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As expected, every incumbent from Wards 1 through 6 and the mayor was re-elected in the Takoma Park city elections Tuesday, according to preliminary results announced by city election judges Tuesday night. Mayor Bruce Williams will keep his ofﬁce, as will Councilmembers Seth Grimes of Ward 1, Tim Male of Ward 2, Kay Daniels-Cohen of Ward 3, Terry Seamens of Ward 4, Jarrett Smith of Ward 5, and Fred Schultz of Ward 6. Election judges estimated that about 1,130 residents voted in the election out of more than 11,300 registered voters as of Tuesday afternoon. The ﬁnal voter turn-out rate was 11 percent after votes were counted Tuesday night. Sixty-three residents registered on election day, including 28 16- and 17-year-olds. Overall at least 119 16- and 17-year-olds registered, including day-of registrants and those who registered before Oct. 23. This was the ﬁrst election under the new law allowing the younger teens to vote, making Takoma Park the ﬁrst city in the country to allow residents younger than 18 to vote. Write-in candidate for mayor Elizabeth Wallace received a portion of the 123 write-in votes for mayor, but judges did not say how many. “I’m really proud of myself,” said Wallace,
Losing $11 in monthly food stamp beneﬁts represents “three days’ worth of food,” says Byron Kelly, who lost his job in February and cares for his mother in their apartment in the Aspen Hill area of Silver Spring.
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Federal stimulus program ended Friday BY
SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER
As federal stimulus money dries up, thousands of hungry Montgomery County residents are scrambling to make ends meet. An expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program meant to cover individuals and families during the Great Recession expired Friday. In 2009, President Barack Obama’s stimulus package included a temporary increase in funding for food stamps. All households that receive federal food stamps will now see about a 5 percent cut this month.
The maximum amount of SNAP funding an individual could receive per month was $200. But as of Nov. 1, that maximum is $189. For a household of two people, the maximum funding level, $367, fell by $20. And for a family of eight, $65 is cut, leaving them with a maximum allowance of $1,137, according to Brian Schleter, spokesman for the state’s Department of Human Resources. Jenna Umbriac, a nutrition educator at Manna Food Center, said the cuts in SNAP funding mean participants will have to make difﬁcult decisions about their food budget. Since protein is often the most expensive food item on a shopping list, meats like chicken and beef are going to be the ﬁrst items a cash-strapped resident will cut out of their diet. “It just means a bigger pot of rice and beans
on the stove, or something else that lasts longer,” Umbriac said. Individuals and families tend to show up at Manna for food assistance toward the end of the month as their SNAP funding and other resources begin to run dry. About 70,500 people are participating in the SNAP program in Montgomery County as of September, Schleter said. In 2007, that number was less than 25,000. SNAP participants must meet income and deduction requirements to be eligible for the program. Across the state, 795,795 Maryland residents have enrolled in the food stamp program as of September, said Kate Sam, Maryland Food Bank spokeswoman.
Plan would apply to new contracts and renewals in Montgomery BY
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
After talking with workers during recent strikes at two garbage-collection companies, Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro is preparing a bill
RECIPE FOR CHANGE Forum focuses on healthful food in Montgomery County Public Schools.
requiring many county contractors to provide affordable health insurance to their employees. Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring sent a memorandum to other council members on Oct. 30 asking them to consider signing on as co-sponsors. The bill would amend the county’s living wage law that requires companies that have contracts with the county to pay at least $13.95 an hour.
The change would require county contractors to provide affordable health insurance for employees who work on county contracts for more than 30 hours per week and who make less than twice the living wage. Navarro is also looking at possible legislation to grant preferences to companies bidding on a county contract if they already provide affordable beneﬁts to their employees. Both bills would apply to new
THIS YEAR, IT’S ABOUT THE RUNNERS Saturday’s state crosscountry meet focuses on runners, not hills.
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contracts, as well as existing contracts that are renewed, according to the letter. Workers at Potomac Disposal in Gaithersburg reached an agreement with the company on Oct. 28 after a 10-day strike. The agreement provides a pay increase, one holiday, and paid sick and vacation days for workers. The two sides weren’t able to agree on a
After a ﬁre at their apartment complex displaced them from their homes, four victims were also robbed of some of the only possessions they could salvage. According to police reports, three residents of the Park Forest Apartments in the 9300 block of Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring had their burned-out apartments burglarized after the Aug. 27 ﬁre while another was a victim of theft. The ﬁre, ignited by an electric socket near a bed that sparked a mattress, displaced 100 residents on Aug. 27. Ofﬁcials said damage was estimated at $1 million for the building and $500,000 to the contents. Montgomery County officials, nonprofit organizations representatives, and faith-based community organizations attended a meeting Oct. 30 to examine the effectiveness of responders during and after the ﬁre at the Forest Park apartment complex. All victims have found housing, but some had been victimized a second time. According to a police report, Kenita Sullivan used to live in apartment T13. She stated that she went back to her apartment on Aug. 31 and
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Physics students take the plunge Some classes are pass-fail. For some physics students at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, a recent class fell into more of the sink-or-swim category. The Martin Luther King Swim Center in Silver Spring was the setting for their Oct. 30 lesson on Newton’s three laws of physics, as teacher Jacob Abrams wanted to offer them what he called “the right mix of challenging and stimulation.” Abrams had 60 students from four different classes apply Newton’s laws to a boat race in the pool. The project involved 12 boats, and students examined the use of force when paddling to move the boards. “Newton’s three laws of physics can be applied to everything we do in life,” Abrams wrote in an email to The Gazette. The project’s goal “was to get them out of their seat, and apply what they had been reading and learning.” Students built and raced their own boats, but were graded only on their analyses and explanations of how push, pull, gravity, buoyancy, static friction, sliding friction and Newton’s laws were at work. Out of the 12 watercraft, two sank, six made it halfway and four made it across the pool. “I ﬁgure anything that bores them will bore me, and if they are excited and enjoying my class, then it makes me a pretty happy person,
too,” Abrams said. The students’ feedback, he said, was “all the smiles while rowing their boats” during the race. “They came right to class and wouldn’t even sit in their desks. The project was always greeted with excitement and wonder,” he said.
Autumn colors exhibit opens in Takoma Park The Takoma Park Watercolor Group’s November exhibit will highlight fall colors at the city community center. The exhibit features original watercolors by members along with other artists’ sculpture, paintings and clothing lines. Oversized garden gloves will be the centerpiece of the show, hanging in the atrium lobby. An opening reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. The exhibit runs through Jan. 5. The center is at 7500 Maple Ave.
Documentary ﬁlm festival in Takoma Park Next week, Takoma Park will host the Community Stories Festival, featuring documentary ﬁlms,
Students from Springbrook High School in Silver Spring learn the wet way about Newton’s three laws of physics as they race cardboard boats they built at the Martin Luther King Jr. Swim Center. storytelling sesssions, workshops and other events at the community center and several other locations. Many of the ﬁlms focus on local people and places. Docs in Progress, a Silver Spring nonproﬁt, is producing the festival, which runs Nov. 14-18 and aims to celebrate the work of a growing number of local documentary ﬁlmmakers. All events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are recommended for some. Visit DocsInProgress.org for more information.
‘Cultural Exchanges’ opens Thursday The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County will have a free opening reception for a new exhibit, “Cultural Exchanges,” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kramer Gallery in the Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place. The exhibit features a mix of
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DEATHS George Rust Canby George Rust “Rusty” Canby Jr., 87, died Oct. 24, 2013. A memorial service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 8 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Brookeville. Roy W. Barber Funeral Home in Laytonsville handled the arrangements.
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Silver Spring post ofﬁce could lose customers due to location Business owners: new branch is not accessible for the downtown community
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Business owners and residents in Silver Spring are hoping to convince the Postal Service to bring back a post ofﬁce to downtown. Members of the Urban District Advisory Committee discussed the status and future of the U.S. Post Ofﬁce branch at 8653 16th Street in Silver Spring at a meeting Oct. 17. Last year, two post ofﬁces— the main post ofﬁce branch at 8616 Second Street and the Silver Spring Center branch at 8455 Colesville Road— were consolidated into one at a new location on 16th Street. But the committee said the new location, for an urban area that is growing, is not easily ac-
cessible. “We lost both of our postal ofﬁces in the urban district area, and so now, as a small business member, for me to go to the post ofﬁce I really have to bring my car to work and drive over to 16th Street to mail a package,” said Jon Lourie, a member of the Urban District Advisory Committee. The move to the 16th Street location was due to ﬁnancial cuts, and postal officials said “they will remain in that shopping center for now.” The federal agency had also considering closing the Leisure World location and consolidating to the Aspen Hill location, but postal service did not go through with it. “We have a free shuttle in the downtown area, and it doesn’t stop there [at 16th street] either,” said Lourie. Ofﬁcials from the postal service agency apologized for the inconvenience, and agreed that the 16th Street ofﬁce “it is in a very tight shopping center with
a lot of business there. Parking is kind of tight, almost crazy,” said Margie Rodriguez, U.S. Postal Service customer relations coordinator. Rodriguez and the committee shared ideas to help the post ofﬁce better serve the community, but it all comes down to expenses. “Real estate is not cheap in downtown Silver Spring, and so the postal service has had for obvious reasons-ﬁnancial crisesand had to liquidate properties because the agency needed the money,” added Rodriguez. Ofﬁcials also said the lease agreement on the 16th Street location does not expire until 2022. However, with the Purple Line project moving forward, the branch may have to move once again since the shopping may be demolished to house the Woodside/16th Street Purple Line station. “Mass transit have come to us, and said we may be affected... but these are just initial conversations, nothing has
Transit center overlay work not scheduled to begin until spring No projected date for opening of long-delayed project
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The ﬁnal stage of work on the Silver Spring Transit Center won’t be able to begin until late March or early April, leaving ofﬁcials unable to schedule an opening date for the long-delayed project. Permits allowing for the preparation and placement of the latex-modified concrete needed to ensure the proper strength and thickness in parts of the facility were obtained last week, and work on ﬁxing cracks in the concrete will take place through November, according to a memorandum sent Tuesday from Department of General Services Director David Dise to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D).
“The earlier we get in the better.” David Dise, General Services Director But workers won’t be able to put the concrete mixture down until temperatures are consistently at or above 40 degrees, meaning probably not until late March or early April, the memo said. “The earlier we get in, the better,” Dise said Tuesday. The overlay is expected to take six weeks once work begins. All other work on the project is scheduled to be ﬁnished before the overlay is done. Once the overlay is done, the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority, the county’s
partner in the process, will still need to do an inspection of the site, which could take up to 30 days, Dise said. The uncertainty over the weather has left the county unable to determine when the $120 million facility at the corner of Colesville Road and Wayne Avenue in downtown Silver Spring will open, he said. The center was originally slated to open in 2011. Several other aspects of the project have been ﬁnished or are expected to be done soon. Remediation work on concrete pour strips is complete, according to the memo, while a process to detect leaks have been developed and tests should be conducted in mid-November. A March analysis raised concerns about some interior beams and girders, and a decision should be made in the next few weeks on whether they need to be replaced, Dise said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Silver Spring post ofﬁce at the Spring Center on 16th Street, shown here on Monday. been written in stone yet,” said Rodriguez. “We belong in the community, and we will be in the community in one shopping center, or another.”
Rodriguez informed the board if local companies are interested on growing businesses, the agency could help. They can develop what they call “village
postal ofﬁces or contract postal units.” The post service would take part of a room and create a minipost ofﬁce. “We can go in and cut in...we will take up some space, and you will have a home post ofﬁce in your line of business,” she said. There are certain criteria, requirements and security measures that has to be taken into consideration to make it safe for costumers. “If it happens to be a liquor store type [for example] or something that sells liquor, it has to be a separate entrance,” added Rodriguez. The committee agreed to have future meetings with the post ofﬁce agency and help representatives ﬁnd the best location in Silver Spring. “I would imagine if it is more difﬁcult to access the post ofﬁce, people are going to go to other means to send packages,” Lourie said. email@example.com
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Almost 50 county residents attended a public meeting hosted by the Montgomery County Parks Planning Department on Oct. 30 to share their input about a proposed dog park in Silver Spring at Ellsworth Park on Colesville Road. According to a presentation by the county’s parks and planning department ofﬁcials, the criteria for selecting Ellsworth location was based on walkability; existing parkland — a site that is underutilized and does not involve purchase of the land; and a site that has no environmental restraints, appropriate to the conversion of a dog park. “Based on the amount of public outreach we have done, we think it [Ellsworth Park] works,” said Dominic Quattrocchi, a senior planner and arborist at the park and planning
department. A dog park can cost between $40,000 to $500,000 based on size, site work, type of ground amenities, and fencing choice, but county officials said that $250,000 has been already set aside in the Montgomery County Capital Improvement program in ﬁscal year 2014 to develop the park. The Ellsworth Urban Park location has 3.6 acres, but only 10,000 square feet to 20,000 square feet is being considered for the development of the park. The department received more than 300 comments, and many were in favor of the Ellsworth location, according to Quattrocchi. “We are also here to make sure there’s enough support, more support than not, for having a dog park here in Ellsworth,” said Brooke Farquhar, supervisor with Montgomery County Park and Trail Planning at Department of Parks. Some residents at the meeting had concerns about small dogs’ safety and asked for the possibility to have two separate areas for small and big dogs.
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“If we decide to go with the two-system model we are going to have to have a smaller dog park,” said Aaron Feldman, a senior landscape architect at the Montgomery County park planning commission. Residents also suggested a double-gated entrance, and well-lit area to be available for people who will walk their dogs when it is dark outside. Other considered sites were Jesup Blair Park, Fairview Neighborhood Park, Fenton Street Urban Park, Bullis Local Park, Montgomery Regional Ofﬁce, Nolte Local Park, Dale Avenue Neighborhood Park, Rock Creek Park near Interstate 495, and Sligo Creek Golf Course. The parks planning departmentwillrevisethedogparkdesign, add the new public input and presentthenewconcepttotheplanning boardnextwinterin2014. The public is still encouraged to send comments about the proposal to www.parkplanning.org. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Marla Caplon, the school system’s food services director, and Tony Geraci, a chef and food service consultant, take part in a forum on school food. eating vegetables,” she said. Lisa Lefferts, senior scientist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, focused her talk on the adverse health effects of artiﬁcial food colorings and on caffeine. Lefferts said that, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, food dyes can exacerbate hyperactivity disorders in some children. Several food dyes, such as Red 3, are carcinogenic but still appear in food, she said. Lefferts also spoke on the growing number of products that contain caffeine, including chips, popcorn and wafﬂes. “You could ﬁnd caffeine in just about anything these days,” she said. Tony Geraci, a chef and food service consultant and the subject of the documentary “Cafeteria Man,” shared what he had learned in his experiences leading and changing school food programs. Nutrition is an important part of students’ ability to learn, he said, and it’s unrealistic to expect a student who is “jacked up on sugar” or hungry to absorb a lesson. Geraci said he bases his work on the principles that food “has to look good, has to taste good, and has to be good.” County Councilman George Leventhal (D-
At large) of Takoma Park, who also spoke at the event, said in an interview he doesn’t think food quality in the school system’s cafeterias has been a “front-of-mind priority” for the county school board or superintendent. The school system is making good efforts, he said, “but it’s not at the front of the pack nationally.” Aura Triana, the parent of an eighth-grader at Rosa Parks Middle School and a member of Real Food for Kids, said she is disappointed in the food quality found in the school system. The school system should not only provide healthier food, she said, but also educate its students on the importance of good eating. “I think we are sending a contradictory message to our students by not providing decent meals to them alongside the education that we are proud to consider so good,” she said. School board Vice President Phil Kauffman said it’s clear the community is concerned about food served to students and that the school system wants to hear what those concerns are. “We’re all about improvement, and to the extent that we can improve, we’d like to improve,” he said. email@example.com
Will Jawando running for District 20 delegate Silver Spring man focusing on education and inclusive economic growth
SARAH SCULLY STAFF WRITER
Will Jawando is making his ﬁrst bid for public ofﬁce next year, seeking a state delegate seat in District 20. Jawando, a Democrat and Silver Spring native, has had a public service career that includes working in congressional ofﬁces, in the Obama administration and on county boards. The area has undergone many changes throughout his lifetime, he said, and he wants to support and reﬁne the county’s positive trajectory. “I’ve watched this area go from a sleepy small town to a really vibrant, thriving, diverse community,” he said. Although there has been a lot of positive change, he said, “not everyone has beneﬁted from the great growth and progress we’ve had here.” He wants to make that growth more inclusive, per his campaign slogan: “Progress and opportunity together.” Jawando, 30, worked for Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) early in his career. He worked on the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, which cut interest rates on stu-
Democrats host public forum The District 19 Democratic Club of Montgomery County will host a public forum with County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), County Council President Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring and state delegates at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Wheaton Library. This is the ﬁrst in a series of forums the club plans. The event is free. The library is at 11701 Georgia Ave. For more information visit www.District19Dems.org.
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A forum focusing on healthy food in Montgomery County Public Schools drew a mixed group of participants to the table on Saturday. The issue is an ongoing one, said Lindsey Parsons, co-founder of Real Food for Kids-Montgomery, and the goal of the forum was to “move the conversation forward” and see why and how the food should be made healthier. Parents, advocates, and school and county ofﬁcials, among others, gathered at the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew in Silver Spring for the forum hosted by Real Food for Kids-Montgomery and Montgomery Victory Gardens. Gordon Clark, project director of Montgomery Victory Gardens, said the event is a unique one in the county and that he thinks interest and passion in the community on the issue is coming together. “I think the overall goal is to start a conversation, a very public conversation a lot of people — parents and nonparents alike — want to have and that’s how do we make our school food better,” he said. The forum gained the support of “honorary hosts,” including Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), U.S. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D-Dist. 8) of Kensington and state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Dist. 20). Speakers covered topics from food-related health issues to school efforts to improve food options to the importance of nutrition in education. Marla Caplon, director of food and nutrition services for the school system, described several ways the school system is working to make its food healthier. Caplon said the school system is continually reformulating recipes to lower amounts of ingredients such as fat and sodium, has made the vast majority of cafeteria grains whole grain, and has been removing fryers and replacing them with ovens. The most important part of the school system’s menu development, she said, is “student acceptability.” “We have to make sure we’re providing food items these kids will eat,” Caplon said. Speakers from two schools shared their experiences working with students to grow food and other plants. Karla Kratovil — vice president of the parent teacher association and school garden coordinator at Flower Hill Elementary School in Gaithersburg — said her school garden gave some of the students their ﬁrst chance to “get into the dirt” and plant. “You’ve never seen kids so enthusiastically
dent loans and increased funding for Pell Grants for low-income college students. He then left to work on Barack Obama’s ﬁrst presidential campaign, and moved to the White House Ofﬁce of Public Engagement after the election. There he focused on partnerships in education and social services, and ﬁrst lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign. Jawando continued this work in the Department of Education, joining the new Ofﬁce of Strategic Partnerships. In Montgomery County, Jawando serves on a task force investigating the achievement gap between black, white and Latino students in public schools, and on the African American Student Achievement Action Group, aiming to reduce the gap. After 20 years of that gap narrowing, it has begun to increase again in the last two years, Jawando said. He has also served on the county Commission on Juvenile Justice and currently is a member of the Nighttime Economy Task Force. Jawando said he will continue to make education a priority in his campaign for delegate. “We need to do more in early childhood education,” he said. He wants to improve access to pre-kindergarten and child-care programs, to give children an even playing ﬁeld when they start school and to help working parents. Many residents also need sup-
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Democrat Will Jawando of Silver Spring is running for District 20 delegate.
port when it comes to higher education, he said, especially in ﬁnishing college. Many students start college but where they really need an extra boost is support to stay in school, he said. Dropouts face the disadvantage of no college degree, compounded by leftover student loans. Two other areas Jawando will focus on are economic development and jobs, and ensuring equal rights and opportunities. He wants to increase the minimum wage to at least $10 per hour and improve transit infrastructure to facilitate access to job opportunities. Jawando has been a supporter of the proposed Purple Line and a rapid transit system. Maryland does not have a pay equity law, he said, and women, especially minorities, continue to earn less than men. He said Maryland also needs to extend nondiscrimination workplace laws to
protect transgender people. Criminal justice reform is another point he plans to address if elected, by emphasizing diversion programs and getting schools to deal with discipline internally rather than involving police. He said low-income and minority students are more likely to be arrested for offenses than are other students, something he aims to address. He wants to emphasize “rehabilitation, not mass incarceration,” he said. Jawando also supports decriminalizing marijuana. Jawando recently left a job with Discovery Communications of Silver Spring — where he worked on partnerships for education and science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs through Discovery — to focus on his campaign and take a job with the Raben Group, a nonproﬁt consulting ﬁrm. He lives in Silver Spring with his wife, Michele, and two young daughters. Jawando could face a dozen opponents in the Democratic primary for three District 20 seats, including two incumbents, Democrats Sheila E. Hixson and Tom Hucker, both of Silver Spring. The district also includes Takoma Park. The primary election will be June 24 and the general election is Nov. 4, 2014. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring and Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park have been named as Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission. The hospitals are among 16 in Maryland to receive the 2012 national performance distinction. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney also were named top performers. To be listed, hospitals had to meet at least 95 percent compliance with certain measures, according to a news release. Each measure represents an evidence-based practice that is used to improve outcomes in patients, including giving aspirin to a heart attack patient at time of arrival or giving antibiotics one hour before surgery. Hospitals also had to achieve a minimum of 95 percent compliance with measures in at least one individual area. Washington Adventist Hospital and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital were recognized for improvements on treating patients with heart failure, heart attack, surgical care and pneumonia.
Heritage Montgomery doles out mini-grants The Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County, also known as Heritage Montgomery, awarded more than $18,000 in mini-grants this year to local organizations. Among the nearby recipients: • The National Capital Trolley Museum in Colesville, $1,800 for signage and materials. • The town of Brookeville, $2,500 to develop a website for its War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration. • The Glen Echo Partnership for Arts and Culture, $2,000 to produce two videos on the community’s Spanish ballroom and Dentzel Carousel. • The Montgomery County Historical Society in Rockville, $2,500 for an annual history conference. • Preservation group Peerless Rockville, $2,500 to produce a brochure to ﬁnd historic Rockville landmarks. • The Sandy Spring Museum, $2,500 for its “Extreme Exhibit Makeover.” Historic Montgomery’s grant award program has awarded more than $142,000 in the past 10 years. Programs supported by grant funding are designed to contribute to the interpretation, promotion, preservation or research of historical resources in the area.
