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Jordan Love, 7, of Silver Spring has his picture taken with one of the creatures in the Haunted Garden on Friday evening in Silver Spring.



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The nearly 2,000 people who squealed, jumped or gasped at the Haunted Garden in Silver Spring this year might be the last group to ever tour the Halloween display if a judge’s decision puts the nail in the display’s coffin. An estimated 700 people visited the garden on Worth Avenue on Friday and 1,000 to 1,500 on Saturday, according to county officials. On Oct. 15, Montgomery County District Court Judge Patricia Mitchell ruled that Silver Spring real estate agent Donna Kerr, the organizer of the Halloween extravaganza, could open her 9215 Worth Ave. backyard for visitors only on Oct. 25 and 26, from 6 to 10 p.m., instead of five days, as Kerr had planned. The ruling came after 19 of Kerr’s neighbors signed a petition asking the county to shut down the display be-

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Montgomery County is restoring a tax break for low-income working families. The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bill requiring an increase in the county’s

Working Families Income Supplement, which provides money to taxpayers working at or near the poverty level. The increase could help people make a car payment they otherwise might have missed, which could have jeopardized their ability to get to work and put their job at risk, said Councilman Hans Riemer (D-At Large) of Silver Spring, who sponsored the bill. Many community groups in the county strongly supported the bill, Riemer said.

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Kierra Norris, 8, came dressed as the main course of a picnic lunch for the costume contest during the Saturday’s annual Monster Bash at the Takoma Park-Silver Spring Co-op in Takoma Park.

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A county memorandum on the issue reported that representatives of Catholic Charities, the Justice and Advocacy Council of Montgomery County, Progressive Maryland and Maryland Hunger Solutions, among other groups, supported the bill at a July public hearing. Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) of Garrett Park said she’s always voted for a full match by the county, and

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Partnering with private companies to build and operate the Purple Line will save taxpayers about 20 percent of the cost of the whole project, a state transportation official told a County Council committee Monday. “They’re going to get the work done with fewer people,” said Henry Kay of future contractors, known as concessionaires. Kay was one of several representatives from the Maryland Transit Authority and the Department of Transportation who spoke at the county Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment committee meeting, detailing the process behind the public/private partnership also known as P3. The $2.2 billion Purple Line is proposed to run 16.2 miles east-west across Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Construction is slated to begin

in 2015 and the state says it will be operational in 2020. The project has generated controversy for the many properties that will be demolished or affected along the way, and the clear-cutting of 3 miles of the Capital Crescent Trail to make room for the tracks. Unlike other public/private ventures, such as Beltway HOT lanes in Virginia, the concessionaire constructing and running the Purple Line would not have any control over fares nor would it make a profit from them. Instead, a 30-year contract would outline exactly what the concessionaire would be paid in exchange for specific services rendered. These payouts are called “availability payments” because they depend on the availability of the services outlined in the contract. Any problems or issues with the Purple Line would be handled by the MTA and not the private company, Kay said. Glenn Orlin, deputy staff director for the County Council,

Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said he prioritized adding classroom space in his newly proposed $1.55 billion Capital Improvements Program for fiscal years 2015 to 2020. “We are bursting at the seams,” he said Monday at Highland Elementary School in Silver Spring, which is at maximum capacity. Starr said the school system needs $2.2 billion to cover all of its capital improvement needs for the six-year period. He is proposing a $1.55 billion program, he said, because the county is currently facing “fiscal restraints” and the school system is not getting the funding it deserves from the state. The proposed program is about $184 million higher than the current program, which covers fiscal years 2013 to 2018. Starr said the program ad-

dresses the school system’s ongoing, significant enrollment growth with a recommendation for 14 new classroom addition projects. The plan also maintains schedules for other, previously approved capacity projects, including five new schools. Since 2007, he said, the school system has grown by 14,000 students; another 11,000 are expected over the next six years. Even if the program were fully funded, Starr said, 13 school clusters are expected to be over capacity in fiscal 2020. Fifteen school clusters in the system are over capacity this fiscal year. Most of the school system’s growth has occurred in elementary schools, he said. Of the 14 classroom addition projects, 12 are proposed for elementary schools. Starr recommended five addition projects at elementary schools in the Downcounty Consortium, an area that he said has faced the county’s largest

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Cyclist makes 34-mile Bikeshare trek To celebrate the opening of Capital Bikeshare stations in Montgomery County, Mark Mervine of Northern Virginia, an “epic” cyclist, was invited to complete a stationto-station ride Oct. 19. The “Tour de Bikeshare” ride began at the Maple and Ritchie avenues station in Takoma Park and ended at the Maryland Soccerplex and Discovery Sports Center in Boyds, north of the program’s current footprint. Mervine called bicycling an efficient way to get around, but said he had never ridden in Capital Bikeshare. “I had no idea what to expect ... [but] the system is very easy to use,” he said. The county invited Mervine for the 34-mile trip that was also part of the two-day MoCo Epic Mountain Bike Festival, which featured with bike rides, live music, food vendors and children’s activities. So far, 14 out of 51 stations have opened, from Gaithersburg south. Within a few weeks, all 51 stations and 500 bikes are to be available. Mervine said he did not encounter any problems with signage or using the bikes. “I had no problems to getting around. ...The signage was very nicely done. They are plain and visible,” Mervine said, adding that he would do it again, but next time with some friends. “I actually would do it again ... make [it] a full date event,” he said. Different options for memberships or free enrollment based on income eligibility are available at

Medical insurance forum in Burtonsville Charis Worship Center Ministries will offer a forum, “The Affordable Care Act and You,” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. A state health department official will discuss and answer questions about enrolling in the new


Damascus’ Jake Funk advances the ball against Seneca Valley in Friday night’s action. Go to SPORTS Check online for coverage of top high school football playoff games.

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For information, call 301-3193312. The museum is at 2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring.


federal medical insurance program. The center is at 4040 Blackburn Lane, Suite 150, Burtonsville. For more information, call 301-3880835.

Medicine library seeks volunteers The National Museum of Health and Medicine is seeking volunteers to conduct public outreach activities and lead tours of its permanent exhibits. Volunteers must be 21 or older. There are weekday and weekend opportunities. Training will be provided.

11 a.m.-8 p.m., St. Mark Orthodox Church, 7124 River Road, Bethesda, also 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 2 and noon-4 p.m. Nov. 3. Free admission. 301-2296300. Nicotine Anonymous meeting, 7-8 p.m., Northwood Presbyterian Church, 1200 W. University Blvd., Silver Spring. Free.

An Evening of Comedy for Ethiopia Reads, 7:30-9 p.m., Christ Congrega-

tional Church, 9525 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Silent auction; free childcare and light refreshments. $30. www.

ingful Movies Olney: Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War, 7:30-10 p.m., Buff-

ington/REMAX Building Community Room, 3300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. Free. 301-570-0923.

SATURDAY, NOV. 2 The Big Bake and Rummage Sale,

9 a.m.-2 p.m., Christ Church Parish

Youth ballet performs in new theater After months of fundraising, the Maryland Youth Ballet performed Sunday in its new Black Box Theatre in Silver Spring. The nonprofit was selected to be part of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County’s Power2Give program and as a result of the funds received, along with donations from its March gala, it was able to create the theater in its Silver Spring studio. The ballet can now offer more opportunities for the community. The theater cost $18,650. So far, the ballet has raised $10,625 through its Shining in the Spotlight Fund-ANeed fundraiser and the Power-

Kensington, 4001 Franklin St., Kensington. Free admission. 301-942-4673.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Lutheran

Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free.

Creating a Vision of Fresh, Real Food in Montgomery County Public Schools, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Lutheran

Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. $25, $15 for students. 301-202-4812. Public Open House, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Historic Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-495-4915. The Pumpkin Gully Apple Cider Festival, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Heyser Farms,

14526 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free admission. Resident Artists Open House, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. Free. 301-774-0022. Growing More Intimate Through Communication, 7-10 p.m., Parent

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2Give campaign. The group wants to raise $8,625 more to buy seating risers and black-out window shades. Donations may be made at, at its downtown location or by calling 301-608-2232.


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host a veterans tribute concert at 6 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, in the Silver Spring Civic Building. The concert will feature Doc Scantlin and the Palmettos with Chou Chou performing World War II-era music. County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and other officials will speak. Military and vintage dress is optional. The civic building is at 1 Veterans Place. For information, call 240-595-8818.


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Money Matters and Pay Yourself First, 6-8:30 p.m., Catholic Charities,

p.m., Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. $15-20, $5 for students and faculty at Montgomery College and for attendees under 18. 301-984-6390. Ross Boddy Empty Bowl Supper, 4-7 p.m., Ross Boddy Community Recreation Center, 18529 Brooke Road, Sandy Spring. $20 for adults, $10 for children 16 and under. 240-777-8050.

12247 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Presented in English and Spanish. info@

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urban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Free. 301-896-3939.

“Defiant Requiem” Film and Panel Discussion, 6-9 p.m., Temple Emanuel,

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6 Grief Support Groups, 6:30-8 p.m., Holy Cross Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Drive, Silver Spring. Seven sessions. Free. 301-754-7742.

Untangling the Mind: Why We Behave the Way We Do, 6:30-8 p.m., Sub-

Angelo Mangano Angelo Mangano, 60, died Oct. 7, 2013. A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Aspen Hill. A celebration of life will follow from 1-4:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Lincoln Park Community Center, 357 Frederick Ave., Rockville.

Richard Darnell Young Richard Darnell Young, 51, of Germantown, died Oct. 23, 2013. Snowden Funeral Home in Rockville handled the arrangements.

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World War II Cryptography, 1 p.m., Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring. Meeting of the Military History and Veterans Discussion Group. Free. alanflewis@

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8-10:30 a.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Avenue, Kensington. $6.50 adults, $2 children under 12, $18 family maximum. 301933-7933.

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Ethnic Food Festival and Bazaar,


Capital Bikeshare is “very easy to use,” says Mark Mervine, who rode a “Tour De Bikeshare” Oct. 19, here at the Takoma Park station at Maple and Ritchie avenues.


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Planning Board approval could cut months, years off construction

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There’s a lot to like about the Tower Cos. plan to redevelop its Blairs residential and retail complex next to the Silver Spring Metro station. New shops and restaurants. Two dog parks. Highdensity, transit-oriented residential space. And a 200,000-square-foot office building in a market where other developers are tripping over each other to convert existing office space to apartments. In fact, the Montgomery County Planning Board likes the 3.8-million-square-foot project so much, it approved a preliminary plan on Thursday that could cut many months or even years off its multi-phase construction. Addressing common developer complaints about lengthy review times, the board granted the Rockvillebased firm a waiver that would allow it to submit demolition applications before completing site plan approval. “We’d like to be able to start digging that hole because time is money,” said attorney Robert G. Brewer, representing the developer. Over the next 20 years, Tower plans to transform the sprawling, 30-acre, 1960sera suburban property into a genuine urban neighborhood. In addition to multiple parks and the office space (which will add a net 127,438 square feet after demolition of an existing 72,562 squarefeet), the proposal includes 250,000 square feet of retail space, a 125,000-square-foot hotel, and 3.4 million square feet of residential space. The plan calls for a total of 2,800 housing units, including 1,110 existing ones that would be preserved. Planning commissioner Norman Dreyfuss said he was impressed by the willingness of the multi-generation Tower firm to sacrifice shortterm profits by committing to such an ambitious redevelopment. “It’s a great thing for the county to have a company with this long-term vision,” he said. The project is an affirmation of planners’ hopes for Silver Spring, planning chairwoman Françoise Carrier said.


The Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-op, called by some a “local treasure,” is closing its Silver Spring grocery Friday after years of financial losses. The co-op, with almost 8,000 members, carries everything from organically grown and other local produce to chocolate bars, pinto beans, meatless burgers and soy milk. After 51 profitable months and 89 months of losses, the coop’s board decided to close the Silver Spring location at 8309 Grubb Road. Fiscal 2013 was a “mixed bag with the Takoma Park store a continuing success and the Silver Spring store a disappointment,” according to a financial report. Sales in the Takoma Park store reached $7.8 million in fiscal ’13, while Silver Spring sales totaled $3.0 million. Store representatives said the decision comes with great sadness and careful consider-

ation. Since the co-op opened in 2001, it “has never had a profitable year,” said Marilyn Berger, its human resources manager. The co-op tried “all kinds of things,” including hiring a consultant to improve stocking procedures and working on additional outreach, she said. “And it just didn’t work. ... It came a time [that] we just had to face the reality of the situation,” Berger said. The co-op will be offering positions to Silver Spring employees in the Takoma Park store, but there will definitely be some layoffs, she said. “We are going to include as many people as possible,” Berger said. She said she could not say how many employees will be affected. Loyal members will miss the store. Some shopped there because of the convenience of having an organic food store within walking distance from home. Others shopped there because of the natural vitamins and fair trade products. “We are saddened by the coop’s decision to close the Silver Spring store. We wish more alternatives were discussed, such


Employee Erick Deleon of Silver Spring stocks produce Thursday at the Silver Spring Food Co-op, a week before the store’s closing. as a scaled-back store with fewer hours,” said member Mary Griffin of Silver Spring. A lifetime membership costs $100, which provides access to co-op locations, weekly specials, discounts and the opportunity to vote or run for the co-op board. Griffin said there were many loyal members in the Silver Spring store, but “apparently that wasn’t enough.” Co-op representatives said continuing to keep the grocery store open could expose the entire organization to an unacceptable financial risk.

Berger invited costumers to shop at the Takoma Park store at 204 Ethan Allen Ave., 3 miles from the Silver Spring location. “We are bringing over [customers’] favorite products,” she said. The board recognizes that shutting the co-op’s door is a “loss for our community” and customers could not agree more. “It is pretty sad that the neighborhood is losing a friend and a local treasure,” Griffin said. Board member Mark Hersh, a manager at the Silver Spring

store for almost five years, said he is disappointed by the news. “Unfortunately as a volunteer, there is only so much a board can do,” Hersh said. But there may be hope for Griffin and other Silver Spring members: Hersch is now trying to spark enough community interest to open a new Silver Spring food co-op. “A lot of the regular customers have come to me with a lot of enthusiasm,” he said. He has a Facebook page and email account for residents interested in sending ideas or support a Silver Spring food co-op.

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Parents remain concerned more than a month after a major mold outbreak at Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Takoma Park, even though Montgomery County Public Schools officials say the problem has been remedied as much as possible. On Thursday, the school’s mold problem, which affected about 30 classrooms, came before members of the Montgomery County Council’s education committee, who discussed the issue with school system officials, the county’s health officer and parents. Rolling Terrace students and staff returned from the Labor Day weekend to find mold on Sept. 3 and 4 in the majority of the building. School officials attributed the outbreak to a combination of factors, including the humid summer and an old, malfunctioning HVAC system more than 25 years old. Some parents reported that their children were showing unusual allergy and asthma symptoms, which they believed might be caused by the mold or cleaning products used in the school. Parents also expressed frustration over what they felt was a lack of communication from the school.

James Song, the school system’s director of facilities management, said at the meeting that the recent mold spots were probably areas missed during the school system’s original cleaning and that the mechanical issue contributing to the problem had been fixed. The school eventually will have more extensive work on its HVAC system, he said. The building, which is still being monitored for temperature and humidity conditions, is safe to occupy, Song said. The school system has hired independent consultants to test the school’s air quality and check the school system staff’s efforts to eliminate the mold.

Persistent mold However, mold has continued to appear in the school, causing concern from both parents and county health officials. Dr. Ulder Tillman, the county’s health officer, said it was clear that not all of the kids were showing signs of aggravation, but she was concerned about students with allergies, asthma and chemical sensitivities. “Clearly, we’re not at the root cause and remedy of this situation, so that it is an uncomfortable environment for some to be in,” Tillman said. “I know that it is a financial burden, but one would expect that this will recur until it is removed.” Rolling Terrace parent Bridgette Kaiser told the committee members that when her

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fourth-grade son — who has mild asthma — returned to school after Labor Day, his allergies started acting up. His asthma symptoms got so bad on one occasion, she said, she had to take him to an urgent care center to get them under control. He improved through multiple medications, Kaiser said, but mold recently appeared in one of his classrooms. Her son is again reacting to what she believes may be the mold or cleaning agents the school used. “His allergies have again began to escape the regular medicines that I give him,” she said. “I just don’t feel it’s fair to expect parents to choose between sending their kids to school drugged or keeping them home.” The situation is distracting for the students, teachers and the principal, Kaiser said. County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring said she recently visited the school and saw mold on chairs, pipes and rugs. Ervin said the school system is dealing with many old buildings. “What makes this different is that there are kids in the school who are getting sick,” she said. Ervin pointed to a recent indoor air quality report conducted in the school Sept. 18 that she said indicated a “highly significant” concentration of a particular type of mold. Sean Yarup — environmental team leader in the division

of maintenance in the school system’s department of facilities management — said the high concentration could have been a result of staff leaving windows open. Yarup said areas of localized mold had recently appeared, but efforts to eliminate the mold have been “pretty comprehensive.” In the case of the larger outbreak after Labor Day, he said, broken controls on the school’s energy recovery units were sending cold air into the humid building — “the recipe for widespread mold.” Song said the school is not seeing mold on the same level as the original outbreak. The school building has an older design that is not as waterproof and airtight as current

buildings, Song said. Keeping mold away depends on weather conditions and if the system can function properly, he said. “Despite the efforts we do, there is no guarantee that mold is not going to come back,” he said. The lingering issue, Song said, is the backlog of HVAC system repairs the school system faces. Situations like Rolling Terrace, where immediate work is needed, take top priority, he said, but it means the school system bumps other schools with old systems to the brink of failure. “We have this 10-year list of HVAC projects we need to do right away,” Song said.


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Takoma Park to expand compost program After a successful trial, the city looks to divert more food waste




Takoma Park is turning its trash into soil. And soon more residents will be able to take part in the food waste pick-up program. Last February the city initiated a pilot compost pick-up program for 365 homes, with additional dropoff points for food waste at farmers markets for residents not in the program. Food waste and paper products - from eggshells to pizza boxes - are picked up from participants’ homes and taken to an industrialscale compost facility in Baltimore where waste decomposes into nutrient-rich soil. The pilot program has been so successful that many residents began calling the city asking if they too could have their compost collected. On Monday, the Takoma Park Council passed passed an ordinance approving the expansion. Currently, city staff operates

pick-ups for the 300 homes in Wards 2 and 3, and a contractor collects food waste from the 65 homes in Ward 1. Pick-up is opt-in and participants received a 5-gallon bucket to set out on the curb alongside trash and recycling. The city also initially provided a six-month supply of compostable bags to line the bucket. Twenty-five to 35 percent of residents who received information about the program chose to participate in the pilot. The city has covered the $33,000 cost of the program. The plan will expand collection to an estimated additional 500 homes at a cost of $45,065, or about $2.65 each week, per home, for 34 weeks, also covered by the city. With this addition, the program will be offered to a total of 2,810 of the 3,300 homes that receive city trash collection services. Special Projects Coordinator Nima Upadhyay, who oversees the program in the Department of Public Works said that continuing the services currently in place will be much cheaper next year, now that the program has been set up and the city already invested in the buckets for participants. She esti-

mates that next year’s collection will cost about $10,500 for the 300 homes the city currently collects from, factoring in only fuel and the tipping fee - the $55 per week cost the city pays Chesapeake Compost Works in Baltimore at drop-off - but not including staff costs or replacement of lost buckets, which the city provides. Staff costs were also not included in the initial cost. In a survey of participants, only 31 percent said that they would pay for pick-up. Ninety percent said that they plan to continue participating with free service. The Public Works Department estimated that food waste will account for 3 percent of the city’s waste stream with the expansion, increasing the city’s trash diversion rate to 57 percent. Currently 54 percent is diverted as recycling and yard waste. Chesapeake Compost Works in Baltimore is the closest compost facility, according to the Department of Public Works. Here, waste is turned into compost soil, which the company sells. Takoma Park is giving away up to 25 gallons of completed compost to each participant who wants it, available for pickup at the public works office until No-

vember 15. However this soil is not free to the city, which bought it this year for participants to try at a cost of $20 per home. Participant Judith Colwell said, “it’s great, hardly anything goes into my regular trash can anymore.” Between recycling and compost, some weeks she has no trash to put out, she said. She also discovered that storing the compost in her freezer eliminates the sometimes unpleasant smell that used to come from the bucket. Another participant, Graham Copp said he hopes the program can serve as a model for other cities. His family used to keep a compost pile outside, mostly with yard clippings, for fear that putting food out would attract rats. “I’m glad we’re reducing the amount of waste we’re putting into the landfill,” he said. “It’s good for the environment.” Copp said he’s looking forward to using the completed compost in his garden. “It’s going to be really food for our soil,” he said, “It’s a good feeling to know that the food we discarded will go into helping our soil and helping us grow food in our garden next year.”

