia by providing weather information to guide convoys across the Atlantic. Robert ended his service as a Captain in the Air Corps, and followed this with meteorological work in China. After the war Robert married, had a family and received a PhD in Meteorology from UCLA in 1960. He worked in Atmospheric Physics at TRW Los Angeles and at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Robert became a recognized expert in Remote Sensing and Light Scattering, publishing in the Journal of the Optical Society of America, Scientific American and others. For the American space effort Robert published his research in academic books and manuals, never tiring to further knowledge for space and earth applications.



Robert loved his family, for whom he always maintained a deep devotion. He also enjoyed work, the outdoors, good books and basketball. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him but will be remembered for his life and legacy.


home. That’s a different type of crime. It’s a huge risk to human safety. But for the bravery of Mrs. Tubbs and her own ingenuity she may not be with us here today.” Lawmakers in Annapolis agreed. On April 14, Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law a new measure that will treat home invasions differently, giving them maximum 25-year sentences. A burglary conviction carries a maximum sentence of 20 years. The law takes effect Oct. 1. “We needed to create a new lawthatwouldeffectivelyfightand deter this type of crime and give prosecutors the tools they need,” said Del. Susan C. Lee (D-Dist. 16) of Bethesda, who tried to get the law passed for four years. She said some lawmakers felt home invasions didn’t need special distinction and it was adequate to classify them as burglaries. Therewere36homeinvasions reported in Montgomery County in 2013, according to crime statistics provided by the state’s attorney’s office. Tubbs and several other Montgomery County home invasion victims testified in Annapolis in support of the law. On May 7, some of the victims joined Lee; Sen. Jennie M. Forehand (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville, who sponsored the bill in the Senate; and McCarthy in Rockville on to celebrate the bill’s passage. Onevictimwasahousekeeper who was sexually assaulted by an intruder at a Bethesda residence

in 2012. The woman asked to remain anonymous during last week’s event. The Gazette does not typically name victims of sex crimes. According to court filings, her assailant placed a gun against her head and forced her inside the home, where the homeowner and her son were. After the intruder took cash and credit cards, he ordered the housekeeper into a bathroom and sexually assaulted her. Kevin Darnell Ray, 35, of Fort Washington, Md., was sentenced to life plus 340 years in connection withthehomeinvasion,according to Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the State’s Attorney’s Office. Rayfiledanappeal,whichwas heard April 11 in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. An opinion has not yet been issued. Tubbs said she was alone watching TV during her home invasion on Nov. 27, 2007. At first, it was just like any other night. It was 11:30 p.m., the evening news had just gone off, and she was about to go to bed. Then, the lights went black. “He timed it right,” she said. “He knew that I turned off the TV and went to bed at 11:30.” Garcia-Perlera, 39, of Hyattsville had cut the lights and was waiting in the basement when Tubbs went to check the fuse. He shoved her to the ground and tied her up, then went off looking for things to steal. Periodically,hereturnedtothebasement, demanding to know where she

kept her money. “Finally, I thought, well, maybe I can pretend like the old lady who gave up,” Tubbs said. “So, the next time he came down and said, ‘Where’s the money?,’ I said, ‘Oh, you wore me out. ... Go look. There’s some money in my purse.’” With $60 from her purse and several of her belongings in hand, Garcia-Perlera climbed out a basement window he had broken through, leaving Tubbs tied up in the basement with clothes line cord — which she had loosened 10 minutes after he arrived. “I knew that I couldn’t do any harm if I attacked him, so I was just using it to be able to get loose when he left,” Tubbs said. One of Garcia-Perlera’s victims wasn’t as lucky. McCarthy said the woman wasn’t discovered for four days at her home in Potomac. Pistol-whipped and beaten,shehadbeentiedupforso long, she lost the use of her hands. In another case, on Jan. 29, 2011, Monique Anderson, 22, and her family were tied up by five assailants with knifes and guns. They forced their way through the door of their Colesville residence claiming to be police officers. Anderson was recovering from child birth when it happened. Her daughter was a month old at the time. The men ordered them to lie on the ground. They tied up Anderson, her husband and her father in-law. Her mother in-law was left free because she happened to be tending to the baby when the intruders barged in. “I had just brought this little girl into the world and I was scared it was going to be her last day,” Anderson said. “It was very terrifying for our whole family, thinking we were going to be gone at any moment.” The men searched the home for money and claimed they were looking for drugs. “Which weren’t present in the house,” Anderson said. After the men left, the family was afraid to open the door when the real police arrived. The five invaders were brought to justice, but Anderson said the family never fully recovered. “For months, nobody could sleep at night,” Anderson said. “Everybody is up watching windows, making sure that no one’s there or coming to our door. Every knock at our door, we never know what to expect.”


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The Purple Line will more significantly improve the job access for residents who live near stations proposed in the largely residential Long Branch community than in a highly commercial area like Bethesda, a researcher said Saturday. Two Purple Line stations are proposed in Long Branch

— one around Arliss Street near Piney Branch Road, and the other near University Boulevard and Piney Branch. The growth in the number of jobs accessible to residents there once the rail line is completed will be about five times greater than the growth in job prospects for Bethesda residents, said Ting Ma, a research assistant with the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education in College Park. “Bethesda already has employment centers,” Ma said during the “Makeover Montgomery 2” conference at the Silver Spring Civic Building. “Long Branch has a more lim-

ited number of job opportunities in its immediate area.” The 16-mile light-rail line is proposed to have 21 stations between Bethesda and New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. Besides Long Branch, stations in the Silver Spring/ Takoma Park area are planned at 16th Street, Dale Drive, Manchester Place, the Silver Spring Transit Center, the new Silver Spring Library and the Takoma/Langley Transit Center. The transit centers and library at Fenton Street and Wayne Avenue are still under construction. Official expect them to open by 2015. Maryland transit officials hope construction of the $2.4

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. 301-924-8640;

Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St.,

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

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,

Hughes United Methodist Church, 10700 Georiga Ave.,

Wheaton, offers an informal Sunday morning worship service at 9 a.m., followed by a traditional worship service at 10:30 a.m. Child care is available from 9 a.m. to noon. Hospitality time is at 9:45 a.m. in the Garden Entrance. El Buen Samaritano offers a Spanish service at Noon. Communion is Celebrated the first Sunday of the month. For more information, call 301-949-8383. Visit

Kemptown United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown

Church Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with children’s Sunday school at 9:30

a.m. and adult Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-253-1768. Visit 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. Moms In Prayer Group, times and locations vary, email for information, occurs every first and third Friday through June 6. Free. “MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kindergarten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Drive, Frederick. Child care is provided. For more information call 301-662-1819. Email 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/#/preschool-grand-openingProvidence. Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, conducts services every Sunday, with child care from 8 a.m. to noon and fellowship and a coffee hour following each service. Call 301-881-7275. For a schedule of events, visit

after inspectors found structural cracks in the concrete in 2010. Officials now say it may not be until early next year before it opens. While the delays may be frustrating, once that center opens, it will be a great asset, said Lee Quill, a founding principal of Washington, D.C.-based Cunningham Quill Architects. “I think it will be everything that it has been advertised to be,” he said. The conference, coordinated by the Montgomery County Planning Department, the University of Maryland and its smart-growth research center, welcomed some 300 participants, about the same as

the first “Makeover Montgomery” conference in 2011. The first conference was centered around the need to clarify and update the county’s zoning code, which was outdated and redundant, said Françoise Carrier, chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board. The County Council approved the updated code in March. The new code promotes sustainability while adding more neighborhood protections, Carrier said. “Our goal is to encourage better development,” she said.



billion Purple Line begins in 2015, so the system can open by 2020. The line will provide direct connections to Metrorail’s Red, Orange and Green lines, as well as the MARC trains. Despite construction problems with its long-delayed transit center, downtown Silver Spring is identified by state planners as having one of the most successful transit-oriented development systems in Maryland. Transit-oriented development is typically centered around a transit station with higher-density residential and commercial development. The Silver Spring Transit Center has seen opening dates set and delayed several times

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 Caring for the Skin You’re In, from 1-2 p.m. at Friendship

Heights Community Center, 4433 S. Park Avenue, Chevy Chase. Changes to your skin are common as you age, but it’s important to stay informed in order to determine when you should see a doctor. Dr. Melissa Abrams will discuss common skin conditions, what to look for between your appointments and steps that can be taken to protect your skin. Free. Simplify Your Life, from 7-9 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Get a jump start on your spring cleaning! Learn techniques and skills for de-cluttering and destressing your everyday life. Discussion will include more than just cleaning out your cluttered closet. $20.

SATURDAY, MAY 17 CPR and AED, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. The Heartsaver class teaches basic CPR, rescue breathing, and relief of choking for adults, infants and children and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use. After successful completion, the student will receive a Heartsaver AED card from the American Heart Association. This class is for the lay community and is not adequate for individuals who have or will have patient care responsibilities. This class is not designed for healthcare providers. If you are a healthcare provider, please register under BLS and CPR for Healthcare Professionals. Those who have registered for a CPR & AED or BLS for Healthcare Provider course and would like a manual prior to class can arrange to pick up at 18111 Prince Philip Drive, Suite 314, daily until noon. Call 301-774-8969. Otherwise, participants will receive manuals in class. $80.

SUNDAY, MAY 18 Childbirth Express at MedStar Montgomery. 1-5 p.m. at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive,

Olney. This condensed version will prepare couples for their labor and birth experience. Class is presented in lecture/video format. To enhance what you learn, hands-on instruction available by taking the Lamaze Techniques class. Hospital tour included. $75. Body Balance Yoga, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays to June 22, at the MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Yoga is an ancient and systematic approach to good health and well-being that helps to reduce stress, improve concentration and develop strength, flexibility and balance. Learn the physical and mental exercise that brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience. No experience required. $60. 301-774-8881.

MONDAY, MAY 19 Prostate Cancer Support Group, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Sub-

urban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Ongoing, monthly support group is open to all prostate cancer patients, their families and friends and provides an opportunity to gain new knowledge and share common concerns. Guest speakers alternate with informal discussions among participants. Drop-ins welcome; for information call Susan Jacobstein at 301-896-6837. Free.

Nutrition and Prostate Cancer: What the Latest Research Means to You, from 7-8:30 p.m. at

Suburban Hospital, Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Lynda McIntyre, R.D., L.D., Clinical Dietitian Specialist at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, will discuss the latest research on how diet, nutrition and exercise can improve your immune system, increase energy,

and decrease your risk of recurrence after a diagnosis of prostate cancer. This will be a practical talk that will include tips on grocery shopping and food choices. Offered as part of the ongoing Prostate Cancer Support Group. Registration not required; for information call Susan Jacobstein at 301-896-6837. Free.

TUESDAY, MAY 20 Health Assessment: Cholesterol Screening and Osteoporosis Screening, from 4-5:45 p.m. at

Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Cholesterol: Finger-stick method for total cholesterol & HDL cholesterol. No fasting required. Bone Density: A three- to fiveminute quick and easy heel test measures bone mass density to estimate your risk of developing osteoporosis. By appointment only. $35/$30/$60. For a complete listing, visit Healthy Cooking Series: “Best Deal in Town,” 6-8 p.m.

at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. The Mediterranean Pantry - Olive oil, fresh herbs, and yogurt are stables in the Mediterranean diet. From appetizers to desserts, explore various recipes from this corner of the world as we demonstrate the versatile uses from the Mediterranean pantry. Savoring Springtime - Springtime offers a selection of fresh vegetables and fruits in a variety of colors and aromatics. Take advantage of local produce and lean creative, light dishes that are delicious, healthy and easy to prepare.

Eating Well After Cancer Treatment, from 6-8 p.m. at Johns

Hopkins Health Care and Surgery Center, 6420 Rockledge Drive, Suite 1200, Bethesda. After a diagnosis and treatment for cancer, many patients are interested in changing their dietary habits. Join Rachel Griffin, Clinical Dietician, for tips on better eating and a cooking demonstration.

Be prepared to sample delicious, healthy dishes! Open to cancer survivors, family and friends. Registration required on line or by phone at 301-896-3939. Free.

THURSDAY, MAY 22 Under Pressure: Relieving Sinusitis, from 1-2 p.m. at the

Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville. Dr. Murray Ramanathan from the Johns Hopkins Sinus Center describes the differences between chronic and acute sinusitis, treatments available and advises when to seek medical care from a sinus specialist. Free.

MONDAY, MAY 26 6th Annual Jeremy’s Run,

from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fair Hill Plaza, 18100 Town Center Drive, Olney. Jeremy’s Run is in loving memory of Jeremy Glass who died at age 20 years young from a drug overdose. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness to the dangers of substance abuse and to raise money for substance abuse education, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Addictions and Mental Health Center at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, a program that has provided behavioral health services to the community for over 40 years. Support Jeremy’s Run by participating in a: 10K run; 5K walk/run; and a 1 mile fun run. For more information, visit

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 Bariatric Support Group, 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. Free.



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The Gazette endorses

Today, The Gazette continues its endorsements for contested races in the June 24 party primaries.

For County Council District 1 This is a fight between two candidates with strong name recognition. Councilman Roger Berliner and former Councilwoman Duchy Trachtenberg have attacked each others’ campaign contributions and records on development. Berliner continues to claim to hold Pepco’s feet to the fire when it comes to reliability, but Trachtenberg questions his authenticity, since the utility company is one of his campaign contributors. Meanwhile, Trachtenberg is bolstered by a strong showing from the development community. In this race, The Gazette’s endorsement goes to Berliner, who has pledged to reduce the energy tax, has a commitment to the underemployed and is pushing for tax relief for senior citizens.