Complete report at www.gazette.net 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 Armed robbery • On Oct. 16 at 7:20 a.m. in the 13800 block of Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring. The subjects threatened the victim and took property. • On Oct. 19 at 4:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of Treetop View Terrace, Silver Spring. The subjects threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. Strong-arm robbery • On Oct. 16 at 11:19 p.m. in the parking lot of McDonald’s, 8507 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. The subjects are known to the victim. • On Oct. 20 at 9:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of Dilston Place, Silver Spring. The subjects forcefully removed property from the victim and ﬂed. Residential burglary • 10800 block of Margate Road, Silver Spring, between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 16. Unknown entry, unknown what was taken. • 500 block of Northwest Drive, Silver Spring, between 8 a.m. and 2:42 p.m. Oct. 16. No forced entry, took property. • 2200 block of Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 16. Forced entry, took property.
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New Wheaton schools break ground Del. Arora will not seek another term
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District 19 delegate said he will focus on family and business
Wearing hard hats and hoisting shovels, school and county ofﬁcials ceremoniously broke ground on two new school projects in Wheaton Wednesday morning. Over the next five years, the county will construct a new building for Wheaton High School, built in 1954, and one for Thomas Edison High School of Technology, added in 1982, on the same plot of land they now share in Wheaton off Dalewood Drive. The projects do not require classes to move from the campus because the buildings will be built on the athletic ﬁelds. Wheaton High School is expected to open its new doors in two years, Edison in ﬁve. Edison serves other county high schools as well with special classes from construction to automotive work and cosmetology, but does not have a core student body. The projects, part of the county’s 2013-18 Capital Improvements Program, have faced a number of obstacles, and delays due to budget shortfalls, on their way to construction. Plans have been in the works since at least 2009, when parents and schools pushed the Montgomery County Board of Education to update a number of aging schools in the county. Estimated costs came in at just under $119.7 million and completion for the entire project is expected in July 2018. The timeline includes demolishing the existing building and replacing it with sports ﬁelds once the new buildings open, as new facilities will take over existing
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A goundbreaking took place Wednesday for new Wheaton High School and Thomas Edison High School of Technology. sports ﬁelds. Outdoor practices and games will be played at other schools for the time being. This strategy allows for classes to remain on the same campus during construction. Once complete, Wheaton High School will occupy the southwest quadrant of the campus, near the intersection of Dalewood Drive and Randolph Road and Edison toward the north end on Dalewood Drive. Wheaton High School will have a floor plan of 332,625 square feet, and Edison 101,430 square feet. The update will increase Wheaton High School’s capacity from 1,258 to 1,618 students, making space for projected enrollment increases. At 1,350, this year’s enrollment has already exceeded current capacity. Edison will have a capacity of 946. Architect Karen Burlingame described the new spaces in the design, “we have lots of ﬂexible spaces that allow for different size groups to meet.” The design uses some glass walls for students to see what
their peers are working on throughout the building. Architects also focused on informal learning spaces with wide hallways, benches and a multi-use amphitheater, she said. Kyle Lowery, a senior in Wheaton High School’s engineering academy, said although he’ll be gone before completion of the new building, he’s glad his younger sister will beneﬁt from the new facilities. In his civic engineering class last year, Lowery learned about the plans, studying the designs and discussing the project with architects. “We actually got to see how the plans developed over time,” he said. Much of the design is oriented around project-based learning, an approach the school adopted last year. The idea, Green said, is “to problemsolve and take a bigger risk in learning.” This means having students learn in a hands-on way and apply what they learn to real-world situations. The new buildings will be LEED certiﬁed, featuring green
roofs, with vegetation on the roof to reduce runoff and energy requirements for heating and cooling. Wheaton High School Principal Bennie Green said, “our community and our students deserve the best, and in a couple of years, we’re going to be able to match the fantastic education students are getting with a fantastic new facility.” “We need a school infrastructure to support the kind of innovative learning that is already taking place,” he said. He cited challenges such as limited access to Wi-Fi in the current building. “Our students need to be able to take advantage of modern technology,” he said, and the new design will facilitate that. With Wi-Fi available throughout the school, for example, students can access the resources they need when and where they need it to work together. email@example.com
Del. Sam Arora has chosen to not run for re-election to the Maryland House of Delegates. Arora (D-Dist. 19) of Silver Spring made his decision public Friday, saying in an interview with The Gazette that he will spend his time working in the private sector and focusing on his family. Arora was first elected in 2010. His decision opens a seat in District 19 for the 2014 election, where at least two challengers and two incumbents have ﬁled to run for the House. More than a month ago, the three other District 19 lawmakers — Sen. Robert Manno and Dels. Bonnie L. Cullison and Benjamin F. Kramer — disclosed plans to campaign for re-election as a slate, without Arora. Kramer said the slate disagreed with Arora’s vote against same-sex marriage after he initially supported it. Arora said the backlash from his vote on same-sex marriage did “not really” play a part in his decision not to run again. “At end of day, as a legislator, you are going to vote the way you think is wisest,” Arora said of the criticism he has faced for that vote. “You will always have critics, particularly if you do things that are a bit more independent. That is part of the job and part of what happens.” As he mulled another term, Arora said, he questioned if he could continue to commit fully to his obligations as a lawmaker, a businessman and a husband. Arora, 32, said he and his wife are in the “season of life”
where they are looking to start a family, and his family’s health care business, The Arora Group, continues to grow, he said. “As I thought about it, I asked: ‘Can I put in the amount
“I want to do what I am committing to well, and that means, in this season of my life, stepping back from serving in this capacity.” Del. Sam Arora (D-Dist. 19) of time and effort it takes to be good delegate?’” he said. “Can all things be balanced? I want to do what I am committing to well, and that means, in this season of my life, stepping back from serving in this capacity.” With only one legislative session left in his term, Arora said he is approaching it with excitement, considering carefully what legislation he will introduce in his ﬁnal year. Among the bills he has in the works are efforts to ease restrictions on microbreweries in Montgomery County, to close a loophole surrounding sexual abuse of students and making state regulations more predictable for small businesses. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Manna Food Center turns 30 Executive director: ‘But the reality is that there are a lot of working families that need food support’ n
BY AGNES BLUM STAFF WRITER
The volunteers search the industrial shelves packed with canned foods, diapers, infant formulas, they reach into the immense cardboard box overﬂowing with cabbage heads and they count apples. It’s all part of the process of packing about 200 boxes with food a day — about 16,000 pounds of food total — that the Manna Food Center gives to Montgomery County residents each day. It’s a labor of love that has been going on for 30 years. On Monday, the Gaithersburg nonprofit celebrated its 30th birthday. What started as a small operation in Hungerford Park Elementary School has moved into a large warehouse on Gaither Road, supplemented by six other food distribution sites in Silver Spring, Germantown, Gaithersburg and Wheaton. In a county where the median household income is $92,000 it can be easy to forget
that some people are going hungry, but Manna helps people remember, said Jackie De Carlo, executive director of the food center. “There’s a perception that we’re very afﬂuent,” De Carlo said. “But the reality is that there are a lot of working families that need food support.” Manna distributes food to about 43,000 households each year, serving more than 194,000 county residents a year. The program could not run without the help of volunteers, DeCarlo said, who donate more than 64,000 hours a year. The nonproﬁt has a staff of 20 people. The increase in need spiked during the recession, said Mark Foraker, director of development at Manna, and has not receded. In 2008, about 24,000 households received food. In 2012, that number had jumped to almost 43,000. “It’s tied into the larger issue of poverty,” Foraker said. That’s why the nonprofit works so closely with the county government and other local groups, De Carlo said. Over the next few years, she would like to see Manna Food Center work with the community even more. “If we’re going to eliminate
Obituary Carl Howe
October 8, 1928 – October 30, 2013 Carl Elliott Howe, 85 of Boonsboro, MD died at Brooke Grove Retirement Village, Sandy Spring, MD, October 30, 2013. Born in Tacoma Park, Maryland he was the son of Julian Menzo Howe, and Eleanor Elliott Howe Marston. Carl Howe served as President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brooke Grove Foundation, Inc., located in Sandy Spring, MD., for 53 years from 1953 to 2006. Brooke Grove Foundations is a charitable organization which operates Brooke Grove Retirement Village in Sandy Spring, MD., Williamsport Retirement Village in Williamsport, MD., and Rest Assured Living Center in Meyersdale, PA. He was appointment by Governor Marvin Mandel to be chairman of the commission to establish licensing qualifications for nursing home administrators and he became the first licensed nursing home administrator in Maryland. He is survived by his sons, David J. Howe of Mt. Airy, MD, Ted E. Howe, and wife, Elizabeth (Weir) Howe of Boonsboro, MD., Timothy R. Howe and wife, Lyn (Haskins) Howe of Harpswell, ME.; grandchildren Trudy (Howe) Squires, and her husband Mark Squires of Independence, WV., Amberley R. Howe of Angwin, California, A. David Howe of Angwin, California, C. Evan Howe and his wife, Jennifer (Williams) Howe, of Sandy Spring, MD, L. Ansley Howe of Atlanta, GA, J. Alban Howe of Washington, D.C., Paul T. Howe and his wife, Petra (Houmann) Howe, of Orlando, FL., Barry J. Howe and his wife Christy (Kurtz) Howe, of Loma Linda, CA., John E. Howe and his wife, Martina (Houmann) Howe, of Loma Linda, CA.; and great-grandchildren Jonah Squires and Hazel Squires of Independence, WV.
Jury deadlocked on additional murder charge against Tyshon Jones n
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Manna Food Center staff member Norman Flood loads food items for clients last year at the Gaithersburg warehouse location. hunger we’ve got to have a lot of the community at the table,” she said. Back inside the warehouse, 10 volunteers and one staff member were busy sorting cans and packing up boxes of food. Trucks would be coming in with what they had picked up at local supermarkets, farms and farmer markets. Combined with the food donated by the community it adds up to about 4 million pounds of food a year. Then, they would turn around and deliver boxes of food in the afternoon. One of those volunteers was
He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother John Howe, his first wife, Roberta (Waskey) Howe, his second wife, Eleanor (Wiese) Howe and an infant son, Dennis Howe. Memorial Services will be held at Williamsport Adventist Church, Williamsport, MD., on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10 a.m. and at Brooke Grove Retirement Village, Sandy Spring, MD., on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Carl and Sue Howe Education Fund, Brooke Grove Foundation, Inc., 18100 Slade School Road, Sandy Spring, MD. 20860. Online condolences at www.barberfhlaytonsville.com 1913014
Man accused in slaying in Silver Spring acquitted on two counts of murder
Keith Feeney, who is a healthcare recruitment consultant. Feeney, of Germantown, has been coming every Tuesday morning to help sort food for about four years. “We’re coming in to the busiest time of the year,” Feeney said. “I leave here around 12 o’clock every day and you see the families and people lined up — it puts a face to what we’re doing here. And those lines aren’t getting any shorter.” email@example.com
More than three years after police found Julian Kelly sprawled on the ground bleedingfromfourgunshotwoundsin Silver Spring, the man believed to have pulled the trigger was acquitted of two counts of murder. The jury was hung on two other counts against Tyshon L. Jones, 21, of Tennessee: felony murder and use of a handgun in a crime of violence. Prosecutors had not decided if they would seek a new trial on those counts. It took a Montgomery County jury less than two days to ﬁnd Jones not guilty of premeditated ﬁrst-degree murder, second-degree murder, armed robbery and robbery. “We’re very pleased with the verdict, but it’s important to note the case might not be over,” said John Shariﬁ, Jones’ attorney. Kelly died in September 2010 from an infection related to his gunshot wounds. Police in Knoxville, Tenn., arrested Jones in March on an assault and disorderly conduct charge and discovered that he was wanted on murder charges in Montgomery County. Jones was the fourth man police had connected to Kelly’s shooting. In December 2011, Shamire Moore of New Carrollton was found guilty of second-degree assault and conspiracy to commit seconddegree assault. Charles Baxter and Khalil Fields, both of Briggs Chaney, were also initially arrested and
charged in Kelly’s murder. Charges against Fields were dropped in October 2010, and Baxter was ultmately acquitted of the charges he faced. “We respect the jury’s decision,” said Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the Montgomery State’s Attorney’s Ofﬁce. “It was a tough case, but we prosecuted it as we felt we should.” Prosecutors will evaluate the two counts on which the jury had not reached a verdict and decide how to proceed, he said. In opening statements, prosecutors said Kelly, a father of two, got off a bus in Silver Spring and was walking home when he bumped into Moore. That chance encounter led to a ﬁght, then a shooting. According to testimony in court, Moore followed Kelly with some of his friends, and tried to rob him of his bag. When Kelly resisted, Moore and several others kicked and beat him. One witness, London Woods, said in court that she had seen the ﬁght. “It seemed like an hour to me,” she said. “We were just standing there watching.” Woods testified that after Kelly was shot, she and a friend stayed at the scene of the shooting, rooted to the spot. They watched Kelly, his white shirt covered in blood, as he struggled toward the road. “I couldn’t move, even if I wanted to,” she said, growing emotional. She ﬂagged down a passing car and asked the occupant to call 911, she said. Sharifi said he and Jones “appreciate” the jury’s verdict and will watch for the prosecutor’s decision on the remaining counts. firstname.lastname@example.org
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SRO program faces mixed feelings in County Council n
Police to seek funds to expand
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County Police are looking to expand a program that places its ofﬁcers in schools, but some County Council members have concerns about the program’s cost and the necessity of its growth. County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said during a Oct. 24 joint meeting of the County Council’s Education and Public Safety committees that he aims to continue buildingupthecounty’sschoolresource ofﬁcer program to its status before budget cuts in recent years. “My intention is to get the program back to where it was,” Manger said. “We’re well on our way doing that.” ButCountyCouncilmanMarc Elrich said he is not sure the ofﬁcer program is the best place to put the county’s limited resources. “I continue to have some heartburn over this program,” said Elrich (D-At large) of Takoma Park. “This is an extraordinary amount of money we’re talking about.” Bruce R. Meier of the county’s ofﬁce of management and budget said in March that the recent addition of six ofﬁcers to the program cost about $952,900. County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin said the county has recently cut youth programs “substantially,” while directing more money to the ofﬁcer program. “I don’t think this is a panacea,” Ervin said of the ofﬁcer program. “I don’t think everything is going to come to the attention of the SRO.” The county could help kids through the youth programs that keep them “safe and engaged” and help address problems “where they start,” Elrich said. Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring also said she hasn’t seen many incidents reported at schools that would necessitate more ofﬁcers. “Until we see data that backs up the need for SROs, I’m going to continue to be a pitbull on this thing,” she said. During the 2009-2010 school year, the program included 33 budgeted resource ofﬁcer positions, according to the program’s coordinator, Sgt. Suzanne Harrell. The program, however, was slashed in July 2010 to nine ofﬁcers and later to six ofﬁcers. It grew slightly when the council approved six new ofﬁcer positions for ﬁscal 2014, resulting in the current total of 12 ofﬁcer
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positions in the county police department. Another eight officers participate who are not in budgeted positions, including ﬁve assisting police ofﬁcers, a Gaithersburg city police ofﬁcer, a Rockville city police ofﬁcer and a deputy sheriff. “Wehave25highschoolsright now and only 20 SROs, so really, to reach that effectiveness, you want that one-on-one,” Harrell said. “We’re not quite there yet.” Some council members did express support for the program’s current work and for increasing the ofﬁcers’ presence in middle schools. CountyCouncilVicePresident Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said he thinks the ofﬁcershelpstaveoffviolentincidents and are doing work that is difﬁcult to quantify. Their work also often won’t be heard about, he said. “That’s the beauty of it,” Rice said. Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda said he was concerned that schools underreport incidents, but that he appreciated Ervin’s frustration. Berliner asked county school board member Michael Durso to take back to the board the idea of splitting the cost evenly with the county. Durso,aformerprincipal,said he has seen ﬁrsthand the positive impact of the ofﬁcers who were able to develop relationships with students. “I really can’t say enough of the importance of the growth of the SRO program,” Durso said. Susan Burkinshaw — health and safety committee co-chairwoman of the Montgomery
County Council of Parent Teacher Associations — said she sees the council “between a rock and a hard place” when it comes to deciding how to use limited funds for the ofﬁcer program and youth programs. However, she said, she thinks school safety has to come ﬁrst and that students are safer when the ofﬁcers are present. “I believe that when there’s an ofﬁcer in the building, incidents are diffused,” she said. The parent teacher associations council ultimately wants to see an ofﬁcer in each high school and middle school, Burkinshaw said, but recognizes the county’s ﬁnancial restraints. Doug Steel, supervisor of school safety and security for the school system, said after the meeting that he agreed that the county’s youth programs are important places to commit resources. “The safety and security of kids is also critically important,” hesaid.“Fortheparents,thisisthe most precious commodity.” While placing an ofﬁcer at every school is “an enormous budgetary issue,” Steel said, he thinks the ofﬁcers would be beneﬁcial for middle and elementary school students as well. Any growing number of ofﬁcers would be helpful, he said. The key to the program’s success in a school is the ofﬁcer’s ability to build relationships with the students, Steel said. “The kids are the ones that have information, or have issues that need to be dealt with and it’s on a daily basis,” he said. email@example.com
Leggett opposes scaling back bag tax County executive’s staff says altering policy would be ‘premature’
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
County Executive Isiah Leggett thinks scaling back the county’s bag tax would be “premature,” as the policy needs more time before its effectiveness in limiting litter in waterways can be evaluated, a staff member told members of a Montgomery County Council committee Monday. Leggett (D) believes the law that requires retailers to charge a 5-cent fee for each plastic bag is proving effective in limiting the number of bags used by customers, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kathleen Boucher told the council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee. The law should be given at least two years to allow for data to be collected before any changes are considered, according to Leggett. In January 2012, the county began charging a nickel tax on most carryout bags, with a few exemptions such as paper “doggy bags” at restaurants. The new bill would exempt plastic “doggy bags” as well as paper ones. The new bill now being considered would apply the tax only to businesses that make more than 2 percent of their sales from food. That would exempt retailers such as many department stores. The county collected about $2.2 million from the tax in its ﬁrst 12 months, double what was expected. The money pays
for stormwater management projects through the Water Quality Protection Fund. Evidence shows that the tax is keeping more bags out of streams, but the ones that are found aren’t all grocery bags, county spokesman Patrick Laceﬁeld said Monday. Robert G. Hoyt, director of the county’s Department of Environmental Protection, said stations used by the county are collecting data. But he said there is strong anecdotal evidence that fewer bags are showing up in streams. Making changes now could undermine the environmental improvements the county has already seen, Laceﬁeld said. The committee voted 2-1 to send the bill for consideration by the full council, with an amendment that would categorize alcohol sales as food for the purposes of determining the 2 percent threshold. Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda, who sponsored the bill, and Councilwoman Nancy M. Floreen (D-At large) of Garrett Park, a co-sponsor, voted to send the bill on. Councilman Hans Riemer (D-At large) of Takoma Park opposed it, saying he believed the bill should look at other ways to tighten the number of exemptions. Berliner said he supported the original bag tax proposal, but has since come to question its breadth and believes the county “overreached” when it passed the law. He said he thinks a tax can change people’s behavior to the extent of bringing reusable bags to the grocery store, but
he doesn’t think it’s reasonable to expect people to bring them to department stores or other retailers. Limiting the tax to stores that sell food would still go a long way toward cutting down on litter, Berliner said. “They are not Macy’s bags that we ﬁnd in our streams, for the most part,” he said. Riemer said he thinks most people are OK with paying a fee that will reduce litter and help clean up streams, and he’s afraid any changes will “blow the policy open” and damage the county’s efforts. Floreen said she thinks customers’ reactions aren’t as negative as they were when the tax took effect, and people have gotten used to paying it. Berliner argued that even with the exemptions, the largest issuers of bags — such as Giant Food, Safeway, Target, Whole Foods Market and Harris Teeter — would still be covered by the tax. Councilman Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown, another co-sponsor of the bill, said he has seen a change in the number of people bringing reusable bags to grocery stores, but not in other retail settings. He said the county could do the most good for the environment by focusing on the areas where it truly can change people’s behavior. Hoyt said the county is trying to measure the change the tax has had in changing people’s behavior. “What we need is a little more time ... to survey people,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
Single vehicle crash occurred on Connecticut Avenue n
BY AGNES BLUM STAFF WRITER
A Wheaton man was killed when his car hit a curb and overturned on Connecticut Avenue in Wheaton at 1:20 a.m. Sunday. Montgomery County police are investigating the crash, which occurred near the intersection with Adams Drive. Ofﬁcers who responded to the scene found an overturned 2004 Chevrolet Malibu in the northbound lanes of Connecticut Avenue, and David Wayne Mills, 54, of the 3700 block of Ralph Road in Wheaton, who had been thrown from the car, in the median. Police said they think the vehicle was northbound on Connecticut Avenue when it struck the right curb and overturned. Mills was alone in the car. No other cars or people were involved, said Angela Cruz, a police spokeswoman. The crash remains under investigation and anyone with information about it is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620. Callers may remain anonymous. email@example.com
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Montgomery graduation rate rises slightly n
Gaps decrease between some student groups BY
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County Public Schools’ four-year graduation rate rose slightly from the class of 2011 to the class of 2012, according to Maryland State Department of Education data released Oct. 30. About 87.4 percent of students in the class of 2012 graduated after four years of high school, which is 3.8 percentage
points higher than the 2012 state graduation rate. The school system saw a similar increase from the class of 2010 to the class of 2011. The school system’s fiveyear graduation rate increased 0.8 percentage points to 90.2 percent, while its dropout rate decreased slightly, from 7.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Four-year graduation rates rose to varying degrees across the school system’s major student groups. African-American students’ rate rose about 1 percentage point, to 82.3 percent, and His-
panic students’ rate rose about 1.4 percentage points. With white students’ graduation rate staying about the same, the gaps between AfricanAmerican students and white students and between Hispanic students and white students closed slightly. Over the past two years, the gap between African-American and white students decreased by about 3.9 percentage points; the gap between Hispanic and white students decreased by about 2.1 percentage points. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said in a school system
news release that more AfricanAfrican and Hispanic students are “graduating on time.” “While there are still signiﬁcant gaps in performance, it is encouraging to see that those gaps have narrowed in the past couple of years,” Starr said in the release. “We must focus on meeting the individual needs of our students if we are going to continue to see this type of progress in the years to come.” Among the other changes: The graduation rate of students who receive free and reducedprice meals rose about 1.4 percentage points, to 76.7 percent.
