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Montgomery County students and staff in ﬁve middle and high schools may not face delays to construction projects after all. The Montgomery County Board of Education decided Monday not to delay revitalization and expansion projects at two high schools and three middle schools. The board voted Monday to approve a $1.74 billion Capital Improvements Program budget for ﬁscal years 2015 through 2020 — compared to Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s proposed $1.55 billion budget, which was based on holding off on some projects. The board added a total of about $192.6 million to Starr’s proposed ﬁgure. The board’s capital improvements program budget is about $376.5 million more than the current program, which covers ﬁscal years 2013 to 2018. The budget now moves to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and the County Council for their approval. The decision to keep the ﬁve schools’ projects on track added about $172 million to the budget.
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Adrienne House program provides 24-hour rehabilitative care BY
ALINE BARROS STAFF WRITER
In this 1978 photo, ballistics expert Larry Sturdivan holds a bullet believed to have struck President John F. Kennedy.
KEVIN JAMES SHAY STAFF WRITER
n the early-morning hours of Nov. 23, 1963, Dr. James J. Humes washed his hands after overseeing what is arguably the most controversial autopsy in modern U.S. history at Bethesda Naval Hospital, now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The director of laboratories of the National Medical School in Bethesda took his notes of the proceedings to his Bethesda home and burned them after meticulously copying the records because, Humes later testiﬁed, they were stained with John F. Kennedy’s blood
and “inappropriate to be turned over to anyone.” “Having transcribed those notes … I destroyed those pieces of paper,” Humes, who died in 1999, testiﬁed in 1977 before a medical panel convened by the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations, one of several political bodies that investigated the killing. “I felt they would fall into the hands of some sensation seeker.” That admission is one of many facets of the case that have fueled speculation of a cover-up and conspiracy over Kennedy’s death for the past 50 years. As the half-century anniversary approaches Friday, the autopsy in Bethesda continues to be one of the more controversial elements. “Dr. Humes may have had his reasons for
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burning the original autopsy notes,” Philip Shenon, a former New York Times journalist and author of a new book, “A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination,” said in an interview. “But it was still jaw-dropping to discover what he did.” Jim Lesar, president of the Assassination Archives and Research Center, a private organization in Silver Spring that preserves documents and other records on political assassinations, added, “It was an extraordinarily controversial autopsy that has been denounced by many authorities in the ﬁeld.” Of the roughly 30 agents, military ofﬁcers, medical personnel and others that the House
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Eight residents at 8915 Colesville Road in Silver Spring help to cook dinner, do laundry and clean the house. They take creative writing, ﬁtness, reading, music appreciation, and quick and healthy cooking classes. They also go to therapy once or twice a week, and have to take daily medications. These eight residents are part of Adrienne House, a program operated by Cornerstone Montgomery. The program provides comprehensive 24-hour rehabilitative care, and assists residents suffering from schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder and personality disorders. But Adrienne House is next to Ellsworth Park, a property owned by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which has leased the house to Montgomery County, which then sublet to Cornerstone Montgomery for the past 25 years. Park and Planning is considering the development of a dog park at Ellsworth Park that ofﬁcials say should not interfere with Adrienne House; however, it is part of a larger plan to develop more green space for the growing Silver Spring urban area. That may require tenants to move out of the house, which
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Sligo Middle student tops at math competition Chris Okorie of Silver Spring, an eighth-grader at Sligo Middle School, is a math whiz. Chris won ﬁrst place in the overall math competition at the 2013 National Society of Black Engineers Conference in Charlotte, N.C., from Nov. 8 to 10. Several schools from Montgomery and Prince George counties competed individually and as teams. This year’s theme was “Engineering and Leadership in Harmony.” “Math is my favorite subject,” Chris said. “I guess I would say I am pretty good in math. The questions at ﬁrst were easy and then they started to get harder and harder. I just tried to do the best I could.” Chris also is a participant in the All-Stars GapBuster program. GapBuster, a nonproﬁt dedicated to empowering youth through education, established the National Society of Black Engineers junior chapter at Sligo Middle School. GapBuster took 12 students from Sligo Middle, Montgomery Blair High School, Wheaton High School, Parkland High School and Roosevelt High School to the conference in Charlotte. “The reason why we do [this] ... is to expose our students to areas of science and technology ... and it allows them to see what other
opportunities are out there,” said Yvette Butler, executive director of GapBuster. Chris took home two medals for his excellent performance. “When I walked in the room and they had ﬁve- and six-people teams ... and then we had three people. Our supervisor, he had to leave us and go to a different group and we started to get nervous. But then we brought it back,” Chris said. He and other students will represent their schools at the National Convention in March in Memphis, Tenn. “We are going to be studying. I am going to study extra hard to make sure I can keep up,” said Chris, who wants a career in mechanical engineering.
Sligo Adventist Church holds food drive Youth from Sligo Adventist Church are collecting nonperishable food for needy Takoma Park families during the holiday season. Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the church at
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(From left) Sligo Middle School seventh-grader Akira Nesby and eighth-graders Russell Price and Chris Okorie display the medals they won at the 2013 National Society of Black Engineers Conference in Charlotte, N.C., from Nov. 8 to 10. 7700 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. The food will be celebrated during the church’s annual Festival of Praise at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the church ofﬁce at 301-270-6777.
Dyers school now luxury apartments A ribbon-cutting celebration Thursday ofﬁcially opened the Heritage at Silver Spring luxury apartments. The apartment complex is a nine-story structure with more than 200 one- and two-bedroom units, plus two-level townhouse units. The developers are Priderock Capital Partnership and DLJ. The main building is a 1927 structure that once housed the
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THURSDAY, NOV. 21 Open Mic at El Gavilan on Flower Ave., 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. John Arbaiza,
202-590-1228, Elgavilannest@gmail. com, El Gavilan Restaurant, 8805 Flower Ave, Silver Spring. Free. Adult Irish Set & Ceili Dance Class, 7 p.m. basic, 8 p.m. advanced. Argyle Park Activities Building, 1030 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring. $30/ semester. Paul O’Donnell, 301-6496410, firstname.lastname@example.org. Playgroup for children 5 and younger, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Caregivers must stay with child. Free. Will be canceled with MCPS school delays or cancellations due to weather only. Ashley, 832-262-0299, email@example.com. Redland Baptist Church, 6922 Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood.
FRIDAY, NOV. 22 Mixed Winter Container, 10 a.m.12 p.m., and 1-3 p.m. Cost covers all materials, including 14-inch container (or bring your own). Register at www. parkpass.org. Brookside Gardens,
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Temple Emanuel’s African Dinner Fundraiser, 6-9 p.m. Fundraiser
for Kenya. Buffet catered by Swahili Village. $20; $10 per child (younger than 12), maximum of $50 per family. Nicole D’Isa, 301-942-2000, firstname.lastname@example.org. Temple Emanuel, 10101 Connecticut Ave., Kensington.
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Our Seminary, 301-589-1715, info@ saveourseminary.org. 2755 Cassedy St., Silver Spring. $5 for nonmembers of Save Our Seminary. First Candle, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Organization ﬁghts stillbirth, sudden infant death syndrome and other causes of sudden unexpected infant death. Diana Del Grosso, 301-530-1094, email@example.com. Kensington Arts Center, 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington. Suggested donation of $10/person. Eagle Scout Bike Drive, 10 a.m.-3
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4:15 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register at www.parkpass.org. Scilla Taylor, 301-962-1480, priscilla.taylor@MontgomeryParks. org. Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free.
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headquarters of the National Association of Dyers and Cleaners, later the National Dry Cleaning Institute. The building was a national school, research lab and model plant, drawing students and observers from across the country to learn about the cleaning and dyeing arts, according to the association’s website. Ground was broken in February 1927 and eight months later the school opened to students — 30 men and two women — from 22 states and Washington D.C. It also provided dry cleaning services to the public until the mid-1970s. It’s the ﬁrst renovation of a historical site into a luxury, class A apartment community in downtown Silver Spring, according to a Montgomery County news release. fered on the fourth Saturday of most months, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Amy Alapati, 240-773-9444, email@example.com. Damascus Library, 9701 Main Street. Free.
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LOCAL Coffee brewers see perks in crowdfunding One Montgomery Founders aim to spread ‘virtuous exchange’ model
SARAH SCULLY STAFF WRITER
Perched on a stool in a white gauze dress with gold, green and red embroidery, Sara Mussie burned frankincense as she roasted green coffee beans over a ﬂame in her Takoma Park home. As the scent of the roasted beans wafted from the pot, her husband, Tebabu Assefa, asked everyone to make a wish. Mussie and Assefa see coffee — which they sell — as a medium to tell stories and business as a medium for change. In 2011, they founded a company, Blessed Coffee, to change what they see as a deeply unfair form of international trade. Their next goal is to open a cafe and small roasting facility in Takoma Park, and they’re using crowdfunding to do it. With crowdfunding, small companies or individuals raise money for a project through websites like Indiegogo or Kickstarter. People pledge to invest, and depending on the site, fundraisers may receive any amount of money pledged by the end of their campaign, or may only get money if they reach their fundraising goal. If the funding goal is met, investors often receive a beneﬁt, like the new product they helped fund. In this case, investors might receive free coffee, art, or a dinner, depending on their investment level. Mussie performed a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony as the couple explained their work. Assefa said neighbors in Ethiopia gather daily after lunch in each other’s homes for coffee. They discuss community concerns and bless one another. This legacy guides Blessed Coffee’s efforts as much as the tangible goals of creating more equal markets for coffee producers and high-quality coffee to customers. Assefa and Mussie call this concept of promoting positive social change through business the “virtuous exchange” model. The pair became involved in efforts to empower farmers in the global coffee market after meeting Ethiopian activist Tadessa Meskela in 2002. They learned that farmers might make 50 cents for a pound of coffee beans that sells on the retail market for more than $10. These farmers often can’t afford to send their children
to school, or eat three meals a day, Assefa explained as Mussie brewed coffee over the ﬁre in a long-necked ceramic kettle. Initially, Assefa and Mussie wanted to make a documentary about the farmers’ struggle. Instead, they decided to spread their message and help more directly by starting a company to pay farmers living wages for their product. “We’re using the business to come up with the solution,” Assefa said, “It’s not only a business — it’s also a movement; it’s a way of life.” Blessed Coffee buys from Meskela’s Oromia Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union through a wholesaler in New York, as the local company is not big enough to buy directly from the co-op. The co-op is made up of 240,000 Ethiopian farmers and is built on the same values of fairness and quality from the producers to the consumers. Blessed Coffee sells shadegrown coffee from the co-op to local restaurants and shops and at farmers markets. Shadegrown coffee is widely considered more environmentally friendly and, many argue, has better ﬂavor. The virtuous exchange model goes beyond the fair trade model by offering producers higher proﬁts and investment opportunities, and focusing on the relationship between producers and consumers, Assefa and Mussie said. As of Tuesday, Blessed Coffee’s Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign had raised $5,235 from 26 investors, toward a goal of $226,274. The campaign has about 30 days remaining. Blessed Coffee will receive all of the money pledge through the site even if the company does not reach its goal. Part of the reason Blessed Coffee’s owners turned to crowdfunding, Assefa said, is their focus on community. They want neighbors and customers to take part in the company to show how a community can pool resources for change. They also plan to use small business loans, community development grants, and investments and loans from community members to reach their fundraising goal. The company turned down an offer of $3 million from an investor several months ago, Assefa said, because the point is not expanding the business in the traditional sense. The point is showing Takoma Park how many resources it has and
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Sara Mussie roasts coffee beans during an Ethiopian coffee ceremony at her home in Takoma Park. the power of social connections. “This thing was conceived and fostered” in Takoma Park, Assefa said. “It was possible because of the sense of community we have.” Blessed Coffee is the nation’s second beneﬁt corporation, under a law enacted in Maryland in 2010, Assefa said. The designation, now available in 20 states, gives social entrepreneurs who are pursuing public beneﬁt along with proﬁt added protection from lawsuits by shareholders. It also gives an ofﬁcial recognition of companies’ socially conscious efforts. For Assefa and Mussie, coffee is a means for empowering farmers in Ethiopia and strengthening community in Takoma Park. Proﬁts serve to further those goals. Once Blessed Coffee becomes large enough to buy directly from farmers, Assefa and Mussie want to let farmers invest in and own a piece of the company. They’ve set a goal of expanding the company to 15
major cities. In other industries, particularly in Africa, some of the world’s poorest people supply markets from resource-rich environments, Assefa said. Applying the virtuous exchange model could make a difference for cocoa producers in Ghana and gold miners in the Congo, to name two. “The international commodity market has locked them in poverty in the Garden of Eden, and that’s very offensive, especially when the consumer doesn’t want that,” Assefa said of the coffee farmers. Shortening the distance between the producer and consumer is critical to making the virtuous exchange model a reality, he said. Once its cafe opens, Blessed Coffee plans to donate 50 percent of proﬁts to 15 local community organizations. The owners hope the café will be a gathering space. “It’s community in a cup,” Assefa said. firstname.lastname@example.org
They came to identify the problem, discuss solutions and decide how to enact their plan. It was an ambitious agenda for the ﬁrst community meeting of the members of One Montgomery, an organization formed this summer to look at the problem of declining test scores in schools of the Montgomery County Public Schools Northeast Consortium and see how the trend can be reversed. Ed Wetzlar was one of the founders of the group, along with Fred Stichnoth and Adrian Lees, all Silver Spring residents living in the Northeast Consortium area. “I was concerned not only for the students, but also our property values,” said Wetzlar, who lives three blocks from Springbrook High School. “Schools are the foundation of your children’s future and, if you own property, schools determine the value of your property.” Although originally focused on the Northeast Consortium — which encompasses James Hubert Blake, Paint Branch and Springbrook high schools, along with ﬁve middle schools, 16 elementary schools and the Carl Sandburg Learning Center — One Montgomery would like to have a farther reach, Wetzlar said, working for equity in education throughout the county. The organization’s reach is already growing, as several of the nearly three dozen people at the meeting Thursday at the Episcopal Church of the Transﬁguration in Colesville live in the Downcounty Consortium area. Montgomery Blair, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Northwood and Wheaton high schools and their feeder schools make up that consortium. “We have schools highly impacted by the needs of the student population,” said Jill Ortman-Fouse, a Takoma Park resident with children at Blair and Takoma Park Middle School. “The differences in the learning levels in our classrooms is huge.” She said some of the rea-
sons for the different learning levels are the large number of English for Speakers of Other Languages students; more students who move and change schools frequently; and those with unidentified special needs, requiring teachers to spend more time getting them up to speed for state exams. Ortman-Fouse said she was at the meeting because “if we all partner together we can more easily get resources.” After a presentation contrasting east county schools with thoseinotherpartsofthecounty by Dan Reed, a 2005 graduate of Blake High School interested in community affairs, the group was randomly divided into four focus groups, each tasked with brainstorming ways to promote school equity. “We’re doing this to raise awareness of the differences in the schools, both performance and perception,” Reed said. “Our schools do good things but they could do better.” The focus groups discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the county’s public schools, current opportunities and future threats to education, causes for the current state of the schools, and solutions. Dan Wilhelm, who does not have children in the schools, said he is concerned about the number of east county students who qualify for free or reducedprice meals. He sees better employment as one part of the solution. “We need more higherpaying jobs in the east county,” he said. “A better balancing of income levels.” Bernice Mireku-North of Takoma Park, a 1999 graduate of Blair, said she and her husband have yet to have children but are concerned about the future of east county schools because they plan to send their children there when the time comes. “People come to this area for [job] opportunities and good schools,” Mireku-North said. “I’m interested in the solution [to improving the schools] and how to implement the solution.” Stichnoth said after the meeting that he thought it was a good start. “This is important stuff,” he said. “It is important to act as a community, figure out what our message is and do it.” email@example.com
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ALINE BARROS STAFF WRITER
Plans are in the works for bus rapid transit along U.S. 29, but ofﬁcials say it will be at least ﬁve years before construction begins. About 50 people attended a Coalition for Smarter Growth meeting on Nov. 13 at the White Oak Community Recreation Center to learn about the plans for U.S. 29, which are part of a larger plan to improve accessibility and mobility throughout the county. At the meeting, the group updated residents about the county’s current transit corridors functional master plan. “It definitely doesn’t happen overnight,” said Larry Cole, transportation planner for the Montgomery County Department of Planning. Cole said major construction
on U.S. 29 won’t begin before important steps are taken, such as public outreach, and enough study in each location where the 60-footlong buses will run. The plan is to have public transportation with fewer stops and with its own lane in the highway. Ten corridors, dedicated express highway lanes that serve to minimize travel time and move more people, are included at the rapid transit corridor map. A Burtonsville station would serve as terminal for U.S. 29, with bus routes from Burtonsville to the Washington, D.C., line and 11 stations along the way among them: Burtonsville’s Park and Ride; Briggs Chaney’s Park and Ride; White Oak Transit Center; U.S. 29 and Fairland Road; U.S. 29 and Tech Road; Lockwood Drive and Oak Leaf Drive; Route 29 and Hillwood Drive; U.S. 29 and MD 193; U.S 29 and Franklin Street; U.S. 29 and Fenton Street and the Silver Spring Transit Center. The station in Burtonsville
would be at Briggs Chaney Road within walking distance from the Eastern Regional Service Center. “The important thing is that the master plan organizes and sees how all these [stops] work together,” Cole said. According to Chuck Lattuca, manager for the Rapid Transit System Development, ofﬁcials are studying the layout of highways, corridor lanes, number of stations, and where each station will be in the corridor. Lattuca said the costs are still unknown, but the rapid transit will “deﬁnitely be a lot less expensive than light rail.” Out of 81 miles dedicated to buses from the proposed rapid transit system, 70 percent will be in dedicated lanes and “the rest will be in some kind of mix trafﬁc,” Lattuca said. Mark Winston, a member of the Rapid Transit Task Force, said a lot of work needs to be done before construction begins.
“This functional plan is just the beginning. ... This is a project that will beneﬁt the community ... as people learn more about this they become more comfortable,” Winston said. According to Cole, it is important that the community understand the timeline of the bus rapid transit project. He said there will be future opportunities for residents to express their concerns and opinions. “From our perspective as an organization, U.S. 29 should be a top priority in implementing the county’s bus rapid transit plan. The corridor has some of the highest density tracts in the county, [and] has some of the highest concentrations of poverty,” Kelly Blynn of the Coalition for Smarter Growth wrote in an email to The Gazette. The Montgomery County Council will meet and possibly vote on the proposed Bus Rapid Transit project on Nov. 26. firstname.lastname@example.org
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InBrief Church runs winter coat drive Winter coats in good condition for all ages can be dropped off at Grace United Methodist Church at 7001 New Hampshire Ave., Takoma Park, through the end of November. Those who need a coat may pick one up from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at the church. Creative Colony offers drop-in Wednesdays The Creative Colony, which offers space where creative art and communication professionals come together to grow their businesses independently, is looking for a home in downtown Silver Spring. In the meantime, it will hold drop-in sessions from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday at SW Creatives, a graphic and Web design ﬁrm, in the Wheaton Business Innovation in the Westﬁeld Wheaton mall at 11002 Veirs Mill Road, Room 700. Space is limited. RSVP is necessary. For more information, go to www.creativecolonyspaces.com
In the service Air Force Airmen Victor M. Bercian and Hyeuk Ju Kwon both recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San AntonioLackland. The men completed an intensive, eightweek program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical ﬁtness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force. Bercian, the son of Edith Granados and Victor Bercian of Silver Spring, is a 2013 graduate of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington. Kwon, the son of Mi Kyoung Lee of Silver Spring, is a 2012 graduate of Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. Medical insurance forums this week A program on open enrollment for medical insurance beneﬁts will have its last two panel discussions from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Executive Ofﬁce Building and from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the Calvary United Methodist Church. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D-Dist. 8) of Kensington is hosting the panels in cooperation with the Maryland Federation of Chapters of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. A Medicare expert will be at the morning forum, and representatives from federal health insurance and other insurance plans will attend both sessions. They will discuss different health plan options and the new insurance exhanges, and answer individual questions. The Executive Ofﬁce Building is at 101 Monroe St., Rockville. The church is at 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy. For more information, visit silverspringspeaks.blogspot.com.
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The oath of ofﬁce is administered to Mayor Bruce R. Williams by Loretta Knight, Clerk of the Montgomery County Circuit Court on Monday night at the Takoma Park Community Center.
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Project will cost $625 million to build BY
ALINE BARROS STAFF WRITER
The Rockville-based Tower Cos. announced on Nov. 11 that the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has approved the preliminary plan and project plan for the Blairs Urban Redevelopment in Silver Spring. The redevelopment consists of about 450,000 square feet for retail and commercial space, and 3.4 million square feet for residential living. The project bounded by Colesville Road, East-West Highway, Blair Mill Road and Eastern Avenue has 20 percent of its area set aside for public space and urban parks. Over the next 20 years, Tower plans to transform the sprawling 30-acre, 1960s-era suburban property into an urban neighborhood. In addition to multiple parks and ofﬁce space (which will add a net 127,438 square feet after demolition of an existing 72,562 square feet), the proposal includes 250,000 square feet of retail space, a 125,000-square-foot hotel, and 3.4 million
The Tower Cos. announced its Blairs Urban Redevelopment approval by the Park and Planning Commission on Nov. 11. The project includes a dog park, public space for outdoor events, and a grocery store.
square feet of residential space. The plan calls for a total of 2,800 housing units, including 1,110 existing ones that would be preserved. The project will cost $625 million to build, said Sri Velamati,
vice president of development for the Tower Cos., in an email to The Gazette. “Our goal is to make this a connected and open community space,” said Velamati. Construction of the site will be in multiple phases and is expected to begin in 2014. “It is a very innovative project in the sense that provides a lot of public accessible space,” said Gwen Wright, director of the Montgomery County Planning Department. Residents and visitors will have access to cafes, outdoor space for festivals, and pedal along bike paths around the Blairs. “I think that [it] is a really exciting project ... It has a good mix of retail and residential... It is a really exciting addition to Silver Spring,” she said. The director said the next step is for developers to ﬁle site plans with the Park and Planning Commission. After that, the community will have the chance to comment on the project at a public meeting before the planning board votes for the approval of the site plans. No date for that meeting has been set. email@example.com
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.