For County Council District 2 Council President Craig Rice has been an effective council president and gets The Gazette’s endorsement. He will be a key player in some large issues the council will face in the next term. He has pushed development in his district, which covers the Germantown/Clarksburg area. He is urging a resolution to the sewer service issue in Clarksburg’s Town Center, while also protecting the Ten Mile Creek watershed with the decision capping permeable surfaces in new development there. He boasts a commitment to the agricultural industry and the preservation of farming. Rice chairs the council’s education committee, which recently passed a recommendation to fully fund the school board’s requested FY15 operating budget and technology requests through accounting maneuvers that will save taxpayers. His opponent, Neda Bolourian, has guts. She wants counties to be able to legalize, tax and regulate the sale of marijuana. This new industry, she says, could provide jobs and small business opportunities, as well as revenue for the county. Although a brave stance, it’s unrealistic.


Bag fee helps reduce litter What is the mark of civilization? The writer who wants to end the 5-cent bag fee in Montgomery County [“End the bag tax,” letter, May 7] thinks civilization means all purchases are automatically packaged for free. On the contrary, I contend that the true mark of civilization is a clean, healthy, caring, and sustainable community. The bag fee in Montgomery County has brought us greatly reduced bag litter on streets and in our waterways, benefiting wildlife and our property values. The Surfrider Foundation has researched the harm to wildlife caused by plastic litter: an estimated 100,000 marine mammals and 1 million sea birds die each year after ingesting or being tangled in plastic. Americans run through about 100 billion plastic bags a year, or 360 per man, woman, and child. These go somewhere. They float, they travel on air currents even after delivered to a landfill. They do not biodegrade. Instead, they split into ever smaller pieces, which wildlife mistake for food.

For County Council District 3 Rockville City Councilman Tom Moore, Gaithersburg City Councilman Ryan Spiegel and Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz are vying for a seat on the council. Guled Kassim, a Derwood resident, did not return The Gazette’s request for an interview. Moore has shown a great dedication to making sure his municipal colleagues are held to high ethical standards and touts the Rockville Housing Enterprise’s purchase of the Fireside Apartments as an example of his commitment to affordable housing. Katz describes himself the voice for small business on the county council. He recently shut down his longtime business in Gaithersburg’s Olde Town. He’s been mayor since 1998 and certainly a recognizable face and ambassador for the city. The Gazette endorsement goes to the energetic Spiegel, in part for the work he’s done helping the city’s low-income residents. His Bank On Gaithersburg program established partnerships between nonprofits, banks, and government for financial literacy services and provides programs to help people build savings and improve their credit. He has a pro-business attitude, supporting aid for small businesses. He’s committed to preserving green space in the county and “paperless” meetings.

For County Council District 5 There is a little for everyone in the District 5 candidate pool. With no incumbent — the seat was Valerie Ervin’s (D) until she resigned to head a nonprofit organization — five candidates ran: school board member Christopher Barclay; Silver Spring activists Evan Glass and Jeffrey Thames; Del. Tom Hucker; and Takoma Park activist Terrill North. Glass, while green to holding office, is not a newcomer to the community. He has grassroots experience on the transportation, housing and economic needs of the district — a valuable perspective when weighing issues. For this work on the ground floor, he earns The Gazette’s endorsement.

The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher

The writer has perhaps not seen pictures of seabirds that have starved to death with stomachs full of plastic. It is a very painful sight. I am sorry that the writer chooses to waste time and gas driving outside Montgomery County to avoid the tax. If she goes to D.C., she will find that the fee there is indeed 5 cents, not 3 as she believes, and applies to both plastic and paper. Some 500 other jurisdictions around the country now either ban bags or charge a fee. For the purchase she mentioned, a couple of bras, perhaps she could simply have used one of those bags she carries. In all events, as more jurisdictions decide “enough is enough” and move to either ban plastic bags or tax them, she will find fewer places to go where her purchases are automatically packaged without a bag fee.

Anne Ambler, Silver Spring The writer is the outreach chair of Neighbors of the Northwest Branch.

Bag fee cuts retailers’ costs

A letter writer doesn’t like the Montgomery bag tax for some poorly-explained reason [“End the bag tax,” letter, May 7]. I’ll bet she hasn’t seen Rock Creek Park after the last big rain. Well, some street trash still washes into our streams, but the plastic bags are gone! There used to be ugly pools of polyethylene behind every washed-out tree and shredded bags hanging from branches at high water like tattered ghosts left left dead after Halloween. The Chamber of Commerce doesn’t like the tax either. But retailers’ modest costs are actually decreased because customers use fewer bags. No, they complain because the will of the people (read “government”) is restricting retailer’s freedom to make money by degrading the environment. They are afraid some other law, like taxing poisonous addictive drugs (cigarettes), or cutting taxpayer subsidies for commercial parking, might diminish the portfolio of some billionaire who uses corporate money (read “your money”) to fund the Chamber of Commerce and hundreds of other well-financed anti-regulation lobbies.

Land of Pleasant Dying? holds) than any state in the If you die in Virginia and nation. But a growing body your estate (the net worth of data indicates that wealthy of your home, savings, busiMarylanders are fleeing to ness, investments, vehicles, no-death tax etc.) is less than $5.3 states like Virginia, millions you won’t Florida and the pay any estate tax Carolinas. (“death tax”). Maryland’s But if you die in net loss of 66,000 Maryland you’ll pay US taxpayers dur16 percent on everying the 2000-2010 thing in your estate decade cost the above $1 million and state a taxable the attorney’s, acincome net loss countant’s, appraisof $5.5 billion. er’s and other costs necessary to file the MY MARYLAND And a new Gallup poll indicates that tax often exceed the BLAIR LEE Maryland in no tax, itself. longer “the land of Is Maryland’s death tax causing wealthy indi- pleasant living” to many of its residents. viduals to flee the state? At first According to Gallup’s nablush it doesn’t seem so, 2010 Census data shows Maryland’s tional survey taken during the population increased 9 percent last half of 2013, 47 percent of Maryland’s residents would (447,066) to 5.7 million during relocate to another state if they that decade. But a closer look could. Only two states (Illinois tells a different story. and Connecticut) had higher All of Maryland’s 9 percent population gain was due to the dissatisfaction rates. Even more shocking were Maryarrival of 321,000 immigrants landers’ responses when asked boosting their share of the if they were “likely (either state’s population from 9.8 extremely, very or somewhat) percent to 14.3 percent, and to leave the state in the next a plus in births over deaths. 12 months.” Seventeen perThese increases masked Marycent of Marylanders answered land’s net “domestic migra“yes.” Only three states (Netion” loss, the movement of vada, Illinois and Arizona) did American citizens between worse. states. During that decade And why are so many 1,401,000 U.S. citizens left Marylanders intent on movMaryland while only 1,335,000 ing? Jobs, work and family U.S. citizens moved in, a net came in first, weather and loss of 66,000. location came in second but “Not to worry,” say Mary“taxes” came in third. Only land’s death tax defenders, in New York did “taxes” rank Maryland still has more higher as the reason for leavmillionaires per capita (7.7 ing. Here’s Gallup’s poll percent of Maryland house-

analysis, “Nevada, Illinois, Maryland, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York and Connecticut all appear particularly vulnerable to losing population in the coming few years ... taxes are a uniquely important factor in New York, Illinois and Maryland.” Some Maryland elected officials have finally grown alarmed. The surprise of this year’s General Assembly session was Democrats lining up behind estate tax reform, a perennial Republican measure that the Dems always quashed. Apparently Senate President Mike Miller cut a political deal, a minimum wage increase to $10.10 per hour in exchange for estate tax reform. Just to be sure, Miller bottled up the minimum wage bill in the Senate until his estate tax reform passed the House. And Miller’s reason for raising the estate tax exemption to the federal level over the next five years? “We’re having a net loss of revenue to our sister states with regard to people who are being advised by their accountants and estate planners that they can save money for their heirs if they maybe say they live outside the state of Maryland. ... We’re losing to Delaware, were losing to Virginia, North Carolina, were losing to Tennessee. I wish those states hadn’t abolished their estate tax, but they have. We’re in competition to keep our Marylander’s home.” Miller’a bill drew rebuke from the usual suspects who view wealth as evil: “It’s con-

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servative propaganda to suggest we have to pass this bill to hold onto millionaires,” Del. Heather Mizeur said. “Passage of this measure would be a grave injustice ... helping the very few at the expense of many,” Progressive Maryland said. Only those folks would call it a “tax break” to forgo taxing someone’s income twice — once when they earn it and, again, when they die. And only liberals would contend that governments, not someone’s heirs, have a greater claim to a deceased person’s estate. This is Maryland’s first meaningful tax cut in nearly 20 years, too bad you have to be dead to enjoy it. For once, reason prevailed over rhetoric in Annapolis and estate tax reform passed 119 to 14 in the House and 36 to 10 in the Senate. Starting next year, estates below $1.5 million will escape Maryland’s death tax. In 2016 the exemption rises to $2 million, in 2017 to $3 million, in 2018 to $4 million and in 2019 to the federal level expected to be $5.9 million. If you plan on living until 2019, stick around. But if you can’t hold on until then, start looking for a less expensive place to die. 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 blairlee. His email address is

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Support for Kagan

Support for Simmons

Your endorsement of Cheryl Kagan for State Senate District 17 correctly cited Kagan’s congeniality and her relationship-building skills, which will benefit Montgomery County, while her opponent has demonstrated the opposite. In addition to Simmons’ harsh behavior, I believe there are several other important differences between Kagan and Simmons. Until his “election-year conversion,” Simmons has never been an advocate for victims of domestic violence.

Cheryl Kagan has a long history of being a strong advocate for victims of domestic violence and other women’s issues. He has been singled out for leading the effort to kill much-needed domestic violence legislation. On the other hand, Cheryl Kagan has a long history of being a strong advocate for victims of domestic violence and other women’s issues, as evidenced both by her record and her endorsements (including a strong one by our retiring Senator, Jennie Forehand!). In addition, Kagan has been an effective advocate for passage of important legislation, such as when she worked as a federal lobbyist with Jim and Sarah Brady to pass the Brady Bill and the Assault Weapons Ban. I commend the Gazette newspaper for its astute endorsement in this important election.

Rev. John Cooper-Martin, Rockville

I was very disappointed in the Gazette’s endorsement of former Del. Cheryl Kagan over Del. Luiz Simmons for the District 17 Senate seat [“... For D-17 Senate, Kagan ...,” April 30]. It seems that the primary reason that you selected Ms. Kagan over Mr. Simmons is that “Kagan can be far more congenial.” Montgomery County has a long history of sending “nice … congenial” representatives to the Maryland State Legislature. And what have we gotten from it? Nothing. The legislature is controlled by the representatives from the People’s Republic of Baltimore, who notoriously, injudiciously waste tax funds — paid in greatest percentage by Mongomery taxpayers — on self-interested programs that disproportionately serve the Baltimore population; Montgomery gets back about 15-17 percent of all the tax revenue it sends to the state. You are correct in representing Mr. Simmons as an elected official who has a reputation for “using hard-nosed tactics” in his dealings with the wasteful Baltimore political machine in the legislature. You state that “those tactics have given him a reputation of being far too

What we need is someone who is willing to stand up and fight hard for the abused Montgomery taxpayers. Luiz Simmons is that person. harsh.” It is impossible to be “too harsh” when dealing with the bareknuckle, self-interested hacks from Baltimore. What we need is someone who is willing to stand up and fight hard for the abused Montgomery taxpayers. Luiz Simmons is that person. The Miss America Pageant awards a “Miss Congeniality” sash to one of the pageant losers every year. That contestant is never heard from again. If you want to award the “Miss Congeniality” sash to Ms. Kagan, I am OK with that … but I would prefer that the “State Senator” sash be awarded to Mr. Simmons.

Les Francis, Rockville

Support for Bowser because he supports ‘temporary officiants’ This year’s election for Clerk of the Montgomery County Circuit Court could bring an important change to Maryland’s marriage laws. Alan Bowser, one of the candidates for County Clerk, supports a proposed change to state law that would give couples freedom of choice when it comes to who can marry them. Mr. Bowser believes that we should permit everyday Marylanders to receive temporary authorization by the Clerk of a Circuit Court to perform a legal marriage ceremony. Currently, outside of clerks of the court and judges, only clergy are authorized to sign a marriage license in our state. Mr. Bowser believes that the act of signing a marriage license, i.e., acting as an agent of the state for marriages, shouldnotbelimitedoutsideofthecourthouse to only clergy. In fact, this is already the law of the land in California, Massachusetts, Vermont and the District of Columbia. Why does this matter? There are countless coupleswhosimplydonothaveaclergyperson in their life to officiate their wedding. There are


There are many couples who simply prefer to have a family member or dear friend officiate their wedding ceremony. others who might choose to marry in Maryland as a destination wedding, far away from their home place of worship. Or perhaps they are an interfaith couple, or a same-gender couple, whose clergyperson is uncomfortable officiating. There are many couples who simply prefer to have a family member or dear friend officiate their wedding ceremony. In all of these cases, the couple should have theflexibility,the freedom, and the joy of calling on the person of their choosing to solemnize their marriage. Unfortunately, these couples are now

forced to send their desired officiant into an inane and confusing process of becoming credentialed online as “ministers” in order to have the authority perform the marriage in question. We can do better. Maryland should facilitate loving, meaningful, inspirational and legal marriages by adopting a law that would grant couples the important freedom to choose who can officiate their marriage and enable the chosen individuals to sign the marriage license. As a non-clergy person who has joyfully officiated at dozens of weddings, I appreciate that Mr. Bowser has outright stated in his campaign as clerk of the court that he would work with the General Assembly and the judiciary to make “temporary officiants” a reality. This is a policy change that would foster equality and fairness for our community.