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Mabel Sawhill loves trendy sunglasses and stiletto heels. She’s got a personal shopper who keeps her up to date on the latest fashion trend. And she likes to cook. In high heels. A lot. In fact, Sawhill calls cooking her “ministry” and only brings in help when she caters events with more than 150 people. In fact, she catered her own birthday party for 677 of her guests this past weekend. And the party celebrated a milestone. Sawhill turns 100 years old on Oct. 30. Dressed in an orange and yellow floral dress with orange high heels, Sawhill directed volunteers in the kitchen during her own birthday brunch. Sawhill, a Silver Spring resident, had two birthday parties — one at the National Presbyterian Church on Saturday, and a brunch celebration at the Woman’s Club of Bethesda on Sunday. At the brunch, she told volunteers what time to serve the first and second courses, which included meat pasta dishes, cornbread, spinach salads and pastries. She kept a watchful eye at the buffet to make sure there always was enough food for her guests. Her birthday cake was made to look like a Chanel pink purse. A second cake was decorated with sugar zebra prints, with a mini pair of stilettos on top, makeup and nail polish capturing Sawhill’s personality. Sawhill owns a private catering business she operates out of her own home. She drives to events and does her own grocery shopping. Sometimes, she works at two events per day, comes home and cooks from midnight to 4 a.m. She then sleeps three to four hours and is up again to cater another party. So far in 2013, Sawhill has catered more than 100 events — 20 in May alone. She gets business by word of mouth. She doesn’t own a cellphone. On Friday, she prepared 3,000 sandwiches for 677 guests who came from all over the country to celebrate her birthday at the National Presbyterian Church. “I have a lot of friends,” Sawhill said while laughing. “Did you eat?” She kept asking relatives and close friends, but wouldn’t stop to enjoy her own birthday brunch. Sawhill was happy knowing she served “tasty” and “delicious” food to the people who came to share this special day with her. Sawhill, a long-time Silver Spring resident, was born on Oct. 30, 1913, and lived on a farm in Iowa. She got whooping cough when she was just a month old. The bacteria, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, is a highly contagious respiratory disease that affects infants. It can be fatal in babies less than 1 year old. The family’s doctor said, “I don’t believe I can save her.” But Sawhill said the “great physician” had


New language addition to Silver Spring Library Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) announced Thursday that Amharic is now part of the language collection at the Silver Spring Library. More than 58,000 Africans live in Montgomery and the largest group among them is Ethiopians, according to a county news release. Amharic is a Semitic language spoken in Ethiopia and is the second-most spoken Semitic language in the world, according to the release. The new collection includes young readers’ stories and language learning materials, adult fiction and nonfiction, and some compact disks. The county’s public libraries already house collections in Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, French and Russian. A Farsi language collection will be added to the Gaithersburg and Praisner library branches in early winter, according to the release.

Scouts launch food drive this week It’s time for Scouting for Food. Starting Saturday, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts across the county will deliver empty plastic bags in their neighborhoods, along with a flier explaining the Scouting for Food campaign. A week later, on Nov. 9, the Scouts will collect filled bags and deliver them to one of several collection points, where they will be loaded into trucks for Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg, the main food bank in Montgomery County. Residents participating in the collection are asked to place filled bags outside their doors the morning of Nov. 9.

Coat drive for homeless is underway The Montgomery County Department of Recreation and Interfaith Works are collecting gently worn children and adult coats of all sizes through Friday to support the county’s and Gaithersburg’s Homeless Resource Day. The goal is to collect more than 500 winter coats, especially in adult sizes XL to 3XL. Here are the drop-off locations in Silver Spring: • Long Branch Community Recreation Center and Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road. • Martin Luther King Jr. Swim Center, 1201 Jackson Road. • Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road. • Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Road. Coats may be dropped off in Wheaton at the Wheaton Community Recreation Center, 11711 Georgia Ave. For information, call Judy Stiles at 240-7776875.



Mabel Sawhill (left), who turns 100 on Oct. 30, joins volunteers who were preparing food for her birthday party in the kitchen of the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. other plans for her. A high school teacher in Iowa, Sawhill moved to Silver Spring when she was 28 after World War II. “Everybody was doing their bit, and I thought I should do something for my country,” Sawhill said. Sawhill wan administrative assistant at the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and began catering weddings and churches dinners in her spare time before retiring in 1983. It quickly grew into the business she has today. But she doesn’t call it a catering business. “I

like to call it as my ministry,” she added. During the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, she packed her car with food she cooked in the morning and drove to Washington, D.C., even though others were evacuating the city. She went to the Capital Yacht Club and offered to serve dinner to police officers and firefighters. They came across the Potomac River on boats in two shifts of 25 people. Sawhill is also a movie star. Independent filmmaker and director Pia Clement of California filmed Sawhill for a 28-minute documentary, in which producers followed her on events, at her shopping sprees and around her Silver Spring apartment last year. The movie is expected to be entered in independent film festivals all over the U.S. It made its debut during her birthday party at the National Presbyterian Church. “In a lot of ways I looked at her as a second mom,” Sean Moore, her grandnephew, said through an interpreter. Moore was born deaf. “Looking back in college, I struggled academically, and I took a break and for me, that is not easy to tell Mabel. And she said, ‘You know, that’s OK. Take the time you need. Take your break and

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

3RD DISTRICT Aggravated assault • On Oct. 16 at 12:05 a.m. in the 2300 block of Evans Drive, Silver Spring. No further information provided. Armed robbery • On Oct. 12 at 12:29 a.m. in the 8800 block of Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring. The subject threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. • On Oct. 12 at 11:05 p.m. in the 8000 block of Eastern Avenue, Silver Spring. The subject threatened the victim with a weapon and took property.

Mabel Sawhill, who will turn 100 on Oct. 30, wore these shoes in the kitchen of the National Presbyterian Church while directing volunteers who were preparing food for her birthday party. when you are ready, get back to it, do it better than ever,’” Moore said. Other relatives said she has supported and helped the family in many ways. Sawhill would go to her nephew’s sports events; she put her nieces through private school and instilled Christian values in them. “She never judges you. If you do something wrong, she doesn’t scold you for it,” said Megan Moore, Mabel’s grandniece. “But she tries to make sure that you learn in a good manner, in a good way.” Sawhill doesn’t know the secret to a long life. “I really don’t eat well. I don’t sleep right, but God very graciously has given me a beautiful life. Maybe not having a husband,” she said.

Strong-arm robbery • On Oct. 10 at 11:13 p.m. in the 600 block of Beacon Road, Silver Spring. The subjects assaulted the victim and unsuccessfully attempted to take property. • On Oct. 14 at 7:15 p.m. at Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. The subjects assaulted the victim and took property. Commercial burglary • Between 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and 8 a.m. Oct. 15 at The Smart Data Solutions, 9700 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Forced entry, took property. • Between 5 p.m. Oct. 12 and 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at Maryland Oral Surgery, 1300 Spring St., Silver Spring. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. Residential burglary • 3500 block of Aston Manor Court, Silver Spring, at 4:25 a.m. Oct. 8. No forced entry, took property. • 14600 block of Blackburn Road, Silver Spring, between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Oct. 9. Forced entry, took property. • 14100 block of Angelton Terrace, Silver Spring, between 6:30 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. Oct. 10. Forced entry, took property. • 14100 block of Castle Boulevard, Silver Spring, between 11 p.m. Oct. 10 and 6 a.m. Oct. 11. No forced entry, took property.


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AROUND THE COUNTY Montgomery County keeps AAA bond rating County officials met with Wall Street agencies in New York n



The judgment of three Wall Street bond rating agencies will allow Montgomery County to retain the highest possible credit rating offered by the firms. The rating agencies Fitch, Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s each gave the county a AAA rating, the highest one possible, according to a county release. County Executive Isiah Leggett’s office announced the ratings Monday. Fitch praised the county’s “multi-year fiscal plan that balances current resources against spending,” while Moody’s predicted that Montgomery’s “sizable and diverse tax base will continue to remain strong going forward,” according to the release.

Standard and Poor’s was quoted as saying it viewed the county’s management position as strong, with “strong financial policies and practices in place,” according to the release. The bond rating lets the county sell long-term bonds at the most favorable rates, and is also factored into other financial transactions to allow the county to pay lower rates. Leggett (D) said the AAA rating affirms his decisions to close gaps in the budget, change county health and retirement benefits and boost financial reserves, and would let the county make its government more effective and create economic opportunities in the future, according to the release. County Council President Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring said the rating demonstrated a proactive approach by the council and Leggett during hard economic times.

Takoma Park election forum draws incumbents only Municipal tax duplication, Washington Adventist hospital are priorities for 2014, councilmembers say




An election forum to debate the future of Takoma Park fell a little flat when the only challenger for a seat on the City Council was unable to attend the Oct. 23 event at the Takoma Park Community Center. Only Councilman Terry Seamens (Ward 4) faces an opponent this year - Eric Mendoza, who did not attend the forum. Forum hosts said Mendoza had a work conflict and read a statement that Mendoza had submitted. Mendoza said that annual testing for his job fell on the same day as the forum and he was disappointed not to participate. Seamens attended the forum, along with councilmembers Kay Daniels-Cohen, Jarret Smith and Fred Schultz, and Mayor Bruce Williams. The Takoma Park Voice, a free local newspaper, hosted the forum. The mayor and councilmembers present discussed their priorities for the next year, in the absence of challengers to debate. The councilmembers answered questions that residents had submitted, including con-


cerns over burglaries and new businesses and development in the city. They also agreed on several items they would like to focus on in 2014, namely municipal tax duplication, updating or moving Washington Adventist Hospital and economic development. Seamens emphasized the need for more training for young adults to help them gain employment and achieve self-sufficiency. Smith expressed interest in expanding the Lunch and Learn program he set up last year, which brings food and books to apartment buildings during the summer months when low-income children do not receive free meals at school. In the statement Mendoza submitted, he listed the following six priorities to address: racial profiling; traffic and speeding on Maple Avenue; renovation to new apartmentsandrentincreases;car theft and public safety; outreach programs; and bringing back Carmen Lam. According to forum hosts, Carmen Lam was a city employee who worked with youth. City employees confirmed Lam worked as a planner for the Department of Housing and Community Development until she left in October of 2011. The election will take place Tuesday. Absentee voting is available and early voting begins Oct. 30 and ends Sunday. Eligible residents can register anytime before or on Tuesday.

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Former executive director known as ‘Uncle Bill’



The Olney Theatre Center for theArtsisrememberingvisionary William H. Graham Sr., who died Oct. 15 at age 87. Graham, who lived in Silver Spring, had served the theater, its patrons, its staff and performers since 1956. He was the theater’s executive director from 1956 to 1968, then joined the Olney Theatre Corp.’s board of directors as chairman. He also taught speech and drama at Catholic University of America in Washington and LaSalle University in Pennsylvania, and led the National Players, a classical touring company. Alan Wade, a fellow member of the theater’s board, said he knew Graham since 1968, when Wade auditioned for the National Players. Graham, whom Wade knows as “Uncle Bill,” took the young actor out to lunch after his audition. Graham was then in his early 30s, teaching acting classes at Catholic University. “He had movie star good looks and a commanding voice and presence,” he said. John Going, associate artistic director at the Olney Theatre, also was a student of Graham’s who later became a colleague. “When I was in school, everyone clamored to get in his class,” Going said. The Olney Theatre honored Graham in 2011 for his 50 years of leadership, compassion and boundless love of the arts. The

theater’s managing director, Amy Marshall, said Graham was “instrumental” in transforming the theater from a summer performance venue to a year-round center for the arts. Jim Petosa, a former director at the theater who works at Boston University, said the Olney Theatre “was born out of the growth that was happening in the [Olney] community.”

“He was an actor on stage, he was a teacher for our national touring program, he was our executive director, he was on our board of directors, and he was completely dedicated in every shape and form.” Amy Marshall, managing director Atthetime,aroundthe1980s, Montgomery County’s population was about 600,000. The “rustic” Olney setting provided local residents with an alternative to the metropolitan theaters in Washington, Petosa said. Under Graham’s leadership, the venue grew and soon saw the same


William H. Graham Sr. acted in “Sabrina Fair,” a 1956 play performed at the Olney Theatre for the Arts. number of patrons in November as it did in July. Marshall said Graham meant more to the theater than the job titles he held. “He was an actor on stage, he was a teacher for our national touring program, he was our executive director, he was on our board of directors, and he was completely dedicated in every shape and form,” she said. Graham worked tirelessly to ensure the financial and artistic health of the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts. Even as his health was failing, Going said, Graham made an effort to attend dress rehearsals and offer feedback on performances. “He had so much to share,”

he said. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) honored Graham with a lifetime achievement award in 2011. Marshall said being at the theaterwithoutGrahamhasbeen a difficult adjustment to make. “It’s very, very hard,” she said. “He was loved by everybody.” Contributions in memory of Graham may be made to the William H. Graham Scholarship Fund at Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. N.E., Washington, DC 20064, or the Olney Theatre for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD 20832.



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Public weighs in on proposed changes to school start, end times First of four forums held Monday at Paint Branch High




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ferent or supportive enough to make us want to continue with a plan like this.” During the meeting, some of the challenges mentioned by the community were the impact on parents who rely on older children to take care of their siblings before they come home from work; loss of family quality time for very young children; parents of high school children who will have to stay home for an additional hour, and safety issues with more adolescents driving later in the afternoon during rush hour. Suzanne Paholski, who has two kids in high school, said she is “not in favor of it.” “By pushing back the start time you push back everything in the day. Not just school, but after-school activities, family time, and bed time,” Paholski said, adding that her children go to sleep at 10:30 p.m. and get up at 6:30 a.m. “I don’t have problems getting them up in the morning,” she added. Gabriel Coxson, 14, who goes to Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, said that starting school later will not help students, especially high school students. “The only benefit is going to be for people who actually go home, and actually get right to homework, and go to sleep...I am not one of those

people.” But not everyone was completely against the proposal. Dorothy Gardner, a Montgomery County Public School ESOL teacher and parent, said she asked her students to speak with their parents about bell times and came representing them. “I did have one class where parents were really for the time change because it is dark [in the morning], and it is really early,” Gardner said. Gardner’s older high school class spoke about a completely different issue. “They have to pick up their brothers and sisters,” the teacher said, adding that she sees the benefits on both sides. Schools officials said a final decision won’t be made until all the community input has been gathered on the recommendations, and full cost and operational impacts have been determined. “We don’t want ignore anybody,” said Matthews. The next community forum is scheduled to take place on Dec. 16 in Rockville at Richard Montgomery High School, located at 250 Richard Montgomery Drive.

Traffic calming measures to be installed in the Long Branch-Sligo neighborhood Neighbors to get long-awaited stop bars n



Residents of the Long Branch-Sligo neighborhood had some of their requests for traffic calming measures granted Monday. The Public Works Department recommended the installation of stop bars at the three stop signs at the intersection of Flower and Jackson Avenues. Stop bars are similar to speed bumps. They are made of asphalt, 2½ feet wide, about 10 feet long and about 2 inches high. If after three to six months residents decide the stop bars are inadequate, raised crosswalks are recommended as an addition. This would be the first time stop bars are installed in Takoma Park, but they have shown success in Washington, D.C. “It’s a start,” said Hetty



Irmer, a resident of the Long Branch-Sligo neighborhood who has been involved in the effort for traffic calming for many years. “I don’t feel like everything’s going to be accomplished [with this ordinance] that needs to be accomplished but it’s definitely some movement that we haven’t had in a while.” Irmer said Councilman Tim Male was instrumental in supporting and encouraging neighbors through the process. The Public Works Department plans for the stop bars to begin 2½ feet out from the curb, so as not to disrupt bicyclists, as requested. The total cost of the stop bars is $1,800. If raised crosswalks are added, the cost would be an extra $6,000. These costs will come from a portion of the fiscal 2014 city budget available for trafficcalming projects.


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Pulling the plug on waste


Jerry King of Laurel (center, with TV) and Kevin Bradshaw (right) move old electronics dropped off by Tumara Jordan of Silver Spring. Verizon has collected 1.4 million pounds of electronic equipment for recycling since 2009 and hopes to reach 2 million pounds by 2015.

Electronic equipment recycled During the Community Service Week unwanted electronics were gathered at a rally hosted by Verizon employees on Oct. 25 at the company’s parking lot in Silver Spring. In 2012, the event collected 14,000 pounds of electronics, and this year organizers are hoping to get 25,000 pounds. The initiative is part of the commitment to

preserve the environment and help the community to be “green” at work and home. Televisions, laptop and desktop computers, monitors, mice, keyboards, telephones, audio equipment, among other recyclable items were collected. County Executive Isiah Leggett among other officials were also at the event. — ALINE BARROS

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Alfred C. Carr Jr. is the first of District 18’s three incumbent delegates to file for re-election, but he expects the other incumbents to run again in 2014, too. “We work well together and are actually friends outside work,” he said, referring to Dels. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D) of Chevy Chase and Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher (D) of Kensington. Carr, who will be 48 on Saturday, has served as a state delegate since 2007. “I enjoy being able to make a difference, to change things for the better,” he said. “I enjoy helping people with constituent services and I enjoy learning new things.” Carr, a Democrat, said he tends to focus on environmental and quality of life issues and has introduced a number of bills dealing with transportation, bicycle safety, and the environment during his time as delegate. He has served on the House Environmental Matters Committee since his election. If re-elected, he said, he would continue working on “better oversight of utilities — Pepco, WSSC, and Washington Gas. I don’t think the current [oversight] process has worked well. We’ve allowed Pepco’s infrastructure to deteriorate. I don’t think there is enough opportunity for the people to participate.” Carr also said he thinks there is more work to be done for balanced transportation policies, through improving Metro and MARC train service and building better bicycle routes. “The old ways of thinking for transportation aren’t working anymore,” he said. Carr said he spent a “little less than $100,000” on his last campaign and thinks this one will be about the same. “I’ve been fortunate that my campaign funding comes almost exclusively from local, small donors,” he said. “I expect I won’t have trouble raising enough to tell people who I am and what I’ve done.” Carr lives in Kensington. His wife, Barrie Carr, teaches nursery school. They have three sons, ages 11, 7 and 3. He grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and has lived in Montgomery County for 20

years. He studied electrical engineering at the University of Rochester in New York and is now Carr a full-time legislator. District 18 includes Kensing-

ton, Chevy Chase, Garrett Park, Wheaton and parts of Silver Spring and Rockville. Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D) of Kensington, who also represents District 18, filed last week to run for re-election — six days after Carr filed. The primary election will be June 24, 2014, and the general election on Nov. 4, 2014.




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Fazenbaker’s win-win: A career and a wife Electricity forum to draw

candidates, but not Pepco

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While earning a business management degree at Frostburg State University in Western Maryland, Jordan Fazenbaker entered a manager training program that included an internship with the restaurant chain Red Lobster. He found his calling. “I immediately was drawn to the business,” said Fazenbaker, 27, who recently became general manager of the Red Lobster on Shady Grove Road in Gaithersburg. “I enjoy the stability of being in the restaurant industry because people have to eat.” Before joining the Hagerstown Red Lobster as a server in 2008, Fazenbaker worked at The Plum, a Hagerstown eatery frequented by judges, attorneys and others in the downtown area. He not only found a career at Red Lobster but met his future wife, Stephanie, at the Hagerstown location. “She worked for the company for 10 years before she recently resigned to stay at home,” said Fazenbaker, a native of Hagerstown. “She actually trained me as a server.” Work romances can be tricky, and Fazenbaker said he was careful to keep things professional on the job. “You never want to bring your personal life into the work place,” he said. Fazenbaker is a natural, professional leader “who thrives on developing people and achieving high standards,” said Billy Rudd, director of operations for Red Lobster, which is owned by parent company Darden Restaurants, based in Orlando, Fla. “He is loyal to his team and his guests.” In Hagerstown, Fazenbaker soon was promoted to service professional and management positions, and most recently was staffing and training manager. He helped train more than 50 employees there. In Gaithersburg, Fazenbaker oversees all aspects of restaurant operations, including managing more than 85 employees. It can be a daunting task in the fast-paced food industry, but he has found the work rewarding. “I like to see the smiles on my customers’ faces when they enjoy the food and have a good time,” he said.


Jordan Fazenbaker, general manager of the Gaithersburg Red Lobster. been named to Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for three consecutive years. It saw its revenue rise by 7 percent, to $8.6 billion, in fiscal 2013 from 2012.