4TH DISTICT Aggravated Assault • Nov. 2 at 2:29 p.m., 2200 block of Glenallen Avenue in Silver Spring. The subject is known to the victim. Arrested was a girl, 15, from Silver Spring. • Nov. 2 at 12:30 a.m., 12200 block of Berry Street in Silver Spring. The subject is known to the victim. Arrested was a man, 33, from Silver Spring. • Oct. 30, 11700 block of Hatcher Place in Silver Spring. The subject is known to the victim. • Oct. 26, 4300 block of Mahan Road in Silver Spring. The subject is known to the victim. Arrested was a man, 31, from Silver Spring. Residential Burglary • Oct. 31 at 3 p.m., 2300 block of Seibel Drive in Silver Spring.The subject is known to the victim. Arrested was a boy, 17, from Silver Spring. • Nov. 4 at 7:22 a.m., 14300 block of Myer Terrace in Rockville. Unknown entry; unknown what was taken. • Oct. 30 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., 14200 block of Greenspan Lane in Rockville. Forced entry; property taken. • Oct. 24 between 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., 5500 block of Amesﬁeld Court in Rockville. No forced entry; property taken. • Oct. 20 to Oct. 23, 13500 block of Crispin Way in Rockville. No forced entry; unknown what was taken. • Nov. 1 between 9:35 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., 11700 block of Stonington Place in Silver Spring. Forced entry; property taken. • Oct. 25 between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., 1500 block of Vivian Place in Silver Spring. No forced entry; property taken. Attempted Burglary
• Nov. 2 at 7:50 p.m., 17100 block of Old Baltimore Road in Olney. Attempted entry; nothing taken.
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369 homeless individuals throughout the county completed surveys BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER
Poor health conditions and repeat emergency room visits are plaguing the homeless population throughout Montgomery County, according to results from the county’s 100,000 Homes Campaign survey. As part of its participation in the national campaign, the county just completed Registry Week, with volunteers surveying 369 homeless people living in places such as parking garages, outdoor stairwells, wooded encampments and shelters. The three-day count took place each day from 4 to 7 a.m. Nov. 4 through 6. The purpose of the count is to identify the
most medically vulnerable homeless people and move them into permanent housing with supportive services. “Now we have a prioritized list of people according to their vulnerability,” said Susanne SinclairSmith, executive director of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. “We can use that priority list to place people into permanent housing.” Findings revealed that 40 percent of people surveyed reported they had at least one serious health condition, such as kidney disease, asthma or diabetes, and 74 percent of that group were medically vulnerable, meaning that they have a higher likelihood of dying in a state of homelessness because of their health issues. The results also showed that the 369 individuals reported a total of 677 in-patient hospitalizations in the past year. Twenty-two percent of respondents said they
received in-patient emergency room treatment at least three times last year. By moving these people into permanent housing with services such as case management and nurse care, high costs to the health system and the county can be reduced, and homeless individuals can increase their quality of health, according to SinclairSmith. “We will have those immediate health care services to help them with the medical conditions they have,” she said. “Case managers will continue to work with them in permanent housing and connect them with a primary doctor.” Montgomery County Councilman George Leventhal (D-At large), who serves on the executive committee of the Montgomery County 100,000 Homes campaign, said the results show that the county needs to prioritize
housing placement for the most vulnerable homeless people. Along with Council Vice President Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2), Leventhal said he will introduce a supplemental appropriation Tuesday for just under $700,000 to place 15 homeless individuals in housing by February 2014. The money would provide for housing with supportive services for a year and a half. While the county government is heavily involved with this issue, religious and philanthropic support is still needed, according to Leventhal. “We’re going to do a lot, but the county has to work with private, nonproﬁt and religious partners to solve the problem,” he said.
Evan Glass to seek District 5 council BY
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
Silver Spring community activist and former journalist Evan Glass will run for the Montgomery County Council District 5 seat currently held by Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D). Glass, 36, announced his intentions in an email to supporters Monday. Ervin is in her second term on the council, and has previously raised the possibility of a run for county executive in 2014. She said Tuesday she has until the February ﬁling deadline to decidewhatherplansare,andthinks people will be willing to wait to see what she decides. Asked about Glass’s announcement, she jokingly replied, “Evan who?” In an interview Monday with The Gazette, Glass cited his experience working with community groups and a need to create a new dialogue to move progressive values forward as his motivation to
run for the seat. Olney Democrat Vivian Malloy has ﬁled to run for one of the four at-large seats, and Gaithersburg resident Neda Bolourian ﬁled Monday to run as a Democrat in the District 2 seat currently held by Council Vice President Craig Rice (D), according to the website for the Maryland State Board of Elections. On Tuesday, Dickerson resident Beth Daly announced her intention to seek one of the at-large seats as a Democrat. Glass said he’s spent nearly a decade working in the Silver Spring and Takoma Park communities in a variety of groups, including the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board and the South Silver Spring Neighborhood Association. Glass also served as a member of the county’s Nighttime Economy Task Force, which presented its ﬁndings to County Executive Isiah Leggett on Friday. Those experiences have allowed him to create a record of
representing the needs of diverse communities, he said. Glass said that during his time as president of the South Silver Spring Neighborhood Association, he championed key progressive issues, and was proud of his work in ﬁnding common ground among diverse communities, so everyone’s voices were heard. There are too many personality conﬂicts among elected officials in Montgomery County, including council members, the county executive and members of the state delegation, Glass said. While the ofﬁcials may all be Democrats, that doesn’t mean they get along, he said. Glass said he believes such conﬂicts can hurt the county’s ability to compete with Washington, D.C, Fairfax County, Va., and other areas, he said. The Democratic primary is in June 2014, followed by the general election in November 2014. firstname.lastname@example.org
County volunteers encountered 62 homeless individuals who declined to participate in the survey, but according to SinclairSmith, their lack of response still made an important statement about the homeless situation in the county. From her experiences talking with homeless people in Silver Spring during the count, she said, many of those who chose not to participate were so mentally ill, speciﬁcally dealing with paranoia, that they were unable to be engaged to complete the survey. “I feel very responsible toward that number because I think it represents the most vulnerable people living outside,” she said. This is the first time the county has conducted a homeless count on its own. At the beginning
of each year, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments counts the homeless in and around Washington in its Point-In-Time homeless count. In January, the council reported 1,004 homeless people, including families, living in Montgomery County. The county’s own three-day count included only individuals, as homeless families typically have more access to county government services. Sinclair-Smith said the county’s count and survey were more thorough than the council’s because the volunteers reached the most vulnerable people during a three-day stint, as opposed to just one day. email@example.com
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Report suggests changes to improve Montgomery’s nightlife Extending hours, increasing late night transit options among suggestions n
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
Providing more places for bargoing patrons to catch taxis and allowing food trucks to roam certain neighborhoods to serve them lateatnightareamongtheoptions suggested by a task force charged with thinking up ways to spice up Montgomery County’s nightlife. After a six-month process, the county’s Nighttime Economy Task Force presented its recom-
mendations to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) on Friday morning. Montgomery has a strong daytime economy, but in the evening hours the county often loses business to areas such as Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va., as people go out in search of entertainment, said Heather Dlhopolsky, chairwoman of the task force that was made up of 19 residents, business owners and others. Providing more nighttime activityinareassuchasBethesda,SilverSpring,Rockville,Wheatonand Germantown will help the county “ﬁll in missing pieces” to provide a stronger overall economy, accord-
ing to the group’s report. The county has worked hard to make its urban areas more walkable to enhance foot trafﬁc, Leggett said. Many of the changes suggested in the report will appeal mostly to young people, but Montgomery should be a place for people of all ages to live, work and raise a family, he said. Leggett said he wants to move quickly to implement the task force’s recommendations, and he’ll work with the County Council and state lawmakers to put as many as possible into effect. “This is an action plan,” he said Friday.
Two accused of stealing from garage, vehicles BY
ELIZABETH WAIBEL STAFF WRITER
Two people have been charged with burglary from a garage and theft from vehicles in
Rockville, according to a city news release. Rockville City Police arrested two people on Nov. 13 after getting calls in the area of Maryland Avenue, Great Falls Road and
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Rose Petal Way. Residents had reported seeing two suspicious people looking into vehicles and walkingbetweenhouses,thenews release said. Police stopped a man and a 16-year-old boy leaving a property in the 200 block of Autumn Wind Way with property stolen from a garage and nearby vehicles, according to the news release. Ronnie S. Land, 20, of Crawford Avenue in Rockville, and the 16-year-old are each charged with one count of fourth-degree burglary, one count of theft less than $1,000, and one count of being a rogue and vagabond, which refers to someone breaking in or stealing, according to the news release. Policedidnotreleasetheboy’s name because he is a juvenile. The 16-year-old was released into the custody of a parent, according to the city news release. Land was released on bond. A trial is scheduled for Dec. 17, according to court records. An attorney for Land was not listed Tuesday afternoon, and a number for him could not be located. Police have asked that anyone with more information about the crimes call them at 240-314-8938.
Councilman Hans Riemer (D-At large) of Silver Spring said he’s sensed a lot of support for the initiative since it was announced. The recommendations include: • Simplifying the process for opening an arts and entertainment venue or holding an event. • Changing the county’s noise ordinance to create “Urban Noise Areas” around locations such as Rockville’s Town Square and Veteran’s Plaza in Silver Spring, increasing the noise levels allowed for certain events and making sure residents who live near those areas would be informed before they move in about the possibility
of noise from events. • Creating a way to provide good customer service, help streamline the planning and permitting process and make it easier for business customers to work withmultiplecountydepartments when planning an event. • Allowing food trucks to operate in certain areas from 10 p.m. until bars close. • Support more density in urbanareastocreateavibrantnighttime economy. • Increase the number of taxi stands. • Expand the frequency and range of late-night transit service. • Have the Alcohol Beverage
Advisory Board make recommendations about special orders, product placement and customer service for the Department of Liquor Control. • Speed up the completion and implementation of a Department of Liquor Control Warehouse Management system to improve selection, ordering and delivery processes. • Extend the hours of venues that serve alcohol to 2 a.m. from Sunday through Thursday and to 3 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and the Sunday before a federal holiday that falls on a Monday. email@example.com
Leggett declares he would support minimum wage increase legislation Executive cites lack of predictability on state action n
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
The sponsor of a bill that would raise Montgomery County’s minimum wage to $11.50 by 2017 is conﬁdent the bill will pass when it comes before the council for a vote next week. The bill, sponsored by Councilman Marc Elrich (D-At Large) of Takoma Park, would incrementally increase Montgomery’s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2017. Maryland’s current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. The bill is similar to legislation pending in Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C. The County Council’s Health and Human Services Committee is scheduled to discuss the bill at a meeting Thursday, and it’s scheduled to come before the full council for a vote on Nov. 26, Elrich said.
County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) wrote in a letter to Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda that he would sign the bill if the council passes it. Leggett wrote that he supported a bill in the General Assembly last year that would have raised the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour, but the legislation didn’t get passed. “There is no guarantee that such an effort will succeed in the General Assembly this year or in the foreseeable future,” Leggett wrote. “Accordingly, I support Bill 27-13 to increase the minimum wage now.” Leggett told the Gazette on Nov. 12 that he would still prefer a statewide bill. In response to questions in Berliner’s letter, Leggett wrote that he believes Montgomery’s higher standard of living would justify the county having a higher wage than the rest of the state, although he’s willing to discuss what that wage should be and how long it takes to be phased in. Leggett also said he didn’t think an increase would hurt
the county economically, since it’s home to few minimum wage workers, but the increase for those workers would likely lead to them spending more money in the county. The Montgomery committee’s meeting comes as the bills in Prince George’s and the District are reaching their ﬁnal stages. The Prince George’s County Council is scheduled to hold a hearing on the bill Tuesday, but it wasn’t clear Monday if a vote would be scheduled. Meanwhile, a bill in the District could be marked up before Thanksgiving, according to the Washington Post. Elrich, who worked with ofﬁcials in the other jurisdictions to coordinate their respective legislation, said he’s conﬁdent the bill will get at least the ﬁve members needed to pass. “I think they can get there,” he said. Staff writer Jeffrey K. Lyles contributed to this report firstname.lastname@example.org
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Political newcomer Mizeur seeks to make marijuana legal hopes to win initial “I think the public is ready to confront the failures of the war on drugs and election as delegate speciﬁcally the marijuana issue.” Raskin to introduce similar bill in upcoming legislative session n
Candidate wants to advocate for workers’ rights, women’s rights and better education for all n
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Driven by her middle-class experiences and humble background, Maricé Morales, 26, hopes to win the District 19 seat to advocate for workers’ rights, immigration reform, women’s rights, and better education for all. “Having grown up not having everything handed to me and seeing how hard my parents worked, seeing their hard work not going to waste ... It really spoke to me. I knew that if I worked hard that I could get somewhere in life and I want to make sure that those systems that allowed me to get where I am today still exists for generations to come,” said Morales. Morales expects to earn her law degree at the University of Maryland in December, and aims to take a seat as a delegate for District 19.
“We had to start from the beginning ... but it is great that we are able to start all over and make it through.”
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“We had to start from the beginning ... but it is great that we are able to start all over and make it through,” Morales said. District 19 includes Silver Spring north to Rockville and Gaithersburg, and is also served by three delegates, all Democrats — Bonnie Cullison, Benjamin Kramer, and Sam Arora. Only Cullison and Kramer will seek re-election. Fellow democrat Melodye Berry is also running for the seat. The general election will be held in November 2014. email@example.com
Marice Morales, District 19 candidate
On her campaign’s official website, Morales pledges to provide the necessary opportunities and solutions in education, jobs, transportation and environment. She also pledges to advocate for the lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and minorities communities. The candidate said she would like to be the voice for vulnerable communities, new American families, workers and their immigration issues. Morales explained that at the state level “we do have some power making sure that we are treating the residents of the state the ways they should be treated.” Mainly, the candidate wants to work on issues that secure the middle class because “when the state doesn’t protect those communities; it is underproductive ... you have people who fall into poverty and then crime increases.” Morales started her career in public service at the federal level. She worked for the National ScienceFoundation,andhelpedwith funding and grant management. At the state level, Morales worked with state Sen. Roger Manno (D-Dist. 19) as a special assistant. She also worked at the Arlington County Board as policy intern in Northern Virginia, and as a judicial intern in Arlington’s Circuit Court while in law school. Morales holds a master’s degree in public policy and her undergraduate work was in global affairs, international development and French. Morales is one of four siblings, and daughter of Peruvian immigrants. She was born and raised in Arlington, Va., and moved to Baltimore in 2010 and has been a Silver Spring resident since May 2013. “In District 19, we have our voters, our community really values the diverse perspective and I think that the legislature should represent what the state looks like. And as an elected ofﬁcial you have the responsibility not to just look out for those who look like you but the beneﬁt of the district,” said Morales. Her parents met in the mid’70s while taking English classes. “My dad came [to the U.S.] in the ’70s, my mom a little bit later,” she said. Her mother was a domestic worker, cleaning houses in Virginia, and her father was a small business owner. At some point in their lives, Morales said the family had to ﬁle for bankruptcy “that’s just part of the middle class struggle here in our country.”
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Legal, regulated and taxed: That is how Democratic gubernatorial candidate Del. Heather Mizeur sees marijuana in Maryland’s future. And she is not alone. Mizeur (Dist. 20) of Takoma Park released her latest campaign policy Tuesday, a plan to decriminalize marijuana. Her plan would not just make pot legal — it would regulate it in a similar way to how the state regulates alcohol. Under her plan, those 21 or older could possess up to an ounce of pot or up to 5 grams of concentrated marijuana or marijuana-infused products with a THC total of 4.2 grams, all without violating state law. THC is the active ingredient in cannabis. However, regulations would prohibit pot from being consumed in public, both indoors and out, and would prohibit users from driving under its inﬂuence. Employers would be prohibited from ﬁring employees who use marijuana on their own time in their private life. But landlords could restrict tenants from using or growing it on their property. Mizeur said she has been working with the Marijuana
Sen. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Dist. 20), Takoma Park Policy Project and other advisers active in pursuing the issue in other states. Among those she said she consulted was Del. Curtis S. Anderson (D-Dist. 43) of Baltimore, a leading voice on the issue in the House of Delegates. By taxing legalized pot, Mizeur’s plan estimates the state could gain as much as $157.5 million in annual revenue, money she would direct to substance-abuse programs and early childhood education. Her plan would impose an excise tax of $50 per ounce between growers and sellers and charge consumers 6 percent sales tax plus an extra 2 percent tax. It also assumes a sales price of $7 per gram. But legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana could become a reality before the primary in June. Sen. Jamie B. Raskin (DDist. 20) of Takoma Park said he is preparing to introduce legislation in the 2014 session that would legalize and regu-
late marijuana. Similar to Mizeur’s, his plan would restrict use to those 21 or older. “We would be a lot better off to do whatever we can to keep marijuana away from young people and allow those 21 and up to make their own decisions,” he said. “We know drug dealers don’t card.” Raskin, who supported a state bill that allowed medical marijuana, called the “war on drugs” a “dismal failure” that has ruined lives of the select few caught for doing what half of the American public admits to doing: smoking pot. Even if Maryland legalizes marijuana, it’s still a federal crime. But Raskin said that does not mean the states have to criminalize it. “I think that the states can begin a process of dealing with marijuana as a public health problem and restoring sanity to our laws,” he said. The war on drugs also is often criticized for disproportionately affecting black com-
munities. More blacks are arrested for pot possession compared with whites, but Raskin said studies show that use of marijuana is consistent across the board. As for the public, it is ready for change, he said. “I think the public is ready to confront the failures of the war on drugs and speciﬁcally the marijuana issue,” Raskin said. “The question is how can we best advance public health and avoid unnecessary criminalization and incarceration.” Citing how the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution repealed alcohol prohibition and took with it bootlegging, Raskin, a constitutional law professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, said legalizing marijuana has the potential to strike a blow at the organized crime behind the sales by taking away proﬁts. Mizeur said she was not aware that Raskin was planning to introduce legislation. “I think that it is really important that we start the dialogue in the next session,” she said. But Mizeur does not think her colleagues will be ready to move it. She expects lawmakers to wait and see how the issue plays out in the 2014 election ﬁrst. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Leggett might ask council to join the call to rename Redskins Executive will no longer use team name in county announcements
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Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is considering asking the County Council to stand with Washington, D.C., lawmakers and pass a resolution urging the Washington Redskins to change their name. At a minimum, Leggett (D) said, he will drop “Redskins” from all of his ofﬁce’s announcements and news releases. He disclosed his intentions Sunday in response to an email from Bethesda resident Joshua Silver, who urged him to join in the call for a different team name. “Personally, I agree with you,” Leggett told Silver, who is vice president for research and policy at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, a nonproﬁt that advocates for fair lending and banking practices. “As for action by the County, I am asking our Ofﬁce of Human Rights to review the matter and make a formal recommendation to me before I forward an ofﬁcial recommendation to the County Council,” he said. It’s not exactly clear what OHR’s role will be. Director James Stowe did not return phone or email messages Mon-
day. Team owner Dan Snyder, a Montgomery resident who lives in Potomac, has vowed that the team name will never change. But he has been under intense pressure to reverse his position, with even President Barack Obama saying that he’d be considering a name change if he owned the team. Leggett spokesman Patrick Laceﬁeld said there’s no expectation that Montgomery’s gestures will be anything other than symbolic. “Obviously, anything we do has no control over the owner of the Redskins and what he calls his team,” Laceﬁeld said. The D.C. Council voted overwhelmingly Nov. 5 to call on the team to change its name, condemning it as “racist and derogatory.” Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) has dropped “Redskins” from his public statements, but has stopped short of denouncing the name as racist or offensive. Silver, who said he was speaking only for himself, not his nonproﬁt, in approaching Leggett, was pleased with the response. “I’ve hated to have to root for a team whose name I’m ashamed of,” he said. It’s difﬁcult to imagine the council actually rejecting a Leggett-sponsored resolution on the issue. But when Silver sounded out his council mem-
“Obviously, anything we do has no control over the owner of the Redskins and what he calls his team.” Leggett spokesman Patrick Laceﬁeld ber, Roger Berliner (D-PotomacBethesda), about sponsoring a resolution, there wasn’t much interest. Berliner said it simply wasn’t the best use of the council’s time. “While I personally believe there are compelling arguments as to why the use of ‘Redskins’ is no longer acceptable, I do not believe this issue is one that should come in front of
the council,” Berliner said in a Nov. 6 email to Silver. “I have been an advocate for the Council to weigh in on issues that are germane to ... and affect the work of the Council. Since the geographic identiﬁer with the Redskins has always been ‘Washington,’ I can see why the D.C. Council would bring up this issue.” Silver also tried council
member George Leventhal (DAt Large), telling him: “I fully understand that a resolution does not have the force of law. No one needs to remind me of that. But I urge the Council to stand with an injured people. Join with the President of the United States in making a statement. It is the right thing to do and sends a powerful statement to the owner of the Washington pro football team. The civil rights movement teaches us that moral suasion matters also.” Leventhal said Silver had his history wrong, but that he would take the matter up informally with his colleagues nevertheless. “Your comparison to the civil rights struggle is, I think, inapt,” Leventhal wrote back
Nov. 8. “Those who were in a position to change the law and enact civil rights protections had the moral obligation to do so. The Montgomery County Council has no authority over the names of NFL teams. If we were to pass a resolution like the one that passed the D.C. Council earlier this week, its effect would be only hortatory and would be perceived by many as grandstanding. “Having said that, I am happy to discuss with my colleagues whether there is a majority sentiment to take up this matter. I appreciate that you feel very strongly about this issue and I understand that you are not alone in this sentiment.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mizeur touts charisma, passion of Coates Report: County still n
hoping to demolish Apex in Bethesda
All three Democratic tickets have Prince George’s County tie
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In her bid to be Maryland’s next governor, Del. Heather Mizeur introduced her running mate, the Rev. Delman Coates — a Prince George’s County pastor and political newcomer — to supporters in Silver Spring on Nov. 13. From afar, it might seem like an unlikely pairing — a black Baptist minister and a white lesbian — but Mizeur said her and Coates’ progressive values and vision for Maryland align perfectly. Coates, 40, brings charisma, passion and loyalty to the campaign, as well as a talent for community engagement, said Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park, who also is 40. A Mizeur-Coates ticket rounds out the Democratic ﬁeld andshiftsfocustoPrinceGeorge’s County as a battleground in the June 2014 primary, as each Democraticticketincludesacandidate from that county. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler’s running mate, Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Dist. 47), lives in Cheverly. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown is a Mitchellville resident. His lieutenant governor candidate is Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. As of October 2012, Prince George’s had 443,643 enrolled Democrats, the most of any jurisdiction in Maryland and about 22 percent of the state’s total. The next highest was Montgomery, with 345,449 Democrats. Having never held or run for
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The Rev. Delman Coates, the running mate of gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur, speaks in Silver Spring on Nov. 13. ofﬁce, Coates is admittedly new to politics — but not new to public service, he said. “There is a saying that we say in some faith circles. It says a shepherd ought to smell like sheep,” he said. As a pastor, Coates said, he has devoted his ministry to serving people not moving in establishment circles. “It’sthatconnectionandcontact with the people that qualiﬁes me for this opportunity,” he said. Among African-American clergy leaders, there is precendent of moving from pastoral service into political service, he said.