Dan Furmansky, Silver Spring

Lee column went too far I usually enjoy reading what my friend Blair Lee writes, even if I frequently disagree with much of it. But his May 7 column was over the top [“Missing persons report”]. Blair attacks Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for attending his stepson’s confirmation at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Upper Marlboro instead of participating in a debate sponsored by several Democratic clubs in the county. Blair calls this a “B.S.” excuse and claims the lieutenant governor was “lying” about the reason for the cancellation. C’mon Blair! The lieutenant governor is raising this young man, whose father, Tony Walker, a Prince George’s police officer, died after sustaining injuries in the line of duty. The young man lives with the lieutenant governor, his stepfather, and his mother, Karmen Walker

Brown, the lieutenant governor’s wife. In the Catholic Church, confirmation is a major sacramental event in the spiritual life of a young person. Is it when a young Catholic comes of age in the church. So the lieutenant governor should have skipped his stepson’s confirmation to attend a Democratic forum? Really? And by the way, the lieutenant governor has attended every other forum in the county except one held in the days before his father’s death. Let’s get some perspective here: stepfather and stepson will look back years from now and say they are glad they put family and church first. It’s just not a close call. In fact, I’m sure they already feel that way today, Blair’s column notwithstanding.

Tim Maloney, Silver Spring

Support for Andrews’ public campaign financing plan I chuckled in reading the letter in the April 30 Gazette rejecting County Executive Candidate Phil Andrews’ proposal to support campaigns with public funds that ALL council members endorsed in February 2014 [“Andrews’ public campaign financing proposal is a bad idea”]. Candidate Andrews has consistently refused money from special interests. This allows him to make more objective, financially sound decisions. He focuses on the longterm costs of budget proposals to keep taxpayers’ monies in their own hands. I chuckled because it is unrealistic to think that money does not influence a position a politician takes; otherwise, why give the money to the can-

didate in the first place? In 2006, in the Washington Post, Mr. Duncan’s 2006 budget “reflected major multiyear increases in pay and benefits that he had negotiated for police, firefighters and other county workers.” In 2013, in the Washington Post, “Leggett[’s budget] negotiated with the county’s police, fire and general employee unions, which call for increases of from 13.5 percent to 19.5 percent during the next two years.” So that is why I support public funding of candidates running for offices, and why I am supporting Phil Andrews for County Executive.

E. Linda Rafats, Potomac

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Posted online by 8 a.m. the following day. Schedules subject to change. BOYS’ LACROSSE: Winston Churchill at Thomas S. Wootton, Wednesday Two-time defending 4A West Region champs are underdogs vs. the Patriots.

TRACK AND FIELD: 4A West Region championship, Thursday at Clarksburg GOLF: Private schools state championships, Wednesday at Chantilly National

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uring James Franklin’s brief tenure as the football coach at Penn State University he has laid out a recruiting plan to “dominate the state.” That notion, he noted during a speaking tour stop in Baltimore on May 7, doesn’t just include Pennsylvania; Franklin also considers Maryland and New Jersey “in-state.” And three highly-regarded local junior defensive linemen are buying into what Franklin is selling. Blue-chip tackle recruit and Quince Orchard High School’s Adam McLean (four-star rating according to, No. 1-ranked player in Maryland), Gaithersburg defensive end/linebacker Kamonte Carter (four stars, No. 5) and Bullis defensive end Jon Holland (three stars, No. 11) all verbally committed to attending Penn State. They are part of Rivals. com and’s No. 2-ranked 2015 recruiting class. “It’s almost like a clean sweep sorts,” said Gaithersburg coach Kreg Kephart, who has attended Penn State’s coaching clinic under the late-Joe Paterno and Franklin. Former Trojan

defensive lineman Sean Stanley also attended Penn State. “I’ve never seen it before. You put your money down and hit on all three of them. If they pan out and play to the level they are projected are, Penn State is going to have some darn good football players. I mean, it’s pretty uncommon for multiple guys from one area and same position to go to the same program.” Henry A. Wise High School safety Marcus Allen and DeMatha Catholic running back Mark Allen signed with the Nittany Lions’ 2014 class. McLean, Carter and Holland all said they were impressed with the school’s atmosphere, campus, rural scenery, academics, chance to play freshman year and the excitement of the coaching staff. “It’s going to be awesome,” the 6-foot-2, 290-pound McLean said. “We are going to get to rep MoCo and the state of Maryland up in Happy Valley. We all have really good relationships and the chance to all play together on the same defensive line is really, really cool. ... Hopefully we will cause a lot of havoc.” The trio have all said the coaching staff has

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Gaithersburg High School’s Kamonte Carter is verbally committed to Penn State.


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Northwood High School junior catcher Carielle Taney only reluctantly admits her father, Michael, likes to call her and her older sister, current Catholic University freshman third baseman/utility player Christianne, “the diamonds in the rough because we’re rough on the diamond.” But clichè or not, wherever Taney is on the softball field — Gladiators coach Allyn Crews said there is no position she can’t play, even pitcher — where she shines for Northwood. For two years, with her older sister at shortstop, the two made quite the pair up the center of Northwood’s defense, Crews said. A year ago, Taney threw out 92 percent of runners attempting to steal second base.


Northwood isn’t known as a softball powerhouse — .500 would be considered a good season — but Taney is proof softball talent does reside in places the rest of the county might not expect. “There’s talent scattered around, it’s not all in one area,” Taney said. After spending the first portion of her freshman season at third base, Taney, a natural outfielder, was moved behind the plate. Her knowledge of the game and field vision and awareness make her invaluable as the team’s eyes on the field, Crews said. Catchers are often referred to as an extension of the coaching staff on the field and Crews said that is exactly what Taney is. “She knows the game, she knows the game very well and that brings a lot of things to the table and she is that leader on the field behind the plate,” Crews said. “If I’m focused on one thing or I’m having a conversation with one



Northwood High School junior catcher Carielle Taney’s is one the team’s best players.

When lacrosse was first introduced to Montgomery County as a varsity sport in 1997, coaches’ main concern was filling out full rosters. At that point there was little exposure to the sport at the youth level and since the speed of play and general concept was similar to sports like soccer and field hockey, it began to dip into the pool of athletes that in the past would’ve otherwise filtered into softball during the spring season, coaches agreed. For a few years, longtime Montgomery Blair High School softball coach Louie Hoelman said, it seemed like interest in softball was waning. But as the novelty of lacrosse has worn off and popularity at the youth level has made it harder for newcomers to break into starting lineups, softball seems to be coming out the other side of the lacrosse craze just fine. “Now you have club lacrosse players coming in who are starting to dominate. If you’re not a kid playing year-round lacrosse, you’re not going to have the same opportunities as when the sport was new to the county,” Col. Zadok Magruder softball coach Ed Hendrickson said. “[Softball


James H. Blake High School freshman pitcher Ellie Smethurst throws to first April 28 to get a Thomas S. Wootton player out.

and lacrosse] are two very different sports. Lacrosse matches up to field hockey and soccer, softball is a very mental sport with explosive power and explosive speed. It’s nothing to insanity in one second. It’s a different type of athlete that’s drawn to it, I think a lot of people are realizing that and coming back to softball.” What’s happening now, coaches agreed, is that girls are getting earlier exposure to lacrosse due to its rapid growth at the youth level so most are choosing one or the other at an earlier point. Travel softball is also on the rise; numerous new organizations have popped up countywide the past five to eight years, which has helped lift the level of competition in Montgomery County in general. One major reason is the influx of

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After watching her undefeated freshman No. 2 singles player Kyryl Tsygura close out a 6-4, first-set win in the county tournament semifinals May 6, Thomas S. Wootton High School boys’ tennis coach Nia Cresham moved on to check on some of her other players, confident he was in good position to secure a spot in the final. “All of a sudden, I wasn’t paying attention to his match anymore, someone came over to me and said, ‘Kyryl is sick,’” Cresham said. “He got so sick, he had stomach [pain]. He lost the second set and he was dragging himself around the court.” But even in that precarious situation and under a new kind of pressure in his first year as the member of a team, the 15-year-old was poised enough to come up with a plan. And even more impressively, execute it. “He was very smart,” Cresham said. “Shots where he’d have to expend too much energy to get them he would just let go, shots close enough to get to he would not waste any time, he would just put them away. I was surprised, especially for his age, how poised he was in that situation. A lot of guys would be like, ‘I’m going to get to try and get to every shot and get this over as quick as possible.’ He didn’t let that loss in the second set faze him.” Tsygura, who is ranked No. 75 nationally in the U.S. Tennis Association


Thomas S. Wootton High School’s Kyryl Tsygura is one of the top tennis players in the state.

Boys 16s, went on to win the match and the final on Thursday at Paint Branch in straight sets to prevent Walt Whitman from winning county titles in all seven brackets. His maturity in a situation that likely would’ve stricken panic in even the most experienced athletes was remarkable but not necessarily surprising given what he’s been faced with this year, issues well beyond what any young teenager should be dealing with. Born in Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine, Tsygura moved to the United States with his immediate family when he was 18 months old for better opportunities, his mother, Lena Gordiyanko, said. But the rest of his family, his grandparents, uncle and great-grandparents remain in the region at the center of the current Ukranian crisis. While Tsygura said there has been an ongoing effort to get them out, some are too elderly to travel, Gordiyenko said, complicating matters. “I try not to think about it that much because when I do, it’s sad,” Tsygura said. “We’re trying to move them but it’s a long process. We never know what’s going to happen, it’s

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Continued from Page B-1 player, she makes sure the other eight players are where they’re supposed to be, she’s like having a coach on the field. She also has a cannon for an arm.” Taney, who comes from a baseball/ softball family — her older brother, Kevin, played for Northwood and Montgomery College — finished the regular season with 24 runs batted in and 25


Continued from Page B-1 created special bonds with each of the recruits. In fact, the 16 verbally committed players talk to each other daily in group text messages, McLean said. Holland and McLean developed a friendship when the latter was exploring options to transfer from Avalon after his freshman year (McLean considered Bullis before opting for Quince Orchard). McLean and Carter have known each other from playing against each other and live “pretty much around the corner” in Gaithersburg. Carter and Holland were introduced at combines and during the college recruiting process. All three encouraged each other to attend Penn State. “We’re not just like any other committed class that we see each other when we see each other,” said McLean, who committed during the Nittany Lions’ spring game on April 12 and plans to major in communications. “We are

Continued from Page B-1 young, purely softball-minded athletes — lacrosse has in a sense weeded out the soccerand field hockey-first athletes looking for a sport to occupy their spring season. One year of travel ball amounts to high school tenure, Hendrickson said, with the number of games played. With an increase of op-


Continued from Page B-1 tense. Most people are unaware [of what’s going on] because they don’t have relatives or they’re not paying attention to it much. Hopefully [I] can create some awareness because it’s affecting other people besides me.” Added Cresham: “I can only

season, they said. There is no denying the correlation between successful high school teams and number of travel team players. Like many of its Downcounty Consortium neighbors, that number is few and far between at Northwood. Taney herself plays for one of the area’s top programs, the Olney Boys and Girls Club, and got her start in travel ball alongside top players such as Sherwood pitcher Meggie Dejter. Taney said she hopes to encourage more of her high school teammates to pursue

year-round playing opportunities and has already gotten positive responses from several. While many players with Taney’s passion for softball might get frustrated competing with a group of athletes who aren’t genuinely softball-minded, Taney is completely supportive of her teammates, Crews said. She takes the time to explain scenarios and work on skills and never expresses any negativity, he added. “Sometimes I will say something and

all really good friends already.” “It just reminds me of Bullis with one big happy family,” said Holland, listed at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds and committed on May 3. He plans to major in international business. “It felt like home. I had visited 12 to 15 other schools prior to Penn State so I knew what I was looking for. “I feel like we can do something special over the four years we’re there. It’s a great coaching staff, the people surrounding us and support staff.” Carter, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound versatile athlete, was recruited by Franklin’s staff when it was at Vanderbilt. The mutual interest moved on to Penn State and resulted in Carter committing during Penn State’s junior day in February. “If you see the blue and white on a football team, you think Penn State,” Carter said. “Their uniform, logo and ‘We Are’ chants is pretty much like a brand. It doesn’t get much better than that.”


Bullis School’s Jonathan Holland (center) catches a touchdown to help the Bulldogs defeat Episcopal for the IAC championship.

portunities to start pursuing fastpitch at the 10-under level, more and more freshmen are arriving on the high school softball scene with national-level experience. Take for instance, Northwest sophomore pitcher Bridgette Barbour, who led the Jaguars to their first-ever state semifinal appearance last spring as a freshman. “It’s not like kids are experimenting with these sports anymore like every kid plays

soccer when they’re 4 years old,” Hoelman said. “With softball, if you’re starting [club softball] at that age, there’s a reason you’ve started at that age, you’re taking it seriously. “A lot of teams that used to be right in the middle seem to be on the rise right now and I think it’s because younger players are coming in and making an impact right away.” Coaches also agreed more exposure to the highest level of

fastpitch thanks to increased coverage of NCAA competition by the ESPN networks has helped generate interest in the sport — it is extremely fastpaced and strategic. Montgomery County is home to the highest profile softball player to come out of Maryland since 2010 Arizona State graduate and recent Greater Washington Fastpitch Softball Hall of Fame inductee Meghan Elliott in current University of

Missouri freshman pitcher Tori Finucane. Finucane, who last week was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year, has been on national television three times in the past two weeks alone and county coaches agree her success has had a major impact in the youth and high school softball communities alike. “You turn on the TV now and softball is pretty prevalent, these girls are getting to see what

a neat sport it is and how exciting of a game it is,” Northwest coach Kevin Corpuz said. “There has been a lot of chatter about [Finucane], the players talk, even my son who plays baseball, his coach, you hear parents talking about it. What she’s doing is not going unnoticed, everyone is talking about it. The interest it generates is definitely a positive.”

speak from what I see but I think he definitely sees things differently. Things that some kids would really freak out about, I think he is able to see the big things from the little things. He doesn’t stress over the little things.” Just like he didn’t panic when things went awry in his county semifinal. The more aggressive style of play that got Tsygura out of that match was

fairly against his type. Though he’s capable of generating some firepower on his groundstrokes — despite his slight, 5-foot-7 frame — it’s his unteachable finesse, the wicked slice and dropshots, his remarkable accuracy, that typically breaks his opponents down. But his ability to alter his game was just another example of how truly dynamic he is and the intelligence behind his ver-

satility — he doesn’t just have the tools, he almost always chooses the right time to use them. For the third straight year, Wootton will lose its top player next spring but the Patriots should be in good hands with Tsygura atop the lineup; Cresham said he already took on some leadership responsibilities even as a first-year member. His commitment to the team is

not something Cresham takes for granted either, as players of his caliber sometimes opt out of high school tennis — he trains more than 20 hours per week outside of Wootton’s practice and matches. Though the individualistic nature of the sport is what drew Tsygura to choose tennis over soccer three years ago, he said, he’s relished the opportunity to be part of a team.