Limited English proﬁcient students’ rate rose about 3.9 percentage points, to 53.1 percent. Special education students’ rate stayed about the same. Of the school system’s 25 high schools, 12 schools’ graduation rates increased from the class of 2011 to the class of 2012 and 17 schools’ rates increased from the class of 2010 to the class of 2012. The top ﬁve graduation rate increases from 2011 to 2012 were at Walter Johnson, Rockville, Col. Zadok Magruder, Seneca Valley and Wheaton high schools. email@example.com
“While there are still signiﬁcant gaps in performance, it is encouraging to see that those gaps have narrowed in the past couple of years.” Superintendent Joshua P. Starr
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Ofﬁcials to request $20M for school expansion n
Superintendent: County’s schools are ‘bursting at the seams’ BY
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County and its state representatives will mount a “very hard and vigorous ﬁght” for money to increase school capacity for an inﬂux of students, said County Executive Isiah Leggett. Between 2000 and 2012, Montgomery public school
enrollment grew by 14,599 students — more than Anne Arundel, Howard, Frederick and Baltimore counties combined, according to the county. With nearly half of the county’s public schools projected to not have enough seats for students by the 2018-19 school year, Leggett, County Council members and state legislators highlighted the need for more school funds Thursday at Julius West Middle School in Rockville. To help fund expansion projects, the county plans to
request up to $20 million from the state, to go along with $40 million from the county, similar to a bill passed last year to provide funding for Baltimore City Public Schools. The infusion of cash would let the county issue about $750 million in bonds to fund 56 construction projects at severely affected schools over the next ﬁve years, according to a county release. “We’re bursting at the seams,” said Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendant Joshua Starr.
He said schools hold classes on auditorium stages and work with students in hallways. The county also uses 379 portable classrooms. The county’s public schools are part of the attraction for many new residents, said County Council President Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring. But the schools can’t sustain their performance without additional resources, she said. Montgomery has been “a victim of our own success” in pursuing policies that sup-
ported growth and development the past several decades, said Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington. If there’s no additional money for school expansions this year, it will impede growth in Montgomery and beyond, he said. “Slowing Montgomery slows the growth of Maryland,” Madaleno said. Solving the capacity crisis will be the county’s top priority in Annapolis for the next General Assembly session, which begins in January. Del. Sheila Hixson (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, said getting the increase might not be easy, but she believes that, ultimately, many large jurisdictions in the state will support it. Madaleno, who serves on the Senate’s Budget and Taxation Committee and chairs the
Education, Business and Administration Subcommittee, said it’s always a challenge to get something new and innovative approved. While the Baltimore bill might be a template, he thinks everyone is “keeping an open mind” on how the issue can be addressed. Everyone needs to stay focused on what the challenges to the school system could mean for the county, and the larger repercussions for the state if Montgomery’s economy starts to decline, he said. But getting approval might be a heavy lift, even for one of the most powerful county delegations in the state. “This will be a challenge, there’s no question,” Madaleno said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Kelsey Lancos teaches her ﬁfth-graders in a portable classroom at Sargent Shriver Elementary School in Silver Spring. The school has nine portables, three of which were added over the summer.
Obituary George Rust Canby, Jr. “Rusty”, 87, passed away Thursday, October 24, 201. He was a long time resident of The ARC Montgomery County group homes. He was the beloved son of the late Rust and Elizabeth Canby. He is survived by a brother, Tom Dawson Canby. A memorial service will be held at 10:30am on Friday, November 8, 2013 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located at 10001 Brighton Dam Rd. Brookeville, MD 20833 (at the intersection of New Hampshire Ave. and Brighton Dam Rd). In lieu of flowers it is requested that donations be made in memory of his name to The ARC Montgomery County, 11600 Nevel St. Rockville, MD 20852. Following the memorial service, interment will take place at the Woodside Cemetery. Online condolences at www.barberfhlaytonsville.com 1912786
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Aquilino Cancer Center set for unveiling Leggett won’t sign bill
for council pay increases
Center will be the ﬁrst comprehensive outpatient facility in the county n
Raises will take effect without his signature, irking council members
BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER
Cancer patients in Montgomery County have a new option come Thursday, as Adventist HealthCare opens its Aquilino Cancer Center in Rockville. The 50,000-square-foot center on the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital campus is the county’s ﬁrst free-standing, comprehensive outpatient facility, according to Adventist ofﬁcials. Patients will have access to an array of independent specialists, such as medical and radiation oncologists, plus counselors and dieticians. Physicians also will be able to closely collaborate with researchers, and patients will be given the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. A navigation team comprising nurses, social workers and dieticians will work with patients’ speciﬁc needs and lead them through every step of the treatment and recovery process, ofﬁcials said. While the radiation oncology department and the cancer care navigation team began seeing patients at the building on Sept. 23, the rest of the departments will start to provide care in the coming weeks. Thursday will mark the center’s opening, with an informational program, self-guided tours, a building dedication and ribbon-cutting, and refreshments. The center also will offer ﬁtness activities such as yoga and meditation, cooking demonstrations and support groups for patients to transition into “survivorship” after their diagnosis. “It’s not that you can’t get these services on other hospital campuses in the county, but you can’t get them all under one roof,” said Jane Peck, executive director for cancer services for Adventist HealthCare of Gaithersburg. “For a cancer patient that is compromised and weak, traveling is a big deal to them and being able to come to one location is important.” State-of-the-art equipment is used throughout the center, including a high dose rate instrument that administers powerful dosages of radiation but can reduce the number of sessions a patient has to endure. The building is certiﬁed under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. For example, a rooftop garden absorbs rainwater and reduces runoff. “We focus on the health of our patients,
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The CT Simulation Scanner room has illuminated cosmic scenes mounted in the ceiling for patients to look at while lying on their backs at the Aquilino Cancer Center at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. but also the health of the community is important to us, too,” Peck said. To make the space warm and inviting, a neutral color palette and serene art were incorporated into the decor. The building features large windows for natural light. Several of the radiation treatment rooms have illuminated nature scenes mounted in the ceiling for patients to look at while lying on their backs. “We want it to feel like home,” said Don Bridges, a radiation oncologist at the center. “We want patients to be in a very comfort-
able environment and feel relaxed.” Grace Lee, a two-year cancer survivor from Frederick and the infection control coordinator at the hospital, called the facility “phenomenal” and said it will make the process easier for patients. “I look back when I had [cancer]. I didn’t have everything in one location, so this is wonderful,” Lee said. “It will help make what others are going through a lot easier.” email@example.com
In a move that caught members of the Montgomery County Council off-guard, County Executive Isiah Leggett won’t sign a bill the council passed that would provide pay increases for the next council and executive, but Leggett will allow the bill to become law without his signature. Leggett’s lack of action means the bill automatically became law on Monday and will go into effect in December 2014. The bill would increase the pay for council members by about $32,000 over the next four years, from the current salary of $104,291 a year to $136,258 on Dec. 4, 2017. It would also provide an increase of about $10,000 for the next county executive, to a salary of $190,000 a year from $180,250, and ties the salaries of the sheriff and state’s attorney to a consumer price index. The bill won’t apply to the current council or executive, who are legally prohibited from giving themselves raises while in ofﬁce. The fact that the bill passed the council by an 8-1 vote factored into Leggett’s decision not to veto the measure, county spokesman Patrick Laceﬁeld said Thursday. Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg voted no. Six votes are needed for the council to negate an executive veto. “It’s pretty clear any veto would be overridden,” Laceﬁeld said Thursday. The Washington Post reported on Oct. 29 that Leggett
might not sign the bill. That came as news to several council members. Council President Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring said Thursday that Leggett never conveyed any hesitations about the bill during the legislative process that led up to the council’s vote on Oct. 22. “It’s unfortunate that this is being raised all over again,” Navarro said Thursday. Council Vice President Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said he and Leggett discussed the issue on Oct. 30, but that was the ﬁrst he’d heard of the executive’s misgivings. “I wish that we had known about it ahead of time,” Rice said. Councilman Marc Elrich (D-At Large) of Takoma Park said Thursday he speaks to Leggett regularly, and Leggett never told him about any concerns about the bill. “People do things I don’t understand sometimes,” Elrich said. In July, Leggett told members of the committee in charge of making a recommendation to the council that he believed a cost of living adjustment would be enough, Laceﬁeld said Thursday. “We hear the recession is over, but things are still tough for a lot of people,” he said. Leggett had assumed the committee would pass on his reservations, Laceﬁeld said. Leggett should have shared his concerns with the council in a more timely manner, Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda said. There was a time and place for the executive to weigh in on the compensation issue, and it shouldn’t have been after the fact, Berliner said. firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued from Page A-1 found her rear sliding door to the home shattered, according to a police incident report. Sullivan noticed that audio equipment, television, radio, camera, an iPod touch, and her gold wedding band and gold earrings were missing. A total of $5,764 valuables were stolen, according to the report. Garcia Orellana, a former tenant of apartment 105 told police he was also the victim of a burglary after the ﬁre, according to a police incident report. The report stated that Orellana’s home was condemned after the ﬁre and he didn’t immediately ﬁle a missing items report. Shajee Tahaw Wur of apartment 206 ﬁled a report with police saying his apartment was also broken into after the ﬁre. According to the police incident report, Wur didn’t report the crime until his insurance agent advised him to do it. A fourth former resident, Martha Abate, who used to live at apartment 202, was recovering her belongings on Aug. 31 from her apartment after the ﬁre and put 30 pairs of shoes in a black trash bag and left the bag out in the apartment hall-
Continued from Page A-1 who began her campaign Friday. She said she believed the number of write-in votes reﬂected interest in alternative candidates. “It’s about making people not afraid to do it, and commit to it, and supporting them,” she said. Despite dropping out of the
way, according to a police report. When she returned to the hallway with more recovered items she found the bag had been stolen. The victims could not be reached for comments. No one has been arrested in any of the crimes, according to the police. Rosie McCray-Moody, manager at the ofﬁce of landlord-tenant affairs at Montgomery County, said, “the owner of the property is responsible for securing the place” once the ﬁre marshal’s ofﬁce and police have completed their investigations. But in an email to The Gazette, the president of CIH Properties Inc., Kevin P. O’Malley, said the company secured the apartment building’s entry door the morning after the ﬁre and installed a security fence around the perimeter of the apartments. “We boarded the additional windows and secured the patio doors that were directly accessible from the ground. We then employed a security contractor to station a guard within the fence line during the night time,” said O’Malley. “We also proceeded to install a temporary electric service to provide light to the interior and exterior of the building.” Attendees at the Oct. 30
meeting had the opportunity to talk about their experience helping fire victims from 27 units, and expressed their frustrations with the days after the ﬁre while sharing suggestions to make responses more efﬁcient. Some of the suggestions at the meeting were better communication between government agencies and nonproﬁts; ensure the victims, regardless or immigration status, can trust the fire marshal’s office and police; and include additional training to clarify the role of nonprofits such as American Red Cross and state and federal agencies. Also noted was a need to distribute a resource directory or “desktop guide” to community groups. Pearline Tyson, program manager for the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, said the community must know who to look for when in need of help. Tyson and other government ofﬁcials agreed that some of the displaced families were not comfortable with the presence of law enforcement mainly because of their undocumented immigration status. “If they were comfortable with a lot of these people I think that would have helped a lot, too,” said Tyson. Blanca Kling, Hispanic li-
aison for Montgomery County police, said police do not ask for immigration status if a person is a victim or witness of a crime. Tyson also expressed concerns with the roles of various groups in such disasters adding that communication must also improve. “Sometimes we are jumping into it, and we don’t know what has already been done,” said Tyson. Victims are still being helped by faith-based organizations. Sligo Seventh Day Adventist church members raised $14,651 to aid the ﬁre victims. The fund will be given to Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington and distributed to affected residents. Still, county ofﬁcials were pleased with the efforts by the community and emergency management team. “What I take from the August event and response and debriefing is that we have many dedicated, caring, and concerned individuals and organizations that want to be as effective and efﬁcient as possible,” said John J. Kenney of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services in an email to The Gazette.
race last week, Eric Mendoza received ten votes. He said he’s hopeful about being involved in city politics the future and said that he thought the exposure from running had opened doors for him. But he was very disappointed that he could not see the race through. Following the results announcement, Seamens spoke with Mendoza about working together on issues in Ward 4. Williams said that he sees
keeping the same council as a beneﬁt, since “it takes a while to get up to speed on all that happens,” and councilmembers can continue their work together. Male said he could not have predicted all of the issues the council addressed in the last term and he looks forward to what comes up in the next two years. He does expect that economic development and sustainability will be key topics.
“It’s a humbling experience,” to serve the community,” Daniels-Cohen said. Despite an ongoing battle with cancer, Daniels-Cohen chose to run again this election because she wants to help others however she can, a sentiment heightened by her struggle, her brother Buddy Daniels said. Election results will be ﬁnalized at a City Council meeting Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Continued from Page A-1 “This is going to be devastating for people on SNAP,” Umbriac said. For Silver Spring resident Byron Kelly, losing $11 in monthly food stamp beneﬁts is more than a couple of meals. “It’s probably three days’ worth of food,” he said. Kelly, who cares for his mother at home, lost his job in February. His mother held a part-time job but suffered a stroke over the summer, leaving both of them unable to work. The only source of income for their household of two comes from his mother’s Social Security payments, Kelly said.
Continued from Page A-1 plan for affordable health insurance. Workers at Unity Disposal, based in Laurel, also returned to work after an 11-day strike that began after about 70 workers were terminated. The employ-
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“As soon as I get the [food stamp] beneﬁts, I have to run to the store because we’ve usually used up what we have,” he said. Kelly visits Manna Food once a month to supplement what they can get with food stamps, but he said he’s not sure how long their smaller food stamp beneﬁt will last. Households of one or two people who receive the minimum SNAP beneﬁt, which was $16 before Nov. 1, will now receive $15. Households may receive varying amounts of federal assistance based on their income and other factors. Damascus resident Lynne Bowser supported herself and her husband with the $16 SNAP beneﬁts for three
ees had refused to go to work to protest the ﬁring of a coworker who criticized management’s attempts to stop workers from joining a union. Even the county’s living wage doesn’t provide enough money to buy affordable health care, Navarro said. Navarro said Thursday that the bill wasn’t ﬁnished. She and
years, but recently decided not to continue with the program. “For the time, effort and gasoline, my $16 a month wasn’t worth it anymore,” she said. At $4 a week for a household of two, she still had to supplement her food with donations from Manna. C. Marie Henderson, director of The Community Foundation for Montgomery County, said she and her staff took the “SNAP Challenge” last year when she headed Interfaith Works, a coalition of congregations that works to meet the needs of the county’s poor and homeless. For ﬁve weekdays, she and her staff members limited their food budget to a $25 allowance, similar to what an indi-
her staff still were working with the county’s Department of General Services to understand how the regulations would work. County spokesman Patrick Lacefield said Executive Isiah Leggett (D) was still reviewing the proposal Tuesday, and wanted to see what the cost estimates attached to the bill would be.
Deeper cuts possible for food stamp beneﬁts n
Bill could cut billions
KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER
As food stamp recipients adjust to recent cuts in their beneﬁts, they face losing even more. The farm bill in Congress threatens to cut as much as $39 billion more from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, in the next 10 years. On Friday, recipients lost about 5 percent of their beneﬁts when temporary funding from the 2009 stimulus expired. “It’s like a perfect storm,” Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin said of the cuts. About 70,000 county residents rely on the beneﬁts from the $79 billion annual federal program. More cuts could mean even less money for food each month and that worries Ervin and others. “We are very concerned about this because, on average these SNAP beneﬁts, which aren’t very big anyway, really supplement what you already have to buy food,” she said. The maximum beneﬁt an individual can receive per month is $189. For a household of two, the maximum is $347, and for a family of eight it is $1,137, according to Brian Schleter, spokesman for the state’s Department of Human Resources. Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring was active in establishing the county’s new Food Recovery Network, which works to provide excess food from restaurants and grocery stores to local
vidual in the SNAP program would allocate for one week. Henderson’s diet mostly consisted of beans, chicken, grits and frozen vegetables. “I was hungry all week,” she said. “The staff was hungry.” Local soup kitchens, help organizations and food banks may initially be able to help SNAP participants make up the difference, Henderson noted, but the organizations themselves are already strained. “They’re tapped, almost to the max, right now,” Henderson said. For now, local organizations are doing their part by educating SNAP participants and potential donors about the
“Obviously, it’s a worthy goal,” Laceﬁeld said. Ellen Valentino, state director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, hadn’t seen the bill, but said it likely would eliminate the ability of small businesses to compete for county contracts. That would create a more exclusive environment for big-
groups and families who need it. The bill passed by House Republicans would cut $39 billion over 10 years. The bill passed by the Democratic-controlled Senate would cut a tenth as much, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Ofﬁce. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D-Dist. 8) of Kensington, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, is among House Democrats fightng the deeper cuts. “This vital food assistance program provides a safety-net for millions of Americans working hard at low wage jobs, children, seniors, and veterans, including over 780,000 Marylanders,” Van Hollen said in a statement provided to The Gazette. Van Hollen said the House bill would also eliminate beneﬁts for 4 million Americans. The House version would significantly increase funding for the Emergency Food Assistance Program, which supplements the diets of low-income people by providing them with emergency food assistance. The program purchases and ships food to the states, which is then distributed through organizations such as Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg. Jenna Umbriac, nutritional educator for Manna, said her group is able to buy most of its frozen meats because of money it receives through the Emergency Food Assistance Program. However, both bills would limit eligibility for the Commodity Supplement Food Program to just the elderly, who made up 97 percent of those served in ﬁscal 2011.
cuts to the program. The Maryland Food Bank, which serves the state of Maryland except Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, directs SNAP outreach workers to needy communities. If the cuts to SNAP beneﬁts are permanent, Sam said, she’s concerned that more people will rely on food banks, creating an inﬂux of new clients. “Neither source,” meaning SNAP beneﬁts or food pantries, “is designed to meet all their needs,” she said. Staff Writer Kate Alexander contributed to this report. email@example.com
ger businesses, and less competition usually means higher contract costs, Valentino said. “When you inhibit competition like that, generally, it drives up costs,” she said. Montgomery has been aggressive in trying to create a competitive environment for small businesses to get county contracts, but maintaining that
competitiveness is a ﬁne line, she said. “It’s easy to lose businesses overnight,” she said. Navarro said she didn’t think the bill would hurt small businesses, since they would build the costs of health insurance into their bids. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Top job creators can be hard to ﬁgure n
Accurate data for every company not available
DMI tops Inc. list in Maryland
KEVIN JAMES SHAY
Maryland’s top company on the Inc. jobs list was Bethesda-based Digital Management Inc., a provider of mobile enterprise and big data solutions and services that created 1,009 jobs in the 18-month period. About 200 of those jobs were formed in Maryland, with many in Montgomery County, said Jay Fiore, vice president of marketing at DMI. DMI, which also has made Inc.’s list of the fastest-growing businesses for revenue the past six years, now has more than 1,500 employees companywide, with about 200 at the 44,000-square-foot Bethesda headquarters. The company, founded by CEO Jay Sunny Bajaj in 2002, has offices in Washington, D.C., Reston, Va., Linthicum and other cities. Fiore attributed the big workforce jump to demand for the use of mobile devices in the workplace. The rise has occurred among both government and private commercial clients such as Ford, Honda and The Gap, he said. Chevy Chase-based WeddingWire, an online wedding planning resource serving both couples and wedding professionals, was rated second in Maryland on the Inc. list. Of the 143 jobs created in the 18-month period, 141 of those were at the Chevy Chase headquarters, said Kamari Guthrie, a company spokeswoman.
Inc. magazine recently released its second annual list of leading privately held job creators, in which six of the top 10 in Maryland reside in Montgomery County and one in Frederick County. But before anyone starts trumpeting Montgomery as the epicenter of job creation in Maryland, like most surveys, there are a few qualiﬁcations. The list is based on the companies that submitted verification and an application to Inc. swearing to how many jobs they have added in the 18-month period from Jan. 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. It’s also limited to privately held companies. So a public company like Wal-Mart or a private company that did not apply to Inc. could have created more jobs in the 18 months. So is there a way to ﬁgure out which companies are deﬁnitely creating the most jobs? County and state economic development ofﬁcials say tracking that would be too wieldy given the fact that researchers would have to know how many jobs every single company or employer created. “The data we get on job creation are not available by individual establishment,” said Karen Glenn Hood, a spokeswoman with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.
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Jay Sunny Bajaj is founder and CEO of the Bethesda digital management consulting ﬁrm DMI. DBED does publish a list of the largest employers researchers know of by the number of jobs they have in Maryland, updating the ﬁgures late each year through personal surveys. From late 2011 to late 2012, Fort Meade in central Maryland was the top jobs creator in the state among large employers at about 12,000, while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration added almost 3,000 jobs in that period. The state agency also compiles a report each month on new and expanding businesses that lists ones that have added jobs recently, as well as looks at federal labor reports. The Montgomery County Department of Economic Development lists on its website “leading employers” without getting into how many jobs they have in the county, taken from the latest federal labor reports. The Frederick County Business
Development and Retention Division lists major employers with job ﬁgures in a survey similar to that of the state. The latest state Labor Department job report that breaks down county employment shows Montgomery growing jobs by 0.5 percent between the first quarter of 2013 and ﬁrst quarter of 2012. Frederick County has a job growth rate of 3.0 percent in the same period. The Montgomery DED also uses jobs data from private ﬁrm Economic Modeling Specialists International that show job creation to be a little more robust in the county, putting the county growth rate in the past year at 1.6 percent. “More counties are starting to use the EMSI data to supplement the [Department of Labor] data,” said Steven A. Silverman, director of Montgomery DED.
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Olney has The Look What woman isn’t looking for new clothes? The Look Boutique, owned and operated by Donna Johnson, is a new store in the Fair Hill shopping center in Olney selling moderate to upscale clothing and accessories for women. The 1,600-square-foot shop at 18119 Town Center Drive is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The venture is a new career for Johnson, who had a 25-year career in Montgomery and Howard counties’ public schools, where she taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels. “Our goal is to deliver a distinctive shopping experience for the professional woman seeking individual style, exceptional quality, value, convenience, and unparalleled customer service. We will provide a total fashion look for our customers,” Johnson said in a news release.