Restaurants employ more people than banks and construction industries Restaurants and bars are a key employer in the area, accounting for some 39,000 jobs in Montgomery and Frederick counties, according to state labor department figures. That’s more than the construction, manufacturing, banking and insurance segments. Issues such as a potential minimum wage hike in Montgomery County should not be a major deal, Fazenbaker said. “I’m a big believer in taking care of my people,” he said. The federal government shutdown did not affect business much at the Gaithersburg Red Lobster, said Fazenbaker, who started as GM in September. “It’s still booming here. Our goal is to provide a great service.” Customers have requested broader menu options beyond seafood. Red Lobster transformed its menu two years ago to provide more dishes and greater value, Fazenbaker said. The restaurant gets its seafood from all over the world, with many of the lobster tails coming from Maine, Fazenbaker said. “We get the best catch from each ship,” he said. “These are top-quality, assured vendors who keep in mind the safety of our customers.” Through the Darden Harvest program, Fazenbaker and fellow employees support the John C. Tracey Boys’ Group Home in Rockville. The program provides fresh, wholesome food donations on a regular basis to organizations that need them. “We only donate the unused food, not leftovers,” Fazenbaker said. “We try to make sure it goes to a great place.” Darden Restaurants has



Red Lobster, which has more than 700 locations across North America, showed a sales decline of 2 percent in fiscal 2013 to $2.6 billion. Darden’s other brands


include Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse and Bahama Breeze.

Only candidates for elected office and the media will be welcomed to attend a November forum on Montgomery’s electric reliability woes. The county’s primary supplier of electricity, Pepco, is not invited. Abbe Milstein said her organization, Powerupmontco, is hosting the forum in North Bethesda on Nov. 6 to educate potential future lawmakers on Montgomery’s issues with the Maryland Public Service Commission and electric reliability. Candidates will be there to listen and ask questions, not to speak, she said. The forum, she said, is intended to educate the candidates, not the general public. Milstein formed Powerupmontco in response to the June 2012 derecho that left her and thousands of other residents without power for days. Through the organization, Milstein since has lobbied in Annapolis and intervened as a party inPepco’slastratecase,inwhichit was awarded $27 million in higher

rates and $24 million in new fees. Both Democratic and Republican incumbents and candidates for state office (including the General Assembly) will be invited to the Nov. 6 forum, which is sponsored by the AARP, she said. Milstein said she will be joined by Somerset Town Councilwoman Cathy Pickar and representatives of AARP in Maryland in addressing the candidates and fielding their questions. Milstein said she received an email from Pepco’s regional vice president Jerry Pasternak detailing that a reporter — who was not identified — told him Pepco was invited to the forum. Pasternakwrotethathe“plans on attending and looks forward to seeing you.” Milstein said Pepco is not welcome to attend and that she has told the Pepco the same. The forum also is not open to the general public, she noted. Rather than comment on the situation, Pepco authorized Pasternak to forward the Business Gazette his email response to Milstein. Pasternak expressed disappointment at Milstein’s decision to not welcome Pepco to the forum.

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In talking with Memuna Mansaray McShane, a junior at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac with a bright smile and a positive outlook on the world, no one would immediately guess what she’s been through. Though you might be able to tell by looking at her. On Sept. 18, standing in the front of an auditorium with her teachers and classmates listening carefully, she finally revealed the answers to so many questions about her life. Why was she adopted? Where is she from? And what happened to her arm? Memuna’s story began 17 years prior in Sierra Leone. In 1996, Memuna was born amid a civil war between the government and anti-government rebels had already been violently tearing the nation apart for five years. At age 2, she and her family were hiding in a mosque in Freetown, the nation’s capital, when members of a rebel militia came in with guns and the intent to kill. The militants fatally shot

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Memuna’s mother and grandmother while she was in her grandmother’s arms. Bullets also shattered Memuna’s right arm, which doctors were later forced to amputate. Little did Memuna know that this would be the turning point in her life. She was placed into a refugee camp, but not for long. Little Memuna fit the description that the president of Sierra Leone was looking for — young, cute and an amputee — to try to bring international attention to the violence of the war. She was quickly removed from the camp, and soon became the worldwide poster child for the peace movement—taking photos with then-U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former President Bill Clinton, being showcased at peace talks and protesting in the streets of New York City all around the age of 3. Then, Memuna made her way into the United States permanently when the New York Rotary Club brought her, along with seven other refugees, to the country for treatment. She spent the next two and a half years living in foster care before she finally found a place she could call home in 2002, when Kelly and Kevin McShane permanently adopted 6-year-old Memuna into their Washington, D.C., home,

along with their two children Molly and Michael — a transition that Kevin McShane called “pretty seamless.” Memuna said she doesn’t remember much about her life before living with her adopted family. She doesn’t remember Sierra Leone or Madeleine Albright, and she certainly doesn’t remember being a monumental factor in ending the civil war that savaged her own home and family. In her mind, the war isn’t her story at all; so to Memuna, despite everything she’s been through, being adopted has had the largest impact on her life. “I don’t use the war to guide me through my life,” she said. “I don’t worry about the past, just the here and now and the future.” And for Memuna, the “here and now” is pretty typical of a high school teen: school, friends and sports, including soccer and basketball — arm or no arm. “[Her experiences have] made her a loving and caring person, but other than that she’s just a normal 17-year-old girl,” said Kristin Butler, a soccer teammate and close friend to Memuna. By the time Memuna tried out for the St. Andrew’s soccer team as a freshman, she had been playing the sport ever since she began living with the McShanes — and it certainly showed; she

made the varsity team during her first tryout. “She made an athletic and emotional impact from day one,” said head coach Glenn Whitman. “Beyond where she’s been and what she’s been through, I’ve been truly amazed by what she can do on the field.” But despite her confidence and ability to adapt, Memuna still had to deal with the emotional stress that inevitably comes with only having one arm. When she began playing soccer at St. Andrew’s, Whitman almost immediately noticed that she constantly wore fleece jackets during training to hide her arm, even in

the summertime. But in time, the fear dissipated and Memuna finally became confident and comfortable enough to stop hiding. “One thing I’ve been proud of both Memuna and the team for is she no longer trains with a coat on,” Whitman said. “The girls have always treated her like a full person.” Memuna attributes her ability to be comfortable about the things that have happened to her throughout her life and to the welcoming nature of her teammates. “I had a hard past but the soccer team has made me feel welcomed and not like an outcast,”

taking on the role, Kay said, would have incurred debts that needed repayment and therefore would be unlikely to jeopardize getting regular payments from the state. He likened the arrangement to taking out a mortgage. “You want them to have enough debt so they are motivated to take care of the asset,” Kay said. Councilwoman Nancy Flo-

reen (D-At large) of Garrett Park, pressed him, and Mike Madden of MTA, about how much the county would be responsible for — not including the cost of the Capital Crescent Trail, which will cost the county about $16 million. Kay said Prince George’s and Montgomery counties were responsible for 10 percent of the total $2.2 billion, making Montgomery County’s share $110

million. However, the county has already made contributions — such as rights of way — that will be taken into account when the final tallying is complete, he said, so no final number was available. The state is expecting about $900 million in federal funding and the concessionaire’s contributions could be from about $400 million to $900 million for

construction. The state will know for sure about the federal funding by February, Kay said, which will be key before issuing a request for qualifications from companies. “No private partner will invest if we don’t have federal funding,” Kay said. The MTA will present the P3 idea before a state Board of Public Works meeting Nov. 6.


Memuna Mansaray McShane (center) is congratulated for scoring a goal by her soccer teammates Katherine Bruchalski and Jarena Harmon on Oct. 19 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac.

she said. “I would probably be completely different person if it wasn’t for them.” According to Kristin, 17, Memuna made it easy for the team to accept her into the group. “She thinks we were welcoming toward her, but she was welcoming toward everyone else. She’s part of the team family,” she said. And Kevin McShane, who is also the team’s assistant coach, attributes Memuna’s success to the entire St. Andrew’s community, not just the team. “A big part of Memuna opening up about all this is being part of the community,” he said. “She feels very safe here to open up about her story, wear short sleeves, all of that stuff.” Although Memuna gives her friends, family and teammates the credit for her perpetual smile, she isn’t the only one benefitting from the experience. “We always say she’s given us so much more than we could ever give her,” Kevin McShane said. And according to Whitman, despite the team’s competitive nature and constant strive to win, the lasting memory for them all probably won’t have much to do with soccer. “What we’ll remember most is what she taught us about adversity and never giving up,” he said. The board consists of the Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) and Treasurer Nancy Kopp. Franchot and Kopp both represented Montgomery County in the General Assembly. “We need for this to work,” Berliner said. “We’ve invested a lot of time. We’ve invested a lot of our own resources.”


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Continued from Page A-1 cause the narrow roads in their Seven Oaks Evanswood community couldn’t handle the thousands of visitors Kerr expected to visit her free display. On Nov. 5, Mitchell is scheduled to hear a request to close the display permanently. At issue is whether the home-based Halloween display on Worth Avenue was simply a fun way to celebrate the holiday or a real estate marketing effort in disguise. “I’m feeling good. It is a great night,” Kerr said Friday. Outside, two people controlled how many visitors could


Continued from Page A-1 she hopes the county will be able to do more in the future in other areas. “I’m fine with this solution, but I’m hopeful we can do better in the coming years depending on the resources available,” Floreen said. Council Vice President Craig


Continued from Page A-1 growth in the last six years. “While the growth is most dramatic in the DCC, we’re also seeing enormous elementary enrollment growth across the district,” he said. The downcounty elementary schools with planned addition projects include: Brookhaven, Glen Haven, Kemp Mill, Sargent Shriver and Highland. The other schools where addition projects are planned include Ashburton, Lucy V. Barnsley, Burtonsville, Diamond, Kensington-Parkwood, Christa McAuliffe and Judith Resnik elementary schools; North Bethesda Middle School; and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School.

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enter the garden at a time and two were in the back of the garden helping people leave the garden. More Haunted Garden staff were on the street directing traffic. Volunteers also were spread around the backyard to help visitors during their tour. A police officer, paid for by Kerr, was at the corner of Worth and Franklin avenues, helping pedestrians cross the street. “We have our guys out there. People are doing their jobs. It is organized,” said Rania Peet, the artist behind the garden’s creations. Julia Horton, 7, visited the display with friends and said her favorite part was “the guy in the electric chair” because “it

was creepy and cool.” The garden had a kids’ corner with a haunted playground. A 12-year-old actress portraying a dead child welcomed little ones, asking if they wanted to play with her. Visitors also saw a werewolf coming from behind the trees, a witch looking for “extra special” children’s hair for her magic potion, and a man just out of an electric chair. At the end of the experience, guests could stop to have their picture taken. The Haunted Garden has been the subject of a battle between neighbors in recent weeks. “Thanks to the county and judge’s ruling, and the county’s

efforts including fire [marshal] and police, there was a large county effort to make this a safe event,” Jean Cavanaugh, the president of the Seven Oaks-Evanswood Citizens’ Association, which is not involved in the court case, wrote in an email to The Gazette. Cavanaugh added that on Saturday, there was a line of 150 people, and she “witnessed a few children darting into the street from behind parked cars.” “Again, we have no quarrel with Halloween decorations or neighborhood parties,” Cavanaugh wrote. “The haunted garden is fun, people like it, kids like it. Public events of this magnitude and duration, how-

ever, do not belong in a residential neighborhood.” County officials had shut down the display with a temporary restraining order issued Oct. 4, saying the display violated the county’s residential zoning code and caused a public safety hazard. Mitchell’s ruling allowed the event to continue, but with limited days and hours. James Savage, an assistant county attorney, said in court that Kerr sent fliers to an estimated 12,000 households promoting the Haunted Garden. But Mitchell did not consider the event to be commercial. Diane Schwartz Jones,

director of the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services, said she received complaints about traffic, cars parked on lawns, and children darting out on the street this year. “It is a fun activity ... but it is not a good location for this activity,” said Schwartz Jones. She said she sent an inspector for each night, and they reported more than 250 vehicles crossing the intersection between 6:30 and 9 p.m., plus a lot of pedestrian traffic. “The fact that no one was hurt is a good thing but the right thing is to correctly apply the law,” Schwartz Jones said.

Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said he’d like to see the county take a more comprehensive approach. The income supplement itself won’t lift anyone out of poverty, and with many federal programs facing cuts, the county will have to do more, Rice said. Maryland residents can claim a credit for up to half of their federal earned income tax credit, and a refund of up to one

quarter of the federal credit, according to a county release. In 2000, Montgomery started matching 100 percent of the Maryland refund to help residents afford the high costof-living in the county. But a bill passed in 2010 allowed the council to set the county income supplement at less than 100 percent of the state refundable credit by passing a resolution each year.

In fiscal 2011, the county supplement was set at 72.5 percent, 68.9 percent in fiscal 2012 and 75.5 percent in fiscal 2013. In May, the council approved an increase in the supplement to 85 percent of the state refundable credit for fiscal 2014. The bill passed Tuesday requires the county supplement to increase to 90 percent in fiscal 2015, 95 percent in fiscal 2016 and 100 percent in fiscal 2017

and beyond. According to an analysis by the county’s Finance Office, the funding increase in fiscal 2015 will cost the county an additional $1.016 million. In fiscal 2011, 33,840 Montgomery residents qualified for the supplement, receiving an average of $381.81, according to the county. Restoring the county match to 100 percent would provide an extra $124 per person.

To qualify for the earned income tax credit for the tax year 2013, a resident with three or more qualifying children must make less than $46,227, or $51,567 if filing jointly with a spouse. A taxpayer with no qualifying children must make less than $14,340 or $19,680 if filing jointly.

Other previously approved elementary- and secondaryschool capacity projects are scheduled to stay on target in the program. The projects include classroom additions; new elementary schools to serve the Clarksburg, Northwest and Richard Montgomery clusters; and new middle schools to serve the Clarksburg/Damascus and Bethesda-Chevy Chase clusters. About $725 million — or about 47 percent — is recommended for “revitalizations/ expansions.” “The schools built in the ’60s and ’70s, the ones we’re replacing now, were not built to last,” Starr said. “We see that across the county and renovating them is not cost efficient.” Starr said the recommended plan includes more than two dozen such projects, adding

about 118 classrooms throughout the system. The plan, however, pushes back the timeline of 20 of those projects. Elementary school projects would see a one-year delay. Middle and high school projects would see a two-year delay. “We know that so many of our school communities are impacted by the delay,” Starr said. “They’ve been waiting for many years for their aging schools to be replaced.” The plan proposes that six revitalization/expansion projects continue with their current completion dates. They include Bel Pre, Candlewood and Rock Creed Forest elementary schools; Wheaton and Seneca Valley high schools; and the Thomas Edison High School of Technology. If the state provides more

funding, Starr said, it may be possible for some projects to return to their original schedule. The recommended program also directs about $283 million toward systemic projects that include security upgrades and HVAC, roof and door replacements. Starr said it’s “starting to show” that the school system has not put budgeted enough in recent years for infrastructure needs. “We’ve been skimping on that because we’ve had to fund so many other things,” he said. Starr said he is asking for an increase of $28 million in both fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016 to put toward the school system’s backlog of HVAC replacement projects. He added that further investments will need to be made “down the road.”

About $155 million was recommended for technology modernization projects such as new computers. The county school board is scheduled hold a work session on the plan Nov. 7 and two public hearings on Nov. 11 and 14 before it is expected to approve Starr’s request Nov. 18. The program request then moves to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and the County Council. School board President Christopher S. Barclay said the work session will mark a chance for the board to start asking questions. “Capacity is the biggest issue that we have,” Barclay said. “We have got to figure out how to address this.” Highland Elementary Principal Scott Steffan said the addition planned for his school in the proposed program hopefully will enable the school to accommodate its students without needing to add portable classrooms. “I don’t have an open space anywhere. We’ve really felt the impact (of enrollment growth) this year,” he said. “For us to

have the addition is tremendous.” Lynne Harris — vice president for legislation for the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations — said her son attends Highland View Elementary School in Silver Spring, which is scheduled to undergo an expansion project but at an undetermined time. While she is disappointed as a Highland View parent that her school will not see construction soon, she said, she sees that there are needs at every school and the school system’s capital budget requires “tough choices.” Harris said the school system needs state funds more proportionate to the number of students it serves. Montgomery County students are getting a good education, Harris said, but the school system has to figure out where to put the growing number of students. “What are we going to do?” she said. “Put them on the roof?”


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velopment director, said she was ecstatic to learn Alexander had been chosen to the leadership post.


Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Lisa Alexander would follow her mother into nearby bogs to hunt for pitcher plants. It was there in those peatlands, hunting the carnivorous Sarracenia purpurea at her mother’s side, that she developed a love of nature that has guided her career. “My mom was my first naturalist,” Alexander said. “Everything was a nature hike with my mom.” Throughout her career, Alexander has honored her mother’s tradition of teaching about nature, culminating on Oct. 21 in her appointment as executive director of the Audubon Naturalist Society, one of the area’s leading environmental educational nonprofits. Founded in 1897, the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase is a membershipbased nonprofit that provides environmental education for all ages and advocates on behalf of clean water, rural lands and smart transportation in the Washington, D.C., area. In September, Neal Fitzpatrick, who had served as executive director since 1991, retired, and Alexander beat out about 40 other candidates for the job. In her new position, Alexander will oversee 53 employees and more than 575 volunteers. Alexander brought to Audubon her passion for connecting young people to nature, co-workers say, launching in 2005 the Green Kids program, a grant-funded outreach program that partners with local public schools to foster environmental literacy. Alexander became the director of Environmental Education and then deputy director of the society in 2011. “Lisa has such a huge vi-

“Everything was a nature hike with my mom.” Lisa Alexander, executive director, Audubon Naturalist Society

Lisa Alexander, Audubon Naturalist Society executive director, at the Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase. sion,” said Diane Lill, who now runs the Green Kids program, which has raised more than $1 million to support environmental science at local schools. “She’s a wonderful leader, very easy to talk to. She’s our biggest cheerleader.” For Alexander, 51, the new job is akin to coming home. When she graduated from Cornell University, where she studied forest ecology, she got a job at Audubon teaching children and reviewing children’s science books. She lived on the third floor of Audubon’s Woodend Mansion, an example of Georgian Revival

architecture built in the 1920s by John Russell Pope, architect of the Jefferson Memorial and National Gallery of Art, for Captain Chester Wells and his wife Marion Leigh. The mansion, on the National Register of Historic Places and the

Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation, houses the nonprofit’s offices and also is the setting for many weddings and parties. Without a car, she got to know the 40 acres of the Woodend Sanctuary well. The


property is one of the few remaining old estates in Chevy Chase and dates back to 1699. The Wells Family donated the Woodend Mansion and property to the Audubon Naturalist Society in 1968. Kathryn Mitchell, the de-

“I see Lisa’s leadership as by example. She doesn’t ask for others to give unless she has done so herself,” Mitchell said. That doesn’t just go for financial contributions either, she said. “Unless she has physically put boots on the ground or in the creek, she won’t ask you to do it yourself.” This past weekend, Alexander was part of a team restoring a meadow by planting 1,000 native plants. And when she’s not digging at work, she’s likely to be found fussing around in her own garden at her Chevy Chase home, where she lives with her husband and son. Another son is in college. During her tenure as director, Alexander hopes to help spread the word about Woodend, which she calls a jewel inside the beltway. “We have so much going on here,” Alexander said in her office at Woodend. “We have a lot of stories to tell. We tend to hide our light under a bushel.”

Defendant absent as sex abuse trial proceeds Phone records indicate Rivas fled south after being released on bail, prosecutors say



A Gaithersburg man accused of paying a Germantown woman to have sex with her teenage daughter is on trial this week. The defendant, Bejarni Rivas, isn’t there, but prosecutors are bringing their case against him anyway. After his arrest in March, authorities charged Rivas, 45, of Irish Court in Gaithersburg, with 13 crimes including conspiracy to commit child abuse, human trafficking, rape, sex offense and other crimes. Bail for Rivas was originally set at $500,000, but reduced at a later hearing to $100,000, online court records show. In April, he was released on bail, court records show. After Rivas failed to show up for trial in early October, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Cheryl A. McCally issued a warrant for his arrest. Prosecutors said in those proceedings that they learned that Rivas told his wife he was going on a church retreat in late September, days before his trial was to begin, and never returned home. Investigators tracked his cellphone to Texas, prosecutors said after he first disappeared. “We’ll do everything we can to track him down,” Montgomery County Sheriff Darren Popkin told The Gazette after Rivas’s initial disappearance. Esteban Gergely, Rivas’s attorney, did not return calls for comment. The Gazette was unable to reach Stephen Kupferberg, another lawyer representing Rivas, on Tuesday evening.

