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ON THE SHELF Aspen Hill Wal-Mart plan falls through. A-3

The Gazette

A&E: BandHouse Gigs celebrates 10th anniversary at Strathmore. B-5

SPORTS: Wheaton’s football team looks to get an edge by doing yoga in offseason. B-1


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White Oak Montgomery sets standard in sports facilities plan called unbalanced NON-LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

Neighboring Prince George’s invests far less in its athletics programs n



Others support plan that County Council approved



The 25 public high schools in Montgomery County with varsity sports teams governed by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association are tied with Baltimore City for the most MPSSAA-sanctioned programs in one school system. Next is neighboring Prince George’s C o u n t y , Each school gets with 22 high schools that participate in Montgomery in varsityfor athletics. level sports. B u t Each school gets even with m o r e schools, and a bigger in Prince George’s for athletics. selection of varsity sports provided to its students, Montgomery has managed to build and maintain better athletic facilities than Prince George’s. While there are exceptions on both sides, and even some similarities, sports facilities appear better overall for Montgomery County students. The



$65,000 $17,000

n Public use of school facilities, A-10 n Schools spend big to update equipment, A-11 n County maintains some facilities, A-11 n Private clubs pay some of the bill to get artificial turf fields, A-11

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Oxon Hill Parkdale Northwestern Henry A. Wise Frederick Douglass

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Thomas S. Wootton Walt Whitman Walter Johnson Montgomery Blair Richard Montgomery

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Fairmont Heights Gwynn Park Frederick Douglass Potomac Crossland

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Rockville Albert Einstein Bethesda-Chevy Chase John F. Kennedy Sherwood

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The solution seems quite simple: If there is not enough space for something, create more. That, of course, is a lot easier said than done when referring to actual land. As Montgomery County high school athletic programs continue to flourish finding space on campus for all of them to hold daily practices has become an obstacle for athletic directors. Though this is not a completely new issue it has not become any less challenging, county athletic directors agreed. Bethesda-Chevy Chase is home to the county’s smallest campus by far, built on 16 acres of land, according to the Montgomery County Public Schools website — Springbrook’s is the next

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Comparing the five largest and smallest in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.

Prince George’s


Many sports, other than football, must travel to train



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Paint Branch football players work out on the new synthetic field on Thursday.

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The Gazette analyzed the athletic facilities at the 47 public high schools in its coverage areas of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

After 13-year ride, a fond farewell to 4-H Silver Spring resident reaches upper age limit; college comes next n



After 13 years as a Montgomery County 4-H member, a Silver Spring resident is saying farewell

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to the Lucky Clovers Club. Elizabeth Vandegriff, 18, has been part of the Montgomery County’s 4-H program, a youth development organization, for as long as she can remember. Vandegriff has aged out, but

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she is saying goodbye in the best way possible. She entered more than eight items in the 66th annual Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg. Her entries include photographs, scarf, a gluten-free


Silver Spring teen uses his camera to tell hidden stories of a far-off land.


lemon cake with lemon icing, and a prom dress from a different time period, which she wore to her prom. “4-H is basically a tool that helps kids prepare for their future. It helps them mature and become well-rounded. It doesn’t just prepare you in one subject

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The new master plan for White Oak does not provide enough balance between economic development, transportation improvements and environmental protection, say leaders of some Silver Spring-area civic groups. But others say it is just fine. A key element that was omitted from the plan that the Montgomery County Council approved July 29 is “staging,” which requires that sufficient public roads, transit and other infrastructure be coordinated with new projects, said Alan Bowser, president of the Park Hills Civic Association in Silver Spring. He was among the leaders of civic groups to sign a letter to the council asking for staging and other protections. Others who signed the letter

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Takoma Park eyes private camera net SafeCam program credited with helping solve crimes in Philadelphia, other cities




Takoma Park is considering a program in place in Philadelphia, New Orleans and other cities in which residents and businesses with private cameras register those systems, forming a network. Police have used camera systems owned by local businesses and individuals to help them solve crimes before, including some carjackings and a July burglary at a Takoma Park retailer, police Capt. Dan Frishkorn said during a recent City Council meeting. But having a wider, more

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Elizabeth Vandegriff of Silver Spring checks the icing on the cake that she entered for 4-H judging at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg. BILL RYAN/ THE GAZETTE


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Comcast Outdoor Film Festival, 5:30-11 p.m., MCPS Board of Education Building Lot, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, continues through Sunday. Music, food, carnival games and inflatables; movie begins at 8:30 p.m. Featuring “The Lego Movie,” “Gravity” and “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Free admission. 14th annual Back to School Jam, 6-8:30 p.m., Lincoln Park Community Center, 357 Frederick Ave., Rockville. DJ, prizes, food and drinks. Free admission; $2 buys a backpack filled with school supplies for city residents. Nature’s Summer Theatre, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Watch birds and bats dance in the sky, hear a concert performed by insects and frogs, and explore a dazzling sunset light show. The evening ends with an outdoor film in the wild theater. Ages 2 and up. $5. Register at TGIF Summer Concerts and Movies, 8 p.m., Wheaton Triangle, 2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton. Featuring Latin musicians Grupo Latino Continental. Free.

MVFitness Fest, 6-8 p.m., North Creek

Community Center, 20125 Arrowhead Road, Montgomery Village. Activites include tennis, team sports skills, fitness challenges and sampler classes. Free. Evening Book Discussion, 6:45 p.m., White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Books for discussion are available upon request from the check-out desk. Free. 240-773-9555.

THURSDAY, AUG. 14 BCC Chamber NextExec’s Lunch and Learn Series: Create an Image That Lasts,

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., BCC Chamber Office, 7910 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. A program on networking. $12 for members, $18 for non-members. For Men Only: Picking up the Pieces Through Grieving, 6:30-8 p.m., Montgom-

ery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Rockville. A three-session workship for men grieving the loss of a loved one. Free, registration required. 301-921-4400.

Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association Meeting, 6:30-9 p.m., Stedwick Com-


munity Center, 10401 Stedwick Road, Montgomery Village. Wheaton Wildlife Wanderings, 7-8 p.m., Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Walk through the forest, meadow and along the stream or pond looking for animals. Ages 5-12. $5. Register at Summer Concert Series 2014, 7-9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, Bumper Car Pavilion, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Featuring U.S. Navy Band “Country Current.” Free. Planning for Safe Teen Driving, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parent Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $30. 301-929-8824.

Kensington Summer Concert, 10-11 a.m., Howard Avenue Park, Kensington. Featuring Brazilian jazz musicians Angie and Carlos Munhoz. Presented by the Kensington Historical Society. Free. www. Saturday Story and Hike, 10-11 a.m., Croydon Creek Nature Center, 852 Avery Road, Rockville. A Naturalist will read a story and then lead a hike based on the story. Ages 2-5. $4 for Rockville residents, $6 for non-residents. Cypress Trio, 1-2 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Performing two-steps and waltzes with a variety of instruments and in the Cajun-French language. Free. 240773-9490. Summer Wine And Peach Fest, 2-7 p.m., Historic B&O Rail Station, 8100 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Attendees can also listen to poets recite their works. $29$39. 301-792-9448.

FRIDAY, AUG. 15 Splish-Splash, Drip, Plop, 1-2 p.m.,

Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. Wade in the water to see what’s swimming, diving and living in the stream. Ages 3-12. $5. Register at



Walk-In Plant Clinic, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.,

Freshfarm Market, Ellsworth Drive between Georgia and Fenton avenues, Silver Spring. University of Maryland Extension Master Gardeners will answer gardening questions; bring full and intact plant and insect samples. Free. 301-590-9650.


SUNDAY, AUG. 17 “This is How You Say Goodbye,” author Victoria Loustalot will discuss her book about her relationship with her father, 10:30 a.m., during services at Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, 10309 New Hampshire Ave. vloustalot@ Carl Henn Millennium Trail Ride, 10 a.m., Lincoln Park Community Center, 357 Frederick Ave., Rockville. A 11-mile loop around the city. Hosted by the Rockville Bike Advisory Committee. Free. Fall Open House, noon-3 p.m., Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy, 220 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg. Free sample classes and information about upcoming productions. Free. contact@


Hunter Harris, 3, of Silver Spring drives through the mud at the “Power Wheel Mud Bog” in the KidZone during the Montgomery County fair on Friday. Go to



Back in Time at the Harper 1870s Homestead, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Brookside

Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Learn to grind oats, wash clothes by hand, shell corn, make butter, play some old time games and more. Ages 4-12. $6. Register at “Rabbit, Run” Adult Book Discussion, 11 a.m., Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Check out a copy of the book, or reserve a copy several days before the discussion, with your library card. Free. 240-777-0678.

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Finding hope through a camera lens Silver Spring teen tells hidden stories through photography n



Sam Pinczuk of Silver Spring is no ordinary teen. The 16-year-old spent two weeks in Ghana, where he worked with orphans with HIV in the municipality of Kpando in the Volta Region. His mission: to teach photography In his passion for photography, the Montgomery Blair High School student found a way to give people a voice and a way out of the bullying he suffered in school. “I know how it feels to just not have a voice. ... [The bullying] got really bad when I got to high school,” Sam said. Sam has learning disabilities — attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia. “I have a hard time focusing ... and also ... I have a hard time writing and spelling,” he said. But Sam said he discovered that looking through the lens of a camera could be “something to focus that is positive and not negative.” His mother, Jane Pinczuk, said Sam is passionate about making a difference in the world. Besides teaching photogra-

phy, Sam also documented the daily life in Kpando, taught children how to use bandages and clean cuts to avoid infection, and worked on photo essays focusing on issues affecting the people of Ghana. One of his essays documented children laborers. Sam said he felt that, through his work, he gave his subjects a voice. By the time Sam was 13 years old, his work had been published by the Public Broadcasting Service, a Chinese television station, and magazines. He also won first place in a Washington Post photojournalism contest. Sam said he has “too many” projects brewing in the future, including continuing his photography work, visiting other developing countries, and going to college. The Music in Me Foundation International — a nonprofit with a mission to empower youth by preventing bullying, building self-esteem, and reducing the literacy gap — sponsored Sam’s two weeks in Ghana. Jane Pinczuk founded the organization. “I would love to go back to Ghana next year. ... I am interested in going to American University, but before that, I would like to work for a news agency,” Sam said. Sam’s grandparents were Holocaust survivors. Jane Pinczuk said hearing the World War

Retail giant cites ‘uncertain length’ of county planning process BY


Wal-Mart Stores has withdrawn plans to open a 118,000-square-foot store in Aspen Hill because of the “uncertain length” of Montgomery County’s planning and regulatory processes, the developer of the site said Tuesday. More than two years ago, Wal-Mart expressed interest in opening a 300-employee store at Aspen Hill Road and Connecticut Avenue, said Bruce H. Lee, president of Silver Springbased Lee Development Group, the developer. The land has had a vacant 263,000-square-foot building, built in 1968, since defense and aerospace contractor BAE Systems moved out in 2010. “Lately, they have been growing quite frustrated with the length of the process,” Lee said of Wal-Mart. “I can’t really blame them for taking a step back and focusing on other projects. We are still trying to get approval for

rezoning to retail. If we get that, it could be several years after that before shovels are actually put in the ground.” Wal-Mart spokesman Bill Wertz confirmed in an email that the company decided not to pursue the Aspen Hill project. “We will continue to look for new opportunities to serve customers in the area,” Wertz said. “With our recent store expansion and renovation in Germantown, as well as our new store on Georgia Ave. in Washington, D.C., we have the ability to serve Montgomery County residents effectively from these locations.” The County Council last year voted to expedite zoning review of the former BAE site in a minor master plan amendment process. A public hearing on that amendment is slated for Sept. 11 during a Planning Board meeting at 8787 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring. The County Council could consider the rezoning early next year. Gwen Wright, director of the Montgomery County Planning Department, said in an email that the master plan amendment is being done at “a very fast pace — 12 to 18 months total.” There have been three major public

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Northwood grad on Rochester dean’s list Phillip Isaac Shattan of Silver Spring has been named to the Spring 2014 dean’s list at the University of Rochester in New York. He is a senior majoring in East Asian studies and international relations. Shattan, the son of Jaine Shattan, is a graduate of Northwood High School in Silver Spring. GREG DOHLER/THE GAZETTE

Sam Pinczuk, 16, of Silver Spring displays a photograph he took on a recent trip to an orphanage in Ghana to document children with HIV and AIDS. II stories changed her son’s perspective and appreciation of freedom, family, and his commitment to the world. Sam also helped his sister, Michele Pinczuk, 21, a English major at the University of Maryland, with her documentary “L’Chaim Israel.” In it, she asked local Holocaust survivors what they would like to give Israel for its birthday. Michele’s short film was featured at the Cannes International Film Festival in France in 2009. “I’m so proud of Sam. ... I’ve always known that he’s gifted, but more than his giftedness is the enormous size of his heart

and generosity of his self and wanting to make a difference in the world. ... His father [Murray Pinczuk] and I couldn’t be any prouder,” his mother said. Jane Pinczuk said anyone who wants to donate to the orphans of Kpando can go to www. for more information. To Sam, his journey in photojournalism would not be possible without the love of his family. “My parents have been the biggest help and the biggest inspiration to me,” Sam said.

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meetings and smaller community meetings. The Planning Department has not endorsed one user for the site, and there were “significant” concerns from residents and others for and against opening a Wal-Mart in Aspen Hill, she said. “It was never all about zoning the property for Wal-Mart,” Wright said. The county’s zoning code makes “combination retail” uses conditional, requiring a hearing examiner’s review and approval, she said. County planners recommended that the former BAE site be rezoned for a mix of commercial and residential uses. But Lee, whose company attracted a Kohl’s Department Store to Aspen Hill in 2012, said retail is the most viable use. He started looking for an office use years before BAE moved and found no takers. “Once the property is zoned appropriately for retail use, we expect strong interest from retailers looking to come to Aspen Hill,” Lee said. Boris Lander, co-president of the Aspen Hill Business Coalition and owner of nearby Dunkin’ Donuts locations, was disap-

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pointed Wal-Mart withdrew its plans. “Our organization will continue to work to urge a rezoning of the property in order to help local businesses and to revitalize our community by providing the opportunity to bring in a major retailer and present more shopping choices,” Lander said in a statement. This year, some residents formed Aspen Hill Homeowners, opposing a Wal-Mart or other big-box store at that site due to traffic and other concerns. The Aspen Hill Civic Association, which formed around 1980, supports rezoning the site, though it is not advocating for a specific tenant use and did not openly oppose Wal-Mart. The former BAE building was first occupied by Vitro Corp., which started in the 1950s as a manufacturing company of mostly slide transparencies for overhead projectors and became part of BAE. Vitro once had two other buildings in a campus there, but those two were torn down in the 1990s to make way for Home Depot.

Silver Spring student gets Seattle Pacific degree Heather Elizabeth-Anne Rodney of Silver Spring recently graduated from Seattle Pacific University. She received a master of science degree in psychological science.

Glasgow completes ROTC program Asher A. Glasgow has graduated from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Knox, Ky. Glasgow is the son of Gordon and Mary Glasgow of Silver Spring. He graduated from Springbrook High School in Silver Spring in 2001 and earned a master’s degree from Texas Tech University in 2007.

Local students are Salisbury graduates The newest graduating class from Salisbury University includes 136 students from Montgomery County, including: Burtonsville • Amina Aden, bachelor of arts, communication arts and international studies • Laura Butler, bachelor of arts, history • Samantha Hill, bachelor of arts, psychology • Katlyn Horstkamp, bachelor of arts, communication arts, cum laude • Rachel Plunkett, bachelor of arts, theater

• Brett Wright, bachelor of arts, communication arts. Silver Spring • Timothy Anderson, bachelor of science, physical education • Victoria Anderson, bachelor of arts, interdisciplinary studies • Bezawit Argaw, bachelor of science, respiratory therapy, cum laude • Gifty Asiamah, master of science, nursing • David Cabrera, bachelor of arts, communication arts • April Cahill, bachelor of arts, conflict analysis and dispute resolution and communication arts. cum laude • Nick Capobianco, bachelor of arts, communication arts • Bidemi Dawodu, bachelor of arts, psychology • Hana Ephraim, bachelor of arts, social work, cum laude • Angel Galvez, bachelor of science, respiratory therapy • Tilaye Habtemariam, a bachelor of science, respiratory therapy, magna cum laude • Suehila Hodge, bachelor of science, management • Mohamed Jalloh, bachelor of arts, international studies • Kelly Janoskoe, bachelor of science, accounting • Justina Lumor, bachelor of arts, social work • Leslie Phelps, bachelor of science, business administration, cum laude • Stephanie Pratt, bachelor of science, exercise science • Cindy Romero, bachelor of science, respiratory therapy • Karen Romero, bachelor of science, respiratory therapy • Navarone Simpson, bachelor of science, finance • Fabiola St. Hilaire, bachelor of arts, Spanish • Margaret Thomas, bachelor of science, biology • Toran Wilson, bachelor of science, respiratory therapy, summa cum laude. Takoma Park • David Burnett, bachelor of science, exercise science. Wheaton • Allison Hemme, bachelor of science, elementary education, magna cum laude.

DEATHS June Carlita Brown Beale June Carlita Brown Beale, 47, of Gaithersburg died July 26, 2014. J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Doris Lorraine Westberg Doris Lorraine Westberg, 91, of Bethesda died July 18, 2014. Her body was donated to the George Washington Univer-

sity Body Donor Program and her remains will be buried in Parklawn Memorial Park and Menorah Gardens in Rockville.

Alexander Diatsintos Alexander Diatsintos, 69, of Clarksburg died Aug. 3, 2014. Memorial contributions may be made to local Greek-American soccer teams or greekleague. com.


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With help from iPad, Silver Spring man creates portraits Artist shadowed the ‘The President’s Own’ band n



An easel, an iPad, and lots of color were a Silver Spring man’s tools as he painted images for a display at the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Ariel J. Klein completed the 2013-2014 Strathmore Fine Artists in Residence program. For his exhibition at the Strathmore, Klein worked with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. He used an application on his iPad called Procreate, which lets artists sketch and paint. “I took my iPad and I set



it up on an easel and do their portraits. I arranged with the conductor to do 20-minute sessions because I thought I could capture what the band members looked like in 20 minutes,” Klein said. Klein would use the iPad as his sketch book. He said the device let him have a full range of colors. The painting app offers a variety of brushes and pencils; all Klein had to do was use his fingertips. At his studio in D.C., he reproduced the images on canvas. “It was very convenient,” Klein said. Klein created a series of paintings inspired by the band’s sense of patriotism, music, and pride. In his work, he played with shades of red, orange, and blue.