Give me a sign What’s your sign? Whatever it is, chances are Greg Utterback can make it. Utterback just opened a Signarama store at 19532 Amaranth Drive, Germantown. This is the second Signarama store for Utterback, who has been a franchisee since 1994. His other location is at 4200 Wis-
consin Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. “I hope to maximize the potential of this new service area while maintaining my existing client base in Washington, D.C.,” Utterback said in a news release. Signarama provides sign and graphic services to the business community. The Germantown location’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call Utterback at 202-244-9171.
Smashburger opens Germantown’s got a new burger joint. Smashburger opened at The Shops at Seneca Meadows in Germantown on Oct. 23. It’s the ﬁrst location for this national chain to hit the Maryland market, following Dupont Circle last month and Fairfax, Va. last fall, according to a company press release. Smashburger Seneca Meadows has 64 seats inside the restaurant with an additional 16 on its outdoor patio. The name comes from the way the burgers are made, fresh Angus Beef smashed on a 400 degree ﬂat grill to sear in the ﬂavor, according to the release. Smashburger’s hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. To learn more, visit www. smashburger.com.
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SCHOOL LIFE VOICES IN EDUCATION
Mygenet Tesfaye Harris n Age: 39 n Job title: Art teacher, Visual Art Center, Albert Einstein High School, Kensington. n Hometown: Rockville.
Mygenet Harris is a teacher in the county’s Visual Art Center at Albert Einstein High School, Kensington. She was interviewed Friday at the school. Her colleague, Jane Walsh, who also teaches in the center, participated in the conversation. Tell me about the Visual Art Center.
It is a magnet art program. Students must submit a portfolio of their work to be considered for admission. I’m actually an alumni [sic] of the V.A.C. Tell me about that.
n Education Data: I did a dual program for ﬁve years with a bachelor’s of ﬁne art in ﬁbers/ﬁne arts and a master’s in Art Education all from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. n Family: My parents were both educators for county schools. I was adopted at the age of 11 by my parents, Sandi and Ed Harris. I was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I have two beautiful blessings: my girls, Grace, 7, and Bethelehem, 10. n Hobby/Favorite vacation spot: I love reading a good book any time of the day… in addition [to] traveling, everything involving creativity is my hobby and way of life! My most peaceful vacation place was Kampen, Holland. My most spiritual vacation spot was Lalibela, Ethiopia. n Lesson to live by: Every day is a gift. Living in the moment is the only way to be.
I remember coming to the V.A.C. with my parents with a set of drawings and Mr. Barnes [Oroon E. Barnes] said I was accepted after reviewing my work. I was intimidated by him but really worked hard. He wanted only your best and there was not any room for nonsense. He really saw something in me and challenged me very hard. I kept going and going and he had me doing eight [8-foottall] paintings by the time I graduated. When I graduated high school in 1993 I was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and received a medal from President [Bill] Clinton for my paintings and drawings. I got a full scholarship to Maryland Institute College of Art because of the V.A.C. My path was paved by Mr. Barnes. My parents were just teachers and could have never afforded to send me to a school like MICA. Now I am teaching in the same program that made me.
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Jane Walsh (left) and Mygenet Harris teach in the Visual Art Center at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington.
Did you always want to be an art teacher?
Even when I was little in Ethiopia I always played the role of a teacher with my friends. I was always told I was good with people and later with kids. The irony of it all is that when I graduated from V.A.C., Mr. Barnes gave me a copy of his curriculum and told me I might need it one day. I guess he knew it was in the cards for me. I chose MICA partly because they had a master’s of teaching program. I knew that it was my calling. My dad and mom, who have dedicated their life to teaching, always said to me that teaching is the most rewarding career of all. When I ﬁnished my master’s in teaching I had two opportunities to go to New York and work with European traveling artists as a sculptor with Socrates (Sculpture) Park. I also had an offer to work with a curator for Baltimore Museum of Art. I made a decision to teach ﬁrst and knew that was my path. Deep inside I wished
for my destination to be the V.A.C. but knew that was a long hard path. Like a great dream I could not believe it when I received this position last year after 12 years with [county schools]. It was really like coming home and Mr. Barnes also knew somewhere inside of him that I would come back. I also know in the future I will begin the ﬁrst artist residency between Ethiopia and U.S./ European artists in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. I am working on the plans and hope for it to happen in the next six years. How many students are in the program and how does it work? Walsh: There are 90 students,
from all four grade levels. About 85 percent are full time at Einstein, they can transfer [here] since they are in a magnet program. Fifteen percent come from ﬁve other schools. Harris: We are a small learning community. It’s not just the visual arts, we are teaching students to be problem solvers. Walsh: We’ve developed a fouryear curriculum that builds on [their] skills. We are a traditional drawing and painting program because we can’t predict the jobs of the future. Eighty percent of our students go to university art programs, only 20 percent go to art school because they are too expensive. Harris: A lot of our students are balanced, they are student scholars. We mentor them. It’s all about guiding them for the future. We are our own little career center.
Are most of your students planning on art as a career?
A lot will probably have art in their careers but the world is changing. I see that they will have at least three careers in their lifetimes.
Can you teach a person to be an artist?
The honest truth is the spark, the absolute talent, the energy can’t be taught. I could teach you to draw an object, there is a formula, but it would lack energy.
Can you tell me about the Rendering Project the students are working on?
Students at George Washington University who served in the military wrote essays about their experiences. We got 22 of the essays, called testimonials. The students read them and selected one to represent in a drawing. They are mostly pencil and charcoal. We guided them through the project but the work is theirs — that’s problem solving. They will be on display with the testimonials at GW and the students will meet the writers. That is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at 2013 H St. N.W., Washington, D.C. “Voices in Education” is a twicemonthly feature that highlights the men and women who are involved with the education of Montgomery County’s children. To suggest someone you would like to see featured, email Peggy McEwan at pmcewan@ gazette.net.
EDUCATION NOTEBOOK A different kind of school photo When Peggy Salazar, principal of Oak View Elementary School in Silver Spring, was looking for a collaborative project the whole school could work on, she found the work of Daniel Dancer, a conceptual artist from Hood River, Ore. Dancer was at Oak View Oct. 29-30 to work with the students and staff to create a Peace Dragon photo, a picture that included all of the school’s 350 students and staff. Dancer’s canvas was the school playground and his medium was the staff and students, all dressed in black, who ﬁlled in the body of a dragon, the school’s mascot, that Dancer had outlined using black mulch and turf paint. The dragon embraced a peace symbol created by laying out 200 pairs of blue jeans collected by the students. With everyone in place, Dancer rode 80 feet into the air in the bucket of a Montgomery County ﬁre truck and photographed the scene. For added effect, some students had red shirts under their black ones and, on cue, ran to the mouth of the dragon to simulate ﬁre breathing. There was one other detail, Dancer said: The number 350 is one he tries to work into each of his aerial photos. “It’s the maximum parts of carbon we can have in the air and continue life as we know it,” Dancer said. “Its a big wakeup call to all the participants to change the way they view the world ... to see through the eyes of future generations.” During his three days at the school, Dancer met with all the students and staff, explaining his mission to get them to have a new perspective on life by looking up and thinking about the importance of combating
executive and The Gazette as part of the countywide King celebration Jan. 20 at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. For more information, contact James Stowe, director of the Montgomery County Ofﬁce of Human Rights, at 240-7778491 or email human-rights. email@example.com.
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Staff and students at Oak View Elementary School in Silver Spring are part of a living work of art created by Daniel Dancer, an Oregon artist who spent three days at the school. Dancer took the photo from the platform of a Montgomery County Fire Department truck ladder high above the school’s playground air pollution. “He’s been a lot of fun to work with: watching the process and talking to him about what he does. There is a lot of math involved; he works it all out on a grid,” art teacher Sarah McCarron said. Carolyn Scalera, whose daughter Amelie is in fourth grade, was one of many parents who were at the school to see the ﬁnal photos taken. “What is exciting about it is the art and the collaboration,” she said. “[It] is a metaphor for working together to save the planet.”
Martin Luther King contest underway Montgomery County’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee is seeking entries for its literary arts contest and visual arts show in observance of King’s life. The writing contest and visual arts show is open to all county elementary, middle and high schools students. Essay entries must be 150 words or less, and must be in poetry or
essay format. Entries will be judged on understanding and appreciation of King’s ideals; clarity and originality of expression; and adherence to the 2014 theme, “Honoring the Legacy: Celebrate, Serve, Remember.” Entries for the visual arts show may include prints, posters, collages, murals, photographs and all other twodimensional visual art forms. Entries also should portray the 2014 theme. There is no limit on the number of visual arts entries from each school. All visual arts submissions will be exhibited at the program, and at the Executive Ofﬁce Building during Black History Month in February. The submission deadline is Dec. 6. Participating schools should submit a maximum of three essay entries per school to the MLK Essay Contest, c/o Montgomery County Ofﬁce of Human Rights, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850. The top three winners from all entries will be invited to read their essays and receive an award presented by the county
Students at Clarksburg Elementary School are hold-
ing a Thanksgiving food drive through Nov. 22. Nonperishable foods will be collected in each homeroom and community members are invited to send food with students or drop it off at the school, at 13530 Redgrave Place. Food will be donated to the Clarksburg Community Assistance Network, a free supplemental food pantry for residents of the 20871 ZIP code who need assistance. For more information, call 301-353-8060.
Einstein students to exhibit artwork Students from the Montgomery County Public Schools Visual Art Center at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington will have their work displayed this month at the Student Veterans Center at George Washington University. “The Rendering Project” takes stories of life in and out of the military uniform and puts a visual representation to them through the arts and minds of today’s youth. Visual Art Center students were given testimonials and asked to render the experiences with charcoal and pencil. The project was a joint venture of the George Wash-
ington University Institute for Middle East Studies and Ofﬁce of Military and Veteran Student Service in partnership with the Visual Arts Center. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at 2013 H St. N.W., Washington.
Careers seminar and college fair are Nov. 16 Xi Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Omicron Lambda Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity are co-sponsoring the seventh annual Traditional and Non-Traditional Careers Seminar and College Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Watkins Mill High School, 10301 Apple Ridge Road, Gaithersburg. All students in sixth through 12th grade are invited to attend this free seminar featuring panelists and exhibitors in more than 25 career ﬁelds to help students prepare for college. College admissions information also will be available. Reservations are due Nov. 15 by email to jacquelynallyce@ gmail.com or by calling 202550-9376 In addition, the joint planning committee is seeking professionals to serve as panelists or exhibitors, and colleges and universities to participate. For more information, call 240-7784043 or 301-526-4377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Established in 2006 as part of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Economic Security Initiative, the On Top of the Game Partnership Signature Program is a coalition of members of Xi Sigma Omega Chapter, Sisters in Success and the administration of Watkins Mill High School. It’s designed to help students recognize the value of a college education while pro-
viding them with ﬁnancial, entrepreneurial, and economical life skills. The seminar and college fair are held in conjunction with Xi Sigma Omega’s Emerging Young Leaders, Economic Security and Social Justice and Human Rights Initiatives, plus Xi Sigma Omega’s JacksonBudd Signature Program. Xi Sigma Omega, established in 1983, contributes yearly to scholarships and implements a variety of programs focused on issues relating to youth leadership, health, social justice, global poverty, economics, social justice and human rights. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, founded in 1908 at Howard University, is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by black college-trained women.
Clarksburg High sells ornaments to support music Clarksburg High School’s instrumental music department, in cooperation with the Organization of Musical Parents and Helpers, is selling 2013 commemorative White House holiday ornaments to help support instrumental music at the school. The ornament honors peace represented by an image of the American elm tree planted just before Christmas by President Woodrow Wilson on the north lawn of the White House in 1913. The snowy scene comprises elm leaves, a wreath of olives branches and holly leaves. Two white doves of peace perch on the olive branches and hold the 2013 banner. The ornaments cost $25 and come in a gift box with a descriptive booklet. To order, contact instrumental music director Charles Oriﬁci at Charles_A_Oriﬁci@ mcpsmd.org.
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‘We try to be the middle person’ BY
SARAH SCULLY STAFF WRITER
On a recent evening, children clustered in the basement of the Park Montgomery Apartments in Silver Spring. Second-graders sat at one table, coloring with crayons and ﬁlling in connect-thedot drawings. Next to them a table of older kids worked on their homework. As each of them ﬁnished an assignment, they ran up to Asmara Sium to let her know and she assured them she would be right there to check it over. Sium is the executive director of the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation and one of several women who run the Homework Club, where children age 4 to 14 who live in the apartment building come after school to hang out, play games and get academic help. All these children are immigrants or children of immigrants from Africa. The foundation helps the children and their parents navigate and adjust to life in the U.S., focusing on academic support and reconciling the two cultures they’re growing up in. The foundation was started in 2000 by Wanjiru Kamau, a Kenyan immigrant and mental health professional who began working with Rwandese refugees. Everyone at the foundation calls her Mama Kamau. She created the Catching Up Program, now the foundation’s ﬂagship program, which provides resources for adults such as health screenings and legal advice on renewing their visas, and provides kids with academic support and help adjusting to American culture. The foundation also works in Argyle Middle School, and Montgomery Blair and Springbrook high schools, where students are older and often more recent immigrants. Part of the Catching Up Program,
the Homework Club, meets in the apartment building Monday through Thursday afternoons. Sium, an Eritrean-American, grew up in Washington and spent her summers in Eritrea. She started volunteering with the organization while writing her dissertation and returned to run it two years ago when Kamau moved back to Kenya. Sium faced many of the same challenges that the children do. “The kids are trying to ﬁgure out how to be American,” she said.
Tanzanian or American? Children, who at Homework Club have spent little or no time in their parents’ country of origin, tend to assimilate quickly, finding themselves between the American culture at school and their African culture at home. “As a kid, ﬁrst and foremost, you want to ﬁt in. I also remember the dual existence,” said program coordinator Asteria Hyera. Hyera was born in the U.S. but moved to Tanzania at age 3 and back to the U.S. at 10 with her parents. “Their perception of their life here is different” from their parents’, Sium said. “We try to be the middle person.” Parents of middle schoolers and high schoolers are wary of things such as dating and hanging out at the mall after school — a big part of being an American teenager. Sium tries to mediate when she sees tension between parents and their children. Kids sometimes are embarrassed by their parents showing up to school events in traditional clothes or speaking a different language. Part of this disconnect, Sium said, is that children often don’t understand what their parents went through to get to the U.S. or the alternative life they might have had, and sometimes just having a conversation about that story helps. One manifestation of the divide is
names. “They get teased relentlessly for their names,” Sium said. Many kids ﬁnd it easier to choose a nickname — Sium herself had many — and Sium tells them that’s OK, but she also wants them to be proud of where their name comes from. “Their names aren’t meaningless,” she said. Parents in most African cultures put a lot of thought into naming their children. “It took me some time to say, ‘No, I’m Asmara,’ and say it correctly,” she said, with a full roll through the “r.” Emigration from Africa to the U.S. has risen steadily over the past several decades. The number doubled from 42,456 in 1995 to 85,102 in 2005, the most recent available census data. African immigrants now make up 15 percent of Montgomery County’s foreign-born population: 58,000 in 2010. The foundation receives funding from a combination of government grants, individual contributions and support from other foundations, with most coming from Montgomery County. It is seeking support from a community development block grant from Takoma Park, where some of its beneﬁciaries live. It also has received funding from the city for its Youth ArtBeat Summer Camp. The foundation has been running the Homework Club at the Park Montgomery Apartments for two years and wants to soon expand to the Essex Apartments. Sium said she has seen transformations in many of the children and a big part of it is showing them the promise she sees in them. With some extra support, she said, “these kids excel beyond any, of even our, expectations.” Many have behavioral issues when they start out. “I think as people we fail to understand the story behind the behavior,” Sium said of dismissing them as bad children rather than understanding
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Asmara Sium (left), executive director of the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation, helps children with their homework as part of the foundation’s Catching Up academic assistance program Oct. 28 at the Park Montgomery Apartments in Silver Spring. what they’re struggling with. As 13-year-old Simon Hailon said, it can all be summed up in three words: “Life is complicated.” Simon’s father left him, his mother and two younger siblings when Simon was 8, and Simon said he struggled with the feeling of abandonment growing up, with just feeling different and with being bullied at school. “I had a really bumpy road,” he said. Now, he doesn’t care what people think of him, because he understands that everything is a matter of how you look at it and every action and situation have complex layers. “It’s how you see it, how you perceive it that matters,” he said. That’s something he wants to express in the blog he’s working to start — that everyone has a story, success has many meanings, and failure is not absolute or straightforward, but layered. Simon has always loved reading — something he attributes to his mother. “Let’s just say, she was my start,” he said. Now he wants to be an author. Toward the end of the evening, the
older kids led cheers and dance routines — they were practicing for their Halloween performance. Steve Nikkema, 10, stood in front of a group of boys half his height — “Y-E-L-L, Everybody yell!” they shouted. He said he likes teaching the younger kids. So does Kiana Lassiter, 14, who’s lead volunteer teacher this year. When Kiana started in the program, Sium said, she was difﬁcult and getting in trouble. Sium told Kiana she was going to love her into submission. Two years later, it worked, Sium said, and the teenager has stepped fully into her leadership role. She loves teaching the alphabet to the youngest ones. Sium asked the children, “How do you want to move through the world?” Giving them leadership opportunities is a great way for them to begin to answer that question for themselves. “We see in these kids so much more than I think they do at times and it’s our job to say, ‘Here are the tools,’” Sium said, “and they rise to the occasion.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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An electric car is plugged into a charging station in a King Farm shopping center parking lot in Rockville.
1,700 residents have taken advantage of it so far, according to Eric Coffman, the senior energy specialist for the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. Since it was implemented, 545 county residents have taken
to 240-volt plug, and tend to be more popular in the commercial market. The higher the level, the faster it will charge a car. According to the Department of Energy, a light-duty electric vehicle, such as a Nissan Leaf or a Honda Fit EV, would typically get a range of 2 to 5 miles after a one-hour level 1 charge, and 10 to 20 miles after an hour on a level 2 charger. SemaConnect of Bowie, a charging station developer and vendor that deploys stations across the U.S., has sold more chargers to entities in Montgomery County than any other county in Maryland, according Joe Inglisa, a company spokesman for the mid-Atlantic region. Inglisa attributed this to the county’s “overall education level.” “Early adapters are highly educated and wealthier, so they’re the ones buying the electric vehicle,” he said. “In other parts of Maryland where the socio-economic level isn’t so high, we’re not doing so well.” Some places, including
MOM’s Organic Market in Rockville and the Potomac Place Shopping Center, offer charging stations to the public as a free amenity. But others will either charge customers the rate that it costs to cover the electricity or increase the price to make a proﬁt. Companies that charge consumers to use their stations commonly charge per hour, as the Firstﬁeld Shopping Center in Gaithersburg does, but they also have the option to charge for the actual amount of electricity that is used. Once a vendor sells the a charger to a company, it is up to that company to pay for the electricity. What, if anything, the consumer pays to use a charger is set by the station owner, Inglisa said. “We offer it free of charge because it doesn’t cost that much and we want to incentivize people and reward them for driving an electric car,” said Scott Nash, owner of MOM’s Organic Market in Rockville. The store initially installed the chargers to meet an increasing
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Businesses across the county have been working to make it more convenient for the growing number of electric vehicle drivers to ﬁnd a place to plug in and charge up, with about 15 percent of Maryland’s electric car charging stations now in Montgomery County. Only one electric vehicle was registered in Maryland in ﬁscal 2010, but that rose to 657 by ﬁscal 2012, according to the most recent data from the Motor Vehicle Administration. This dramatic increase was likely not mere coincidence. In October 2010, the state kicked off its campaign to promote electric vehicles by offering an excise tax credit for Maryland owners, currently ranging from $600 to $1,000, depending on the vehicle’s battery capacity. Nearly
the tax credit, which is more than any other county, Coffman said. And this prominent interest hasn’t gone unnoticed. Montgomery County has been a target for charging station vendors in recent years. Second only to Baltimore city, Montgomery County has one of the highest number of charging stations in the state, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. There are 38 electric charging stations, which are owned and operated by various organizations, in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Potomac, Rockville and Silver Spring. Of these, 29 offer the stations to the public, while the rest are company-owned for employees only. Some locations also feature more than one charger — or outlet — at each station; and among those in the county that are public, there are a total of 12 level 1 and 44 level 2 chargers available. A level 1 charger uses a 120volt plug and can be installed on a standard residential outlet. Level 2 chargers work with a 208-
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demand for them as well as advertise for electric car companies, and they have seen a continuous increase in users since the chargers were installed in May 2012, Nash said. “They’re an operating billboard or advertisement for the electric car industry,” he said. “It sort of reminds people every day that here are the chargers for an electric car that you might want to buy one day.” This growing demand for charging stations is set to continue in the near future. On Oct. 24, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), along with governors from seven other states, announced an initiative to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles — which includes battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles, and hydrogen fuel-cellelectric vehicles – on the road in their states within a dozen years. “This is a critical part of our efforts to achieve Maryland’s long-term 2050 goal to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions 90 percent from 2006 levels,” O’Malley said in a news release.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Some boys in Olney are the big losers in a parentagainst-parent brouhaha over football. If you aren’t familiar with the story, the Mid-Maryland Youth Football and Cheer League divides teams in multiple divisions based on player ability. The lowerdivision team trounced its competitors and the upper division-team “wasn’t competitive at all,” according to a league board member. That led to the allegation that Olney was “stacking” better players in the lower division to beat the lesser players on other teams. BOYS BIG LOSERS Because of the allegaAS ADULTS tion, the league eliminated the Olney teams PUT WINNING from the postseason. AHEAD OF The Olney teams apSPORTSMANSHIP pealed the matter to the league’s board, where the decision was upheld after a 29-2 vote. Youths learn a lot playing team sports: sportsmanship, working toward a goal, personal responsibility, to name a few. What these boys have learned is that some parents have a warped view of what’s right and wrong. If you believe the charges, the Olney organizers did a disservice to the boys. By creating a team of ringers, the organizers allowed their desire for victory to overwhelm their sense of fair play. If you think the charges are trumped up, league ofﬁcials relied on circumstantial evidence. As the playoffs proceed, the winning team will know it won only because one of the best teams in the league didn’t participate. We have far too many examples of youth sports ruined by overcompetitive adults. We all have tales of parents crossing the lines of good sense, shouting from the sidelines at coaches and ofﬁcials. We all know kids who are missing out on childhood because they’re being pushed into athletics early, hoping they eventually score a college scholarship. Here, we have a youth football league in which either the local parents or the league ofﬁcials are placing winning over the life lessons they owe these boys. Adults, somewhere, should be ashamed.