When she decided to hold the trial, McCally said Rivas had known the date the trial was supposed to begin and voluntarily waived his right to be there. Trials in absentia are rare because one of the main rights that a person accused of a crime has is the right to participate in his or her own defense, lawyers say. In Montgomery County, Lebon Bruce Walker and Annette Lee were convicted of theft and related charges in January 1993. In that case, a Montgomery County judge ordered the trial to proceed — despite Lee’s and Walker’s absence — because of the number of witnesses prosecutors had lined up to testify and the difficulty in tracking down Lee and Walker quickly. Authorities apprehended the two nine months later in Zambia, and extradited them to the U.S. In the crimes for which Rivas was accused, his co-defendant stood trial in September. The Gazette is not naming that person to protect the identity of the victim, who is her daughter. In that trial, jurors learned that there were two instances of alleged abuse. The first took place in December at a clubhouse at the Georgian Colonies in Silver Spring. Rivas allegedly molested the woman’s 14-yearold daughter. In the second, which took place in January, the girl’s mother told her that she had to have sex with him, according to the victim’s testimony. The mother, who is 41 years old, was found guilty on Sept. 19 of 10 crimes, including child sex abuse, conspiracy to commit sex abuse, rape and human trafficking. Prosecutors said the woman could receive more than 100 years in prison for the charges when she is sentenced in November.




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CELEBRATIONS HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30 Prostate Cancer Survivorship Series, from 7-8:15 p.m. at

Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. After undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, men may experience a range of issues that affect their sexual health. Decreased libido, erectile dysfunction and anxiety can all impact quality of life. Stephen Greco, radiation oncologist, will talk about reducing the severity of these side effects, and what you can do to improve intimacy with your partner. Free. www.suburbanhospital. org.


Faris, Coles Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Faris of Gaithersburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Victoria Lee Faris, to Mr. Daniel Edward Coles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Coles of Burlington, N.C. The bride-to-be was born in Gaithersburg and is a 2003 graduate of Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2008 with a degree in special education. She is employed at the Kilmer Center in Fairfax County, Va. She is also currently enrolled in George Mason University for a master’s degree in special education. The prospective groom was born in Burlington, N.C., and is a 2006 graduate of the University of North Carolina with a degree in political science. He is currently an assistant vice president in the legal department of the Bank of America. His next focus will be an MBA. A March 2014 wedding is planned at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase.

Complete Childbirth Preparation at MedStar Montgomery, Nov. 7 to Dec. 19 at

Figert, Dudley Mr. and Mrs. Karl D. Figert of Silver Spring announce the engagement of their daughter, Lynmarie I. Figert, to Michael C. Dudley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dudley of Chevy Chase. The bride-to-be graduated from University of Maryland, College Park, in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in community health and from Howard Community College with a degree in nursing in 2010. She is currently employed as a registered nurse at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The prospective groom graduated from Salisbury University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and in 2007 with a Master of Business Administration degree. He is currently a development accountant for StonebridgeCarras in Bethesda. A June 2014 wedding is planned in Washington, D.C.

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Six-week complete childbirth preparation program prepares couples for a positive birthing experience. The program is designed to help expectant couples plan for labor, delivery and how to care for a newborn. $150.

ONGOING New Mothers Postpartum Support Group, 10-11:30 a.m.

RELIGION CALENDAR UPCOMING Neelsville’s Alternative Gift Market, Nov. 3 in the church’s

Fellowship Hall, 20701 Frederick Road, Germantown. The church will also observe Orphan Sunday that day. All are welcome. Services are held at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday mornings. Sunday School for all ages at 9:40 a.m. www.

A new and prospective member Shabbat, 9:30 a.m.

Nov. 16 at Torah Synagogue, 10 Ridge Road, Greenbelt. Shabbat will feature services, kiddush lunch and an opportunity to meet rabbi, education director and members. RSVP appreciated but not required to Free. 301-474-4223.

ONGOING Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church

Fisher, Abbamonte Bill and Ginger Fisher of Silver Spring announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley E. Fisher, to Drew B. Abbamonte, son of Tom and Debi Abbamonte of Damascus. The bride-to-be graduated from Blake High School in 2004. She attended Coastal Carolina University and received a degree in nursing from Howard Community College. She currently is employed by Sheppard Pratt in Ellicott City. The prospective groom graduated from Damascus High School in 2003. He graduated from McDaniel College in 2006 and earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He currently is employed by the Montgomery County Police Department. They will be married in Spring of 2014.


South, Massullo Gail and Steve South of Derwood announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle Vincenza South, to Matthew Thomas Massullo of Morgantown, W.Va. Danielle is currently working on her master’s degree in Spanish at West Virginia University and expects to receive her degree in May 2014. She is also provisionally certified as a sign language interpreter. Matthew holds his bachelor’s degree from WVU and is currently a specialist in the U.S. Army, getting ready to enter Special Forces training. A late 2014 wedding is planned. The couple plan to reside in North Carolina, or wherever the Army tells them to live.

Mondays at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Ever wonder if you are the only one feeling stressed and alone now that a baby has joined your family? Wasn’t it supposed to be easier? If you are finding yourself feeling sad, anxious, angry or irritable, group support can help. Group led by two therapists who specialize in the postpartum period. Babies are welcome. Free; registration required. 301-774-8881, Senior Fit, meets from 9-9:45 a.m. once a week at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Free 45-minute exercise program designed for seniors age 55 and older. Senior Fit focuses on increasing strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and cardiovascular endurance. Exercise is an important factor in preventing falls, managing chronic illnesses and improving quality of life. Classes are ongoing and a physician’s consent form is required to participate. Free for people over the age of 55. 301-774-8881, A Diabetes Support Group, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda.

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.

Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old

Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-421-9166. For a schedule of events, visit www.

“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. Childcare is provided. This year’s theme, “A Beautiful Mess: Embracing Your Story,” focuses on remembering that beauty can come out of chaos and that your past, present and future can be used for good with God’s love. For more information call 301-662-1819. Email mops@ Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Road,

Germantown, has returned to its Fall worship schedule, with services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays. Sunday School for all ages at 9:40 a.m. www.

Providence United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown

Church Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with children’s Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and adult Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-253-1768. Visit www. Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, conducts services every Sunday, with child care from 8 a.m. to noon and fellowship and a coffee hour following each service. 301-881-7275. For a schedule of events, visit

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SCHOOL LIFE For a half-century, sixth-graders have taken to the great outdoors School district celebrates program’s 50th anniversary n



Looking for a better way to reach some of his students, Joe Howard, then principal of Four Corners Elementary School in Silver Spring, launched a program that still touches the lives of thousands of students every year. That was 50 years ago. Howard is retired now and Four Corners Elementary no longer exists. But his idea, outdoor education, is still going strong. Montgomery County Public Schools celebrated the 50th anniversary of its outdoor education program Saturday with an open house at the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center in Rockville. “The motivation came when we were building an out-

door trail at [Four Corners] and found that the ‘problem’ kids were not problems when working outdoors,” Howard said. “So we tried to find things in the curriculum that we could teach outdoors — things like studying the ecosystem, the forest community, ponds and streams and meadows.” Howard took the very first class of outdoor education students, fifth-graders from Four Corners, to Camp Greentop in Thurmont in 1962. About 20 of those students attended Saturday’s open house for a minireunion. A photo of them hangs in the meeting hall of the Smith Center. “It was just one class, a pilot program,” said Kathleen Cochran of Chevy Chase, who was part of the pilot program. “The next year Mr. Howard took about 90 kids, the very first class to do outdoor ed.” Howard eventually became the school district’s first supervisor of outdoor education programs, he said, serving in that position from the mid-1970s

until he retired in 1988. “To me it was a more effective way of teaching, learning by doing,” Howard said. “We didn’t just tell them what was going on in a pond, we showed them.” The school district opened the Smith Environmental Education Center on 10 acres in Rockville in 1974, built to accommodate all the district’s sixth-graders as they attended the five-day residential program. Smith, who lived from 1902 to 1971, was a Montgomery County Council president, board of education president, farmer and conservationist. “[He was the] driving force for the preservation of the Rock Creek valley to save it from mass development of residential communities,” Laurie Jenkins, current supervisor of the program, wrote in an email. Over the years, with budget cuts and population growth, Howard said, the residential program has been cut from five to three days. And the program needs to rent other facilities to handle all the sixth-graders, Jen-


Chris Jansson, a physical education teacher at Cedar Grove Elementary School in Germantown, shows his son C.J., 4, a solar-powered plastic bug at an open house Saturday at the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center in Rockville. kins said. “We can get about 40 to 45 percent of our sixth-grade schools in but we also use two other sites, Summit Lake [Camp] in Emmitsburg and Skycroft

[Conference Center] in Middletown,” Jenkins said. According to the Smith Center website, the Outdoor Environmental Education Program “serves over 20,000 students

each year in two major programs: the Residential Program in which every Grade 6 student participates and the Day Program in which [pre-K]-12 students explore and investigate the natural environment. At all programs students participate in curriculum-based environmental investigations.” The staff also provides professional development in environmental education to more than 500 teachers annually. Outdoor education was celebrated Saturday by more than 300 people, Jenkins said. The day included a formal news conference, a birthday cake and hands-on activities at 24 learning stations. Brandon Hebert, 8, a thirdgrader at Lois P. Rockwell Elementary School in Damascus, said his favorite activity was the confidence course. “It makes you stronger and you have to think before you use it,” Brandon said.

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Willing to weed: Students clean school courtyard About a dozen sixth-graders, 10 volunteers from Home Depot and a few staff and faculty members worked to clean up a courtyard at Montgomery Village Middle School on Oct. 22. “I think the outside should be pretty. When we are walking through the hall, we should be able to see flowers and all,” said Tamyiah Starnes, 11. “And if there are bugs, they need a home.” The group pulled weeds, cut back overgrown shrubs and picked up trash, collecting 12 large bags of waste for the dump. Then, they planted new plants, spread mulch and swept the walkways. In less than two hours, the courtyard was transformed with plants that would last through the winter, including burning bush shrubs, named for their brilliant fall foliage, and variegated liriope, an ornamental grass showing green and white against the dark brown mulch. “I think it is really cool because this is helping the school, we get [student service learning] hours and it’s helping nature,” said Jade Pinkowitz, 11. Along the way, the students learned about planting, pruning, mulching and even how to use a push broom. “As we go along, we teach them how to plant and what’s a weed,” said John Roberts, man-



Sixth-graders at Montgomery Village Middle School work with volunteers from Home Depot to clean up one of the school’s courtyards Oct. 22. ager of the Germantown Home Depot store. Roberts spearheaded the project, a repeat of a cleanup at the school two years ago. “The Home Depot Foundation is all about giving back to the community,” Roberts said. “We volunteer because it’s important to us.” Christian Bergman, 11, said he has helped with yard work at home and enjoys it because it keeps the environment clean. “It’s fun getting all the weeds out of the dirt,” he said. “It’s making it look nice.”

Richard Montgomery student wins green award Jessica Li, a senior at Richard Montgomery High School

in Rockville, won the inaugural

Next Generation Award, one of the 2013 Maryland Clean Energy Awards, at the Maryland Clean Energy Summit on Oct. 15 and 16. As president of the school’s Environmental Awareness Club, Li organized Friday afternoon energy shutdowns during which students go around the school turning off lights, printers, computers and monitors. She has organized presentations during first-period classes on energy conservation and alternative energy, coordinated a T-shirt design contest, an energyfocused “Jeopardy!” game, a “Watt’s Up” poster contest and a “Why Use Alternative Energy” essay contest to boost awareness of energy issues. For the past two years, Li has given presentations at

Rockville Science Day on the benefits of energy conservation at home. She also was invited to present her research on wood batteries at the 2012 USA Science and Engineering Fair and has worked with the county’s School Energy and Recycling Team program to advance effective, local strategies that schools can use to reduce energy consumption. The Clean Energy Awards recognize individuals, companies and organizations that have demonstrated leadership, partnership, advocacy and entrepreneurism in a distinct commitment to advancing clean energy, energy efficiency and job creation, Kathy Magruder, executive drector of the Maryland Clean Energy Center, said in a statement. “When I read the nomination for Jessica Li, I felt as though there is hope for the planet with remarkable young people like her coming up in the world,” Magruder wrote.

Takoma Park, Sadie Isakower of Bethesda and Ivan Reimers of Silver Spring. Each year, the program honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from more than 250,000 Latino juniors who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The students are from the U.S., including its territories, plus Americans attending schools abroad. “I feel honored to have received this award,” Isakower said in a statement. “Being part of the Blair Magnet has been an awesome experience, and I will never forget the wonderful teachers and friends I’ve met at Blair. The Magnet has totally changed how I think about real world problems, and I feel that because of this, my peers and I are at a definite advantage as we enter college.”

Blair High seniors honored by Hispanic program

Montgomery County’s inaugural school food forum, “Creating a Vision of Fresh, Real Food in Montgomery County Public Schools,” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. The forum will feature regional and national experts on nutrition and diet, food education, and sourcing fresh, local food for school systems.

Four seniors at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver

Spring were selected Sept. 25 to be honored in the 2014 National Hispanic Recognition Program, which recognizes academically outstanding Latino high school students. The seniors are Sabrina Bradford and Jared Collina of

School food forum is Saturday in Silver Spring

Keynote speaker Tony Geraci is a nationally known school

food reformer, former food director for Baltimore City Public Schools, current director of nutrition services in the Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tenn., and subject of the film “Cafeteria Man.” Presenters include Marla Caplon, director of the Montgomery County Public Schools Division of Food and Nutrition Services; Lisa Y. Lefferts, senior scientist with the Center for Science in the Public Interest; endocrinologist Shivani Narasimhan of Annapolis; Kathy Lawrence, director of strategic development, School Food Focus; Jill Coutts, science resource and horticulture teacher, Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring; Karla Kratovil, PTA vice president and school garden coordinator at Flower Hill Elementary School in Gaithersburg; and county Councilman George L. Leventhal (D-At large) of Takoma Park. There will be a nutritious, locally sourced lunch, with a talk by Ype Von Hengst, COO and executive chef of Silver Diner. The forum is co-hosted by Real Food for Kids-Montgomery and Montgomery Victory Gardens. Registration, including lunch, is $25. For more information and to register, visit realfoodforkidsmontgomery. org.



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For Seamans in Takoma Park As Takoma Park’s Ward 4 prepares to elect the next council member, it’s easy for us to endorse the incumbent, Terry Seamens. In office, Seamens has shown himself to be smart, caring and sensible. He has held a council seat since 1999, except for a term when he ran for mayor and lost. Seamens is focused on keeping young people busy with productive pursuits and giving adults training for secure, sustainable jobs. The latter issue, in particular, is not typical fare for a small-city government. But Seamens said Takoma Park can and should take steps to ensure “a higher level of selfsufficiency” for its residents. The city has added $20,000 to its budget to fund vocational training. Seamens is working on plans for a new nonprofit organization to address employment needs — for both young people and local entrepreneurs, particularly immigrants looking to get a toehold in their new community. He has a good grasp of the city’s social and governmental needs, saying that the city’s budgeting acumen and police department operations are much better than when he took office. Earlier this year, Seamens and his wife, Joyce, took in a convicted rapist who had served more than 30 years in prison. The man was restricted from living with his mother, who received a state housing subsidy. This was a bold, generous act that signifies Seamens’ beneficence. Seamens’ opponent is Eric Mendoza, who is trying for the third straight time to win the seat. Mendoza has made youth issues a top priority, offering several ideas for change. He also has talked about rising housing costs, apartment building safety and renovation, and possibly increasing recycling. Unfortunately, our editorial board did not get a chance to talk directly with him about his platform. After numerous attempts to schedule a meeting failed, he finally promised to come to our office on Friday, but didn’t show up. That doesn’t automatically disqualify him from consideration, but other commitments seem to be interfering with his ability to focus on the race. We encourage him to stay involved, then run again when the timing is better. We give Mendoza credit, though, for trying again this year and at least giving voters something to think about. With unopposed races for mayor and five other council seats, Takoma Park voters otherwise don’t get any choices this year.

Rec center blues About 30 years ago, many radio stations adopted the “classic rock” format, a term that entered the public lexicon without much recognition that it’s an oxymoron. As a style of music, rock ’n’ roll is rooted in rebellion and rejecting the status quo. Would Jerry Lee Lewis want to be called “classic”? A debate in Wheaton could take oxymoronic musical genres to new heights with the creation of “historic rock.” A number of people think the Wheaton Recreation Center should receive a historic PRESERVING designation, in part, because WHEATON in 1969, before anyone knew SITE WOULD who they were, Led Zeppelin NOT HONOR played there. Maybe that’s true, or maybe that’s an urban legITS TIES TO end. Many people believe the ROCK assertion though there’s little evidence to support the band actually played there. But since when has rock ’n’ roll been about bricks and mortar? Elvis Presley shook his hips to outrage middle America. Long after hip-shaking became passé, rock found other ways to shock, including Led Zep’s everincreasing volume and sensuality on stage. If indeed the band played in Wheaton — and even if the assertion is false, who doesn’t want to believe it? — preserving the rec center is no way to honor that event. The building has a leaky roof and mold. A kitchen stove has only two burners that work. There’s a lump on the basketball court that defies attempts at repair. Beyond the tenuous connection to popular culture, others want the building preserved because of its Asianinfluenced modern design architecture. Even so, there’s not much to preserve. To most people, the building would be a universally endorsed candidate for demolition. The community desperately needs the new rec center-library that’s planned to be constructed in its place. The Planning Board should approve the request to raze the building. And if there are people who want to honor one of the band’s first performances, a music festival might be more appropriate. Or possibly a plaque on the new building: “Robert Plant might have slept here.”

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We can’t eliminate all vehicles

David Hauk’s Oct. 16 letter urges “a robust bus rapid transit network” because “the way to solve gridlock is to move people, not cars.” [“Bus plan looks to the future, not an auto-centric past”] I grew up in Cleveland when it had an exceptional streetcar/bus system. That was fine to get to and from work. It was improbable to use when going shopping, going to a dress-up event, etc. Also, public transpor-

tation presents problems for people with physical impairments, despite special devices to help passengers getting on and off. The White Flint development planners allege area residents will be able to walk to all kinds of stores, office buildings, entertainment venues, restaurants, etc. They fail to take into account the hordes of “outsiders” who will also want to take advantage of those stores, office buildings, entertainment ven-

David H. Brown, North Bethesda

He who pays the piper The budget of the Montgomery County Public Schools for FY 2015 is in the early stages of formulation. This budget of over $2 billion is close to 50 percent of the tax-supported budget of Montgomery County. So who are the players who will influence this budget at this critical stage? It is the Budget Steering Committee. The members of this committee are the deputy superintendents, the employee union leaders representing the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals, the Montgomery County Education Association (teachers), the Service Employees International Union Local 500, and the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teachers Associations. These are all undoubtedly important players and represent important sectors of the Montgomery County Public Schools. Every member of this committee has a vested interest in increasing the budget for many and various reasons. Why is the school board not

represented? It is true that they will eventually get the budget for approval but they do not have the analytical capability at that late stage to ask the hard questions. Also a little known fact: The charter of the board allows only those questions to be asked of the school administration if all members have an interest. Individual questions from individual board members are not entertained — and this for a $2 billion budget. Now that the maintenance of effort law has stripped the County Council of its operating budget oversight role, virtually turning the council into a spectator with power of the purse only over capital spending, there is even greater need for outside representation. Matching MCPS resource requirements with other county priorities no longer takes place in public. In effect the formulation of the MCPS budget is left to folks with an inherent conflict of interest. Would the committee gain from the inclusion of other members such as those who might

question the long-range implications of Budget Steering Committee decisions, who might inquire about the effective and efficient use of current dollars, who might ask about the crosswalk between strategies and funding and between funding and performance? Could the MCPS budget process be improved with more citizen-group participation? Could an independent study of the MCPS budget, as we proposed to the superintendent last Spring, be beneficial? We suggest that the committee be expanded to include representatives from the County Council, the office of the county executive and even, perhaps, from a civic group. Because what is missing from the equation are the interests of the Montgomery County taxpayer. It is telling that he who pays the MCPS piper does not call the tune.

Metro isn’t going to accept the county’s fix unless we (Montgomery County taxpayers) agree to pay the costs for subsequent repairs in the years to come! The fix oughta be: 1. Fire all the county engineers who placed their P.Eng stamp on the flawed structural drawings. 2. Redesign the weak ramps and parking slabs. 3. Foulger-Pratt uses a different concrete placement company, and Facchina pays the costs for concrete replacement. The county needs to do this project right! The time it takes to rebuild the flawed areas is not the issue.

Steve Cullen, Silver Spring

Robert J. Riker, Chevy Chase

Joan Fidler, Bethesda The writer is the president of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League.