The “President’s Own” band dates to 1798, when President John Adams signed an Act of Congress establishing the United States Marine Band. On Thursday, Klein’s 16 paintings were featured at the

mansion’s Fine Artists in Residence 2014 opening reception. His work, along with other artists’, will be on display until Aug. 24. The exhibition in the Strathmore mansion includes oil paintings and prints of his iPad sketches. It also features work that Klein did with his Strathmore residency mentor, calligrapher John Wang. Klein’s work also is online at Most paintings feature band members in their Special Full Dress uniforms. Men had deep blue pants, women had deep blue long skirts. All wore a red jacket and a white hat. That’s the attire for the U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra, the jazz combo, and other small ensembles. “I like to be on site. I like to go and sketch a person live. ... So I like to go out in the field and draw my surroundings,” Klein said. Klein studied painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Bellas Artes. One vibrant portrait is the drum major under a bearskin hat. He is standing proudly with his 64-inch wood and brass mace, which is used to command musicians in parades. Klein was named a distinguished Scholar in the Arts by Gov. Martin O’Malley. “[Klein] contacted us several months ago. ... He had a fascination with music and marching bands. We were de-

lighted and flattered and we invited him behind the scenes,” said Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig, the 28th director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Fettig said Klein works quickly and he likes to do things in shorter sessions. “It’s amazing how much he can capture in a short amount of time,” Fettig said. The director is featured in


Ariel J. Klein talks with guests about his work on display Thursday during a reception for the fine artists in residence exhibition at the Mansion at Strathmore, south of Rockville. His work included paintings of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Above left, one of Klein’s paintings. one of Klein’s oil-on-canvas portrait. Klein’s paintings are as big as 76 inches high by 42 inches wide. He said it can take anywhere from two weeks to a couple of months to finish a

portrait. “I wanted the viewer to feel like they were standing in the room with this person — seeing what I got to see, I guess,” Klein said.


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

Armed robbery • On July 30 at 12:30 a.m. in the 14100 block of Weeping Willow Drive, Aspen Hill. The subject is known to the victim. Attempted rape • On July 23 in the 9300 block of Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring. The subjects are known to the victim. Sexual assault • On July 26 in the 18200 block of Slade School Road, Sandy Spring. The subject is known to the victim. Aggravated assault • On July 23 at 1 a.m. in the 10400 block of Mountain Quail Road, Silver Spring. The subject is known to the victim. • On July 26 at 10:38 p.m. at Bel Pre Road and Georgia Avenue, Rockville. The subject is known to the victim. • On July 29 at 3:49 p.m. at Georgia Avenue and Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring. • On July 29 at 4:05 p.m. in the 700 block of Ludlow Street, Takoma Park. The subjects are known to the victim. Commercial burglary • On July 22 at 12:15 a.m. at Extra Space Storage, 7722 Fenton St., Silver Spring. Forced entry, unknown what was taken. • On July 23 at 9:54 p.m. in the 18400 block of Georgia Avenue, Olney. Unknown entry, took nothing. • On July 28 in the 15100 block of Interlachen Drive, Silver Spring. Unknown entry into storage room, took property. • On July 28 at 4:55 p.m. at the Nora School, 955 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring. Forced entry, unknown what was taken.

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Old Takoma district getting wave of new businesses


Julie Marcial, who returned to the area following the sale of a well-established salon in Hampshire-Langley Center last year. “We don’t get much turnover here, so openings are very special,” said Melanie Isis, executive director of the Takoma/ Langley Crossroads Community Development Authority. The nonprofit business as-


Takoma Central, a 150-unit apartment community with retailers that include a new Busboys and Poets coffeehouse and bookstore, should open by late fall in Washington, D.C., just over the Takoma Park border, officials say. The development on Carroll Street near the Takoma Metro station was originally slated to open in the spring. It is expected to provide a boost to the nearby Old Takoma commercial district with more residents available to shop and dine at the businesses in Takoma Park, said Laura Barclay, executive director of the Old Takoma Business Association. “We’re working with The Bozzuto Group” — the company leasing the units — “to provide maps of the area for residents,” Barclay said. The Busboys and Poets will be about 7,000 square feet, but won’t have a farmers market as hoped, owner Anas “Andy” Shallal said. “But we will have a bookstore and a communityshared work space,” he said. The first Busboys opened in 2005 in Washington, D.C.. The Takoma Central one will be the fifth store. There are two in Washington, one in Hyattsville and another in Northern Virginia. The establishments feature community activities, such as

Indecent exposure • On July 22 between 12:49 and 1:19 p.m. in the 12800 block of Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. The subject exposed himself to the victim. Residential burglary • 9500 block of Gwyndale Drive, Silver Spring, at 1:35 p.m. July 22. Forced entry, took nothing. • 400 block of Dale Drive, Silver Spring, between 10:27 and 10:30 a.m. July 23. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. • 3300 block of May Street, Silver Spring, on July 24. No forced entry, took property. • 3500 block of Olympic Street, Silver Spring, on July 24. Forced entry, took property. • 13300 block of Foxhall Drive, Silver Spring, between 8 and 11 a.m. July 24. Forced entry, took property. • 11400 block of Lockwood Drive, Silver Spring, between 9:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 24. Forced entry, took property. • 1500 block of December Drive, Silver Spring, between 1 and 9:45 p.m. July 24. Forced entry, took property. • Two incidents in the 18500 block of Viburnum Way, Olney, at 3 p.m. July 24. Took property from unlocked garages. • 3300 block of Parkford Manor Terrace, Silver Spring, at 12:56 p.m. July 26. • 3300 block of Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, between 5:30 p.m. and 5:17 a.m. July 26. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. 11600 block of Lockwood Drive, Silver Spring, between 4 and 8 p.m. July 27. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. • 700 block of Hollywood Avenue, Silver Spring, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. July 28. No forced entry, took nothing. • 9300 block of Wire Avenue, Silver Spring, at 12:59 p.m. July 28. • 13100 block of Hutchinson Way, Silver Spring, at 5:45 p.m. July 28. No forced entry, took nothing. • 18900 block of Abbey Manor Drive, Brookeville, at 7:37 p.m. July 28. • 300 block of Normandy Drive, Silver Spring, at 8:19 p.m. July 29. No forced entry, took property. Vehicle larceny • Two incidents on July 26 and 28 at Exxon Gas Station, 8384 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Took a purse and a cellphone.

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A new Busboys and Poets coffeehouse and bookstore should open by late fall at Takoma Central, owner Anas “Andy” Shallal says. The residential/ retail community Takoma Central is being built in Washington, D.C., near the Takoma Park border on Carroll Street and is expected to give a boost to the nearby Old Takoma commercial district. open-microphone poetry readings, book signings by authors and musical acts. The apartment building will provide a pedestrian path leading to the Takoma Metro station. There will be a fitness center, a business center, an outdoor terrace, a community room, bike storage and a courtyard with a firepit. Units will have many environmentally friendly features, such as water-saving plumbing fixtures and building materials with a minimum of 20 percent recycled content. The Old Takoma section has seen a wave of recent openings, including MAD Fitness exercise studio at 7302 Carroll Ave. and restaurants Republic at 6939 Laurel Ave. and Evolve Vegan Restaurant at 341 Cedar St. NW. Spring Mill Bakery is ex-

pected to open on Carroll Avenue this fall, while Vegaritos is slated to open on 4th Street NW in the fall. Being Metro accessible, environmentally friendly and having a community loyal to supporting locally-owned independent businesses are key factors for the business growth, Barclay said. Other parts of Takoma Park are seeing new businesses sprout up. McDoris Fashion and Fabric recently opened at 7635 New Hampshire Ave. near University Boulevard. Owner Doris Agbasi relocated her clothing and fabric store from Washington, D.C., to be closer to other businesses in the area that cater to a large African customer base. Julie’s Hair Salon 2 also recently opened at 7489 New Hampshire Ave. by hair stylist


sociation, which formed in 1987, recently obtained approval from the City Council to extend its boundaries to include a section of University Boulevard East, between Anne Street and Carroll Avenue, to represent those businesses that are in the city’s sector plan.


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Residents: WSSC rate hike would soak customers

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Utility says it needs more revenue to replace aging infrastructure

Nancy Leonard of Aspen Hill plays her accordion on Aug. 5 at a National Night Out celebration at the Mid-County Community Recreation Center in Silver Spring. People turned out at several sites in Silver Spring and Takoma Park for parties meant to strengthen ties between police and the communities they serve.




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Some Montgomery County residents are questioning a proposal by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission to increase a maintenance fee and add an infrastructure fee for water and sewage services. The fee changes would be in addition to annual rate increases, which have been as high as 9 percent in recent years. More revenue is needed because costs to replace and maintain aging infrastructure have risen and water consumption has remained flat in the past two decades, despite the utility adding about 70,000 new accounts, said CEO and General Manager Jerry N. Johnson. The idea is to implement a “more predictable” billing system, with the intended result of reducing future rate increases, he said. WSSC has about 1.8 million customers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. “Our infrastructure needs are increasing greatly at the same time that less demand for water causes us to have less money to maintain our infrastructure,” Johnson said. “That’s why we need a fixed fee for infrastructure.” But local customers said during an Aug. 6 meeting at the Montgomery County Council building in Rockville that they are being penalized for installing low-flow toilets and faucets, as well as conserving by watering their lawns less and taking other measures. They noted that bills for households that use less water, including residents living alone, would be affected the most. “First, we were told, ‘Help us save water,’” said Nana Ofei, a Germantown resident. “Now, we are hearing, ‘Oh, you didn’t take too much of my water. You’ve got to pay up.’” Some residents called for the utility to change its rate structure to a uniform one rather than the current 16-tier system that charges customers who use more water higher rates. A seven-member family is charged 59 percent more per gallon than a single-person household, even though the larger family uses about 25 percent less water per person, said Richard D. Boltuck, a Bethesda resident and economist. “Why is WSSC punishing these families with grossly higher prices?” Boltuck asked.

“First, we were told, ‘Help us save water. Now, we are hearing, ‘Oh, you didn’t take too much of my water. You’ve got to pay up.’” Nana Ofei, Germantown resident Going to a more uniform rate could result in a “tremendous” increase for lower-water users, said Chris Cullinan, WSSC’s acting CFO. But he said it’s an issue officials will review again in the near future. “This is not the end of the discussion,” Cullinan said. Richard LaCourse, who lives in Laurel just over the Prince George’s County line, also supported moving to a uniform rate system. He wondered if the proposal was a “fait accompli.” Johnson said it was not. “This is an open and transparent process,” Johnson said. The account maintenance fee — which covers the costs of customer meters and other customer service expenses — of $11 per quarter for most residential accounts has not increased since it began in 1990, Cullinan said. The fee covers only about 70 percent of the costs of maintaining customer accounts, he said. WSSC proposes to raise the rate for most residents by $5 per quarter, although some commercial users will see a reduction in that fee. For example, a customer with a 2-inch meter will see a reduction of $24 per quarter. Most residences have meters of fiveeighths of an inch to threequarters of an inch. The new fixed infrastructure reconstruction fee that WSSC is proposing would be based on a customer’s meter size and go only toward water and sewer pipe reconstruction, not operating expenses, Cullinan said. The utility’s capital budget has risen about 13 percent annually since 2000, while the operating budget has increased only 3 percent annually since then, he said. The pipeline fee would be $11 or $12 per quarter for most residents. Those with a 2-inch meter would pay $185 per quarter. Boltuck said he is fine with the increase in the account fee and new infrastructure fee to provide more stable revenue sources and match actual account costs. Others criticized a projected higher percentage increase in lower water users’ bills than higher-use customers during the next few years. WSSC is proposing an affordability program to help lower-income residents pay for potential increases in costs, Cullinan said. WSSC’s network has about 5,600 miles of fresh-water pipes and 5,400 miles of sewer pipes. Among the replacements WSSC is currently performing is a 1-mile portion of a water main along Veirs Mill Road in Rockville. The 24-inch water main is 58 years old. The work will require some lane closures between Randolph Road and Robindale Drive through December. People who didn’t attend the meeting can email a written statement to The WSSC board could consider the matter Aug. 20. Any rate increases also would have to be approved by the county councils in Montgomery and Prince George’s during next year’s budget deliberations.


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After seven years of serving as an interpreter for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Abdul Hameed and his family had to flee their native country after receiving threats from the Taliban. Hameed, now living in Silver Spring, obtained a visa to bring his family over, with the promise of additional resettlement help from the State Department. But, when they arrived at the airport, no one met them. Hameed, his wife, and their two young children ultimately got three months of housing assistance, but little else. In February, a group called Northern Virginia Military Ministry Outreach learned about the

family’s situation and stepped up to help. NVMMO is a coalition of 10 Fairfax County churches that formed in 2013 to link military ministries at various churches. It had run some small fundraisers before, but had not yet taken on a project as big as helping Hameed and his family, said Keith Saddler, a Fairfax resident and member of the group through St. George’s United Methodist Church. “There are so many organizations taking care of wounded soldiers coming back. When we tried to get involved, it was very difficult,” Saddler said. “With this Afghan interpreter situation, there is nobody helping them.” In February, Hameed and his family were living in a rundown apartment in Silver Spring, with a mattress on the floor as their only furniture. NVMMO volunteers quickly worked to outfit the apartment with donated furniture and

household items from Pender United Methodist Church’s thrift store, bought them food and gave them a small amount of spending money to help them get around on Metro and the bus. The group has continued to raise funds to help support the family, stepping in to pay the rent when they were threatened with eviction this month. Member churches have held small fundraisers, like a breakfast at Centreville United Methodist Church that raised $2,600, and they are also collecting donations online. “If they become destitute, he could be shipped back to Afghanistan,” Saddler said. “If he goes back, his family is dead.” NVMMO is trying to help Hameedgetajobandfindthefamily an apartment in Fairfax County, to be closer to the churches that are supporting them. The organization is also trying to find a used car for Hameed, to make it easier for him to get to a job. Bill Shugarts, another

NVMMO member, said his experience serving in Vietnam gives him a strong understanding of the importance of interpreters. “We consider him a veteran,” he said of Hameed. “You couldn’t do anything in Vietnam without an interpreter.” The interpreters are in harm’s way along with the soldiers they’re assisting and, unlike soldiers, they serve for years at a time without the opportunity to leave the war zone, said Saddler, a veteran. “Maybe they didn’t wear a U.S. Army uniform, but they went on missions,” he said. Once they have raised enough to help keep Hameed and his family going until they get settled, NVMMO hopes to continue working with the organization No One Left Behind to help other former interpreters who have had to flee their home countries. kschumitz@fairfaxtimes. com


Abdul Hameed; his wife, Zarghoona; and their two children pose for a photo in their Silver Spring apartment. A group of 10 churches from Fairfax County is supporting the family of the former translator who served U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

At Silver Spring tasting, wine joined by beer, jazz and poetry Part of monthly series at B&O Railroad Station




The weather hasn’t been kind to Gigi Goin and her monthly wine-tasting schedule. The threat of storms kept attendance down for the June event. Last month, Goin canceled a tasting when the forecast turned bad. The outlook is better, so far, for Saturday, the next round of the Wine Fest 2014 series. It’s held the third Saturday of each month at the Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station, through October. The second round, last month, was supposed to include three key elements — jazz, craft beer and poetry — in addition to wine. Goins, who plans the tastings through Milk Lady Events, said those pieces will be folded into the August theme: peaches. Each food vendor on Saturday will offer a peach dish. The Taste of Brazil will have peach mango salsa and peach barbecue sauce. The 5th Sense Cupcakery will have peach cobbler and cupcakes. La Strada Mobile Italian Food will have peach tiramisu and streusel bars, biscotti and sparkling soda. Knouse Round Barn Orchards will have canned peaches and peach daiquiri mix. There will be music and poetry readings throughout the day on two stages. Milk Lady Markets has been holding farmers markets in four locations. Two had wine tastings, but that’s down to one, in Burtonsville, as one market is now at a school. Goin said there was interest in wine tastings as a separate event, apart from a farmers market, which is how the series began.

SUMMER WINE AND PEACH FEST n When: 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday n Where: Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Ave. n Tickets: $39 for an individual pass; early-bird rate of $29 until Thursday (Gazette readers can get $29 rate until 8 p.m. Friday with code “milkladygazette”); $20 for non-tasting or designated driver, at least 16 years old; $10 for ages 3 to 16; no charge for children younger than 3. $25 VIP Lounge upgrade per person. Go to n Outdoor stage: Music by DJ Wah-Heed at 1:30 p.m.; Karen & The Backroads Duo at 2:30 p.m.; Painted Trillium (Celtic) at 3:45, 5:30 p.m.; Caroline Ferrante (rock, country) at 4:45, 6:15 p.m. n Hospitality tent stage: DJ Wah-Heed at 1:30 p.m.; Caroline Ferrante at 2 p.m.; John G. Lewis Duo (jazz, bossa nova) at 2:45, 6:15 p.m.; Poetry (CeLillianne Green, Corrine Selden, Corey Carter, Ashley Peters, Steve Gibb) at 3:40 p.m.; Ann Palmer Duet (jazz) at 4:30 p.m.

She said the crowd at wine tastings tends to be about 60 percent female. But craft beer has more of a male following, she said. It’s unpredictable which way poetry and jazz go. As a safeguard against bad weather, Goin has an outdoor tent for the event. There will be a play tent for children to make arts and crafts. Tickets are $29 until Thursday and $39 after then. A wine glass for tastings is included. Proceeds will benefit the

Women, Infants and Children and Seniors Double-Dollar Food Buying programs at seven farmers markets around the county. There will be games and raffles every hour. The first 500 guests to arrive before 3 p.m. will get a Signature Swag Goodie Bag. Prizes will be given for the tweet of the day on Twitter.

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Shoppers at Silver Spring-area retailers are getting a price break on back-toschool clothing and shoes because of the state’s annual sales tax-free week, which started Sunday and runs through Saturday. Marian Fryer, owner of Wheaton women’s consignment boutique Marian’s Connections, said she saw a good increase in business during last year’s sales tax-free week. “It’s been a little slow so far this week, but I expect to see some pick up,” she said Tuesday.