“It was hectic trying to balance everything but it’s OK, it was fun, I liked it,” Tsygura said. “I think we did much better than people expected and it was because of leadership from the seniors. I look forward to next year, hopefully I can be a leader and help the team like they helped me this year.”

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it doesn’t seem to make sense [to the girls] and then she will say the same thing and it makes perfect sense,” Crews said. “She is good about giving good feedback, she’s all about the team and she doesn’t throw it in your face like, ‘I’m so good.’ It’s all real positive. ... There is not a position on the field [Taney] can’t play. She’s even done some pitching for us, because we needed someone.”



runs scored. Her .750 batting average included seven home runs. Northwood’s season ended in Thursday’s 11-8, Class 3A West Region tournament first-round loss to Damascus. A precarious pitching situation early — freshman hurler Katherine Muolo entered the season with an injury and only just started to reach full strength late in the season — led to Northwood’s (2-13) worst campaign, record-wise, in recent history. But some late-season progress has Crews and Taney hopeful for next

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MPSSAA endorses USA Football’s safety program Heads Up Football to be implemented at Maryland schools



The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association has become the first state high school association to endorse USA Football’s Heads Up Football, a program designed to reduce head injuries and improve player safety, the MPSSAA announced Monday. About half of Maryland’s 187 football-playing schools are expected to implement USA Football’s safety program, which was piloted in 35 high schools across 10 states in 2013. “We realized that what they were doing was a very positive program to help reduce injuries and help to reduce the nature of risk,” MPSSAA Executive Director Ned Sparks said. Participating schools will designate one staff member, a “player safety coach,” who teaches safer tackling techniques


A Suitland High School football player is tackled by Northwest Dec. 6 in the Class 4A State championship. that minimize helmet contact. The appointed coach, certified by USA Football with an eighthour training session, will conductsafetyclinicsforcoachesand players while acting as a community liaison. “We’re excited to now be working with the coaches across the state and make sure that we

put in place what we believe is the most comprehensive approach to a better, safer game,” said Scott Hallenbeck, executive director of USA Football. USA Football — the sport’s national governing body — launched Heads Up Football in 2012 and is using a five-year, $45 million grant from the National

Football League Foundation to expand the program across the country. Hallenbeck anticipates that between500to1,000highschools will implement Heads Up Football in 2014. “This is very much the first couple steps in this long journey in terms of how we develop heads up football across the country,” he said. Robert Cantu, a neurosurgeon and concussion expert at BostonUniversity’sCenterforthe StudyofTraumaticEncephalopathy, said reducing helmet contact is a “positive step,” but cautioned that the Heads Up Football program would not eliminate head injuries. “You’re going to wind up getting head-to-head contact no matter how you teach the sport,” said Cantu, who recommended children under 14 not play tackle football. “... I don’t think this should be viewed as a step that solves the problem.” Thomas Hearn, a youth athletics safety advocate, expressed concerns about whether coaches and athletes would comply with the Heads Up Football program.

Hearn, whose son sustained a concussion playing football at Walt Whitman two-and-a-half years ago, said that football players would be exposed to head trauma even with improved tackling techniques. “It [makes football] less dangerous that this technique is being taught, but there are some questions about whether or not it automatically makes football safe,” Hearn said. Heads Up Football’s expansion comes as youth football’s participation numbers are on the decline at the national and state level. Participation for Pop Warner, the nation’s largest and most recognized youth football program, dropped 9.5 percent from 2010 to 2012, according to ESPN’s Outside the Lines. Maryland’s high school football participation (14,632 in 2012-13) has dropped six percent since 2008, after increasing by 20 percent — from 12,932 to 15,561 — in the preceding six seasons, according to data from the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Magruder gains momentum heading into offseason Damascus sophomore steps up, WCAC announces all-conference boys’ team


The Col. Zadok Magruder High School boys’ lacrosse team doubled its win total for the second straight season, but ask second-yearcoachStephenBurrowsabout the Colonels’ best game this spring and he won’t mention any of the five victories, or even the three one-goal losses.

LACROSSE NOTEBOOK BY ERIC GOLDWEIN Instead, he’ll bring up a 17-8 loss to Sherwood. “That was really the highlight of our season. As a program, seeing the maturity. Seeing how we battled against one of these upper-level teams in the county,” Burrows said. “... I don’t think in the past 10 years we’veeverplayedSherwoodwithoutarunning clock.” After inheriting a 1-12 team, Burrows led the Colonels to a 2-11 record in 2013 then a 5-8 record this spring. The Sherwood loss was a blowout on paper, but a sign of progress for a team that historically

has experienced little success. “Magruder has had such a long [stretch] of losing and we’re really changing that,” Burrows said. The Colonels’ season, which ended with an 8-7 overtime loss to Northwest in the first round Class 4A/3A West Region playoffs last week, was a step in the right direction, Burrows said. The team is graduating only three seniors and features a talented group of underclassmen, led by sophomore Ryan Martindell. The 6-foot-1 attacker scored 40 goals, ranking fourth among all Montgomery County public school players, according to Burrows, who coached junior varsity at Gaithersburg before coming to Magruder, said the goal is to win nine games next spring. “They remember the taste of losing that playoff game and it’s not going to happen again,” he said.

Swarmin’ Hornets surging Damascus sophomore Alexis Townsend has been involved in plenty of clutch goals since she first started playing lacrosse in fourth grade, but none like the one Friday in Poolesville. In triple overtime, Townsend notched the game-winner to give the Swarmin’

Hornets an 11-10 victory over the Falcons in the 3A/2A West quarterfinal matchup. “It’s just such a great feeling,” Townsend said. “We wanted to beat them so badly, and we did. I did it for all our seniors and our team and our coaches.” Freshman Jacque Pino scored eight goals to lead Damascus over the previously undefeated Falcons (11-1-1). “I can’t even put it into words. This is the biggest win we’ve had,” Damascus coach Marcus Jurado said.

Stags senior recognized DeMatha Catholic senior midfielder Greyson Torain was named Washington Catholic Athletic Player of the Year, the WCAC announced last week. Torain, a Naval Academy recruit, helped lead the Stags 12-0 start and a 16-4 season. DeMatha coach Scott Morrison was named Coach of the Year. Other DeMatha athletes honored by the WCAC include Matt Brisolari (first team, attack), Johnny Surdick (first team, defense), Nick Ramsey (first team, goalie), TylerNajarian(secondteam,attack),Brady Thompson (second team, midfielder) and Bain Schroeder (second team, defense). James Jennings, Sean Doyle, Brad Peters and CJ Croxton were honorable mentions. From Our Lady of Good Counsel: Aus-

KEEPING IT BRIEF Whitman crew wins metro regatta After losing a late-race lead to Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s first varsity eight boat at last weekend’s Maryland State regatta, the Walt Whitman women picked up wins in the first, second and third varsity eight events to earn the Team Points Trophy at Saturday’s Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Rowing Association Championships held on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. B-CC’s girls finished first in the freshman eight and novice eight, Winston Churchill’s girls took the novice four race and Walter Johnson’s boys won the men’s varsity four.


Baseball playoffs wind down The Clarksburg baseball team blanked Magruder, 6-0, as senior pitcher Zach Thompson tossed a nohitter and fanned 12 batters, walking only three. On Monday afternoon, however, Clarksburg (12-5) saw its season come to an end when the Coyotes were upended by Thomas S. Wootton, 8-5, despite the efforts of Taylor Abrahams, who went 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles. Poolesville continued its bid for a perfect season by edging Winters Mill, 4-1, on Monday. Senior Robbie Metz picked up the win by tossing five scoreless innings and Chris Convers went 3 for 3, scored two runs and drove in two more and retired the last five Winters Mill hitters to collect the save. Poolesville is scheduled to host South Carroll on Wednesday in a 2A West Sectional final. Two Montgomery County teams are scheduled to meet in the 4A North Region section final on Wednesday when Sherwood travels to Paint Branch. Sherwood edged Howard, 4-2, on Monday, while Paint Branch made quick work of Springbrook, 10-1. Wootton shortstop Matt Hsiung led off the game with a solo homer and later Patriots’ first baseman Noah Kimball hit a three-run home run in the second inning. Matt Ainsworth went six in-

nings to get the win, while Hsiung retired one batter in the seventh with the bases loaded to earn the save. Several other Montgomery County baseball teams kept their region and state title hopes alive on Monday. Damascus blanked Watkins Mill, 8-0, while Seneca Valley downed Rockville, 11-4. Whitman defeated Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 11-3, Montgomery Blair blanked Richard Montgomery, 4-0, and Gaithersburg upended Northwest, 7-0, as Nick DeCarlo improved to 8-0 on the season by tossing five scoreless innings.


Magruder softball advances Col. Zadok Magruder High School junior pitcher Fiona Johnson’s two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning of Monday’s Class 4A West Region Section II semifinal against Clarksburg started a rally that ended in the Colonels’ 4-3, come-from-behind victory. Magruder is scheduled to host the section’s No. 2-seeded Northwest Wednesday afternoon for a spot in the region final against Montgomery Blair.


Athletes sign letters of intent Here’s a list of Montgomery County athletes who recently signed National Letters of Intent to continue playing beyond high school. The list will be updated as new signings are announced: Baseball

Zach Thompson, Clarksburg, Alderson Broaddus University Basketball

Daysha Adams, Kennedy, Hagerstown Community College Dominique Anderson, Northwest, Ohio Valley University Kiara Arnold, Kennedy, St. Vincent College Joseph Bradshaw, Einstein, Mt. Zion Preparatory Abraham Camara, Einstein, Niagara County CC Cedrick McFadden, St. Andrew’s, Concordia College Zjhane West, Kennedy, Hager-

stown Community College Makeda Wright, Kennedy, Christopher Newport Football

Javon Burriss, Seneca Valley, Shepherd University Daequan Brooks, Clarksburg, Stevenson University Austin Herbert, Seneca Valley, Shepherd University Ed Maxwell, Seneca Valley, Bethany College Nobel Mussie, Einstein, Fork Union Military Academy Korey Platt, Seneca Valley, Bethany College Calvin Reighard, Seneca Valley, Shepherd University Joel Rufino, Einstein, Iowa Western (JC) Roy Russell IV, Einstein, Midwest Prep Chrysale Tchako, Clarksburg, Stevenson University Pacom Tsague, Seneca Valley, Frostburg State University Bryan Velasco, Einstein, West Virginia State University Khalil Wilson, Einstein, Fullerton College (JC) Lacrosse

Jaanai Aaron, Clarksburg, Alderson Broaddus University Softball

Laurie Kostecka, Clarksburg, University of Tampa Tanysha Tennassee, Northwest, Coppin State University Track and field

Matthew Adedeji, Clarksburg, Salisbury University Alex Armbruster, St. Andrew’s, Georgetown University Jamee Hood, Einstein, Muhlenburg College Luke Jones, Clarksburg, Roanoke College Jimmy Larkin, Clarksburg, Mt. St. Mary’s University Lauren Logan, Einstein, Stevens Institute of Technology Jack McCloskey, Clarksburg, Montgomery College Luke Simpson, Einstein, Juniata College Carlos Vanzego, Clarksburg, Montgomery College Tiara Wellman, Northwest, James Madison Luke Woodard, Einstein, St. Michael’s College


Damascus High School’s Dean Echard carries the ball Friday against Poolesville’s Jonathan Hetrick.

tinSmith(firstteam,long-stickmidfielder), Pat Poulos (second team, midfielder), Jack Graham (second team, defense) and Dylan Szot (second team, goalie). Perry Stefanelli, Andrew Venezia, PJ McIntyre and Ryan Lynch were honorable mentions.

Avalon wins Old Line

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Throughout the season, Avalon School baseball coach Patrick Duffy has turned to senior pitchers Billy Lennox and Tommy Sanchez as a one-two punch for the Black Knights, and their talents were instrumental in leading the club to the Old Line Conference championship. On Friday evening at Kelley Park in Gaithersburg, Avalon made quick work of the NoVa Homeschool Lions to win the Old Line Conference title game 14-2. Sanchez allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits, four walks and eight strikeouts in five innings to get the victory. One night earlier, he recorded a save when Lennox went six innings to earn a 3-1 victory over St. Maria Goretti in the semifinals. “I thought my fastball was really working tonight,” Sanchez said. “I was able to get ahead of the hitters with my fastball and then get them out with my curveball. All season long we have talked about winning two championships, this one and the Maryland Private Schools B Championship. Our goal is only halfway done.” Lennox proved to be the ideal leadoff batter for the Black Knights on Friday, going 3 for 4 with three runsscoredandthreemoredriven in. Pearce Howard also collected three RBI on Friday, but it was junior Khalaal Barrett-Ricks, a transfer from Quince Orchard High School, who led the way with four RBI, including a three-run home run in the fourth that secured the 10-run lead necessary for the mercy-rule verdict. Avalon owned a 6-2 lead heading to the home half of the third. In seasons past, this might have offered more than a hint of trouble for the Black Knights, but the squad proved to be far more resilient this season. Friday evening they added five more runs in the third and then added three more in the fourth on BarrettRicks’ homer.