Latex-modified concrete isn’t the answer The remediation plan to use a latex-modified concrete (LMC) overlay being adopted by Montgomery County’s Building, Design, Construction & the Division of General Services and the “ad hoc working group,” according to Foulger-Pratt is “illadvised and ill-conceived.” Way back when, Ike Leggett secretly hired KCE Structural Engineers (Ike didn’t inform the County Council) to study and report back on Transit Center’s flawed construction. KCE reported serious issues with the Transit Center’s design, construction, concrete strength & testing, etc. And now, we have Earnest Lunsford Jr., the administrator

of the county’s building design and construction division, and David Dise, the director the county’s General Services Division (who were both involved with this project in its initial stages) suggesting that Byrant Foulger hire a contractor to do a Band-Aid fix using the LMC method — instead of demolishing and replacing the flawed concrete ramps and areas that are not on spec for this project. The gentlemen from the county are consulting with Wagman for using the LMC method, but there isn’t any proof that this latex-modified concrete will hold up over the long term that taxpayers will need to guarantee — because we all know that

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Purple Line will not get enough riders

Among the numbers MDOT most often uses to define the Purple Line are 70 trains per day and 51,200 passengers per day in the opening year, 2020. They say it will grow to 74,160 riders per day on the same 70 trains 20 years later. Thus the starting average load carried by each two-car train calculates to 731 passengers/train and grows to 1,059 in a couple of decades. Nearby property owners who dread the passing of 70 trains a day in each direction need not fear an increase in that figure. MDOT is fond of pointing out that trains will travel the length of the Purple line in barely over an hour. They emphasize that traveling between Bethesda and New Carrollton by bus today takes more than an hour and a half. (You have to travel into downtown Washington, D.C., and back out). Not too long ago, private bus companies sought routes which might attract a very profitable 50 passengers per mile per day. If there were even 800 daily riders, a bus route would have been established long ago. The Purple Line is not replacing a Bethesda-New Carrollton bus route because bus operators never could find sufficient riders. How will MDOT support an exclusive right of way (designed to handle 200 trains per day) with a daily ridership that might be closer to 800 than 51,200?

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ues, restaurants, etc. Also, there are service people and their small trucks who are vital to any community. Then, there is the weather — whether it be rain, intense heat, snow, etc. Using public transportation is a challenge then. The reality is there will always be a need for vehicular traffic. At least, keep that in mind in development plans.

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Intel from Gonzales

As Maryland’s state elections begin warming up we’re entering the phony opinion survey season when candidates release so-called “polls” they’ve commissioned showing “political momentum.” Such polls should be taken with large grains of salt. That’s why it’s helpful when a legitimate, independent polling service like Gonzales Research and Marketing gives us some reliable insight into the voters’ mood. Last week Gonzales released its poll taken during the first two weeks of October surveying a cross section of voters demographically weighted to reflect who shows up on Election Day. MY MARYLAND Here are the BLAIR LEE highlights: M o s t people are not yet paying attention to a primary election that’s still eight months away. When asked to judge the two Democratic frontrunners for governor, 56 percent of Democratic voters were either “neutral” or didn’t recognize Anthony Brown and 72 percent were the same about Doug Gansler. A third candidate, Heather Mizeur, was unknown to 79 percent of Maryland Democrats. Conversely, Maryland voters widely recognize Gov. Martin O’Malley and have no reluctance judging his job performance. Among all voters, O’Malley’s favorable is 47.7 percent, his unfavorable is 48.1 percent, his worst rating since January 2008 (49 percent), just after he engineered the biggest tax hike in state history. O’Malley’s rating is far behind President Obama, who gets a 58 percent favorable, 40 percent unfavorable in the same poll. Compared to a January 2013 Gonzales poll, O’Malley’s positives are down 6 points while his negatives are up 7 points among all voters. But the big story is the intensity of O’Malley’s negatives. Only 19 percent of Mary-

land voters “strongly approve” of O’Malley, while 34 percent “strongly disapprove” (compared to 25 percent strong approval and 24 percent strong disapproval in January 2013). The intensity shift is dramatic among independent voters: “strong approval” dropped from 25 percent to 15 percent while “strong disapproval” increased from 23 percent to 29 percent over the past eight months. And it’s even more pronounced among African-American voters, where, between January and October, “strong approval” dropped from 47 percent to 28 percent and “strong disapproval” hiked from 4 percent to 17 percent. So what’s driving O’Malley’s bad showing, and how does it impact this election, where O’Malley is not a candidate but where both the primary and general elections will likely be referendums on the O’Malley record? Patrick Gonzales thinks O’Malley’s problem is the same as back in 2008 — taxes. According to the poll, the 83 percent gas tax hike O’Malley pushed through the legislature remains vastly unpopular: 22 percent favorable, 76 percent unfavorable (with 59 percent “strongly opposed”). And you wonder why Gansler is running against the gas tax? Add to this the infamous “rain tax” and O’Malley’s 38 other taxes and fees, which amount to $3.1 billion a year in new taxes since O’Malley became governor. O’Malley’s quixotic White House bid appears unpopular as well. When Gonzales asked Maryland voters back in January if O’Malley should run for president, only 25 percent said “yes,” while 58 percent said “no.” O’Malley ignored them, and now, apparently, many jilted Marylanders believe O’Malley cares more about his career than about them. So, does this bode poorly for Brown, O’Malley’s lieutenant governor, who is running as O’Malley’s protege against Gansler, the O’Malley/Brown alternative? No, because only Democratic voters will decide the Brown vs. Gansler primary and, among Dems, O’Malley remains popular (favorable 67 percent, unfavorable 29 percent). True, among Demo-

cratic voters O’Malley’s favorable is down 6 points and his unfavorable is up 9 points, but running against the O’Malley record in a Democratic primary is uphill for Gansler. Things might be different for Brown in the general election against an attractive Republican. But this is where Brown’s race — African American — becomes such a huge factor. In 2002, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend had everything going for her: first woman governor, uncontested primary, overwhelming party and media support. But her campaign lapses and, more importantly, voter animosity against Parris Glendening, the incumbent governor, cost her the election. Like KKT, Brown is battling voter fatigue, his boss’s declining popularity and, in addition, a strong primary opponent. But running as Maryland’s first African-American governor in a state that’s 30 percent African American is Brown’s ace in the hole. Or, put it this way; if Brown was white, his prospects would look a whole lot more like KKT’s. One possible game changer in this nascent governor’s race is Obamacare. O’Malley put Brown in charge of designing and masterminding Maryland’s Obamacare program. It’s Brown’s signature accomplishment as lieutenant governor, and if it implodes, so does Brown. The Gonzales poll, taken during the first days of the Obamacare rollout, shows wide popularity: 57 percent favorable, 39 percent unfavorable. But will these numbers change if the “glitches caused by the website’s early popularity” prove systemic and if the entire program goes into a “death spiral”? As Maryland’s elections unfold we’ll depend on Gonzales to keep us up to date on who’s happy, who’s angry and why. Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in the Business Gazette. His past columns are available at His email address is blairleeiv@gmail. com.




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A pledge to recuse I am grateful for the endorsement of my candidacy for the Rockville City Council by The Gazette [“For Team Rockville,” editorial, Oct. 23]. The endorsement noted that there could be concerns regarding my effectiveness as a county government senior manager and a Rockville City elected official. There are very few occasions when my work with the county will overlap with the business of the city. In those rare instances when there could be a concern, I pledge to recuse myself from any vote that may be perceived as a source of conflict. It should be noted

that I am no longer with the county’s Office of Management and Budget where resource allocation recommendations are made to the county executive. More importantly, it is precisely my long-standing professional relationships with county elected officials, county government appointed and merit leaders which will permit me to build bridges for improved dialog and decision-making to reach consensus ... while advocating for city interests. I believe that my 24 years of service with Montgomery County Government as well as my experience as a member of

Other letters on the Rockville City Council election appear on the Rockville City Board of Supervisors of Elections, a graduate of Leadership Montgomery and Rockville University as well as my current chairmanship of Montgomery Hospice will be an excellent foundation for serving as a member of the Rockville City Council.

Beryl L. Feinberg, Rockville The writer is a candidate for the Rockville City Council.

Historic Pink Bank set to be demolished At the Oct. 14, mayor and council meeting, Rockville’s representatives voted 3-2 to allow the demolition of the historic “Pink Bank” at 255 N. Washington St. This vote was accomplished through the use of a flaw in Rockville’s historic designation process, which allows the mayor and council to cut short the normal public hearing process, preventing public hearings before both the Planning Commission and the mayor and council. I urge the citizens of Rockville to review the meeting’s discussion and ultimate decision online as I believe the decision made that evening has implications for how the public’s voice will be heard in Rockville in the future. However, this is only a symptom of a larger issue: the misuse of historic preservation in Rockville. Several council members claim to be in favor of historic preservation, yet their actions indicate not an interest in preservation of history, but rather, preser-

vation of specific architectural styles that meet their own tastes. This is a devastating way to view historic preservation, as we should have learned during the gutting of our town center through urban renewal in the 1960s. By eliminating one of the last physical reminders of that era, we are also engaging in a whitewashing of our history, and as we all should know by now, to forget past mistakes is to be doomed to repeat them. Furthermore, the city will miss out on a key economic development opportunity. In 30 years, I expect we will be gutting our town center again, when the current architectural and planning trends fade. The Pink Bank represents something unique in our community that could set the city apart for years to come. In fact, the Maryland Economic Development Association’s fall conference this year focused on placemaking. According to MDBIZ News, a publication of

the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development that covered the conference, two takeaways from this gathering of the region’s top economic developers were that “a community’s uniqueness fuels growth because ‘the more your community looks like everyone else’s, the less people will want to go there’ (Ed McMahon, Urban Land Institute)” and “investing in historic preservation yields lasting long-term results in fostering place, but it needs to follow a long-term plan.” Rockville’s Historic Resources Management Plan states as its goal: identify and protect the Historic Resources as visual and physical reminders of the themes and periods in the city’s development. Therefore, I ask Rockville’s citizens to consider these important issues, and make their voices heard.

Jessica Reynolds, Rockville The writer is a Rockville Historic District Commissioner, and an economic development professional.

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Magruder soph gets national soccer tryout Midfielder earns a tryout with the U-17 national team; quickly becoming a top player




Every day, either at lunch or when he comes home from school, Col. Zadok Magruder High School sophomore Bryan Argueta said he drank a bottle of vanilla Coke or Dr. Pepper. But when Argueta traveled to Southern California in September to compete in the national finals of Sueño Alianza — a competition that showcases youth soccer players in front of coaches and scouts from Mexi-


Curry, Panthers set to face Sherwood Friday in game with playoff implications BY

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MC star came for books, leads nation in goals


Paint Branch High School football coach Mike Nesmith and senior receiver Javonn Curry said they have a similar exchange whenever they pass each other in the hallway. “Are you going to make any big plays at all this year?” Nesmith asks. “I got you, coach,” Curry says after laughing. “It’s going to come.” “I hope so,” Nesmith says. “The year’s almost over. Make a play.” Of course, Nesmith is just taking advantage of one of his favorite Curry attributes, his ability to take a joke. Curry has 41 catches for 600 yards and 11 touchdowns entering No. 6 Paint Branch’s game against No. 8 Sherwood on Friday. Really, Nesmith expected this type of production last season from Curry. But caught on a team with internal issues, Curry was limited. The year before, Curry led Paint PHOTOS BY GREG DOHLER/THE GAZETTE Branch to a championship in the Paint Branch High School wide Freaks in Cleats 7-on-7 tournament receiver Javonn Curry. at Towson when several top older players were out with injuries. Ever since, Nesmith was sky high on the player who’d already impressed him as a freshman on junior varsity. “We’ve seen those flashes that, when he was on — in that passing league tournament, he was on — no one would stop him,” Nesmith said. “He’s got great size. You’re not going to have a lot of defensive

can teams, Major League Soccer teams and representatives from the U.S. Soccer Federation — he learned something about drinking soda. And who he learned it from made it quite easy to cut carbonated beverages out of his routine. Jurgen Klinsmann, the coach of the United States men’s national team, spoke with the players who participated in the event at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., and advised them on a number of topics. Everything from their eating and drinking habits to their on-field tactics and workout routines. “He told us about how we can improve, the type of stuff we

Paint Branch High School wide receiver Javonn Curry (right) catches a pass during team practice Thursday at the school in Burtonsville.

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Raptors open playoffs as No. 2 team in U.S. BY


Three months ago, Gabriel Ndiaye was not in the United States. He was back home, in Gambia, a West African country, getting ready to move across the Atlantic Ocean for college. Now, he is the most prolific goal-scorer in the country for the second-ranked National Junior College Athletic Association Division III men’s soccer team heading into postseason play. Ndiaye’s Montgomery College (19-1) squad earned a first-round bye in the Region XX tournament (hosted by Prince George’s Community College) and is scheduled to play in the semifinal round Thursday. The national tournament is scheduled for Nov. 14-17 at Herkimer County Community College in New York. “This is why we play

this game,” Raptors secondyear coach Pedro Braz said. “We play to go to the postseason and make a run. Last year was a surprise, but this year we have a target on us being the No. 2 team in the country. Opponents expect us to be good; we expect it and [Ndiaye] is one of the reasons why.” Ndiaye came to Montgomery College, admittedly, very raw on the soccer field. He grew up playing unorganized soccer from a very young age. So, after enrolling at Montgomery College, he attended the Raptors’ open tryout sessions and immediately impressed the coaching staff. “The first thing we noticed is he was a very talented natural goal scorer,” Braz said. “But he just didn’t have a lot of experience playing in an organized setting. He played a lot of street soccer back home and he struggled at the beginning and was a reserve, but now that he understands, he’s just doing what he is

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Scoring: Not a one-person deal anymore Twenty-plus goal scorers have become a rarity in county girls’ soccer n


Montgomery County’s 25 public high school girls’ soccer teams have collectively scored an average of 27 goals apiece in 2013. Up until recently, that likely would’ve been the handy work of just one player. In the fall of 1998, a Watkins Mill


freshman by the name of Noelle Keselica scored an unprecedented 35 goals and averaged 25 a year over a four-year tenure. Walter Johnson’s all-time leading scorer, Caroline Miller, graduated in 2009 with a 22-per-year goal scoring average and Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s recent string of four consecutive state titles was propelled by go-to scorers such as Hannah Cooper (Class of 2009, four straight 18-plus goal seasons) and Vic Gersh (20 goals scored in 2009-10). Gone are the days, for the most part it seems, of such dominant scorers. But the trend is in no way a sign of trouble for the county’s soccer teams. In fact,

coaches agree it’s symptomatic of increased talent county-wide. As more and more elite level clubs have popped up all over the region and attracted younger and younger athletes, experienced players are filling out teams’ depth charts in all areas of the county, not just the traditionally strong Bethesda and Potomac areas, Walt Whitman coach Greg Herbert said. Case in point, Gaithersburg’s recent ascent into the county’s upper echelon. Thirteen different players have scored for both Winston Churchill and Whitman in 2013 but none have exceeded eight

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Eliza Doll (left) of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School loks to shoot the ball near the goal of host Walt Whitman during a game this fall.


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Continued from Page B-1 goals. B-CC has 19 players with at least one goal and no one with more than six. Damascus senior midfielder Steph Cox is currently the county’s leading scorer with 18 goals but the Swarmin’ Hornets have outscored their opponents 64-5 and still have 15 players with at least one goal. Even defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion Our Lady of Good Counsel lacks one particular scorer with 12 contributors and none with more than 12 goals — in 2011 two Falcons scored 22plus goals. “The trend [of more balanced scoring] is definitely there,” said Churchill coach Haroot Hakopian, who has been coaching in the county for two decades. In those times you had solid players and one outstanding player take it upon themselves to score. Now

you have several teams across the county with girls with six to 10 scorers. That means when they get the opportunity to finish, they’re finishing.” The county is in no shortage of star power capable of peppering the stat sheet. If Whitman midfielder Aliza Wolfe played in the front field and put more emphasis just on scoring, Herbert and Hakopian agreed, her numbers could sky rocket. Though more comfortable in the set-up role, Hakopian said B-CC senior and Colgate University recruit Eliza Doll has the ability to take over games in a similar manner. The recent trend has also been boosted by the type of player being developed at a young age, Hakopian said, and the brand of soccer it enables high school teams to employ. Players are more versatilethesedaysthantheywere 10 to 15 years ago, Hakopian said, and can play various roles on the field depending on where they’re

needed. Teams are generally able to efficiently execute a prettier, more possession style of soccer that lends itself to more balance among scoring options, coaches agreed. Kurtz joked after the Barons’ 2-1 win over Whitman earlier this month that he would pay to have the high-scoring numbers he was accustomed to in the mid-2000s — one-goal decisions can be stressful — but the recent lack of dominant scoring signifies a new level of competition in Montgomery County girls’ soccer. “You don’t see those players anymore who are ripping home 25 goals,” Kurtz said. “Hannah Cooper scored 18 goals for us four years in a row, I’d be paying her if she did that for us now. But the good thing is we’re getting it from a lot of different players.”


Continued from Page B-1 doing, which is score.” Ndiaye, who appeared softspoken and thoughtful during Monday’s practice, deflected the praise to his teammates. He’s made 15 starts and appeared in 19 games this fall. “I owe it all to them and coach because they make sure I’m in the right place and their skills are amazing. I mean, Nick Castro has assisted on half of my goals,” Ndiaye said. “The atmosphere is just amazing here and we have a lot of diverse cultures, but we all hang out, call each other and stay together as a team.” The 20-year-old freshman, who lives in Silver Spring, has been enjoying his time immersing himself in American culture. His favorite thing is all of the fast food establishments. “The food is the best here,” Ndiaye said. “McDonalds, Chipotle, Burger King — I try everything.” Ndiaye, who is studying business and economics, moved to the United States primarily for education, but said he couldn’t give up his favorite sport. “It was a little tough to move, but the education system is so much better here than back


Continued from Page B-1 shouldn’t do outside of the game and stuff we should do,” Argueta said. “He said it takes 32 bottles of water to digest one bottle of soda. After I came back I haven’t been drinking any soda.” Not only did Argueta, whose Colonels won their first-round playoff match against Quince Orchard on Thursday and played rival Gaithersburg on Tuesday in a game that ended too late for this edition, receive some advice from Klinsmann, he also piqued the interest of his staff. “I got invited to try out for the under-17 U.S. men’s national team,” Argueta said. “I was so excited when they told me and they said they’ll be calling at the end of [October] to give me more information.” At 5-foot-2, 121 pounds, Argueta may not be much to look at on the pitch, but his abilities far exceed his presence. After all,

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Our Lady of Good Council High School’s field hockey team raises the championship trophy after beating Holy Cross. 2-1 in overtime, to win the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship Thursday at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Our Lady of Good Counsel field hockey coach Theda Bagdon had a simple message for her players prior to Thursday night’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game, the fifth straight year the Falcons matched up with Academy of the Holy Cross in the season finale.


Gabriel Ndiaye (right) practices with the Montgomery College men’s soccer team Monday at the campus in Rockville. home,” he said. “I’ve loved playing soccer since I was little — you ask for soccer balls for Christmas every year back home — but the education is my first goal. Montgomery College is averaging 6.2 goals per game with a .729 shot percentage while allowing just 0.9 goals per game. The Raptors, who don’t feature much height, are extremely technical, focused on ball control and make quick passes and swift movements.

“We don’t like the ball in the air a lot,” Braz said with a laugh and smile. Sophomore center back and Sherwood graduate Sergio Navarrete agreed. “It’s a lot of team play. The line between starters and the reserves is becoming more and more blurred,” he said. “The level of play is great.”

being small in soccer isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Look no further than the world-class player on Argueta’s favorite club, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. “I wouldn’t mind staying this height,” said Argueta, who began playing soccer as soon as he could walk. “It’s hard for other players to take the ball from me. I keep the ball close to my feet.” Argueta’s father played second-division soccer in El Salvador and a passion for the sport runs in the family. Argueta said the support he’s received from his father, older brother Oscar, 20, and even his younger brother, Jair, 3, has helped keep him motivated. Magruder finished the regular season with a record of 8-5-1 and scored 30 goals while allowing 15. It was a solid campaign, but Argueta has yet to break out as a star at the high school level. “In school he doesn’t get it yet, the timing,” said Colonels coach Juan Gomez. “As soon as

he gets it, he’ll be tough to beat because he’s a really skillful guy.” During the Sueño Alianza camp, Argueta played right back, perhaps his worst position, he said. Defending isn’t his strong suit and because he’s left-footed, it made it difficult for him to clear the ball. It’s also one of the positions on the field that requires the most running. Still, the natural central attacking midfielder did enough to impress plenty of scouts and earn a U-17 national team tryout. Argueta plays soccer every day except Sundays and said he’s constantly working to improve his game, especially on becoming dangerous with his right foot. He hopes the work he’s putting in now, and the change in beverage preferences, will help him achieve his goal of playing soccer for a living. “It’s every soccer player’s dream to become a pro,” Argueta said. “That would just be amazing to have that many people supporting me.”