Customers can avoid paying the 6 percent sales tax on most clothing and shoes priced under $100. Coupled with the usual back-to-school shopping time, it’s one of the busiest weeks of the year for many retailers. “Since tax-free shopping began on Sunday, we’ve noticed an increase in mall traffic at Westfield Wheaton,” said Ken Buckner, marketing director of the mall. “Our stores that sell clothing and shoes do benefit,” said Laura Barclay, executive director of the Old Takoma Business Association, which markets the commercial district near the Takoma Metro station. Several clothing retailers are offering promotions on top of the sales tax savings. H&M, which has stores in downtown Silver Spring and Westfield Wheaton, is giving students and teachers 15 percent off purchases through Sept. 30.

Back-to-school is the second biggest shopping season for retailers, just behind the winter holidays, according to the National Retail Federation. The average family with children in kindergarten through high school will spend some $669 on clothing, supplies and electronics to prepare their kids for the upcoming school year, the federation’s survey found. On Aug. 21, Westfield Wheaton will host a back-to-school evening event with the school district and county libraries. There will be prizes raffled off and interactive entertainment. Some new retailers have opened in the area recently, including McDoris Fashion and Fabric in Takoma Park. Footwear retailer Vans is slated to open in Westfield Wheaton in early September, Buckner said.

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Three public Montgomery County elementary schools serving low-income students are getting free fruits and vegetables this coming school year. Broad Acres, Harmony Hills and New Hampshire Estates elementary schools, all in Silver Spring, were selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The Maryland State Department of Education picked elementary schools around the state based on their percentage of students who receive Free and Reduced-price Meals, doling out more than $3.3 million to 151 schools. Elementary schools in the state were eligible if they had a FARM rate higher than 50 percent, said Erin Kennedy, coordinator of select education initiatives and effective-

ness for the state education department’s Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs. Marla Caplon, director of food and nutrition services for Montgomery County Public Schools, said the three Montgomery schools selected have the highest FARM rates among the county’s elementary schools. All three Silver Spring schools have participated before. Harmony Hills — with 85.2 percent of its students last school year eligible for a free or reduced-price meal — has had a spot in the federal program since 2009-10. Both Broad Acres — with a 94.3-percent FARM rate last year — and New Hampshire Estates — with a 93.5-percent FARM rate — have been in the program since 2011-12. The school system had seven schools receiving free fruits and vegetables in 201011 and 2011-12, but has since seen a decline in the number of selected schools. More schools with higher FARM rates applied for produce money this year, Kennedy said.

“For this year, we exhausted all our funds at the 85-percent [FARM] rate,” she said. The “overwhelming majority” of participating schools are in Baltimore City, she said. The next largest group comes from from Prince George’s County. The three Montgomery schools recently were chosen to participate for 2014-15. “The tough part about this [program] is it can change year to year,” Caplon said. Kennedy said the program targets children who don’t always have access to fresh produce. “In many cases, that’s true, these fresh fruits and vegetables are not affordable,” Caplon said of the students at the participating Montgomery schools. The school system is reimbursed for produce costs at each participating school — between $50 and $75 per student, Caplon said. The school system estimates, based on the $50 rate, that it will get $25,250 for New Hampshire Estates, $36,150 for Broad Acres and $36,250 for Harmony Hills.

Caplon said produce from the program is separate from the schools’ meal programs, which also includes fruits and vegetables. Each school will determine how often and at what time of day it will serve a fruit or vegetable item to all students. Students in the past have munched on mangos, plums, watermelon, broccoli and carrots, among other items funded by the program. At Broad Acres Elementary, the overcrowded school starts serving lunch at 10:30 a.m. to make sure all students have time to eat, Principal Peter Bray said. The school will provide fruit and vegetable snacks in the afternoon to students who eat lunch early in the day, Bray said. “They’re very happy and they hoard them,” he said. The fruit and vegetables will serve about 20 classes, a total of about 375 students, he said. The snacks help change students’ views of the school garden. “It makes them appreciate those vegetables they’re growing out there a little more,” Bray said.



Haley Bernal, 12, of Wheaton shops with her grandmother, Celeste Freedman, of California at Target in the Westfield Wheaton mall on Tuesday.


Students can get free immunizations

Students entering seventh grade are required to meet new immunization standards, according to Montgomery County’s Office of Public Information. Students must have one Tdap (Tetanus-diphtheriaattenuated pertussis) and one meningococcal (MCV4) vaccination. Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services staff will provide free vaccinations to incoming seventh-graders at the Montgomery County Public Schools Back to School Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 23. It will be held at the MCPS Carver Educational Center, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville. Appointments are required and can be made online at For more information, call 240-777-1050 or 240-777-1550.

AARP offers driving class at library AARP will present its Smart Driver course from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Davis Li-

brary, 6400 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda. Participants can tune up their driving skills, learn safe driving strategies and update their knowledge of the rules of the road. The instructor will provide information about normal agerelated physical changes and how to compensate for these changes, according to a news release from the library. Each student completing the class will receive a certificate; some insurance companies charge cheaper premiums for drivers with the certificate. Space is limited and registration is required at The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. The fee will be collected at the class. AARP members should bring their membership cards, and each student should bring a check payable to AARP and a pen. To request a sign language interpreter, email Montgomery County Public Libraries at DeafAccess@, at least three business days before the class. For more information, call 240-777-0922.



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Fair truck offers gourmet mac and cheese Business serves up made-to-order pasta



Forget boxed macaroni and cheese. Use your noodle and taste the real stuff at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg. CapMac, a Gaithersburgbased food truck specializing in gourmet macaroni and cheese, is selling its gooey pasta dishes as a vendor at this year’s fair, which began last Friday and runs through this Saturday. Josh Warner of Silver Spring took over ownership of the food truck last November after previous owner Brian Arnoff, Warner’s friend, decided to close down the business. CapMac opened in November 2010. After graduating from the culinary program at The Art Institute of Washington and working in restaurants for many years, Warner said, he planned to open his own food truck when he heard about the closing of CapMac. Thinking it “made a lot more sense to


Josh Warner of Silver Spring cooks an order in his CapMac food truck, which specializes in gourmet macaroni and cheese, at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg on Saturday.

buy something already established,” Warner bought the business. “That quality, that experience of coming and sitting and dining and eating something you can’t find anywhere else is what I wanted to bring to the food truck,” Warner said. Menu staples include Classic CapMac’n Cheese. Chicken Parm Meatballs, and MarcoBolo, which features a brisket bolognese sauce. The classic

macaroni and cheese dish can also be served “balls out” with homemade chicken meatballs or “sloppy” by incorporating tbrisket sauce. Seasonal pasta dishes and salads round out the list of options. The dishes, which are entree portions, range in price from $8-12, Warner said. For the fair, Warner is selling a pepperoni pizza macaroni and cheese meal. “It’s more of a ‘when in Rome’ kind of thing,” he said. “I can’t really do a funnel cake mac and cheese.” All of the truck’s eats are made from scratch daily, Warner said. He buys local foods when possible. The truck is one of the few, Warner said, that cooks to order, taking into account customers’ preferences. Although the business is based in the county, the truck primarily serves customers in Washington, D.C., earning its name as CapMac, the Capital of Macaroni. It participates in the district’s food truck lottery system for rotating parking spots, Warner said. The truck regularly makes stops at areas like Farragut Square, Franklin Square and George Washing-

ton University. Warner said he posts notices on Facebook and Twitter on the truck’s location, menu and opening times. He uses Instagram for photos of new dishes. The business has a website, too: Montgomery County might soon get to order tasty creations from the truck more regularly, as Warner said he is considering expanding into the area. “I’d say there’s a strong possibility that Montgomery County might be seeing us occasionally in the future,” he said. One of the aspects Warner enjoys most about his job is talking with customers and being part of their dining experience. Chefs in restaurant kitchens don’t get to interact much with diners, he said. “Being able to cook for the guests and hear them place their order, have eye contact with them, make conversation while I’m cooking for them and actually hand them their’s unbelievable,” he said.

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Shadee Perry modeled a blue mermaidstyle evening gown with an embellished bodice and coordinating scarf as she walked the runway Saturday evening. An aisle between cakes and quilts entered in competition at the Montogmery County fairgrounds may not have been the most conventional spot for a fashion show, but onlookers lining the runway didn’t seem to mind. That morning, the blue dress was just fabric. Faith Patino, Shadee Perry and Kenya Perry, all from the Gaithersburg area, started sewing at 9 a.m. to finish their creation in time for the runway show at 6 p.m. The trio was one of five teams competing in Project G Street at this year’s Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. Groups got a country music CD, fabric and nine hours to sew a complete outfit inspired by country music

and the fair’s theme this year, “Country in the Air.” For Christine and Emily Evans, who were on a Silver Spring team with their mother, Kathy Evans, a break-up song by Sarah Evans was the inspiration for combining a blue shimmery tunic and white capris. “Our outfit is supposed to be for a strong, independent woman who don’t need no man,” Emily said with a laugh. Christine said the team wanted to sew something with strong contrasts between the top and the bottom to project confidence. Her team was also the only group that made pants, rather than a skirt, for its outfit, but it was still meant to look grown-up and professional. “It’s the opposite of cutesy,” Christine said. The Evans family has participated in the contest in all three years it has been held, and Kathy said her daughters had progressed from her teaching them about patterns to them running the show. “It’s been three years of growth in sewing,” she said.

When the results came in, Team Pin It to Win It took first place for a little black dress with a removable sheer overskirt inspired by a Martina McBride song. Shelly Geasler of Frederick County, who was on the team with her daughters, Bailey and Jamie Roe, said this was their first year in the Project G Street contest, but the girls had participated in 4-H in the past. “Usually they do 4-H projects and I can’t help them,” she said. In addition to the dress, the group made a coordinating necklace and hair accessory, which the judges said they liked. “We were done early, but we kept working,” Jamie said. For their first-place win, the team took home a $300 gift certificate to G Street Fabrics, which provided fabric for the contest. The runners-up also received gift certificates. The Evans family placed third, and Patino’s team came in fifth. The fair runs through Saturday.


A prom dress that Elizabeth Vandegriff of Silver Spring made and entered in the 4-H competition at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg.


Continued from Page A-1 area; you can do so many different projects,” Vandegriff said. Children can join 4-H Clover clubs for ages 5 to 7 and continue to age 18, as long as they’re still 18 as of Jan. 1. Vandegriff’s dress was a reserve champion, meaning second place overall. The lemon cake received a blue ribbon. It was auctioned for $550. About 325 4-H members entered projects in the indoor 4-H departments, in areas such as baking, photography, sewing, woodworking, art, canning, flowers and vegetables. 4-H clubs developed as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension, affiliated with universities around the country. The four H’s are Head, Heart, Hands and Health. As much as Vandegriff is sad to be in her last year in 4-H, she also is excited for the next step


Here’s a partial schedule of events at this year’s Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, which runs through Saturday. Many events are recurring throughout the fair, but aren’t listed daily here. A complete schedule is at After Friday, fair gates are open 10 a.m. to midnight, with the carnival open noon to midnight. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13

Free admission for children 11 and younger. Carnival Megapass one-day ride wristbands are $15 for all ages. Wristbands must be purchased from noon to 5 p.m. on-site to ride until midnight. 10:15 a.m.-1 p.m.: 4-H Junior Promotion and Gymkhana Show (games on horseback), Horse Arena 11 a.m.: Raptors Birds of Prey Show, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park 1, 4, 8 p.m.: A Grizzly Experience, upper grounds noon-5 p.m.: Monster Truck rides, Grandstand 3, 6:30 p.m.: Agricadabra, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park 3, 6 p.m.: Puppetone Rockers,


3:30 p.m.: Hermit crab races,

sponsored Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park 7:30 p.m.: Monster Truck Madness, Grandstand

Racing, near Cheese Booth (Building #7) 7:30 p.m.: Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union Demolition Derby Night of Destruction, Grandstand


THURSDAY, AUG. 14 Military Day: Free admission for active military in uniform or with a valid military ID. 11 a.m.: Raptors Birds of Prey Show, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park noon-5 p.m.: Monster Truck rides, Grandstand 1, 4, 8 p.m.: A Grizzly Experience, upper grounds 2:30, 4:30, 8 p.m.: Extreme Illusions Magic Show, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park 7 p.m.: Special contest — refrigerator pickles, Home Arts (Bldg. #6) 7:30 p.m.: Monster Truck Madness, Grandstand 8 p.m.: Dairy Supreme Champion Show, Cattle Show Pavilion (Bldg. #16)

10 a.m.: Lawn and garden tractor pull, Grandstand 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m.: Agricadabra, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park noon: Texas Longhorn Show, Cattle Show Pavilion (Bldg. #16) 12:30, 2, 5:30, 7:30 p.m.: Pig Races, Racing Park 2 p.m.: Special Contest —

FRIDAY, AUG. 15 11 a.m.: Raptors Birds of Prey Show, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Celtic Cross, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park 1, 4, 8 p.m.: A Grizzly Experience, upper grounds 5, 6:30, 8 p.m.: Fame NASCAR



homemade cheese, Home Arts (Bldg. #6) 5 p.m.: 4-H Fashion Show and awards, Heritage (Garden Room) 6:30 p.m.: Capital Dog Training Club, Cattle Show Pavilion (Bldg. #16) 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Top Tones, Pepco Community Stage at Racing Park 7 p.m.: “Evening With the Stars,” meet award winners in Home Arts Building (Bldg. #6) 7:30 p.m.: Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union Demolition Derby Night of Destruction, Grandstand 9 p.m.: Brad Matchett: Comedy Hypnotist Show, Racing Park


in her academic career. She will attend Taylor University in Upland, Ind., in the fall and plans to study film. Vandegriff also entered videos that she shot, edited and produced in the fair’s first year with a video category. “That was exciting for me because that’s what I’ve been doing for a long time. I film and edit videos with my friends,” she said. It was hard for Vandegriff to pick a favorite genre of movie, but she admitted being a fan of the “Matrix” action thriller films. Vandegriff said she will never forget her time as a 4-H and plans to help as a volunteer when she comes home from college. She is thankful for the memories and friends she made. “All the people that I know, I’ve known them for so many years. ... When new people come to the club, right away, they’re part of the club. No questions asked,” she said.


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Organizations must receive approval from county BY


For more than 10 years, Col. Zadok Magruder High School girls volleyball coach Scott Zanni and former Sherwood coach Bonnie Gilchrist have run a summer volleyball camp in conjunction with the Olney Boys and Girls Club, a non-profit youth sports organization. With a variety of age-group and talent-level offerings, the annual multisession event has expanded and in turn, so has the need to acquire gymnasium space. “We’ve been at a lot of different places over the years like Sherwood

[High], Farquhar [Middle], Rosa Parks [Middle], Watkins Mill [High] and Walter Johnson [High],” Zanni said. “We’ve always had to rent them.” The camp, like every other community organization wishing to use space at one of the county’s public high schools, must submit an application, receive approval and rent from the Community Use of Public Facilities’ Interagency Coordinating Board. Sports and non-athletic facilities — inside and out — are secured by an hourly fee that varies based upon the renting location and type and age-group of the organization (the school system, non-profits and youth groups receive priority), according Ginny Gong, the executive director of CUPF. Historical users, such as the volleyball camp, also receive priority.

“The schools are just one big piece of managing community use in public space and government buildings,” Gong said. “... We have over 6,000 user groups that represent sports, home-owner associations, the scouts, religious activities and a whole variety of school activities. “And through policy established by ICB ... there is a pecking order. The schools always get first crack.” Montgomery County Public Schools sanctioned events, such as athletic contests and tournaments, do not have to rent space; they only are required to pay for building service workers and/or security staff at a rate of $29.50/hour and $32.50/hour, respectively, according to the CUPF’s website. “We have a partnership with ICB,” Gaithersburg High School Athletic Director Jason Woodward said. “We all let

ICB know when our athletic events are so they know what days are available to the community organizations.” For a non-profit organization and/ or a county resident wanting to rent one of Montgomery County Public Schools’ synthetic turf fields at Richard Montgomery, Walter Johnson or Thomas S. Wootton high schools, the rate would be $125/hour (with light use it goes up to $160/hour), according to the CUPF website. A commercial for-profit entity and non-county resident could pay $200/hour ($235/hour with lights). At a Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning-managed field, such as Montgomery Blair High School and Fairland Regional Park, the rates per hour are between $100-185. For natural grass locations, the hourly cost is spread between $50-210, provided the


Continued from Page A-1 smallest at 25.1 acres. The Barons have precisely two fields, the lower stadium field and an upper field that has two backstops for baseball and softball to share in the spring.

Keep off the grass

The court at Damascus was installed in 1950 and the one at Wootton was installed in 1970. Most hardwood basketball courts in the United States are made from dense maple with a smaller number made from a maple-oak hybrid. According to, a leading trade publication, to maintain a floor properly schools should: • Dust mop the floor daily.

Court installed


• Clean the floor regularly with a solution recommended by the finish manufacturer. • Screen and recoat the floor at least once a year.


Continued from Page A-1 biggest reason for this is because Montgomery puts more money into its athletics. Montgomery County Public Schools allocated $7.8 million to its athletics which represented about .35 percent of its $2.23 billion operating budget the last fiscal year. Prince George’s County Public Schools allocated nearly $4.4 million to athletics, which is only .26 percent of the county’s $1.687 billion budget from last year. While Prince George’s has struggled to squeeze funds into basic maintenance needs, Montgomery has been able to stay on top of potential issues. Take gym floors for example. Between Prince George’s and Montgomery County high schools, Damascus High School has the oldest basketball court. It hasn’t been replaced since the school was built in 1950. But Butch Marshall, the boys basketball coach at Damascus, said that the court is fine and doesn’t pose any problems. “They [county maintenance] maintain it really well,” Marshall said. “The floor itself is old and everything else like that, but like I said they re-do the surface twice a year so that really helps.” He said they put a new sealcoat on the floor in the summer, then once again in the winter. In addition, the bleachers are electric, and slide in and out without a problem. “It’s pretty nice considering its age,” Marshall said. In contrast, the second oldest gym floor between the two counties is in Beltsville, at High Point High School. It was laid in 1953, and their boys basketball coach Rodney Lewis said its been a constant problem every year that he has been there. Prince George’s maintenance puts a new coat down once a year during the summer. And the coat is worn off by the time basketball season comes around in the winter, causing his players to slip. They also have heating and lighting issues in the gym. MCPS allocated an average of $65,000 to each high school’s


The court at Damascus High School’s gymnasium is the oldest in either Montgomery or Prince George’s counties, being installed in 1950.



