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John Mahler was the kind of person who tried to do something to help others — particularly the less fortunate — and not just talk about it. At Grace Episcopal Church in Silver Spring, Mahler organized a homeless ministry, regularly distributing food that he and other volunteers prepared to the homeless in

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as one with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. It helps apartment residents reduce their bills through tips like adjusting the thermostat when they leave and unplugging electronic items when not in use. Other projects involve helping homeowners purchase solar panels at reduced bulk rates through a cooperative arrangement and creating a sustainability website. “Takoma Park is way ahead of the pack in many regards,” Mathias said. “But I think we are just at the tip of the iceberg as far as our sustainability efforts.”

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Four places in Virginia were chosen for the Georgetown competition, including Arlington County. Others nationwide include Berkeley, Calif., Knoxville, Tenn., Madison, Wis., Aspen, Colo., Atlantic City, N.J., and Jackson Hole, Wyo. Cities had to have between 5,000 and 250,000 residents. None in some well-populated states, including New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Texas, made the cut. Competitors will be whittled down to semi-

The latest shelving by Wal-Mart Stores of plans to open a store in Aspen Hill touched off a few more questions over whether Montgomery County’s planning and regulatory processes are too complex and overbearing. Wal-Mart expressed interest in opening a 118,000-square-foot, 300-employee store at the northwest corner of Aspen Hill Road and Connecticut Avenue more than two years ago but recently withdrew those plans, citing uncertainty in the county’s zoning processes. Two years ago, Wal-Mart pulled out of plans to open a store in Rockville along Rockville Pike near Twinbrook Parkway after opposition arose. “They gave it more than two years,” said Bruce H. Lee, president of Silver Spring-based Lee Development Group, the developer of that site. 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. “Most retailers won’t stick it out even that long. Retailers like certainty.” It typically takes 15 months to get a new preliminary plan approved in the county and a year for a new site plan, according to a July 29 report by Montgomery County’s Office of Legislative Oversight. A record plat can consume nine to ten months, with approvals for all three taking more than three years, the report says. Efforts to streamline the county’s development approval processes “are not new” and include implementing electronic plan reviews, the report says. The office recommended increased County Council oversight, such as setting approval time frames for each step of the process and holding “performance improvement” work sessions every six months with planning staff and industry representatives. Responding to the report, county Chief Administrative Officer Timothy Firestine said many recommendations of previous reports have been implemented. For instance, a zoning rewrite has further

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akoma Park was the lone city in Maryland c hosen as a quarterfinalist in a $5 million energy-saving competition run by Georgetown University. The city is now putting together a more detailed two-year action plan on what it will do to reduce energy consumption, said Gina Mathias, who became Takoma Park’s first sustainability manager a few months ago. The deadline to submit the plan is Nov. 10. “This will include more of the nuts and bolts about what we intend to do,” Mathias said. The Washington, D.C., university’s firsttime Energy Prize hopes to encourage the 52 quarterfinalist cities to save more than $1 billion in total energy costs and cut millions of tons in carbon dioxide emissions. They have to go through more qualifying rounds before the $5 million winner is announced in 2017. Despite many energy-efficiency initiatives, the adoption rate for such programs remains at about 5 percent, said Francis Slakey, a Georgetown physics professor and executive director of the competition. “We need radical thinking, starting at the community level, to fix this ‘stuck’ problem,” Slakey said in a statement. “And that’s what the prize is all about.” Takoma Park’s plan involves not just what the city is doing, such as installing solar panels on buildings, but homeowners, business representatives and others. The city recently offered residents a chance to borrow a Belkin meter from the library that helps customers identify what appliances and gadgets use the most electricity. Mathias is working on projects such

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About 100 Montgomery County teachers have applied to participate in a new program to help direct the county’s best educators to school and project leadership roles. The Career Lattice program is kicking off this academic year with a focus on the county’s high-needs schools. Teachers apply for a status called “lead teacher.” They

would then enter a “pool of highly effective teachers,” said Susan Marks, acting associate superintendent for human resources and development for Montgomery County Public Schools. Doug Prouty, president of the Montgomery County Education Association, said the first round of lead teachers will be announced this fall. A panel of teachers, principals and an associate superintendent is evaluating applications, he said. For the 2014-15 school

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20 Self Defense, 6:45-7:30 p.m., Kang’s Black Belt Academy, 17810 Meeting House Road, Sandy Spring. Learn basic selfdefense skills to build confidence and protect against harm. Free. 301-570-1106. Getting Organized, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parent Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $30. 301929-8824.

THURSDAY, AUG. 21 Drop-in Discussion about Grief and Healing, 1:30-3 p.m., Montgomery Hos-

pice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Rockville. For those mourning the death of a loved one. Free, registration required. 301-921-4400. Summer Concert Series 2014, 7-9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, Bumper Car Pavilion, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Featuring the Ursula Ricks Project. Free. www.glenechopark.org.

FRIDAY, AUG. 22 Civil War and Civil Rights: African Americans and Civil Rights During the Past 150 Years, 6:30-8 p.m., Sandy Spring

Museum, 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. August History Happy Hour event, with included beer, wine and appetizers. $20 for non-members, $15 for members or those purchasing online in advance. www. sandyspringmuseum.org. Club Rockville End of Summer Party, 7-10 p.m., Rockville Rooftop Town Square, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. A fun teen event to meet up with friends before school starts. Grades 6-8. $7; proof of grade required. 240-314-8634. TGIF Summer Concerts and Movies, 8 p.m., Wheaton Triangle, 2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton. Featuring John Stone Reggae Band. Free. www.wheatonmd.org.

SATURDAY, AUG. 23 Fairgrounds Flea Market, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg, also same time Sunday. Many outdoor vendors with antiques, jewelry, art, clothing, new/used household items and more for sale. Free admission. 301-649-1915. Kensington Summer Concert, 10-11 a.m., Howard Avenue Park, Kensington. Featuring country music by Ruthie and Greg Hardin, of Ruthie and the Wranglers. Presented by the Kensington Historical Society. Free. www.kensingtonhistory.org. The Origami Swami Returns, 11 a.m.noon, Davis Library, 6400 Democracy

Blvd., Bethesda. Megan Hicks, the Origami Swami, tells stories and folds paper figures to illustrate them. Free. 240-777-0922. Uncorked Wine and Music Festival, noon-6 p.m., Rockville Town Square, 150 Gibbs St., Rockville. Two stages of musical entertainment, cooking demonstrations and wines to taste. $15 for wine tasting; free admission for concerts and demos. www.rockvillemd.gov/uncorked. Why Don’t My Kids Listen to Me?, 2-3:30 p.m., Parent Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. Free for parents new to PEP. 301929-8824. Church Sunday School Open House, 2-4 p.m., Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda. Free. 301-493-8300. Ashton Community Picnic, 2-6 p.m., Ashton Baptist Church, 17826 New Hampshire Ave., Ashton. Food, games and a moon bounce. Free. 301-774-5605. Teen Treasures from Trash, 3-4 p.m., Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Create something functional and beautiful from scraps, salvage and recycled items. Ages 11 and up. Free. 240777-0922. Autism Book Launch Cocktail, 3:30-5 p.m., The Buffington RE/MAX Building Community Room, 3300 Olney Sandy Spring Road, Olney. Launching “Behind the Eyeshadow: A Mother’s Personal Journey With Autism.” Free, registration requested. 202-379-5872. Karen Collins and The Backroads Band, 8:30-11:30 p.m., Takoma Park Vet-

erans of Foreign Wars, 6420 Orchard Ave., Takoma Park. Honky tonk country music. $10 suggested. 301-270-8808. The WannaBeatles, 9 p.m.-midnight, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Covers combined with parodies and audience participation. $20 general admission, $10 for students. 240-330-4500.

SUNDAY, AUG. 24 Violin, Cello and Guitar Students Perform, noon, Takoma Park Gazebo, Carroll

and Westmoreland avenues, Takoma Park. More than 35 student musicians from the House of Musical Traditions and the Community Academy of Music and Arts performing classical, folk, blues and a medley of civil rights songs. Free. kengiles2@verizon.net.

“Depression Free: A Wise Woman’s Guide to Healing and Happiness,” 2 to 4

p.m. Author Ameenah Ross will sign copies of her book at Potomac Adventist Book &

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Grace Episcopal Church, 1607 Grace Church Road, Silver Spring. Enjoy BBQ sandwiches, chips, potato salad, baked beans and more. Free; donations accepted. 301-585-3515.

MORE INTERACTIVE CALENDAR ITEMS AT WWW.GAZETTE.NET Health Food Store, 12004 Cherry Hill Road, Silver Spring. www.ameenahross.com. Summer Campfire and Walk, 6:30-8 p.m., Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Bring hot dogs and rolls if desired. Ages 4 and up. $6. Register at www.parkpass.org.

MONDAY, AUG. 25 English Classes for Adults Orientation, 6-9:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, Gilchrist Center, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Offered by the Literary Council of Montgomey County. Interested individuals must attend orientation for information and testing. Free. 301-610-0030. Monday Night Movie, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Road, Rockville. A screening of “Midnight in Paris.” Free. aspenhill@folmc.org.

SPORTS High school football in Montgomery County kicks off Aug. 29. Check online throughout the fall for coverage of the top games each week.

TUESDAY, AUG. 26 De-Mystify Digital Organizing, 10 a.m.noon, Maryland Women’s Business Center, 51 Monroe St., Suite PE-20, Rockville. $20. rachel@marylandwbc.org. Morning Book Discussion, 10:15 a.m., White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Books are available upon request from the check-out desk. Free. 240-773-9555. Homeowners’ Property Tax Credit Workshop, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Twinbrook

Community Recreation Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville. Presented by the Twinbrook Citizens Association. Free. 240-314-8830.

Family Member Monthly Hoarding Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Jewish Social

Service Agency, 6123 Montrose Road, Rockville. Co-sponsored by the Gaithersburg Task Force on Hoarding. $15 per session; one time pre-registration required. 301-816-2665.

Montgomery Hospice Workshop: Grieving Mindfully, 6:30-8 p.m., Montgom-

ery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Rockville. For anyone mourning the death of a loved one and interested in learning about mindfulness. Free, open to any Montgomery County resident; registration required. 301-921-4400.

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Restoring the original Air Force One Owner of Silver Spring detailing shop to work on retired presidential jet n

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Carson Mangum used to go to car shows with his father when he was a child. A passion for cars grew into a business. Mangum now has a professional detailing shop in Silver Spring, We-C-Clean. It has been open for seven years. “I love all cars. I just like making them look good,” he said. Mangum, of Laurel, has embarked on a new project: aircraft detailing. Mangum was chosen as one of only 35 of the nation’s finest detailers to join the team to restore the original Air Force One presidential jet, a Boeing 707-120. The project has been going on for 11 years. On Aug. 10, Mangum traveled to Seattle, where he joined the team to help with the restoration project led by Renny Doyle of Attention to Details, a paint shop in California. Doyle’s detailing team began restoring the presidential jet in 2003. This year, the team worked on the Boeing 707-120 until Saturday. “It was awesome [and] it was very cool,” Mangum said, adding that next year the team will come back for the last time to add the final touches to presidential jet. “Each year, he [Doyle] takes 30 to 35 guys out and I was one of the guys this year. ... Lucky enough,” he said. In February 2014, Mangum spent a week in California and

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Carson Mangum of Laurel with his detailing equipment in Silver Spring. went through Doyle’s Car Detailing School. The Boeing served four U.S. presidents — Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon. Its final flight was from New York to its current home at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Inside Air Force One, Johnson took the oath of office after Kennedy was assas-

sinated. That was the first time a woman, U.S. District Judge Sarah T. Hughes, administered the oath of office to a president. According to the White House website, the title “Air Force One” is used to describe any aircraft carrying the president of the United States. Today, there are two customized Boeing 747-200B series with the capability of refueling

midair. They are equipped with advanced secure communications equipment, which allows the aircraft to function as a mobile command center in the event of an attack on the United States. Mangum said he was surprised and excited when he got the phone call from Doyle. The team polished the outside and cleaned the inside of the presidential jet. Mangum said once the restoration is done, the plane will stay indoors at The Museum of Flight in Seattle. “They’ve [the team] done a fantastic job. ... It just looks gorgeus. Absolutely gorgeous.” said Dan Hagedorn, senior curator and director of collections for The Museum of Flight. Hagedorn said the aircraft came from Andrews Air Force Base and arrived in Seattle in 1996. The aircraft is a loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force to the Museum of Flight on what Hagedorn called an “indefinite” loan. He said the plane most likely is “never going to leave here.” Besides the Air Force Once project and the Silver Spring shop, Mangum also has a mobile detailing business. In his car, he carries his own water for detailing projects, a generator for electricity, as well as all of the products and polisher equipment he needs. “I have air for tools and even a tire pump for people’s tires in case they are low. ... Basically, we come to you and leave your car brand new,” he said. abarros@gazette.net

Two plead guilty in Takoma Park heist Carjacking victim was shot in face; third defendant awaiting trial n

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Two Washington, D.C., men pleaded guilty this week to robbery, gun and carjacking charges stemming from an October 2012 armored truck heist in Takoma Park after which a man was shot in the face. According to their plea agreements, Tonnie Floyd, 22, Marcellus Ramone Freeman, 23, and a third man used a stolen Jeep to follow an armored truck to a Cricket store in the 1300 Block of University Bou-

levard East in Takoma Park at about 4:10 p.m. on Oct. 26. The third defendant, Anthony Tyrell Cannon, 25, also of the District, has not made a plea agreement and is scheduled to go to trial Sept. 2. The truck, operated by Garda Cash Logistics, stopped at the store and an employee went inside to pick up a bag of money containing $3,911. When he returned to the truck, the employee was confronted by two of the defendants, who were holding guns, according to the plea agreement. After the Garda employee dropped the bag, one defendant began firing. The employee shot back, continuing to fire at the Jeep after the defendants drove away in the Jeep,

striking a tire and the back window. Floyd was hit in the shoulder during the gunfire, according to the plea agreement. It was not clear from court records which defendant was firing at any given time. The three defendants then ditched the Jeep, which now had a flat tire, in a nearby neighborhood. They saw a man entering a vehicle and shot him in the face, causing permanent and life-threatening bodily injury. The three defendants then drove the man’s car into the District and set the vehicle on fire, according to the plea agreement. Police used DNA and fingerprint evidence to link Floyd and Freeman to the crime,

according to their plea agreements. Floyd pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt to robbery, discharging a gun during a robbery, and carjacking Friday; Freemen pleaded guilty to the same charges on Aug. 11. The men are scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 25 and Dec. 11, respectively. Each faces the possibility of life in prison, but prosecutors have agreed to ask the court for no more than 30 years for Freeman and 27.5 years for Floyd as part of the plea agreements, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. dleaderman@gazette,net

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Blair teacher completes research training Megan Hart, who teaches at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, recently completed the Siemens Teachers as Researchers fellowship program. She was among 40 teachers who learned tools to help with science, technology, engineering and math instruction, according to a press release from the Siemens Foundation, the program’s sponsor. The group worked with research scientists on how to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries. The program was held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and administered by Discovery Education and Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

Riderwood names HR director Nicole Walker has been named director of human resources for the Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring. Walker, of Gaithersburg, has been an administrator in human resources for 15 years with Erickson Living, the manager and developer of Riderwood, the company said in a news release. She has worked at affiliated retirement communities in Northern Virginia and Illinois. Walker will oversee all aspects of employment at Riderwood, which has 1,400 full- and part-time employees.