When Timothy Leary implored, “Turn on, tune in, drop out” a generation ago, he wasn’t talking about iPods, smartphones and ear buds. But here we are, in a time of increasing technologically driven isolation, and the mantra ﬁts. People walk around in their normal time and space, but with their minds and attention elsewhere. When we lost the umbilical cord of the rotary phone, we became free to socialize and carry on business talks wherever we went — and thus grew the phenomenon of Constant Connection. But we can’t blame FOR SAFE Apple or AT&T or Nokia TRAVEL, DON’T for creating a distracted BE A PRISONER culture. Walk-around enOF YOUR OWN tertainment was well estabDEVICES lished before that. The Sony Walkman was born in 1979. A tragic tale of fatal distraction — the death of Gwendolyn Ward’s 15-year-old daughter, Christina Morris-Ward — made us stop and think. On Oct. 31, 2012, Tina, as she was known, was on her way to Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, where she was a sophomore. She was doing what many people do. As Tina walked that dark morning, she was wearing headphones and looking down at her cellphone. She wore dark clothes as she crossed eight-lane Md. 118. A few blocks from the school, a car traveling legally under a green light struck her. Sad but determined, Gwendolyn Ward is doing her utmost to prevent similar heart-wrenching, avoidable deaths. She’s working with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation and Safe Kids Worldwide. She also spoke recently before local ofﬁcials from Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia as the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board kicked off a Street Smart campaign. It’s a series of common-sense tips: for driving (be alert when passing stopped vehicles), for walking (look left, right, left before crossing) and for biking (ride with trafﬁc, at least a car door away from parked vehicles). But for safety, so much hinges on awareness of and connection to the human and mechanical forces around us. Motor vehicles are large, powerful, potentially destructive forces. Whether you’re operating them or co-existing with them, please use the full extent of your senses while you get around. Know your surroundings, like a police ofﬁcer would. Turn off, look around, tune in.
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We need to expand our road network In response to “Bus plan looks to future, not an auto-centric past” [letters, Oct. 16], the reader needs only to look at one thing in David Houck’s letter to understand where he stands — he is from Takoma Park. For years, any time I’ve raised trafﬁc issues with anyone living inside the Beltway, I’ve heard the same tired refrain: “We don’t need more roads, we need more transit.” Guess what? If you live where I’ve lived for the last 15-plus years, and where most of the development has been for far longer than that — outside the Beltway — this is a nonstarter (full disclosure: I grew up in very closein Bethesda). While the rest of the state has invested in road improvements, we’ve really only seen the addition of the Intercounty Connector (40 years late). In the meantime, the Beltway drops to two through-lanes on the Inner Loop at Old Georgetown Road and Interstate 270 drops to two unrestricted through-lanes northbound at Md. 118 in Germantown. And, despite a major expansion of several miles of the road, I-270 has not seen any added unrestricted lanes on the spurs in at least 30 years! These places create major bottlenecks for auto trafﬁc every day and must be addressed. Anyone who argues that we have constructed enough new roads or adequately expanded what we have in Maryland (speciﬁcally Montgomery County) is simply wrong. Our population and employment levels have exploded, but the road network has been effectively left behind or only half-baked. Even in my neighborhood, we built the ﬁrst part of the Montrose Pkwy (on the books for many years), but the other half (into Wheaton) remains unfunded and unplanned.
As “auto-centric” road networks have failed to grow with development, and the vast majority of folks outside the Beltway are suffering because of this, addition to and expansion of the road network absolutely must be a primary objective of any transportation plan. Most cities have at least one good “beltway” (well planned and multi-lane, which does not describe the section in Montgomery County), and many have two (outer and inner). Most have more than one bridge crossing a major river between jurisdictions. Most have multiple highways that connect the city center with these beltways. There is nothing inbound in Maryland from Interstate 295/U.S. 50 to the George Washington Parkway in Virginia that serves this purpose and really only one way to get from Montgomery County to Northern Virginia via highway. We are woefully underserved from a road network perspective, and well behind the growth curve from any transportation perspective. I fully support the need for public transportation networks, as most of us do, but that will never serve a huge segment of the county’s population. I’d love it if I could walk to work, the grocery store and the gym. But I don’t live in downtown Bethesda/Silver Spring/Takoma. I live in Rockville, where I need to drive. There is no future in a transit-only approach, and no future that does not address all of this in the very near future. Folks who live in their urban cocoons, like Mr. Hauck, need to open their eyes to the rest of the county and state when they argue for transit as a priority.
as Ms. Bellis suggests, a dedicated bus lane.) There would be no need to build multiple buildings, i.e. Metro stations. There would be no need to use the massive amounts of electricity that the stations and the train would use. The bus lane could be adjusted easily for the intensity of trafﬁc and parts of it could even include a dedicated bicycle portion. The bus lane could also be used for other, recreational purposes, such as foot races and bicycle races. We need to ask: Why are our representatives so interested in pursuing a seemingly unnecessary, but huge, expense?
I have really liked the handsome and personable Doug Gansler ever since he stopped by our house during his campaign for attorney general as my kids held a yard sale to sell some of their old toys. He was friendly to my children, and he bought a few books for his own family. Every time he made the news, I would point out to my kids: Remember him? That is Doug Gansler, that nice guy who came to your yard sale. I was sorry to read about his recent faux pas concerning underage drinking. The incident has helped me determine how to choose a Democrat to support in the primary, but not for the reasons you might think. I honestly don’t care that Gansler allowed his son to drink beer at age 18. (After all, my generation did it. Drinking was legal for 18-year-olds in those days, and we felt more like adults than today’s 18-year-olds.) Sure, it was hypocritical and irresponsible of Gansler to look the other way, but we all live with our own hypocrisies. What the incident underlines to me, though, is this: He and other parents rented a house at Bethany Beach for their children — who were graduating from an expensive private school — to enjoy Beach Week! How can this guy possibly understand middle-class Marylanders? My kids both went to Beach Week when they graduated from Rockville High School. And each of them had saved money from their part-time jobs to pay for it. Mr. Gansler’s son had a house handed to him! What must it be like to grow up with that sense of entitlement? I am glad that Mr. Gansler is a Democrat, and I am sure that he has done a lot for those of us who live more modest lives. But can he really understand us? That is my question. And that is the lens through which I will now examine the candidacy of Anthony Brown.
John J. O’Neill Jr., Rockville
Linda Di Desidero, Rockville
David K. Ohlrich, Rockville
A bus lane makes more sense Jennifer Bellis pointed out that the Purple Line should be proposed as a bus lane [“Make the Purple Line a bus lane,” letter, Oct. 16]. I am in total agreement with her views for the following reasons: 1. The toll highway, Interounty Connector/Md. 200, was built as a highway designed to handle trafﬁc between Prince George’s County and Montgomery County, as is the intent of the Purple Line. That highway, by my observation, is barely used and must be losing quite a bit of money. Its tolls are expensive and that is one factor of its non-use. This would be the same for the expense of using a subway connecting those two counties.
Supposedly it is designed for use by lower-income persons for access to jobs, but they could not afford to use it. 2. A portion of the Purple Line would eradicate or constrict the Capital Crescent Trail. That is one of the most used, if not the most used, parks in the state of Maryland in terms of daily numbers. In these days of constant promotion for a “green” ecology, the Purple Line seems to be an extreme oxymoron. 3. If such a transportation route between the counties is actually needed, a bus lane using cross-country streets already built, such as East-West Highway, would cost a fraction of the Purple Line. (Even with,
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The Gansler beat down
For gubernatorial candiate Doug Gansler, name recognition is no longer a problem. Last week his name and photo got widespread national attention including NBC’s “Today Show,” ABC’s “World News With Diane Sawyer,” MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” CNN, FOX, Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show,” every Maryland and D.C. television news broadcast, every Maryland and D.C. newspaper, multiple editorials and op-ed columns, endless radio talk shows and all the political blogs. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the widespread photo is of Gansler standMY MARYLAND ing in the middle BLAIR LEE of a teenage beach party that looks like a Roman orgy. What followed was a public free-for-all over Gansler’s duty to stop the underage drinking made worse by Gansler’s lame attempt to talk his way out of it. “Beachpartygate” followed on the heels of “Ticketgate” (Gansler’s failure to pay a D.C. speed camera ticket) which followed on the heels of “Troopergate” (allegations that Gansler pressured his state trooper drivers to bypass trafﬁc jams by going off-road with emergency lights), which followed on the heels of “Videogate” (a spy secretly recorded Gansler telling campaign supporters that his opponent, Anthony Brown, was counting on his race to get elected). The media is having a field day with Gansler’s misdeeds but you don’t need to be a Doug Gansler fan to wonder if there isn’t something just a little bit ﬁshy about all this. First, there’s the timing. The “Troopergate” allegations date back to December 2011 but only become “newsworthy” on Oct. 13, this year. Why the 23-month delay? And how come it appeared on The Washington Post’s front page the day before Gansler’s big news conference announcing his running mate? Clearly “Troopergate” was held back and rolled out to overshadow and ruin
Gansler’s campaign event. Likewise, “Ticketgate” stems from a June 12, 2012, trafﬁc ticket that didn’t get media attention until Oct. 23 of this year. Why the 16-month delay? Even “Beachpartygate” dates back to June, a four-month pause until the infamous Instagram made its way onto the front pages. My grandfather once told me that “politicians shouldn’t do anything they don’t want to read about in tomorrow’s newspapers.” He was right about the conduct part, but he was wrong about the “tomorrow’s newspaper” part. What he should have said was “politicians shouldn’t do anything they don’t want their political enemies saving up and feeding to the media during the next election.” Look, the news reporters aren’t digging up those damaging Gansler revelations. They’re being fed to the reporters by people who don’t want Gansler elected. You have to be criminally naive to believe otherwise. Second, there’s the overkill. As a result of “Beachpartygate,” The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza gave Gansler his “Worst Week in Washington” award. Wow, even worse than the Obamacare roll-out or NSA’s latest spy scandals? Chancellor Angela Merkel might disagree. A Frederick News-Post editorial demanded that Gansler quit the governor’s race and The Baltimore Sun ran a front page, over-the-top story comparing Gansler to criminally convicted Marvin Mandel, Marion Barry and Dale Anderson. Then there were the letters-to-the-editor blaming Gansler for everything short of the Kennedy assassination (“it was a Landon School student who murdered [Yeardley Love] and allegedly spent many days in a drunken state”). Welcome to the Doug Gansler beat down, anyone can play. I don’t blame the media for running with the juicy “tips” being dropped on them. But I blame them for not asking, who is dropping these dimes? Why? And are we complicit in a “dirty tricks” effort at voter manipulation? Ironically, Gansler, a Democrat, is getting the politics of personal destruction usually reserved for Republicans and the tea party. Remember how the media dredged up Mitt
Romney’s high school haircut hazing caper? Or George Bush’s ancient DUI? Or Virginia candidate Bob McDonnell’s 35-year-old college thesis? Or the great fun the media had speculating whether Sarah Palin’s grandchild was really her own child? It’s always open season on Republicans, and no blow is too low. Teenage drinking? That tragedy struck the O’Malley household, but I don’t recall any front-page stories or media smear campaigns. Likewise, Anthony Brown has had some personal problems that the media properly chose to ignore. Poor Doug Gansler isn’t used to brass knuckles politics because he’s a product of Montgomery County’s pillow-ﬁght politics, where a “dirty trick” is putting-up your lawn signs a week early or starting a whisper campaign that your opponent is a global warming denier. Over the years, no one has been more critical of Doug Gansler than me. When he was state’s attorney, I went after him for grandstanding and improper conduct. I even wrote that he was a “hot dog” (that’s when he stopped talking to me). And I’ve criticized his attorney general’s opinions on free speech and gay marriage because I thought he was demagoguing. But just because I was born at night doesn’t mean I was born last night. I know a political smear campaign when I see one. In politics, “when you’re explaining, you’re losing,” and Gansler’s enemies want this election to become a referendum on Gansler’s conduct instead of a referendum on the real issues facing Maryland. That’s a huge diservice which the media should resist even if the beat down sells newspapers. Meanwhile, Gansler’s enemies have accomplished the impossible: they’ve actually made me feel sorry for Doug Gansler. 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 www.gazette.net/blairlee. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR
Takoma Park ignored opponents to teen voting Expanded democracy? Or hypocrisy? The Gazette story about teen voting in Takoma Park [“Takoma teens excited to vote,” Oct. 23] ignores that this change was very controversial. In the few weeks following the council action, 523 registered voters, more than 90 percent of those presented with the petition, requested that this proposal be put on the ballot for all the voters to decide. These voters believed that such a big change should be discussed and decided by the whole community, not just six City Council members. But the City Council ignored this request. Apparently they believed they knew better than the electorate. Thus, this action, which the council claimed they took to increase voter participation, had the opposite effect — the council clearly told voters that their views do not matter.
Catherine Tunis, Takoma Park
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FIVE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAMS HAVE CLINCHED PLAYOFF BERTHS, SIX STILL HAVE POSTSEASON HOPES, B-3
SPORTS SILVER SPRING
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Blair linebacker sees plays before they happen What junior lacks in football size, he makes up for by being smarter than opponents n
TRAVIS MEWHIRTER STAFF WRITER
The play is easy to recall for Montgomery Blair High School football coach Andrew Fields,
since watched it several times in the ﬁlm room to believe it. It was third-and-4 in an Oct. 25 game against Albert Einstein. It didn’t require a genius to guess the Titans would hand the ball to running back Khalil Wilson, the county’s top returning rusher from last season. Blair linebacker Yonis Blanco took it a step further, saying he knew where the running back was going.
From the opposite side of the ﬁeld playing weakside linebacker stood Blanco, a 5-foot7, 160-pound junior. Blanco shot the gap and wrestled the bruising back down from behind to force Einstein to punt. “It was almost like he was in the huddle,” said Fields, Blair’s ﬁrst-year coach. “When you coach guys, you want guys who will do exactly what you tell them to do and he’s that
guy. He can see a play before it happens. He can see something pre-snap and make an adjustment. He’s just unbelievable. Just his ability to react and be one-step ahead, I’ve never seen anything like that at the high school level. Maybe college, but not high school.” Blanco makes up for his smaller size with what Fields says is one of the highest football IQs he’s ever seen.
It’s an ability the junior has developed through hours of watching ﬁlm and asking lots questions. “The ﬁrst time I met him was at a team meeting, and he started asking questions,” Fields said. “Mature and intuitive questions. Right there I knew he was a smart football player.” When Blanco is finished with his homework, he
watches game film. During lunches, he frequents the library to watch some more. In between, he streams Hudl on his smart phone to continue brushing up on next week’s opponent. The biggest tell he’s looking for is from the guards. They’re the key to snifﬁng out plays. “The ﬁrst thing I do is read
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Poolesville High School’s Chase Weaverling runs at Hereford High School during the 2011 state championship meet. This year’s event will be held at McDaniel College.
Change of venue for the state championship meet means less talk about hills
FOR ONE YEAR,
it’s about the runners BY NICK CAMMAROTA STAFF WRITER
idely regarded as one of the more difﬁcult cross country courses in the nation, the layout at Hereford High School serves as the ultimate test annually for athletes competing in Maryland’s state championship meets. Rolling backhills, the infamous “Dip,” and twists and turns through woods and cornﬁelds always seem to dominate the day’s discussion as
runners from across the state push themselves to the limit in the ﬁnal race of their high school season. This year, however, for only the third time since 1980, Hereford will not play host to the championship race because parts of the school are under construction. That honor belongs to McDaniel College in Westminster. “I’m a little bit happy about the change in course because now the story of the day will be less about the hills at Hereford and more about the athletes and the competition, to be honest,” said Bethesda-Chevy Chase coach Chad Young. “I’m excited about that.” Young and other county coaches have been
forced to speculate, however, on just how different the three-mile stretch, which winds through the golf course at McDaniel, is from Hereford. The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, as speciﬁed on its website, is not permitting any access the course prior to Saturday’s championships, so all walk-throughs will be done the day of the event. There is, however, a link to a course video posted on the MPSSAA website. “From what I hear, there are rolling hills, it’s somewhat hilly, but they don’t have the intense hills that Hereford has,” Young said of McDaniel, which was the site of the Carroll County cham
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Walt Whitman High School’s Kamilla Beisenova hits the ball against Thomas S. Wootton’s Miranda Deng Oct. 2.
Whitman senior ﬁnds the right racquet n
After a timeout, MC player still dreams of WNBA Former Clarksburg star returns to lead Montgomery College into this season n
KENT ZAKOUR STAFF WRITER
As a standout basketball player at Clarksburg High School, Nicole Cunningham was moving toward her dream of playing the sport professionally in the WNBA. She was
a dominant player for the Coyotes and was being recruited by several NCAA Division I schools. But near the end of her high school tenure, the Germantown resident’s life drastically changed. On July 11, 2010, Cunningham had a daughter and her pursuit of a college basketball scholarship had to be put on hold. Later that year — around Christmas of Cunningham’s senior season — she transferred from Clarksburg to Seneca
Valley, where she graduated. Then, aboout 11 months after the birth of Harmony, Cunningham had a son, DeSean, on June 16, 2011. “It’s been pretty tough, but I’m managing everything,” said Cunningham, who added that she probably would have committed to Duke. “I was disappointed in myself because I was getting scouted and looked at by some pretty big D-I schools, but at the
Beisenova earns chance to become ﬁrst Viking to win girls singles state title since 1984 BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN
same time it was life. ... Down the road, I knew I’d get back to the basketball court.” Now, with her life balanced, the 6-foot-2 forward/center, is reviving her basketball career as a freshman at Montgomery College. “Basketball keeps everything together,” said Cunningham, who brings her children to practice several times a week. “I love it and
Walt Whitman High School senior No. 1 singles player Kamilla Beisenova used to have a hard time ﬁnding someone willing to warm up with her, and it had nothing to do with the fact that she was the “new girl.” Beisenova was handed her first tennis racquet — a broken, triangle-shaped frame — when she was 3-years-old. By age 7, it was hard to separate her from what was probably a rac
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Northwest cornerback backs up his prediction Sophomore starter said he would be one of program’s best players as a freshman
DAN FELDMAN STAFF WRITER
Martin Foray wanted to play soccer when he enrolled at Northwest High School as a freshman last year. That was the sport he’d played growing up in Liberia, and he says he’s pretty good. But he didn’t have a physical on record in time for tryouts. TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE So, he sought to play football, a sport Northwest High School sophomore defensive back he’d known only distantly as “Giant Ball” Martin Foray runs at practice on Oct. 30. while living in Africa. At least Foray, who moved the United States in 2006, had played ers,” Foray said. pickup football games with friends, so it Once Foray was out of earshot, Blank wasn’t a bad alternative. told the assistant, “Oh, we’ve got another For a while, though, it was unclear Foray one of those kids who thinks he can do more would get a chance at football. He’d already than he can.” missed summer workouts, and it took a few “As a coach, I work with a ton of young more days for his paperwork to process. If kids that think that they’re way better than Northwest didn’t have enough properly ﬁt- they really are,” Blank says now. “They have ted equipment for each player, those who an inﬂated sense of what they can do.” participated in the offseason would get prefIt turned out Foray was wrong. He erence. wasn’t one of Blank’s best players, because One day while waiting to suit up, Foray he didn’t spend much time on the JV team. talked with junior varsity coach Matt Blank One of several junior varsity players to and one of Blank’s assistants. practice with varsity during a JV bye week, “I’m going to be one of your best play- Foray impressed so much that Northwest
coach Mike Neubeiser kept him on the upper squad the rest of the season. “It was a little bit scary,” Foray said. “It was a lot scary, actually. The players are a lot bigger, more physical than on JV. “I was less a conﬁdent, a heck of a lot less conﬁdent. I started paying a lot more attention to what the coaches were saying, focusing more, instead of just talking.” Foray played special teams that year and learned well. This year, he’s a starting cornerback and will help lead Northwest into its ﬁnal regular-season game, Friday at Springbrook. “He never backs down. Never,” Neubeiser said. “He’ll go against the toughest kid or the biggest kid on the team. He doesn’t care. He’s very tough-minded. He’s also not as arrogant as he seemed during that early conversation with Blank. Blank taught Foray in school and learned his true character over a full school year. “He was a great kid during class, just a yes-sir, no-sir type of kid, never a distraction, always a very, very polite kid, always saying hello and things in the hallway,” Blank said. “To his credit, it’s easy for a kid like that that’s really good at football — he got moved up so quickly — it’s really easy for a kid like that to not be humble and kind of be full of himself. But you never get that sense from Martin.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgetown Prep senior adjusts to lost season Following summer knee injury, senior eager to pursue college football
DAN FELDMAN STAFF WRITER
Georgetown Prep senior tight end Andrew Caskin, at the third of about 20 camps he planned to attend last summer in search of scholarship offer, beat linebacker after linebacker in a passing drill. Keith Willis, a former Virginia Tech tight end who is now Georgetown Prep’s tight ends coach and director of strength and conditioning, watched excitedly. Willis had accompanied Caskin on a bus tour of camps, and he believed Caskin was on the verge of reaching a new level. Finally, coaches at the Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus, Ohio, called for a linebacker committed to Notre Dame and another committed to Ohio State. Caskin beat both. “What you did today was special,” Willis told Caskin. A few days later, Caskin would be back in Ohio, dirty and cooped in a hotel room. While competing at a West
Virginia camp, Caskin felt his knee pop. He continued with the bus tour to another camp in Columbus, but he couldn’t even shower, let alone compete. Eventually, Caskin called his dad to pick him up. They drove eight hours home, and Caskin had an MRI revealing a torn anterior cruciate ligament. “I was physically sick to my stomach,” Willis said. “My heart felt for him. “I’ve never seen coaches cry before when a kid gets hurt. He meant so much to the program, coaches shed tears when this kid got hurt.” Said Caskin: “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through in my life. I’ve never really gone through an injury, and just to have this major of an injury [and] have so many expectations for my senior year go down the drain, it’s been really hard.” Caskin still hopes to play college football. He earned a scholarship offer from Bryant during a summer camp, and that’s still available. Yale, Brown and Villanova are also showing interest. Before his injury, Maryland and Virginia Tech expressed interest, and now, becoming a preferred
walk-on at Maryland could become a possibility. Caskin, a team captain, is at least still making an impact at Georgetown Prep. Willis described him as an assistant tight ends coach and “my second set of eyes.” Perhaps, Caskin — the school’s studentbody president (“President of the Yard”) — is most valuable now for his ability to connect with his teammates. At a recent walkthrough, Caskin was watching the scoutteam defense. “I said, ‘Andrew, our focus isn’t where it needs to be,’” Georgetown Prep coach Dan Paro said. “And at that point, Andrew stepped in, and he saw that the guys reacted. “I laugh at him sometimes. I say, ‘You thought I was only going to yell at you when you’re in equipment? That’s not the case. I’m going to yell at you when you’re out of equipment, too.’” Everyone believes Caskin, who’s just starting to run, will be back in equipment soon enough Paro recalled Caskin’s sophomore year, when he was a 6-foot-2, 185-pound scout-team middle linebacker challenging linemen Michael Boland (6-foot-7, 300 pounds)
and Jerry Ugokwe (6-foot-8, 330 pounds). “You knew you had someone special, because I’ll tell you, he wasn’t afraid of those guys,” Paro said. Caskin kept that mentality as he became a two-way starter. “He’ll go full go on a play. He’ll knock the tar out of someone. He’ll take 30 seconds to get up off the ground,” Paro said. “You’re like, ‘Oh my God, what happened to Andrew?’ And then, the very next play, he’s 100 percent. He goes nonstop.” Caskin has thought about that attitude since his injury, realizing how he approached football all along provides him exactly what he needs now. “You kind of have to have that chip on your shoulder and be pissed off and just kind of prove yourself, because once you get comfortable, you’re done,” Caskin said. “... I’ll be back playing soon. It’s obviously a tough situation I’ve gone through, but it’s a bump in the road. It’s not a roadblock. It’s just a bump. I’m going to get over it sooner than later.” email@example.com
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KEEPING IT BRIEF GC, Prep fall short in soccer playoffs In the Interstate Athletic Conference boys’ soccer championship, the Georgetown Prep Hoyas saw their successful 2013 season come to an end in a 4-1 loss against St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes in Alexandria, Va. It was the Hoyas’ third loss to the Saints this season as Georgetown Prep ﬁnished the year with an 11-4-1 record. In the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoffs, Our Lady of Good Counsel’s boys’ soccer team reached the semiﬁnals before bowing out to eventual WCAC champion DeMatha Catholic. The Falcons lost to the Stags, 2-0, after downing St. John College High School in the quarterﬁnals, 5-0. Under coach Dylan Dempsey, in his second year, Good Counsel ﬁnished with a 10-5-2 record.
