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Vol. 9, No. 10
Courier News updates at www.towncourier.com May 18, 2012
Finalists Named for
Planning Director Position
By Claire Fleischer were screened by a recruitment
consultant and an internal com-
ive f inalists for the po- mittee, and video conference in-
sition of director of terviews were then conducted
planning and code ad- with 10 candidates. From that
ministration for the city of pool, the finalists were selected.
Gaithersburg were scheduled The finalists are: Darryn
to participate in an all-day in- Burich of Appleton, Wisc.;
ter view session and a public Charles Graves of Cincinnati,
meet and greet opportunity Ohio; Margaret Pearson of
May 15. Gastonia, N.C.; John Schlichting
More than 60 applicants from of Gaithersburg, Md.; and Eric
across the country submitted re-
sumes for the position. Resumes n direcTor Continued on page 4
Community Events Bring
Big Fun to Warmer Days Photo | Phil Fabrizio
Hundreds of dog lovers gathered on the Kentlands Green May 12 for the Kentlands/Lakelands dog Show, which included contests, demon-
strations and more. Peter williams and his dog, Ziva, were crowd-pleasers with this award-winning trick.
By Maureen Friedman weekend, with summer concerts
and other events following close
A Day for the Dogs
unny days and warm behind.
weather may have start- The Kentlands pool is set to
ed unseasonably early open from 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., By Claire Fleischer The last time a similar event was scheduled was
this year, but nothing her-
with a DJ planned to spin fam- 2009, said Dietz, but it was rained out.
alds the beginning of summer ily-friendly tunes. The commu- ig dog, little dog. Black dogs and white There were 55 dogs registered for the show.
as deliciously as the opening nity’s public yard sale will take dogs. This was def initely a dog party! Awards were given in 10 categories, ranging
of the neighborhood pool. A place the same day from 8 a.m. – The Kentlands/Lakelands Dog Show from Best Costume to Best Tail to Best Dog/
sign the school year is com- 12 p.m. on the clubhouse lawn. drew hundreds of people and pets under sun- Owner Look-Alike, and there was no shortage of
ing to a close, kids celebrate On May 28, Kentlands resi- ny spring skies to the Kentlands Green on May competition.
the f irst day their pool is open dents can take part in a special 12. Sponsored by the Kentlands Community Peter Williams and his dog, Ziva, won first
with a fresh bottle of sun- “Memorial Day Bash” on the Foundation (KCF) and Lakelands Social place in the Best Trick category for a performance
screen and enough quarters clubhouse lawn and parking lot, Committee, the event was enjoyed by dog lovers in which the 3-year-old Pembroke Welsh corgi
for an ice cream treat. featuring a DJ and traditional of all ages. stood on the sole of one of her owner’s feet and
The pools in Kentlands, cookout foods such as hot dogs “This hasn’t been done in years, and I couldn’t jumped to the other. While Williams and Ziva do
Lakelands, Quince Orchard Park and hamburgers. be more pleased with the turnout,” said KCF
and Washingtonian Woods are all Director Carrie Dietz. n doG SHow Continued on page 11
scheduled to open Memorial Day n evenTS Continued on page 14
Kentlands Author Shares Love of Neighborhood
U.S. POSTAGE PAID
By Laurie Enceneat book,” Gross said.
She first approached Joe Alfandre, whose
aving been a photographer for company, Joseph Alfandre & Co., bought and
years, Judy Gross never imagined developed the land on which the Kentlands
she would become a writer. was built. She admired the beautiful essays he
“I used to walk around the neighbor- had written about the community and attri-
hood with my friend Ellen and talk about the butes the name of her book, “A Home for All
Kentlands and how much we enjoyed living Seasons,” to an essay Alfandre wrote about the
here,” said Gross. “Ellen suggested that I write community.
a book about the neighborhood, so I did.” Gross interviewed many other people, in-
And so began the year-and-a-half long labor cluding Andres Duany, Kentlands land plan- Photo | Phil Fabrizio
of love that culminated in “The Kentlands: ner; Juliana MacDowell, granddaughter of
Kentlands resident Judy Gross will share her new book, "The
A Home for All Seasons,” Judy’s beautifully Otis Beall Kent, former owner of the land on Kentlands: A Home for All Seasons," at the Gaithersburg Book
written and photographed book, now avail- which Kentlands was built; and everyone in
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Festival on May 19.
able to the public. between. “The book is full of quirky stories “Some of the photographs have never been
The Town Courier
Gross is an accomplished photographer from neighbors,” Gross said. seen by the public.”
309 Main Street
and has been photographing Kentlands for The author traces the history of Kentlands Gross has self-published the book and has
more than 19 years. Her work appears in the from the 1750s to present day through stories pre-sold many of the 250 copies published in
Kentlands Clubhouse and Carriage House. told in words and in photographs. “The book the first edition. She is a featured author at the
Writing, however, was a new challenge. is all in color, except for the very old photo-
“I had to bug people to write parts of the graphs that are in black and white,” said Gross. n AuTHor Continued on page 9
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Suspect Arrested for Copper Thefts ArounDTown
By Claire Fleischer unknown individual removed a total
of more than 100 pounds of copper Compiled by Claire Fleischer
fter investigating incidents downspouts from residences and busi-
of copper thefts through- nesses, over 100 feet of copper tubing SHA Traffic Study Nears Completion
out the city of Gaithersburg from air conditioning units, and over
since March, detectives from the In late May, the state is expected to present the
300 feet of copper water pipes from
Gaithersburg Police Investigative findings of its recent, “nearly completed” traffic study
parking garages and then selling them
to the public including the groups who requested the
Section arrested 22-year- to area scrap yards. study. Those interested parties included the city of
old Timothy James Hetzel of During the investigation, Hetzel Gaithersburg, the Quince Orchard Park Homeowners’
Quince Orchard Boulevard in was developed as a suspect. The in- Association and MedImmune Corporation.
Gaithersburg on May 7. Hetzel vestigation is ongoing, and additional According to Ollie Mumpower, Gaithersburg’s as-
has been charged with felony charges are pending. Photo | Phil Fabrizio sistant director of public works, the state has presented
theft over $1,000. At press time, Hetzel was being copper pipe thieves struck the Kentlands Mansion, preliminary findings to the city.
During the past three months, there held at the Montgomery County homes in the surrounding neighborhood and also David Buck, press liaison for the Maryland State
have been 13 incidents in which an Detention Center. retail locations along Main Street near Giant. Highway Administration, said, “We are wrapping
up the study and looking for a date for a community
meeting in about two weeks.”
Planning Commission Recommends He said the study was prompted chiefly by a recent
incident in which a pedestrian was struck in the cross-
Fairgrounds Rezoning walk by a car, which went around a vehicle that had
already stopped for the pedestrian. “It was driver er-
ror,” he said.
By Donna Marks and south of Chestnut Street. The commercial, office and public uses Buck said that during the study, state engineers ex-
recommendation will now go to the in a phased development. The plan,
amined the history of the intersection, sight distance
fter more than a year mayor and City Council for policy which complies with the municipal in the intersection, the proximity of schools, numbers
of negotiations, hear- discussions and possible approval. growth plans of the city, proposes up of pedestrians using the crosswalks, and the amount
ings and work sessions, According to Trudy Schwartz, to 1.15 million square feet of nonres- of traffic through the intersection on Tuesdays,
the Gaithersburg Planning community planning director, the idential uses and between 1,100 and Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Commission voted unani- fair will continue to be held in an 1,350 residential units. — Karen O'Keefe
mously on May 2 to recom- arena to be built on the northern Major infrastructure development
mend the Montgomer y County portion of the property. Some of the for vehicle and pedestrian use is pro-
Agricultural Center’s application buildings previously used for the fair posed; and the plan also calls for
to rezone approximately 63 acres will also be retained. She said that green space, a “walkable” and con-
for mixed-use development. the plan was received well by the nected community with the exten-
The property, best known as the community. sion of McBain Avenue through a
Montgomery County fairgrounds, is “There was no opposition [to the portion of the site, and the addition
located southeast of the Exit 11, I-120 plan],” said Schwartz. of a new “main street,” unifying the
interchange, west of the CSX rail- The Agricultural Center’s Sketch entire property and relieving traffic
road tracks, north of Perry Parkway, Plan proposes a mix of residential, on Frederick Avenue.
Tax Concerns Inspire Kentlands Gathering Photo | Phil Fabrizio
By Donna Marks Quince Trace Townhomes
small group of concerned Construction is underway at Quince Trace, a new
citizens gathered in the townhome community off of Darnestown Road ad-
parking lot outside of Lowes jacent to Kentlands. Two home designs will be of-
in the Kentlands shopping center fered in the 45-lot neighborhood, being developed by
on May 12 to express their con- Pulte Homes, with base prices starting at $559,990.
cern about increases in taxes and Amenities will include a tot lot and four seating areas.
A model home will open Oct. 1, and the first homes
spending in Montgomer y County.
will be ready for move-in that same month.
“We’re just trying to let people
Children living in Quince Trace will attend Rachel
know that the ‘doomsday’ budget is Carson Elementary School, Lakelands Park Middle
not a doomsday budget. We are en- School and Quince Orchard High School.
couraging people to contact their For more details, contact Patrice Hutchinson,
state delegates … and let them know 240.994.0547.
that we want no more spending and
no more taxes,” said Arlene Hillerson, Summer Sports Clinics
one of the event organizers. She said Photo | Phil Fabrizio Registration is open for Gaithersburg Sports
Montgomery County taxes have risen Area residents gather in Kentlands to protest Gov. Martin o'Malley and the possibility of increased taxes in Summer Clinics, featuring gymnastics, tennis and
about 21 percent since 2008. Montgomery county. volleyball for ages 5 to 18.