Takoma Park Middle student wins math honor Jonathan Odim, who is entering eighth grade at Takoma Park Middle School in Silver Spring, is one of three Maryland students to win a 2014-15 Chesapeake Work Study Scholarship in Mathematics. Jonathan, who lives in Potomac, is in his school’s Math, Science and Computer Science Magnet Program. He received an honorable mention in the scholarship competition and will receive a $50 Barnes and Noble gift certificate. In seventh grade, he was on the Distinguished Honor Roll among the roughly 62,000 students who took the American Math Competition for 10th grade or lower, according to a press release about the awards. He scored in the top 1 percent. He also scored in the top quarter of all students who took the American Mathematics Invitational Exam. Jonathan enjoys writing

and science and is a championship swimmer, the press release said. The two other winners were: • Eva Quittman of Gaithersburg, a homeschooled student entering seventh grade. She won the Chesapeake Work Study Scholarship in Mathematics for Middle School. • Matthew Kegley of Bowie, a rising senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt. He won the Chesapeake Work Study Scholarship in Mathematics for High School.

Students needed for Future Vote program The Montgomery County Board of Elections is looking for school-age students, in grade 6 to 12, for its Future Vote program. Future Vote students will serve as Election Day student aides during the 2014 general election on Nov. 4. Students must attend a mandatory training program to participate. They might be eligible to get Student Service Learning credits, the board of elections said in a news release. In the 2012 presidential election, more than 2,000 Montgomery County students participated in Future Vote. That included 473 students with bilingual skills and 15 students who could assist at the polls with American Sign Langugage, the board of elections said. Parents or guardians may register students online at www.777vote.org. The deadline is Oct. 9. Call 240-777-8683 for more information.

Police Explorers attend national conference Montgomery County’s Police Explorers attended the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference at Indiana University July 14 to 18. They took part in eight team competitions. Montgomery County’s Police Explorers won first place in the domestic crisis intervention competition and second place in crime prevention, according to the police department. Explorer Walter Platero placed second in his age group in the individual physical agility competition. Exploring is a national program for people ages 14 to 20 to learn more about a variety of careers, including law enforcement.

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Dwayne Pierce and his son Apollo Pierce, 10, of Washington, D.C., during a music lesson with Ken Giles in Takoma Park on Sunday.

Youths take notes for Takoma Park concert Repertoire of tunes includes ‘Let It Go’ and ‘Happy’ n

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More than 35 young musicians have been preparing to play a medley of songs that include classical, folk, blues and Disney’s 2013 hit “Let It Go” from the animated movie “Frozen.” The musicians are from the House of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park and Community Academy of Music and Arts in Washington, D.C. Their free concert will take place at the gazebo at the corner of Carroll Avenue and Westmoreland in Takoma Park at noon on Sunday. “What I try to do is bring them all together at a concert ... to present an eclectic repertoire of tunes, so there’s something for everybody. ... And to let students play as much of it as they can,” said Ken Giles, a music teacher at the House of Musical Traditions. There also will be some jazz tunes. “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing,” Giles said, referring to Duke Ellington’s famous jazz number. Besides “Let It Go,” the musicians also will play “Happy” from the Universal Studios hit movie “Despicable Me 2” and will perform songs from the civil rights era, such as “Freedom Summer.”

“I’m really interested in teaching music history, as well as how to play an instrument ...,” Giles said. “It’s timely this summer to do this type of songs because it’s the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.” The musicians get both a music lesson in Giles’ class and a civics lesson. “Music isn’t just off by itself. It’s connected to our history in our society,” he said. Children as young as 4 years old are part of the orchestra. Giles found a way to make sure everyone participates as a team, even though they have different levels of knowledge and experience. Some students learn by watching other students play their instruments. “I think, in a way, it gives [beginners] a feeling of safety because they don’t have to get out there and play all by themselves,” Giles said. “The younger ones listen and watch the older ones play and they learn from it and, I think, get inspired by it.” Some students will play only one tune, such as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” Others will play more, Giles said, because they have been able to develop their skills and can play well. “Essentially, this is a big recital concert with everybody playing together,” he said. “It is not solos. Even though some of the kids are just beginners and are playing one song or maybe two, they all get to participate.” abarros@gazette.net

A bicycle parking station could come to the fenced area surrounding the Silver Spring Transit Center. A report by the Toole Design Group of Silver Spring assessed four places where the station could be located: property surrounding the Silver Spring Transit Center, Gene Lynch Urban Park, 1110 Bonifant St. and Bonifant Street Parking Garage. The Silver Spring Bicycle Study report — which evaluates demand and locations doe the possible station — says the fenced area surrounding the Silver Spring Transit Center, owned by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, is “the best location for the bicycle station.” Two different locations at the transit center are considered the top two potential spots for the station. The transit center site provides a direct access to the Metrorail entrance and the Silver Spring Transit Center bus terminal. The property on 1110 Bonifant St. is said to be the third best choice because it’s close enough to the Red Line entrance, a future Purple Line Station, and nearby regional trials. “This is really sort of a preliminary look at potential sites, very preliminary. Nothing beyond including the idea in the master plan has been approved,” said Tom Autrey, supervisor at the planning department with the MarylandNational Capital Park and Planning Commission.

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Pedestrians and cyclists move about the area along Colesville Road and Wayne Avenue near the Paul S. Sarbanes Silver Spring Transit Center on Monday. Amenities such as valet bike parking, day lockers, changing rooms, restrooms, showers, and self-service bicycle repair are described as typical services provided in bike stations across the U.S. Gene Lynch Urban Park was ruled out due to a lack of space and distance to Metro entrances. The Bonifant Parking Garage, owned by Montgomery County, was not ruled out, but the distance between the parking garage and Red line entrances could affect the usage of the bicycle station. Autrey said the important thing is to find out the best approach, so the project can fit well with additional development going on in Silver Spring. He said this was a very “preliminary” report and

nothing else has been done. At this point, there is no information on cost, a groundbreaking date, or when construction might begin. The study shows that by 2030, approximately 340 bicycle spaces will be needed in the area. According to the report, the construction of the Purple Line, the extension of the Capital Crescent, the Silver Spring Green regional trails, and the Silver Spring Transit Center all have a significant impact on the transportation patterns in downtown Silver Spring. The 2000 Silver Spring Central Business District Sector Plan recommends a bicycle station at the Silver Spring Transit Center. The plan also establishes a Non-Driver Mode Share goal of having 50 percent of its commuters bik-

ing or carpooling to work in Silver Spring. “Generally, what we are trying to do is raise awareness of the importance of all types of facilities ... and explain the bike network as a result of a raised percentage of the use of bike to get work,” Autrey said. On July 31, a new web page dedicated to the bikeway was created at the MarylandNational Capital Park and Planning Commission website. The page lets people view existing and proposed bikeways in the county with an interactive map. Planning department officials said it is important to have a bike infrastructure to create a walkable and pedestrian friendly community. abarros@gazette.net

Man accused in Leisure World resident scam Suspect demanded nearly $9,000 for bogus car repairs, police say n

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DANIEL LEADERMAN STAFF WRITER

Montgomery County police have accused a Washington, D.C., man of bilking an 89-yearold Leisure World woman out of nearly $9,000 while claiming to be repairing her car. Michael Adams, 34, of the 5200 block of Georgia Avenue in the District, approached the

victim March 28 in the parking lot of a shopping center near Leisure World, which is in Silver Spring and offered to paint a scratch on her car for $100, according to a statement for police. Adams — who is not a certified mechanic and is not licensed to do auto repairs in Maryland — also told the woman her car needed a new part and met with her several times over the next two months in the parking lot of the Aspen Hill Home Depot, so the repair work could be done.

At each meeting, Adams raised the price of the repairs, culminating on May 1, when Adams angrily demanded $5,000 in payment, according to police. The frightened woman withdrew approximately $5,000 from local banks and bought about $3,950 in gift cards with which to pay Adams, according to police. During the investigation, police identified Adams as the suspect and determined that he had not done any repairs or installed new part in the victim’s

car. A certified repair shop estimated that her car needed only $460 worth of repairs, according to police. Adams was charged with obtaining property by deception, intimidation, and undue influence of a vulnerable adult; and felony theft. Each charges carries a penalty of up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. Attorney information for Adams was not immediately available. dleaderman@gazette.net

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(From left) Kemyta Terry of Wheaton, Alyscia Cunningham of Silver Spring and Kweli Bennett-Powell of College Park are activists with Bubbles Beyond Borders, which has launched a global campaign to support the dreams of girls and women around the world. Beyond Borders. They believe that to make a difference, people must stand up for the rights and dreams of girls around the world. The Patels also are cofounders of Leave No Girl Behind International, a movement to empower girls and help them pursue their dreams. The bubble event also was a display of solidarity with the Bring Back Our Girls campaign to raise awareness of the kidnapping of the Nigeria school girls. An Islamic extremist group called Boko Haram has claimed responsibility. “What we encourage people to do is to make a pledge ... to mentor someone, to send a letter to a girl or woman or something that can somehow

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 Aug. 4 at 10:26 p.m. at Benmet Market and Deli, 617 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring. The subjects threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. Strong-armed robbery • On July 31 at 1:25 p.m. in the 14100 block of Castle Boulevard, Silver Spring. The subjects assaulted the victim and took property. • On Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the 13800 block of Castle Boulevard, Silver Spring. The subjects assaulted the victim and unsuccessfully attempted to take property. • On Aug. 5 at 2:30 a.m. in the 900 block of Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring. The subjects assaulted the victim and took property. Aggravated assault • On July 29 at 3:49 p.m. at Georgia Avenue and Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring. The subject assaulted the victim after a traffic dispute. • On Aug. 2 at 10 p.m. in the 4500 block of Randolph Road, Silver Spring. The subject is known to the victim. • On Aug. 4 at 10:10 p.m. in the 1000 block of Quebec Terrace, Silver Spring. The subjects are known to the victim. • On Aug. 4 at 11:07 p.m. in the 12700 block of Holdridge Road, Silver Spring. The subjects threatened the victim after a traffic dispute. Commercial burglary • On Aug. 1 in the 1500 block of Heather Hollow Circle, Silver Spring. • On Aug. 4 at Mrs. K’s Tollhouse, 9201 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Forced entry, took nothing. • On Aug. 5 between 1:55 and 2:25 a.m. at a construction site in the 1000 block of Ripley Street, Silver Spring. No forced entry, took nothing. • On Aug. 6 between 3:13 and 3:30 a.m. at TNT Auto Parts, 948 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring. Forced entry, took nothing. Residential burglary • 8700 block of Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, on July 30. Unknown entry, took nothing. • Unit block of Shaw Avenue, Silver Spring, between 6 and 11 a.m. July 30. No forced entry, unknown what was taken. • 2600 block of Chivalry Court, Silver Spring, between 2 and 7:15 p.m. July 30. Forced entry, took property. • 3300 block of Beaverwood Lane, Aspen Hill, at 3:15 a.m. Aug. 2. The subject is known to the victim. • 700 block of Silver Spring Avenue, Silver Spring, at 7:47 p.m. Aug. 4. Forced entry, took property. Vehicle larceny • Eight incidents in Silver Spring between July 28 and Aug. 5. Took loose items including purses, briefcases and a cell phone. • Three incidents in Silver Spring on July 29 or 30. Took a wallet, purse, credit cards and miscellaneous documents. Affected streets include Meadowhill Road, Cresthaven Drive and the intersection of Oakleaf Drive and Columbia Pike.

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encourage a female,” Cunningham said. According to the campaign’s website, bubblesbeyondborders.org, a person can take a bubble pledge, in which participants do something to empower women. Some examples are: starting a power circle, in which girls get together in groups to strengthen bonds with each other; help teach girls how to read; and donate time to counsel girls. Terry, a Howard University political science graduate, wrote in an email that oppression of all people hinders the development of society. “Women, unfortunately, have been oppressed and have experienced retarded development in many of the same ways

colonialism impeded the development of nations,” Terry wrote. At the Bubbles Beyond Borders Facebook page, people from Oregon, California, North Carolina, and countries such as Canada and Netherlands have joined the campaign. “Why should a girl not have the freedom to pursue their dreams?” asked Bennett-Powell, a local science educator. She said she liked the international scope of Bubbles Beyond Borders and the way the organization’s ideals. “They keep it very simple ... [but] very straightforward,” Bennett-Powell said. abarros@gazette.net

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Dan Gaskill vowed to “turn the legal system into a justice system” if voters elect him to Montgomery County’s top prosecutor. Gaskill, 47, a Republican from Silver Spring, is a defense attorney and is challenging Democrat incumbent John McCarthy in the state’s attorney race in November. Both candidates had no challengers in the June 24 party primaries. Gaskill has extensive experience with juvenile offenders and criminal defense. He was part of a team of attorneys to sue successfully Iran for carrying out the 1983 terrorist attacks on American ser-

client lost his job, his vice members in Beirut. apartment and his famGaskill said he enily. His wife and kids tered the state’s attorhad to move to Georgia ney race on principle. to live with relatives. “I think John Mc“It took the jury 20 Carthy is a very honminutes to determine orable guy with good he didn’t do it,” Gaskill integrity, and he does said. “That’s not jusa good job,” Gaskill tice.” said. “It’s not about Gaskill He also pointed to John McCarthy. The thing is, we have a legal system in the issue of sentencing and arrest Montgomery County and it really disparities — why minorities are overrepresented in the county’s should be a justice system.” Gaskill said a justice system legal system. “The state’s attorney has to entails, in part, the creation of alternatives to expensive incar- stand up for everybody,” Gaskill ceration for nonviolent offenders. said. “We’re all equal.” People should vote for him He said there should be better screening for which cases should in November, he said, because his work with juveniles and as a even proceed to trial. “I had a guy in jail for 13 defense attorney has given him a months for a double armed rob- new perspective on the county’s bery,” Gaskill said. “It took me 20 criminal justice system. Gaskill favors looser punminutes looking at the evidence to know that this guy did not do ishments for possessing small amounts of marijuana. Anything it.” Meanwhile, Gaskill said, the under an ounce, he said, should

not be prosecuted. In April, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a bill decriminalizing marijuana, reducing the penalty for having less than 10 grams of marijuana from a criminal to a civil offense. “I don’t want to smoke it,” Gaskill said. “I enjoy sobriety. But if the guy next door wants to grow a pot plant and smoke it with his friends, that’s none of my business.” Gaskill served in the Marines and was a sergeant. He is married with four children and is a youth soccer coach. From 1998 to 2000, he was a program coordinator at a juvenile drug treatment facility, drawing on a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in social work. He earned his law degree from the University of Maryland in 2000. tarnold@gazette.net

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The Aug. 10 arrest of a 16-year-old in Germantown has sparked a Montgomery County Police investigation to determine if excessive force was used by the officer, and at least one council member is asking that the results be made public. The teenager was handcuffed and taken into custody about 7:30 p.m. near Century Boulevard in the Germantown Town Center shopping area and filmed by Washington TV station WJLA. In a letter to Police Chief J. Thomas Manger Friday, Councilwoman Cherri Branson

asked the chief to release the results of the investigation. “I ask that you keep the public and the Council informed about the review of this incident,” Branson (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring wrote. “As you know, recent events around the nation have caused many people to raise questions about the use of force by law enforcement officers. It is imperative that residents of Montgomery County believe that the use of force is justified, examinations of the use of force are conducted with transparency, and officers who use excessive force are held accountable.” Branson said the video brought to mind a recommendation of the county Charter Review Commission that a Civilian Review Board be established to analyze complaints regarding police action. “I just think that law enforcement has so much power that not having a civilian presence in the determination of excessive force complaints really doesn’t help people believe that that power is being used in a way that is fair,” she said.