“Nothing says that you have to be an elected ofﬁcial for 10, 20, 30 years in order to qualify for elected ofﬁce,” he said. “I have a discernible record of leadership.” A local example of the dual role of pastor and legislator is C. Anthony Muse, a state senator from Prince George’s and bishop at Ark of Safety Christian Church in Upper Marlboro. Voters might recognize Coates, a Fort Washington resident, from the 2012 campaign for same-sex marriage, when he appeared in ads supporting a ballot question to uphold the legislature’s newly passed law.
Nationally, Coates is known for his work on social justice and combating inequalities, according to Mizeur’s campaign. Others might recognize him as the senior pastor at Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton. Since 2004 he has led the church, growing its membership to 8,000. He said will continue to preach and lead the church it even while on the campaign trail. Coates and his wife, Yolanda, have two sons, ages 10 and 7, and 4-year-old twin girls. email@example.com
The back and forth over razing the Apex building in downtown Bethesda to make way for a Purple Line terminus station continues with a report issued by the Montgomery County Planning Department to be discussed at planning board meeting on Thursday. In the report, staffers address concerns from the owner of the Apex building, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, as well as local residents. At a previous planning board meeting on Nov. 7, David Witmer, the senior vice president and CEO of the company that owns the building at 7272 Wisconsin Ave., said the county had given his company neither enough time to do a proper analysis, nor enough incentives to make it worthwhile. County planners have recommended “significant additional density on the Apex building site” to motivate the owners, according to the report, but Witmer said that would not
Report faults courts for protective order hearings Judge calls ﬁndings ‘constructive criticism’ n
BY ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH STAFF WRITER
be enough to compensate for having to relocate. Planners want to tear down the Apex building, which also houses the Bethesda Regal 10 movie theater, to build the “optimal” Bethesda station. Doing so would allow access to both the Purple Line and Metro’s Red Line, according to county documents. The Purple Line is a planned 16-mile $2.2 billion light rail that will link Bethesda and New Carrollton. Without tearing down the Apex building, the station’s platform would have to ﬁt into the existing tunnel, planners have said, and there would be no room for the Capital Crescent Trail. If the tunnel is rebuilt, it can be widened to make it safer and more accommodating for passengers and the trail. “With no room in the existing tunnel for the CCT, cyclists will be forced to use a surface route along busy Bethesda Avenue and across the heavily trafﬁcked Wisconsin Avenue,” the report stated. The county has less than two months to convince the owners to move out and raze the Apex building — the Maryland Transit Administration has said it wants an answer on the issue by the end of the year.
A study released Thursday by a courts watchdog group advocates for reforms to how Montgomery County Circuit judges deal with victims of domestic violence seeking protective orders. The report, released by Court Watch Montgomery, a local nonproﬁt, praised Montgomery County Circuit Court judges for being polite to those seeking orders, but noted that “many of the important national and state best practice standards ... are not common practice in our county’s higher court.” “There are a lot of things that happen at court that aren’t safe for domestic violence victims,” said Laurie Duker, one of the nonproﬁt’s co-founders, in an interview. One of the main ﬁndings of the report regarded “staggered exits,” meaning that when hearings for protective orders conclude, judges should order the person seeking a protective order be allowed to leave 15 minutes before the person they are seeking the order against. In the last year, judges and sheriffs used staggered exits 65 percent of the time after the protective order hearings, but incorrectly or not at all in 35 percent of the orders, according to the report. “We will have to sit down and meet and come up with a plan in unison to make sure [staggered exits] occurs through direction of judges on a higher level,” Montgomery County Sheriff Darren M. Popkin said. The report also said that in 47 percent of the hearings the group monitored, judges failed to remind the subjects of protective orders that it is illegal to violate the orders. The report also states that 55 percent of the time, judges don’t tell the subjects of the orders that they must turn in guns, if they own one. Between July 2011 and June 2012, 12 people died in Montgomery County in domestic-violence-related deaths, according to the report. In the past year, there has been one such homicide in the county, the recent death of Preeta Gabba, who police say was killed by her ex-husband and his new wife. Court Watch Montgomery’s report is the third such report
the watchdog group has issued. Previously, Court Watch Montgomery analyzed and made recommedations on how the county’s District Court judges handled protective orders. Judge John W. Debelius III, the Circuit Court’s administrative judge, said he hadn’t read the whole report yet, but called it “constructive criticism,” and acknowledged several of Court Watch Montgomery’s ﬁndings. “We’re happy to have their input,” he said, later adding, “We should probably make [our procedures] more uniform,” speaking of the report’s ﬁndings on staggered exits or when judges remind people being served protective orders that it is illegal to contact the people being served the order or that they must give up their guns.
“There are a lot of things that happen at court that aren’t safe for domestic violence victims.” Laurie Duker, co-founder, Court Watch Montgomery
“I think it’s a good idea for a judge to reiterate that,” he said. The report also found that about 13 percent of people who initially sought protective orders asked that the orders later be dropped. In 39 percent of those cases, judges failed to ask the petitioners if they had been coerced by their abuser or his or her friends. It also argued for more pro bono lawyers and victim advocates to help represent domestic violence victims or to answer their questions. The report also advocated for a video introduction before hearings that would explain the proceedings to both the victim and the subject of the order. Finally, the report advocated for having information in bathrooms that would display hotlines for domestic violence victims, since “that is one of the few places where many domestic violence victims are allowed to go alone, free from being observed by their abuser.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Council members want more info on transit center Andrews: Silver Spring project is ‘biggest construction debacle in the county’s history’ n
RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County Council members would like more information about the ongoing repairs to the Silver Spring Transit Center, as the long-delayed project approaches completion. The council would like access to the same information that the county’s Department of General Services has on the project at the corner of Colesville Road and Wayne Avenue in downtown Silver Spring so it can better answer questions from constituents, Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-
Dist. 5) of Silver Spring told General Services Director David Dise at the council’s meeting Tuesday. For people in Silver Spring and Takoma Park, the transit center is the number one issue, and one she constantly hears about, Ervin said. Dise said he realizes there’s “no small amount of frustration” about the center among residents. The project has led to more than 400 proposed change orders to the contract, including approved change orders worth $10.8 million, according to the county. Through September, expenditures on the project had totalled nearly $108.9 million, Dise said in an email Tuesday. Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda asked that the council be briefed on any increased obli-
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KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler asked his Democratic rivals Nov. 12 to pledge to keep outside spending out of the race for governor, but his opponents are in no hurry to give him an answer. Gansler asked Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Del. Heather Mizeur (Dist. 20) of Takoma Park to pledge to keep spending by unions, special interests and other groups out of the race for the Democratic nomination. The pledge is not merely a gesture. It requires candidates, about whom an outside advertisement runs, to pay half the cost of the ad to the charity of their opponent’s choosing. Mizeur said Nov. 13 that her campaign has been so focused on its efforts, including naming her running mate, the Rev. Delman Coates, that she did not have time to consider Gansler’s request. On Tuesday, her campaign manager Joanna Belanger said Mizeur and her campaign staff “appreciate the Gansler campaign’s initiative and are taking his proposal under advisement.” Brown and his staff were also giving it consideration, but not too much. “We are reviewing the pledge, but frankly our campaign is focused on organizing a grass-roots effort to deliver our message to voters about our vision for Maryland’s future,” said campaign manager Justin Schall on Nov. 12. “The law in Maryland clearly prohibits our campaign, or any other campaign, from working or coordinating with an independent expenditure committee. We will absolutely abide by the law and run a clean and transparent campaign.” On Tuesday, Schall said the campaign is still reviewing the legality of Gansler’s request. Election law limits the amount of collaboration a campaign and a third party group can have. It also restricts charitable donations, which is the penalty of agreeing to Gansler’s pledge and violating it. Election law requires campaign funds be used for the purpose of supporting or opposing a candidate, question or political committee, according to the Board of Election’s website. Generally, campaign funds may not be used solely for charitable purposes. Gansler’s communications director, Bob Wheelock, said his camp had hoped for a more prompt response from the competition. “We don’t see this as a difﬁcult decision from a ﬁnancial standpoint or moral standpoint,” Wheelock said. “All it takes is a yes. Not ‘we’re studying it.’ Not an empty promise. Not rhetoric about reform. No ducking. No dodging. Yes or no. Sign it or not.” As of Monday, Wheelock
said no candidates had responded to the request. Wheelock said Gansler’s motives are altruistic. “I know Doug truly thinks that the voters should have the say and have as little outside inﬂuence and negative ads on them as possible,” he said. However, among the Democratic ﬁeld, Gansler has received few endorsements, so it makes sense that he would want to balance the spending scales without the outside money Brown’s laundry list of endorsers could drop in the election, said Todd Eberly, political science professor at St. Mary’s College. Gansler and Brown claim to have similar campaign caches. At last count — the ofﬁcial January 2013 ﬁling for Gansler, and a campaign announcement in October for Brown and running mate Howard County Executive Kenneth S. Ulman — each said they had about $5 million in the bank. When asked if Gansler’s campaign had an updated amount to share, Wheelock did not respond. Wheelock said Gansler has received endorsements, but he has chosen not to announce them yet. In the meantime, Brown’s list of endorsements grows almost weekly and he is a particular favorite of unions. Eberly noted that organized labor is typically a big spender in Democratic races. “In a primary situation, one candidate could completely wash over another one, so strategically [for Gansler] it makes sense,” Eberly said of the pledge. “Strategically, it would be crazy for Brown to agree to it.” If Brown agrees to Gansler’s pledge, it threatens to deter his endorsers from spending anyway, because any outside money spent on Brown’s behalf would harm the campaign, Eberly said. But Eberly said the pledge could win favor with good-government voters who want clean campaigns. Since campaign reform started in the early 2000s, more third-party money has been seeping into races as those with deep pockets seek to inﬂuence the outcome of elections, Eberly said. Studies, he said, also suggest that ads run by outside groups are disproportionately negative. But while people say they are sick and tired of negative ads, there is at least a slight indication that negative ads may stick with voters more than positive ones, Eberly said. Limiting outside money can be seen as a step to regain voter confidence and trust. Such a limit proved successful in the 2012 Massachusetts general election for the U.S. Senate between Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren and the GOP incumbent, Scott Brown. Eberly said it has not been tried in a primary. email@example.com
gations the county will be assuming as a result of the delays in the project, and Dise said it would be. Councilman Phil Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg asked that the council be allowed to see any changes to a memorandum of understanding between the county and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the county’s partner in the project that will do an inspection of the transit center once it’s completed. It will be crucial that the council be notiﬁed about what the county is being asked to sign off on, Andrews said. The memo was still being worked out by lawyers from both sides, said Charles Scott, a government relations ofﬁcial from transit authority. Andrews went on to call the project the “biggest construction
debacle in the county’s history.” Repair work on the facility originally slated to open in 2011 will continue through the winter while workers wait for temperatures to warm up so they can apply the ﬁnal piece of construction, a concrete overlay designed to ﬁx varying concrete thickness and cracking in the structure, Dise said Tuesday. Dise said the county continues to believe that all extra work is the result of mistakes by the companies working on the projects and will seek reimbursement from them. “They will make us whole for that,” he said. Experts believe as many as 250 of the beams supporting the facility’s concrete slabs need to be strengthened, and design work for that repair is underway and should be done in the next week
to 10 days, he told the council. The beam work entails either putting up more beams or strengthening the structure above them, he said. Waterproofing tests using dyed water to identify the source of any leaks will also be done later this month or in early December, he said. But the type of latex-modiﬁed concrete used for the overlay can’t be poured until temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees, meaning that the ﬁnal piece of the construction can’t be completed until the spring. The overlay will be applied over a six-week period once the weather warms up. Andrews asked what the county planned to do differently in the future to avoid similar problems with other projects. The vast majority of projects
the county does are extremely routine, such as libraries, rec centers and ﬁre stations, Dise said. But for unique projects such as the transit center, the county will consult experts with experience on similar projects earlier in the process than happened with the Silver Spring facility, he said. Councilman Marc Elrich (DAt Large) of Takoma Park passed on a request from a constituent that the center be temporarily opened up for supervised tours so residents can see the work being done for themselves. Dise said he had gotten the same request and has asked the county attorney to look into it, but predicted that conducting such tours in what is still a construction site could raise “serious liability and legal issues.” firstname.lastname@example.org
National Labor College in Silver Spring to close BY
SARAH SCULLY STAFF WRITER
The National Labor College in Silver Spring announced that it will be closing because of ﬁnancial difﬁculties. “I am deeply saddened to report,” the closure of the college, President Paula Peinovich wrote in a message on the school’s website. “The Board reluctantly decided to accept the inevitability of our closure,” she wrote. Theprivate,nonproﬁtcollege was founded in 1969 by George Meany “to serve the educational needs of the labor movement,”
according to its mission statement, which calls it an “activist institution.” Classes focus on business, labor studies and unions. Most of the students are working adults and part-time students. The school offers seven degree programs and a number of professional certiﬁcates. In the fall of 2012, 618 students were enrolled, according to the college’s website. A post on the college’s blog on Nov. 15 wrote that the school will be closing slowly “over the coming months,” and administrators are currently working out
the details of the plan for closing, which they expect to reveal in mid-December. Writers of the post told students to continue their coursework. Students will still receive credit and the school plans to have students close to graduation complete their degrees. Students are being asked to contact their academic advisers to work out individual plans. The college’s ﬁnancial troubles have mostly come from the costofbuildingtheKirklandConference Center in 2006, according to the blog. Fundraising has failed to remedy the heavy debt.
Administrators hoped that selling land and buildings the college didn’t need would bring in signiﬁcant funds, however a deal for a sale with Reid Temple and the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission fell through over the summer, according to the blog post. The 47-acre Silver Spring campus is currently for sale, the blog read. The college also has a campus in the District. Collegerepresentativescould not be reached by the time of publication. email@example.com
BOARD Continued from Page A-1 The board kept Starr’s recommendation to delay 15 elementary school revitalization and projects by one year. The two high schools with projects back on their previous schedules are Wootton in Rockville and Poolesville. The middle schools back on track are Farquhar in Olney, Tilden in North Bethesda and Eastern in Silver Spring. At two public hearings held before the board last week, advocates lobbied for the needs of their school buildings, which they they described as aging, deteriorating, overcrowded and unsafe. School board Vice President Phil Kauffman offered the amendment to Starr’s proposal that the ﬁve secondary schools remain on their previously approved schedules. The board approved the amendment unanimously. Kauffman said he looked at several recent capital improvements cycles and noted the public hearing testimony from the school communities.
