Rockville City Manager Finalists to Meet the Community

Meet-and-Greet Offers Opportunity for Informal Conversations

Community members have the opportunity to get to know the finalists for the City of Rockville’s city manager job from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 in the conservatory of Glenview Mansion at Rockville Civic Park, 603 Edmonston Drive.

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Winter Recreation Guide to
Come Out This Month

Rockville's 2016 Winter Rec Guide.
Rockville’s 2016 Winter Rec Guide.

Look out for Rockville’s latest 2016-2017 “Winter Guide,” which lists all the programs, events, classes and fun available from the city’s Recreation and Parks Department.

Whether it’s preschool programs, sports, arts, dance or getting fit, Rockville has something for you and your kids to take part in.
The guide will be available in print and online by Nov. 17. General registration for programs begins Dec. 1.

Find the current recreation guide at and register through Rock Enroll (

Seed to Feed Our Feathered Friends

A female cardinal stares intently at the viewer while enjoying her lunch.
A female cardinal stares intently at the viewer while enjoying her lunch.

Croydon Creek Nature Center is for the birds, or, more accurately, feeding them. And other wildlife, of course.

Order forms for the center’s annual feed sale will go online, be sent via mail and be available at the center in the first week of November. The order deadline is Monday, Nov. 28.  The seed will be ready for pickup at the nature center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10. Seeds are only available by pre-order.

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Glenview Gallery to Feature ‘Unusual’ Works of Mixed Media, Sculpture

James Mabry to Play at Gallery Opening
Blues guitarist James Mabry
Blues guitarist James Mabry

Come experience the unusual at the Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, which will hold its November opening reception from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6.

Works on display are the mixed media of Theresa Martin, Meg Schaap and Nancy McNamara, and the small sculptures of John Mors. Each artist combines materials in a wide range of styles and techniques. Their work veers from fun and quirky to sober and thought-provoking.

The reception will feature a musical performance by blues guitarist and vocalist James Mabry (pictured at right) at 2 p.m. in the mansion living room. Mabry, described as “the real deal,” delivers the lilting sounds of the Mississippi Delta and the beat of urban juke joints, along with a history of this unique American style of music.

The art gallery is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday. The event is free to attend.

Visit for more information.

Preserving the Postal and Pastoral Past

The historic mural that greets visitors at the Rockville City Police Department headquarters, at 2 W. Montgomery Ave., looks like new thanks to a recent conservation project.

Rockville inherited the mural in 2008 when the federal government transferred the building to the city at no charge with the condition that it be used for homeland security and public safety purposes. The city added an annex building and opened the new police headquarters in 2012.

The 1940 mural of Sugarloaf Mountain by Judson Smith adorns the lobby wall above the post office boxes that are a reminder of the building’s original use as post office, which opened in 1939. The mural was restored to its original beauty by Hartmann Fine Art Conservation Services in October.

Get a closer look at how they completed this delicate project in the Rockville 11 video at Search for “mural.”

‘Buy This Chair’ Campaign
Seeks a Seat for Seniors

New curtains on the stage, new paint on the walls and a new floor — but will the Senior Center’s active adults visiting its Carnation Room have a comfortable place to sit? With help from Rockville Seniors, Inc., and a little fundraising from the public, the answer may be yes.

“Our biggest challenge is refurnishing the room — it is important that we have tables and chairs that are sturdy, comfortable and functional,” Gail Sherman, president of Rockville Seniors, Inc., said in a recent senior center newsletter.

Chairs meeting those criteria cost $250 a piece, Sherman told Rockville 11. The total cost for the 200 chairs needed is $50,000. Donors who contribute $350 can have a chair named for them.

To donate, contact the Senior Center at 240-314-8800. Checks can be made out to RSI and mailed to: The Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.

Home Rehabilitation Grants Available

The city helps low- and moderate-income homeowners make repairs to their homes through the Single-Family Rehabilitation program, a forgivable loan program funded by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

Typical repairs covered with CDBG funding include roof replacement, plumbing and electrical upgrades, furnace replacement and kitchen and bathroom repairs. The city has approximately $164,000 to contribute to projects in the next year.

Applicants are assisted on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to homes with the most critical needs for improvements to ensure health and safety. The program will cover a portion or all of the repair costs, typically up to $25,000, depending on household income.

For more information, eligibility criteria and the application form, visit or contact Rockville’s rehabilitation specialist, Martin Dasler, at 240-314-8208 or

Facts About Fire Hydrants

What’s with the Colors? The Poles? The Flushing?
Painted Fire Hydrant in Rockville.
Painted Fire Hydrant in Rockville.

They’re short, different colors and sometimes steal an otherwise perfect parking spot.

Rockville residents might not give much thought to fire hydrants. But the city spends a good deal of time and money ensuring hydrants are in working order, so that if we need them, they’re ready. They’re part of a city water system that includes nearly 174 miles of water pipes, 4,168 valves and 1,407 fire hydrants.
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Rockville’s Water Passes the Test(s)

A new chemical feed system at the city’s water treatment plant will add ferric chloride to coagulate organic compounds for removal from the river water.
A new chemical feed system at the city’s water treatment plant will add ferric chloride to coagulate organic compounds for removal from the river water.
Lead and Copper Testing and New
Technology Ensure Safe Drinking Water

Recent test results once again confirm that Rockville’s drinking water is clean and safe. The city received results in late September from its testing for lead and copper in tap water samples taken from 33 addresses within the city.
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