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“The [current] process is completely internal. The problem with a completely internal process is that if there is a finding of excessiveness then that too remains internal.” As for her letter, Branson said, “I just wanted to be certain that they are in fact investigating.” Branson said she could not say from watching a video of the arrest if police used excessive force. “What I don’t understand is ... why the kids were approached in the first place,” she said. WJLA, an ABC affiliate, broke the story of the incident, which the station said was filmed by one of its photographers. “Channel 7 WJLA sent us the tapes, and the mother of the 16-year-old asked for an investigation of all the circumstances surrounding the arrest, and we’re doing that,” said Police Department spokesman Capt. Paul Starks on Tuesday. Starks said the officer was responding to a call, possibly two, to the police department

about teenagers in the area possibly smoking marijuana, he said. Starks did not provide further details about the incident, saying it is being investigated. When asked if the department would make the results of the investigation public, he said, “That’s not our policy, and I don’t know that it’s allowable under the law.” Starks also declined through a spokesperson to confirm the name of the teenager or if he was charged with anything because he is a juvenile. Starks said he was not able to talk to Manger on Tuesday afternoon, but did say, “We did receive [Branson’s] letter, and he’s reviewing it.” “Each year, we have 1 million, if not more, contacts with people, and a fraction of 1 percent of those result in a complaint where there’s a sustained finding,” Starks said. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying.” kalexander@gazette.net vterhune@gazette.net


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To educate Montgomery County residents about the harmful effects of stormwater pollution, the county’s Department of Environmental Protection has launched “Caching the Rain,” a stormwater awareness geotrail. The trail runs through Silver Spring, Wheaton and Rockville. Geotrails are outdoor scavenger hunts with a modern twist: Instead of using printed maps to locate where hidden items, the participants, called “geocachers,” are given the addresses of the locations to put into their GPS-enabled devices. When participants arrive at a location, they search for the item, which may be disguised as anything from a log to a rock. For “Caching the Rain,” there are six locations to visit throughout the county, all of which are on public property near stormwater management facilities. The items that participants are searching for, which are referred to as “geocaches,” are containers that contain information, activities and

trivia questions about stormwater health. “The cards inside of the geocaches describe the features of the stormwater facility that they’re in front of or near,” said Ryan Zerbe, a watershed outreach planner. “Then, they have different types of activities that the residents can do to improve our water quality, such as picking up after their pet waste, planting native plants, installing rain gardens, and more.” All participants get “passports” at the start of the geotrail. Passports include the addresses of all of the locations, as well as trivia questions to be answered after finding the geocache. Trivia questions require participants to explore the area, asking questions like, “What is the total number of rain gardens on this property?” and “What is the total number of catchment areas in this pond?” This is the first geocache project in Montgomery County. The first 145 people to complete the geotrail and answer the trivia questions correctly will receive geocoins, which are medals that recognize the achievement of completing the project. The “Caching the Rain” geocoin has the county seal on one side and the stormwater awareness geo-

trail logo on the other side. As of Monday, 78 people had completed the trail, Zerbe wrote in an email. Mary Linnerooth of Silver Spring was one of the first participants to complete the challenge. The trail took her about three hours to complete, she said. “I liked the trail because it wasn’t too complicated,” Linnerooth said. “I did it with my dog Rajah and it would be fun to take kids along with you. It’s informative.” After participants complete the trail, they fill out a survey about their experience and which behaviors they plan to change after learning what they can do to help with stormwater pollution relief. The county Department of Environmental Protection plans to do a follow-up survey in six months to check if they made changes they said they’d make. “A couple people have said, ‘Now I’m interested in installing a rain garden,’” Zerbe said. “This survey will ask them, ‘Okay, did you install a rain garden? Did this project inspire you to change things?’” Staff Writer Andrew Schotz contributed to this story.

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KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER

As a hearing officer with the Maryland Parole Commission, Leo Wayne Dymowski said he sees first hand the consequence of the war on drugs. Having just left a Maryland Division of Corrections facility in Jessup on Aug. 14, Dymowski said 10 of the 13 hearings he held that day were for nonviolent drug offenders. “It is just ridiculous,” he said. “If you wanted to keep people using drugs, you’d do what we’ve been doing. It’s very successful if your goal is to keep people on drugs.” Dymowski, 58, a Libertarian from Dundalk, is running to be Maryland’s next attorney general. He faces Democrat Sen. Brian E. Frosh (Dist. 16) of Somerset and Republican Jeffrey N. Pritzker. Dymowski’s platform focuses on ending the war on drugs. “I’ve always thought that in a free society the government shouldn’t be able to tell you what you can and cannot do as long as you don’t hurt anybody else,” he said. “To see people separated from society when their only crime is to use a substance that the government doesn’t like, it’s just absurd.” If elected, Dymowski would combat the war on drugs as attorney general by not having his office handle appeals for nonviolent drug offenders and by investigating what he believes is the over-policing of drugs and the targeting of minorities. He said he also would support efforts to legalize not just marijuana — which lawmakers attempted to do in the 2014 legislative session — but all drugs. The drug war hits close to home for Dymowski, who said his sister struggled with drug addiction. “I don’t use drugs,” he said. “But I know the system we have now doesn’t end the cycle, it perpetuates it.” Dealers, he said, exercise little discretion when selling and prohibition only makes the substance inherently valuable prompting dealers to risk 20 to 30 years in prison just to make good money selling it. Likewise, incarceration for drug offenses disproportionately affects the black community, he said, despite studies that show equal use among whites. “I don’t want to put dealers in jail. I want them to pay taxes,” he said. In addition to legalizing drugs, Dymowski supports eliminating controls on firearms. Like with nonviolent drug offenses, if elected, he would not have the attorney general’s office handle appeals of cases where law-abiding citizens were charged with pos-

I think most people in session of guns, he said. this country really are Dymowski said libertarians and don’t Maryland’s gun law, know it.” championed by Frosh, Dymowski is a is not making the state former paratrooper safer. in the 82nd Airborne, He also opposes and spent 15 years as speed cameras and the a trial attorney before rain tax. Dymowski becoming a parole Dymowski said both the Democrats and Repub- hearing officer. He holds his Juris Doctor from the University of licans have failed the electorate. “Every vote for me is a vote Baltimore, a masters degree from telling a career politician that their University Maryland College Park, and a bachelor’s degree from time has come,” he said. Dymowski said he was not UMBC. He lives in Dundalk with always a Libertarian, having been his wife, Janice, and is actively inboth a Democrat and Republican volved in animal rescue. Together they have three rescue cats. in the past. “Sometimes with politics you “Libertarian is the only consistent party,” he said. “It takes the feel like you are completely wastDemocratic party’s philosophy ing your time,” he said. “But with on social issues, which is leave us animals, I mean, if you rescue alone, and it takes the Republican one, to that animal, it’s the most party’s philosophy on financial is- important thing in the world.” kalexander@gazette.net sues, which is fiscal conservatism.

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KEVIN JAMES SHAY STAFF WRITER

A multimillion-dollar project to replace Wheaton High School is going well, but athletes in outdoor sports are having to practice and play games off campus this fall due to construction, officials said. The project is expected to be completed by January 2016. Workers are building the new school where athletic fields are, so the construction does not disrupt regular student activities, except for outdoor sports such as football. Indoor sports teams still can practice and play at the school. “We are at capacity and

space is tight, but we are all looking forward to the new building,” Wheaton High Principal Debra Mugge said. “The only challenges we are facing due to construction are no practice or playing fields for our fall sports. All our games are away.” An opening date could extend farther into 2016, depending on if there are unexpected delays, she said. Once the new buildings are done, the old ones will be demolished and athletic fields will take their place. Designers are incorporating glass walls and informal spaces such as benches and wide hallways to allow a more open environment. Wheaton High, which draws students from Wheaton, Silver Spring and Rockville, has engineering and biosciences magnet programs, as well as

several academies. Originally built in 1954, the school’s capacity will increase by about 250 students. The school is now over its capacity with some 1,350 students; the new school will allow more than 1,600 students. Workers are also building a new Thomas Edison High School of Technology, which was added to the campus right next to Wheaton High in 1982 to offer career-related courses in construction, automotive repair, cosmetology and other fields. That project is not slated for completion until August 2017, said Gboyinde Onijala, a spokeswoman for the school system. The cost for both projects is about $120 million. kshay@gazette.net

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Zayd Avant, 11, of Silver Spring gets a backpack with school supplies from Wings For Joy, a nonprofit group, at the East County Community Center in Silver Spring on Saturday.

Prepping for school with giveaway Wings For Joy, a nonprofit organization in Silver Spring, held its 14th annual back-to-school event on Saturday, giving away 268 backpacks filled with school supplies. Tracy DuPree Davis, the organization’s executive director, said people lined up in advance at the door at East County Community Center in Silver Spring to make sure they could get one of the 300 backpacks available. The remaining backpacks will go this weekend to Brookland Manor Apartments, a housing complex in Washington, D.C., for low-income families, she said. Davis said her group will visit other area charities, too, this weekend, including the Helping

Hands Shelter for women and children in Rockville. There, Wings For Joy will deliver backpacks filled with clothing. Davis said the organization expects to distribute nearly 500 backpacks total, between Saturday’s giveaway and separate deliveries. “Wings” stands for “Women and children In Need of Guidance and Support.” The group helps families in shelters in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. This is the second year the group organized a one-day mass backpack giveaway. Last year, about 275 were claimed, Davis said. — ANDREW SCHOTZ

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Andrew Jaye “A J” Wildman said he thinks he’s “a total underdog,” but is pursuing a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives to help the body take action. “This is my last shot at trying to do something positive for the country,” he said. The 66-year-old Westminster resident — who describes himself as “a hardcore independent” — ran for president in 2004. He also filed for a presidential bid in 2012, but he said he did not actively campaign in the latter election. This time, he is trying for a seat representing Maryland’s 8th Congressional District. The district includes parts of Bethesda, Rockville, Silver Spring, among other Maryland areas. In his first run for a position in Congress, Wildman, an unaffiliated candidate, will face off in the November general election against Democratic incumbent Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. and Republican Dave Wallace. Wildman said he has been “semi-retired for a decade” af-

ter working in the in“The things in my formation technology platform is exactly industry in Washingwhat everybody in ton, D.C. He has pubthis district wants,” he lished a few politically said. themed books. His other platform Wildman said he’s goals include creating “anti both parties” and a program for children hasn’t seen enough with learning disabiliWildman action from either ties that would “corDemocrats or Republicans in rect auditory and visual memory Congress, including Van Hollen. problems,” legalizing marijuana “If a member of Congress and hemp, and establishing recyreally wanted to get something cling centers in each Congressiodone, they should be able to stir nal district. the population up and just deWildman said his campaign is scend on D.C.,” he said. coupled with a message encourWildman said that, if aging people to vote all incumelected, his goal would be to cap bents out of Congress, which he and lower a number of living ex- thinks is currently influenced too penses, which he has seen rise much by “big industries.” over the last four years and are He said he is working to “out of control.” draw public attention to his “My biggest thing on this campaign. After doing a little campaign is confronting the fundraising, he will be making a cost of living,” he said. push for more money soon. He would work to cap and Politics has been his hobby reduce grocery and gas prices, for 40 years, he said, an interest establish national rent control, that was sparked while watching and cap and place a two-year and talking about elections with freeze on college tuition costs. his mother as a child. He said he doesn’t have any His run for Congress, he ideas in mind specific to Mont- said, is motivated by a desire to gomery County at the moment, see people’s lives improved. but plans to confer with state “If they put me in Congress, delegates from districts that things will change,” he said. would overlap his to talk about the issues they see. lpowers@gazette.net


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Some students will walk into buildings on their first day of class that mark the latest progress in Montgomery County Public Schools’ efforts to expand amid a quickly growing student population. After a year and a half at the North Lake Center in Rockville, Bel Pre Elementary School in Silver Spring will hold classes this year in a new building. Principal Carmen Van Zutphen said Bel Pre’s 508 students will learn in the environmentally friendly school, which has an outdoor courtyard and a capacity of 587 students. The new structure replaced the original building, which was constructed in 1968 at the same site. In her roughly 13 years at the school, Van Zutphen said, it always has had multiple portable classrooms. This past school year, she said, the building was so full, it supplemented its space with eight portables. “Our whole second grade prior to this renovation was in relocatable portables,” she said. “Now our second grade is all inside, with room to spare.” Bruce Crispell, director of the school system’s Division of Long-range Planning, said that as of the first day of classes on Monday, county schools will have 154,153 students this year — 2,864 more than last year. That’s the largest jump from one school year to the next for the school system since 2000, he said. Crispell said the school system — “the largest [in the state] for some time” — has seen development, children immigrating to the U.S. and other factors over the years that have raised student enrollment. “We don’t see any real significant changes in the trend at this point,” he said. Clarksburg-area children will start their year at a new school that will help alleviate overcrowding at nearby Little Bennett and Cedar Grove elementary schools. Wilson Wims Elementary School cost about $25 million to build and has a capacity for 734 students. That will let the school grow beyond its expected enrollment for this school year. Sean McGee, the new school’s principal, said he’s learned a lot about the process of getting a school started. He said he has helped with staffing and getting rooms organized to prepare for the school’s first academic year. The school was complete

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“Our whole second grade prior to this renovation was in relocatable portables. Now our second grade is all inside, with room to spare.” Bel Pre Elementary School Principal Carmen Van Zutphen but for a few “finishing touches,” McGee said Friday. New students, their parents and the teachers can attend an open house at the school this Friday. At Waters Landing Elementary School in Germantown, which opened in 1988, students will see a building upgraded to include more classroom space, among other changes. One addition added four classrooms to the school’s kindergarten area, which had three classrooms. The other expanded a two-story part of the building with another seven new classrooms. With the added space, the school no longer needs nine portables it used for three thirdgrade classes, four fourth-grade classes, ESOL instruction and staff development. Principal Tina Shrewsbury said she expects the same number of students this year as last year — about 690 — and all will fit in the upgraded building with room left for another 50 children. A number of county schools will add portables to their property this year, bringing the total from 382 last school year to 408 this year, according to the school system’s Capital Improvements Program posted on its website. • Rachel Carson Elementary in Gaithersburg will have three more portables this school year, for a total of 11. • Woodlin Elementary in Silver Spring will have two more, for a total of nine. • Lake Seneca Elementary in Germantown will have nine portables total after two were added. • Bethesda-Chevy Chase High added four portables, for a total of eight. • Rolling Terrace Elementary in Takoma Park has two more portables, for a total of eight. The school system also will do two studies this school year in the Gaithersburg and Downcounty Consortium areas to look at possible construction projects to add capacity in the two areas that have seen significant enrollment growth. Crispell said one study will cover seven elementary schools in the Gaithersburg cluster to evaluate the possibility of building additions or a new school. The study will include Goshen, Gaithersburg, Laytonsville, Rosemont, Washington Grove, Summit Hall and Strawberry Knoll elementary schools. He said some schools “lend themselves to additions we think.” “But we won’t know until we really get an architect looking at them in detail,” he said. Another study in the lower portion of the Downcounty Consortium will consider the same two approaches — additions versus a new school, Crispell said. The study will encompass Sligo Creek, Forest Knolls, Woodlin, Highland View, Rolling Terrace, East Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Piney Branch, New Hampshire Estates, Oak View, Montgomery Knolls and Pine Crest elementary schools. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr will make recommendations based on those two studies as part of the next Capital Improvements Program, to be announced next fall, Crispell said. Staff Writers Samantha Schmieder and Virginia Terhune contributed to this report. lpowers@gazette.net