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The average age for a hardwood basketball court at a Montgomery County public high school is 13 years old. In Prince George’s County, that number is 21. Two schools in Montgomery County have courts that are much older than the average, Damascus and Thomas S. Wootton, according to information provided by athletic directors and the school system.

• Sand down, reseal, paint and refinish the floor every 10 to 15 years.

individual school grants permission prior CUPF review. Renting a gymnasium ranges from $10/hour to $72/hour depending on the time, day and type of organization. A full list of fees and rental rates can be found on the CUPF website at www. “If someone like [the Damascus Sports Association] wanted to play games at Damascus High School they would have to ask the [athletic director] if it was OK and then work with ICB,” said MCPS Director of System-Wide Athletics Dr. William “Duke” Beattie, who added that community members are free to walk or run around high school tracks when other events are not scheduled.


athletics department last year, with the exact amount depending on how big a school is and average gate receipts over a three-year period. School’s that generate more money, receive a smaller allocation. On average, MCPS schools spent about $155,000 on things such as maintenance, equipment, officials, uniforms, transportation, security and other miscellaneous items. “The additional income that schools generate to cover the gap between the athletic allocation they receive and actual expenses come from a combination of sources, including gate receipts [which schools retain], fundraisers, booster clubs, playoffs and various supplements,” said Dr. William “Duke” Beattie, the MCPS director of systemwide athletics. While Montgomery gives schools more financial freedom to spend, PGCPS maintains the majority of spending power, allocating just $17,000 to each of its high schools’ athletics departments. That money goes toward smaller, indoor maintenance needs and miscellaneous expenses. The central office is in charge of paying for major maintenance issues, transportation, uniforms and officials.

One of the athletic facility projects each county is currently facing is the installation of artificial turf fields at high schools. Once again, money is the difference in why Montgomery’s is moving faster than Prince George’s in installation. Currently, there are six schools with artificial turf in Montgomery, with a seventh planned to be installed by next spring at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac. MCPS has used a combination of booster clubs and private-organizations to help pay for the almost $1 million up-front cost of these fields, in exchange for preferred use. Oxon Hill High School begins play this season on the first artificial turf field at a Prince George’s County public high school. The county plans to add turf to two other high schools by next summer: Gwynn Park in Brandywine and Henry A. Wise in Upper Marlboro. Prince George’s needed state money for the projects and is seeking alternative sources of funding for future turf fields. They also plan on adding stadium lights to each new field with turf. Prince George’s currently has just three schools with stadium lights. All 25 schools

in Montgomery have stadium lights. “A backlog of capital improvement projects due to inadequate funding has affected the county’s ability to devote funds to stadium lights,” said Max Pugh, the PGCPS acting communications officer. But every athletic facility discrepancy doesn’t come down to money, at least not directly. The average year of when the combined 47 schools between the two counties were built or re-built is 1981. Seventeen Prince George’s schools were built before that year. Only four Montgomery high school’s fall into that category: Damascus, Poolesville, Seneca Valley, and Thomas S. Wootton. The relative modernness of Montgomery’s high schools could play a factor in why 21 of 25 have a dedicated wrestling and trainer’s room, while 21 of 22 Prince George’s schools go without at least one, and in some cases both. And every Montgomery high school has a second gym while 12 Prince George’s schools do not. Marshall, said the second gym makes things easier when trying to accommodate a junior varsity and varsity team for both the girls and boys basketball programs. Two of the three schools that don’t have training and wrestling rooms in Montgomery happen to be the third and fourth oldest schools in the county: Poolesville High School, which was renovated in 1976, and Seneca Valley High School, which was built in 1974 in Germantown. Seneca Valley joins 16 Prince George’s schools as the only Montgomery school that doesn’t have restrooms at its football stadium. According to David Lever, executive director of the Maryland State Board of Public Works Interagency Committee on School Construction, the age of the school could play a factor in why some facilities don’t have certain athletic amenities. “[To have some athletic facilities] certainly isn’t a requirement. It’s just one of those things most schools have.”

One reason space is so limited is the need to stay off grass stadium fields on non-game days to keep them playable. B-CC Athletic Director Jim Tapley said between games and practices a grass stadium field would be completely torn up within a few short weeks. Athletic directors agreed the easiest solution would be the installation of turf fields, which could endure the wear and tear of practices and games without damage to the playing surface. There are currently six schools with turf stadium fields. The synthetic grass surface would also help alleviate some of the scheduling conflicts that occur when inclement weather hits as the turf surface is much less affected.

Football in the outfield At many schools, football is the only team to practice on campus during the fall season because transporting the equipment sleds and everything required to run football practice — pads and helmets, among other things — would be difficult, Rockville athletic director Mike Hayes said. However, most football teams’ “practice fields” are actually just the outfield of the softball or baseball diamonds. “It certainly impacts the play of our outfield, balls take the Damascus bounce, it’s a very tough field to field on,” said Steve Kachadorian, who stepped down following the spring season as Damascus’ softball coach. “There are a ton of divots. They’re essentially working on a 50-yard field so we’re not talking about a lot of room to spread the damage out, it’s going to be concentrated.” In the fall many field hockey teams play and practice on the outfields of baseball fields.

On the road again In addition to costing programs money that could be used elsewhere — athletic di-

“Coaches and athletes have to bring water with them, and ice, and the first aid supplies.” Joe Doody, Damascus High School athletic director rectors must acquire permits for satellite locations — offsite practices present a myriad of other challenges, including transportation, accessibility to restroom facilities and safety protocol. Getting to and from practice comes down to studentathletes with driver’s licenses and parents’ daily commitment to transporting athletes. Even if funds were available, school buses are unavailable while making their afterschool rounds and that’s when most practices take place, Tapley said. While some satellite practice locations are within walking distance, athletic directors said they still worry about athletes crossing major thoroughfares. And athletic directors agreed they would like to limit the time spent in cars with student drivers, anyway. B-CC girls soccer seniors Denali Minnick and Rachel Cady agreed practicing on campus would be much more convenient and would provide a better playing surface but said the team has turned carpooling into a prosperous team bonding experience. The county requires every team to have an automated external defibrillator onsite, Damascus High School Athletic Director Joe Doody said, which means coaches must make sure to bring portable AEDs everywhere they go. “We use a field at the elementary school but that doesn’t mean kids will be able to get into the building to use the restroom or get water at a vending machine,” Doody said. “Coaches and athletes have to bring water with them, and ice, and the first aid supplies. We have portable AEDs so those teams offsite have to remember to take those with them to every practice.”


Springbrook High School practices on one of the smallest campuses in the county. Some teams have to practice at different sites.


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Look good. Feel good. Play good. It’s an adage that has Montgomery County high schools dipping into their athletic budgets so their football players can shine under the Friday night lights. County schools averaged about $8,725 in football equipment expenditures last year, according to Dr. William “Duke” Beattie, the school system’s director of systemwide athletics. Football uniforms, renewed at most county teams on three- to four-year cycles, can account for a significant portion of that. At Kensington’s Albert Einstein High School, the school paid $6,000 for 100 new home and road uniforms, said firstyear coach Neal Owens. “To me it represents a lot. A new look, a new attitude, hopefully a turnaround season,” said senior Damien Monroe, who wore used uniforms the past three seasons. “We kind of like the brand-new type of look and it definitely makes you feel bet-


Albert Einstein High School football players Leeland Rowe (right) and Spencer Fye try on new uniforms July 28 at the Kensington school. ter.” Einstein’s sizable purchase isn’t just the cost of looking good. It’s the cost of playing well, too. According to Stephany Coakley, director at Maximum Mental Training Associates, a Washington, D.C.-based psy-

chology consulting firm, there is research suggesting that new attire can have a positive impact on performance. “In order to perform at a high level, you have to be confident and have self-esteem. And the way you look will facilitate

or debilitate your level of confidence,” Coakley said. Coaches and players echoed Coakley’s sentiments. “When they feel that they look good and they got the new uniforms and everything’s all bright and shiny, they’re go-

ing to come out with a swagger,” said Greg Kellner, coach of Bethesda’s Walter Johnson High School. “… That is something that the kids, they all talk about it.” County high schools averaged about $155,000 in total athletic expenditures during the 2013-14 academic year and all of them were provided sufficient, certified football safety equipment, according to Beattie. But there were discrepancies between the teams: average football expenditures ranged from $13,000 to $31,000 (average $21,000 for all county high schools), and booster club income ranged from $0 to $61,500 ($22,300 average), he said. “Some may be at a position where they can update things more frequently than others, but competitive disadvantages? I say absolutely not,” Beattie said. The Albert Einstein High School Sports Booster Club’s annual expenditures are about $25,000 — most going to uniforms, according to club president Mike Etherton. He said that if a team has a certain need, regardless of the sport, the booster club works with the school to purchase the equipment.

At John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, where the booster club is inactive, football coach Carlos Smith said the team has difficulty meeting some equipment demands. “We can get A, B, C and D but you might not get E, F,” Smith said. Springbrook High School faces similar challenges, said football coach Adam Bahr. The Springbrook Athletic Booster Club, which in past years has paid for new lights and video equipment, has a goal of raising about $10,000 for the upcoming year, said club co-president Rachel Spangenberg. “Fundraising in our community is extremely difficult, and the budget, to my understanding, doesn’t even come close to covering all the costs to all the teams,” said Bahr, a third-year coach at the Silver Spring school. Springbrook received 150 new football uniforms after winning a contest run by professional football player Pierre Garçon, but if not for the free uniforms, Bahr said, “We would be in tough shape.”

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Several state grants also available to help with projects BY TED BLACK STAFF WRITER


Montgomery County Park and Planning maintains the baseball and softball fields at James H. Blake High School in Silver Spring, site of this American Legion game between Cissel Saxon Post 41 (Lawrence Johnson) and Wheaton Post 76 (Zeke Green) on July 1. Most public high schools, however, must maintain their athletic fields themselves.

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At most Montgomery County public high schools, coaches and athletic directors put in a lot of individual time and effort to keep athletic fields not only playable, but in excellent condition. Take for instance Germantown’s Seneca Valley High School, an athletics program that has enjoyed a lot of success, winning more state football championships than any other school in Maryland. According to Athletic Director Jesse Irvin, he and the coaches mow the grass and line the fields themselves. The football field at Seneca Valley consists of Bermuda grass, which is supplied by a private outside landscaping company, the Brickman Group. But once the sod is put down, it is up to Irvin and his coaches to maintain the field. “We’re not a school with a contract,” Irvin said. “The county doesn’t maintain our fields.” Despite the hard work and time commitment, Irvin believes having control over his own fields helps the school in the long run. “It gives us an advantage,” he said. “I believe we have one of the nicest grass fields in the county, and our kids love playing on it.” Although the county does not help maintain Seneca Valley’s fields, the Montgomery County Public School system does

“The fields are maintained throughout our offseason so that when we return to use on March 1, they are theoretically in playing condition already.” Jared Fribush, Blake athletic director provide some financial aid. “High schools, for the most part, provide for the maintenance for their athletic fields,” Dr. William “Duke” Beattie, Montgomery County’s director of systemwide athletics, said in an email to The Gazette. “...The school system periodically foots the bill for resurfacing a high school stadium field, doing about one school per year. The school system also takes care of resurfacing tracks and tennis courts.” So, while field maintenance is usually one of the top priorities for an athletics program, the schools must come up with their own ways to fund it completely. Some schools, most notably Silver Spring’s James H. Blake High School, have a unique relationship with Montgomery County Parks and Planning. Blake allows for Parks and Planning to permit the baseball and softball fields to be used for non-school athletic events in return for the maintenance of the baseball and softball fields, the practice softball field and lower practice field, used by the soccer and lacrosse teams. The lights at both the softball and baseball field are also maintained by Parks and Planning. “I do not have to budget for the main-

tenance of our game fields for baseball and softball,” Blake Athletic Director Jared Fribush said in an email to The Gazette. “...The fields are also maintained throughout our offseason, so that when we return to use on March 1, they are theoretically in playing condition already.” Fribush does believe the school loses some control over its fields. There are a number of permitted users, especially on the weekends, and the coaching staff must repair the field from that use. The biggest advantage that comes with the partnership is the lights on fields that usually don’t have them at public high schools, Fribush said. It allows the school to schedule a number of night games, allowing parents better opportunities to watch their children play. It also gives coaches the ability to hold practices later in the afternoon. Blake still must budget between $30,000 and $45,000 per year to pay for field maintenance, as the county does not maintain the Bermuda grass stadium or field hockey fields. All in all, Fribush acknowledged that it is a positive relationship for both the school and Parks and Planning and that Blake’s fields are in excellent condition.

With the school year set to begin this month and many of the fall sports being contested outdoors, high school athletes at Montgomery County Public Schools will, perhaps, be able to participate at facilities superior to those in neighboring Prince George’s County. In some instances, private funding paved the way for those differences. While a handful of MCPS high schools have transitioned from natural grass fields to artificial turf courtesy of the taxpayers, several schools have received upgrades that were largely privately-funded. Thomas S. Wootton High School has a turf field that cost $1.3 million, of which $900,000 was paid for by the Bethesda Soccer Club. Wootton parents raised another $200,000 and the taxpayers paid the remaining $200,000, according to Bethesda Soccer Club president Greg Dillon. “It was amazing what the parent booster club could do,” Wootton soccer coach Keith Yanity said. “They probably campaigned for a year to raise the money. They did everything from holding fundraisers to literally going door-to-door. It’s certainly not something that every school or community can do.” During the past three years, the Montgomery County Board of Education oversaw more than 100 projects that were privately funded, nearly 20 percent of which cost $10,000 or more. Damascus High School replaced its scoreboard at a cost of $110,000 and Winston Churchill got a new one for $80,000, with both schools generating the revenue through private donations and parent-teacher association fun-

draising efforts, according to the Montgomery County Board of Education President Phil Kauffman. “Damascus parents and alumni have always been very passionate about their athletic programs, especially football,” Damascus High School Athletic Director Joe Doody said. “It probably wasn’t easy for them to raise the money, but they all had a goal in mind. You probably see that a lot more often at private schools where an alum just shows up one day and writes the school a check for a new field or new gym.” Several other of the county’s public high schools also received private funds for athletic venue improvements over the last four years. While none of them compare to the $1.3 million turf field at Wootton, a handful of schools received roughly $200,000 in private funds to install or replace equipment for athletic events, according to Kauffman, after the board approved a total budget of $2.28 million for the upcoming fiscal year. The Northwest High School PTA paid $40,000 for the school’s electronic scoreboard upgrade. Clarksburg’s booster club raised $30,000 to build new dugouts for the baseball and softball teams. Poolesville’s booster club ponied up $25,000 for a press box and storage shed. Seneca Valley purchased a new scoreboard for $22,000 thanks to its independent activity fund. Montgomery Blair’s booster club raised $17,500 to replace its stadium scoreboard. All Maryland public schools can apply for grants through the Maryland State Department of Education. Each year over 50 companies and an equal number of family foundations/ memorial funds provide grants and other sources of funding, according to the department’s website.


Rob Osborne of Germantown (right), who played high school football at Damascus and Clarksburg, works out with former Washington Redskins player Jonathan Combs on July 29 at Thomas S. Wootton High School.


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Teen from Silver Spring camp Silver Spring man sentenced in attack drowns at Cockeysville park Authorities said he tried to stab ex-girlfriend to death n

Police say boy died on his 13th birthday





A 13-year-old boy from a Montgomery County summer camp drowned in a lake Friday afternoon during a visit to a park north of Baltimore, according to law enforcement authorities. Shortly before 12:30 p.m., the youth from Camp Sonshine went missing in the water at Oregon Ridge Park, off Interstate 83 in Cockeysville and about 20 miles north of Baltimore. Police from Baltimore County said members of the department’s dive team recovered the body at 3:08 p.m. Baltimore County Police identified him as Dennis Kemp, of Old Channel Road in Laurel, Md. They said Friday was his 13th birthday. Police said in a statement that a group of youths were in a deep part of the lake that is roped off and where children are allowed only after they pass a swimming test. Police said all the youths had passed

the test. The area of the lake where the boy drowned is 45 feet deep. Police said witnesses reported seeing the boy “in distress and watched him go under the water in a roped area where swimming is permitted.” Three lifeguards from Oregon Ridge, who had been in their chairs when they saw the boy disappear, were searching for him when firefighters arrived. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz went to the park and spoke with the boy’s parents. “This is a terrible tragedy, and on behalf of the citizens of Baltimore County, I offer deepest sympathy to the victim’s family and friends,” he said in a statement. The Oregon Ridge beach and pavilion have now been closed indefinitely. The park, about 1,000 acres, includes trails, swimming and a nature center. A representative from Camp Sonshine was not available Friday afternoon to comment. A receptionist read a prepared statement confirming the death and saying that officials are cooperating with authorities.

Obituary Harriette H. Hobbs was born on January 3, 1934 in Franklin, Virginia. She graduated Salutatorian of her class at Franklin High School, and then attended William & Mary College, where she earned a BA in Psychology. During her time there, she was elected President of her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, and appeared as a model in Mademoiselle Magazine. After Harriette graduated in 1955, she moved up to northern Virginia to teach at Hollin Hills School in Fairfax County. In the summer of 1957, a friend arranged a blind date for her with a young lawyer named Charlie Hobbs. It went well; 3 weeks later they were engaged, and six months later married. They moved to Chevy Chase, Maryland, in 1965 and have lived a happily married life there ever since. Harriette was more than a “home maker”. She was a “family maker.” Almost every night she prepared a gourmet, home-cooked meal as a family event. Besides gourmet cooking and her children, her passions were the Chevy Chase Garden Club, the Chevy Chase Historical Society, and planning family trips. She also sang in church choirs, first at Chevy Chase Baptist and later Fourth Presbyterian. 57 years after that blind date, Harriette could boast of four successful daughters and their husbands, and 12 grandchildren, ranging from 6 months to 17 years old. The funeral took place at the Fourth Presbyterian Church. Memorial donations may be made to the Lisner Home, 5425 Western Ave., Washington D.C. 20015. 1933480

Camp Sonshine sent an email message on Friday afternoon titled “We Are Deeply Saddened Today.” The email said the camp’s Wilderness Teens Group went to Oregon Ridge Park shortly before noon. “After being swim tested by the lifeguard staff at the park, one of the groups of boys decided to swim out to the swim dock in the guarded swim area,” the email said. “While going out to the dock one of [the] boys noticed a camper struggling and then saw him go under the water. Tragically he did not survive.” The email continued: “We are deeply saddened by this situation and are going to do everything that we can to help the family and campers affected. ... More than everything, we are a family here, and any loss felt by one of us is felt by all of us.” A follow-up email on Monday announced that Dennis Kemp’s family had set up an educational scholarship fund. Checks can be made out to People’s Community Baptist Church and sent to the church at 31 Norwood Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905. Write “Dennis Gerard Kemp Jr.” on the memo line. peter.hermann@ washpost. com Gazette Staff Writer Andrew Schotz contributed to this report


Continued from Page A-1 organized network mapped out would be a big aid, he said. “If we had a quick place to go, that would make it a lot easier for our investigators,” Frishkorn said. In a six-month period last year, Philadelphia police credited the SafeCam program with helping the department solve 85 crimes, leading to 37 arrests. Individuals and businesses register their cameras with the department on a voluntary basis and agree to provide copies of footage if a crime occurs in or around their properties. If the city follows through, Takoma Park would be one of the first, if not the first, in the Washington, D.C., area to


Continued from Page A-1 included Barry Wides, president of the North White Oak Civic Association, and Eileen Finnegan, president of the Hillandale Citizens Association. “Our county master plans have staging requirements to balance new development with adequate public facilities and transportation infrastructure,” said Bowser, also a board member of Conservation Montgomery. “This one does not.” But staging could kill the plan before it has a chance to blossom, said Dan Wilhelm, president of the Greater Colesville Citizens Association. He also is on a committee doing outreach for the White Oak plan for LabQuest, a residents group that worked to bring the U.S. Food and Drug Adminis-






A Silver Spring man was sentenced on Thursday to 60 years in prison for trying to murder his ex-girlfriend, authorities said. Craig Smith, 48, of Woolen Oaks Court, was found guilty

on July 11 on three counts — attempted first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and firstdegree assault, according to the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office. Charging documents say Smith tried to kill Nancy Lea Bise at her home in Gaithersburg in August 2013. Bise had numerous stab wounds. Montgomery County Cir-

cuit Judge David Boynton sentenced Smith on Thursday to 40 years on the attempted murder charge and an additional 20 years for the burglary charge, to run consecutively. A 20-year sentence for the assault charge was merged into the attempted murder sentence, the state’s attorney’s office said in a news release.

County officer indicted on perjury charge Allegation is related to February trial testimony




A grand jury on Thursday indicted a Montgomery County police officer on one count of perjury, the police department said. The charge is related to Officer Colin W. O’Brien’s testimony

in a drug paraphernalia trial on Feb. 3. Police said in a news release that they received a complaint about the accuracy of O’Brien’s testimony. Detectives from the 1st District Investigative Section were assigned to look into the allegation. Perjury is a misdemeanor carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. O’Brien has been suspended

with pay since June 5 and will remain suspended while the case is adjudicated, the department said. He was hired on July 14, 2008, and is assigned to the 3rd District in Silver Spring, according to the department. Maryland’s online court record system lists O’Brien as 30 years old and living in Columbia. A scheduling hearing in the case is set for Aug. 22.

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A woman has been sentenced to serve a year and a day in prison for illegally collecting Social Security benefits for nearly two decades for someone who had died, authorities said. Yolando Guerrero, 59, of Laurel was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Aug. 6. She

also was ordered to pay restitution of $335,197. The U.S. attorney’s office for Maryland said Guerrero lived with a woman in Silver Spring. Guerrero considered the woman, who was receiving Social Security retirement benefits, to be her adopted mother. Guerrero became the woman’s individual representative payee a few months before the woman died on Oct. 17, 1994, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release. As such, Guer-

rero was required to spend the money on the woman’s behalf. When interviewed on Oct. 22, 2013, Guererro initially said the other woman was still alive, but later admitted she had died. Authorities said Guerrero cashed a total of $335,197 in Social Security checks from 1994 to 2013 and used the money for her own benefit — for rent, taxes, car insurance and to raise her children and grandchildren.

implement such a program, said Frishkorn. He spoke about the program recently before the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. “Several jurisdictions were present, and one Virginia and one Washington, D.C., agency were also interested,” Frishkorn said. “I think that it could be a valuable program to bring the community and police together to assist in the closure of criminal investigations.” The program could help deter crime, too. Participants can post stickers on their property alerting would-be criminals that their video system belongs to such a network, he said. There are more than 65 residential and commercial cameras in the city, but system owners have not been asked about their potential interest,

since the local program is in the developmental stage, Frishkorn said. “I believe that many camera owners would be interested,” he said. “We had a town hall meeting in front of the council in the recent past, and the topic of camera systems and the use of technology was one of the main areas that the citizens were interested in.” While major crime in Takoma Park dropped 4 percent from 2012 to 2013, there was an increase in certain categories, including daytime residential burglaries, auto thefts and robberies at gas stations, according to police. The initial fee for the first year in SafeCam, including program set-up, customization, maintenance and training, would be about $13,000, Frish-

korn said. Some cities, such as Philadelphia, offer individual and business participants tax incentives if their cameras cover a public right-of-way. Takoma Park council members expressed interest in the program, asking questions about fees, what type of camera systems are used and other issues. Melanie Isis, executive director of the Takoma/Langley Crossroads Development Authority, said a police representative was scheduled to attend that entity’s board meeting on Thursday and she planned to learn more about SafeCam. City staff plans to bring an action item on the program before the council in the fall, City Manager Brian Kenner said.

tration’s headquarters to the area. “We need to encourage development in the community,” Wilhelm said. “We don’t want to put roadblocks in the way.” From 1986 to 2002, White Oak was under a development moratorium as officials feared a traffic explosion along U.S. 29. If the county wanted to do something about transportation in the area, it had a lot of time to do so during those years, Wilhelm said. Bus rapid transit is really the only effective transit infrastructure option for the White Oak area, he said. Wilhelm said he expected that to be available in four or five years, about the same time that the first part of private developer Percontee’s project could open. “The BRT can be built fairly fast,” Wilhelm said. “You can use existing roads.” Percontee and the county are

developing what they hope will be a town center with life sciences companies, hotels, restaurants and more on a 300-acre site near the FDA headquarters on New Hampshire Avenue near U.S. 29. The land is more than 10 times the size of the area redeveloped in downtown Silver Spring. There are other areas that officials hope to see emerge as development hubs, such as Hillandale near the Capital Beltway and New Hampshire Avenue. County Council staff recommended staging requirements, but most council members said they were not necessary in this plan and might pose impediments to the kind of new development needed in the White Oak area. Planners have been working on the proposal for several years, driven by the FDA moving its headquarters to White Oak and the potential relocation of Wash-

ington Adventist Hospital there from Takoma Park. Bowser said he would have liked to have seen more to address stormwater management through land use planning and design requirements to reduce stormwater runoff. The master plan also didn’t adequately address reforesting and increasing tree canopy in the area to help reduce summer temperatures and improve air quality, he said. “I don’t think these issues were addressed,” Bowser said. Wilhelm, who like many has served on committees that have studied the matter for several years, said he was generally happy with how the plan developed. “There were a lot of thorny issues,” he said. “But I think [the council] came out where they needed to.”



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RELIGION CALENDAR ONGOING Agape African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7700 Brink

Road, Gaithersburg, conducts Sunday morning worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Communion celebration on first Sundays, men leading worship on second Sundays, youth leading worship on third Sundays. “You’ll Get Through This” Bible Study from 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays. 301-924-8640;

Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St.,

Betts, Williams Christine Sheridan Betts of Silver Spring and Ocean City and Kirk Howard Betts of Bethesda announce the engagement of their daughter, Abigail Sheridan Betts, to Jeffrey David Williams. Abigail is the Director of Development at the HoltonArms School in Bethesda. She is a 1998 alumna of the HoltonArms School and received her BA in Norwegian Language and Nordic Studies from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., in

2002. Jeffrey Williams hails from Texas, where he graduated from San Angelo Central High School in 1994. He received his BA and MA in Political Science from the University of North Texas and his PhD from the University of Arizona. He is an International Trade Specialist with the Department of Commerce. They will be married in Ocean City surrounded by their closest family and friends. The couple will reside in Rockville.

Liverman, Gillette Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Liverman Jr. of Gaithersburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristin Samantha Liverman, to John Matthew Gillette, son of John and Dorothy Gillette of Jacksonville, Fla. The bride-to-be earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University and her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. She most recently

was employed by Fairfax County Public Schools as a third grade teacher. The prospective groom graduated from the University of Florida and is currently a captain in the United States Army. The wedding will be held at the The Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on Sept. 13, 2014. The couple will reside in Germany.

HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13 Zumba Gold, 1 p.m. to 1:45

p.m., Aug. 13 through Sept. 17, Bethesda Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Second Floor, Bethesda. Intended for the active senior, Zumba Gold is a fun, safe, and effective Latin and international inspired fitness program that is easy to follow and can be done seated or standing. Dress comfortably. $60. For more information, visit

Helping Yourself and Others Survive after the Loss of a Loved One, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Friendship

Heights Community Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Learning about the process of grief can help us understand our thoughts, emotions and experiences during this difficult time. Brought to you by Montgomery Hospice, this workshop provides an opportunity to discuss ways of coping for ourselves and strategies to help a grieving friend. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and to learn from each

other. Free. For more information, visit

THURSDAY, AUG. 14 Girls on the Run: Heartsaver CPR Refresher Class, 4 p.m. to 6

p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Suburban Hospital Lambert Bldg (Second Floor), 8710 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. This class is designed for Girls on the Run coaches whose CPR credentials have recently expired. The class will not include AED training. For GOTR coaches only. Participants must contact Suburban-On-Call at 301-896-3939 to register for the class. Latest CPR expiration date required. $20. For more information, visit

SATURDAY, AUG. 16 Girls on the Run: First Aid, 8 a.m. to noon, Suburban Hospital Lambert Bldg (Second Floor), 8710 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Receive instruction on first aid and learn the treatment of bleeding, burns, broken bones and more.

This course is for GOTR coaches only. PLEASE NOTE: If you require the class workbook, it can be purchased the day of the class for $14. Checks and cash accepted. $20. For more information, visit AARP Smart Driver Course, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Suburban Hospital CR4 (Second Floor), 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Learn defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and the rules of the road. Appropriate for drivers age 50 and older. The fee, due at the class, is $15 for members, $20 for non-members; checks are to be made out to AARP. Bring driver’s license and a ballpoint pen. To register for this event, call 301-896-3939. DO NOT PAY FOR THIS CLASS WITH A CREDIT CARD. YOU MUST BRING A CHECK MADE PAYABLE TO AARP TO THE CLASS.

SUNDAY, AUG. 17 Childbirth Express at Medstar Montgomery, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.,

MedStar Montgomery Medical

Center, 18101 Prince Philip Dr., 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. For more information, visit medstarhealth. org or call 301-774-8881.

MONDAY, AUG. 18 Prostate Cancer Support Group, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.,

Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. This 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 301896-6837.

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 301-9498383. 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 301253-1768. Visitkemptownumc. org.

Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old Colum-

bia 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. 301-4219166. For a schedule of events, visit “MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kindergarten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Drive, Frederick. Child care is provided. For more in-

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Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Road,

Germantown, offers summer service at 10 a.m. on Sundays throughout the summer. “Parenting from the Proverbs: A Summer Discussion Group for Parents,” will run all summer Sundays at 9 a.m. with classes available for children as well. Babysitting provided. Enroll your child in our Vacation Bible School program Aug. 4-9. The theme is Weird Animals. For sign-up and other information, or call 301-9723916. Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, conducts services every Sunday, with child care from 8 a.m. to noon and fellowship and a coffee hour following each service. Call 301-881-7275. For a schedule of events, visit

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

at Liberty Grove Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Call 301421-9166 or visit “Healing for the Nations,” 7 p.m. every first and third Saturday of the month at South Lake Elementary School, 18201 Contour Road, Gaithersburg. Sponsored by King of the Nations Christian Fellowship, the outreach church service is open to all who are looking for hope in this uncertain world. Prayer for healing available. Translation into Spanish and French. Call 301-251-3719. Visit kncf. org. Geneva Presbyterian Church, potluck lunches at

11:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at 11931 Seven Locks Road, Potomac. There is no fee to attend. All are welcome to bring a dish to share; those not bringing dishes are also welcome. Call 301-4244346.

The Rev. Kenneth S. Jones, who served as pastor of Faith Church from 1967 to 1977 will celebrate his 95th birthday as the pulpit guest, preaching at 8:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. worship services on Sunday, Aug. 17. His sermon topic will be “Where Have All The Ministers Gone?” There will be a birthday reception following the 10 a.m. service. Faith United Methodist Church is located at 6810 Montrose Road, Rockville. 301881-1881.



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Survey gives us serious information to think about As parents prepare to send children off to school this month, they can’t help but worry. Will they study hard and learn? Will they fit in socially? And, the increasingly unsettling anxiety, will they be safe at school? Now, Montgomery County parents can glean greater insight into what happens when students leave their homes for the day. This year, for the first time, a Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey has statistics specific to Montgomery. The survey, which Maryland does every two years as part of a federal initiative, covers a universe of risks, dangers and emotions — what youths do and how they feel about these actions and their learning environment. Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Maryland’s secretary of health and mental hygiene, wrote that the findings “will help state and local agencies, educators, businesses, students, parents and other key stakeholders develop and refine initiatives targeted at improving the health and well-being of Maryland youth.” If you’re unprepared, the Montgomery results read like a heavy storm that won’t relent. Among high school students: • 8.3 percent said they never or rarely wear a seat belt while a passenger in a motor vehicle. • 19.2 percent rode one or more times in the past 30 days with someone who drank alcohol • 7.1 percent of students who drove in the last 30 days did so after drinking alcohol • 31.3 percent of students who drove in the last 30 days sent a text or email while doing so (that increases to 55.7 percent for those who were 18 or older) • 10.9 percent carried a weapon in the last 30 days and 3.9 percent did so on school property • 5.8 percent didn’t go to school in the last 30 days because they felt unsafe at school or on the way to or from school • 8.1 percent were threatened or injured with a weapon on school property in the last 12 months • 9.3 percent were physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to (that increases to 14.5 percent for females who were 18 or older). These are stark, sobering figures — especially the last category, which appears to describe rape. There has been widespread attention lately on the prevalence of sexual assaults on college campuses. This report reminds us that it’s a serious problem even before children go off to live on their own. The report on statewide high school results said there are good and bad trends. The good includes more time on healthy physical activity and fewer students who have ever drank alcohol. The bad includes more use of smokeless tobacco and more use of needles to inject illegal drugs. These surveys are voluntary and anonymous to elicit more candid replies — although there’s no guarantee that all of the answers were truthful. Still, they give us a strong foundation for insight into what happens in young people’s lives. Montgomery’s middle-school data was equally revealing: • 51.1 percent of students who rode a bike never or rarely wear a helmet (including 73 percent for boys at least 14 years old) • 24.5 percent have carried a weapon • 44.4 percent have been bullied on school property and 18.2 percent have been electronically bullied • 17 percent have thought seriously about killing themselves • 9.3 percent had not had breakfast in the past seven days • 23.8 percent felt sad and hopeless for at least two weeks in a row and stopped participating in their usual activities. We also saw some encouraging results. Only 5.9 percent of middle-schoolers did not wear a seat belt in a motor vehicle and just 3.4 percent reported smoking a whole cigarette before age 11. Both of these figures might have been higher in earlier eras, before society got wiser and more aggressive about personal health and safety. County officials plan to dig into the results this fall to see what they can improve. We encourage everyone to read through these surveys. The state and local results can be found at For parents, information like this is further proof that it can be a confusing, challenging world out there, often out of our control. We do our best at home and hope our children are smart enough when they leave us to make the best decisions for themselves.


Story misrepresented Twinbrook projects In response to The Gazette’s Aug. 6 article “Twinbrook projects rile some neighbors,” The JBG Companies first would like to emphasize that we are proud of the work we have done in Twinbrook, not only in our developments, but in our work to bring a renewed spirit to the community. Our latest mixed-use projects — The Alaire, The Terano and Galvan at Twinbrook — bring new restaurants and retail, along with transit-oriented residences that are transforming the area. That said, I would like to correct a number of inaccuracies in the story. JBG was not asked to respond to the allegation that we “reneged” on a deal to build condos. We have not. The land occupied by The Alaire and The Terano is owned by WMATA and is under lease to JBG. Such a ground lease

precludes owner-occupied condominiums and JBG never represented otherwise. Both communities are part of Twinbrook Station, our 2.2 million-square-foot development around the Twinbrook Metro. Plans call for significantly more residential units and a condo component is expected in the future. Galvan was long-planned as a rental community. There was also reference to an absence of park space. In fact, JBG has built a oneacre public park at 5601 Fishers Lane. A second park, a village green space nearer the Metro station, is in the works and will be used to host community events. It should be noted that all JBG’s development in Twinbrook was approved through a lengthy process by the city of Rockville years ago. JBG initiated a community dialogue in 2000 and community

input was incorporated. Plans for The Terano were approved in April 2005 and have since undergone at least four amendments by city planning staff. Galvan was similarly approved via public process in 2012. As a founding member of the Twinbrook Partnership, a private neighborhood and business alliance that promotes Twinbrook, JBG is an involved member of the community. We are honored to provide support for environmental programs, biking initiatives and charitable efforts, as well as the Twinbrook Community Center, Twinbrook Elementary School and the Twinbrook Farmers Market. It’s a shame that The Gazette story included more sensationalism than fact.