Gov. Martin O’Malley hosted a Gymnastics clinics will be held on Tuesdays,
special session of the Maryland House (R, Gaithersburg) was there “in a per- like drivers’ licenses, and the bag tax
Wednesdays and Thursdays for two weeks starting
and Senate this week to vote on a dif- sonal capacity,” he explained. “We’re is doing nothing to help with pollu- June 19. Clinics are open to new and continuing stu-
ferent 2013 operating budget to re- taxing ourselves out of business.” tion control. ... Now we even have to dents ages 5 to 7 and 8 to 14.
place the doomsday budget. Patsy Dillingham, president of the pay a tax to get a rescue animal.” Tennis clinics will meet throughout the summer
The citizen group discussed strat- Montgomery County Federation According to Hillerson, the group starting the week of June 18 for youth ages 7 to 11. A
egy and then dispersed in twos of Republican Women, said high will continue to drum up support by variety of sessions, consisting of eight two-hour class-
throughout the Kentlands shopping taxes are forcing residents out of making calls and sending e-mails to es, will be offered.
area to hand out informational flyers, Montgomery County. “We may be residents urging them to contact their A variety of volleyball clinics will be held through-
forced to move out of the county local state representatives and encour- out the summer for different grade groups. One-week
which outlined their position against
because of the way things are going aging them to vote against tax in- clinics will be held for grades 6 to 8 starting July 9 and
increasing taxes and listed contact in-
with taxes,” she said. creases. “We really want to let people grades 4 to 6 starting Aug. 6. A four-day clinic will be
formation for O’Malley’s office and
held for grades 9 to 12 starting July 30.
the offices of senators and delegates “Taxation is not the answer,” know that their voices do count and
representing Districts 15 and 17. said Bob Gooch, another supporter. they should let their representatives n Around Town Continued on page 16
Council Member Henry Marraffa “They just keep raising fees for things know their concerns,” she said.
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The Middle of the End
hen my chil- body creaks and groans the second I move. one word. I surrendered and grabbed a pair My mother has been telling me for years
dren were The pops and cracks are enough to wake of reading glasses that had been stowed in that she doesn’t sleep well, and I sympa-
toddlers, I the dead, let alone a sleeping baby. my cabinet for over a year after a guest left thized but could never relate to her plight.
perfected the art of My body is betraying me a little more them at a family party. The clarity was in- I slept like a rock and felt wonderfully rest-
creeping out of their every day, and I understand that if “50 is credible. This must be how Columbus felt, ed in the morning.
rooms after they had truly the new 40,” then my 40s are going discovering a new world that was not flat I get it now. If I sit down at any point
fallen asleep. Not to be a joint-cracking, bifocaled, nap-filled and blurry after all! during the day, I could easily take a nap.
one f loorboard or event. I am now the proud owner of five pairs I wake up several times during the night
bone could creak, or About a month ago, I made the mis- of reading glasses because my aging mind and have trouble falling back asleep. My
the spell of slumber By Maureen take of trying to read the phone book. can’t remember to carry them with me at
sleep pattern is no longer likened to a rock
would be broken. Stiles Even though I am probably the only per- any given time. There is a pair in my work
but more like a rolling stone that tumbles
That carefully honed son who still uses the phone book, I nev- bag, my car, my bedroom, my purse and
along until it bumps into the harsh real-
skill is but one of the reasons women have er noticed how small the print is. I held one randomly on the kitchen counter. I am
ity of morning. There may even be some
babies when they are younger. Now, as I the book down, I held it close, I held it happy to say I have not forgotten they were
at arms-length and still couldn’t make out on top of my head … yet. snoring involved, but I am never copping
confront middle-age, every bone in my
If I stand for an extended period of time, to that as a matter of pride.
Diane Dorney my hips hurt. If I don’t work out regularly, Since it is clear that my decline is inev-
Publisher itable, all I ask is that when my children
301.330.0132 my back hurts. If I work out too much, ev-
firstname.lastname@example.org erything hurts. It is an annoying, never- come upon me napping in a chair with my
309 Main Street bifocals perched atop my head and a heat-
Gaithersburg, MD 20878 Matt Danielson ending circuit of pain.
For Advertising: 301.279.2304 President All this pain has earned me thus far is the ing pad turned on high, they have the de-
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ability to take Advil without water, any- cency to creep out of the room quietly so
©2012 Courier Communications time, anywhere. as not disturb my fitful slumber.
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per providing news and information for the commu- Managing Editor Nora Caplan
nities of Kentlands, Lakelands and Quince Orchard firstname.lastname@example.org Mike Cuthbert
Park in Gaithersburg, Md. The paper is published by Laurie Enceneat
Courier Communications, which is responsible for Debi Rosen Maureen Friedman The Town Courier offers condolences to the family and friends of
the form, content and policies of the newspaper. The
Town Courier does not espouse any political belief or
Lakelands Community Manager Melinda Nichols, who lost her battle
endorse any product or service in its news coverage.
Articles and letters submitted for publication must be email@example.com Donna Marks with cancer on May 4. Our thoughts are with you.
signed and may be edited for length or content. The Karen O’Keefe
Town Courier is not responsible for any claims made by Staff Photographer Maureen Stiles
advertisers. Letters to the Editor and Commentary do Phil Fabrizio
not necessarily ref lect the views of the staff, manage- Student Intern
ment or advertisers of The Town Courier. Victoria Pierce
n DiReCTOR neighborhood development director for
the city of Concord, N.C.
from page 1
During the day on May 15 the candi-
Soter of Emmitsburg, Md. dates were scheduled to be interviewed by
Schlichting and Soter both have previ- four panels, two comprised of representa-
ous experience with the city. Schlichting, tives from the community and members
a long-time Kentlands resident, recently of city boards, commissions, and com-
retired from his position as executive de- mittees, one made up of staff members
velopment officer at The JBG Companies, from the Department of Planning & Code
a Maryland-based real estate develop- Administration, and one comprised of the
ment firm. He served as a Gaithersburg city's Senior Leadership Team.
City Council member from 2001 to 2007 From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the public was
and has served on several city commit- invited to meet the candidates at a recep-
tees, including the Gaithersburg Planning tion held at the Activity Center at Bohrer
Commission from 1995 – 2001. He held Park. The candidates were scheduled to
the position of committee chair from 2000 make brief statements to the audience be-
– 2001. Soter was the senior planner/urban fore answering individual questions. The
design director for the city from August public was encouraged to give feedback
1999 through March 2002. He is currently on the candidates using comment cards
the community development director for provided.
the Frederick County Government. According to Gaithersburg Human
Currently, Burich works as the planning Resources Director Margaret Daily, the
director for the city of Oshkosh, Wisc. city hopes to make a decision about the
Graves is the director of the Department position by the end of May, although no
of City Planning and Buildings for the city name will be released until a thorough
of Cincinnati. Pearson is the planning and background check is completed.
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May 18, 2012 The Town Courier Page 5
Thousands Enjoy Kentlands Day
By Laurie Enceneat more than 30 community groups from
the Kentlands and Lakelands communi-
he 4th annual Kentlands Day took ties. Kentlands hometown military heroes
place on May 5 to the delight served as the parade grand marshals. Major
of the community. Organized Scott Waterman, Major Chris Soltis and
by the Kentlands Market Square his daughters, and WW11 Veteran Allen
Merchants, the event featured a com- Pritchard and his wife, Mary, led the first
munity parade, a “Taste of Kentlands” event of the day.
food expo, a children’s carnival, per- “The grand marshals this year were pret-
formance stages, a classic car show, ty special. It was wonderful to be able to
a business fair, a silent auction and honor those who are serving or have served
much, much more. in the military,” said Dietz. “The parade
“The nice thing was that there was was the largest one yet, and we even had a
something for everyone,” said Andrew drum group from Baltimore.”
Ross, owner of Great Kids Village and a “My favorite parts of the day were the
veteran Kentlands Day organizer. parade and the entertainment stage. We
Adam Greenberg, lead organizer of had so many happy kids showcasing their Photo | Phil Fabrizio
Kentlands Market Square Merchants and talents while their parents, grandparents Girl Scout Troup 3051 marches in the Kentlands day Parade on May 5.
president of Potomac Pizza, was thrilled and neighbors beamed,” said Ross.
to lead the event. “Kentlands Day is a way The Taste of Kentlands event offered a
LEGAL ASSISTANT NEEDED
for us to say thank you to our community wide range of fare from local restaurants.
for supporting us in good times and in bad “As a new business entering the Kentlands
times, and for us to show the community community … we were excited to be part
what we have to offer,” he said. “Kentlands of Kentlands Day. It was a great way to in-
is a wonderful community and deserves a troduce ourselves and our philosophy to Boutique Montgomery County law firm seeks a full time legal assistant/paralegal.
wonderful day to celebrate.”
“Kentlands Day … brings together
community members,” said Jen Brissette, Applicants must have advanced Microsoft Office and Adobe skills, and should be
marketing director for Not Your Average
Kentlands and Lakelands business own- Joe’s, set to open in Kentlands Square comfortable working independently. Only applicants with at least 3 years of legal
ers, residents and the greater Gaithersburg shopping center in June. administrative office support will be considered. Project management experience
community for a day of fun. It’s a great way
to show off the best that Kentlands and
Lakelands Park Middle School hosted a a plus. If interested, please submit a resume and cover letter with specific salary
silent auction featuring items donated by
Lakelands have to offer,” said Carrie Dietz, school families and local businesses. “The requirements to email@example.com.
director of the Kentlands Community proceeds will be used to support staff de-
The day began with a parade featuring
France Gresham LLC
n KenTLAndS dAy Continued on page 14
Attorneys at Law
shoPTAlk By Laurie Enceneat
Green Jeans Children’s Boutique Giant, Kmart and Chipotle, and Kentlands
Place, the area that includes Bonefish Grill
A new children’s clothing store, Green
and Elizabeth Arden, Red Door Spa.
Jeans New and Recycled Children’s
While Kentlands Square is nearly 100
Boutique, will open soon at 375A Main
percent leased, one space is under con-
Street, the former location of American struction and another is currently vacant.