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The Gazette’s Guide to

Arts & Entertainment


Free David

Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer finds inspiration from Michelangelo’s masterpiece


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Michael Cartellone is a musician, but he’s also an artist. He’s known for being the drummer for the platinum-selling supergroup Damn Yankees and the multiplatinum-selling Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, but he’s also made a name for himself as a painter. So, is Cartellone a painter who is a drummer, or a drummer who paints? “It depends on who I’m speaking with,” Cartellone laughed. “I consider myself both. What’s really been fun about this whole double career, two-halves-of-a-whole life that I’ve created is some people know me as a drummer who can paint and some people know me as a painter who also plays drums. It’s a beautiful balance.” Cartellone’s latest work “The Four Davids” will be on display at the Wentworth Gallery in Bethesda from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., and then from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. in McLean, Va., on Saturday, May 17. “The Four Davids” represents four different painting styles all capturing the likeness of Michelangelo’s “David.” Each version of the iconic statue is painted on a four foot by four foot canvas. The idea behind “The Four Davids” came to Cartellone when he and his wife honeymooned in Italy. When they visited the famed Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, they saw the statue of “David.” “It really is something I think everyone should gift themselves to do because it’s really just overwhelming to see this statue,” Cartellone said. “It’s 17-feet tall and I don’t think a lot of people are even aware of that. When you turn the corner and you see this statue, it takes your breath away.” Cartellone was so moved by the statue that he knew he had to paint it at some point. After several years of brainstorming, Cartellone couldn’t think of one singular way of painting “David” that would do it justice. “So I thought, ‘Maybe I should paint this statue more than once,’” Cartellone said. “Then the idea of painting ‘David’ in different styles kind of presented itself one day. I quickly started to think, ‘Well, this could be really interesting. I could show art history utilizing one subject and having the subject move through various styles and various periods of art.’” Cartellone came up with a list of about 20 different painters. He gradually whittled it down to four and decided to make the paintings a double homage. “They’re originally Michelangelo’s ‘David’ statue,” Cartellone said. “Then they’re four different painters of inspiration – Van Gogh, Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Each painting is named David and then a year and that is significant to the paintings’ inspirations.” For example, the Van Gogh inspiration was from 1889, according to Cartellone. So the painting is called “David – 1889.” “It was a really fascinating endeavor, learning


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Artist/musician Michael Cartellone stands in front of his “The Four Davids.”

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From Bethesda to Silver Spring to Strathmore, musical fun in the sun returns BY


From open-air jazz concerts and toes-in-the-grass folk shows to child-centered music programming, local residents of all ages have plenty of options for free summer performances from May through September!

Bethesda Thursday evenings this summer, the Bethesda Urban

Partnership will put on outdoor concerts from 6-8 p.m. in Veterans Park, found at the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk avenues. Call 301-215-6660 or visit for more information. May 15: Gary and the Groove (Rock & Oldies) May 22: Squeeze Bayou (Cajun) May 29: Flo Anito (Rock/ Pop/Originals) June 5: Armand Ntep (African) June 12: Levi Stephens (Country Crossover) June 19: Built 4 Comfort (Blues/Classic Rock) June 26: Natty Beaux (Swing) July 3: I and I Riddim (Reggae)

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Senior showcase returns to the area for first time since 2010



The Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club will host Montgomery’s Got Talent on Sunday showcasing a selection of the area’s finest senior talent, ranging from singers and dancers to actors. The county held open auditions in the months leading up to the show for seniors, ages 55 and older, to try out and hopefully be chosen to perform in the final event. In 2010, Montgomery’s Got Talent was a huge success, but when the hosting Bethesda Theatre went dark and the economy wasn’t at its best, it was not

held for a second time, until now. “The first event here about five years ago was a fabulous success, 40 groups auditioned and about 13 performed on the day of the event,” said Rick Brown, new owner of the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. “They decided to do it again.” Brown said that the winner of the show is given the chance to be the opening act for a future performance at the theater. While the newly-renovated club has hosted some great acts since it opened a little over a year ago, Brown said that they haven’t had anything quite like this before. “We’ve had talented performers, but we have not done a seniors talent show,” Brown said. “It’s very exciting and going to be a lot of fun. We like being able to be available for community events.”

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In honor of Older Americans Month, the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club will revive the popular Montgomery’s Got Talent contest for area seniors on Sunday at the theater.


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Winning ‘Seasons’ Violinist Sarah Chang will join the National Philharmonic, led by music director and conductor Piotr Gajewski, in a performance of Vivaldi’s legendary “Four Seasons,” at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Composed in 1723, Vivaldi’s set of four violin concertos celebrating nature and meteorology exists among the bestknown works of the Baroque period. The program also is slated to include one of Strauss’ final works, “Metamorphosen,” an adagio for strings written toward the end of World War II and eulogizing the destruction of Munich. For more information, visit or

Aziza Claudia GibsonHunter’s “Invitation to a Metaphor,” 2013, acrylic paint, colored pencil, graphite, charcoal, plastic produce bag, 58.625 x 63 inches. AZIZA CLAUDIA GIBSON-HUNTER

The water’s fine

Printmaking, painting, drawing and collage combine in artist Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter’s “Invitation to a Metaphor,” on view to June 7 at the Terrace Gallery at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. A meet the artist reception is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday at the gallery. Mixed media works from Gibson-Hunter’s “SWIM” series, set within an urban swimming pool, explores themes of persistence, resistance and the power of water to cleanse and rejuvenate. Normal gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is closed on Sunday. Galleries are also open during the evening and weekends when performances and classes are offered at BlackRock. For more information, visit

The next Page Author Allan Topol will sign his latest Craig Page thriller, “The Argentine Triangle,” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Barnes & Noble in Rockville. Topol is the national bestselling author of international intrigue novels such as “The Spanish Revenge” and “The Russian Endgame.” For more information, visit or

Author Allan Topol.


Coming into focus PHOTO BY CLIFF WATTS

“Photoworks Forty Years: Here and Now,” and its sister exhibit, “Photoworks Forty Years: Origins,” opened Thursday at the Glen Echo Park gallery. The exhibits celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary as a unique learning center offering personalized instruction. Photoworks will be honored during Glen Echo Park’s Gala in the Park on Saturday. The exhibit continues to June 9. For more information, visit


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IN THE ARTS DANCES Hollywood Ballroom, May 14, “step of the evening” Waltz mini-lesson at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m. ($16), May 15, 22, Tea Dance from 12:303:30 p.m. ($6); May 16, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); May 17, free Waltz lesson at 8 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 9 p.m.; May 18, free Hustle lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); May 21, “step of the evening” West Coast mini-lesson at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m. ($16), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-3261181, www.hollywoodballroomdc.


Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Contra, May 16, Joseph Pi-

mentel calls to Goldcrest; May 23, George Marshall and Tim van Egmond with Swallowtail; May 30, Susan Taylor with Raise The Roof, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, Contra & Square, May 18, Joseph Pimentel with Goldcrest, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www. English Country, May 14, Caller: Melissa Running; May 21, Caller: Stephanie Smith, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), Waltz, May 25, Swallowtail, lesson from 2:45-3:30 p.m., dancing to live music from 3:30-6 p.m., $10,

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Side by Side, 7:30 p.m.

May 14; Next Best Thing Presents: Simon & Garfunkel, 8 p.m. May 15; Joel Del Rosario and Surewill “Side by Side Live,” 8 p.m. May 16; Janiva Magness benefit for Child Welfare League of America, 7 p.m. May 17; Montgomery’s Got Talent Senior Showcase, noon, May 18; A Night to Remember featuring The Intruders and Shawn Allen, 7:30 p.m. May 18; Doors Wide Open, 7:30 p.m. May 21, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, BlackRock Center for the Arts, The Crawdaddies – Free Summer Concert, 8 p.m. June 28, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, Carpe Diem Arts, Washington Revels Carpe Diem Sing in Silver Spring, 6:30 p.m. May 21, Washington Revels, 531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, free, Fillmore Silver Spring, Ghost with King Dude, 8 p.m. May 14; Steel Panther - All You Can Eat Tour, 8 p.m. May 16; Tamar Braxton, 8 p.m. May 22, 25; Ones To Watch with Skype Pres. Eric Hutchinson - Tell The World Tour, 8 p.m. May 23; 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring.




Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. May 13-14; AIR: Elijah Jamal Balbed, jazz saxophone, 7:30 p.m. May 14; Aaron Grad & Gus Mercante, 7:30 p.m. May 15; BSO: All That Jazz - A Symphonic Celebration of Kander and Ebb, 8 p.m. May 15; History of Jazz Part III: From Basie To Bossa And From B.B. To Berry, 11 a.m. May 16; Neil Sedaka, 8 p.m. May 16; Professional Development for Musicians: DIY Public Relations, 9:30 a.m. May 17; Professional Development for Musicians: Legal Guide to Writing and Releasing Your Recordings, 10:45 a.m. May 17; Professional Development for Musicians: Launching Your CD, 12:45 p.m. May 17; Professional Development for Musicians: Your Catalog, Your Publishing, and the Rest of Your Life, 2:45 p.m. May 17; National Philharmonic: Sarah Chang Plays Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, 8 p.m. May 17, 3 p.m. May 18; MCYO: A Moving Ending, 7:30 p.m. May 18; Historic Home Tour, 11 a.m. May 19; International Specialty Tea, 1 p.m. May 20-21; call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100,

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,

Arts Barn, “Woody Allen, Woody Allen,” to May 18; Comedy and Magic Society, 8 p.m. May 23, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. Imagination Stage, “Cinderella: The Remix:” to May 25, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www. Kensington Arts Theatre, “Les Mis,” 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, to May 24, Kensington Town Hall/Armory, 3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, contact theater for prices, times, Montgomery College, “The Monster Who Ate My Peas,” 11 a.m. May 17; The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley, 8 p.m. May 23, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, contact theater for ticket prices, Olney Theatre Center, August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson,” to June 1, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, www.olneytheatre. org. The Puppet Co., “Pinocchio,” to June 8; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-634-5380, Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “Ordinary Days,” May 28 to June 22, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, 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, Silver Spring Stage, “The Arabian Knights,” May 16 to June 7, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, The Writer’s Center, Ron Capps and Joseph Bathanti, 2 p.m. May 18, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664,

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “Contemplating the Sweetness of Grass and Startling Brevity of Life,” May 16 to June 18, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, www. Gallery B, “72 Grams Per Pixel,” to May 24, gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Glenview Mansion, Rockville Art League, to May 23, opening reception from 1:30-3:30 p.m. May 4, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www. Marin-Price Galleries, March Avery, “Works on Paper,” to May 14, Donny Finley, May 24 to June 18, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301718-0622.

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‘Neighbors’ knows its way around the comedy block Seth Rogen and Zac Efron star in a crude comedy that somehow works n



One part smart, one part stupid and three parts jokes about body parts, the extremely raunchy “Neighbors” is a strange success story. It’s nobody’s idea of a well-structured and logically detailed screenplay, even though its premise — new parents battling frat house neighbors — springs from a high-concept idea that could’ve come from scriptwriting software or a research facility. Which brings us to one of the movie’s better early jokes: Sizing up the perpetually shirtless kegmeister played by Zac Efron, Seth Rogen wonders if his adversary was “designed in a laboratory.” Efron’s multidirectional appeal, his boy-toy-ness, takes on a darker hue in “Neighbors.” This is familiar tit-for-tat material, predating even the days when Laurel and Hardy went to war against James Finlayson. Parental newbies Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) are besotted with their infant daughter, and getting used to home ownership, sleep deprivation and the frustrations of a curtailed sex life. Then the new neighbors move in: a fraternity known for its “legendary ragers.” Efron plays the alpha male fraternity president, Teddy, with the determined glare of a sociopathic boy-man, nervous about life after college. Directed by Nicholas Stoller, “Neighbors” sets up a series of conflicts and vows of revenge as the suburban couple goes headto-head with the bong-addled, beer-sloshing pledges next door. Dave “The Other Franco” Franco portrays Teddy’s loyal best friend; Christopher MintzPlasse is Scoonie, the party boy with something extra. The script by Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien is extremely spotty, going for one too many gags

At top: (From left) Teddy (Zac Efron), Frat brothers. Middle: (From left) Teddy (Zac Efron) dances off against Mac (Seth Rogen) in “Neighbors”, a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby. Below: Kelly (Rose Byrne) and Mac Radner (Seth Rogen) in “Neighbors.” PHOTOS GLEN WILSON

NEIGHBORS n 3 stars n R; 96 minutes n Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne n Directed by Nicholas Stoller

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built on the gag reflex rather than the gag. Used condoms, curious infants, lactating mothers in pain and plaster-cast genitalia lead the list, and it’s a looooong list. But Stoller, whose work I like — “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Get Him to the Greek” were both funny and a little bit insightful — has a knack for delivering commercial comedy with some interesting detours and semi-improvised flourishes. Early on, when Mac and Kelly rehearse the way they plan to tell their neighbors to keep the noise down, a simple exchange builds and expands in ridiculous and clever ways. Efron has one major disadvantage. He’s not a witty performer. When Teddy becomes more and more destructive in his attempts to get Mac and company to back down, the character transforms into a creep, and Efron’s strategy is to play the meanness for real. Mistake. There’s a touch of “Pineapple Express,” another Rogen project, to this film’s violent action climax. And yet the good jokes, some dirty, some cleaner, keep sneaking in there. Whether getting drunk and/ or high with their neighbors, or embarking on another stealth mission aided by their divorced pals (Ike Barinholtz and Carla Gallo), Rogen and Byrne prove to be excellent scene partners. The fledgling family unit at the heart of “Neighbors” is sunny insecurity incarnate. Mac and Kelly aren’t ready to let go of their adolescent excesses, but they’re not sure what it means to have this new person in the house. That’s one movie; the other movie is the frat-party bacchanal that never quits. Somehow the struggle and tension between the two movies works. Throughout Stoller’s comedy you can’t help but think: Wait, where’s their kid? Who’s watching the kid? Then again, no one in “Neighbors” claims these two sleep-deprived basket cases know what they’re doing.