PLANS Continued from Page A-1 could have a negative effect on residents’ treatment, some say. At a Nov. 12 meeting, Montgomery County Health and Human Services Director Uma Ahluwalia and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Director Mary R. Bradford discussed the future of Adrienne House. They released a joint statement saying that “the land acquired for a park will need to serve the growing population of Silver Spring, as required under the established master plan for the area.” “Future use would be determined after consultation with the public. Changes would depend upon funding approval and community need,” said Mary Bradford in an email to The Gazette. The statement followed with a promise that both departments work together to “extend the current month-to-month lease for 3-5 years to provide stability and predictability to the current residents as future planning for the park begins.” Cornerstone Montgomery has rented the house for more than 25 years with a long-term temporary-use lease of the property. The lease expired in summer of 2013, and has now been converted to month to month. “Any change in their lifestyle can certainly have some negative effects ... they could have relapses or become really stressed by the change,” said Raymond Crowel, a psychologist and chief of behavioral health and crisis services at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services. Crowel explained if changes are anticipated and people have time to adapt to those changes
“These projects have been delayed time and time and time again,” he said. The school system has recently seen the majority of its growth in its elementary schools; that “surge” of students soon will move to the middle and high school levels, Kauffman said. School board member Patricia O’Neill (Dist. 3) of Bethesda said it’s difficult to get more state funding, but it’s more important for the school system to plan ahead. “We’re in a unique situation here in the county and I think we have to do everything we can to keep the secondary rev/ex (revitalization and expansion) projects on track,” she said. Starr said his proposed budget is “a reasonable stretch for the county” and that by reversing the delays, the board would add money the school system will need to request from the county and the state. “This pushes them a little further,” he said. Starr has said the school system needs $2.2 billion to cover all of its capital improvement needs for the six-year period. He proposed a $1.55 billion then staff at Adrienne House can be better prepared and help residents have the best outcome possible. Cari Cho, president and CEO of Cornerstone Montgomery, said they would prefer to stay in the house. “If we must leave at some point, then we would hope for at least 5 years on a lease extension plus conﬁrmed assistance from the county and Park and Planning to help us [ﬁnd] a suitable replacement,” said Cho in an email to The Gazette. As of now, the MarylandNational Capital Park and Planning Commission, along with Montgomery County Health and Human Services, “pledge together to make a good faith effort to ensure that any future displacement may be accommodated in a mutually satisfactory manner, and we will work together to ﬁnd a mutually acceptable alternative to serve the population currently housed at Adrienne House,” according to their joint statement. The house was built in 1954. It has seven bedrooms and four bathrooms. Two residents share a bedroom and bathroom, while others have their own room. There is also a basement with recreational equipment where they can watch TV, use the computer or use as quiet space. Besides the eight residents living in Adrienne House, Cornerstone Montgomery provides assistance to a total of 212 residents suffering from mental illnesses who live at nearby apartments and are also part of the 24-hour rehabilitative care. Cho explained that Adrienne House provides a “critical” service to the community, and the house is a “vital service in a location that meets the needs of the people we serve. It is close to our clinic and day program services on 16th Street as well as
program, he said, because the county is currently facing “ﬁscal restraints” and the school system is not getting the funding it deserves from the state. County legislators recently said they are planning to seek more school funding from the state. Starr previously said he prioritized adding classroom capacity in his proposed budget. Farquhar Middle School Principal Diane Morris said Tuesday that a new building for the school is “super exciting.” Without the delay, the building is slated to be ﬁnished in 2016. “This is awesome news,” Morris said of the board’s decision. The school community, however, had been prepared to support the board’s decision even with the delay, she said. “It’s the people that make the school, not the building,” she said. Poolesville High School Principal Deena Levine said the school community is pleased with the board’s decision, but is prepared to continue advocating for funding with the County Council and in Annapolis. “They know it’s a step in the
process,” Levine said. The board made other changes to Starr’s budget proposal. Barclay offered an amendment — which also passed unanimously — to add about $16.6 million to the budget for a revitalization project for the Blair G. Ewing Center in Rockville, which houses alternative programs in the school system. Barclay said he thinks the board should look at the center as a priority. “These are young peoples who have become very disengaged in education in many cases and the facility will hopefully help that process for the young students in the program,” he said. The school board also approved a service area for a new Clarksburg elementary school with an amendment that slightly changed which areas are assigned to each of the area’s elementary schools. The new elementary school will join Cedar Grove and Little Bennett elementary schools in the area. The board also approved two elementary school capacity studies. One is for the lower portion of the Downcounty
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 s Consortium, to which it added six schools that are paired with another school. The second is for the Gaithersburg cluster. Another approved study will look into whether the school system should assign students living in the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to Bethesda Elementary School. New Hampshire Estates and Oak View elementary schools in Silver Spring will remain paired, though some in the schools’ community had expressed interest in creating two, full elementary schools. The board agreed with Starr’s recommendation to keep students in prekindergarten through second grade at New Hampshire Estates and third through ﬁfth grades at Oak View. The capital improvements budget also includes 14 new classroom additions, which Starr said he included in his proposal to address the school system’s ongoing, significant enrollment growth. The plan maintains schedules for other, previously approved capacity projects, including various addition projects and ﬁve new schools. About $283 million in the
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Walter Swerdlow is served soup on Thursday by Julianne Tortolano, the site manager for Cornerstone Montgomery, a nonproﬁt residential program for people with mental disabilities, at a house near Ellsworth Park in Silver Spring. being centrally located to public transportation,” added Cho. Cornerstone Montgomery pays $1 monthly rent to Montgomery County. This arrangement, according to the nonprofit’s CEO, was “made years ago because the county needed us to provide 24-hour supervised housing and they were able to give us the use of this house for that purpose.” The organization’s mental health and support clinic at 8555 16th Street in Silver Spring supports residents with assistance from a psychiatrist, nurses, nurse practitioners, therapists, and counselors. In the CEO’s letter to the county’s park and planning ofﬁcials she said the possible taking back of the building raised concerns on the organizations’ board and senior management. Cho said that it would be very difﬁcult to ﬁnd a new housing
for eight people with serious disabilities. “It would be a tremendous hardship to move these folks and ﬁnd another suitable location,” Cho said. At Adrienne House, there is a program supervisor, a house administrator, counselors and part-time case aids, which combined make up to eight staff members who are all employed by Cornerstone Montgomery. Employees said residents pay for the care they receive. Costs range from $667 to $1,100 per month. “Most of our clients are either on social security income or social security disability. They do pay for their cost of care,” said Nicole Graner, manager of communications at Cornerstone Montgomery. To participate at the program, residents must be referred through the county, self-referral
through a psychiatrist, or family member. “We get a lot of funding through medicare. We also get grants from the county from the state, and private donations,” added Graner. But the county manages the waiting list to join the comprehensive 24-hour rehabilitative care, and ofﬁcials from the Health and Human Services department said that at any given time, there are 45 people waiting for placement in any intense rehabilitation care program in Montgomery County. According to employees, the house is in a residential area that is close enough to the downtown area. “The great thing about this location is that the Silver Spring metro is right down the street. It gives them access to D.C. and other parts of Maryland. And it is honestly about a 10-min-
program is directed toward systemic projects that include security upgrades and HVAC, roof and door replacements. Both public hearings before the school board drew large numbers of speakers from around the county who spoke passionately about overcrowded classrooms and aging buildings with leaking roofs, broken HVAC systems, mold and cockroaches. Melissa McKenna, president of Maryvale Elementary School’s parent teacher association, said at the second public hearing that her school had not been modernized since it was built in 1969. It was built with larger, middle school kids in mind rather than its current, smaller occupants, McKenna said. Maryvale is among the 15 elementary schools where revitalization and expansion projects are delayed a year under the school board’s program budget. McKenna, who was joined by others who testified on Maryvale’s needs, brought a pair of boxing gloves up with her to the podium. “This is a ﬁght and we are here to give it our all,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org
ute walk,” said Matthew Shelly, residential counselor at Cornerstone Montgomery. It gives the residents and other program participants access to the library and gym, which are a great resource for exercising and socialization. In fact, because of the closeness to downtown Silver Spring, people assisted by Cornerstone Montgomery at Adrienne House and nearby apartments are able to ﬁnd part-time job at in retail and the food industry. “The beneﬁts ... this location provides, for the type of work we do, are quite essential ... [and] all the clients that have come through our door know that this particular location exists, and that they can come here for support ... or if they feel they are in crisis,” said Shelly. Robert Lyon has a son that suffers from bipolar disorder, and twice tried to kill himself. Lyon said that Adrienne House made a “huge difference” in his son’s life. “Places like Adrienne House provide an opportunity as they get better to put them in a independent living ... And this makes all the difference because it all comes down to comfort,” said Lyon. Now, Lyon’s son lives in the community he grew up, and is able to work part time at a grocery store. Crowel said a stable house is very important, and having the support and programs like Adrienne House helps the healing process these residents have to go through. “A place to live and shelter is a vital part of your well being,” said Crowel. email@example.com
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Restaurant health inspection reports are the latest part of a dispute between Rockville-based restaurant chain Silver Diner and a union that wants to organize some of its workers. Unite Here — a New York-based labor union representing workers in industries that include food service, hotels and manufacturing — recently sent news releases to media outlets highlighting inspection reports of Silver Diner. The union said inspectors found 260 total food safety violations, including 78 “critical” violations, since Jan. 1, 2012, at Silver Diner’s 15 restaurants in Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey. Silver Diner has corrected all critical violations and is in good standing with county health regulations in all three states, said Vicki Bendure, a Silver Diner spokeswoman. “All 15 Silver Diner restaurants are in compliance with local health and food safety regulations,” Bendure said. “If they were not in good standing, they would be closed. Silver Diner’s record in Montgomery County is particularly good.” Unite Here is unfairly targeting the chain because of a months-long union dispute, she said. “They have picketed restaurants and handed out ﬂyers,” Bendure said. “They have no other reason to have an interest in Silver Diner other than an attempt to organize Silver Diner employees.” The union is in the midst of an organizing campaign at Silver Diner’s Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport location, said Meghan Cohorst, a Unite Here spokeswoman. The case has involved the National Labor Relations Board, which in June issued a complaint against Silver Diner, alleging intimidation of workers involved in union activity. That complaint was settled when Silver Diner agreed to read a
Nelson Martinez and Claudia Perez, both of Rockville, prepare food on Nov. 13 at the Silver Diner in Rockville. notice to workers with a NLRB representative present and not to interfere with union activity. But that was not the driving factor behind the union sending out news releases on the inspection reports, Cohorst said. “Some of what we do is to look at and analyze restaurants’ inspection reports and other public reports associated with businesses in our industries,” Cohorst said. “In the course of reviewing Silver Diner, we came upon these inspection reports and thought that they would be something that would interest the public.” Unite Here has analyzed inspections and other reports of businesses besides Silver Diner, she added. That type of tactic is pretty typical, Bendure said, citing a website that she said detailed excesses by the union. Silver Diner has never been involved with unions in the past, she said. “There was some changeover in management at BWI Airport, and I believe that’s what triggered this,” Bendure said. “Unite Here saw an opportunity.” Silver Diner has a strong family and community culture, with many managers working their way up from servers and remaining with the
company for a long time, Bendure said. The company also is heavily involved in the community and has raised about $450,000 for area schools through a customer card program called “Eat Well, Do Well” and school fundraisers, she said.
More than 60 closure notices to other food service facilities A check of Montgomery County health department inspection reports of restaurants and other foodservice establishments in the past two years showed 64 closure notices were handed out, but none of those went to Silver Diner. The chain’s restaurants in Gaithersburg and Rockville have had seven inspections since Jan. 1, 2012. Both received two critical violations for not storing food at the proper temperature, according to records from the county Health and Human Services’ Licensure and Regulatory Services. Those were noted as being corrected at the time of inspection. That Unite Here has not gone after any of the food establishments in Montgomery that received closure notices gives Silver Diner executives more reason to believe they
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are being unfairly targeted, Bendure said. In the past two years, county inspectors have handed out about 4,000 critical violations, with more than 98 percent of those corrected before they receive a closure notice, according to county records. Almost 10,000 food-service sites passed without receiving any critical violations. The overwhelming majority of closure notices are temporary, with most establishments correcting the problems “fairly quickly,” said Kenneth Welch, environmental health manager in the county’s licensure and regulatory services unit. “The time period is dependent on the closure violation,” he said. “Cold and hot holding violations can be corrected on site. Others, such as vermin control, may take a few days until they are able to clean, bring in a pest control business and properly treat.” Establishment owners who receive closure notices usually meet with county ofﬁcials to review what is needed to regain compliance. A re-inspection fee of $100 during business hours is charged after closures. The county can issue steeper ﬁnes and seek judge’s orders if the facility refuses to comply. firstname.lastname@example.org
Franchisees Jeff and Barbara Wahlbrink were looking for a new location for their HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Cafe when their previous lease expired in May and they hoped to open in a new spot this summer. They just reopened in the Walnut Hill Shopping Center, 16529 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Family-owned and -operated, HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Cafe offers “premium products that bring families and friends together to celebrate, plus a taste of that same quality in affordable, healthy lunches,” according to the Wahlbrinks. The restaurant offers dine-in, carry-out, catering and delivery services. Its hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. More information is at myhoneybakedstore. com/gaithersburg/2205 or 301-527-8777. It’s also at facebook.com/HBHGaithersburg.
Italian tile store opens in Rockville Italo Ceramica, a ceramic tile retailer with 36 stores in Europe, has opened its ﬁrst U.S. showroom at 725 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Besides the 8,500-square-foot showroom, the Italian residential tile supplier and designer has an adjoining 20,000-square-foot warehouse, according to a news release. “We are excited to apply our overseas experience to the American market,” said Paul Abbott, the company’s general manager. The showroom’s hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 301-637-0026 or go to www.italoceramica.com.
Bakery opens in Poolesville Zaglio’s Bakery Cafe is now open in Poolesville. The independently owned cake and dessert shop ﬁrst welcomed customers on Nov. 18. The menu offers cakes, cupcakes, pies, pastries, shortbread and a variety of caffeinated beverages. Owner Amanda Bochain also takes orders for custom cakes. The bakery is at 19639 Fisher Ave. and is open on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The bakery opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. To contact Zaglio’s Bakery Cafe, call 240-489-3175 or email email@example.com. For more information, visit zaglios.com.
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SCHOOL LIFE VOICES IN EDUCATION n Age: 64.
n Job title: Freelance science writer and team leader, AAAS/SSE STEM Volunteer Program, Montgomery County. n Hometown: Bridgend, Glamorganshire, South Wales, U.K. n Education: Undergraduate degree in pure and applied chemistry and graduate degree in analytical chemistry, both at Gwent College, University of Wales, U.K. n Family: Wife, Donna Marie; two daughters in college: Deryn, 21 at Boston College, and Glenna, 18, at Colgate University. n Hobby/Favorite vacation spot: Making beer and wine/Swiss Alps. n Lesson to live by: Based on our knowledge, expertise and professional experience, we all have a duty to give something back to our local communities. This is the driving force behind my desire to give students a greater appreciation of science, by connecting it to the real world.
Robert Thomas is a science writer and team leader for the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Senior Scientists and Engineers STEM Volunteer Program in Montgomery County. He was interviewed Thursday. Please tell me about your organization and what you do in Montgomery County schools.
We are a group of retired scientists who wanted to give back [to the community]. We work with science teachers. We have a lot of experience and can bring a valuable world perspective on what science means. We support the teachers, we do not teach on our own. We rely on the teacher to dictate the tone of the class, what’s being taught. We are there to help and lend expertise, to bring activity to make science exciting for the students. What are your responsibilities?
There is no one typical volunteer because we are in high schools, middle school and a few elementary schools. The partnership is worked out between the volunteer and the teacher. It’s basically what the teacher needs and what the volunteer is comfortable with. How do you get teachers interested
ers. This is my ﬁfth year. I am an analytic chemist. Since I’m in high school I give a lot of talks and make real-life applications, though a lot of our teachers do hands-on experiments, especially in the middle schools. I go one day each week and, this year, work with ﬁve classes, with three different teachers. With about 30 students per class, that is about 150 students. Over all, [in Montgomery County], we impact between 7,000 and 7,500 students per week. I just love working with the kids. I’m hoping to get the kids to know science can be fun. I have a whole pack of props that I demonstrate to them. I tend not to worry about the curriculum, I leave that to the teacher.
in your program and volunteers to work with them?
Every summer we get about 20 minutes to present [our program] before science teachers, mostly middle and high school, because most elementary schools don’t have dedicated science teachers. We make a pitch for our program and we get between 15 and 20 schools that sign up. In early September we have a new volunteer orientation meeting. Our program in the Washington, D.C., region has been going since 2005. I’ve been involved since 2008. There are about 120 volunteers total in the region. In Montgomery County there are about 50, a small group of whom are still working. This year we have doubled our recruitment efforts. I got invited to an elementary principals’ meeting in early October, there were about 600 people there. I had a table with information and we got 27 principals who signed up and asked for a volunteer. Now we have to place volunteers in the elementary schools who want our program and we don’t have the volunteers. That’s my dilemma.
How would an interested scientist or engineer get in touch with you about the program?
Visit our website: www.seniorscientist.org.
“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 e-mail Peggy McEwan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is your personal experience with the program?
I work at Sherwood High School, [Sandy Spring], with the chemistry teach-
EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Kennedy students cook up food and friendships
but also must submit a resume and complete a job interview and other activities that relate to SkillsUSA. Earning the statesman award were Eduardo Adum,
Chopping, mixing, stirring and pouring, students from the
John F. Kennedy High School
International Baccalaureate Program Cultures and Cuisine Club were busy one day last week creating an American Indian meal to celebrate Native American Heritage Month and Thanksgiving. “We meet one time a month and each month select a different country to learn about and make foods from,” said Stacy Wahrman, an International Baccalaureate resource teacher and club sponsor at the Silver Spring school. “I think a lot of the value is about helping [the students] understand cultural differences.” Wahrman said they discuss each country and talk about how food is connected to geography and history. “It’s a great way for kids to share their heritage,” she said. “Parents sometimes come in to talk about their culture.” On the Nov. 13 menu were buffalo-meat chili with fry bread, baked acorn squash with hazelnuts and honey, bean and corn salad, cranberry-apple juice and maple candy — which didn’t harden as it was supposed to, so some of the students poured it on their fry bread. Konrad Olson, a junior, said that made it taste like a funnel cake. “I really think this is an amazing opportunity. [International Baccalaureate] is all about raising our cultural consciousness and there is no better way than by cooking,” said senior Eseme Koge. It was also a time for having fun and getting to know the International Baccalaureate students from other grades. The 16 students at the gathering were working seriously but also having fun.
Adonis Corvoisier, Angelo DiPasquale and Joshua Thompson, network operations; Benjamin Connors and Pornpim Phorntavewat, restaurant management; Amanda Gamage, Zachary Hough and Vivi Lethanh, graphics; Michael Prebble and Jayvon Sneed, electricity; Alison Coyne, interior design; and Dari Diaz, cosmetology 3. PEGGY MCEWAN/THE GAZETTE
Students in the International Baccalaureate Program Cultures and Cuisine Club at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring cut acorn squash as they prepare a meal of American Indian foods Nov. 13. At left is International Baccalaureate resource teacher Stacy Wahrman, who coordinates the club. As the cooking progressed, several students quoted lines from Shakespeare, testing each other’s knowledge. Another group started singing winter holiday songs such as “Winter Wonderland” and another responded with their rendition of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” “Every day they amaze me,” Wahrman said. While the chili simmered, students fried the bread dough and mixed the salad. Others washed the knives, bowls and cutting boards. Everyone seemed more than willing to pitch in and help. “I like it,” said senior Caitlin Deyto. “We get to learn about cultures but at the same time it brings us together, especially because we are all in one program and in high school people are wondering where they belong.” Finally it was time to sit down and enjoy the meal together. The singing and banter stopped. All was quiet. Was it good? “Yes, yes,” they nodded, not wanting to stop eating to talk. Next month: a cooking tour of Germany for holiday treats
to include potato latkes and a traditional holiday cake from Konrad’s family.
Tech students compete in state conference Fourteen students from
Thomas Edison High School of Technology in Silver Spring
participated in the Maryland SkillsUSA Fall Leadership Conference Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Ocean City. Thirteen of them earned statesman awards and one, Sara Pugh of the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, earned the advanced statesman award. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Its mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible citizens. For the statesman award, students must answer 25 questions orally about SkillsUSA, including questions related to the group’s pledge and shield. The advanced statesman candidate has questions to answer
The students also participated in a scarecrow-decorating competition. The Edison scarecrow, named Tom Eddy, represented the school’s programs. For example, the head was a light bulb; the eyes and mouth were car parts; the arms were metal tubes from heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; the hands were made from wood with fake ﬁngernails; the shirt was designed by the graphics students last year; the feet were bricks cut to look like shoes; and the scarecrow was holding a tray with a blue print on it and fake fruit. Tom Eddy won ﬁrst place. More than 400 students from around Maryland attended the conference.
Edison tech students donate computer lab The Montgomery County Students Information Technology Foundation’s network operations class at Thomas Edison High School in Silver Spring will hold its annual computer lab gifting ceremony at 9 a.m. Thursday at the school. This year’s recipient of the computer lab will be Rehabilitation Opportunities of Germantown. The nonproﬁt provides individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to do meaningful work and acquire the technical skills required by
many employers. It will use the lab to expand its clients’ skills and access to job opportunities. The Edison students reconditioned six computers with operating systems, monitors, keyboards, mice and a printer for the donation. The project provides an opportunity for the students to put into practice their computer skills, earn student service learning hours and develop a deeper appreciation for charity and community involvement. The nonproﬁt foundation was established cooperatively by the Montgomery County business community and school district. It provides hands-on training for high school students to earn computer certiﬁcations that will prepare them for higher education opportunities or entry into the information technology job market. More information about the foundation is at itfcareers.org and foundationsfb.org.
Rockville school plans open house St. Patrick’s School in Rock-
ville will hold an open house from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the school, 4101 Norbeck Road. St. Patrick’s is an accredited, pre-kindergarten through grade eight Catholic school and is part of the Archdiocese of Washington. For more information call 301-929-9672, email ofﬁce@ stpatrickadw.org or visit www. stpatrickadw.org.
High school musicals on stage this week County high schools will present several musicals this month. • Clarksburg High School: “A Year with Frog and Toad,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 22500 Wims Road. Tickets: $7,
$5 for students. The 90-minute show is appropriate for all ages. To purchase tickets visit montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/ clarksburghs. • Walt Whitman High School: “Miss Saigon,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7100 Whittier Blvd. Bethesda. Tickets: $10 for students, $15 for adults and $20 for reserved seating. They can be purchased online at whitmandrama. ticketleap.com or email@example.com. Tickets are also for sale on show nights beginning at 5:30 p.m. Cash and checks only at box ofﬁce, credit cards only accepted online. This show may not be suitable for children under 13. Proceeds will be donated to Team River Runners, a national, volunteer-supported adaptive and therapeutic adventurepaddling program that serves wounded and disabled veterans, and their families. Information: teamriverrunner.org. Information about the play: whitmandrama.com or Caroline Duffy at whitmandrama@ gmail.com.
Christian school students in spelling bee Students from Living Grace Christian School in Montgom-
ery Village participated in the Association of Christian Schools International District Spelling Bee on Nov. 5. Eighth-graders Vanessa Chavez and Kimberly Ruiz; seventh-graders Andrew Bolton and Dannette Vendeuvre; sixthgraders Eugenio Escalante and Liliana Gomez; and ﬁfth-graders Aileen Navarrete and Emily Parr represented Living Grace. Liliana won third place for her grade and Vanessa won fourth place in hers. In the ﬁnal spell-off with the winners from all grades, Vanessa won fourth place. She now advances to the regional bee in February in Lancaster County, Pa.
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Growlers hops on local scene Gaithersburg pub features ﬂavors from county farmers n
SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER
Gaithersburg’s award-winning microbrewery is working with Montgomery County farmers to bring local tastes to the table. Now approaching its third year, Growlers is turning out dozens of new brews annually, with names like “Rawktoberfest Oktoberfest,” “Your Mom’s Apple Pie Ale” and “Broken Shovel Stout.” Growlers’ brewmaster, Eric Gleason, said Growlers has released more than 75 different beers that have brewed on-site over the past year, and average one or two new releases per week across its 12 draft lines. Scheduling the production and releases of the beers has been a “daunting task” for Gleason and the staff, Growlers General Manager Chuck Blessing, Jr. said. The microbrewery uses a variety of local hops, and has already incorporated hops from Poolesville, Thurmont and Derwood in its beers. On Nov. 14, Growlers reintroduced an India pale ale of its own, called “Hop Blastard.” When it was ﬁrst unveiled last fall, Gleason said it wasn’t brewed with local hops. Now, the ale incorporates hops from Poolesville’s The Owl Farm.