Tae Kwan Do Academy. The owners, Not Your Average Joe’s restaurant plans to
Kentlands residents Valerie Dugan and open in mid-June in the space previously
Diane Strodel, hope to have the store ready occupied by Chicken Out, while the space
to open the week of June 1. Fashion Bug previously occupied has not
“Three weeks ago, Valerie asked if I yet been leased.
wanted to be her partner,” said Strodel. “We are trying to find a good tenant for
“We first talked about this idea two years the space,” said Walter Minerbi, vice presi-
ago at the Kentlands pool, and now it’s be- dent of marketing for Saul Centers. “We
coming a reality.” cannot share any information about po-
Green Jeans will not be a consignment tential tenants until their lease is secured.”
shop. Instead, it will resell children’s cloth- Minerbi said the company has no immedi-
ing and will offer new items as well. The ate plans for any significant changes or de-
store will accept clothing by appointment velopment to the property.
a few days per week. In addition, Green
Jeans will offer pre-packaged gifts, toys Goodarzi Hair Studio
and games for birthdays, bar mitzvahs and
Goodarzi Hair Studio is now open at 122
Market Street. Though new to Kentlands,
44 Sports Bar Reopens owner Nasrin Goodarzi has been in the sa-
lon business for more than 20 years, and
A sign on the front door of 44 Sports Bar stylists Deanna Moore and Michael Jackson
at 654 Center Point Parkway let patrons previously worked at nearby Salon G.
know that the establishment was tempo- In addition to regular salon services,
rarily closed for renovations. Goodarzi specializes in creating custom
“We had to move and replace some hair replacements for men and women suf-
kitchen equipment last week,” said Lanie fering from cancer, balding and alopecia.
Nikes of 44 Sports Bar. “Business is starting to pick up, and
The restaurant closed on May 1 and re- Kentlands Day really helped,” said Jackson.
opened for business on May 4. “We were braiding kids hair and giving
away t-shirts. We had long lines all day.”
Saul Centers Seeks ‘Good Tenant’ During its grand opening, Goodarzi
Saul Centers currently operates and man- Hair Studio is offering discounts of 10 - 20
ages a real estate portfolio of 58 neighbor- percent off selected salon services.
hood shopping centers including Kentlands Goodarzi Hair Studio, 301.869.1100,
Square, the shopping area that includes www.goodarzihairstudio.com
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Projects Abound in the Office of Economic Development
By Laurie Enceneat data completed by mid-May and will share the results with be more economic development and less design guideline
residents soon after. driven,” said Lonergan.
ay is ver y busy for Gaithersburg Economic The first-ever independent economic development The city is working with Municap, Inc., a public finance
Director Tom Lonergan and the city’s of- website for the city of Gaithersburg, www.growgaithers- consulting firm that specializes in exploring creative ap-
f ice of economic development. Not only is burg.com, is in development. “The structure and shape of proaches to funding urban renewal and economic devel-
the department analyzing the data received from the the site are coming along well,” Lonergan said. opment projects. Municap is analyzing the potential of tax
completed Main Street sur veys on Kentlands busi- He has been choosing color schemes and information increment financing (TIF) to help fund the Watkins Mill
ness, but it is engaged in several other projects as “buckets” for the website and, along with members of the exchange project in Gaithersburg.
well. city’s communications staff, has been writing the editorial TIF is a public financing method used to subsidize rede-
As of May 3, the city had received more than 600 re- content that will be made available to the public through velopment, infrastructure and other community-improve-
sponses to the Main Street survey, an amount well above the site. Although a specific launch date for the website has ment projects. The completion of a public project often
its goal of a 10 percent response rate. not been determined, Lonergan expects it to go live dur- results in an increase in site value and an increase in tax
“I am quite pleased with the resident response to the ing summer 2012. revenues. TIF creates funding for projects by borrowing
survey at this point,” said Lonergan. Lonergan will present the Route 355 corridor study to against this future increase in tax revenue. Lonergan ex-
The deadline for survey submission was May 11. the City Council and Planning Commission on June 11 at pects to receive Municap’s analysis report sometime this
Lonergan hopes to have a preliminary assessment of the 7:30 p.m. at Gaithersburg City Hall. “The new report will month.
A Talk With County Council Member Phil Andrews
Board of Appeals Meeting, By Karen O’Keefe “As well, everybody but school sys- by county voters in a 2010 ballot referen-
Gaithersburg City Hall, tem employees had furloughs, which are dum. The fee, which was originally passed
7:30 p.m. t’s a busy time for the County essentially salary cuts,” said Andrews, by the County Council before the 2010
Council. Faced with state-level whose central Montgomery County dis- referendum, was put back on the table by
5/18 budget cuts, Montgomer y County trict includes Gaithersburg, Rockville, County Executive Isiah Leggett. Leggett
Economic and Business leaders are making tough decisions
Development Committee Washington Grove, Leisure World, and asked the County Council to pass the mea-
and addressing challenging issues. I parts of Aspen Hill, Derwood, North sure in order to raise $14 million to $17
Meeting, Gaithersburg City Hall, sat down with Phil Andrews to dis- Potomac and Potomac. “County employ- million, which would help offset anticipat-
7:30 a.m. cuss some of the topics that impact our
ees were furloughed between three and ed losses in state funding.
5/21 readers. According to Leggett, patients with
eight days, college employees three to five
Mayor and City Council days, Park and Planning employees were health insurance will be billed for ambu-
Meeting, Gaithersburg City Hall,
‘Doomsday’ Budget lances, which he says will be covered by
furloughed 10 days -- some people in the
7:30 p.m. State lawmakers returned to Annapolis State’s Attorney’s Office were furloughed their insurance. People without health in-
on May 14 in an effort to end the “dooms- surance and people below a certain income
5/22 for two years. … The savings from one
Art in Public Places day” budget, and their decisions about day of school system furlough would be $8 threshold will not be charged for ambu-
tax hikes will have a major impact on lo- million.” lance services.
Subcommittee Meeting, Arts
Barn, 4:30 p.m. cal government assistance, public educa- Overall, in making budget cuts, Andrews Andrews was a leader in the fight to de-
tion and social programs in Montgomery feat the ambulance fee by referendum in
5/29 said, “We have to balance needs. We want
County in fiscal year 2013, which begins 2010 and hoped to defeat it in the County
Mayor and City Council Work to ensure equity in terms of how all em-
July 1. Council. The voters have spoken, he says.
Session, Gaithersburg City Hall, ployees are treated.”
In most years, those decisions are made “This was the only successful refer-
7:30 p.m. Recently, he said, at Montgomery
by this time and the County Council is endum in the history of Montgomery
County Public Schools, classroom pupil
6/4 moving through a budget process with the County,” Andrews said before the May 15
count was increased by one student to save
Mayor and City Council full knowledge of how much money can be County Council vote to reinstate the mea-
Meeting, Gaithersburg City Hall, spent. Not so this spring. sure. “Voters will wonder why they should
“Eighteen furlough hours (2.2 days)
7:30 p.m. At press time on May 15, the Maryland even bother to vote if their will is just ig-
Senate was considering a package of tax in- equals $16 million. … Sixteen million was
nored [by their elected officials.]”
6/6 creases. The House of Delegates was ex- the cost of adding one pupil per class,” said
Planning Commission Meeting, Ambulance services are the job of gov-
pected to begin its consideration of the tax Andrews. “This addition to class size could
Gaithersburg City Hall, 7:30 p.m. ernment, he says. “It is not appropriate to
package immediately following the bill’s have been avoided.
charge anyone a fee.”
6/7 presumed passage by the Senate. “We have to ask, ‘Are the actions of
Historic District Commission Prior to the special session, Andrews the county Board of Education affecting Disposal of Public Property
Meeting, Gaithersburg City Hall, spoke about the potential impact of poten- adults, or are they affecting children? … It
is a choice.” Recently the County Council voted to
7:30 p.m. tial doomsday budget cuts in Montgomery strip the county executive of sole decision-
County. He noted that in the current lean making on the disposal of property owned
For the latest information on city
fiscal year, all county employees have had Ambulance Fee
meetings, visit the Gaithersburg by the taxpayers of Montgomery County.
website at www.gaithersburgmd.gov. the same freeze on their salaries, including On May 15, the County Council voted
no cost of living adjustments. 6-3 to approve an ambulance fee rejected n AndrewS Continued on page 7
CiTysCene By Shaun May
LPMS Raises Funds for Charity Four city staff members, including Tim tograph them and submit them to the his- to preserve and protect our nation’s park-
“Smitty” Smith and Dave Ludington, firstname.lastname@example.org, some of which lands and to reconnect youth with nature.
The Lakelands Park Middle School
along with two part-time employees, of- will be featured on the city’s Facebook Residents are encouraged to take their
Parent Teacher Student Association held ficiated at the basketball event. page, www.facebook.com/gaithersburg-
its Sixth Annual Basketball Night event for cameras to area parks on May 19 and sub-
md.gov. mit photos of their adventures to the NPT
charity at the school on March 9 and raised May is Historic Preservation Month
$1,782.54 for the Dolores C. Swoyer Camp in Gaithersburg Celebrate National Kids to Parks for inclusion on a special map commemo-
Scholarship Fund. The month of May has been designated as Day May 19 rating the day. Submit photos to buddy@
The Dolores C. Swoyer Scholarship parktrust.org.
the National Historic Preservation Month. In conjunction with National Kids to
Fund provides summer camp opportuni- In celebration, the city of Gaithersburg in- Parks Day on May 19, Gaithersburg Mayor Gaithersburg has 853 acres of parkland
ties to city of Gaithersburg residents who vites everyone to “Discover Gaithersburg’s Sidney Katz presented a proclamation at in 25 separate parks located throughout the
might not otherwise be afforded these Hidden Gems.” the May 14 Mayor and Council meeting to city. A complete list including all of their
enriching educational and recreational Residents and visitors are encouraged to Shana Fajardo of the National Park Trust amenities is available at www.gaithers-
experiences. look for those hidden gems in the city, pho- (NPT), a nonprofit organization striving burgmd.gov/parks.
May 18, 2012 The Town Courier Page 7
Gaithersburg Police Remind Citizens to ‘Click It or Ticket’
By Laurie Enceneat Officers will ticket unbelted vehicle occupants any time Gaithersburg Police Department has enhanced their use
they are observed in violation of the state law. Maryland
of technology to fight crime in the city. “In the past 12
ccording to the Mar yland State Highway law requires that the driver, front passenger, and any pas- months, we have deployed surveillance cameras in stra-
Administration, 75 percent of people ejected senger under the age of 16 wear a seatbelt. Any child un- tegic locations, we’ve installed in-car cameras and license
from a vehicle during a crash lose their lives. It der the age of 8, less than 4-foot-9 inches and weighing
is estimated that half of those lives could have been plate readers, we’re using new software to fully automate
less than 65 pounds is required to be seated in an approved
saved if the victims had been wearing a seat belt at property and evidence collection and release, and we have
child safety seat. For more information on this initiative,
the time of their crash. purchased facial recognition software to aid in criminal
The Gaithersburg Police Department is joining nation- “Wearing your seat belt costs you nothing, but not investigations,” said Angel Jones in the April edition of her
al, state and local law enforcement agencies in supporting wearing it will. So unless you want to risk a ticket, or From the City Manager column.
the “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign. worse, your life, please remember to buckle up night and Read Jones’ full column on the city of Gaithersburg
The National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization will day,” said Gaithersurg Police Chief Mark Sroka. website, http://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/poi/default.
take place between May 21 and June 3. In addition to the Click It or Ticket campaign, the asp?POI_ID=309&TOC=307;309;&id=5603.