“Everybody has to try just a little bit harder, do just a little bit better, think just a little deeper, work just a little longer,” she said. It’s former gymnast Mary Lou Retton’s quote, and from thelooksofhowthegameturned out, with Good Counsel shedding the runner-up moniker that has haunted it for the past half decade, it did just the trick. When the Tartans tied it up 1-1 in the second half, they dug just a little deeper, holding on to extend the game to overtime. When Holy Cross fired in 12 shots on goalie Caroline Campbell, the keeper tried just a little bit harder. And when Elaine McCabe deked Holy Cross goalie Kathleen Mauck with 2 minutes, 58 seconds remaining in overtime, Good Counsel rose just one notch higher. “I told them, I said, ‘Every single time you feel one ounce of pulling back, think I have to work a little harder, I have to think a little deeper,’” Bagdon said. “The chemistry and the heart of this team, and the undying support for each other, there’s no girl — it’s awesome. There’s no division.” The victory has been a long time coming for Good Counsel. Bagdon watched her team relinquish a 2-0 second-half lead last year to lose 3-2 in overtime, and a player was sent off during the extra period, making it seven on six. The 2009 championship went to extra minutes as well, and that one ended in a 1-0 overtime victory in Holy Cross’s favor. Two years later, the title was decided by another one-goal margin, a 2-1 Tartans victory. “I am so happy right now,” Campbell said. “We have been

to so many championships and we have worked so hard in the off-season and regular season and this team is so close and we wanted it so badly. We put it all on the field and we’re so happy.” Just down the road at James H. Blake there was another postseason tilt providing some free field hockey. The Bengals, hosting Springbrook, went to overtime before knocking in the game-winner. They advanced to top-seeded Sherwood on Monday night (results came in after deadline). In the round previous, in which Col. Zadok Magruder and Gaithersburg were the lone game in the 4A West, the Trojans took two additional frames to finally top the Colonels. No. 1 seeded Quince Orchard proceeded to knock them out in the ensuing round, 5-0. While Stone Ridge’s 2-1 victory over St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes onThursdaywasn’tquitethewatershed win being had by Good Counsel, it was similar in nature. The Saints are the owners of 10 of the past 11 Independent School League titles, and though it was only a regular season matchup, the win certainly raised an eyebrowortwo,especiallywithplayoffs just a week away.

Cross country A pair of Good Counsel runners had a banner day Saturday in the WCAC cross country championships at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, Va. Sophomore Megan Crilly took home the girls’ individual championship by running the course in a time of 20:55.06, while senior Collin Crilly won the boys’ race with a time of 16:27.57. Overall, Good Counsel’s girls finished second at the meet with 47 points, seven behind Bishop O’Connell as Cosette Riley (21:13) finished fourth and Cassidy Burke (21:15) placed fifth, The Falcons boys won the team title by two points over Gonzaga, as they had five runners finish in the top 12 (Crilly, Jack Wavering, Tyler Richards, Matt Lopez, Kevin McGivern). Even the two runners who didn’t score performed remarkably well as Miguel Alonso and Jeff Moxley finished 16th and 17th, respectively.

Tennis Holton-Arms School junior No. 1 singles player Lilly Lynham might not have physically won her match against Bullis’ Ines Vias in Thursday’s seasonending Independent School League “AA” Division tournament final but her just being on the court at Madeira (Virginia) was vital to Holton’s ninth title in 10 years. Lynham was rather sick Thursday but this year’s ISL tournament took on a new structure — dual matches rather than separate brackets per position. If Lynham sat out Thursday’s final, everyone down the Panthers’ ladder would have to move up a spot. Holton, which defeated St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (6-1) and National Cathedral School (4-3) in the first and second rounds won the final, 5-2 Thursday. “I was very tempted not to play [Lynham] because she was in pain but she asked me to play in the last match so she played at her request, not mine,” Holton coach Yann Auzoux said. “In this particular format, that makes a big difference. Last year it wouldn’t have made a big difference because we probably would’ve been in good position in every other position.” Bullis won the top two singles courts — last year’s ISL No. 1 singles champion Vias avenged a regular-season loss to Lynham with a win Thursday — but Holton won third and fourth singles and swept the doubles. Maya Das’ win at No. 3 singles Thursday capped an undefeated 2013. Jillian Lawler won at No. 4. Holton’s No. 1 doubles team consisted of Karsyn Lawler and Elise Lovett and Susan Darvishi and Sophie Gary won on the second doubles court. The team’s only two seniors, Lauren Di Franco and Lauren Ahn won the third doubles match. Auzoux credits Holton’s dominance of the league the past decade with the programs that have been implemented for younger athletes at the school, helping prepare them to feed into the varsity squad. “I think what we’ve managed to do is establish a good system for the girls to go through,” Auzoux said.





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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HOW THEY RANK The 10 best football teams in Montgomery County this week as ranked by The Gazette’s sports staff.


1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 8. 10.


Record Points

8-0 6-4 7-1 7-1 7-1 7-1 5-3 6-2 5-3 5-3

Quince Orchard Cougars Good Counsel Falcons Bullis Bulldogs Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets Gaithersburg Trojans Paint Branch Panthers Clarksburg Coyotes Sherwood Warriors Northwest Jaguars Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles

60 54 48 42 36 28 22 17 17 5

Also receiving votes: Whitman 1.

LEADERS Top rushers Khalil Wilson, Einstein Dage Davis, Geo. Prep Zac Morton, Whitman Charles Lyles, Poolesville Isaac Boyd, Avalon Devonte Williams, Bullis Chris Dawson, G. Counsel E. Spottswood, Sherwood Kevin Joppy, Q. Orchard D. Sims, Wheaton

Carries 140 159 186 171 110 147 157 112 94 116

Yards 1412 1285 1224 1145 1126 1122 978 803 671 649

Top passers

Cmp-Att. Chuck Reese, Rockville 216-343 Sam Ellis, Wootton 159-304 G. Cooper, P. Branch 128-217 Renzo Farfan, R. Mont. 118-217 Mike Murtaugh, QO 73-118 Marvin Galdamez, Ken. 82-137 C. Reighard, Seneca 81-146 Nick DeCarlo, G’burg 59-104 Evan Smith, Whitman 63-127 Raymond Burtnick, Blair 53-115

Top receivers Jibri Woods, Wootton Trevon Diggs, Wootton Joey Cornwell, Rockville Ryan Stango, P. Branch Louison Biama, Rockville Javonn Curry, P. Branch Michael Scott, Kennedy Anthony Albert, Rockville Steven Kelly, B-CC Phil Osborn, R. Mont.

Catches 55 62 53 39 33 41 41 46 21 39

Avg. 10.1 8.1 6.6 6.7 10.2 7.6 6.2 7.2 7.1 5.6

Yards 2465 2221 1751 1324 1275 1027 1015 977 819 770 Yards 791 762 655 625 623 600 581 524 486 465

Int. 11 12 5 6 4 5 5 5 9 5

TDs 13 17 11 9 22 17 12 11 13 6 TDs 33 18 24 14 15 5 11 7 7 7

Avg. TDs 14.4 5 12.3 9 12.4 7 16.0 8 18.9 6 14.6 11 14.2 1 11.4 8 23.1 5 11.9 8

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Three schools have clinched berths

Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association determines the four teams that advance to the postseason in football through a points

FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK BY DAN FELDMAN system that rewards schools for defeating good teams. Here’s a look at the race for playoff berths with two regular-season games to be played:

4A West Quince Orchard High School has clinched a playoff berth and controls its own destiny for the No. 1 seed. It’s possible Quince Orchard clinches the No. 1 seed this weekend. Gaithersburg has also clinched a playoff berth and controls its destiny. Northwest controls its destiny for a top-three seed and would clinch a playoff berth by winning either of its last two games (Quince Orchard or Springbrook).

Clarksburg controls its destiny for making the playoffs. Whitman must win at least one of its remaining two games (Churchill and Blair) to have a chance of qualifying. If Wootton loses to Rockville and Clarksburg beats Magruder this week, Wootton would be eliminated. If Wootton beats Rockville, Wootton will enter Week 10 with a chance to make the playoffs, but even a final-week victory over Quince Orchard wouldn’t guarantee a postseason berth. Blair can possibly remain in contention with a loss to Blake this week. But Blair cannot overcome a loss to Whitman the following week.

4A North Paint Branch controls its own destiny for receiving a top-two seed. Paint Branch would clinch a playoff berth with any one of the following outcomes in the next two weeks: Paint Branch over Sherwood, Paint Branch over Gaithersburg, Woodlawn over Kenwood, Parkville over Kenwood, Bethesda-Chevy Chase over Richard Montgomery, Churchill over Whitman,

The Gazette sports staff picks the winners for this week’s games involving Montgomery football teams. Here are this week’s selections:


Continued from Page B-1 backs that can cover a 6-[foot]-3 wide receiver in high school that’s got very good speed and is going up to catch balls with his hands. We knew that, if he played to his potential, that he could be what he’s become.” Curry never played organized football before high school, though he said he was pretty good in pick-up games with his friends. As he learned to wear

2A West

Montgomery County record All games

Northwood at Watkins Mill Einstein at Seneca Valley Wootton at Rockville Wheaton at Damascus Churchill at Whitman Gaithersburg at Walter Johnson Bethesda-Chevy Chase at R. Montgomery Northwest at Quince Orchard Magruder at Clarksburg Kennedy at Springbrook Sherwood at Paint Branch Blake at Blair Boonesboro at Poolesville Georgetown Prep at Landon Bullis at Episcopal


Wootton* Whitman R. Montgomery B-Chevy Chase Churchill Walter Johnson*

All Div.

4-4 5-3 2-6 2-6 1-7 1-7

4-1 3-1 2-2 1-2 1-3 1-3


207 139 169 135 178 196 106 235 46 247 43 227

Montgomery 4A East Division Team

Paint Branch Sherwood Springbrook* Blair Kennedy Blake

All Div.

7-1 6-2 4-4 4-4 3-5 1-7

4-0 3-0 2-2 1-3 1-2 0-4


324 79 199 140 159 91 149 133 133 129 36 222

Montgomery 4A West Division Team

Quince Orchard Gaithersburg Northwest Clarksburg* Magruder

All Div.

8-0 7-1 6-2 5-3 1-7

3-0 3-1 1-2 1-2 0-3


324 26 182 84 274 113 139 104 89 337

Montgomery 3A Division

Poolesville, currently ranked third, controls its own destiny for making the playoffs. If Poolesville beats Boonsboro and one or both of the two teams directly behind Poolesvile (Catoctin and Oakdale) lose this weekend, that alone would not guarantee Poolesville a playoff berth. With wins in both its final games, Poolesville could finish with the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 or No. 4 seed.

Ken Sain

Dan Feldman

Nick Cammarota

Travis Mewhirter

Jennifer Beekman

Kent Zakour

121-23 236-45

121-23 235-46

118-26 233-48

114-30 230-51

117-27 228-53

111-33 219-62

Watkins Mill Seneca Valley Wootton Damascus Whitman Gaithersburg R. Mont. Q. Orchard Clarksburg Springbrook Paint Branch Blair Boonesboro Geo. Prep Bullis

Watkins Mill Seneca Valley Wootton Damascus Whitman Gaithersburg B-CC Q. Orchard Clarksburg Springbrook Paint Branch Blair Poolesville Geo. Prep Bullis

Watkins Mill Seneca Valley Wootton Damascus Whitman Gaithersburg R. Mont. Q. Orchard Clarksburg Springbrook Paint Branch Blair Boonesboro Geo. Prep Bullis

Watkins Mill Seneca Valley Wootton Damascus Whitman Gaithersburg R. Mont. Q. Orchard Clarksburg Springbrook Paint Branch Blair Boonesboro Geo. Prep Bullis

Watkins Mill Seneca Valley Wootton Damascus Whitman Gaithersburg R. Mont. Q. Orchard Clarksburg Springbrook Paint Branch Blair Boonesboro Geo. Prep Bullis

Watkins Mill Seneca Valley Wootton Damascus Whitman Gaithersburg B-CC Q. Orchard Clarksburg Springbrook Sherwood Blair Boonesboro Geo. Prep Bullis

Rockville QB tosses for state-best 480 yards, 8 touchdowns vs. Magruder

One month after being named 2013 USA Swimming Athlete of the Year, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart junior Katie Ledecky was honored as United States Olympic Committee SportsWoman of the Year at an awards ceremony in New York Tuesday that was part of the 100 Days Out Celebration, counting down to this winter’s Olympic Games in Sochi. A year after winning her first Olympic gold medal in the

Damascus has clinched a playoff berth. If it wins its final two games, Damascus could finish with the No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 seed. The loser of Friday’s Seneca Valley-Einstein game will be eliminated. Both teams will be eliminated if South Hagerstown wins a game. Rockville must win its final two games (Wootton and Poolesville) and South Hagerstown must lose its final two games (Williamsport and North Hagerstown).

Montgomery 4A South Division


Damascus Seneca Valley Einstein Rockville Watkins Mill Wheaton Northwood

All Div.

7-1 5-3 4-3 5-3 2-6 1-7 1-7

5-0 4-1 3-1 3-3 1-3 0-4 0-4

Montgomery 2A Independent Team








6-2 181 122

Private schools Team


240 82 233 85 178 205 296 246 84 238 104 271 60 313

Bullis 7-1 255 88 Good Counsel 6-4 226 121 Avalon 5-4 252 158 Georgetown Prep 4-4 232 190 Landon 2-5 142 154 * Includes forfeit result

Last week’s scores


USOC honors Katie Ledecky

3A West



Rockville High School quarterback Chuck Reese threw for 480 yards and eight touchdowns — marks that best Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association single-game records — in Rockville’s 64-41 win Friday against Col. Zadok Magruder. Rockville fell behind 35-8 in the first quarter as Magruder read Rockville’s signals. After changing signals during halftime, Reese found immediate success to begin the third quarter. “Then, his confidence was through the roof,” Rockville offensive coordinator Jason Lomax said. “After that, they couldn’t even slow him down.”

Einstein over Seneca Valley, Franklin over Dundalk, Patapsco over Landsowne, Bethesda Chevy-Chase over Walter Johnson, Blair over Whitman, Blake over Seneca Valley, Churchill over Damascus, Einstein over Watkins Mill, Kennedy over Sherwood, Springbrook over Northwest, Franklin over Catonsville, Towson over Dulaney, Perry Hall over Dundalk or Milford Mill over Woodlawn. Sherwood would guarantee a playoff berth by winning either of its final two games (Paint Branch or Kennedy). Springbrook must win its final two games (Kennedy and Northwest) to have a chance of reaching the playoffs. If Springbrook beats Kennedy, either of two sets of outcomes would eliminate Springbrook this week: First, Howard over River Hill and Sherwood over Paint Branch; second, Howard over River Hill, Whitman over Churchill, Northwood over Watkins Mill, Quince Orchard over Northwest, Magruder over Clarksburg, Richard Montgomery over Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Seneca Valley over Einstein and Springbrook over Kennedy.



Rockville High School quarterback Chuck Reese throws against Watkins Mill during a football game earlier this season. Reese threw for 480 yards and eight touchdowns last week against Col. Zadok Magruder. 800-meter freestyle in London, Ledecky claimed four gold medals — 1,500-meter freestyle, 800-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, 800-meter freestyle relay — at this summer’s 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Ledecky’s time of 15 minutes, 36.53 seconds crushed the previous 1,500-meter freestyle world record by more than six seconds; she set another world mark in the 800-meter freestyle and an American record in the 400-meter

freestyle. With her time of 3:59.82, Ledecky became the first American woman to eclipse the 4-minute mark in the event and first U.S. woman, second overall, to sweep the three individual distance freestyle events at a single World Championships. Ledecky, who follows in the footsteps of such athletes as Janet Evans and Natalie Coughlin, became the first women’s swimmer to be named USOC SportsWoman of the Year since 2008.

pads and run plays, he was still at least somewhat unsure of himself for his first couple seasons. He wasn’t unconfident. He just wasn’t confident. “I didn’t really have any,” Curry said of expectations when he joined Paint Branch’s football program. “I knew I could catch, and I was pretty fast. I was just going out and trying to see if I actually could be good.” He is. Still, Curry has no scholarship offers, though Towson has shown interest ever since that 7-on-7 tournament in the

summer of 2011. Since, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Robert Morris and Stony Brook have expressed interest. Discussing Curry’s prospects of landing a scholarship offer, Nesmith uses the knowledge he feigns lacking in the Paint Branch hallways. “It’s going to pick up for him,” Nesmith said. “I really think, as the year goes on and if we’re able to have success in the playoffs, once people start looking at his film, they’re going to realize this kid is a pretty special talent.”

Poolesville 23, Wheaton 20 Blair 34, Einstein 18 Damascus 16, Seneca Valley 14 Wootton 24, R. Montgomery 20 Whitman 28, Walter Johnson 3 Springbrook 35, Churchill 7 P. Branch 54, B.-Chevy Chase 14 Clarksburg 14, Northwest 13 Rockville 64, Magruder 41 Q. Orchard 41, Gaithersburg 6 Sherwood 32, Blake 16 Spalding 28, Georgetown Prep 24 S. Hagerstown 42, Watkins Mill 0 Avalon 60, KIPP 14 Good Counsel 35, O’Connell 10 Kennedy 49, Northwood 13 Bullis 24, Landon 0

BEST BET Sherwood at Paint Branch,

6:30 p.m. Friday. Both teams will likely make the playoffs in the 4A North Region, but only the winner is guaranteed a berth. Sherwood has won eight the past nine games in the rivalry, including a 35-0 victory last season. Quarterback Gaston Cooper leads the Paint Branch offense.


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Year of unpredicatable results continues in boys’ soccer

If it seemed like the Thomas S. Wootton High School girls’ soccer team didn’t know what it was doing, or what kind of team it wanted to be, early this season, it didn’t. During a 2-6 start first-year Pa-

SOCCER NOTEBOOK BY NICK CAMMAROTA AND JENNIFER BEEKMAN triots coach Andrew Ratti, a 1989 Wootton graduate, said it’s possible the team implemented a different formation in every game. “The first part of the season, they were figuring me out, I was figuring out our personnel,” Ratti said. “We played almost every formation trying to figure out what works best for us.”

The Patriots found it in an offensiveminded 3-4-3 rooted in a possession style soccer and have turned a corner in the last month, just in time to position themselves as a dangerous floater in the Class 4A West Region tournament that started a week ago. Wootton is undefeated in its last seven games, including a 3-2, first-round win over Col. Zadok Magruder. The Patriots faced the region’s bottom section’s second seed, Gaithersburg, Tuesday night but the game ended too late to be included in this edition of The Gazette. Whatever the result, Ratti said, the positive strides taken this fall will only continue to benefit the program next year as the 1998 state champion Wootton tries to regain its spot in the county’s elite. “One of the things, I look back at what Dave Greene did with the program, we were a powerhouse when I played and after I left and I want to try and get

the girls back to where we’re not losing in the first or second round of playoffs and a better record than what we’ve had [recently],” Ratti said. “It’s not a one-year process. We’re on our way.”

Boys’ soccer In what likely was a surprise to nobody, there were upsets in the opening round of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association boys’ soccer tournament across all classifications. One result, however, was particularly surprising, even when one takes into account how unpredictable this season has been. On Saturday afternoon, Richard Montgomery beat Winston Churchill in a 4A West first-round match, 3-2. Now, the context. Churchill, which featured one of the deeper rosters in the county, is bolstered by dynamic

goal-scorers in J.J. Van Der Merwe and Nathan Ferdowski and finished first in the 4A South Division during the regular season. The Bulldogs went 10-3-1 (4-1-0 in division) and scored 32 goals while allowing 12. The Rockets, on the other hand, were last in the 4A South. Plagued by an inability to score all season, Richard Montgomery only found the back of the net nine times and allowed 22 goals. They went 3-10-1 (1-4-0 in division) and lost to Churchill, 2-0, on October 17. Oddly enough, that was the score at halftime of Saturday’s match. But somehow, as if county coaches needed a reminder as to the volatile parity in the league this year, the Rockets rallied to score three goals — one third of their previous total on the season — to upend the Bulldogs. “I’ve been at RM 10 years now and this has been the most parity I’ve ever seen,” said Rockets coach Chamy Wi-

jeratne. “We’ve had some bad luck this year and we haven’t scored as many goals as we needed to, but the guys kept believing and none of the players gave up.” Of the Montgomery County games that were played in the 4A bracket in the first round, four went into overtime. One such game was between Walter Johnson and Bethesda-Chevy Chase where Nicholas Montes scored the winner in the first overtime. “I cannot recall a season where it was so open,” Wildcats coach Hector Morales said. “I feel like the first playoff game is like the first game of the regular season, you’ve just got to get that first one under you.” The other matches that took extra time to decide: Walt Whitman edged Kennedy in penalty kicks, Sherwood beat Springbrook also in PKs and Wootton downed Northwest in overtime.

Poolesville’s libero helps make Falcons a state contender BY


During a match against Damascus High School earlier this year, Sarah Kenneweg hit the floor to save a Madison Wyatt kill attempt. Later, the Poolesville senior stuck an arm out to turn an Annika Schwartz spike into a deftly placed pass for teammate and setter Allyson Convers to divvy out to her own hitters. Kenneweg is everywhere — her libero-distinguished jersey allows her to be — thinking ahead of hitters, getting to spots that looked open just seconds ago are now taken up by a diving, sliding or perfectly-positioned Kenneweg, frustrating the county’s best and most powerful hitters over and over again. “That is the worst feeling,” Schwartz said. “That’s a feeling I always feel when we play Poolesville. I’ve played club with her and she’s always there and I hate her for it. That’s the feeling and she obviously loves it and it’s so frustrating.” There isn’t much glory about being a libero, aside from the in-


Poolesville High School’s Sarah Kenneweg goes on to the court against Springbrook on Oct. 23. trinsic satisfaction of trumping an outside hitters’ best shot. Being a hitter is glamorous, crowd-

fense and will pick up everything and has a fantastic attitude on and off the court.” It’s no accident Kenneweg has garnered such rave reviews from around the county. Her big sister, Megan, who is now an assistant coach, was slotted at hitter for Poolesville, but Sarah has forever been a defensive specialist. Falcons coach Fran DuVall first saw the future Seton Hall University recruit when Sarah was just eight years old, small for her age even then, and the bright-eyed girl approached the coach with a request: “‘Hey coach Fran, show me what to do with a volleyball,’” she said. From then on, DuVall recalled, “every time she came up to me, she had always asked me for something to do and the amazing thing was, every time I’d see her, she was doing the thing I showed her last time I saw her.” When Kenneweg didn’t have a partner to pepper with, she always had a wall that would return it every time. And then something happened: she fell in love with passing a volleyball, not hitting it as many youths would. It didn’t take long for her to be a digging machine. But the best part for DuVall is that Kenneweg doesn’t just get a hand on a hit, she deadens it into an easily settable pass for Convers, who can turn around


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and set up Rosie Barry or Emily Agate for a hit of their own. “For whatever reason, we’ve never really had size at Poolesville,” DuVall said. “So ball control is huge, it’s absolutely huge. And she frustrates hitters. When you’re used to getting the ball down — when she’s back there, you’re not going to get one swing and be done. I just think she frustrates people. She covers a lot of the court.” Now in her senior season, Kenneweg is the core to an undefeatedPoolesvilleteam,onewhich has dropped a set only to Damascus, a group that recently snapped Sherwood’s 68-match winning streak. As far as their record goes, there’s no improving that. But there’s still one demon remaining that Kenneweg is determined to exorcise before she graduates: matching her sister with a state title of her own. The Falcons last won in 2008 and reached the semifinals when Kenneweg was a freshman, but that’s the closest they’ve been in the libero’s fouryear starting career. “[Megan] would always tease me about not winning my freshman year because I’ve made it to semis,” she said. “But it would be awesome, for both of us to have won a state title.”




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pleasing and fun. Being a libero is arduous and stressful, a test of any forearm’s durability to with-

stand hit after hit. Naturally, the position wasn’t Kenneweg’s first choice — it was her only one. She’s small enough where, when asked for her height, she argued for quarters of an inch — “I’m like 5-[foot]-and a half, maybe 5-and-three quarters, 5-foot-1 with shoes on!” she said. This, along with a tremendous knack for passing a volleyball, adds up to one perfectly packaged libero. “I was kind of put into this position because of my height,” she said. “I didn’t really have a choice.” Had she been presented an option, there’s no telling what position she would have chosen. But she’s made the most out of what she’s been given. She may be the one libero in the county who has found a way to catch the eye of every single coach who has played Poolesville this season, more-so than the vast majority of the hitters. Col. Zadok Magruder coach Scott Zanni said in an email: “There shouldn’t be any debate — she is the best libero in the county. Only libero who is going to play D1 vball next year (Seton Hall) and is far and away the best skilled of all the liberos.” Damascus coach Becky Ronquillo: “Not sure of stats — but one heck of a player! So fast in de-


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HEAVEN ON EARTH British rock band prefers life on the road

British hard rock band Heaven’s Basement will play the Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday as a part of their eight-week-long North American tour. The band is opening for American rockers The Pretty Reckless. Heaven’s Basement — made up of vocalist Aaron



Buchanan, guitarist Sid Glover, bass player Rob Ellershaw and drummer Chris Rivers — recently wrapped a headlining tour of the U.K. Once their U.S. run ends in December, Heaven’s Basement will

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Irish pianist performs in Bethesda on Saturday

head right back out on the road in 2014 with stops in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. “That’s the best way for bands to do it,” Rivers said. “Touring.” But while many bands tour, Heaven’s Basement has



Classical pianist Finghin Collins from Dublin will perform works by Mozart, Debussy, Brahms and Schubert on Saturday at the Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church in Bethesda. He will teach a masterclass on Sunday in Glen Echo.

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British Rock band Heaven’s Basement will perform at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday. JAMES MINCHIN III.



n When: 7 p.m. Sunday


n Where: Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring

n Tickets: $24.50

n For information: 301-960-9999,


Through rose-colored glasses

L Mozart, Irish pianist Finghin ColLike llins started playing the piano at the age a of 3. And, like Mozart, he has an older o sister who also plays. Unlike Mozart, Collins did not have musical parents. They grew up h in rural Ireland, met at the university in Cork and became scientists — his father, an agricultural scientist, and his mother, a chemist. Nor were there musicians in the family, making the sudden emergence of musical talent surprising. However, Collins’ eldest sister, 10 years his senior, started piano lessons at age 7 and loved it. She passed along her enthusiasm to her siblings including Collins, the youngest of four children. “We all took to it like fish to water,” said Collins. “It just seems to have sprung from nowhere,” he said. “They love what we do, but they never had a lesson, never played a note.” Now in his 30s, Collins travels the world playing the works of Mozart and other classical composers as part of a solo career that also includes directing two music festivals in Ireland. Collins will be performing pieces by Mozart, Debussy, Brahms and Schubert on Saturday at the Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church in Bethesda. He will also be holding a masterclass open to the public on Sunday for three students with the Washington Conservatory of Music in Glen Echo Park.

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(From left) Frank Vince, Christian Sullivan, Steve LaRocque, Ted Schneider, Genevieve James, Carolyn Kashner, Frank Britton, Tiffany Garfinkle, Manolo Santalla, Ken Lechter and Steve Beall rehearse for “The Iceman Cometh.”


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Through November, audiences will

have a rare opportunity to see the scarcely performed “The Iceman Cometh,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill presented by Quotidian Theatre in Bethesda. “It’s considered a masterpiece of theater but is very rarely performed,” said “Iceman” director Michael Avolio.

With a reputation for staging the understated, “Iceman” falls in line with Quotidian’s repertoire. “I enjoy the fact that they do realistic pieces,” said actress Carolyn Kashner. “They really engage you emotionally.”


n Concert: 8 p.m. Saturday n Master class: 3 p.m. Sunday. Open to the public. n Where: Concert at Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda; Masterclass at Washington Conservatory at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo n Tickets: Free, donations accepted. n For information: 301-320-2770,


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‘wonders’never cease JACK ROSENBERG

Jack Rosenberg’s “Angry Sea.”

Awe inspiring “Inspired by Nature,” featuring turned wood bowls by Phil Brown of Silver Spring, ceramics by Bethesda artist Rebecca Ravenal, photographs by Jack Rosenberg of Potomac, watercolors by Silver Spring artist Madeline Wikler and collages by Patricia Zannie of Silver Spring, opens with a reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Gallery Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, Potomac. Although each participating artist has a personal artistic vision, each is inspired by nature. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.

The juried exhibit “small wonders” opens Friday at the Capitol Arts Network Gallery in Rockville, showcasing works measuring 12 inches by 12 inches or smaller from regional artists. As part of the exhibit, “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” will spotlight 21 miniature assemblage sculptures by Roanoke, Va., artist Page Turner, utilizing women’s dress forms and garments hand-sewn from antique sugar, flour and salt sacks, personal objects, and domestic tools housed under bell jars and glass domes. Growing up in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia in a devout Mormon household, Turner was taught domestic traditions and skills from women in the family and community. Each of her sculptures is a totem of a specific woman who helped to forge Turner’s identity. An opening reception is set for 6-9 p.m. Friday. The exhibition runs to Nov. 25. Also opening Friday will be the Washington School of Photography’s “Ethiopia From the Heart,” featuring guest photographer Andarge Asfaw of Washington, D.C., and “I Will Win — The War,” a presentation of a painting about love and peace by internationally renown Dutch artist Erik Van Loon. The painting is Loon’s ninth in his “I Will Win” series for the New York City Marathon. For more information, visit

‘Superstar’ The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center will celebrate

the 40th anniversary of Norman Jewison’s hit film, “Jesus Christ Superstar,”

with an exclusive Washington, D.C.area screening of the rock opera at 2:15 p.m. Saturday at the Silver Spring theater. Jewison’s 1973 adaptation of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway smash tells the story of Christ’s final weeks told entirely in a series of dazzling songs, images and music. Star Ted Neeley will be present to participate in a Q&A before the film, and will sign merchandise in the lobby following the screening. For more information, visit www.neeleytour. com. Visit www.afi. com/silver.


Country music icon Travis Tritt is set to play at the Music Center at Strathmore at 8 p.m. on Friday.

Nashville star Country music legend Travis Tritt is set to perform at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Famous for songs such as “Here’s A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares),” “Help Me Hold On,” and “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” Tritt will perform many of his platinum-selling hits. Lyndsey Highlander is slated to open for the country crooner. For more information, visit


“Jesus Christ Superstar” will screen Saturday at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring. Lead actor Ted Neely will be present to help celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary.

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In 2003, “The Pillowman” by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh was staged in London for the first time. Within 10 years, the show would premiere in eight other countries and win a slew of awards, including the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and multiple Tony Awards. Silver Spring Stage will stage its production of “The Pillowman” with opening night slated for Friday. “This show is unlike anything that I’ve ever seen on a stage,” said Chad Fornwalt, who plays Katurian in the show. “It’s just a really interesting combination of topics … it takes you on an emotional roller coaster. Just when you think you’re going to understand where we’re going with the story, it takes another little turn and sends you in a completely different direction.” The play revolves around the killings of children. Katurian is arrested by the police because

his stories closely resemble the atrocities committed against the children. What follows is a series of questions and stories. Lars Klores, who plays detective Tupolski, said this isn’t a show for everybody. “There’s lots of heavy language and some disturbing images there,” Klores said. “People who ask me what the show’s about, I have a little line for them that I think pretty much sums it up — It’s like a nightmarish Kafka-esque episode of ‘Law & Order’ written by the Brothers Grimm and directed by Quentin Tarantino. That pretty much has everything in it.” Although the subject matter is fairly dark, neither Fornwalt nor Klores said they were uncomfortable doing the show. “What I’ve felt uncomfortable about is me trying to put myself in other people’s shoes,” Fornwalt said. “… I definitely do think about what other people might think. I really hope that when people come in, that they come in with a completely open mind and to not look at things the way maybe they always have. On face value, it would be easy to say ‘Oh, there’s something wrong with this show. It’s too violent, it’s too dark.’ But if they


Kyle McGruther (Ariel) stars with Chad Fornwalt (Katurian) and Lars Klores (Tupolski) in Silver Spring Stage’s production of “The Pillowman.”

can just give us a chance and go with us, there’s a lot more to this story than what is on the cover.” Klores, meanwhile, said that while there really is no message for the audience to take away from the show, the play itself is about storytelling and the responsibility, or lack thereof, of the storyteller. “There’s no message, per se, or at least I don’t think it can be distilled into a single message, but I will say like all great pieces of art, I do think ‘The Pillowman,’ is a great piece of art,” Klores said. “It leaves you with a lot of ques-

Chad Fornwalt plays writer Katurian in the upcoming Silver Spring Stage production of “The Pillowman.” tions and it leaves you with a lot of things about art and about life that aren’t immediately apparent, but become apparent in your head as you start thinking about the play and it balloons for you. What I want to make sure audiences know is that, despite there being violence and despite there being horror … this is a play that gives you a lot to think about and discuss.” Fornwalt believes that all of

the characters in the show are relatable, no matter what someone has dealt with personally. Overall, he said, the play isn’t about the violence or the dark material. “There’s just so much more to it,” Fornwalt said. “I just want people to come into it with an open mind and really understand what this piece is about.”

THE PILLOWMAN n When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 1-23 n Where: Silver Spring Stage, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $18-$20 n For information: 301-5936036;

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querade with Doc Scantlin, 8 p.m. Oct. 31; Eddie Palmieri’s Latin Jazz Septet, 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1-2; Avon Lucas, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3; Emmanuel Trifilio Tango Trio, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6; Familiar Faces, 8 p.m. Nov. 8, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Della Mae, 8 p.m. Nov. 2; Thomas Pandolfi, 3 p.m. Nov. 3; District Comedy, 8 p.m. Nov. 8; call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-5282260, Fillmore Silver Spring, Cristian Castro with special guests Lazaro, 8 p.m. Oct. 30; Jessie Ware — Fall Tour 2013 with special guest Mikky Ekko, 8 p.m. Oct. 31; House of Blues 20th Anniversary Presents

Third Eye Blind, 8 p.m. Nov. 1; The Pretty Reckless, 7 p.m. Nov. 3; Reel Big Fish, Five Iron Frenzy, Beautiful Bodies, Beebs & Her Money Makers, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6; New Found Glory/Alkaline Trio with H20, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7; Jake Miller, 7 p.m. Nov. 8; Timeflies: The Warning Signs Tour, 8 p.m. Nov. 10; Tori Kelly, 8 p.m. Nov. 14; Saved By the 90s A Party with The Bayside Tigers, 8:30 p.m. Nov. 16; David Nail With Special Guest Brothers Osborne, 7 p.m. Nov. 17; Slayer, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19; Hoodie Allen, 8 p.m. Nov. 22; Mazzy Star with special guests Psychic Ills, 8 p.m. Nov. 23; Lamb of God & Killswitch Engage, 7 p.m. Nov. 26; K. Michelle w/ Sevyn Streeter, 8 p.m. Nov. 27; Giving Thanks, 11 a.m. Nov. 28; The Smokers Club Tour Featuring Joey Bada$$, 8 p.m. Nov. 29; MiMOSA, 8 p.m. Nov. 30, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301960-9999, FillmoreSilverSpring. com,

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Stefanini CD Release, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4; Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. Oct. 30, Nov. 5-6, Nov. 9, Nov. 19-20; Voice, 7 p.m. Oct. 30-31; Chris Thile, 8 p.m. Oct. 30; Voice; Bootsy Collins, 8 p.m. Oct. 31; Julia Nixon: Tribute to Carole King, 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Nov. 1; Travis Tritt with opener Lyndsey Highlander, 8 p.m. Nov. 1; Jazz Vocal Intensive: Scat Singing 101, 10 a.m. Nov. 2; AIR Mentor: Cathy Fink with guests Brad Kolodner and Amadou Kouyate, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 6; Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango, 8 p.m. Nov. 7; BSO: Off the Cuff — The Planets, 8:15 p.m. Nov. 8; National Philharmonic: Lost Childhood, A Concert Opera, 8 p.m. Nov. 9; Kids EuroFestival: Leiutajateküla Lotte — Lotte from Gadgetville Vanemuine Theatre, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. Nov. 10; Voices of the Holocaust: Kristallnacht Commemoration 2013, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10; State of the Schools: Building Our Future Together, 8:30 a.m. Nov. 11; Museum Shop Around, 10 a.m. Nov. 14-17; BSO: Chris Botti, 8 p.m. Nov. 14; An Evening with Amy Tan, 8 p.m. Nov. 15; BSO: War Requiem, 8 p.m. Nov. 16; AIR Mentor: Graham Breedlove with guests Elijah Balbed and Christie Dashiell, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20; Lawler

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Charles Belfoure believes more folks should “take a crack at fiction.” “Most books are written by literary types, people with MFAs. It’s intimidating,” the 59-year-old architectauthor acknowledged. “But even late in life, people who don’t necessarily have training in writing can apply their backgrounds to telling stories. If [it turns out] they have a knack for writing, it may open up a whole new avenue.” Belfoure speaks from experience. The Baltimore-bred son of an immigrant single mother said he had no literary influences while growing up. Even now, he rarely reads fiction; notable exceptions include Baltimore-based novelist Anne Tyler’s body of work, and a few legal thrillers by John Grisham, who provided the model for applying his profession to fiction. Despite his background, Belfoure’s debut novel, “The Paris Architect,” a World War II story about an architect hired to design spaces in which Jews

could hide from the Gestapo, was released Oct. 8. The author co-opted the idea of priest holes, hiding places built into manor houses so clerics could celebrate Mass during the 16th century when English law persecuted Catholics. Architecture was Belfoure’s second career choice. He started off studying illustration, but switched gears as a result of a visit to a modern architecture exhibit fortuitously titled “Transformations” at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. “I hadn’t given much thought to architecture before. I paid no attention to it [while growing up] in Baltimore, but at MOMA, I was struck by the wonderful forms,” he recalled. Belfoure pursued the new field at Pratt Institute and Columbia University, while reveling in the craftsmanship and detailing of the city’s historic architecture. His master’s thesis also led him to recognize he enjoyed the research and writing process. During the ensuing years, Belfoure developed a practice focused on historic preservation, and now works as an architect as well as a historic preservation consultant with a specialty in historic tax credit consulting. The Westminster resident has several current projects in Baltimore.


Charles Belfoure, author of “The Paris Architect.”

Before taking on the novel, Belfoure wrote nonfiction in his field, coauthoring the books “The Baltimore Rowhouse” and “Niernsee & Neilson, Architects of Baltimore,” and going solo on “Edmund G. Lind: Anglo-American Architect of Baltimore and the South,” “Dying by Design” and “Monuments to Money: The Architecture of American

Banks.” He also has contributed freelance pieces to The Baltimore Sun and The New York Times. There is method to Belfoure’s fiction. He begins with a basic one- or two- sentence outline, defines the protagonist and starts with “a chapter to draw the reader in. … [Then] I write as I go, discovering different plotlines and characters while I write.” The fledgling novelist has advice for the non-writers he encourages to follow in his footsteps. “If you haven’t done something before, you need to buy all the equipment and you need someone with experience to give you brutally honest advice,” he said. That person, he added, should be qualified to offer opinions on whether the book has potential as well as whether a chapter should be moved or a character more fully delineated. Belfoure hired a freelance editor for feedback on his first go-round, because he felt the manuscript must be “as polished and professional as possible.” Still, he said, writing is not the biggest challenge for a new author. “The economics of selling and marketing are far more daunting,” Belfoure said. “There’s the hard reality of finding an agent, and a publisher who has to re-

ally like the book.” So far, it appears that Belfoure’s strategy is working. Publishers Weekly called his characters “well-rounded and intricate,” and noted that “heart, reluctant heroism, and art blend together in this spine-chilling page-turner.” And Booklist praised his “unadorned, zippy style and broad-brush characters” and compared him to “an up-and-coming Ken Follett.” Belfoure said that the book has been sold in Italy, Israel and Brazil. Random House bought the audio rights and film companies have initiated contact. He has written a rough draft of a second novel, a crime-thriller with an architect as protagonist. And because of delays in financing on his architectural projects, he has ample time to adhere to a five-day-a-week schedule of writing five to six hours a day. As for the future, Belfoure said he has one or two other stories to tell. He took a crack, and it seems he has the knack. Charles Belfoure will read and sign books at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Alexandria Library, Beatley Branch|Alexandria, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va. Call 703-746-1702.