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The nine-day Montgomery County Agricultural Fair came to an end on Saturday and Martin Svrcek, executive director of the fair, estimates a total of 215,000 people attended, even though severe weather conditions closed the fair on Aug. 12. “A rain on the final Friday or Saturday is absolutely brutal, but rain on a Tuesday is not bad from a business side because it’s one of the slower days on the grounds to begin with,” Svrcek explained. “But even our slow days are busy days, they’re just not as busy as the busiest days.” Tuesday’s closure, however, did affect one of the fair’s scheduled, special days for community members. “The most affected people were our senior citizens because Tuesday is the fair’s senior day,” Svrcek said. “We plan so much for them. There’s a trolley that goes through the fair grounds that we don’t offer any other day.” Because special events such as military and family days were already slated later in the week, tying up buildings and personnel, senior day could not be rescheduled, said Svrcek, who

noted that the fair has been hosting the special event “seemingly forever.” While bad weather caused this upset, it could have been a lot worse in Svrcek’s opinion. “The weather is our biggest nemesis, but also our biggest asset,” he said. “There were cool temperatures and only one day of rain.” Elana Diestel of Derwood manned her booth for the duration of the fair, selling Headbands of Hope. For each headband or buff (a headwrap for boys) sold, the organization donates a headband or buff to a child battling cancer, and also donates $1 to childhood cancer research. Diestel sold about 140 headbands, and collected almost $50 in donations. “Everyone loved the headbands and what Headbands of Hope does,” she said. Highlights were having a girl love the buff she bought so much she came back to the fair the next day to buy two more, getting an email from a girl expressing her love for a headband she bought and for what Headbands of Hope does, and helping a deaf and mute couple understand what Headbands of Hope does and pick out a headband. “The lady’s smile when she finally decided on a headband was so priceless,” Diestel said. “And the feeling I get from knowing that I helped put

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(From left) Arieann Romero, 10, of Montgomery Village and her sister Nyetti, 7, ride the Cliff Hanger during the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair on Friday evening in Gaithersburg. smiles on 138 pediatric cancer patients’ faces is awesome. Just awesome.” While attendees get to experience carnival rides, tents and grounds all set up, many don’t realize just what it takes in the

days leading up to and following the fair, as well as throughout the year, to host such a large, crowded event. Svrcek said that while the fair takes a few weeks to set up, it takes only about six days to

tear down, leaving no trace of it behind. Vehicles, such as trailers, which many employees and volunteers have called home for the duration of the fair, must be moved off the grounds, signs

have to be collected and stored and trash has to be picked up. “It takes longer to set up than to tear down, way more time,” Svrcek said. “Not because it’s harder work, but we invariably have new initiatives each year that take time to put in place. If we did the same thing year in, year out, it would take less time.” With less than 365 days left until next 2015’s fair, scheduled for Aug. 15-22, Svrcek said that they started planning it before this year’s even had the chance to close its gates. He and the staff work year-round attending conferences and trade shows to ensure they have the best quality entertainment and food for Montgomery County. They’ve already even started hiring people for 2016. As the carnival rides travel up to Rhinebeck, N.Y., for the Dutchess County Fair and the grounds return to a deserted state, Svrcek is finally able to relax a bit and realize another year went by with no injuries and no major mishaps. “Our biggest issue during the entire week was lost parents,” Svrcek said with a laugh. “We don’t have lost children. Kids know where they are. It’s the parents that don’t.” Staff Writer Terri Hogan contributed to this report. sschmieder@gazette.net

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Montgomery County Public Schools will start using a new code of conduct beginning this month to guide administrators on how to discipline students. The code, posted Thursday to the county school system’s website, was spurred by new regulations the state school board adopted in January. The regulations are aimed in part at reducing suspensions and expulsions and increasing administrators’ ability to use their discretion when determining disciplinary action. The new school system guide outlines levels of discipline that increase in severity from one to five. Each level includes possible actions principals and school staff can take to address student behavior. The code also includes a “matrix” that lists a series of behaviors and a corresponding range of disciplinary levels for administrators and staff to consider. For example, if a student uses or has a tobacco or electronic cigarette at school, the

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matrix suggests a level one or level two response. In those two levels, suggested responses include verbal correction, detention, community service and developing a plan to address the student’s behavior. In another example, a student found distributing or selling drugs might face a level three, four or five response based on the matrix suggestions. In that range, a student might face disciplinary action such as in-school suspension, referral to counseling or health services, participation in a mentoring program or, in the most extreme cases, a referral to alternative education or expulsion. The first three levels especially share multiple possible responses. Other behaviors addressed in the matrix include truancy, insubordination, fighting, destruction of property, sexual harassment and making a bomb threat. Christopher Garran, associate superintendent for high schools, said administrators will consider the appropriate level of response and what specific action within that level to take. The system is emphasizing a goal to discipline students in stages, he said. “You at least consider a

lower-level response first and then if the behavior repeats itself, then you start looking at the higher-level responses,” he said. If a principal wants to choose a response outside the range of levels in the matrix, Garran said, he must contact the system’s Office of School Support and Improvement. “I think we’re positioned really well for this code because we’ve already been doing a lot of this work,” he said. Garran said students will be informed about the new code and receive hard copies of the guide. In the past, the school system divided discipline action into two categories: discretionary and nondiscretionary. The school system’s Student Rights and Responsibilities policy previously included several student actions that call for a mandatory recommendation of expulsion and mandatory referral to police. Those actions included, among others, making a bomb threat, a violent physical attack, and distribution of controlled dangerous substances. Joe Rubens, principal at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, said the new code is “really not a huge shift” from the practices already used

in his school. He said Kennedy’s administrators have used a process that involves taking time, discussing the situation and incorporating different perspectives before making a decision about disciplining a student. Rubens said he appreciates that the code provides transparency about the process. “It’s very straightforward and gives it right to all of our stakeholders: Here’s what’s expected and here’s what the responses are,” he said. Principal Scott Murphy said he thinks the code “formalizes” efforts that Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg has already taken on. The school has been working on developing alternatives to suspension, such as structured community service, as part of a larger mission to engage students and create a positive school environment, Murphy said. He said the range of levels the code suggests for each behavior offers “a lot of discretion” for principals. “Suspension will still be on the table, but creating that mindset that there’s a continuum and suspension is the last resort is important,” he said. lpowers@gazette.net

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PEGGY MCEWAN STAFF WRITER

Montgomery County has added another Sister City to its family of international partners. Xi’an, a city in Northwestern China, and the county have formally committed to a relationship of cultural, educational and scientific exchange to foster people-to-people understanding and develop ongoing economic ties. Having a partnership with Xi’an could bring Chinese companies to Montgomery County, said Jie Li, minister of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. “People in Xi’an, when they think of the United States, they will think of Montgomery County,” Li said. Chinese embassy officials, business leaders from the local Chinese community and county officials celebrated the new partnership at a reception sponsored by The Northwestern Chinese American Association of Greater Washington on Aug. 20 at the Rockville library. Over 100 people were in attendance, according to officials. Xi’an is an ancient capital of 13 Chinese dynasties with over 3,000 years of civilization, according to the county’s sister city website montgomerysistercities.org. It is the home of the Terra Cotta Warriors and includes a High-Tech Industries Development Zone covering nearly 120 square miles with 16,800 companies, including a recent $7 billion Samsung microchip plant, according to the site. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett signed the

papers officially recognizing the new “sister” on July 24. It is an excellent choice for a partnership, he said, noting similarities between Montgomery County and Xi’an, especially in technology development. “The lasting effect [will be] greater cooperation between the cities,” he said. Montgomery County has a Chinese population of 43,999 people or 4.4 percent of the county’s total population according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 American Community Survey. Of the 44,000 Chinese residents, approximately 30,632 or 70 percent are foreign born. Montgomery County has already established Sister Cities relationships with Morazán, El Salvador, signed July 26, 2011; Gondar, Ethiopia signed Sept. 27, 2012, Bruce Adams, director of the Montgomery County Office of Community Development, said in an email. “India will be the fourth. County Executive and delegation will visit Hyderabad, India in November and plan to sign a Sister City agreement November 13 or 14, 2014,” Adams wrote. “You might note that our three Sister Cities and our soon-to-be fourth Sister City rank 1-2-3-4 in country of origin.” Jonathan Genn, executive vice president of Global Life Sci Development Corp. said he visited Xi’an as part of a county trade mission in September 2013 and can already see the value of the sister city program. “There are Chinese life sciences companies that are interested in doing business in the United States,” he said. pmcewan@gazette.net

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KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER

Pepco and Exelon asked Tuesday for the Maryland Public Service Commission’s stamp of approval on the proposed merger of the two companies, announced in April. Pepco Holdings Inc. plans to sell to Exelon Corp., the Chicago-based parent company of Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), for $6.83 billion, all-cash. The sale would bring together Exelon’s three electric and gas utilities, BGE, ComEd and PECO, with Pepco Holding’s three utilities, Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco, cementing Exelon’s hold on the mid-Atlantic market. The filing Tuesday initiates the regulatory approval process required in Maryland, said Donna Cooper, Pepco Region President. Cooper said the application filed with the PSC details the benefits of the merger, including more reliable electric service, economic growth, charitable donations and direct benefit to customers.

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utilities and community organizations. Funding for the prize is being provided by private donations. Mathias said officials are not really sure what the city will do with the $5 million if it wins that sum. Takoma Park’s fiscal 2015 operating budget is $26.7 million. “But we know it will benefit the residents,” she said. “We can do a lot with that amount of money.” kshay@gazette.net positions or running a project receive a $2,000 salary increase. Those heading projects will receive a budget ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. Prouty said the program will expand to all county schools in the future, though the project component will stay focused on the system’s high-needs schools. The first round of projects will be approved by November or December and implemented starting this school year, Prouty said. Those projects might include tutoring activities, homework clubs, professional development or community outreach, he said, but guidelines leave the possibilities open. The program was created, Prouty said, to give the county’s best teachers more opportunities to fill leadership positions and take on work aimed at helping their schools while still teaching. “We need great administrators, but we also want to keep our best people in the classroom

cation filed with the PSC on Tuesday, the companies have committed to improve reliability for Pepco customers by 38 to 40 percent. Specifically, by 2020 Pepco customers will experience no more than 1 outage per year and an average outage duration of no more than 101 minutes, as based on a three-year historical average to account for any abnormal weather, such as the 2012 derecho that kept Montgomery County residents in the dark for as long as eight days. If the companies do not meet the reliability targets, Exelon offered to face “financial penalties.” In May, the Montgomery County Council unanimously approved a resolution proposed by Berliner imploring the PSC to require “that Exelon provide substantial ratepayer benefits, including, but not limited to, quality of service equivalent to a top quartile utility within three years, and that cost recovery for investments necessary to achieve that outcome be tied to performance,” should it approve the sale. Montgomery County residents who have seen steady increases in their electric rates should not see those rates change initially under the merger, Cooper said.

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Continued from Page A-1 simplified some of the process, he said. “The county has continued to enjoy significant development activity,” Firestine said. “While there is room for improvement, there are many success stories in Montgomery County.” The report did not really as much as possible,” he said. Teachers can apply if they received a “meets standard” rating on their evaluations for the past two years. Marks said the rating indicates a teacher is effective. There is no limit to how many teachers can apply, Prouty said. Marks said she thinks the lead teachers’ contribution of “creative and innovative ideas,” particularly in high-needs schools, will make a difference for students. Linda Valli, a professor in the College of Education at the University of Maryland, said she thinks it’s smart for the county to work on recruiting and retaining strong teachers while providing support to help them improve the school. Valli said she has studied high-needs schools where stronger teachers have helped newer teachers mature. She said she thinks “the inequitable distribution of teach-

While Pepco Holdings leadership said in 2012 that the utility planned to pound the rate case drum, filing every nine months for higher rates — which it has so-far fulfilled, filing in 2011, 2012 and 2013 — Cooper said Tuesday that the merger does not include a rate adjustment. “At this time there are not plans to file a rate adjustment request consistent with what was articulated based on that nine-month time frame,” Cooper said. Sherrod said Exelon will also dedicate $40 million to a Customer Investment Fund to directly benefit Pepco and Delmarva Power customers through bill credits, assistance for low-income customers and energy efficiency measures. It will also donated $50 million in 10 years to charitable organizations and program in the communities served by Pepco and Delmarva Power. Pepco employees should also keep their jobs under the merger. The company has committed to avoid any involuntary job losses at the utilities for the first two years of the merger. kalexander@gazette.net capture many improvements resulting from a cross-agency streamlining program in the past two years, he said. Judy Fink, a resident of Aspen Hill and part of a neighborhood group that opposes a big box store at the site, agreed the process was lengthy. “But it favors the developer over the comments and wishes of the community,” she said. kshay@gazette.net ers is very high, even in school districts like Montgomery County.” “Oftentimes, the highestneeds schools have the highest percentage of beginner teachers and struggling teachers and as soon as they get tenure, they tend to move to other schools,” she said, speaking generally. Marks said she thinks every Montgomery school contains a high percentage of “highly qualified people.” “What we like to think is that everybody we hire is a strong teacher,” she said. lpowers@gazette.net

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John Mahler founded the annual Community Pig Roast and other programs at Grace Episcopal Church in Silver Spring. He died last fall, but church members continue the Pig Roast. Mahler is shown at last year’s roast.

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Continued from Page A-1 the Rev. Andrew Walter, rector at Grace Episcopal. “John would engage the homeless in conversation. He got to know them, asked them what they needed.” Through the church’s Men’s Group, Mahler led the creation of events that engaged the surrounding community, including an annual pig roast that began in 2010 and spaghetti dinners to raise funds for the youth group. He died last fall of a heart attack at age 53, a few months after his wife — immigration attorney and Grace Episcopal member Elizabeth Campbell — died of cancer. Church members thought it was important to continue, and attempt to expand, the roast, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. “The roast is a fun community event to help bring people together,” Walter said. “We are trying to broaden it out past just the church.” Church members, including the younger ones, will cook the pig over an open fire from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning, said Mark Miller, one of the event organizers. Volunteers have to flip the pig regularly on a fire pit throughout the night. They will serve free pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, potato salad, chips and watermelon from 11 a.m. until at least 2 p.m. Saturday. There also will be a sale by the

church’s thrift store, a moon bounce for kids and educational booths on topics such as energy efficiency. Voluntary donations will be accepted, with proceeds going to a local food ministry. Mahler did a similar pig roast with another church in Georgia before joining Grace Episcopal. He suggested the Men’s Group organize such an event in 2010. The event has been well received, Miller said. Mahler, the son of missionaries, also started special programs as a teacher at Kemp Mill Elementary School in Silver Spring. Among those was an outdoor vegetable garden to give students firsthand experience with the agricultural process and promote better nutrition. He recruited fellow church members to help with the garden. Mahler and Campbell also were heavily involved in the D.C. anti-poverty organization Bread for the City, where Campbell was a legal clinic director for several years. “His death was a real blow to our church community, especially since it happened only about four months after Elizabeth died,” Walter said. “It was devastating.” For the Men’s Group, it’s a “bittersweet” roast this year, but an important one, Miller said. “We are continuing this tradition and our service to the church and community in [Mahler’s] memory,” Miller said. kshay@gazette.net

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year, the program will encompass 58 schools — 34 elementary, 16 middle and 9 high schools — that were identified based on the rate of students that receive free or reduced price meals. Many of the schools — about 32 — are in the Silver Spring area this year. Other schools in the program are mostly in the Gaithersburg, Germantown and Rockville areas. The Career Lattice marks a joint effort by the county teachers’ union, which has led the program’s development, and the county school system. After becoming a lead teacher, an educator can apply for a leadership role such as resource teacher, staff development teacher or instructional specialist. They can also submit a proposal for a project at a highneeds schools. The program teachers can take on a leadership position or lead a project at one of the schools. Teachers who are already in leadership roles also can apply for the status. Eventually, the lead teacher status will become a prerequisite for filling a leadership role, Prouty said. Lead teachers in leadership

“Exelon is committed to working with Pepco and Delmarva Power to continue improving service reliability, deliver financial benefits to Maryland customers, and to continue Pepco and Delmarva Power’s strong tradition of community involvement and support,” said Melissa Sherrod, Exelon vice president of corporate affairs. Montgomery County Councilman Roger Berliner said in a statement Tuesday that it is up to state regulators to determine if the proposed merger—which will result in a single utility totally dominating the state—is in the public interest. “Our Council has formally stated that should the Commission conclude it is in the public interest, it could only do so with binding commitments to superb reliability and better service to our long-suffering constituents,” Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda said. Cooper said Tuesday that the merger will result in fewer power outages. Courtney Nogas, Pepco spokeswoman, said Pepco customers currently experience about 1.62 outages per year with an average outage duration of 176 minutes. Under the merger appli-

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Casellas, Barnes Waskewich, Boone The Waskewich and Boone families announce the engagement of their children, Karen Jeanne Waskewich and Erik Michael Boone. The bride, a 2004 Academy of the Holy Cross alumna, graduated from Georgetown University. She currently works for Deloitte Consulting.