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Growlers Brew Pub General Manager Chuck Blessing at the Olde Towne Gaithersburg establishment. Growlers’ award-winning Yorkshire Porter was released Monday , with an Imperial Pumpkin beer to come on Thursday. “Growlers Yorkshire Porter” was entered in the first-ever Maryland Comptroller’s Cup competition, and won “Best of Show - Best Overall Maryland Beer” at the Nov. 4 event. Growler’s Yorkshire Porter “rose to the occasion,” eliminating 15 other beers in the Porter/ Brown category, then 12 more beers in other categories, according to Brewers Association of Maryland Executive Director J.T. Smith. “Growlers can confidently and officially state they have brewed the best beer in Maryland in 2013 and the Comptrol-
ler’s Cup has ofﬁcially found its home for the next 365 days,” Smith said in an email. Almost 200 varieties of the alcoholic beverage were entered in the comptroller’s statewide contest. “We’ve been working really hard to put out quality food and brew, and we’re getting recognition for that,” Blessing said. Growlers was up against stiff competition from local brewers Gordon Biersch in Rockville and Frederick’s Flying Dog, which took home awards of their own. In the spirit of collaboration, Gleason is working with the brewmaster at Rockville’s Gordon Biersch on an unnamed new beer to be released early next year. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lockheed plans to cut 4,000 jobs Decision could have ‘minor impact’ locally
KEVIN JAMES SHAY STAFF WRITER
Federal budget cuts continue to take their toll on Bethesda defense giant Lockheed Martin, as executives said Thursday they will cut 4,000 jobs by mid-2015. The majority of reductions is expected to occur outside the Montgomery County-Washington, D.C., region. But there could be some “minor impact” locally, said Larisa Cioaca, a Lockheed spokeswoman. “We have no additional speciﬁcs to share at this time,” Cioaca said. Lockheed — Montgomery County’s and Maryland’s largest company by revenue with $47.2 billion in sales last year — plans to close facilities in Newtown, Pa.; Akron, Ohio; Goodyear, Ariz.; and Horizon City, Texas; along with four buildings in Sunnyvale, Calif. Those closures will result in about 2,000 fewer positions by mid-2015, CEO Marillyn Hewson said in a
memo to employees. An additional 2,000 jobs will be trimmed companywide from the Gaithersburg-based information systems and global solutions unit, the District-based mission system and training segment and the Denver-based space systems division. Those cuts are expected by the end of 2014. The Denver operations should actually see 350 more jobs in a combination of transfers and new hires. Hewson cited “an increasingly complex global security environment with rapidly shrinking budgets” in her memo. Lockheed’s customers “are expecting us to help them stay ahead of the threats by delivering innovative products and systems at the most affordable cost,” she said. The federal government implemented across the board sequester budget cuts this year, and more spending reductions are expected next year. Since late 2008, Lockheed has reduced facility space by 1.5 million square feet and slashed its worldwide workforce from 146,000 employ-
ees to 116,000 workers. The planned cuts will further reduce real estate by about 2.5 million square feet. Lockheed had 5,200 employees in Montgomery County and 8,000 in Maryland as of late last year, according to Maryland DBED surveys. Lockheed was Montgomery’s third-largest private employer last year, with Adventist HealthCare and Marriott International having a few hundred more employees. Despite the loss of employees in the past ﬁve years, Lockheed’s revenue increased by 15 percent in that time. In ﬁscal 2012, Lockheed was the government’s largest single contractor with $37 billion in contract dollars obligated to the company, according to federal ﬁgures. Lockheed received about 82 percent of its revenue last year from the U.S. government, including 61 percent from the Department of Defense, according to its 2013 annual report. Some 17 percent came from international customers and 1 percent from private and other clients.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Keeping outside money out
On its face, Douglas F. Gansler’s push to limit thirdparty advertising in the Maryland gubernatorial race looks like a reasonable step toward campaign purity. Gansler has challenged his rivals in the 2014 Democratic to make a promise: If an outside group buys an ad in a candidate’s favor, that candidate — as a self-imposed penalty — will donate half of the cost of that ad to a charity. In theory, this could dissuade outside groups from buying air time, if it would squeeze the coffers of the group’s preferred candidate. There’s no question that the free ﬂow of money can alter political races through attack ads intended to win over the uniformed and the easily inﬂuenced. “It is easy to talk about reform, the test is — are you willing to do something to keep outside money out of Maryland,” Gansler said in a campaign news release. “The Candidates Pledge is a chance to do just that. It is a chance not to talk, but to act.” In Massachusetts, U.S. Senate candidates Scott Brown (R) and Elizabeth Warren (D) signed the same pledge in 2012. It’s worth noting that that was a general election, in which partisan attacks are more likely to dominate a race. This is a party primary; third-party groups aren’t as likely to lob damaging attack ads that could beneﬁt Republican candidates in November. Strategically, Gansler’s proposal could be seen as protecting an advantage his ticket had in campaign cash as of January 2013 (new totals won’t be known until a January 2014 ﬁling). Or it might be perceived as a mufﬂing of outside voices, as the Brown-Ulman ticket racks up scores of endorsements. Suppressing outside spending is also attractive for a candidate whose campaign started with two controversies that can easily be skewered in 30-second TV segments. We could get behind a movement that helps keeps the focus on the issues and handcuffs the mudslingers. But we don’t see this pledge as a guarantee that dirt and sleaze won’t permeate the race; candidates and their operatives are plenty good at doing that on their own. Pledge or not, nothing stops the candidates from calling off attack dogs, even if they are ofﬁcially unafﬁliated with their campaigns. We suggest a simpler, stronger pledge that candidates can control: No distortions in campaign speeches, ads and mailings. When your facts and allegations are challenged, provide proof. Win on your merits, not at all costs.
A useless test
Karen Acton, President/Publisher
Silver Spring needs a park
When Montgomery County’s downtown plan for Bethesda was being implemented during the 1980s and ’90s, the one signiﬁcant oversight made was the faddish addiction to hard-surface urban plazas to the exclusion of any sizable green park in the city center. No city a century ago would have committed such an error. Downtown Silver Spring is much larger than downtown Bethesda, it has been successfully redeveloping per our 1993 and2000downtownsectorplans, and yet, like Bethesda, it has no green park anywhere in the city
center (the few parks at its distant edges do not, and cannot, serve the growing downtown population, whose many residents and workers will only increase in the coming years). Yet there happens to exist today a sizable, publicly owned green space at the city’s center — it adjoins the Transit Center. A corner of that space is currently planned to be just one more small, urban plaza. Let’s not repeat the same mistake. Let’s elevate our vision. Let’s make the city of Silver Spring even grander in the future. I propose that that sizable
green tract be re-imagined and then planned and developed into a true public park, complete with grass and trees, and lounging people. A lovely, peaceful oasis in the middle of a bustling town. A short generation from now people will be grateful that we had the foresight to create such a public green area in the heart of the downtown. This is our one shot at it. We should do this. We should start now.
Gus Bauman, Silver Spring
The writer was the chairman of the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission.
Talking about underage drinking
Students weren’t created to take tests. Tests were created to assess students. Accordingly, Tiferet Ani, a social studies teacher in the Quince Orchard cluster, has a great idea. The state is phasing out the Maryland School Assessments in favor of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers test, which won’t arrive until next year. Students are scheduled to take the MSAs — a grueling process that can eat up as much as an entire week of a student’s schooling — in the spring even though the data won’t mean much. Ani has started a petition on MoveOn.org calling on the state school superintendent, Lillian Lowery, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr, state lawmakers and Gov. Martin O’Malley to refuse to administer the test. “It is an outdated test, the scores will not be looked at, and it is a waste of taxpayer money and instructional time for students,” her petition reads. More than 700 people have signed the petition. Ani, a seventh-year teacher, offers her students — and the adults charged with overseeing their education — a great lesson in common sense. Why force children to take a useless test? That question might seem rhetorical, but it has a direct answer. The students must take the test because federal law says they must; at least, that’s the reasoning from the Maryland State Department of Education. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a major piece of legislation from LBJ’s “War on Poverty,” requires that certain students be tested each year on reading and math with a state-approved assessment, state education department spokesman William Reinhard told Gazette reporter Lindsay A. Powers. Reinhard insists the MSA is not a useless test. “It’s imperfect, but it’s important to continue testing students,” he said. Starr has been a vocal critic of placing too much value on standardized tests. We urge Starr, bolstered by Ani’s lesson in common sense, to convince federal education regulators that Maryland kids deserve a break from the tests.
LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR
Recent media coverage of a beach week party gives parents and under-21s alike multiple opportunities to apply critical-thinking skills to the beach-week tradition, parent and youth responsibilities regarding underage drinking, and upholding personal integrity by admitting a mistake without ambiguous, defensive language. ... [“Gansler’s soul searching,” editorial, Oct. 30] To deﬁne their own moral compass, parents first need to decide whether they would want another adult, whom they might not even know, to intervene if that adult observed their child in a risky or illegal situation and contact them, for the sake of their child’s safety and well-being. If a parent does
want this action taken, he/she should be prepared to do the same for other children. Underage drinking is not a rite of passage. ... Parents can set limits on beach week — or any teen gathering — from saying “no” to requiring law-abiding adults actively supervise the event, and the parents of any youth who breaks any law will be called to pick up their child. Let us give our children the message that when you make a mistake, take full responsibility with clear language that you were wrong, what you learned, and how you will make amends if possible, or at least how you will be more responsible in the future. Under 21s, you know right from wrong and the legal drink-
ing age, and you are still a few years out from a mature frontal lobe. Talk with your parents about how to define safe vs. dangerous risks (those that do irreversible harm to self and/or others), and whether a dangerous risk is worth putting your future on the line. You are smart enough to do the right thing, if you just give yourself the chance! Whatever mistakes parents or under 21s make, regardless of how many times or their rationale, both groups have an opportunity to grow and improve, and nothing is forcing them to repeat any mistake.
Patty Winters, Derwood The writer is the coordinator of the Brave and Bold Coalition.
The Gazette publishes on the front page happy photos and articles featuring Christmas, Easter, Jewish holidays, Halloween and the return of the spring blossoms. Until you realize that Norooz, Eid and Diwali are being equally joyfully celebrated by an increasing number of people and report on them on the front page (as opposed to a back page), neither the government nor the people in general will see the slighting of the holidays by the county public schools as a problem. Norooz is one of the most important Persian holidays, regardless of the religion of the immigrants. However, it routinely falls during the county’s MSA spring testing schedule and both students have staff have to make the hard decision of whether to celebrate the holiday and miss work school at a time they are told no absences are allowed. I am happy to have my (Jewish) holidays recognized, though sometimes misunderstood. Until The Gazette does a better job of informing the public at large of the other annual cultural celebrations, there will not be a big shift in the government, nor in the support of the constituency. So, get with it, Gazette!
Angie Loomis, Chevy Chase
Historic vote ahead on drinking water County Council members will soon face a historic decision, one which will impact future residents for generations, and one for which they will certainly be remembered. The Ten Mile Creek watershed and the Little Seneca Reservoir are the ﬁnest water resources in the county. Ten Mile Creek is the county’s “reference” water source, meaning that its unsurpassed quality in the area is used to measure the quality of all other creeks. And the Little Seneca reservoir is the best source of backup drinking water in times of crisis and drought, not only for Montgomery County but for more than 4 million people in the Washington, D.C., metro area. These last, best drinking water resources are now at risk of being irrevocably degraded
by the county planning board’s recommendation to allow extensive development along the entire watershed. Apparently swayed by developers’ claims that they can “mitigate” damage with new “pollution management” practices, the planning board has recommended rampant building that will drain directly into this last-of-its-kind resource. This claim of “pollution management” is dubious to any reasonable observer, and the planning board heard testimony from experts that in fact there is there is no evidence that this type of “management” can maintain these pristine resources anywhere near their current condition. In fact, they heard evidence that it will almost certainly fail. In addition, Gazette readers know, from
long experience, the track record of developers in the county, particularly in the Clarksburg area. The current council members may intend to hold developers accountable, but they cannot ensure that future ofﬁcials will be so vigilant. In fact, based on the past we can expect that they will not. Only acting at this key moment will prevent that predictable and irreversible outcome. I therefore call on council members to be stewards for the future: Make the historic decision to save these last-of-their-kind Montgomery County drinking water resources. Generations to come will be affected by their votes, and they will be remembered.
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Continued from Page A-1 assassinations committee determined were present in the Bethesda examination room 50 years ago, only a handful remain alive. Walter Reed does not have anyone still working there who can comment on the autopsy, but a historian at the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery was preparing an information packet Tuesday about the autopsy and Navy medicine, said Katie Mollet, a medical center spokeswoman. James Curtis Jenkins, one of the few present at the autopsy still alive, is scheduled to speak this weekend during a conference in Dallas on the assassination organized by JFK Lancer Productions and Publications. Jenkins, who then was a lab technician at the Bethesda hospital and could not be reached for comment, told William Law, who interviewed Jenkins and others for his book, “In the Eye of History: Bethesda Hospital Medical Evidence in the JFK Assassination,” that physicians were ordered to “follow a scenario” during autopsy proceedings. Jenkins said that any time doctors “stepped outside that scenario, they got slapped,” Law said in an interview. “That could be why Dr. Humes burned his notes.” In his 1977 testimony, Humes said he was “distressed” over allegations of being involved in a cover-up, which he called “totally ridiculous.” He reiterated his testimony before the Warren Commission, formed in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate the killing. Humes said he believed only two gunshots struck Kennedy and both came from behind. But when asked if he could say the shots came from above, Humes stopped short. Accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was thought by the Warren Commission to have shot at Kennedy from behind and above, from the sixth floor of the nearby Texas School Book Depository. “I think behind is probably the most one can say from the anatomical findings,” Humes testiﬁed in 1977. Humes expounded on the
case during testimony in 1996 before the Assassination Records Review Board, formed by Congress to review decisions related to records on the assassination. He acknowledged burning an original draft of the autopsy report that was not stained with Kennedy’s blood because he “didn’t want anything to remain that some squirrel would grab on and make whatever use that they might.” “That was my decision and mine alone,” Humes said. WALLY MCNAMEE/THE WASHINGTON POST
‘Hysterical’ scene The scene in that Bethesda examination room was “hysterical,” with a large contingent of ofﬁcials and medical professionals in the room, Humes testiﬁed in 1977. Kennedy’s wife, Jacqueline, and brother Robert remained at the hospital, and a crowd gathered outside on the grounds. “How we kept our wits about us as well as we did is amazing to me,” Humes said. “There was no question but we were being urged to expedite this examination as quickly as possible. … We made every effort to put aside [such urgings] and approach this investigation in as scientiﬁc a manner as we could. But did it harass us and cause difﬁculty? Of course it did; how could it not?” Dr. J. Thornton Boswell, chief of pathology at the Bethesda hospital in 1963, who also signed the autopsy report, testiﬁed before the House committee in 1977 that Rear Adm. George Burkley, who was Kennedy’s personal physician and among those present at the autopsy, imposed only one “immaterial” constraint on them. They had “caught Oswald and that they needed the bullet to complete the case,” said Thornton, who died in 2010. “We were told initially that’s what we should do, is to ﬁnd the bullet.” After the pathologists determined there was no bullet inside Kennedy but only fragments, Burkley, who died in 1991, agreed that “we should continue and do a complete autopsy,” Thornton said. Humes added that he understood Burkley’s position as he was concerned about the emotional state of the Kennedy
Her stockings and dress soiled, widowed ﬁrst lady Jacqueline Kennedy reaches for the door of the ambulance carrying the body of her slain husband at Andrews Air Force Base on Nov. 22, 1963.
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Dr. Michael Baden testiﬁes in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 7, 1978, with X-rays and drawings, along with the coat and shirt President John F. Kennedy was wearing when he was assassinated. family. “He was in hopes that the examination could achieve its goal in as expedient a manner as possible,” Humes said. Shenon’s book describes how the morgue at the Bethesda hospital had been renovated with new equipment just a few weeks earlier. “It was spacious by the standards of military hospitals, about twenty-ﬁve by thirty feet, with a dissecting table ﬁxed to the ﬂoor in the center,” Shenon wrote. “A closed-circuit television camera had been installed so audiences across the street at the National Institutes of Health … could observe at a distance.” But no one switched on that camera for the Kennedy autopsy, which Humes later said he wished had occurred to help end speculation about the proceedings. The House committee medical panel, headed by former
New York City chief medical examiner Michael Baden, concurred with the Warren Commission and Bethesda autopsy pathologists that two bullets had struck Kennedy from behind. But there was a key dissenter, former Allegheny County, Pa., coroner Cyril Wecht, who disagreed that a single bullet struck Kennedy and then caused all of the wounds to Texas Gov. John Connally, who was riding in the car with Kennedy. “Without the single-bullet theory, there cannot be one assassin, whether it is Oswald or anybody else,” Wecht testiﬁed in 1978. He also raised questions about the “remote” possibility of another shot ﬁred from the right side or lower right rear that could have struck Kennedy at the same time a shot struck him in the back of the head. Another controversial ques-
tion related to the autopsy concerned whether a neck wound was an entrance or exit wound. Doctors and nurses in Dallas who tried to save Kennedy’s life described the neck wound as an entry wound, but Baden testified in 1978 that emergency room personnel are not “trained in distinguishing some of the ﬁne points of differences between entrance and exit gunshot wounds because this does not have much pertinence to treatment and therapy.” The neck wound had “some characteristics of an exit wound because of its smallness and roundness, which may have been, in part, due to the fact that it came out right beneath the collar and tie of the president where the skin was held fairly ﬁrm,” Baden said.
Conspiracy sentiment still strong A recent Gallup poll showed that 61 percent of Americans believe others besides Oswald were involved in Kennedy’s killing. That’s down from 75 percent a decade ago. Among those who professed questions in recent years was James W. Sibert, a former FBI agent who took notes in the Bethesda autopsy room for the federal agency. Sibert, who died in 2012, was quoted in numerous published reports as late as 2009 that he didn’t “buy the single-bullet theory.” Law interviewed Sibert numerous times for his book, in-
cluding at Sibert’s Florida home. “He thought the back wound was too low to be part of the single-bullet theory,” Law said. “He said he often wondered if the shooter used an exploding bullet.” Sibert also told Law that when Kennedy’s body reached Bethesda, his cranium appeared to be empty of a brain. The issue of what happened to Kennedy’s brain remains another mystery. Humes and Boswell told the assassinations review board that they placed the remains of the brain in a stainless-steel container during the autopsy and then examined it two or three days later. Humes said he gave the brain remains to Burkley and did not see them again. The remains reportedly were taken from the White House to the National Archives in 1965, according to the House assassinations committee, but they turned up missing in 1966. The House assassinations committee “was not able to determine precisely what happened to the missing materials,” the panel said in its report. The committee added that Robert F. Kennedy “most likely acquired possession of, or at least personal control over, these materials.” Many doubt such questions will ever be fully resolved. “A lot of key witnesses and people who knew important information have died and taken evidence with them,” Shenon said. “It will likely remain a mystery.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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SPORTS SILVER SPRING
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Damascus High School’s Carly Marella jumps for joy with teammates following the defeat of La Plata on Saturday.
There are high school football teams in Maryland that have 23-plus spare players on the sidelines who might not even get on the ﬁeld for a single play all season. Then there’s the Poolesville High School football team, which made its second consecutive postseason appearance in Friday’s loss to two-time defending Maryland Class 2A state champion Middletown, with a 26-person roster, only 23 of whom were active the majority of the season. Middletown, a school in the same classiﬁcation, had 51 players listed on its roster. The challenges facing a program of Poolesville’s (7-4) size are endless. Some days the Falcons didn’t have enough players at practice to do 11-on-11 drills and sometimes the fatigue factor sets in late in games since many players have to play just about every snap of every game — just to name a couple. “We do what we can with what we have and getting two consecutive [playoff appearances] is special for anyone,” junior quarterback Steven Morningstar said. “[The biggest challenge] is depth. We have a lot of guys who have to go both ways. Someone gets injured and the next kid has to step up big time because he’s probably the only kid left.
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WIN A STATE TITLE
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As early-season practices were getting underway in August and coaches were trying to get a feel for their teams, Damascus High School coach Becky Ronquillo said she was sure of at least one thing. She had four “impact players.” Over the course of the season, those players — Madi Wyatt, Carly Marella, Annika Schwartz and Alex Nelligan — accrued a variety of much less formal names from their coach and fellow students. In a single press conference, Ronquillo, the
coach of the eventual 3A state championship winning team, called them everything from her “babies” to “little ducklings.” The quartet labeled themselves “quadruplets” and Schwartz even glanced down to Ronquillo’s half of the table and called the coach, “Mama.” The school paper hopped aboard the nickname bandwagon, using the headline “band of sisters” in a story on them. It’s the closest team Marella says she’s ever been a part of. “So many club teams, so many co-ed teams, and just the way that our team chemistry is this year was amazing,” the senior setter said. “We all really loved each other. Annika always says, ‘We’re a big happy family,’ and we really were. And that’s saying something with 18 players. Talent is one thing but when you have that passion and that heart coming
from your gut, you can do anything.” On Saturday, that “anything” Marella spoke of was a state championship, the ﬁrst in school history. And it came unusually easy for a team that, as Ronquillo says, “loves to make things interesting.” “It wouldn’t be my team if we didn’t make me worry. I keep telling them I’m going to have a heart attack before I’m 30,” she said, to which Marella responded, “You’re welcome!” Even with the “quadruplets,” Damascus made a habit of extending matches to ﬁve sets. In just the fourth match of the year, Gaithersburg took the Swarmin’ Hornets to ﬁve. Two matches later, after going up two sets to none, Damascus relinquished its undefeated season to Poolesville in ﬁve. Sherwood and
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Poolesville High School running back Charles Lyles runs against Catoctin on Oct. 4.
Blake boys’ soccer team has the best season in program history Bengals lose in 4A state ﬁnals, but have plenty to be proud of this year
NICK CAMMAROTA STAFF WRITER
Dunchadhn Lyons remembers a time when it wasn’t like this at James H. Blake High School. It was fairly recent, actually, which is part of what makes the turnaround achieved by the boys’ soccer program so impressive.