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Continued from Page B-4 about each of those painters and studying their techniques,” Cartellone said. “I purposely chose four styles of painting that were unfamiliar with me with the intention of pushing myself to learn how to paint different styles and widen my parameters.”

Cartellone said it took him a full year to finish all four paintings. “Each canvas … makes a big statement,” Cartellone laughed. “By far, ‘David-1889,’ which is the Van Goghinspired painting, was easily the hardest. The furthest, stylistically, from my comfort zone – the biggest learning curve. Consequently, it’s also the one that I’m most proud of because it was

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the biggest sense of accomplishment.” Cartellone said he hopes people seeing “The Four Davids” will gain a deeper appreciation of the four artists he honors. “At the same time, I then take them somewhere artistically that they’ve never seen.” Cartellone said.

THE FOUR DAVIDS n When: 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. (Bethesda); 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. (McLean, Va.), Saturday n Where: Wentworth Gallery at Westfield Montgomery Mall, 7101 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda; Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Dr., McLean n Tickets: Free n For information: 800-732-6140;


(Blues, Americana, Rock) – Hungerford Stage 4 p.m. May 25: South Rail (Americana) – Barn Stage 4:30 p.m. May 25: Lloyd Dobler Effect (Rock, Alternative, Pop) – Maryland Avenue Stage 4:30 p.m. May 25: Kelly Bell Band (Phat blue music) – Beach Stage 6 p.m. May 25: Patty Reese Band (Americana Blues, Soul, Roots Rock) – Barn Stage 6:15 p.m. May 25: NEULORE (Modern folk) – Hungerford Stage 6:30 p.m. May 25: Lionize (Rock ‘n roll) – Beach Stage 6:30 p.m. May 25: American Aquarium (Rock ‘n roll, Alternative country) – Maryland Avenue Stage 8 p.m. May 25: Fighting Jamesons (Irish Rock) – Hungerford Stage 8:30 p.m. May 25: John Brown’s Body (Reggae, Dub, Future Roots) – Beach Stage 8:30 p.m. May 25: The Nighthawks (Blues, Soul, Alt-Country) – Maryland Avenue Stage

Continued from Page B-4 July 10: King Soul (Soul) July 17: Speakers of the

House (Variety Dance) July 24: Texas Chainsaw Horns (Classic R&B/Soul)

Gaithersburg Thursdays are jam-packed with concerts for attendees young and old. Both the 10:30 a.m. Children’s Concerts and 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Evenings in Olde Towne series take place at the City Hall Concert Pavilion at 31 South Summit Ave. Visit for more information. Evenings in Olde Towne

June 5: Seamus Kennedy

(Irish Folk)

June 12: The Sweater Set

(Folk Duo)

June 19: Four Star Combo


June 26: The HepCats (Upbeat Country) July 10: Junkyard Saints (New Orleans Party) July 17: Stacy Brooks Band (Blues) July 24: Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts (Alternative Americana) July 31: Olney Big Band (Big Band) Sept. 4: Diamond Alley (Dance/Rock) Sept. 11: Cluster (Jazz/A Cappella) Sept. 18: Rescue Squad (Classic/Top 40 Rock) Sept. 25: Trio Caliente (Latin Trio)

Children’s Series


June 5: Cantaré (Latin MuJune 12: Jay Mattioli (Magi-


June 19: Yosi meets Eugene (Music, Puppets) June 26: Eric Energy (Science) July 10: Alden Phelps (Music) July 17: Thirst ‘n’ Howl (Theatre) July 24: Kids on the Block (Puppets & Local Safety Officers) July 31: Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés (Music, Spanish)

Germantown BlackRock Center for the Arts is hosting a five-concert series for summer at 7 p.m. on Saturdays. The shows are planned for outside the venue but will move indoors at 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown in case of inclement weather. Visit for more information. June 28: The Crawdaddies (Cajun, Zydeco) July 5: The US Navy Band “The Commodores” July 12: The Nighthawks (Blues, Rock) July 19: Chopteeth (Funk, World Music) July 26: Tom Principato (Rock, Blues, Jazz)

Olney Fair Hill Shopping Center offers two separate sets of concerts for families this summer. The Fair Hill Kids Concert Series will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, while the Fair Hill Summer Concert Series occurs from 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays. Both programs take place at 18169 Town Center Dr., in Olney. Call 240453-3000 or visit fairhillshops. com for more information. Fair Hill Kids Concerts

June 3: Mr. Knick Knack June 10: Mister Don June 17: Oh Susannah!


Continued from Page B-4 The show is a collaborative effort between many Montgomery County organizations including Montgomery County Recreation Department for Senior Programs

Silver Spring LINDA PARKER

The soulful sounds of King Soul come to the Bethesda Urban Partnership’s 2014 summer concert series. June 24: Kidsinger Jim July 1: Mr. Knick Knack July 8: Mister Don July 15: Tony M July 22: Kidsinger Jim July 29: Mister Don Aug. 5: Mr. Knick Knack Aug. 12: Tony M Aug. 19: Tony M Aug. 26: Kidsinger Jim Sept. 2: Mr. Knick Knack Sept. 9: Mister Don Sept. 16: Tony M Sept. 23: Kidsinger Jim Sept. 30: Mr. Knick Knack



31: Hand Painted

June 6: Diamond Alley June 7: Sam’O Reggae June 13: Apple Core Band

(Beatles Tribute) June 14: Levi Stephens June 20: ThatGuyMike June 21: Rock n Roll Relics June 27: Damon Foreman June 28: New Censation July 4: Holly Montgomery July 5: Debonaire July 11: Diamond Alley July 12: The Sidleys July 18: Rock n Roll Relics July 19: Jason Dean July 25: Rew Smith July 26: Johnny Artis Aug. 1: Josh Burgess Band Aug. 2: Hand Painted Swinger Aug. 8: Levi Stephens Aug. 9: Sons of Pirates Aug. 15: Diamond Alley Aug. 16: Special Occasions Aug. 22: Damon Foreman Aug. 23: The Monster Band Aug. 29: Dance Manifesto Aug. 30: ThatGuyMike Sept. 5: The Sidleys Sept. 6: I and I Riddim Reggae Sept. 12: Cracker Jack Sept. 13: Sons of Pirates Sept. 19: Shag Sept. 20: Diamond Alley Sept. 26: Damon Foreman Sept. 27: Paul Pfau Band

Rockville Rockville Town Square will play host to a variety of summer events, including the Friday Night Live concert series and Square Kids Night complete with children’s programming. Both programs start at 6:30 p.m. Visit rockvilletownsquare. com for more information. Many artists will also perform during Rockville’s Hometown Holidays Event from 2-10 p.m. May 24-25. Visit rockvillemd. gov/hth for more information.

July 23: Mr. Knick Knack


July 30: Silly Bus (Music) Aug. 6: Michael Rosman’s

Magic & Entertainment Show Aug. 13: Family Magician Eric Henning (Magic & Entertainment) Aug. 20: Motion Mayhem (Magic & Entertainment) Hometown Holidays

Several sets of concerts will occur this year in the Washingtonian Center area. The RIO Summer Concert Series features performances from 6-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays near the paddleboats at RIO, 9811 Washingtonian Blvd. in Gaithersburg. Lakefront Live! will feature live music on Friday nights at the plaza between Uncle Julio’s and Joe’s Crab Shack. Nando’s Peri-Peri will also bring their Spicy Saturday Nights series to the area from May 10 to Aug. 30, with artists to be determined. Visit for more information on all concerts. May 2: Sticky Wicket May 3: Diamond Alley May 9: Damon Froeman May 10: Shane Gamble Band May 16: The Sidleys May 17: Station 1201 May 23: Shag May 24: I and I Riddim Reggae May 30: Debonaire

May 30: Sons of Pirates Jimmy Buffett (Classic Rock) June 6: Lloyd Dobler Effect (Rock, Pop) June 13: Dixie Power Trio (New Orleans R&B, Dixieland) June 20: Route 66 (Classic Rock) June 27: Ro Cube & Friends (Motown, R&B, Pop) July 4: Motor Driven (Americana, Classic Rock) July 11: King Teddy (New Swing) July 18: Handpainted (Swinger Pop, Classic Rock) July 25: Unity (Reggae Band) Aug. 1: 8 ohms (Funk, R&B) Aug. 8: Fabulous Exaggerations (R&B, Pop, Classic Rock) Aug. 15: Scott Paddock (Funky Jazz) Aug. 22: Crawdaddies (Cajun, Zydeco) Aug. 29: Diamond Alley (Top 40 Motown Rock)

June 11: Reptiles Alive! (Reptile Show) June 18: Mad Science (Science Entertainment) June 25: Mutts Gone Nuts (Variety Dog Show) July 2: Rocknoceros (Music) July 9: Oh Susannah (Music) July 16: The Diggity Dudes (Music)

2 p.m. May 24: Mike Surratt and the Continentals (Polka) – Hungerford Stage 2 p.m. May 24: The Sweater Set (Indie Folk/Pop) – Barn Stage 2:30 p.m. May 24: The Shack Band (Progressive, Jazz, Funk, Rock) – Beach Stage 2:30 p.m. May 24: Elenowen (American, Folk) – Maryland Avenue Stage 4 p.m. May 24: Throwing Wrenches (Rock, Pop, Punk) – Hungerford Stage 4 p.m. May 24: Patuxent Partners (Bluegrass) – Barn Stage 4:30 p.m. May 24: Jah Works (Reggae) – Beach Stage 4:30 p.m. May 24: Morrison Brothers Band (Rock, Country) – Maryland Avenue Stage 6 p.m. May 24: Honor By August (Rock) – Hungerford Stage 6 p.m. May 24: The Woodshedders (American Roots) – Barn Stage 6:30 p.m. May 24: Green River Ordinance (Alternative Pop/Rock with a Southern Twist) – Beach Stage 6:30 p.m. May 24: US Royalty (Rock, Rattle and Roll) – Maryland Avenue Stage 8 p.m. May 24: B Side Shuffle (Funk, Rock, Reggae) – Hungerford Stage 8:30 p.m. May 24: Brothers Osborne (Country) – Beach Stage 8:30 p.m. May 24: La Unica (New American Roots) – Maryland Avenue Stage 2 p.m. May 25: Hillbilly Gypsies (Bluegrass) – Hungerford Stage 2 p.m. May 25: The 19th Street Band (Rock, Country, Celtic, Bluegrass) – Barn Stage 2:30 p.m. May 25: High Five World Wide (Classic cover band) – Beach Stage 2:30 p.m. May 25: DC Casineros (Dance Instruction) – Maryland Avenue Stage 4 p.m. May 25: Ted Garber

and the Department of Health and Human Services, the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Inspired Event Productions, Bethesda Blues & Jazz and Haba Entertainment Group. Chuck Kauffman, who works on the Montgomery County Commission on Ag-

ing, helps produce these sorts of events for the seniors in the community voluntarily. He helped plan the original show and is a part of the process again this year. “Essentially I have a broad background in senior activities,” he said. “I’ve been producing senior events in co-

operation with the county for seven or eight years.” Kauffman explained that the county had traditionally been orchestrating annual events for seniors, but when the economy sunk the county was unable to provide a budget. This year, however, Kauffman and the various or-

ganizations were able to raise the money for the event themselves with things like program advertising and exhibitor fees. The show is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, but doors open at noon for exhibits and food. Last time, Kauffman said they drew in a crowd of almost 400 people and this year they

Fair Hill Summer Concert Series June 5: The Colliders June 12: Hand Painted


June 19: Matty Knuckles June 26: Retro Rockets July 3: The Colliders July 10: Levi Stephens July 17: Andrea Pais July 24: Julia Fanning July 31: Lloyd Dobler Effect Aug. 7: The Colliders Aug. 14: Ken Fischer Duo Aug. 21: Matty Knuckles Aug. 28: FarAway Sept. 4: ilyAIMY Sept. 11: The Colliders Sept. 18: Mike Mallick Sept. 25: Jason Masi

RIO Washingtonian Center

Lakefront Live!