Rod Lawrence The writer is a partner for The JBG Companies

Without regulation, fair competition is impossible Much has been said about how companies like Uber and Lyft are giving the taxi industry a jolt of innovation and competition. However, their blatant disregard for the laws and regulations governing their service is not true competition — it’s anticompetitive and creates an unlevel playing field that hurts consumers and licensed taxi drivers. Barwood is well-known for its cutting edge technology innovations, which provide our customers greater access to safe and affordable transportation service. Customers can order a cab with a phone call, text message, email, through our website and even from our mobile app. Yes, that’s right — we have a mobile app, too, but we’re still regulated as a taxi company. Uber falsely claims that regulation stifles innovation. But Barwood’s technology innovations have taken place under stringent state and local regulations governing the for-hire transportation industry. Our vehicles must be inspected multiple times

each year. The government decides who is best qualified to drive taxis safely, based on a series of criteria. The fares we charge passengers are regulated and we’re required to carry appropriate levels of commercial liability insurance to protect passengers. These are just some of the rules Uber refuses to follow. We welcome the competition from Uber. But fair competition is impossible when companies like Uber don’t play by the rules. Just like Barwood, Uber transports passengers for a fee. They are a taxi service. Look at this way: Two boxers enter the ring for a match, but one has his hands tied behind his back and the other can do whatever he wants, even hitting below the belt. This is exactly the situation with Uber. They have entered the taxi industry with little regard for the existing regulations licensed companies must follow. They break the law every day. For-hire transportation regulations

protect customers and ensure that our drivers, taxicabs, and roads are safe. I applaud the Maryland Public Service Commission’s recent ruling that Uber is indeed a “common carrier.” While this is a step in the right direction, we still have to wait and see how, if at all, the state and local jurisdictions will actually regulate Uber. In the meantime, Barwood has joined other Maryland taxi companies in a lawsuit against Uber to ensure fair competition and protect the safety of our customers and the livelihoods of our drivers. If Uber and other companies want to operate in this industry, they should have to comply with the same insurance, inspection, and licensing regulations required by the local jurisdictions. Anything less is unfair and unacceptable.

Lee Barnes The writer is the president of Barwood Taxi in Kensington

Turnout percentage doesn’t reflect voter rolls Regarding your July 30 editorial “Electoral review wins our vote,” I agree that more must be done to increase voter turnout. However, the official Board of Elections percentage of 16.2 percent participation is misleading. The number of registered voters in Montgomery County is much higher than the actual eligible number. The voting lists have not been

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purged in many years. For example, my two adult daughters have not lived or voted in the county for many years, and yet they continue to be listed as eligible, even though one lives in England and the other in Florida. I was under the mistaken assumption that if you didn’t vote in two or three of the last elections, your name was removed from the lists. That is not

true! A name may be removed from the eligible list if a sample ballot is returned to the Board of Elections with such information. Or if someone registers to vote in another jurisdiction/ state, that entity is supposed to notify Montgomery County. Or if someone dies, the Social Security Administration is supposed to notify the state, and then the state is supposed to notify the local

jurisdiction. Do any of these steps actually happen? How are these processes audited? The Montgomery County Board of Elections takes the position that they would prefer to err on the side of keeping ineligible names on the voting list than disenfranchise possible voters. That is not an unreasonable position. But are they taking steps to mini-

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mize this probable discrepancy? And when they report voter participation, shouldn’t they try to explain that it is a probable mischacterization? Most of my friends and neighbors take voting very seriously. I believe that most eligible Montgomery County voters try to participate.

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There’s another side to voting recommendations I read with great interest your editorial on the Montgomery County Council’s Right to Vote Task Force (“Electoral review wins our vote,” July 30). I am the vice chair of that task force, one of only two conservatives in its current 12-person membership. As such, I wrote many of the minority reports and cast many of the votes in opposition to the recommendations. Therefore, please allow me to explain where I part company from your

general support of the 59 recommendations of the task force. A few of the recommendations submitted are reasonable, especially the one on fair redistricting, which would eliminate the current Democrat gerrymandering and align voting districts in a more nonpartisan way. Where I have substantial differences with other task force recommendations — and your editorial endorsing them — are in the proposals to extend the

franchise to groups which do not presently possess it. As you point out, the objective of the task force is to increase voter participation, not necessarily increase the number of voters. Yet that is precisely what the following proposals would not do, as they are exclusively focused on expanding the franchise, not turning out more of those who already possess it: • Give voting rights to minors in local elections starting at ages 16 and 17

• Give felons the right to register to vote while still incarcerated and give convicted felons the actual right to vote while on probation or parole • Give non-citizens the right to vote in local and county elections. These proposals have one thing in common: They are all outside the provisions of both Maryland and U.S. law and, as such, would require at least legislative action and in some instances, constitutional

amendment — all well beyond the reach of the Montgomery County Council. While that seems obvious, perhaps less obvious is the likely effect of the task force’s failure to require proof of U.S. citizenship before voting. Not doing so opens the back door to allowing aliens (legal and illegal) to infringe the most precious right of citizenship — the right to vote. In summary, I believe the only way to increase voter participation, keep the 47 percent of

Marylanders who told a recent poll they’d like to leave the state because of all the taxes, and retain businesses who are already exiting is to end one-party rule and thus bring balance back to state and local governments. That power is already in the voters’ hands.

Gary Featheringham, North Potomac The writer is vice chair of the Montgomery County Right to Vote Task Force

Right to Vote Task Force report should stimulate discussion The League of Women Voters would like to alert the public that the Montgomery County Council has received (and posted on its website) the initial report of its Right to Vote Task Force. We think the recommendations of the task force will be of general interest, particularly with regard to the reasons for low voter turnout in the recent primary election. We look forward to the council conducting a thorough study of this

report, including its scheduling of a public forum on Sept. 23, to educate the public about the issues addressed and to hear additional views. The League of Women Voters stands ready to participate fully in the process and hopes that other organizations that are concerned about strengthening our democracy and encouraging more people to vote will also become involved. From our experience in voter education, we know that

one of the main reasons that citizens do not vote is that they are unfamiliar with the candidates and issues. To address this need for information, the League will publish its nonpartisan Voters’ Guide and an online version at [It] covers all the candidates and explains the ballot questions in plain language. We will also hold a forum for candidates for the Board of Education on Sept. 29.

Blair Lee got it wrong on deportation order Blair Lee misunderstands — or misrepresents — President Obama’s 2012 executive order regarding deportation of undocumented children (“By heart or by head?,” July 30). That order applied only to children who had been brought to this country by their parents and had lived here for at least five years. The executive order does not cover the children pouring into the country this year, so could not have “exacerbated the problem” nor caused the numbers of unaccompanied,

undocumented children to “skyrocket.” The two principal factors that have increased the numbers of undocumented children are: (1) the unrelenting climate of gang-related violence in several Central American nations and (2) increased awareness of the law signed by President Bush in 2008 to provide appropriate protection and a careful evaluation process for children who are caught crossing the border illegally.

Robert Tiller, Silver Spring

We hope that candidates for other offices will also agree to participate in forums. In addition, the League is ready to assist groups with dynamic and knowledgeable speakers who can explain the ballot questions and facilitate group discussions or provide more basic explanation about the functions of county government and the role played by each of the offices that voters will see on the ballot. The task force made a

number of recommendations regarding voter registration and voter education. While those may require some time to consider and implement, we are prepared to act now to help citizens become registered. The League of Women Voters will participate in National Voter Registration Day on September 23, 2014. We invite other organizations to partner with us in helping residents ensure that their voter

registration information is up-to-date to avoid delays at the polling place on Election Day. We urge The Gazette to provide advance coverage of this event as a service to its readers, so that they can take advantage of the convenient voter registration activity that day.

Linna Barnes, Chevy Chase The writer is president of The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, MD, Inc.

U.S. aid supports Israel’s war crimes After reading your article about a Montgomery County church sending aid to Gaza (“Bethesda church reaches out to Gaza hospital,” July 23) and the constant news of Israel’s war against Gaza, I feel moved to write the following: It is very troubling to me that my tax dollars are being used to slaughter Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel is committing, again and again, war crimes against the Palestinians. The $3 billion in annual aid to

Israel that the U.S. has committed to is allowing Israel to unleash horrible amounts of weapons upon the Palestinian people in the land of Israel. It seems clear that Israel’s goal is the eradication of Palestinians from the land of Israel, which historically was Arab land. The U.S. Congress and the president have sided with Israel in this goal. What a tragedy for the U.S. and Israel. Both countries are carrying out illegal wars at great cost to the people of Israel and the

U.S. Palestinians want to live in peace, but Israel continues to suppress and oppress the people of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. In frustration and outrage at this injustice, Palestinians have fought back militarily after years of trying nonviolent, legal protest. My heart mourns for Palestinians and Israelis and for my part in this tragedy.

Mary Ellen Atkinson, Sandy Spring


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FALL PREVIEW: High school sports. Previews for the 2014 fall season begin next week with golf, field hockey, tennis and cross country. The following week boys and girls soccer and volleyball. Football is Sept. 3.

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a counselor at Argyle Middle School in Aspen Hill. “... The boys are definitely getting better. They’re getting more familiar with the poses.” Senior Dontrey Tyler said he was skeptical of yoga initially and that he struggled in his earlier sessions, but has come to appreciate the hour-long workouts. “I realize it helps stretch you out more and helps your core. It just helps your overall strength of your body, stretches it out and makes you feel more fluid,” Tyler said. “... It helps you push past what you think you can do.” Sims, a running back, said that yoga — in conjunction with their other workouts — could help the Knights execute their fast-pace offense as they look to improve on last season’s 1-9 season. “If we’re in top shape and we’re doing yoga, it could keep us from being injured,” Sims said. “We do a lot of running to keep in condition, so when it comes to the fourth quarter, we’ll be able to pull out the games and win.”


For an hour the athletes are silent, barely moving from their designated spots in the Wheaton High School lower gymnasium. There’s no running, there’s no heavy lifting and there’s no competition. It’s not a typical football workout. But after committing this summer to the twice-a-week routine, yoga, they said they are feeling healthy and fit heading into the preseason. “You wouldn’t think yoga can work you out but once you start getting into it and actually doing it, you actually start to sweat,” said Dominyck Sims, a junior. “It’s a legitimate exercise because you’re sweating and your blood is flowing. Added senior Carey Brown: “I thought it was kind of boring and that it wouldn’t help me. But now that I’m doing it it’s a big help. It keeps me from getting injured.” The Knights have been practicing yoga since Ernie Williams was hired as coach before the 2012 season. The third-year coach said he started the program — which has mental and physical benefits — after seeing its rise in popularity in college and professional sports. “There’s just so many teams that are doing it and the benefits are so great,” he said. “... They get into some positions where if you’re not focused, you’re hitting the ground. They have to be locked into the moment.” Williams said about 33 players — up from 23 last season — attend the classes, which are instructed by Nancy Rossini, a longtime yoga enthusiast and friend of the coach. “It definitely can be challenging because they come with different skill levels, they come with different flexibility, they come with different focus levels,” said Rossini, PHOTOS BY BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE

Left, top: Wheaton High School junior Xavier Howard does a yoga pose on Tuesday at the school. Left, bottomWheaton High School seniors football players Nick Boumboulis and Tommy Cortes do yoga. Below: Khalid Kennedy performs.

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As thousands of high school studentathletes begin fall practice Wednesday throughout Maryland, they should consider themselves lucky. The 2012 law that required school systems to adopt heat acclimatization guidelines for preseason activities has, for all intents and purposes, eliminated traditional two-a-day practices. Aside from my jealousy factor, the rule changes to limit contact and time spent in the heat, and evolving attitudes and knowledge about concussions and overall athlete safety have altered sports at all levels. Starting this year, Montgomery County Public Schools — for the first time — will have an


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Anyone who watched the Washington Redskins 23-6 exhibition game victory against the New England Patriots on Thursday may have heard a familiar name being called by the in-house commentator: Travis Hawkins. Hawkins was a member of the visiting Patriots, but he felt right at home at FedEx Field, not too far away from Gaithersburg’s Quince Orchard High School, where he played football from 2005-09. He was a member of Quince Orchard’s 2007 undefeated state championship team. Last week, he got the unlikely opportunity to play his first National Football League game in his home state and he said he enjoyed every bit of it. “It was great. It was great to be home. Playing in front of my family and friends and just playing against a team I grew up watching [and] liking,” Hawkins said following a practice on Sunday evening, back at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. For the entire week leading up to the Redskins game, the Patriots were taking part in joint practices and scrimmages with Washington in Richmond, Va., at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. The two teams had grown familiar with one another over the week, but Hawkins said he still had a few nerves creep in moments before the game. “Just because, going into my first NFL game — I’ve been to a Redskins game before, but I never been on the field. Just being on the field, and just looking up in the stadium, like, my dreams finally came true. It was amazing,” Hawkins said. He was signed by the Patriots in May as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Delaware, one day after the NFL Draft concluded. Hawkins played cornerback for Delaware, a position

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athletic trainer at all 25 high schools. When I was playing high school football 11 years ago, one of my friends complained of mild headaches during an August practice. We wondered why because he wasn’t KENT ZAKOUR a starter and we never ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR saw him get hit hard in practice. So, we, as teammates and a few coaches, gave him a hard time about being “soft” and told “him to suck it up.” We figured he was just tired or a little dehydrated. It was the culture — even at the high school level — of the game then. But his headaches persisted and he eventually went to the doctor, where was diagnosed with a concussion and was required to sit out of

practice for a few weeks. He seemed fine, however, and even he felt like he should be back out on the field. My how times have changed. Now, with all of the emphasis on concussions — whether brought about for actual player safety reasons or solely financially motivated by the National Football League — we probably wouldn’t have pressured our friend. I’m sure, with an athletic trainer on campus, he would’ve been properly diagnosed much earlier. Times have changed in the newspaper industry as well. At The Gazette, as you may have seen, we are striving to be more hyper-local than ever. So in our five county editions (Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Rockville and Silver Spring) expect to see a focus on area-specific stories. In addition to our weekly Wednesday

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With Wednesday’s first day of practice for fall sports across Montgomery County Public Schools comes the return of a prevalent issue that has swept the sporting world more intensely in recent years: Concussions. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that alters the way a person’s brain functions, according to the Mayo Clinic. And although most concussions are a result of a hit to the head — which is why people associate them most with contact sports like football — they are actually caused by the brain hitting the skull and can be sustained by a mere jolt to the head or upper body. As more studies reveal — and former professional athletes speak out about — the possible long-term effects of the traumatic brain injuries, there has been a strong push to promote concussion prevention. But the truth is, there’s no way to avoid concussions completely. The best way to deal with surfacing data and the fear that’s accompanied it, is education, coaches agreed. A study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine revealed the number of concussions among high school athletes doubled from 2005-12 but some researchers attribute that increase to more awareness.

Doctors can’t know what they can’t see A major danger to a concussed individual is second impact syndrome, which occurs when a successive concussion is sustained before symptoms to the original have subsided. And the problem with trying to prevent this potentially fatal occurrence is there’s no foolproof test to confirm when an athlete is ready to return to the playing field or court.



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Continued from Page B-1 “If you break your ankle, you X-ray it and you X-ray it until it’s not broken anymore,” Walt Whitman High School football coach Jim Kuhn said. “There’s no test to see if your brain has a concussion.” In 2013 MCPS began funding mandatory baseline concussion testing — these assess an athlete’s balance and brain function — for all student-athletes in an effort to reduce the risk of athletes returning to competition too quickly. Another way for the county to support student-athletes’ safety is through equipment, Richard Montgomery football coach Josh Klotz said. Technology is constantly changing and new and more effective equipment is always surfacing. Thanks to the support of its boosters Richard Montgomery football received more than $5,000 in new helmets this fall. It’s possible headgear might become a requirement on the soccer field at some point as well, coaches said.

Heads up Last year the National Federation of State High School Association partnered with USA Football to endorse the organization’s Heads Up Football program, which is geared toward promoting tackling mechanics that aim to reduce helmet contact. While the push is a high profile one, Klotz said these techniques have been taught by Montgomery County coaches for five to seven years under a different moniker. And it’s not just because they’re safer, they’re actually better, he said. Klotz said it’s also reached the youth organizations which is extremely important. The key to maintaining the proper technique — not leading with the head, more shoulder to body contact — is repetition, coaches agreed. If bad habits are there, they can be broken, Kuhn said.


Continued from Page B-1 print editions this fall, Jennifer Beekman (@jen_beekman; girls soccer, cross country), Ted Black (@tblackspts; girls volleyball, golf, tennis) Eric Goldwein (@ericgazette; boys soccer, field hockey) and Prince Grimes (@dmvprince; football) will provide readers with day-to-day coverage online at Sports editor Ken Sain (@gazsptsed), a strong stable of freelancers and I (@kzakour) will all help out as needed. Beginning next week we will begin previewing all of the Montgom-

Kuhn and Klotz agreed that the majority of their athletes are first-time football players when they enter ninth grade so they start with a clean slate but even with experienced players they stressed the importance of taking the time to break down the tackle and work on strengthening the individual aspects that go into creating one single hit. Coaches in all sports have been encouraged to work with athletes on upper body, shoulder and neck strength to minimize neck movement during collisions and tackles.

Be cautious but not fearful The prospect of injury can be unnerving but playing timidly might actually increase the chances of enduring one, Clarksburg High girls’ soccer coach Christina Mann said. With all the recent attention paid to head injuries, soccer has come under recent scrutiny given that forcefully making contact with one’s head on the ball is actually a major component of the game. Some organizations have banned the act of heading the ball at the younger levels, which Clarksburg High girls’ soccer coach said is understandable. But rather than avoiding a part of the game that’s both instinctive and unlikely to go away, Mann said it’s important to make sure it’s done right — players can practice with smaller or lighter soccer balls. “Taking heading out of soccer could take away some players’ best quality,” said Washington Spirit midfielder Tori Huster. “Look at Abby Wambach. How many goals has she scored with her head? One thing that’s really important is to teach kids how to actually head the ball. There’s a technique to it and a place on the head that if you hit it there nine times out of 10 you will feel fine. There’s so much knowledge of concussions coming out, it’s also important to have knowledge of the right technique.”


Quince Orchard High School graduate Travis Hawkins is trying to earn a spot on the New England Patriots’ roster this month.


ery County public and private high school programs. Cross country, field hockey, golf and tennis are scheduled for Aug. 20 with boys and girls soccer and girls volleyball set for Aug. 27. Finally, our football preview section, complete with individual team capsules, will run on Sept. 3. The Gazette’s sports department is on Twitter. Follow us @Mont_ Sports and @PG_Sports. Use hashtag #mdprep this fall to stay connected for scores involving Montgomery and Prince George’s counties’ teams.