Four seasons ago, when Lyons was a freshman, he observed a dysfunctional program where players struggled to ﬁnd motivation for matches and practice was a chore rather than an exercise through which to improve. One year later, current Blake coach David Edlow showed up and started to lay the foundation for a team that on Friday, played in its ﬁrst 4A Maryland state championship game. And even though the Bengals lost to Severna Park — a perennial state title contender — in a 1-0
match, the experience provided more than enough validation for the remarkable work that’s been done at the Silver Spring school. “I started my freshman year and there was just no discipline, no work ethic,” Lyons said. “And Edlow came in and turned everything around. All of a sudden there was that discipline and that work ethic. I sensed it.” Before 2011, Blake had never won more than three games in a season since school opened in 1998. That’s 15 consecutive losing seasons. Then, as if with the snap of a ﬁnger, the Bengals
turned in campaigns of 10 wins, nine wins and this year, a program-record 15 victories. “There are very few teams that get this opportunity and these guys worked their butts off since day one, doing everything we asked them to do,” Edlow said following the state championship at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “I couldn’t be more proud of every one of them. “They should leave here with their heads held high just proud of the work they all put in and what they were able to
accomplish when nobody else thought that they could do it. When people used to laugh at our program and now we’re sitting here playing in the state ﬁnal while they’re at home.” In a season where the results in Montgomery County were wildly unpredictable, Blake (15-4-0) stayed ahead of the curve after two early-season 1-0 losses (to Winston Churchill and Wheaton). After that, the Bengals reeled off nine straight before succumbing to Walter Johnson in overtime. Then, they won four in a row in the post-
season to set up a showdown against the Falcons. One moment during Blake’s playoff run was particularly memorable for Lyons. It came against Perry Hall, in the 4A North Region ﬁnal, a game the Bengals won in penalty kicks, 2-2 (4-3). Despite playing center back for Blake, it’s not Lyons’ natural position. For his club team, Olney Celtic, he plays an attacking central midfielder role but said he’s happy to play wherever the Bengals need him
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QO, Northwest football meet again in region ﬁnal Top-seeded Cougars hope to rebound from earlier loss to Jaguars
two touchdowns and junior Jalen Christian added 126 yards in the loss. Urbana’s Raekwon Gray ran for 268 yards and three touchdowns. The Hawks are scheduled to play top-seeded Linganore 7 p.m. Friday in Frederick. Linganore (10-1) defeated Urbana 20-7 on Nov. 8.
Quince Orchard High School (101) and Northwest (9-2) cruised by their opponents in the 4A West Region semiﬁnals and advanced to the championship where they will meet Friday for the second consecutive year.
FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK BY ERIC GOLDWEIN The top-seeded Cougars beat Clarksburg 42-21 on Friday to advance to the ﬁnals. Quince Orchard gave up a touchdown on the opening possession but the team scored the game’s next four touchdowns. Senior tailback Kevin Joppy had four touchdowns and rushed for 218 yards on 35 carries in the win. “It was one of those things where we had to be patient,” Quince Orchard coach Dave Mencarini said after the game. “We had to take what they were giving us and the big plays would come. We are just happy to be playing for the regional championship.” Northwest sophomore quarterback Mark Pierce threw for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns in the Jaguars’ 36-7 semiﬁnal victory over Gaithersburg (10-3). The two-time reigning champion Cougars defeated Northwest 41-7 in last year’s regional ﬁnals, but the Jaguars won this year’s regular season game, 35-21. The teams are scheduled to play 7 p.m. Friday in Gaithersburg. “We just got to come out tomorrow and all next week,” Northwest’s Rodney Snider said after the game. “And if we practice really hard, we’re going to beat Quince Orchard.”
Continued from Page B-1 We have a [small] bunch of guys who can all play.” There certainly is no shortage of talent within Poolesville’s small numbers. The Falcons are far from a one-trick pony. Led by Charles Lyles’ 1,549 rushing yards, there are three players with 300 or more rushing yards and three receivers with 20 or more catches for 200-plus yards. Playmaker Cody Zinsser leads that charge with seven receiving touchdowns. Morningstar has emerged
Continued from Page B-1 most. “Perry Hall went up 2-1, and coach told me to move forward,” Lyons said. “Two minutes later I got the ball about 30 yards out, took a touch, drilled
Continued from Page B-1 Winston Churchill would follow suit, and by the time the state semiﬁnals with Glenelg rolled around, Ronquillo called her team “ﬁve-set pros.” Their experience against the ropes proved invaluable in the semis, when the Swarmin’ Hornets battled back to win the ﬁnal two sets on a match-high 24 kills from Schwartz. “We have higher expecta-
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Northwest High School quarterback Mark Pierce carries the ball against Gaithersburg on Friday night. The sophomore threw four touchdown passes in his ﬁrst playoff game.
Paint Branch rolling along
Coming up short, again
Paint Branch’s (10-1) high-powered offense scored six touchdowns in a convincing 42-7 win against Sherwood (7-4), giving the Panthers their first postseason victory since 2009. Senior quarterback Gaston Cooper continued his impressive season, throwing for 330 yards and ﬁve touchdowns in the win. His favorite target was Javonn Curry, who had 152 receiving yards and four touchdowns. “I deﬁnitely can’t say I was expecting that but we were hoping for it,” Paint Branch coach Michael Nesmith said after the win. “We were a little concerned after beating [Sherwood] soundly two weeks ago that the kids would underestimate them. Once the kids started rolling, we were able to pull away.” Paint Branch is scheduled to play Perry Hall (10-1) 7 p.m. Friday in Burtonsville. The Panthers have not won a state championship since 1975.
Another year, another one-point playoff loss for Damascus. The Swarmin’ Hornets (9-2) lost 35-34 to Urbana (9-2)
in Friday’s 3A West Region semiﬁnals, marking the second straight postseason Damascus lost to the Hawks by one point. Damascus sophomore running back Jake Funk ran for 134 yards and
John Harris III, Jennifer Beekman, Sam Smith and Travis Mewhirter contributed to this article.
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
Northwest at Quince Orchard Perry Hall at Paint Branch DuVal at Suitland Gwynn Park at Patuxent Sparrows Point at Surrattsville
Q. Orchard Paint Branch Suitland Gwynn Park Surrattsville
Q. Orchard Paint Branch Suitland Gwynn Park Sparrows Pt.
Q. Orchard Paint Branch Suitland Gwynn Park Surrattsville
Q. Orchard Perry Hall Suitland Gwynn Park Surrattsville
Q. Orchard Paint Branch Suitland Gwynn Park Surrattsville
Q. Orchard Paint Branch Suitland Gwynn Park Surrattsville
as one of the county’s more dynamic quarterbacks, quick on his feet — and to make up his mind — with the ability to throw the ball down the field when necessary. “You have a quarterback that runs and can throw and it adds almost like a 12th player out there,” coach Will Gant said. “Steven has had several plays where he has created something out of nothing. Something might come across as an incomplete pass in the stats but he made eight or 10 yards by beating a sack and coming up with an incomplete pass. Second-and-10 is a whole lot different than sec-
ond-and-20.” The same aspect that presents Poolesville with the most challenges could also be the Falcons’ biggest strength. The small town that Poolesville High represents lends itself to about as close-knit a community as one can ﬁnd in Montgomery County. Many players have fathers, grandfathers and cousins that suited up for Poolesville, Gant said — Morningstar said his father was a Poolesville quarterback. The Falcons play for the community, the young aspiring Falcons and that tradition, the younger Morningstar and Gant agreed. But for all the past post-
season success — 12 playoff appearances, ﬁve this century — Poolesville has yet to win a state title and has only once reached the championship game. There has always been a comparable small school team, such as Middletown or nine-time state champion Dunbar out of Baltimore, in the way. Those teams represent where Poolesville aims to be within the coming years, Zinsser and Morningstar said. The town of Poolesville has the athletes to get there, Gant said. It all starts in the youth programs, something in which he said he is becoming more and more involved with. A summer
program at the high school fell through the cracks this summer, Gant said, but that is something, along with clinics, that will be reinstated. “For us to get to [Middletown’s] level we need to keep growing from within, growing our youth system,” Gant said. “Middletown, the kids are playing from young ages and they’re running the same system [as the high school team].” That is something Gant said he hopes to implement in the near future. While numbers were down this year, Gant said he hopes the Falcons success will help draw more interest in the
program. The consecutive playoff runs ended a six-year postseason drought and Zinsser said the atmosphere surrounding Falcons football has changed drastically since his freshman season. “When [my senior class] came into high school as freshmen, the team wasn’t doing so well,” Zinsser said. “Then we got our knew coach and he got us playing harder, playing like we really wanted it. He has us more and more playing with a never give up attitude. We didn’t have a lot of players but we just grind it harder.”
it straight on and it dipped over the ’keeper and tied it 2-2. It’s incredible just to score that kind of goal, to come through when the team is counting on me most.” It’s one of many sterling moments from a memorable season for Blake, which scored 43 goals this year and allowed 19, and took a large step toward
earning consistent respectability throughout the county (and state’s) soccer circles. “Our motto all year has been, ‘One Team, One Family,’” Lyons said. “Everybody works for one another, everybody has each other’s back. Last year, we had a more talented squad than we did this year, but this year
it was just the drive, the desire. And every single player on our team has that.” Despite a senior-heavy club — Blake had 15 seniors on the roster, including captains in Lyons, Matt Russell and Raul Escobar and difference-makers in Tanner Williams, Emmanuel Oppong and Metuge Esong —
a handful of talented players are expected back next season. Among them are junior captain Darien Waters, who was Blake’s most dangerous attacking threat against Severna Park, and outside back Sergio Gomez. “Unfortunately [the championship] didn’t go our way, but it’s been a fun run with
the seniors. They really put the program on the map for everybody else that’s going to come through,” Edlow said. “They can be proud every time they walk into that gym and see the banners that they’re going to leave behind. We will miss them.”
tions for ourselves and those second and third games we let those expectations slip so we weren’t going to settle,” Ronquillo said after Damascus topped the Gladiators to clinch a state ﬁnal berth. “This wasn’t going to be our last stop.” But it was going to be the last time the Swarmin’ Hornets let a team take them the distance. In the locker room before the 7:30 p.m. state final match, Wyatt commanded the attention of her teammates. “’We’re not settling,’” she re-
calledtellingthem.‘”We’renotgoing to settle for ﬁve or four. We’re going to take it in three. We’re going to take them down in three.” This type of pregame pumpup speech had been done before, many times actually, but there was something a little different about this one. “We said that when we played Glenelg but this time we pushed ourselves,” Schwartz said. “We knew we had to do it. We knew it was our last game. We had to make it count.” Wyatt would note that this
year’s team wasn’t the most talented she had been a part of in her four seasons. When Autumn Jenkins, now with the University of Delaware, graduated without a state title in 2012, naysayers claimed it was Damascus’ last legitimate chance for a while. “We’ve been told every year when our seniors graduate that, ‘Oh, that was the last year. That was our last chance,’ ” Wyatt said. “We showed them. We came back. It’s great to win as a senior and know that you took your chance.”
As Marella said, no team had been nearly as tight-knit as Damascus was this year. They may not have been as talented as an Autumn Jenkins-led team, but they played with a little something more. “We played with the most heart of any team all four years,” said Nelligan, whose freshman sister, Isabel, ﬁnished with three aces in the state semis and ﬁnals. “I think that’s what pushed us this far and got us that win.” The mood afterwards was appropriately blissful for the
Damascus players and coaches, but with the season over, Ronquillo was forced to come to terms with the hard truth that Saturday was her ﬁnal match with her “little ducklings.” “This is where I choke up,” she said. “I haven’t cried yet. They know me as pretty tough. These four are my rocks, they really are. I’m so proud of them. They really mean a lot to me, they really are like my children. I couldn’t ask for better girls.”
Poolesville (7-4) was overwhelmed by top-seeded Middletown (11-0), falling 45-6 in the 2A West Region semiﬁnals. “They’re sound, there’s no weaknesses, they play hard,” Poolesville coach Will Gant said after the game. “They’re a very good team.” Falcons running back Charles Lyles rushed for 75 yards and scored the Falcons’ only touchdown. Middletown’s Bradley Rinehart and Tim Schumacher ran for two touchdowns apiece. Middletown is scheduled to host second-seeded South Carroll (9-2).
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KEEPING IT BRIEF FIELD HOCKEY
Bullis wrestling coach Chris Brown does more than simply teach his students to wrestle. Brown recently competed in the 2013 World Veterans Wrestling Championship in Bosnia, and took home a bronze medal in the Greco-Roman style event and placed ﬁfth in the Freestyle championships. The bronze medal was Brown’s ﬁfth straight at the world championships, which are designed for athletes 35-years-old and over.
— NICK CAMMAROTA
Senior Walter Johnson Midﬁeld/forward The Dartmouthbound, two-time Player of the Year led Walter Johnson with 16 goals and nine assists
Three county stars get national invitations BRIAN LEWIS/THE GAZETTE
Walter Johnson High School’s Anna Rowthorn-Apel (back) scored 16 goals this season.
Bethesda-Olney Academy’s Jeremy Ebobisse, Thomas Madden and Eric Matzelevich all have been selected to represent the U.S. Soccer Development Academy at an All-Star Select Match on Dec. 12 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. The event, which is part of the Academy Winter Showcase, will feature four Academy Select squads — two at the U15/16 level and two at the U17/18 level — that will play against one another.
— NICK CAMMAROTA
17 Good Counsel athletes commit to colleges Allie Band
Senior Wootton Midﬁeld/forward
Senior Sherwood Midﬁeld/forward
Senior Sherwood Midﬁeld/forward
Senior Wootton Midﬁeld/forward
Senior Sherwood Goalie
Netted 24 goals on a quartet of hat tricks for the state-ﬁnalist Patriots
Her 29 goals led all of Montgomery County; also added 16 assists
With 25 goals, she was second only to teammate Kenul in county scoring
Helped lead the Patriots to ﬁrst state title berth since 1978; will play next year for UC-Berkeley
Had nine shutouts in 18 games, allowed just seven regular season goals
Senior Wootton Defense
Senior Quince Orchard Defense
Senior Quince Orchard Defense
Junior Clarksburg Midﬁeld/forward
Senior Holy Cross Defense
Was the anchor to a Wootton back line that limited teams to four regular season goals
Ensured that no team scored more than a pair of goals in any game
Made life easier on her goalie by leading team to eight shutout wins
Scored, assisted, or did both in eight games
Unanimously selected by coaches as the WCAC Player of the Year
Coach of the year Alicia Vincenty Quince Orchard Turned a struggling Cougar team into an 11-6 squad that nearly upended Sherwood in the playoffs
G. Prep lacrosse players sign
Bullis coach earns bronze at world championships
Player of the Year
Second team Allie Boyan, senior, Whitman, midﬁeld/forward; Kallie Drewyer, junior, Stone Ridge, midﬁeld/forward; Kiley Goodwin, senior, B-CC, goalie; GiGi Jones, junior, B-CC, defense; Rachel Maizel, sophomore, Wootton, defense; Elaine McCabe, senior, Good Counsel, midﬁeld/forward; Anna Murgia, junior, Poolesville, midﬁeld/forward; Clare Nolan, senior, Churchill, midﬁeld/forward; Kate Taylor, sophomore, Holy Cross, midﬁeld/forward; Michelle Thomas, sophomore, Damascus, defense; Alexis Wong, senior, Clarksburg, midﬁeld/forward
Honorable mention Katie Bergamesca, Holton-Arms; Caroline Campbell, Good Counsel; Amanda Chasin, Poolesville; Allison Chen, Blair; Chloe Druskin, B-CC; Sandra Durbin, Holy Cross; Blair Greenwald, Holton-Arms; Daysia Howard, Clarksburg; Julia Lee, Wootton; Zoe Kaminski, Sherwood; Erin King, Paint Branch; Michelle Krenkze, Damascus; Brooke Saffer, Quince Orchard; Emily Scheele, Walter Johnson; Samantha Taskey, Stone Ridge
The Our Lady of Good Counsel dining hall was busier than usual on Wednesday as it hosted a National Letter of Intent event for all Falcons athletes providing their commitment to play an NCAA Division I sport in writing. Good Counsel had 17 athletes representing ﬁve sports in attendance. Boys’ lacrosse: Conor Lolan, Wagner College; Austin Smith, St. Joseph’s University; Pat Poulos, U.S. Military Academy; Dylan Szot, Randolph-Macon College. Girls’ lacrosse: Nicole Ortlieb, Fresno State University; Caleigh Gunn, Iona College; Erin Baumann, Fairﬁeld University; Madison Hoover, University of Louisville; Allison Flechsig, Lafayette College; Paige Graham, Virginia Tech University. Haley Giraldi is committed to play lacrosse at Princeton but did not sign a letter of intent. Softball: Krista Kelly, Longwood University. Swimming: Makenzie Miller, University of South Carolina; Brady Welch, Arizona State University. Wrestling: Matt Kelly, U.S. Military Academy; Adam Whitesell, University of Maryland.
— JENNIFER BEEKMAN
Charlie Horning (Villanova), Wil Railey (Virginia), Brendan Collins (Notre Dame), Townsend Brown (Mt. St. Mary’s) and Kyle Strange (Drexel) all signed letters of intent to play NCAA DIvision I lacrosse in 2014-15.
— JENNIFER BEEKMAN
Three from Stone Ridge sign Lynee Belton
Six from Holy Cross sign letters Several Academy of the Holy Cross student-athletes signed letters of intent for some high proﬁle schools on Wednesday’s National Signing Day: Rhamat Alhassan (volleyball, University of Florida); Jillian Dunston (basketball, Michigan); Kristyn Gaines (lacrosse, Connecticut); Nicole Lantuh (lacrosse, Mount Saint Mary’s). Soccer players Jamie DePaul (Carson-Newman) and Maribeth Harrington (Washington College) are committed to play next year as well.
10 from Bullis sign letters Ten Bullis School studentathletes were recognized Wednesday as they signed their letters of intent to compete at the college level. Lynee Belton (Duke University), Ashley Deleonibus (William & Mary), Kirby Porter (Harvard), and Andre Walker (Hofstra) plan to play Division I basketball in 2014-15. Lacrosse recruits include Nick Matzelevich (Siena), Caitlin McMahon (Jacksonville), Alex Robinson (Georgetown), Joe Stucky (Boston University), Rashad Wise (Lynn University), and Darian Hashemzadeh signed to play men’s tennis at George Washington University.
Four from Whitman sign letters Four members of the Walt Whitman girls’ soccer team who are scheduled to play Baltimore County’s Catonsville in Saturday’s state championship game are committed to play competitive soccer in college: Aliza Wolfe (Rice University), Anna Gurney (Emory), Bahar Ulusan (Emory), and Emily Martin (Colby). Drew Ahearn signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Lafayette College.
— JENNIFER BEEKMAN
The Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart had three studentathletes sign letters of intent to compete collegiately in their respective sports: Natalie Alesandra Gosnell (lacrosse, Lafayette), Alene Marie Rock (lacrosse, Mercer) and Laura Garcia (swimming, Villanova).
— JENNIFER BEEKMAN
Eight athletes from Landon sign letters Seven Landon student-athletes signed letters of intent to play lacrosse in college on Wednesday: Jack Falk (Virginia), Sam Lynch (Johns Hopkins), Andrew Mitchell (United States Military Academy), Sean O’Brien (Bucknell), Austin Petty (Virginia), Zac Butler (Jacksonville), Riley McTague (Hobart). Golfer Brent Bubes also signed his letter of intent to play for Maryland in 2014-15.
— JENNIFER BEEKMAN
Three from Damascus sign letters Three student-athletes from Damascus signed their letters of intent to compete at the college level: Kelli Prange (basketball, George Washington); Lauren Green (basketball, Bentley); Anna Warﬁeld (softball, Shippensburg).
— ERIC GOLDWEIN
Two from Clarksburg sign Two of Clarksburg High School’s student-athletes signed their letters of intent, committing to participate in college athletics. Dani Hall will attend the University of Pittsburgh for gymnastics and Andie deCelis plans to attend Manhattan College for lacrosse.
— ERIC GOLDWEIN
Coaches or school administrators can email signings to The Gazette at sports@gazette. net. This list will be updated as we get conﬁrmed signings from school ofﬁcials.
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NICK CAMMAROTA STAFF WRITER
ERIC GOLDWEIN STAFF WRITER
Sherwood High School’s football team has experienced its fair share of transistion this season, but for the past two years, they’ve had a father-son duo that’s been a constant on the defensive unit. Senior linebacker Paris Atwater and his father — former National Football League safety Steve Atwater — have helped lead the Warriors to back-toback playoff appearances the last two years in spite of signiﬁcant changes in Sherwood’s staff and player personnel. “[Paris] is not a big in your face yelling type leader, but he leads by example,” Sherwood ﬁrst-year coach Chris Grier said. At 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, Paris is rarely the biggest player on the ﬁeld. But like his 6-foot-3 father, an eight-time NFL Pro Bowler, he is an intimidating presence on defense. “When he wants to turn it on, he’s a big hitter,” said senior cornerback Alec Perez. “... He’s not much of a vocal player, but by his actions and his play, he brings everybody up.” Steve, who recorded 1,180 tackles and 24 interceptions in his 11-year NFL career, started working as an assistant midway through the 2012 season. “[Steve] does a great job. A great personality, just like his son,” said Grier, who coached DeMatha Catholic’s freshman team the previous two seasons. “He’s really good about relating football to life.” The Warriors went 9-3 in 2012 under coach Mike Bonavia, making it to the 4A North Region championship game before falling to Westminster in the ﬁnals. This year, they brought in a new coach and plugged several new players into the starting lineup, but maintained their high level of play, going 7-4 and losing 42-7 to Paint Branch (10-1) on Friday in the region semiﬁnals. “They’ve dealt with [the
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Paris Atwater (left) of visiting Sherwood High School tries to slow down running back Shawn Barlow of Quince Orchard earlier this fall.