Teens Receive Citations Following
By Laurie Enceneat “The teens were all charged with pos-
session of alcohol by a minor. They will
ontgomer y County Police get court dates and face a fine and com-
Alcohol Initiative Unit of- munity service,” said White.
f icers cited eight teens after A news crew from WUSA-9 was with
responding to a call regarding a par- the unit when they arrived and aired
ty in the woods in the area of Great coverage of the incident as part of its
Seneca Highway and Lakelands “Wasted: Young and Using” segment on
Drive the evening of May 4. May 14 during the 11 p.m. broadcast.
According to Sgt. Mark White, su- The WUSA9 report stated two of the
pervisor of the Alcohol Initiative, at teens had not been drinking but were
least 10 teenagers ranging in age from still cited due to something known as
14 to 18 were present when his unit ar- constructive possession, meaning they
rived on the scene. Police said the teens were so close to the illegal activity that
are students at Frost Middle School and they clearly knew it was happening and
Gaithersburg and Quince Orchard high could have easily been participating
n ANDReWS “The sale of the PTSA is upcoming,” he
said. “The county executive put out a (re-
from page 6
quest for proposal) which included no in-
The new measure requires the County centive for developers to include affordable
Council to approve the sale or long-term housing.”
lease of most county properties. Prior to County Council involvement “will
strengthen chances across the county for
the new measure, the county executive
(inclusion) of affordable housing,” said
could unilaterally dispose of a property
without the Council’s approval.
County Executive Ike Leggett vetoed Congressional Districts
the new law on May 14 -- his first veto
Currently petitions are being circulat-
as county executive. However, the follow-
ed to include a referendum in November
ing day, the Council voted (6 – 3) to over-
on rejecting the newly drawn Maryland
ride that veto, thus reinstating the measure.
Phil Andrews voted with the majority in
Andrews supports the measure. Pointing
support of the measure. especially to the new 6th (includes
“My concern is about the need for the Gaithersburg) and the 3rd Districts, where
Council to do due diligence with regard to neighborhoods were divided to accomplish
disposal of public property,” said Andrews. specific political ends, Andrews said, from
He discussed the land at 9710 Great a good government point of view, the new
Seneca Highway, Rockville, which for a boundaries are indefensible.
long time was home to the Montgomery “It’s appalling. … People picked at ran-
County Public Safety Training Academy dom from the phone book could have done
(PSTA), which will be moving to a new a better job,” he said. “I’m going to support
location. the effort to throw it out.”
Tell us about it at
Page 8 The Town Courier May 18, 2012
AssignmenTeDuCATion Compiled by Claire Fleischer
Northwest Student New SMOB and can cast votes on all items, with the The Best High Schools list, released
exception of boundary changes, the capital May 8, ranks schools on academic perfor-
John Mannes, a junior at Northwest
and operating budgets, collective bargain- mance and how schools are preparing stu-
High School, was elected the 35th Student dents for college-level work. The maga-
ing, negative personnel matters and school
Member of the Board of Education zine evaluated nearly 22,000 high schools
closings. The SMOB receives a $5,000 col-
(SMOB) on April 25. His term begins in from 49 states and the District of Columbia
July. lege scholarship, student service learning
hours and one honors-level social studies in developing its report. More than 4,850
Mannes is active in the Montgomery schools received gold, silver or bronze
County Region of the Maryland credit.
For more information on the SMOB, medals and the 2,008 schools that received
Association of Student Councils, serving gold or silver medals were ranked.
as chief of staff and deputy special elec- visit www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/
Three MCPS high schools — Winston
tions administrator. He has also served as departments/studentaffairs/smob/.
Churchill, Walt Whitman and Thomas
the legislative chair for the Montgomery S. Wootton — are ranked in the top 100,
Youth Advisory Council, has raised mon-
‘Bridging the Bike Gap’ Photo | Submitted
Alex Then is collecting and refurbishing bikes for rachel and 11 MCPS schools are in the top 1,000.
ey for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis As part of a community outreach pro- carson elementary School students through his “Bridging MCPS has 11 of the top 28 schools in
Network and has been involved in political gram run by Rachel Carson Elementary the Bike Gap” project. Maryland.
campaigns. School (RCES) volunteers, a bike collec-
mer. “Bridging the Bike Gap” is a project BOe ethics Panel Vacancies
The SMOB is a voting member of the tion is being held to provide students in
started by Alex Then, the son of RCES
Montgomery County Board of Education need with bikes and helmets for the sum- The Montgomery County Board of
ESOL teacher Carrie Then, to provide
bikes for students who participate in the Education is seeking to fill three vacan-
school’s Homework Club program. cies on its five-member Ethics Panel. Each
After refurbishing donated bikes, Alex, vacancy is for a three-year term begin-
a junior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High ning on July 1, 2012. Applicants must be
School, helps students learn to pump up Montgomery County residents. Members
their own tires and care for their bike. serve without compensation.
Among the Panel’s responsibilities are:
“We would like to ask [for donations of ]
interpreting the Board of Education’s
any bikes that are no longer being used.
Ethics Policy and issuing advisory opin-
We will tune them up and give them to
ions concerning its application; conducting
kids who need them. If people want to
hearings on complaints filed regarding an
contribute in another way, we would love
alleged violation; and approving financial
to have gift cards to Performance Bikes to
purchase inner tubes to repair bikes,” said The Panel meets once a year to review
Carrie Then. financial disclosure forms and as needed to
To arrange for a pick-up or sched- review complaints and requests for adviso-
ule a drop-off of a bike at RCES, email ry opinions.
Carrie_E_Then@mcpsmd.org. Applicants must submit a letter of inter-
est along with a resumé or other documen-
MCPS Ranks High on ‘Best Schools’
tation to support the application by May 31
for appointments to be made at the Board
Eleven Montgomery County Public meeting on June 14. Please send a letter of
Schools (MCPS) received gold or silver interest and resumé to Ms. Suzann King,
medals in the latest U.S. News & World Montgomery County Board of Education,
Report ranking of the nation’s “Best High 850 Hungerford Drive, Room 123,
Schools.” Three MCPS high schools were Rockville, Md. 20850, or Suzann_M_
ranked in the top 100, and the district had King@mcpsmd.org. For further infor-
the top seven high schools in the state of mation, please call 301.279.3617 or visit
The Prom Production
By Victoria Pierce
n May 18, students from a
number of area schools will
get decked out in their fanci-
est dresses and tuxedos, pose for pic-
tures, ride in white limousines and
dance the night away in celebration
their years of hard work. This is not
Photo | Submitted
just your average school dance: This
is prom. out to dinner with girlfriend Kelly Baick, Quince
orchard High School senior Afshin Fadakar arranged
Prom, short for promenade, is the pop- with a waiter to have "prom?" written in chocolate on
ular culture-prominent, black tie end- their dessert plate.
of-the-year event many high school-
er seniors have looked forward to since Asking a date to prom has become so
freshman year. QOHS’s prom will be much more than just a question; rather,
held this year at the Bethesda Hyatt off it can be a large, creative production.
of Wisconsin Avenue. Northwest will Drijas asked his date to prom by having
hold its prom at the Gaithersburg Hilton, her pulled over by a police officer.
and students from Richard Montgomery “After he took her license and regis-
High School (RMHS) will head to the tration and brought it back to the squad
Hilton Washington, D.C./Rockville. car, he gave the stuff to me,” Drijas said.
“I am looking forward to having a “I then got out of the car, walked to her
great time with all my peers for the last car, and I asked her to prom with a rose.”
big event of high school,” QOHS senior QOHS junior Lauren Wakefield re-
Edwin Drijas said. n ProM Continued on page 13
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Reisers’ Relayers on Track
By Maureen Stiles the culmination of months of hard work
on the event itself.
cancer diagnosis can elicit feel- At press time, Reisers’ Relayers was the
ings of helplessness for patients top team fundraiser, and Jane Reiser was
and family members alike. Yet the top individual fundraiser for the 2012
when Kentlands resident Dave Reiser Rockville Relay for Life event.
was diagnosed for a second time, step- “I decided to get more involved in the
daughter Nancy Coulter was inspired. organization of the relay this year. Just
“We formed a team for Relay for Life watching [Dave] go through this is so sad.
to raise money for the American Cancer I wanted to take all that sadness and turn
Society. We had seven team members and
raised $2,000,” she said. “This year we are
it into something good, to put that ener- www.divinelandscaping.com
gy into something positive,” Coulter said.
up to 23 team members and have set a goal “The American Cancer Society is a great
to raise $8,000.” way to give back. Next year I would like to
Relay for Life is sponsored by the move up to a larger chair position. Charlie Holbrook, Realtor
American Cancer Society with individual Dave suffers from sarcoma, a form of Theresa Holbrook, Licensed Assistant
events all over the country. The premise cancer that affects roughly 1 percent of
behind the fundraiser is that cancer nev- all cancer patients and is immune to che- RE/MAX Metropolitan Realty
er sleeps, and neither do participants. They motherapy. It is his family’s hope that he Direct: 240-447-6610
typically form teams and take turns walk- will be strong enough to complete the Ofﬁce: 301-947-6500 x 222
ing a track overnight. Survivor’s Lap that kicks off the relay. Email: email@example.com
The rules stipulate that one team mem- Participants customarily purchase lu- www.charlieholbrookhomes.com
ber must be on the track at all times. minaria to ring the track during the relay.
However, the party atmosphere that ac- The Reisers dedicate luminaria to friends
companies Relay for Life makes it hard for and family members suffering from cancer.
non-walkers to rest. Event organizers bring They place photos on each one and then
in entertainment, a concession stand and can pay tribute to them each time they pass
vendors for participants. by on the track.