The groom, a 1999 alumnus of Gonzaga College High School, is currently the manager of the family business, Boone and Sons Jewelers, in the McLean, Va., location. A September wedding is planned. The couple will reside in Rockville.

Gilbert F. Casellas and Ada Garcia-Casellas of Chevy Chase announce the wedding of their daughter, Marisa Astrid Casellas, to George F. Barnes, son of George and Rosemarie Barnes of Congers, New York. The bride-to-be earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.P.A. from New York University. She is currently an Economic Edu-

cation Associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The prospective groom earned a B.S. from Marist College and an M.S. from Mercy College. He is currently a Speech-Language Pathologist in New Jersey. The couple will be married in September 2014 in Washington, D.C.

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Janice and Lloyd “Shorty” Taylor of Urbanna, Va., celebrated their 60th anniversary on Aug. 26. They are both from Rockville, attended Richard Montgomery High School, and were married in Arlington, Va., on Aug. 26, 1954. They have one daughter and many friends and relatives still in the county.

HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20 Freedom from Smoking® Class, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Suburban Hospital CR 1/2 (Second Floor), 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. For more than 25 years, American’s gold standard smoking cessation program — Freedom From Smoking® — has guided thousands of people to gain the skills and techniques needed to control ones behavior. To quit smoking is hard but this nationally recognized program can help you too! $95. For

more information, visit events. suburbanhospital.org.

THURSDAY, AUG. 21 First Aid Classes at Medstar Montgomery, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Dr., Olney. The Heartsaver First Aid course teaches how to manage illness and injuries in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. This program is ideal for community members and meets the require-

ments for Childcare Providers certification. After successful completion, the student will receive a Heartsaver First Aid card from the American Heart Association. $55. For more information, visit medstarhealth.org or call 301-774-8881.

FRIDAY, AUG. 22 Heart Smarts, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Suburban Hospital CR 1/2 (Second Floor), 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. This educational program fo-

cuses on strategies for hearthealthy living. Learn how to care for, prevent and reduce the risk of heart disease and other heart-related conditions. Family members are encouraged to participate. Free. For more information, visit events.suburbanhospital.org.

SATURDAY, AUG. 23 CPR and AED at MedStar Montgomery, 9 a.m. to noon, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip

Dr., Olney. The Heartsaver class teaches basic CPR, rescue breathing, and relief of choking for adults, infants and children and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use. After successful completion, the student will receive a Heartsaver AED card from the American Heart Association. *This class is for the lay community and is not adequate for individuals who have or will have patient care responsibilities. This class is not designed for healthcare providers. If you are a healthcare provider,

please register under BLS and CPR for Healthcare Professionals.* If you have registered for a CPR & AED or BLS for Healthcare Provider course and would like your manual prior to class, you can arrange to pick up at our offices at 18111 Prince Philip Drive, Suite 314, (it’s the building to the left of the hospital; the one with the pharmacy in it) Everyday until noon. Call 301774-8969. Otherwise, you will receive your manual in class. $80. For more information, visit medstarhealth.org.

ducts 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 Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30

and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-421-9166. For a schedule of events, visit libertygrovechurch.org. “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.

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;

agapeamec.org. Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St., Damascus, offers traditional Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 a.m., a youth contemporary worship service at 9:30 a.m. and a service of liturgy and the word at 11 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for all ages during the school year. damascusumc.org. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Blvd.,

Bethesda, offers services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. each Sunday, with Sunday School for all ages scheduled at 10 a.m. Child care is offered from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A fellowship and coffee hour follows the 8:30 a.m. service. 301-365-5733, elcbethesda.org. Hughes United Methodist Church, 10700 Georiga Ave., Wheaton, offers an informal Sunday morning worship service at 9 a.m., followed by a

traditional worship service at 10:30 a.m. Child care is available from 9 a.m. to noon. Hospitality time is at 9:45 a.m. in the Garden Entrance. El Buen Samaritano offers a Spanish service at Noon. Communion is Celebrated the first Sunday of the month. For more information, call 301-949-8383. Visit HughesUMC.org. Kemptown United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown Church Road, Monrovia, con-

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Last week, Maryland took a holiday as summer neared an end — a week without the 6 percent sales tax on most clothing items and shoes. This has become an annual August rite in Maryland, a promotion aimed largely at back-to-school shoppers. The thinking is that the Free State, by temporarily becoming the Tax-Free State, can compete better against neighbors with more hospitable tax climates. Delaware has no sales tax. Pennsylvania doesn’t tax clothing. Virginia eliminates its sales tax on most clothing, shoes and school supplies for three days. Like so many other sales promotions, this one is alluring. For years, Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot has trumpeted Maryland’s sales-tax-free week and shown his solidarity by buying exempt items during his promotional stops. But reality debunks the puffery. In a report, The Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan research group, explains: “Sales tax holidays introduce unjustifiable government distortions into the economy without providing any significant boost to the economy. They represent a real cost for businesses without providing substantial benefits. They are also an inefficient means of helping low-income consumers and an ineffective means of providing savings to consumers.” New York was a pioneer in the sales-tax holiday for clothing, starting one in 1997. A study afterward found that purchases of exempt items increased during that period, but not overall for the year. Consumers simply shifted their spending. The only real effect is in sales tax revenue. Franchot’s office said this week that there’s no concrete way to measure how much tax revenue does not come in. Instead, it pointed to a state Department of Legislative Services analysis attached to an unsuccessful bill this year to broaden the exemption to include school supplies. Legislative Services figured that, under current parameters, sales-tax-free promotions would reduce general-fund revenues $6.7 million in fiscal year 2014 and $6.9 million in fiscal year 2015 (the state collects something like $4.2 billion in total sales taxes). That includes both the clothing week and a three-day period in February, pertaining to the purchase of energy-saving products. In lieu of a meaningful structural approach to tax reform, state legislators gladly jump on this gimmicky, temporary tax-cut proposal, which has questionable value for taxpayers and retailers, but a fairly clear loss in state revenue. We’re not buying it. Far better would be changing tax policy that essentials, such as the clothing items targeted in the back-to-school tax holiday, aren’t taxed in the first place.

LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR

JBG has a strong record of supporting Twinbrook As a Twinbrook resident since 1965 and an active civic volunteer, I take exception to the negative comments made about The JBG Companies in your Aug. 6 article “Twinbrook projects rile neighbors.” JBG’s projects have already brought many positive things to my community. Not only does Twinbrook have more shops and restaurants, JBG has helped create a better sense of community and vitality for Twinbrook. They have improved the street scape and buildings which provide employment. For over 25 years, I was employed in two of the buildings in Twinbrook on Chapman Avenue and the Parklawn Drive. The article said nothing about how JBG has been and continues to be an active community supporter. JBG has been a sponsor of the Twinbrook Swimming Pool and supports the Twinbrook Elementary School, the Twinbrook Community Center, and the Rockville Sister City organization. JBG’s

donation to the Twinbrook Community Center last year funded numerous programs and afterschool activities. As an active community representative for the Twinbrook Partnership, I am proud of the many community initiatives the team has accomplished. The Partnership supports the annual clean-up of Rock Creek Park, the Twinbrook Elementary School BoosterThon, Bike to Work Day, NIH Take a Hike Day, the Twinbrook Farmers Market, and a multitude of other communitydriven events and activities. Currently, the Twinbrook Partnership is holding a communitywide school supply drive to benefit the Twinbrook Elementary School. Your reporting got it wrong; the community benefits greatly from JBG’s involvement and I believe they are a great asset to my Twinbrook community. They have shown they care about my community.

Summer flotsam

Summer’s almost over, but, as we wander the beach for the last time, some interesting political nuggets wash ashore.

settlement and consent decree against the police department. That’s why CASA should insist that Brown disavow O’Malley.

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CASA In Action, the Latino political action group, recently demanded that Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan “take a principled stance ... by publicly disavowing (Frederick County) Sheriff (Chuck) Jenkins.” Why? Because Jenkins’ vigorous enforcement of federal immigration law led to a 2008 arrest by his deputies of a Latino woman quietly eating lunch on the curb. Although she was committing no crime, she was arrested, found to be an illegal alien, and jailed. CASA sued and a federal court ruled that the arrest was a MY MARYLAND violation of the womBLAIR LEE an’s rights because it was not linked to a criminal act. So Hogan should disavow Jenkins. Fine, but shouldn’t Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown likewise disavow Gov. Martin O’Malley who, when it comes to illegal arrests, makes Sheriff Jenkins look like a piker? When he was Baltimore’s mayor, running for governor, O’Malley suppressed the city’s embarrassing crime rate by using a “zero tolerance” policy of unwarranted mass arrests of thousands and thousands of innocent city residents, including people walking to church. In many cases, the victims were strip-searched and jailed without charges. In 2006, the NAACP and the ACLU filed suit against the city, resulting in a $870,000

Maryland Congressman John Delaney (D-Dist. 6) has a way to improve voter turnout. He’s filed a bill in Congress making Election Day a national holiday. Looks good on paper, but, in reality, it’s bound to backfire. Currently elections are on Tuesdays during the workweek. Make that Tuesday into a holiday and most folks will take annual leave on Monday and enjoy a four-day vacation! If you believe people will stick around to vote, then you probably believe that most folks celebrate our fallen troops on Memorial Day and our workers on Labor Day.

If you’re white, it’s alright Remember Julius Henson? He’s the black Baltimore political consultant involved in the infamous 2010 governor’s race robocalls advising black voters to stay home because O’Malley and Obama (who wasn’t even running) were safely elected. But the jury only convicted Henson of conspiring to not have the recorded robocalls include an “authority line” identifying the robocalls’ political sponsor. Nevertheless, State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt brought Henson to trial, where a judge sentenced him to 60 days in jail, 30 months of home detention, 500 hours of community service and four years of probation, during which he was banned from political campaigns. Then, Attorney General Doug Gansler won a $1 million civil fine against Henson. Henson went to jail. In Maryland, that’s how we treat authority-line violators — unless you’re a white Democrat. Last week, Brian Bailey, a white Balti-

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the recent primary election. In my opinion, it is already easy to register and to vote in Montgomery County. The council can decide on the cost versus benefit of the improvements, but actually, the problem is that people are lazy. If you could have polled the Democrat on his couch as he viewed the TV spots for gubernatorial candidates Brown, Gansler and Mizeur in the recent primary, he might

This year, Maryland’s school systems are relaxing discipline codes and reducing suspensions by treating violators, instead, with “restorative justice.” Meanwhile, with only a few weeks before school opens, Baltimore City has 211 teacher vacancies, up from 87 vacancies in 2012. Just a coincidence?

So that others may toke In California, the Berkeley City Council recently passed an ordinance mandating that medical marijuana dispensaries set aside 2 percent of their inventory, so the city can distribute the pot to low-income residents (individual incomes less than $32,000, family incomes under $46,000), who otherwise could not afford the weed. Who says this isn’t a great country? Berkeley’s “pot stamps” law is the nation’s first, but can Takoma Park and Montgomery County be far behind? Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His past columns are available at www.gazette.net/blairlee. His email address is blairleeiv@gmail.com.

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have expressed a preference. But that preference was not strong enough to get more than 24 percent of registered Democrats up and out to vote. The bottom line is that if you live in a democracy, you have a responsibility to vote. That’s why it’s called a democracy. The people rule.

David Winfield, Montgomery Village

Richard Sincoff, Potomac

Nicholas J. Matthews, Silver Spring

In a democracy, it is your responsibility to vote To the Commentary Editor of the Gazette: As suggested (Our Opinion, “Electoral review wins our vote,” July 30), I read the “Report and Recommendations of the Right to Vote Task Force” at the website provided. I agree with the report and with your evaluation of it. I share your dismay that five out of six registered voters in Montgomery County did not participate in

Spare the rod

In your story about Edward Sagel Funeral Direction and Danzansky-Goldberg Funeral Home (“Funeral home director buys back his Rockville business,” Aug. 6), you missed a major funeral home, Torchinsky Hebrew Funeral Home. While technically in Washington, D.C., it is a stone’s throw across the Maryland line and serves many families in Montgomery County, as well as the suburban area. It is owned and operated by Joyce Torchinsky, who has been a licensed funeral director for many years. Her funeral services are in the full Jewish tradition and comply with all Jewish requirements. Ms. Torchinsky is fully educated in the applicable sciences and is an excellent business woman. She does not limit her services to Jews and has handled funerals for non-Jewish families. She was born and raised in Montgomery County, attended local schools and the University of Maryland, has lived her life here, has taught in Maryland and chose to serve the people of the county. Her business is just into D.C. because that is where the location came available when another funeral home director retired and left the area. Your article gave the impression that only Sagel and Danzansky serve Jewish funeral needs in Montgomery County, which is just not true. You would find it interesting to check the website for Torchinsky Hebrew Funeral Home and to interview her, and I think you would be impressed with her and her business. It probably would be worth another story to write about this impressive woman who is well-educated and very professional and who has given much to the community.

Louis Marmon’s article “Enjoying the rebirth of Greek wines” in your Aug. 6 edition was read with great interest. However, Mr. Marmon (and your copy editor) should brush up on English usage. To wit: 1. The last word before the jump — “lead.” The past tense of the verb “to lead,” as used here, is spelled “led,” not “lead.” The noun “lead” is pronounced “led” and refers to what’s found in a pencil. 2. The next-to-last paragraph states: “And nearly every type of seafood from grilled and poached fish to shellfish and even sushi is well complimented with a glass (or two) of Assyrtiko.” The verb “compliment” is often misused for the verb “complement,” which is the case here. Thank you.

Brigitta Mullican, Rockville

more County Democrat who unsuccessfully ran for the House of Delegates, was sentenced for creating a phony website attacking one of his opponents. Not only did Bailey’s website lack an authority line, he paid for it with personal funds, another violation. Yet, Bailey got “probation before judgment” (no conviction) and was only sentenced to one year’s probation, 200 hours of community service and a $500 fine. Nor is Gansler filing a civil suit. Davitt, the same prosecutor who tried Henson, said Bailey’s sentence “was fair”.