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Sherwood High School’s Paris Atwater (back) tries to make a tackle against Gaithersburg on Sept. 7. changes] well,” Steve said. “They’ve done a good job of putting that extra time in.” Paris attended Peachtree Ridge High School in Georgia before moving to Maryland and transferring to Sherwood in 2012. Joining the football team eased the transition, he said. “I’ve made a lot of good friends up here. It’s really like a close-knit community,” Paris
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we won states we all just started screaming and we all just hugged each other. I didn’t even know what to do with myself, I was so happy.” A mere 48 hours after the Wildcats won, they carried out another well-executed strategy to tackle an important issue. They all congregated in Martin’s technology education classroom Nov. 11 at lunch to design their state championship jackets. They settled on black as the base color. “It was almost magical,” Murphy said of winning the title. “In the very beginning of the year everyone was at different spots. At the end, you just start to get closer and closer and closer and it was amazing to see how much better everyone got.” Indeed, this was a very close team. Not only did they enjoy socializing while working hard during practice, but they had team pasta dinners before every race, a team sleepover and constantly dreamed up competitions to keep one another motivated while training. Murphy said assistant coach Ashley St. Denis told her and the team that they were of state championship caliber after they won the Frank Keyser Invitational in September. Slowly but surely that belief sunk in. “The thing that stood out most to me about the championship was that every single one of us was there for each other,” said Bukharin, who originally wanted to play tennis at WJ but found her way to cross country. “We weren’t thinking about times, we weren’t thinking about places. We were just thinking about winning a state championship.” The last time Walter Johnson’s girls won a cross country title, it was the fourth of four consecutive championships won by then-coach Greg Dunston’s teams. A dynasty. Martin was around then, too, and he said that group of girls was incredibly close. He’s been to all of their weddings since and kept in good contact with them as the years have rolled on. “I see a lot of that group in this group,” Martin said. “They’ve made a bond through this endeavor that they surely will never forget.” email@example.com
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said. Having his father on the sidelines helped too, he said. “He can give me a lot of advice for certain techniques for tackling, dropping back into coverage,” Paris said. Paris said that some teammates were star-struck at ﬁrst by having an NFL star on the sidelines. “Now, everybody just looks
at him as ‘Coach Atwater,’ Paris said. “It’s just a good connection.” Perez, who had seven interceptions as a ﬁrst-year starting cornerback, said Steve has made a positive impact on the secondary. “Even if our defense doesn’t get beat, he still has pointers to give me. I’m always getting better, no matter what,” Perez said. Paris started at fullback in addition to linebacker this season while earning a 4.0 gradepoint average in the ﬁrst marking period. “He does what he needs to do,” Grier said. “He plays big on the ﬁeld.” He said he wants to play football after graduating. His schools of interest include the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Davidson and Princeton. “He’s pretty much all you could ask for from a high school athlete,” Grier said.
In a way, one could argue that Walter Johnson High School’s girls’ cross country team won the Class 4A state championship nine days before it actually happened. On Halloween, the Wildcats shocked the county and, perhaps, themselves by finishing first in the 4A West Region meet at High Point Farm in Clarksburg. In the process they beat BethesdaChevy Chase, the strongest team all season. A team that featured All-Gazette Runner of the Year Nora McUmber and appeared to bealegitimatecontendertothreepeat as 4A state champions. But when Tom Martin’s team placed ﬁve runners in the top 16 to beat B-CC by 20 points in that region ﬁnal, something changed. “That was a big moment for us,” senior Irina Bukharin said. “Over the season we’ve become a much better team, but I think then we realized we really did have an opportunity to win states. That moment, it became important.” Added Martin: “We changed a couple things with some racing strategies between counties and regions and it went a lot better than I thought it would. It’s a lot easier when you get a group of girls that believe in each other and are willing to do whatever it takes to reach their goal.” So, with the newfound conﬁdence of a victory against the Barons, a new racing strategy employed by the 16th-year coach and several of the more talented runners in the area, the Wildcats won a state championship for the ﬁrst time since 1999. They edged B-CC by four points as junior Kiernan Keller finished ﬁfth, sophomore Emily Murphy placed seventh, freshman Katriane Kirsch was eighth, Bukharin came in 11th and junior Cirillo Melanie rounded out the top ﬁve runners in 41st. “I think the synergy of the team pushed us forward,” said Keller, whose work ethic was lauded by Martin as a key factor in motivating the team. “After
Winning region helped WJ believe it could win it all
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CARA HEDGEPETH STAFF WRITER
Famed tap dancer presents ‘STePz” at Montgomery College
Tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover will honor the art of tap in his show, “STePz,” on Nov. 21 at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College in Rockville. LOIS GREENFIELD
“Lyle the Crocodile,” based on the beloved picture book series by author and illustrator Bernard Waber, opens to the public on Saturday at Imagination Stage. The musical, which follows the adventures of the Primm family, who have recently relocated to New York City to discover an unconventional pet living in their apartment, is directed by Imagination Stage associate artistic director Kate Bryer. Bryer revisits the production after directing a nonmusical version at the theater company during its 2008-2009 season. “When I did it in 2008-2009, I actually put a lot of dance and music into it,” Bryer said. “The script just has this wonderful sophistication. It’s silly but sophisticated ... It just felt like it lent itself to those kinds of moments where [characters] could break out into song ... Even JEREMY RUSNOCK back then I thought it would be Michael John Casey as Mr. such a great musical ...” The director’s instincts were Grumps with Loretta (as right. Kevin Kling, a humorist, herself). storyteller and commentator for National Public Radio, ﬁrst adapted the books for the stage in the early 1990s. Kling and composer Richard Gray later transformed the play
See CROCODILE, Page B-9 Kurt Boehm as Lyle and David Landstrom as Joshua in the musical “Lyle the Crocodile” at Imagination Stage, running to Jan. 10.
VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER
A set of stairs is not just a set of stairs in tap dancer Savion Glover’s show “STePz.” The steps become a place to dance, as Glover taps his way through a dozen songs ranging
from Charlie Parker’s “Dexterity” to a classical piece by Shostakovich to Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke.” Glover and four fellow hoofers will bring the show to the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College in Rockville on Thursday. Glover said “STePz” is an homage to tap dancing masters and mentors whom he has known
SAVION GLOVER’S ‘STEPZ’ n When: 8 p.m. Thursday n Where: Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville n Tickets: $38-$40 n For information: 240-567-5301, montgomerycollege.edu/PAC
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Play focuses on family and love
WILL C. FRANKLIN STAFF WRITER
Kimberly Gilbert as Lisa and Naomi Jacobson as Rita in the Round House Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Lyons.”
Playwright Nicky Silver has written more than a dozen plays, but “The Lyons,” which was released in 2011, was the ﬁrst to make it to a Broadway stage. “The Lyons,” which will open at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda on Nov. 27, focuses on the impending death of a husband and father and what it means for the wife and adult children. John Vreeke, who is directing “The Lyons,” said he was impressed by Silver’s style of writing.
See LYONS, Page B-9
THE LYONS n When: Nov. 27 to Dec. 22 (call for show times) n Where: Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda n Tickets: $25-$50, prices include a $5 service fee n For information: 240-644-1100, roundhousetheatre. org
Thirty years of Swing
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The Tom Cunningham Orchestra will
The Greater U Street Jazz Collective will
celebrate 30 years of performances at the
host a CD release party for their latest, “Ballin’ the Jack,” from
Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom with a Swing
music and dance concert scheduled from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Adding to the fun will be a prize for the bestdressed vintage couple, a dance performance by the 8-Week Wonders and the debut performance PHOTO DANIEL SCHREIBER of the new Yazoo Zazz The Tom Cunningham Orchestra will celebrate 30 years Vocal Trio. Admission in Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom on Saturday. — $15 for adults and $8 for children 5-13 — includes a beginning swing dance lesson. For more information, visit www. glenechopark.org.
7:30-9:30 p.m. today at the El Golfo Restaurant,
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8739 Flower Ave., Piney Branch, Silver Spring. The GREATER U STREET JAZZ COLLECTIVE Greater U Street The Greater U Street Jazz Collective will host a CD Jazz Collective is bassist Thomas L. release party for their latest effort tonight at the El Golfo Restaurant in Silver Spring. View, trumpeter Carl MacIntyre, pianist Peter Frassrand, saxophonist Russell Carter, drummer Art Cobb, crooner Barry Moton and emcee Keren Asali. For more information, visit www.elgolfosilverspring.com.
PHILADANCO will bring its award-winning blend of dance styles to the BlackRock Center for the Arts on Saturday and Sunday.
The Philadelphia Dance Company, also known as PHILADANCO, will bring its trademark fusion of ballet, jazz, modern and black dance to the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown this weekend, with show times at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. A free masterclass is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, with a pre-curtain discussion at 2:15 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $32. For more information, visit www. blackrockcenter.org.
The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade kicks off the holiday season Saturday in Silver Spring.
Everyone loves a parade The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade returns at 10 a.m. Saturday to Silver Spring. Now in its 16th year, the pa-
rade kicks off at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street, proceeding south on Georgia Avenue before reaching its destination at Silver Spring Avenue. ABC 7 meteorologist Brian van de Graaff will emcee, introducing the more than 100 participating parade units, including glittering ﬂoats; high school, college and professional marching bands; beauty queens; clowns; ﬁre engines; and performing dog and rescue animal groups. The parade will culminate with the introduction of Santa Claus, ofﬁcially kicking off the holiday season in Montgomery County. For more information, visit www.silverspringdowntown.com.
PHOTO BY ELLI SWINK
Elizabeth Hester as the Cat in the Hat and Caitlyn Gilbert as Jojo in “Seussical.”
The Cat in the Hat is back The Damascus Theatre Company’s
“Seussical,” inspired by the whimsical
works of Dr. Seuss and featuring a book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty as co-conceived by Eric Idle, continues to Saturday at the Olney Theatre Center’s Historic Stage. Directed by Shelly Horn and produced by Elli Swink and Matt Kopp, the production features musical direction by Arielle Bayer and choreography by Laurie Newton. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, students and children. For more information, visit www. damascustheatre.org.
PHOTO BY LOIS GREENFIELD
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Delaware’s fast-growing Dogﬁsh Head brewery still making a splash
BREWS BROTHERS STEVEN FRANK AND ARNOLD MELTZER Sam Calagione, the brewery’s co-founder and co-owner, opened the Dogﬁsh Head brewpub in 1995 in Rehoboth Beach, Del., near his wife’s hometown. It was named after Calagione’s fondly-remembered vacation spot near Boothbay Harbor in Maine to lend a New England character. Starting with a minuscule 12-gallon brewing facility that needed constant use to keep up with customer demand, Calagione was continuously brewing and getting bored with the repetition. He experimented by grabbing “everything but the kitchen
Dogﬁsh Head Brewery’s 90 minute Imperial IPA. sink,” in a brewing career that has led to his being called the “Mad Alchemist of Brewing.” Demand rapidly increased and a packaging brewery was added in 1997. The kitchen to brewpot escapades gave Dogﬁsh a well earned reputation for using unusual ingredients and brewing unusual
beers. Some of the non-standard additions to the Dogfish beers include St. John’s Wort, Saffron, Agave nectar, hawthorn berry from China, and spirulina, a blue green algae to give green color for a St. Patrick’s Day beer. Dogfish also has become renowned for its series of India
Pale Ales, some very high alcohol brews, and re-creations of ancient ales. The three IPAs, called 60 Minute, 90 Minute, and 120 Minute, add hops continuously for the respective time durations. Calagione got the idea from watching a chef prepare food and adding spices on a continuous basis to enhance the ﬂavor. The high alcohol beers, deﬁnite brewing achievements, include World Wide Stout (1520 percent alcohol by volume, ABV), once the highest alcohol beer being regularly brewed; Fort (15-18 percent ABV), a fruit beer with raspberries and the highest alcohol fruit beer being produced; 120 Minute IPA (15-20 percent ABV); and Olde School Barleywine (13-16 percent ABV.) The Ancient Ales series started as a collaboration with Patrick McGovern, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, to recreate the libation consumed at King Midas’ funeral, calling it Midas Touch. Successive collaborations with the McGovern have resulted in producing Chateau Jiahu based on a 9000 year old dig in China; Theobroma based on an 3,200 year old Aztec chocolate beer; Ta Henket using ingredients and traditions from Egyptian hieroglyphics, and Bierra Etrusca
Bronze from excavations in a
2,800 year old Etruscan tomb. Midas Touch (9 percent ABV) has a sweet, light honey nose with a hint of white grapes which presages the taste in the front. These all continue in the middle with a slight increase in the grape to medium. The ﬁnish adds muted alcohol notes which grow in the aftertaste giving a touch of alcoholic warmth. Ratings: 8/7.5. Palo Santo Marron (12 percent ABV) is brewed in a barrel made from the wood of the Paraguayan Palo Santo tree, one of three woods so dense they do not ﬂoat. Palo has a aroma of roast, grape, licorice and alcohol. The medium roast and muted licorice front continues in the middle as the licorice increases and is joined by a dollop of chocolate. The roast increases in the ﬁnish with an emerging vinous character. In the aftertaste the roast continues, the licorice fades, and a restrained bitter hop appears. Ratings: 9.5/9. 90 Minute IPA (9 percent ABV) opens with a melon, citrus, pine, and bitter hop bouquet. The mild sweet front segues into a middle of melon, citrus and bitter hops. Both the melon and the bitter hops increase to medium in the ﬁnish. The hops come to the forefront in the aftertaste but are very well balanced by a
IN THE ARTS DANCES Hollywood Ballroom, Nov. 20, free International Waltz Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Nov. 21, Tea Dance from 12:303:30 p.m. ($6); Nov. 22, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); Nov. 23, Latin Night with Mr. Mambo, 8-10 p.m. workshops, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. dance ($18 for both; $15 for dance only); Nov. 24, free Tango lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom at 8 p.m. ($16); Nov. 27, free International Waltz Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Nov. 28, 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. Contra, 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. 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. 20, Caller: Stephanie Smith; Nov. 27, Caller: Bob Farrall, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www. fsgw.org. Waltz, Dec. 1, Elixir; Dec. 15, Sugar Beat; Dec. 29, Terpsichore, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10, www.waltztimedances.org.
MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Rene Marie, 8 p.m. Nov.
20; Sara Gazarek and Matt Dusk, 8 p.m. Nov. 21; Cindy Blackman and Another Lifetime, 8 p.m. Nov. 22, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. BlackRock Center for the Arts, The Sweater Set, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21; call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, www.blackrockcenter.org. Fillmore Silver Spring, Hoodie Allen, 8 p.m. Nov. 22; Mazzy Star with special guests Psychic Ills, 8 p.m. Nov. 23; Lamb of God & Killswitch Engage, 7 p.m. Nov. 26; K. Michelle w/ Sevyn Streeter, 8 p.m. Nov. 27; Giving Thanks, 11 a.m. Nov. 28; The Smokers Club Tour
Featuring Joey Bada$$, 8 p.m. Nov. 29; MiMOSA, 8 p.m. Nov. 30, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301960-9999, FillmoreSilverSpring.com. Institute of Musical Traditions — Takoma Park, Al Petteway &
Amy White, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23, Takoma Park Community Center, call for prices, times, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, 301-960-3655, www.imtfolk.org.
p.m. Nov. 20; 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,
See IN THE ARTS, Page B-8
Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, Jim Malcolm,
7:30 p.m. Nov. 25, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, www.imtfolk.org. The Music Café, Dixieland Express, 7-9 p.m. Nov. 20, 26528 Ridge Road, Damascus. No admission. Tips accepted. 301-253-1500. www.the-music-cafe.com. Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1
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strong malt backbone. A relatively high alcohol is present but well integrated. Ratings: 9/9.5. World Wide Stout (18-20 percent ABV), a two year old version, begins with a deep roast, a whiff of alcohol and a slightly vinous aroma. The deep roast and slight alcohol are evidenced in the front. The alcohol increases to medium in the middle as a splash of Port wine appears. The wine grows modestly in the ﬁnish and again in the aftertaste, as the alcohol continues. Even with this two year old version, the alcohol is overpowering and the beer needs another two years to become well blended and more balanced. Ratings: 8/8.5. World Wide ages very well. An 8-year old, more mellow and well-integrated version scored 9.5/10.
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603 Edmonston Dr. Rockville, MD 20851
www.rockvillemd.gov/theatre Reality Show Mash-up Heart of Maryland Chorus Sweet Adelines Chapter Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1p.m. Tickets: $15 Washington Balalaika Society Celebrating 25 Years! Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $15-25 Vive la France! Rockville Concert Band Sunday, Nov. 24; 3 p.m. at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre. Suggested donation: $5
One of the nation’s most innovative and fastest growing breweries is on the way to the ocean beaches many Washingtonian’s frequent. The Dogfish Head brewery, in Milton, Del., has become the 13th largest craft brewery in the country, producing over 170,000 barrels of beer in 2012, up 20 percent from 2011. The brewery is ﬁnishing an expansion which will allow brewing 600,000 barrels per year.
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8 p.m. Nov. 29; Michael McDonald — This Christmas: An Evening of Holiday & Hits, 8 p.m. Nov. 30, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100, www.strathmore.org.
ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” to Dec. 30, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org. Gaithersburg Arts Barn, Neil Simon’s “God’s Favorite,” to Nov. 24; Singer Songwriter Concert Series presents Stephen Fearing, Nov. 21; The Comedy and Magic Society, Nov. 29, 311 Kent Square Road,
Joe (Ted Culler) and Rose Benjamin (Kim Busch) in “God’s Favorite” at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn. Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394, www. gaithersburgmd.gov/artsbarn. Imagination Stage, “Lyle the Crocodile,” Nov. 20 to Jan. 10, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www.
Olney Theatre Center, “The King and I,” to Dec. 29, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, www.olneytheatre.org.
The Puppet Co., “The Nutcracker,” Nov. 29 to Dec. 29; 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, “Meena’s Dream,” Jan. 8-14, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-644-1100, 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. The Writer’s Center, Workshop Participant Reading, 2 p.m. Nov. 24, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664, www.writer.org.
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Coinciding with DC Photo Week, two photo exhibits have opened that will transport the viewer to other places full of unique beauties. One artist focuses uniquely on the land and the weather while the other includes the people and the animals. What they share is a sensibility to a place and its culture, and a talent for capturing the very essence of it in pictures.
ON VIEW BY CLAUDIA ROUSSEAU “Italianissimo” means “so Italian,” something that positively characterizes the Italian way of doing things, or the look of a particular aspect of that wonderful country. Richard Lasner has been photographing Italy every year since 1996, covering small areas of the peninsula on each trip. Last fall he participated in a photography workshop sited in a small winery near Siena, in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. The current exhibit features a group of large format, lushly toned, new images from this trip, plus a few of neighboring Florence and one fascinating picture taken in a park in Gubbio, a small medieval town in Umbria. This latter, titled “Eyes in the Park” shows very large, brightly colored globes representing eyeballs — yes, veins and all — ﬂoating around in a quiet park setting void of people. If I didn’t know from my own long time living in Italy that this surreal image was, indeed, “Italianissimo,” I might have believed Lasner had doctored the photo. But, indeed, these “Eyes” were really there for reasons that remain, and probably always will be, undiscovered. During his October stay in Tuscany, Lasner was able to record remarkable weather effects such as the heavy fog that descends on the Sienese hills in the early morning, but retreats by midday. These photos of the fog are very nearly abstract, pale grey with a touch of lavender, but views of the same hills at other times of day reveal the gold and reddish colors of the vines in brilliant hues. Lasner’s sensitivity to the shape of
Continued from Page B-5 “As a director, I always look at language ﬁrst … just to see how well it’s written,” Vreeke said. “… Nicky Silver is a master at being able to put together very well-constructed language, sentences, paragraphs. All the actors really need to do is pay attention to that. His punctuation is very speciﬁc and his choice of words is extremely cogent and economical — there’s not an ounce of fat on it.” Although Vreeke isn’t Jewish, he said he feels audiences will be able to comprehend the overall family dynamic they see on stage. “It goes way beyond just being a Jewish family,” Vreeke said. “There is some humor that’s particular to a Jewish family and Jews will be able to recognize and enjoy that, but I think it goes way beyond that into recognizing each of our family dynamics.
larly when they include people and animals. However, Asfaw, who is Ethiopian, is deeply concerned with the effect of his pictures. He aims at making work that “captures the beauty that remains [in Ethiopia] in spite of the tragic environmental crisis that is taking place,” in the hope that his photos might be “messengers for change.” These are powerful images, boldly conceived in color and black and white. Just inside the door of the gallery are two richly toned views inside rural Ethiopian Orthodox churches, a faith that originates in the Coptic Christianity of the ﬁrst century A.D. and is still dominant despite a violent history of invasion. With a rich pictorial tradition, Ethiopian church art is characterized by bright colors and a distinct drawing style. Inside these poor rural churches, the remnants of wall paintings can RICHARD LASNER just be made out, but the vivid sense of their antiquity is deeply moving. In Richard Lasner, “Giostra,” 2012. “Inside Genet Mariam Church,” two the land is combined here with his ex- turbaned men come tentatively inside, quisite sense of composition and color. eyes wide open, to engage an elder Many photos are taken from unusual seated in the half-lit room. Asfaw cappoints of view, from a yellow ﬁeld ﬁll- tures the silence, even the holiness that ing most of the image with a strip of permeates this space. “Inside Abune blue sky above, to a ﬁeld of green grass Arun Church” is similar, with brightly resembling ocean waves, or a close up colored and patterned fabrics decoratof the very last cluster of grapes left on ing the ancient walls of the building. a vine. Among my favorites was a photo “Timket in Lalibela,” a region noted for of a carousel (titled, in Italian, “Gio- ancient rock-hewn churches, shows a stra”) in the Piazza della Repubblica religious procession crossing a suspenin Florence. The carousel is all bright sion bridge over a shallow ravine. Here, warm colors, with its tent-like top in Asfaw takes advantage of the black and turquoise and white topped by a crown white format to contrast the line of and edged with arabesque framed people walking under their white umpainted scenes. Behind it is the gray fa- brellas through the high grass under a çade of an old building, its arched door ﬁery white sun. Another striking black echoing the forms on the stem of the and white image shows two zebra in a carousel, while other curves and spiky national park, their crisp stripes standornaments on it ﬁnd their parallels in ing out against the gray tones of the the details of the façade beyond. These plain, their curved shapes repeated in formal relationships that bring fore- the arcs of trees beyond. ground and background into a tight If you go to see this show in the pictorial unity continue to be one of the Washington Gallery of Photography, hallmarks of Lasner’s work. go upstairs to the Capitol Arts Network The Washington School of Photog- to see the work of Page Turner. A line raphy, in its new location in Rockville, is of antique glass domes with tiny handshowing a group of 28 photos by Andargé made dress forms on high wooden Asfaw entitled “Ethiopia from the Heart.” perches goes down the center of the Much like Lasner’s photos of Italy, As- gallery. Each contains a “figure”: a faw’s similarly convey an essence of place memory of past experience in a strict through focus on select subjects and country upbringing. “Waste not, want careful composition. His acute formal not,” is the driving theme, while a prosense make these pictures much more found feeling of sadness permeates the than a handsome travelogue; always a group. Not the best installation, but indanger with photos of this kind, particu- triguing all the same.