Knowing that the music blares until late
into the evening, Dave Reiser said, “This
“The stories shared during this event are
incredible,” Jane said. “Everyone has a sto-
year I will bring my earplugs.” ry, and it is such a bonding experience.” MIDTOWN LOCATION! NEW LISTING!
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and will camp onsite until 6 a.m. the next Fundraising Progress Section. A list of
day. At that time, Coulter will see both the team fundraising events is located on the
fruits of her team’s fundraising efforts and team’s page.
n AuTHOR for the Kentlands Mansion in December
from page 1
“I wrote this book as a community proj-
ect, and it feels wonderful to have com- 201 Hart Road
Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 19 and 344 Tschiffely Square Rd
will speak about her book at 10:40 a.m. pleted it,” Gross said. “I think it’s wonder- $900,000
Gorgegous! Brick Colonial Four bedrooms, $729,000
She will have a booth at the festival, which ful that so many people contributed to this 4 1/2 baths plus 3 car attached garage with 1 Charming single family home on
takes place on the grounds of Gaithersburg book about the neighborhood we all love.” bedroom, 1 full bath apartment above. 5 min- three levels; 3 bedrooms and 2
City Hall, and will sign and sell her ute walk to Kentlands Mansion, Arts Barn, full baths; studio rental apart-
For more information and a detailed schedule Shops and restaurants on Main Street. ment over the 2-car garage!
book, priced at $26.95. Book signings
are also scheduled for Framer’s Choice in of events at the Gaithersburg Book Festival, visit
Kentlands Downtown in September, and www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org.
Page 10 The Town Courier May 18, 2012
The ParkPages Meeting Calendar
6/5 — Board and Hoa, 7 p.m.
news and Current events for Quince orchard Park n email your contributions to: firstname.lastname@example.org n May 2012
QOP nEWS HEADlinES
Step up To Help Your Community Trash Talk and Recycling
There are lots of ways to get involved in the life of Quince
Orchard Park (QOP), and your community needs your help to- Trash is collected on Tuesday and
day. Here are three possible ways to help: Friday in Quince Orchard Park.
Residents should store their gar-
Social Committee bage cans out of sight on non-pick-
Board member Chuck Crisostomo is also the chairperson of the up days, and it is important that all
QOP social committee. trash be enclosed in a closed con-
“I am currently a committee of one,” he explained with a little tainer when put out on pickup days.
laugh. “Although some residents always step up to help with the Bags are not allowed. Recycling is
Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween and other regular events, we really picked up on Friday. Need a new
need some committee members. … In addition to helping with free green bin or recycling recep-
already-scheduled events, the committee could come up with new tacle? Call the city’s Public Works
ideas. Department at 301.258.6370.
“Many of our residents are so internationally diverse, I am cer- Bulk recycling pickup days are al-
tain they would offer ideas we haven’t even thought of. … We just ways the first Friday of each month.
Photo | Karen O'Keefe
need new people.” The next bulk pickup recycling day
tors’ meeting that, with the exception of closing a small gap in the
For more information about volunteering for the Social is June 1.
fence around the pool, all was in order for opening day. A county
Committee, please contact Crisostomo: email@example.com
inspector in a regular spring inspection noted the gap.
or come to the monthly HOA meeting.
Also at the May 8 meeting, the management company agreed
Development Committee to get estimates on the additional fencing to board members via Don’t forget to clean up after your
At the moment, there are no members of the QOP Development email so that a contractor could be voted on and the project com- dog when walking your pet in the
Committee. The committee’s responsibility is to monitor other pleted prior to opening day, May 26. community. Dogs are not allowed
developments around QOP and in Gaithersburg, and to report on to run off-leash on common prop-
issues affecting the community — examples include the pending QOP Board Matters erty in the city of Gaithersburg.
CCT (Corridor Cities Transitway and activities at MedImmune). At its May 8 meeting, the QOP board of directors approved an- For questions about either of these
This is an important committee, please contact any member of other one-year contract with The Town Courier newspaper to pub- city laws, call Gaithersburg’s animal
the board of directors for more information or come to any HOA lish community news in “The Park Pages.” The Town Courier pub- control office at 301.258.6343.
meeting on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the lishes twice monthly, and the board agreed to publish Park Pages
Community Center. Crime Watch
approximately 22 times in the upcoming year.
Monthly Board of Directors’ Meetings Despite slightly less participation than last year, Social Chair Are you new to the neighborhood?
These monthly meetings are the place to learn firsthand about Chuck Crisostomo reported that the community-wide yard sale Join the QOP neighborhood crime
all the issues facing your community, to ask questions, and to con- May 5 was a success. watch program by emailing Tom
tribute your ideas for improving things. Planning has begun for the annual QOP Independence Day Reddy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The five-member board of directors meets monthly on the sec- Parade and Festival. Volunteers to help with the planning are wel- Website and Email Addresses
ond Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Community Center. come. Already included in the day’s events are the parade, a cook- Agendas for meetings and many
“Residents are always welcome to bring forward issues or just out with burgers, hot dogs and pizza, face painters, balloon tricks other important documents (min-
come to listen in,” said board member Chuck Crisostomo. He and hopefully live music and a swim team demonstration. utes and meeting summaries) can
added that board meetings are a great time to hear about volunteer The board voted to remove dying junipers beneath the cherry always be found at the QOP website
opportunities. trees at the intersection of Mill Green and Orchard Ridge and at www.quinceorchardpark.com.
mulch the area since the cherry tree shade is killing the plants be-
Residents Weigh in on Recreation Amenities neath them. The work is anticipated to cost $1,335.
QOP Management Contact
Recently, residents were asked for input on a list of improve-
ments and amenities the QOP board will be discussing at the June Quince Orchard Park Community
12 board meetings. Homeowners are urged to post their com- Managers Ruchita Patel/Dante
ments/ideas to the community website with regard to this topic. Jofferion
Funding for these improvements comes from $195,000 paid to c/o The Management Group
QOP two years ago by Rockville-based developer The Churchill Associates, Inc.
Group, builder of The Vistas, in exchange for fee-based access to 20440 Century Boulevard, Suite
the QOP pool for a period of time for Vistas residents. Specifically, 100
the money must be spent for capital improvements to enhance Germantown, MD 20874
amenities of QOP. Phone: 301.948.6666
QOP residents were asked for suggestions regarding the com- Fax: 301.963.3856
munity center’s kitchen area, community room at the community Email: email@example.com,
center and fitness room, as well as outdoor areas including the firstname.lastname@example.org
pool-barbeque-basketball area and the tennis courts. Photo | Karen O'Keefe
To date, 13 residents have responded on the community’s online
Sponsor this page!
message board with several suggestions. One of the most popular
ideas was expansion of the fitness area, both in space and with ad-
ditional equipment. Of the 13 responders, nine mentioned the fit-
ness center. Pool amenities were also popular, as were other out-
Pool Readies for May 26 Opening Day
Contact Community Manager Ruchita Patel at rpatel@
Pete Fleming, a supervisor with QOP’s pool management com- tmgainc.com to find out how.
pany, RSV Pools, Inc., reported at the May 8 QOP board of direc-
May 18, 2012 The Town Courier Page 11
n DOG SHOW
from page 1
— local Realtor Mike Aubrey created dog
bowl giveaways especially for the day. Save 1% Commission*
Funds raised during the dog show and re- O er expires June 30, 2012
lated activities benefited two area pet char-
tricks as part of their freestyle routines in
Richard Koch, Realtor
Frisbee competitions, this particular trick ities: Mutts Matter Rescue and Critters for
was something they had worked on for sev- the Cure. Mutts Matter Rescue is a non-
eral months. profit, volunteer-based organization that
“It took a while to get her on my feet!” helps save about 30 dogs each month, said Call today to schedule a free consultation!
said Williams. Lisa Schwartz, event and volunteer coor-
Joe Pritchard, of Pritchard Music dinator for the event. Critters for the Cure
Academy in Kentlands, served as MC for raises funds and works to improve the
the event. His dog, Fluffy, won two rib-
bons: second place for Best Groomed and
quality of life for women battling breast
and gynecological cancer. According to Rich@SoldByRichKoch.com
third place for Best Costume. Fluffy was Director of Events Trixie Bradfield, 100
dressed as Black Widow of “The Avengers.” percent of the money raised by the organi- Recent Kentlands/Lakelands Sales/Leases
“If [the award] was based on the amount zation goes directly to women with cancer. • 307 Tschi ely Square Road
of time it took to put the costume to- Both women were thrilled with the • 935 Beacon Square Court #34
gether, you definitely would have won,” turnout for the day. “It’s been absolutely • 334B Cross Green Street
Pritchard’s daughter, Olivia, told her dad. wonderful. Everyone is so friendly and en- Pending Kentlands/Lakelands Sales/Leases
Another highlight was a demonstration gaged,” said Bradfield.
• 314 Tschi ely Square Road
by Gaithersburg Police Officer Jonathan “This is a great event,” said Schwartz. “I • 364 Main Street
Bennett and K-9 “Judah.” Bennett talked wish they’d have it every year!”
about Judah, a German shepherd, and the Refreshments were offered for sale by
work they do together for the Gaithersburg Girl Scout Troop 2974, with proceeds also
Police Department. With the participa- going toward the two pet organizations.
tion of a “bad guy,” Judah showed attend- When asked about the event’s appeal,
ees how he helps sniff out drugs and catch Dog Show Chair Pam Salem, a member
criminals. of the Lakelands Social Committee, had a
Vendors at the dog show offered a mul- simple answer. 301-469-4700
titude of services and products, including “I think people really love their dogs.”
pet pampering goods, pet sitting and walk-
ing, animal hospitals and more. Even those
providing services not quite as dog-orient-
For more information about Mutts Matter
Rescue and Critters for the Cure visit www.mutts- www.SoldByRichKoch.com
ed found themselves enjoying the theme matterrescue.com and www.crittersforthecure.org.
*Buyers and Sellers can save 1% in commissions paid at settlement when represented by Richard Koch.
Savings requires active Listing Agreement or Buyer Agency Agreement with Richard Koch executed
www.towncourier.com before July 1, 2012 at time of settlement.