Friday Night Live

May 2: Lloyd Dobler Effect (80s & 90s Cover Band) May 9: The Morrison Brothers (Southern Rock) May 16: Dan Haas Band (Pop Rock) May 23: 8 Ohms Band (Funk & Soul) May 30: Daryl Davis Band (Blues & Soul) June 6: Jamison and Double O Soul (Soul and Rock n Roll) June 13: Billy Coulter Band (Roots Rock) June 20: Unity Band (Reggae) June 27: White Ford Bronco (90s Cover Band) July 11: The Nighthawks (Blues) July 18: Rumba Club (Latin) July 25: Sons of Pirates (Key West Rock) Aug. 1: The Shack Band (Southern Funk Rock ‘n’ Roll) Aug. 8: Tom Principato (Blues) Aug. 15: King Teddy (Swing) Aug. 22: Dublin 5 (Irish Rock) Aug. 29: Jeff from Accounting (Rock/Pop Cover Band) Sept. 5: Ruthie & The Wranglers (Americana Country) Sept. 12: The Crawdaddies (Roots Rock and Zydeco) Sept. 19: Dreamstreet (Classic Cover Rock) Sept. 26: TBD

Square Kids Night

The Silver Spring Summer Concert Series returns Thursdays from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at Veterans Plaza, located at the Silver Spring Civic Building at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street. A raffle with prizes for both children and adults will take place during each concert. Discovery Channel and Live Nation are sponsoring this year’s eight performances. Call 240-777-6821 for more information. June 26: Bruce Ewan the Red Harmonica King, featuring South African blues guitarist Willem Moller (Blues) July 3: Little Red and the Renegades (Zydeco) July 10: ROADDOG(R&B, blues) July 17: Ocho de Bastos (Latin rock) July 24: Moxie Blues Band (Blues) July 31: Second Wind (Rock & roll covers) Aug. 7: Eddie Becker Band (Rock, soul, R&B) Aug. 14: Project Natale (Jazz)

Strathmore In addition to its ticketed summer program, Strathmore will hold a free outdoor concert series on the grounds outside of the Music Center and Mansion. The summer shows will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the Gudelsky Concert Pavilion. Call 301-581-5100 or visit for more information. June 25: Ben Sollee (folk, bluegrass, jazz and R&B) July 2: Ester Rada (EthioJazz, Funk, Soul, R&B) July 9: Martha Redbone Roots Project (Indie-Soul) July 16: The Barefoot Movement (Folk) July 23: Conjunto Chappottín (Latin Jazz) July 30: The Chuck Brown All Star Go-Go Band (Go-Go) Aug. 6: Cathy Ponton King (Blues, Swing, Rock & Roll) Aug. 13: Uke Fest (Ukulele) Aug. 20: Dakha Brakha (World)

hope to do even better. He recently attended a rehearsal for this year’s show and sees the same level of talent as last time. “We’ve got some fantastically talented seniors,” Kauffman said. “2010 was great, the show was great, it was professional and the acts were entertaining.”

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1Br, 1Ba, Shr Kit, GERMAN: 2-3Br, 2 cable/int, N/S/N/P, 1BA to share. NS/NP. Ba, $1400 +util HOC/ $550/month + util $800 + 1/4 util. 202Sect 8 Welcome. 246-5011 Call: 240-421-7299 Ns/Np Call (240)4764109 G E R M A N T O W N : SILVER SPRING: 1Br shr bath In TH Room $475, Shrd Util, SILVER SPRING: Male Only NS/NP Kit & Ba. W/D, Cable 2Br 1.5Ba Gated $425 + 1/4 utils, nr Please Call: 301-404Comm, $1600 + util, transp, 240-481-5098 2681 SD, near Glenmont Metro/Bus. Nego. GE RMA NT OWN : SILVER SPRING: room for rent, close to Call: 301-332-6511 Female only. 1 BD schools. $550 incl util. w/priv BA. $700 incl SS/BEL PRE: 3Br, 2 utils. Near publ transp. 301-547-9290 Ba, Condo, conv nr 240-723-0502 SS: 1Br Bsmt Apt, pvt metro/bus, $1900 incl ent/ba/kit/laundry, livutils, HOC Welc Avail G E R M A N T O W N ing room/dining Area now! Please Call Mature Male, Furn $950 + util Ns/Np 301-785-1662 BRs. Util incl. Near 61 240-421-7236 Lv Msg & 98 Bus Line. Maria SS: Leisure World 301-916-8158 S S : Rms in SFH, newly decor. Condo Shared Kit & Ba, Nr 55+ Adult gated comm GERM: Bsmt w/pvt Forest Glen Metro/HC 2BR, 2BA, eat-in-kit, Entr, Ba, Br, nr schls, Hosp, utl/cbl/intrn inc DR, LR $1200/mo utils bus, util incl N/S N/P CALL: 240-389-8825 Avl now! Please Call cbl incl. 301-325-4859 301-461-2636 WHEATON 1 Large BR, Female, 5min to KENSINGTON/SS: Metro On Veirs Mill Rd Basement 2BR, Sep $650 uti incl. NS/NP entr., kit & BA. $1100. Call: 240-447-6476 GAITH: 1br w/prvt Off Con Ave. 301WHEATON: 3 BD in bath, in TH, $600/mo 933-2790 SFH Share Bath, NP, utils incl. + Cable & bsmt NS. $400, $500, $600, LAYTONSVL: prv fridge. N/S, N/D. Apt,1br/fba/pvt ent,w/d Util incl . Call 240Call 301-208-2520 lg kit,$800+1/2 electric 271-3901 free cbl Avail 05/01 G A I T H E R S B U R G 301-368-3496 1Br in an Apartment $600/ mo util included N. POTOMAC: 1BD Ns/Np, Nr Metro, Bus w/priv BA in TH. Shops. 240-603-3960 Cable, WIFI, W/D. OC: 140 St. 3br, 2fba Near shopping. Fem grnd flr steps to beach GAITHERSBURG: only. $650 + sec dep. Slps 10 $1200 2 furnished rooms, 301-437-4564 301-208-0283 Pictures priv BA, cable tv. http://www.iteconcorp. Shared kit. $700 incl P O O L E S V I L L E com/oc-condo.html utils. 240-780-1902 Farmhand work 2 1/2 hrs daily on horse GAITHERSBURG: farm exchange for 1 OCEAN CITY North 129th Street Lrg room w/priv BA & bd apt. 301-407-0333 2BR, 1BA, AC, large Entr. Close to shops, Porch, Ocean Block, bus & metro. $700 incl POTOMAC: 1st lvl Sleeps Family of 6. utils & int. N/P, N/S. apt, 3Br, 2Ba, LR, DR, $857/week Se habla espanol. FR & eat-in kit, sep Please email Christian entr & driveway $2200 301-774-7621 inc util 301-983-4783

GAITHERSBURG Outdoor Flea Market Sat. & Sun May 17 & 18 8-4pm

Montgomery County Fairgrounds 16 Chestnut St. Gaithersburg, MD Vendors Wanted 301-649-1915

LAUREL: Saturday,

May 17th, 3604 Chase Hills Dr., Laurel, MD, 8 AM to 1 PM. Toys, kids bicycles, clothes, rocking chair, lawn mower, etc.


Sunday May 8,10AM at Hunts Place

9521 Woodfield Rd, Gaithersburg 20879 Storage - Furniture - Trees & Shrubs Also Fri, May 23 10AM, 16501 Batchellors Forest Rd. Olney, 20832. Trotters Glen Course 60 Elec Golf Club Carts - Mowers- Pro Shop- Clubhouse 301-948-3937 Look on #5205


Noon-3pm 20+ homes! Montgomery Square and Potomac Woods annual yard sale day. Maps will be at the corner of Dunster Rd and Stratton Dr (down the street from Ritchie Park ES), at Falls Rd and Kersey La, at Whites Ford and Montrose Rd and at Post Oak and Smoketree Rd


family 05/17 & 05/18, 8-4: Records, cds & dvds, books tools, pic-frames, luggage, collectibles. 5813 Wild Flower Ct.


day May 17th 8amNoon Sharon Woods at Emory Grove Rd and Goshen Rd


10th Annual Community Yard Sale May 17 Sunbright Lane 8-Noon Rain or Shine. Follow BRIGHT PINK SIGNS to our sale. shop & get great deals. Loads of terrific items!


05/17 & Sun 05/18 8-1, hh items, furn, art, clothes, electronics & more! Bishops Castle Court - follow signs


SATURDAY MAY 17 8AM-1PM MEADOW CREEK Community Yard SaleSaturday May 17th, 8AM-1PM Rain or Shine!Look for signs at 118, Riffleford, and Monarch Vista Roads Sponsored by Shannon & Jeff RE/MAX Re-alty Group 240938-1963,



HUGE!!! Fu r nitur e , Hswres, Clths, Electronics, Toys, Collectibles, Tools, Jewelry & more. 5/17. Sat. 8am-2pm. Rain or Shine! Info at



Moving Sale, Sat May 17th, 10-4, household items & more! 12409 Eastbourne Drive


17, 8-Noon, Community Yard Sale Rain/Shine. Various addresses around 401 S. Horners Lane, follow signs Next to Rockville Metro station


Sale/Bake Sale 05/17 8-4pm Rain or Shine! First Baptist Church of Rockville 55 Adclare Rd Rockville 20850


Saturday May 17th 9am-12pm. 10000 Woodland Dr, 20902

YARD SALE: Sat May, 17th; 9am-3pm. HH items, books, clothing, sports cards and more! 13502 Grenoble Dr., Rockville, MD 20853

KING FARM SAT, May 17th * 8am - 12 Noon

Rain Date ** Sun May 18th, 8-NOON at King Farm Park along Trotter Farm Drive


CHEVY CHASE WEST ANNUAL YARD SALE 30+ Homes May 17 - 8am - 1pm Rain Date May 18 Nottingham Dr. to Drummond Ave. Maps at 4806 Chevy Chase Blvd MILESTONE COMMUNITY YARD SALE GERMANTOWN • RAIN OR SHINE






Furniture, Toys, Baby Items, Art, Collectibles, Etc Many households involved through our large community. Route 355, across from the Milestone Shopping Center, Shakespeare Blvd on the right, north between Route 118 & Father Hurley Blvd.

Indoor Flea Market


Saturday, May 17th, 8am-1pm 20021 Aircraft Drive, Germantown, MD

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2 burial rights, bronze memorial 24x14 w/vase & granite, value $9485, asking $5k 301-774-2250

HAVANESE PUPPIES Home raised, AKC, best health guarantee Call: 262-993-0460

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM M M M M M Art Dealer, & TV Executive (will stay-home) M M yearn for 1st Baby to LOVE & ADORE. M M M M Expenses Paid M M M M M 1-800-354-2608 M M MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM




Fri 5/16, 12pm-5pm, Sat 5/17, 9am-5pm, Sun 5/18, 9am-3pm. 18146 Headwaters Drive, Olney, MD

NCCF is currently seeking foster parents. An orientation will be held on May 20, 2014 from 6:00 - 8:00pm at 6301 Greentree Road Bethesda, MD 20817 Please call 240-375-6407 for more information.

Daycare Directory

G GP2397 P2397


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CAREGIVER LIVEIN for 6 days Gburg

assist living Experience referred Call 301-330-0030

Starfish Children’s Center Potomac

Lic#: 161330



Children’s Center of Damascus

Lic#: 31453



Damascus Licensed Family Daycare

Lic#: 139094



Ana’s House Day Care

Lic#: 15127553



My Little Place Home Daycare

Lic#: 131042



Little Angels Licensed Child Care

Lic# 160952




Careers 301-670-2500 Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now



Now Enrolling for May 26th Classes Medication Technician

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

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

Training in Just 4 days. Call for Details.

GAITHERSBURG CAMPUS MORNING STAR ACADEMY 101 Lakeforest Blvd, Suite 402 Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Call: 301-977-7393




CARE XPERT ACADEMY 13321 New Hampshire Ave, Suite 205 MORNING & EVENING CLASSES Silver Spring, MD 20904 Call: 301-384-6011

Full-time Intake Coordinator

Meet seniors in their homes to assess care needs. Great office team. Excellent written, verbal, & computer skills req. Aging background pref.

Resume/salary to

DRIVER Comprint Printing, a division of Post Community Media, LLC, has an immediate opening for an experienced CDL Licensed Driver. Candidate must possess a clean MVA report, clear criminal background, and pass DOT physical and drug test. Ideal applicant should have strong communication skills and professionalism. Post Community Media, LLC offers excellent benefits, including medical and dental coverage, life insurance, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. Salary commensurate with experience. If interested and qualified, send salary history and resume to: or fax to 240 473 7567. EOE


Deputy Assistant Secretary The Office of Environmental Management (EM), U.S. DOE, in D.C., is seeking a motivated and highlyqualified candidate for this exciting FT position for Human Capital and Corporate Services. The mission of this office is to (1) develop and implement the EM enterprise human capital program and IT & cyber security programs, (2) manage human resources liaison services, and (3) ensure infrastructure support in the areas of procurement; records management; executive services; federal purchase cards; foreign travel; permanent change of station; training administration; space and logistics; and executive correspondence. To apply please visit:

Local companies, Local candidates Get Connected





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

Ourisman ROCKVILLE Volkswagen and Mazda needs technicians. We don’t care where you work or how much you are currently making, WE WANT TO MAKE YOU AN OFFER! We are offering signing bonuses for qualified hires. You can transfer over your vacation time and any earned benefits from your current employer. Multiple FULL TIME positions available – Complete Benefit Package includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability Insurance, 401K, Sick and Vacation leave, Special Bonuses and Incentives. Ourisman is a premier automotive company in business for over 93 years with the best pay plans in the industry.

Make Ourisman your new home.

Cost Analyst

Prepare cost estimates for restaurant construction projects. Req’d Master’s deg in Construction mgmt., Archi. Engr, or Bachelor’s deg plus 5 yrs of exp. Mail resume: Turntable, LLC., 4862 Cordell Ave. Bethesda, MD 20814

Westat in Rockville, MD is seeking full time Mobile Application Developers (multiple positions) to work in a collaborative environment in which knowledge is shared within and between teams. Develop mobile applications to support self-administered data collection activities from study respondents using mobile web applications, as well as interviewer led data collection activities using native mobile apps. Applications to be developed are for Apple iOS and/or Android mobile devices. Work on other projects as assigned. A bachelor’s degree or foreign equivalent in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field followed by two (2) years of experience developing mobile platform applications for Apple iOS and/or Android devices. Experience should include requisite mobile App development skills such as native device development experience, App store deployment experience, HTML5 and CSS experience. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon receipt of acceptable results from a background screening based on the specific position which will include, at a minimum, criminal records history.