Continued from Page B-1 was highly-recruited at out of Quince Orchard, where he also saw time at quarterback, running back and wide receiver. Hawkins originally committed to the University of Maryland, College Park, but transferred to Delaware two years later once a new coaching regime took over at Maryland. Hawkins went one to graduate as one of the top cornerbacks and kick returners in the Colonial Athletic Association. He was also the first person in his family to earn a college degree. Hawkins said that while he was at Delaware, his only focus was to win a championship. And while he never won a CAA title, he did make an impression

big enough to make an NFL team’s 90man preseason roster — something he said never crossed his mind while he was playing. Now with the Patriots, Hawkins is playing a new position, safety, and hoping to stay on the roster, which has to be cut down to 53 players by August 30. Teams also have to cut their roster down to 75 players on August 26, following the third weekend of preseason games. “I feel like I did some good things. I felt like I did some bad things,” said Hawkins, who finished with four tackles and a 20-yard kickoff return against Washington. “I got to get better. Coach told me I did some good things as far as tackling and stuff like that. ... I’m my biggest critiquer, so I know what I got to do. I got to work harder and just give my best day-in and day-out to give me my best

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chance to make the roster.” He said he’s received the most advice from veteran safety Devin McCourty, who has been a starter for the Patriots since 2010. “Absolutely [it’s fun]. Every day, I just got to come out and have fun,” Hawkins said. “When I’m having fun, that’s when I feel like I’m playing at my best. Whenever I’m thinking too much and just worrying about the little things, that’s when I start making mistakes. So the biggest thing is to have fun and just stay in your playbook and know what you’re doing at all times.” The Patriots next preseason game is scheduled for Friday against the Philadelphia Eagles.



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Springbrook High School graduate and former NFL player Shawn Springs (left) chats with Asher Smith (right), 13 of Potomac, Dermot O’Kelly (center), 13 of Bethesda, and Owen Hopkins, 14 of Bethesda, during Saturday’s first annual Save Youth Football combine at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda.

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Solomon Taylor said football helped him overcome personal struggles while growing up in Potomac, so when he saw the sport’s youth participation falling — which he attributed to costs and safety concerns — he decided to take action by saving the sport that helped save him. Taylor, 31, launched Save Youth Football (SYF) in June 2013, andtheBethesda-basednonprofit helditsfirstmajorevent—aCharity Football Combine — Saturday at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. More than 250 people were in attendance, including 120 youth football players who participated free of charge, Taylor said. “There’s a lot of kids out there that don’t have that opportunity to play the game, and we’re losing kids to other sports, so that’s why it’s ‘Save Youth Football,’” said Taylor, a Winston Churchill alumnus. According to the SYF website, Taylor was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder at a young age but was able to graduate high school with football’s help, and has stayed involved with the sport since then, coaching at the youth level and running a youth sports video production company. “This is the ultimate team sport,” said Taylor, owner of

Prominent Productions. “It teaches life lessons so it’s important that kids get an opportunity to play this.” But Taylor said he has seen youth football participation fall in recent years, locally and nationally. According to ESPN, Pop Warner, a prominent youth football program, had its participation drop 9.5 percent from 2010 to 2012. The decline comes as concerns about player safety and head injuries are on the rise. Robert Cantu, a neurosurgeon and concussion expert at Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, recommended children under 14 not play tackle football because of the unknown long-term impact of concussions and repetitive head trauma. Taylor said the drop has more to do with rising costs ($300-plus per player) than player safety. Mark Steinwandel, of Darnestown, whose eighth-grade son played in the Rockville Football League, said that parents are concerned about player safety, but that youth tackle football can help curb risk of injuries at higher age-levels. “This is unscientific but when the kids are little and they’re all about the same size, nobody is running 1,000 miles per hour,” Steinwandel said. “If they can learn the techniques and what to do and how to protect themselves, to me, that’s really helpful.” The Charity Football Combine featured several activities for athletes, including a 40-yard dash,

a field-goal kicking station and an agility shuttle. Players were given scorecards to record their times and measurements. “This is something they watch on TV: the NFL combine,” Taylor said. “… All these kids want to run a 40-yard dash and they want to do it with a laser timer and they get excited about it … They get to seewhattheirhardworkintheoffseason has done.” The event included an equipment drive for children from underserved communities. It also featured Retired NFL All-Pro Shawn Springs, an alumnus of Springbrook High School in Silver Spring (Class of 1993), and former Washington Redskins player Marcus Washington. “Football, like any sport, adds a lot of value to anyone’s life. You learn a little bit about team work, you learn discipline, you learn about hard work. And I think there’s some important life lessons,” Springs said. “… Anything I can do to keep the sport relevant ... if there’s kids that want to play and can’t afford to play, that shouldn’t be the case.” Isaiah Nolasco, 11, of Rockville, said that his favorite part of the event was “that I get to practice and try to get better at things, and help other people.” Lamont Hagans, 12, of New Carrollton participated in several drills, including the field-goal station and the 40-yard dash. “[I’m here] so I can train more and be active … It’s pretty cool,” he said.

KEEPING IT BRIEF P. Branch cheerleaders recognized for skills The Paint Branch High School varsity cheerleading team won several awards at a four-day event held last week in Ocean City. The Burtonsville school won Best Chant, Best Game Day, Best Xtreme Routine, Best AllAround Award and Leadership Award, according to coach Zina Saunders. “[Paint Branch] Cheer worked hard every day. They were always the first team to arrive in the morning, the team that practiced during lunch and after the evening session every day. The hard work paid off,” Saunders wrote in an email to The Gazette.


Rockville represented in international lacrosse tournament Four graduates from Rockville’s Thomas S. Wootton High School participated in the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship, held July 10-19 in Colorado. Matt Greenblatt (Class of 2010) Jason Senter (2009) and Mark Jutkowitz (2008) played for Israel, while Sam Futrovsky (2007) played for Slovakia. Bullis School (Potomac) graduates Matt Opsahl (2012) and Mitch Goldberg (2013) also

played for Isreal. Longtime Montgomery County coach Edward Kostolansky led Slovakia’s national team. Potomac’s Winston Churchill featured senior Daniel DiBono III (Spain) senior Louis Dubick (Israel), Bertan Unal (2007, Turkey) and Brett Rolf (assistant coach, Costa Rica).


Germantown swimmer sets world record Germantown-based swimmer Frederik Hviid, 40, set a masters world record en route to winning the 200-meter backstroke in the Men’s 40-44 age group at the 15th FINA World Masters Championships held July 27 through Sunday in Montreal. Hviid finished in a time of 2 minutes, 11.56 seconds, nearly two seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Hviid, who is a two-time Olympic distance freestyler and individual medley swimmer from Spain, opened the competition with a first-place finish in the 800-meter freestyle. His time of 8:47.75 was nearly 30 seconds ahead of runner-up Stewart Carroll. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Hviid won the consolation final of the 400-meter individual medley. He also competed in the 2000 Sydney event.


B-CC assistant football coach passes away Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School assistant football coach Jeffrey Van Grack passed away on Saturday from a fight with bladder cancer. B-CC coach Josh Singer expressed his condolences on Twitter: “Real sad to say we have lost a member of our football family. We will miss you Coach Jeff Van Grack! #JVGSTRONG.” Van Grack graduated from B-CC and has worked as a lawyer in Bethesda for decades. From 2000-11, when he started coaching at B-CC, he assisted with the athletics at Northwest High School in Germantown.


Potomac boy wins national tennis title Benjamin Kittay, 10 of Potomac teamed with Faris Khan, 12 of Texas to win the doubles title at the U.S. Tennis Association Boys 12s National Championships held last week in Arkansas. Despite being on the youngest end of the age-group spectrum Kittay, who is ranked No. 21 nationally in the USTA Boys 12s, also reached the semifinals of the singles competition. There he lost in two close sets to eventual champion Aditya Gupta.


The Washington Spirit women’s professional soccer team was mere minutes away from clinching its first National Women’s Soccer League postseason appearance Saturday night in Seattle. A win against the topranked Reign would’ve ensured Washington a top-four, regularseason finish and the Spirit led, 1-0, in the 89th minute of Saturday’s contest. Then, in a quick turn of events, Seattle’s Jessica Fishlock threaded a pass right through Washington’s backline to the feet of Scottish midfielder Kim Little. The league’s leading scorer handled a sliding challenge from Spirit goalkeeper Chantel Jones — Washington’s starting goalie Ashlyn Harris was sidelined with concussion-like symptoms — with seeming ease and buried the equalizer for her 16th goal of the year. Each team took a point away from the 1-1 draw and every point is important for the Spirit at this juncture of the season. “We scored a good goal first and then we defended and we were disciplined, I think we deserved to win,” Washington coach Mark Parsons said. “But it’s hard to stop a squad full of players that Seattle has. ... Apart from that last opportunity, I didn’t see them scoring. I think we all could’ve done better on that last opportunity, we could’ve slowed the game down. But we’ve got to learn from that, it’s a great time to learn from that.” Washington (10-8-5), which has come a long way since its last-place finish a year ago, currently sits in third place in the league standings with 35 points. Portland Thorns FC (33 points) and Chicago Red Stars (31) are not far behind. The Spirit are still in position to clinch a playoff berth but they will need to win their season finale next Saturday against the Sky Blue FC in a game scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds.


Washington Spirit players Diana Matheson (left) and Crystal Dunn hope to lead the organization to its first playoff berth. Washington’s last outing against the New York/New Jersey-based team did not go well — Sky Blue won 4-2 — but Spirit coach Mark Parsons praised his team’s ability to get a job done when most necessary. “We keep saying, we’re our best when we have to do something, when we have to win,” Parsons said. “It will be no different against a hot, on-form Sky Blue. Our motivation is really high and we’ve been strong at home recently. Even if we won [Saturday night] going home and winning against the Sky Blue would’ve been just as high a priority and focus.” Seattle is a team ripe with starpower, Parsons said. From notoriously stingy Hope Solo in goal to experienced U.S. Women’s National Team defender Stephanie Cox, from midfielders Little and Welsh international Fishlock to the offensive third with Japanese international Nahomi Kawasumi and American stars Megan Rapinoe and Sydney Leroux, Seattle is strong in every area of the field. But the Reign, which has outscored its opponents 50-19 in 2014, has also seemed to bring out some of Washington’s best, Parsons said, as the Spirit have hung with and even controlled play against Seattle at times this seaosn. With the regular season title and the No. 1 seed in upcoming playoffs shored up, Seattle had very little riding on Saturday’s contest, except for pride and an undefeated streak at home. Little

andKawasumi,therefore,started the game on the bench — Seattle had also just played three days earlier — and Washington took advantage. The Spirit pressured Seattle’s backline and midfield and didn’t allow the Reign the space they’re used to playing with. Though Seattle had a couple looks at a goal in the first half, it was Washington that struck first in the 29th minute when Canadian National Team midfielder Diana Matheson finished a pass from Australian international Lisa De Vanna inside the far post. Kawasumi came off the bench in the 46th minute and Little in the 68th and their entries changed the complexion of the game. Seattle outshot Washington, 11-4, Saturday, though only 4-2 in shots on goal. Parsons said he was pleased with the way the Spirit held its shape defensively and remained disciplined under the pressure to maintain their advantage. It took nearly perfect play to ruin Washington’s chances of clinching a playoff berth. It was Little’s first goal against the Spirit. “In our previous two games I think we’ve done a good job with Kim Little, she hadn’t had too many opportunities against us,” Parsons said. “But you take a fresh Kim Little when we’re on a road trip on the West Coast, dealing with jet lag [we just got in the day before] and she is tough to deal with.”


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There probably aren’t many high school quarterbacks who are on a first name basis with the National Football League’s elite. But our Lady of Good Counsel High School junior Andres Castillo is one of them. The son of Baltimore Ravens offensive line coach Juan Castillo — he previously spent 18 years on the Philadelphia Eagles’ staff — has had the unique opportunity to spend time with and learn from a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, Baltimore’s Joe Flacco. Castillo, who lives in Glenelg, transferred in to Good Counsel from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia last fall and was the Falcons’ starting quarterback by mid-season. “I talk to Joe a lot,” Castillo said. “Joe and [backup quarterback] Tyrod [Taylor]. I got to work out with Tyrod in California for a whole weekend. They have a lot of knowledge and they bring it to me. They give me a lot of pointers, it’s a really unique experience.” But it’s not Castillo’s connections that make him a special player, Good Counsel coach Bob Milloy said, though his football IQ has certainly benefitted from growing up around a coaching dad and the professional game. Rather it’s the dual-threat quarterback’s work ethic and discipline and the way he’s truly embraced the tremendous learning opportunity he’s been afforded to be the best quarterback he can. Castillo completed eight of 16 pass attempts for 151 yards in Good Counsel’s one-point loss to rival DeMatha Catholic in last year’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinals. The defeat ended the Falcons’ four-year reign atop the league. Milloy said Castillo “played like a champion” in the game and earned to No. 1 quarterback status heading into this year’s training camp. But the two expect sophomore and Potomac resident Travis Nannen, who was brought up to varsity as a freshman late last fall, to play a sizeable role in the this season’s effort to regain Good Counsel’s status as WCAC champion as well. Milloy said he will know a lot more once he sees the two in live action when scrimmages start next week. “It’s great to have two guys who can push each other,” Milloy said. “An old coach

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Our Lady of Good Counsel High School quarterback Andres Castillo practices Sunday. once told me, ‘The best coach is the bench,’ because they don’t want to be on the bench. It’s a great motivator, it’s the best motivator. Travis was the No. 1 quarterback in the area in eighth grade. We want to try and play both of them. It’s like baseball, you bring in the reliever if one guy’s not hot.” Though they possess similar styles, Milloy said, Castillo and Nannen also boast different strengths. At 5-foot-11, Castillo is quicker on his feet and might thrive more in an option offense setup. The multifaceted play caller said he has spent the offseason improving his speed. His 40-yard dash time dropped from 5.1 seconds at the Jacksonville Under Armour Combine in January to 4.8 last month. But it was also his passing ability that helped open Good Counsel’s run-heavy offense last year. Nannen’s height — 6-foot-3 — gives him more visibility in reading opposing defenses. The two agreed their varying strengths can keep opponents’ off-kilter. In addition, an overall experienced backfield and core of veteran receivers will provide few weaknesses for opponents to exploit, they said.

“I think they can both do the passing and running part of everything we have,” Milloy said. “Certain things, maybe we’ll run some option with [Castillo] but [Nannen] might be better with the deep pass. They’re both very smart.” Both new to the program a year ago, more time with the playbook and in the system will only help them progress this fall. And though each would like to do his part on the field for Good Counsel, Castillo and Nannen said they don’t let starting time get in the way of their friendship and working relationship. The team comes first, they agreed. “The thing about me and Travis is you have those quarterbacks where they know they’re competing with one another and they won’t talk to each other and have this little grudge toward each other,” Castillo said. “We actually talk outside of the football field, we’re actually friends. We give each other pointers and we accept them because we just want to help the team.”

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart senior Katie Ledecky has made breaking American and world swimming records look easy — it’s become almost expected for her to lower marks every time she races. But when she dives into the water during any given competition, making history is rarely on her mind, she’s consistently said. The goal has always remained simply to achieve personal bests. It just so happens that at this point, her own individual records will also be the world’s best times. On Saturday at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, Calif. Ledecky became the first woman to break the 3 minute, 59 second barrier in the 400-meter freestyle. Her time of 3:58.86 bested Italian Federica Pellegrini’s previous mark of 3:59.16, which she achieved at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome. After coming within .74 seconds of the record in the morning’s preliminaries, Ledecky admitted the thought of a new world record during the evening’s finals did creep into her mind. “It was on my mind but I didn’t let it overtake me today,” Ledecky said. “I was just relaxed and whatever happened, happened. ...I think [coach] Bruce [Gemmell] should be pretty happy about how I swam it. I just had to make sure I didn’t rush the first hundred, and right after the first hundred I could go and just race the last 300. I think I set it up pretty well.” With the new mark Ledecky now holds world records in the 400-, 800- and 1,500-meter freestyle events, something no woman has done simultaneously since storied American Olympian Janet Evans on May 12,

2006, according to USA Swimming. Ledecky said just being mentioned in the same sentence as the woman she considers a great role model, is an honor. The historical swim capped off a successful weekend for Ledecky, who defeated five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin to win the 200 freestyle to go along with her third straight 800 freestyle national title. “I was trying to think earlier how many times I’ve actually gotten to race [Franklin] and it’s just a handful probably, like four or five times,” Ledecky said. “It’s an honor to be in a heat with her. It means a lot [when she says I make her better] because I feel the same way about her. She’s such a great person. And what I most admire is how she’s improved over the years and taken everything in stride and is just an extremely positive person.” The weekend’s national championship meet also served as a qualifier for the Pan Pacific Championships, which scheduled for Aug. 21-25 in Gold Coast, Australia. The top three in each event — or four for relays — at nationals qualified for the international championship at the end of the month. Pan Pacifics are also an opportunity for swimmers to earn bids to the 2015 FINA World Championships, slated for next July 24 to August 9 in Russia. Though Ledecky has separated herself as the world’s best distance freestyler, she’s also proven in the last year that she can tackle the middle distances as well. Her training, she said, is centered around the 400 freestyle and she can go up or down from there. She said she’s most recently focused on the 200 freestyle because that distance allows her to be a valuable asset to the United States’ relays. “[Between now and Pan Pacifics] I will just get back to training, there’s a lot we can still improve,” Ledecky said.