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While many of the top golf teams in Montgomery County compete in the ultra-tough Yachmetz division that features two-time defending Maryland 3A/4A State champion Thomas S. Wootton, several teams in the Kyle (middle) division have lofty goals. Paint Branch finished 5-13 last fall in the Kyle division won by Poolesville and has since been demoted to the Kohut (lower division), but ninth-year Panthers’ coach John DeCavage has already set the bar high for this year’s squad. Led by senior Nicholas Lee and a quartet of juniors who should also return next fall, Paint Branch could easily earn its way back to the Kyle division. “We’re probably the top seed in the lower division this year,” DeCavage said. “So, with all my returning players and three or four new ones I think we could go 18-0 this year. We have some good players on the team and they have plenty of experience. We also have some new kids who can help us. My guess is we’ll carry 12 players this season.” Lee is the team’s lone senior starter and he will be joined by juniors Jared Belke, Ryan Kirk, Kevin Trego-

See GOLF, Page B-2 James H. Blake High School’s Samantha Holley practices with her field hockey teammates Thursday at the Silver Spring school.

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Paint Branch High School’s girls tennis team won the Division III title last year with an 8-4 record, but that winning record is a little deceiving. The Panthers won only two division matchups, defeating Col. Zadok Magruder and Springbrook. Their other six wins came agaisnt Division IV opponents. Repeating as champions this year will likely be harder.

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The James H. Blake High School field hockey team relied on its defense last fall, regularly shutting down opponents en route to a 9-7 season. But the problem, said coach Patrick Howley, was the offense. The Bengals were held scoreless four times last season and managed only three total goals in their seven losses. The good news for Blake: scoring help

could be on the way. Blake returns five senior starters and adds several impact freshmen — an unusual occurrence at the Silver Spring school, Howley said. “They’re going to have to learn the varsity game and everything but I think they’re going to make a potential impact right away.” Though he doesn’t expect major improvements overnight, the busy preseason schedule — eight scheduled scrimmages in 10 days — could speed up the process and help the younger players mesh into the offense. “Really, the type of team I have this year, we’re going to be developing this whole month of August and really coming together,” Howley said.

Senior defender Amanda Long said she has already seen signs of improvement on offense. “I see a lot more communication and ball movement. Not everyone is just crowded together,” Long said. While the offense may take time to develop, Howley said he expects the experienced defense to continue leading the team. “It’s just going to take time for the whole team to gel and develop chemistry but once it does I think we’re going to be [ready] late in the season,” Howley said.

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Paint Branch High School’s Tiffany Nguyen practices Saturday at the school in Burtonsville.

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Paint Branch High School senior Lorenzo Neil personifies what it takes to be long distance runner. He’s always been intensely focused, even as a freshman, Panthers coach Dessalyn Dillard said. He’s goal oriented and once his mind is set on something, it’s very hard to deter him. But having the will and physical endurance to push through a five-kilometer race doesn’t necessarily translate into complete success on the cross country course. The sport isn’t just about physicality, Dillard said, races require a deep thought process. Neil’s commitment to studying races and opponents and the strategic aspect of the sport has led to a better overall understanding of how to construct a cross country race. And that could elevate him into the county’s top 10 this fall — he finished 16th at last year’s county championship.

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Cross country runner Lorenzo Neal (second from left) practices Friday with teammates at Paint Branch High School.

“Lorenzo, cross country is his season,” Dillard said. “What sets him apart is his impeccable work ethic. He truly loves the sport and he’s a very coachable athlete. He’s dedicated to getting better all the time.” Neil, along with classmate Oliver Lloyd, who finished 30th at last year’s state meet,

have been at the center of Paint Branch’s recent rise to the state’s upper echelon. The Panthers have historically been highlighted by some of Montgomery County’s top sprinters but in recent years an increased focus on supplementing that with a strong core of long-distance runners has left Paint Branch with very few weak spots. And it all starts with the fall cross country season. Perhaps the biggest strides Neil has taken heading into the fall season, Dillard said, has been his commitment to being a team leader. Neil said he’s relished the new role and is eager to take some of the Panthers younger athletes under his wing in order help set the team up for continued success. “The difference in Lorenzo from freshman year until now is, he always had that ‘I want to win mentality,’ and he would get out there and just run,” Dillard said. Now he’s more patient, more mature in the sport. He’s more strategic and he’s more team-oriented. I expect nothing but great things [for him] this season.” Here’s a look at the overall landscape for

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Continued from Page B-1 Blake defeated Springbrook (Silver Spring) last postseason before falling to Sherwood (Sandy Spring). The Bengals went 12-4 the previous year, reaching the state semifinals. “There’s no number goal,” Long said. “... We just would rather put together our best ef-

Elsewhere in Montgomery County It’s out of the ordinary for Burtonsville’s Paint Branch to have even one freshman with club field hockey experience. This summer they had four, which has coach Dan Feher feeling good about the Panthers’

chances after a 5-10 season. “I think this year that with the group that we have, it’s really just going to be about capitalizing on opportunities and making sure we do our job defensively,” Feher said. Rockville’s Thomas S. Wootton went 17-1 last season and reached the 4A state championship, and though there will be some new faces — about half of its startinglineupgraduated—coach

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Kearney Blandamer said the Patriots have a talented returning core that includes senior Julia Lee (AllGazette honorable mention), junior Rachel Maizel (second team) and junior Lacey Rubin. “Different teams and different players are going to emerge,” Blandamer said. “... Hopefully we’re going to be able to adjust to what our opponents throw at us and just bring our best game every week.”

Olney’s Our Lady of Good Counsel is looking to defend its Washington Catholic Athletic Conference crown after defeating rival Academy of the Holy Cross (Kensington) in last year’s finals. The Falcons graduate 12 seniors but return several key players, including fourth-year varsity goalie Caroline Campbell. “We have a solid core,” Theda Bagdon said. “... The girls have a better idea of fitness and

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niane and Jessica Agyepong and sophomore Brandam McMullen. Last season while playing in the Kyle division, Paint Branch averaged 246.83 for its five golfers, which would have been good for third place in the Kohut division. While Paint Branch descends into the Kohut, Clarksburg will look to earn its way from the Kyle back to the Yachmetz division. Coyotes’ fourth-year coach Cliff Elgin, a social studies and television production teacher at the school, has four strong returning players and one prominent transfer and the primary goal is for the squad to earn its first state tournament berth since 2011, Elgin’s rookie year. Nick Infanti, who also plays baseball for the school, will be the Coyotes’ top player based on his 38.5 average for nine holes last fall. Returners Andrew Kostecka, Ryan Free and Brandon Liu will be joined by senior Justin Diggs, who transferred from St. John’s. Clarksburg, which will open the season on Aug. 27, practices at Little Bennett.

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Favorites Girls: Only four points separated Walter Johnson from runner-up Bethesda-Chevy Chase at last year’s state meet. Multiple title contenders coupled with deep rosters will likely prove difficult for the rest of the county to break through. Boys: Walt Whitman returns the highest county finisher at states along with the majority of last year’s low scorers. Thomas S. Wootton’s third place finish at states was the county’s highest in 4A and though the Patriots graduated their top runner, they will still be dangerous.

Contenders Girls: Poolesville returns two top 10 finishers from last year’s state runner-up squad. Most of Wootton’s fairly young team that finished fourth at last year’s state competition is back in 2014 with a valuable extra year of experience. Boys: Poolesville graduated one of the county’s best ever athletes but most of Chase Weaverling’s supporting cast is back to attempt defend last year’s second-place finish at states. Walter Johnson’s depth looks strong enough to keep it in the county’s top tier.

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Darkhorses Girls: Only four points separated Winston Churchill from fourth place at last year’s state championship and the Bulldogs return four of their top five. The majority of Whitman’s lineup was were underclassmen a year ago and the past 12 months could make all the difference this fall. Northwest has also added some depth to last year’s top 10 squad. James H. Blake qualified for states for the first time in program history last fall and returns most of its top finishers.

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Cross country runner Lorenzo Neal (front) practices Friday with teammates at Paint Branch High School. Boys: A more experienced Richard Montgomery squad should test the top teams; Northwest returns one of the county’s top performers and might have a secret or two up its

sleeve. Quince Orchard is perennially in the mix and this fall should be no different. jbeekman@gazette.net

The Panthers are scheduled to play all of the other five Division III schools this season. That’s in addition to three Division I and one Division II teams. Paint Branch went 0-4 in games against similar competition last season. Also making things more difficult for Paint Branch to repeat is the departure of its top singles player, Victoria Nguyen, to graduation. The Panthes’ fourth-singles player also graduated. Filling in for Nguyen should be her sister, Tiffany Nguyen, who will move up from the second-singles spot. Paint Branch coach Judy Rothstein said Nguyen is also a strong player and had the same record as her sister a season ago. Cindy Tran, who opted to play lacrosse over tennis last year, is also returning to the team after a year away. “I’m looking to have a pretty good

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tblack@gazette.net season,” Rothstein said. “[Last season] we lost to [teams above Division III].” The county champion will likely be decided between Thomas S. Wootton, Winston Churchill and Walt Whitman. Over the last 32 years, the only time one of those three teams didn’t win the championship was in 2006 when Walter Johnson won it. Although Wootton graduated four players, it returns All-Gazette Player of the Year and state singles champion Miranda Deng and senior Kelly Chen, who is a four-year starter. Coach Nia Cresham said Wootton is still a deep team, and that she will be looking for leadership out of Chen. Churchill should be strong again since it graduated just two starters and returns a state champion, Katie Gauch. Whitman finished 10-2 last season. The only two team’s able to beat them were Churchill and Wootton. pgrimes@gazette.net

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where the game is going.” Look for Bethesda’s Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart to make a run at an Independent School League championship after reaching the reaching the finals and losing to St. Stephens/ St. Agnes (Va.) last year. HoltonArms School (Bethesda) and Bullis (Potomac) appeared in the ISL semifinals.

“Last year Nick qualified for states as an individual, but our team did not make the cut,” Elgin said. “We’re hoping to finish first or second in the division and then get back to states this year. We have four good returning starters and I think our transfer (Diggs) is going to help.’ Albert Einstein, which finished 15-1 in the Kohut division last fall, has three returning starters, senior Noah Simons, junior Alise Herlambang and sophomore Matthew Taylor and newcomers Rose Donnelly and Malik Selic. Einstein won the Montgomery County Scramble last fall at Poolesville and opens the season on Aug. 27 at P.B. Dye against Clarksburg, Paint Branch and BethesdaChevy Chase. “For a team in the lower division to win the Montgomery County scramble was our highlight for last year,” said Einstein eighth-year coach David Conrad, a music teacher at the school. “We made a couple of birdies at the end to win by two strokes. It basically was going to take a miracle and we got one.”

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KEEPING IT BRIEF Blake grads playing college ball Fourteen recent graduates (Class of 2014) from James H. Blake High School in Silver Spring are expected to participate in varsity athletics in college this upcoming scholastic year, according to www.blakeathletics.org. They include: Elizabeth Adesanya (Long Island, track and field), Tayahd Campbell (McDaniel, football), Mark Davis (Salisbury, football), Kaylie Deshler (Christopher Newport, soccer), Raul Escobar (McDaniel, soccer), Bethany Hamson (University of the South, swimming), Nicole Lertora (St. Mary’s College of Maryland, field hockey), Yoselin Milloy (Juniata, soccer), Demonte Ojinnaka (Cloud County, basketball), Marquis Robinson (Robert Morris, football), Matthew Russell (Salisbury, soccer), Paul Tabe (Harcum, soccer), Abe Toure (Westminster, soccer), Stephanie Van Albert (Quinnipiac, gymnastics).

— ERIC GOLDWEIN

Firebirds Track Club ends big summer The Firebirds Track Club, based in Montgomery County qualified 85 of its 200 members to the United States of America Track and Field region 3 championships, and 33 of those advanced to compete at nationals in Houston, according to coach Adrian Mitchell. The club is comprised of boys and girls from ages 6 to 18 years old. Amira Ayungo, Desi Amprey, Daeniyah Dancy, and Aliyah Rahman placed 17th at nationals in the girls 8 and under 400 relay (1:09.02). Ayungo, Dancy, Rahman and Mallory Coleman placed 13th in the girls 8-and-under 1,600 relay. Okeyo Ayungo, Donovan Brown, Izajah Black, and Garrett Suhr placed 17th in the 11/12 boys 1,600 relay (4:17.33). Cierra Pyles earned 16th in the 13/14 girls pentathalon; Brown finished 29th in the 11/12 boys 400; and Jahmai Wyatt placed 46th in the 11/12 girls 800. Not every athlete who qualified for nationals was able to compete there. The Firebirds also did well at the National Hershey Track Championships to conclude the season. Brown placed fourth in the 11/12 boys 400; Suhr finished fourth in the 11/12 boys 800; Kyra Lyles placed second in the 11/12

girls 100; and Cori Brown, Eileen Bartlett, Daija Harper and Taylor Wright finished second in the 13/14 girls 400 relay.

— KEN SAIN

Good Counsel grad plays for Team USA Harvard University sophomore and 2013 Our Lady of Good Counsel High School graduate Margaret “Midge” Purce logged significant minutes in all four of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team’s games at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup that began Aug. 5 in Canada, including three starts. Team USA rebounded from a 2-0 loss to Germany in its opening game with wins against Brazil and China People’s Republic to make it out of the group stage. But the team’s run ended in Saturday’s 3-1, penalty-kick loss in the quarterfinals to Korea Democratic People’s Republic. Makenzy Doniak gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead but the game ended in a 1-1 tie after 120 minutes. Korea DPR goalie Kim Chol Ok then saved three of four Team USA penalty kick attempts. Last year Purce became the first freshman to be named Ivy League Player of the Year and paced Harvard and the league with 11 goals.

— JENNIFER BEEKMAN

Georgetown Prep graduate reaches semifinals Georgetown Preparatory School graduate, Denny McCarthy, was defeated by Corey Conners, of Canada, in the semifinals of the United States Golf Association’s U.S. Amateur tournament last Saturday at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga. McCarthy advanced to the semifinals by defeating Roman Robledo, of Harlingen, Texas, 3-and-2 in the quarterfinals last Friday. Conners would lose to Gunn Yang, of the Replublic of Korea, in the championship round. McCarthy battled through two days of stroke-play last Monday and Tuesday in order to qualify for the round of 64 players. From there, he won match-play rounds until he was one of the final four players remaining.