… I think anyone who was born and raised into a family that has siblings and parents is going to recognize the family and the familiarity that these characters live in.” One of those characters is Rita, the mother of two and wife of 40 years. Actress Naomi Jacobson said the character is “sort of like an everymother.” “You know, like an everyman?” Jacobson said. “I think she is really recognizable no matter what religion or ethnicity you are. She wants her children to ﬁnd love and be happy. … She’s been married for 40 years to a man she never really loved, which is why I think ... she wants the one thing for her children that has eluded her. “I think everybody in the play kind of sees their own imagined reality.” Because Rita has to deal with her husband dying and an alcoholic daughter and estranged gay son, her part can be difﬁcult at times. Jacobson said she sees a lot of Rita in herself —
at least to an extent. “I think, as an actor, you need to know more than your character knows about the character,” Jacobson said. “… In other words, I know things about Rita that she probably doesn’t know about herself or is even conscious of. So, for me, it’s delicious and challenging in a way to let yourself identify the parts of me that are as ugly as Rita is. And I am. I have them, oh my God, I’m completely self-absorbed and narcissistic — I can be. I work really hard not to be. … I don’t think Rita’s ever accessed herself or looked at that.” Vreeke said he hopes audiences connect with the characters in their own way, but he also hopes they see one of the major themes in the show. “[It’s about] finally finding the courage to grow up and take care of yourself,” Vreeke said. email@example.com
(From left) Kimberly Gilbert as Lisa, Naomi Jacobson as Rita, and John Lescault as Ben in the Round House Theatre’s production of “The Lyons.” DANISHA CROSBY
Continued from Page B-5 and performed with personally and also to tap dancing greats that have preceded them. “It’s a tribute to all the men and women who have informed my approach to tap dance,” said Glover. “The show is to honor those who we’ve been blessed to know and learn from.” Among them are dancers such as Gregory Hines, Jimmy Slyde and Steve Condos. “They poured so much love into me that I have no choice at this point but to pay honor to them every time I touch the wood,” Glover said.
Performing with Glover on Thursday will be Marshall Davis Jr., Ayodele Casel, Sarah Savelli and Robyn Watson. Glover said each dancer brings his or her own style to the show as the troupe performs solos, duets and ensemble pieces. “My choreography still allows the dancers their individuality,” he said. Featured in the show is a structure that allows performers to dance up and down stairs. Glover credits his wife with the idea, harking back to Bill “Bojangles” Robinson in the 1935 ﬁlm “The Little Colonel.” Audiences can watch a tap dancer perform, but they can also just listen to the sound of
his or her feet . “If you just see the entertainment, you don’t hear what’s going on,” he said about the complex rhythms, both choreographed and improvised, in the show. “I tell students you can either be the instrument or be the additional instrument,” he said. In “Dexterity,” he follows the syncopated rhythms of Charlie Parker, but in “Miles Mode” by John Coltrane, he adds his own rhythms, as if running on a parallel track. The troupe will also be dancing to music by other jazz and swing greats such as Miles Davis (“Flamenco Sketches”) and Benny Goodman (“Bugle Call
FROM ANDARGÈ ASFAW
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Continued from Page B-5 into a full-scale musical. Bryer had the opportunity to see the musical version in the summer of 2012 when her son appeared in a production at Northwestern University. “I’m really happy to do this version,” Bryer said. “It’s really, really different.” Running about an hour and 15 minutes, “Lyle” features 37 minutes of music. There are also several dance numbers. “In this version, Lyle is a dancer ...” Bryer said. “There’s a big, huge tap dance number in the show.” “You approach a play versus a musical differently,” added actor Michael John Casey. “It’s different muscles but as long as you’re incredibly clear telling the story ... you really can’t go wrong.” With a background in theater for young audiences, including credits as a director, Casey said he recognizes the importance of presenting a simple and succinct message for young children. “You want to be as clear as possible for the audience,” Casey said. “ ... One of the goals is, what is the playwright using the character for?” In “Lyle,” Casey’s character, the Primm’s disgruntled old neighbor Mr. Grumps, is used to teach a lesson. “With Mr. Grumps, it’s about learning to understand that those that are different from you ... deserve a chance. The lesson of being open-minded to that which is different is incredibly important.” Though Bryer grew up the daughter of a librarian and said she was raised on the “Lyle” books before reading them to her own children, the director admits it wasn’t until recently that she began to think of Lyle as a hero.
Rag”). “Tap gets sort of categorized to one type of music, like swing or jazz,” said Glover. But also in the show are songs by Wonder and Prince (“When the Lights Go Down”). There’s even a piece of classical music by Russian composer Shostakovich, part of a program Glover once choreographed and performed called “Classical Savion” with just himself and a string orchestra. “We also did Mendelssohn and Vivaldi and others of that genre,” he said. The show also pays tribute to the choreography of Gregory Hines, one of Glover’s mentors.
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“When I was doing research, I came across a lot of lesson plans about Lyle being a hero because instead of ﬁghting back, he faces antagonism with kindness,” Bryer said. “I hadn’t really thought about him as a role model for kids ... but being kind to people who are not kind to you is a heroic way to approach life.” Though “Lyle” and its message is obviously aimed at a younger demographic, Kling’s background as a humorist and storyteller mean there’s plenty for parents, too. “This script in particular has a lot of appeal for adults because Kevin ... is a professional storyteller,” Bryer said. “We have to be able to tell stories that are not just directed at younger audiences but the whole scope of the audience that is there,” Casey added. Whatever parents and children may take away from this latest take on a classic character, Bryer said the important thing is that they’re doing it together. “I think it’s so fun to have that; that you enjoyed a piece of literature that you then get to share with your children,” Bryer said. “And then to get to put it on stage is even more spectacular.”
“Gregory Hines was a big part of my life,” said Glover, who performed in several movies with him, including the 1989 film “TAP,” also co-starring Sammy Davis Jr. A Newark native, Glover started taking tap dance lessons in New York at age 7. He made his Broadway debut at age 12 in “The Tap Dance Kid,” followed by “Black and Blue.” In 1996 at age 23, he won the Tony Award for Best Choreography for “Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk.” In 1991 he played the younger Jelly in the Broadway musical, “Jelly’s Last Jam” with Gregory Hines as Jelly Roll Morton. Hines won a Tony Award for
firstname.lastname@example.org Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical in that show. Glover also appeared in the 2000 Spike Lee ﬁlm “Bamboozled” and in the 2001 TV movie “Bojangles” with Hines as Bill Robinson. He has also appeared on “Sesame Street” and recently co-choreographed and performed the dances for Mumble the penguin in the animated ﬁlm “Happy Feet” and “Happy Feet Two.” On the road for much of the year, Glover said he doesn’t mind the traveling. “I love it, this is what I am,” he said. email@example.com
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ON ALL 2013 MODELS
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# 7373771, Power Windows, Power Locks, Keyless Entry
MSRP $17,810 BUY FOR
due at signing
2013 GOLF 2 DOOR
#3131033, Automatic, Power Windows/Power Locks, Keyless Entry, Heated Seats, Bluetooth, Cruise Control
1st month’s payment
2014 PASSAT S 2.5L
#9013380, Automatic, Power Windows/Power Locks, Keyless Entry, Cruise Control
2013 JETTA TDI
OR 0% for 60 MONTHS
2013 BEETLE CONVERTIBLE
MSRP $23,035 BUY FOR
2013 GTI 2 DOOR
#7234651, Automatic Power Windows, Power Locks, Bluetooth
#2828260, Power Windows/Power Locks, Auto
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OR 0% for 60 MONTHS
2014 TIGUAN S
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OR 0% for 60 MONTHS
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#9114095, Automatic, Power Windows/ Power Locks, Sunroof
MSRP $29,615 BUY FOR
OR 0% for 60 MONTHS
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MSRP $33,360 BUY FOR
OR 0% for 60 MONTHS
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2012 Jetta S...................................#VP6060A, White, 36,699 mi.....$13,999
2011 Jetta Sedan........................#VP0004, Black, 40,159 mi........$14,995
2012 Passat S...............................#VPR6111, Gray, 35,959 mi.......$15,990
2012 Jetta SE................................#VPR6116, Blue, 38,430 mi.......$16,495
2013 Jetta Sedan........................#V607047A, Black, 14,150 mi...$16,995
2012 Jetta TDI...............................#V010241A, Black, 24,444 mi...$20,995 2012 Passat TDI...........................#V071353A, Gray, 42,293 mi.....$21,995
2012 CC.............................................#V540037A, Gray, 27,601 mi.....$22,995
2007 Jetta Wagon.......................#VP0005, White, 87,642 mi.......$11,995
2009 Jetta TDI...............................#V109044A, Red, 106,036 mi....$13,495
All prices exclude tax, tags, title, freight and $200 processing fee. Cannot be combined with any previous advertised or internet special. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. See dealer for details. 0% APR Up To 60 Months on all models. See dealer for details. Ourisman VW World Auto Certified Pre Owned financing for 60 months based on credit approval thru VW. Excludes Title, Tax, Options & Dealer Fees. Special APR financing cannot be combined with sale prices. Ends 12/02/13.
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#374550A, 5 Speed Auto, 4Door, Black Pearl
12 Hyundai Accent GLS $$
#470116A, 27k Milles, 1 Owner, 6 Speed Auto, Ultra Black
10 Mazda Mazda3 S #377580A, $ 4 Door, 5 Speed $ Auto, 1 Owner
10 Toyota Rav-4 $$
#P8822, 4 Speed Auto, 39k miles, 4WD Sport Utility
07 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS #364333A, $ 5 Speed Manual, 1 $ Owner, 44k Miles
10 Toyota Corolla LE #P8802, $ 4 Speed Auto, $
4 Door, 1 Owner
11 Toyota Camry LE $$
#P8779, 6 Speed Auto, 28.6k Miles, 1 Owner, 4-Door
10 Toyota Prius III $$
#P8805, 4 Door, CVT Transmission, 45k miles
2007 Honda Accord
09 Scion XD $$
#353054A, 4 Speed Auto, 4-Door, Barcelona Red
#326063A, 5 Speed Auto, Taffeta White, 108K Miles
#325096B, CVT Transmission, Super Black, 52K Miles
#P8750, AWD, Electric Silver, Metallic, Certified
#329040A, Ent.Center, 4WD Sport Utility, Formal Black, 88K Miles
#325025A, 6 Speed Auto, Black, Mid Size Wagon, 53K Miles
2008 Volvo V70 3.2L
2008 Lexus RX 400H
#325074A, Navigation, Back-Up Camera, 4WD, 1-Owner, Smokey Mica
#N0270, RWD W/1SB, 6 Speed Auto, Black Raven................................
2013 Infinity G37
2010 Nissan XTERRA X........ $16,800 $16,800 2013 Scion FR-S................ $22,800 $22,800 #472099A, 5 SpeedAuto, 4WD, Super Black, 1 Owner #364357A, Coupe, 6 SpeedAuto, 1k Miles, 1 Owner, Silver
355 3 5 5 TOYOTA TOYOTA PRE-OWNED P R E - OW N E D
#327217B, 6 Speed Auto, 9K Miles, Satin Metal, 1-Owner.....................
2011 Volvo XC60 T6
2012 Volvo XC60
#327223B, Touring, Navigation, M/T, 24K Miles, 1-Owner......................
#326082A, Navigation, 3K Mile...............................................................
2009 Volvo XC90
#N0276, 22K Mile....................................................................................
2012 Mazda Mazda 3 Speed 3
2011 KIA Optima EX
2012 Hyundai Sonata LTD
#N0276, 6 Speed Auto, 22.5K Miles, 1-Owner, Gray Metallic.................
#E0216,BackupCamera, 23KMiles,BlackObsidian, SedanTouring
2013 Honda Civic XLE
#N0271, 6 Speed Auto, 7.9K Miles, Black..............................................
2012 Hyundai Sonata
2013 Volvo C30
2013 Volkswagen Passat SE
2013 Toyota Corolla LE........ $15,800 $15,800 2013 Mazda Mazda 5.......... $21,900 $21,900 #R1719, 4 SpeedAuto, 13k Miles, 1 Owner, Black Sand Pearl #460022A, Grand Touring, 2WD Minivan, 5 SpeedAuto
#332293A, 5 Speed Auto, 2.6K Miles, Ice White, 1-Owner.....................
#429002A, 4WD, Sport Utility, 44K Miles, Gray Metallic Certified...........
#P8825, 6 Speed Auto, Ice White, 4WD, 1-Owner, Certified...................
#327208A, 6 Speed Auto, Caspian Blue, Certified.................................
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2008 Cadillac STS
2007 Honda CR-V EX-L........ $14,800 $14,800 2012 Toyota Venza LE......... $20,985 $20,985 #472069A, 5 SpeedAuto, Beige Metallic, 1 Owner #365010B, 6 SpeedAuto, 34.9k Miles, 1 Owner, Golden Umber
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2008 Honda Pilot SE
2008 Ford Mustang GT
2009 Nissan Xterra X
$14,800 2011 Toyota Highlander SE. . . $20,800 $20,800 2011 Toyota Camry LE......... $14,800 #P8782, 6 Speed Auto, 1 Owner, Silver #363230A, 6 SpeedAuto, Blizzard Pearl
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#326024A, Premium, M/T Car Coupe, 46K miles, 5 Speed
#N110003, 5 Speed Auto, Blue Metallic, Sunroof, 73K Miles
2012 Mazda Mazda 6
#N110008, 5-Speed Auto, Supra Black, 4WD Sport Utility.....................
$13,500 2013 Toyota Pruis C Three.... $18,800 $18,800 2006 BMW X5 3.0i............. $13,500 #360298B, 4WD,Auto, Silver Metallic #372383A, CVT Transmission, 4 Door, Classic Silver
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#E0259, 5 Speed Auto, 38K Miles, Polished Slate
2010 Volvo XC60 3.2L
2007 Toyota Sienna LE........ $11,800 $11,800 2013 Toyota Tacoma........... $16,800 $16,800 #364373A, 5 SpeedAuto, 2WD,Artic Frost Pearl #N0238B, 4 SpeedAuto, 9.8k Miles, 1 Owner, Black, 2WD
2008 Volvo S60 2.5T
CERTIFIED #426021A, 6 Speed Auto, 37,6K Miles, Taupe Gray Metallic
13 Toyota Camry LE #R1738, $ 6 Speed Auto, 14.2k $
miles, 4 Door, 1 Owner
#E0263, 32K Miles, 4 Speed Auto, 4 Door Coupe
2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ
11 Toyota Camry LE $$
#P8793, 6 Speed Auto, 29k miles, Mid-Size
2008 Nissan Altima 2.5S
11 Ford Focus SE $$
#364474A, Auto, 4 Door, 1 Owner
2012 Nissan Versa S
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2010 Nissan Versa Hatchback
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2014 NISSAN VERSAMSRP: NOTE SV HATCHBACK $17,115 Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:
TOYOTA AVALON XLS 2000 172K mi loaded, exc cond, $5595/BO Mookim 301-972-1435
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2008 TOYOTA 4dr, AVALON: sedan XLS, 32kmi, silver, V6, tinted glass, automatic, all power, $18k, 240-832-2301
2003 TOYOTA CAMRY: 73kmi, very
2014 NISSAN ALTIMA 2.5 S
#341230A, Auto Transmission, Low Miles
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2012 Nissan Versa SL #346423A, Auto Transmission, Alloy Wheels, Bluetooth, Power Features
2004 Toyota Highlander Limited
#472031B, 4WD, Leather Seating, Sunroof, 7 Passenger, Low Mileage
#346486A, Auto Transmission, Alloy Wheels, Sunroof
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5S
2008 Nissan Altima 2.5S Coupe
$26,995 -$2,500 -$1,000 -$1,000 -$500
#E0251, Auto, Gray, 1 Owner
2003 Ford Thunderbird #N0275, Hard Top Convertible, Low Miles
With Bluetooth #23213 2 At This Price: VINS: 321399, 320887
2013 NISSAN MAXIMA SV MSRP: $34,430 Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash: NMAC Bonus Cash:
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2007 Ford Mustang Coupe
#12113 2 At This Price: VINS:784016, 907382
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NEW 2013 PRIUS PLUG-IN
NEW 2014 COROLLA LE
2 AVAILABLE: #377701, 377702
4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO
NEW 2013 HIGHLANDER 4X2 2 AVAILABLE: #363400, 363401
AFTER TOYOTA $1,500 REBATE
2 AVAILABLE: #470189, 470197
PRE PRE THANKSGIVING THANKSGIVING SALE! SALE!
4 CYL., AUTO
4 DR., AUTO, 4 CYL., INCL.
NEW 2014 SCION XD 2 AVAILABLE: #453002, 453003
4 CYL., 4 DR., AUTO
NEW 2013 RAV4 LE 4X2 BASE 2 AVAILABLE: #364450, 364533
NEW 2014 CAMRY LE 2 AVAILABLE: #472011, 472014
36 Month Lease $
4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO
AFTER $500 REBATE
AFTER $750 REBATE
4 DR., AUTO, 4 CYL.,
4 CYL., AUTOMATIC
NEW 2014 CAMRY LE
NEW 2013 PRIUS C II
2 AVAILABLE: #377729, 377728
2 AVAILABLE: #472071, 472086
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AUTO, 4 CYL., 4 DR
AFTER TOYOTA $1,000 REBATE
15625 Frederick Rd (Rte 355) • Rockville, MD n OPEN SUNDAY n VISIT US ON THE WEB AT www.355Toyota.com
PRICES AND PAYMENTS INCLUDE ANY APPLICABLE MANUFACTURE’S REBATES AND EXCLUDE MILITARY ($500) AND COLLEGE GRAD ($500) REBATES, TAX, TAGS, DEALER PROCESSING CHARGE ($200) AND FREIGHT: CARS $795 OR $810, TRUCKS, SPORT UTILITY AND SIENNAS $810, $845 AND $995. *0.9% APR & 0% APR FINANCING UP TO 60 MONTHS TO QUALIFIED BUYERS THRU TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. TOTAL FINANCED CANNOT EXCEED MSRP PLUS OPTIONS, TAX, AND LICENSE FEES. 0% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $16.67 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. 0.9% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $17.05 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. APR OFFERS ARE NOT VALID WITH ANY OTHER CASH BACK OR LEASE OFFER. NOT ALL BUYERS WILL QUALIFY.**LEASE PAYMENTS BASED ON 36 MONTHS, 12,000 MILES PER YEAR WITH $995 DOWN PLUS $650 ACQUISITION FEE, NO SECURITY DEPOSIT REQUIRED. SEE DEALER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. OFFERS EXPIRES 11-30-13.
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01 Saturn LW 300
05 Chevy Impala
#KP7808, SHARP!, $878 OFF KBB
03 Dodge Ram 1500 $7,990
#KP81341, PWR/OPTIONS, FINANCING!
07 Ford Explorer
94 Toyota Camry XLE......................$2,290
#KP57153, MNRF, LTHER, “Handyman
03 Mitsubishi Lancer......................$2,988 #KP15883, AT, AC, P/Options, Super Value “Handyman
99 GMC Jimmy SLE.........................$4,498 #KP27996, 4WD, Pampered! LTHR/PWR Seat, Cass/CD
05 Nissan Sentra 1.8S.....................$6,445 #KP95439B, AT, PW/PLC, TLT, CD, Nice!
#KP65991A, EASY TERMS!
08 Chevy Malibu
#47651KP, EDDIE BAUER, 4WD, $2,853 OFF KBB
#KP84652, 2LT, MNRF/LTHR, $2,077 OFF KBB
03 Honda Element Sport PW..........$7,745
08 GMC Savana Cargo Van...........$11,470
12 Suzuki Grand Vitara.................$15,492
06 Hyundai Sonata LX V6...............$8,998
08 Chrysler 300.............................$11,488
11 Ford Econoline XLT..................$18,470
05 Chevy Tahoe Z71......................$12,935
12 Dodge Charger SE 3.6 V6........$18,745
#KP62182A, TLT, CC Rare Find!
#KP81514, MNRF, Great Car!
#KR11890, Ext. Trademan Shelves, AC, Clean!
#KP00804, Adventurer, 4WD, Showroom Cond.
04 Toyota Sienna XLE......................$9,998
#KP57786, Beauty! PW/PLC, CC, CD, Great Terms!
#KN03615, 12 Pass, PW, PLC/PMR
07 Chrysler TWN & CNTRY............$10,997
#KP40291, 4x4, Clean! MNRF, DVD, LTHR, Don’t miss
#KR96798, PSeats, SAB, Stabillity, P/Opts
#KP32745, LTHR, MNRF, Just Reduced!
#KP33232, AWD, Gorgeous, Cognac LTHR, MNRF
#KP73477, Sharp! Nac, MNRF, LTHR, DVD
#AP03372R, Touring, 59K! PWR DRS/Seat/Options
07 Honda Accord EX-L V6.............$13,489
08 Hyundai Veracruz LTD..............$18,988