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Nineteen shows, 500 songs, 350 performers and 30,000 tickets have marked the path from a 2004 Nils Lofgren tribute show to the 10th anniversary of BandHouse Gigs, taking place at the Music Center at Strathmore on Saturday. The team behind BandHouse Gigs creates tribute concerts twice annually celebrating songwriters and performers whose work they admire — along with much of the local music community. Ten years later, they show no signs of letting the music die anytime soon. It all began with the Washington Area Music Timeline Concert Series, a round of shows highlighting the work of local musicians that occurred at Strathmore. The final outdoor concert was to focus on Bruce Springsteen’s guitar player Lofgren, who had performed in several bands in the greater metropolitan area. Ronnie Newmyer, one of BandHouse Gigs’ executive producers, was asked to organize the show due to his history playing with Lofgren. Along with Chuck Sullivan, Newmyer put together the concert, which brought in a crowd of 5,000. Following the concert’s success they were asked to produce more tributes, and the rest was history. “Strathmore was hugely in-

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Danny Schwartz, David Sless, Ronnie Newmyer and Chuck Sullivan are working hard during the final days of preparation for BandHouse Gigs’ 10th anniversary musical retrospective concert Aug. 16. fluential and encouraged us to broaden our base so we didn’t come back with the same faces in all of our shows,” Newmyer said. “We’re hugely excited for the opportunity to come back and celebrate this 10 year journey that wouldn’t have happened if not for the opportunity they afforded us in the first place.” Newmyer and Sullivan produce the tribute concerts alongside David Sless, David Schwartz and Greg Hardin — and a handful of volunteers. From the time a concert wraps up, the BandHouse Gigs team

begins to plan for the next show and begin sorting through local performers to invite to participate. BandHouse Gigs have highlighted music from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, as well as eras and events such as Woodstock and the British Invasion. By including the hits as well as deep album cuts familiar to and beloved by few, Newmyer and crew celebrate each artist’s full history with audience members and par-

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BANDHOUSE GIGS 10TH ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE TRIBUTE CONCERT n When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $15-$29 n More information:

Bluejacket Brewery is one of the newest additions to the DC brewing scene, located in the revitalized section of Southeast Washington, very close to Nationals Stadium. The brewery is part of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group which includes the beer-centric ChurchKey/ Birch and Barley and Rustico. Bluejacket opened in October 2013 in one of Washington’s oldest extant industrial buildings which started life in 1919 as the Boilermakers Shops of the Navy Yard. Bluejacket is a Navy term for an enlisted man and pays homage to the building and neighborhood’s origins. The insides of the empty building were completely crafted to fit the plans for Bluejacket. Bluejacket’s main floor is the brewery’s restaurant and bar, called The Arsenal. The Arsenal has 20 draft lines, each serving a different unfiltered beer at the correct serving temperature through a sophisticated control system. Bluejacket uses eight different glassware shapes to ensure beers are served with the appropriate glass for the style. There also are five cask conditioned ales served via hand pumps. The upper two floors contain the brewery itself. The 15-barrel brewing system has 18 small fermenters which pro-

vide flexibility for aging beers for various lengths of time as needed. There also is a souring room where tart/sour beers are aged and developed in a wide variety of wood casks. Lastly, Bluejacket installed one of the few coolships extant in the country. Plans are to begin using the coolship to create some sour ales starting in the fall. In less than a year of operation, Bluejacket has made more than 70 different beers. Most beers follow traditional styles modified by creativity and experimentation. Until recently, all the beers have been consumed onsite in The Arsenal. Bluejacket has started bottling 10 of their beers and plans to sell kegs to local restaurants and bars. While there is a continuing rotation of beers, the three most popular and regularly available are Forbidden Planet, a dryhopped Kölsch, Lost Weekend IPA made with Citra hops, and Mexican Radio, a spiced sweet stout. Normally there are at least 2-3 funky or sour ales on draft. Forbidden Planet (4.2 percent alcohol by volume, ABV) is a hoppy Kölsch made with a profusion of Galaxy hops. It has a tropical fruit nose with notes of mango, orange and cantaloupe with some floral character. Quite smooth, Forbidden Planet has a light sweet mango front which continues in the middle. A slight citrus-y orange is added in the finish with all going into the aftertaste with the citrus flavors lingering. Ratings: 8/8 Pyro (5.9 percent ABV) is a sour Saison which begins with a complex aroma that is fruity,

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IN THE ARTS For a free listing, please submit complete information to at least 10 days in advance of desired publication date. High-resolution color images (500KB minimum) in jpg format should be submitted when available. DANCES West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. Drop in lessons 7:30 to 9 p.m. ($15), Aug. 15; Ballroom Bash 6:30 to 8:30

p.m., practice and lesson 8:30 p.m. to midnight dance ($20), Aug. 16; Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m., free Rumba lesson at 7 p.m. ($16), Aug. 17; Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. ($16), Aug. 20; Tea Dance 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. ($6), Aug. 21, 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, Scottish Country Dancing, 8 to 10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240-505-0339. Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thursdays, 8:15 p.m.

beginner lesson, 9 to 11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, Contra, Aug. 15, Anna Rain calls to Gaslight Tinkers with Peter Siegel on mandolin, guitar, banjo, Garrett Sawyer on bass, Zoe Darrow on fiddle and Dave Noonan on drums, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, 7:30 p.m., $10, English Country, Aug. 13, Stephanie Smith caller, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), Swing and Lindy, Show Stoppers for Leaders and Followers, three sessions, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Aug. 4-18, $60, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, Waltz, Aug. 17, Terpsichore with Elke Baker (fiddle), Liz Donaldson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass),

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Daryl Jr. Cline and the Recliners, Aug. 15; The Last Southern Gentlemen Tour feat. Ellis Marsalis and Delfeayo Marsalis, Aug. 16, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Deanna Bogart, 8 p.m. Sept. 20, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, Fillmore Silver Spring, Wild Child, Aug. 14; Boyz II Men, Aug. 15; blessthefall & Chiodos w/Capture the Crown and I Killed the Prom Queen, Aug. 16, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Strathmore, UkeFest 2014, 7 p.m., Aug. 13;

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Best of Strathmore Tribute Shows with Bandhouse Gigs, 8 p.m., Aug. 16, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-5815100,

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre-MTC, “Pinkalicious,” to Aug. 31, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, Imagination Stage, “Stuart Little,” Sept. 19 through Oct. 26, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Olney Theatre Center, “Colossal,” Sept. 3-28, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, The Puppet Co., “Little Red & the Pigs,” to Aug. 31; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-634-5380, Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “Fool for Love,” Sept. 3-27, call for show times, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors. 240-644-1100, Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 244-644-1100, Silver Spring Stage, One Act Festival, Aug. 7-24, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, The Writer’s Center, Mariposa Poets, 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 17; Let’s Talk about Sex: How to use Eroticism Effectively in Prose, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Aug. 21; 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301654-8664,

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “Carte Blanche: Seth, Hannah and Schuyler,” to Aug. 17, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, Glenview Mansion, The Friday Group, to Aug. 29, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Marin-Price Galleries, John Aquilino, Aug. 30 to Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-718-0622, marin-price. com. VisArts, Gibbs Street Gallery; RIPPLE: Cloth, Community and Connectivity, to Aug. 17, Rockville, 301-315-8200, Washington Printmakers Gallery, 17th annual National Small Works Exhibition, through Aug. 31, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second floor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring,

ticipating musicians alike. “Musicians do get paid for the shows, but they’re not doing this for the money,” Newmyer said. “It’s because they love the experience of working with their peers, and they’re usually happy to be a part of a tribute for a songwriter they also love. We’ve never encountered musicians coming into it for the wrong purpose.” In order to keep the shows fresh and celebrate new, local talent, Newmyer said close to 30 percent of the performers in each concert have never participated in a BandHouse Gigs event before. Through connections to the music industry as well as the word of mouth resulting from previous shows, the producers bring on local talent new to the scene alongside Washington music veterans. The team closely looks at each performer’s style to determine the best song with which to pair them. However, this doesn’t mean band members were kept together on

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 s certain performances. Rather, Newmyer emphasized the benefits that come from splitting musicians up, keeping the tribute shows from becoming a themed Battle of the Bands. “Everyone was focused on the task at hand, and it created a situation where people were supporting each other rather than worrying about playing better than so-andso,” he said. “It became an event full of the history and camaraderie and spirit the Washington music community has been building for the past 35 or 40 years.” The shows have changed locations over the years, from starting outside of Strathmore to moving indoors and expanding to The Barns at Wolf Trap and The Fillmore Silver Spring. Through the venue changes and increased visibility in the community, BandHouse Gigs have maintained their all-volunteer, not-for-profit background. Each show has around 50 individual performers, and a team of approximately a dozen volunteers — some without music or stage backgrounds — keep the productions running smoothly.



Continued from Page B-5 tangy and has a mild smokiness. The noticeable tangy fruit front is followed by a blast of lemon and orange with a touch of apricot, all lasting into the slightly tart finish and aftertaste. Ratings: 8.5/9. Lost Weekend IPA (6.7 percent ABV) has a grapefruit and bitter hop bouquet from its Citra hops. The robust grapefruit and other citrus flavors in the front continue throughout, joined by a black pepper spiciness in the finish and aftertaste. Ratings: 7.5/7. Mexican Radio (6.5 percent ABV), a spiced sweet stout, has aromas of sweetness, milk stout, roast and chocolate, almost like a New York Egg Cream soda. The strong chocolate front with hints of milk and roast segues into the middle where the roast increases a shade. While the finish is the same, the aftertaste adds a muted bitter hop with nuances of chili. Ratings: 8.5/9.


The Arsenal is the main floor and restaurant/bar for Bluejacket Brewery in Washington, D.C.

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“The staging — where there are different people taking the stage every second song — is quite complex,” Newmyer said. “And we’re proud we’ve been able to put together sharp, professional shows with people who don’t necessarily do this for a living.” The quality shows — the tribute concerts regularly sell out, proving the importance and lasting mark of the highlighted songwriters and performers to the music community present in the area. While each show may provide fresh jitters, BandHouse Gigs never fails to connect the participants — onstage as well as in the audience and behind the scenes — with the music they hold dear. “Even though we’ve done this 19 times, every single time there’s a bit of panic, like maybe none of this is going to work,” he said. “I feel a tremendous satisfaction, it feels like something we were meant to do that we didn’t know we were, in bringing people together like this.”


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All in the family The Marsalis family has been making music for years. While Branford and Wynton may be a little better known, it doesn’t mean they’re better musically. Although, each in the family might argue over who’s the best. Ellis Marsalis Jr., the patriarch of the Marsalis family, and his son Delfeayo, will be performing together

as part of their “The Last Southern Gentlemen” tour at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club on Saturday. Ellis Jr., is a pianist, while Delfeayo plays the trombone. The show is a highlight for any jazz fan. Tickets for the show are $30. For more information, visit


Popular R&B group Boyz II Men will be making a stop at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday.

On bended knee

In 1991, a quartet of friends from Philadelphia released an album with a fresh, new sound. The world instantly became hooked and made Boyz II Men quite famous. Although the quartet is now down to a trio, the smooth R&B sounds are still the same, and you can enjoy them yourself when Boyz II Men comes to the Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday. Tickets for the show are $39.50. “Cooleyhighharmony,” featured the hits

“It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” “Motownphilly,” and “Uhh Ahh,” making the album a smash — going nine times platinum in the U.S. alone. Since then, the group has gone on to release 11 more albums, including a Christmas CD. Their most recent album, “Collide,” is set to be released on Sept. 30. For more information, visit or call 301-960-9999.


Ellis Marsalis Jr., the patriarch of the famed musical Marsalis family, and son Delfeayo, will perform at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Super Club on Saturday.

It’s just like candy


Jackie Hoysted’s “Pick n’ Mix” is currently on display at VisArts in Rockville.

Artwork that’s good enough to eat? No, this isn’t a scene from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, it’s the latest exhibit at VisArts in Rockville. “Jackie Hoysted: The Candy Store” is on display now through Aug. 17 at the Gibbs Street Gallery in Rockville. The exhibit is free and open to the public.



Hoysted, a native of Dublin, Ireland, has used scented paints to make her paintings look and smell good enough to eat. Her works play with idea of “eye candy” — a personal contemplation on desire and craving. For more information, visit or call 301-315-8200.


Fran Abrams “Purple Squared,” is on display at the “It’s Abstract!” exhibit at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown.

In the abstract

Fran Abram’s “Purple Squared” is just one of the many pieces of art on display right now at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. “It’s Abstract!,” an exhibit that features works by 12 different local artists, focuses on abstract paintings, photographs, sculptures, mixed media works and digital prints. The exhibit is open now through Sept. 5, in the Main Gallery at BlackRock. Of the 12 artists, five are local to Montgomery County: Abrams from Rockville; Laurie Breen of Silver Spring; Felisa Federman of Potomac; and Gordana Gerskovic and Ronald Komara, both of Gaithersburg. All of the artists’ works have been shown not only in the region, but in studios outside of the DMV as well. For more information, visit or call 301-528-2260.

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Notice of Application to Establish a Branch Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company, whose principal office is located at One M&T Plaza, City of Buffalo, Erie County, New York 14203, intends to apply to the Federal Reserve Board for permission to establish a branch office at 15190 Frederick Road, City of Rockville, Montgomery County, MD 20850. The Federal Reserve considers a number of factors in deciding whether to approve the application, including the record of performance of applicant banks in helping to meet local credit needs. You are invited to submit comments in writing on this application to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Attention: Bank Applications and Analysis Department, 33 Liberty Street, New York, New York 10045. The comment period will not end before Friday, August 29, 2014. The Board’s procedures for processing applications may be found at 12 C.F.R. Part 262. Procedures for processing protested applications may be found at 12 C.F.R. § 262.25. If you need more information about how to submit your comments on community affairs aspects of the application or to obtain copies of relevant procedures, contact Ms. Kausar Hamdani, Community Affairs, (212) 720-8258; other questions, including those relating to general procedures, should be directed to Mr. Ivan Hurwitz, Bank Applications Function, (212) 720-5885. The Federal Reserve will consider your comments and any request for a public meeting or formal hearing on the application if they are received in writing by the Reserve Bank on or before the last day of the comment period. (8-13-14)

NOTICE OF BRANCH APPLICATION SANDY SPRING BANK, 17801 GEORGIA AVENUE, OLNEY, MD 20832 intends to apply to the Federal Reserve Bank for permission to establish a branch at 7550 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814. The Federal Reserve considers a number of factors in deciding whether to approve the application, including the record of the bank’s performance in helping to meet local credit needs. You are invited to submit comments on this application, in writing to the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, 701 East Byrd Street, Richmond, VA 23219. The comment period will not end before August 28. 2014. The Federal Reserve Board’s Policy Statement regarding notice of applications may be found at 12 C.F.R. 262.25. To obtain a copy of the Federal Reserve Board’s procedures, or if you need more information about how to submit your comments on the application, contact Mr. Adam M. Drimer, Assistant Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The Federal Reserve System will consider your comments and any request for a hearing on the application if they are received by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond on or before the last day of the comment period. (8-13-14)


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


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CONSTRUCTION Our jobsites are in DC/MD/VA and surrounding areas. We are in need of experienced EIFS and Stucco mechanics along with qualified laborers. µ Min of 1 yr of exp in a construction trade is required. µ Current and valid driver’s license. µ Personal transportation required. µ Working from heights on scaffold or swings is required. µ Able to lift over 50lbs. on a daily basis. For more info call 301-695-4966. Detials at

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located in Rockville. Must have Class B CDL, Will train to run a crane. Pls send resume to contact@ or fax 301-2602700.

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Editor/Writer for Andrews Gazette

Andrews Gazette, a newspaper published for distribution on Joint Base Andrews and the surrounding community, is searching for an independent Editor/Writer. Candidate must be able to come up with story ideas for the weekly paper as well as go out in the community and cover events for publication. Supervise one reporter/photographer and work with copy desk to layout the paper each week. An understanding of how to cover military service members and their families a plus. Must be organized and a team player. Strong writing and editing skills (AP style) a must. Must be able to manage staff and processes. College degree in journalism required. Prefer military family members and/or former military candidates. If interested and qualified, please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements and three writing samples to We offer a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. EOE.

New & Experienced Drivers Wanted ÊLarge Metro Access Account ÊStay busy all Day ÊRent discount until Metro access certified ÊSet your own hours ÊTake home a vehicle ÊMake up to $1000 per week



∂ Chef or Experienced Cook - Some weekends, experience with & knowledge of production systems essential, food safety certified & computer preferred. ∂ Line Server/Food Prep Helper - Part time ∂ Utility/Dishwasher - Part time Reliable transportation is essential. Apply in person, M-F @ 2pm, Sandy Spring Friends School, 16923 Norwood Rd. Sandy Spring, MD 20860, 301-7747455


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

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Experienced Medical Front Desk/Biller needed for Germ/ Rockville location. FT Salary + Benefits. Submit resume to Fax 301-947-2811 or email to


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Event planning company in Potomac, MD. Microsoft Office experience required. Part-time 4-5 days a week (flexibility) and some weekend event work. Looking for a detail oriented person with customer service skills and excel. grammar. Email resume to

Director of Music

Church in Germantown, year round, PT, start mid-Sept. Must have exp. in instrumental/choral direction. Please send resume to:

Lab Technician

In Rockville. Duties include performing experiments testing materials and routine Min qualifications included AAS degree in technical field,PC proficiency, 5 yrs professional experience. More info visit Email resume: Part-Time

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



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2014 Jetta SE.....#VPR0074, Black, 5,213 Miles.......................$20,995 2014 Jetta Sedan.....#VPR0071, Silver, 1,060 Miles................$20,995 2014 Passat Wolfsburg.....#VPR0073, Black, 7,101 Miles......$20,995 2013 Golf.....#VPR0075, Black, 6,137 Miles..............................$21,995 2012 Routan SE.....#VPR097794A, Gray, 33,019 Miles............$22,995 2013 Ford Mustang.....#V310901A, Blue, 11,854 Miles..........$22,995 2013 GTI...#V102017A, Black, 19,566 Miles.............................$23,995 2014 Passat TDI.....#VPR0069, Silver, 4,604 Miles...................$25,995 2013 KIA Optima.....#V007888A, Red, 21,885 Miles................$26,995 2014 CC.....#VPR0072, Black, 6,532 Miles................................$28,995 2014 Passat TDI....#V336652A, Silver, 9,171 Miles..................$29,995

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro

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



2012 Honda Odyssey EX-L

#429048A, V6, 1-Owner, Automatic



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2008 Nissan Rogue SL....................................................$14,980 2007 Jeep Wrangler SUV.............................................$22,980 2011 Acura TSK Sedan...................................................$23,980 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT ...........................................$15,990 #526037A, Automatic, 29K Miles, 1-Owner #N0434, Automatic, 2LT Sedan, 1-Owner

Volvo S60 T5....................................................................$25,980 2007 Lexus RX350..................................................................$16,980 2012 #526045A, W/Blis, Heated Seats, Certified, 10K Miles, Ice White #526507B, V6, Automatic, SUV, Crystal White



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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt.....#V441506A, Black, 78,101 Miles......$8,995 2007 Toyota Corolla.....#V004904A, Red, 88,460 Miles............$9,995 2005 Honda Accord SDN.....#V0067A, Green, 105,671 Miles...$9,995 2005 Honda Civic SDN.....#V111057A, Blue, 85,481 Miles.....$10,495 2005 Infiniti G35 Sedan.....#V625970A, 112,554 Miles..........$10,991 2011 GTI.....#V288623A, Black, 67,072 Miles...........................$18,591 2011 GTI.....#VP0065, Gray, 41,445 Miles.................................$18,993 2010 GTI.....#V537179B, White, 39,555 Miles...........................$18,995 2012 CC.....#V507320A, Silver, 34,941 Miles.............................$19,595 2010 CC.....#VP0069, Gray, 46,430 Miles..................................$19,995

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01 Dodge Ram 15 Pass...................$7,998

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08 Dodge Avenger SE......................$9,000

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