— PRINCE J. GRIMES

Spirit lose finale, but earn playoff spot Washington advances to postseason despite falling to Sky Blue FC

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Emotions were running high for the Washington Spirit in Saturday evening’s 1-0 loss to visiting New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC in the team’s National Women’s Soccer League season finale, played in front of 4,282 spectators at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds. One year removed from a last-place finish, Washington entered the match in control of its own playoff chances — a win Saturday would’ve clinched the team a spot in the league’s top 4. A loss, however, could have marked the final NWSL appearance for midfielder Lori Lindsey, beloved by soccer fans nationwide, who announced her plans to retire on Thursday. With so much to play for, however, Washington struggled to find its rhythm Saturday. But with a little help from the Chicago Red Stars and their tie with Western New York Saturday, the Spirit will make its NWSL playoff debut Sunday in Seattle against the No. 1 seed and Hope Solo-led Reign. The game is scheduled to be televised by ESPN2 at 11 p.m. eastern time. Washington (10-9-5) was in third place after Saturday’s game but was leapfrogged by then fifthplace Portland Thorns FC when the Alex Morgan-led squad won its season finale. Washington and Chicago were tied with 35 points but the Spirit own the season series head-to-head, 3-0. Lindsey, who was drafted by current Sky Blue coach Jim Gabarra to play for the Washington Freedom in 2003 and was also with the team from 2006-09, was honored in a post-game presentation Saturday that included video messages from friends, family and teammates past and present. Lindsey is a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team player pool and was with the squad during the 2011 World Cup and was named an alternate to the 2012 Olympic team. “If anything [the emotions] helped us,” Spirit and USWNT defender Ali Krieger said. “We really came out confident, we wanted to play for [Lindsey] and end this game with a win. We

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Washington Spirit player Lisa DeVanna has her shot blocked Saturday by Sky Blue FC goalie Jillian Loyden. were fighting not only for ourselves and each other, but for her and to end on a good note. But [Saturday] wasn’t our day. It happens. It didn’t go our way. ... I know we’ve had our ups and downs but we’ve really worked hard at the end of the season to clinch that spot and I think we deserve [to be in playoffs].” Both teams had chances to score early but Sky Blue’s consistent pressure finally broke the Spirit backline in the 27th minute. Forward Monica Ocampo settled an attempted clear to place the ball just inside the left post and give the New Jersey team a 1-0 lead. In between its struggles to link in the midfield, Washington did show glimpses of what got it into playoff contention. The Spirit had several opportunities to tie the game — Sky Blue only outshot Washington, 9-8, and both teams had three shots on goal — and even go ahead. The best opportunity came in the 40th minute when speedy forward Lisa De Vanna stripped Sky Blue’s goalie, Jillian Loyden, of the ball and had a completely open net. But her initial touch on the ball was too strong and the it rolled out of bounds before she could get a shot off. USWNT defender Christie Rampone also stifled several attempts made by crafty Canadian National Team midfielder Diana Matheson into open space up top. Washington was playing without starting goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, who has been side-

lined with concussion symptoms for nearly two weeks, and leading scorer Jodie Taylor, who was away on English National Team duty. “I think just good soccer [is the reason we do well against Washington],” Rampone said. “We play better against teams that want to put the ball down and play. They have a great midfield and swing the ball and their speed of play is better so we match up well against them. Our counter was on tonight and we were able to stretch them. We got a nice goal in the first half and then defended more than we wanted but that’s the game of soccer.” Saturday certainly didn’t go as Washington had planned but Krieger said it’s now important for the team to recover and set itself up for the postseason — the Spirit have had some success against the top two seeds, Seattle and FC Kansas City. “We came out confident and collective and, you know, we just didn’t get the result we wanted,” Krieger said. “We couldn’t find the net [Saturday], we had a handful of chances and couldn’t put them away. There was just a little bit of urgency, we gave too many passes away, including myself. It just didn’t go our way. ... Now we just really want to get the job done in the next games of the season, in playoffs.” jbeekman@gazette.net

YOUTH SPORTS The Classics Storm Amateur Athletic Union boys basketball team won the 15-under championship at the Las Vegas Fab 48 tournament at Bishop Gorman High School last week. Bryan Knapp (Jewish Day) and Raffy Baumgardner (Bullis) scored 19 and 16 points respectively to help the Storm rally for a 63-58 victory against Californiabased JT Elite. The Storm finished 8-0 during the tournament. Other players from Montgomery County schools include Curtis Mitchell (Georgetown Prep), Max Oppenheim (Walt Whitman), Michael Schultz (Winston

Churchill), Jonathan Wilson (Churchill) and Lincoln Yeutter (Bullis). MSI Olney Mystics Division 1 girls soccer team plans tryouts for experienced field players. For information, contact coach Miguel Amaguana at renemiguel@verizon.net or Jeff Weiler at weiler@ ix.netcom.com.

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Watkins Mill High School graduate Quinton Littlejohn is expected to play at Stony Brook this fall.

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It has been a while since defensive back Quinton Littlejohn played a meaningful football game, Nov. 2, 2012 to be precise. That game against Seneca Valley High School marked the last time he stepped on the field as a Watkins Mill High School player before graduating from the Montgomery Village school. This fall, the redshirt freshman at Stony Brook University, is finally expected to see some game action after redshirting his freshman year at the New York school. Colleges often keep freshmen from playing their first season to extend their eligibility, to allow them to adjust to university life and give their bodies time to mature. “I’m anticipating getting a lot of playing time,” Littlejohn said. “But I’m not going to know until that first game starts and he calls my name to go out to the field.” Littlejohn, a second-team All-Gazette player in 2012, said it was hard at times last season to stay motivated to practice,

knowing that he wasn’t going to play in a game. But he said overall, the experience was “alright” because he felt like a part of the team. He said that in addition to helping him learn the game better, being redshirted also made him appreciate the game more. “Because you feel like you’re on the outside looking in,” Littlejohn said. “[I learned] little things like what a receiver does when he’s going to block or run a route. There’s certain nuances that you learn when you see it, actually on the field, as opposed to seeing it on film.” His coach at Watkins Mill, Kevin Watson, said that one of Littlejohn’s best attributes is the fact that he’s coachable and that could be one of the reason’s why sitting out of games didn’t impact him. “Even he had said when he first got there, ‘There’s grown men. ... I got to get a little bit bigger in order to really, really compete,’” Watson said. “In high school, you would probably run into a 6-foot-2, 200-pound receiver maybe like twice,” Littlejohn said. “But here, everybody’s bigger, everybody’s faster so you can’t necessarily rely on what got you through high school.” Other attributes that the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Little-

john flashed at Watkins Mill were good hips and good foot movement, according to Watson. But the No. 1 asset he possessed was speed. Littlejohn was a part of the Watkins Mill 800-meter relay team selected to the All-Gazette first team in 2012-13. His coach at Stony Brook, Chuck Priore, said he saw that speed this spring, when Littlejohn ran down his running back teammate from behind two times in one practice. Priore called Littlejohn, who runs 40 yards in 4.4 seconds, the fastest person on the team. “He’ll be on the field on a regular basis,” Priore said. Stony Brook is scheduled to play their first game of the season Aug. 28 against Bryant University. Littlejohn may get an opportunity to play in Maryland again when the Seawolves play Towson University on Oct. 4. “I want to get some picks.” Littlejohn said about his goals this fall. “I want to get at least three interceptions. You know, a few [passes broken-up], some tackles, maybe a fumble recovery or two. “Got to start humble. And then I’ll move up as I reach my goals.” pgrimes@gazette.net


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Physician, heal thyself: Psychotherapist copes with hole left in her heart Miller tells story of slain granddaughter

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The irrefutable fact is that Alice Miller’s granddaughter doesn’t live here anymore. Irrefutable and horrific. In April 2013, the U.S. Army sergeant who recruited and seduced the Michelle Miller 17-year-old Rockville High School honor student and star athlete, murdered her and killed himself. And, thus, her grandmother contends, Michelle Miller became “the face of collateral damage.” “To the Army, she is just another statistic that they would

BOOKS probably prefer to forget,” Miller said. “Her family now lives with the loss … and continues a long journey through unimaginable loss and grief.” Miller, a Potomac psychotherapist who was already a published author, felt compelled to tell “the story of Michelle’s bright life and her tragic death… All I can do is something positive in her name.” Her book, “All That Bright Light,” she said, is “the story of that sorrow, spirituality and the struggle to reach forgiveness.” The original edition – printed in Michelle’s memory, and also in honor of the Wounded Warriors (“of which, she was one,” said Miller) – sold out at a reading. Proceeds of more than $3,000 went to the American Red Cross’ Wounded Warrior Program at

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Author Alice G. Miller sits in her Potomac home with a copy of her book, “All That Bright Light.”

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Alternative metal outfit Chevelle has managed to keep their sound fresh while honoring their hits over the last 15 years, providing for a career-spanning set available to hear at their concert Tuesday at the Fillmore Silver Spring. Their 2002 platinum-album “Wonder What’s Next” featured two of their biggest hits, “The Red” and “Send The Pain Below.” However, the band hasn’t let their early success go to their heads; drummer Sam Loeffler and crew know the importance of making fans from all stages of their music career welcome — especially as concert-goers themselves. “I think because we’re fans, we know what it’s like to see a band play the new stuff and barely touch the old,” Loeffler said. “We still want to hear a lot of the hits. So we try to pepper them throughout our show.” Their upcoming Silver Spring show is part of a tour supporting their seventh album “La Gárgola,” which was released in April. The sound is heavier than longtime fans might expect, influenced by the likes of Marilyn Manson, Ministry and Rob Zombie. Keeping their music fresh has always been crucial to the members of Chevelle, currently with Pete Loeffler on lead vocals and guitar and Dean Bernardini on bass and backing vocals along with Sam’s percussion role. The process of creating an album can be hard, with multi-

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Alternative group Chevelle will take the stage on Aug. 26 at the Fillmore in Silver Spring in support of their most recent album, “La Gárgola.”

CHEVELLE n When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday n Where: The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $37.50 n For information: getmorechevelle.com, 301-960-9999

ple takes on demos and producers cutting certain songs entirely. Ideas can be used up, and patience can wear thin — chang-

ing up the style every now and then can keep the entire record process fresh from start to finish. “A lot of times, musicians will bask in that success and go and enjoy their life a little bit,” Loeffler said, “and unfortunately many times the more success you have, you don’t work as hard. At the end of the day, if you like the songs you’re writing that’s what counts. There are many people who have written records they don’t like.” Much like recording albums hasn’t lost its appeal after a decade and a half, touring is still

one aspect of being musicians that the members of Chevelle are fond of and still look forward to — not to say that the preparation is easy. Hours of practice take place each day — and that’s before even stepping on stage before the live audience. “You cannot get out on the stage in front of those people and play them or sing them like Pete does every night unless you know them, back and forwards,” he said. “The only reason I can get up there and do it every day

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ner lesson, 9 to 11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, capitalblues.org. Contra, Aug. 22, Andrea Nettleton calls to Floorplay with Rya Martin on piano, Paul Rosen on mandolin, fiddle and accordion, and Will Morrison on drums, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, 7:30 p.m., $10, fridaynightdance.org. English Country, Aug. 20, Liz Donaldson caller, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), fsgw.org. Swing and Lindy, Lush Life, featuring Lynn “Luscious” McCune (in the BCP), beginning swing lesson from 8 to 9 p.m., followed by dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight, ($18, $12 for those under 17), Aug. 30, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, flyingfeet.org. Waltz, Sept. 7, Elke, Paul, Ralph & Larry, with Larry Unger (banjo, guiar), Elke Baker (fiddle), Paul oorts (mandolin, button accordion, banjo, guitar), and Ralph Gordon (bass), waltztimedances.org.

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than Sloane Trio, Aug. 20; The Virginia Belles, Aug. 21; Friday Night Funnies featuring B-Phlat, Turae Gordon and Laughin Lenny, Aug. 22; The WannaBeatles, Aug. 23; Tizer featuring Karen Briggs, Aug. 24; The Thrillbillys, Aug. 28; Janiva Magness “Original” Album Release Tour with special guest Bobby Radcliff, Aug. 29, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, bethesdabluesjazz.com. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Deanna Bogart, 8 p.m. Sept. 20, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, blackrockcenter.org. Fillmore Silver Spring, OMG Music Fest, Aug. 20; Mike Stud with IamG, Cane and Young AZ, Aug. 21; Kevin Gates with Chevy Woods, Aug. 22; Latin Rock Invasion, Aug. 24; Chevelle, Aug. 26, 98 Rock Hairball presents Kings of Hollywood featuring Appetite

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Walter Reed Military Hospital. Miller has another important agenda in telling the story. “Many of the readers [of the original edition] have expressed outrage that the Army who, months earlier, had launched an investigation into the misdeeds of the sergeant, a predator with a history of encounters with young girls,” she said. “Had the Army acted on this knowledge, Michelle would be alive today.” “It is too late to save our Michelle,” Miller acknowledged. “But if we had the amendments that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) is proposing [on how the military prosecutes rape and sexual assault], men like the sergeant might have been stopped and Michelle would be with us today. … perhaps this is a story that can save someone else’s daughter.” Miller has written three other books, the third, “On Becoming A Swan: Gardens Grace and Psychotherapy,” a personal memoir she said she wrote with her granddaughter “looking over my shoulder.” The two were close, living about four miles apart, and Michelle’s professional goal was to emulate her grandmother. Having completed “Swan” just before Michelle’s death, Miller felt unable to look at the manuscript. It sat in a box for months until she self-published via CreateSpace. Miller’s previous titles are “To Everything There is a Sea-

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Continued from Page B-4 is because I do it every day.” While the set list looks similar from night to night, the band does drop and add certain songs based on the area in which the show is taking place or what charts well in that location. Washington, D.C., embraces rock more than other cities — making the area a huge market for Chevelle. After factoring in local hits, the group ends up with 16 to 18 songs — depending on how Pete’s voice is doing that day — covering all areas of their catalog.

Page B-5 son: A Psychotherapist’s Spiritual Journey Through the Garden” and “A Thyme for Peace,” a psychotherapist’s search for inner peace. Miller’s family moved from Boston to Kensington when she was in elementary school. Back then, she aspired to be a journalist – that is, she said, after a career as a ballet teacher. Instead of dance, she proceeded from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School to study journalism and sociology at Penn State University. Post-graduation, Miller and her husband became youth group counselors at their church, where they ran a coffee house and served on a task force focused on youth and drugs. Realizing she “loved working with kids and church groups,” Miller felt it “made sense to go do something…everybody was studying the problems, but nobody was doing anything.” A rented two-room apartment across from Montgomery Mall became the home of The Listening Post, a youth crisis center where anyone could drop in and talk candidly. She remembers all the tales of loneliness and isolation. The local police were supportive, and the Justice Department gave them several grants during its 4 1/2-year tenure. Miller enhanced her academic credentials by earning a master’s degree in counseling at American University and a doctorate in clinical social work at the University of Maryland. She

also took numerous courses in psychology. Master’s degree completed, Miller moved on as a therapist, and then director, of Karma House for Girls in Rockville, a residential therapeutic community for drug abusers, most with a dual diagnosis. About two years later, while working on her doctorate, she briefly went into private practice and then spent five or six years as a psychotherapist for Metropolitan Psychiatric Group (connected with Psychiatric Institute), where “the collegial part was great.” She has had a private practice in a converted area of her home for about 16 years. “I’m one of those lucky people who is doing just exactly what I want to be doing,” Miller said. “I love working with people, being a catalyst for people, guiding them to wherever they need to be. It’s work that feels valuable and important.” Her goals now, Miller said, are to continue her practice and tend the woodland garden she created; to improve her writing and find a new publisher, and to become a better cellist. “I have music in my heart, and I need to get it out,” she said, acknowledging her impossible dream is to be first cello with the National Symphony Orchestra. Alice Miller counts her many blessings. But she will always have a hole in her heart.

Though this tour is in support of “La Gárgola,” only four or five songs from the new album make it every night, leaving plenty of room for all of the songs fans want to experience during their night out. “We’ve always had the idea that a live rock show is supposed to give you a break from your real life — you can sing some songs, remember when you first heard them, have a beer and a controlled escape from your real life, something that makes you feel good,” Loeffler said. “We hope that they have a good time, that they sang along, jumped up and down — because that’s what I

look for at concerts.” From their diverse sound to their customized set lists from city to city, Chevelle seems to be making all of the right decisions 15 years out — veterans in an industry that still proves exciting for the trio. “What amazes me is that we’re still connecting, we’re still making new fans,” Loeffler said. “We can see that by looking out at our audience. That’s probably one of the most exciting things — and hearing the music on the radio, that never ever gets old.”