Good Counsel defwends WCAC title Good Counsel sophomore Nia Dorsey’s goal in the 25th minute of Saturday’s WCAC ﬁnal was all the Falcons needed in a 1-0 win over rival Bishop O’Connell for their second straight championship and third in four years. The meeting marked the 10th time Good Counsel and O’Connell played for the WCAC title. The win evened the head-to-head at ﬁve games apiece but the Falcons have won the last two.
Holton-Arms wins ISL soccer The Holton-Arms School girls’ soccer team won the season-ending Independent School League “A” Division championship with a 2-1 win over crosstown rival Stone Ridge of School of the Sacred Heart Sunday. Panthers goals were scored by Megan Saunders and Katie Taylor. Saunders also assisted on Taylor’s goal.
Wootton QB throws for 541 yards in a game Thomas S. Wootton quarterback Sam Ellis threw for 541 yards — which would set a Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association single-game record if veriﬁed — in a 58-40 win over Rockville on Friday. Ellis completed 22-of-36 passes with six touchdowns and one interception. Rockville’s Chuck Reese threw for 480 yards in a win over Col. Zadok Magruder earlier this season, but that was also under review by the state.
Holy Cross wins second WCAC title Rhamat Alhassan has been playing volleyball for only three years, but when she graduates from the Academy of the Holy
Cross this spring, she’ll have a pair of WCAC titles in tow. On Friday, a day after sweeping Good Counsel in the semiﬁnals, Alhassan recorded a career-high 26 kills in leading the Tartans to a 3-1 win over Paul VI in a rematch of last year’s title match, which was Holy Cross’ ﬁrst championship in program history. “I think I did pretty good,” said a laughing Alhassan, who ﬁnished her ﬁnal high school season with 289 kills, 154 more than her next closest teammate. “I guess it was just me really wanting to win.”
Good Counsel tennis wins two medals Junior Stephanie Grodecki’s runner-up ﬁnish in the No. 1 singles slot and gold medal with freshman Megan Keller in the No. 1 doubles bracket helped the Good Counsel girls’ tennis team to a third-place ﬁnish at the seasonending WCAC championship Monday. It was a drastic improvement from last year’s seventh-place performance. Every point in such a tournament format counts, and coach Lee Ingham said in an email that she was extremely pleased with her charges’ record in the ﬁrst round. The Falcons were victorious in six of nine opening round matches, the most in recent history. The Falcons should only be stronger next year with a good portion of its top six slated to return.
Wootton doubles players win region titles Wootton seniors Aishu Iyer and Katarina Sherman won the girls’ doubles region tennis title over Churchill’s Hayley Keats and Sriya Movva. After regular season and county ﬁnal losses to Wootton’s Miranda Deng, Whitman senior No. 1 singles player Kamilla Beisenova defeated the freshman star in straight sets to win last Wednesday’s all-Montgomery County Region II girls’ singles title. Maryland public high school tennis is divided into eight regions. The top two ﬁnishers in each bracket — boys’ and girls’ singles, boys’ and girls’ doubles and mixed doubles — earn a spot in the state championship played each May at the University of Maryland, College Park. Last Wednesday’s region ﬁnals featured the girls’ singles and doubles; boys and mixed doubles regionals will be played following the boys’ spring season.
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Patriot games: Thomas S. Wootton wins another state golf championship n
Team wins second straight title; county on rise once again BY TRAVIS MEWHIRTER STAFF WRITER
Through the years, Montgomery County has established lofty expectations in golf. So, after a few seasons of watching Frederick County’s Urbana High School steal the spotlight, it has returned to dynastic ways. Thomas S. Wootton (633 two-
day total) was awarded its second consecutive 4A/3A trophy on Wednesday afternoon at the University of Maryland, College Park golf course. Four of the remaining eight large school ﬁnalists hailed from Montgomery, and Winston Churchill (638) stood just one slot downonthemedalstandfromthe Patriots. The only 2A/1A school in the county, Poolesville (685), captured silver for its class. The individuals shined too. Not 20 minutes prior to Wootton being crowned, Justin Feldman took Steven Segrist of Glenelg to
a playoff for the individual male title, which Segrist prevailed. Delaney Shah, Wootton’s prized sophomore girl, closed the tournament 1-under-par, losing only to defending champion Bryana Nguyen, who ﬁnished an unfathomable 8-under, obliterating the previous two-day record by four shots. One missed putt from Segrist and a more human pace from Nguyen and it’s not unthinkable that Wootton could have monopolized the 4A/3A titles with the rest of the county speckling the remaining top-10 spots.
“Two years in a row,” Feldman said. “That’s something to be proud of. It’s not easy to be a defending champ and win again.” Then there’s the non-Wootton individuals. Churchill’s Luke Schaap nearly scrapped his way into a three-way playoff with Feldman and Segrist. A bogey on 18, theresultofanunluckylieinafairway bunker, doomed the sophomore Bulldog to a third place ﬁnish. Walt Whitman’s Andrew Barth shot a second-day 70 to jump up the leaderboard to ﬁfth. And Schaap’s teammate, Adam
Gray, shot a 74 on Wednesday to close just two slots behind Barth. “I think next year we’re going to be really, really good,” Gray said. “If we just play the right people at the right time I think we’re going to be unstoppable.” Team-wise, not to be forgotten are Poolesville and Walter Johnson, both making their inaugural state final debuts. The Falcons finished second in the 2A/1A class behind powerhouse Marriott’s Ridge, and the Wildcats closed at eighth for the larger schools. Falcons’coachDavidGillespie
said on Tuesday that he wanted to give Marriott’s Ridge, the defending champs, a scare. And, though the 71-shot gap between the two teams isn’t going to be frightening anybody, the school’s trophy case will be populated by some state golf hardware, the ﬁrst in its history. “It’s fantastic,” Gillespie said. “I’m very proud of everybody. It was their year. We set our goals and we were able to get it done and it was great.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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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. 9. 10.
6-4 8-1 8-1 8-1 7-2 8-1 8-1 6-3 6-3 6-3
Good Counsel Falcons Quince Orchard Cougars Bullis Bulldogs Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets Northwest Jaguars Paint Branch Panthers Gaithersburg Trojans Sherwood Warriors Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles Clarksburg Coyotes
59 54 48 40 35 31 27 15 13 8
Also receiving votes: None.
LEADERS Top rushers Isaac Boyd, Avalon Khalil Wilson, Einstein Charles Lyles, Poolesville Zac Morton, Whitman Dage Davis, Geo. Prep Devonte Williams, Bullis Chris Dawson, G. Counsel Amankwah-Ayeh, B-CC E. Spottswood, Sherwood Kevin Joppy, Q. Orchard
Top passers Sam Ellis, Wootton Chuck Reese, Rockville G. Cooper, P. Branch Mike Murtaugh, QO Renzo Farfan, R. Mont. C. Reighard, Seneca Marvin Galdamez, Ken. Nick DeCarlo, G’burg C. Hennessey, N’wood Dwayne Haskins, Bullis
Carries 142 161 200 216 159 167 157 155 132 110
Yards 1673 1473 1470 1383 1285 1279 978 903 870 766
Cmp-Att. 181-340 242-384 139-237 88-148 118-217 88-163 91-161 63-111 99-204 62-112
Avg. 11.8 9.1 7.4 6.4 8.1 7.7 6.2 5.8 6.6 7.0
Yards 2762 2688 1993 1476 1324 1153 1108 1101 1099 974
Catches Yards Trevon Diggs, Wootton 72 1055 Jibri Woods, Wootton 60 946 Javonn Curry, P. Branch 45 742 Joey Cornwell, Rockville 57 700 Louison Biama, Rockville 41 682 Ryan Stango, P. Branch 40 640 Phil Osborn, R. Mont. 50 638 Michael Scott, Kennedy 44 622 Steven Kelly, B-CC 26 594 Anthony Albert, Rockville 51 549
TDs 29 14 14 16 17 21 12 10 12 14
Int. 13 13 6 4 6 6 7 5 10 4
TDs 24 36 25 17 14 13 5 8 6 11
Avg. 14.7 15.8 16.5 12.3 16.6 16.0 12.8 14.1 22.8 10.8
TDs 11 7 12 7 6 8 11 1 6 9
Five county football teams have clinched Six Montgomery County teams still have shot at playoffs n
As high school football teams enter the ﬁnal week of the regular season, 11 of the 25 public schools in Montgomery County are still battling for playoff berths. Five,
FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK BY DAN FELDMAN Quince Orchard, Gaithersburg, Northwest, Paint Branch and Damascus, have clinched postseason games. Here’s a breakdown on what the others have to do to keep playing:
4A West Region Quince Orchard, Gaithersburg and Northwest have clinched the top three seeds. If Clarksburg defeats Richard Montgomery, Clarksburg earns the No. 4 seed. If Blair defeats Whitman and Quince Orchard beats Wootton, Clarksburg
will be the No. 4 seed. If Whitman beats Blair and Richard Montgomery beats Clarksburg, Whitman would ﬁnish ahead of Clarksburg. However, Wootton would pass a winning Whitman if Wootton beats Quince Orchard and at least ﬁve of six games go as listed (if a game appears twice, it counts twice): Bethesda-Chevy Chase over Walter Johnson, Churchill over Damascus, Churchill over Damascus, Rockville over Poolesville, Seneca Valley over Blake, Northwest over Springbrook. If Richard Montgomery beats Clarksburg and Blair beats Whitman, Wootton would make the playoffs if it beats Quince Orchard and at least two of four games go as listed: Churchill over Damascus, Rockville over Poolesville, Seneca Valley over Blake, Randallstown over Magruder.
4A North Region Paint Branch is guaranteed a top-two seed. If Sherwood beats Kennedy, Sherwood will make the playoffs as either the No. 3 or
If Springbrook defeats Northwest and Parkville beats Kenwood, Springbrook would ﬁnish ahead of Kenwood.
3A West Region Damascus will receive the No. 2, No. 3 or No. 4 seed. The Linganore-Urbana winner will receive the No. 1 seed.
2A West Region Poolesville would claim the No. 3 seed by ﬁnishing ahead of Oakdale and Catoctin. Poolesville would claim the No. 4 seed by ﬁnishing ahead of only one of Oakdale or Catoctin. If Rockville beats Poolesville, Poolesville will miss the playoffs. If Poolesville beats Rockville and Brunswick beats Catoctin, Poolesville would ﬁnish ahead of Catoctin. Poolesville would finish ahead of Oakdale only if Poolesville beats Rockville and Middletown beats Oakdale. This story was cut for space. See full version online.
FEARLESS FORECASTS The Gazette sports staff picks the winners for this week’s games involving Montgomery football teams. Here are this week’s selections:
Montgomery County record All games
Poolesville at Rockville Wheaton at Northwood Watkins Mill at Einstein Quince Orchard at Wootton Bethesda-Chevy Chase at Walter Johnson Clarksburg at Richard Montgomery Damascus at Churchill Northwest at Springbrook Sherwood at Kennedy Seneca Valley at Blake Whitman at Blair Bullis at Georgetown Prep Paint Branch vs. Gaithersburg Landon at St. Albans Magruder at Randallstown DeMatha vs. Good Counsel
Poolesville Wheaton Einstein Q. Orchard B-CC Clarksburg Damascus Northwest Sherwood Seneca Valley Whitman Bullis Paint Branch Landon Randallstown DeMatha
Rockville Wheaton Einstein Q. Orchard B-CC Clarksburg Damascus Northwest Sherwood Seneca Valley Whitman Bullis Gaithersburg Landon Randallstown DeMatha
Poolesville Wheaton Einstein Q. Orchard B-CC Clarksburg Damascus Northwest Sherwood Seneca Valley Whitman Bullis Gaithersburg Landon Randallstown DeMatha
Poolesville Northwood Einstein Q. Orchard B-CC Clarksburg Damascus Northwest Sherwood Seneca Valley Whitman Bullis Paint Branch Landon Randallstown DeMatha
Rockville Wheaton Einstein Q. Orchard B-CC Clarksburg Damascus Northwest Sherwood Seneca Valley Whitman Bullis Paint Branch Landon Randallstown DeMatha
Poolesville Wheaton Einstein Q. Orchard B-CC Clarksburg Damascus Northwest Sherwood Seneca Valley Whitman Bullis Gaithersburg Landon Randallstown DeMatha
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Montgomery Blair High SChool junior Yonis Blanco practices on Thursday. “I don’t think about big linemen like that,” Blanco insisted. “I’m taught to shoot and rip so I don’t spend time with the linemen. I use my speed to get around them so I don’t get caught up with them. I still get sore after every game, but it’s natural now. Taking a beating, it doesn’t hurt.” If Blanco was “Six-[feet], 200 pounds,” Fields says. “[He] would without a doubt have multiple Division I offers on the table. He is that kind of
Montgomery 4A South Division Team
Wootton* Whitman B-Chevy Chase R. Montgomery Walter Johnson* Churchill
5-4 6-3 3-6 2-7 1-8 1-8
4-1 4-1 2-2 2-3 1-3 1-4
265 179 197 142 140 268 211 230 43 270 53 275
Montgomery 4A East Division Team
Paint Branch Sherwood Springbrook* Blair Kennedy Blake
8-1 6-3 5-4 5-4 3-6 1-8
5-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-5
379 100 220 195 186 94 177 147 136 156 50 250
Montgomery 4A West Division Team
Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Northwest Clarksburg* Magruder
8-1 8-1 7-2 6-3 1-8
3-1 3-1 2-2 2-2 0-4
225 84 345 61 309 134 174 104 89 372
Montgomery 3A Division Team
Damascus Seneca Valley Einstein Rockville Watkins Mill Wheaton Northwood
8-1 6-3 4-4 5-4 3-6 1-8 1-8
6-0 5-1 3-2 3-3 2-3 0-5 0-5
Montgomery 2A Independent Team
6-3 215 162
Private schools Team
295 88 282 97 190 254 336 304 127 244 110 326 66 356
Bullis 8-1 309 110 Good Counsel 6-4 226 121 Avalon 5-5 272 212 Georgetown Prep 4-5 239 203 Landon 3-5 155 161 * Includes forfeit result
Last week’s scores
the near back,” he said. “Then I look at the guards. I read his steps — if he’s pass blocking, run blocking, pulling, that sort of thing.” If the near running back initially moves left, Blanco steps with him. If the guard follows suit, Blanco shoots the gap. If the guard starts pulling, Blanco reads the makings of a sweep and plays contain, sure not to over pursue and leave his section of the ﬁeld open for a cutback lane. The result? A game with 24 tackles, another with 18, and scores of others in double-digits. “He’s a combination of mental intelligence, athletic ability and football,” Fields said. “One of the most overlooked things about high school football — well, football in general — is football IQ. He’s a top-5 guy I’ve ever coached.” Fields claims to be very stingy on his statistics. Some coaches will inﬂate numbers to boost stats for one reason or another. Blair’s coach is a stout opponent to that practice. In fact, he actually recessed Blanco’s tackle number when the linebacker recorded 24 tackles — he actually had 25. “Twelve, 13 tackles in a high school game, that’s a great game. Twenty-ﬁve tackles? I didn’t want it to sound fake,” Fields said. “That’s how crazy it was. But that’s who he is, that’s what he is. That’s just par for the course for him.” Given Blanco’s undersized body for his position, it’s a wonder how he hasn’t broken down with an injury sustain the pace he has all year. After all, he’s chasing down running backs several pounds heavier than him. Larger lineman are also of no concern.
No. 4 seed. If Parkville beats Kenwood and Northwest beats Springbrook, Sherwood will make the playoffs as either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed. If Kennedy beats Sherwood and Kenwood defeats Parkville, Sherwood would ﬁnish ahead of Kenwood only if at least seven of eight games go as listed: Blair over Whitman, Magruder over Randallstown, Richard Montgomery over Clarksburg, Springbrook over Northwest, Franklin over Catonsville, Towson over Dulaney, Perry Hall over Dundalk, Milford Mill over Woodlawn To reach the playoffs, the No. 4 seed being the top possible outcome, Springbrook must finish ahead of Sherwood and Kenwood. For Springbrook to ﬁnish ahead of Sherwood, Springbrook must beat Northwest, Kennedy must beat Sherwood and at least four of ﬁve games must go as listed: Blake over Seneca Valley, Churchill over Damascus, Watkins Mill over Einstein, Randallstown over Magruder, Clarksburg over Richard Montgomery.
player.” He has one more year to add to his frame, maybe grow an inch or two. But those are the things he can only do so much about. For now, he will be polishing up his football IQ. “He’s a kid you want to coach,” Fields said. “He’s one of those guys who puts a smile on your face when you watch him.” email@example.com
Watkins Mill 43, Northwood 6 Seneca Valley 49, Einstein 12 Wootton 58, Rockville 40 Damascus 55, Wheaton 6 Whitman 28, Churchill 7 Gaithersburg 43, Walter Johnson 0 B-CC 34, R. Montgomery 33 Northwest 35, Quince Orchard 21 Clarksburg 35, Magruder 0 Springbrook 27, Kennedy 3 Paint Branch 55, Sherwood 21 Blair 28, Blake 14 Boonsboro 35, Poolesville 34 Perry Street Prep 50, Avalon 20 Landon 13, Georgetown Prep 7 Bullis 54, Episcopal 22
BEST BET Paint Branch vs. Gaithersburg, noon Saturday at WJ.
Both teams are in contention for the No. 1 seed in their regions. It’s a great matchup of Paint Branch’s passing offense against Gaithersburg’s secondary. Both teams will want to enter the playoffs with a victory against high-quality opponent, but may see each other again so may hold something back.
Continued from Page B-1 pionships. “But we’re not going to stress too much about the course.” During the 4A West Region championship meet on Thursday at High Point Farm in Clarksburg, the Barons’ girls ﬁnished in second place as they were upended by Walter Johnson. “They’ve let it be known that they’re a serious contender for the state championship,” Young said of the Wildcats. B-CC’s standout junior, Nora McUmber, still won the region comfortably, however, while the Wildcats placed ﬁve runners in the top 20 (three in the top 10) to score the upset. On the boys’ side, Walt Whitman junior Evan
Continued from Page B-1 quet ball racquet. But Beisenova grew up in Kazakhstan, where tennis isn’t exactly the national sport. “Back there the coaching style is deﬁnitely different, here (the United States) they know a lot more about tennis,” Beisenova said. “When I was learning, I was taught to hit with huge swings, hit ﬂat and I never put any spin on the ball. I thought that was the only way to play. “When I got here, the ﬁrst time I went to a clinic and we [warmed up] short court, I would just hit it hard and ﬂat
Woods paced the pack and helped the Vikings lock up a ﬁrstplace ﬁnish with WJ coming in second. “It’s all about momentum. We feel like we’re peaking at the right time. We’ve done all the work and now it’s time to have a great race and see what happens,” Whitman coach Steve Hays said. Hays, like many in the county, expressed mixed sentiments when discussing the course change. “We like the hills [at Hereford],” he said. “I just think it helps you become stronger. Everyone runs the same course. We’re just disappointed that we didn’t get the chance to go up there and look at it ahead of time.” In the 4A North Region
championship, Sherwood’s girls ﬁnished second to Dulaney and Paint Branch’s boys did the same.