‘The Counselor’: Ridley Scott’s latest sports a shiny cast, silly story Michael Fassbender stars in director Ridley Scott’s thriller, “The Counselor.” PHOTOS FROM 20TH CENTURY FOX




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Set along the Texas/Mexico border but photographed largely in Spain, “The Counselor” is novelist Cormac McCarthy’s first original screenplay to make it before the cameras. It concerns a self-deluding and financially challenged Texan who takes a chance involving some cocaine cartel money to dig himself out of a financial hole. Drugs; greed; malice; ridiculous lifestyle excess, signified by the chief sociopath’s pet cheetahs: “The Counselor” offers all sorts of pulpy theoretical interest. As a bonus, the violence showcases not one but two really nasty ways to die via beheading, which is one more exotic method of killing than we got with the cattle stun-gun as deployed in the Oscar-winning “No Country for Old Men,” taken from a McCarthy novel. “The Counselor” is packed with cartel goons with bad teeth (just like the unsavory Mexicans of Hollywood’s ethnically sensitive past), surrounding a cast directed by Ridley Scott including Michael Fassbender, Penelope

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Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt. All that — and yet, dull. Why? For one thing, McCarthy’s story zigs and zags, but in slow motion. The character relationships lack the spark and juice of enjoyable trash. McCarthy’s dialogue suffers from an excess of capital-W Writing that doesn’t sound like speakable human expression, even flamboyant, proudly artificial human expression. When someone accuses the Diazcharacterofbeing“cold,”she fixes her opponent with a glare and replies: “Truth has no temperature.” There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who will admire that line, quite apart from the leaden way Diaz delivers it, and those who won’t. Fassbender’s character, whose twang carries a touch of


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Friday & Saturdays at 8 Sundays at 2

& Fadoul Duo, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21; National Philharmonic: Verdi’s Powerful and Timeless Requiem, 8 p.m. Nov. 23; Classic Albums Live: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 8 p.m. Nov. 29; Michael McDonald — This Christmas: An Evening of Holiday & Hits, 8 p.m. Nov. 30, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-5815100,

Adventure Theatre, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” Nov. 15 to Dec. 30, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301634-2270, Do or Die Mysteries, TBA, 6:30

the Old Sod, needs dough to finance, among other commodities, a monster engagement ring for his intended (Cruz). She does not know about her man’s deal with the cartel devils. Reiner, Bardem’s character, dominated by fright-wig hair in a permanent state of excitation, is the sometime associate of the counselor and has brought the lawyer (Fassbender) in on a new nightclub project. Diaz portrays Reiner’s inhumanly tough mistress, the cheetah wrangler, resident sexual fuh-REAK and apparent string-puller of half the globe’s nefarious business interests. The narrative twists itself into pretzels trying to stay ahead of the audience. Fassbender’s reactive patsy of a character exists to express shock at what his newfound colleagues will do in the name of frontier justice. Director Scott lends “The Counselor” a solid, shiny level of craftsmanship. But even if we’ve never personally done these sorts of deals ourselves, at least lately, we’ve all been here before. p.m. buffet, 7:30 p.m. show, $47.50 buffet and show, Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle, 4844 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 443-422-3810, www. Imagination Stage, “Lulu and the Brontosaurus,” to Oct. 27; “Lyle the Crocodile,” Nov. 20 to Jan. 10, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Olney Theatre Center, “The King and I,” Nov. 14 to Dec. 29, call for prices, times, 2001 OlneySandy Spring Road, Olney, 301924-3400, The Puppet Co., Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-6345380, Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “This,” to Nov. 3, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100,


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Prejudice on ‘Parade’ n Songs heighten emotions in Leo Frank murder trial of 1913 BY

PARADE n When: 8:15 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 1-3, 8-10, 15-16.


The musical “Parade” is based on an ugly anti-Semitic incident in American history, but the songs and the way they express emotion are anything but ugly. “For a very dark [story], it’s got beautiful music,” said Craig Pettinati, director of the show for the Kensington Arts Theatre (KAT). With a cast of 15 actors and a 10-piece orchestra, the musical is running to Nov. 16 at the Kensington Town Center. “Parade” is based on the true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish-American man with a degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell who married a Jewish woman from Atlanta whose family owned a pencil factory. In 1913, police accused Frank of murdering Mary Phagan, a 13-yearold employee of the factory. Frank was convicted and spent years appealing, eventually reaching the Supreme Court. Directed by Hal Prince, “Parade” debuted on Broadway in 1998. Librettist Alfred Uhry, who grew up in Atlanta and wrote “Driving Miss Daisy,” won a Tony award for Best Book of a Musical. Jason Robert Brown, who wrote the music and lyrics, won a Tony for Best Original Music Score. KAT has also performed two of Brown’s other shows, “The Last Five Years” and “Songs for a New World.” “I see it as a story about pride,” said Bobby Libby, who plays the part of Frank. “There’s the pride that the Southerners have, and he has his own

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sense of pride. They sense that and turn on him.” The musical opens with a young soldier heading off to fight for the South during the Civil War, singing goodbye to the girl he loves. “It’s so beautiful, you can’t help but be moved,” Libby said. The scene then shifts five decades ahead to 1913, where the people of Atlanta continue to take great pride in their history and culture, participating in a parade to honor Confederate soldiers who died in the war. Frank, who doesn’t understand the event, is viewed as an outsider, and the animosity is mutual. “As a protagonist, he’s kind of unsympathetic,” said Libby. “He doesn’t like where he lives. He doesn’t like the people or the community.” Frank’s wife, Lucille (Emily Zickler), tries to help him fit in, but “their relationship is strained,” said Libby, and Lucille wonders if she married the right man. Frank, meanwhile, can’t understand how his wife can be both Jewish and culturally a Southerner. “He’s been living in the South a few years, and he’s reacting badly to all of it,” Libby said. “He loses sight of how


A mob mentality begins to form in the musical “Parade” presented by the Kensington Arts Theatre to Nov. 16. The show is based on the true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish-American man who was accused of murdering a 13-year-old girl in Atlanta in 1913. Holding the Bible is Brad Carnes-Stine as journalist Tom Watson. much he loves this woman.” After Phagan is murdered, prosecutor Hugh Dorsey (Michael Nansel) is told by the Georgia governor to get to the bottom of the sensational case. Initial suspicion is cast on Newt Lee, the black night watchman (Ian Anthony Coleman), but Lee is released. Eager to get his name in the headlines, Dorsey decides to go after Frank, tapping into the community’s distrust of him. Dorsey makes a deal with the factory janitor, Jim Conley (also played by Coleman), who testifies against Frank at the trial.

Mary’s boyfriend, Frankie Epps (Harrison Smith), also testifies, claiming that Frank had an eye for the female workers. Three factory girls testify under coercion from the prosecutor, performing a seductive dance with Frank in a fantasy sequence. Also among the characters is Tom Watson (Brad Carnes-Stine), who writes for a right-wing newspaper, and Britt Craig (Patrick McMahan), a reporter who sees the trial as a way to make a name for himself and who promises to support Dorsey if Dorsey runs for governor. “You see in the show how Frank was

set up,” said Pettinati. “In the courtroom scene, you see the corruption and the ordeal that he went through.” The only thing that keeps the show from descending into the depths of despair is Lucille, said Libby. The deepening connection between she and Frank is the focus of the musical. “It’s his wife and her strength and the beauty of that relationship,” he said. “They find a deep well of love, a love which they always had.” “It’s a very beautiful piece of theater,” Libby said.



had the unique opportunity to cover multiple continents in the span of just a few months. “A lot of bands have focused on one area before focusing on another but we’re doing Europe, Canada and the U.S. at the same time,” Rivers said. From their inception in 2008, Heaven’s Basement, who is now signed with Red Bull Records, has always spent time out on the road. The band gained a reputation for playing underground venues and then working their way up to larger stages. But no matter the size of the crowd, Rivers said he and the other members of Heaven’s Basement have always loved performing live. “It was quite hard to get shows in big cities so we’d play smaller places in the southeast [of England] and eventually started heading over to places like Germany,” Rivers said. “Anywhere that would have us.” Rivers and Glover are the only original members of the band remaining. Rivers said other musicians have come and gone over the years but it was a matter of “meeting people with the same ambition.” That ambition was to play great music, at any cost. Other than a fleeting desire to drive a tractor at age 3, Rivers said he’s never considered another career path. “It was about discovering what you’re into and sticking with it,” he said. “We never balanced the band with having other jobs and stuff. We just wanted to be a band right away.” And the one-track mindset has started to pay off. Heaven’s Basement’s single “Fire, Fire” from their debut album, “Filthy Empire,” released in February, has been climbing the U.S. Active Rock Chart, recently reaching No. 11. But it’s not the record sales that drive the members of Heaven’s Basement. It’s the need they feel to fill a void on the music scene. “You have an indie scene and stuff like that and we’ve never fit into any of that,” Rivers said. “We’ve just been doing our own thing and hope that it sparks something.” As for their own influences, Rivers said the members of the band aren’t too picky. “We’re fans of music and anyone who has stuff to say,” he said. “We’ll listen to anything from the heaviest music to the softest music. It ranges from old-school bands to new bands.”

The events are free but donations are welcome, said Kathy Judd, executive and artistic director of the conservatory. In 1999 as a teenager, Collins won first prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland. He also studied with Irish pianist John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. O’Conor presently teaches at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. Judd is one of his friends, which is how she came to invite Collins to perform for the Washington Conservatory. Collins also studied at the Geneva Conservatory and served a three-year residency as the first-ever associate artist of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin. During the residency with the orchestra, he performed all of Mozart’s 23 concertos live over the radio. In May, four of them were released on a double CD. For the past decade, Collins has been branching out in some new directions, doing more conducting and also serving as director of two

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Continued from Page B-5 Kashner returns to Quotidian after her debut with the company in last year’s production of James Joyce’s “The Dead.” “Iceman” is set in 1912 New York in the barroom of a hotel. Here, a group of drunks exchange stories as they await the arrival of charismatic salesman Hickey (Steve LaRocque), who typically provides much-needed levity with his dirty jokes and free drinks. However, when Hickey arrives, he brings with him a sad truth that makes his friends closely examine their own failings. “At face value I thought, ‘OK, this is about a bunch of alcoholics,’” said Kashner, who plays a “tart” named Margie. “But it’s about failed pipe dreams, being confronted with your

British Rock band Heaven’s Basement will perform at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday. However, Rivers does name some oldschool bands, including The Beatles, Metallica and Led Zeppelin, as favorites. For Heaven’s Basement fans waiting on the release of the band’s second album, Rivers said they could be waiting a while. “We’re touring all of next year as well, through 2015,” Rivers said. “It’s going to be

own morality.” Pipe dreams, Kashner said, are people’s “self-delusions.” “People have either had a glorious past or aspire to a glorious future,” she said. “They’re all in denial of their alcoholism and their feelings ... People might not want to reflect on that in real life.” While Quotidian audiences may not identify with the “Iceman” characters’ drinking habits, Avolio said they will be able to find common ground. “[O’Neill] views them with such humanity that it’s easy to relate to them even though they’re so different from us,” Avolio said. “ ... He is unafraid of looking at the darker side of humanity and probing deeper into the human soul.” “The major events in your life, if you look back at them and when you try to explain them, you come up with

music festivals in Ireland, the New Ross Festival and Music for Galway. “I enjoy creating the season and choosing the artists,” he said. For the concert in Bethesda, Collins will be performing Mozart‘s “Sonata in D major K. 284” and Debussy’s “Estampes” with its three movements — “Pagodas,” “The Evening in Granada” and “Gardens in the Rain.” “It’s a little collection of three evocative pieces, very atmospheric,” said Collins. For the second half of the program, he will perform Brahms’ “Rhapsodies Op. 79,” which Brahms composed toward the end of his life, and Schubert‘s “Drei Klavierstücke D. 946.” “They’re two of the great composers for the piano,” said Collins. “[These pieces] go very well together.” Collins said he is also looking forward to the masterclass on Sunday in Glen Echo. “It’s nice to be meeting people and to maybe give them something different to think about,” said Collins. “I remember from my own youth, it was nice to play for someone different.”

Classical pianist Finghin Collins from Dublin will perform works by Mozart, Debussy, Brahms and Schubert on Saturday at the Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church in Bethesda


a while before we do the next album.” But that’s the way Rivers and his band members like things. “We’re always up for going places,” Rivers said. “There’s a whole world still to go and tour.”


different stories,” added actor Steve Beall, who plays Larry Slade. “As they go through their lives, they look at it from a different perspective.” Like other O’Neill pieces, “Iceman” touches on some heavy subject matter. But Avolio and his cast insist the show is not all darkness and gloom. “To me, there is this beautiful balance of showing this makeshift community of kindness and civility of a certain kind and then what happens to it when this guy Hickey shows up,” Beall said. It’s a balance, Beall added, that’s been missing in other productions of “Iceman” he’s seen. “I had seen a couple performances of it and ... those productions all seemed to focus so much on the dark part of this play and it became imbalanced,” he said. Conversely, Beall said Avolio has

been able to extract the lighter moments and even some of the humor from the “Iceman” script. “Michael has this ability to see what’s funny and use it as a way to play up the humanity of the character,” Beall said. “They’re not just bums. They’re people with hopes and dreams and memories.” Avolio said it was actually his sense of humor that helped him approach some of the play’s darkest moments. “There’s a lot of raucous comedy in the play and I think that’s a way people have of dealing with situations when they’re down and out,” Avolio said. “There’s often a gallows humor you have about things.” While Kashner, who has appeared in two other O’Neill plays, acknowledges the playwright’s style is not for everyone, she said he had a unique ability to urge audiences to look intro-

THE ICEMAN COMETH n When: To Nov. 24; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays with an additional matinee performance on Nov. 23 n Where: The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda n Tickets: $25-$30 n For information: 301-816-1023

spectively. “I think Eugene O’Neill forces us to look at aspects of our lives that we don’t necessarily want to deal with,” Kashner said. “It’s something we all should be doing but I understand why we might not want to.”

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Well established Metropolitan Washington Real Estate Services Company is seeking Assistant Property Manager (5+ yrs. Exp.) with hands-on leadership experience to manage its Residential MultiFamily portfolio. The Candidate must be experienced in all facets of property management, including, financial reporting, budgets and capital projects. In addition, the qualified Candidate will possess experience in day-to-day operations including overseeing maintenance staff and coordination with residential leasing department. Active CPM, ARM or RPA desired. Excellent interpersonal skills, full knowledge of Microsoft Office and Jenark preferred. The Company offers a competitive salary and benefit packages. Please send resumes to EOE

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Up to $10,000 SIGNING BONUS!!! A large MD Chrysler dealer in Prince George County has immediate opening for experienced Chrysler technicians. We are offering up to a $10,000- signing bonus for qualified applicants. We have record sales and more work than we can handle. Must have ASE CERTIFICATIONS and CLEAN DRIVING RECORD. PLEASE CALL 1-866-772-7306.

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Well-established State Farm agency in Gaithersburg looking for fully licensed professional. Salaried position. Experience w/SF agency office systems a plus. Email/Fax resume to; 1-301-975-9426

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Performs a variety of complex professional administrative duties as well as oversees the department’s fiscal and programmatic affairs. Responsibilities include supervising, organizing, planning, coordinating, and evaluating the work of staff. Send a resume and cover letter to the City Manager or apply in person at 2000 Marbury Drive, District Heights, MD 20747. Min. of a 4 year degree is required. A masters degree is preferred. Previous experience is mandatory. EOE


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Residential Property Mgmt. Co. in Bethesda is seeking full-time leasing professional. Must be available to work weekends. Candidate must have residential leasing experience, marketing knowledge, resident retention, strong computer skills and working knowledge of Jenark. Please e-mail resumes to; EOE


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Busy Rockville Doctor’s office. Must be a team player, dedicated, & career oriented. Serious applicants only. Willing to train. Excellent salary & benefits. Fax resume: 301424-8337

needed to start work immediately for a busy family. Duties includes taking care of a 4 year old kid and few household chores. Payment is $480 weekly.

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PAINTERS HELPERS Cochran & Mann seeking experienced painters "helpers" All applicants must have transportation. If interested contact our office at (301)948-1471 ext 201. EOE

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Plumbing Mechanics & Gas Fireplace Service Technicians

Hiring individuals with some gas work experience to do installations of gas fireplaces, generators, gas grills, fire pits, and servicing gas fireplaces. Knowledge and exp using tools of the trade and running gas lines a plus! Must work well with customers and be professional. Drug testing/background checks required. Excellent pay, health insurance, and a great work environment! Call Sharon at 240-4466166 or e-mail


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Bell Ringers

The Salvation Army is now hiring Bell Ringers in Montgomery County for this Christmas Season. $8.25 per hour. Apply in person on M-F from 10am - 12pm and 1pm 3pm at 20021 Aircraft Drive, Germantown, MD 20874

Support Specialist

To work as part of our Community & Employment Partners Team. In this role, your accountability focuses on actively supporting individuals with developmental disabilities related to community living, housing, money management, insurance, employment, etc, as a stepping stone toward personal independence. Go to for details & to apply.

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Leisure World of Maryland, has an immediate need for a Part Time Accounting Clerk and Billing Clerk with 1 year related experience. Billing Clerk will assist the Customer Service Office with answering phones, processing service request, creating and scheduling work orders, generating invoices and resolving customer inquiries. Accounting Clerk will research accounts, maintain a log of batch reports, run and edit invoices, monitor aging A/R, and follow up with customers for payment collection of overdue balances. The schedule is flexible, Monday through Friday, 4 hours between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. To apply for this position please send a resume to: or fax# 301-598-1061 website:


Part-Time/20-hrs p/Week - Overnight Shift - 10:45 p.m. - 7:15 a.m., Fridays & Saturdays & alternating Sundays to fill shift rotation. Part of multi-disciplinary team working w/ emotionally disturbed adolescents. Nurses work closely with other members of a treatment team (counselors, psychiatrists, therapists and educators.) Psychiatric experience w/adolescents required. Current Maryland Nursing License required. Generous paid leave & other MD State benefits. Salary negotiable pursuant to experience + shift differential. Send resume w/cover memo to: John L. Gildner RICA, HR, 15000 Broschart Road, Rockville, MD 20850 - Fax : 301-251-6815 Or e-mail to: EEO


Need reliable people to set appts at local Sears stores in Bel Air, Gaithersburg, Cockeysville, Parkville, Frederick & Columbia. Earn up to & over $14-$16/hr (base+bonus). Part-time. No telemarketing. Email or call 407.551.5556. Seniors welcome! EOE/AA.

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2005 Dodge Caravan SXT..................6,990 #KP12424, QUADS, PSET, PW, DON’T MISS!

2001 Toyota Sequoia SR-5 4WD ........7,988 #KP09644A, $726 OFF KBB

2008 Saturn Astra XE........................8,588 #KP59427, Beauty! Panoramic, MNRF, AT, P/Options

2001 Toyota Highlander Sport...........8,970 #KP11507, 4WD, MNRF, LTHR, CD CHGR/CASS, PSeat

2006 Hyundai Sonata LX....................8,988 #KP81514, Super Clean! MNRF!

2005 Hyundai Tuscon GLS AWD.........8,988 #KP34280, NICE! PW/PLC/PMR, CC, CD

2009 Suzuki SX4 Sport......................8,990 #KP71702B, NAV, P/Options, Fac Warr!

2007 Dodge Magnum SE ...................9,445 #KR95510, STICKING! CUSTOM WHLS, PW/PLC, CD


2007 Ford Escape XLT.......................9,588 #KP27730, Nice! MNRF, LTHR, CD, PW

2006 Buick Lucerne CXS...................9,988 #KP37654, Luxury!, LTHR/HTD/Mem Seats, Harman Kardon CD, SAB

2001 Dodge Dakota Club Cab............9,997 #KN99557A, Pampered 55K!! P/Options

2008 Subaru Outback WGN.............10,288 #KP21097, Pampered!, AT, P/Options, HTD Seat

2009 KIA Rondo EX WGN.................10,450 #KA64205, Nice! ABS, SAB, PW/PLC

2005 Cadillac CTS 3.6....................10,988 #KP91895, Pampered 68k! LTHR/PWR Seat, P/Options, OnStar

2006 Subaru Legacy Outbk 2.5XT...11,488 2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer......11,870



2007 Honda Accord EX-L V6............13,588

2007 Infinity M35............................19,288

#47651KP, 4WD, Beauty! 3rd Seat, LTHR, MNRF, RNG BDS

#KP32745, Clean! MNRF, LTHR, CD CHGR

#FP50592, AWD, Pristine! NAV, MNRF, PSEAT, P/OPTS

2011 Ford Econoline E-350..............18,990

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT......19,288


2004 Acura MDX AWD.....................11,988 #KP62182, SHARP! DVD, MNRF, LTHR, DON’T MISS!

2008 GMC Savana Cargovan...........11,988

#KN03615, WGN, XLT, PW/PLC, RAC,CC, CD, 12 Pass

2008 Hyundai Veracruz Limited AWD.....18,988

#KN41054, DVD, Backup CAM, PDRS/Gate, PSeat

2009 Toyota Venza AWD..................19,997 #KP05511, FG LTS, Alloys, P/Options

#KR11890, AT, AC, Tradesman


2009 Toyota Corolla LE...................12,588

2010 Ford Econoline XLT.................19,745

#KP86231, NAV & Moonroof, LTHR

#KP65389, CLEAN, 50K! AT, PW/PLC, CD

#KN77515, 15 PASS, PW, CC, CD, Park Sense

2007 Ford F150 Super Crew Lariat.....21,570 2010 Chrysler TWN & CNTRY.............23,970 #KP51814,SHOWROOM COND!! DVD/NAV/LTHR

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