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mike AT The moVies
“Marvel’s The Avengers” (PG-13) and that the odds are stacked in their favor. asides, most by Iron Man, come at odd mo- have the curse remain. You can’t have an
★★★★ The Super Snake battleship that assaults ments and are more one-liners than jokes, ensemble almost get it together and intro-
Manhattan (where else?) is bad enough, but they leaven the heavy hand of the ef- duce Alice Cooper into the mix for no oth-
For a film that has been but then they multiply, each spewing ro- fects guys and remind us that we are seeing er apparent reason than he was available.
so much anticipated for bots that, fortunately, have a tender nature: something entirely unreal. Above all, you can’t have a second female
so long, this could have They go down with regular rifle shot and Described variously as “a handful of lead who keeps getting lost in the plot. In
been a disappointment, arrow and chokehold as well as solid right freaks” and “a chemical mixture that guar- this case, that would be Victoria, played
but it is not. Far from be- and left hooks. antees chaos,” the Avengers as a group are numbly by Australian newcomer Bella
ing a disappointment, this With Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), fun to behold. One scene, in which they all
film transcends the genre Heathcote. She seems an afterthought, but
Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Scarlett Johansson get together for one deep breath before try- sadly enough, attentive viewers will realize
of Super Hero clones and (Black Widow), Chris Evans (Capt. ing to finish off Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston)
claims its own territory By Mike she is hardly missed.
America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and robot warriors, is actually moving. They
thanks to an outstanding Cuthbert Another actor who gets lost in the shuf-
Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), plus Samuel circle together in the midst of Manhattan
ensemble performance by fle is Chloe Beth Moretz as the daugh-
L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the command- rubble, determined to win one for humans,
cast, producers and crew. er of SHIELD, you have enough egos ter, Carolyn, whose mother, Elizabeth
described by the evil Loki as being “made
Somehow keeping in mind that this is a and personalities in the cast to totally sti- (Michelle Pfeiffer) never gets lost but fre-
film and not a cultural milestone, the en- fle any normal spectacle. The effects, plot That the people are ready to kneel any quently has an expression on her face that
tire company keeps its sense of humor and and, above all, humor of this piece keep time is apparent. That’s why you have the tells us she’d like to be among the missing.
perspective. That’s hard to do, considering it rolling along through enough explo- Avengers. And that’s why they will be Then there’s Depp. Freed to use as much
that demigods are warring on Earth People sives to win most middle-sized wars. The back. Why? To cash in on a wildly suc- bizarre makeup as he wishes, he staggers
cessful franchise of Super Heroes? No. through the film out of time, out of place
“Because we’ll need them.” and out of sync. He is not sure whether this
piece is to be broadly played comedy/sat-
“Dark Shadows” (PG-13) ★ ire or thriller. The fact that nobody else
The question is not rhetorical: What in charge could make up their mind ei-
was Tim Burton thinking? This film never ther makes for even more of a mess than
makes up its mind as to what it is supposed necessary.
to be and as a result is pretty much of a With such a stellar cast, a TV show to
nothing. It has the usual soft-focus, darkly- guide them and an eccentric director, this
lit tone of most of Burton’s films; it has the could have been a romp or a chiller. That
odd camera angles and use of lenses for ef- it succeeds at being neither has to be ex-
fect; but somewhere along the line Burton plained and the only rational explanation
forgot that the parts of the story have to fit is that Burton lost his place and let the film
together into a logical whole. You cannot, become mediocre and, amazingly, unin-
for example, have a curse put on Barnabas teresting. That’s a shame.
Collins ( Johnny Depp) by Angelique (a
spectacular Eva Green whois even more at- Enjoy more of Mike’s movie reviews at www.
tractive as a brunet), kill off Angelique and towncourier.com.
May 18, 2012 The Town Courier Page 13
n PROM to save on things like the dress, which will typically be
worn once, and only for a matter of hours. QOHS junior
kind of rounding it all out,” said Kundagrami.
After dancing and changing into more comfortable
from page 8
Morgan Savell purchased her brick red, A-line dress from clothing, many students return to their home schools for
ceived a text message instructing her to meet the person secondhand boutique My Best Friends Closet in Rockville PTA-sponsored after-prom events. Run by parent volun-
who is now her prom date in the school’s courtyard. “He for a fraction of the original price. teers, this part of the evening can include carnival games,
asked me to prom and, once I said yes, he made a sig- Students will gather either in large groups of friends door prizes and raffles, casino tables and other activities, as
nal, and the marching band jumped out and played, ‘Hey or more intimate groups of couples to pose for pictures, well as carnival food booths for prom-goers to enjoy into
Baby.’ It was so cute,” Wakefield said. showing off their elegant dresses and dapper tuxedos. the early hours of the morning.
For girls, prom is the night to get dolled up, complete Groups usually meet at a friend’s house for pictures or will To remain as safe as possible, most groups of students
with hair, makeup, nails and all. This year, most girls are utilize one of the scenic landscapes within nearby. have their transportation services take them to each event
drawing inspiration from the fashion runways and their fa- “A lot of groups from my school are taking pictures in of the night. This way they do not have to drive at all
vorite celebrities’ red carpet looks. Dresses are often floor front of the Kentlands Mansion,” Savell said. themselves and can reduce their risk of being in an acci-
length and are purchased at department stores, specialty Students are then whisked away in limousines and par- dent late at night.
boutiques and special occasion shops like David’s Bridal. ty buses to restaurants for dinner. Popular spots include “I am going to make the right decisions and be with
Most boys rent their tuxedos from tailors and places like Maggiano’s, Tragara and Cheesecake Factory, among people [who] are doing the right thing,” Drijas said.
Men’s Warehouse, complete with bow tie and vest in hues others. With all the details and logistics that go into the prom
that match their date’s gown. RMHS junior Neha Kundagrami is heading to a friend’s process, some feel excited but overwhelmed. “I love the
Prom costs do add up. Visa conducted a study this year house to get ready for the evening with a group. They’ll idea of dressing up and having fun with my friends for
on prom spending and discovered that the cost of prom then head out together for dinner and prom. a whole night,” QOHS senior Kelly Baick said. “But to
in the United States in 2012 averages to $1,078 per fam- “I’m looking forward to spending an evening with my be honest, so much planning and drama is involved with
ily. However, some students made more frugal choices friends celebrating the end of APs, the end of the year — making prom perfect that it's almost not worth it. Almost.”
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n eVeNTS Downtown. The restaurant will host a dif-
ferent act every Friday and Saturday night
June Summer entertainment
from page 1
through September. City of Gaithersburg Outdoor Unknowns
Plans are in the works for the annual Another great place for music in events • June 22: Late As Usual
Kentlands this summer is at the annu- • June 23: Almost Blue
Kentlands concert series on the clubhouse • June 1, 7 – 8:45 p.m.: Beach Bumz
al Main Street Music Festival, located at • June 29: Platform Soul
lawn. Residents are encouraged to bring Concert — Tribute to Jimmy Buffet, • June 30: Sandra Dean Band
a picnic and spread out a blanket on the the Main Street Pavilion. Venders open City Hall Concert Pavilion
at 6 p.m. with a local artist performing at For the full summer schedule,, visit
clubhouse lawn while they listen to lo- • June 7, 10:30 a.m. – noon: Eric www.MyStarDiner.com/events.
cal musical acts. Dates and times are to be 6:30 p.m. Headliners play from 7 – 9 p.m. Energy Science Show, City Hall
announced. The Nighthawks will open the season on Concert Pavilion Washingtonian Center events
Lakelands residents can also look for- June 14. • June 14, 10:30 a.m. – noon: John
The city of Gaithersburg offers many • Live Music on the Plaza: Friday
ward to a pool opening party from 12 – Henry England, City Hall Concert nights in front of Uncle Julio’s
4 p.m. on May 26. Along with a DJ, the options for summer entertainment, includ- Pavilion
ing “Jazz in June” at the Arts Barn and • Rio Summer Concerts: Live mu-
event will feature bumper paddle boats, • June 15, 5 – 9 p.m.: Family Fun sic from 6 – 9 p.m. every Friday
prizes and giveaways, and an assortment of Kentlands Mansion on June 1 at 8 p.m. Night — School’s Out Hoopla!,
Admission is $23 for residents and just $25 and Saturday night on the Rio
snacks available for purchase. City Hall Concert Pavilion Patio near the paddleboats.
The Quince Orchard Park pool will for non-residents. Snacks and beverages • June 21, 10:30 a.m. – noon: Mr. • Little Tots: Fun and lively family
open the same day with a residents-only will be available during the intermission. Knack Knack, City Hall Concert entertainment every Wednesday.
BBQ on the adjacent lawn. The commu- For more information, call 301.258.6394 or Pavilion All morning Little Tots will be
nity can also enjoy the annual “Swim-A- visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/artsbarn. • June 21, dusk: “Kung Fu Panda 2,” held inside Rio Center's lower
Thon” on July 1, which will include re- The city also hosts a wide variety of Robertson Park level atrium, near the movie the-
lays, contests and prizes for members of the outdoor entertainment all summer long, • June 28, 10:30 a.m. – noon: Ed atre. All evening Little Tots will
swim team, as well as snacks for onlookers including concerts, shows for children, McDade, City Hall Concert Pavilion be held on the Lakefront Plaza
and those wishing to get an idea of what “Family Fun” nights, and outdoor mov- For more information, visit www. Stage.
the swim team is all about. ie screenings. Special events include Eric gaithersburgmd.gov/ and click Events • Bach 2 Rock Student Showcase:
The pool at Washingtonian Woods, Energy’s June 7 display of science experi- Calendar. June 15, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
home of The Waves swim team, will also ments that are both cool and fun reasons outside of Uncle Julio’s.
open its pool facilities on May 26. to learn about science outside of the class- The Main Street Music Festival
For more information and a complete
Those looking for more of a thrill to room. And if something a little less educa- • June 14: The Nighthawks — Blues schedule, visit www.washingtoniancen-
their watery experience this Memorial Day tional would better suit your idea of fun, • June 21: Janine Gilbert Carter ter.com and click on “Events.”
weekend can head over to Bohrer Park to moonlit screenings of “Puss In Boots,” — Jazz
experience the newly renovated water park “Kung Fu Panda 2,” and “Spy Kids 4” • June 28: The U.S. Army Field Band Rockville Town Square events
from 12 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission is $5.75 should satisfy even the youngest members Brass Quintet — Patriotic Pre-July • Friday Night Live Concert Series:
for Gaithersburg residents. of your family. 4th Show 6:30 – 9 p.m
Looking for music? This area features Also be sure to check out numerous For more performance dates and mu- • Kids’ Night: Two live stage shows
a variety of live concerts that are open to events at nearby Washingtonian Center sical artists, visit www.themainstreetmu- every Tuesday night, 6:30 – 8:30
all. On June 1, music lovers can relax with and Rockville Town Square, going on all sicfestival.com. p.m., beginning June 12. Kids eat
a cold drink from the Star Diner’s sum- summer long. free at participating restaurants.
mer Tiki Bar as they take in the music of The season has much to offer — right on Star Diner Concert Series • Movies on the Square: Wednesday
Solomon’s Gold in the center of Kentlands your doorstep. • June 1: Solomon’s Gold Nights, starting June 13. Bring your
• June 2: Platform Soul own blanket or lawn chairs. No
• June 8: Patty Reese coolers or outside food permitted.