Meanwhile, Albert Einstein (third girls, fourth boys) was the highest county ﬁnisher at the 3A West Re-
gion championship. Poolesville ﬁnished ﬁrst (girls) and second (boys) in the 2A West with senior
and they were like, ‘Whoa, slow down.’ I feel like no one wanted to warm up with me, I was not a good partner.” Beisenova certainly has a lot more control over her shots these days and used it Oct. 30 to become the ﬁrst girl from Whitman to win an all-Montgomery County Region II singles title in recent history. Just by making the ﬁnal, Beisenova earned a spot in the girls’ singles draw at next spring’s state championship — she won the girls’ doubles title in 2012. A straight-sets win over Thomas S. Wootton’s Miranda Deng, who defeated Beisenova during the regular season and a few days before the region tournament in a three-set county ﬁnal, will likely set Whitman’s No. 1 up with a top seed
next spring. The Vikings have not had a girls’ singles winner at states since Lee Shelburne in 1984. “I’m excited, it’s my senior year and I wanted to ﬁnish it off on a good note,” Beisenova said. “I feel like [the region ﬁnal win] will be a confidence booster as well and will transfer into matches.” While Beisenova, whose game is also predicated on court speed and her ability to retrieve just about everything thrown at her, has certainly shortened her backswing and added a bit of topspin on her groundstrokes, she has not completely abandoned her once solely ﬂat ground game. Upon the advice of her mother, Beisenova said, she’s learned to absorb
input from a variety of sources and utilize what she needs. She drives her forehand through the court nicely and can counter opponents’ more loopy, topspin shots, but has found a good medium; the addition of some margin for error allows her to hit with depth, consistently. She also has a reliable backhand, can mix in some slice off both wings and is an overall cerebral player. “I like Kamilla’s forehand because she does drive it,” Whitman coach Jasen Gohn said. “I think she probably has the biggest groundstrokes [in the county] other than Miranda.” Beisenova arrived in Bethesda too late to join the team as a freshman. In 2011, she won the No. 3 singles county title but missed last season
while she focused on improving her U.S. Tennis Association national ranking in preparation for the college search process. Beisenova, who said rejoining the team and representing Whitman on the courts was extremely important to her, is currently No. 336 of 1,841 in the USTA girls 18s national rankings. Her addition to the top of Whitman’s lineup this fall was integral in keeping the Vikings among the top three teams — they lost only to county champion Wootton and Winston Churchill (4-3). Gohn said Beisenova’s ability to connect with everyone, from freshmen to seniors, was invaluable to the team’s cohesion and younger players’ motivation, and will
Continued from Page B-1 it’s really helped me manage time with the kids, work and school. I just had to wait until the kids were a certain age.” Raptors coach Tarlouh Gasque agrees. “Nicole’s done something that I can really applaud her for,” Gasque said. “Not necessarily from the basketball standpoint. ... but she’s come back to school. Raising children, working, school and playing ball are not easy. But I do know she wants to do well for her kids.” Cunningham, who hopes to transfer to a four-year program and still play in the WNBA, will provide a much needed post presence on both ends of the court for the Raptors, which began their season Friday at the Roxbury (Mass.) Tour-
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Poolesville High School’s Chase Weaverling won the Montgomery County Cross Country Championship boys’ race this fall at Bohrer Park.
nament, this winter. Gasque said her team, which has perennially advanced to the national tournament in recent years, has more talent and depth this season. The 16-woman roster features a good mix and deep rotation of players in the frontcourt and backcourt. “You can’t coach height and I’m really blessed this year,” she said. “If I can play everyone, I’m going to play everyone, but they are going to have to be disciplined and play my style of ball.” Gasque says the team will implement — as usual — a fast-paced style of play focused on pushing the ball up the court. She also believes the Raptors will be able to consistently score from all areas of the ﬂoor with legitimate threats from the post to accompany their usual shooters. Joining Cunningham in the starting lineup will likely be freshman point
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firstname.lastname@example.org likely continue to beneﬁt the Vikings moving forward. The No. 13-ranked player in all of Kazakhstan at one point — rankings there are not done by age, professionals and juniors are lumped together — Beisenova reworked her game when she arrived in the United States three years ago. A hybrid of old and new styles of play have made for quite the potent combination. “We had to start slow. My coach would toss me the ball, then we’d go back to the baseline and I’d forget what I was learning so we’d have to go back to him tossing the ball again,” Beisenova said. “It took me lessons and lessons.” email@example.com
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Montgomery College women’s basketball player Nicole Cunningham practices on Thursday.
Chase Weaverling winning easily with a time of 16 minutes, 10 seconds. Weaverling, who said he feels strong and confident heading into this weekend’s championship meet, also is a bit nervous without being able to see the course until the day of the meet. He has, however, been chatting with some of his friends from Carroll County schools to get more information about the layout. “It’s bittersweet because Hereford’s deﬁnitely the hardest course I’ve ever run,” Weaverling said. “It’s always a challenge for even the best guys. But it’ll also be nice to not have to worry about those hills this year.”
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guard Jebria Smith (Washington Latin, 5-5), sophomore shooting guard Angelica Ceccone (Walt Whitman, 5-8) and freshman 6-foot forward Kierra McKellery (Arundel). Either sophomore guard/ forward Meghann Tilghman (Rockville) or freshman guard/forward Kiana Daley (O’Bryant School of Math and Science) are expected to round out the starters. Audrey Rankin (Quince Orchard), Trystan Sparks (Gaithersburg), Aimee Hart (John F. Kennedy), Jimica Mozie (Clarksburg) and Caprice Harvey (Shenandoah Valley) should all be key contributors off the bench. “Some of the press we’ve got has helped us because people are more aware of us,” Gasque said. “I think I have a pretty good team here.”
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The Gazette’s Guide to
Arts & Entertainment
‘ENDER’ MAKES AN EFFORT
But despite star power, adaptation is only a mildly diverting ‘Game’. Page B-7
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
WI T H A
CARA HEDGEPETH STAFF WRITER
Miller talks about his career, fans and his new album BY
WILL C. FRANKLIN STAFF WRITER
Never underestimate the power of the Internet. Social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have helped artists all over the world share their talents. That’s important for hip-hop artist Jake Miller, who has turned Internet success into a full-ﬂedged career. Miller, who released his debut full-length album, “Us Against Them” on Tuesday is out on a 43-date tour across the country to promote the CD. He will be making a stop on Friday at the Fillmore Silver Spring. “This is deﬁnitely my proudest project to date,” Miller said. “Eleven brand new songs — the production is just better, the lyrics are better, it sounds fuller … it’s just a really fun and different album from anything I’ve ever put out. I put EDM [electronic dance music], kind of house songs on there, I have acoustic songs, really happy songs and songs that let you know what I’m really stressing about.” These days, the soon-to-be 21 year old doesn’t have too much to
See MESSAGE, Page B-9
Hip-hop artist Jake Miller will bring his “Us Against Them” tour to the Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday. EDGAR ESTEVEZ
Judy Kang was a member of Lady Gaga���s band during her Monsters Ball Tour in 2010 and 2011.
JAKE MILLER n When: 7 p.m. Friday
n Tickets: $25
n Where: Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring
n For information: 301-9609999; ﬁllmoresilverspring.com
Woman of the West n
‘Lady at the O.K. Corral’ takes new look at American West BY
CARA HEDGEPETH STAFF WRITER
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington will hold its 44th annual Lessans Family Book Festival starting Friday and running to Nov. 17. The festival features book signings, children’s programming and more than 20 author events. Author and media mogul Ann Kirschner will hold two talks on Nov. 14, one at the JCC in Rockville and the other at Leisure World in Silver Spring, about her book “The Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp.” Kirschner is the university dean of Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York. She earned a bachelor’s in English from the University of Buffalo, a master’s in English
from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. She’s also an entrepreneur in the media and technology world, having launched NFL.com for the National Football League and Fathom, Columbia University’s online education company. In 2006, Kirschner published “Sala’s Gift,” the story of her mother, a Holocaust survivor, and her rescue of letters from Nazi labor camps. The book is available in multiple languages including Polish, German, French and Chinese. Kirschner has continued her
See WEST, Page B-9 Ann Kirschner, author of “Sala’s Gift” and “Lady at the O.K. Corral,” will speak at the Annual Book Festival at the JCC of Greater Washington on Nov. 14. She’ll hold a second talk the same day at Leisure World in Silver Spring. DAVID H. SNYDER.
Virtual connection leads to unprecedented masterclass for small studio
he story behind how a small Washington, D.C., violin studio landed a classical music star is truly one for the modern age. Horman Violin Studio founder Amy Beth Horman was checking her Twitter account one evening when she noticed she had a new follower. “I was kind of new to Twitter and I had a new follower, Judy Kang,” Horman remembered. “And my brain went, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s Judy Kang. Isn’t that Lady Gaga’s violinist?’” Now based in New York city, Kang is a Canadian violinist and the youngest person ever accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She was just 11 years old when she was accepted. Kang, who would not reveal her age, graduated at 17 with a bachelor’s degree in music and at 19 was granted the Lily Foldes Scholarship for the Juilliard School where she earned a master’s degree. She’s performed with major orchestras across six continents and from January 2010 to May 2011, she toured as a member of Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour. Pleasantly surprised and admittedly shocked with her newest follower, Horman decided to take a chance and send
See STAR, Page B-9
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From the East
ART LEAGUE OF GERMANTOWN
The Art League of Germantown will host an exhibit through Sunday at the Black Rock Center for the Arts. Pictured: Georgia MacDonald’s watercolor painting “Yesterday today” is a scene from Sheperdstown, W.Va. WASHINGTON DUNHUANG GUZHENG ACADEMY
The Washington Dunhuang Guzheng Academy and Washington Qinqiang Club will host a concert on Saturday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville.
The Washington Dunhuang Guzheng Academy and Washington Qinqiang Club will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kreeger Auditorium, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. The Guzheng, also simply called zheng, is a Chinese plucked zither with 18 or more strings and movable bridges. It is the ancestor of several Asian zither instruments, such as the Japanese koto and the Korean gayageum. Qinqiang is a Chinese folk music opera popular mainly in China’s Northwest, particularly Shaanxi and Gansu Provinces. One of the major Chinese operas, it is believed to be the ancestor of all other Chinese operas, including Peking opera. The performance will be subtitled in English. Admission is free. Donations are welcome. For more information, call 301-610-6592. Artist Cathy Abramson’s work will be on view at Gallery B through November as part of a joint exhibit with Nancy Abeles, Elaine Lozier and Jan Rowland — together known as The Figurative Four. The exhibit will be on view as part of the Bethesda Art Walk, which returns to the area Friday. BETHESDA ART WALK
Urban expressions The Bethesda Art Walk returns this Friday, showcasing the works from several
members of the downtown gallery community, with exhibits spanning painting, sculpture, photography, pottery and mixed media. Participating galleries and studios include Artworks, Consider It Done, Gallery B, Interiors of Washington, Upstairs Art Studios, the Waverly Street Gallery and the public art exhibition “Tunnel Vision” at the Bethesda Metro Station. The Bethesda Art Walk began in 2002 to welcome arts patrons, residents and visitors into the city’s art galleries, studio spaces and frame shops all featuring original artwork by local, regional and national artists. For more information, visit www.bethesda.org.
A seat in the ‘League’ The Art League of Germantown will present the 31st Winterglow Art show and sale through Sunday at the Black Rock Center for the Arts. More than 50 artists will showcase their paintings, drawings, photography, ceramic and ﬁber arts and jewelry. An opening reception today will feature the presentation “Finding your Place in the Arts” by guest speaker and professional artist Judith HeartSong, executive director of the Capitol Arts Network. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Sunday, allowing the public to meet and greet participating artists. A quartet, composed of members of the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra, also will perform. For a complete schedule, visit www.alog.org. Visit www.blackrockcenter. org.
Showcasing ‘Simple Needs’ Conceptual artist Ellen Sherfey will be the featured artist for November at the Montgomery Art Association MAA Gallery at the Westﬁeld Wheaton Mall. Sherfey’s oil paintings and multimedia sculptures utilize expressionistic realism to convey discerning yet unassuming inner truths, like her image of white china plates on a rainy pavement, “The Complexities of Simple Needs.” That work was accepted into the collection of Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway. An opening reception is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the gallery. The exhibit runs to Dec. 1. For more information, visit www.PeaceFireStudio.com
Ellen Sherfey’s “The Complexities of Simple Needs” will be on view to Dec. 1 at the Montgomery Art Association MAA Gallery at Westﬁeld Wheaton Mall in Wheaton.
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AT THE MOVIES
IN THE ARTS
Playing to save the world in ‘Ender’s Game’
DANCES Hollywood Ballroom, Nov. 8,
drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15 cover); Nov. 9, Latin Night with Mr. Mambo, workshops from 8-10 p.m., dancing from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ($18 for workshop and dance; $15 for dance only); Nov. 10, free Hustle lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); Nov. 13, free International Waltz Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Nov. 14, Tea Dance from 12:30–3:30 p.m. ($6), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, www.hollywoodballroomdc.com Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-
days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, www.capitalblues.org. Contra, Nov. 8, Dave Colestock with the fabulous Glen Echo Open Band; Nov. 15, Greg Frock calls to The Avant Gardeners; Nov. 22, Eric Black with Gallimaufry; Nov. 29, Nils Fredland calls to Elixir, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www.fridaynightdance.org. Contra & Square, Nov. 10, Valerie Helbert calls with Ari & Mia; Nov. 17, Ted Hodapp calls with Dance du Jour; Nov. 24, Eric Black calls with Dead Sea Squirrels, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www. fsgw.org. English Country, Nov. 6, Caller: Carol Marsh; Nov. 13; Caller: Tom Spilsbury; Nov. 20, Caller: Stephanie Smith; Nov. 27, Caller: Bob Farrall, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www.fsgw.org. Now and Then Dance Studio, Saturday Ballroom dances,
second and fourth Saturdays, beginner group lesson at 8 p.m., open dancing at 9 p.m., $10 cash at door (all men admitted at half price throughout October), 10111 Darnestown Road, Rockville. 301424-0007, www.nowandthendancestudios.com. Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339. Swing, Nov. 9, WWII Canteen Dance with the Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra; Dec. 14, Daryl Davis, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, www.ﬂyingfeet.org. Waltz, Nov. 3, Cabaret Sauvignon; Nov. 17, Rhapsody, 2:453:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10, www.waltztimedances.org.
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Sara Becker’s “Mysterious Landscape,” is one of many works on view as part of the 7Palettes Art Show Saturday and Sunday at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo Park.
MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 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, www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. BlackRock Center for the Arts, District Comedy, 8 p.m. Nov. 8; call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301528-2260, www.blackrockcenter. org. Fillmore Silver Spring, 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, 301-960-9999, FillmoreSilverSpring.com, www. livenation.com.
In step with its sensitive, tactically brilliant 12-year-old hero, “Ender’s Game” is a bit of a tweener, neither triumph nor disaster, a war-games fantasy with a use-by date of Nov. 22, when the new “Hunger Games” movie comes out. Its central action scenes unfold in a vast zero-gravity battle-simulation arena, on a space station readying for an alien attack of enormous skittery bugs called Formics. The preteens and young teenagers being trained to save the world play dangerous rounds of laser tag and try to impress the authority ﬁgures played by Harrison Ford (a long way from Han Solo), Viola Davis and Sir Ben Kingsley. Asa Butterﬁeld of “Hugo” is Ender Wiggins, the relentlessly bullied boy with the Hobbitty-sounding name who becomes “Earth’s ultimate military leader,” in the words of the ﬁlm’s promotional materials. Hailee Steinfeld of “True Grit” is Petra, his sympathetic best friend and training mentor. They’re sweet together, these kids. Already, Butterﬁeld and Steinfeld are learning the virtue of behaving on camera, as opposed to acting each tense encounter into the ground. When a best-seller such as Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” takes a generation or more to find its way to the screen, the result can acquire an unwanted aura of retronostalgia, whatever the story’s setting or the director’s ap-
(From left) Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford and Asa Butterﬁeld star in “Ender’s Game.”
ENDER’S GAME n 2 1/2 stars n PG-13; 114 minutes n Cast: Asa Butterﬁeld, Hailee Steinfeld, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley n Directed by Gavin Hood
proach. The look of this project, reﬂected by the ﬁlm’s poster, settles for futuristic industrialism made generic. Still, while writer and director Gavin Hood may not be Mr. Style or a science-ﬁction visionary, he gets the story told, with appealing actors at the center. Across nearly three decades, many young readers
have devoured Card’s books (the original, the four sequels, plus two spinoff adventures) as expressions of rebellious outsiders with a cause. Ender is a freak by deﬁnition simply by being a “third,” the third-born child in a near-future world ruled by a strict two-child policy. The violence in Ender’s life is nearly always justiﬁed since he’s dealing with dead-eyed sociopaths his own age who wish to do him harm. Then comes the not-so-twisty twist near the climax of the story, which asks the audience to grieve and question a different scale of violence. (Spoiler issues here, so we’ll keep mum.) Hood’s adaptation streamlines the novel and its concerns,
Institute of Musical Traditions — Takoma Park, A Civil War
Scrapbook: CD Release with Hesperus & Maggies Music, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13; Takoma Park Community Center, call for prices, times, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, 301-960-3655, www.imtfolk.org.
Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, Alasdair Fraser & Nat-
alie Haas, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, www.imtfolk.org. Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. Nov. 6, Nov. 9, Nov. 1920; Cathy Fink with guests Brad
See IN THE ARTS, Page B-8
PHOTO BY RICHARD FOREMAN JR., SMPSP
only occasionally lapsing into trailer-speak, as when Ford’s commander speaks to his recruits in the language of movietrailer-ese (“and in the middle of the battle, a legendary hero emerged”). At heart, “Ender’s Game” relays a simple story of a little guy caught in a web not of his own making, learning to stand up for his beliefs. The target audience could do worse. The old folk, meantime, can focus on the ﬁlm’s most intense stare-down contest: Though I don’t believe they ever share a scene, it’s astonishing nonetheless how Kingsley and the main Formic handle close-ups in exactly the same way, never, ever, ever, ever blinking. Ever.
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Burdens to bear: National Philharmonic to perform ‘Lost Childhood’ Legacies of Holocaust wear heavy for Jew and German in new musical work
FRUITFUL COLLABORATIONS Years ago, composer Janice Hamer and cousin-in-law, poet and librettist Mary Azrael collaborated on an award-winning choral work, “On Paper Bridges,” based on a Yiddish legend.
VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER
Two psychiatrists attending a conference in Manhattan in 1993 meet for a drink in a hotel bar and begin talking, forming the basis for an opera called “Lost Childhood.” Judah is a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust in Poland, and the younger Manfred, born after the war, is the German son of Nazi sympathizers. “This is probably the first opera to address post-Holocaust issues,” said Janice Hamer of Philadelphia, who composed the work with poet and librettist Mary Azrael of Baltimore. The opera is based on a memoir called “The Lost Childhood” by New York psychiatrist Yehuda Nir and talks with Gottfried Wagner, great-grandson of the composer Richard Wagner, who served as a consultant. The ﬁrst fully orchestrated version of the two-act opera will be performed Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Performing will be 12 professional soloists along with the National Philharmonic and the National Philharmonic Chorale conducted by Maestro Piotr Gajewski of Rockville. Associate conductor Victoria Gau will give a pre-concert lecture that Hamer, Azrael and Wagner are expected to attend. A music historian, Wagner was disowned by his family for criticizing his great-grandfather’s anti-Semitic views and for criticizing his family’s later support of Hitler. He has devoted much of his adult life to facilitating talks between Holocaust survivors and their families and post-war Germans like himself. On view in the Strathmore lobby will be monoprints by Silver Spring artist Miriam Morsel Nathan, whose parents survived the Holocaust but who lost other members of her family. Nathan said she used photographs of her relatives to evoke the sense of absence, memory and loss that Hamer was looking for in the prints to complement the performance. “They were made with the idea that they would accompany the opera,” Nathan said. “Lost Childhood” takes place on the 75th anniversary
IN THE ARTS
Continued from Page B-7 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
Excited about their success, they started thinking about creating an opera, possibly about the Jews hiding during the Holocaust based on books Azrael had been reading, such as “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Hamer then happened to hear German music historian Gottfried Wagner on National Public Radio, and “Lost Childhood” began to take shape.
Great-grandson of composer Richard Wagner, Gottfried had written a book called “Twilight of the Wagners: The Unveiling of a Family Legacy,” published in English in 1999.
a series of ﬂashbacks on stage, he reveals that in 1941 when he was 11 and called Julek (Tyler Young), his father was arrested and murdered. Knowing that Julek and his mother (Rosa Lamoreaux) and older sister Lala (Danielle Talamantes) must hide or die, Lala’s boyfriend Ludwig (Matthew Loyal Smith) provides the family with forged papers and new identities as Polish Catholics. The granddaughter of rabbis, the mother is indignant, angry and also worried about assuming a Polish name and Catholic identity. “A stranger’s name, a stolen name; how can I carry it off?” she sings. But she does, going to work as a maid for a German family, where she is able to secretly see her children. Lala ﬁnds work in a Nazi dentist’s ofﬁce and brings Julek to live with her and to work as an assistant in the ofﬁce. Julek is nearly discovered several times, and in one scene, is found out to be Jewish, but he manages to bargain his way out of it, surviving with his family in Warsaw and later in a German work camp. During the conversation on stage, an angry Judah, enraged and grief-stricken, says he cannot ever forgive what happened and scares off Manfred, who feels ashamed, guilty and unable to face the legacy of his forefathers. “Born into silence and blinding denials,” Manfred sings about seeing a documentary as a boy showing “mountains of dead and dying people” with Richard Wagner’s music playing
in the background. “You must understand, I wasn’t born, I wasn’t there,” sings Manfred. “I’m not the enemy. I’m on your side. I have my nightmares, too.”
A native of Bayreuth who now lives in Milan, Wagner had been living for most of his life with the legacy of not only his great-grandfather’s anti-Semitism celebrated by the Third Reich but also with that of his immediate family, some of whom were friends of Hitler and supported him during World War II.
Nov. 30, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-5815100, www.strathmore.org.
call for prices, times, 2001 OlneySandy Spring Road, Olney, 301924-3400, www.olneytheatre.org. 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, 301-634-5380, www.thepuppetco.org. Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “The Lyons,” Nov. 27 to Dec. 22, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www. roundhousetheatre.org. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “Cabaret Macabre IV,” to Nov. 10, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-644-1100, www. roundhousetheatre.org. Silver Spring Stage, “The Pillowman,” to Nov. 23, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. www.ssstage.org.
