Whitman baseball team suffers shutout by Damascus, and bids farewell to principal

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Damascus' Ethan Wentzlaff (27) took the first pitch of the game for an early home run. Damascus would shut out Whitman 10-0.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHDamascus' Ethan Wentzlaff (27) took the first pitch of the game for an early home run. Damascus would shut out Whitman 10-0. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  BETHESDA — The visiting Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets varsity baseball team closed the regular season Monday night with a statement and a shutout against the Whitman Vikings, 10-0.

A standing-room-only crowd was on hand to celebrate Whitman’s Senior Night and Community Night. The Vikings’ final regular season game was the culmination of an afternoon that featured a raffle and games played by the Montgomery County Little League.

However, the Swarmin’ Hornets (15-2) spoiled the festivities by handing Whitman its eighth loss of the season. Damascus pitcher and University of Maryland-Baltimore County commit Ethan Wentzlaff earned his eighth home run of the season on his first at-bat of the evening.


And soon it will be time to visit museums

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When school ends on Friday, 635 Montgomery County Public School employees will have retired during this school year.

While that might seem like a lot, the number is almost identical to last’s retirement total and represents less than 3 percent of the district’s 23,330 employees.

Two of those retirees – Dorothy Schneider, who has been teaching young students here for 47 years, and E. Darlene Umberger, an administrative secretary for the past 47 years – are eager to move on while well aware they will miss staff and students a great deal.


Beattie leaves indelible mark on sports as he retires

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094BBC38 B480 4E9B 9F9A 3EA1B188268DDuke Beattie. PHOTO BY LEM SATTERFIELD  Duke Beattie isn’t sure what the future holds, and the retiring Montgomery County Director of Athletics is okay with that.

“I don’t have an exit strategy,” said Beattie, during an hour-long interview last month in his Rockville office. “After 39 years in the school system and 19 years in the central administrative office, I don’t want to leap into anything without stopping, looking and seeing what I may want to do next.”

The notion may serve as a sharp contrast to those who have known Beattie as an organized stickler to detail who’s governed with high moral and ethical standards.

“To have principles means that you have a good idea of what is right and what is not right, and that you’ll stand up for what is right even if that’s difficult to do,” said Beattie who will be replaced by former assistant Jeff Sullivan.


Bob Milloy - Good Counsel’s “Archbishop” retires from coaching

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Bob MilloyBob Milloy. COURTESY PHOTO Good Counsel head coach Bob Milloy has announced his retirement after nearly half a century coaching high school football in Montgomery County.

Milloy, who spent 47 years coaching Maryland high school football, compiled 405 wins during his tenure.

“I’m 73 years old,” said Milloy. “I just really felt like it was time. I felt like it was the right time. It’s a young man’s game. I enjoyed it and loved every minute of it.”


Top Varsity Football Coach Announces Retirement

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Veteran football coach Bob Milloy has announced his retirement after a 47-year career with 405 wins, the most of any coach in the history of high school football in the state of Maryland. He completes his career ranked number sixteen nationwide on the all-time win list.


Living "Under the radar"

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Outgoing MCPS CFO quietly put time in and kept the school system on target

CFO Sue DeGraba- courtesy 2Outgoing MCPS CFO Susanne DeGraba   COURTESY PHOTO 

Montgomery County Public Schools’ chief financial officer is retiring Dec. 1 after working for MCPS for 14 years.

Susanne DeGraba, the school system’s CFO, said she “lives to stay under the radar.”

“I’m one of those people you never hear about but my team helps MCPS do all the things we do,” said DeGraba, who started as MCPS’ CFO in 2002.

She said part of her job involved keeping MCPS in compliance with new laws at various levels of government.

“The schools always keep me on my toes,” DeGraba said. “New laws -- federal, state, local. It’s been a real challenge but a job. I will often say I have the most interesting job in Montgomery County.”


Man who designed retirement community now a member of it

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MP1 4404Harold Navy enjoys retirement at Leisure World, one of many places he helped design during his years as an architect. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SILVER SPRING - Eighty-one-year-old Harold Navy never thought he would ever become a resident of Leisure World, one of the many places he helped design back in the 1960’s.

“That was the biggest shock of my life. When I was young and working on this project I said ‘No way am I ever going to get that old to live here,’” Harold said.

Leisure World is among several well-known projects in Montgomery County that Harold contributed to before he retired as an architect. Others include the Glenmont Metro Station and the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bethesda.


Dabney set to retire from Bethesda Urban Partnership post

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Dave Dabney profile pic 8-17-16Retiring BUP Executive Director Dave Dabney.

When Dave Dabney steps down as executive director of the Bethesda Urban Partnership, it’s the long-time relationships he’ll miss the most.

First assuming the position in 1999, the 69-year-old BUP head will retire in November, leaving behind 35 full-time employees and beginning his retirement with his wife Janet in Bethany Beach, Del.

“I’m going to miss the people,” Dabney said. “I enjoy every single day going to work. I’m a people-pleaser at heart, and it’s just been a joy and an honor to have been given this opportunity that I grew up in.”


MCPS administrator Abrunzo to retire after 53 years

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Pat Abrunzo 1Currently the Director of School Support and Improvement of Elementary Schools, Pat Abrunzo prepares to retire after 53 years with Montgomery County Public Schools. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

ROCKVILLE — Retiring Montgomery County Public Schools administrator Pat Abrunzo said he was about nine years old when he started waiting on customers in his father’s shoe repair shop.

Some of his father’s responsibilities involved a lot of physical labor, working on his feet for 10 to 12 hours per day, so he had his son deal with the public to realize the difference between “working with your hands versus working with your mind.” Abrunzo continued to assist his father throughout high school, helping at the shop whenever he was not playing sports or other extracurricular activities, and later as he attended Lycoming College in his hometown of Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Abrunzo learned to be respectful regardless of how people acted. He remained kind if customers complained about prices they thought were too expensive or services they thought weren’t quick enough. He grew to understand that individuals displayed different personalities in various situations.

Abrunzo’s ambition for teaching began in his junior year at Lycoming when the director of the college’s education department asked Abrunzo to read stories to an elementary school class in neighboring South Williamsport. At the time, Abrunzo was a biology major with plans to become a pharmaceutical salesman, but he had also been taking a few education classes and said to the director “OK, sure, no problem.”

After seeing the enthusiasm and excitement from those children as he read to them, Abrunzo’s career path changed.


Rockville challenged by aging police department

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ROCKVILLE – Older isn’t better when it comes to police – at least according to the retiring city police chief.

When city Police Chief Terry Treschuk retires June 1, he may be among the first senior officers to leave the department in the short term.

Treschuk told the mayor and city council Monday night "about 30 percent of the agency is eligible for retirement" during the next three to four years.

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