• June 9: To be Determined For more information visit www.
• June 15: Dosage rockvilletownsquare.com and click on
• June 16: Stevie D and The “events.”
n KeNTLANDS DAY that comprise Kentlands Market Square
Merchants make a donation to the orga-
from page 5
nization. The KCF is fundamental in help-
velopment and to show our dedicated ing with event organization and volunteer
staff how much we appreciate their com- management for Kentlands Day.
mitment to academic achievement,” said “As a beneficiary of the event, the
Principal Deborah Higdon. Foundation is grateful to be able to help
More than 100 local businesses par- provide seed money for ongoing and new
ticipated in the business fair, including programs,” said Dietz. “It’s great to see
Kentlands Flowers and Bows. “We partici- our programs serving people throughout
pated last year and found that it was very Montgomery County.”
beneficial to our business. ... We like to Organizers estimate that over 20,000
participate in as many community events people visited the community for
as possible,” said Kim Kelly of Kentlands
Kentlands Day. “Almost all of our food
Flowers & Bows.
vendors sold out of their food, businesses
“It’s great to have an event that brings
ran out of their giveaways, and local res-
everyone together,” said Ross. “Other
events bring in outside vendors, but we fo- taurants were packed, so we definitely
cus on featuring only community vendors. know there were lots of people,” said Ross.
Our focus is on locality.” “I estimate there was close to $100,000 of
“SPAGnVOLA looks forward to economic impact happening in Kentlands
Kentlands Day every year. It creates a huge Downtown in those five hours, which will
buzz in the community. It’s very excit- hopefully translate to a great shot in the
ing to see the huge crowds from all over arm for Kentlands downtown businesses.”
Montgomery County,” said Justin Brooks Organizers credited volunteers and the
of SPAGnVOLA. city of Gaithersburg for helping make
KCF, the nonprofit and philanthropic Kentlands Day a success.
organization that sponsors such programs “We want to thank everyone who vol-
as the annual Kentlands/Lakelands 5K, unteered their time to make the day as
the Kentlands Film Society and the GO great as it was,” said Ross.
GREEN Group, will benefit from the
event. Although Kentlands Day does not For more photos, visit www.towncourier-pho-
typically generate a profit, the businesses tos.smugmug.com/.
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ArTs&enTerTAinmenT Compiled by Claire FleisCher
‘Art After Dark’ Focuses on Fashion work from hell and wields her ruler like Area Music Association award for Jazz
a sword, shows up to take Miss Nelson’s Group of the Year as well as the award for
“Art After Dark,” a cutting-edge art
place. No more spitballs and paper airplanes Jazz Recording of the Year for “Winter’s
show featuring progressive visual art fused for these uncontrollable children who set Waltz.” Its members have performed
with up-and-coming music, returns to out to find their beloved Miss Nelson. Will alongside jazz greats such as Rosemary
Kentlands Mansion on May 18 from 6 – 9 they ever get her back? Based on the chil- Clooney, Danny Gatton, Keter Betts and
p.m. Admission is $10 per person, payable dren’s book by Henry Allard, this musical Tony Bennett. The highly acclaimed Rick
at the door. A cash bar and complimentary teaches lessons of appreciation and respect. Whitehead Trio, led by master jazz guitar-
snacks will be available. For more information and tickets call ist Rick Whitehead, will play simultane-
The May event focuses on fashion, with 301.258.6394 or visit online at www.gaith- ously at Kentlands Mansion. Performing
the photography of Eric Kayanan, vin- ersburgmd.gov/artsbarn. together since 1994, the Rick Whitehead
tage clothing and accessories by Gen-XY Photo | Courtesy City of Gaithersburg
Trio has earned several awards, including
Vintage, music by DJ The Gyfted and live Community Chorus Concert The Bruce Swaim Quartet will perform at the Kentlands
the Washington Area Music Association
music by Continued, and delectable cup- Arts Barn during "Jazz in June" on June 1.
The Gaithersburg Community Chorus, award for best Contemporary Album in
cakes by Bella’s Sweet Treats. directed by Hugh Harvey III will present taneously at the Arts Barn and Kentlands 1998. The trio can be found perform-
Kentlands Mansion is located at 320 three nights of Mozart’s Requiem. The Mansion, located at 311 and 320 Kent ing at Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns,
Kent Square Road in Gaithersburg. For in- performances will take place on May 19 – Square Road in Gaithersburg. Admission is the Smithsonian’s Jazz Club, the Kennedy
formation and directions visit www.gaith- 20 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, $25, $23 for city of Gaithersburg residents. Center and many other venues in the area.
ersburgmd.gov/kentlandsmansion or call 9000 Warfield Road, and May 22 at the Please call 301.258.6394 or visit www. With concerts occurring simultaneously
301.258.6425. Rosborough Theater at Asbury Methodist gaithersburgmd.gov/artsbarn for tickets in the Arts Barn and at Kentlands Mansion,
Village. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and information. patrons attend the first half of the evening
‘Miss Nelson is Missing!’ Admission to the concert is free; do- The Bruce Swaim Quartet, playing with a concert in one venue, then switch
In partnership with Kensington Arts nations are accepted. The Community at the Arts Barn, is recognized as one of at intermission to enjoy a second concert
Theatre 2nd Stage, the Gaithersburg Arts Chorus is sponsored by the City of Washington, D.C.’s, premier jazz quartets. in the other. Intermission features desserts,
Barn presents “Miss Nelson Is Missing!” Gaithersburg Cultural Arts Advisory The BSQ received the 2010 Washington with drinks available for purchase.
a family production with music, lyr- Committee and is funded in part by a grant
ics and book by Joan Cushing. The show from the Maryland State Arts Council.
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runs through May 27, with performances For more information please contact
on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and Nansie Wilde at 301.258.6350 or visit
2 p.m. Admission is $18, $16 for city resi- www.gaithersburgmd.gov.
dents, and $9 for students through grade
12. ‘Jazz in June’ Returns
What happens when Miss Nelson, the “Jazz in June” returns to Gaithersburg’s introducing The Town Courier's new photo site featuring more images
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behaved class in the entire school, goes two local jazz greats on June 1 at 8 p.m.
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soft caramelized cloves are drizzling olive oil over the garlic and seal the foil. into soup. Transfer soup to a blender and
simply irresistible spread 5 leeks, sliced in half lengthwise, cleaned Place sealed garlic in baking pan, to avoid puree until smooth or use an immersion
on bread as an accompani- from any dirt, and sliced thinly leaking, and roast for 1 hour. blender directly into the pot. Serve hot.
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n AROuND TOWN sacrifice for their country.
Brigadier General (Ret.) Gerald E.
support of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
(VFW) Adopt-A-Unit program, sending
ey-saving season passes and more call
301.258.6445 or visit www.gaithersburg-
from page 3
Galloway, a Glenn L. Martin Institute pro- support and hopes for a safe return to those md.gov/waterpark.
Register online and view complete fessor of engineering at the University of deployed overseas. Of particular need are
program details at www.gaithersburg- Maryland, will be a special guest speaker powdered drink mixes, Silly String (to Rockville’s Hometown Holidays
md.gov/sports, fax your registration to at the event. During a 38-year career in detect lasers in a room), cherry flavored Rockville's 24th annual Hometown
301.948.8364, or visit the Activity Center at the military, he served in various com- Chapstick, men’s undershirts, boxers and Holidays celebration takes place Memorial
Bohrer Park, 506 South Frederick Avenue. mand and staff assignments in Germany, briefs, flypaper, cans of salted nuts, travel Day weekend and will feature Easton
For questions please call 301.258.6350. Southeast Asia, and the United States. size toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, sham-
Corbin, a rising country performer.
General Galloway currently serves as a poos and lotions, Ziploc bags, trail mix-
The Hometown Holidays festival takes
Recognizing Fallen Soldiers consultant to several federal, state and es, disposable cameras, and AA and AAA
place May 26 – 28 and features music, en-
The city of Gaithersburg will hold a non-governmental agencies on water re- batteries. Cash and check donations are
tertainment, food and crafts, and the an-
Memorial Day Observance on May 30 at sources policy development and flood risk used to purchase postage and calling cards.
Donations can be dropped off between 4 nual Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade.
11 a.m. at Christman Park. Join the mayor, management. Corbin will headline Sunday's lineup.
members of the City Council, city staff and For more information, visit www.gaith- and 9 p.m. at the VFW John M. Carter
Post #9862, 211K N. Frederick Avenue Sons of Bill will open the evening's con-
guests in a tribute to Gaithersburg’s sons ersburgmd.gov. cert with a country performance.
(behind the 7-11 in the Duvall Center),
and daughters who have made the ultimate The city of Gaithersburg encourages Other highlights of the event include the
Gaithersburg, MD 20877, 301.948.0781.
Please make checks payable to VFW Post Taste of Rockville, a marketplace of hand
#986. crafted works for purchase and more than
40 bands and entertainers on seven stages
Water Park Opens May 26 in Rockville's Town Center.