Alice Miller’s books are available at amazon.com.

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Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes in Adventure Theatre-MTC’s production of “Pinkalicious,” playing now through Aug. 31.

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Give and take

OMG! Pink! It looks good on everything, right? The best things in the world are pink! Bubble gum, um ... pink crayons. You get the idea! So is the world for Pinkalicious, who loves — almost to a frightening degree — the color pink. There can be, however, too much of a good thing. “Pinkalicious,” will be wrapping up its run at Adventure Theatre-MTC in Glen Echo on Aug. 31. Based on the book by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann, Pinkalicious ends up in the doctor’s office with an acute case of Pinkititis, which turns her pink from head to toe. This hilarious musical is perfect for children, but entertaining enough for the whole family. Little ones can get in on the action, too! With the purchase of a Pinkalicious crown on Aug. 30, children can enjoy a Pinkalicious styling, including playing dress up and having their photos taken. For prices, dates, and times, visit adventuretheatremtc.org or call 301-634-2270.

IMAGINATION STAGE

When rock and art collide Not everyone can be called the “Rockstar of the Art World.” When you look like Michael Godard, however, it’s easy to understand why he might be confused with a rocker. Behind the long, black hair and all the tattoos lies the artistic genius. Godard’s works will be on display at the Wentworth Gallery at the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Later that day, the exhibit will travel down to Fairfax County, where it visits the Wentworth Gallery at Tysons Galleria in McLean, Va., from 6 to 9 p.m. Godard’s pieces, from the whimsical to the thought provoking, are collected by big names all over the world, including rock stars such as Ozzy Osbourne, who said folks will definitely go crazy over his work. It’s not all fun and games, though. Godard lost his 16-year-old daughter to brain cancer in 2006. Since then, he has spent a considerable amount of time and money working with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Nevada Cancer Institute and the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Founda-

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The “Michael Godard — The Rockstar of the Art World” exhibit is coming to the Wentworth Gallery in Bethesda starting Saturday. tion. For more information about the exhibit, visit wentworthgallery.com or call 301-3653270 in Bethesda or 703-883-0111 in McLean.

Jonathan and the Family Sloane Blues, funk, rock ‘n’ roll — it’s all good for Jonathan Sloane. I mean, he has been playing since he was 6 years old. And it’s kind of in his blood. The Jonathan Sloane Trio is set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. Sloane started playing drums when he was 7, followed by the guitar when he was 9. His grandfather was Irving Sloane, a steel and nylon string luthier. He built classical and steel string guitars by hand and wrote several books about it. Irving died when Sloane was 8, but he says he has fond memories of granddad, including him being a parlor-jazz style piano player. With Sloane are Nathan Graham on drums and Robbie Cooper on bass, providing the backbone of the blues and funk for the trio. Tickets for the show are $10. For more information, visit bethesdabluesjazz.com or call 240-330-4500.

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The Ukrainian folk quartet DakhaBrakha will be performing at Strathmore as part of its free Summer Outdoor Concert Series.

OK, let’s just get it out there — sure, the Ukrainian folk quartet DakhaBrakha has a rather unusual name. But when you take into consideration the group’s name comes from the Ukrainian verbs for “give” and “take,” it might make a little more sense. Every Wednesday for the past several weeks, Strathmore has celebrated the summer with its Free Summer Outdoor Concert series. DakhaBrakha will close out the run at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The performers from Kiev have a distinct world music sound, blending traditional Ukrainian music with sounds from India, Arabia, Africa, Russia and Australia, just to name a few. They have released five albums and won the Sergey Kuryokhin Prize in 2009. Seating for the outdoor concert is as it always is — bring blankets or low beach chairs. You’ll have an array of food choices, from pulled pork to hot dogs and more. Strathmore will also be accepting used musical instruments to be donated to Hungry for Music, which helps bring music to underprivileged children. For more information, visit strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

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TH, 3br, bsmt w/full Ba, Kit & Br, lawn care equip, nr MVA, $2k/mo 240-515-7771 G A I T H E R S B U R G 1Br in an Apartment $600/ mo util included Ns/Np, Nr Metro, Bus Shops. 240-603-3960

MT

AIRY:

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GAITHERSBURG:

ROCK: mbr suite,

GAITH:M BRs $435+ 440+475+555+ Maid Ns/Np, nr 270/370/Bus shops, quiet, conv.Sec Dep 301-983-3210

ROCKVILLE: 1Br

N/S. MBR suite. in SFH. Pvt BA. Kitchenette. $650 include utilities. 301-216-1430

GERM: 2

BRs, shared BA $380 & $400, 1MB $520 + utils in TH NS/ND Near bus/shops. Sec Dep Req. 240-4766224

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MT AIRY: SFH 4Br,

N

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1 Room for Rent $375/month utils incl Nr Bus/Shops, NP Call 240-418-4423

GE RMA NT OWN :

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Q bd, prv ba, kit, fr, tv, int., w/i clos $725 - a br, Q bd, all utils, $600 Call: 301-424-8377 share bath in SFH. Male $550 utils cable incl. Near Metro/ Bus NS/NP 240-483-9184

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SILVER

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SILVER

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GERM: Bsmt Apt.,

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MONT

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N BETHESDA: Nice

bright Br & Ba, priv fridg & microwave, (no kit) 1 mi to Grovesnor Metro, $725/mo 301-520-5179

OLNEY:

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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 mminar@dcmilitary.com. We offer a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. EOE.

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2010 Jeep Compass

12,995

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$

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13,995

$

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14,995

$

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16,995

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21,690

$

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24,980

$

#429043A, Auto, 30K Miles, Hybrid Engine

17,595

$

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#526544A, Automatic, 48K MIles, Space Grey

21,690

$

2013 Subaru Forester 2.5X

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24,980

$

#526316A, Journey Coupe, V6, Aluminum Engine, 47K Miles

20,950

$

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#P9048, Certified, 1-Owner, 29K Miles, Auto

24,950

$

2011 Volvo S80 Sedan

#526043A, Automatic, 36K Miles, Certified, Seville Grey

25,980

$

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT ...........................................$14,995 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan TDI........... $21,950 #N0434, Automatic, 2LT Sedan, 1-Owner

#N0488, 10K Miles, Auto, Premium Sedan, 2.0L Turbo

2011 Volvo V50 T5 Wagon...........................................$18,995 2011 Acura TSK Sedan...................................................$22,950 #P8994, 1-Owner, Auto, Titanium Grey, 2.0L Turbo

#526037A, Automatic, 29K Miles, 1-Owner

2012 Honda Accord SE Sedan....................... $19,980 2012 Nissan Altima............................................................ $24,980 #526040A, 1-Owner, 23K Miles, Auto, 2.4L Turbo Engine

#526035A, 1-Owner, Auto, 13K Miles, V6 3.5 SR

2008 Audi A6 Quattro Sedan............................. $20,750 2012 Volvo S60 T5....................................................................$25,980

#526519A, Automatic, 3.2L V6 Engine

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt.....#V441506A, Black, 78,101 Miles......$8,995 2007 Toyota Corolla.....#V004904A, Red, 88,460 Miles............$9,995 2010 Mazda Mazda3.....#V001251B, Teal, 37,270 Miles........$12,995 2013 Jetta S.....#V293016A, Gray, 14,960 Miles......................$15,995 2013 Toyota Corolla.....#V330995A, 14,797 Miles..................$17,995 2011 Honda Accord.....#VP0076, Silver, 38,847 Miles.............$17,999 2011 GTI.....#VP0065, Gray, 41,445 Miles.................................$18,993 2011 GTI SR.....#V288623A, Black, 67,072 Miles.....................$18,995 2012 Honda Civic.....#V537179C, Blue, 21,194 Miles.............$19,995 2014 Jetta SE.....#VPR0074, Black, 5,213 Miles.......................$20,995


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2009 Toyota Matrix S

10,977

$

#P9072A, Automatic, 1-owner, Wagon

2015 NISSAN VERSA S SEDAN MSRP: Sale Price:

$

#11155 w/Manual Transmission 2 At This Price: VINS: 823814, 812703

2015 NISSAN ALTIMA 2.5 S MSRP: $23,505

$13,170 $11,495

11,495

2012 Chrysler 200 Touring

11,977

$

#446163A, Automatic, 1-Owner, 23K Miles

2012 Mitsubishi Galant ES

13,977

$

#441543A, Automatic, 23K Miles

Sale Price: $19,745 Nissan Rebate: -$1,000 NMAC Bonus Cash: -$750 Nissan Holiday Bonus Cash: -$500

17,495

$

#13115 2 At This Price: VINS: 117385, 117625

2014 NISSAN ROGUE SELECT AWD MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:

#29014 w/Bluetooth 2 At This Price: VINS: 706165, 706267

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2014 NISSAN MAXIMA S MSRP: $32,500 Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: Nissan Bonus Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:

14,977

$

#446025A, Automatic, 1-Owner

$23,050 $19,995 -$500 -$500

2012 Nissan Leaf SV Hatchback

14,977

$

#440307A, Automatic, 1-Owner, 42K Miles

18,995

2012 Nissan Sentra 2.0S Sedan

$27,995 -$4,500 -$500 -$500

22,495

$

$

2012 Nissan Altima 2.5L Sedan

14,977

#P9089A, Automatic, Navigation, 1-Owner, 28K Miles

$

2012 Nissan Rogue S

16,977

$

#P9021, Automatic, 1-Owner, 32K Miles

#16114 2 At This Price: VINS: 474864, 474800

2014 NISSAN MURANO S MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: Nissan Bonus Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:

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#23214 2 At This Price: VINS: 525397, 521023

$

$31,390 $26,995 -$3,500 -$500 -$500

22,495

2011 Honda Accord EX-L SDN

17,977

$

#P9016, Automatic, Leather, 27K Miles

2009 Nissan Murano SL SUV

19,977

$

#P9007, Automatic, Leather, Backup Camera, Alloy Wheels

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2014 NEW COROLLA LE

$

109/MO**

4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO

NEW 2014.5 CAMRY LE 2 AVAILABLE: #472592, 472597

$

139/ MO**

PPRE-LABOR R E - LA B O R DDAY AY BBACK A C K TTO O SSCHOOL C H O O L SSALE ALE

$

AFTER $500 REBATE

17,890

2 AVAILABLE: #472556, 472541

2 AVAILABLE: #477457, 477618

159/ MO**

$ 4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO

18,590

NEW 22014 RAV4 4X4 LE AVAILABLE: #464345, 464352 MONTHS+ % 0 FOR 60 On 10 Toyota Models

169/mo.**

4 CYL., 4 DR., AUTO

AUTO, 4 CYL., 4 DR

AFTER TOYOTA $1,500 REBATE

NEW 2014 SCION XD 2 AVAILABLE: #453045, 453047

$

HATCHBACK 4 DR., AUTO, 4 CYL.,

NEW 2014.5 CAMRY LE

NEW 2014 PRIUS PLUG-IN

$

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

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$

4 CYL., AUTO

15,590

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22,590

4 CYL., AUTOMATIC

AFTER $500 REBATE

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NEW2 2014 COROLLA LE AVAILABLE: #470795, 470806

2 AVAILABLE: #470811, 470822

PRICES AND PAYMENTS INCLUDE ANY APPLICABLE MANUFACTURE’S REBATES AND EXCLUDE MILITARY ($500) AND COLLEGE GRAD ($500) REBATES, TAX, TAGS, DEALER PROCESSING CHARGE ($200) AND FREIGHT: CARS $795 OR $810, TRUCKS, SPORT UTILITY AND SIENNAS $810, $845 AND $995. *0.9% APR & 0% APR FINANCING UP TO 60 MONTHS TO QUALIFIED BUYERS THRU TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. TOTAL FINANCED CANNOT EXCEED MSRP PLUS OPTIONS, TAX, AND LICENSE FEES. 0% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $16.67 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. 0.9% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $17.05 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. APR OFFERS ARE NOT VALID WITH ANY OTHER CASH BACK OR LEASE OFFER. NOT ALL BUYERS WILL QUALIFY.**LEASE PAYMENTS BASED ON 36 MONTHS, 12,000 MILES PER YEAR WITH $995 DOWN PLUS $650 ACQUISITION FEE, NO SECURITY DEPOSIT REQUIRED. SEE DEALER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. 2014 COROLLAU & PRIUS PLUG-IN LEASES ARE FOR 24 MONTHS WITH $995 DOWN. EXPIRES 08/31/2014.


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01 Dodge Ram 15 Pass $7,998

#KP00308, PAMPERED, 69K! RAC, MD INSP’D

99 Mercury Grand Marquis LS $1,975

05 Pontiac Aztek AWD $6,500

#KP90842, CLEAN, PSEAT, REDUCED! “HANDYMAN”

#KR42354A, A SUPER VEHICLE! AT, AC, PW/PLC, CD

12 Chrysler 200 Cnvtb’l $16,488 11 Chrysler 200 Ltd Cnvtb’l $20,500

#KR55631, TRNG, BEAUTY! PWR SEAT, ALLOYS, P/OPTS

UNDER $10,000

#KA43116, HARDTOP! GORGEOUS! NAV, LTHR

MORE VEHICLES

00 Honda CR-V LX.............................$2,200

02 Buick Rendezvous CXL..............$7,988

04 Pontiac GTO................................$11,935 11 Honda Sonata LTD....................$15,500

03 Dodge Grand Caravan ES............$5,988

04 Nissan Titan SE King Cab..........$8,000

10 Honda CR-V LX...........................$13,500 11 Ford Ranger XLT.......................$18,500

#KP50283A, “GAS SAVER!” 5 SPD, AIR COND, CD, “HANDYMAN” #KP10054A, NICE! DVD/VIDEO, CASS/CD, P/OPTS

03 Pontiac Grand Am GT..................$6,500 #AP86256, SHARP! CHROME WHLS, SPLR, PW/PLC

04 Buick Regal LS.............................$7,500 #KP03434B, “WELL KEPT!” PW/PLC/PMR, MD INSP’D

G560810

#KP79496, AWD, LTHR, MNRF, HEADSUP, CHROME #KP76173, 5.6 CLEAN! AUTO, CD, BED LNR

09 Hyundai Accent GLS...................$8,500 #KP85719A, “BEST VALUE!” ONLY 63K! AT, AC, CD

04 Buick Rainier CXL.........................$9,988 #KP69830, “HAS-IT-ALL!” NAV, MNRF, LTHR, LOW MI

#KP79602, “RARE FIND 88K!” 5.7V8, LTHR, AUTO, CD, DON’T MISS!

#KP59456, PRISTINE! LTHR/HTD/PWR SEAT, MNRF, CD-6

#KP77646, PW/PLC/PMR, CD, CC A STEAL!

#FP67277, SUPER CAB, 4WD, CLEAN! CAMPER SHELL, P/OPTS

#KP50607B, SHARP 64K! NAVIGATION, 3RD SEAT, PSEAT

#KP03982, “HEMI” MNRF, LTHR/PWR/HTD SEATS, CHROME!

#KP18217, GORGEOUS 47K! MNR, LTHR/PWR SEATS, CD-6

#KP68828, 350 PRISTINE! NAV, PANORAMIC MNRF, LTHR

10 Dodge Journey SXT...................$13,500 11 Dodge Charger R/T...................$20,500 08 Cadillac STS...............................$15,000 10 Mercedes Benz GLK.................$24,500

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