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Volume 4, No. 19,
Two sections, 28 Pages
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 25 cents
COMMUNITY GUIDE INSIDE TODAY
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n Supporters seek
Chevy Chase records on
spending to stop project
SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE
The town of Chevy Chase
groupnor ablogger free copies
of documents thatmightdetail
how it spenthundredsof thou-
sands of dollars on lawyers,
lobbyists and public relations
rms to stop the proposed 16-
mile light-rail line from run-
ning through town, its lawyers
argue in court lings.
Those arguments, filed
May 11 in Montgomery
County Circuit Court, is the
towns reaction to a lawsuit
by the Action Committee for
Transit and activist Benjamin
Ross of Bethesda. Both sup-
port building the $2.45 billion
line linking New Carrollton
BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE
Senior Evan Woods of Whitman High School in Bethesda wins the boys 4A 3,200-meter race at Fridays state track championships in Baltimore. Other Whitman
and Bethesda-Chevy Chase athletes also fared well in state championships over the weekend. See Sports, Page B-1.
Going for the gold
n Student speakers share
past journeys, future goals
BY LINDSAY A. POWERS
With roots in four parts of the world and eyes
on four sets of goals, student speakers at Mont-
gomery Colleges Friday graduation ceremony
celebrated a sharedmoment of success.
The four speakers, all recipients of top college
awards, were among more than 3,500 students
earning degrees and certicates in the colleges
class of 2015. About 950 graduates walked at Fri-
Montgomery College President DeRionne P.
Pollard said the graduates who were celebrated
Friday made up the institutions largest graduat-
FidelisMariae A.Militante, a nursingmajor at
the college, was one of three graduates named a
2015 Board of Trustees Scholar. She represented
the Rockville campus.
It is a signicant milestone in my lifes jour-
ney, a journey lled with difcult obstacles and
joyous achievements, a journey not unlike your
journey, Militante, of Rockville, told her fellow
After coming to the U.S. from the Philippines
when she was 11, Militante said, she felt a lack of
motivation and direction and watched her par-
ents struggle in their new country. They worked
multiple jobs to help propel her to higher educa-
tion, she said.
Education is the cornerstone ofmy life, said
Militante, who plans to earn a bachelors in nurs-
ing and become a doctor.
Student speaker Antony M. Musembi, an-
other Board of Trustees Scholar, representing the
Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus, greeted fam-
ily members watching the ceremony in his home
country Kenya, which he left about 26 years ago.
Fromthatpoint toFridays ceremony, he said,
his journey has been extremely difcult and, at
the same time, absolutely wonderful.
Montgomery College helped himdiscover his
passions, said Musembi, a Silver Spring resident.
His future plans include starting an organization
for disadvantaged youth and earning a business
Graduates, at [Montgomery College], we
have beenbestowedwith the abilities, knowledge
and power to act, so lets go forth andmake a dif-
ference! he said.
Pavanjot Singh Guraya of Germantown, a
business administrationmajor, said in his speech
that three communities have played important
Graduation highlights student diversity
DAN GROSS/THE GAZETTE
Steve and Cokie Roberts of Bethesda deliver the keynote address at Montgomery Colleges 68th commencement
exercises at the Rockville Campus on Friday.
n Davis branch in Bethesda
offers music, book sale and more
BY GAZETTE STAFF
Friends of the Davis Library will hold its an-
with activities for children and adults alike, from
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at
the public library, at 6400 Democracy Blvd. in
Heres the rundown:
10:30 a.m.: magician Joe Romano.
10:30a.m. to1:30p.m.:balloonartist clowns.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: tattoo artists, strolling gui-
tarist, re engines on display.
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: KIDMuseum activi-
2 to 3 p.m.: mountain dulcimer music per-
The friends chapter also will host its bian-
nual book sale, with books, CDs,DVDs andother
itemsandcollectibles for adults andchildren, ac-
cording to a news release. The book sale will run
throughout the Community Day activities in the
Community Day is the highlight of our year
here at Davis, library Manager Anita Vassallo
said in the release. Our Friends provide a won-
derful occasionwith entertainment for thewhole
family, and we hope that many Davis customers
will stop by to enjoy the celebration.
For more information, contact the library at
day for family
See PURPLE, Page A-10
See GRADUATION, Page A-10
Round House Theatres
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at mens magazine. B-4
n Leggett: Thursdays
meeting with Hogan,
Baker was productive
BY KATE S. ALEXANDER
A last-ditch meeting to
of theneed tokeep thePur-
ple Lineon trackwentwell,
utive Isiah Leggett said.
I dont say that
lightly, he said.
Leggett (D)met behind
closed doors Thursday
with Hogan (R) and Prince
See DECISION, Page A-10
WEDNESDAY, MAY 27
Small Business Counseling, 10 a.m.-3
p.m.,Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia
Ave. Volunteers from Service Corps of
Retired Executives offer advice. One-hour
and Thursdays: 240-777-0678. Free.
Miracle League Baseball, 10:30 a.m.-
Field, 17950 Germantown Park Drive, Ger-
mantown. Baseball for children and adults
with special needs. DrNo813@aol.com or
Honor and Praise, Navy Band Brass
Quartet, 2 p.m., Lakeside Commons Club-
house, Riderwood, 3140 Graceeld Road,
Silver Spring. Free. 301-572-1300.
Senior Health Fair, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.,
Rockville Senior Center, 1150Carnation
Drive. Free health screenings, healthy
THURSDAY, MAY 28
Alzheimers and Dementia Support
Group, 6-7 p.m., Brightview Fallsgrove
Assisted Living, 9200Darnestown Road,
Rockville. Discuss problems and solu-
tions. Refreshments provided. 240-314-
7194 or email@example.com.
FRIDAY, MAY 29
Peled plays Schumann Cello Con-
certo, 8 p.m., Shrine of St. Jude Catholic
Church, 12701 VeirsMill Road, Rockville.
The nale of theWashington Chamber
Orchestras inaugural season. $10 and up
at the door; free for people 18 years and
SATURDAY, MAY 30
Durue and Copland: A Concert of
Contrasts, 7:30 p.m., St. Mark Presbyterian
Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road,
North Bethesda. National Institutes of
Health Community Chorus, with East Av-
enue Ensemble of Chevy Chase. Free; do-
nations support NIH charities. nihco.org.
Meditation guidelines, 11 a.m.-noon,
Potomac Community Recreation Center,
11315 Falls Road, Potomac. Free. 240-899-
7099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strathmore/Bel Pre community yard
sale, 9 a.m.-noon, Strathmore/Bel Pre
Pool, 13914 Bethpage Lane, AspenHill.
Rain date is June 6. 301-460-0497 or
Jazz featuring the Bruce Krohmer
Trio, 7:30 p.m., Takoma Park Community
Center, 7500Maple Ave., Takoma Park.
With a short talk about the local jazz
scene and the history of jazz. arts@takom-