The Gaithersburg Water Park, located at For more information about the week-
Bohrer Park, opens for the season at noon end's events, visit the website at www.
on May 26 and closes on Labor Day. rockvillemd.gov/hth, or find the festi-
The main attraction is the double-flume val on Facebook at www.facebook.com/
slide, which sends swimmers down from RockvilleHometownHolidays.
a 38-foot tower. The Water Park under-
went major renovations during the off-sea- Police Foundation Fundraiser
son, and new features this year include the The Gaithersburg Police Foundation
addition of two water slides, a variety of will hold its annual fundraising event at
brand new play features, a complete rede- Dogfish Head Alehouse, located at 800
sign of the tot pool, and more. These Phase West Diamond Avenue in Gaithersburg,
I renovations costs came to approximate- on May 22 from 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
ly $1.4 million. Phase II renovations will The nonprofit organization supports the
begin immediately following Labor Day;
Gaithersburg Police Department with its
costs will be approximately $946,000.
mission to provide quality services to the
The Water Park now offers swim les-
residents of Gaithersburg. The Foundation
sons and water exercise classes. Visit www.
raises funds to offer educational opportu-
gaithersburgmd.gov/recxpress to register.
The Water Park operates on a pre-season nities for the Police Department staff, en-
schedule while school is in session. The hances recruitment and retention of offi-
full summer season begins June 9, with the cers, provides logistical support to officers,
pool opening daily at 11 a.m. and closing provides technology assistance, and helps
at 7 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday, to finance community outreach initiatives.
and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Dogfish Head Alehouse will be donat-
Daily admission for city residents is $5.75. ing 15 percent of the day’s proceeds to the
Nonresident admission is $6.75 on week- Foundation. For more information con-
days and $7.25 on weekends and holi- tact Gil Price, Foundation chairperson, at
days. For schedules, admission fees, mon- firstname.lastname@example.org.
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school sPorTs By Mike Cuthbert
and Jake Salzman
QO Sports Report
Boys’ Lacrosse in the game that ended 5-2, Whitman
in the first game of the playoffs. QO had
In a rematch with one of the few teams
beaten the Vikings 6-5 during the regu-
to beat them all season long, the boys’ la-
crosse team was out for revenge against
“We were up 2-0 and Megan got
Clarksburg. Jake Christensen helped make
thrown out at the plate, and base running
sure the Cougars had a solid start to their
errors killed us,” said a depressed Coach
second round playoff matchup by rip-
Colleen Kelly as her Cougars ended their
ping three goals in the first quarter. After
season. “We got on base but just couldn’t
a scoreless second quarter in which John
Barkanic played well in goal, QO led 4-2 at stay there. Megan [Dougherty] and Grace
halftime. The Cougar offense hit its stride [Toohey] had their best game as a one-
in the third quarter as the defense contin- two punch, and Maggie McCaughey did a
ued its strong play. Alex Light scored five great job pitching.”
goals in the third quarter alone, and Heath All the efforts ended with hugs and tears,
Saffer and Spencer Nystrom each added not so much at losing but at the realiza-
goals of their own to give the Cougars a tion that high school is one more signifi-
convincing 11-2 victory. cant step near an end. The Cougars fin-
The Cougars’ first playoff game was a ished their season at 10-8.
miserable affair that they made as pleasant Photo | Phil Fabrizio Baseball
as possible by romping to an 18-0 lead at Qo’s Jake christensen scores over the Seneca valley goalie in a match-up during the regular season.
the half over Magruder, finishing 27-2. So Behind a masterful six-hit performance
one-sided was the game that all but one “We definitely tired them out.” “It takes a really good team to do what by Alex Thoms, the Cougars locked up the
starter in the second half started the season What tired the Rockets more than any- we just did,” said Holliday, summing up, second seed in the region, getting a bye for
with the JV team. Twelve players scored thing was the explosion by sophomore “To play so bad and come back to win in the first round, 8-2. QO scored in every
in the game, led by Christensen’s five-goal midfielder Rachel Hollander. With 3:01 the last seconds — it takes a great team to inning and went errorless for the seven in-
first half. remaining she cut in front of the Rocket do that.” nings. Chad Martin led the Cougars in hit-
goal and scored to bring the count to 8-10. Hollander’s three goals led the team in ting, going 3-for-4 including two doubles,
Girls’ Lacrosse Not a minute later, Madeline Korol slashed scoring with Abby Boynton getting two. and the infield turned two double plays.
It was one of the greatest lacrosse games in and made it 9-10. Hollander got the ty- The Cougars lived on in the playoffs. A pleased Jason Gasaway said,
ever played in the Cougar Dome. A QO ing goal at 1:59 and, with Allison Loftus’s “Everything was working for Alex today,
squad that could not score or defend as assist, got the game-winner with only 1:39 Softball keeping them off-balance. We had three
they usually do struggled to keep the mar- on the clock. Dorset got the last of her 18
Three Cougars were tossed out at home n SPorTS Continued on page 18
gin at two at the half against Richard faceoffs, and the Cougars ran out the clock.
Montgomery in their first round playoff Faceoff wins by Dorset and Kryjak were
game. Umbar Kassa was out of sync in
goal; Allie Kryjak’s usually accurate shots
keysto outcome — 18-5 for QO. Also key
was the sheer number of shots peppering Swim Team Update
were hitting posts when they weren’t hit- the Rocket goal: 37 to RM’s 14.
By Maureen Stiles first practice. Official registration was
ting the Rockets’ goalkeeper in the chest; “All week we practiced just shooting. I
held April 28; families are encouraged to
and the Cougar defense could not handle did tell them to change that around and his summer, the Town Courier register online and mail in payments to
transition plays, giving up several goals on shoot lower,” Holliday said. “It took some will cover meet results for the facilitate the process. Approximately 125
quick strikes. younger players to spark things, then the Kentlands, Lakelands, Quince registrations had been received at press
When did you think you had them? older players came through.” Orchard Park and Washingtonian team, but the Division D team expects to
Captain Morgan Dorset: “When they Among those younger players were Woods swim teams. Here is a pre- have between 180 - 200 total swimmers.
came out of a break cheering like they’d freshman Brooke Saffer, who came in view of each as they prepare to kick A Potomac Pizza fundraiser is planned
won the game, with four minutes left — for goalkeeper Kassa, played staunchly off the season in early June. for June 4 just before time trials on June
last season we were down in every game and allowed Kassa to get her focus back; The Lakelands Lionfish held registra- 9. The Kingfish will open their season at
and we knew we could come back.” Hollander; Chandler Holdsworth and tion on April 22. At press time, the team home against Quince Orchard on June
“We have the best endurance in the Korol. Six of QO’s 11 goals were scored had approximately 108 families partici- 16.
county,” said Coach Jennifer Holliday. by underclassmen.
pating with a total of 180 swimmers. Quince Orchard Park is gearing up
Registrations continue to trickle in, so for another successful Stingray season.
Gaithersburg School that number is likely to rise as the sea-
son nears. New to the coaching staff for
Registration is underway, and practices
begin on May 29. A social is planned on
of Basketball 2012 are two junior coaches who will as-
sist with the pre-team and 10 and un-
der swimmers. Andy Fleischer and John
May 20 for swimmers, coaches and fam-
ilies. The Stingrays will be swimming in
the “M” Division and travel to Fallsmead
#1 Basketball Camp for Boys and Girls in Quintas, both long-time Lionfish, were in their first “A” meet on June 16.
named for the inaugural posts and will The Washingtonian Woods Wave ex-
Gaithersburg the past 18 years! also continue to compete in their own panded swim team registration to in-
age group. New swimmer evaluations clude non-residents of the neighborhood
Boys’ Week Girls’ Week Shooting Camp are May 29 - 30; a team picnic is June this year. Registration was held April 27
Session I June 18-22 Session I June 25-29 Session I July 2-3 3; and time trials are set for June 9. The and is still open. The Wave will com-
Session II July 9-13 Session II July 16-20 Session II July 5-6 Division F team will hold its first meet at pete in Division” O” this season with
Session III July 23-27 home against Palisades on June 16. time trial on June 9 and their first meet
Following new swimmer evaluations against Oakview at home on June16.
Contact: 240-888-3348 on the May 29, the Kentlands Kingfish Good luck to all the area teams this
gaithersburgschoolofbasketball.com will return to the pool on May 30 for their season!
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n SPORTS the first game. The Cougars team is genial
and they try, but they lack fire and needed
the regular season. The loss also broke an
eight-match run for the Cougars, taking
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some heat against Blair to turn the match their final season total to 10–3.
games in a row with good defense and to- their way. The coed team finished without The Cougar men, with a number of near-
day we swung it a little better than we have a victory on the season. Boys Tennis miss second place finishes, tied Clarksburg
the last two games.” With victories over Paint Branch and for the County Championship while the
Gasaway was able to play backup play- Boys’ Volleyball Clarksburg and a loss in the season fina- women finished fifth. Sierra Isaac domi-
ers to rest three injured players before the Wootton totally intimidated the le with Northwest, the Cougars finished nated her events, winning the high jump
playoffs. Their second-seed bye meant they Cougars, raining down thunderous spikes a respectable 10–5, a vast improvement and triple jump and finishing second in the
had the weekend to rest and recuperate. and getting an almost indecent amount of over last year. Coach Jana Manouskova’s long jump, while Catherine Panasenkov
service aces en route to a 3–0 scalding of approach of teaching strategy and tactics won the pole vault by over a foot.
Coed Volleyball QO. No game was ever close, and multiple will be even more valuable next year as The men were led by Andrew Ankrah
The Cougars missed another opportu- Blair players easily dominated the Cougar her team gets more technical skills over the with seconds in the 110 and 300 meter
nity to win when they entered game five defense. The set scores were 25–11, 25–13 summer and fall. A good crop of under- hurdles, and seconds by Kenny Lang in the
against Blair, but the errors of the first four and 25–16 — three of the worst losses in classmen is reason for optimism. long jump, Brandon McDowell in the shot,
games ensnared them in misery. To cap the entire season for what had been a de- The Cougars continued their late-sea- Jack O’Keefe in the high jump and Evan
their frustration, the losing point at 13– cent volleyball team. One Patriot player son string with another victory, 5–2, over Laratta in the 3,200.
14 was a service error. The game turned alone had 11 aces on his serve. QO had Division III Clarksburg. Alex Lee at num-
both ways on errors with Blair racking up zero for the entire match. A match to be ber one singles won again, as did three of For more sports coverage, visit www.towncou-
11 team errors to only three from QO in forgotten and unfortunately the last of the four singles matches and two of three rier.com.
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