Turf Time at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park

The Parks Department collaborated with the Rockville Recreation and Parks Foundation, Jerad Minnick, of Natural Grass Advisory, and the Rockville Football League to convert Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park’s ballfields to state-of-the-art Bermuda grass. Donations of $8,000 from the foundation and $4,000 from RFL, coupled with in-kind consulting from Minnick, resulted in a cost-effective way to improve the fields for high-traffic play. Rockville-based Natural Grass Advisory consults on major ballfields throughout the country. The Rockville Recreation and Parks Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds to support city recreation and parks programs and facilities. Left to right: Ned Ahnell, president of RFL; Derrick Pierson, of the Rec. and Parks Dept.; Rockville Recreation and Parks Director Tim Chesnutt; Chip Boylan, president of the Recreation and Parks foundation; Jason Bible, of the Rec. and Parks Dept.; and Minnick.

The State of the City is Strong and Growing

Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton and City Manager Rob DiSpirito discussed the state of the City of Rockville, and its economy, during a conversation hosted by the Rockville Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 13 at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre. Newton highlighted the economic development incentive policy that the city is working on with the chamber and Rockville Economic Development, Inc. “Those are the things that we can do that say ‘We are open, welcome, ready for business.’ And that’s what we want to be,” she said. See more of the discussion at www.youtube.com/cityofrockville. Search “economy.”

A Holiday Classic, Looking to the Sky and a Folk Gathering at the F. Scott Theater

Rockville Musical Theater presents the holiday classic “White Christmas,” based on the beloved, timeless film beginning in October at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 edmonston Drive. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. Directed and choreographed by Duane Monahan. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 27, 28 and Nov. 3, 4, 10 and 11; 2 p.m., Sundays, Nov. 5 and 12. Tickets: $22; $20, seniors (62 and older)/students.
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Age-in-place Villages Catching on in Rockville

The concept of villages, which allow older individuals to age in place in their own homes, is catching on in Rockville.

Villages are local, volunteer-led, grassroots organizations that aim to support Rockville neighbors who choose to age in place. They foster social connections through activities and events, and coordinate volunteer help at home using a neighbor-helping-neighbor model.
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