Life Enrichment Coordinator

Long-Term Care facility seeking Full-Time Activity Coordinator. Must have related experience, effective communication skills, a team player, vibrant personality, can work with minimum supervision. Ability to play musical instruments a Plus! Fax your resume to (301) 762-3216 or e-mail EOE

To apply, go to and enter the Job ID 7952BR in the space provided. EOE Real Estate


Floorman 3 Floorman needed, DC area, Part Time, Floor Experience requried. Transportation and English a must.

Apply in person Mon- Fri 10am- 2pm at 15940 Derwood RD, Rockville MD 20855


For a retirement community in Aspen Hill, MD, with strong chiller, boiler & EMS knowledge. EOE. Send resume & salary reqs. to

Silver Spring

Work with the BEST!

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

Must R.S.V.P.

Call Bill Hennessy


Call: BILL DEVINE at 301-424-7800 extension 2494 or Email:

Mobile Application Developers

301-388-2626 301-388-2626 • Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. EOE

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Careers 301-670-2500 Medical Assistant CMA needed with cardiology experience for our Rockville/Germantown area. Must have strong skills. Fax or Email resume to 240-449-1193 or Driver

MEDICAL ASSISTANT Needed for busy doctors office in Rockvllie. Excellent Fax salary and benefits. resume to 301-424-8337


We are looking for a medical receptionist who has more than 2 years experience in a large medical practice. The ideal candidate must have knowledge of Electronic Medical Record and must have excellent communication as well as customer service skill. Please send your resume to

CHIEF OF OPERATIONS Salary Range $78,794 to $143,037

Department of Transportation, Division of Transit Services The employee will be responsible for managing the operations of a comprehensive, countywide public transit bus system and overall delivery of bus service provided by Ride On as well as the safety, efficiency and responsiveness of the system to the public. Duties include supervising the activities of all Ride On depots, Central Communications, and Safety and Training; planning, managing and directing the development of policies and procedures; enforcement of standard operating procedures and safety regulations; ensuring sufficient operating personnel and equipment to fulfill bus service requirements for operations; identifying, formulating and recommending budgetary requirements, including personnel, materials, and capital equipment to ensure sufficient resources; directing the development of strategic contingency plans, coordinating emergency procedures and ensuring that personnel are properly trained and appropriate equipment is made available to respond to matters having a potentially adverse impact on bus operations and safety. Experience: Seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in public transit environment, three years of which were in a supervisory or executive capacity. Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree. Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.


To view entire job announcement and apply online visit: EOE M/F/H

Now Hiring Full Time Drivers


Westat in Rockville, MD is seeking a full-time Programmer Analyst to support the development and operations of Java-based applications and components as part of a large enterprise system with domestic and international users. Design, develop, and maintain object-oriented, multi-tiered systems using Java/J2EE and other development platforms. A bachelor’s degree or foreign equivalent in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field and 2 years’ experience with Java/J2EE development platforms, including experience with Object Oriented programming and web services development is required. In the alternative, we will accept a master’s degree or foreign equivalent in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field (Coursework, internships, and/or thesis must demonstrate knowledge of Java/J2EE development platforms; Object Oriented programming; and web services development). Any offer of employment will be contingent upon receipt of acceptable results from a background screening based on the specific position which will include, at a minimum, criminal records history. To apply, go to and enter the Job ID 7952BR in the space provided. EOE

Admin/Accounting Assistant

Entry level, seasonal employee to provide office support 2 days per week. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and intermediate skills in MS Word, Excel and Outlook. Accounting experience a+. Weekend availability required. For details and to apply go to

Earn up to $75,000 / Year! Great Benefits! *Dedicated Customer Hazmat and tanker endor req. CDL-A w/1 yr. T/T experience

RUAN 800-879-7826 Dedicated to Diversity. EOE


Abilities Network, is seeking caring & creative individuals for positions, assisting adults w/ developmental disabilities achieve optimum growth & independence in their community &/or locate and maintain employment.

Positions in Charles County & Silver Spring & offices throughout MD. Must have reliable transportation

Please visit for more details on each position.

The Department of Commerce

U.S. Census Bureau is hiring locally for temporary positions in selected areas of Washington, D.C., and selected areas of Montgomery Co., MD for the 2014 Census Test. Positions range from $14.00$21.50 per hour. Please call 1-888-480-1639 for more information and to be scheduled for testing. The Census Bureau is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.

Great Home Time Based in Providence, RI and Martinsburg, WV


Immediate opening for PT Kennel Assistant at Animal Hospital in Silver Spring. Holiday and Weekends required. Experience not required. Call 301-598-7300 or Email


Part-Time RN

In-home assessments for senior home care agency. Light travel. Must be licensed in MD. 2 days a week; 4-5 hours a day. Email

P & C Sales & Customer Service

Busy, well established Frederick insurance agency looking for an intelligent, dependable individual licensed in P & C. Salary plus generous bonus program. Fax resume to 301-696-8605 or email



Seeks a friendly, articulate, service minded person to open the club Monday through Friday mornings 5:30 am to 8:00am. Club usage benefits included. Tennis knowledge a plus! If interested contact Jeff 301-983-1450.

Seasonal Food & Beverage Positions

Private golf, swim and tennis club in Germantown offers the following seasonal positions - available immediately. Experience required! Line Cooks, Dishwashers & Summer Camp Chef Must pass a background check. To Apply please visit Part-Time

Work From Home

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

Recruiting is now Simple! Get Connected!

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P Pre re

Savings Savings


New 2014 Scion TC $$ #450083,

Magnetic Grey

20,149 1.9% Financing Available

New 2014 Scion FR-S #451013, $$ Manual



1.9% Financing Available

Auto, 33K Miles


02 Lincoln LS $$


#378092A, Gray, 5 Speed Auto, Premium Package


15,595 1.9% Financing Available



#422051B, 121K Miles

13 Scion XD $$

#N0358, Automatic, 1-Owner, 11K Miles





2012 Honda Civic LX

12 Scion TC $$

#R1735A, 6 Speed Auto, 1-Owner, 25K Miles


10 Toyota RAV4 $$


#472351A, Automatic, 81k Miles, 1-Owner

14 FordFocusSE $$

#472144A, Auto, 4k Miles, 1-Owner



#E0309, 43k Miles


2012 Honda Civic EX

11 Nissan Juke S $$

#450094A, CVT Trans, 36K Miles, 1-Owner, Station Wagon


13 Ford Escape S


$ #372014A, 6 Speed $

Auto, 8K Miles, 1-Owner

2013 Toyota Corolla LE........ $14,900 $14,900 #E0322, Classic Silver, 1-Owner, 33K Miles

$16,990 2011 Toyota Camry LE......... $16,990 #F0005, 32K Miles, 1 Owner 2008 Audi A4 Convertible....... $16,977 $16,977 #478014A, Red, One Owner, 66K Miles

2011 Toyota Pruis II............ $17,990 $17,990 #N0361, 13K Miles, 1-Owner 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class. #451019A, 70K Miles, 1-Owner

$18,990 $18,990

2012 Toyota Tacoma........... $19,990 $19,990 #464142A, extended cab, 5 speed manual, 51K Miles

13 Hyundai Sonata LTD #470517A, 20K $ $ Miles, 1-Owner


2011 Nissan Murano........... $23,990 $23,990 #477422A, 55K Miles, CVT transmission

$24,990 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in..... $24,990 #478000A, 18K Miles, CVT Automatic transmission 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid...... $25,990 $25,990 #432094A, CVT Transmission, 1-Owner, 13k miles

2013 Toyota Tacoma........... $26,990 $26,990 #R1784, 4WD, Xtra Cab,Automatic transmission, 10K Miles 2012 Toyota Avalon............ $27,990 $27,990 #464105A,Automatic, 23K Miles, 1-Owner 2012 Ford Explorer Limited... $28,990 $28,990 #463062A, 6 SpeedAuto, 57K Miles


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#E0310, 47k Miles




#429027A, 83k Miles

2007 Toyota Camry XLE

#P8955A, 66k Miles

#P8834, w/Navigation, 106k Miles


#526902A, 61k Miles


2013 Hyundai Genesis

#E0307, 29k Miles





2009 Volvo XC-90



2012 Mazda6 I Touring

#E0313, 39k Miles

#422059B, 41kMiles



2010 Ford Escape



2011 Honda CRV EX-L

#422001A, 22k Miles



2013 Mazda3......................................................................$13,480 2012 Volvo S60...............................................................$20,980 #E0306, 34k Miles

#426042A, 22k Miles

#E0313, 39k Miles

#P8884, 40k Miles

#526302A, 61k Miles

#E0315, 26k Miles

#E0312, 43k Miles

#98885, 9k Miles

2012 Mazda I Touring............................................$14,480 2012 Volvo S60................................................................$21,480 2010 Ford Escape......................................................$14,980 2012 Mercedes Benz C250...........................$26,680

2012 Chevy Captiva................................................$15,480 2013 Volvo S6............................................................$29,980



15401 Frederick Rd, Rockville, MD



2007 Mitsubishi Raider LS

New 2014 Scion IQ #457005, $ $ Includes

2008 Ford Escape

13 Toyota Corolla LE #E0322, 4 Speed $ $

2001 Volvo XC70

1.888.824.9165 DARCARS G557888

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2008 CHEVROLET TAHOE: LTZ, 33,4k mi, black, leather, 4X4, DVD, navig., exc cond $10,900, m

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2001 FORD CROWN VICTORcond, IA: Great runs good . $3500. 107K miles. Call 202-510-1999


Search Gazette.Net/Autos for economical choices

2007 HONDA ACCORD: V6, 54k mi, sunroof, very clean, power, leather, alumn wheels, $11k Call: 240-595-0857

See what it’s like to love car buying. MSRP: Sale Price:


MSRP: Sale Price: NMAC Bonus Cash:




#12114 2 At This Price: VINS: 234542, 234555


MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate:



2012 Acura TSX #P8927, Low Miles, Auto, 1-Owner

MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:



$23,895 $19,695 -$1,000 -$1,000


2013 Mini Cooper S


#P8951, Only 3,800 $ Miles, Pano Roof, Turbocharged, 1-Owner



2011 Nissan Murano SL



#P8928, Leather, Panoramic Rook, AWD, Auto, 1-Owner DARCARS NISSAN of ROCKVILLE

888.824.9166 •

888.805.8235 •

15911 Indianola Drive • Rockville, MD (at Rt. 355 across from King Farm)

15911 Indianola Drive • Rockville, MD (at Rt. 355 across from King Farm)


NEW2 2014 COROLLA LE AVAILABLE: #470573, 470582


4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO

2 AVAILABLE: #472252, 472251




4 DR., AUTO, 4 CYL., INCL.

NEW2 AVAILABLE: 2014#477549, PRIUS C 477546







2 AVAILABLE: #472229, 472245

3 AVAILABLE: #477457, 477471, 477444

159/ MO**








2011 Nissan Maxima

#P8934, Navigation, Loaded, 1-Owner

2 AVAILABLE: #470558, 470562

139/ MO**

2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid #P8925, Low Miles, Auto, 1-Owner

#29014 2 At This Price: VINS: 201061, 201127





#449563B, 4WD, Automatic, Leather


Prices include all rebates and incentives. NMAC Bonus Cash requires financing through NMAC with approved credit. Prices exclude tax, tags, freight (cars $810, trucks $845-$995), and $200 processing charge. Sentra Conquest Bonus requires proof of current ownership of any Toyota, Honda, or Hyundai vehicle. Prices valid only on listed VINS. See dealer for details. Offer expires 05/19/2014.

119/ MO**



#P8933, Leather, Sunroof, Low Miles


#13114 2 At This Price: VINS: 321191, 279345




2012 Ford Escape Limited

$18,470 $15,495 -$500 -$1000

$22,960 $19,995 -$1000



2011 Nissan Altima

2012 Nissan Versa SL #R1826, Auto, 1-Owner, 3K Miles, Navigation

#11614 2 At This Price: VINS: 424852, 424559

MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:




#449000B, 6 Speed Manual, Leather, 1-Owner

$17,135 $14,995 -$500



2010 Mazda MAZDA3 S Grand Touring

$12,970 $10,995


With Manual Transmission #11154 2 At This Price: VINS: 854836, 855969








2008 Hyundai Sonata GLS #341209A, Auto, 2.4L, 4 Doors


4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO


AUTO, 4 CYL., 4 DR


NEW 22014 RAV4 4X4 LE AVAILABLE: #464182, 464188

NEW 2014 SCION XD 2 AVAILABLE: #453032, 453030 MONTHS+ % 0 FOR 60 On 10 Toyota Models

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98 Toyota 4Runner SR5 $5,988

99 Toyota Camry LE $2,750

08 Cadillac SRX 4



#KP98627, SHARP! AC, AUT, $903 OFF KBB


12 Nissan Sentra 2.0SR SE $15,588

06 Jeep Commander LTD $16,988

#KX59183, 4WD, NAV, MNRF, DVD, LTHR, $2495 OFF KBB

#KA98851, NAV, MNRF, AUT, $1079 OFF KBB

UNDER $10,000

98 Chevy Prism.................................$1,590

03 Cadillac Deville...........................$7,988

00 Ford Explorer Sport.....................$2,950

05 Honda Accord EX-L....................$9,488


09 Nissan Cube 1.8S.......................$11,490 11 Toyota Camry LE.......................$16,988


#KP25115, CLEAN, 58K! AT, AC, PW, PLC, CC, CD















05 Volvo V50 T5.................................$7,990 10 Chevy HHR LS Wagon..................$7,990


06 Toyota Solara SLE.......................$9,870

09 Suzuki SX4 AWD...........................$9,970

06 Ford Mustang Cnvtb’l................$11,745 12 Chrysler 200 Limited...............$17,345

09 Scion TC H/BK............................$11,988 11 Hyundai Azera..........................$19,588 11 Nissan Altima 2.5S....................$12,997 12 Toyota RAV4..............................$24,588

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