Librettist Mary Azrael (left) of Baltimore, and composer Janice Hamer of Philadelphia discuss the score of their opera, “Lost Childhood,” during a rehearsal for its performance on Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda.
LOST CHILDHOOD n When: 8 p.m. Saturday; preconcert lecture at 6:45 p.m. Saturday n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $28-$84; free for children 17 and younger, but not recommended for ages 11 and younger. n For information: 301-5815100, nationalphilharmonic. org, operaprojects. org/lostchild.htm, miriammorselnathan.com, click on commissioned work
of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, an orchestrated attack on Jews and Jewish property on Nov. 9-10, 1938, in Germany and Austria. The night of violence killed at least 91 Jews and led to the arrest and jailing of 30,000 others as Hitler moved closer to World War II and his “ﬁnal solution.”
Family in hiding As the discussion between the two psychiatrists unfolds in “Lost Childhood,” Manfred (baritone Chris Pedro) asks Judah (tenor Michael Hendrick) to talk about his experience in the war. Judah, who has not spoken about it for 50 years, is at ﬁrst reluctant to reveal his childhood, especially to a German. But Manfred’s question unlocks his memories, and through 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 & 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.
ON STAGE 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, www.adventuretheatremtc.org. Do or Die Mysteries, TBA, 6:30 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. doordiemystery.com Imagination Stage, “Lyle the Crocodile,” Nov. 20 to Jan. 10, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www. imaginationstage.org Olney Theatre Center, “The King and I,” Nov. 14 to Dec. 29,
Duets and arias Hamer and Azrael had collaborated on a choral work before, but neither had ever worked on an opera. Composing music to a libretto was deﬁnitely something new. “We had to learn a basic fact — it’s not a play, it has to be much shorter,” said Hamer, noting that singing a syllable in an opera takes a lot longer than speaking it. Hamer said most of the music is “very lyrical, very accessible,” touched with some modernist moments. There is a duet between Julek’s parents and two love duets between Lala and Ludwig, she said. She also includes subtle musical references in the score, including fragments of Gregorian chant, Maimonides’ “Thirteen Principles” of the Jewish faith, an opera composed in the Terezin concentration camp in what is now the Czech Republic, Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin” and a song that Eli Wiesel sang as a boy. Hamer and Azrael said one atypical scene in the opera had upset audiences during workshops. It takes place in a Nazi dentist’s ofﬁce where Lala works. The SS dentist, Adolf Schmoll (Robert Baker) and his staff are joking and laughing about how they can smell a
Struck by his openness and a shared interest in conﬂict resolution, Hamer wrote to Wagner, and when he came to Princeton University to speak at a conference about the Holocaust, he invited her to attend. There they met psychiatrist Yehuda Nir, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, who had written about his boyhood during the war disguised as a Polish Catholic in his memoir, “The Lost Childhood.”
Nir and the younger Wagner became friends and began speaking at conferences about their own conversations and other efforts by Wagner to set up dialogues between Germans and Holocaust survivors and their families. Using Nir’s memoir and her conversations with Wagner, Azrael decided to structure the opera as a 1993 conversation between a Jewish survivor and a German born after the war that would share a stage with Nir’s ﬂashbacks from Poland. Hamer and Azrael were able to develop the opera with support from American Opera Projects in New York. It was later performed as a piano and vocal work in workshops in New York and in Tel Aviv. Then came the time to ﬁnd an orchestra to perform it. Hamer’s parents, Joe and Mickey Hamer, live at the Ingleside at King Farm retirement community in Rockville. They happened to be friends with fellow Ingleside resident Richard Gajewski, of Poland, father of Piotr Gajewski, who conducts the National Philharmonic based at Strathmore. “I emailed [Piotr] and asked him if he wanted to test drive my orchestration,” said Hamer. “He was very interested, we met at Ingleside for two hours, and I sent him the material.” Both Hamer and Azrael said they hope that an opera company will now take an interest in the work and perform it. “We’d love it to be fully staged,” said Azrael.
— VIRGINIA TERHUNE
Jew. Schmool also deliberately terriﬁes the patient in the chair by pretending to suspect he’s Jewish. Hamer said she wove into the score a simultaneous mix of vocal cabaret-like singing, with the strings playing a polka and the brass section evoking the Nazi anthem, “Horst Wessel Lied.” Some said the scene was offensive, but librettist Azrael said she argued to keep it in. “This is one of the ways people get caught up in horrible behavior,” she said. “It made me nervous, but I felt I had to dig in, for better or worse.” There is also a scene in the dentist ofﬁce in which an older dental assistant (Andrew McLaughlin) starts humming a Yiddish tune, “Oyfn Pripetchik,” which was widely sung in Eastern Europe before the Holocaust. It is about a rabbi teaching
young children the alphabet. Julek tentatively hums in response, and the two brieﬂy and joyfully recognize each other as Jewish, but the moment quickly passes for fear of being discovered. Azrael said her biggest challenge was ﬁnding a way to channel all the information she had gathered from Nir’s memoir and talks with Wagner into the characters of Judah and Manfred, and the characters in Judah’s ﬂashbacks. “I had to imagine their conversations ... and how to interweave the scenes from the memoir,” said Azrael. “There is no forgiveness, but they begin to understand each other,” she about Judah and Manfred. “To feel the other as a human being, that was a start.”
The Writer’s Center, Celebrating The Delmarva Review. Vol. 6, 2 p.m. Nov. 10, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664, www. writer.org.
Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www. rockvillemd.gov. Marin-Price Galleries, Hennesy & Hennesy, to Nov. 25, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-718-0622. VisArts, Dawn Gavin, to Nov. 27, Gibbs Street Gallery; Carol Miller Frost and Rebecca Kamen: “Flow and Shift,” to Nov. 27, Kaplan Gallery; 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200, www. visartsatrockville.org.
VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, Joan Belmar and Lori Anne Boocks, “Mathematics, Maps and Myths,” to Nov. 10, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, www. adahrosegallery.com
The Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, TBA, hours are 10 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10001 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. 301-897-1518. Gallery B, “ZigZag,” to Nov. 30, gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. www. bethesda.org. Glenview Mansion, Washington Watercolor Association, to Dec. 3,
Washington Printmakers Gallery, “A Life with Line,” Lila Oliver
Asher, to Dec. 1, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second ﬂoor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, www. washingtonprintmakers.com. Yellow Barn Studio, 7Palettes Art Show, Nov. 9-10, reception from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 9, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. www.yellowbarnstudio. com.
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Legal eagle: Alan Dershowitz at JCCGW book fair n
Celebrity attorney-writercommentator to speak at Rockville book fair BY
ALAN DERSHOWITZ n When: Reception at 6:30 p.m., lecture at 7:30 p.m., Sunday
n Where: JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville
SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE
Like many celebrities, Alan Dershowitz has a split personality. How does the “real Alan” see his public persona — what his son refers to as “the Dersh character”? “He can be a bit obnoxious at times, too opinionated, sometimes rude, but never boring,” said the 75-year-old high-proﬁle attorney, Harvard Law School professor (since age 28), proliﬁc writer (30 books plus more than 1,000 magazine, newspaper and journal articles) and outspoken commentator (especially in defense of Israel). From humble beginnings, born into an Orthodox Jewish family in Brooklyn, Dershowitz went on to Yale Law School, graduating ﬁrst in his class. As a criminal lawyer, he has defended clients including Patty Hearst, Harry Reems, Angela Davis, Leona Helmsley and O.J. Simpson. Dershowitz, whose most recent book, “Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law,” was released Oct. 15, is coming to Rockville on Sunday evening for a Patrons Reception and Book Talk at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington’s Annual Book Fair. In anticipation of the event, he took some time to answer some questions. A&E: What was your career aspiration as
Dershowitz: To ﬁnish high school without getting expelled. I was a terrible student. I didn’t think much about college. But everybody I knew told me I would have to be a lawyer because I had a big mouth and a small brain. A&E: Who were the most influential people in your decision to become a lawyer, a teacher, a writer, a commentator? Were these actual decisions or evolutionary? Dershowitz: Everything I did was happenstance. I was never strategic about my career. Once I started to do well in college and law school, I wanted to do everything. I have a terminal case of FOMS — fear of missing something — so I never wanted to choose. My role model for not having to choose was General Telford Taylor, who was my professor at law school. He was an eminent appellate lawyer, a great teacher, a wonderful writer and a public intellectual. I tried to model my career after his. Fortunately, I was able to work with him on freeing Soviet Jews for a decade towards the end of his life. It was one of the great privileges of my life. A&E: Why do you do so many things? Do they nurture each other or do they dilute
n Tickets: $45, $38 for JCCGW members; Reception: $136 to $500 n For information: jccgw.org
Irwin Cotler, we used every tactic available to keep Natan alive and to free him both from the gulag and from the Soviet Union. It took too long, but when we ﬁrst undertook the case, there was real doubt as to whether he would survive the sentence. He is now a proud grandfather and one of the most important and inﬂuential spokespersons for the Jewish people. A&E: What authors do you read for plea-
sure? MICHAEL WESCHLER
your attention or effectiveness? Dershowitz: I do only one thing, but I do it in different ways and for different audiences. I am a teacher. I teach and learn in the classroom. I teach and learn in the courtroom. I teach and learn from my writing and on television. My teaching makes me a better practitioner and my practice makes me a better teacher. I live an integrated professional life, and so far I’ve managed to miss very little. A&E: How long did it take you to write
this book? Did you have a routine of writing daily? Do you write in a particular place? Dershowitz: In one sense, this book took me my entire life to write. In a more direct sense, it took me a couple of years. I write every day and wherever I happen to be: on airplanes, on trains, in waiting rooms, on Martha’s Vineyard, in Florida. I have no particular routine. I am an opportunistic writer. I write everything in long hand, with a ballpoint pen on legal pads. I don’t know how to type or use a computer. Fortunately, I have a great assistant who can read my handwriting. A&E: Which of your books are your fa-
Dershowitz: Among my favorite books
are “Taking the Stand,” “The Genesis of Justice,” “Preemption,” “Just Revenge” and “Chutzpah.” The book I wish I didn’t have to write is “The Case for Israel,” but the outrageous charges leveled against Israel required a defense of the Jewish state. I hope I provided an adequate defense. A&E: Which of your cases are you proud-
Dershowitz: The case I am most proud of
is my defense of Natan Sharansky. Along with
Dershowitz: I have two categories. The first is classical literature: Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Costa. The second is contemporary ﬁction by authors such as Richard North Patterson and Linda Fairstein. There is a third category falling somewhere in between: Phillip Roth and Saul Bellow.
A&E: Is there something you regret not having accomplished? Dershowitz: If I did, I would try to still accomplish it. A&E: Are any of your children or grandchildren following in your footsteps? Dershowitz: The last thing I would ever want is for any child to follow in anyone’s footsteps. My three children and two grandchildren are incredibly individualistic, each following their own path. If I have had any inﬂuence on them, it is to encourage them to be individuals and not to follow into the footsteps of others. A&E: What do you do to relax? Dershowitz: For relaxation, I love sports.
At my age, it is now more watching them than participating in them. I spend a lot of time at Fenway Park and the Boston Garden. I also love long walks on the beach with my wife, Carolyn.
A&E: What do you see as your future? Do you have more books planned? Are you writing one now? Dershowitz: Yogi Berra once said that “prediction is very difﬁcult, especially about the future.” I have no idea what life holds in store for me. I plan to spend more time in Florida, also a bit more in New York and on Martha’s Vineyard. I am already working on my next book, which is tentatively entitled “Abraham: the world’s ﬁrst (but certainly not last) Jewish lawyer.”
Continued from Page B-5 theme of the impact of Jewish women in history with her latest book, “The Lady at the O.K. Corral,” available now. “I realized that’s a theme that really intrigued me, so when I heard about Wyatt Earp being married to a Jewish woman and buried in a Jewish cemetery and [that] all the myths that I grew up with about the American West were basically turned on their head, I was enormously drawn to it,” Kirschner said. After receiving an email from a friend about Earp’s burial in a Jewish cemetery in California, Kirschner said she was immediately intrigued. “I had that sense of glorious obsession when you’re on ﬁre to understand something,” she said. “I wanted to learn how she ended up in Tombstone and how she ended up with Wyatt for 50 years.” Earp was a deputy sheriff known for the infamous 30-second gunﬁght in Tombstone, Ariz., the Gunﬁght at the O.K. Corral, in which he and his two brothers killed two outlaws. Earp was married twice before meeting Marcus Earp. The Gunﬁght at the O.K. Corral has become a cultural touchstone in American history, often used as a metaphor for standoffs in contemporary America, most recently in regards to the federal government shutdown earlier this month. “We would love things to be black and white; simple solutions to really thorny situations,” Kirschner said. “We’re going to end this once and for all. The heroes are going to kill the villains.” For Kirschner, who grew up in the 1950s watching shows about the American West, her favorite of which was “The Life and Legend of
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Kang a message to see if she would be interested in leading a masterclass for Horman’s students. And again, to her pleasant surprise, Kang agreed. “We had a number of 140-character conversations where I felt like I was 14 and I was having to abbreviate things,” Horman laughed. “On the fourth one I thought, ‘I’m really sounding like a fool here,’ and asked her to move it to email.” Kang will hold an improv masterclass Monday at The Mansion at Strathmore. The event is co-sponsored by Strathmore Education and the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra. Horman also received funding from the Walt Whitman High School Booster Club Fund. Four of Horman’s students along with two students from the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra will take part in the class which culminates when the students accompany Kang on a showpiece. “When I told them, they went berserk,” Horman said of her students’ reaction to the news of Kang’s visit. “I don’t think I’ve ever been cool until I made that announcement.” A Montgomery County native, Horman founded her studio in 1991. She began playing the violin at age 5 and is a graduate of the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris where she won the highly-coveted Premier Prix Solo Violin. Now an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America, Horman teaches violin to students of all ages out of her home in Washington, D.C. “I have one student who is 32 who has been here since he was 12,” Horman said. “I’ve watched them go from beginners to startling young soloists.” Horman has worked tirelessly over the last 20 years to help the studio gain recognition. She’s organized masterclasses with concertmasters including Ricardo Cyncynates of the National Symphony Orchestra and Jonathan Carney with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The Horman Violin Studio was also the only studio to team up with the National Symphony Orchestra for “NSO in Your Neighborhood” in D.C. in January. Horman credits the studio’s success with her willingness to ask for help, even in what is considered the “cutthroat” world of classical music. “People really want to help when it comes to the kids,” she said. “ ... That really warms my heart.” Working with violin students is something Kang said she’s made a priority
stress over. Born in Washington, D.C., Miller was raised in Florida and started putting videos of himself singing and rapping on YouTube when he was in high school. “I always just loved music, Miller said. “I always had music in my blood. My dad was in a band and my mom used to sing at tournaments and basketball games. I kind of grew up around music and, ever since I was little, I’ve enjoyed every kind of music – whether it was ’N Sync when I was really little and then John Mayer, Eminem, even the Beatles. I’m just a music lover in general. I don’t think it hit me that I wanted it to be my career path until probably ninth or 10th grade. I started like most kids just putting videos on YouTube just to see where it would get me and to see what kind of reaction I would get.” The reaction has been massive. Miller already has more than 221,000 YouTube subscribers with 25 million views, 319,000 Twitter followers and 220,000 likes on Facebook. What Miller described as starting out as a hobby quickly turned into the opportunity of a lifetime. “I don’t know where I’d be without [social media],” Miller said. “I always would talk to my parents about it and I honestly don’t know how people back in the day, like the Beatles ... blew up without social media. Obviously, nowadays social media is a very important tool. YouTube was the start of everything, so if I didn’t have an outlet to put my music, I’d probably be writing in my room still, singing to my family. Twitter and Facebook and Instagram are just another way to share to my fans and show them what I’m doing and what I’ve been up to. I literally live on social media. I owe a lot of my career to Twitter and Instagram and all that stuff because that’s where the fans discover me.” In 2011, in his ﬁrst ever live performance, Miller opened for Snoop Dogg in Florida. Since then, he’s performed alongside R&B and hip-hop artists Flo Rida,
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Judy Kang will hold a masterclass Monday for students of the Horman Violin Studio and the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra.
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throughout the course of her career. “Since I started performing, I deﬁnitely incorporate the opportunity to visit schools ...” Kang said. “I wanted to have the opportunity to work with [Horman’s students] and also be a part of something together.” Ultimately, Kang said she hopes stu-
dents at the Monday masterclass walk away with conﬁdence not just in the technical aspects of the instruments but in terms of their own musical identity as well. “I want each of them to take away this conﬁdence and trust themselves to see what they want to improve on,” Kang said. “They’re each their own individual artist with unique personalities ...” Not surprisingly, embracing her own unique personality is something Kang said was greatly encouraged during the Lady Gaga tour. “She trusted us to do our own thing,” Kang said. “The thing I appreciated about Gaga ... was the openness to allow each individual in the band to really just kind of bring ourselves to the music.” email@example.com
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Wyatt Earp,” Earp became the face of the Gunﬁght at the O.K. Corral. But it was his common law wife of 50 years who later fascinated Kirschner. “The Jewish dimension of this story of a frontier woman really grabbed me,” Kirschner said. “If you read the histories of the West, you would think that there were no women there ... if you leave women out of the picture, you’re not really understanding the true history of the time. My motivation was to put the women back in the picture.” Beyond Marcus Earp, Kirschner said she was also intrigued by the Jewish communities that settled in the American West. “I was fascinated by early Jewish communities in places like Tombstone and Nome, Alaska,” Kirschner said. “It struck me as fascinating; these untold stories of the settling of the U.S. Who knew they were celebrating the Jewish New Year in Tombstone?” Marcus Earp’s Jewish identity will be a major focus of Kirschner’s talks on Nov. 14. “[She] raises interesting questions about Jewish identity and when it’s easy to have a Jewish identity and when it’s difﬁcult,” Kirschner said. “Some people think Josephine was a negative role model because she was so indifferent.” The author said she hopes readers and listeners will also consider their own identity in reading “The Lady at the O.K. Corral.” “We think about the Jewish community we grew up in and I’d be interested in having a conversation about when it’s difﬁcult to be Jewish, how are you Jewish?” Kirschner said. “It’s a very important time to think about how we deﬁne being Jewish and ... how do we pass it on to the next generation.”
Sean Kingston, Mac Miller, Ne-Yo and Cee Lo Green. “We perform with huge celebrities and my musical heroes, to be honest,” Miller said. “Even to this day, I still get starstruck when I see them and I’m still blown away how I’m sharing the stage with the person I listened to growing up. It’s crazy.” Miller released an EP in 2012 called “The Road Less Traveled.” It debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Hip Hop Chart. The song “A Million Lives” off that EP cracked the top-10 on SiriusXM. The video for the song has more than 3.5 million views on YouTube. The song chronicles the lives of people going through hardships. “‘A Million Lives’ is a song I put out about a year ago that’s basically a song I wrote for my fans,” Miller said. “It’s kind of like a tribute to my fans because they always tell me how much I inspire them and how my music inspires them, but really they inspire me just as much. This song is just a story about fans who write me fan mail and they’re telling me how my music has gotten them through [a tough] situation, whether it’s being bullied or ﬁghting cancer or losing someone that they know. Not only has it launched my career … more importantly it’s kind of opened my eyes to how important it is to put out music that has a positive message instead of music without any real lyrical depth. I’ve always said music with no message was just sound.” Miller said he hopes his music is enjoyed by everyone, no matter how old they are. “I hope people take away from my music that it’s just positive and it makes them feel good,” Miller said. “I want my music to be the music parents can listen to in the car with their kids. It’s on the line of edgy and cool, but it’s not too cool where families can’t listen to it together because I’m talking about bad stuff. I want it to be that perfect line where guys can listen to it, girls can listen to it, kids can listen to it, adults … everybody can just relate to it and feel good listening to it.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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2007 Ford Escape XLT.......................9,588
#KP93506, 90K! LTHR/PWR Seat, P/OPTS, MD INSPD
2004 Toyota Camy LE........................6,988 #KP1552, Pampered! MD INSPD P/Seat, Cas / CD, P/OPTS
2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S...................6,988 #KP95439B, Clean! 92K, AT, AC, PW/PLC
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
2003 Dodge RAM 1500......................7,990 #KP81341, Clean! AT, AC, PW
2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser...................7,998 #KP0810, Beauty! MNRF, LTHR/PWR Seat, CD, Alloys
2008 Saturn Astra XE........................8,588 #KP59427, Beauty! Panoramic, MNRF, AT, P/Options
#KP27730, Nice! MNRF, LTHR, CD, PW
2006 Dodge Charger SXT...................9,988 #KX87117, 3.5 V6 , P/Seat. PW/PLC, CD, CC
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
2002 BMW 330ci............................10,488 #92501KP, Beauty!, LTHR/MEM SEATS, Auto, HarmonKardon
2008 GMC Savana Cargovan...........11,988 #KR11890, AT, AC, Tradesman
2009 Toyota Corolla LE...................12,588 #KP65389, CLEAN, 50K! AT, PW/PLC, CD
2006 Acura RL 3.5..........................13,990 #KP07996, AWD, Nav., MNRF, BOSE, LTHR
MORE VEHICLES continued
MORE VEHICLES continued
2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara ...............15,960
2008 Chrysler TWN & CNTRY...........19,990
#KR00804, Adventurer, 4WD, Showroom Cond.
#KP34550, LTD, Nav, MNRF, DVD, All the Toys
2008 Hyundai Veracruz Limited AWD.....18,988
#KP33232, GORGEOUS COGNAC INTERIOR LTHR, MNRF, P/OPTS
2007 Infinity M35............................19,288 #FP50592, AWD, Pristine! NAV, MNRF, PSEAT, P/OPTS
2009 Toyota Venza AWD..................19,997 #KP05511, FG LTS, Alloys, P/Options
2011 Buick Regal CXL.....................20,988 #KP11537, Turbo, Lots of Toys, Nav, MNRF, LTHR
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT......19,288
2007 Ford F150 Super Crew Lariat.....21,570
#KN41054, DVD, Backup CAM, PDRS/Gate, PSeat
#KP86231, NAV & Moonroof, LTHR
2010 Ford Econoline XLT.................19,745
2010 Chrysler TWN & CNTRY.............23,970
#KN77515, 15 PASS, PW, CC, CD, Park Sense
#KP51814,SHOWROOM COND!! DVD/NAV/LTHR