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Test Violation Creates AP Score Scare

The scores of 275 Quince Orchard High School AP Psychology students were at risk after a fellow student took a video in the testing room on her cell phone and posted it online. After several days of waiting while the College Board reviewed the incident, Principal Carole Working received word that only the score of the student who made the recording will be invalidated. The test scores of the other students will stand.

The College Board, which administers the AP tests, prohibits the use of cell phones and certain other electronic devices within test centers for security purposes, and students are told not to bring them. All rules are reviewed with students prior to the testing dates and again after they arrive to take each test.

Students who observed the incident in the testing room reported the violation to Working. After investigating, the College Board determined that the video in this case did not compromise the security of the test.

“I am very disappointed that the foolish actions of one student caused so much upset to all of the students who took the test and respected all of the testing protocols, and I am very sorry for the upset to our staff, families and community,” said Principal Carole Working. “I am, however, exceptionally proud of all of our student who stood up, did the right thing, and brought the matter to everyone’s attention. I am very lucky to get to work with such great kids!”

Depending upon their score, students may receive college credit for completing an AP course and taking the corresponding test.

Local Pools Ready for Opening

Despite recent cool temperatures, local pools are scheduled to open for the season Memorial Day weekend, kicking off the official start of summer activities.

The Kentlands pool will open to residents at 9:30 a.m. on May 25, and the community will hold a Memorial Day Bash on May 27 from 12 – 2 p.m.

In Lakelands, the pool will open at 9 a.m. on May 25, and an opening day celebration will take place for residents from 1 – 4 p.m. with live music by local band Live Action Hero, giveaways, pool activities and refreshments. At dusk, “Wreck-It Ralph” will be shown on a screen on the lawn next to the basketball courts.

Quince Orchard Park will open its pool at 10 a.m. on May 25, and Washingtonian Woods will open its pool the same day.

Star Diner Seeks City Support for Concerts

For many community residents, the Friday and Saturday night summer and fall concerts hosted by Star Diner create a welcome, relaxing ambience to the end of the week. Owner Marty Kobrin says these concerts started in 2002 and are well received.

City Economic Development Director Tom Lonergan estimates it costs the Star Diner $25,000 per year to host the series in Kentlands Downtown. To continue this popular entertainment, Kobrin has requested funding support from the city. At the May 6 mayor and City Council meeting, Lonergan proposed extending a custom matching grant of up to $7,000 to help the Star Diner cover its costs. The grant would be contingent on whatever further discussions city staff has with the Star Diner about costs of the event and the amount paid by Star Diner.

“We recognize the value and the success of these concerts in bringing scores of people to the Kentlands downtown area each and every week. The benefits of these concerts extend well beyond the Star Diner. Given the costs of producing those shows, we thought this would be a good show of support for a meaningful event,” Lonergan said.

The city’s elected officials were generally favorable towards this proposal but did not reach a decision at the meeting. Council member Jud Ashman asked Lonergan to explore the possibilities of extending the hours of the concerts. Currently, the concerts run from 7 – 10 p.m.

At press time, Lonergan said his staff was researching the possibility of extending concert hours.

This year’s Star Diner concert is scheduled to begin on May 31 with Solomon’s Gold. For a full concert schedule, visit

­— By Jenny Chen

Police Conduct Seatbelt Enforcement Effort

On May 10, Montgomery County, Gaithersburg and Rockville police officers teamed up to aggressively enforce the nighttime use of seatbelts as part of a Nightime INJury Avoidance (NINJA) effort. From approximately 7:30 – 11 p.m., officers were stationed at entrance and exit ramps of I-270 and I-495. (Heavy rain ended the operation early). The officers were observing vehicles for seatbelt non-compliance and other safety violations.

According to Montgomery County Police, some some specific results of this nighttime seat belt enforcement are as follows:

  • Total Number of Traffic Citations Issued — 139
  • Seat Belt Citations Issued — 44
  • Equipment Repair Orders Issued — 25
  • Warnings Issued — 59
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Arrests — 4
  • Criminal Arrests — 2
  • Criminal Citations Issued — 1
  • Warrants Served — 1
  • Driving While Suspended Traffic Citations — 8

An Elegant Kick-off for K25

A Champagne Celebration and Concert will be held June 16 in the Arts Barn Theater and Kentlands Mansion from 7 – 9:30 p.m.

The Arts Barn concert will be hosted by Sue and Joe Palka and will include two famous professional violinists, two great pianists playing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” a classical guitarist, a singer presenting light opera/show tunes, and professional actress/singer Nora Palka (known to many in Kentlands)!

The Kentlands Mansion will simultaneously feature new urbanism presentations and a reception with delicious hors d’oeuvres and sweet treats as well as a glass of complimentary champagne (cash wine/beer bar available).

Due to limited seating in the Arts Barn, there will be two performances: one at 7 p.m. and one at 8:30 p.m., and guests will switch venues after the first concert.

Tickets, $50, are available at the Kentlands Clubhouse during regular business hours from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Checks must be made payable to the Kentlands Community Foundation. Tickets are also available via PayPal, or from Judy Gross at 301.208.1015 or Sigrid McCutcheon at 301.208.3539. Tickets are limited.

Critters for the Cure 5K Walk/Run

Critters for the Cure (CFTC) will hold a 5K Walk/Fun Run on June 8, 9 – 11 a.m. Rain or shine, participants between the ages of 1 – 100 are invited to walk with their critters for this event.

CFTC is a nonprofit organization, founded and run by Lakelands resident Clancy Kress, that helps women living in MD/VA/DC navigate life beyond cancer. All proceeds from this event will go toward supporting women in the community who are battling breast and gynecological cancers. CFTC strives to help improve the experience and quality of life of women battling cancer by empowering them to survive and thrive and providing the resources as each woman defines her needs (information, life coaching, and emergency financial support) to bridge life before cancer to life beyond cancer.

Registration fee: Individual: $25.00 Families (3+): $50.00 Critters: free! Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. at Fleet Feet Sports, Gaithersburg, 225 Kentlands Blvd.

Register, donate and/or create a team at: